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 […]

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 […]

How To Ruin a Good Woman!

It’s been nearly 18 months since we retired and relegated ourselves to a quiet life in Samar Province in the Philippines. Since arriving here, generally speaking, life has been pretty laid back and relaxing. And also wonderfully restful in the sense that when you don’t feel like doing something (anything), you just don’t do it. […]