June 23, 2022

Traveling Dangerously

By David Haldane June 23, 2022     The woman at the ticket counter looked like she’d seen a ghost. “You want to go where?” she […]
June 2, 2022

Bombing the Dictionary

By David Haldane June 2, 2022     It enrages me every time. I’ll be working on a column—regarding, say, a construction project—and type the word […]
May 19, 2022

Bongbong Marcos: Forward to the Past?

By David Haldane May 19, 2022     I don’t mind telling you that a recent Manila Times headline made me smile. “Marcos, Biden vow stronger […]
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. […]
May 5, 2022

The Myth of the Mail-Order Bride

By David Haldane May 5, 2022   I’ve always hated the term “mail-order bride.” The reason is that it’s largely a myth. While history certainly records […]
April 21, 2022

Disney Goes for Woke

By David Haldane April 21, 2022     I visited Disneyland recently prepared to be angry. Instead, my heart melted the moment I saw Goofy and […]
April 14, 2022

How Much Can You Remember?

By David Haldane April 14, 2022     I have never possessed a vivid memory. Recalling people’s names has always posed a challenge. Taking a succession […]
March 17, 2022

TikTok Tidings

By David Haldane March 17, 2022     The news was astonishing. “Significant breaking news out of Ukraine,” the broadcaster breathlessly intoned. “Ukraine has killed a […]
March 2, 2022

The People’s Convoy

By David Haldane March 3, 2022     There were more flags than I’d seen in a while. American, Canadian… plus a few particularly suited for […]
February 24, 2022

Tik-Toking Teens

 By David Haldane Feb. 24, 2022     It became an almost weekly occurrence at our house in Surigao City. My teenage nieces would gather somewhere […]
February 17, 2022

The Lost Boys

By David Haldane Feb. 17, 2022     The news was encouraging. “He seems to be trying harder,” the masked woman across the table from us […]
February 3, 2022

Embracing the New Normal

By David Haldane Feb. 3, 2022     It started as a mild itch in the throat. It developed into a deep-throated cough. And then I […]