Calbayog Uncovered

New Haircut in the Philippines

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Barber Gone… ? Back in my home country, the U.S., it seemed like I was in a constant search for a decent barber, or just on who could remember me after a half-dozen visits and how I liked my hair to be cut. From barber shops to hair salons […]

Shopping at Super Metro – Calbayog City, Philippines

Super METRO Update. Well, it has been just over 4 months now since the Gaisano Super Metro Hypermarket opened it’s doors to Calbayog City. I’m sure it has been a rough ride for many company employees (and the management) but things are beginning to feel almost normal inside these days. The lines, while still long […]

ISKOLAR Scholarships, Philippines – It’s Not Easy!

ISKOLAR-Calbayog Scholarships Since arriving here to live during the early summer of 2013, one of our nieces has been placed on the endangered species list, or so it seems. Since she has graduated from high school (under the old 10 year education system) in 2014, she has only been making rare appearances these days. Reason? […]

A Visit to Malajog Ridge Nature Park & Zipline

Calbayog City, Samar, Philippines For well over a year, and since this tourism project began construction here in Barangay Malajog, the public has been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Malajog Ridge Nature Park and Zipline. At the time of this writing, the Nature Park has been opened to the public, but the Zipline platform […]

When the Power Goes Out in the Philippines

When We Have Scheduled Power Outages in the Philippines… …we head to the beach! Brown-outs here in the Philippines are common and can happen anytime, anywhere. Most notably, my experience with them seem to be while I am watching a good movie or on the computer doing something important. Most times it is nothing more […]

Zip Line Opens Soon In Calbayog City

Zip, Zip, and Away! It’s almost official, the long-awaited Zip Line Adventure located at Malajog Beach is now open for testing!  I’m sure it won’t be much longer and it will be open to the public¹. Also, a nature trail that winds through dense forest and over marble and limestone formations offers hidden caves and […]

Walmart in the Philippines – It Is Not!

Look… Over There… it’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Super Metro! On the 12th of February, Calbayog City changed forever. The highly anticipated opening of the Gaisano Super Metro Hypermarket, the 15th hypermarket store of the Metro Retail Stores Group, opened its doors after much excitement and fanfare. Celebrations began with a Sarakiki Hadang […]

Calbayog City Construction Updates

On a recent trip to town for groceries, I dropped off the wife and, since I had my camera with me, I thought it would be a good time to get some updated photos of the current major construction processes of some new shopping venues currently underway in Calbayog City. NOVO2 and the NOVOTEL The […]

Cost of Living Update, Calbayog City, Philippines

Tricycle Rides!?!?! A friend and fellow blogger just published a post indicating that the going rate for a tricycle ride in the Angeles City area is now P100, or roughly the equivalent of about $2.15USD. Angeles is the metropolitan area adjacent to formerly U.S. occupied Clark Air Force Base. The main reason for these relative […]