I have a number of services which I can offer you if you need some assistance that I have knowledge about.

Look at some of the Professional services that I can offer you.

Let’s have a look at what I have to offer:

Consulting Services

I can offer consulting services via telephone, in person, or via email.

I charge $100/hour for consulting services. Minimum charge is 1 hour.

Things I would be qualified to consult about:

  • Living in the Philippines
  • Moving to the Philippines
  • Philippine Culture
  • Business (in or out of the Philippines)
  • Online Business
  • eCommerce
  • Online Publishing
  • Offline publishing
  • Marriage and Relationships with Filipinas
  • eBay and Online Auction Sales
  • Language learning (particularly Philippine langauges)

On-site Services

If you have a need to get something done in the Philippines, I can take care of it for you in most cases. If you are outside the country, but need to accomplish something in the Philippines, let me know, and I can take care of it in a professional, business-like manner.

My fee for services like this would be that you will pay my travel expenses, hotel, food and incidental expenses while I am on the road, plus $300 per day for my time.

Investigative Services

PI_300Do you have a need to have something or someone in the Philippines checked out? My company, Pointman PI can take care of a job like that for you. We have investigated many cases over the years, and can do it in a discreet fashion for you.

If you have a Filipina girlfriend, it would be a wise idea to check her out and make sure she is sincere, and not playing games with you before you travel half way around the world and find out that she has been dishonest with you. We can check her out in a discreet manner, where she will not know that she is being observed at all. If you have specific needs in regards to such an investigation, just let us know.

If you are involved in a business deal with a Philippine Company, again, we can check them out and make sure they are on the level with you, and not just trying to separate you from your money. Let us look into the business before you make a commitment to them.

Bob’s Books

I have written a number of books about Business, Philippine Living and other topics. These books can be a great starting point if you are considering a move to the Philippines.

If you have an interest in my books, you can find the entire selection at:

Expat Island Bookstore

Gift Services

WowPhilippines Gift Portal

I operate a number of websites dedicated to sending Gifts to your loved ones (or those that you hope will become loved ones!) in the Philippines.

WowPhilippines – A gift portal for sending gifts to anybody, anywhere in the Philippines. We deliver to any address in the Philippines. Deliveries in most metro areas can be completed in one day (sometimes less!). Deliveries out in the Province can take 1 to 3 days. You can always bet, though, that we will provide you with World Class Customer Service. That’s not just what we hope to do – that is our job! Owned by Bob & Feyma Martin for nearly a decade already!

WowDavao Gift Portal – Similar to WowPhilippines, but this site is specifically for gift delivery in and around Davao City.

Wow General Santos – Again, similar to WowPhilippines and WowDavao, but this store is specifically for Gift Deliver in General Santos City.

Wow Load – Want to send load, or cellular phone credits to somebody in the Philippines? We can help you at WowLoad, part of the WowPhilippines Group of Companies. We can deliver load for any cellular network in the Philippines. Load is sent quickly, electronically to your recipient.

Mindanao Security

Are you traveling to Mindanao?  Some parts of Mindanao can be dangerous, while other parts of the Island are certainly “no go” zones that you should avoid for safety reasons.  Bob is a long term resident of Mindanao, and also has been a student of Mindanao for nearly 20 years now.  He knows where you can go in relative safety, and where you should avoid. Bob can provide you with a security assessment of your itinerary for travel in Mindanao, if you feel such a services is warranted for your trip.  The charge for this security evaluation is $29.99.  Payment is accepted through Paypal.  If you click on the advertisement next to this text, it will take you to Paypal to make payment, and once payment is received, Bob will contact you within 24 hours to get the details of your travel plans.  A security assessment report will follow within 24 hours.


My websites have a lot of viewers!  There are literally tens of thousands of people worldwide who follow my activities and my life in the Philippines.  If you have a product of service that has any relationship to the Philippines, or to Expat life, my websites would be a perfect advertising vehicle for you!

For all of my established websites (Mindanao Magazine, Live In The Philippines Web Magazine, WowDavao) I offer graphic banner advertising (125×125 pixels) for as low as $2 per 1,000 ad views.  Minimum monthly purchase is 10,000 views, or just a small investment of $20 per month.  We can take on larger ad buys of up to 300,000 ad views per month (per website) if that suits your budget and/or needs.  We operate our own Ad Server, and can provide you with statistics each month on how many ad views we delivered, how many clicks, or most any other information that you may require.  Contact me through the contact form below and let’s talk about your advertising needs!

For my less popular websites, particularly new sites that I am just starting out, we can give you ad space at a huge savings as a Charter Advertiser, and we will “grandfather” you in so that your rates will remain lower than our regular sales price if you sign on as a Charter Advertiser while the site is still in it’s infancy.  Contact me for more details.

Free Advice and Information

In addition to these paid services, I offer a lot of free information for you to use at absolutely no charge! Here is a list of my free resources at your disposal, remember, Google is your friend, and you can search for the information you need on any of my sites:

Live In the Philippines Web Magazine – More than 1,700 articles on the site, a wealth of free information!

Mindanao Magazine – A wealth of knowledge and information about Mindanao. Here, you will find more than 7,000 articles full of free information about Mindanao! There is no better resource about the Island of Mindanao.

Mindanao Bob – This is my personal Home Page. Anything you want to know about me, you will find it free for the asking!

If you are interested in any of these services, contact me.



  1. HCS says

    Please let me know where to send payment for consulting services, Bob,
    thanks , Peter Cooke


    So this is what I was seeking your help or advice on.

