The night before Christmas in Davao

There is a poem that is quite famous, called "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" although these days, it is more commonly known as "The Night before Christmas."  It was written by Clement Clarke Moore.   Although the original date that it was written is unknown, it was first published in 1823 by the Troy, New York Sentinel.  The original publication did not credit an author, it … [Read more...]

The Christmas Season is in Full Swing

Every year it gets easier to live in the Philippines as long as you can keep being creative. This year as Christmas is approaching I’ve tallied up was owed to me by some members of the family. And I’ve decided to forgive the debt vice giving a present to them. (Don’t go all ballistic on me; the kid’s still will all receive their presents as usual.) I’ll buy a few Christmas … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Philippine Christmas

A couple of years ago, I wrote a new Philippine interpretation of the classic Christmas Poem, The Night Before Christmas.  As much as I wanted to run it for Christmas again this year, I have run it two years in a row now, and I decided it was time for something new.  If you have not read my interpretation of The Night Before Christmas in Davao, though, I'd encourage you to … [Read more...]

Bob’s friend!

A few days ago Bob bought a basketball for some kids that he knew a few months ago. Bob introduced me to these kids like a month or two ago. They are living  not too far from our house. Really near the small market in our area. One of the kids was kind of the head of the group, his name is JJ. He is more friendly and talkative to Bob. I think when they first saw Bob … [Read more...]

It’s getting to be that time of year

Yes indeed, it's getting close to the holiday season again.  For Filipinos the Holiday Season starts when the months end with "ber" like September, so now that it's already November, Christmas is almost here.  There is a lot of excitement in the Philippines at this time of year.  People are happy and friendly. Back in the States, and in much of the world, people look … [Read more...]

The Day after…

It’s Sunday the 26th as I crawl from my bed, and sit at the computer to pen (or type) about the phenomenon known as Christmas in The Philippines. I thought I’d experienced all that was different here, or different than my Native New England Christmas’s of long ago, or during my ten years in Puerto Rico and all the other places I’ve been to around the world on Christmas … [Read more...]

It’s that time of year again

Yes, as the title says, it's that time of year again, holiday time.  Today, US time, is Thanksgiving in the USA.  It's the day after Thanksgiving here in the Philippines, although actually Thanksgiving is not celebrated here in the Philippines, obviously.  Thanksgiving is an American holiday, commemorating the arrival of the first Pilgrims in the USA, and how they gave … [Read more...]