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Talks with an Indigenous Philippine Sorcerer. “Crazy-Lost”.

By Max Woodside | July 16, 2018 | 1

I’ve been talking to and chronicling an indigenous Philippine sorcerer for almost 7 years.  I have many notebooks and lots of material.   He spoke good English but took a long time for me to understand his terminology in relation to his spirituality. His name is Arik (pronounced Aur-rik) from the Manobo tribe of Mindanao.  I met him here in Cebu City, PH.  We’ve been meeting for 3 or 4 times a week at our…

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The New Watch

A Random Day in the Philippines “July”

By Paul Thompson | July 16, 2018 | 2

Compilation of My Days Drinking Coffee Sitting at the Mall on Subic Freeport at the Coffee Bean (And Tea Leaf Store) 20 meters across is a Starbucks doing a banner business with a line outside the door. I shun Starbucks as they require a 10-minute thesis just to order a cup of coffee. At the Bean, I just smile and say “Kano Coffee”  and the size I want and I receive a black coffee that…

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The Journey

By David Wasson | July 13, 2018 | 1

Seriously, who designed the seats in airplanes? Makes you wonder if they ever sat in one place for 16 hours. Not that being 6’ 6” made me any less comfortable than the next guy, but whoever that was in front of me bashing my knees with their seat just needed to understand I wasn’t having it. Sorry. The little TVs on the seatbacks were some distraction, but not enough. The puny meal was some distraction,…

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I was on the jeepney, but was I in Love?

Bob, did you fall in love on the jeepney?

By Bob Martin | July 13, 2018 | 10

Did I Fall in Love on the Jeepney? Be Careful, You have to Read Carefully! Last week I told you about my fateful Jeepney ride. I was coming home from my trip to the city. When I got on the jeepney, I passed my change to a young lady who was sitting behind the jeepney driver. I didn’t pay the girl much attention. Many thought “Did Bob fall in love on the jeepney?” Later on…

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Ways to Save some Pesos!

By Alan Schmidt | July 12, 2018 | 5

Today as I was thinking about what topic to discuss I was out with my wife at the local market and it all of a sudden dawned on me?? I am not sure if my other half never realized this or just did not want to put forth the effort. I noticed that every time she would go to a vendor and buy something she would just ask the price and then pay. I asked her why did she…

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By David Haldane | July 12, 2018 | 8

It’s a scene that would be at home in most people’s nightmares. Your mother wakes up gasping for breath. It’s happened before because she’s asthmatic, and this is the sort of thing that happens to people with asthma. Frantically, you call the only number you have for such emergencies; the cell phone belonging to the local ambulance driver. He takes a while to answer because it’s 2 a.m. in the deep provinces of the Philippines…

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Should I Blame PLDT FIBR?

By Bob Martin | July 11, 2018 | 41

PLDT FIBR Fiber Optic Internet Service I got PLDT FIBR Internet back in February of this year. My Internet speed on the plan is 100 Mbos, with unlimited data. The service has been very reliable in my book. From time to time the speed slows way down (as low as 1 Mbps), but that is rare. When it happens< really don’t worry about it, because it always gets back to normal within a short time. …

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

By Jason Weiland | July 11, 2018 | 8

I used to have a standing rule. I could write or talk about any subject, but I avoided religion and politics like the plague. But, in the last few weeks, I have been educating myself about politics, and actually had an interesting conversation about religion and belief. Politics is a Minefield I am still not on solid ground about my political views. A short time ago, I would have said I am in the middle,…

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Is that really her name

A Funny Name

By Bob Martin | July 10, 2018 | 2

The visitor had a Funny Name She didn’t know it was funny About a decade or so ago a Japanese expat friend of mine told me a story that was very funny. I thought I would share the story with you today. My Japanese Expat Friend This story was relayed to me by a friend who was living in the Philippines. He was Japanese. As a matter of fact, this friend used to write here…

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My Life in Cebu: New Destiny

By Rob Ashley | July 10, 2018 | 7

When the baby was born, the young parents had no idea what to name her, so Rachel told her brother the name she liked, my grandmother’s name, Kate Marcia. The midwife spelled it wrong on the Certificate of Live Birth; she wrote Kate Merzia and so that’s the name on the baptismal certificate and the one this child will have her whole life. Three weeks after the baby was born  Rachel went to Samar, with…

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Talks with an Indigenous Sorcerer. The Blood of Life.

By Max Woodside | July 9, 2018 | 2

On another occasion, we were drinking coffee at the Mall. Arik always seemed to appear an hour late for our meetings. We had met 6 years ago, and I had found his talks so compelling, I practically begged him to give me more. He was rather secretive about his past, but he did say, “I am a product of a school”. We were talking about the people who were hurriedly walking, as if late for…

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Fear of Friday the thirteenth

By Paul Thompson | July 9, 2018 | 16

Fear of Friday the thirteenth or Paraskevidekatriaphobia oh hell it applies to me and I can’t pronounce it either. What does this tongue in cheek story have to do with the Philippines? First, the Philippines has as many Friday the 13th’s as any other country, they even have a July 4th albeit June 12th is their Independence Day. Besides, I legally have lived here since 1994 which means absolutely nothing. But first the History of…

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