David Wasson

First Day on the Job

By David Wasson | August 11, 2018 | 9

After breakfast, the first order of business was to exchange some American dollars into Philippine Pesos. The hotel directed us to the next street over and we walked into a money changers booth. Now I already knew those money changers were notorious for changing your money into theirs so I was watching her like a Philippines eagle. She counted out my pesos, handed them to me and asked me to count them, which I did…

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Arrival in Paradise happened at NAIA

Arrival in Paradise

By David Wasson | August 4, 2018 | 9

In Manila, only people with tickets can enter the airport, and there are security barriers that prevent anyone from driving to the arrival areas so I walked out the front doors into a wall of heat. Really, it was like walking into a wall. Even when you can only recognize someone on the via computer it is different when you meet in person with there are hundreds of people walking around and I was wondering…

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The Journey

By David Wasson | July 13, 2018 | 1

Seriously, who designed the seats in airplanes? Makes you wonder if they ever sat in one place for 16 hours. Not that being 6’ 6” made me any less comfortable than the next guy, but whoever that was in front of me bashing my knees with their seat just needed to understand I wasn’t having it. Sorry. The little TVs on the seatbacks were some distraction, but not enough. The puny meal was some distraction,…

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Safe or not?

When I left to come to the Philippines

By David Wasson | June 22, 2018 | 5

The drive seemed long and everyone was quiet. Inside I was shaking. Nervous. My mind running around all the things I thought I should do or had to do and what would I find when I landed. I just sat and watched the scenery pass as it was going to be the last time I ever saw what had always been my home. You try to drink it in and keep it but of course,…

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