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I Feel like a Celebrity

Last week I received an email from an American lady Expat in Norway. Her name is Kristie and her site is Cultureshock.

She told me she enjoyed my site and asked if I would be willing to do an interview for her site. I thought, why not, with Expat-Interview and now hers, I will take my 5 minutes of fame.

Her questions were interesting to answer and I enjoyed answering them. Once the Interview was posted on her site I went to see it. Wow….. She started it with a picture of my blog header, added my photos and quoted me from some of my articles. It even showed a spelling mistake I need to correct.

I hope you will visit her site and see my interview. “An Interview with American in Davao”

Thanks again Kristie, very professional.

25 Responses to “I Feel like a Celebrity”

  1. zelot66 says:

    Well, Bruce I feel like reading an afternoon newspaper. Nice interview. I like your blog, unique, a true experience. This is to me, a blog with good content. Bravo Bruce. Btw, I visit your blog everyday!

    I’ve linked it to my blog (

    • Bruce says:


      Thank you, Since I do not write a post every day, it will give you a chance to go back to my beginning and read my life here.
      Your friendship and support is very nice. Thanks again.

  2. Tom Martin says:

    You have three misspell words in the header paragraph. HeHe.

  3. Tom Martin says:

    Maybe a B+. Well Mr. Celebrity do not forget those that knew you when you were just another kid around the corner.

  4. Kristie says:

    Hey Bruce!
    Thanks again for doing the interview. I think it turned out great. I really enjoy putting it all together when the person I interviewed has good images from their site to include like you did. I think turned out wonderful 🙂

  5. gagay says:

    whew! whataaaaaaaaaa interview! i enjoyed reading it..good job with your blog..keep blogging then!


  6. maria says:

    hi bruce
    i started reading your blog when you started. this is my first comment though.

    i read your interview in expat and also cultureshock. in cultureshock, you answered: ” been less candid with other foreigners you meet with. too much jealousies and attitudes”.

    jealousises and attitude about what and were you suprised? what habits or what have you changed doing from when you got there and now?

    • Bruce says:

      Thanks for reading and now commenting. I enjoy getting comments, good and bad, to know what my readers think of my articles.
      About being less candid. There are many foreigners here that, just like in their home country that feel stronger, bigger, better, than others around them. Some will take what you say and twist it, then tell their friends. Some like to put you down to build them up. I am an open honest person and I forget to watch what info I give out. Here with a smaller group of people to meet with, it puts you in a different place than back home. See my article, “Living under a microscope”, “People are the same Anywhere you live” and Tom Martins article here “Retiriing and Moving Abroad”

  7. johnray says:

    I sometimes wish someone also interviews me.hehehe…It was a great interview. I am glad you have truly loved Davao. I do hope you could visit palawan someday.

    • Bruce says:

      I was surprised when I was invited each time I was asked if I wanted to be interviewed. Maybe for you, your a Filipino in a Philippine Region. I have heard and seen nice things about Palawan. Let me know when it is safe for foreigners, wasn’t the Burnham’s kidnapped from there?

  8. johnray says:

    that incident did really affect palawan. But dos palmas is quite a far island from puerto princesa city palawan. Those who kidnapped the burnhams really did plan it.

    Palawan is tourist friendly. Though I am not really a native here (my wife is) but this place is full of adventures (not the kidnapping type). Most of the foreigners I have encountered love it here.

    • Bruce says:

      Actually I have dreams of visiting a lot of places in this beautiful country of islands. If you look back to my beginning articles, you will see why I moved here at a younger age than most expats. I do not have a lot of money and am trying to live a cautious life in spending. I hope someday to get involved in a business, or make it big on the internet (hahah) and then be able to see more of this country and also visit more of Asia.

  9. johnray says:

    If the time comes don’t forget to tell me…I will surely welcome you here…and my wife also lives in El of the tourist havens here in palawan. Can we do a link exchange? I really want to link to your site.

  10. Hi Bruce. After seeing your comment on my Expat Blog, I thought I would take a trip over here and see what you had cooking.

    I love the layout of your Blog, and learning about other countries and how foreigners are dealing with living there is so interesting to me. I have actually been to the Philippines, a long time ago, and also enjoyed it.

    Although one of the reasons we moved to Hokkaido, was to get away from the Hot balmy temps of Houston Texas.

    I will stop by frequently, and hope you do the same.

    Take Care

    • Bruce says:

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is nice how expats from different places can see how each other is living and surviving.
      I will continue to visit your site too.

  11. tokunbo says:

    magandang umaga po!

    you know, i just read that interview. some of the things are the same as here in south africa. of course, being black helps to an extent, but i’m middle-aged and tall, which means i’m probably foreign. [you can really see the importance of nutrition in height between those who were raised during the apartheid era and those who were raised afterwards]

    my son asks me if i send money to my mother. i don’t, in large part because she makes more money than i will ever see, and thus don’t need to. i’ve tried to send money to my father, and he sends the cheques back, uncashed.

    i’m stuck in south africa for many of the same reasons you’re stuck in the philippines — if the american economy were better, i’d leave, but since it’s not… i can, with proper planning, live a nice middle-class life on less than $1500 a month. [especially at these exchange rates]

    • Bruce says:

      The big thing to learn is the cultural differences. A joke in America can be an insult here. Family dynamics is different too. Being black helps in some ways where my height and white skin is like a beacon in a storm.
      At least you have a job. Getting a job here is difficult for me. I have specialized training and not something easily varied. Also so many here go to the University for architecture and then look for a job. With my filipino family and a nephews help, we will survive.
      The big problem with exchange rates is the values of your money and costs of imported items fluctuate too.
      Thanks again for visiting and commenting.

  12. tokunbo says:

    i brought my job with me when i left. [the internet is a great thing.] it means i’m paid in US dollars, so with the depreciation of the rand, it’s easier to pay my bills.

    the down side is that i don’t have access to the credit markets, but the weak rand more than offsets this at the moment.

    • Bruce says:

      You are lucky. My profession was less needed in the US with the housing crunch and here you get paid local wages which is small and also there are many qualified architectural grads willing to work for even less. I know autocad better with my experience but if someone is slower, the bosses just know they can do the work and do not realize how I can teach and train.

  13. tokunbo says:

    you might want to hit the “work at home” websites. every so often i see things on sites such as virtual vocations or sologig where someone with autocad is needed.

    i still maintain a telephonic [vonage and skype] presence in the usa when i’m dealing with potential web employers looking for people who are resident in the usa only; then i work in “oh i’m visiting family in namibia/senegal/kenya” later on. it’s a thought.

    it means i keep weird hours at times, though, which is why i’m reading your blog at 6.30 in the morning.

    • Bruce says:

      I should look look into those sites. I once started signeing up at Elance but then got a job and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me. I wish I was a wed developer or programmer, there would be more avaliable things for me, but oh well, such is life.

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