Now 250 millimeters, a splash over one cup, is barely enough to wash a gnat’s pee pee. (Pepsi Girl Julia Baretto Pininterest)
I’ve had my 13a Permanent Visa for almost five years. While the visa itself is permanent, it was time for my ACR card renewal in the Philippines. With a 13a….
Ten Dollar Extraction Toothaches. Don’t know many who enjoy them. I don’t. Had a bad tooth pulled earlier this year at a dental clinic at SM City in Iloilo City…..
After not wanting to wait 15 minutes for a pancake breakfast at SM Delgado’s Jollibee, we traveled over to a nearby McDonald’s in Iloilo City. A male server with red lipstick….
Raymen Beach Resort in beautiful Guimaras province, home of the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines, and Cupid’s arrows were strewn throughout the white sands of Raymen, and had obviously missed….
Went to Raymen Beach, a popular Guimaras resort, about a 40-minute ride from our home at “The Compound, “ this past Saturday. One of our neighbors has a multi-cab, and….
Yes, the title implies a cynical attitude. Sadly enough this one holds true not in many but in most cases, Deed Goes Unpunished. My educational background is in history and….
Guimaras Central School Mr & Ms United Nations. A few weeks ago I posted an article about our niece, JalAmiel. Our youngest niece in Guimaras was competing for the title of….
Got seated in the Iloilo Dentist chair when the cell phone rang. It was my asawa. I informed her that I had found a dentist to pull my aching tooth….
The Ant Killer of Iloilo. Thousands of them. The amount of lizard poop on our kitchen counters at “The Compound” in Guimaras has significantly decreased, but ants? They’re all over….
Our pool project progresses in the Philippines. It’s been a month since I first gave an update on this major undertaking at our new home in the Philippines. Our five-man….
I come from German stock. Consequently, when I opened the menu for the eatery we had stopped at I realized I was in for an “El Nido Culinary Adventure: Marbers.”….
Would our first experience with a car insurance company in the Philippines be a good one?
Stay tuned, O True Believers. We’ll soon find out if it’s really fixed.
As I write this post it’s been over a week since my Sunday night kidney stone attack.
Our niece, DenDen, is turning 18 soon. DenDen is our oldest niece in Guimaras, the island province we call home. As the following pictures will attest, she has grown into….
THE PHILIPPINES HAS THE LONGEST CHRISTMAS SEASON IN THE WORLD UPDATED 09-02-2021 September marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the Philippines. Yes, you’ve read this correctly. I remember….
I’m cognizant of the fact that I’m negative at times. I’m not the official cheerleader for the Philippines Tourism Department. It’s my goal to present my personal perspective as an….
My wife’s white blood count had improved, which I considered a win for our healthcare facility in the Philippines, at least for the moment.
I’ve heard it’s best not to name any creature you plan to slaughter.
Recycled Soft Drink Flower Pots Decorate Cashew Tree My asawa’s favorite pastime is working in her garden in Guimaras, the island province we call home. After birthday parties and other….
Work on the new roof is progressing.
The ECC, Emigration Exit Clearance, will soon be processed at the Iloilo Immigration Office. Since I will be returning to the United States in late September for a two week visit to see my Dad.
Dateline Philippines: Itchy Worm Attack/Remedy. The following is a true account that occurred to my asawa (spouse) recently. (Photo credit: MiKheila’s SuperMom)
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money when I left the Philippines
Kidney stones. I would rather have all my teeth pulled without Novocaine than go through another kidney stone attack like the one I recently endured. My wife and I were….
I wasn’t happy. We were encountering a motorcycle gang invasion at “The Farm” in Guimaras, our home province. Our fortress of solitude had been shattered one morning by motorcyclists who….
The roof problem has been fixed and work continues on our new home in the Philippines.
It’s a post I can finally publish: ” Our First Pool Party in the Philippines.” It’s been a massive project. The new swimming hole construction began right after Christmas. But….
The search continues for the cause of my spouse’s stomach ailment in the Philippines. We retired to Guimaras, our island province home in Western Visayas over eight years ago. While….
A recent comment from Gezel, over in Bacolod, got me to thinking, something I’m not prone to do a lot of. I thought I would broadcast an upcoming return visit….
Riding the 14 peso pump boat to Iloilo City gets dicey. The 15-minute trip from Jordan Wharf to Ortiz Dock in “The City of Love,” is usually uneventful. I can’t….
I was extremely worried that I had dengue fever.
The steel trusses are going up. Work on our new home in the Philippines progresses.
An American ex-pat, Brother Tom, pictured on the far left, is back (Return of a Legend). My favorite oblate from the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras has returned after an eight-month….
