Philippines House Husband, Hypermart and Fleet Foxes

  Hypermart I just put up our latest trip to Hypermart video, in which I am on a quest to find a meat tenderizer.  You see, with Michell now working, I can’t expect her to be cooking after nine hours in a hot office, so it’s up to me to start cooking.  And considering that I have virtually zero cooking …

Michell and Dina’s Spaghetti-Fest for the Homeless

  Like many cities and towns across the Philippines, Dumaguete has it’s fair share of poor and homeless adults and – more breathtakingly – children.  You’ll see the true level of poverty and helplessness pretty much as soon as you land in the country, with Manila possessing some truly massive squatter areas that survive off of the monstrous city landfills. …

Philippines Photo Montage 5 28 15

  Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve put up a photo montage, so once again it’s long past time to once again inflict some serious eye injury upon our subscribers.  Note that all of these pix were made with my “new” Samsung S5.  So far, I have been very happy with the quality of that phone’s camera. First …

The Kid’s Super Awesome Jollibee Party!

  The kids in our little neighborhood are pretty awesome.  We met them all months back when seeing a bald, pink Kano mowing the lawn piqued their curiosity and trumped their natural shyness.  Since then, they have been coming by every day, hanging out, playing in the yard (they’ve pretty much killed our lawn) and taking part in Michell’s afterschool …

Our 2014 Philippines Christmas Party

  It started simply enough. One day, while mowing our rather diminutive lawn, I noticed that some kids had gathered outside our gate.  Thoroughly Filipino, they were a curious lot, and the first question they had for me was “Are you sick?”  Not feeling particularly ill, I realized they had asked this question because I had no hair, which is an …

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Philippines, Part 1

  One of the great things about living in the Philippines is the opportunity to learn (or unlearn) things about yourself.  Since I have been here, I have had a few epiphanies along the way – things that were actually quite obvious to any casual observer, but central to things that I couldn’t clearly see due to fracturing and imperfections …

Lechon Dinner up in the Province

So, one of our subscribers was kind enough to invite Michell and I up into the province to take part in a little lechon baboy (BBQ pig) family get together.  Darryl is from the US and he has been with his better half for some time now.  Right now they are in the process of clearing a huge lot of …

Dumaguete Public Market

One of our subscribers had been requesting that we do a video of the wet market for a while now.  As luck (or rampant insomnia) would have it, Michell and I were both up this morning at 5:00 AM.  Groggily asking her if she was up for coming along, she cheerfully chirped to the affirmative (she actually does chirp when …

Vegetable Shopping in the Philippines

Daro Produce Market One of the great things about living or retiring in the Philippines is the wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce that is available. The Daro produce market is a shining example of this. Open Tuesday’s and Friday’s, it provides a forum for local vendors to showcase their edible wares to the general public.  (The market is …