Philippines Photograph Montage 3.31.15

It’s that time once again, loyal viewers – so prepare your poor eyeballs as we continue to try to learn how to take photos with our “new” Sony Cybershot.   🙂     I took this shot one morning at the Dumaguete public market.   [One of my passions is going to early morning motorcycle rides around the city and …

Houses in the Philippines: External Differences

Things are different here in the Philippines. It’s just the way it is. If you are thinking of retiring or working in the Philippines, it’s good to know just what some of these differences are. In our last video we looked at some of the historical factors that have affected the contemporary courting system, which is a bit different than …

Relationships: Jealousy in the Philippines, Part 2

  In the first part of our blog/video, we looked at some of the social and historical factors that contribute to the Philippines’ exaggerated sense of jealousy.  It’s important that we look at these reasons so we can understand the context in which they are occurring.  In this final part of the blog (and video), we will be looking at …

My Morning Coffee Mates and and an Awesome Eighties Flashback

  After replying to comments and playing a bit of Borderlands 2 (Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode), I don’t have a whole lot to do in the mornings here.  Michell is usually at work – doing the “graveyard” 11 PM – 7 AM shift – so when I get up around 5 AM, the house is relatively empty.  I say “relatively …

Example of a 13,000 Pesos Furnished Apartment in Dumaguete

    Mabuhay! Well, the Relationships: Giving Money to the Family video hit a few sensitive spots with more than a few viewers.  I try to keep the acrimony down as much as possible in the comments section by sending private messages to dueling parties, but when the feathers start flying and folks start saying especially nasty things, I tend …

Relationships: Giving Money to the Family, Part Two

    Hey all, In the first part  of this blog, we looked at some of the obligations that Filipino families have towards each other.  When us expat foreigners get thrust into the mix and these obligations suddenly transfer over, it can make for a lot of stress and misunderstandings.   Equality is great and everything, but when families seek to …

Relationships: Giving Money to the Family

  This is a pretty sensitive subject, and I am sure the video that we put up will be getting its fair share of “thumbs down,” and this time for something more than a gecko video or our usual poor production values. When entering into any serious long term relationship in the Philippines, the discussion of money in relation to …

Heart Attacks, Snorkeling, and Difficult Neighbors, Part Two

    Heart Attacks and Snorkeling Michell called me at around 5 AM this morning from work to tell me that their manager had suffered a heart attack and they were all in the hospital. I guess it happened right in the office, and they were able to transport him to the hospital in one of the employee’s cars. It’s …

Living with Difficult Neighbors and My First Internet Drama

Living with Difficult Neighbors, Part One   All of us have one time had to deal with difficult neighbors.  Like chicken pox, it’s pretty much a universal thing.  Unlike a vial contagion, however, sometimes bad neighbors are a bit harder to shake. My history of rentals in the Philippines has been rather horrific.  Whether finding a place that’s too far from the …