May 19, 2024

The Transformation and Resurrection of Siargao Island

By David Haldane May 19, 2024     It almost seemed like the old days. The days, that is, before Covid and Odette. Tourists from both […]
April 29, 2024

Thai New Year: A Very Wet Welcome

By David Haldane April 29, 2024     The squirting started early. I can’t say we hadn’t been warned. “Don’t be surprised if you get squirted […]
February 19, 2024

The Flop Heard ‘Round the World

By David Haldane Feb. 19, 2024     A Filipino comedian told a joke that flopped. And now the universe is talking about Taylor Swift and […]
December 11, 2023

All-inclusive Miss Universe?

By David Haldane Dec. 11, 2023     A transgender friend said something recently that I’d been thinking but was afraid to say out loud. “Miss […]
December 4, 2023

Roasted Alligator or Fried Rattlesnake?

By David Haldane Dec. 4, 2023   I gave them fair warning. “OK,” I said, facing a bevy of Filipino in-laws, nephews, and nieces, “it’s almost […]
October 5, 2023

Tik Toking Truants

By David Haldane Oct. 5, 2023   They’re a common sight online. Tik Tokers gone tall. Teenagers courting turmoil. Bad ones boosting boundaries. A new study […]
August 17, 2023

Barbie Brouhaha

By David Haldane Aug. 17, 2023     I went to see Barbie because it almost got banned in the Philippines. The problem, it turns out, […]
August 10, 2023

Kids in Space

By David Haldane August 10, 2023   The phone call startled me. “David,” my wife said from the medical lab 142 miles away where she works […]
April 27, 2023

Whiplash!

By David Haldane April 27, 2023     It felt like riding a rollercoaster. First there was the comforting click of rails, accompanied by an anticipation […]
January 26, 2023

Teach Your Children

By David Haldane Jan. 26, 2023     I think of it as the anthem of my generation. You, who are on the road Must have […]
January 5, 2023

Ubiquitous Ube

By David Haldane January 5, 2023   I have always had a tenuous relationship with Filipino food. A 2019 column entitled “My Life as an Ichthyophobic” […]
November 17, 2022

Bent Spoons

By David Haldane November 17, 2022   Talk about a blast from the past. I was relaxing at home, minding my own business with my favorite […]