Oh So Many Visitors On Christmas Day! – In the Philippines

If one didn’t know any better, you would think it was Halloween all over again… this time though, without the scary costumes. Christmas day in the Philippines is unlike Christmas day in the west, where children will wake up especially early and rush to the Christmas tree where Santa typically leaves their gifts during the […]

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 […]

Up, Up, and Away from Calbayog City!

The other day our 23 year old nephew informed us that he had quit his job and was moving up to Bataan Province to live with his Auntie and family. After high school, he previously spent a short while there working at one of the local factories in Marivelles. Since returning home to Calbayog City (just […]

Not Your Normal Holiday Season In Samar, Philippines

Normal for some maybe… The Christmas season celebrations here in the Philippines customarily extends through the “Ber months (beginning in September), but for some reason our season has seemed to be abbreviated this year. Not because there has been any shortage of enthusiasm, but I believe because the weather has kinda put a damper on […]

Curious Kids in the Philippines!

SWEET MANGO MOMENT! Several weeks ago, I was lubricating a couple of padlocks with some WD-40 and a young fellow watching me asked “What seems to be the problem?” I told him there was no problem and tried my best to explain that I was just using the oil to keep the locks from rusting. […]

Mt. Mayon the Volcano Insists – No Visitation Allowed!

Last year, just before moving here, my 22-year-old nephew and I talked about taking a trip to Albay province once we got settled, to take a hiking tour of Mt. Mayon. Just before our move, the volcano erupted and killed 5 hikers (May 2013). After that, my nephew would always quickly change the subject when […]

Full Service Gas Stations in the Philippines

SWEET MANGO MOMENT…  40 psi is the New 33 psi Today I decided to ride my motorcycle into town to pick up some fresh beans for lunch per my wife’s request. Because I haven’t used the bike in over a week, I stopped in at a “service” station to check the air pressure in the […]

Culture Shift Ahead …Be Nice!

Have you ever jumped into a bathtub full of water before you check the temperature with your big toe? Most people wouldn’t but there will always be a select few that will. Would you ever consider just upping and moving to a different country without first investigating the customs and it’s culture? Believe it or […]

No Dr.’s Appointment – No Complaints!

Around the world, there seems to be no shortage of complaints when it comes to health care providers, customer service, and complaints surrounding appointments and waiting times to see your doctor. Generally speaking, in the U.S. anyway, if you want to see a specific doctor, you usually need to make an appointment. Like many others, […]