Blog: Expat Eye – My Philippine Life

November 8, 2018

The Battle of Surigao Strait

By David Haldane Nov. 8, 2018 I haven’t always been a sucker for national anthems. Time was, in fact, when I was a long-haired radical who […]
November 1, 2018

A Death In The Family

By David Haldane Nov. 1, 2018 The truth is that I didn’t remember him until I saw him dead. His name was Junelito S. Villondo, but […]
October 25, 2018

Watching The Paint Dry

By David Haldane Oct. 25, 2018 It’s not as if we don’t have other things to do. There’s cooking, washing the clothes, taking Isaac to school, […]
October 18, 2018


By David Haldane Oct. 18, 2018 I don’t know what it is about me and salads. Two weeks ago, I had one named after me, David […]
October 11, 2018


By David Haldane Oct. 11, 2018 It was the kind of thud that breaks your heart. The kind that gives you a sinking feeling, both literally […]
October 4, 2018

David Salad

By David Haldane Oct. 4, 2018 As some are won’t do, I have at times entertained fantasies of fame. What I never imagined, though, was achieving […]
September 27, 2018


By David Haldane Sept. 27, 2018 It was just another homework assignment. Isaac, my seven-year-old son who recently entered second grade at a private school in […]
September 20, 2018


By David Haldane Sept. 20, 2018 I have always loved parades. Only one, however, has made me cry. I’m speaking of the 34thannual Bonok-Bonok street dancing […]
September 13, 2018


By David Haldane Sept. 13, 2018 It started as a tiny niggle. The pocket Wi-Fi we’d purchased just wasn’t putting out the way it should. Then […]
September 6, 2018


By David Haldane Sept. 6, 2018 It always happens at the most inopportune time. You’re having dinner with friends about to make a point that, you […]
August 30, 2018


By David Haldane Aug. 30, 2018 The house is far from finished. There are loose wires everywhere, piles of wet cement, floors that need tiling and […]
August 23, 2018

The Chaos of Change

By David Haldane Aug. 23, 2018 The surprising thing about it is that it’s never constant. It shows up at the most inopportune times, buzzing in […]