Lolo’s Plight has finished his nightly prayers. I’m on the living room couch. It’s 11 pm, Easter Sunday. Mosquitoes are buzzing me like unmanned drones over Afghanistan searching for Taliban….
I was excited to discover we had a new post office close by.
One of the perks of “working” on this website, “PhilippinesPlus.com” is meeting in person some of the folks that actually read the crap I write and admit it. I recently….
And the winner is…the Isuzu D-Max 4×2 Automatic!
Hey there, fellow adventurers! Today, we’re diving into the intriguing tale of Albay province’s star attraction – the majestic yet restive Mount Mayon. While this fiery beauty has kept the….
My asawa woke up with the fishbone still stuck in her throat. The last post told the story of how my spouse, after 47 years of eating fish, had managed to….
Hey there, fellow adventurers! If you’re a fan of breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and unforgettable experiences, then El Nido, Palawan, is your perfect destination. Known as the “Last Frontier of….
Healthy eating can occasionally have adverse side effects. Just ask my asawa. It was laundry day. Our hot laundry lady had finished the wash and was on her way home….
Had been raining all Tuesday morning last week as my asawa and I were furiously packing the rest of our boxes for our move that afternoon to Iloilo City. We….
We turned down the Isuzu deal and went with the Ford Ranger.
The new lot gives my asawa more space to plant cashew, papaya, mahogany and banana trees.
Work in the nipa hut has been completed. Construction of our new home has begun.
Left off yesterday relating a visit to my wife’s new gynecologist, Dr. Ma. Sisa B. Fernandez, an extremely pleasant and competent doctor that my wife and I both liked. Dr…..
I haven’t been this excited since I graduated from third grade!
Could the aging kano be pressed into service as a member of the local SWAT Team?
I haven’t done much of anything since retiring to the Philippines over six years ago with my lovely asawa, The Sainted Patient Wife. I’ve been on a perpetual vacation for….
We recently made a trip to Metro Manila. We stayed for five nights at the cozy and comfortable Stone House Hotel Pasay. Only three kilometers from the SM Mall of….
During a recent tour to beautiful Bohol, we visited the Tarsier Sanctuary. The Philippine tarsier is a species of tarsier found in the Philippines. It can be seen in the….
Boracay’s ‘Black Eye’: Slimy Green Algae Covers Beaches” relates the impact algae had on our four-day vacation in “paradise”. My asawa and I, along with two nieces and a nephew,….
We recently entertained a gaggle of Manila relatives who visited us at our new home in the Philippines and hit beach resorts in Guimaras, our island province home, and Boracay…..
What is the best way to get to Cebu from Iloilo City? There are several options available to travelers such as taking a flight on local airlines, boarding a bus,….
I was in my early 40’s before I went to my first nail salon. A Vietnamese family operated the clip joint at a strip mall in Springfield, Illinois. A female….
Another amazing YouTube video featuring our departure from SEAFDEC in Guimaras.
Our Filipino workers have left the building after almost two years. Brother-in-law Joery led a crew that built a nipa hut on our property in November 2014. In January 2015….
My asawa was in the front passenger seat of our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger suffering from an extreme abdominal pain attack. The Provincial Hospital in Guimaras, our home province, was….
Our muddy road, replete with ruts deeper than Bill Gates’ pockets, has finally been restored to drive-able conditions. “Road Repaired! A Big Thanks to Guimaras Governor Gumarin.” And thanks to….
“Well bad news travels like wildfire, good news travels slow…”Johnny Cash, Bad News. Bad news gets better ratings. Good news doesn’t get too much attention. But I always strive to….
We’re planning an upcoming visit to SM Mall of Asia in mid-July. My asawa and I are accompanying her sister Majorie, an OFW, Overseas Foreign Worker, back to Manila so….
It was chaos central! After taking a pleasant excursion on the SuperCat Fast Ferry from Iloilo City to Bacolod, “The City of Smiles,” this American expat in the Philippines, wasn’t….
My asawa and I have lived in the Philippines since our retirement to “paradise.”
What’s the cheapest way to travel from Iloilo to Boracay? Head out to Tagbak Terminal, the largest land terminal in Iloilo and a popular transit point for Boracay-bound tourists. Tagbak….
“Citronella Plants Protect Our Home in the Philippines from Mosquitoes” is today’s topic. The Philippines Department of Health has reported a 41% increase in cases of dengue fever in the….
“How to Find Your Dream Woman in the Philippines.” “Why would a guy travel thousands of miles to find a partner for life?” “Aren’t there plenty of single women you….
During a recent trip to Pasay City, my asawa and I might have discovered Manila’s last honest cab driver. At the Stone House Hotel, our base of operations, we used….
