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English Usage in the Philippines and other Cultura...

As an English-speaking person from America, at times, I have been confused or smile how Filipinos use, misuse or shorten words of the English language. In addition, you will hear things that sounds like English but is a local word that sounds like something else. In the beginning, I would get upset or try to correct my wife, but over time, you just get used to it and eventually use it as Filipinos do. Some examples are or...

Safety in Davao

As many in the world have heard, there was a great tragedy this week in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao. There was a massacre where, as currently counted, 57 people were killed and placed in a mass grave. As alleged, this was a due to a family clan feud over a political dynasty. I am not going to go into specifics about what happened and why; there is plenty already on the news and news sites. What I am going to...

Wonderful Weather (update)

Some of the readers sent me a comment that the article could not be opened. I am not sure if it was a browser problem or some software not on their computers. I was able to view it on both my computers and from another comments I think it could be seen. I redid the chart as a jpg file and inserted it. I apologize it is large but at least it should be seen.

My Second Thanksgiving in the Philippines

Last year we had a Thanksgiving Dinner in my house. It was a group endeavor. We had eight guests plus our house of five.  It was a nice day with wine, antipasto salad and a full dinner of ham and turkey with all the extras that are available here. It was a lot of work and most of it was from my friend Louis who is a whiz in the kitchen and even helped me with one of my duties to make a pumpkin pie. He made the pie crusts and...

Wonderful Weather

For me, Saturday November 21 was a wonderful day for the weather. It was cloudy, light rains at time and breezy. Best of all it was cool. Many people love the idea of the Philippines being hot. In America many people, especially as they get older, move to Florida, Arizona or Southern California for the warm or hot weather. However, in those locations, there are some seasonal changes. Here in the Philippines, they do not...