Paying it Back!

Lost! Yesterday, my wife and I took a drive around Guam’s southern half. We drove down the west coast and returned back north via the east coast. While stopping off at an overlook to take a few photos, there was a vehicle stopped in a “Y” intersection at the stop sign, impeding local traffic. I kept […]

Not So Crowded Skies Over the Philippines

An Airborne Mango Moment   I must say, between Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, CP is much more punctual. During my return from Manila to Samar, my first flight of the day was from Manila to Cebu on the Airbus 320 (about 1h10m) and the only problem I encountered was that the seats do not […]

Getting Vocal with a Local!

Some Days, It’s Just Not That Easy! This morning I decided to just turn off the TV and shed all the negativity that is emanating in every direction from the U.S. election on almost every channel. So I head to town with my wife for a few hours just for a little chill time, taking […]

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 […]

Cave Dwellers?… or an Endangered Species?

We Must be an Endangered Species! When our nephew shows up to cut our grass and wash the car and do other things that my wife says I have no business doing (you don’t hear me complaining!), I know it is either Saturday or Sunday. It also provides me with an opportunity (50/50 chance) to […]

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 […]

Fresh Libas, Trip to the Market, and a Near Miss

Mango Moment! This morning, a relative dropped off some fresh “libas” (tagalog) which is the name of a local tree that produces leaves used in Filipino cooking. Libas is used to make meat sour, sort of like lemon juice. A similar herbal substitute available in American herb shops would be Sumac berries, but they’ll make […]