life in the Philippines

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,(…)

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(…)

Getting a Job in the Philippines

Getting a Job in the Philippines

For the aspiring expat, it’s not always easy to get a job in the Philippines. On one hand, the country boasts robust economic growth rates, despite various economic and financial crises worldwide. In 2012, the GDP showed an increase of 6%, and predictions for this year range from another 5% to as much as 7%.(…)

Bakla, the third sex in the Philippines

Bakla, the third sex in the Philippines

What could be the reason for the presence of so many Bakla, the third sex, in the Philippines? To me it looks if there are more than ever before. I visited the Philippines for the first time 25 years ago and I live here now almost 5 years. To me it seems that the number(…)

annual report for foreigners in the philippines update

annual report for foreigners in the philippines update

A few weeks ago I posted something I found on the website of the Immigration Office in the Philippines. Read this article about the annual report for foreigners with ACR Card. After reading this message on the website I asked, through email, for more information. And today I received an email back from them: Please(…)

annual report for foreigners in the Philippines

annual report for foreigners in the Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has launched a project that will enable foreigners to make their annual report and register with the agency without personally appearing at the BI headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Instead, teams of BI personnel will be deployed in the field and dispatch to places where the foreigners are based, such as(…)

strong Internet in remote areas in the Philippines

strong Internet in remote areas in the Philippines

When you are planning to move to the Philippines, or you have already and are enjoying the life as an Expat in the Philippines, you probably like a good working internet connection. In most cities it is not really a problem, dsl is widely available through the telephone line or through tv cable. There is(…)