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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

“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 […] Read More