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Year End Roundup: Expat Look Back

Last updated on: 16th December, 2017, 5:15 PMLike it? Share it! It’s funny how life seems to move so slowly until you pause for a year end review. Looking back over 2017, I can see a lot happened! Travel Boracay In January In January, we went back to Boracay for the third time. We stayed […]

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Comparisons: Expat Living

Last updated on: 20th November, 2017, 3:42 PMLike it? Share it! Constantly comparing your old home to your new one can make you grumpy and bring you grief. We can’t help making comparisons, though. Just be sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges. Apples To Oranges A widely used expression is “comparing apples to oranges”. […]

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Customer Disservice: Expat Living

Last updated on: 8th November, 2017, 7:57 PMLike it? Share it!   Living in the Philippines isn’t all sunshine and beach time. Sometimes things go haywire and you have to be prepared for customer disservice. No Warranty, Sir We bought a rechargeable fan/lantern combo over a year ago. We used it three or four times […]

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Digging In: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 2nd November, 2017, 5:19 PMLike it? Share it! After the lot was leveled by the crew who built our concrete wall, the house contractor brought in the heaviest piece of equipment we’d had on the lot so far: a backhoe! Lay It Out, Dig It Up The contractor began by laying out […]

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Where Has All My Butter Gone?

Last updated on: 10th November, 2017, 5:53 PMLike it? Share it! The reply, “No stock, sir.” is a common one in the Philippines. At least, it is outside of the National Capital Region. What’s an expat to do? Butter Battle I was raised eating margarine. Back in the day, the fat in butter was said […]

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Payback Dilemma

Last updated on: 26th October, 2017, 5:53 PMLike it? Share it! William Shakespeare wrote, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend.” That’s our payback dilemma today. Friend And Helper We first met a fellow I will call “Manuel” (not his real name) when we began building our house […]

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