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 …

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 …

Hunting the Elusive Killer Titan Triggerfish. (And Yet More Turtles…..)

Well, I know you have all been clamoring for yet more turtle footage, so here it is!  Today I won’t be talking about some of the challenges of retirement in the Philippines or the potential pitfalls of getting into relationships here – I’m just going to concentrate on something that I love.  I am actually spicing the usual mundane turtle …

Our Awesome Garden Update!

So, I had an encounter today with some other expats that basically turned my stomach, and I just finished writing up a blog entry which was basically one big long vent.  Realizing that most folks probably don’t want to hear it – and seeing as I am uploading our garden update video – I decided to put it on the …

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 …

House Hunting and Insomnia in the Philippines

Driving around and looking for signs is how you house hunt here.  Ain’t no Craigslist…….. We have been having a bit of a heat wave as of late, with temperatures hitting 92 during the day and only going down to about 86 at night.  Those numbers don’t sound too bad, but when you factor in the tropical humidity, it can …

Trip up to Twin Lakes Natural Park, Negros, Philippines

Michell and I decided to head up to Twin Lakes Natural Park this past Sunday.  I had been there once before (with a British expat named Mark), but this was my sweet little Jelly Bean’s first trip up there.  We chose a Sunday because sometimes we have brownouts  (scheduled ones lasting from 8-5PM) and it was shaping up to be …

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 …