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 …

Money in the Philippines

Money Pimpin’ In the United States, I was lower middle class (or something along those lines).  Here in the Philippines, however, I am a Peso multi-millionaire!! Then again, its 45 pesos to the dollar right now…..   In ninety days, I have spent approximately $10, 500 USD.  Hoo-wah, big spender!   It seems like a lot, but it factors in the …

The Weather in the Philippines

The Weather A little island off of Sipalay, Negros – It’s HOT!!! As soon as I stepped off the 747 in Manila, I instantly felt the heat and humidity.  Although cliché, it literally was like stepping into a wall.  I had left Massachusetts when it was nearly freezing out, so the juxtaposition  to the tropical environment was a bit disorienting.  …

Nearly 90 days in the Philippines!

  Casaroro Falls – Valencia, Negros Oriental     OK, so it’s been nearly 90 days – yes NINETY DAYS – since your intrepid world traveler stepped off a 747 into the dizzying madness that is the Republic of the Philippines.  In that short time I have eaten the best meal of my life (fresh kinilaw), the worst food of …