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Quiet… don’t tell anybody this, it’s just between you and I, but today is my birthday (Feb. 20). I’m not going to say how old I am today, because I’m certainly getting older. Oh, well… I guess I will. I’m 45 today. I moved to the Philippines when I was 38, and have been living a good life.

Since today is my birthday, I thought that would be the subject for the day. Birthdays in the Philippines.

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Here, birthdays are really a big deal! They have big parties and such. It would be almost unthinkable to not have a birthday party here, it seems! Back in the States, having a birthday is just not really a big deal, but it’s not like that here. Singing, cake, the whole “she-bang”.

One thing that is kind of different for me is when one of my kids has a birthday. In the States, if you have a birthday party for your kid, you just invite other kids. Here, you invite people of all ages, even if they don’t have kids! It is kind of fun, I guess. There have been several times when I have neglected to invite people (adults) to my kid’s birthday party, and it was kind of a feaux paus. It’s just not something that I am used to, I guess.

So anyway, yeah… I am a bit older today, but that’s OK. I hope I still have a little life left in me!

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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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Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Dustin – thanks for your comment. I am glad to know that you are enjoying my blogs.

Dustin
Dustin
13 years ago

Happy Birthday Bob still enjoy reading your blog's. Keep up the great work and just so you know, your time taken to write is very much appreciated. I thank you for your time you and your wife take out of your busy life to still write your blogs.

Dustin

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi William – thanks for your greeting! I'm happy to share my birthday with your wife!

william
william
13 years ago

Happy Birthday Bob!

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Birthday and also to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog and learning so much about life and culture in Mindanao.

I responded to one of your entries a few weeks ago about my marriage to a woman from Dipolog City. Well… her birthday is the same day, I am glad to say.

Hope you enjoy your special day and keep up the good work.

Sincerely,
William

craig mabius
craig mabius
13 years ago

Hi Bob, find you info very uaseful I have a few years till we move (wife is from Mindaanao) but we are getting the fever. Happy Birthday !! Is BPI an FDIC insured bank ? I know that Metro Bank is The more We read the more we are convinced that Davao is the best place to live. Keep up the great info. Thank you

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Craig – thanks for your comment! Your sentiments are much appreciated.

To clarify about the banks – no Philippine banks are FDIC insured. FDIC is a US program. Here in the Philippines, they have what is called "PDIC" which is Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation. And, the answer about BPI is that is indeed covered by PDIC. PDIC covers deposits up to a maximum of P250,000 (about $5,000).

Have a great day, Craig!

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

By the way, Tina… in my haste, I neglected to answer your comment about my being born in the Year of the Tiger (1962). Yes, I did know that, and also I agree with you, I am indeed a Tiger, and it is a very accurate description of me!

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Peter, Jul and Patrice – thanks also for your birthday greetings! I had a great birthday yesterday. Some friends dropped by in the evening for dinner with us, and we ended up having a great conversation with them that lasted until midnight! I'm a little sleepy today!

ken
ken
13 years ago

happy birthday bob ! mine was the 5th im 43

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Ken – thanks! And… Happy Birthday to you!

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