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(…)

Important to Know about Health Care in the Philippines

Important to Know about Health Care in the Philippines

If you are moving to the Philippines or you have already, one of your last worries should be your health. You are in the Philippines because you like to enjoy your new life. But you should realize that living in the Philippines, a tropical country, but also a so-called third world country, is not the(…)

Christmas Time in the Philippines

Christmas Time in the Philippines

It is September again, which means that it is Christmas Time in the Philippines. Every year the moment a month’s name ends with -ber Filipinos start getting happier, merrier and start singing Christmas songs. September 1 is traditionally the day the ‘season’ starts. Shows on TV are wishing their audience a Happy Christmas and TV-Patrol,(…)

south west monsoon in the Philippines

south west monsoon in the Philippines

This week eighty percent of Greater Manila was covered in waters that in some parts were nearly two meters (six feet and six inches) deep, after more than a normal August’s worth of rain was dumped on the city in 48 hours. More than twenty people have died and two million others have been serious(…)

Pearl of the Orient, a historic view

Pearl of the Orient, a historic view

The Philippines is sometimes called the Pearl of the Orient or Pearl of the Orient Seas. As an expat living in this beautiful country I can think of 7107 magnificent Filipino pearls, or the many beautiful Filipinas living in this country. There are so many wonderful orchids and other flowers, or so many other delicious(…)

Filipino Time and how I hate it

Filipino Time and how I hate it

If there is something an expat in the Philippines should get used to, it is the Phenomenon “Philippine Time‘, ‘Filipino time‘ or ‘Juan Time‘. Filipino time is the habit of Filipinos by always showing up late, wherever they have to go. Not only in family gatherings like weddings, baptismals and the like, but also on(…)

american style lunch for expats in the Philippines

american style lunch for expats in the Philippines

When Flor and I visited Santa Rosa a few days ago, we went to the new “Nuvali” center where several shops are and a Robinsons supermarket. Of course there are also some restaurants, and since it was lunch time we decided to enter Chubby’s “Buffalo Wings N Things”. It’s not a large place but can(…)

poetic texts at eatery in Cainta Philippines

poetic texts at eatery in Cainta Philippines

As an Expat in the Philippines and living in this beautiful country I see lots of things. Not only the poverty, the smoke belching cars, the many garbage in some streets, but also the smiling faces of the friendly people and their ways of expressing themselves. I have reported about this kind of things already(…)

hacker attempt on expat in the philippines website

hacker attempt on expat in the philippines website

Yesterday and the day before yesterday (May 24 and 25, 2012) a hacker has been busy trying to attack this website. Luckily Expat in the Philippines is well protected by a safe login (I think) and safe passwords (I think). So the hacker attempt was not successful. Hacking this website will be difficult, but I(…)

beer t-shirt for expats in the Philippines

beer t-shirt for expats in the Philippines

Expats in the Philippines needs good clothing. Large malls seem to know that. It seems they know exactly what an Expat in the Philippines needs: a good beer and a slogan to go with it (or said in another way: an excuse to drink the beer). When I was at SM a few days ago(…)

new trend in the Philippines

new trend in the Philippines

One of the latest NEW things I am noticing lately as an Expat in the Philippines is funny stickers on cars. The stickers are transparent with white printed characters on it. The characters represent the owner of the car and his complete family including pets. And sometimes there are even the names of the family(…)

funny packing ideas for the Philippines

funny packing ideas for the Philippines

Knowing the Philippine behavior in copying a lot from other countries, it is just a matter of time when the Philippine establishments will have funny packing bags as well. As an expat, and living in the Philippines, people from all over the world send me emails containing pictures, stories jokes and more of that stuff.(…)