Lucky Streak Ends at Swap Meet

A Lucky Find! It’s not everyday you can visit a swap meet or flea market in the Philippines and pick up some new treasures (another man’s junk). I have never seen one in the area we live in (Calbayog City). I used to scour the local Facebook selling pages for items for sale and the majority […]

Paradise Has Changed – Not the Blog!

Some Things Change – Even Paradise!    I would first like to give thanks for all the inspiration I have received recently from many of my readers concerning our decision to move to Guam. Because of all this support, I have decided not to change the overall focus or scope of my blog. I even […]

I Live in the Philippines and I VLOG!

What To Do? Many times on this blog I have suggested that if anybody should come to the Philippines to live, they must have something in mind to keep them busy. Living a sedentary lifestyle in general is not very healthy. Living a sedentary lifestyle in the Philippines can be even more unhealthy and can […]

Babysitting in the Philippines

Children Babysitting Children Yesterday, I posted a short blurb on how we found 4 small children playing unattended down at the beach. Because that post had a lot of attention, I felt it worthy of its own post here on this site, where I could expound more about the circumstances.  We don’t usually do our […]

Staying Fit While Living in the Philippines

How to Stay Fit When Retired  by Doug Sullivan, RN, CCM If you are getting to that time in your life when you can say ”I’m retired” that’s great. Now is the time when maintaining your health and cultivating healthy habits is even more critical for your retirement years.  First ask yourself, “Did I maintain […]

Our Mysterious Tokay Gecko

Living here in Samar Island in the Philippines, I have come to know that I should expect strange things, and if I do, strange things will happen. Recently we discovered that we have a special guest living in our midst. On several occasions, I have caught the youngest of our three cats (Gadget) sitting near […]

Me and my Vulcanizer

Here in the Philippines, the “vulcanizer” is a household name. Almost everyone that lives in the Philippines has had some experience or been affected by a flat tire of some kind, whether it be on their own vehicle or while riding a trike or jeepney or any other kind of vehicle used for transportation. When you […]

“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 […]

Up, Up, and Away from Calbayog City!

The other day our 23 year old nephew informed us that he had quit his job and was moving up to Bataan Province to live with his Auntie and family. After high school, he previously spent a short while there working at one of the local factories in Marivelles. Since returning home to Calbayog City (just […]