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Talks with an Indigenous Sorcerer

Journals from an Indigenous Philippine Sorcerer. The Bell of Truth and Cave Drum.

By Max Woodside | September 26, 2018 | 1

I’m a retired psychologist and college professor. I moved to the Philippines for many reasons, among them -the incredible sweetness of essence I noticed in my Filipino students. While retired, I’ve been talking to and chronicling an indigenous Philippine sorcerer. We had been excellent friends for almost 7 years. Now, he has since left Cebu City for Mindanao as of August 2017, and I miss him. But, I’m hopeful he’ll return. I have many notebooks…

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My Life in Cebu: How to Watch Sports in the Philippines

By Rob Ashley | September 25, 2018 | 2

One of the things I miss in the Philippines is sports and going to sporting events. Portland, Oregon was a bit limited as it only has two professional teams, the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and Soccer’s (Futbol) Portland Timbers. But, it has a wealth of university sports with the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, and other teams. Luckily, in the world of the internet, I can watch all my US sports teams here. So how do…

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Hamberger with beef brisket

It’s the Taste of Things in Life That Please Me.

By Paul Thompson | September 24, 2018 | 42

As a traveler of the world I have sampled food from all over the world, a lot I’ve sought out and some I nodded no thanks to. An example was in port in Valparaiso Peru, the year was 1972 in a club I was enjoying a local beer and the lady sitting beside me was eating a sandwich that both looked and smelled good. The language got in the way when I asked her what…

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13A Resident Visa might be perfect for you to live on or near an island like this!

13A Resident Visa – The Complete Guide

By Bob Martin | September 21, 2018 | 37

Want to Live in the Philippines? The 13A Resident Visa Might be right for you! In my opinion, the 13A Resident Visa is the premier visa for anybody who wants to live in the Philippines. Why? There is no requirement to ever travel outside the country on a visa run. It is a permanent visa that is good for the rest of your life. Personal feeling that the permanency of the visa kind of makes…

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Animals and Pets

By Luke | September 21, 2018 | 2

My wife and I live in Northern Mindanao since I retired back in 2013. A big change for me, not so for Katleen, Pets and animals have been a part of most of my life. Living in California as a child and adult I had dogs, cats, fish for pets and even tried a hamster in the house but did not care for him, too loud at night. And after my time in the Navy,…

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By David Haldane | September 20, 2018 | 8

I have always loved parades. Only one, however, has made me cry. I’m speaking of the 34thannual Bonok-Bonok street dancing spectacle held last week in Surigao City. The disclosure that it brought tears to my eyes, frankly, is a bit embarrassing. I, after all, am supposed to be the cynical hard-bitten former newspaper reporter who’s seen and heard it all; no maudlin sentimentality here! And yet, as I watched the city’s finest youngsters dance their…

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Moving Back to the USA?

Moving back to the USA?

By Bob Martin | September 19, 2018 | 34

Why do Expats in the Philippines move back home? Is Bob Martin going to move back to the USA? For about 3 years or so now, Feyma and I have seriously been considering moving back to the USA. Yep. I said it. After having lived in the Philippines, Feyma and I have considered moving back to the USA. Why? Well, for the first 15 years or so of our life here in the Philippines, we…

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Snoopy, finding the shade

A Good Dog

By Pete McKee | September 19, 2018 | 19

“A good dog is so much a nobler beast than an indifferent man, that one sometimes gladly exchanges the society of one for that of the other.” (William Francis Butler) We’ve known all along that the planned menagerie at our ranch would include a dog.  Once we were here to stay, folks took note of my penchant for wandering around alone on our property and the surrounding environs.  There was a near universal cry of…

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10 dumb mistakes foreigners make when moving to the Philippines

By JohnM | September 18, 2018 | 375

Expat Mistakes Ten Big Mistakes that Expats Make Hi, Bob Martin here, owner and publisher of this website. John Miele, a former writer here on LiP, wrote this article way back in 2010. Even though the article has been around for a long, long time, it remains one of the most popular articles on the site. John’s article really does point out some very common expat mistakes I decided that I want to update the…

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My Life in Cebu: Magic Sing and Love Songs in the Philippines

By Rob Ashley | September 18, 2018 | 9

You’d think that the most important thing in our home would be the religious shrine, or our bed, or even the refrigerator, but not at our house. At our house, it’s the Magic Sing, a way too expensive karaoke device that offers 3500 songs and “sort of” matching video although lots of times I think the video that goes with the songs is really random. (You know, Elephants walking through the jungle while the words…

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intramuros in Manila

Building Codes, Zoning Laws in the RP So What?

By Paul Thompson | September 17, 2018 | 22

As I traveled from country to country, on every continent during my working life on ships, the one thing I enjoyed was the World Heritage Sights in countries, cities and, ports that had these fantastic places to see and visit around the world. I don’t know about Antarctica (South Pole) as that is the one place I never visited there weren’t any Igloos there as they told me, but I knew Igloos are only in…

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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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