Scooter lessons / I think my girlfriend is trying to murder me……..

Don’t let the sweet and innocent thing fool ya – she’s a killer!! (Check out the Youtube video located at the bottom of the post!)So, since Michell is going to need to commute to her job at odd hours (late night, early morning), it made sense for her to get a ride.  A buddy of mine had gotten a really …

Afternoon picnic and swimming at Manjuyod Sand Bar, Bais

So after checking out the cavorting cetaceans (dolphins, that is), out trusty pumpboat made its way over to Manjuyod Sand Bar.  The sand bar is actually pretty big – 7 kilometers long at low tide and nearly 600 hectares in area.  We arrived when the tide was still going out, so the nice white sand wasn’t above water.  Still, the …

Dolphin Watching in Bais!!

As I mentioned in the last post, Michell and I had the opportunity to go dolphin watching this past Sunday up in Bais.  The trip was sponsored by her employer, Global Office Works, and they were nice enough to invite along friends and family.  I guess that included me.  Woo-hoo! We got up at around 4 AM as we were …

Hitting the Weights at World Fitness, Dumaguete

          I have been a pretty avid gym guy for over twenty years.  When I was 18 I was a rather waifish 160 pounds and, after joining the army, I started hitting the gym in order to put on some size.  From there it went to powerlifting, but now that I am 46, I usually just …

Trying Tempura, Michell’s First Check, and Pink Houses in the Philippines

      Lined up along the northern edge of Dumaguete’s Rizal Boulevard is a section of rather small plastic tables and chairs.  This diminutive dining area is catered to by a number of locals serving up fried tempura and balut (crunchy, fertilized duck eggs complete with small bones and feathers).  The other day, Michell and I decided to head …

Godzilla and My First Philippines Earthquake

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to experience two things:  A pretty bad movie (Godzilla) and my very first earthquake.  Both were equally disappointing, and I hope to all the gods that subsequent events will be equally disappointing.  Well, at least as the earthquakes go – hopefully the movies – given time – will get better.   I had …

Escaping to Dauin to Beat the Philippines Heat (GoPro Dive Housing Test)

So the hot temperatures are continuing, and we have been occasionally hitting the beach in the afternoon to take advantage of the cool ocean breezes and get out of our sweltering concrete box that is our apartment.  Most times we hop on down to the beach at Dauin, which lies about 20 KM south of Dumaguete.  It’s not a pristine …

House Hunting and Insomnia in the Philippines

Driving around and looking for signs is how you house hunt here.  Ain’t no Craigslist…….. We have been having a bit of a heat wave as of late, with temperatures hitting 92 during the day and only going down to about 86 at night.  Those numbers don’t sound too bad, but when you factor in the tropical humidity, it can …

Trip up to Twin Lakes Natural Park, Negros, Philippines

Michell and I decided to head up to Twin Lakes Natural Park this past Sunday.  I had been there once before (with a British expat named Mark), but this was my sweet little Jelly Bean’s first trip up there.  We chose a Sunday because sometimes we have brownouts  (scheduled ones lasting from 8-5PM) and it was shaping up to be …