Getting the Utilities Turned Back on at my House

I'm using the word "utilities" loosely. Two of the utilities I didn't turn off at my house in the Philippines before I took my extended "vacation" to the United States last year were water and electricity. I knew they wouldn't cost much to just keep them on while I was gone and I was right. I don't think the combined bills have reached 500 pesos in any given month. That's … [Read More...]

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What do you need to do to move to the Philippines?


Backward thinking

My friend, Dave, wrote an article in the past couple of days about Waiting to Retire in the Philippines.  Dave mentioned, and some of the comments got into talking about the fear that so many have of moving to the Philippines when the timing is not … [Read More...]


How much did it cost to move?

Long posting again, but I hope this information is helpful. I have noticed that many people ask regularly on this blog how much it costs to move here. Well, we arrived here in mid-April of this year, and, nearly five months in, we are just about done … [Read More...]

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Financial considerations when moving to the Philippines

Making a landing

Can You Make a Soft Landing?

I actually started a completely different article several times in the past few days, but instead shoved in into the draft folder in preference to doing something much more timely.  We now take two Philippine papers on Sundays to get more real estate … [Read More...]


Helping those you select

On a post I recently made about "Going Home" one of our frequent visitors, Peter, asked what you should do in a certain situation. He told how he had offered financial assistance to a cousin of his wife so that she could take a trip to another spot … [Read More...]


Are costs really so important?

I’m not trying to be facetious about the title of this article. I was inspired to write this posting a bit by a recent article that Dave Starr wrote on his blog, entitled, “Things To Consider Aside From Philippine Cost Of Living”. You see, there was … [Read More...]

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Can you purchase land in the Philippines?

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Adjusting to life in the Philippines


Cultural Adjustment

Since it's Friday, today I'm featuring my column from SunStar Davao Newspaper.  While my LiP Web Magazine is targeted toward foreigner readers who have an interest in visiting or living in the Philippines, my newspaper column is targeted at Filipino … [Read More...]

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Philippine Culture: Smooth Interpersonal Relationships


Bon Voyage…

It seems that in recent months the expat community in the Philippines is shrinking.  I personally know about a dozen expats living here in the Philippines who either have already left the Philippines in recent months, or will be doing so … [Read More...]


Acculturation: Transportation

OK, it's time for my third installment in my Acculturation series here on LiP.  I hope you are enjoying my articles in this series so far, and I still have a number of articles to go before I can fully explain how I have come very close to completing … [Read More...]

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