Another Day in Paradise

Borrowing Babies in the Philippines!

We went to town (Calbayog City) and kidnapped our grand-niece this morning and brought her home. Needless to say, I didn’t get anything accomplished the rest of the day! We ransomed her back to her parents later in the evening for a freshly baked rice cake from a local bakery. We are currently planning further […]

On Top of Samar in the Philippines

Why do people climb Mt. Everest? Because it is there. Why did I climb the mountain that overlooks our village of Tomaligues? Because it is here!  Well actually, I needed some photos and my nieces and nephews are always looking for an adventure with their Tito. While it’s not really a mountain, it’s definitely one […]

Demolition of a Bahay

Just about the time we’ve grown accustomed to enjoying the features of our new home, we have come to the realization that, and in the name of progress, we must now destroy part of that which has been built. After many months of deliberations about buying a car, we finally bit the bullet and bought […]

Re-Transformation of Subic Bay, Philippines?

The New Olongapo City. As NIKE® used to spell out in their commercials, sometimes you “Just Do It”, and in my case, I had to “do it” in order to answer the question for myself. I lived and worked in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (or SBFZ as it is now called) years ago and […]

A Trip to Veriato Falls, Northern Samar

Veriato Falls Recently my wife and I accompanied some friends, Thomas and Maria, on a day filled outing with our motorcycles which took us northward along the coast of Western Samar, into Northern Samar. We stopped along the way several times for some photo taking and to stretch our legs and we eventually ended up […]

And the Blog Award Goes to……

Well, not me, I’m sure. Some time ago I apologized to my readers for my inactivity on the blog, mainly as a result of my inability to connect to the internet. It had become such an inconvenience to drive into town to an internet cafe and stand and wait in line for a computer…at the […]

Sunrise, Tennis and the Vulcanizer!

I woke up early this morning as yesterday I accepted an invite for an early morning tennis game. I don’t normally get up before  sunrise (at least out of bed) although the local roosters all take their turn at trying. Most days I can hear them early on but my body  just doesn’t respond. Anyway, […]

Our First Fiesta!

Fiesta at Home. While it’s not exactly our first go-round with attending a fiesta, it is the first time we have participated as a host. Since we are now residents of the Barangay, this is the “first” time we got to experience the fiesta from the inside…the giving side. The annual Tomaligues fiesta is billed […]

Our Philippines Electric Bill – No Indictments Here!

Our Philippines Electric Bill – No Indictments Here! Today is the day we will receive our electric bill and, being in and of a retired status, I will usually set my calendar by it. Our electric meter will not only be read today, but we will also receive the bill, whether we are home or […]