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Earthquakes – Could the Destruction in Haiti Happe...

Friday morning I was at the computer and watching CNN and its reporting on the earthquake and discussions about the destruction in Haiti when all of a sudden the room started swaying. Elena looked at me and said, “we are having an earthquake, what should we do? “ I just sat for a moment and waited. After about 15-20 seconds, it stopped. There were no aftershocks and we were left just talking about it. Later it was...

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...

Angeles Tidbits

A reader and now friend I have made through this site, at my asking, offered to write an article now and then for my site. His name is Gene Davis. Gene is an American from North Hollywood, California. He met his lovely wife while visiting Manila in 1996 and they were married in 2003 when he retired and relocated here to the Philippines. They donate their free time to their local Barangay Police. In this little travelogue,...

Kadayawan 2009 Disappointment

This year as the same last year, I did not have the energy to battle the heat and the crowds and go downtown for the Kadayawan Parades. On Saturday is the parade for the dance teams. These are teams that dress in native outfits and do native folk type dancing. On Sunday is the Parade of Floats. But, we guessed that they would do the same and have the floats on display at SM City Mall in Ecoland but we were disappointed. We...

Palawan

Here again is an article from John Ray of Palawan Anecdotes. He is kind enough to be a guest writer at times for my site. Our friendship developed back in January when, as a follower of my site mentioned he wanted to move his blog from blogspot to its own domain. With my help we registered his domain and I put his site on my hosting service. The rest is history and we have become good friends, even though we never met in...

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...