Happy New Year 2018 from the Philippines!
New Years Eve was fun and memorable, but what we do on New Year's Day is just as important.
Obviously, we slept in today after a night of celebrating. But after waking up we began visiting nearby friends. Our first stop was the local fishing village to thank our friends their for providing us with delicious, fresh fish.
On the way home, we passed the local police and greeted them warmly and thanked them for their service.
Before walking up our driveway, I was waved over to the home of our Barangay Captain's home - a barangay Captain is like a chieftain of multiple villages and is a very wise and important person. His family welcomed us into their home, and we shared a meal, drinks and cheerful conversation. We really have a great Barangay Captain in Hinagoman, and we are glad to call him and his family our friends.
Before leaving their home, we promise that Rose and I will visit them again tomorrow to discuss sponsoring contests in the January fiesta - Bakla Boxing and a comical beauty pageant. By the way - if you are interested in being a judge in our barangay (village) beauty contest, send us a message and we are sure we can get you a seat on the panel).
New Year Resolutions
Getting home, Rose continues to practice her guitar skills. Learning to play the guitar is one of her 2018 New Year resolutions. I on the other hand spend time in the gym. Getting a minimum 300 repetitions per workout (and working out 5 times per week) is one of my New Year resolutions.
Here in the Philippines, Family comes 1st.
Rose's parents are visiting us from the jungles of Leyte. Spending quality time with them is paramount because we rarely get a chance to spend time visiting with them. This evening we are bonding with rum & coke to help enhance our vocal aspirations. No matter how much rum & coke I drink... I still sound like a quacking duck. Rose, April and my in-laws sound awesome! I don't know what is in their DNA, but they can really sing with spirit, emotion and heart. Luckily I only had to quack through one Barry Manilow song before they took the mic from me. From then on, I got to enjoy a concert with songs from the 80s & 90s. A perfect way to enjoy the end of an evening of the birth of a New Year.
What did I learn from today?
Happy New Year to all of our family, friends and followers. We wish you Happiness, Health, Good Fortune, and continued success in all you do.
Happy New Year!
Greg, Rose & April
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This article is written by Greg Pasden. American Expat in the Philippines and International Best Selling Author of 'Like Winning The Lottery'
2018 is Approaching Fast. What will you do differently to improve Your Life in 2018? I have some beneficial Questions and Answers on How You can Make 2018 an even better year. Consider these questions & ideas for The Best 2018 New Years Resolution.
Question 1: 'How cold is it where you are?' (please answer in the comments below).
Here on the island the temperature will be between 75-79 degrees F (25-27C) with a cool tropical breeze from the Northeast.
When asked (Question 2) 'Do you ever miss the snow?' I have to answer 'I hate the cold. I hate the cold. I hate the cold. (I say it 3 times because I want you to know I truly hate the cold temperatures). The cold weather feels painful to me.
But on the island, I never think of the frigid weather of the USA or Europe. Not even for an instant. It's because I enjoy knowing that when I wake up in the morning, I will be putting on my shorts, my t-shirt and be comfortable walking barefoot on the beach.
Question 3: Does this sound like something You want to do?
If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing, then make your New Years Resolution to visit Tablas Island in 2018 (or a nearby island). When you do, let us know. If the sunset & surf align, you might be able to join us on one of our yacht adventures, or paramotoring between the islands, or hiking to hidden waterfalls, or kiteboarding in the warm water, or finding a private lagoon for a picnic. There's lots to do and some unique places to stay. Island Life is Awesome! If you need more reasons for coming to Tablas Island, then look at the photos at the top of the page.
Question 4: Can you recommend or offer suggestions on nice places to stay that are affordable? Yes! Consider AirBnB (1 of our sponsors) when booking your next stay anywhere in the world.
What's Your New Years Resolution? (comment below)
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This article is written by Greg Pasden. American Expat & International Best Selling author 'Like Winning the Lottery'. All Rights Reserved.
I guess college football is one of my many passions, so when the games are on, I try to watch them. Unfortunately, we don't get many games televised LIVE here in Asia. So the problem is 'How do I watch sports & Bowl games when outside the USA?'. The solution is getting simpler with technology.
Before I tell you what I did, I want to share a story. One of my good friends moved from the USA, met a nice lady, got married, had a few babies, but then he couldn't take it any longer, and he did something drastic. In 2016, he sold everything... then packed up his family and moved home so he could watch his favorite professional football teams LIVE on TV.
Yes. he really did this.
There are numerous affordable options that he could have chosen:
My problem was that I not only wanted to watch the games, but I also wanted to enjoy it with my friends back in the States. So my solution to watching the football games outside the USA is simple:
The only difference is that I am watching the game by the warm ocean and palm trees while my friends are bundled up in layers of warm clothing surrounded by their snow covered urban environment.
I guess some may not want to use my method of watching sporting events outside the USA (or wherever their home is), but I prefer my tropical, virtual 'man cave' to any other place on the planet.
This article is written by Greg Pasden. American expat living in the Philippines and International Best Selling author of 'LikeWinning the Lottery'. All rights reserved.
New Year's Eve is approaching quickly and we are preparing for the celebration by stocking up on spherical shaped foods (for luck), spaghetti (for all Filipino special occasions, adult beverages & champagne (a global tradition), and music. Rose is practicing her guitar and hopefully after a few short lessons, she will be able to play us a recognizable tune.
