Bob Martin

Where do foreigners retire?

By Bob Martin | January 13, 2007 | 24

I get a lot of questions from people who want me to help them decide where in the Philippines they should retire.  What city is best for a foreigner?  Well, that question has as many answers as there are people!  Everybody is different, has different interests and desires vary from person to person. Maybe you are a person who likes a lot of privacy and quiet?  If so, maybe you would be making a mistake…

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Living with no connection to the outside world!

By Bob Martin | January 8, 2007 | 0

What will you do when your connection to the outside world is gone, and you are on your own?  It happened to me…. well, sort of. 😉 As most of you probably know, in the final week of December there was a pair of big earthquakes in Taiwan, and they severed two under sea fiber optic cables that link Asia to the Internet.  It really slowed the internet connection here in the Philippines to a…

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Can I bring my stuff with me?

By Bob Martin | January 2, 2007 | 11

Somebody e-mailed me last night asking a question about bringing their belongings with them when they come, and how much duty they will have to pay to the Philippine Customs for that.  I am sorry, but right now I have lost your e-mail!  I am in the middle of migrating to a new computer, and my e-mail files got corrupted in the process.  I am still hoping to recover all of that, but it isn’t…

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Happy New Year 2007 from the Philippines

By Bob Martin | January 1, 2007 | 4

I am sitting here on the whitest powder beach that you could ever imagine, using my laptop over the wireless internet connection here at the resort.  I have to wear my sunglasses because the bright, hot sun is right in my field of vision.  Oh, it’s OK now, after typing that last sentence a beautiful girl came over and held up a shield to block the sun in my eyes.  Hmm… very nice!  Hold on…

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Finding your niche and filling it yourself

By Bob Martin | December 28, 2006 | 21

I have lived in the Philippines for almost 7 years now.  When I came here, I had a wad of money that I had saved up in order to be able to make the move and have a comfortable life.  I didn’t have enough for a lifetime, but I had enough that my plan was that I could start up a business here with my money, and also live comfortably for about 3 to 4…

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Philippine disasters are disastrous

By Bob Martin | December 27, 2006 | 0

In reading the news, have you noticed that there are always disasters striking the Philippines?  It is true.  Every year there are always a number of typhoons that ravage the country.  They wipe through areas and leave nothing but devastation.  Also, the Philippines sits right on top of the infamous “ring of fire,” so there are, almost every year, volcanoes going off, many earthquakes and such.  This past year we have had another type of…

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