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 …

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, …

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 …

Moving to the Philippines: 28 Days Later

  28 Days Later     Hail, loyal readers!   I just wanted to re-post a topic thread I started on a Philippines expat forum after I had been in the Republic for a grand total of 28 days.  Re-reading it two months later, all of the points still apply, especially the ones about the burning trash, the sun, and …

First night in Dumaguete, The Philippines

Okay, so I seem to be a bit behind in posting.  Just remember that I am on Filipino time, so why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?  Bahala na! Small city but VERY confusing for a noob. Dumaguete, or the Land of the Gentle People, is a small city on the south eastern coast of Negros Oriental.  …