Expat Eye: My Philippine Journey

January 3, 2020

High

By David Haldane Jan. 2, 2020   It was the electrical outlets that finally did it. For a long time we waited for the air conditioning, […]
December 26, 2019

Pajamas

By David Haldane Dec. 26, 2019   The situation was urgent. Two young women recommended to us as potential housekeepers had arrived to be interviewed for […]
December 20, 2019

Tortured Pigs

By David Haldane Dec. 19, 2019   I’ll never forget the first time I heard it. Ivy and I had just met, and she’d taken me […]
December 12, 2019

Invasion

By David Haldane Dec. 12, 2019     It looked like an invasion. Dozens of young men were marching past our house in long meandering lines, […]
November 28, 2019

First Communion

By David Haldane Nov. 28, 2019   The voices of children. There’s nothing quite like it, especially when they’re raised in song. I had occasion to […]
November 21, 2019

For Sale by Owner

By David Haldane Nov. 21, 2019   The moment was both painful and revealing. About a year earlier, my wife and I had purchased a 2012 […]
November 14, 2019

The Trashman is Here!

By David Haldane Nov. 14, 2019   It never fails. Every week – generally, but not always, on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday – we are startled […]
October 31, 2019

Drum Rolls

By David Haldane Oct. 31, 2019 It never gets old. No matter how many times I hear the drum rolls, see the flags raised, marvel to […]
October 24, 2019

The Buzz

By David Haldane Oct. 24, 2019   There was an unholy racket near my house the other night. Wait, I’m exaggerating; it was more like a […]
October 17, 2019

The Importance of Memory

By David Haldane Oct. 17, 2019 The dust was so thick that you couldn’t see the air. When it finally cleared, though, there was a sight […]
October 11, 2019

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

By David Haldane Oct. 10, 2019   The stench was overpowering. Curious as to its source, I stepped out onto the veranda. And there, for the […]
October 3, 2019

Calamity

By David Haldane Oct. 3, 2019 Not too long ago, I stood on the deck of a ship that had killed lots of people. It wasn’t […]