Hitting the produce market in Daro

Michell later hit me in the head with this eggplant. You may have heard me whining and moaning about how bad my diet is here.  After over seven months in what is basically one of the fruit and vegetable capitals of the world, there is basically no excuse for not taking advantage of what is available here.  To rectify this …

The Ugly American is alive and well in the Philippines :(

My fellow expat from Missouri, It was very nice being able to share the evening with you the other night at Mia’s.  I had heard from many other expats in Dumaguete that Mia’s (just north of the airport) was a nice spot to get some good food, and truth be told, they were absolutely right.  The fish and chips was …

Spending the afternoon at Kawasan Falls, Cebu Island

When I took a ride up to Moalboal a while past, I made a detour in to check out Kawasan Falls.  The falls area is located near Badian in the barangay of Matutinao.  As is par for course for me by now, I was spacing out on the gorgeous scenery along the western national Cebu road and totally missed the …

Google Voice / Hangouts update

In a previous post, I had waxed poetic about the wonderfulness of Google Voice and Talkatone, which basically allowed you to make free phone calls to the United States.  Unfortunately, Google had announced last year that it would be shutting down on May 15, 2014, thus making Talkatone, Oobi, and a bunch of other devices/apps that utilized Google Voice useless. …

Day trip to Moalboal, Cebu island

One of the smaller waterfalls at Kawasan. NOTE:  My SD camera card messed up, so I lost a bunch of photos of the trip.  My GoPro videos on the trip capture a good amount of it, and you can see the vids embedded at the end of this post.  Thanks. One of the (many) great things about living in the …

Six months in the Philippines and YBR’s 4,000 KM check up

Outflow river from Kawasan Falls – beautiful water! Well, it’s been a little over six months since this expat first landed in the Philippines.  To celebrate, I decided to sit down in a river near Kawasan Falls on Cebu Islands and do a little recap.  Basically, I am loving it here for three reasons:  The People (definitely reason number one), …

Head colds, dented doors, and a day trip off the island

Sunset from ferry on way back to Dumaguete. Ah, it’s really nice to be sitting down for a blog entry and listening to 90.9 WBUR (NPR) streaming on my PC.  I totally dig NPR and BBC.  Even when the news is bad, the distinguished British accents seems to make the bad news a bit more palatable….. My birthday was this …