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Well, we have a new feature here on LiP starting today.  It is a Podcast called “The Expat Answer Man“.  Basically, it is a show where people can call in and leave voicemail with a question about moving to the Philippines, living in the Philippines, or the expat lifestyle in general.

To listen to the Podcast, just click on the play button of the audio player that you will see just above this article.

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Today is the very first episode of this podcast, but I hope to include it here on LiP once per week in the future, provided that enough people leave questions that can be included for the podcast.  Actually, it is my plan that there will be daily shows of this Expat Answer Man Podcast which will be featured on a new website that I am working on, with one episode per week included on LiP, so that readers here can get a feel for the show, and hopefully pick up a few answers to questions that they may have in mind regarding life in the Philippines.

Today’s Episode

Wearing Shorts

Wearing Shorts

For today’s episode, Episode 0001, we got a question from Bill in Wisconsin.  Bill is wondering about appropriate clothes to wear in the Philippines.  This topic has a couple areas to look at:

  1. Clothes that are comfortable in this climate.
  2. Clothes that are culturally appropriate.

So, give the Podcast a listen and see what  you think.  I hope you enjoy the show, and will listen in each and every week.

Do You Have a Question?

If you want to send a question for inclusion in a future Podcast, just use the app below, click on the button below, where it says “Start Recording”.

Questions submitted by eMail will no longer be answered, you must submit through the voice message above.

Thanks again for listening, everybody!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Greg
Greg
7 years ago

Hi Bob, As a regular long time visitor to Davao I would to concur with your recommendations and would like to add that on some occasions long pants should be definitely worn i.e. visiting the Bureau of Immigration (BI) or in fact any government offices. This can be extended to most Asian countries as I had a personal experience when visiting Thailand’s Immigration Bureau where outside signage states long pants are compulsory upon entering. My experiences tend me to believe that the Asian way of thinking relates anybody wearing shorts (other than for exercise or beach activities) to that of… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Hi Greg – Thanks! I’m glad you liked the Podcast format!

I didn’t know that ladies in shorts are prohibited from riding motorcycles, I see that all the time, though, so they must not enforce that one much! 😉

Yes, you are correct on the Bureau of Immigration… shorts are not allowed there. I should have mentioned that to Bill, but I forgot to. Hopefully he will read the comments!

Greg
Greg
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

I only found this out after my wife had to attend a 3 hour lecture at the LTO on local traffic laws after be caught doing a left hand turn into Maa Road from the far right lane of MacAthur …. she was more upset that the officer could not be enticed not to write the ticket Emoji

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Ha Ha, Greg, pretty interesting.

Tito Joe
Tito Joe
7 years ago

Bob, I am one of those that would rather read than listen to a podcast. Mostly since it is hard to speed them up and also skip past stuff that is fluff etc. I have tried them in the past and when I have time they are cool, but I look at/listen to, podcasts the same way I do TV or YouTube. Not very often. Wish ya much luck on this change, but the time involved Vs reading is a no go for me personally. Just one mans opinion of course, I am sure there are folks that will like… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Tito Joe

Hi Joe, thanks for your input. A few points…

1. I do plan to offer transcripts in the future.

2. It is not a change in format. LiP will still continue to consist of primarily written articles with a podcast once per week or so.

3. It is only a 6 minute podcast, so it won’t take a large amount of anybody’s time.

Tito Joe
Tito Joe
7 years ago

Bob, BI changed the dress regs in October. Shorts allowed at if they stop at the Knee. Short Shorts are still a no no as are Tank tops etc.

See the announcment here…

REF: http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php/news/top-stories/78-top-stories/563-new-dress-code-policy

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Tito Joe

Hi Joe, yes, I am aware of that. However, the policy had changed back and forth many times over the years. Also, the New regulation is not honored in all locations, some BI offices still don’t allow shorts.

papaduck
papaduck
7 years ago
Reply to  Tito Joe

No flipflops, just closed shoes only.

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  papaduck

Yep!

