Another Day in Paradise

An Auto Dealer Adventure in Tacloban, Philippines

Live and Learn…Again! Several months ago, my wife and I were visiting up in Bataan Province where her sister lives and where we also have friends in and around the Subic Bay area. While there, we decided to buy a new car from Mitsubishi. We settled on a compact and sporty little G4 Mirage GLX. […]

A Home Veterinary Visit…or Sales Pitch?

My wife recieves a text message from the local Calbayog City Veterinarian and it states that she (the Vet) has a kitten that we might be interested in. So my wife arranges for a visit the following afternoon. She will bring the kitten to our house so that we could see it. She says it […]

Almost is NOT Close Enough For Me!

Almost…! It was just over one year ago I was cleaning out closets, de-cluttering, and getting ready for the big pack out and our retirement move to Samar in the Philippines. I uncovered our old Sansui stereo system that we had purchased back in Subic Bay in 1986. The right stereo channel had gone bad […]

No Dr.’s Appointment – No Complaints!

Around the world, there seems to be no shortage of complaints when it comes to health care providers, customer service, and complaints surrounding appointments and waiting times to see your doctor. Generally speaking, in the U.S. anyway, if you want to see a specific doctor, you usually need to make an appointment. Like many others, […]

Now Serving Coffee…After Hours!

My wife approached me yesterday and informed me that we needed to donate coffee to the barangay for their security detail. I asked “what security detail?” and she explained that for several months now, our barangay has 3 roving patrols and one supervisor that stay awake and patrol our village streets all night, watching over […]

ZUMBA and a Massage

  My wife asked me today if I wanted to go to town this evening and workout at “My Body” Fitness Center in Calbayog City. After working outside most of the day, I was pretty exhausted and suggested that I would drive her to her ZUMBA workout and I’ll get a P300 massage ($6.89) while […]

Impending Danger on Philippine Streets

There are dangers lurking, waiting to claim the next victim, and I warned them! Today I finished working on the yard outside our  compound and while sitting down to rest, I took in  and enjoyed all the children playing on the street.  Until some would ride their bikes past me (with some  three and four […]

Video – Ciriaco Hotel & Resort, Calbayog City, Samar, Philippines

Occasionally, my wife and I will head to town early in the day to take care of some business or do pick up supplies and we always make a stop that includes coffee and breakfast and Wi-Fi fix at a local coffee shop, Isla Cafe in Calbayog City. Upon arriving this day, we were told that […]

Too Many Bananas Can Make You Go Bananas!

  When our banana harvest begins to  ripen, we either have to give most of  them  away, or suffer the consequences  of eating bananas for breakfast, lunch  and  dinner (constipation) 😛  And while  bananas in syrup  is nothing new, my  wife just realized that instead of wasting  all the syrup from the large cans of […]