“Fiesta” and “Siesta”…. Oh so closely related! [Includes Video]

It’s A Fiesta! It’s a tradition here in Guam, and in the Philippines, and in most majority Roman Catholic countries, at least where the Spaniards had an influence. Yep, the Spaniards get all the blame! Many years ago, Spain marked certain days to remember particular Catholic saints with celebrations. When Spanish missionaries first arrived in […]

A Sauna Room Story and Forthcoming Bootcamp Challenge.

In the Sauna Room. I was sitting in the gym sauna the other day, conversing with some local Guamanian guys, and in comes this young fellow who sat down among us. As we continued our usual sauna room banter, this young fellow just sat there taking it all in. Finally after several minutes he asks […]

Beaches and Bowling Balls!

Staying Busy! I get a lot of questions about what life on Guam is like. The simplest way to describe Guam is like this: It is Guamanian (Chamorro), Philippines and America, all rolled into one fun package. Mostly though it is Asian, it is singularly cultural, and the dollar is king. There are NO race relations […]

Retired in Samar MIA – From YouTube

Gone But Not Forgotten! It seems like it has been forever. And with the reminders I get almost daily from my viewers, it has been way too long. March 10th (last Spring) was the last time I posted a video. At that time, I was working on a series of videos documenting our house expansion […]

The Philippines – Some Will Never Adapt.

Why the Philippines Might Not Be Right For You. An important part of making the decision to move to a foreign country is to weigh the pro’s and con’s. It is a different weighting system for most individuals. What one person sees as a good thing, somebody else might cringe at the thought. Over the […]

Live in the Philippines – Live Without Sports!

No Baseball! No Football! Living in the Philippines does not come without certain challenges, especially if you are a sports fan and regardless of where you might hail from. For me, a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, I was beside myself (literally) when the Cubs finally made it to the World Series (last fall 2016) […]

Living in the Philippines – A Healthy-Unhealthy Lifestyle.

A Healthy Experiment? When we moved to the Philippines from North Mississippi in 2013, my biggest shock was food, or lack of choices thereof. Although I can eat just about anything, the absence of my most favorite foods was a shock to my system. The loss of eating processed foods everyday, not to mention the […]

Driving in the Philippines… Is It Really Safer Than Guam?

Driving on Guam Yesterday my wife and I were in the car heading to the gym and we both simultaneously came to the same conclusion about driver differences between the Philippines and Guam. The funny thing is that as we approached a late-model vehicle at a stop light, be both noticed the vehicle’s hatchback smashed […]

Discover Samar… Before Others Do. Too Late!

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! I’ve probably talked at length about Calbayog City in the past, in person, in videos and on this blog. I’ve done my best to help promote it to visitors and tourists alike. Actually, someone from Manila contacted me once about a video I produced  [It’s Where We Live – […]