Lucky Streak Ends at Swap Meet

A Lucky Find! It’s not everyday you can visit a swap meet or flea market in the Philippines and pick up some new treasures (another man’s junk). I have never seen one in the area we live in (Calbayog City). I used to scour the local Facebook selling pages for items for sale and the majority […]

Busted Again!

Good Luck, Bad Luck? If you did not read my previous post – “Busted in Guam“, now is a good time. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Just as every day has two halves, this day was no different. That morning was like having a near miss of sorts, and the afternoon… well, it went something like […]

Busted in Guam!

Hafa Adai (pronounced half-a-day) The first-half of the day started out as innocent as any other day. We woke up early at 4am, cooked up some coffee, packed a lunch, then headed out. We were going on a morning hike which would take us out to the end of the harbor’s engineered breakwater which protects […]

Is Martial Law in the Philippines’ Future?

Communist guerrillas to step up offensives to resist martial law. POSTED BY: Retired in Samar (Philippine News Now), MAY 25, 2017 In seeking to resist martial law, the CPP/NPA may well be providing the pretext for Duterte to roll it out nationwide The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has today (Wednesday, May 24) called on […]

Travel Advisory to Palawan, Philippines

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Palawan Province United States Embassy Manila, Philippines May 9, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION […]

My Relationship is Over!

Getting Around – It Was Easy Then    There was a time when I really enjoyed riding motorcycles here in the Philippines. Actually, I still do. It is the easiest and quickest way to get around… when it is not raining. Though it is not necessarily the safest. There is nary a day goes by […]

Not So Crowded Skies Over the Philippines

An Airborne Mango Moment   I must say, between Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, CP is much more punctual. During my return from Manila to Samar, my first flight of the day was from Manila to Cebu on the Airbus 320 (about 1h10m) and the only problem I encountered was that the seats do not […]

My Bucket List is Minus One!

One Down, More to Go!       According to the Urban Dictionary, a “Bucket List”  is a list of things to be done before one dies, and is derived from the term Kicked the Bucket. We all have this propensity to look back on our lives and say “I wish I would have done this […]

A Return to Fantasy Island?

Alternate Paradise!       After traveling to Guam last month to set up homestead in what will become our “alternate paradise,” I will be traveling back to Samar next week to pick up a few things, namely some clothes, some personal items, and the Mrs. (being the most important obviously). We plan on spending some time […]