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Thoughts from an Expat in Davao by Steve-in-Davao

Again Steve has offered some of his words and thoughts for this site. Steve A.K.A. SteveinDavao is a regular visitor, leaves comments and thoughts from time to time and is also someone I consider a friend. Please enjoy his thoughts…. Living in the Philippines (as Expat’s) is always a trade-off. City living brings with it the conveniences of Malls, Grocery stores, hospitals and private schools, just to name a...

People you meet through this Site

Last week I wrote about a visitor to Davao. He had contacted me through this site and we meet once he arrived. His girlfriend recently started a good job and since was on probation, could not take time off. Because of this, the visitor asked if he could hang out with me. I told him I am usually free and if we hit it off, no problem. When he arrived, Elena and I met him and his girlfriend at the airport and then drove them to...

Learning and Playing Bridge

In June, I wrote an article “Interesting People and Bridge in Davao.” When I started learning, I realized it is a confusing game and needs a decent memory.  It is now seven months since I started learning and I am getting addicted to the game. We have also found more players and one of the better players is teaching some others to play. Besides the playing, you get to meet others and develop more associations with more...

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...

Friendships and Help Through the Internet

For a while now this site has had a reader and commenter from America. Actually both he and his Filipina wife are readers and commenter’s.  They have visited Davao before and had plans to visit again and arrive this month. A while back he mentioned that once he retires here, it there was something he needed from the States he would ask friends planning to visit to bring some items or have them ship it through a Balikbayan...

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...