Gordon McKissock

Gordon Mckissock, a Canadian who simply got tired of both the harsh cold winters of North America and…

About Me

Gordon Mckissock, a Canadian who simply got tired of both the harsh cold winters of North America and the breakdown of what could be considered normal family relationships, found the change of lifestyle he was looking for in the Philippines. After spending increasing amounts of time here during the winter months since 2008, he made the life changing decision in 2013 to settle here permanently with the love of his life, Shirley. The two have since got married and set up house and business in Shirley's hometown of Dumaguete City.

ATTITUDE PHASES OF AN EXPAT
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ATTITUDE PHASES OF AN EXPAT

As an expat in the Philippines I have noticed that I have gone through numerous attitude phases. When recently a friend of mine decided to throw in the towel (at least temporarily) and move back to the U.S. I realized that I am far from being alone. Adapting to a new country and its culture […]

MOUTH SHUT ON FILIPINO ISSUES
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MOUTH SHUT ON FILIPINO ISSUES

Anyone who spends any amount of time on Expat social media forums will invariably see many posts and comments relating to Filipino issues here in The Philippines. This is probably never as much so as now, with the recent election of President Duterte and the many controversial things his administration is known for like a […]

WHY A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FILIPINA?
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WHY A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FILIPINA?

An Old fashioned Relationship Recently I realized my relationship with a Filipina seems strikingly similar to the relationship my parents had. This whole train of thought  began when a Facebook friend of mine made the following comment on his page: “Thinking how tough these girls are here. No power no problem, they know how to […]

DUTERTE-LITTLE EFFECT ON EXPATS
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DUTERTE-LITTLE EFFECT ON EXPATS

Duterte talks a lot of crap and many foreigners want to know what is REALLY going on and how it affects everyday life for expats in this country.The brief and to the point answer is that little has changed for us here, except for perception. That perception of what is going on in the Philippines […]

MY DAD AND A FILIPINA
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MY DAD AND A FILIPINA

Before I get into this article, let me explain that this is just a fun exercise. My Dad passed away a few years back,( several years after my mother died), and he had never been to the Philipinnes, much less had a relationship with a Filipina. He had what I think was a good relationship […]

PHILIPPINES OR THAILAND ?
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PHILIPPINES OR THAILAND ?

Right from day 1 when looking for a place to explore in Asia the two choices that immediately came to mind were either Philippines or Thailand. Initially my leanings were Thailand based on the visions I had in my head of beautiful exotic Asian women amid a lush tropical jungle paradise. These images were more […]

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