Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lady Gaga and the Ghost Crab

On a recent drizzly Saturday afternoon, my wife and I were dropped off at Manila’s famed Seaside Dampa near the waterfront along Macapagal Boulevard. Dampa is the aptly named Tagalog term for an open-ended shed used to protect food products—fresh seafood in this case—from the weather. We were received by the local fishmongers with a […]

God Bless Cebu City

The Priest gave pause when the low rumbling became noticeable during the Sunday afternoon mass at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Rows of wide-eyed parishioners glanced fearfully at one another. Barely two minutes into his homily, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Roberto F. Alesna calmly switched gears as the earth gently shook. He told the standing crowd to sit. […]

Golf in Manila

The Villamor Golf Course, also known as the Air Force course, is located near the Manila airport, walled in by heavily travelled highways and surface level thoroughfares. The 18-hole track is spread out over relatively flat terrain, with plenty of length on Par 4 and 5 holes. Nearly every hole on the Par-72 course is […]

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Life in Manila is pretty bizarre so far. The area of the city we live in is called Rockwell, which is located in Makati and comprised of about a half dozen high rise residential and office towers that surround a swanky shopping mall. It also boasts a top notch collection of health clubs, flush with […]