Category Archives: Davao Diary

Pink insect eggs?

Update: Snail eggs. They are golden snail or apple snail eggs, an invasive species originally imported on purpose to provide food, but people don’t eat them that much, they carry a flukeworm that is bad business if they aren’t cooked well enough, and they eat loads of rice fields. But aren’t the eggs so pretty? […]

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Collectivist vs individualist cultures

I’ve recommended this course a few times, and I have to recommend it again: Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are Written by: The Great Courses , David Livermore Narrated by: Professor David Livermore Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins Series: The Great Courses: Better Living Lecture Release Date:08-13-13 Publisher: […]

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Read in August

I read fewer books in August than I have previous months of this year for a couple reasons. I tried to read more nonfiction, and nonfiction slows me down. I started volunteering at the high school every day. I work in the library and supervise the study halls, which are mostly in the library. To […]

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Martial Law in Davao City

People ask me what it’s like. It’s hard to explain. I can’t speak for what it’s like for anybody else, of course, and I operate on the periphrases. But here are a couple of things that might give you the flavor of Martial Law here: I use a backpack for a purse because none of […]

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Road Work

There’s an open gutter along the outside edge of our ‘yard’ (scare quotes because our yard is 100% concrete, with two small flower beds), and it runs along the fence and then under the gate and directly into the open ditch that runs along the side of the road. When we moved in the ditch […]

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