Bong’s Arroz Caldo – an Iloilo favorite

Arroz caldo is a Spanish name for a Chinese rice congee, made in the Philippines.  Congee is kind of a gruel… without the dungeon that implies ha ha.  A thick, hearty rice soup.… Continue reading

13a Visa application

CONVERSION TO NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISA BY MARRIAGE (PROBATIONARY) – 13a  We got married 2 years ago.  Before that, I had been doing the 2 month renewals on my tourist visa. The tourist visa… Continue reading

Cassava Cake

My wife wanted to make some cassava cake for her birthday (and our 2nd anniversary).   I had fun watching her make it.  I have had cassava cut up and boiled, as a side… Continue reading

Budget v Actual Spending – March 2016

Budget March 2016 It has been a while since I tracked my spending.  It is a real pain the butt to write down every peso, so I do not do it often.  I… Continue reading

Bulabog Putian National Park

  Every year, for Easter, the family wants to go somewhere way too crowded.  One year we went to the island of Guimaras and climbed a hill to a big cross.  Not so… Continue reading

Hong Kong & Disneyland

  We needed to leave the country so I could get a balikbayan stamp in my passport. More about that fun here: We decided a trip to Hong Kong was in order.… Continue reading

Traveling for a balikbayan stamp

I have been doing the tourist visa extensions for a couple years.  While easy, it does get a bit expensive. For a breakdown of fees, and my experiences you can read this post:… Continue reading

Falafel time!

In my quest for making some ‘tastes of home’ I decided I needed some falafel.  While not traditional Texas fare, we ate it at my home ha ha.  All the ingredients are readily… Continue reading

Sometimes what you hear… is not what is being said…

  I have lived here for 3 years now, and have picked up very little of the language.  One of the ‘pros’ on my pro & con list before choosing the Philippines was… Continue reading

Cooking lunch for friends

We finished the house and got moved in… which is part of the reason I have not posted in a couple months ha ha… been busy.   We are not really having a house… Continue reading

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