Memorial Day is Monday
Many of you may believe this means the start of Summer.
To me it means much more. Keep reading and watching these videos.
Who Likes Free Stuff?
I like free stuff. That's probably why I have all these items in my car, wallet, or pocket.
While drinking my Going Native coffee, a thought came to me, "If I like FREE stuff, then I'm sure all of You like Free stuff."
So this is why I'm writing this article.
Everything is FREE. Even the BONUS gifts are FREE.
But they might not be after all of you start getting the Freebies. So read quickly and get your Freebies.
Where should I hide my valuables in my hotel room?
When you leave your hotel room, people do come in (even when there is a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door).
Gone are the days when locking your suitcase was enough to keep thieves out. If you’re staying at a hotel and need to leave something really valuable in your room, it pays to know the best hiding places.
Sorry for the pause in my posts. I have been quite busy. Lots of people visiting, and one of my news friends is also an author. (I convinced him to let me review it and share with for FREE with my blog readers).
Eddie is a truly self-made and financially abundant entrepreneur.
Not only did he manage to overcome all the disadvantages he suffered in his childhood, he is now living the life of his dreams.
Why Did I Gain 17 Pounds While I was in The USA? My Observations.
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Today I went shopping online and I bought lots of useful things for Rose & April.
What did I buy?
Even though every expat is enjoying many great experiences, challenges and adventures, there are certain expat things that almost all of us have in common and are experiencing.
Here is My Top 7 List of Things That Only Expats will Understand
If I want to Live Longer and Happier, Should I Choose an Indoor Gym in the City or an Outdoor Gym by the Sea?
I wrote on this topic earlier in a previous article "The Beach Promises a Smarter, Happier, Longer Life & More" ( Click Here to see it), and I want to expand on that. (read more below)
Don't Worry. Be Happy! It's International Happy Day can be Better for Your Health and Lead to a Longer Life
I can't say this for sure, but I think everyone strives for happiness, right? I hear people say it differently, like, "I want to be famous", or "I want to be rich", or "I want a big house". What I really think they are saying is they want to be happy.
Well, today (March 20th) is the date that the United Nations has declared to be International Day of Happiness. They say it's the perfect day to focus on your quest to be happy. (Personally, I think everyday is the perfect day to focus on being happy). In a few paragraphs, I will share what the Happiness Doctor says are 4 Tips to Lead a Happier Life.
It’s that time of year again, where the Irish, the shamrocks and the celebrations come out for St. Patrick’s Day. Feeling festive, I thought I’d share some little known facts about this holiday. So check them out, 10 things you may or may not have known about St. Patrick’s Day:
Paragliding & Paramotoring Adventures on Tablas Island - Do you want to learn how to fly? (read more...)
Have you ever dreamed of Flying?
Your flying dreams can come true and now you can soar like a bird. At least this is what Violet Lucasi wants. Violet is considering opening a paraglider and paramotor school for tourists and residents on Tablas Island.
For most of us the idea to attaining Happiness and Peace of Mind within a few minutes sounds like magic. Well what does science say? The crystal clear water, the big blue sky, a long stretch of sand, and soothing calmness are possibly the best ingredients to sooth a restless soul and a tired mind.
I have been getting lots of requests for recommendations for a reputable Visa assistance service. So I contacted the people who helped us and I want to share their information so when you are ready to travel to the Philippines as either a Tourist or as a future Resident, you can use this information and get a FREE consultation.
I 'll keep it simple.
written by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Coffee Entrepreneur, retired Veteran, Best Selling author.
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Go to the Beach or Spend Money on a Psychologist Therapist - Given the Choice... Here's Why A Visit to the Beach is Highly Recommended by NeuroScientists
Waves gently splashing on the shore. Sunlight streaming from a cloudless sky. Seemingly-endless sand joining the horizon. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it? And for many of you who spend most weekday hours indoors, it doesn’t take much persuasion to visit the beach and catch some sun.
But if you do need more reasons to hit the beach, find out how the surf, the sun, and the sand can boost your physical and mental health.
Health Benefits of the Beach
Who wants to Quit Their Job, Retire Early, and Move to a Tropical Island? Let me share my experience, then you decided if this is something you want to try...
I wake up to an unusual sound for a January morning. It's the sounds of a gentle rain shower. Nothing to worry about. So I lay on my back and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the raindrops on the palm fronds outside our window.
