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  1. The cleverness and ingenuity of humans has always pleasantly surprised and even amazed me at times. More so in the industrial, factory made age when replacements can't be gotten a hold of due to poverty or poor access to replacements. Jury rigging ( cf jerry rigged/jerry built) is common in the PI and I like stumbling across improvisations. [Note: I am not fond of the recent neologism "hacks" = tips, since it is a unneeded one syllable popular alternative term that can be confusing to older, English users.] To the point... Today my wife surprised me at coffee. She boils up a kett
  2. I am new on this forum. I searched and did not find this topic exactly so decided to give this a try. I apologize if it has been discussed before making this old news... I have lived here for 3 1/2 years now, for two years on Samal Island and here in Davao for 1 1/2. I noticed early on that, whenever I went to a grocery store, restaurant, other store, wet market or simply walked on a street or rode my motorcycle that I seemed to draw a lot of stares. Sometimes I would hear the common, "Hey Joe!" mostly from kids or young adults. I didn't know how to react so mostly tried to ignore this. A
  3. What is the most disturbing about the Philippines and its culture? (Written by a Filipino) Filipinos actually carry with them very racist behaviors especially against dark-skinned people. There are a couple of derogatory terms used in the Philippines I’m familiar with to refer to someone who has dark skin complexions, “ulikba” and “nog-nog”. These two words are very demeaning and hurtful. If you’re a Black person visiting the Philippines and you happen to visit the provinces, people might call you “n***er” because a lot of people are not sensitive to the idea of racism agai
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