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, […] Read More

Happy New Year From Samar

Sleepless in the Philippines. Welcome to 2016, and a New Year!  While the planet we live on has successfully navigated yet another trip around the Sun, everything in the heavens appear to remain unchanged. Here on Earth, not so much. There are new calendars, new outlooks, new budgets and new resolutions. There are hangovers a […] Read More

News…What News?

Not Much News Here! After sitting down with one of our nephews the other day, I jokingly asked him if he would be interested in becoming a mercenary and joining the Peshmerga special forces to fight ISIS. While he seemed interested, I asked him if he wouldn’t be scared to fight against ISIS. “No uncle, […] Read More

All Saints, Souls and Undas

A Celebration! Because the Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia, and the world’s third largest Catholic Nation (behind Brazil and Mexico), after Christmas and Holy Week, the holiday of Undas (All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day combined), is the most important religious period observed by the faithful. All Saints’ Day is a […] Read More