I'm starting off the new year with an effort to look sharp - because ZZ Top says, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man". So into my barber for my 1st mens haircut for 2019.
Jun (short for Junior) has been cutting my hair for the past 7 years. What I like about the haircuts that he gives me is that they are a razor haircut - also known as a straight razor fade. While the razor fade haircut is a stylish modern style offered by many barbershops, it takes a truly skilled barber to cut and shave a razor fade.
Jun's has his little barbershop located on the 1st floor of his home. He definitely minimizes on the decor, but he absolutely maximizes my comfort with his razor expertise and experience.
When he's finished cutting, Rose (my wife) will walk around me and say, "Ang gwapo mo ngayon!", and give me a kiss. "You are handsome again".
Jun smiles because he knows Rose is satisfied with his work.
He finishes by giving me a brief scalp, and a shoulder massage. As I get out of the chair he tells me, "Forty pesos, sir Greg." I smile. I give him the forty pesos plus a very generous tip. "Thanks, my friend," and we are both satisfied with the deal.
Forty Pesos is equivalent to 80 cents
I'm not an expert at styling my hair, but Rose likes it when I put some styling wax in my hair. She says it makes me gwapo. If the simple request of putting styling wax in my hair makes my wife more loving and affectionate, then the extra ten pesos is a great investment.
Have I had any other experiences with a Razor Haircut?
Unfortunately, yes. I've had razor haircuts that felt like torture. My worst experience felt like the barber was ripping the hair from my scalp. "Ouch!" was putting it mildly. I remember thinking of getting out of one barber's chair and leaving, but the mirror made it extremely obvious that I needed stay and let them finish. (Note: the bad haircut happened while I was visiting in the USA).
Are you thinking of coming to the Philippines for a visit, to get a haircut, or moving to the Philippines? If you are, then let us know. Maybe we can offer you more guidance. Moving to the Philippines has been one of my best decisions in life.
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The coffee industry in the US is worth over $19 billion per year. Coffee is the second largest industry in the world (#1 is petroleum oil). Oddly enough - like oil - many people view coffee as their vital source of “fuel” needed to get them going in the morning. In fact, half of all Americans drink coffee.
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Do you want to know how to cure my Hangover? If the answer is YES, then let's get started with my Top 3 .
1. IV Drip
I learned that an IV drip of hydrating fluids, a high dose of vitamins, and antioxidants helped me feel better. Getting this treatment may cost you a trip to the E.R. or to an IV Drip Club. It's pricey, but it's my favorite.
2. Coffee & Aspirin
Some say "Hair of the Dog", while scientist are saying coffee and aspirin.
3. Buko (coconut) Juice
If I am hungover, then you won't see me climbing a coconut tree, but we have plenty of coconut trees filled with fresh buko juice. Buko juice is loaded with antioxidants and nutrient rich juice. A few chilled glasses of this magic nectar, and I'm feeling much better. note: very cost effective if you have coconut trees in your yard. I have tried the coconut water that is sold in many grocery stores, and we can attest that the stuff they are selling is only a tiny fraction of the goodness compared to what comes fresh off the tree.
This concludes our top 3 cures for a hangover, even though some scientists are saying the only real cure for a hangover is time. But when I'm feeling bad, there certainly can be relief.
My Personal Final Note: At our house, we are coffee lovers. We love good coffee so much that we started our own coffee company - The Going Native Coffee Club. So we recommend drinking our FOCUS Blend (a 6 bean espresso) along with a side of buko juice.
What do you do for a Hangover? let us know below.
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written by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Best Selling Author
Island Living has many challenges and many benefits. This weekend is another example of an island life benefit. We are invited to a wedding in the Philippines by the beach!
The other day, we had an unexpected visitor drop by. A friendly neighbor and a young lady whom we did not know... and they had something to ask us. "Would you mind coming to this young lady's wedding? Oh, and we want you to be her God Parents." Wanting to be good neighbors in the community, we said, "Sure, we'll be there".
Today is the wedding day, and as luck would have it, we are in the midst of a typhoon. Lots of rain, wind, and no electricity.
The wedding starts at 9am, and it's now 815am... and Rose and I are just waking up. We quickly get dressed, grab a fresh banana and dash to the car in the pouring rain. As we exit the driveway, we see a small parade of neighbors starting their 3 mile trek to the church - they are going to the wedding too. "Would you like a ride to the church?" Of course they say 'Yes', and we begin packing 9 more people into our 5 passenger Mitsubishi. Nobody complains. In fact, everyone is laughing, and happy not to be walking in the pouring rain. I smile and realize this is one of those enjoyable Filipino moments, where people are happy to be helping other people.
