A house is emerging from the rubble

A house is emerging from the rubble

The construction of our house has been a wondrous thing to follow for me, obviously, but now when we’re finally starting to see the end it’s really amazing. We started the build with 25 people, lost a few along the way, and have now hired a few more to arrive back at 24 staff. For […]

Beach life

Beach life

Sundays are White Beach day; we bring a variable number of people to the beach, have lunch and play around in the sea and then go home. The good old times used to be Chili Bar ‘Gulp Sunday’; eat as much bbq and drink as much beer as you could for 300 peso each. It […]

Bondage

Bondage

I’ve recently made a new friend here in the village and just now we had a fairly deep (drunken) conversation regarding parents and the issues we’ve had with them. Departing with pizza for girlfriend he left me with this comment: “I brought something with me here without knowing why; I think it might be for […]

Blood sacrifice

Blood sacrifice

Warning! This post contains references to both animal and human blood, and hairless testicles! We’re now getting to the end of the first week of building our house. I’m amazed at each days progress and we’ve come to realise that some god or other must be smiling down on us since we have a plain […]

A house with a view

A house with a view

My fiancee (wahey!) and myself can’t be stopped right now, we’re on a monster-roll; after shocking pretty much every part of the whole extended family by pale-faced falling on my knees and completely forgetting my rehearsed speech we have now decided to take our first step on the property ladder together. After looking around for […]

Maayong buntag

Maayong buntag

It means ‘good morning’ and it’s sadly not something we get around here too often. We have a pretty solid routine where the kids stay at their grandmothers house on Friday and Saturday nights; they get to play with all the cousins, the grandparents get their share of sweetness and we get to go out […]

Tooth fairy

Tooth fairy

My almost-step-son (wahey!) is seven years old and is just entering into the fantastic world of losing teeth. I clearly remember loving the feeling of wiggling a tooth with your tongue all day long, carefully eating food as to not break it off in an unplanned extraction. We’ve made a deal that if I get […]

Filipino DIY

Filipino DIY

I grew up on a farm, and even though I did my best to move away from said dwelling as soon as I could I still lived there for almost twenty years. So I’ve certainly done my fair share of farm-related work, or at least been an unhappy bystander to all things that can (and […]

Dark, deep and dangerous

Dark, deep and dangerous

We’re 42 meters below a no longer visible surface, having followed the shot line through the murky water and about to enter a 66 year old wreck through the propeller shaft; a meter square clearance surrounded by jagged rusty metal. My heart is racing but I’m willing myself to relax to slow down my air […]

Joy of joys

Joy of joys

Today I received a letter saying that it was time to pay the service charges to the council for my flat. Ok, quick visit at my online banking, set up a new standing order and Robert is your mother’s brother! Except that my bank card has expired so I can’t use my little calculator-like security […]

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