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Living In The Philippines -- The Cebu Experience

American Expat Living In The Philippines

Hi, my name is Rusty Ferguson.  I am an American expat living in the Philippines since February of 2008. I grew up in the Southern USA. I retired early and decided to add some excitement to my life by moving to the Philippines.

I am having the best time of my life. If you are thinking about moving to the Philippines this is the site for you. Follow along and learn how to avoid some of the mistakes I have made and some of the things that have gone well for me.

With this blog, I cover topics like living in the Philippines, the cost of living in the Philippines, Filipino cultureand the US dollar to Philippine peso exchange rate. Being a lover of photography, there are many photorgraphs throughout this blog. Nearly all of which have been taken by me.


Filipina Living In The Philippines This is Jessie.  She is Filipina and is my girlfriend. She has lived in the Philippines all her life is a great source of information for me.

She helps me with this website, mostly working in the background as my proof reader. Which is a bit ironic since English is not her first language.  Her friends from Tacloban make fun of her because when she speaks English now, she does so with a bit of a Southern Accent.

Jessie is an angel but she's got a fiesty attitude.  Since she has to deal with me day in and day out, that is a good thing.  But I lovingly call her my ornery angel at times. She treats me like a king.

Things to Do In Cebu Philippines

Cebu Philippines is located in the center of the country. It is one of the more than 7100 islands that make up the Philippines. Cebu is a province within the Philippines, an island and Cebu City is the capital city of the province. Sometimes Cebu is referred to as the “Pearl of Asia” or “the…

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More Earthquakes in Cebu Philippines

Earthquakes In Cebu and The Philippines

Cebu Philippines has been rocking and rolling in the last 24 hours due to several small earthquakes. They are very small and very unlikely to have resulted in damage.  I’m sure they didn’t feel these in Cebu City so you are not likely to read much about them. Two Large Quakes in The Philippines Some…

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Major Elements of Filipino Culture

Filipino Culture -- Mano Po

For anyone moving to the Philippines from a Western nation understanding Filipino culture is crucial. If you don’t learn about the culture of the Philippines you will find yourself confused about the motivations of Filipino. While they know to make allowances for you, if you don’t know anything about their culture you’ll likely misunderstand much….

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Corruption in the Manny Pacquiao Fight

Manny Pacquiao

Wow, everyone is upset over the Manny Pacquiao vs Bradley decision. Charges of corruption abound. What are they based on? Bradley printing posters for the rematch promotion is the only “evidence” I’ve seen. It seems he tweeted this 11 weeks before the fight or so they say. I haven’t confirmed that and everyone should know…

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7 Steps Before Moving To the Philippines

A Rock Castle Near The Underground River In Palawan

If you are moving to the Philippines there are preparations you need to make and they apply to most all people.  There will always be variations and your specific details will vary of course. These steps would apply to nearly any place you’d plan on moving too.  This will only be a brief summary of…

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Philippines Experience: Basic Expat Training Manual

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