Fortunately, we will not have freezing temperatures like my friends are experiencing in the USA. I was shocked to see 0 degrees (-15C) in my home town in Ohio. Like I mentioned, we are fortunate to have nice weather - warm weather where I can wear shorts and t-shirts year round. I love this weather.
Speaking of the weather. The recent weather (2 typhoons in 7 days) ended up somehow making me sick (sore throat and cough). Rose's father prepared me slices of fresh pineapple. I must say, Rose's family from the jungle is talented with knives. They can weild a machete or a short blade with precision and speed. I mean my pineapple looked like a work of art from a Royal cruise ship. Yummy. But what I found amusing was that, even though they are masters with machetes, they don't really grasp the understanding of the fork and spoon. Instead, it's using the fingers. So, not wanting to be like everyone else in this tropical paradise, I have adopted their practice as well. And it's Fun! Eating now is like being a kid. Just another reason for me to love living here. Island Life is Awesome!
This article is written by Greg Pasden. All rights reserved.
Greg is a Best Selling Author of the book 'Like Winning the Lottery'.
As my friends & family are celebrating Christmas around the globe, I looked at the temperatures from my home town. Zero degrees Fahrenheit (-15 Celsius). I shiver at the thought. Even though we survived 2 typhoons in 7 days, the temperatures here are comfortable ~ 77 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius). The unfortunate affects of the typhoon are:
Fortunately we have Christmas helpers in the form of good neighbors and family visiting from the jungles of Leyte ~ Rose's parents. My mother-in-law is assisting with efforts around the inside of the house, and my father-in-law is doing the heavy labor outside ~ fallen trees, recovering our livestock, and retrieving water. It is obvious that they have an unbelievably strong work ethic and stamina. I'm envious! (especially because my father-in-law has the lean body of a teenager). Rose tells me it's motivation for me to get back into the gym. But before I can return to the gym, I have to fight off the tropical malady from the typhoon ~ my sore throat and cough.
As luck would have it, my wife's parents are decendants from doctors. Well... sort of doctors. Here in the remote regions of the Philippines, they are better known as: witch doctors, medicine men, herbal doctors, homeopathic medical experts.
As I complain about my sore throat, I call in sick for work, and this causes Rose to expresses genuine concern. 'How serious is this?'
'Well, it hurts to talk, it hurts to swallow, and I'm coughing'.
She leaves the room and comes back in with her parents. They look at me, and then they make a guttural sound to Rose. Rose nods her head. 'We'll be back,' and she leads them out of the house and into the farm.
While they are away, I can hear the unique sound of a machete hacking away at something. Oh, I really hope they are not bringing me a butchered animal.
Ten minutes later they return with arms full of leaves and sticks.
'What's this?' I ask.
'It's going to be your medicine'.
'Whew, I was imagining you were going to do a Voodoo ceremony with a chicken'.
'Your funny. I think you've been watching to many movies'.
They point to a chair and tell me to wait inside the house while they go outside to build a fire and begin brewing their 'potion'. By the way, they are not using a witch's cauldron. Instead they are using a pot from our kitchen. Although, I think the witch's cauldron would be a very cool affect.
Awhile later my wife and her parents present me with their potions: an herbal tea and salve for my throat.RSS Feed
'Mmm, this is surprisingly delicious... and i can feel the soreness going away. Is this all I have to do - drink tea and rub this salve on my throat?'
'No. Mom says I need to give you an herbal massage for the next week as well. The massage will rub away any hiding ailments in your muscles. Will this be OK with you?'
I smile and nod my head. 'If this is what the doctors order, then who am I to complain'.
I mean, why should I complain? I am going to get a massage every night from my beautiful wife.
I don't know what you think, but this is the best prescription I have every been prescribed. Island Life is Awesome with Jungle Medicine from my family.
This article is written by Greg Pasden, Best Selling author and world traveler. All rights reserved. James G Pasden.
Today We Found Paradise.... Again!
It's easy to believe we found paradise again because of where we are living:
But what I came to realise today is that Paradise is not a specific place. But rather, paradise is the emotional feeling created by the pleasing experiences while at a place.
Today we found paradise while on an EXPEDition with Philippines Sailing Tours.
Today our expedition was shared with Rose's parents. They are from the 'boondocks' (the mountain region) of Leyte, Philippines. (If you are interested in learning more about the 'Boondocks', then you can read about it in 'Like Winning the Lottery')
Our EXPEDition involved riding a dune buggy to a remote beach that is normally accessed by sea ONLY. Fortunately, we had access to the only dune buggy on the island. Therefore we could bounce across precarious boulders, fallen trees, muddy crevasses to reach a remote slice of paradise.
What comes to mind when I think of Paradise is:
Today's paradise is at fishing village.
The beach is untouched by modern resorts and amenities. The white beaches are raw with beauty and devoid of society. The water is crystal clean and warm. And we love it's simplicity - sharing music from hand made guitars, vocals from talented children, and laughter from our attempts to sing.
While sipping our robust village coffee, we rediscovered a primal ideal - the love for all life. For people, for plants, for pets, and for the animals used as food (fish from the sea and live stock that rested freely around our feet as we sipped our strong island coffee). All are cared for, and all are blessed - in greetings, at meals and in good byes.
