February 26, 2024

Taking a Break for Heartbreak

By David Haldane Feb. 26, 2024     It was the worst night of my life. I had just learned that my (now-ex) Filipino wife had […]
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 […]
February 12, 2024

Friends in Germany

By David Haldane Feb. 12, 2024     It felt like a tropical breeze. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently announced a trip to Germany in March. […]
February 11, 2024

A Late Reinvention

A true story of true love, no matter how truly unconventional   The Manila Times Sunday Magazine 11 Feb 2024 BY DAVID HALDANE   IT started […]
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 29, 2024

White Privilege

By David Haldane Jan. 29, 2024     It was an easy experiment with predictable results. First my Filipino sister-in-law entered the mall. As always, the […]
January 22, 2024

Eating Dogs

By David Haldane Jan. 22, 2024     I’ve never tasted it. Those who have say it’s like chicken. And to make it less bland, they […]
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 […]
January 8, 2024

Sputtering Solar

By David Haldane Jan. 8, 2024     If only the sputtering would stop. It attacks suddenly, like an enemy soldier watching from a nearby bush. […]
January 1, 2024

Redefining Aggression

By David Haldane   Jan. 1, 2024       It felt like a punch in the gut. The Philippines, my favorite country and historically a […]
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 19, 2023

Socorro Bayanihan: Commune or Cult?

  By David Haldane Dec. 18, 2023     We were a mile off the coast of a remote Philippine Island when I realized the boat […]