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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...

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...

Riza’s Debut

Here in the Philippines girls do not have a Sweet 16 party as in America or other countries. Here they have a “Debut” pronounced “de-bu”. If you can afford you will hire a room in a hotel or resort with a band. But with the cost of the holiday season and all we spent for things in the house with my living here we just had a party at home. Riza’s birthday is on December 30th, so with all the getting ready for the New...