    My main business is a private chef that relies on new and existing custoemers. I live a town close to the eastern affluent areas of Long Island known as the Hamptons which is busy in the summer. Other then Florida in the winter it is probably one of the best place to be a private chef. The private and personal chef field is growing by leaps and bounds. Amongst wealthy New Yorkers it is a viable option for homeowners to choose a private chef for dinner as an option to a restaurant. Many of the homes I cook in here in the summer are brand new $250,000 kitchens, larger then most apartments. You get the idea. Many people are entering this field. Myself I have a formal culinary education backed with over 20 years of cooking experience since my late teens. However many people entering the business are from less experienced backgrounds. Since the industry is not regulated by Licenses, just about anyone can call themselves a chef and they are in business. You have retired people looking for a second career who already have a good retired income, you have new students out of college since curriculum is in a few small colleges for personal chef and then you have people that always love to cook deciding that they now are chefs. As a guy that worked hard my whole life to become a real chef this used to really bother me. For me someone without the proper background just decididng they are chefs is like someone who likes to help people calling themselves a doctor. I belonged to a personal and private chef association that basically gave housewifes a 600 dollar course and certified them as personal chefs and it made me sick because these people would be contacting me to give them business and never return the favor because they lacked the years of experience in the business, I was eventually banned from the forums for trying to get my point across. The work as private chef is getting harder as the economy worsens and their is more unqualified competition. I just recently had a former friend and employee that who wanted me to hire a friend of her because she loves to cook so much and she needed some extra money. I hired her in the summer and she made some great money but admittingly she wasnt such a great cook which I could use since most of my parties require advanced knowledge. After about a month she was no longer available to work. The summer went by and I worked with my Maitre d to Labor day. I just found her ad in the paper with her cousin who is a trained chef as advertising practically the same as me. Now that she learned where I advertise, how I get my clients, charge and so on. Something I really would never tell any competitor. This made me realize that I am getting old and dont want to be miserable cooking and worrying about cutting myself or back,foot and knee pain no less the mental worrying of if I am going to work or not. Or the peak and valleys income of the field. Food is more popular then ever and I keep moving forward but it is not a trend that I can change. It is like fighting a tidal wave. I originally started out with and had some really great ideas for the future, but get stuck in the grind when it comes to making money.

    Basically there is a trend here of new chefs trying to get there name out and dont know how to do it.

    When I first started my business I named it, because for many years I was in sales and found out that if people want something they could easily change there mind and and perhaps not want it or want something else. But if they needed something , it would be hard or almost impossible to change there mind. Even now when I get a call or a new customer contacts me they automatically think I am part of a large network that I am just a suscriber or franchise owner of Originally I wanted to have several chefs on , that would I would do a bio on and make sure they were qualiied, so last year I created the Hamptons Chefs Society to use as a blog and for local chefs to express their ideas. This is also to act as my blog to hopefully leading in its own direction. Many people contact me from all over the world needing chefs. I wish I had an easy to use interface where someone could type in there zip code we could match them with a chef in the area. Right now there are only 2 organizations that do that , they are American personal and private chefs association at and the, both offering certification course and levels as well as listings. I dont know if I need a cerfication level or can just offer an alternative for people to find chefs without certifiacation. I know what I would like to do I just need some guidance i doing so . I hope you can look at this situation and perhaps offer some suggestons. Thanks

  2. says

    Bob, I am new to the Philippines, been here about 6 weeks. I am with my fiancé, we have been together about 3 years. She is Philippine. I used a lot of information on your sites in my research before coming here. Thank you, it was very helpful. We have a lot in common, please check out my website, the “about” page tells all about me. and the page links go to some of my other sites. I would love to talk to you, don’t worry, I am not looking for free advice, but I do have a question for you. Maybe we can swap some links. You will see when you look at my sites. I do not want to post my phone number on a comments page, but if you send me an email I will reply with a phone number. Thanks, R.Baith

  3. Maria Kristina Estuart says

    Hi bob, I would like to post job vacancies from my company. What is the process and requirements?
    Thanks, Kristina

  4. June Amburn says

    Hi! I have a rather simple yet a little complicated questiuon. I recently renewed my expired Philippine passport here in Los Angeles CA last May 22 2015 because I am going back home for goods. Everything was processed fine and is now waiting for my new Philippine Passport. My sister already bought my one way airfare ticket via Philippine Airlines on July 10, 2015. Today is July 6, and i my new passport has not been mailed yet, What can I do at this time and be able to leave on schedule? Thank you so muc

  5. Ian says

    Hi Bob this is my story, I am a British citizen living here in Phil’s, I have a Filipina partner and we have a 2 months old son, is it possible for my son to get dual citizenship/British passport even his mother and I aren’t married? If so, what are the steps to do?
    Hope you reply. Thank you.

    • says

      I am not British and know nothing about the laws of Great Britain, but I believe it is possible. If you were American like I am, your child could be a US Citizen. Just go to the British Embassy in Manila, explain the situation to them, and file the papers.

  6. Vincent says

    Hello Bob, I am a US citizen leaving here in Philippines. Its been more than 20 years that i did not get back in the States my last visit was in 1985. I paid my ACR and updated my passport regularly here in the Philippines. My question is, Is there a penalty for not going there for a long time? considering that i have a plan to get back there this month. Your advice is highly appreciated. Thank you very much and God Bless.

    • says

      You have nothing to worry about. As a citizen you are free to go back any time that you wish. You are also free to never go back. It is no problem, no fine or penalty. You are completely fine.

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