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Café by the Ruins – Baguio City  Posted on 02/08/2014
As you explore the Philippine Islands you will discover that Philippines is not only rich in natural resources and tourist spots, but also a home of countless number of excellent restaurants serving cuisines that tastes like heaven, just...
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Balikbayan: Shipping Items to the Philippines  Posted on 02/08/2014
A balikbayan box (literally, “Repatriate box”) is intended for Filipinos returning to the Philippines. However many Foreigners moving to the Philippines have shipped household items using the Balikbayan box method. Balikbayan...
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Monthly Cottage Rates: Virgin Beach Resort – Cebu  Posted on 02/07/2014
Monthly Rates for Duplex Cottage Units at Virgin Beach Fully furnished with double bed (two double beds in large cottage unit), night stand with lamp, room divider, television, dvd player, satellite t.v., table and chairs,...
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Requirements for Marriage in the Philippines  Posted on 02/07/2014
(Non Church Wedding) The Travel.State.Gov website states “Any foreigner who wishes to marry in the Philippines is required by the Philippine Government to obtain from his/her Embassy an “Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of...
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Masskara Festival of Bacolod City  Posted on 02/02/2014
If you are planning to pay a visit to the Philippines, then it would be much fun if you would schedule it during the Masskara Festival of Bacolod City. The Masskara Festival is celebrated each year in the “City of Smiles,”...
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Sinulog Festival – Cebu  Posted on 01/31/2014
[held annually in Cebu City, mid-January] “Sinulog ishagit ug kusog!” this is what people shout and it is what you hear all over the City of Cebu, Philippines as people celebrate their annual Sinulog Festival. Sinulog Festival...
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Plantation Bay and Spa  Posted on 01/28/2014
When you talk about excellent, breath-taking resorts in the Philippines, Mactan is an island where you can find a variety of resorts.  One such resort is the Plantation Bay and Spa located in Marigondon, Mactan Island, Cebu City,...
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Malls in Cebu / Mactan  Posted on 01/27/2014
One aspect of Philippine culture you will likely adjust easily to is the use of large malls as the center of shopping and daily groceries.  The malls are air conditioned and many of them are equal to or nicer than many malls in the...
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Antulang Beach Resort  Posted on 01/27/2014
Spend your holiday vacation and have an extraordinary experience at Antulang Beach Resort. If you are considering an out-of-town experience, then this destination is really worth the trip. This place is located in Siit, Siaton Negros...
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Hayahay Tree House Bar and View Deck  Posted on 01/24/2014
Chill with great music, experience the refreshing ocean breeze and experience excellent food in Hayahay Tree House Bar and View Deck. It is a “must visit” bar and restaurant located in Flores Avenue (Escano Beach), Dumaguete...
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  • mavedencom
    mavedencom 26 November 2012 08:04:38

    Hi Charles,

    Its so nice of you promoting Philippines.
    Really rich in beautiful spots in here. Cebu is one of the greatest here. Hope everyone will be happy living in here..

  • ccproperty
    ccproperty 18 November 2012 04:11:20

    Hi everyone, im new to this site. Great reading all the stories and peoples experiences. I lived in Cebu for four years but now live in Dumaguete. I have houses there at affordable prices. Just P2m for a new home. I just thought i would put the idea of Dumaguete out there for people to consider. We have everything we need but a much more cleaner and relaxed way of living. Also great schools for my son. We moved from Cebu City as it was getting too crowded and the traffic chaotic. Hope this suggestion gives people something to think about :-)

  • CharlesHarman
    CharlesHarman 19 November 2012 18:05:23

    From what I see Dumaguete is one beautiful city. I would like to visit there some day soon. We will be moving into a new home in CarCar City about an hour south of Cebu City.

  • ccproperty
    ccproperty 27 November 2012 07:32:54

    Ive been through Carcar but only stopped for a drink on my way to Cebu. Im sure you would love your visit to Dumaguete. Some nice restaurants, beaches, Twin Lakes and nature walks. Also great dive sites and protected reefs for snorkelling.

  • ozinday 06 September 2012 04:59:31

    We are planning to retire to the Philippines and Mactan is one of the places we are considering. Is real estate in Mactan same as in Cebu? We do not like to build - are there existing homes/condos for sale or you have to buy off development plans?

  • Ron Ferreira 03 September 2012 18:04:48

    Where to start ?? I am so looking forward to moving there. I plan on only bringing my personal items, any materialistic things will not be making to move. I figure all that can be replaced in time. As I said my Gf is working as a nurse and my income will be in the neighborhood of 50,000 pesos at todays exchange rate, a little over. I am hopeing with the combined income, we could live a simple but comfortable lifestye. I am in California now and I hate it. Is it difficult to have social security income transferred there, or should one open an account afetr arriving there, I have no idea how to accomplish this, that's why I want to make sure I begin early. And how about establishing permenent residency there. I should probablly just send an email to you and try to get it all in there, but I know there will be a million questions in the meantime. I sure appreciate any and all help you could give me. Thanks again

  • CharlesHarman
    CharlesHarman 19 November 2012 18:03:35

    Hi Ron, noticed you met my good friend Larry Haydon in Bantayan Island one beautiful coral island near Cebu. It\'s only a one hour ferry ride from Cebu the second largest city in the Philippines.
    We have just purchased two homes here mostly for investment reasons but will live in one of them permanently just south of Cebu City in CarCar City about an hour ride up to Cebu City.

  • wacobay
    wacobay 13 July 2012 01:03:37

    Hi Charlie, always good to greet a fellow Texan living here in the Philippines. I have just now come across your blog and have enjoyed it sio far. My wife and I are currently retired in her hometown of Baybay, just a SUPER CAT ride away from Cebu. Keep up the good work.

  • CharlesHarman
    CharlesHarman 20 November 2012 02:02:22

    Come on over lets do dinner at Banana Moon Cantina an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant right here on Mactan Island, owner is from El Paso Texas. He imports his supplies from El Paso Texas great enchiladas.

  • Charles Harman 27 March 2012 10:41:22

    I'll check to see if the team we used to build our house is still available. They used good materials, except for the steel lighting which is rusting out now, very thin metal but that seems to be a norm here in the tropical climate. Email me if you can at Charles_Harman@rocketmail.com so I can easily get back to you.

  • al 27 March 2012 08:39:36

    hi im a brit and want to buy a home in tagaytay. do u know of any reputable home building firms? most firms have low quality materials, i want a medium house built with the best materials. hope u can help. pls email me. thanks

  • CharlesHarman
    CharlesHarman 19 November 2012 17:58:33

    Look me up on my website, see my profile then you will see an email and phone contact, yes we have a couple of good contractors here and I can put you in touch with them.

  • Kairi 29 November 2011 04:22:07

    Big help, big help. And superailtve news of course.

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