expats survey

expats survey

Academic Study of Westerners in the Philippines   expats survey Dr. Robert Howard is doing a major academic study of Westerners. The study looks at reasons for moving to the Philippines, characteristics and well-being of the local Westerner population, and their experiences in-country. If you are a Westerner, not of Filipino descent, who has lived(…)

Ten points to consider when buying a house in the Philippines

Ten points to consider when buying a house in the Philippines

Finding and buying a house in the Philippines can be very stressful. In our search for a perfect house we used a self developed list to find the perfect place. It consists of ten points which I will write down here. Of course this is not a complete list. You might have other things important(…)

Where to start, helping the victims of typhoon Yolanda, Haiyan

Where to start, helping the victims of typhoon Yolanda, Haiyan

Thousands of families lost their houses in the devastating typhoon Yolanda, Haiyan, in the Philippines. They need housing very badly. Preferably yesterday…. When you see the pictures of the destruction of typhoon Yolanda, it is not so difficult to help those people in rebuilding their houses. What they need is tools. Hammers, handsaws, screwdrivers and(…)

reporting for Dutch news service

reporting for Dutch news service

Recently I was asked to write articles as a Dutch Expat for a Dutch News Website. They asked me to write short articles about the Philippines or about my life as an Expat in the Philippines. I am asked to write two stories a month, but this might be changed. Dutch News Service ED.NL The(…)

More Funds in the Philippines

More Funds in the Philippines

I copied a part of this article from: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/ Veteran comedian Jon Santos on Thursday did an impersonation of feisty senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, eliciting laughs from the hosts of the ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda.” He has been an impersonator for several years and he did many funny impersonations of among others: miss World,(…)

Christmas Parols in the Philippines

Christmas Parols in the Philippines

boys watching the colorful display in this shop The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive season — and pulls no punches in its celebratory zeal for the period, with lavish light displays, masses, and festivals held throughout the country from September until January. ☆ The Philippines has the longest Christmas season in(…)

It’s no wonder

It’s no wonder

Before, politicians would use their own money for donations to funerals, hospitalizations, scholarships and basketball leagues that are obviously aimed at getting the people’s votes, but now they are using the people’s money for their own political agenda. No Wonder

Old Manila memories

Old Manila memories

Old Manila Already some time ago I published a post with old movies from Old Manila. You may want the check them out at Old Manila Movie. Living in the area and seeing this ‘city’ with my own eyes I often wonder how certain places must have looked when ‘pollution’ was a word not yet(…)

Internations Interview

Internations Interview

At the Internations Website, an International website for Expats all over the world with also a large chapter in the Philippines, some time ago an interview with me was published. The Internations interview can only be seen if you are a subscriber to this Internations Website. That’s why I publish it here, where it (the(…)

new interview for expatinthephilippines

new interview for expatinthephilippines

Just a few days ago, I’ve got a message from someone to do a new interview about my life in the Philippines as an Expat. If you are interested to read it: The new interview can be read on the following website, where also ather interviews can be seen from expats all over the world:(…)

two smoking volcanoes

two smoking volcanoes

How little do tourists know about the existing smoking volcanoes in Bicol? Sure, they know about Mayon Volcano and that it is a perfect cone and active volcano. But that’s all. They also know that there are more volcanoes in the Philippines, like Mt Pinatubo which has erupted in 1991, and produced the second largest(…)

commotion in the Philippines

commotion in the Philippines

Where is the commotion about? to work for a humanitarian mission. The woman then talks about “entering the gates of Hell”, describing the views in Manila, meaning the pollution, rivers and creeks full of garbage, traffic jams of several hours, prostitution and child trafficking.