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Australian Drivers Licence – Freedom For Your Filipina

  I knew when my asawa came to Australia she would need a driver’s license. Having the freedom to be able to hop in the car and go where you want to, when you want to is a big deal;

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Getting The Story Straight – Straight Talking and Filipinos

  Any foreigner, commonly referred to as a ‘kano’, as in ‘Amerikano’ but also just as easily ‘Australikano’, who has had anything to do with Filipinos and especially Filipinas will know that they often tell very implausible stories. In fact,

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The Double Standard – Filipino or Foreigner

  There are double standards in every facet of life and every society; the Philippines and the Fil-Aus (Fil-Am, Fil-Brit etc) community is no exception. These double standards exist and there is little any of us can do to change

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Not Waving, Drowning – Filipino beach culture

  Most Filipinos live fairly close to the sea. With the exception of those ‘taga bukid’, mountain dwellers, most people live close enough to enjoy a family outing to the sea if they so choose. Given this it never ceases

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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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Fangs For The Memories

Is there anyone out there that actually looks forward to going to the dentist? The ‘Fang Farrier’ as we used to call him in the army. Anyone? No, I didn’t think so. So what if you need a dentist while

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Driving in Holy Week

One of my favourite times in the Philippines has to be Holy Week, Easter to us. It is a very special time for the locals because nearly everyone is a Christian of one denomination or another with just 5-10% Muslim

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Holy Week’s Not A Holiday

The Philippines is a very Christian country, for the most part. At least 80% of the population are of one Christian denomination or another, with the majority Catholic. It should come as no surprise then that Easter, or Holy Week

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