Spoon or Chopsticks?

Time to Learn a New Language? While reading some of the personal details about the new Philippines president, Duterte, I’ve learned about some of the reasons Duterte holds such a deep dislike for America. And the more I read, the more I learn. The way I understand it, Duterte holds grudges longer than most people […]

Beer Shortage in the Philippines?

A Serious Mango Moment! Last week my friend John was complaining that he had not seen the San Miguel beer truck in over a week. He doesn’t get out much so I just figured he has simply missed it. Sitting in his den at his computer perch, the only way he would see the truck […]

Filipino Size 10 Please!

Mango Moment Just the other day, I accompanied my nephew to one of the local variety stores here in Calbayog City. He was looking for a new pair of flip-flops. While he shopped for his shoes, I browsed around the store looking at everything and when I finally walked over to the shoe section, a […]

Lost Treasure Found in Samar?

Almost a Mango Moment Yesterday our nephew joined us for dinner. He must have smelled the BBQ ribs from across the village and he made his presence known. He loves his Tita’s BBQ ribs and chicken!  While here, he shared some pictures on his new cell phone of an old knife that his friend’s father […]

“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 […]