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 …

Flat Tires – It’s More Fun in the Philippines!!

My view while guarding the jack and jack stand. Dang, it’s hot!!  Summer has truly arrived and today it hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit.  That and a good dab of humidity made for a rather long and lazy day.  But now it’s 7 PM, and the aircon is humming, bringing down the temperature and making my electronic doo dads a little …

Back in Dumaguete!

No truth in advertising in the Philippines Well, after two months down on the beach in Dauin, Michell and I are back in Dumaguete.  I will miss the sound of the ocean and the beautiful sunrises every morning there, but after living on the beach in the Philippines for a bit, I have learned that I am the type of …

Cove Sands Beach Resort – Siaton, The Philippines

This past Monday we (about 6 other expats and their wives/girlfriends) took a trip down to Cove Sands Beach Resort in Siaton, Negros Oriental, which is about 45 kilometers south of Dumaguete.  One of the expats better half’s had recommended it, and it proved to be an EXCELLENT recommendation. Disreputable band of pirates And their better halves. We arrived around …

No Longer a Philippines Bachelor and Funny Boracay Rant

Have not updated the blog in a while, but I have been uploading more videos to my You Tube channel that you can find at Philippine Dreams. In recent news, my lovely ray of eternal sunshine has formally moved in with me.  She came up about a week and a half ago intending to look for a job, as the prospects in …

Ten Things – Mail, Shopping, Romance, Language, and Culture

7.  Mail/Online Shopping One of the things you are going to miss after transplanting yourself to the Philippines is the efficiency of First World postal infrastructures and the convenience of easy online shopping with companies like eBay and Amazon. Although the Philippineshas a postal system (called, not suprisingly, Philpost), it comes up wanting a bit in the areas of reliability and …

Malatapay Market – Negros Oriental

Beach at Malatapay. Michell and I headed off to Malatapay, a barangay (village) in Zamboguita, a township just 5 KMs south of Dauin.  A pretty big market is held there every Wednesday complete with assorted meats, vegetables and fruit stands, ukay-ukay stores (used clothing imported from foreign countries – kinda like Goodwill in the US), dry goods (handmade bolo machetes, …

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 …