OK, it’s not the most original title, but Guimaras’ “Manggahan Festival 2018 going to the Dogs” best describes yesterday’s premier late afternoon event. It’s the eighth celebration of the sweetest….
I had more pictures from our new swimming hole that I didn’t publish in my last post. So I’ve added more pics from our 1st Philippines Pool Party. Last weekend….
I’m no longer a Godfather in the Philippines. It’s traditional in this archipelago of 7,500 islands in Southeast Asia to have a total of six sponsors, or more, for weddings….
Crusty Old Expat’s Iloilo Festive Walk Mall Review Megaworld launched their 1st “lifestyle mall” in Western Visayas, the Festive Walk Mall, in Iloilo on Saturday, June 30th, 2018. This is….
My mother-in-law and my asawa were having a loud exchange outside our home in Goodbye Guimaras the other afternoon. I’ve wisely learned to not attempt to intervene in any such….
Monty “The Iceman” sent me an email the other day along with some photos of a new house he has built in the Philippines. Since my asawa and I are….
While waiting for my wife to get ready for a trip to her manicurist, I decided I wanted to accompany her to town. Because I had already woken up from….
What are the Top Ten banks in the Philippines? Although BDO, Banco De Oro, was ranked the best bank in the PHL for the fourth straight year, there are other good….
Almost forgot the “Islands Stay Hotel Puerto Princesa Review” until one of my Canadian friends in Guimaras reminded me. My Canadian colleague freely admits to perusing my posts. I must….
The bolo, or machete, is the essential Filipino tool and probably can be found in the majority of Philippine households. I doubt if you could go to any residence on….
I’ve lived in the Philippines for almost five years. I’ve been to Metro Manila, Iloilo City and the island province of Guimaras where my lovely Filipina asawa and I reside…..
It was the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration of the sweetest mangoes in the world. The annual festival, held in the island province of Guimaras, came to a close last Tuesday,….
It’s the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Manggahan Festival in Guimaras, the island province we call home. Manggahan is the annual celebration of the mango. Guimaras Mangoes are the sweetest in….
More job opportunities for seniors in Bacolod, the City of Smiles
Lolo is driving me nuts as work on his new digs progresses.
“SM City North EDSA Expat Experience” relates our latest shopping adventure in the Philippines. It was a chaotic shopping trip. I was almost convinced Filipinos in Manila had started their….
My lovely asawa and I had previously visited Iloilo City’s new shopping venue for the first time back in July. Since our local energy provider, Guimelco, had scheduled another province-wide….
My brother-in-law had contracted the services of an ethical man.
I run into a group of over-sized mangoes at the Manggahan Festival.
During a recent vacation in the Philippines, we visited a gorgeous white sandy utopia to escape the slimy green algae along Boracay’s famed White Beach area. “Paradise Found:Puka Shell Beach….
Had just arrived with our rented jeepney at the Jordan Wharf a week ago this past Tuesday afternoon in Guimaras. Part two of our trek to Iloilo City was in….
The crusty old expat finally updates his website.
My friends in the United States recently finished celebrating Labor Day. I used to look forward to the three day holiday when I worked at AT&T. Now, I enjoy unlimited….
Big ticket purchases finally made in preparation for the new home to be built.
So what are the best shopping malls in Bacolod City?
That’s the latest headline on my new house in the Philippines. The house that was supposed to be done by February will be done before the new year! Maybe the….
Our workers recently completed a new terrace project at our home in the Philippines. My asawa had wanted the terrace, nearest the nipa hut my father-in-law lives in, to have….
“Boracay: Al Fresco Dining Supreme, “ today’s post, features photos from a recent trip we took to Boracay. My lovely asawa and I, along with two nieces and a nephew,….
If you want to retire and live in the Philippines, be prepared for an extremely different culture than you might be used to if you come from a Western culture…..
No Internet providers near our new location in Guimaras but we did bring our Cignal satellite dish and HD receiver box over in our recent move. At least we would….
Kudos to Gerry our Caretaker.
The sketch plan is finished! Now the plans can be drawn up.
Heading back to Guimaras with our stash on the banca boat.
It was brutally hot that day, but we visited another Guimaras landmark.
Leaving Iloilo. Next year. Why? Lolo’s Alzheimer’s. No water. Constant brownouts. After nearly two years in “The City of Love,” and four years since moving to the Philippines, my asawa and I….
Haven’t been to Return to Guimaras in a couple of months. My asawa still has her home there, but since our move to Iloilo last October I haven’t been back. But with the passing….