Another thing we discovered, is the simple pleasure of watching the azure blue ocean, listening to the birds in the coconut trees, feeling the refreshing sea breeze, and experiencing the genuine kindness of the curious villagers.
Will we return here? I hope so.
Will I tell others where this place is located? I am not sure. I don't want to change a thing.
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Island Life is Awesome!
This article is written by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden) author of the international Best Selling book 'Like Winning the Lottery', and the website www.LikeWinningtheLottery.com
Most tourists when traveling to the Philippines want to know:
I mean, all of us are going to need to use it.
Imagine your body tells you that you need a toilet in the next 30 seconds but your hotel room is 30 minutes away. Hmmm? This is a conundrum. Therefore, knowing the location of the nearest toilet might be the most important piece of information of your Philippines vacation. Because not knowing could be a lesson in public humiliation.
No Public 'Bathrooms' in the Philippines?!?
Why aren't there any public bathrooms in the Philippines? Many Filipinos take the term 'bathroom' to mean an area where you will bathe. Instead of bathrooms in the Philippines, we have C.R.s.
What's a C.R.?
Here in the Philippines, the bathroom is referred to as the Comfort Room or the CR for short. Using the CR in the Philippines is a very different experience than in the States. Most toilets do not have a seat and are merely a toilet bowl on the floor.
So now you have found the CR. Whew! Ok... I see the toilet I see a bucket with what looks like a scooper in it. But where is the toilet paper?
In the Philippines, the Filipino public CRs use what is called the tabo instead of toilet paper to clean the backside area.
So... What is a Tabo?
A tabo is a small bucket, easily held with one hand. It usually has a long handle for easy grip. Most homes in Philippines have no shower and must use a tabo/kabu to bathe. Lucky you. Now you get to bathe your back side using a tabo, and hopefully not getting you clothes completely soaked. Ugh!
Business Complete!... but now I definitely need to wash my hands.
Hmmm... Where's the soap?
This is common in the public CRs too. More often than not... You will discover no soap to wash your hands after your Tabo experience. What's a person to do? (I'll answer this shortly).
As you walk out of the CR, you will find an attendant waiting for money. Yes, it costs money to use the Public CR. So be prepared to pay for this unique Filipino experience.
Solutions to make this experience less traumatic:
I hope what I learned will benefit you on your future travels to the Philippines. Please share with someone who will appreciate this story.
Tags: what is a CR? traveling in the Philippines. Visiting the philippines. Vacation in the philippines. Philippines public toilet. written by James G Pasden Greg Pasden
Cost of Living - Date Night & the Cost of a Date
Going on a date is can be expensive to affordable, depending on what you have planned. Many of my friends, family and colleagues tell me horror stories about how expensive a simple date can be in the USA. Yes, incomes are higher in the USA, but so are the costs. To illustrate this, I wanted to add a segment to our website about the 'Cost of Living' and what we are paying for our daily and monthly expenses. Maybe this will help many of you who are considering vacations, get aways, retirement, or that special day with the person you love the most.
This weekend, I took Rose out for a date in Manila - the nation's capital. We had to do some business in Manila, so while we were in town, I wanted to treat my lovely wife to a special day. So I asked her if she would enjoy a date that Friday. 'Of course! What will we do?'
'You'll see. I have a full day planned after you complete your meeting in the morning'
What our date included?
Obviously we had to fly from our home on Tablas Island to Manila, and we booked our stay in the Shell Residence condominium. (The cost of the flight and our stay in the condo should not really be included in the cost of the date but I want to share it with you so you can see how affordable it is to live in the Philippines).
Our date included lunch, a movie (Justice League), a walk holding each other's hand, dinner with wine and at a table by the bay to watch the sunset, Friday evening fireworks by the bay, and sharing 3 scoops of ice-cream in a French cafe.
What is the cost for our nice date in Manila?
When you exclude the cost of the airfare and the condo, the cost of our day was only US$47 (remember, this is in the nation's capital city). For what we got to enjoy, I think this is a bargain, and I plan on treating Rose like this often.
Side Note - We found the cost to stay in a condo to be much better than in many of the hotels. We do suggest that when you use AirBnB for your next stay that you select places that have good reviews, and they are near points of interest (we use the reviews and the map feature to help us select the condos and homes we stay in). AirBnB is 1 of our sponsors. Give AirBnB a try.
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How I got my Bank Account Hacked
Have I ever mentioned that I despise hackers? If not, then let me go on record and say that I despise hackers. Why? Well, I got hacked, and I ended up losing lots of money from our bank account, as well as getting several other accounts hacked.
Have you ever:
NOTE: Getting hacked can even happen if you are not using Wifi (LTE, Broadband, cellular service, 3G).
Getting Hacked is Getting Robbed, and it concerned my family and me. For my safety, my families safety and our financial future. Malicious hacking can happen anytime we use the internet from public/home WiFi, our smart phones, and our computers. (I will share the SOLUTION later in my writing).
To solve the problem of malicious Hacking, I began searching for a solution to keep our personal information, our financial information, our social media and our privacy secure any time we are on our cell phone, or our computer.
With the help of a friend (a communications expert, and former U.S. military intelligence officer) we found a top internet security application that allows us to use the internet safely.
I hope you never get Hacked. It is very stressful and financially painful. To see what we found to prevent this from happening again, take a look at below AnchorFee HotSpot Shield. It might save you from losing your Life's Savings and keep your Life secure.
