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Contributors Wanted

I have run this site for over two years now and have developed many readers from abroad and here in the Philippines and Expats, wannbe Expats, Foreigners interested in Davao or the Philippines in general and Filipinos. I started writing as a journal of me, my family and my observations here. Then over time it turned into more of an information site about life in the Philippines and Davao and the cultural differences. As I let...

Returning to America

If you follow this site from the conception, I was only 54 years old when I moved here. I was a Project Manager in the residential architecture field. When the financial crisis started, the fist affected was the housing industry and then the home loan industry. At that time, I had filed for Elena’s Fiancée Visa and we were waiting for its approval. Well one day, the developer I was working for laid off 97% of their...

Good Friday in the Philippines Coming Soon

As I reported last year, Good Friday is the biggest holiday in the Philippines. On all other holidays including Christmas, Easter and the many national holidays all malls, most restaurants and many businesses are open. Not on Good Friday, on that day Davao is like a ghost town. All businesses are closed and there is hardly any traffic on the roads. This year Good Friday is April 2nd. If you are planning to visit the...

Change of Domestic Helper

Last September I wrote an article about us hiring a Domestic Helper. As I wrote, she was 17 at the time we hired her. There were people who say not to hire someone so young and others who had trouble with all age groups. If you hire a girl in her 20’s you can run into the trouble of them wanting to go out on their days off to drink or find a boyfriend. If you hire an older woman, you can have problems with their family...

Global Financial Crisis Good for the Philippines

Back in November, I wrote an article“OFW, Good or Bad for the Philippines”. In that, I wrote about all the Filipinos that work abroad and how their remittance helps support their families in the Philippines. In today’s Sun Star there is an article about how the global crisis is causing more jobs for Filipinos. I originally thought, with thoughts of the U.S. that jobs would be lost to Filipinos since work visas and work...