Plan Hard to Relax Easy in the Philippines

It may come as no surprise that two of my favorite childhood books were Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. And for years, watching all those episodes of Gilligan’s Island probably anchored my need for adventure. All too often we see westerners come from all walks of life to settle here only to be […]

No Dr.’s Appointment – No Complaints!

Around the world, there is no shortage of complaints when it comes to health care providers, and more specifically, customer service and complaints surrounding appointments and waiting times to see your doctor. Generally speaking, in the U.S. anyway, if you want to see a specific doctor, you usually need to make an appointment. Like many […]

Please, Don’t Listen to Me!

Anybody that has spent any length of time in the Philippines knows that while Filipinos can excel at many things, they can be really bad at others. Habitually bad! I haven’t really figured this out except that once Filipinos learn how to do something, there is no teaching that dog a new trick. In other […]

The Simple Life…or is it?

In previous articles prior to our coming to live here permanently in the Philippines, I can recall saying how I was looking forward to retiring here and enjoying the simple life. July 3rd, 2014 marks our first anniversay of living in Samar as full time residents. Over the course of this last year, I’ve been […]

Now Serving Coffee…After Hours!

My wife approached me yesterday and informed me that we needed to donate coffee to the barangay for their security detail. I asked “what security detail?” and she explained that for several months now, our barangay has 3 roving patrols and one supervisor that stay awake and patrol our village streets, watching over barangay Tomaligues. […]

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