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A Photo Op with Benigno Noynoy Aquino III

  Saturday Elena and I joined her group of expat wives, a few of their kids and two other of us husbands and went to use the pool at the Marco Polo Hotel. At one point there was a commotion and I asked what was going on. They all mentioned Noynoy Aquino was there on the other side of the Pavilion Restaurant. As a Foreigner, I do not write or comment on government issues, politicians or campaigns. It is not the place of...

Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) Effects

This morning I wrote an article about the affects of Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in Davao. If you watch the news you have seen the disaster in Manila and Luzon. You might be saying, “Why is Bruce writing about something as trivial as street flooding in Davao where the water is just a few inches deep when people are missing and drowning in Manila”? I try to write about living here in Davao. I watch the TV and...

Flooding in Davao

Even though Davao City is not in the Typhoon Belt, it does not mean we did not get the effect of Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy). As many of you know from watching the news Manila was slammed as well as many other locations on the island of Luzon. One report, an area received more rain from this storm than they usually get in a month. Streets and homes were flooded and there were many deaths reported. Saturday morning we woke...

How Life Changes, My History

I have written a little about my past and for two years I have written about my life living here in Davao City in the Philippines. I am not going to bore you with stories of my childhood but feel like telling about how my life brought me here. In my younger years and with the aptitude testing when I enlisted in the Army I was always told I had an aptitude for electronics. I always enjoyed using my hands but preferred working...

Domestic Help Update

With my article about our domestic helper and then in the article “At yours Service” I mentioned about our helper and about the three girls Elena’s sister-in-law brought to Davao for friends of hers needing help at home. Our helper is working out better than I expected. She works hard, is friendly and sociable and even will joke with me.  While at home on her day off, she still does household chores. Since she does not...