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Where will we live in the USA?

By Bob Martin | November 14, 2018 | 59

Bob & Feyma are moving to the USA Where will they live in the United States? When Feyma and I finally reached our decision about moving back to the USA, we thought everything would be simple after that. It was not! Unlike most people, I really don’t have a “hometown” in the United States. When I was growing up, my Dad worked in an industry where he was transferred from place to place a lot.…

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Why do you want out of the Philippines?

By Bob Martin | November 13, 2018 | 12

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 | 77

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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It Was Bound to Happen:

By Paul Thompson | November 3, 2018 | 23

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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Direct Deposit of US Government Payments

By Bob Martin | October 30, 2018 | 15

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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Should you help an Indigent Expat in the Philippines?

By Bob Martin | October 24, 2018 | 10

  Indigent. Homeless. These are the words to describe an expat that I got an email about. The American Expat no longer has a place to live. He no longer has money for food. He has been scammed. He has been ripped off. He made a lot of mistakes. But, even though he should have learned his lesson by now, he continues to make the same mistakes. Last week I got an email from a…

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Sili Silliness LiPCast

By Bob Martin | October 23, 2018 | 12

  Hey, back with another LiPCast! I hope you guys are enjoying this new thing that I am doing. I am enjoying doing these videos and learning more and more about producing videos. Prices in the Philippines have been skyrocketing. One of the things that people are really complaining about is the price of Sili. Sili is the local name of these small red chili peppers that are grown here. Sili prices in the Philippines,…

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Best Courier Service in the Philippines – And the Cheapest?

By Bob Martin | October 22, 2018 | 10

  A lot of people ask me what the best courier/delivery service is in the Philippines. Some people ask me what the cheapest courier service is. Some even want to know which service covers both bases! The best and the cheapest? Well, normally the best service of any kind is not the cheapest, and the cheapest is often the worst. But, let’s look at it on today’s LiPCast. I am starting something new today, the…

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People get deported every day - don't let it be you!

What happens if you overstay visa?

By Bob Martin | October 22, 2018 | 946

Did you Overstay Visa? Take care of it before it takes care of you! If you overstay a visa, it might not be a pretty situation. I get questions so frequently from people who are illegally staying in the Philippines.  The reason their stay is illegal is that they have stayed longer than their visa allows.  The common term is that they have “overstayed”.  Some people won’t have much trouble at all because they are…

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Travel for Philippine Dual Citizens

Travel for Philippine Dual Citizens

By Bob Martin | October 15, 2018 | 306

Guide to Travel for Philippine Dual Citizens As a dual citizen travel can seem complicated Many who are dual citizens in the Philippines can find travel for Philippine Dual Citizens complicated. Do they need a visa? What if they overstay in the Philippines. The procedures are actually not complicated, and I am happy to share the things that I know on the topic. Exit Procedure for Philippine Dual Citizens When the Philippine Dual Citizenship law…

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Move to the Philippines

Move to the Philippines: How to do it

By Bob Martin | October 8, 2018 | 123

Move to the Philippines? Don’t quite know how to move to the Philippines? I wanted to come out with a “Master Article” detailing the process of How to Move to the Philippines, so I have finished it up and here it is. I hope that you will find important information here that you need and will assist you with your Move to the Philippines. If you need more information than what is available here, we…

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13G Visa – Is it a better option for you?

By Bob Martin | October 1, 2018 | 36

The 13G Visa 13G is another Residency Option in the Philippines I have a 13G Visa. A 13G Visa is a Philippine Visa that allows for permanent residence in the Philippines. It is for a Former Philippine Citizen. It also is for the spouse and minor children of a former Citizen of the Philippines. At the time that we moved to the Philippines (May 2000), Feyma was already a US Citizen. Because of that, I…

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