I’m always on the search for the best burger in Iloilo City. I’ve tried some beef patties, or what was passing for beef, on our island province of Guimaras, but….
We’ve moved into our new shack in the Philippines.
It was a typically quiet Tuesday morning at “The Farm,” located in Guimaras, a Western Visayas province in the Philippines celebrated for its sweet mangoes. A view from “The Farm”
I don’t like crowds. Christmas shopping in malls swarming with bargain hunters doesn’t appeal to me at all. That said, my asawa and I recently headed over to the Marketplace….
According to the national weather service, this ongoing El Niño will be among the strongest, if not the strongest, to ever hit the Philippines.
Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections While checking out some recycled flower pots hanging from one of our cashew trees, I decided to take the following photographs of my better half’s spacious….
We arrived at Ortiz Dock at 7:05 which only gave us 25 minutes…
Buluangan Foundation Day Queen contestants save Mother Earth by wearing fashionable gowns all made of recyclable materials. Captain Tom and his crew were able to witness this amazing event during a….
Work on the roof will soon begin.
After visiting SM City Bacolod, my wife and I headed out via jeepney
It’s hard to beat a cold bottle of San Mig while relaxing at a beautiful beach resort in the Philippines.
Lolo, my father-in-law, has a problem.
Are you considering the Philippines as your retirement destination? I’ve lived in the Philippines for over nine years now. I’ve been married to a lovely Filipina for over 18 years…..
My beloved asawa and I needed a vacation. After a ten day visit from relatives in Manila and the escalating demands of caring for Lolo and his dementia, we both….
Lolo, grandpa, my father-in-law is saving snacks for Fernando Poe, Jr. There’s only one problem with that. Fernando, the Philippines’ greatest action hero, is dead. FPJ passed away on December 14,….
Iloilo to Boracay: The American Expat in the Philippines. Apologies for not having any recent posts but my lovely asawa and I, along with niece Shaina, and sister Marjorie, who….
I couldn’t dance my way out of a rice sack riddled with holes. “Lively Latin Dancers, Manggahan Festival Guimaras” is a post that solely exists because of The Sainted Patient….
Island hopping and spending a relaxing day at the beach can be enjoyed all year round in the Philippines.
During a recent day tour in Bohol, my asawa and I visited the Chocolate Hills, a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260….
While we were in Puerto Princesa Palawan, my asawa and I decided to visit the Underground River. Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River),….
“Proper Pooch Pool Party Philippines” isn’t one of seven related American International Pictures beach party films from the Sixties. Former Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello, was my first crush. She starred in….
I was quite surprised to see such a large presence for RC, Royal Crown Cola, when we were visiting U.S. friends in Cebu recently. Coke products and Coke-sponsored signs for….
Living the “American Dream” in the Philippines
Our niece DenDen is one of the “Teen-Age Fililpina Beauties” featured in this post. Den recently competed in the “Search for Mr and Miss YES-O-MODEL 2016. ” YES-O is an….
“Beguiling, Bewitching Boracay Beaches” features some of the most beautiful sunsets I ever witnessed in my lifetime. My lovely asawa (wife) and I, along with two nieces and a nephew,….
Captain Tom and his amazing mohawk took time off from his thriving graphic design business, Line of Sight, to visit a Guimaras fiesta in Buluangan, the Philippines. Tom has been….
My asawa and I recently visited the “Queen City of the South” and visited the new SM Seaside Cebu. It was an amazing adventure in shopping. This Super Mall, the….
We quickly purchased two round trip tickets and soon boarded the Weesam Express. The waters were rough that day. In the first time in over six years of living in the Philippines and riding banca boats and ferries, I felt my myself becoming seasick about 45 minutes into the 90-minute trip.
The crusty old expat and his patient wife return to the Queen City of the South for some R&R.
My asawa and I toured beautiful, bewitching Bohol the other week visiting the famous Chocolate Hills and other local tourist sites such as the Loboc River. It was a whirlwind….
Our tour guide, led by Dennis and accompanied by “The Captain”, our driver, picked us up promptly at 7:00 am. “American Expat Adventures: Underground River Puerto Princesa, Palawan” was about….
Not much cow manure on our new road nor much traffic unless it’s time for the local schools to begin their morning classes.
“I will go wherever you go,” said my amazing asawa.
It’s time for another look at our new garden in the Philippines. Along with our major swimming pool project and brother-in-law Joery’s painting of our new home’s exterior, my lovely….
The Ferry boat to Cebu: the expat adventure continues. My wife and I were on a well-deserved vacation (well, for her anyway) to the Queen City of the South, Cebu…..
Yes, you, too, Pilgrim, could be a rock star in the Philippines!
