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Respect and Care in the Philippines

I touched on this subject in my article “The Filipino “It’s OK Mentality”” When I was a child and before the new school year started, my mom would take my brother and me to purchase clothes for school. My mom would tell us “These are for the school year. Take care of this clothes and change when you get home, we cannot afford to replace them.” At home or especially when visiting someone else’s home we were...

Steves First Christmas in Davao

If you read the comments there is a visitor/commenter here, Steve in Davao, who often comments. I know little about Steve except he is 51 years old, married to his Filipina wife in the US in 2003, and little daughter aged five. They moved to Davao last November and is enjoying his new life here. Steve sent me a story about his first Christmas and I am posting for all to enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! by...

Christmas Day in Davao 2009

Well Christmas Day has arrived in Davao. Because of family coming into town for my nephews weeding last week, some of the family decided to stay through Christmas. A niece and nephew from Surigao who were here decided to go to Kidapawan with their uncle since they never been there before to see the city. Well my brother-in-law, who has fruit stands in Kidapawan, sent a text Elena that they would not be here until late...

Wedding Stressors in the Philippines

As I have mentioned in other articles about my Filipino family, we have two nephews and three nieces, who are siblings that are more like our children. The three nieces live with us as does the second from oldest when he is home from work on ships. The oldest male, Amar lives in Davao and has a decent job. Amar has lived with his girlfriend/fiancée Janis for a few years. Since he and his brother supported their sisters...

Birthday Celebration at Blue Jazz Beach Resort, Sa...

  This year was a special treat. Our nephew Peter, who is currently a 4th Marine Engineer, was home on his vacation. It was also special since on October 23rd was his 26th birthday. To celebrate his birthday, besides dinner and cake, that next Sunday the whole family spent the day on Samal Island at the Blue Jazz Beach Resort. In the past, we have gone to two other beach resorts but nothing like what Blue Jazz offers....

Domestic Help in the Philippines

With our 2 oldest nieces in review school for their board exams in nursing and our youngest niece in 3rd year of nursing school, Elena decided to hire a maid or helper to assist her with taking care of the house. In America, if you need assistance with the house cleaning, most average families hire a cleaning lady or company to come once a week, or twice a month to take care of the heavy cleaning. These people come to your...