American Expatriate Confronts Traffic Officers in Dipolog, Mindanao

  Please note that I am not here to ‘slag’ or engage in chismis at the expense of the foreigner engaged in this incident with the TMO (traffic enforcement) officers of  Dipolog, Mindanao.  Any comments revealing his name, YouTube channel or any other identifiers will be deleted. And as you watch the video, don’t focus on his behavior – identify …

American Environmentalist Brandon Lee Shot in Ifugao Province, Luzon

Please note that this article is intended for educational purposes for any foreigner living, working, retiring or studying in the Philippines.  In particular, this incident underscores the dangers of involving oneself with environmental activism or being perceived as a political agitator within the Philippines.   Disturbing news coming out of Ifugao (ee-foo-GOW) province of Luzon with the August 6 shooting …

Escape to Siquijor One: Departure, the Witch Doctor and Bandilaan National Park

  Brownouts are a drag.  Especially if one is unfortunate enough to be surprised by a nine-hour maintenance blackout.  For the true penitent, nothing beats sweltering away without air-conditioning, fans or showers at the tail end of summer in the tropics!  Thankfully, our local electric company (NORECO), usually gives us a one-week forewarning of their monthly all-day vegetation clearings.  Having …

Why It Matters – Amor Propio, Hiya, Utang na Loob and Balat Sibuyas in the Philippines

The post was inspired by a random subscriber who basically stated that there is no sense in covering criminal acts here as they can happen anywhere and that there is ‘nothing to be learned and no insight to be gained.’  You can actually see the image of his comment in this post.  So, thanks, random anonymous commentor:  You inspired me! …

President Duterte Orders Sister Patricia Fox Deported from the Philippines

This article was originally written in April of 2018.  It’s September now, and I just thought I would update the story.  This saga of Sister Patrica Fox is apropos for any foreigner considering life in the Philippines as it shows some interesting insights into Filipino culture.   April 2018 A Catholic nun who has been in the Philippines for 27 …

American National Killed in the Philippines for Refusing to Buy Filipinos Drinks

Disturbing news concerning a murdered American in Negros Occidental, the province just north of own Negros Oriental.  According to all reporting outlets (few and far between as always here), a 57 year old American who was in the process of adopting a Filipino child was summarily shot in the head after refusing to buy beers for two Filipinos.  Shortly after …