Category Archives: Davao Diary

That culture thing

This is only a topic I have mentioned multiple times before, but it comes up often and it still amuses me. I’m teaching English conversation to a Korean couple (lovely people) and this week we worked on a few words related to common health issues, especially for the missionary community. =)  So of course, this […]

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Ingredients in my hand-cream

This stuff does my skin feel soft, although I wouldn’t say it makes it feel moisturized. The lotion is absorbed pretty fast. I don’t really mind the snail secretion ingredient.  I’m over the ick factor and have been a long time.  I didn’t read the label until I got home, and I was a bit […]

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Reading, Bibles, and The Philippines

  Davao City has no public libraries. I don’t know if the public schools have libraries or not.  I have been told by more than one Filipino that Filipinos do not typically like to read. While I do know several for whom that is not true, they are among those telling me that it’s not […]

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Missionary Stomach? What Missionary Stomach

I used to be quite pleased with myself over my ability and willingness to eat pretty much anything here, and it did gain the admiration and appreciation of a number of locals. One lady in particular kept commenting on what she called my ‘missionary stomach.’ But my self-congratulation was mis-placed (it nearly always is). I […]

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Minimum Wage in the PHilippines

One of our young Filipino friends came over for dinner a couple nights ago.  He told us the minimum wage here is just 320 pesos a day- 6.40 cents, roughly (a few cents less).  I asked if people were really able to live on that, and he said yes, and if they can get a […]

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