Expat Eye: My Philippine Journey

August 4, 2022

Paradise Reclaimed. Again

by David Haldane August 4, 2022     There was good news and bad news on our first return to Siargao Island in the wake of […]
July 28, 2022

A Pleasant Surprise

By David Haldane July 28, 2022   No one was more surprised than I. Enrolling our 11-year-old son at St. Paul University’s private elementary school here […]
July 21, 2022

Reconnecting

By David Haldane July 21, 2022   It started as a tiny niggle. That’s the first sentence of a column I wrote back in 2018, shortly […]
July 14, 2022

Time Travel

By David Haldane July 14, 2022   It’s as if we’ve stepped back in time. Outside our window lies a pile of decaying debris. The veranda […]
July 7, 2022

Slaughtered Plans

By David Haldane July 7, 2022   I’m working in my pajamas today. I had expected to spend the week touring castles in the United Kingdom […]
June 30, 2022

This is Insane

  By David Haldane June 30, 2022   We’ve all heard the stories. A young man with a smiling disposition goes into his room one day […]
June 23, 2022

Dangerous Travel

By David Haldane June 23, 2022     The woman at the ticket counter looked like she’d seen a ghost. “You want to go where?” she […]
June 16, 2022

Activism’s Heavy Toll

By David Haldane June 16, 2022     It was everywhere. With few exceptions, every TV news channel in America livestreamed last week’s Congressional hearings in […]
June 9, 2022

Thinking About Death

By David Haldane June 9, 2022     For a moment, I felt like a time traveler. Watching the first episode of a new HBO series […]
June 2, 2022

Bombing the Dictionary

By David Haldane June 2, 2022     It enrages me every time. I’ll be working on a column—regarding, say, a construction project—and type the word […]
May 26, 2022

Mass Shooting: Racist or Insane?

By David Haldane May 26, 2022     It was a heart-rending headline. A crazed young man walked into a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, […]
May 19, 2022

Bongbong Marcos: Forward to the Past?

By David Haldane May 19, 2022     I don’t mind telling you that a recent Manila Times headline made me smile. “Marcos, Biden vow stronger […]