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Why do you want out of the Philippines?

By Bob Martin | November 13, 2018 | 8

I have already heard this question We are moving back to the USA, why are we fleeing the Philippines? Ever since my misinterpreted article a couple of months ago which made some readers think that we were moving back to the USA, people have been asking me what we are running away from. Why do we want to leave the Philippines? At the time I wrote that article, I really had no intention of leaving…

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Bob & Feyma Martin - We're moving back to the USA

Life Change: A Big Announcement

By Bob Martin | November 12, 2018 | 67

We have decided to make a major change Many people misinterpreted my September 19 article Back in September, I published an article about whether Feyma and I would move back to the USA. As I said in the article, it is something we have been considering for several years. During these years, when we have considered moving back, we have always ended up deciding to stay in the Philippines. In our discussions in August and…

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Deliberately Devouring Devilish Delectable Dinuguan!

By Jay Stainback | November 9, 2018 | 8

As my father explained to me while teaching me to put a minnow on a hook for fishing, anyone can put a hook through a minnow’s eye, but one has to have a strong firm hand, be diligent and work hard if they want to become a master baiter. I like to start my articles with a hook, pun intended. I use literary devices like alliteration in the title sometimes, but I try to choose…

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The Battle of Surigao Strait

By David Haldane | November 8, 2018 | 8

I haven’t always been a sucker for national anthems. Time was, in fact, when I was a long-haired radical who thought that feelings surrounding nations and their flags were sentimental, childish and naïve. Boy, have those times changed. Yesterday I was overcome by emotion at the renditions of, not one, but four national anthems all in a row; those of Japan, the United States, Australia, and the Philippines. The occasion was the 74th annual commemoration…

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Battle of the Bugs and Pests

By Luke | November 7, 2018 | 4

When I was growing up, insects allowed me to be entertained for many hours. I would watch them, look at their lives as they busily went about their tasks, ants at first, then many others ending I think with spiders, especially the Tarantulas. I had several as pets much to the displeasure of my mother that would find them in my room or in my clothing. But in time, I found that my thinking turned…

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I Hear Drums

By Rob Ashley | November 6, 2018 | 6

When I first met my wife she told me she played on a basketball team in high school. I’m thinking, “Wow, an athlete. Just like Hoosiers or those university teams I’ve seen on the news in Cebu City.” But after I knew her for a few days, I learned that what she meant was, that a few of her girlfriends in rural Samar borrowed a ball from one of their brothers and played “basketball” once…

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Wild honey tastes great! Photo by Tony Gerard

The Bee Hunters

By Pete McKee | November 5, 2018 | 4

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ifugao Province, a short drive to our north.  I was traveling into the Cordillera Mountains in the company of some American and Filipino naturalists and ecologists.  Our number included Paulo, an entomologist, Zeb, an American herpetologist, Wally, an all-around naturalist with specialties in orchids and herpetology, his wife Carol, Tony, an American field biologist and his wife Berna, Berna’s brother Adrian, who is on…

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It Was Bound to Happen:

By Paul Thompson | November 3, 2018 | 20

That I’d write a very long article. Proof that if you have one week or three hours to pack a suitcase. You’ll pack the same things both times. This being my first monthly article to Sir Bob’s LiP Website, after last month’s article “Fair Winds and Following Seas” Where I informed the LiP readers of a change to my status So unlike others I’ll freely admit I have no plan as they do, to start…

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A Death In The Family

By David Haldane | November 1, 2018 | 9

The truth is that I didn’t remember him until I saw him dead. His name was Junelito S. Villondo, but friends called him Juni for short. Nearly every day for a year, Juni came to our house in Punta Bilaras one of the dozens of workers charged with making it home. His particular specialty; stainless welding and metalwork. Last week, our engineer mentioned in passing that Juni had called in sick. Yesterday we went to…

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Direct Deposit of US Government Payments

By Bob Martin | October 30, 2018 | 8

Do you get US Government Payments? You get Direct Deposit to a Philippine Bank Did you know that you can now have most US Government payments (Social Security, Military Retirements, etc) deposited directly into your Philippines US Dollar Bank account? That’s right! BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands) now offers direct deposit of US Government payments.  Payments are made through ACH (Automated Clearing House) payment, which generally means that you should get your money in…

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Bad Ass Taxis

By Rob Ashley | October 30, 2018 | 6

I had my car re-registered in Cebu City a few weeks ago, and during the inspection, they really put it through a thorough look-see. Not only did I have the emission test, but they examined every light, turn signal, horn and “graded” the car… even on its cleanliness. So, that being the case for my car, what’s the deal with the taxis? We landed at the airport in Mactan/Cebu the other day and queued up…

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Where The Rubber Meets The Road?

By Peter Devlin | October 29, 2018 | 4

Back in 1993, I was invited to visit a rubber plantation in North Cotabato owned by a family I’ve known for several years. North Cotabato is a landlocked province located in Mindanao and its capital is Kidapawan City. It’s quintessentially the Philippines, and I loved it. My visit there was exciting and memorable, and I’ve been there several times since. But the first is always the best, right? It was also an education in more…

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