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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...

Donations Accepted?

If your a regular reader here, you know about me and the reasons I have this site. If your new to my site, let me explain in a short synopsis: I moved here to Davao about a year and a half ago. I had lost my job in America and with the beginning of the financial crises there were not many opportunities for re-employment. At the time I was waiting for an approval for a Fiancee Visa for my dear Elena.  With the situation in...

Poverty and Survival (part 2)

In the first part I mentioned about the lower end housing. This is the people that have some trade or job. Their houses are small with little extras. It is true they do have concrete walls and a roof over their head. They rent or own their home and lot. There are people that are called “Squatters” These people find a vacant piece of land and construct a shelter. There are also squatters that find a vacant home and just...

Remit2Home final instalment

I received an email and a call from a representative of Remit2home. After telling me to revise the account info they deposited my money back in my bank account. So, I lost only the interest I would have received in a bank and the service charge. The representative told me to send again and they would not charge me a service charge. I told him with all the lies and trouble, I would never use them again.