Jay Stainback

Deliberately Devouring Devilish Delectable Dinuguan!

By Jay Stainback | November 9, 2018 | 8

As my father explained to me while teaching me to put a minnow on a hook for fishing, anyone can put a hook through a minnow’s eye, but one has to have a strong firm hand, be diligent and work hard if they want to become a master baiter. I like to start my articles with a hook, pun intended. I use literary devices like alliteration in the title sometimes, but I try to choose…

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Do you have a million pesos banked

Do you have a million pesos banked?

By Jay Stainback | October 3, 2018 | 30

I have read a number of articles about how much money is needed per month to live in the Philippines. I have promised myself that I would not write an article about how much money a foreigner needs per month to live in the Philippines until I have actually done it. This article brings up a topic that I have not seen addressed, which I feel is even more important than how much money per…

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Iron Eyes Cody would not support the filipino culture of littering

Filipino Culture of Littering

By Jay Stainback | August 22, 2018 | 58

Littering in the Philippines Filipino Culture of Littering I love to go for walks in the countryside around the village my wife grew up located in Bohol. I always hope not to encounter the Filipino culture of littering. The lush green vegetation with the occasional brightly colored tropical flower is beautiful. When I get to a high place on a hill, I look out over the deep green forest. It has a river running through…

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Drivers give change correctly

Jeepney Code of Honor (Honesty)

By Jay Stainback | August 1, 2018 | 16

Jeepney Code of Honor “Bayad…Two.” I speak it holding up with my two fingers to inform the passengers near the driver to transfer my 20 pesos note to the jeepney driver. I intentionally say it to let the driver know that I do not need change. I try to only use coins and small bills 50 pesos and 20 pesos notes because making change is a problem for the driver especially early in the morning.…

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Did the Bataan Death March speed up Philippine Independence?

By Jay Stainback | May 29, 2018 | 27

Did the Bataan Death March speed up Philippine Independence? Memorial Day is a US holiday began to honor soldiers who died fighting to protect the freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the USA, like myself. It is not a day to thank veterans for their service with a handshake or pat on the back and a sincere, “Thank you for your service!” It is a day to: put a flower or wreath on their grave, say…

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Do you give your wife an allowance?

By Jay Stainback | April 27, 2018 | 61

“My friend says she owes her husband a lot of money from when she bought a ticket to visit her family in the Philippines.” my wife stated. I looked at her with a confused look and replied, “Is that even possible?” My wife and I share the opinion that when a man and woman get married they become one financial entity. As soon as my wife got a US Social Security Number, I put her…

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