10 dumb mistakes foreigners make in the Philippines

By JohnM | September 18, 2018 | 375

Expat Mistakes Ten Big Mistakes that Expats Make Hi, Bob Martin here, owner and publisher of this website. John Miele, a former writer here on LiP, wrote this article way back in 2010. Even though the article has been around for a long, long time, it remains one of the most popular articles on the site. John’s article really does point out some very common expat mistakes I decided that I want to update the…

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Tampo is like a quiet volcano getting ready to explode

Tampo (Oh, Lord! Not Again!!!)

By JohnM | August 2, 2018 | 204

Tampo Again? I am on the receiving end of tampo today. It is not real pleasant around the Miele household this afternoon. What is Tampo? For those who do not know what tampo is, when you marry a Filipina, you will quickly learn the meaning of this word, and it is best not to forget it, for your own sanity and domestic harmony. Tampo is, essentially, sulking or pouting, but with a unique Filipino twist:…

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By JohnM | September 29, 2016 | 9

Today we have a submission from former LiP writer, John Miele.  Thank you John for providing this great article, it will be helpful, I am sure, for many readers! Back when I was a regular writer on LiP, I wrote a number of articles about NAIA and navigating through the airport in Manila. Those articles are way out of date, and I was thinking about how much has changed since they were written, so, an…

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Yeah, it has been over eight years

By JohnM | June 1, 2016 | 56

Note from MindanaoBob As I have previously announced, this is the 10th Anniversary of LiP, and I have invited back some previous writers on the site to give us an update about how they are doing, what they are up to and how their lives are going.   In that interest, I would like to welcome back John Miele.  John was a long time writer on LiP and always had interesting things to post here.…

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Visa Run

By JohnM | April 22, 2016 | 50

I’m writing this article after I received an e-mail inquiry regarding the best place to make a visa run. I realized that since I’ve personally been on 13a for a while, that the need for a visa run has not emerged recently. So, having extensively travelled around most of SE Asia for a number of years, I’ll detail the places that I find most interesting, and cheapest, in order to make that visa run. First…

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My 13(a) visa experience

By JohnM | February 28, 2016 | 501

I am not an attorney, nor an expert, nor do I play one on TV. I am merely relating the experience of the visa process as I experienced it. Don’t take my word as law. Long article here… I’ve been living in the Philippines a total of 27 months now, and I moved here on a tourist visa, extending when I had to extend. Living here on a tourist visa is entirely possible, though there…

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