Customs and Culture

Filipino – American Labor Relationships. Is It One-sided?

I see many requests for information in different online venues about working in the Philippines or building and owning businesses by foreigners who wish to live here. Sorry, no can do! In comparing the labor situation between our two countries, it’s obvious to me that the colonization of the Philippines by the U.S. has produced […]

“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 […]

The Awakening!

EYES WIDE OPEN I was abruptly awakened by the sound of drums, with an ever-increasing accompaniment of brass instruments. Before I knew it and within seconds, there was a 7 piece marching ensemble passing my bedroom window on their way down the street. Now I was sitting straight up in bed and I’m sure the […]

Celebrating the Holidays, Both of Them!

Let’s Party! Just over a week ago, a local expat (Aussie) and friend who lives here in Calbayog asked if anyone knew whether the Americans where planning anything for the 4th of July holiday. No sooner than the day after he suggested it, it was quickly determined that any get together should be located in […]

The Beach, Alcohol Ban, and a New Philippines President!

It’s been an interesting few days… coming into and out of the elections here in the Philippines. On Saturday morning (may 7th) I reminded my wife of the upcoming alcohol ban beginning election eve and lasting through election day (8th & 9th of May), and suggested to her that she pick up some beer at […]

They Speak Waray!

How to Speak Waray For many years I have stood firm in my convictions that I do not need to learn another dialect in the Philippines when the “national language” is Tagalog and everyone is supposed to speak Tagalog. I mean why should I struggle to learn more (Waray) than I need to going forward, […]

Foreigners and Minor Children

Hi Ho, Hi Ho… … it’s off together we go!  Sometimes when my wife needs something from the market, we might both hop on the motorcycle to head out to get what she needs. We take the bike because it is quicker and more efficient to get to where we are going. Sometimes I might […]

Philippines and Anti-Begging Laws

Anti-Begging Laws In a country that boasts a population of over 101 million people, of which over 25% of the population lives below the poverty line (based upon a monthly per capita income of P10,534), it is not a big surprise to see beggars in the streets of nearly all cities and villages throughout the […]

A Visit to a Blacksmith Shop in the Philippines

Blacksmiths in the Philippines. Alive and well. Today, we took a drive into town as the wife had some errands to run. While parked and waiting, the noise of banging hammers coaxed me over to this blacksmith shop where they were busy making bolos or knives of some kind. Standing there and watching these guys […]