Marking Time

There are no more months to count. The first of many tax deadlines has come and passed. Christmas time, while seeming like yesterday, has been history for some time now, too.  It's now Easter time - there's always some "time" happening here in Nagsanga - and the calendars and almanacs proudly proclaim that, at least for the Philippines, it's summertime. It's also almost … [Read more...]

My Wise Old Friend (or “Que no pare la fiesta”)

It’s an odd concept for most people born in the cold climates to grasp, but an elderly man on the Island of Puerto Rico explained it to me while we were sitting on Playa Azul (Blue beach) sipping DonQ rum. He said; ‘Young Gringo, people in the northern latitudes think we in the tropics are lazy. But the fact is we have more time to get things done than they do.” He … [Read more...]

The Bucolic Life

Things here in Nagsanga - our barangay in Pasuquin - just don't move along as fast as the rest of the world.  If the entire world was a large Formula I auto race, Nagsanga would be the lone kuliglig.  Compared to Nagsanga, the "Land That Time Forgot" is on Daylight Savings Time, "springing ahead." Yes, things are that slow here.  But, it’s not a bad thing.  I, for one, … [Read more...]

Bits & Pieces

It's already Sunday afternoon and I haven't even started on this article (and many other projects).  The tax accounting business is keeping me busy. Well, sort of busy. Were I truly busy, I wouldn't be here poking at my tablet's virtual keyboard. As I hunt and peck, I'm trying to make the best of a tax season phenomenon - the time of famine or feast. At this time of the … [Read more...]

Got More ‘Net?

This is a continuation of last week's article about the trials and tribulations of getting up to speed with Internet-related technology and staying there. It's not being written from a professional standpoint - I haven't been in that profession for over 20 years and don't think I'll cross-over or return to it any time soon. I want it to be the words of a layman, written … [Read more...]

Does anyone need to use the CR?

Upon arrival to my mom-in-laws house I needed to use the CR. For you foreigners not “in-the-know”, that means bathroom. I had previously sent money to have the CR redone, with new septic, etc. but we stopped the construction about 1/3 through as there were some issues with communication about what was to be done, and quite frankly, a remodeling job is a big task. One that … [Read more...]

Day one in the Philippines

When last I wrote, my wife was out shopping… the fact is, she still is. You see, I’ve got a lot of articles to write, and plenty to time on my hands right now to catch up for Bob and you, the readers of LiP, so I’m writing a series all in a row trying to catch you all up on my trip here. I had explained that my finalization to come here went pretty fast. And that is … [Read more...]

Got ‘Net?

It's time for a change.  Time for a little twist - a tweak to the status quo.  It's time to dig deep, and come up with something that may be useful yet informative.  Time to take off the kid gloves, and put on the 18 oz. gloves to spar with an old nemesis:  Slow Internet Access. WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? For the past few weeks, there's been a small crowd of people - mostly … [Read more...]


Recently Davao has started to experience a few brownouts. They have been very annoying, and once or twice, at the worst time possible (although, all the time is the worst time). The brownouts aren't just affecting us when it's our area's turn, but I've noticed that since these brownouts have started, our internet connection has been fairly unreliable, often dropping at the … [Read more...]

2/3 Down & 1/3 To Go

It's just so very hard to believe. Here it is, mid-way through March 2014.  The end of the first quarter of this "New Year" is now plainly in sight.  Time is blazing its way through the calendar, and it's not taking any breaks or making any stops to allow those of us, who are accustomed to a much slower pace, to catch up.  I can't speak for others, but I know that I … [Read more...]

My scary ordeal

Hello friends, you haven't heard from me for a while, several weeks now. Some of you who are friends on Facebook know what's been going on, but probably most readers here don't know. I have been very, very sick. I'm not completely better yet, but I'm on the mend, and feeling a lot better. It all started on Sunday, February 16th.  Let me tell you more. Sunday morning I … [Read more...]

You might be in the Philippines, Part 2

LiP users, good afternoon... morning or night; where ever you might be. I am still madly in love with the Philippines...and I can not say enough good things about the people here or my experience here. Mr Martin permitting I will tell you my last movie premiers all over the Philippines May 14th titled, "Sabine" (96% shot in Davao), starring Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia, Gwen … [Read more...]


Ya know, I just looked at the calendar, again. Last week, I mentioned something about being half-way this and half-way that. Today, I see that the month of February is not half-way, but completely over. 2014 is already two months old, and time doesn't seem to be slowing down one bit. Here it is, time for this "half-way" full (or is that empty?) brain of mine to come up … [Read more...]

Driving Thoughts About Living in the Philippines

I recently wrote an article about getting ahead in the Philippines by backing up.  Just a simple piece about some of the reasons it is often better and easier to back into tight spots and an observation or two that foreigners and Filipinos alike are often not practiced and comfortable with backing their vehicles. As always the comments to that article provided a lot of … [Read more...]


Hurry up and wait has been my motto for so long, now I have to change it, at least, temporarily. And I have to admit, it's hard to get out of this gear I've been stuck in for so long. My last article was posted, but it was posted late as I tend to have been in hurry up and wait mode for far too long. This article too is coming a little late, but I’m going to throw in … [Read more...]