Monday, December 18th, 2017

Crime concerns.  Our construction crew are mostly from Iloilo City.  They live on the site and go home Saturday night after being paid, so they can see their families –or girlfriends,and return for work at 7:00am on Monday.  When I got to the site this morning they were asking for a padlock for the gate.  They said that people are roaming the surrounding fields after midnight.   My crew are pretty tough guys.  They sleep with their knives at hand, but

Shopping for cement blocks (called hollow block) in the Philippines is …

This is a eye-opening, real-life account of the stabbing of a foreigner’s driver and his wife in Manila.  The foreigner-employer happens to write one of the best expat blogs about the Philippines.  In this post he describes the attack and subsequent events and misadventures; medical care at Makati Medical Center and attempts to get the police interested in investigating the crime.  While you’re at the “Torn and Frayed” blog, look over the blog archives.  It’s a favorite of mine. http://tornandfrayed.typepad.com/tornandfrayed/2008/10/stabbing-in-taguig.html

These are some on-line posts, as chronological as we can make them, of an American, Mike Mikesell, who came to live in the Philippines, who engaged himself in the culture and in extraordinary good works, who became disillusioned and finally was killed or committed suicide.  We’re not sure what moral or lesson can be drawn, but there’s much food for thought for expats and aspiring Philippine expats. 7-15-06 Very nice job, Tom. To reinforce some of Tom’s post I will add a couple of sentences on my own satisfaction with life in RP. Finding a happy location to live in was true for us… moved a few times, finally buying, building and matching our desires with our income. Though there are 3 expats in our city of 51 barangays, we seldom see each other (except at joint Rotary Club meetings), and I have more to say to my barkada (close group of Filipino men my age who have taken me in lock-stock and barrel). I sit with them 2 or 3 nights a week and drink beer and eat pulutan. I work at a university with one, play tennis with another, take small trips …

US Embassy Residential Security Tips for the Philippines See also: http://goiloilo.com/crime-against-foreigners-philippines/

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 …