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Friendships and Help Through the Internet

For a while now this site has had a reader and commenter from America. Actually both he and his Filipina wife are readers and commenter’s.  They have visited Davao before and had plans to visit again and arrive this month. A while back he mentioned that once he retires here, it there was something he needed from the States he would ask friends planning to visit to bring some items or have them ship it through a Balikbayan...

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...

The power of a smile and a kind word

In the past, I have written about how I enjoy meeting and talking to Filipinos. As you walk through a mall, many of the sales people will say “Hello Ma’am/Sir.” Most people just walk by, but being an American, when people say hello, I stop to say hello in return.  Also at times when I am sitting and people watching, if someone looks to me and our eyes meet, I will nod and smile and most will smile in return. At most...

Look before you Leap

What do I mean by the title “Look before you Leap”? If you have thoughts of moving to the Philippines to meet and marry a lady, use the old street crossing motto “Stop, look and Listen”. Do not just meet a lady online, pack up and move here. There is no way to know who you have been chatting with and if she is for real. I recently received and email. It was from someone who has a 70 year old friend who has had a...

My First Trip to General Santos City

As mentioned in my article about meeting Evelyn, a Filipina from General Santos City, and her invitation to Elena and me, we went to see her, her friends and her city on Thursday. Evelyn had a whole day planned for us and wanted us to arrive by 8 am. I set the alarm on my cell phone for 4 am, but for some reason it never went off. So Elena woke me at 4:50 and we rushed to get done and get on the road. We hit the road about 6...

Why I Married a Filipina? (part 2)

  In part 1 I mentioned how I started using the internet to look for a future wife. At first I was in communication with ladies from China and Thailand. Some had a knowedge of english, but most had very little or none at all.  I then realized from my past, that English is/was taught in the Philippines. From then on I concertrated my chat with Filipinas since they knew English. Over a few weeks I found a few ladies I was...