When the Katulong Goes Sour

After a L-O-N-G "vacation" back on the Mainland and the resolution of minor annoyances like jet-lag, I'm finally back in print. This last voyage to my roots was intense, in both exciting and disheartening ways.  One word comes extremely close to describing it in the proverbial nutshell:  Life-changing.  No, I, myself, haven't changed very much at all.  Sure, I may have … [Read more...]

A Helping Hand – Mission accomplished!

Those of you who have been a long time reader here in our website noticed that I've been writing here and doing different stuff over the years. I have been providing services helping people find a place for them to live here. I'm  mostly helping people who settle here in Davao City and Samal Island area. Just these past months or so I've been helping people and we've … [Read more...]

Great life events – EAM

You know, I have to say that I have had a number of really meaningful things happen in my life. The day that I married Feyma was probably the best day of my life.  It was the best thing I have ever done. Of course, each of the days that my children were born were great events in my life. The days that we took in two of our nieces and cared for them as our own … [Read more...]

The Dreaded Filipino Class

Back when I was in school, there was always one subject that I constantly resented, and that subject was Filipino. Why? Well, simple, it's the same every year, barely understanding what anything means, not wanting to be called by the teacher and just the difficulty of it. It's not just me either, my brother also has trouble, and so do a lot of other students. Really the … [Read more...]

Back From The Film Catacombs

I've been away for a while.   I'm sure you all know that.  Where I've been doesn't really matter - my expedition has been a little personal in nature.   The main concern is that I'm back.   For how long, I can't say, but along the way I have picked up some rather rare artifacts for you to see. Let's just say that part of my journey has included a few trips to the Film … [Read more...]

An International Driver What?

A few weeks back I received a comment to one of my article’s here with a lot of ideas about driver’s licenses in the Philippines that were … well .. wrong, for lack of a better term. Let’s review a few common thoughts and misconceptions here, especially about the so-called International Driver’s License and where and when you might use it. Be sure to ask any … [Read more...]

Battling Boredom

This year's vacation in the land of the Big Box stores is quite a bit less exciting than I expected.  So much less, that it can easily be qualified in a single word:  BORING! Unlike my life in the Philippines, this return to the homeland has no luster, no thrill, no real out-of-the-norm excitement that stirs the soul while raising the heart rate. Though I try not to … [Read more...]

This Week’s Flix

A few weeks ago, I "opened" the Saturday movie theater as an alternative to the written word (or should I say "words," as my articles do get a little long).  Opening day was a success, and the reels shown were well accepted by movie-goers.  So, too, the moving pictures shown in following weeks were enjoyed. The videos focused on the Philippines.  More specifically, the … [Read more...]

10 mistakes when moving to the Philippines

Everybody makes mistakes in life, but when making a major life decision it is good to do it with as few mistakes as possible.  Last week, I was listening to a Podcast on the Internet while out walking, and it was about the "10 Mistakes" that people make when doing this, that or the other.  It got me thinking about what kind of mistakes people make when moving to the … [Read more...]

Saturday Matinee

One of the finest memories of my youth is the Saturday Matinee.  Way back in the 1950s, it was an exciting adventure on a Saturday afternoon during the summertime to attend one.  Being able to do so only once a month, or once every two months, added to the excitement when that magic day finally arrived. This was one of the benefits of youthful budgeting - minding one's … [Read more...]


Thought I would try something a little different for this article.  So many times, when sitting down at the keyboard, I am stuck in the "todays" and the "tomorrows" and not paying any attention to the "yesterdays."  This time around, it's all about the yesterdays. Many folks I've chatted with, especially expats, lose themselves in a near-romantic way when speaking of … [Read more...]

The Aisle You Don’t Go Down

The Aisle You Don’t Go Down in the Grocery Store One thing I have learned from living in the US for many years was that you didn’t ever take your kids down the aisle in the Grocery Store called the Cereal Aisle. You know, that wonderful aisle loaded with all those colorful boxes of sugar sweetened breakfast cereals just brimming with tooth decay, disguised with … [Read more...]

It’s The Numbers

I just don't know. Could it be the moon's phase or some other astronomical phenomenon?  Is the old chemical imbalance inside my brain bucket acting up again?  Is someone out to get me?  If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does anybody care?  "What's it all about, Alfie?" Whoa, that last one was getting a little freaky for me, too. Plenty of … [Read more...]

I’ve More Time

As I was saying last week, I have more times than a clock maker's shop.  And as we venture further info this lump of time called 2014, a wide array of new and different times unfold before my eyes.  It leads me to wonder whether it was an ancient scribe or historian who invented a means to track it. Let's face it:  the intangible concept of time - the seconds, minutes, … [Read more...]

Chargin’ up!

Looks like there's trouble in River City.  Or should I say trouble in the City on the Gulf.  The Gulf of Davao.  Of course, what I mean is that there is trouble looming in Davao City. What kind of trouble?  Well, let's go back to 2008 and start at the beginning, where any good story should start. In 2008, the island of Mindanao experienced some serious power … [Read more...]