Category Archives: Davao Diary

Cultural Differences- helping strangers in an accident

This is from personal observation, experience, and hearing stories from other foreigners, not from anything I’ve read or from any lessons on culture. This is one of the hardest things for North Americans to understand or, to be honest, to excuse.  Even the most culturally intelligent, sympathetic, and understanding westerners I know have a hard […]

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Bukidnon trip, continued, because look at these pictures

Reminder/backstory: We took a bus from Davao City, where we live and work volunteer, up to Malaybalay in Bukidnon province for spring vacation.  It was gorgeous. On the bus ride going up and coming back down, there was a long stretch where there was always smoke off in the distance.  I probably took over a […]

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We Went To Malaybalay

This is long.  You have been warned. Malaybalay: ‘ay’ is always pronounced like ‘eye’.  The accent is more often than not on the second to last syllable or not on any syllable, hardly ever on the first in a 3 or more syllable word. Bukidnon- Boo-kid-known, accent on the second syllable, and the known sound […]

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Spring Break

Last week we were gone for a week. We took a 5-7 hour bus ride up into the mountains and stayed for several gloriously peaceful days in a dorm we essentially had entirely to ourselves at a friend of a friend’s small private seminary/college. I planned a few posts in advance, but I haven’t been […]

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Cross cultural communication fail

I really had this conversation with a Filipina woman about my age, a very nice, kind lady. She was asking me how my language studies were going and I said I really was botching the grammar completely, and there were some words I consistently mixed up- tukod (to build) and tahud (reverence or respect). “Oh, […]

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