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Filipino Sense of Humor and Understanding

A while ago, I wrote an article about the differences in humor. Americans and most Western countries like the use of humor in day-to-day conversations. In addition, sarcasm is used very often.  One of the readers commented lately and asked if I could write about it. He explained part of his situation. Here is what he wrote: BTW, Bruce, I wonder if you would not mind to write about your experiences from earlier in your...

Water Service in Davao

We all need water, to drink, to wash, for laundry and many other uses. Water is needed for daily survival. The biggest need is to drink and be hydrated but we also need it for washing and laundry. In our home country, we never think about water service, it is always there. Most times if the water utility company needs to do work, they will reroute it so there is not lose of service. If there is to be a loss of service, the...

A Filipino HERO, a world HERO

Again Steve sent me an article he wrote. It is about the CNN Hero Awards. This subject has been covered on some other sites, but Steve adds some of his thoughts to share and asked me to publish it on my site. So here it is. A Filipino HERO, a world HERO, by Steve in Davao Last night I watched the CNN HERO Awards hosted by Anderson Cooper. The Christmas season reminds us that we need to help and serve as much as possible. The...

Respect and Care in the Philippines

I touched on this subject in my article “The Filipino “It’s OK Mentality”” When I was a child and before the new school year started, my mom would take my brother and me to purchase clothes for school. My mom would tell us “These are for the school year. Take care of this clothes and change when you get home, we cannot afford to replace them.” At home or especially when visiting someone else’s home we were...

A Home for Those with Ambition – Panacan, Da...

There are many charities here in Davao as there are all over the Philippines. Most of the charities are for the small children or the people of an older age. In the past, I have writing about the Field of Dreams boy’s home that is doing wonderful work for young children. Well, through the Expat group, Friends of Mindanao I learned of and visited a wonderful and different concept for a well needed charity. This is Balay Sa...

My Second Anniversary

You might ask what Anniversary. It is not of my marriage to Elena, which will be this summer; it is my second anniversary living here in the Philippines. On December 6, 2007, I walked off the plan in Davao and started my new life. Now, you will be thinking, what changes have occurred, well many? Living here is a constant adjustment and learning experience. There is the culture, the food, the driving and the daily living in a...