“Out-of-Stock” Doesn’t Always Mean “Out-of-Stock!”

A Mango Moment Because we choose to live on an island and everything is imported (nothing manufactured), one thing that is very common is that ANYTHING on any given day can be out-of-stock (including customer service and the occasional thought process). The Omelet When we choose to eat out, like everybody, we have our favorite […]

The Abstract of Time (nothing to do with Filipino Time!).

A Philosophical Concept of Abstract of Time. Have you ever felt the connection between aging and the speed of time? If you have passed the half-century benchmark of living, you absolutely have. Did you know there is actual evidence related to the general impressions of the speed of time, including theories of the purported subjective […]

Cooking it up in the Philippines – What’s For Supper?

The phrase ‘When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do‘ refers to the importance of adapting yourself to the customs of the people who are in a certain place or situation and behave like they do. … When in the Philippines, do as the FIlipinos do!” Unfortunately, many (if not most) foreigners do not subscribe […]

Would Multi-Culturalism Survive Asia? I doubt it.

Reflections and Realizations. Have you ever just sat back and reflected on things? Your car, your house, your job? Your past? Or how about something greater?… your life, your family, maybe even your country? Sure you have – everybody does it from time to time. It is a natural thing to do. Reflection is a process of […]

Living in Some Places Can Cost You an Arm and a Leg.

But if you are a grasshopper and choose to live around cats, it will only cost you a leg! We have been cat owners most of our lives. We have taken in 13 cats over the last 28 years and gave each one of them a good home. Here in the Philippines, we brought one […]

Is Philippine Airlines Troubled?

During the last two years, we have experienced nothing but grief when using Philippine Airlines’ (PAL Express) when traveling between Calbayog City and Manila. Our last three experiences with that carrier resulted in two lengthy delays and one early morning flight cancellation where we were bused (rushed) to Tacloban to catch the early afternoon PAL […]

No More “Permanent Residency” for me!

Immigration Benefit? After residing in the Philippines for almost 5 years, I have evaluated the benefit of holding permanent residency in the Philippines and in reality, there IS NO real benefit other than establishing a requirement of residency that may be required under certain circumstances such as financial institution requirements or maybe insurance requirements. It […]

Time to Leave Samar… Again!

We arrived back home on Christmas Eve, just this last 2017. It clearly wasn’t enough time to prepare for our annual family Christmas get-together. We did manage to have some close family over and cooked up a spaghetti dinner… what else? Here in the Philippines, spaghetti is a meal usually served on the more festive […]

Come to the Philippines. But Arrive Rude… You Lose Dude!

Immigration. A much heated topic of debate these days in the United States. Actually, for well over 40 years now. They just can’t seem to fix the problem of illegal immigration. I’m leaning heavily on the idea that they really don’t want to because there seems to be an entire industry that makes money on […]