Mango Moments (PI)

Cave Dwellers?… or an Endangered Species?

We Must be an Endangered Species! When our nephew shows up to cut our grass and wash the car and do other things that my wife says I have no business doing (you don’t hear me complaining!), I know it is either Saturday or Sunday. It also provides me with an opportunity (50/50 chance) to […]

A Filipina and a Cheesesteak!

While visiting Guam this week, we stopped in at the Air Force Base Exchange Food Court one day for lunch. After living in the Philippines for nearly 3 years, it was an easy lunch choice for me to make…I was having a Philly Cheesesteak! My wife decided on Popeye’s Chicken so as she walked over […]

Internet, Female Snails, and Eggs!

Bad Internet The last two weeks have been very trying when it comes to accessing the internet. Usually, I have no problem with gaining access to the internet other than some problems with speed (slow as snails). But recently, access has been really spotty and when I do get connected with a decent signal, the […]

Fresh Libas, Trip to the Market, and a Near Miss

Mango Moment! This morning, a relative dropped off some fresh “libas” (tagalog) which is the name of a local tree that produces leaves used in Filipino cooking. Libas is used to make meat sour, sort of like lemon juice. A similar herbal substitute available in American herb shops would be Sumac berries, but they’ll make […]

Another Mango Moment

Sweet Mango Moment Last week I went into town for some office supplies and took along my 23-year-old nephew for a ride-a-long. While in town, he decided to look around for a new Polo style shirt so I dropped him at several places. After carousing three different stores, he came up empty. So I suggested […]

We Need More STIPNER’s ???

Another Sweet Mango Moment The other day I met up with a local contractor to discuss the building of a retaining wall on our new lot which adjoins our current lot. A deep footing and retaining wall needs to be constructed so we can elevate the lot with fill dirt to expand and join the […]

Life Is Cheesey!

Another Mango Moment. I went to the grocery store in Calbayog City today to pick up some cheese for our occasional afternoon (marienda) grilled cheese snacks. While staring at the shelf which held the only two brands of cheese available (Eden and Magnolia), I asked the stock clerk that was standing there “where is the good […]

“Out of Stock” or a “Nose Bleed”

Sweet Mango Moment I’m not sure how most Filipinos in the Philippines respond to questions in English, but here in Western Samar it seems it is easier to not respond at all or risk a “nose bleed.” The nose bleed is a metaphor for having to “think” too hard about answering a question in English […]

Feast of Sto. Niño in the Philippines

Another Sweet Mango Moment Anybody who lives in the Philippines knows or eventually comes to know that January is a month-long celebration for several provinces and cities all over the country honoring the Infant Jesus. It is the Feast of Sto. Niño. Today, while spending some time with my nephew while he worked on his […]