Bob Martin

Attention – new procedure for tourist visa renewal

By Bob Martin | December 8, 2006 | 8

Just a quick note for anybody who is coming to the Philippines on a tourist visa.  As I have said before, on your initial tourist visa, which is automatically issued upon entry, you get to stay in the country for 30 days.  Near the end of your 30 day stay, if you wish to stay in the Philippines longer, you will need to go and extend your visa. In order to renew your visa, you need to…

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Don’t like hot weather? We have cold weather too!

By Bob Martin | November 28, 2006 | 4

My Mom recently arrived here in the Philippines.  She spent Thanksgiving here, and will spend Christmas with us too.  She has actually visited us in the Philippines three times now, and she enjoys it here, I think.  Funny, because she always swore that she would never come here.  She said it was too hot here for her to handle.  I had to get seriously ill before she decided to make a visit! Anyway, as I…

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Thanksgiving – Philippine Style

By Bob Martin | November 24, 2006 | 0

It’s Thanksgiving day still in the United States, but already Friday here in the Philippines.  Of course, there is no Thanksgiving here in the Philippines, it is a uniquely American Holiday (yes, I know there is also a Thanksgiving in Canada celebrated in October).  However, for American ex-pats like me who live in the Philippines, most of us do celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, Fourth of July and such. For Thanksgiving, there are many restaurants that…

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By Bob Martin | November 10, 2006 | 4

In the past 2 to 3 days, I have had discussions with two different people about homesickness.  In the first instance, a Filipina who is living in the USA left a comment on one of my blogs saying how she was very homesick for her previous life in the Philippines.  I told her that I certainly understood her feelings, because when my Filipina wife first came to live in the States, she often experienced homesickness. …

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Davao Butterfly House – A great family getaway

By Bob Martin | October 26, 2006 | 0

Tuesday was a holiday here in the Philippines (last day or Ramadan), and the kids were out of school that day, so I decided to take them for a family outing.  We went to the Davao Butterfly House, which is in Maa, Davao City, along the Davao River.  This area is really starting to fill up with various family type venues where you can take the kids for a great day! The butterfly house had…

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I live in Davao City, and here is what I think about the place

By Bob Martin | October 17, 2006 | 140

I got an e-mail from a friend overnight. He told me that he was planning to retire in the Philippines next year, and he is thinking of living in Baguio City when he comes. Somebody told him about Davao, and he decided that maybe he should consider it before deciding too quickly. He knew that I live in Davao, so he decided to ask my opinion. I thought I’d share my response to him, since…

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