Customs and Culture

Death and Philippine Tradition – This One is Personal.

In all the years I have spent in the Western Pacific, I have come to know what to expect when it comes to the culture and customs of dealing with loss of life here. I’m not saying I fully understand the whys, I just know how it all plays out. This last week (May 13th) […]

How To Ruin a Good Woman!

It’s been nearly 18 months since we retired and relegated ourselves to a quiet life in Samar Province in the Philippines. Since arriving here, generally speaking, life has been pretty laid back and relaxing. And also wonderfully restful in the sense that when you don’t feel like doing something (anything), you just don’t do it. […]

Happy New Year From Samar, Philippines

Christmas came and went with the somewhat usual fanfare….noise makers, karaoke, food, caroling, and friendly gatherings. Shortly thereafter, we were visited by a Tropical Storm which provided us over 4 days of rain heading into the end of the year. Our year-end family get together was small this year as we planned for a somewhat […]

Culture Shift Ahead …Be Nice!

Have you ever jumped into a bathtub full of water before you check the temperature with your big toe? Most people wouldn’t but there will always be a select few that will. Would you ever consider just upping and moving to a different country without first investigating the customs and it’s culture? Believe it or […]

Real Filipino Time Scenario

Filipino Time – Unplugged! I am thoroughly convinced that there is a Filipino version of Murphy’s Law in play. Just as sure as the world turns, Murphy could just as well been of Filipino descent, because the perceived perversity of the universe will just as easily catch up with you here in the Philippines as […]

Planning on Moving to the Philippines?

Southeast Asia! If you are thinking of moving to the Philippines, know that this is Southeast Asia. Anyone contemplating a move abroad, especially to a developing country, really needs to completely research the country/city/province/area they plan on moving to. Thoroughly. And after that, they need to research some more. The very reason I say this is […]

Quiet Please! I’m Living in the Philippines

Time for More Quiet! From time to time, life in the Philippines can be peaceful and rather quiet. Many times though it can be annoyingly noisy. When so many people are accustomed to live in such cramped conditions, they grow up with an adaptation of living like noisy sardines in a can. These days though, […]

Video – The Bamboo Craftsmen in the Philippines

Since I first arrived in the Philippines back in 1983, I’ve always been amazed how so many crafters made their living in wood carving, furniture making, etc. As an apprentice cabinet-maker when I was young, I was exposed and trained to use many power tools and machines to accomplish the job. To this day, many […]

Christmas Caroling in the Philippines

While the Christmas season started seemingly many weeks ago here in the Philippines, the spirited activity of caroling begins in the middle part of December and will continue until Christmas. Once the Dawn Mass known as “Misa de Gallo” or “Simbang Gabi “ starts, carolers will head out in groups, going house to house spreading […]