Will You Be Our Ninong?


Over the weekend, Feyma and I were invited to a party, which we attended.  It was an 18th birthday party for a young lady who is the daughter of a very close friend.  It was really a fun party, and we enjoyed seeing this young lady as she stepped out into society as a young adult.  A few things happened at the party which were noteworthy, and in addition to this article, I will … [Read More...]


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Well, it's been a year since we've moved to the Philippines. A year of big lifestyle changes for both Rebecca and myself. A year that has had more happening than perhaps any other time in my life. Very emotional, very trying at times, and... A VERY … [Read More...]


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Sending money to the Philippines is not difficult.  There are several websites setup for this specific purpose.  If a Filipina asks you to send her money, she probably already knows how you can send it.  If she does, that should give you reason to … [Read More...]


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I can't talk about the attitudes of the typical European or Australian, because I am not from those places.  I have a good understanding of the mentality of the average American, though, because I grew up there and lived there until I was 38 years … [Read More...]

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The best laid plans…

The best laid plans sometimes don't work out.  Even if you are vigilant about double checking your plans, following up to make sure that you are doing the right thing, etc, sometimes things just don't work out.  I got an e-mail a few days ago from a … [Read More...]

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What is there to adjust to?

Pretty much everything I write on this site is about having to make some kind of adjustment in your life when you decide to come and live in the Philippines.  Although I have lived in only three countries in my life (USA, South Africa and the … [Read More...]


How young is too young for a maid

I am talking now about employing a younger maid in our household. A lot of them came from the province with little education. They have to work because their parents can't afford for them to continue their education. Most of them came from a very … [Read More...]

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Well, it has been a few days, so it seems to be time for another installment in my SIR series.  What is SIR?  If you are asking that, you must have missed my earlier articles!  SIR stands for Smooth Interpersonal Relations, and it is the foundation … [Read More...]

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