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How Do I Ship Items from the USA to another country?
One of the most common questions I get asked is how do I get things from the USA sent to my home in the Philippines. More importantly, 'How do I get discounted shipping from the USA to another country?'
I think this was the third question that I asked myself when I was considering moving here - 'How will I ship my stuff from the USA to where I will be living overseas?'
Initially I wanted to bring everything, then I discovered that some things I didn't need, or wouldn't last in a tropical climate, such as:
But there were other items that I really needed, so I had to find a way to get them shipped overseas without costing me a fortune.
A good friend of mine living near me suggested a company based out of Sarasota, Florida called MyUS. Jeff was using a company to ship items he was regularly buying from eBay and Amazon, he was saving on average about 80% off the regular shipping charges, it was easy to use, and he suggested I take a look.
I checked them out. Jeff was right. The international shipping rates are deeply discounted to about 80% off the regular shipping rates, they are easy to use and responsive customer service (phone, email, LIVE chat).
How is MyUS able to ship things overseas to me at a much lower price? Because they got a discount by pre-purchasing the shipping rights with UPS, FedEx, DHL to ship my stuff from the USA to other countries.
So now I'm getting what I want, saving money, time, hasels by using MyUS for all my eBay and Amazon purchases.
To learn more about shipping from the USA to more than 220 countries Worldwide, click on the MyUs links to see their 90second video.
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Discounted shipping from the USA to other countries. How do I ship items from the USA? written by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden)
My parents had Full-Service Gasoline stations where they would ask how much fuel you wanted and they'd clean they might even clean the windshield. Well today I want to share with you how get fuel at neighborhood gas station. I'm sure it's not what most of you are expecting to see... but we find it endearing, and we Love it.
Please share :-)
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This article was by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden), author of the international Best Selling book 'Like Winning the Lottery', and websites www.LikeWinningtheLottery.com
I Found this Interesting...
Some people are rediscovering a way to implement real change in their lives, community and the world? ... but it's something that many of us do everyday.
For example, if you want a healthier lifestyle, diet and better tasting food, then create your own garden. Stick to organic whenever possible and do your research to ensure you are not buying products that genetically modified (GMO).
We don’t choose this life that we are born into, but we still always have a choice about what we want to eat. By simply growing your own food you:
How Can You Start?
Unfortunately, not everyone lives in a home with a large yard, or enough space for a garden, which means space is a big issue for many people, particularly city dwellers. There are many things you can do to get around this. For example, you could reach out to a friend that has land they aren’t using and offer them free food in exchange for some of their yard space. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.
If this doesn’t work, or you don’t know anyone with space for a garden, consider looking into community gardens in your city. These are patches of land divided into lots that you can essentially rent out for a season. If your city does not currently have something like this, it is something that is definitely worth taking to your city council and getting it started. Chances are your city will jump right on board with funding for a project such as this.
There are also a number of DIY projects you can check out for an awesome balcony or patio garden, like these pallet gardens, or at the very least you can even just grow your own herbs in your kitchen! http://amzn.to/2hxuBXD
If none of these options are available to you, don’t sweat it — there is still a lot you can do. If you still want to be a gardener, but absolutely can’t grow any of your own food, then support your local farmers and markets by buying local. Let your dollar be your political voice and spend it wisely.
If all else fails, then gather up your courage and come visit us in the Philippines. We have lots of fresh, organic food growing all over our shared island paradise. Even better, take an island cruise with Philippines Sailing Tours where they take guests to meet & interact with local fishermen and farmers to get the freshest and tastiest fish, fruit and vegetables - Yum!
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Just the idea of spending rainy weather in the Philippines is loathsome to most vacationers as one of the promises of the paradise island besides the sand and sea is the sun.
Nevertheless, there are many travellers who actually love to go the Philippine island during the rainy season because of the cool breeze, fewer tourists, and lower rates in hotels and resorts.
Certainly, there is always something fun to do in the Philippines, even when the weather seems unforgiving.
I suggests the following simple yet enjoyable ideas in making the most of the Philippines amid the drizzles.
Travel to Tablas Island on Cebu Pacific and explore Romblon - peaceful, tranquil, adventure and eco friendly. Enjoy a stroll along many of the beautiful secluded white beaches. Many tourists love visiting the island during this season because it is a lot more peaceful with a perfect view of the sprawling horizon and the glorious sunset without getting blocked by hundreds of tourists on other crowded islands.
Taste delicious fare. Many restaurants on Tablas offer a wide array of food choices that caters to everyone’s distinct taste.
Go island hopping. A Philippines vacation is not complete without experiencing island hopping on a yacht or sailboat with Philippines Sailing Tours. Take a day tour or take a multi-day tour to Enjoy the music, the culture, the food and meeting the locals.
Experience fun water activities. The rainy season elicits a different kind of thrill especially for windsurfers and kite surfers with the big waves caused by habagat and kites soaring higher. Philippines Sailing tours offers an introduction to Kitesurfing.all the way to Hero!
Pamper with a relaxing spa. Beat the cold rainy weather with a rejuvenating massage as many hotels and resorts on Tablas & Romblon offer spa services. One of the best relaxing massages and spa treatments one can experience is right at the beachfront.
Rest in the comforts of hotel or resort accommodation. Enjoy a hassle-free and enjoyable vacation in endless choices of that cater to different accommodation needs and budgets.
