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A Call for Help – Typhoon Pablo

It has been about 5 years since the start of American in Davao. I have tried to write informative and helpful articles for my readers. I enjoy when followers of this site comment about some value they find with my posts. I try, with time permitting to answer all requests and questions with as honest information. Recently I was going to let American in Davao close since it costs money to keep the registration and hosting...

Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way?

As I have written many times, traffic is at times brutal here in the Philippines. With the drivers passing in oncoming lanes and motorcycles waving in and out of traffic and even driving on shoulders and sidewalks it is a dangerous place to be a pedestrian. At times, I am surprised that there are so few accidents with vehicles and pedestrians. There are crosswalks painted on the roads and in some places, the lane markers have...

Is there Courtesy and Consideration in the Philipp...

In the Philippines respect and hospitality is part of the culture. Slight acquaintances will offer you part of their meal, offer a seat and most times a total stranger will offer a smile and a kind word. This is one of the first things you notice here when you visit or move here. I have written many times how I have been well treated by clerks in the Palengke, or at someone’s home. You will be offered part of their meal if...

How to Drive Safely in the Philippines

I have written many articles about driving here in the Philippines but I still hear people ask “How to drive safely in the Philippines.” This is an interesting question. Here in the Philippines driving is, to me, controlled chaos. Most drivers drive very aggressively. They will force a 3rd lane in 2 lanes going in one direction. They will drive up on parking lot entries to pass vehicles on the right. IF their 2...

Motorcycles in the Philippines

Because of the need for transportation and the low income of many Filipinos, there are many motorcycles used here. There are motor scooters and motor cycles. The most common motorcycle size is a 125cc engine. The largest common size is a 250CC. Very seldom do you see any larger bikes. Motorcycles have been used and modified in many ways. Motorcycles have added to them sidecars for cargo, commuting, and also as power for...

Texas Hold-Um in Davao, Philippines

I personally enjoy a game of Poker. In my life I have played as a kid with my friends, as I older gone to a friend’s house for a poker game. For a while we even had a monthly poker game. In those games it was dealers choice, 5 card draw, 7 card stud, even stranger games like Hi-Low, 7 Card No Peek Well now the big thing is Texas Hold-Um. This is a game where you get 2 down (hole)cards and 5 community cards are dealt up in...