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Safety And The Expat: Pay Attention

Last updated on: 11th March, 2018, 5:33 PM There is a lot of talk about whether the Philippines is a safe country for expats. The talk is usually centered around kidnappings or terrorist attacks. But there are more immediate concerns. Christmas Fire On December 23, with the sound of cash registers ringing and Christmas carols […]

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Year End Roundup: Expat Look Back

Last updated on: 16th December, 2017, 5:15 PM 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 at the end […]

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Comparisons: Expat Living

Last updated on: 20th November, 2017, 3:42 PM 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”. It means, when […]

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Where Has All My Butter Gone?

Last updated on: 10th November, 2017, 5:53 PM 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 to be bad […]

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Martial Law in the Philippines

Last updated on: 30th May, 2017, 5:54 PM   Because a few of you have asked about it, here’s my take on martial law on Mindanao. Martial Law Declared On May 23, Philippines President Duterte put the Philippine island that I live on under martial law. The declaration of martial law was in response to […]

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