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Roaming Brownouts

Last Friday I wrote about the increase of traffic in the city. Well that is not the only problem for Davao. With the increase of construction and population, there is an increase on the public utilities. This is not only for Davao since the island of Mindanao is on a power grid. Last Friday in Live in the Philippines Bob wrote about the problem of scheduled brownouts all over the country. Looking into this I have found...

Financial Freedom Retiring in the Philippines

As you all know and read here and on other sites, living in the Philippines is cheaper than in the U.S. and other countries but there are things to consider. First is inflation. I have not tracked the price increases in the two years I have lived here but one item I remember is gasoline. When I first moved here, gas was about 30 pesos per liter. Today it is 43.80 pesos per liter, which is one peso less than it was in the past...

Economic Classes in the Philippines

I have been asked by some readers to discuss the income classes (levels) in the Philippines. This is more difficult to classify since I am not an economist and have access to the incomes of the populace. As I wrote previously, Filipinos need fewer comforts as most foreigners are accustomed to needing. Just as Americans are accustomed to things Europeans are not, such as Air conditioning. Most Americans are used to bigger...

Traffic in Davao

In the past, I have written many times about the crazy drivers and motorcycles in the Philippines. It is a very aggressive driving habit. I have had friends comment that if they had a car, they would be too afraid to dive here, but that is not what I want to talk about today. In the two years I have lived in Davao, I have seen an increase in construction in both commercial and residential building. There is a big project...

More About the Difficult Life of Filipinos

Last week I wrote an article “Difficult Life for Filipinos” where I discussed the low wages and how difficult it is to survive, but they do. As an American, even when we have a low income, the condition of our life is much better in most cases.  As Americans, we have a level of comfort we need to live and things we will not accept. Besides that, there are health codes and building codes to make sure the conditions are...