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Just a Number – Philippines license plates!

  Vehicle registration plates, number plates, rego plates, license plates, tags (as some Americans refer to them) are something of an interest to me when I travel overseas. I recall one road trip across the top of the USA on

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The Very Real Danger Of Cold Water

  We Kanos may well laugh, but when the asawa says the kids shouldn’t have a shower after running around in the sun, there is more to this than we may think. Filipinos will avoid wetting their hair before going

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China’s Getting Closer

In April this year we saw aerial photos of the Chinese airstrip and port built on a sand island in the disputed Spratly Islands group. This group of islands, islets, sand banks and reefs off the Palawan coast has been

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Players and Stayers

I find there are basically two kinds of Kano in the Philippines: players and stayers. The players are there to horizontally interact with the local population as much as they can. The stayers are already hooked up as far as

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You Can’t Own the Land, But You Can Own The Improvements!

When I wrote ‘Philippines Property Primer’ some years ago, I started the text by stating very clearly that a foreigner can’t own land in the Philippines. Throughout the numerous updates the book has enjoyed, that point has never once changed.

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Buy Yourself A Banka

“there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” The Mole, ‘The Wind In The Willows’, Kenneth Grahame 1908 One of the wonderful things about living in the Philippines, an archipelago of over 7,000 islands,

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That’s How Much In Aussie Money?

On my last trip to the Philippines I basically had a day in Manila either end and the rest of the time was spent in Cebu, mostly up in the province visiting my parents in law, checking out my wife’s

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Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s)

The Overseas Filipino Worker, of OFW, is one of the cornerstones of the Filipino economy. There are some ten million Filipinos working in foreign countries, sending back the majority of their pay to their relatives. They are such a vital

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