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A Caridad Halloween

By David Haldane | November 15, 2018 | 8

I have always had mixed feelings about Halloween. On the one hand, of course, it’s fun to see little witches and goblins asking for treats at your door. On the other, the holiday has, over the years, become increasingly commercialized. And in the United States, at least, it seems to have evolved into something of an excuse for adults to dress up in skimpy costumes and consume large amounts of alcohol with their friends. Here…

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When are we moving?

By Bob Martin | November 15, 2018 | 8

Feyma and I are moving back to the United States When will it happen? Frankly, Feyma and I have settled on the decision, it is not in question at all anymore. We are moving to the United States. But when? We will be staying in the Philippines for another 5 to 6 months or so. There are a number of factors in the “when” question. Nicole Our niece, Nicole, who has been living with us…

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Where will we live in the USA?

By Bob Martin | November 14, 2018 | 59

Bob & Feyma are moving to the USA Where will they live in the United States? When Feyma and I finally reached our decision about moving back to the USA, we thought everything would be simple after that. It was not! Unlike most people, I really don’t have a “hometown” in the United States. When I was growing up, my Dad worked in an industry where he was transferred from place to place a lot.…

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Why do you want out of the Philippines?

By Bob Martin | November 13, 2018 | 12

I have already heard this question We are moving back to the USA, why are we fleeing the Philippines? Ever since my misinterpreted article a couple of months ago which made some readers think that we were moving back to the USA, people have been asking me what we are running away from. Why do we want to leave the Philippines? At the time I wrote that article, I really had no intention of leaving…

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Bob & Feyma Martin - We're moving back to the USA

Life Change: A Big Announcement

By Bob Martin | November 12, 2018 | 77

We have decided to make a major change Many people misinterpreted my September 19 article Back in September, I published an article about whether Feyma and I would move back to the USA. As I said in the article, it is something we have been considering for several years. During these years, when we have considered moving back, we have always ended up deciding to stay in the Philippines. In our discussions in August and…

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Deliberately Devouring Devilish Delectable Dinuguan!

By Jay Stainback | November 9, 2018 | 8

As my father explained to me while teaching me to put a minnow on a hook for fishing, anyone can put a hook through a minnow’s eye, but one has to have a strong firm hand, be diligent and work hard if they want to become a master baiter. I like to start my articles with a hook, pun intended. I use literary devices like alliteration in the title sometimes, but I try to choose…

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The Battle of Surigao Strait

By David Haldane | November 8, 2018 | 8

I haven’t always been a sucker for national anthems. Time was, in fact, when I was a long-haired radical who thought that feelings surrounding nations and their flags were sentimental, childish and naïve. Boy, have those times changed. Yesterday I was overcome by emotion at the renditions of, not one, but four national anthems all in a row; those of Japan, the United States, Australia, and the Philippines. The occasion was the 74th annual commemoration…

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Battle of the Bugs and Pests

By Luke | November 7, 2018 | 6

When I was growing up, insects allowed me to be entertained for many hours. I would watch them, look at their lives as they busily went about their tasks, ants at first, then many others ending I think with spiders, especially the Tarantulas. I had several as pets much to the displeasure of my mother that would find them in my room or in my clothing. But in time, I found that my thinking turned…

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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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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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It Was Bound to Happen:

By Paul Thompson | November 3, 2018 | 23

That I’d write a very long article. Proof that if you have one week or three hours to pack a suitcase. You’ll pack the same things both times. This being my first monthly article to Sir Bob’s LiP Website, after last month’s article “Fair Winds and Following Seas” Where I informed the LiP readers of a change to my status So unlike others I’ll freely admit I have no plan as they do, to start…

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A Death In The Family

By David Haldane | November 1, 2018 | 9

The truth is that I didn’t remember him until I saw him dead. His name was Junelito S. Villondo, but friends called him Juni for short. Nearly every day for a year, Juni came to our house in Punta Bilaras one of the dozens of workers charged with making it home. His particular specialty; stainless welding and metalwork. Last week, our engineer mentioned in passing that Juni had called in sick. Yesterday we went to…

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