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 […]
March 26, 2024

Nailed to a Cross

  By David Haldane   March 24, 2024     I vividly remember the first time I ever set foot in a Catholic Church. I must […]
December 25, 2023

A Jewish Christmas in the Philippines

 By David Haldane Dec. 25, 2023     For me it’s always the same. Gangs of Christmas carolers gather on the patio to sing until we […]
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 […]
February 17, 2023

American Expat Launches Book on Finding Island Home

Cebu Jose Joya Gallery   LITERARY TREATS 2023: A TOOTH IN MY POPSICLE BY DAVID HALDANE BOOK LAUNCH APRIL 12th, 15th, and 25th.       […]
December 8, 2022

A Philippine Thanksgiving

By David Haldane Dec. 8, 2022     It was like all the other Thanksgivings I’ve experienced in my life. Except, instead of turkey, a roasted […]
November 10, 2022

Scary Monsters

  By David Haldane November 10, 2022   The stories are hard to read. A young woman from Mexico said she felt the weight of other […]
September 15, 2022

Dancing in the Streets

By David Haldane Sept. 15, 2022     It happened again. People wearing ornate, many-colored costumes swirled in the streets to the cadence of drummers in […]
May 12, 2022

Believing in God and Santa Claus

By David Haldane May 12, 2022   A few days ago, my 11-year-old son asked a terrifying question. “Is Santa Claus real?” Isaac wanted to know. […]
June 2, 2021

Sitting in the Dark

By David Haldane June 2, 2021   There was something soothing about the dimness. Excited, we sat in eager anticipation of the experience to come; one […]
December 31, 2020

Adira in the Morning

By David Haldane Dec. 31, 2020   A gentle tapping on the shoulder. That’s how my mornings begin in these uncertain times. Eventually, I open my […]