David Haldane

Parade

By David Haldane | September 20, 2018 | 8

I have always loved parades. Only one, however, has made me cry. I’m speaking of the 34thannual Bonok-Bonok street dancing spectacle held last week in Surigao City. The disclosure that it brought tears to my eyes, frankly, is a bit embarrassing. I, after all, am supposed to be the cynical hard-bitten former newspaper reporter who’s seen and heard it all; no maudlin sentimentality here! And yet, as I watched the city’s finest youngsters dance their…

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Disconnected

By David Haldane | September 13, 2018 | 6

It started as a tiny niggle. The pocket Wi-Fi we’d purchased just wasn’t putting out the way it should. Then we noticed that our cell phones weren’t connecting. And finally came some devastating news; neither Globe nor Smart –the two major Internet providers in the Philippines – serviced our neighborhood because, well, there just weren’t enough customers to make it pay. Suddenly the niggle had become a major toothache. More than that, it had evolved…

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Brownout

By David Haldane | September 6, 2018 | 8

It always happens at the most inopportune time. You’re having dinner with friends about to make a point that, you are convinced, will finally identify you as the genius you know yourself to be. Or, better, you’re sitting on the potty reading the Sunday paper just about the flush. When suddenly the lights go off. It would be bad enough, of course, simply having to carry on in total darkness sans air conditioning. As it…

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Window

By David Haldane | August 30, 2018 | 11

It’s kind of like a window that we’ve been aiming at for years and finally passed through. Yesterday Ivy took cotton, fruit, water, and rice to the house for good luck. Then she spent hours arranging furniture and sharing intimacies with a broom. Finally, last night we ate lechon in the garage with a coterie of workers, relatives, well-wishers, and friends before retiring to our untested beds. And this morning I am writing my first…

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The Chaos of Change

By David Haldane | August 23, 2018 | 11

The surprising thing about it is that it’s never constant. It shows up at the most inopportune times, buzzing in your ear like an annoying fly. Then recedes, leaving a sense of peace and relief even in the wake of its imminent return. Chaos. I have spent a lifetime battling it, avoiding it, creating a space in which it cannot and does not thrive. Yet, here it is; an old foe from long ago, once…

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Squatting Rock

By David Haldane | August 16, 2018 | 8

The smile on the old woman’s face told the whole story. It was creased, like a twisted canyon burned into a hard-brown mountain in the shape of a scar. Senona Espiel was a 92-year-old unmarried woman who’d never had a birthday party. By the end of the day, she’d just be a 92-year-old unmarried woman. The seed of this change had been planted a week earlier when my wife and her great, great auntie discovered…

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