We Head Deep Into the Samar Jungle Looking For a Miracle!

Miracle Hot Springs, Samar, Philippines Some days are just ripe for adventure. This was one of those days when no one in particular, decided to round-up some family members and head up the river deep into the jungles of Samar, in search of a Miracle (personally, it was a miracle some of us even made […]

“Out-of-Stock” Doesn’t Always Mean “Out-of-Stock!”

A Mango Moment Because we choose to live on an island and everything is imported (nothing manufactured), one thing that is very common is that ANYTHING on any given day can be out-of-stock (including customer service and the occasional thought process). The Omelet When we choose to eat out, like everybody, we have our favorite […]

Time to Leave Samar… Again!

We arrived back home on Christmas Eve, just this last 2017. It clearly wasn’t enough time to prepare for our annual family Christmas get-together. We did manage to have some close family over and cooked up a spaghetti dinner… what else? Here in the Philippines, spaghetti is a meal usually served on the more festive […]

Air Travel Changes to Samar (Philippines)

Route Changes! Effective December 1st, 2017, PAL Express will no longer provide air service for the Manila/Calbayog or the Manila/Catarman routes (and vise versa). Clark will be the updated point of departure and arrival to the CYP/CRM markets. Routes and schedules will change as follows: Remember, you can always fly Cebu Pacific from Manila to […]

Discover Samar… Before Others Do. Too Late!

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! I’ve probably talked at length about Calbayog City in the past, in person, in videos and on this blog. I’ve done my best to help promote it to visitors and tourists alike. Actually, someone from Manila contacted me once about a video I produced  [It’s Where We Live – […]

I’ve Got Something to Tell You!

Retreat! It’s what one does when the going gets overly tough, or the outlook in a given situation becomes bleak or filled with uncertainty. In General George Armstrong Custer’s case (famous American Calvary commander), an early retreat prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn, which cost him his life, would have had a significant impact […]

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 […]

Immigration News and Update

You report, or we deport! Bureau of Immigration lays down law to foreigners Posted By: M G Martin January 31, 2017 THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned that foreigners who fail to report for annual registration will be deported from the Philippines. The strict policy comes as the BI confirmed that the application deadline […]

A Visit to the ER in the Philippines

Always Be Careful. When working around the house and the yard, I have learned to be especially careful to take things safe and slow. Simple injuries like burns, scrapes, cuts, and even severe contusions, can be cause for concern. While living in the Philippines, westerners can be exposed to many foreign bacteria that our immune […]