Fascination with Rice

By PaulK | October 1, 2009 | 32

Surrounded am I!  No matter where I look, there it is – RICE.  Whether glancing at a plate of mouth-watering morsels of the finest local cuisine, or looking out my window to the fields beyond my fence, rice takes a most prominent place.  Even my “Breakfast Joy” from Jollibee presents garlic-fried rice for my pleasure.  To say rice is a staple here in the Philippines is an understatement.  Just about everyone eats it and, if…

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Off The Beaten Path

By PaulK | September 24, 2009 | 32

As many of you know, my first career was in the U.S. Navy.  The USN and the Philippines have many ties and connections.  Also, many expats here in the Philippines are former or retired Navy men and women. When one thinks of the U.S. Navy in the Philippines, images and thoughts immediately come to mind.  Most notably are Subic Bay/Olongapo area and, possibly, Cavite, Leyte, the Surigao and San Bernardino Straits, etc.  We tend to have short…

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Lost Out to *LOVE*

By PaulK | September 17, 2009 | 22

It’s not a very happy day in the Keating household.  There are some smiles, but they are not as broad as they usually are.  No one is looking anyone else in the eye.  Mostly, everyone is looking down at the floor. Love is in the air and, just as Justice is blind, Cupid is accurate.  He let loose an arrow and it hit its mark.  I can recognize Cupid’s work – he hit both Emy…

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Letter From "The BRO"

By PaulK | September 10, 2009 | 18

Life is fickle.  Sometimes fate has a way of turning my words to mush (for lack of more polite terms).  Today was no exception.  Words I had written earlier in the day had come back to haunt me as fate played its hand. Earlier today (August 6), the LiP Web Magazine published my tale wherein I went in search of reliable Internet connectivity.  A number of friendly and highly supportive comments from readers flowed in…

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Business in Batac, Ilocos Norte

By PaulK | September 3, 2009 | 21

Today, Emy and I made our way south to Batac, Ilocos Norte.  Batac is one of those first class municipalities caught up in the “City/Not a City” dispute generated by a Supreme Court ruling.  “Founded” (in Western speak) in 1587, it is one of the oldest towns in Ilocos Norte and is sometimes called the “Home of Great Leaders.”  Among those who hailed from Batac are the former president Ferdinand Marcos, Fr. Gregorio Aglipay (a…

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Hard To Take

By PaulK | August 27, 2009 | 24

Gee, some things in life are hard to take. I’m not referring to the thunderstorms that frequent this time of year, keeping me mostly indoors.   I’m not speaking about repairing the pressure sensor switch on the deep well water pump.  Nor am I talking about getting grass to take root and flourish in a back yard that resembles a huge sandbox (a huge pond during rainy season).  A fellow takes care of certain chores –…

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