Philippine Travel Ramblings and Observations

By LeRoy | January 9, 2019 | 7

Planes, trains well sort of, buses, taxis, ferry, tricycles, motorcycle, jeepney, and private car, I got to sample it all. In our family I am the OFW, so to speak since I am only there during my vacation time. However, due to hip revision surgery in April, I was able to spend the month of May in the Philippines instead of the usual shorter time. I combined business appointments with pleasure travel and time with…

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Is it worth it to get PhilHealth?

By LeRoy | November 19, 2018 | 4

Like everyone else with family in the Philippines, I have had experience with the unexpected hospital or medical visits.   Based on my long distance I relied on the information on LiP to encourage my family members to sign up for PhilHealth.   I have offered to pay for the fee for the higher risk families or family members. The general response has been that they postponed doing so because they didn’t understand it and didn’t want…

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Children showing me around

It has grown – Can you Help?

By LeRoy | September 14, 2018 | 14

In the past, I have mentioned briefly about a project that I started about 11 years ago this September.   Bob has invited me to give an update. I was asked if I could tutor a niece who was having problems with her schoolwork.  At the time, my schedule was very flexible and she had access to her aunt’s computer, so we agreed on how the online tutoring was to work.   They made the assumption that…

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How many children do you have?

By LeRoy | October 19, 2016 | 4

In most countries this is an easy question. In the Philippines as well as other Asian countries this can be a little harder to answer. Bob and I have talked several times about something I have been doing that makes that question a little harder to answer. He said I could talk about it in an article for him. I know that many of you that live there or have family there do similar things…

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From Scotland to the Philippines

By LeRoy | April 25, 2016 | 21

The Accident in Sindangan Bay I had enjoyed an email correspondence with the late Norman Sisson about our mutual love of history.   I had a DVD of photos that I was to bring him on my next visit about some Philippine history.  Since that will not happen, I will share with you. The story begins in 1894 with a ship.  She originally was named the SS Clan Mackay, built on the River Clyde for the Clan Line. She sailed with…

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Travel, the Expat, and Touchstones

By LeRoy | December 9, 2015 | 6

Touchstone; noun. Among other definitions, “A fundamental or quintessential part or feature,” in context often used as a foundational part of life. We often hear people that seemingly cannot exist without that one particular food, recreation, or item that is so important to them. “I just cannot find XYZ anywhere,” and then that lack seems to tarnish the rest of their experience. I have a few things that have been a part of my life…

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