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written by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden)
Finding the 'X' on The Treasure Map - Where is Happiness?
There has always been a debate on whether Thailand or the Philippines is a better choice for expats. People will hunker down with their opinions and list all the many ways one country is better than the other. You would think it was the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, or the World Cup. No one has flipped any dumpsters yet, but these discussions get pretty heated.
“Bananas are cheaper in Thailand,” someone yells.
“Yeah, but look at our beach towns and lifestyle. Filipinos really know how to enjoy themselves!” another responds.
I just sit back, eat to my slightly more expensive banana, and stare into space. I have no dog in this fight. Unlike what many people think, it’s not my mission to convince anyone to move anyplace. Like Winning the Lottery is about finding a happier life, and mine just so happened to take place in the Philippines. If it occurred next to an corn field in Columbus, Ohio, I would have written that version of my story.
The truth is that becoming an expat has many variables. Success & Happiness has more to do with your attitude than what particular country you are moving to. In some countries, learning a new language will be difficult (fortunately for me, many Filipinos speak english), reinventing a new life is challenging, but the biggest obstacle is always going to be your own attitude. To assimilate into a new culture often means you have to experience things as they happen. And that means letting go of who you had previously defined yourself to be.
We are all looking for that happy spot in life - the X on the Treasure Map. Since moving to the Philippines, nearly 2 dozen people have followed me. Of the 24, only 1 has decided that it wasn't for them. This line of sight to find one's treasure is never straight, and often means you have to bend in the wind in order to hit the bulls-eye.
People often ask me how I got the courage to leave my old life behind for a new one in the Philippines. A foreign place, a foreign language, and with no guarantee it would work out. But there was this moment when I realized it was riskier not to do it than to take a chance - and go on my treasure hunt. I knew if I didn’t break out of that stifling lifestyle, I would look back at the moment and have profound regret. I saw a beacon of light through a foggy time in my life, and its beam of light gave me hope... so I took the chance and I followed the map.
Because I had the courage, and took a chance to look for my treasure, there is little fog left in my life today. The skies are bright over the island we share in the Philippines, and the sunshine lightens up even the darkest corners. But at night I still see my treasure map. The map calls out for me, reminding me to keep dreaming, to keep being happy, and to keep remembering that life is in constant flux. Ebbing and flowing is always the best way to ride a wave, but you have to paddle out to sea before you can go with the flow.
So if someone chooses to debate me on whether Calatrava has better snorkeling than Pataya, which it does, or if they have more volcanoes to hike, which they don’t, I’ll just rock in my hammock and continue staring up at the powder blue sky. I’m not here to argue, or convince anyone that their ideas are wrong. There is room enough for everyone on this journey to find their treasure, and feel like I’m on treasure island.
If you haven't read about my book on Moving to the Philippines, then look for it in the right margin - 'Like Winning The Lottery - How Moving to the Philippines Made me Happier than a Millionaire'.
Get ready to go Sailing in the Philippines with Philippines Sailing Tours. chose to use Catamarans and Trimarans for their safely, stability and speed. Read what yachting expert Skip Novak has to say about the type of yachts Philippines Sailing Tours uses.
(Philippines Sailing Tours offers one of a kind day sailing and multiple day sailing trips around Boracay, Tablas, Carabao, Romblon and Sibuyan islands).
Captain Novak maintains that a catamaran is faster, safer and more comfortable than anything with a single hull
Even if you don’t believe your own eyes, there is no doubt – if the statistics are to be trusted – that catamarans are taking the sailing world by storm in both racing and cruising offshore, and certainly inshore in stadium events.
Having raced and made long passages on high-performance maxi cats, I can certainly attest to their allure. They are faster, safer and more comfortable than anything with a single hull.
Faster is easily understood, but it is justifiable to question the safety aspect. An offshore catamaran or trimaran can turn upside-down with a moment’s lack of concentration. Up until that point, consider that, compared with a monohull, you are much higher above the water and by and large waves pass under the net and the cross beams.
Sail handling is a dream, compared with grappling with sails tangled up in the lifelines on the foredeck of a monohull heeled at 20°. Drop the foresail halyard and the sail falls onto the net. Reefing the main is also easy by comparison, as you stroll around on a flat platform tweaking this and that.
Testing the theory We were there to enjoy the islands, to do so by sail, but the sailing was secondary.
Is it the sailing or the destination that is of prime interest? If it is the destination, the catamaran formula wins hands down.
Hence the rise of the performance cruising catamaran; ultra-light, all souped up with a powerful rig and minimum scantlings, but still sporting a living room with a picture window and en-suite bedrooms. These are different animals requiring skilled hands to keep them on the right side of heaven.
Skip Novak is a columnist and regular contributor to Yachting World, and author of Storm Sailing Series. He was born in Chicago in 1952 and started sailing at an early age. He has raced in four Whitbread Round the World races and in 2001 co-skippered the 108ft catamaran Innovation in The Race round the world in 65 days, an event in which his future wife, Elena, also raced. In 1987 he built the steel cutter Pelagic and has since spent 26 seasons in Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia and Antarctica, sailing and mountaineering.
