“Out-of-Stock” Doesn’t Always Mean “Out-of-Stock!”

A Mango Moment Because we choose to live on an island and everything is imported (nothing manufactured), one thing that is very common is that ANYTHING on any given day can be out-of-stock (including customer service and the occasional thought process). The Omelet When we choose to eat out, like everybody, we have our favorite […]

Would Multi-Culturalism Survive Asia? I doubt it.

Reflections and Realizations. Have you ever just sat back and reflected on things? Your car, your house, your job? Your past? Or how about something greater?… your life, your family, maybe even your country? Sure you have – everybody does it from time to time. It is a natural thing to do. Reflection is a process of […]

Come to the Philippines. But Arrive Rude… You Lose Dude!

Immigration. A much heated topic of debate these days in the United States. Actually, for well over 40 years now. They just can’t seem to fix the problem of illegal immigration. I’m leaning heavily on the idea that they really don’t want to because there seems to be an entire industry that makes money on […]

Superstitions in the Far East are “Life Dominating.”

Boo! Asians are superstitious people. Islanders even more so. When a people lives in isolation they can invent some strange mystical forces that act upon their daily lives. And for many centuries, travelers from far away lands would also visit, depositing their beliefs also. The Philippines has become a melting pot of local and foreign […]

Retired in Samar – Receives Best Expat Blog 2017!

Relocating to another country is tough. There is not a better way to get the nitty-gritty of expatriation than reading other people’s experiences. That is what I do. I Blog. And through my blogging efforts, I have been selected as having the “Best Philippines Expat Blog – 2017” by the company MTC.  I am honored to […]

“Fiesta” and “Siesta”…. Oh so closely related! [Includes Video]

It’s A Fiesta! It’s a tradition here in Guam, and in the Philippines, and in most majority Roman Catholic countries, at least where the Spaniards had an influence. Yep, the Spaniards get all the blame! Many years ago, Spain marked certain days to remember particular Catholic saints with celebrations. When Spanish missionaries first arrived in […]

A Sauna Room Story and Forthcoming Bootcamp Challenge.

In the Sauna Room. I was sitting in the gym sauna the other day, conversing with some local Guamanian guys, and in comes this young fellow who sat down among us. As we continued our usual sauna room banter, this young fellow just sat there taking it all in. Finally after several minutes he asks […]

Beaches and Bowling Balls!

Staying Busy! I get a lot of questions about what life on Guam is like. The simplest way to describe Guam is like this: It is Guamanian (Chamorro), Philippines and America, all rolled into one fun package. Mostly though it is Asian, it is singularly cultural, and the dollar is king. There are NO race relations […]

Driving in the Philippines… Is It Really Safer Than Guam?

Driving on Guam Yesterday my wife and I were in the car heading to the gym and we both simultaneously came to the same conclusion about driver differences between the Philippines and Guam. The funny thing is that as we approached a late-model vehicle at a stop light, be both noticed the vehicle’s hatchback smashed […]