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Expats in Davao

Here is another article from Rob, also known as m60man. He is very good at expressing his views and I thank him for assisting me in keeping this site with writings about Davao. Thank you Jon. I just read Tom Martin’s post and his last comment rang true to me as well. Bruce met my wife and me for lunch before he left for Vegas. We chatted about many things. He was a little upset due to some expats comments, and...

Expat Social Support Groups

In the past, I wrote about some Expat groups I belonged to in Davao. One of problems is in most of the groups here and in many organizations everywhere is assistance. There were a few groups I had belonged to and for different reasons I only stayed involved with one of them. It name is Friends of Mindanao. The group designed its name as not to limit its attendance to only expats. Anyone is welcome including Filipinos. The...

Tourist Visa Fees Increased

For anyone who has been here in the Philippines for a while and still on a tourist visa you know about how the fees at Bureau of Immigration are always changing. When I first moved here, if you waited for your visa extension to be processed, you were charged a 500-peso “Express Line Fee.” This is something they never asked you if you wanted, they just charged you. Then they made the Express Line fee mandatory. Recently...

You Have Changed – You are Not the Person I First ...

How many times have we heard that in our life? In our search for a relationship during our lives, we meet someone we are interested in starting a relationship. In the old days, it could be at school, at a club, a social event or at the office. We start a conversation and see if we are able to make a date and get to know each other better. In the beginning, we try to give the best impression to this person. Maybe a friend...

Green Card Verses ACR Card – Differences in Reside...

In The U.S. just as here in the Philippines, there are different ways of obtaining residency. Here you can receive residency from a marriage to a Filipino, by signing up for a Retirement Visa, there is even a new way if you own a business with ten or more employees. For a 13a Visa, which you receive after marriage, you apply with your wife. Most of the application is from the Filipina including a petition for your permanent...

Reasons to Move to Davao or the Philippines

Recently many of my articles have, what might be looked at as a negative attitude about living in the Philippines. This is not what I am trying to do. What I am trying to make the readers understand life here is not the same as in America, Europe or any other “First World Nation.” There are many sites with the subject of living, retiring or just visiting the Philippines. Some of these sites make it look like it is the...