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A Flash From The Past with the Help of Facebook

  The other night while I was doing some things on my computer, I noticed I received an email from Facebook. The message was “Are you the Bruce from Hemit, CA?” Well I was kind of shocked. I had not lived in Hemit since 1992 and moved from California to Florida in 1997. It turned out it was from an old friend Debbie who at the time I lived there was dating my friend Bill. Around 1990 I moved to a little town in...

Tropical Fish Aquariums

When I was a child, of course I had that round glass bowl with a goldfish. After a few months the gold fish would die and the bowl would go into the basement and forgotten. In my teens my father got the aquarium bug and bought a large tank with all the items needed, the filter, aerator, the gravel, artificial plants and of course tropical fish. He did not specialize; he just had a few of different types. As well as I can...

How life is different living in the Philippines (L...

I have written in the past about construction techniques here and I am not going to go through it again but use the technology to talk more about living conditions. Here in most homes there is no weather proofing around doors and windows. There are no thresholds at entry doors. Metal window frames do not have rubber seals. They do not even have drain holes on horizontal sliding windows for water to leak out when it rains. In...

The power of a smile and a kind word

In the past, I have written about how I enjoy meeting and talking to Filipinos. As you walk through a mall, many of the sales people will say “Hello Ma’am/Sir.” Most people just walk by, but being an American, when people say hello, I stop to say hello in return.  Also at times when I am sitting and people watching, if someone looks to me and our eyes meet, I will nod and smile and most will smile in return. At most...

Working in the Philippines if you’re a Foreigner

Many foreigners move to the Philippines for different reasons. Most are men and most are in retirement age. Maybe you just got tired of life and stress in your home country. To move here you must have some savings or pension to support yourself and your possible new wife if you’re single. Maybe you know of a lady from the internet or from a past visit. Maybe you are unattached and think; once you’re here you will find...