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Do you have a million pesos banked

Do you have a million pesos banked?

By Jay Stainback | October 3, 2018 | 32

I have read a number of articles about how much money is needed per month to live in the Philippines. I have promised myself that I would not write an article about how much money a foreigner needs per month to live in the Philippines until I have actually done it. This article brings up a topic that I have not seen addressed, which I feel is even more important than how much money per…

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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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Fair Winds and Following Seas

By Paul Thompson | October 1, 2018 | 50

Sailors use this term synonymously with the points of sail below a beam reach, (But we all knew that) since the wind direction is generally the same as the sea direction. Therefore, the phrase “Fair winds and following seas,” implies that a vessel will have good winds, and not have to pound into the waves., It is also used when a shipmate is departing a ship, due to transfer, or at a Seamans funeral and…

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Pull Over

By Peter Devlin | September 28, 2018 | 10

How does the old saying go? “Pride comes before a fall”. Better believe it! Let me explain. I like driving, but currently cannot get a Philippines driving license, so my partner does all the driving these days. I do miss driving a bit, but given the traffic conditions and local driving culture here, I’m mostly happy relaxing in the passenger seat. Nevertheless, I pride myself that I’ve always been a cautious driver. At least, that’s…

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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 | 4

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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Hamberger with beef brisket

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

By Paul Thompson | September 24, 2018 | 43

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 | 193

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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Moving Back to the USA?

Moving back to the USA?

By Bob Martin | September 19, 2018 | 43

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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10 dumb mistakes foreigners make in 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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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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