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The best travelers aren't those with the fattest wallets, but those who take planning seriously. Imagine if Mike might jet off to Asia as a free spirit, with no real itinerary — and return home full of complaints about how expensive and stressful it all was. Whereas Mary, who travels with good information and a detailed day-to-day plan, returns home with rich stories of spontaneous Asian adventures. It's the classic paradox of good travel: "Winging it" can become a problem of too many decisions, too little information, and little time to relax. Adding some structure in your travel plans rewards the traveler with more freedom.
I like to plot my travel details in a chart organized by date. I collect all my reservations, travel times and other notes and reminders in one document. As I travel, I can see at a glance where I'll be sleeping a week from now, or what time the boat, bus, plane leaves on Saturday. Here's how to create your own vacation plan.
1. Decide where you want to go in the Philippines and create a budget. Do your research to create a wish list, using the most up-to-date guidebooks, travel apps and websites. Outline anticipated expenses, allowing for airfare, transportation within your destination, room and board, sightseeing and entertainment, and miscellaneous costs.
2. Establish a route and timeline. Figure out a logical geographical order and trip length. Consider how weather, crowds, geography, time of day and your personal travel style will affect your plan. Balance big, intense cities with cozy small-town stops.
3. Decide on the cities you'll fly in and out of. Flying into one city and out of another is usually more efficient and economical (when you consider the time spent returning needlessly to your starting point) than booking a round-trip flight. Think carefully about which cities make the most sense as a first stop or a finale.
4. Figure out other transportation. Base this not solely on cost, but by what's best for your ideal trip. Study the many ways of getting from point A to point B — whether flying, riding the bus, driving, biking or hiking. For example, bus travel is often more economical for solo travelers, while hiring a personal driver saves money if you're with a small group.
5. Make a rough itinerary. On your chart, write in the number of days you'd like to stay in each place — knowing you'll probably have to trim it later. I recommend minimizing hotel changes to save time and money — and to better get to know the town. One-night stops are less efficient than stays of two or more nights. Take advantage of weekends to stretch your time and minimize lost work days.
6. Adjust by cutting, streamlining or adding to fit your timeline or budget. If two destinations are equally important to you but you don't have time or money for both, cut the place that takes the most time, hassle or expense to reach. Don't try to do everything on one trip. Assume you will return to visit the Philippines again.
7. Fine-tune your itinerary. Study your guidebook and get advice from friends, blogs or fellow travelers. Be sure crucial sights are open the day you'll be in town. Remember that many restaurants and sights close one day of the week (often a holiday). And many of the most important sights now require or highly advise reservations in advance (easy to get online). Note that if you're flying from the United States to Asia you'll generally arrive the day after you fly out.
8. Organize and share your itinerary. Whether you want to meet up with friends along the way, let family members know where you'll be, or just corral all your travel details in one place, make an itinerary chart (for example, as a Word document) so that you can easily share your plans. Tools such as TripIt can also help; using your confirmation emails, the app creates an itinerary — with maps, directions and recommendations — that you can access and share from your smartphone.
9. Consider an All-Inclusive Trip to Make Traveling Easier. If all this planning seems to complicated or troublesome, then consider booking an all-inclusive trip to the Philippines. For example Philippines Sailing Tours will be offering airport shuttle service, island tours, food & beverages, and lodging. (www.PhilippinesSailingTours.com).
Planning is always worth the effort: Anticipating obstacles, knowing your options, and living within your budget are fundamental to a good trip. Now you're ready to enjoy the freedom that rewards good planners and turn your travel dreams into smooth and affordable reality.
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This article was by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden), author of the international Best Selling book 'Like Winning the Lottery', and websites www.LikeWinningtheLottery.com
Islanders believe it is just the harbinger of summer. Others see it as sign of worsening pollution. (story by The Inquirer - a Philippines national news agency)
If the water is GREEN then it's NOT Clean - Keep you & you Children Healthy.
Boracay is as close to the tropical ideal you’ll find in the Philippines, especially the island’s gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
Today, however, that “tropical ideal” is besieged by green algae growth—a cause for concern on the shore of Boracay’s central tourist hotspot.
The algae, which can be seen in Stations 1, 2 and 3 of White Beach, is most visible in Station 2, where most of the commercial establishments are located.
It’s easy to blame it on Boracay’s rapid development which affects sanitation and environment controls.
But, is the algae growth a sign of worsening pollution?
According to its findings, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) said the island’s sewage system can no longer accommodate the burgeoning population.
While Jica agrees that tourism helps the Philippine economy, the agency likewise implores Boracay stakeholders to be more keen in protecting the island resort’s marine resources.
Dr. Miguel Fortes, University of the Philippines scientist and member of the Coastal Ecosystem Conservation Management (Cecam) project, noted that untreated sewage on the eastern side of Boracay has reached alarming levels.
And while the Environment Management Bureau says the water condition in Stations 1, 2, and 3 at White Beach on the west side is still OK, longtime residents of the municipality of Malay, Aklan, where Boracay is situated, claim that the algae are harmful.
‘Number One Beach’
Boracay is the country’s pride, consistently topping the the list of summer travel destinations for local and foreign tourists.
In 2008, the Department of Tourism (DOT) named Boracay as the “Number One Beach” in the Philippines, after it generated P11.6 billion in revenues that year, according to the DOT-commissioned Boracay Island Comprehensive Land Use Planning: Vol 1.
It was the top pick of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016.
Included in the same edition are two more Philippine destinations on Condé Nast’s Top 20 Best Islands in The World list: Palawan, No. 2, and Cebu, No. 5.
