What Do You Want To Know About Living In The Philippines?

Just time for a short article today, but an important one.  I want to make this place better for my raders.  So …

Is there anything you want me to write a blog post about?

To be honest, a lot of the content on my blog comes directly from the emails that people have sent me asking to cover a certain topic.
That’s why I wrote:

Marriage, Nationality and Divorce

How to Move to the Philippines Manual

Why I Left The Philippines

I Heard A Foreigner Can Inherit Land In The Philippines

writer writing

Keeping the Reader Satisfied

and a few other fairly popular posts.

Why?  Because you asked for them!  The way I see it, there’s no point in writing for me.
I should do all in my power to write for you.  I want to know my audience better and to find out more about what they want to hear.
Point of interest to me.  I thought a lot of people were interested in where the Best Places Philippines to live were.
But response to that, even with a live map for ‘eye candy’, has been … well, a bit “underwhelming”.  Seems I clearly missed the mark there.
Anyways – I’d love to hear your suggestions. I’ll do my best to answer as many questions in actual blog posts as I can.
I may not be able to get to all of them, but I’ll do my best.


  1. Fred says

    Howdy Philly:
    Back in 1970, I saw a show about building with concrete blocks, they used a technique called DRY STACKING, then using SURFACE BONDING CONCRETE( concrete, fine sand, an fiberglass fibers) on the outside and inside to bond the blocks together.

    Cannot find that type of concrete here!!! Why not???

    What percentage of homes are built with concrete blocks??

    Most homes have a concrete floor with Ceramic tiles overlay!!! There is a way of finishing the concrete floor so that amazing to look at!! Can that be done here??

    • says

      @Fred (ID 4998): Hi Fred. I’m familiar with the dry stacking block building you are talking about. It could certainly be done easily enough here, if you really wanted to. IIRC, the main ‘exotic’ component of the surface bonding concrete was fibergalss strands, mixed into the mix. If they aren’t available here they could certainy be sent by the BB box full. I’m not so sure that would be a viable technique here, though. My main area of concern would be ‘shake, rattle and roll’ resistance during an earthquake. Most of our traditional block walls here are typically built with not enough reinforcement. The surface bonded dry bricks seem as if they would be even less earthquake resistant. But that’s only a guess on my part.

      There are a number of ways of finishing concrete floors decoratively. Without knowing quite what you are referring to, I can’t say. However given material and labor costs here, when I do any building I’m pretty much going to go with the tile. It’s durable, and at the labor prices we have here, completely practical to chisel off and replace in the future if you get tired of it.

      But I’m ready to learn.

      • Fred says

        Hi Philly:

        Would not use as a replacement for the way they build. Just additional to finish of the outside for more strength.

        Some of the things I discover everyday on THE NET are fascinating, the surface finishing of concrete, the use both Dyes, and Acid Stains.

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