The Filipino long goodbye

“We are leaving, Hon.” my wife states. When I was newly married to my wonderful wise wife I would go immediately to get my coat and put my shoes on when she uttered this simple sentence at a Fil-Am pot-luck party. Now I stroll to the Igloo cooler and get a beer to nurse for…

Tampo, the silent typhoon

“Honey are you okay?” I inquire. Honey says nothing. “Sweetheart is something bothering you?” I ask. Sweetheart says nothing. “Have I done something to upset you baby?” I implore. Baby says nothing. “I love you my wife and I am here for you whenever you need me.” I inform my wife as I put my…

Robbing the Cradle

  “How old is your daughter?” the man behind the counter at CiCi’s Pizza asked. I responded somewhat entertained somewhat embarrassed, “She is not my daughter; she is my wife and she is 28 years old.” At the time my wife was looking away from the man out the window and my wife is very…

Moving Papa’s Bones

“For 7,800 pesos we can have Papa’s grave moved from Cortes Cemetery to de Lapaz Cemetery so Mama can visit Papa.” my wife stated to me. This was really a question not a statement. My wife explained that this was something I could do or not do it was completely up to me.  When faced…

Visiting Mama’s House

On a street with no name sits a small cinder block house with no number patiently waiting for my return. Really the house is not just sitting it is sheltering someone very important a woman I love my adoptive mother. Mama adopted me at the tender age of 40 after I married her daughter, fathered…

Filipino vs USA: Peanut Butter

It is 5:45 am; I slide under the mosquito net and off the air mattress lying on the concrete floor that I sleep on at Mama’s house. My two sons are sleeping in the wood frame bed. I could fit on the bed with them, but since when I do they take turns kicking me…

Filipino vs USA: Beaches

  I am not a big beach bum type person, but I do enjoy going on occasion to a beach. The things I look for in a beach trip are as follows: sand and sea, scenery, swimming and shelter. The purpose of this article is to compare my experiences at the beach in the Philippines…