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Jobs and Self Improvement in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, if you are out and around town you meet Filipinos at different employment levels. Most you meet are clerks, waiters and support staff. Then as you get to meet and talk to people you get to know more from all walks of life.  Some are just comfortable with their lives and some who try to improve. The problem here is they have to make a decision and work hard on their own to improve. Yes, the friends...

My New Venture

If you have been a visitor here for a while, I expect you have read my past profession was Architectural Drafting and Project Management. I have even had some construction management projects here and have started to help some foreigners design and build their own homes. In America, an architectural firm, especially in residential architecture draws the plans and elevations for construction. In house or with associations we...

Made in Japan, Taiwan, Korea… now China

When I was a child, I remember when “Made in Japan” was a label and feeling of cheap, low quality merchandise. There was the “Japanese Transistor Radio.”  As I kid, we knew that anything labeled “Made in Japan” was cheap and would not last long, toys, radios and almost anything else. I remember hearing a story, but do not know if it is true that to combat the “Made in Japan” label, they renamed a city where a...

Peso Mentality for Foreigners in the Philippines

Sunday we started our day as usual, Elena left before I woke to go to Church. My alarm woke me at 7am and I had my juice and a few cigarettes in the Sala (Living Room) as I watched CNN. By 8am I was dressed and drove to the Church to pick Elena up. From there and we headed to Agdao Palengke for or meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. A friend from England has been joining us to get his provisions for the week so we picked him...

American Unemployment and the Effects to Philippin...

As we all here on the news and from friends and relatives, unemployment has reached one of the highest levels for many years. I was a victim at the beginning of the financial crisis back in 2007. There was so much new housing and as their prices increased, it raised the levels of the resale housing market. What caused this was investors were buying up everything at the low pre-construction prices and we getting 125% zero...

Living in Luxury in the Philippines

Living in Luxury? What does that mean? A while back a commenter said something that had bothered me. He said when he retired, he could live comfortably in America or he could live in luxury in Davao. He said, to him, it was a no brainer. In other words living here was the best decision. I have spent many hours at different times on this philosophy. In America I have lived well at times and there have been times I have lived...