LIVECAST 10.11.17: Big Buffalo, Dangerous Drones, and Giving Money/Food to the Poor – Sharing is Caring!

Well, it’s Friday morning and the proverbial cats and dogs are raining down from the heavens.  I was going to do my mile swim over at the Teves Aquacenter but some worrisome lightning strikes sorta shuffled that possibility into later this afternoon.  Here’s hoping that the celestial electrical charges will eventually taper off.  My expanding midriff could certainly use the …

LIVECAST: Balikbayan Box Update and How Things Have Gotten Better and/or Worse for Foreigners in the Philippines

Here’s a transcript of the Livecast that I did this past week on recent goings on in the Philippines.  I’ll be touching on recent balikbayan box shipping changes, Phil Health updates, two foreigners injured during a firefight between the NPA and local police, how life has gotten better/worse for foreigners in the Philippines, and a Scottish national living here who …

Brownout Blues, Drone (In)Decisiveness and Sponsorship Surprises

Brownout Blues You know, for someone who is supposed to have his shit together when it comes to ‘All Things Philippines,’ I still have a disturbing tendency to screw up.  As Exhibit One, let me present myself sweating out a Sunday, sitting on my bed and typing up this blog entry as a nine hour brownout slowly winds itself down.  …

LIVECAST 8.30.17: Working Remotely in the Philippines and Justice for Kian

Today is Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, the first day of the rest of our lives…  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present! Welcome to the Philippine Dreams weekly Livecast, where I regularly attempt to address issues that could affect foreigners living, studying working, retiring or doing basically …

Buying and Selling in the Philippines – Part One: Selling

As with pretty much everything else in the Philippines, buying and selling here is….different.  In this first half of a two-part article on “Buying and Selling in the Philippines,” we’ll be concentrating on selling, leaving the vagaries of buying for later in the week.  Plane Tickets are Expensive!! I try to get back to the United States every year.  It’s …

Our June 2016 Philippines Expat Living Expenses

  Life is cheap in the Philippines. As some may have noticed by now, that is meant in both a (unfortunately) literal and figurative sense.  We’ll save the literal part of it for a future blog post and stick to the figurative for the time being. A few folks asked us if we could post up more monthly living expenses …

Wedding Plans, Clomid, Money Exchange and Computer Gaming in the Philippines

Life for a foreign expat in the Philippines is pretty good and most days it truly is “sunny skies and pretty Pinays.” Yes, there are moments when the unrelenting heat, plumes of burning trash and columns of diesel fumes get too be a bit much, but overall, life in the Philippines is pretty durn good.   Wedding PlansAfter knowing Michell for …