Why Foreigners Love Dumagute, Pt 2 of 2

In our first installment of this groundbreaking two-part series on why foreigners love Dumaguete, we looked at expatriate camaraderie, ideal city size, good food, pleasant weather and – most importantly – the people of Dumaguete City.  Now, since we’re all here, let’s take a look at the ‘Final Five’ reasons why the City of Gentle of People really rocks.  (I …

Personal Update 1.11.16 Bandannas, Sexy Bikes and One Lady’s Birthday

  Bandanna-Rama Drama Someone left a comment on a recent video stating I should lose the bandanna, going on to offhandedly note that I looked like an old guy trying to look young.  I responded to his comment by saying that I had had it on as a cushioning under my helmet (the helmet leaves temporary red spots on my dome if I …

So You Wanna be a Philippines Expat You Tube Millionaire?…. Pt 2 of 2

Did you miss out on Part 1 on becoming an Philippines Expat You Tube millionaire?  No worries – just click HERE to check it out.   OK, I might be just the slightest bit late in the delivery, as promised, here is the final installment of “So You Want to be a Philippines Expat You Tube Millionaire?…. Before we start, though, …

Our Adventure to Apo Island, the Philippines!

  At our weekly beach potluck in Dauin this past week, Ate Lucy (of Ate Lucy and Kuya Ron fame) asked if anyone was interested in taking a day trip to Apo Island.  We collectivley glanced over at the small, distant island which lies about 9 KM from where we sat in our breezy coconut cabana, thought about it for …

Oslob Trip, Part Two – Tumalog Falls

  Tumalog Falls Oslob, Cebu Island, The Philippines     Seeing as we were done swimming with the whale sharks at around 8:30 AM, we decided to head out to a nearby water fall.  Tumalog Falls is only a 12 minute ride from the Butanding viewing center and is accessed by a steep, paved road that lies on the western …

Electricity in the Philippines, Part 1 – Brownouts….

  First off, I hope that everyone had a pleasant time over the holidays, eating good food, getting lots of rest and spending time with those you love.  Michell and I had a pretty uneventful holiday break.  She had taken a week off for Christmas, but the weather was not cooperative and we were not able to make any of …

Finally! SCUBA Diving Certification at Harold’s Mansion, Part 1

  OK, so after being in the Republic for over a year and promising myself time and time again that I would get my SCUBA (Open Water) certification, I finally took the time out of my “busy” schedule to actually get it done.  Shopping around a bit about town, I finally settled on Mares Dive Shop in Harold’s Mansion, a …

Philippines Halloween Get Together at Ron and Lucy’s

Check out the videos over at our You Tube channel:   Howdy all. Halloween here in the Philippines is a bit different than in the United States.  There, it’s all about dressing up like zombies, hobos, and Hello Kitty and strong arming loads of sugary comestibles off of you neighbors.  Here, they really don’t do all that.  Instead, it’s All …

Computers in the Philippines

  I am a big fan of computers, having been thoroughly hooked by the tech back in the days of the almighty TSR-80 and (my personal favorite) the Commodore 64.  At the time, it was mostly for gaming purposes – starting with simple DOS games (some of which we had to program ourselves) and moving on to the Dungeons and …

Badminton, the Dentist, and Moving On……

  Badminton – like virtually every sport embraced by Filipinos – is taken VERY seriously here.  I never realized how seriously until we saw some professionals playing in a tournament down at Robinson’s Mall.  My experiences with the racquet and the shuttlecock were limited to some casual play when I was a kid.  So to see actual pro’s blasting that …