A week or so back Bob Martin made me an offer I really couldn’t refuse. He asked me to join the regular staff here at Live in the Philippines – The Web Magazine for Expats in the Philippines and those who want to join them!
I’m a bit busy to take on yet another writing assignment … I have quite a few online ventures “in the air” and most of them don’t involve blogging … blogs are great fun but they can be a stern mistress when it comes to the time involved.
But Bob has become a close friend and I noticed that some of the regulars here have had to stop or at least curtail their contributions so I’m glad to accept Bob’s kind offer and do my little bit to help keep this web magazine idea alive and well.
Bob also invited me because I live kind of at the opposite end of the Philippines from Bob’s delightful Davao City and we both feel a more diverse author base will help make this more of a Philippines-wide publication.
I’ll be writing about one article per week, more or less (in the legal world that means it may happen, but don’t hold your breath ;-)) I already submitted an article for the first edition of my “Northland” column but after I saw the excellent intro today from John Miele (welcome John) I decided I better introduce myself a bit as well.
I am an American born and bred male (New Jersey, originally) of 1945 vintage and unlike John and Bob I spend a lot of time avoiding that dreaded four-letter word, W*O*R*K. I put in 38 years and some months as an active duty member and later a civilian employee of the USAF where I had the opportunity to live a lot of years outside the US. After I retired from federal service in 2003 I worked a year as a marketing consultant for a small engineering firm and then my lovely wife Mita (also known as the Unofficial Cook) and I operated our own successful small business in the US, selling and servicing GPS tracking systems into the transportation industry. Running your own business, however, is harder than working for someone else, so in October of 2006 we sold up everything and moved permanently to the Philippines … we live in the town of Marilao, in Bulacan province, abut 25 kilometers or so north of Metro Manila.
We rent a small but comfy 3 bedroom house and are right around the corner from Mita’s parents, a prime reason that we selected this location. One of the joys of our lives are two young nephews who also live in momma and daddy’s house so we really enjoy interacting every day with at least three generations of family.
To keep myself occupied I blog regularly on Philippine-related topics at PhilFAQs . I pursue a number of other on-line interests and also enjoy daily walking, driving my Mitsubishi Adventure every chance I get to every location someone comes up with as well as reading, watching TV mostly the Discovery Channel and ESPN …(Go Yankees).
Mita an I plan to travel quite a bit, both inside and outside the Philippines and some of my other near-term goals include building a home here in Marilao, expanding and enhancing a small farming operation in Zambales province and teaching the boys how to play baseball (basketball bores me to tears, I marvel that baseball is now so uncommon here, when my parents-in-law went to school here in the Philippines (pre-WWII) very kid, boy or girl played small ball … every other former Spanish possession produces baseball stars, I really wonder if there isn’t a chance for the Philippines)..
Enough rambling. Let me know in the future if you enjoy my work, and more importantly if you don’t enjoy it … I’ll never improve without feedback. If there are any particular aspects of living in the Philippines you’d like me to cover, please lave a comment or you can contact me directly at: dave (at) philfaqs (dot) com. Looking forward to the new challenge.