Philippines 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

I’ve decided I’m going to welcome the big 3-0 with fanfare. I plan to throw the second biggest friend-reunion of my life (hopefully the first will be my Wyoming wedding). Should we do Vegas because it’s fun and people could get there cheaply?  An enormous cabin in the woods near Portland where many of my friends are based because that’s…

Continue reading

Observed: Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter and Hand Washing with Bleach

 The final chapter!  More quirks and quips that don’t quite make a story… To the untrained eye, it would appear that “tricycle” drivers are constantly trying to run me over. Really, this is their bizarre way of trying to get some business. They steer slowly closer and closer as they putt toward me, until I physically have to step aside…

Continue reading

How Slow Can You Go?: Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Worse

Examples of Filipino inefficiency are endless. I almost just laugh out loud when I’m riding a jeepney and it stops four or five times in a stretch of 100 yards. Sometimes, we will literally have gone 20 feet, before another person who couldn’t be bothered to walk that far shouts “Para!” (Stop!).  And here’s what it was like to buy…

Continue reading

Busted, Bruised… Broken?: What 140 Pounds in Motion Can Do to an Ankle

Riding twelve miles on the roof of an over-stuffed jeep: $.60 Jumping down off roof of jeep and snapping ankle ligaments: FREE! Being carried around by extremely tall and strong boyfriend: also FREE! X-ray in the most dilapidated hospital I’ve ever been to: $2.75 Flirting with hot x-ray tech: another FREEBIE! Recovering in the Honeymoon Suite for five days: $45…

Continue reading

Fake Eyelashes, Short-Stacks: Filipino Facts

I’m long overdue! Quirks and quips that don’t quite make a story: Stamps are “cheap as” here! 120 pesos to send 8 international postcards? That’s about $3. Take THAT, New Zealand! Now I just need to find the time to compose some more. I don’t have 6.6 pounds (3 kilos) worth of clothing. That’s the magic number: the minimum accepted…

Continue reading

Underwater World: how the perfect day became the perfect night

The islands around Coron harbor a little secret not obvious on the surface. Pun intended. The Busuanga island group is home to Academy-award-winning underwater scenery. (Obviously I made up the award, but it’s truly deserving!)  I spent my precious few days there constantly breathless. Thanks to a karmic, pay-it-forward, good-will-to-all platform known as Couchsurfing.org, I was hosted by a local…

Continue reading

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...