The art of eating eggplant


One of my favorite foods in the Philippines was eggplant.  My sister-in-law, Gwen, could cook it just right with egg and a bit of cornstarch.  It was so yummy that I wish I were still there to enjoy it!

Driving in the Philippines


If you are an American, driving in the Philippines should be easy. They drive on the same side of the street as Americans.  If you are driving inside Metro Manila, be prepared for rush hour traffic jams. In some locations near Cubao/Quezon City rush hour traffic can last all day. I would love to drive outside of Metro Manila the next time that I am in the Philippines. Places where there is little or no traffic and see the beautiful tropical scenery and mountains!

My boarding house in Manila

ImageI want to thank my landlords Rose and Sonny for letting me stay at their boarding house on Natividad Ave in Santa Cruz, Manila.  I learned a lot about Manila during my stay there and I learned how to take MASS TRANSIT.  I took Jeepneys (Jeeps built into a small bus), Tricycles (motorcycles with side car), elevated trains (MRT/LRT) as well as the occasional Calesa in Intramuros! I got to see first hand the markets in Santa Cruz and the vendors selling all types of electronics!  I wish I would have had more time to stay and perhaps, mor importantly, more money!

what you can buy with Philippine coins


There are many items in the bakery and the market that one can buy for 1p to 5p. When I was liviing in Tuao, a man on a bicycle would sell pandesal every morning (small buns). Each piece of pandesal was only 1p, so I would buy up to 10p of bread at a time (10p = 25cents in US money)


what comes around goes around

My personal opinion is that what comes around, goes around. Do unto others and it SHALL be done unto you.  I believe in the GOLDEN RULE “Do UNTO OTHERS”.  No matter what they have DONE to you, as Jesus said (paraphrasing)  If you get slapped on the cheek, turn your other cheek  for him to slap, also!

“But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39

My favorite saying of Jesus is:

Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.John 14:6

Life is like a wheel, and we are always riding around and around…Indeed, what comes around goes around 🙂

Security precautions when traveling in manila

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS when traveling in Manila  

ImageWhen traveling in Metro Manila. Use the same security precautions that you would use when traveling in any large city.  I keep  my wallet in my FRONT POCKET when traveling in Manila or any other large city.  If you are traveling by TAXI, be sure the doors are all LOCKED and write down the drivers license plate number which is usually displayed on the rear passenger window. Carry only enough cash with you that you will need for the day. Don’t open up your wallet and show thousands of dollars (or even thousands of Philippine pesos) or you could be targeted.  Manila is no more dangerous than any other large city Keep safe while you travel.  I have lived in the Philippines for seven months in 2012 and I lived in various locations in Metro Manila for three months.  I traveled by taxi, elevated train (LRT/MRT) as well as the Philippine National radio (PNR) and never encountered any problems.  I walked the streets of Santa Cruz, Quiapo, Intramuros and Malate on numerous occasions but always in the daytime. I stayed in my room at night, only because my night vision is not very good.   Keep safe and secure when traveling in Manila!

getting around Metro Manila by Taxi


Getting around Metro Manila by Taxi is great if you’ve got the funds to do it. The average fair to get around Manila could be, on the average, from 500p to 1000p (up to $25.US). If you are traveling from NIAA (The Manila Airport to ANYWHERE in Manila, expect the fare to START at $30.US and go up from there depending on your destination.