What can people do to save Boracay?
For starters, and as a form of activism, tourists should ask Boracay business establishments and government officials what they are doing for the island. People should ask hotels and restaurants if they have programs to help in the sustainability of Boracay’s environmental condition.
I wonder what could happen if lawmakers and the local government of Boracay to enact stricter policies to protect the island and to better regulate the opening of businesses.
Everyone who has ever been there can contribute in ways big or small, so that Boracay does not end up as paradise lost.
Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/258878/boracays-green-algae-growth-exactly/#ixzz4gD493XF7
The previous story is from a Philippines' news national news paper called The Inquirer. I thought it was worthy of sharing with our readers so that they are informed, safe and healthy.
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This article was by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden), author of the international Best Selling book 'Like Winning the Lottery', and websites www.LikeWinningtheLottery.com
Over the past few weeks while I was visiting family and friends in the USA, I noticed that many of the people I encountered were not living a Positive Lifestyle. What do I mean by Not Living a Positive Lifestyle? In our fast-paced, competitive culture, we tend to notice and worry about what’s lacking in our lives. Because of our drive to succeed, we focus on what stands in our way. We tune in to the things we don’t have — material items, body type, status, money, perfect relationships. But when we view our world from this perspective, we set ourselves up to measure our worth by our deficits rather than our successes.
I don't know about you, but I would rather choose to live a Positive Lifestyle. With that being said, let me share with you what I do to Live a Positive Lifestyle, and the benefits I derive from living a positive lifestyle.
1. Living a Positive Lifestyle is a Choice
Several years ago I had a setback. If you have read my book, then you'll know what I am talking about. I was at an all time low - I was 7 figures in the whole and homeless - even though I was working 2 jobs. But one day while I was out for a walk and I met a happy guy living behind a sign in an upscale community. He said that where he lives doesn't make a person happy or unhappy, but it's how you choose to feel about about your life. You can choose to let life get you down, or you can choose to count you blessings and be happy. As we parted, he told me to have a good day, and he shared a smile.
Try doing this exercise. It's easy and it's FREE. It's called smiling. Try smiling. Smile i contagious, and It will make you feel better (see my article on the benefits of smiling). If smiling doesn't make you feel better then it might make the people around you feel better. If it doesn't make the feel better, then at least they will either think you are a happy person... or crazy. My suggestion, give them reasons to think you are happy.
3. Put your Goals in Front of you
What I mean by this is write out what you want to achieve. I do this in several places - sometimes I even write it on the bathroom mirror with a bar of soap. But I will usually write out my daily goals and my longer term goals. I keep them in places where I can see them often so I can review how I'm doing. Sometimes I even rewrite my goals so I can prioritize them. I also add a check box or I cross them out after they are accomplished - this makes me feel better for accomplishing one of my tasks. But if you aren't sure what your goals should be, then let me give you a few that I think are a must & they are FREE:
4. The 3 R's
I'm not talking about reading, writing and arithmetic or what a pirate says. The 3 R's are:
Respect for Others is when you are being a role model for others. Consider yourself a promoter of a positive lifestyle. Promote who you want to be. Keep doing this until it becomes a habit. Then it will become a lifestyle. Remember, this is a choice you want to make.
Responsibility for Your Actions. As you know, you have the freedoms to choose. This doesn't mean that things are FREE. It means you are free to choose the path to success or the path to failure. It also means that you own the results from your choices. Therefore, choose wisely. But if you should happen to make a bad or poor choices, then take immediate steps to correct your poor choices.
5. Count What Counts
At the end of each day, I write down my daily successes. I also write down what I could have done better. Notice that I am not writing down my failures. Instead I am taking note of the positive things. Plus I am working on how I could improve. This way I focus on the positives, and it keeps me in the improving and constructive mode. Personally I feel better helping people, and I think people appreciate being helped too.
If you think my tips for a Positive Lifestyle are helpful, then please share them with others that you care about.
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This article was by Greg Pasden (James G. Pasden), author of the international Best Selling book 'Like Winning the Lottery', and websites www.LikeWinningtheLottery.com
About 2 weeks ago, my family and I traveled nearly 8,000 miles to the USA to see my relatives. As many of you already know, I am an American expat, who moved to the Philippines 11 years ago. Since living in the Philippines I have created a wonderful family & lifestyle with the woman I married. But what I want to share with you today are the Things I Noticed when I Returned to America.
As we were getting our luggage, I kissed my wife - ZAP! We got a static shock. We never experience static shock in the Philippines. So before every kiss, we made sure we touched hands before engaging in any lip locks.
In the airport, the malls, the homes - everywhere we go, we are walking on wall-to-wall carpeting. In the Philippines, we have tiled floors. Either clay, marble or some other exotic stone. But in the USA, we noticed lots of carpeting. What I like about the carpeting is that it dampens sound and prevents echoes. Carpet also feels nice underfoot, but this is only if you are not wearing socks (I never wear socks with my sandals in the Philippines).
3. Ring-Ring! Ring-Ring!
As soon as we picked up our bags from the luggage carousel, my cell phone began ringing. I answered and we greeted by a telemarketer telling me that I have been pre-approved for an equity line of credit. Really? In the Philippines, I don't ever recall getting an unsolicited call from a telemarketer.