As the ceremony is about to ceremony is about to begin, we arrive laughing and quickly unload into the church to avoid the torrential rain. Entering the church, we discover that it's not only us trying to avoid the rain, but it's also birds, cats, dogs, and lizards. Life in the tropics. Fortunately no one is bothered by the additional attendees.
The wedding planner gives us our instructions as the music begins - acoustic guitars and wonderful Filipino voices. This music sounds so good that I would have just came to enjoy the production.
We file up the aisle and into our seats. My favorite part of this procession is watching the tiny flower girls dropping tropical flower petals in their wake. It's super cute.
Obviously the bride and groom are supposed to be the focal point... but I'm easily distracted by the flying birds, the roving dogs that are sniffing around, and the flower girls starting a flower fight with the ring barers. I enjoy the moment of wedding ceremony irony.
My attention is refocused as I hear, "You may kiss the bride!" It was an awkward moment for the couple but they eventually kiss (and I wonder if it was their first kiss ever).
To the reception
And the typhoon is raging as we scurry under an awning for the reception. Waves are crashing, coconuts are falling from the trees, and people are still smiling and enjoying the moment.
And the microphone is put in my hand. I am told I am to make an impromptu speech. Ugh, think quick!
"Today we are witnessing: Raging wind, Crashing waves, Drenching rain. It's symbolic of challenges that a couple can face during a marriage. The other thing we are witnessing is faith that the challenges will only be temporary, and that good weather is only a day away. This is true in relationships. We must have faith to carry us throw the bad times. We must have perseverance to help us weather these storms. We must appreciate our community to help support and encourage us to do the right thing.
And the right thing to do now is for everyone to raise their glasses and make a toast to this Happy and Loving couple."
I don't know what I just said, but at least I am sipping wine on the beach with the love of my life - my wife Rose.
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written by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Coffee Entrepreneur
Best Selling Author
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Why Do I Love Celebrating Christmas in the Philippines more than I do in the USA?
Let me step back a few years... Ok, maybe a few decades. When I was a child celebrating Christmas, there were lots of decorations & displays in the malls, lots of excitement to sit on Santa's lap and let him know what was on my wish list, and lots of Christmas shows on television. Wow, Christmas is glitzy and exciting.
As I got older, I slowly realized that the decorations & displays were there to make me want to visit the mall, that Santa was there so we would visit the mall, that the shows on TV had enticing commercials, so we would visit the mall. Wow, and if you didn't get the latest gizmo, gadget, fad-ish type item, well then you just weren't in the Christmas Spirit (guilt), a 'Scrooge', or a 'Grinch'.
Now... Let me leap forward to September 1st 2018.
Children are hanging Christmas decorations in the streets, on their homes, in the churches, in the public square. People are having sporting competitions to celebrate Christmas. People are harvesting food, buying food, and confectionaries. Do you notice any differences in the 2 cultures?
Some may need to read the 1st paragraph again.
Here are the differences that I immediately noticed in the 2 cultures. I see that the decorations are in the places where people gather and meet, the activities are to bring people together, and the shopping is so that people can share time and a meal together. Notice, nothing is about gadgets, toys, gizmos, fashion, or the latest fad. It's about something more human. Something more basic. Something that everyone can share and appreciate. It's Friendship and camaraderie.
During this season, we threw and attended numerous Christmas parties filled with parlor games for everyone - adults, children and foreign guests (this year we had 3 foreign guests from South Korea).
And the pinnacle of the Christmas season happens at mid-night on Christmas Eve. It's an event called Noche Buena. Family and friends get together to share a festive meal. Yes, I say festive because it involves laughing, singing, dancing, adult beverages, and a huge feast of food. And custom has it that after the late night meal, the gather attends mass - in memoranda of the birth of the Christ child.
On Christmas morning, my wife and I celebrated that we were together as a family, and we also shared a single gift with our daughter. After we had breakfast and fresh coffee (from Going Native Coffee Club), we - as a family - took gift bags of various candies to the homes of the less affluent areas. This is called 'Sharing the Blessings'. The smiles and gratitude from the people we met can touch one's soul and enrich the Christmas experience. It's something I will never forget, and something that I will always want to do every Christmas.
Merry Christmas from the Philippines & Happy New Year!
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