Trip to Manila

We visited Mall of Asia

In my last article, I said going to Manila would be a waste of time and money, well, it wasn't, actually, it was actually pretty fun, and like some of you said, the experience I gain is also an added bonus. Actually, I was wrong about a lot of things, let me explain all of them now. First, I have said this several times over, I'm scared of flying, well, was. Yep, I'm no … [Read more...]

Tax Time – FUAQs

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Note to Readers: This is a follow-on article to my two other income tax related articles of this year - Tax Time, 2014 Style and Tax Time Continues . . .. While I didn't intend to turn Tuesdays into "More Tax Articles Day" here at Live in the Philippines, it sure seems like it.  Mea Culpa!  We should be returning to some less boring / more interesting "stuff" next … [Read more...]

Tax Time Continues . . .

Taxes

Last week's article, Tax Time, 2014 Style, was written in a Question & Answer format to provide answers to often asked tax-related questions. Unfortunately, there was only enough column space for just a couple of Q&As, selected from a virtual storehouse of such information. I feel it important to get some of this information "out there," before the income tax … [Read more...]

Tax Time, 2014 Style

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Well, it's definitely a new year, this thing called 2014, and the cycle of life makes another revolution. It's one month completed all ready, too. Time is starting to zip by again and has brought us to another episode of  "Tell the Government how much money you received last year and how much of it are you going to send in." Yes, tax time is upon us once again. I can … [Read more...]

WATERLOGGED!

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As you may remember from last week's article, I've rested up and recovered from all of the "what-not" of the "ber" months. Feeling much better and more active, I went out and tackled some leaky hose bib problems that have plagued us for a while. Talk about feeling proud!  I certainly felt a sense of accomplishment and well-being after replacing those hose bibs … [Read more...]

Rested Up!

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Here it is, Saturday, and the LiP publishing deadline is soon to be upon me. I'm not sure of what topic will jump onto the computer keyboard for me but I guess I had better get to it and start pounding those keys. You'll remember last time, I was pretty well beat and in need of some rest. Today, I cashed in on all of those "I'll get some sleep later" checks that I wrote … [Read more...]

Just a reminder folks!

Aaron & Feyma

A few days ago me and Aaron went to the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA to file for our Philippines passports. First time for Aaron to get a Philippine passport and a renewal Philippine passport for me. We've been wanting to go there since middle of last year, but didn't get around to it until end of the year. We know we had to be there early, I mean really early even … [Read more...]

I’m Bushed

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Thank goodness the holiday season is over. No, I'm not the Grinch, nor Ebenezer Scrooge. I am nowhere near mimicking either one of those fellows, and I am definitely not related to them. Who I am, or better stated, what I am is TIRED! For those of you who are of a political mind, I must state that this article in no way, shape or form has anything to do with either … [Read more...]

2014 – IT’S REALLY NEW!

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Here it is, the seventh day of the New Year of 2014, and I'm amazed at how the "new" of this new year is revealing itself to me.  Now, many rushed right outside early in the post-midnight minutes of January 1st to get a good look at this new year.  Most returned inside with the complaint that it looked just like the old year. Trouble is, they just didn't give the new … [Read more...]

Supporting your wife emotionally

Citizenship Oath Ceremony

It has been a while since I have provided an update for everyone regarding the process of my wife becoming a U.S. citizen. It dawned on me a few days ago that I have been run through the ringer so badly with the process required to bring my wife to the United States, getting married, and then the whole process to get her the paperwork for her to become a legal resident, … [Read more...]

Feeling Strange at Year’s End

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[wb_fb_f name="Paul Keating" id=""] It's the last day of the year 2013.  I should be in great spirits - all has been wonderful this past week and, for that matter, this past year. On Monday, December 23rd, Baket ko (Asawa ko)[my Wife] and I threw a tremendously successful "Merry Christmas Party" that was attended by over 90 family members, friends, acquaintances, … [Read more...]

My homemade pumpkin-kalabasa pie!

Pumpkin Pie in the Philippines

I am giving you now the recipe for my pumpkin-kalabasa pie, Feyma's style. It's really a simple recipe. You also just need another local ingredients here in the Philippines. The main ingredients would be the kalabasa (a local squash). You can buy the Kalabasa in any malls  here. Of course a good and cheap kalabasa can be found in the palengke (public market). At least … [Read more...]

A Last Chance Holiday

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"The year is quickly coming to a close." Where did 2013 go?" "It's hard for me to believe that this year has whizzed by." "Why does time fly so quickly when you're having fun?" "Blah, blah, blah!" I know you're hearing these, and other late-December sentiments, almost daily now that the Christmas Season (aka the "ber months") is zeroing in on the Magic Day for which … [Read more...]

My homemade yams!

Yams at left, and other holiday food

Another recipe that we made here in the house during Thanksgiving, using local ingredients is Yams. In the States they use sweet potatoes for the yams. Here in the Philippines we use the camote (similar looks to the sweet potato in the USA). Growing up here in the Philippines, we cooked the camote in lots of ways. Like slicing the camote into round sort of thin slice, … [Read more...]

Learning Life’s Lessons

Be Prepared

There are many hazards one may encounter while living in a distant land. Many Expats know this. Almost just as many learned of them first-hand through personal experience. Your humble scribe is no exception. Learning is a daily experience at the very least. For me, and perhaps many others, it's more of a minute-to-minute affair - encountering different scenarios and … [Read more...]