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Jobs and Self Improvement in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, if you are out and around town you meet Filipinos at different employment levels. Most you meet are clerks, waiters and support staff. Then as you get to meet and talk to people you get to know more from all walks of life.  Some are just comfortable with their lives and some who try to improve. The problem here is they have to make a decision and work hard on their own to improve. Yes, the friends...

Taglish or Tagalog

You might be saying, what is Bruce talking about, is that a word? Well it is how the language is used here.  In the Philippines there are of 70 languages. Many call them dialects but most are so different from each other it is more lake languages. There is also a problem where a word in on language is used in another with a totally different meaning.  For instance, the word “Libog” in Cebuano/Bisaya means confused, but...

Attitudes and Understanding Life and the People of...

No way can I be considered a long time resident here in the Philippines and to many I am probably considered a newbie. As of December 6th it will be my second year living here. I am always learning about the differences in cultures and understanding. As in all countries and even different locals in a country there are differences. Terms used in speech, lifestyle and culture can have differences. I remember when I first moved...

Dengue Fever in the Philippines

Yesterday I heard another friend had just recovered from Dengue Fever. This is the third person I know who had contracted this virus. Dengue also known as Broken Bone Fever is not a major concern in Davao, but it does exist. As in all tropical environments mosquitoes are more of a problem since the weather is more conducive for their breeding and life.Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. That is why most local health...

Boyd’s Pizza House/The Garlic Bread House

A few weeks ago, I was told about a little restaurant here in Davao and not too far from my house, it is called Boyd’s Pizza House/The Garlic Bread House. It is a hole in the wall, nondescript place that if you did not know where to look, you might miss it. What I was told was their pizza was the best in town. Well as you might know, I am originally from New York where their pizza is famous. So one Saturday Elena and I...