Make a run for the border

By JohnM | September 25, 2012 | 19

If you take a look at most of the Philippines expat sites, one thing that tends to stand out is that in discussions related to food, one common topic is bemoaning the lack of decent Mexican food in the Philippines. I mean, it’s counter-intuitive, right? Adobo, the national iconic dish, was originally created as a way to preserve meat on the galleons coming to and from Mexico… It’s sorta Mexican then, right? (Actually, there is…

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Tampo Time


By JohnM | September 11, 2012 | 24

Rebecca, see that jeepney is going to Baclaran. That means “place of baklas”, doesn’t it? The taxi driver snickers… “It does not, and you know very well that it does not!!!” “OK… Well, why did they call it Baklaran, then?” “Baclaran means “Place where things are made”, and I’ve told you that before… You are just trying to tease me!” “I’m not teasing… just… being… curious… That’s all.” “No, you are picking on me!” “You…

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Queueing away again in Margaritaville

By JohnM | September 4, 2012 | 40

When you live in the Philippines, one thing that takes a bit of getting used to, at least for me, is the amount of queueing that you do here. Whether it is at the bank, the mall, the grocery store, Immigration, the airport… Virtually everything you do will have a lengthy queue or line of some sort associated with that activity. Queueing theory is a discipline related to statistics. Yes, you can actually get a…

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Philippine Travel Map

By JohnM | August 28, 2012 | 20

In an early article I wrote on this site, I mentioned my fascination with maps and travel. I wrote about travel maps and the “place a pin” where you have visited. There wasn’t one for the Philippines, until I recently found this site,, that lets you make your own travel map. What is kind of neat is that it includes every province in the Philippines. Pay a visit, and make your own. I added…

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Begging and Panhandling

By JohnM | August 21, 2012 | 47

For those who are thinking about moving to the Philippines, especially those who have never visited before, one thing needs to sink in: The Philippines is a developing nation. Developing countries around the world share many of the same problems: low employment, endemic poverty, poor healthcare, geography (prevalence of natural disasters), and so on. The Philippines is no different. One thing that is, perhaps, disconcerting to first time visitors is the number of people begging…

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Get a Job

Sales and Marketing 101 – Finding a Job

By JohnM | August 14, 2012 | 17

This short series of articles is related to expats earning a living in the Philippines. I am focusing on sales and marketing, because that is the area of my expertise… It is my trade, and it is where my education focused. I hope to pass on some of that knowledge to readers on this site.  Sales, or marketing for that matter, despite what the textbooks might tell you, is not a science, but an art. There…

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