Category Archives: Davao Diary

Quail Eggs

  In addition to as many fruits as grew in the Garden of Eden (I’m sure), we can also buy quail eggs for about a dollar a for 2 dozen- sometimes.  Sometimes they are a couple dollars, sometimes I don’t see them at all. I boil them according to directions I found on the internet, […]

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What do you see?

In this city there are shiny, polished, air conditioned grocery stores with polished floors and coolers of meat and fresh fish on ice and refrigerated shelves of soft drinks and milk and eggs in cartons and fruits and vegetables wrapped in shrink wrap plastic and shelves full of processed, boxed, and canned goods. You might […]

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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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