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 […]

Dentist Got Talent in Calbayog City – A Mango Moment!

The Singing Dentist! Yesterday, my wife asked me if I could take our nephew to town to our dentist. Seems he had rather bad toothache and a possible abscess. The plan was to take him to Dentista Ko, the dental clinic that my wife and I both use in Calbayog City. She is a very […]

Oh So Many Visitors On Christmas Day! – In the Philippines

If one didn’t know any better, you would think it was Halloween all over again… this time though, without the scary costumes. Christmas day in the Philippines is unlike Christmas day in the west, where children will wake up especially early and rush to the Christmas tree where Santa typically leaves their gifts during the […]

Superstitions in the Far East are “Life Dominating.”

Boo! Asians are superstitious people. Islanders even more so. When a people lives in isolation they can invent some strange mystical forces that act upon their daily lives. And for many centuries, travelers from far away lands would also visit, depositing their beliefs also. The Philippines has become a melting pot of local and foreign […]