Another Day in Paradise

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 […]

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 […]

Tropical Storm, Malfunctioning Computer, and a Return to…

Christmas Will Not Wait! The anticipation of returning to Samar for Christmas seemed intense the last few days before departing the island of Guam. We had our flight to Manila arranged with Cebu Pacific. Our bus tickets were waiting for us upon arrival. Our nephew purchased them about a week in advance to ensure we […]

Air Travel Changes to Samar (Philippines)

Route Changes! Effective December 1st, 2017, PAL Express will no longer provide air service for the Manila/Calbayog or the Manila/Catarman routes (and vise versa). Clark will be the updated point of departure and arrival to the CYP/CRM markets. Routes and schedules will change as follows: Remember, you can always fly Cebu Pacific from Manila to […]

Where Do You Want To Go?

Today, I was browsing my other blog site, Steemit.com, and discovered a new application built upon the Steemit platform. It is a travel digest application which allows Steemit content creators to upload their travel blogs and photos to a world map. The aim of this site is to connect travelers from all over the world and […]

What To Do? How Can One Stay Busy in the Philippines?

Enjoy Living But Stay Busy! If there is one thing I really enjoy about living in the tropics is the abundance of tropical flora. I don’t care much about the abundance of fauna, but I do enjoy observing some of the more strange creatures I come across. Today though, I was browsing through some of […]

My Wife’s Name is “Karma” and I Can’t Lose Weight!

My Daily Mission I wake up most mornings with the same desire, complete with attached motivation – to curb my diet beginning that very day as I start down the road to shedding a few excess pounds. But just as my waking motivation controls the initial part of my day, there seems to be this […]

Retired and Living in the Philippines – 5 Years!

The Blog. As the Retired in Samar blog approaches its 5-year anniversary (next month), I felt it would be a good time to publish an anniversary post. When I began this blog, it was with  the intent of documenting my journey, in addition to having something to do in my retirement years, and maybe earn […]

“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 […]