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 […]

Living on the Ring of Fire – Earthquakes in the Philippines

Living with Disaster in the Philippines I have publicly joked from time to time about why I moved to a country that is exposed to so many natural disasters that include tropical storms and super typhoons, monsoon rains and flooding, mudslides and landslides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. It is also a country that is home to […]

Cost of Living in the Philippines – Another Update!

How Much Does It Cost To Live In The Philippines! I was sitting here contemplating whether I even felt like putting out a post today. Then I happened upon a Yahoo News Article that painted a rather bleak picture to anyone in the western world aspiring to live or retire in the Philippines (P120k monthly […]

Blame it on the Mysterious “Samar Triangle.”

The Case of the Missing Adapter. Yesterday, my wife’s house cleaning helper comes over and begins her routine. Her first plan was to tackle my computer corner and all that entails, so I decided to sign off and make myself scarce until she was finished. I grabbed my Nook and retired to the bedroom where […]

Babysitting in the Philippines

Children Babysitting Children Yesterday, I posted a short blurb on how we found 4 small children playing unattended down at the beach. Because that post had a lot of attention, I felt it worthy of its own post here on this site, where I could expound more about the circumstances.  We don’t usually do our […]

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 […]

Mr. Murphy Follows Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) to Samar

Yesterday I posted a short-short on facebook about how we woke up to such a beautiful day and how that day soured and then ended happily. Well I sensationalized it, if for no other reason, to make me feel good about the outcome in the end. So, as I promised, here is the story in […]

Pride is on the Line in the Philippines

CULMINATION ACTIVITY cum AWARDS NIGHT 2014 I have no idea what the title of this weekend’s activities really means, but I believe it is a special event designed to fill the void between the last village celebration and the upcoming Christmas holidays. Every barangay village has their regularly occurring annual fiesta along with a host […]

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 […]