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Offering Services in Davao

You might be wondering is this an advertisement, and maybe it is. As you can see, I have had this site for about 2 years. Originally, it was a free site on Google BlogSpot. After a year, with some encouragement I purchased a server service and registered my own domain. Now this is not the main reason for this article, but I want to explain a little history. I had dreams of making an income from advertisements on the site. I...

Speak English to Me

If you have read the comments, there is a newcomer here, Steve in Davao, who often comments. I know little about Steve, except he is 51 years old ,he married his Filipina wife in 2003 in the U.S., and they have a 5 year old daughter. They moved to Davao last November and are enjoying their new life here. I joked with Steve via email about his Christmas Day, with family there, how much English he heard during the day. In...

Language Barriers in the Philippines

As many Expats in the Philippines, I am guilty. My thoughts when moving here was it will be easy to communicate since everyone learns English in school. I had spent hours in text and voice communication with Elena for about 3 years and had visited her 3 times before I moved here. She and most of her family could communicate well with me. Some of her family just as with many Filipinos who had learned English in school, but had...

At Your Service

I have always been the type of person that enjoys helping others. Yes, at times, because of my kindness, people have taken advantage of me. Because it is in my nature, I have trouble not being helpful, but over time, I try to be careful. With this site, and many readers, I have been asked to get information for some people, answer questions, locate items and also assist people either moving here or once here finding places to...

The Kindness of a Filipina

In July, I added a PayPal Donation button to my site and wrote an article about why I did it. The article “Donations Accepted” was posted on July 20th. My original thought by starting American in Davao was to journal my life living here in the Philippines. Approximately thirty minutes after posting the article I received an email from PayPal that I received $2.10 USD (approx 100 pesos). This donation was from a Filipina...

Expat and Foreigner Relationships in the Philippin...

Even though there are many Foreigners, or Expats in the Philippines, with the vastness of the Philippines plus the different lifestyles, there are times you hear of a person living here, but have never met. You walk through the malls and see a person that is not Filipino but many times all you get is a nod or a mumbled “how you doing.” There are many reasons a foreigner comes to the Philippines. It can be because of a...