Category Archives: Davao Diary

This is the main bathroom

  There is no hot water, because to have hot water, you have to buy a small hot water heater and attach it to the shower. Then you get hot water from the shower, but not the sink.  We do have a hot water heater for our master bedroom shower. I know lots of people […]

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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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