Rob Ashley

I Hear Drums

By Rob Ashley | November 6, 2018 | 6

When I first met my wife she told me she played on a basketball team in high school. I’m thinking, “Wow, an athlete. Just like Hoosiers or those university teams I’ve seen on the news in Cebu City.” But after I knew her for a few days, I learned that what she meant was, that a few of her girlfriends in rural Samar borrowed a ball from one of their brothers and played “basketball” once…

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Bad Ass Taxis

By Rob Ashley | October 30, 2018 | 6

I had my car re-registered in Cebu City a few weeks ago, and during the inspection, they really put it through a thorough look-see. Not only did I have the emission test, but they examined every light, turn signal, horn and “graded” the car… even on its cleanliness. So, that being the case for my car, what’s the deal with the taxis? We landed at the airport in Mactan/Cebu the other day and queued up…

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As quickly as she came, she was gone.

By Rob Ashley | October 23, 2018 | 29

I had a friend tell me once that “All art is relative, but relatives are seldom art.” Filipino families, particularly my wife’s, are complex in their simplicity even more so in a small barangay deep in the provinces. A few months ago I wrote about the joy my wife and I felt in having my wife’s brother’s infant daughter come to live with us, as her guardian, as her caretaker. The parents are 17 and…

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Car Story

By Rob Ashley | October 16, 2018 | 13

You see the first guy bought the car for his friend who was a seaman from Liloan, and then he transferred the ownership to the Seaman guy, but when I bought it from the second guy he never gave me the first guy’s OR, so I’m driving my wife to the airport and I get a little bit bold and run a yellow light and the traffic guy waves me over. “Can I see your…

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My Calm Life in Cebu

By Rob Ashley | October 9, 2018 | 16

Recently we had tickets to a pretty big concert here in Cebu. Boyce Avenue (a really good cover group)was going to play at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino along with Cebuano favorite Moira. We bought the tickets, “VIP tickets” as it was close to my wife’s birthday, a month ahead. Two days before the big event we had to fly to Tacloban for some family matter, but no problem. Our return tickets were the morning…

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My Life in Cebu: Where are the Prettiest Women and Best Wives in The Philippines?

By Rob Ashley | October 2, 2018 | 45

Ok! We need to figure this out right now. Definitively! Where do the prettiest women and best wives come from in the Philippines? I need to know this because I keep hearing different answers and there are all kinds of articles of advice on this topic all over the internet. Face it. Many of the men who come to the Philippines to visit and then become Expats, didn’t come to visit Catholic churches. They came…

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