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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...

An End of Year Update

I know many of you have given up on me. I have heard from Elena there are many of the expats from Davao reading my site, even though they never let me know by comments or telling me. In addition, many would like to hear I have failed. Well life is not easy but I am surviving. It has been hard but rewarding too. I work many hours and when I can, I work six or seven days a week. It is also difficult only being able to see Elena...

Christmas is Approaching

Last Christmas, Elena and I held our first Christmas party for the kids at Agdao Public Market. We are looking to do it again this year but bigger and better. These kids, from 8 to 12 years old, work at the market every weekend trying to earn some money to buy their lunches during the week when at school. Last year we did this from our own pocket. We bought a shirt, candy and a little toy for 25 kids. First, we bought them a...

Good Friday 2010 (update)

It is now the afternoon on Good Friday. As I posted, this morning I was at the airport early to pick up a reader/friend who was arriving from America.  Once I arrived, I met up with my friend’s girlfriend, her sister and their mother. I have a Filipino friend, who works at the airport, and was able to get us inside the airport to greet our new arrival. Here in Davao, if you do not have tickets, you are not allowed to enter...

Good Friday 2010

To be able to post my articles on the scheduled day and time I am writing this on Thursday morning. Today I plan to venture out and see how the beginning of the shutdown of the city is progressing. The malls will probably be crowded since there will be no shopping tomorrow on Good Friday. Tomorrow I need to get up early. A friend I made through this site is arriving from America. His plane is scheduled to land early. His...

Good Friday in the Philippines Coming Soon

As I reported last year, Good Friday is the biggest holiday in the Philippines. On all other holidays including Christmas, Easter and the many national holidays all malls, most restaurants and many businesses are open. Not on Good Friday, on that day Davao is like a ghost town. All businesses are closed and there is hardly any traffic on the roads. This year Good Friday is April 2nd. If you are planning to visit the...