Soulful Sunsets in Beguiling Boracay: This crusty old expat has never experienced such beautiful settings of the sun in the 64+ years I’ve lived on this spinning globe called Earth…..
We were given the red carpet treatment at a local fiesta.
What would possess me to go to SM City the day after Christmas?
Hanging out with Papa Duck at Manggahan.
I hereby officially declare, Papa Duck, the new “King of Karaoke” onGuimaras Island.
Flame It! Burger in Cebu City. One of my Favorite Burger Joints in the Philippines [Flashback* 05.22.2014]
I’m a Midwest boy that loves his burgers and fries. As an American expat living in the Philippines for almost five years now, I’ve had my share of burgers. Crave….
Bacolod to San Carlos City. My wife and I had boarded a Ceres bus in Bacolod which was headed to the ferry located in San Carlos City. We had front….
First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream….
Ages differences do not matter much in the Philippines.
After living as an American ex-pat in the Philippines for nearly three years, I’ve had several close encounters with balut, a fertilized duck embryo that’s boiled alive and eaten in….
My brother-in-law in Guimaras goes Native American.
Bacolod City is known throughout the region as the “City of Smiles.”
Recent posts on younger Filipinas with older guys and how to meet your special someone on Cherry Blossoms has prompted me to write today’s article. Don’t know why I’ve never….
Nipa huts are found throughout the rural provinces.
The sun was setting on the Philippines resort, Cabaling Beach in Guimaras. We were wrapping up a birthday celebration at this local tropical beach, and after consuming a few of….
Here’s a recent comment from faithful reader and supporter, Monty Man: “My wife and I started two small businesses in Nueva Ecija and employ the family members so that they….
Turning over the reins to a younger generation It’s been an awesome past 12 years. However, it’s time to move on and let a younger man take over this website…..
I first posted this story on December 3, 2014. It no longer appears on this website, but, being in a nostalgic mood, I decided to re-publish it today. It deals….
DISREGARD LAWS IN THE PHILIPPINES & FACE THE CONSEQUENCES For some reason, whether it be arrogance or plain stupidity, some foreigners in the Philippines believe they are above the law…..
30 YEARS OF MANGGAHAN, RISING, REVIVING, REBUILDING Frankly, I was as happy as a skunk in a perfume factory when I checked the Guimaras Province Facebook page. For those of….
As a result of living in the Philippines for almost 13 years, I have an accumulation of knowledge regarding life in “paradise.” While I’ve written about moving to the Philippines….
Philippine Supreme Court, SC, Rules Islamic Conversion Doesn’t Shield One from Bigamy Charges The Philippine Supreme Court dictates converting to Islam doesn’t spare an individual from being charged with bigamy…..
SEXPATS TAKE NOTE! PEDOPHILES BEWARE! President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure raising the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 years. Signed on March 4, 2022,….
While a recent Philippine Bureau of Immigration, BI, Press Release reveals international travel to the Philippines surges, algae problems plague Boracay visitors. More than 40-percent Increase BI has been processing….
The Philippine government opened travel to fully-vaccinated international travelers from visa-free countries on February 10, 2022. The Dept. of Tourism, DoT, reports that 7,000 visitors have arrived in the archipelago….
Children of Filipinos also do not need return tickets Good news for travelers returning to the Philippines. No return tickets are now necessary for Balikbayans, foreign spouses, and children of….
UPDATED 02-03-2022 I’ve lived in the Philippines with my awesome asawa since July 2009. My only duties involve boiling hot water for our morning coffee in our dirty kitchen. I….
What You Should Know Before Moving to the Philippines 10. You may only bring up to 10,000 USD into or out of the Philippines. A person may only carry up….
BRUNCH ALL-DAY, BOOZE BREAK, & TATTOO SATURDAYS MAKES ESPASYO’s PUB + CAFÉ THE BEST BISTRO IN TOWN Whether you’re a Filipino or foreigner, you’ll find a warm welcome at Guimaras’….
Foreigners with Tourist Visas Still Not Allowed. “Beginning Feb. 16, 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the….
Here’s a recent Press Release from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration regarding unvaccinated foreigners and current COVID-19 restrictions.
PH Peso Drops Past 51 Level for First Time since March 2020 Some financial analysts were predicting the Philippine peso would weaken to the 51 per US dollar back in….
Some single guys out there might be having a problem. Their Filipina sweetheart they have chatted with online and have come to visit in the Philippines have been scamming them…..
There is no divorce law in the Philippines. While there have been attempts over the years to pass a divorce law, none have seen fruition. Aside from Vatican City State….
You CAN go to jail in the Philippines if you commit adultery!
I hadn’t been back in the United States in over five years.