January 6, 2022

Thanks Very Big

By David Haldane Jan. 6, 2022   The video is hard to watch without getting emotional. In it, dozens of neighbors gather at the Siargao Island […]
December 30, 2021

Swept Away

By David Haldane Dec. 30, 2021   It was only a typewriter. An antique machine upon which, many years ago, I began to write. Now it […]
December 23, 2021

Severely Damaged

By David Haldane Dec. 23, 2021   We finally got the bad news at 1:45 in the morning. Our Surigao City dream house had been “severely […]
December 16, 2021

Leaving the Children Behind

By David Haldane Dec. 16, 2021   This morning I heard my son singing in the shower. It was a merry song, the kind an 11-year-old […]
December 2, 2021

The Mexico of Asia

By David Haldane Dec. 2, 2021   I still remember the first time I set foot in the Philippines. My immediate reaction: “Wow, this is the […]
November 18, 2021

Weird Angles

By David Haldane Nov. 18, 2021   The thing I remember most is the moonbeams on the water. Like crazy lightning bolts from above, they careened […]
November 11, 2021

Rest in Peace, Uncle Jorge

By David Haldane Nov. 11, 2021   This is the story of a man and his hat. The hat is a military green cap adorned at […]
November 4, 2021

Reverence and Gratitude

By David Haldane Nov. 4, 2021   It all happened again last week. The salutes. The proud words of praise. The dual bugles playing reverie; the […]
September 23, 2021

Scamming for Cause

By David Haldane Sept. 23, 2021     It happens at least once a week. I get a message on Facebook from someone I don’t know. […]
September 2, 2021

Back on Track

By David Haldane September 2, 2021   His excitement was palpable. “Daddy,” he announced from the dimly lit screen of my cell phone, “I made a […]
August 5, 2021

A Stick Up My Nose

By David Haldane August 5, 2021   The masked swabbers came for me today. They brought both good news and bad. The good news was that […]
July 15, 2021

Love Postponed

By David Haldane July 15, 2021     It all seemed so easy at first. Jared and Rei met online at a dating site called OkCupid; […]