I wish I had exciting news of my expat adventures in the Philippines during July but the truth is, I just didn’t have any exciting adventures during August of 2013. I have been wondering what I would even write about in my Philippines expat journal for 2013.

I suppose it is what it is though. Oh, I had some interesting things going on but I can’t talk about those. I could but it would be best if I don’t.

Living in the Philippines August 2013

Money continues to be very tight and I really don’t understand why. The dollar is back to a decent rate. Nothing to write home about but much improved over the past year or so. Still, there is not enough extra funds for a trip even to Bantayan Island. I sure would love to go. I wonder if I could find a rich Filipina to take me. Yeah, I’ll hold my breath on that one.

I don’t get out much at all. With my feet turned to plastic that leaves painful cracks when I walk, it is just not smart to walk a lot. I miss Jermain at the Zoowalking. Walking around the city and taking pictures of the landscape and pretty Filipina’s is a lot of fun and good exercise. That lack of exercise is a real issue. That inability to exercise is my biggest concern and leads me to believe I won’t be here a lot longer.

Maybe I should try to get a wheel chair but my guess is those are very expensive. Sitting alone on the computer leads to depression. I’m not in the best state of mind at the moment. It isn’t that bad either. I’m okay and I’m better off in the Philippines than I would be in the USA.

People that have followed me for a while know I try to be positive but you know, things are not bad they just are not great either. Sounds like life to me.

We are in the middle of the rainy season, which I love as I love the sound of the rain on the roof and thunder rumbling through the jungle.

My Online Business

I’ve been very busy on Google Plus and am doing very well there. I have increased my following from about 150 people to 11.000 people and I’m becoming known as a G+ source of information and photographer. I’m having a blast on G+ and it does keep my spirits up.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to convert that following into some traffic for my websites. I don’t know how much interest there is on G+ for travel to the Philippines. I’ve been writing a bit more about Internet marketing and G+ than I have the Philippines.

I’d love to see some of you join me on Google Plus. You can get to my profile when you click here.

I’ve made the decision to move this website back to HostGator hosting as WPEngine has too many limitations and their support is too slow. Their hosting breaks my RSS feed too. That’s the main reason I’m going to move it back. It will cause my expenses to go up though by about $20 a month.

FilipinaI’m starting to think I may be dead in the water as a blogger. Matt Cuts keeps hinting about reputation factors in ranking. I am fearful that because I have had one website hit with a manual penalty that I’m done.  That I cannot recover.  Its hard to keep trying when that is a possibility.

I have not been blogging here much. The lack of engagement indicates I’ve lost my touch, not writing things people want to see. I may take a new approach and try that.

My pictures often stimulate me to write. I’m thinking of posting a picture and then writing about that picture. It often leads into a discussion about the culture of the Philippines. I’ve been doing that on G+ and it seems to be going over well there. S0 I will try some of that here.

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