No Longer a Philippines Bachelor and Funny Boracay Rant

Have not updated the blog in a while, but I have been uploading more videos to my You Tube channel that you can find at Philippine Dreams. In recent news, my lovely ray of eternal sunshine has formally moved in with me.  She came up about a week and a half ago intending to look for a job, as the prospects in …

Ten Things – Mail, Shopping, Romance, Language, and Culture

7.  Mail/Online Shopping One of the things you are going to miss after transplanting yourself to the Philippines is the efficiency of First World postal infrastructures and the convenience of easy online shopping with companies like eBay and Amazon. Although the Philippineshas a postal system (called, not suprisingly, Philpost), it comes up wanting a bit in the areas of reliability and …

Off to Pagadian City for Michell’s graduation!

Seems pretty straightforward. Michell’s graduation from St. Columban College was scheduled for March 22 in Pagadian City. I had promised her over a year ago that I would attend her graduation, so on Friday, March 21, I duly set forth on a pilgrimage Pagadian. Being a Kuripot Kano (cheap American), I chose to take the ferry and bus in lieu …

Nearly 90 days in the Philippines!

  Casaroro Falls – Valencia, Negros Oriental     OK, so it’s been nearly 90 days – yes NINETY DAYS – since your intrepid world traveler stepped off a 747 into the dizzying madness that is the Republic of the Philippines.  In that short time I have eaten the best meal of my life (fresh kinilaw), the worst food of …

Moving to the Philippines: 28 Days Later

  28 Days Later     Hail, loyal readers!   I just wanted to re-post a topic thread I started on a Philippines expat forum after I had been in the Republic for a grand total of 28 days.  Re-reading it two months later, all of the points still apply, especially the ones about the burning trash, the sun, and …

First night in Dumaguete, The Philippines

Okay, so I seem to be a bit behind in posting.  Just remember that I am on Filipino time, so why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?  Bahala na! Small city but VERY confusing for a noob. Dumaguete, or the Land of the Gentle People, is a small city on the south eastern coast of Negros Oriental.  …

It Begins! – Flight Over to the Philippines

My trip to the Philippines started on November 24, 2013 at 3 AM on a cold, blustery Sunday morning in Boston, Massachusetts.  Not surprisingly, I had not gotten much sleep.   The previous evening, some friends had treated my to a yummy, yummy dinner in Chinatown (and presented me with a super customized cake with a wonderfully realistic graphic of yours …

Welcome to My Philippines Blog!

Greetings family, friends, and prospective foreign traveler, and welcome to my blog.  On the following pages, I will attempt to chronicle my experiences in moving to the Philippines, a move of 12,000 miles which was undertaken in November of 2013.    Who I am:  I am a 47 year old American who arrived in Dumaguete City by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  …