July 21, 2024

Mail-Order Brides

By David Haldane June 22, 2024   The tropes were familiar in the early days of our marriage. People said we had hooked up so Ivy […]
July 15, 2024

Susnscreen or Cancer?

By David Haldane July 15, 2024     It was supposed to be an ordinary day in the sun. My wife and I were vacationing with […]
July 7, 2024

Speaking English in the Philippines

By David Haldane July 8, 2024   It’s both a blessing and a curse. A double-edged-sword, as they say, a blade that cuts both ways. What […]
July 1, 2024

The Sea Gypsies Come Ashore

By David Haldane July 1, 2024   The joke made me cringe. “Are you a goodjau or a Badjau?” my companion asked the pretty young girl […]
June 24, 2024

Voices from Nowhere

By David Haldane June 24, 2024     It was just a voice on the phone. And yet it not only made my day, but my […]
June 17, 2024

On God’s Orders: The Eruption of Mount Pinatubo

  By David Haldane June 17, 2024     It was almost Biblical. First came the earthquake, one of the most powerful the Philippines had ever […]
June 10, 2024

Ode to a Good Friend

  By David Haldane June 10, 2024     I woke up this morning to the kind of news no one wants to hear. “My papa […]
June 3, 2024

Philippine Divorce: To Be or Not to Be?

By David Haldane June 3, 2024     It’s no fun. As I’ve previously written, it feels like you’re falling down a dark hole. You don’t […]
May 27, 2024

Satan Versus the Jews?

  By David Haldane May 27, 2024     I’ve never been a Greta Thunberg fan. Back in 2019, when the then-teenage Swedish activist achieved overnight […]
May 20, 2024

Can America Be Trusted?

By David Haldane May 20, 2024     It’s a painful question. Especially for an American who wants, more than anything, to take pride in his […]
May 13, 2024

DeJa Vu: I was an Outside Agitator at Columbia in 1971

  By David Haldane May 13, 2024     The only thing unusual about the call was that it came so early. “Good morning, comrade,” said […]
May 6, 2024

Cruelly Tortured Cats

By David Haldane May 6, 2024     It looks like I’ve finally hit a nerve. By which I mean, written something brazenly offensive enough to […]