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Here we go again…

It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago that the Philippine Government implemented the ACR I-Card Program where most foreigners living here had to register to get an ACR I-Card, sort of like the equivalent of a "green card" (which actually is not green!) in the States. Earlier this year, when it was time for the required Annual Report for foreigners, which must be done in … [Read More...]

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I was just browsing through my FB news feed and saw the wall of my dear friend Sharon. Just reading what's on her wall got me thinking. I've receive too many junk … [Read More...]

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As of February sixth, I've been in the Philippines for a year. I don't think I've ever been more alive than I have in the last year. Its been a year of learning but I've only just begun to learn. I have a long way to go. I can't help but reflect over … [Read More...]

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As many of you may have seen a few days ago, when I made a post on the blog about housing options the question came up about how to control squatters if you buy property and are not present in the Philippines.  Well, I am certainly not an expert, but … [Read More...]

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It's an old saying... Don't burn your bridges. It's good advice, though. When I first thought about moving to the Philippines, I had met a guy online who lived here already, and we became friends. His name is Mike. I exchanged e-mail with Mike … [Read More...]

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SIR is the basic system that guides Philippine Society, it is the foundation of Filipino Culture.  SIR stands for "Smooth Interpersonal Relations."  Continuing on with my series of articles about SIR, today I want to look at the first Value that … [Read More...]


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The Compadre System, or the "Extended Family" is the basis of Filipino social structure.  When they say "Extended Family" that doesn't mean that there is a blood relationship, or even a marital relationship.  Some "family members" are chosen, rather … [Read More...]

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