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Balancing fear and fact

Last updated on: 22nd September, 2013, 5:07 PMHow do you balance fear and fact when it comes to the Philippines?  When the U.S. government issues a travel warning to its citizens concerning travel to Mindanao, the large southern island of the Philippines, how do those of us who have been there and hope to live […]

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Thunderstorm!

Last updated on: 15th September, 2013, 8:02 PMWe’re having a rare thunderstorm here in Seattle. The light outside has a weird, gray- yellow cast to it and the trees look a sickish-green. Every once in a while, I see a flash and hear a low rumble. The storm isn’t very powerful but because the weather […]

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Pop goes the soda

Last updated on: 13th September, 2013, 7:07 PM  I’m not quite sure why a a Swiss financial services company is researching things like this but according to Credit Suisse, Americans drink enough soda each year per person to float a battleship in. That chart looks like it pins us Americans at about 170 liters of […]

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For the love of pompano

Last updated on: 12th September, 2013, 7:17 PMTo paraphrase the great Cottontail Smith, the only thing I hate worse than a fish bone – is two fish bones. This makes it hard on my wife Menchu who, like most Filipinos, loves her fish.  She likes to tuck into her fish and eat traditionally – with […]

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What the future holds

Last updated on: 22nd August, 2013, 8:27 PM Manghuhula is the Tagalog word for “fortune teller”, someone who claims to be able to see what the future holds for you. I was thinking the other day that I’d like to be a manghuhula so that I could see what the future holds for my wife […]

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Manly Man

Last updated on: 15th August, 2013, 7:17 PM“I’m going to do your nails.” If you’re married to a Filipina, you’ve already seen the look that goes with a phrase like that. It’s given with a tilt of the head and maybe a small frown. It’s a look that says, “There’s my next project.” At our […]

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