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 […]
March 26, 2024

Running with the Grunion

By David Haldane March 25, 2024     I felt a little homesick the other day. By “home,” I mean the coast of Southern California where […]
March 18, 2024

Digital Nomads

By David Haldane March 18, 2024     I should have been there. Billed as the Philippine’s first Digital Nomad Summit scheduled on Siargao Island last […]
February 5, 2024

Getting to America

By David Haldane Feb. 5, 2024     It was a moment of uncertainty. Would we get the smiling, easy-going immigration officer who seemed like a […]
January 15, 2024

The Winding Road to Zamboanga

By David Haldane Jan. 15, 2024   We should have been there by now. We should have grabbed a flight the day after Christmas and enjoyed […]
November 16, 2023

Hitler on Lazada

By David Haldane Nov. 16, 2023   It felt like someone had yanked out my kidneys. Unable to sleep, I’d opened my cell phone to Facebook […]
October 20, 2023

Filipino Love

By David Haldane October 19, 2023     She could have been my sister-in-law. Angelyn Aguirre, a 32-year-old native of Pangasinan, had spent the last six […]
September 21, 2023

Traversing China. Again.

By David Haldane Sept. 21, 2023   The first red flag got hoisted at Manila Airport. Eager to check in early for my Air China flight […]
September 7, 2023

Reverse Diaspora

By David Haldane Sept. 7, 2023     The videos made my stomach churn. They depicted water literally gushing down the streets, almost overturning cars. “Oh […]
August 31, 2023

Renewal

By David Haldane Aug. 31, 2023   We’d been stalled in traffic for more than three hours when we finally called it quits. “Hey,” I gingerly […]
July 13, 2023

Scrapes in the Night

By David Haldane July 13, 2023   It was the scrape you never want to hear. A dull rub from the car’s right rear end as […]
June 29, 2023

Stones

By David Haldane June 29, 2023   In the end, it was a stone that broke loose the tears. A small brass brick embedded in an […]