Customs and Culture

Security Issues in the Philippines

Living With Guns in the Philippines. When I first came to the Philippines in 1983, one thing I readily noticed was the numbers of guys standing around with guns. They seemed to be everywhere. They could be packing anything, from a .38 cal pistol to a .45 cal semi-automatic, to an AR-15 style assault rifle […]

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, […]

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 […]

Life in the Philippines – It’s All a Big Misunderstanding!

Things That Even Filipinos Misunderstand There are many things that we as foreigners misunderstand about Filipino culture and way of life in the Philippines. Some of us figure it out and go with the flow, and some foreigners never come to grips with all the confusion. Then there many things that even Filipinos themselves misunderstand, […]

Philippines – Street Foods 101

Are You Hungry for BBQ? I was recently asked by Denise at the Gourmet Society – Philippines to share some information concerning street foods found in the Philippines. The Gourmet Society is a blog that discusses Filipino flavor and cuisine and other international flavors and etiquettes. For many travellers and newcomers to the Philippines, the […]

Babysitting in the Philippines

Children Babysitting Children Yesterday, I posted a short blurb on how we found 4 small children playing unattended down at the beach. Because that post had a lot of attention, I felt it worthy of its own post here on this site, where I could expound more about the circumstances.  We don’t usually do our […]

A Philippines Kuratsa Invitation

Let’s Party Last week, friends of ours invited us to their barangay (village) for their fiesta, or the celebration of their village’s patron saint. They invited us up for two days…to the fiesta dance party and again the following day for all the great the fiesta food. We declined to attend the dance the night […]

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. […]