Michell Answers Viewer Questions, the Weather, and Staph Infections…

  Michell Answers Viewers Questions Michell is taking some time on our Youtube channel to answer some questions posed by our subscribers, many of whom are thinking about retiring in the Philippines. It’s one thing for my (mostly) ignorant ass to spew off advice based on my “experiences” (or – as I see them – misadventures) in the Philippines, but …

Hunting the Elusive Killer Titan Triggerfish. (And Yet More Turtles…..)

Well, I know you have all been clamoring for yet more turtle footage, so here it is!  Today I won’t be talking about some of the challenges of retirement in the Philippines or the potential pitfalls of getting into relationships here – I’m just going to concentrate on something that I love.  I am actually spicing the usual mundane turtle …

Our Awesome Garden Update!

So, I had an encounter today with some other expats that basically turned my stomach, and I just finished writing up a blog entry which was basically one big long vent.  Realizing that most folks probably don’t want to hear it – and seeing as I am uploading our garden update video – I decided to put it on the …

Ask Michell and A Plague of Boils Upon You!!

Well, someone mentioned that Michell is getting more comfortable in front of the camera, so I asked her if she wanted to do her own video, and she replied to the affirmative. Actually, it’s common knowledge that Filipinos tend to be pretty comfortable in front of any camera. (Bit of an understatement, that.) We were shooting a comedy video surreptitiously …

Relationships: Jealousy in the Philippines, Part 2

  In the first part of our blog/video, we looked at some of the social and historical factors that contribute to the Philippines’ exaggerated sense of jealousy.  It’s important that we look at these reasons so we can understand the context in which they are occurring.  In this final part of the blog (and video), we will be looking at …

Relationships: Jealousy in the Philippines, Part 1

    Jealousy can be a pretty ugly thing. If you really want to bring out the worst qualities in another human being in the most expeditious and efficient manner, just give them a reason to be jealous. Can’t relate? If you’ve never felt that overwhelming sense of sickness and borderline psychosis that the condition can manifest, then you’ve never …

My Morning Coffee Mates and and an Awesome Eighties Flashback

  After replying to comments and playing a bit of Borderlands 2 (Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode), I don’t have a whole lot to do in the mornings here.  Michell is usually at work – doing the “graveyard” 11 PM – 7 AM shift – so when I get up around 5 AM, the house is relatively empty.  I say “relatively …

Example of a 13,000 Pesos Furnished Apartment in Dumaguete

    Mabuhay! Well, the Relationships: Giving Money to the Family video hit a few sensitive spots with more than a few viewers.  I try to keep the acrimony down as much as possible in the comments section by sending private messages to dueling parties, but when the feathers start flying and folks start saying especially nasty things, I tend …

Relationships: Giving Money to the Family, Part Two

    Hey all, In the first part  of this blog, we looked at some of the obligations that Filipino families have towards each other.  When us expat foreigners get thrust into the mix and these obligations suddenly transfer over, it can make for a lot of stress and misunderstandings.   Equality is great and everything, but when families seek to …

Relationships: Giving Money to the Family

  This is a pretty sensitive subject, and I am sure the video that we put up will be getting its fair share of “thumbs down,” and this time for something more than a gecko video or our usual poor production values. When entering into any serious long term relationship in the Philippines, the discussion of money in relation to …