Getting my 13a Permanent Residency Visa!


After two years of being a tourist in the beautiful Philippine Islands(August 23rd, 2015 will be my 2 year anniversary), I finally started the process of applying for my permanent residency. I thought I’d share my experience here as it’s been hard for me to find information on the process myself, so maybe my experience can help someone else who is about to go through it in the future.

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Claire-Bear’s Story

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Today, we lost our little puppy Claire-Bear. She was our little angel, our scruffy princess, and she was loved so much more than we could possibly say. She deserved at least a decade more on this planet with us, but tragically she was taken by the horrible Distemper Virus. After a long, hard fight, her suffering has finally ended. To memorialize our precious baby, I want to share her story.


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Jehovah’s Witnesses Recognize That People Have the Right to Change Religions, Just Not Their Religion

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As a former member of Jehovah’s Witnesses who lost all of my family when I left(click here to read my personal story), I can attest to the truth of this article. Jehovah’s Witnesses portray themselves as happy, loving people but there’s a much darker side that people need to see.


The official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses,, has a Frequently Asked Section that recently addressed the question of whether or not JWs pressure people to change religions (this site). According to their answer, they don’t pressure people to change religions, and agree with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights when it says that a person should have the freedom to change religions. According to the JW website, “these rights carry with them the obligation to respect the rights of others both to maintain their beliefs and to reject ideas that they disagree with.”

This is a very interesting statement, and by “interesting” I mean grossly hypocritical and yet another absolute smack of outright dishonesty on their part. Jehovah’s Witnesses say that people have the right to change religions and that they deserve “respect” when it comes to that right, but this is not something that they offer to those who…

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Honeymoon Motorcycle Roadtrip to Subic

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When David and I got married in January, we were trying to stick to a fairly low budget. Since we didn’t have much money to spare, buying plane tickets to go somewhere exotic and out of the country for our honeymoon was totally out of the question. We still were able to have an amazing adventure, however. We picked the Subic/Olangapo area as our destination, bought a map, fueled up the motorcycle, and headed out for what would be an unforgettable adventure!

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The Versatile Blogger Award


Hello readers!

So The Writers In Tandem have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Huge thanks to LOU & HOSHUA’S ADVENTURES, the bloggers that nominated us! I definitely recommend that you check out their blog as well, particularly their recipe for “Rogan Hosh” chicken that is to die for(I actually cooked it myself and it was amazing!)

“‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ is for the blogs that bring special talents to Life.  In choosing nominees, the quality of the writing is considered, the uniqueness of the topics presented, and the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. An added quality of authenticity to the photographs is evident through the field of vision.

The guidelines are as follows. Answer the questions you have been given, nominate 10 different bloggers, and feel free to revise a new set of questions for them to answer. Ready. Set. GO!”

1) What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?

I tend to be a pretty open book, so I don’t think there’s much that I can say that would surprise people. I had a pet duck once, I guess that’s something that relatively few people know about. His name was Skillet, after the band.

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Shao Kao Grillery – “Tasty Bits of Heaven on a Stick”


We never thought this day would come folks; we found a place that actually made us enjoy vegetables more than meat. As self-proclaimed meatatarians(it’s a real thing, it even has a wiki page!), meat is always the most important part of any meal. Until today. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – Shao Kao Grillery has completely opened our eyes. Grilled vegetables are a magical thing, and this place knows how to do it right.


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