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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...

Palawan

Here again is an article from John Ray of Palawan Anecdotes. He is kind enough to be a guest writer at times for my site. Our friendship developed back in January when, as a follower of my site mentioned he wanted to move his blog from blogspot to its own domain. With my help we registered his domain and I put his site on my hosting service. The rest is history and we have become good friends, even though we never met in...

Road Trip to Agusan

  Last Wednesday the foreigner group I belong to, Friends of Mindanao, made a road trip to Agusan del Norte to visit the home of one of our members, Richard and Jesa. Their home is in Agusan which is about a 3 hour drive north of Davao. We arraigned for two private vans to accommodate the 20 members and their wives/girlfriends. We met at a local shopping mall parking lot, where our cars would be safe for the day, early...

A Flash From The Past with the Help of Facebook

  The other night while I was doing some things on my computer, I noticed I received an email from Facebook. The message was “Are you the Bruce from Hemit, CA?” Well I was kind of shocked. I had not lived in Hemit since 1992 and moved from California to Florida in 1997. It turned out it was from an old friend Debbie who at the time I lived there was dating my friend Bill. Around 1990 I moved to a little town in...

Life is what you make it.

This morning I received an email from someone with Expat Interviews website. She notified me of someone who left a long negative comment about his views of life in the Philippines. Unfortunately he lives in Angeles City. While running an errand this morning I was reminded of this story from olden times: An older man was traveling from one village to another on foot when he encountered a younger man coming towards him. The...

Interesting People and Bridge in Davao

In the past I have mentioned Filipino Friends and Foreigner Friends. Most of my Foreigner friends are from the two Expat Associations here I belong to. Well about a month ago one close friend introduced me to one of his friends from outside either groups. I had heard of him when my friend spoke of him and he sounded interesting. Well about a month ago, my close friend invited me to lunch to meet this other man. This person is...