Rob Ashley

My Life in Cebu: How to Watch Sports in the Philippines

By Rob Ashley | September 25, 2018 | 1

One of the things I miss in the Philippines is sports and going to sporting events. Portland, Oregon was a bit limited as it only has two professional teams, the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and Soccer’s (Futbol) Portland Timbers. But, it has a wealth of university sports with the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, and other teams. Luckily, in the world of the internet, I can watch all my US sports teams here. So how do…

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My Life in Cebu: Magic Sing and Love Songs in the Philippines

By Rob Ashley | September 18, 2018 | 9

You’d think that the most important thing in our home would be the religious shrine, or our bed, or even the refrigerator, but not at our house. At our house, it’s the Magic Sing, a way too expensive karaoke device that offers 3500 songs and “sort of” matching video although lots of times I think the video that goes with the songs is really random. (You know, Elephants walking through the jungle while the words…

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My Life in Cebu: Speaking English in the Philippines?

By Rob Ashley | September 11, 2018 | 19

Today my helper and I went to buy some paint, paint brushes, rollers and “stuff” to paint a room later this week. When we were a block from home I told him, “Let’s leave the paint and stuff in the trunk of the car and we will get it later.” He answered, “Ok,” and nodded his head. When I was parking the car, I said again, “So we will leave the stuff in the trunk…

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My Life in Cebu: Holidays in the Philippines and Other Places I’ve Lived

By Rob Ashley | September 4, 2018 | 4

So it’s August 29th and my wife says, “It’s almost Christmas!” And true, it’s only a few days away from “The Bers;” you know, SeptemBer, OctoBer, NovemBer, DecemBer…Christmas, when “Jingle Bells” starts playing on the mall loudspeakers. We like Christmas and we’re early celebrants, so usually, sometime in September, we travel to Colon Street, buy a new fake tree (our helper washed last year’s tree and the branches rusted) and get a tree, a bunch…

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My Life in Cebu: Using Your Head About Motorcycle Helmets

By Rob Ashley | August 28, 2018 | 29

I don’t get it; I really don’t. The thing about motorcycle helmets, I mean. Last week Jay Stainback wrote about Littering in the Philippines and the many reasons, cultural, educational and pure laziness that people trash the roads, countrysides, rivers and streams here. For me, his article was a natural link to what I see every day about motorcycle safety in the big city of Cebu. Every motorbike rider is required to wear an approved…

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My Life in Cebu: A Girl I Know

By Rob Ashley | August 21, 2018 | 23

Editor’s Note: This is a fairly recent article. Rob has asked if we could run it again after some changes have been made with the photos, so here it is. Hope you all enjoy it. She was 16 when her 18-year-old sister went from Samar to Angeles City to be a Cam Girl. By the time she was 17 the invitations from her sister and an older woman “relative” were coming regular. She had already…

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