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Battle of the Bugs and Pests

By Luke | November 7, 2018 | 6

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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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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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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A Day at the Beach

By Luke | October 26, 2018 | 2

Yesterday morning as I was having my morning cup of coffee, my sweet wife came in and asked if I would like to go to the Beach, it was Sunday so the beach would have a lot of visitors. My only question was what time are we leaving. After breakfast, we piled into the car and off we went with my wife driving.  Badiangon beach here we come. This beach has done wonders for my…

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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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My Generator

Emergency Generators in the Philippines

By Luke | October 19, 2018 | 6

I live in a small city here in the Philippines and yes we have, as they are called here Brownouts, a lot of them. Since the first of the year, our longest blackout was a little over 3 days due to downed lines. At least that is what I was told. If you couple this with the fact that many weeks our home is without public utility power for 1 to 2 hours at a…

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Journals from an Indigenous Philippine Sorcerer. ‘Invisible’

By Max Woodside | October 17, 2018 | 6

Arik, Nyle and I were having a beer at an outside bar in Minglanilla, Cebu. We had delivered some hand-carved hardwood bookshelves to a well-to-do foreigner in a subdivision nearby. Arik was a furniture maker by trade, and his work sold fairly successfully around the area. He primarily got his customers by word-of-mouth, and thru some Filipino photo catalog exchange that always kept him making something. His workspace was a simple corner in his apartment…

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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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