“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

Plan Hard to Relax Easy in the Philippines

It may come as no surprise that two of my favorite childhood books were Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. And for years, watching all those episodes of Gilligan’s Island probably anchored my need for adventure. All too often we see westerners come from all walks of life to settle here only to be […] Read More

Fiesta Update!

This is just a short post adding a little more information to my previous Fiesta Time post and some pics that we obtained while attending Calbayog City’s annual Fiesta recently. When we visited a friend’s home in town to share in their offering of some Filipino delicacies, we also found ourselves simultaneously attending a “house […] Read More

Fiesta Time!

Fiestas in the Philippines are held to celebrate a patron saint or to mark the passage of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you’re in. The Philippine fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture. This past week has marked the beginning of the SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL in Calbayog City where we live […] Read More