Philippines Takes Top Spot in Business English

I can attest that in my most recent line of work, I received a lot of orders which originated from call centers in India, and many times, had a hard time understanding things. Although this is not exactly New news, it’s recently making headlines again, so I thought I would provide some information on the […]

Philippines – Becoming Eco Friendly?

Some 10,000 volunteers from Olongapo City, Subic and Zambales gathered to participate in the yearly coastal clean up. The coastal clean-up started with only 600 volunteer four years ago but has been a successful activity ever since. Although it cannot be officially programmed and planned as an annual event, Mr. Jun Avecilla, organizer of “Subic […]

[Before Paradise] Sold It!

SOLD! One thing’s for certain…some things will just not fit in a Balikbayan Box. After two garage sales and the sale of a lot of junk, I finally got rid of a really large item that no longer had any use for. My trailer. Just like everything else that needs to be gone, Craig’s List […]

Dumb New York State Laws

Here is a (partial) list of some really stupid state laws that are on the books in New York State. 1. A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for […]

Smart Smugglers?

Smugglers Get Stuck Trying to Drive Across the US-Mexican Border This photo shows just how smart (or dumb) some people can be. I’d say there was a slight miscalculation in the angle of the metal ramps. Not only did they get stuck, they fled when border officers approached leaving their vehicle filled with contraband (marijuana).

Pink Beach in Northern Samar

No longer just storm country  By Mio de la Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer Samar used to be synonymous with storms, while Northern Samar has some towns famous for coconut and fish produce, like San Antonio, also known as Dalupirit Island. Fortunately for the peripatetic among us, this island municipality is slowly discovering a new identity as a […]

Typhoons and the Philippines

Recently, I received a comment from a friend about typhoon landfalls in the Philippines. His comment revealed his own assumption that most typhoons landed on the island of Samar. Years ago when I lived in the Olongapo City area, my job was as a Weather Forecaster assigned to the Naval Oceanography and Meteorology Command Facility, […]