Monday, December 18th, 2017

Perspective Drawing for our Tigbauan…

Prolapse of Orbital Fat – Iloilo City, Philippines. We share this medical tidbit to help expats considering life in the Philippines, but who are concerned about the quality of Philippine medical care. This is not a conclusion but rather an anecdote given for whatever help it may be to others. My wife’s sister returned from work in Kuwait with a scary looking growth in one of her eyes.  We were very afraid it was a tumor.  We took her to one Iloilo ophthalmologist who recommended a biopsy which could be done at a lab in the same building. We wanted a second opinion so we took her to ophthalmologist, Dr. Karen Francia who had been highly recommended to us by other Iloilo expats. It was a good recommendation. Dr. Francia felt that the problem was a prolapse of the orbital fat in her eye. …

For the foreigner with children considering relocation to the Philippines, a key consideration is finding good schools for them.  Often this means living in Manila or Cebu City where there are well-regarded international schools. That’s fine for the corporate employee whose employer will foot the $5,000 to $10,000 tuition and who has to live in the cities for their work. Cebu International School, Cebu City The international schools essentially create enclaves; secure, air-conditioned, English speaking cocoons of first world standards and values.  Fellow students are a mix of the children of foreign businessmen, diplomats, NGO directors and the indulged offspring of the Filipino elite.  Soccer fields often replace basketball courts.  The students are being prepared for admission to universities in Europe, the United States and Japan and readmission to life in the first world. The main point of international schools is to provide an education based on an American [or British or Australian] curriculum. This approach tends …

RETIRE IN THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine government makes it quite easy to live permanently in the country. It has fewer restrictions than I have seen reported by other Southeast Asian countries.  I have seen several complaints about Thailand. There are basically four ways that the foreigner can live in the Philippines: VISITOR VISA .  The foreigner can arrive on a visitor visa.  On arrival you’ll be granted a 21 day visa.  Be sure you have …

My wife and I feel very safe living in the Philippines.  We live in an unusually secure private compound in Iloilo City.  We don’t even have to consider security.  We can leave our doors open if we want to.  We have ridden jeepneys everywhere.  I have literally walked more than a thousand of mile on the streets of Iloilo City and rural paths in the country.  I have never had the slightest problem.  No one has robbed me or threatened me or tried to pick my pocket or done anything …

Beachfront for sale, San Joaquin, Iloilo – about two hours from Iloilo City (this is an example only – don't contact me about buying it) Buying rural real estate in the Philippines.  Real estate in the Philippine provinces. There are so many beautiful rural areas in the Philippines.  I think of the lush, unspoiled area around Lucban, Quezon Province, I think of the spectacular rural landscapes in the hills of Bohol.  Closer at hand for us, are the mountains and unspoiled beaches of Antique Province on Panay Island.  When the foreigner sees that fantastic ocean front is so affordable, that the promise of living the beach-front dream is so easily obtainable in these eye-catching rural places…