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Man Verses Machine

As much as I enjoy living in the Philippines there is something that keeps reminding me of the difference between here and back in America. In America and I would think most developed countries modern machines and technology has replaced a lot of manual labor. Because of the overpopulation here and the minimum wage you see more people doing jobs that can be done faster with machinery. One example is where we live. Down the...

Almost 2 Months in Davao

Well it has been 8 weeks since I have arrived in Davao and I decided to write about how life has been here. I have posted stories about experiences but now a little recap. Living here is defiantly different here. Foods, language, travel, driving and daily life. The heat and humidity is similar to Florida but it feels worse here. We do have an aircon in the bedroom but only use it during the time we are asleep. During the day...

A trip to Agdao Public Market

Here in Davao as well as in most Philippine Cities I would guess there are multiple choices to do marketing. From smallest to largest are first Sari-Sari stores. These are neighborhood stores built on the property of a residence. On some streets there are so many, you think every house has one. There are also some alone the main roads. These stores sell toiletries, dry goods and some food items such as eggs, bread,...

Amusing Tales While Visiting Manila

Elena and I have made a few short trips to Manila and had some funny and interesting happenings while there. Last summer Elena and I had to go to Manila. We had used a small bag to check in with the airline but had a backpack to carry on with meds, a book and incidentals. When we were returning, I accidently packed my toiletry bag in the backpack. While going through Security at the airport, the man at the X-ray scanner...

Being a Ninong

Shortly after I arrived in Davao Elena told me a good friend of hers asked us to be Ninong and Ninang. Her friend Vergie’sson Kenneth was marrying his beautiful fiancee Sheila. If you’re not Filipino you will be saying, as I did, what the heck are a Ninong and Ninang. That is sponsors of the Groom or Bride. Ninongs and ninangs are expected to serve as the couple’s second parents or counselors especially when...