Journey to Samal

My Facebook Deactivation Experiment {12}

Facebook Deactivation

I’m not fond of Facebook. There I said it. Maybe I could have stated it stronger, but that’s the general idea. To me it is a necessary evil.

The things I don’t like about Facebook are probably the same things you don’t care for, with a few possible differences. One of the main differences might be the fact that I don’t know about 75% of my friends there since I mainly use it for my blog postings. That can have its positives though, as some of those new friends have become real friends. For my true friends and family it can be a great way to keep up to date. But there are other ways.
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Advertising on Journey to Samal {1}

As much as I’d like to be able to let commenters provide potentially valuable information related to their products and services, I no longer want to make the decision as to what is spam and what is useful. Increasingly, I’ve been getting comments from those that want to offer one thing or another. Most of these are pretty easy to dismiss, as they have little or nothing to do with this site or Samal Island. Actually, the majority of those are spam filtered before I ever see them. Lately though, I’ve gotten a few that I didn’t know what to do with. If I allow some to promote, why not others?

I’ve tried to be as consistent as possible with moderating these comments. In some cases I’ve offered to supply advertising, but those offers are rarely responded to. So I’ve decided to clear things up with this post. If you’d like to promote your service, product or whatever, then contact me, and if it’s appropriate, we’ll work something out. The obvious exception to this would be the post on Samal Island Resort Directory, as I encourage any updates or missing resort information in the comments there.
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Retire in the Philippines {19}

Retire in Philippines Hammock

As I reviewed my site recently, I noticed that I have never specifically posted as to why I want to retire in the Philippines. I have stated why Samal Island was chosen for the place to buy our land and build our house. I’ve even written about frugality and the Philippines, which touches on some of my beliefs in how I’d like to live my life. I had always figured each post kind of spelled out my reasons, but maybe not. Of course these reasons may change as time passes, but for now here are my top ten.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Samal

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Samal {6}

As I wrote the title of this article it occurred to me that I could be writing about any number of things. A whole lot has happened in my life since I started this blog three years ago, as I suspect would be true with any of you reading this. Time certainly has a way with us. Not always our way, or they way we expected it to be. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that not much I’ve learned is new except possibly to me.
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Why Samal Island? Part 1 {4}

I probably should have made this my first post. I hadn’t necessarily decided to have a blog and when I did I was spending my time trying to get it set up. I still have a lot of work to do in that area, as you can see. But with that, I hadn’t prepared any posts.

How did we end up with land on Samal Island?

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Why Samal Island? Part 2 {0}

As I’m sure anyone that’s been there will attest, Samal Island is beautiful. The beaches, the ocean, the view, the wildlife – it is a tropical paradise. Well, they say there really isn’t such a thing, but Samal Island certainly does a nice impersonation of one.

The island boasts of many beautiful resorts, both for tourists and locals. I count 37 by this Samal Island Resort list, but that could be outdated by now (updated to be recent). The most famous of these is probably Pearl Farm Beach Resort, while another local favorite is Paradise Island Beach Resort. There are probably many personal favorites among the group, but I plan on trying Chemas Garden Resort on my next trip, due the recommendation my neighbor to be, Feyma. I believe Chemas is the closet resort to my land, so it could prove to very useful to us until we have a place built.
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