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Look before you Leap

What do I mean by the title “Look before you Leap”? If you have thoughts of moving to the Philippines to meet and marry a lady, use the old street crossing motto “Stop, look and Listen”. Do not just meet a lady online, pack up and move here. There is no way to know who you have been chatting with and if she is for real. I recently received and email. It was from someone who has a 70 year old friend who has had a...

Davao City vs. Mindanao Safety

I guess my timing was bad. I started researching and working on an article about Saftety in Mindanao. You see, even though the Embassys have there warnings, there has not been much terrorist news lately in Mindanao for a while until recently. When I started writing I could only remember the 3 Red Cross workers that were abducted back in January by the Abu Sayyaf on Sulu, an island group south of Mindanao. As of now, I think...

Preventative Medicine

In America we would go to the doctor for a yearly checkup. Blood tests, chest x-rays, blood pressure etc. As we get older there are checks for cholesterol, prostate, colon cancer and other conditions. Then as we are supposed to do is go to the dentist every 6 months for checkups and teeth cleaning. At the dentist he might recommend treatments with a hygienist for scaling and gum treatments. Here in the Philippines I have...

Poverty and Survival (part3)

I was originally to start writing how some people find ways to make an income but Wildcat left me a comment with a very moving link to a video. This video showed how someone goes to restaurants to get their food wastes to bring to his family and poor neighbors. All over Davao and I would guess most cities here you will see beggars. Kids in dirty clothes will come up with their hands out and will make a motion with their other...

Types of Visas to Live in the Philippines

Many readers here are looking to move to and live in the Philippines. I am sure many of you have researched the hows and whys of moving here but I thought it might be of interest to those who has not. The information I will give will be as accurate as I can find, but realize the laws here change and some of my research might be out dated. So I suggest you verify this information yourself before making the big plunge. Citizens...

911 Davao

This past Wednesday one of the Ex-Pat organizations I belong to, Friends of Mindanao, had a field trip to visit the Command Center of 911 Davao City. I am writing this from memory, so I ask for forgiveness of any errors. We were greeted by Colonel Mario Verner Monsanto (Ret.), a retired military officer. In 1997 he was asked by the Mayor of Davao City to set up a disaster relief organization that became 911 Davao. Davao is...