The addiction to kindness

Elaina. That is the name of our closest friend. Her knowledge of small town customs and gossip has been invaluable. She does two loads of laundry for us each week, which earns her around 700 pesos (16AUD). We can easily afford to pay her more. We would love to pay her more. But we fear, […]

The filipino psyche – rat stories

People talk sideways here. If Germany has the most precise and logical culture, i’m pretty sure the Philippines is at the other extreme. The word ngayon, means both now and today. A nod of the head can indicate: acknowledgement, no or i don’t know. But it is the hiyah concept that causes me the most […]

This is serious folks

We’ve got ourselves a galaxy pad which has allowed us to do some musing at a more luxurious pace. Usually, we are sitting in an internet cafe, tin roof, midday, shitty connection, dial up speeds attempting to shrink photos and upload them with 5 curious locals peering over our shoulder. Plus Myles is rarely in […]

We are going maad!

Julz plus 3 kids.  Len, their mum is in manila looking for work overseas, kuya is at a funeral of a work friend. We are babysitting my kuyas kids at the moment.  Lance is the cutie in the middle, his claim to fame is that he can do front flips.  Lenuel is the little one […]

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Wet, Wet, Wet

It is very rainy at the moment. Very, very wet.We are stuck in the city of Batangas a whole island north of our poor little home. The ferries are not running because of typhoons and storms. In fact, when we arrived at the port a few days ago, the catamaran had capsized overnight at the […]