experiences

free massage in the Philippines

free massage in the Philippines

When I visited SM Marikina just a few days ago, again I spotted something worth telling you and showing you what I’ve seen. After shopping for a while I always need to go out for a few minutes to have a smoke. I know that this is a bad habit of mine, so no need(…)

smoking ban Manila

smoking ban Manila

Now smoking on a lot of places in Manila  is not allowed anymore it is a good moment to look for alternatives. Some of the alternatives are: do not go out anymore and just smoke in your house try to smoke in the ‘forbidden’ areas, without being catched quit smoking finaly (your partner will love(…)

search for other house

In our search for an other house we haven’t had success yet. But we are also not in a hurry. Many thanks to the readers of this blog who are helping and giving tips. Recently I spotted this nice tree house not for from our place. But definitely this is not the kind of house(…)

buying property headaches

buying property headaches

When Flor and I moved to the Philippines in 2008 we decided to rent for some time and see if and where we were going to buy a property to live. We decided to do it this way so we were not in a hurry and could make a better decision and choose a house(…)

van damme and van dam

van damme and van dam

Living in the Philippines is funny for me from time to time. This also has to do with my family name which is ‘van Dam’. It happens every time when I have to fill in my name in forms or in shops and other places. And it also happened when I applied for my 13a(…)

Jose Rizal 1861-2011

June 19, 2011 is Fathers day in many countries in the world. Also in the Philippines. But the Filipinos also remember the 150th birthday of one of their greatest hero’s: Jose Rizal. JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town(…)

something imported

something imported

Filipinos in general like to possess things if they are imported. They do not like to buy their local products, especially if it concerns durable goods, perfumes and clothing. When someone visits family or friends the Philippines from abroad they are expected to bring ‘pasalubong’ (gifts, souvenirs). As long as the label doesn’t say it(…)

wedding in the Philippines

wedding in the Philippines

Last week Flor and I were invited to be Ninong and Ninang in a wedding of one of the godchild of Flor. The mother of the bride is a best friend of Flor already for more than 40 years, so we couldn’t refuse. Flor also was the godmother when the bride was baptized about 27 years(…)

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 3

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 3

In my first post about this subject I told you already about several things, typical Filipino. My second post gives more of these typical Filipino things. And here is part three. Aggressive Movements and Pointing I’m sure that most people have heard about aggressive behavior in the Far East. The Philippines is a place where(…)

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 2

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 2

In my first post about this subject I told you already about several things, typical Filipino. Here are some more. Reasoning and Logic The Filipino way of reasoning and logic is very hard to understand. They will tend to do things that can irritate the Western visitor. Filipinos as a nation are very interdependent; but(…)

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 1

How Filipinos are (my point of view) part 1

In general, Filipino’s are very gentle, wonderful people; but most of all complex people. It is sometimes very difficult for a foreigner to understand the Filipino behavior. For every incredible event; every strange, confusing and totally illogical thing that seems to happen in the Philippines, regular travelers simply have one explanation for it: “Its the(…)

tourist visa in the Philippines

tourist visa in the Philippines

Almost every foreigner who enters the Philippines will get a visa for 21 days. Read about the latest updates if you are also entitled. If you are planning to stay longer you have to go to one of the many Immigration Offices in the country and apply for an extension. Your first extension will be(…)