Trying Tempura, Michell’s First Check, and Pink Houses in the Philippines

      Lined up along the northern edge of Dumaguete’s Rizal Boulevard is a section of rather small plastic tables and chairs.  This diminutive dining area is catered to by a number of locals serving up fried tempura and balut (crunchy, fertilized duck eggs complete with small bones and feathers).  The other day, Michell and I decided to head …

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 …