A Treasured Friend


Welcome back to my sometimes co-author, Gia.  If you like her work, please let her know.  I particularly enjoyed publishing this article, because I so often write about some of the personal and family issues involved with moving to the Philippines.  Sometimes we forget, it can hurt both ways …. Has anyone ever had a friend?  A friend whom you […]

What Would You Give Up To Move to the Philippines?

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Is this really about your move to the Philippines?  You decide. Another short reading assignment today, gentle readers. And then a much more important thinking assignment. Reading is easy, at least if it interests you. Thinking?  Sometimes not so much. Go see what my blogging colleague Seth wrote: The taskmaster premium (go ahead, it’s very […]

Looking For An Excuse Not to Move to the Philippines?


You may think at first this post has little to do with a move to the Philippines.  But read it through, with a thoughtful mind, and perhaps you may just see a connection for yourself.  Or not.  As we say on the ‘Net, YMMV. One of my admittedly obscure heroes was a fellow who designed […]

Retire in the Philippines — Or Maybe Malaysia?

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Here’s a little post under the broad heading of how to Retire in the Philippines I’ve been meaning to write for some time.  It’s perhaps 50% rant, and 50% good business idea going to waste, so be forewarned that I’m going to say a few things here about …  how to retire in the Philippines,  […]

Retire in the Philippines — No Plan?

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Retire in the Philippines Retire in the Philippines, with No Plan?  Well, perhaps not exactly, “No Plan”, but, then again, a lot less “Plan” than many of you are beating yourself up with. I really think everyone even thinking in passing about retiring in the Philippines should give this article a ‘read’ and come back […]

Retire in the Philippines for Good Reason?

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Retire in the Philippines — Can You? So you want to Retire in the Philippines?  Your homework assignment for today is to go and read this excellent article.  Go ahead, I’ll wait, but do come back, because I have some very specific Retire in the Philippines comments and clarification that you might find interesting. Finding […]

Philippine Retirement — What the "Big Guys" Think

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Philippine Retirement — A Good Thing? Since I am an American retiree in the Philippines, it’s not very surprising that I write a lot about Philippine Retirement. I have a number of online friends who are retired in the Philippines as well (and one who is a younger than retirement-age  entrepreneur who will probably never […]

Questions people Ask About Living in the Philippines


From time to time I like looking at the keywords or questions about living in the Philippines that people type into Google that lead them to PhilFAQS, the site where I write about the frequently asked questions (FAQS) about living here in the Philippines. I try to put the more common questions on a dedicated […]

More Bumps in the Night — and Unpaid Federal Workers

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As many of you have already there was another large earthquake/after shock in the sea off Miyagi prefecture, Japan last night, Philippine/Japanese time.  This one was much smaller and no significant injuries/damage has been reported. So the work these guys are doing will, I believe, go on unhindered. Sendai airport was not fully open until […]

Medicare and Living in the Philippines — Does It Matter?


Medicare and Living in the Philippines? This is a question that comes in pretty regularly here at PhilFAQS.com, where I try to provide the answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQS) about living in the Philippines. I always tend to write too long … so here’s the answer.  No. More extensive answers to the question […]

Cost Of Living in the Philippines — or the Price of Coal


Peggy Seeger once penned some mighty lyrics: … Bone and blood is the price of coal … … Thru all their lives they dug their grave … But what Peggy hadn’t figured out at the time was that the true price of coal is far higher than the lives lost mining it.  Even the cleanest-burning, […]

What Should Be In Your Wallet in the Philippines

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This is sort of a follow-on to my recent What’s in Your Wallet in the Philippines? post, along with a few random recommendations and some shoutouts to friends who make my living  here in the Philippines a lot more royal than it would be otherwise. Retire Like a King in the Philippines First, I want to […]