Who is likely to make a good expat?

By LeRoy | October 14, 2015 | 41

Who is likely to make a good expat? “An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).” Dictionary definition. I realize that this is more facts and figures and less entertaining than some articles, but grab a cup of coffee and let’s look at the subject. First, I…

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It started with a lie or two, continued.

By LeRoy | May 28, 2015 | 13

You can read Part 1 of this story by clicking here. I had a list of things planned for while I was there that included personal business, doing some work for a client, and trying to do a few things at the house and on the farm. Last time, I ended with the “septic guy” that was full of “It”! I went to the house to check on the honey do list as well as…

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Neighborhood outhouse

It started with a lie or two, (or three)

By LeRoy | May 14, 2015 | 18

I mentioned in a previous article that I was planning on making a quick trip to the Philippines hopefully in March. Due to changes at work and an audit by BRC the only time I was able to get off was early April for just under 2 weeks. Because of the changes at work, I was afraid I might have to disappoint them so I decided to surprise my daughter and her mother, Inday. I…

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Change of Plans

This stuff is getting real!

By LeRoy | March 4, 2015 | 14

Have you ever noticed when you have plans made, that life steps in and changes things? Last time I wrote, I was one year into a five year plan of downsizing and doing retirement planning. Since then, things have moved along as planned in a couple areas and drastically changed in others. I have sent almost 1500 pounds of things in Balikbayan boxes to the farm.   1500lbs.??? Who needs that much stuff?  I remember when…

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Shipping Container

First Steps

By LeRoy | August 23, 2014 | 46

My move to the Philippines has been postponed a while as I told in my earlier article, “Paradise Postponed”. Rather than wait until the last minute, I am continuing to downsize and get rid of things that I know will not be needed. I have been listing things on eBay and Craigslist and have scheduled a date to take things to an auction early this fall. The question has come up many times in my…

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Mom, Paul and Me

What is family?

By LeRoy | May 25, 2014 | 5

I have had this written for a while but hadn’t done anything with it. Recently Bob published an article on VIP that got me thinking about this again. This is not specifically about living in the Philippines but it certainly applies to circumstances that arise regularly. What do you visualize when you use or hear the term “family”? Most of us would immediately think of parents, brothers, and sisters, etc. and that would be correct.…

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