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American Feast in Davao

Last week, for my anniversary, Elena told me we would go to the Marco Polo Hotel for our celebration dinner. Since we have the privilege membership at the hotel, we get one free meal at their restaurants. Elena checked her email to see if they were having one of the cuisine specials this month and they did. This month they are having “Wild Wild West” American Buffet at the Café Marco. We also have a couple we are friends...

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...

Moving to and living in the Philippines (Finding t...

This is my second part of the series. And now I will talk about another reason people move here and this is about the men. From my experience, many non-Asian men find the exotic look of an Asian lady very desirable. The long black hair, the almond shaped eyes and the culture of the dedication to their husbands and family so different in their home countries. I do need to state in the beginning, what I am writing is from...

Bruce and Elena’s Wedding

Well all my readers, the day finally came. Elena and my wedding. As many know, to do anything official in the Philippines there are many papers and forms and then copies, copies and more copies. Last January, while in Manila, we went to the U.S. Embassy and received my “Capacity for Marriage”. This is a document from the U.S. saying I have no marriage ties and free to marry here in the Philippines. Then about...

We are Finally Getting Married

It has been a long wait but this Wednesday, July 9th, Elena and I are getting married. The delays were many. First I needed to go to the US Embassy in Manila to get an affidavit of a Capacity of Marriage. That is to say that the United States Government says I am free and clear to get married. Then Elena needed to get papers and copies of birth certificate from the National Statistic Office (NSO) In the middle of getting all...