Twisting the Tiger's Tail — Good Judgment?

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Regular readers know I pretty much abhor political debate.  I don’t talk here in PhilFAQS about US politics … in fact I basically don’t even allow it to happen,even in reader comments. And I make a point of ignoring any discussion of Philippine politics whenever possible.  I’m a guest in this country, I really don’t […]

Scalawags, Solons and Xenophobia in Paradise


One of the reasons people often recommend or promote the Philippines as a place to live, and particularly a place to retire, is the fact that English is a common language in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, English is one of the official languages of the Republic of the Philippines … The present […]

Philippine Marriage and the Am I Considered Married Question


Philippine Marriage Questions Recently I received another comment with questions on this surprisingly common issue.  Is there anyway a Filipino,who was legally married as recognized by the Philippines, be considered legally “un-married” by the Philippines and.or the US government. (As always, remember that these are my layman’s opinions, offered for information and discussion purposes.  They […]

Green Card and Immigration Attorney Thoughts


It’s that time of the year again.  I’m starting to see ads encouraging people to enter the US INS Diversity Visa Lottery program, commonly called the Green Card lottery. Use caution, please.  A few facts, especially for Filipinos and other non-US folks who might want to check these offers out: There is no need to […]

Marriage, Nationality and Divorce — Part 2


Original Article on Marriage, Nationality and Divorce … Marriage, Nationality and Divorce Like so many other endeavors in this crazy online/offline world of mine, life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. I wanted to already be finished with my articles on comparison of the Philippines with other potential overseas living/overseas retirement […]

Start a Business in the Philippines — Legal Ways to Own

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Just a quick update to my last article on how to Start a Business in the Philippines.  (there’s more about Business in the Philippines here) Start a Business in the Philippines — Freeports I mentioned, briefly, the two major Freeport initiatives of the Philippine Government … the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the Clark Freeport […]

Start a Business in the Philippines — General Thoughts


Start a Business in the Philippines.  Now there’s a thought.  Can a foreigner start a business in the Philippines as a way to make a living, instead of searching, searching, searching for that seemingly impossible task of finding a job for a foreigner in the Philippines? (You might also like There’s a Philippine Pony In […]

Jobs in the Philippines — Rifle or Shotgun?


Jobs in the Philippines.  I have a confession to make.  After I finish writing and posting this article, I have to go look through the trash bin (deleted comments files) on the website and find a comment that was there waiting for approval when I came in to work this AM.  I hadn’t had my […]