Off to Pagadian City for Michell’s graduation!

Seems pretty straightforward. Michell’s graduation from St. Columban College was scheduled for March 22 in Pagadian City. I had promised her over a year ago that I would attend her graduation, so on Friday, March 21, I duly set forth on a pilgrimage Pagadian. Being a Kuripot Kano (cheap American), I chose to take the ferry and bus in lieu …

Balikbayan Boxes – Shipping to the Philippines

My empty balikbayan boxes – oh, the potential! Balikbayan Boxes About a week before I stepped on the plane to the Philippines, I sent myself two big balikbayan boxes stuffed full of clothes, electronics, and a great and varied collection of personal effects.  Balikbayan boxes – or BB’s – are a simple and convenient way to ship some of your …

Relationships in the Philippines: My Sweetie, Michell

  Michell       A guy cannot talk about the Philippines without eventually talking about Filipinas- it’s just not possible.  On that note,  are a number of stereotypes that survive to this day concerning the woman of the Philippines. From mail order brides that were popular in the 80s and 90s to the working girls (or GRO’s – Guest Relations …

My New Philippines Digs in Dauin

 My New Digs in Dauin! Morning sunrise – time to get up. Front of house – facing ocean. My most profuse apologies for not updating the site in a while!  It actually wasn’t incipient laziness this time – I was actually a bit busy moving to a more rustic location away from the roosters and rampaging tricyles of the city! …

In a Philippines Prison

        Like death and taxes, it was only a matter of time before I found myself in a Philippine jail. I had spent about four hours at the land transportation office (LTO) waiting to get my Philippine drivers license when I wandered outside and noticed a squat and somewhat intimidating concrete structure directly across the road. I …