Pete McKee

Wild honey tastes great! Photo by Tony Gerard

The Bee Hunters

By Pete McKee | November 5, 2018 | 4

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ifugao Province, a short drive to our north.  I was traveling into the Cordillera Mountains in the company of some American and Filipino naturalists and ecologists.  Our number included Paulo, an entomologist, Zeb, an American herpetologist, Wally, an all-around naturalist with specialties in orchids and herpetology, his wife Carol, Tony, an American field biologist and his wife Berna, Berna’s brother Adrian, who is on…

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New Guy Experiences, Finding Like Minded Filipino Friends

By Pete McKee | October 12, 2018 | 10

I’m not sure how the experiences of other male expats compare to mine in this regard. But, by and large, the majority of people who spend much social time with us are the female friends and relatives of my wife. That leaves me as sort of the odd man out at these hen parties. The associated husbands and male relatives have made appearances, of course. But with only a few notable exceptions, we ran out…

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Snoopy, finding the shade

A Good Dog

By Pete McKee | September 19, 2018 | 19

“A good dog is so much a nobler beast than an indifferent man, that one sometimes gladly exchanges the society of one for that of the other.” (William Francis Butler) We’ve known all along that the planned menagerie at our ranch would include a dog.  Once we were here to stay, folks took note of my penchant for wandering around alone on our property and the surrounding environs.  There was a near universal cry of…

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Rice mill. Stitching up the bags

New Guy Experiences: We have no rice

By Pete McKee | July 31, 2018 | 6

I was informed that we had no rice.  I’ve learned that this actually means that our supply of rice in the kitchen dispenser is getting low.  No problem.  At Mother-in Law’s farm, about 20 kilometers away, we have several cavans (big bags) of rice from the family fields set aside for personal consumption.  This rice has been dried and sacked up, but it is still in the hull, so is not yet ready to cook…

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Rice field

New Guy Experiences We Will Have Rice

By Pete McKee | July 3, 2018 | 17

My dear wife, Marlyn, looked across the table at me and said, a matter of fact, “We will have rice.”  It seemed that she was stating the obvious since we typically have rice with most meals. On top of that, it was breakfast time and we were in her mother’s kitchen.  She must have read my puzzled expression, for she clarified, “They are harvesting our rice fields today. You wanna go see?” My Mother-in-law’s farm…

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Rodeo Festival Masbate: Courage Athleticism and Determination

By Pete McKee | June 8, 2018 | 4

I mentioned in part 1 of this article that I was honored to attend the Rodeo Festival Masbate as a volunteer assistant coach with the rodeo team from Nueva Vizcaya State University. I was the guest of Doctor Ruben, the Chair of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the head coach of the rodeo team. The Philippine rodeo is designed around the Filipino methods of cattle handling on farms and ranches. Some events are done…

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