In the Philippines

“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 Philippines – Some Will Never Adapt.

Why the Philippines Might Not Be Right For You. An important part of making the decision to move to a foreign country is to weigh the pro’s and con’s. It is a different weighting system for most individuals. What one person sees as a good thing, somebody else might cringe at the thought. Over the […]

Live in the Philippines – Live Without Sports!

No Baseball! No Football! Living in the Philippines does not come without certain challenges, especially if you are a sports fan and regardless of where you might hail from. For me, a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, I was beside myself (literally) when the Cubs finally made it to the World Series (last fall 2016) […]

Living in the Philippines – A Healthy-Unhealthy Lifestyle.

A Healthy Experiment? When we moved to the Philippines from North Mississippi in 2013, my biggest shock was food, or lack of choices thereof. Although I can eat just about anything, the absence of my most favorite foods was a shock to my system. The loss of eating processed foods everyday, not to mention the […]

Discover Samar… Before Others Do. Too Late!

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! I’ve probably talked at length about Calbayog City in the past, in person, in videos and on this blog. I’ve done my best to help promote it to visitors and tourists alike. Actually, someone from Manila contacted me once about a video I produced  [It’s Where We Live – […]

Getting Old?

Cause and Effect! We were all young once. Some of us still think we are. When my wife snarls at me and tells me to grow up, these days I take it as a compliment. Sometimes though I think she is just jealous but nevertheless, it is all about one’s frame of mind. This story below […]

Is Martial Law in the Philippines’ Future?

Communist guerrillas to step up offensives to resist martial law. POSTED BY: Retired in Samar (Philippine News Now), MAY 25, 2017 In seeking to resist martial law, the CPP/NPA may well be providing the pretext for Duterte to roll it out nationwide The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has today (Wednesday, May 24) called on […]

Travel Advisory to Palawan, Philippines

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Palawan Province United States Embassy Manila, Philippines May 9, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION […]

My Relationship is Over!

Getting Around – It Was Easy Then    There was a time when I really enjoyed riding motorcycles here in the Philippines. Actually, I still do. It is the easiest and quickest way to get around… when it is not raining. Though it is not necessarily the safest. There is nary a day goes by […]