Busted in Guam!

Hafa Adai (pronounced half-a-day) The first-half of the day started out as innocent as any other day. We woke up early at 4am, cooked up some coffee, packed a lunch, then headed out. We were going on a morning hike which would take us out to the end of the harbor’s engineered breakwater which protects […]

Travel Advisory to Palawan, Philippines

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Palawan Province United States Embassy Manila, Philippines May 9, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’ve Been Scammed! – Life in the Philippines

I Dropped My Guard! Just when you finish bragging on the honest and friendly people who surround you in your everyday life, someone finds a way to get your money! I’m not blaming anyone in my inner circles, nor am I blaming anybody from my area or my city. I don’t know who did it, […]

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 […]

A New Beach Resort in Samar, Philippines

Surprise…A New Beach Resort! Occasionally I will turn on the TV and switch over our local community channel just to see if I can read anything. Many times the notices are in English so no problem. Last week I noticed an advertisement for employment openings at a new resort that is to open soon just […]