Brenton Butler
Brenton Butler
7 years ago
Reply to  Tito Joe

Tito Joe – I never knew of these laws. In Dumaguete they seem not to matter. I always wear shorts, a tank top and flip flops. No one ever has said anything or looked at me funny.

Dumaguete is a little different though. The law is to wear helmets and maybe 1 in 30 people do. They believe they don’t drive fast enough to warrant helmets. Lol

ChazWorm
7 years ago
Reply to  Brenton Butler

Hey BB
I too am in the Negros Oriental province (Bayawan City) and I inquired about the non enforcement of the helmet law. I was told that they had to repeal it after the 2nd drive by shooting from a man conveniently wearing full face motorcycle helmets.

Axel
Axel
7 years ago

Congratulation with the podcast, it’s a great improvement. some may like to read, but others may find it easier to listen. Now there’s both choices. Also good to think of people that might have trouble reading, bad eyes and so on. One thing more – to be vocal makes it easier to avoid misunderstandings, it often happens in writing, since there’s details that just can’t be written in a way that the reader understand as it was meant to. About dress code: I have it the same way as you Bob, when i go to malls, restaurants and other things… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Axel

Thank you so much for offering your opinion, Axel. It seems we are alike in so many ways. In the past, we have found our feelings to be similar and it seems we also have the same feelings about shorts as well.

Thank you for your compliment about the podcast. I have gotten almost 100% positive feedback on it. 🙂

papaduck
papaduck
7 years ago

Bob,
Podcast sounds like a good and interesting idea. Looking forward to maybe trying it in the future. Generally I just wear long pants to gov’t offices or when catching a flight. I just feel more comfortable wearing shorts on a daily basis

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  papaduck

Hi PapaDuck – Glad you enjoyed the podcast. I only wear shorts around the house, never long pants! But, if I go out, I switch to long pants. I just feel it is the right thing to do. But, like anything in life, we all have our own opinions, as it should be! You gotta do what makes you comfortable!

Brenton Butler
Brenton Butler
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Bob – It might depend on the culture of the area. Dumaguete is a real flip flop/shorts culture for locals and foreigners alike. If I wore long pants often I would feel a little up dressed.

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Brenton Butler

I suppose so, Brenton.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

IMHO if I was a businessman or person who wants to make an impression I always wear longs unless the time and place dictated other … even it makes me uncomfortable!

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg

I think that is spot on, Greg.

brenton butler
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Hi Bob – I have been at Robinson’s mall most of the day as it is colder than my house and thought I would observe people. It appeared about 50% Filipinos wear shorts and 50% wear long pants. Foriegners appeared about 80% shorts and 20% long pants. I’ve been told many Filipinos wear long clothes so they don’t get darker skin from sun exposure as well.

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  brenton butler

I’m not here to fight it out with your over this, Brenton. I stated my opinion, based on more than 14 years of living here. You have stated yours. That’s good enough for me. I have offered my advice, and you have offered yours. Everybody should do whatever makes them comfortable.

brenton butler
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Bob – No fight intended, just engaging conversation based on limited experience to gain more understanding.

brenton butler
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Bob – On a funny note, for the first 2 years of living in the Philippines, I never actually even owned a pair of long pants, shorts only. I had to buy a pair 2 months back as it’s a requirement for church ushering at the church I attend. Now I wear them every second Sunday when I usher.

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  brenton butler

Yeah, I would think that would be the appropriate thing to do, wearing long pants for Church.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago
Reply to  brenton butler

Brenton … 50% … with respect … no way …by the way my wife uses me as a sun shield walking from the car park to the mall to shield her beautiful brown skin from getting darker 🙂

brenton butler
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Greg – most foriegners wives are much darker skinned in the Dumagiete region and don’t seem so concerned about staying so white anyway. Not sure if this is a Philippine wide trend though.

Bill
7 years ago

Hi Bob!

Thanks for posting my question on your podcast. I truly enjoyed it. I’m glad I asked the question because I would have loaded up on lots of shorts and less jeans. Once again you saved me a lot of money!

