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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...

Filipino Sense of Humor and Understanding

A while ago, I wrote an article about the differences in humor. Americans and most Western countries like the use of humor in day-to-day conversations. In addition, sarcasm is used very often.  One of the readers commented lately and asked if I could write about it. He explained part of his situation. Here is what he wrote: BTW, Bruce, I wonder if you would not mind to write about your experiences from earlier in your...

Do Not Leave Home without this..

You might be wondering what the photo is, it is a package of All-purpose tissues.  You might think,” I do not have a cold”, why carry tissues with me. Well if you are in a mall, a store, many offices and even many restaurants and you need to use a public restroom, you will need this type of product. This is because many restrooms and/or toilet stalls do not have toilet paper. Most public restrooms and many...

Courting a Filipina

One of the readers here asked about me writing an article about courting a Filipina. This has given me some thought about how to write this article. In America and I would expect in most Western countries meeting and courting is similar. First, there are many ways someone meets the opposite sex with the thoughts of finding a mate. It can be through a friend, at your employment, in a social event or a dating site online. Fist...

You Have Changed – You are Not the Person I First ...

How many times have we heard that in our life? In our search for a relationship during our lives, we meet someone we are interested in starting a relationship. In the old days, it could be at school, at a club, a social event or at the office. We start a conversation and see if we are able to make a date and get to know each other better. In the beginning, we try to give the best impression to this person. Maybe a friend...

Economic Classes in the Philippines

I have been asked by some readers to discuss the income classes (levels) in the Philippines. This is more difficult to classify since I am not an economist and have access to the incomes of the populace. As I wrote previously, Filipinos need fewer comforts as most foreigners are accustomed to needing. Just as Americans are accustomed to things Europeans are not, such as Air conditioning. Most Americans are used to bigger...