Another Day in Paradise

The Philippines and a List of Expectations

One thing that comes to mind with almost all expats before coming to the Philippines to settle is to live the easy life. I have written about the so-called “Easy Life” previously and got some mixed reviews, mostly from those who have not been around the islands long or have only visited here. To qualify both […]

Up, Up, and Away from Calbayog City!

The other day our 23 year old nephew informed us that he had quit his job and was moving up to Bataan Province to live with his Auntie and family. After high school, he previously spent a short while there working at one of the local factories in Marivelles. Since returning home to Calbayog City (just […]

No Coffee, a Drivers License, and a New Job!

More Than a Sweet Mango Moment! When anyone asks me about what it is like to live in the Philippines, I can always emphatically say that there is never a day that escapes without the unexpected (or expected) happening. Or, in more common terms, there is never a dull moment. Yesterday my wife asked me to […]

Tacloban and Back!

This past Tuesday, we took a drive down to Tacloban City on the neighboring island of Leyte to get our car serviced. Tacloban is the closest Mitsubishi dealer around, so that becomes thee destination when the kilometers add up to an oil change and needed service on the car. It also provides us with an […]

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 […]

Philippines Postal Service

 Another Mango Moment!   Today we took a ride into town for our first visit to the Calbayog City  Post Office. Up until now, we have had  literally no reason to mail  anything. Today however, I  needed to send an old-fashioned written  and signed letter.  As we entered the Calbayog Post Office building, all  I could […]

Pride is on the Line in the Philippines

CULMINATION ACTIVITY cum AWARDS NIGHT 2014 I have no idea what the title of this weekend’s activities really means, but I believe it is a special event designed to fill the void between the last village celebration and the upcoming Christmas holidays. Every barangay village has their regularly occurring annual fiesta along with a host […]

Out of Stock!

ANOTHER SWEET MANGO MOMENT…. Today was a good day for picking up some much-needed groceries so we headed to town after our first cup of coffee. When we get an early start, we will usually stop in at Isla Cafe in Calbayog City for a quick breakfast before the grocery store opens where we can […]

No I Can’t – Yes I Can!

ANOTHER SWEET MANGO MOMENT…  Occasionally, there is a need to keep the banana grove in our back yard in check. Today I removed 5 banana plants from the yard. They grow faster than weeds and they can get really messy and if allowed to get out of control, can become more of a nuisance than […]