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Chris Bennetts

I have been visiting the Philippines for the past 30 years and lived here full time for the past 10 years. I have travelled extensively around the Philippines and lived in many locations. I was married to a Filipina for over 20 years and been with my current girl friend for 8 years. I have also operated businesses in the Philippines including a Dance and Fitness Studio, Restaurant, Family karaoke and disco. My background is IT and my real interest is in online marketing and outsourcing and these are the areas I currently focus on. I have made heaps of mistakes along the way and I have always enjoyed helping others and passing on my experience so that they might avoid making many of the same mistakes. - Chris Bennetts

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Getting Real Honey in the Philippines

Getting Real Honey in the Philippines

I once talked with a professional beekeeper in the Philippines and he described a pretty sad situation. He told me that most of the honey collected is not harvested by beekeepers. It is found by Filipinos who go out into the jungle in search of hives and in the process of collecting the honey destroy […]

What do heavy traffic, slow Internet and open defecation have in common?

What do heavy traffic, slow Internet and open defecation have in common?

We know that the Philippines is a developing country that faces many challenges. It presents opportunities and challenges at the same time to those that want to live here and maybe do business or invest in the economy. How do you measure the Philippines economy. We can work of the various published financial data and […]

Very Traffic (beree trapik!)

Very Traffic (beree trapik!)

In addition to having one of the worst internet services in the world it also has some of the worst traffic congestion. Manila is the worst.  People commuting to work can spend 3 or more hours each way.  An hour is considered nothing. Cebu is getting almost as bad. Is there a solution to this […]

Milk in the Philippines

Milk in the Philippines

The Philippines does not have a big dairy industry and most of the milk-based products are imported. They are also relatively expensive. Yes Filipinos love milk and consider is to be miracle food as it was in the west last century. There has been a campaign to try to convince mothers that its better to […]

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

Bad Reputation Sadly there is often a stigma attached to being a waitress in the Philippines. The association with G.R.O.s that some restobars employ is one of the main reasons. Girls that work at respectable establishment that do not provide G.R.O.s, will often be viewed as prostitutes by many locals, or thought of as easy […]

The Restobar Business

The Restobar Business

One of the most popular businesses started by many expats is a small bar and restaurant, usually targeting foreigners. The main focus is to provide a place for other foreigners to meet and hang out. Most of these types of establishments aim to provide simple and affordable western style foods. Sometimes providing food is very […]

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