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 …

Mang Inasal and Going Under the Knife

            I love Mang Inasal.  I say that without reservation and with absolute conviction.  I am not certain of too many things in life, but one thing I am certain of, is that this tidy little Filipino fast food chain has – hands down – the tastiest chicken I have ever eaten.  Better than Chooks …

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 …

Godzilla and My First Philippines Earthquake

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to experience two things:  A pretty bad movie (Godzilla) and my very first earthquake.  Both were equally disappointing, and I hope to all the gods that subsequent events will be equally disappointing.  Well, at least as the earthquakes go – hopefully the movies – given time – will get better.   I had …

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 …

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 …

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, …