Gordon McKissock

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

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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.

THE PHILIPPINE’S WAR ON DRUGS
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THE PHILIPPINE’S WAR ON DRUGS

The Philippine’s war on drugs is in full swing now several months after the election of their new president, Rody Duterte. He was elected in a landslide victory on an election platform that was largely focused on the end of criminality in the country which he claimed was rooted in the proliferation of the drug […]

FOREIGN LAND OWNERSHIP RESTRICTION
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FOREIGN LAND OWNERSHIP RESTRICTION

Laws Restricting Foreign Land Ownership in the Philippines hurt Ordinary Filipinos Any foreigner who has wanted to buy land in the Philippines is, or should be fully aware of, the laws prohibiting foreign land ownership. . These laws are absolute and all encompassing save for one exclusion whereby a foreigner can obtain title to land […]

EXPAT PRETENDERS
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EXPAT PRETENDERS

Who is Real, and who is just an Expat Pretender with skeletons in their closet? This is the first and only time I have lived outside my home country of Canada, so I am not sure whether this is a situation that is typical of the Philippines or rather a broader one where ever there […]

MOTORCYCLES IN THE PHILIPPINES
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MOTORCYCLES IN THE PHILIPPINES

Motorcycles in The Philippines Not What a North American is Used To Motorcycles in the Philippines are part of everyday life for the majority of both Filipinos and Foreign Expats. They are everywhere and take many different forms. You have the automatic scooters which are light and uncomplicated to drive, street-trail hybrids such as the […]

FOREIGN INVESTMENT CHANGES COMING?
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FOREIGN INVESTMENT CHANGES COMING?

Will the Philippines Now Attract More Foreign Investment? Newly Elected President Duterte May Just Pull it Off I am involved in a business in the Philippines that will thrive or die on foreign investment to this country, and during the recent elections I automatically assumed that should Duterte come to power, people might be scared […]

CHURCH WEDDING , FINALLY
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CHURCH WEDDING , FINALLY

A Church Wedding for the Filipina I Love Time to Show her I Believe in my heart that our Love is Forever A church wedding is not something that I have ever laid awake at night dreaming about. In fact as I entered the 5th decade of my life, the thought of having any wedding […]

THE PHILIPPINES LIVING VS VISITING
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THE PHILIPPINES LIVING VS VISITING

Those Awesome Remote Tropical Islands of The Philippines A Nice Place to Visit, but maybe not a great place to live? I believe most people who have moved to the Philippines are like me and probably visited here a few times before deciding to settle here permanently. Myself, I vacationed in the Philippines  numerous times […]

ELECTION FEVER IS OVER!
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ELECTION FEVER IS OVER!

Philippines Election Filipinos have Spoken Loud and Clear The Philippine election is over and there is a new, as yet unclear direction that this country I now call home is heading in. Due to laws barring foreigners from getting involved in elections in any form, I like many foreign expats in the Philippines have had […]

CREEPY CRAWLY PESTS
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CREEPY CRAWLY PESTS

Creepy Crawly Pests Not the place to be if you are Squeamish about Pests Having grown up and lived most of my life in Canada, where the cold harsh climate half the year keeps most manner of small pests in check, I have had to adapt to a different reality now that I live in […]

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