About Me

Welcome to “Hey Joe Philippines” – my online journal of an American adapting to life in the Philippines.

I’m from Seattle Washington, and lived in the Pacific Northwest for my entire life, up until August of 2010, when I pulled up my roots and came to live in the Philippines.

My reason for moving 8,000 miles from my life long home? In one word, much like many others… LOVE.  To explain further – I fell in love with a wonderful lady who lives in the Philippines, and after a lengthy online long distance relationship of a few years, I could no longer wait until I could tackle the lengthy and costly visa process to bring her to the USA, and I knew that “visits” were simply not going to be enough. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to just take the plunge and come here to live.

And I couldn’t be happier!

I hope to share some of my experiences since coming to live in this beautiful country, as well as to provide information and resources for others who have either moved here, or may be planning on or looking into the possibility of living in the Philippines.


Paul Kassens

Hey Joe Philippines