Monthly Archives: November 2013

Secret Paradise—Off the Grid (Part 2 of 2)

The primitive aspect of life in far-flung Philippine provinces is quite palpable in Port Barton. The town goes about its daily business without the aid of electricity, except during the time slot from 6 p.m. to midnight. Grateful to be out of the SUV at last, we informed B-Boy that we desperately needed a lunch […]

Secret Paradise—The Road to Port Barton (Part 1 of 2)

Our recent passage to the Secret Paradise Resort on the island of Palawan required a half-day traverse by air, land and sea. After a quick 90-minute flight from Manila, we found our driver waiting for us just outside the tiny terminal of the Puerto Princesa airport. The man held a small paper sign that bore […]

Typhoon Relief – One Bag of Rice at a Time

The human assembly lines churn in a warehouse near the Manila airport, as sweat-drenched volunteers work around the clock for suffering typhoon victims.  More than 8,102 volunteers have descended on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City since the monster storm tore through the middle of the Philippines […]

Breakfast at the Barangay Bakery

Good bread is hard to find in Manila. The stuff for sale at the supermarket hardly qualifies.  It’s usually white and sugary—think Wonder bread, only worse. I once purchased a tasteless loaf of artisan-style cracked wheat from the deli counter that fossilized within about 24 hours.  Saddened, my wife and I began to come to […]

Soul Survivors

They flock to the cemetery the day after Halloween, armed with candles, flowers and food. Some will even camp out overnight on the graves of their loved ones. The Undas—better known as the consecutive days commemorating All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2)—are a big deal in the Philippines, where Catholicism reigns. For […]