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A Call for Help – Typhoon Pablo

It has been about 5 years since the start of American in Davao. I have tried to write informative and helpful articles for my readers. I enjoy when followers of this site comment about some value they find with my posts. I try, with time permitting to answer all requests and questions with as honest information. Recently I was going to let American in Davao close since it costs money to keep the registration and hosting...

A New Visitor to Davao and VA Benefit Information

A New Visitor to Davao and VA Benefit Information This week another reader from this site came to visit Davao to meet a lady he had met online and has gotten to know over the internet. Since he is a regular visitor, he had contacted me with questions and in interest to meet Elena and me. He also asked if I was free, if we could get together some of the days here since his girlfriend has a job and was not able to get time off...

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...

Allergies and Air Quality in the Philippines

Recently I have developed a skin rash on my leg and this got me to thinking. Except for a lactose intolerance allergy as a child, I never suffered from allergies growing up. Twelve years ago, when I moved from California to Florida I developed some skin conditions. As most of us know, an allergy is a reaction to some intolerance to something environmental, usually plant pollen or food. Therefore, if it is touched, in the...

Mortality and Medical Care

I have been lucky since I have moved here. Except for a little athlete’s foot and an allergic reaction to a foot powder, I have not needed any medical care. From what I have heard, in Davao, there is good doctors and medical care available. This is part of what we need to think about and understand before moving here. Just going to a doctor or hospital here is different from what is normal practice in America. Here a doctor...

Dengue Fever in the Philippines

Yesterday I heard another friend had just recovered from Dengue Fever. This is the third person I know who had contracted this virus. Dengue also known as Broken Bone Fever is not a major concern in Davao, but it does exist. As in all tropical environments mosquitoes are more of a problem since the weather is more conducive for their breeding and life.Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. That is why most local health...