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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(…)

obtaining a 13a resident visa

obtaining a 13a resident visa

Foreigners who are married to a Filipino and want to live in the Philippines do need the necessary papers to be able to do so. There are a few possibilities to stay in the Philippines. Once a foreigner and his or her spouse arrive in the Philippines they can get a ‘balikbayan’ status, which means(…)

child friendly school in the Philippines

I have always thought that schools were supposed to be friendly to children. Especially because children spend a lot of time in school and are getting educated, I think that they need to be treated like children. If, from a distance you see an announcement on a school building in the Philippines that they are(…)

going on a holiday

When you are going on a holiday, you need good equipment to bring your clothes and other things. So why not do that in modern looking suitcases? I spotted these nice looking ones in a store in the Market-Market mall in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila. So if you go on family holidays or on a(…)

perfect hang-out or waiting place

When you are visiting the Philippines for vacation, visiting family or just when you are in Manila, I have a perfect hang-out place for you. Women like shopping, most men do not. Like most men I hate to go shop-in and shop-out all the time and just have to wait. I like to sit somewhere(…)

Mondriaan, famous artist in Manila

Mondriaan, famous artist in Manila

When I was walking in Eastwood Libis, a shopping and office area in Quezon City along the C5 road, I suddenly noticed a building in remarkable colours. The colors resembling a very expensive and famous painting of a Dutch painter artist who died in the USA in 1944. His name: Piet Mondriaan. In his paintings(…)

adult text on jeepney in philippines

A few days ago I was passing Cubao when I spotted this jeepney with a risky text on the side. In a country where openly talking about sex is taboo, and where the Catholic Church is against providing free condoms to the people, this is a very strange text. Maybe the owner of this Jeep(…)

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(…)

trip to Dumaguete and Siquijor, a guest blog

trip to Dumaguete and Siquijor, a guest blog

OK, so we visited the Philippines for the umpteenth time last year (25 Oct – 25 Nov 2010). Several reasons other than holidaying this time, although we didn’t forget that aspect. After a couple of days acclimatizing in Manila, staying in our favorite hotel the Bayview on Roxas Blvd. and some initial shopping in Makati(…)

Illegal use of senior citizen cards in the Philippines

Although many of us (expats in the Philippines) are over 60 years of age, we are not seen as Senior Citizens for the Filipino law. The Senior citizen card in the Philippines is not meant for senior citizens of foreign countries in the Philippines even when some Filipino government officials don’t understand their own laws(…)