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The Ber Season

When I was a child, the stores did not decorate or promote Christmas until after Thanksgiving (3rd Thursday of November for non Americans). As time progressed and merchants wanted to extend the shopping season, the stores kept making it earlier. It was after Halloween when they started displaying Christmas decorations. Now you will see Christmas displays next to the costumes and pumpkins for Holloween. Even houses start...

Adventure to the Island City of Samal

Last Sunday there was a planned trip to Samal Island, officially The Garden City of Samal. The trip was a planned outing of “Friends of Mindanao” one of the foreigner groups I belong to. Oneof the members, Chris has a large ocean front lot and house which he uses on weekends. The plan was we would have the services of a jeepneys owned by one of the members brother-in-law. We were to meet at 6:30 in the morning at the...

Living and being around Filipinos (part 1)

There are a lot of things I have learned about the people of the Philippines. Most I like some things I need to get used to and some things that I do not like. Filipinos are very resourceful and most are hard workers. They will have a main job and then have side jobs, selling things, doing services or making things to sell. I have recommended tradesmen I know or have used and they will offer 10% of their profit as a gift to...