Why Foreigners Love Dumagute, Pt 2 of 2

In our first installment of this groundbreaking two-part series on why foreigners love Dumaguete, we looked at expatriate camaraderie, ideal city size, good food, pleasant weather and – most importantly – the people of Dumaguete City.  Now, since we’re all here, let’s take a look at the ‘Final Five’ reasons why the City of Gentle of People really rocks.  (I …

Why Foreigners Love Dumaguete, Pt 1 of 2

Dumaguete is a groovy little city, and one that has pretty much stolen my heart.  That probably comes as no surprise considering that “Dumaguete” comes from the Cebuano term dagit – to snatch, eventually evolving into dumaguet – to swoop or take away.  And since I’ve been feeling pretty low for the past month (and it’s yet another dreary, rainy …

The Philippine Dreams Gear List

I occasionally get inquiries into what I use for video and photography equipment.  Instead of fielding each question individually, I am just going to collect all the answers in one location.  That is, right here. Note that the provided Amazon links are affiliate links, and if you purchase an item through one, I get a small commission – it doesn’t …

Why Relationships Fail in the Philippines: Part Two: The Gal’s Role

  In our previous installment, we examined some reasons relationships fail in the Philippines due to male malfeasance; that is –addiction problems, womanizing issues (arguably interchangeable at times), tendencies to disrespect women and failure to adequately invest in the relationship.  And recognizing that what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander, we are now going to turn …

Why Relationships Fail in the Philippines: Part One: The Guy’s Role

I get a good amount of communications – usually in the form of private messages – from fellow expats whose relationships here are either A) failing or B) totally and irrevocably  in the proverbial shitter.  The emotions conveyed through these missives are usually a heady mix of anger, resentment and – oftentimes – utter bewilderment.  Usually along the way, a …

I’m Still Alive and This Week’s Philippines in Photos 6.7.1.7

I’ve been busy with a bunch of content contracts over the past few weeks, so I haven’t been able to do much in the way of You Tube videos or posts on  this site.  There is real irony in being a content writer – you are always doing content for other people’s websites and when business is busy, you don’t have …

Coping with Life in the Philippines: The Road Less Traveled

Dealing with day to day life as a foreigner in the Philippines isn’t always easy.  In fact, at times it can be downright onerous if not infuriating.  Mindless bureaucracy, widespread corruption, lagging infrastructure and chronic inefficiency all combine into a virulent morass that tends to boggle the minds of First World visitors.  Add to that mix some very real cultural …