June 27, 2016

The Philippines and its people are delightful. If you smile at them, they smile back. They seem to be polite by nature but that nature is nurtured within the tourist industry, growing it into congeniality beyond compare. The answer is never, “No,” but “Let me see what...

June 17, 2016

*Advanced warning* This is a long posting. There’s a lot going on in Manila.

Monday, June 13th, 2016
At noon we left the Janus Apartelle in Angeles City on the Southern Cross Bus to Manila. Three hours later we arrived in Manila transferring directly to a cab. An hour...

June 12, 2016

The title is in quotes because obviously we are not really living in Angeles City. We are in a hotel, albeit a very nice hotel for the price, biding our time until the next stop: Manila. After five days there, we will join our friends for the 2 week diving trip that wa...

June 7, 2016

Disclaimer: This entire entry made be considered by many as an *Aside,* so be forewarned.

We were told we should bring toilet paper with us to the Philippines: in most places there would be none. After careful consideration, even though in the western world this proba...

June 5, 2016

As we rode the Air-Con (air-conditioned) bus into Subic Bay, Baloy, the rolling hills and the plots of growing crops reminded me of Ohio. Not really that much different . . . Except for the palm trees . . . And the fact that the crop was rice . . . Oh, and the guy plow...

June 2, 2016

Tuesday May 31, 2016
Knowing we needed to be in the Philippines by the 18th, but not knowing exactly when we would arrive, we didn’t make plans. Since there could have been about a million different scenarios, what was the point? So we arrived in Angeles City in the Ph...

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