The Visayas

Calbayog Tourism Projects Update

A recent news article captured from The Balita Organization, an online website that carries news from the Philippines News Agency (PNA) as a free public service to Filipinos and everyone else. Calbayog City tags tourism development as one of 2015 priorities February 16, 2015 2:19 pm By Jennifer S. Allegado CALBAYOG CITY, Feb. 15 (PNA) […]

Calbayog City – City of Waterfalls!

Calbayog City – City of Waterfalls! I keep seeing this and hearing this but there seems to be a lack of information as to where many of the area waterfalls are located and directions how to get to some of these scenic spots. (You may visit the Tourism office in Calbayog and they may or […]

Torpedo Boats of Samar, Philippines

A friend of mine recently asked me if I would be interested in getting together for a planned day trip to Paranas, Samar for a day-long wild boat ride up and down the Ulot River where you can put your courage through the test altogether while enjoying the beautiful deep jungle flora. You will also […]

[Video] Looking for a Cold Beer in Calbayog City, Samar?

Every so often, I wind up in Calbayog City late in the afternoon and will make Demitrius’, a local watering hole (Restobar) and eatery, a final stop before I head home. Many times I will find another expat or two to catch-up with while enjoying a cold beer and polutan (snacks). Of course, if you […]

A Good Customer Service Resolution

In a previous article titled Almost is NOT Close Enough For Me!, I explained both the old and new dilemmas I have with my old Sansui Stereo system. The repair shop here in Calbayog City I took the unit to for repair is supposed to be one of the best in town, but they did […]

ZUMBA and a Massage

  My wife asked me today if I wanted to go to town this evening and workout at “My Body” Fitness Center in Calbayog City. After working outside most of the day, I was pretty exhausted and suggested that I would drive her to her ZUMBA workout and I’ll get a P300 massage ($6.89) while […]

Video – The Sands of Tomaligues, Samar

  Since moving here to Samar in the Philippines, we occasionally make the 50 meter walk from our home to the ocean where it becomes a world of adventure at low tide. We can literally walk for several kilometers and enjoy all that nature provides. This day, we took our beach chairs and coffee with […]

After 40 Years of Racquetball, Tennis Does Me In! Now What?

In 1974 I was attending the Navy’s Weather Observing School in Lakehurst, NJ. The official name given by the Navy to its Weather Guessers is Aerographers Mates. Navy installations back then were devoted to maintaining good morale and had an entire workforce of civilians and military workers assigned to the departments titled Morale, Welfare and Recreation […]

Fiesta Time!

Fiestas in the Philippines are held to celebrate a patron saint or to mark the passage of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you’re in. The Philippine fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture. This past week has marked the beginning of the SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL in Calbayog City where we live […]