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First Brew Day: Homebrew Philippines

Last updated on: 12th September, 2018, 1:53 PM The photo above is the building block of many great beers: malted barley. I tried my hand at making beer with a homebrew beer ingredient kit from the U.S.  The Beer Bug I lived in Seattle before moving to the Philippines. One of the things Seattle has a […]

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Retirement Resolutions

Last updated on: 21st August, 2018, 3:13 PM Many expats make resolutions before they retire. We say we’re going to get into shape, eat healthier, or develop a hobby. After all, retired doesn’t mean dead! But do we follow through? I haven’t, so far. And that bothers me. The Trouble At Home Part of the […]

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Wall Footers: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 16th August, 2018, 7:50 PM Wall Footers Go In After the trenches were dug, the padugo ceremony observed, and the column footers were cast, it was time to start on the wall footers. The footer trenches for the walls were only a couple of feet deep. The wall footer deformed bar reinforcements […]

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Cultural Bias: Expat Life

Last updated on: 16th August, 2018, 8:19 PM Many assumptions we make don’t matter much at the end of the day. For the expat, cultural bias can be awkward, amusing or even deadly. Cultural Bias Cultural Bias is one of those bugaboo terms that freaks everyone out.  I think the term can be pretty simply […]

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Disability Diligence: Expat Life

Last updated on: 27th July, 2018, 4:09 PM   I thought I had all of the bases covered when it came to living in the Philippines with my hearing loss disability. Nope! The Disability Decision The decision to move to a foreign country for those with a disability is never quickly made. People with disabilities […]

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