Thank you very much!!

Bill
Wisconsin

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

You are welcome, Bill. Bring your shorts, though, they are great for wearing around the house.

Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

We’ll do! Thanks again Bob! This podcast thing you fired up is AWESOME!!!

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Thanks, Bill, I appreciate your support.

jose porfirio
jose porfirio
7 years ago

Yeppers! Another great idea of yours.. and I love the theme song. 🙂

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  jose porfirio

Thanks, Jose. I’m glad you like it.

John Reyes
7 years ago

Again, your resourcefulness shows through in the introduction of this new format as a LiP feature, Bob. Rightly or wrongly, I see this podcast as an innovative approach to filling a void created by not having enough writers to contribute one article per day in a 7-day period. This makes me wonder if there is “pressure” from your sponsors – the comment counters – to publish a new article each day? Needless to say, it’s your website and you can do anything with it as you please, but, for me personally, I would not mind reading three or four “substantial”… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John – Many of the things that you always think are demanded by “the sponsors” are not what sponsors are looking for. For example, the comment count is not what sells products. Let’s just state the truth, shall we? Why did I introduce this new format? 1. I am the type of people who enjoys trying new things, new technologies. I like to have my hands into new things to try them out. 2. You have been following this site for many years, so you surely remember that over the years I have had a few bouts with problems in… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

I heard about your stroke, never the arthritis. Now you have to deal with laryngitis, wouldn’t you, Bob, with this podcast? LOL

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

I had a stroke in 2001, yes, and have written about that many times. In 2006 or 2007 I had some terrible problems with my wrists. Went to an orthopedist and found out that I have osteoarthritis. Luckily, through doing the right things to control it, I usually have only minor pain. From time to time it flares up, though, to the point where I can’t even pick up an hold something very light. I did write about this when I was sick a few months back, said that the spider bite had caused my arthritis to go septic and… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Oh, BTW, we have a new writer starting tomorrow here on LiP. There are plenty of writers. 😉

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

I heard about your stroke, never the arthritis. Now you have to deal with laryngitis, wouldn’t you, Bob, with this podcast? LOL

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Sorry for the double post. I meant to ask, what happened to Scott Fortune?

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John! I thought you were the guy who read all of the comments! I have answered this question in comments at least a dozen times in the past few months! Scott moved to the Philippines back a few months ago. Since he moved, he keeps telling me that his is going to write an article.. he never does though. Other than going up north and holding a gun to his head, I know of nothing I can do. If he writes, he writes. If he doesn’t, all I can do is seek out a new writer, or make some other… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Yes, Bob, I am the guy who read all of the comments, but I can’t speak for the comments that have scrolled out of sight after the 25th comment when I am asleep. But when I am awake I rarely miss any comment posted, as a I visit the site several times a day when I am not out, so don’t accuse me of not contributing to site traffic. 🙂 Heck, LiP is the ONLY Philippine-related site I visit. I know that Scott Fortune has moved to Pangasinan, and I also know that you responded to Big P’s and Papa… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

I heard from him just a few days ago, John. He promised that he would be writing an article for the site. But, he has already told me that many times, so we’ll have to see if he follows through.

John Reyes
7 years ago

For the upcoming Philippine vacation, I have more shorts than long pants set aside, but then again I have no plans on visiting the BI or any Philippine government agency. Most of my shorts are cargo shorts that reach to the knee in khaki, fatigues, black, and camo, but I also have dress shorts in linen that don’t wrinkle like the cargo shorts. On the second day of my arrival in the Philippines on my last visit, I was “dressed up” preparing to go to the SM mall, meaning, I had on well-pressed long khaki pants and a Abercrombie and… Read more »

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Gotta do whatever works for you, John. No doubt there.

Ray Woodby
Ray Woodby
7 years ago

Hi Bob, Have you ever looked into Dragon software products? You speak and it types for you.

MindanaoBob
7 years ago
Reply to  Ray Woodby

Indeed, I have used Dragon rather extensively, Ray. It is not perfect, but close!

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