12 Little Things — Rule 3

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This is the fourth installment in my series highlighting this truly valuable little book. Like the old saying, “Good Things Come In Small Packages”, this book impressed me as a great value for not only the intended Filipino audience but also for foreigners like me who live the Philippines, or are “married into” the Philippines, […]

Gone to the Hogs in the Philippines

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My posting schedule is a little “off” this week because I was in Manila for two days and had a little adventure, reaffirmed some old friendships and learned a lot about doing business in the Philippines. Since Fridays are usually the day I write about business in the Philippines, you can consider this your regular […]

Philippine Questions and Answers — 23 Apr 2009


Instead of a direct question this week, I am going to address a couple issues that have come up from readers and fellow bloggers in the past few weeks regarding one of our favorite subjects … getting through the immigration and travel tax hassles at the airport. Travel Taxes, Fees and Keeping Right With Immigration […]

Foreigner Jobs Philippines

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I see there have often been searches here on PhilFAQS, the blog that attempts to answer the frequently asked questions (FAQS) about the Philippines regarding US Department of State jobs in the Philippines. Here’s some information the US State Department just sent and asked me to pass on (US Citizens on are eligible)   For […]

Philippine (Electrical, 220v, 60Hz, AC) Power to the People


A few electrical thoughts written as my trusty air conditioner hums away, sucking down that expensive MERALCO power, for which I am very grateful. It’s the height of the summer here on Luzon … summer peaks much earlier here than it does in more temperate latitudes, and this summer has been the hottest of the […]

Random Thoughts from The Kalbo Kano Kurmudgeon


Today I’m cleaning my in box/draft posts folder.  And yes I know curmudgeon is properly spelled with a “C” but I live in the Philippines and I can spell it anyway I want.  You’ll find many ‘creative’ spellings of English words here, especially the ones that have been adopted into Pilipino or Filipino or Tagalog.  […]

Philippine (or US) Business You Can Do — Watch Videos

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I’ve written quite a few articles about using the combination of the Internet and video to make or expand a business.  This can certainly work for you in the US or in the Philippines or when dividing one’s time between two countries, as many of my readers want to do. One thing there is a […]

Philippine Questions and Answers — 9 Apr 2009


A little Easter gift.  But what is underneath the pretty wrapping?  We’ve talked here before about the recent Rural Bank Time deposit scams that forced the closure of 12 banks over the Christmas holidays, end of 2008.  Sadly a number of foreigners were involved in peddling these ‘too good to be true’ products, and many […]

Philippine Touring — Beating the Heat


A blogging colleague of mine, Tyler Cruz lives up in the far, frozen north of Canada (well. not really that far north, Tyler lives on Vancouver island on the beautiful Strait of Georgia, down in Canada’s lovely southland, but it’s altogether far enough north for me 😉 A week or so ago Tyler emailed me […]