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An End of Year Update

I know many of you have given up on me. I have heard from Elena there are many of the expats from Davao reading my site, even though they never let me know by comments or telling me. In addition, many would like to hear I have failed. Well life is not easy but I am surviving. It has been hard but rewarding too. I work many hours and when I can, I work six or seven days a week. It is also difficult only being able to see Elena...

Christmas is Approaching

Last Christmas, Elena and I held our first Christmas party for the kids at Agdao Public Market. We are looking to do it again this year but bigger and better. These kids, from 8 to 12 years old, work at the market every weekend trying to earn some money to buy their lunches during the week when at school. Last year we did this from our own pocket. We bought a shirt, candy and a little toy for 25 kids. First, we bought them a...

Keeping My Positive Attitude

As I wrote in my last article, I am trying to keep a positive attitude. This was clear a few weeks back. It was a busy weekend so I decided to work both of my days off, Thursday and Friday. It also shows, even when tough things happen, there are ways to look at the situation in a positive way or to find something positive. On both those days, I put over $300 on the meter, which I had never done before. As I left the yard...

Having a Positive Attitude

This morning, Thursday, my day off, I went to Starbucks for coffee, their cranberry and orange scone and to work on this article. Just as I booted my laptop, I struck a conversation with a lady at the next table. She was from northern Nevada and was here on business. While talking of our life’s situation, she commented on the fact I was very upbeat and looked happy and content even though I was a taxi driver and just...

My Life Las Vegas

Some comments have asked about my life in Las Vegas. I have mentioned in a past article that I moved out of the house of the people who invited me to come back and am in my own apartment. Furnishing it was a two stop shopping trip. I bought my bedroom furniture at a hotel liquidator furniture warehouse and my living room set from a furniture store. I was also lucky to have made a friend from the new hire class who is working...