Bohol Becomes Terror Battleground

The Philippines Today Anyone with any interest with visiting or living in the Philippines is surely tuned into the risks to foreign visitors here. Recently, and although President Duterte has vowed to crush radical terrorism here, it seems that the terror threat may be actually growing. For the first time in many years, elements of terror […]

A Life’s Moment in the Philippines

Can It Get Any Worse? Just as sure as the day is long, there will always be some happening here in the Philippines that will become an affirmation – that you might be living in the country that “Ain’t Quite Right.” And whatever it is that happens, it will happen most times when you most […]

All Saints, Souls and Undas

A Celebration! Because the Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia, and the world’s third largest Catholic Nation (behind Brazil and Mexico), after Christmas and Holy Week, the holiday of Undas (All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day combined), is the most important religious period observed by the faithful. All Saints’ Day is a […]

We Need More STIPNER’s ???

Another Sweet Mango Moment The other day I met up with a local contractor to discuss the building of a retaining wall on our new lot which adjoins our current lot. A deep footing and retaining wall needs to be constructed so we can elevate the lot with fill dirt to expand and join the […]

“Out of Stock” or a “Nose Bleed”

Sweet Mango Moment I’m not sure how most Filipinos in the Philippines respond to questions in English, but here in Western Samar it seems it is easier to not respond at all or risk a “nose bleed.” The nose bleed is a metaphor for having to “think” too hard about answering a question in English […]

U.S. Will Create New Jobs in the Philippines?

Top US Defense Company to Open Mega Factory in Batangas: 60,000 Jobs Expected? 10/22/2014, Tokyo, Japan | The Chinese Government is in panic mode following the announcement by  Admiral James Elroy, Commander of the Pacific Fleet, that a top U.S. Defense Contractor has acquired 50 hectares (123.5 acres) of land somewhere in Southern Luzon, the Philippines. […]