cultural differences

We Don’t Want Your Business {8}

I’ve touched on this subject before, but it’s front and center in my mind again. This falls under the “adjustments” that I’ll be trying to make once I retire in the Philippines. I expect this will be one of those “adjustments” that I’ll be struggling with for awhile.

The need for services in the Philippines for myself and/or friends has come up a few times lately. The results haven’t been inspiring, to say the least.
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You Bought It, You Own It {8}

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A guest article from Jack Emery. Jack splits his time between Davao and Samal Island, having moved here a couple of years ago from Arizona. He also has his own website at Jack In Davao.


Moving to a new country and culture requires making some adjustments. You’re used to doing things a certain way, and you move to a place like the Philippines and you discover that people here have their own ways of doing things, and they’re different.

One of the differences has to do with shopping. On the surface, it doesn’t seem all that different from America. There are malls, they have stores, they sell stuff. But one thing they don’t usually do is let you return things. In the U.S., most large retailers will give refunds on just about anything, no questions asked. You buy a coffee maker at Walmart or an electric drill at Home Depot, you can bring it back for a refund, even if it works perfectly.
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Akong Bisaya Maestra {7}

As many readers that have been visiting my blog for any time now will know, I have been taking Bisaya (Cebuano) lessons online for around two years now. You might be thinking that I should be pretty proficient at it by now. Well, I agree that would be the case if it wasn’t such a stop and go affair for me.

That’s what I want to write a little about today. First the incredible patience of my teacher (maestra, magtutudlo) and second the nature of my lessons and what the have become to me.
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Can I make it in the Philippines {12}

The Little Engine that Could

Are there obstacles? Oo (yes), there are many. Sometimes they seem to be overwhelming. I’ve listed many of them before (virtually all articles on my blog), some are more specific to me (vegetarian) and many others are the standard objections most foreigners have (weather, corruption, cultural differences, etc.)

So what if I do fail? And what exactly is failing in this situation? Do I pick up and move home (where is that at that point)? Move to another country? Possibly.
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