4. Car Rental Service
Before leaving the airport, we stopped by a car rental agency and picked up our rental car. In the Philippines I have never seen or experienced a personal rental car. Yes, you can hire a car with a driver, but you cannot rent your own car. But in the Philippines, you can rent a moped or motorcycle. On our island people use Tablas Scooters.
5. How do I Start this Car?
Keyless cars. After we loaded into the car, I picked up the key fob on the car's dashboard. 'Where's the key?' I asked the rental agent. As he's walking away he shouts over his shoulder, 'It's keyless. Just get in and push the button and it will start. Easy-peasy.' Easy-peasy my behind. I'm pushing the button and nothing is happening. I put on my seat belt. I push the button - Nothing. I say, 'Start' while I push the button - Nothing. I step on the brake, push the button, 'eureka!' it starts. I put the car in gear and begin to drive. 'Play some music Daddy!' Oh know. How do I turn on the radio?
6. Driving in the City is Not Stressful - Organized Roadways & Hi-Ways
People aren’t cutting me off all the time or running red lights. The roads are big. Signage is often clear and well in advance of where you need to turn. I was so glad to experience a city with organized roads, hi-ways and people who understood the rules for driving. In the Philippines it is extremely evident that the roads are congested, the hi-ways are undersized, and that most people have no idea what the rules are for driving. (Yes, people have driver's license, but this is another story).
7. Monster Trucks
Wow, pickup trucks in the USA are HUGE! I didn't know that personal trucks were made this big. Some of these are so high and wide, I'm sure they could haul a tank.
8. Cheese & Sauce (or is it Cheesy Sauce?) on Everything
Before visiting my family, we stopped to get something to eat. Looking through the menu we noticed that everything is covered with cheese, lots of sauce, or both. Maybe this is why my wife and daughter were telling me that everyone in the USA looks 'BIG' (I guess they were inferring girth not height). Fortunately, the waitress was able to put the cheese and the salty sauce on the side of our massive meals.
9. FREE REFILLS
Free Refills on all of our drinks: coffee, water, iced tea, soft drinks (and I'm sure they would provide free refills on cheese and sauce too). I guess people need to drink a lot to compensate for all the salt in the sauces.
10. Decaf Coffee
I think this is a good idea for the USA. Everyone we encountered in the USA looks stressed and in a rush. I guess the decaf coffee is one way to counter the stress. At home we use massive doses of Vitamin Sea to counter the effects of stress. You know, I don't think we have many cases of hypertension (high blood pressure caused by stress) in the Philippines.
11. Grocery Stores?
Before stopping at my sister's place, we decided to grab a few groceries, so we stopped at Walmart. When we started looking for fresh produce and meat, we noticed that everything was the color of fresh, but it wasn't really fresh - it was pre-ripe (which means it won't be as flavorful). Also the meats are different. Yes, it is farm raised, but our livestock is free range or fresh from the ocean. Here it is definitely something different (because when we ate the food, we became constipated and gained weight**). My daughter asked us why there were so many aisles of boxed, canned, frozen and bottled food. At home, our groceries are sold fresh so it can be made the 'old fashioned way' - not by adding water and tossed in the microwave.
12. Plastic Bags, Bottles and Limited Recycling
When we checked out from the grocery store, we didn't have a cashier. Instead we scanned our own groceries, bagged our own groceries and paid with a credit card. Needless to say, we looked like foreigners in a foreign land (especially when it came to paying). We paid with 'plastic' a credit card. In the Philippines, we almost always use cash to pay for our groceries. We also don't bag in plastic bags - we bring our own cloth bags or recycled boxes. Sometimes we will bring used bottles and top them off with a new supply of vinegar, oil or other spices.
With fatigue taking from travel taking its affect on us, we decide it is time to make it to my sister's place where we are greeted with warm a welcome, lots of hugs, and the frequent question, 'Aren't you glad to be back in the Real World?'. We all hugged back, smiled, and are genuinely happy to see everyone, but we all silently agree that we prefer living in what we know to be the 'real world'.
** I contacted my doctor and we discussed the unusual gain in weight, constipation and gain in weight. He explained that due to the amount of antibiotics injected into the US meats, that the probiotics (that are used to naturally digest the food in the gut of our bodies) were being killed. He suggested that we get a quality probiotic to restore our bodies to a healthy level. We bought a quality probiotic and we are feeling better and our clothes are fitting better.
When people think of you, they'll smile.
My father told me those words because he was instilling in me the seeds of a positive life.
Living a positive life is a choice that I chose to live by, and I want to share one of the simplest steps with you. It's the Smile.
Smiling is simple, it's FREE, and it's a universal language. I have traveled to more than 30 different countries, and the smile seems to be the best way to initiate positive communication.
Believe it or not, a physician, Dr Ward Crampton, would prescribe a 'miracle exercise' that didn't require special medicine, equipment or special clothing. You didn't have to do exercises that left you breathless and exhausted. You could do it standing up or sitting down. But he did suggest doing it in front of a mirror was good, but doing it with another person was best.
Here is Dr. Crampton's miracle exercise:
Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Dale Carnegie? He is the master of making friends. He wrote the following about the power of the smile:
"It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anyone 'til it is given away. And if in the hurly-burly bustle of today's business world, some of the people you meet should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?
For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give."
Smiles are FREE. Be generous. Give them away often and see the results.
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