Category Archives: Davao Diary

When Your Psyche is a Backstabbing Traitor

People ask me how I feel about my son leaving to go back to the U.S. while we stay here in the Philippines.  I smile and say we will miss him, and then I talk about how much money we are going to save on groceries, on our electricity bill, on our phone bills, on […]

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They Have No Rice

Regarding my previous Davao Diary post, I will say, it’s not 100% true that if they say they have no money they have no rice.  Culture is culture, but people are people after all.   I do see more abject poverty here than I have ever seen in the U.S.  That is not all I […]

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Davao Diary- do we get taken advantage of?

Loose, disjointed, thoughts related to being an American in the Philippines. Before we moved somebody asked us if we were prepared to be charged more and taken advantage of because we are not Filipino. I said I didn’t think that would happen that much, and so far, mostly I am right. I never feel taken […]

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Palm Tree and Vine

There are two different plants here, which is obvious in the pictures but was less obvious when I was standing in the hot tropical sun, hunching underneath the tree trying to get pictures. The vine is, I am told by somebody who should know, a member of the tinospora species. One particular member of this […]

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Euphorbia Mili, or Crown of Thorns, houseplant in US, landscaping plant in Philippines

  This little beauty is called Euphorbia milii: Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821 Why is this pretty flower called […]

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