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I Have Been Other Places

Welcome to my small corner of the universe. There are three things that I love: art, life and travel. The first two, being art and life, are not very different from each other. Sometimes, I think they are the same thing constantly mirroring each other. Which bring us to travel; ... read more

Vanessa Glenda Garcia

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Philippine pics

                                                                    Sinulog festival parade in Cebu                     This ... read more

Mark Anderson

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Philippines; sweat shop labor ethics

In the Philippines I met people who worked in “sweat shops”. Actually they were electronics factories. These are hard working people yet making so much less than me. They work 12 hours a day for about $2.50 per day. They would rather work than starve and it is a better ... read more

Mark Anderson

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Little Tokyo In The Heart Of Makati

I've been hearing a lot about this quaint place for quite some time now. Many famous food bloggers have written great things about it and that picked at my interest. Little Tokyo is a small hidden gem in the heart of downtown Makati. It's located in Don Chino Roces Avenue ... read more

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There Is Something About The Old Wall

I had forgotten what Manila was like. I haven't visited it since that last field trip I took to the Manila Zoo when I was still in grade school. The urge to revisit the old walled city came to me when I took Rizal and Philippine Studies last year as ... read more

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Typhoon Pepeng and the Aftermath

       It was a typical Saturday for me: house cleaning. There was a typhoon on the way, but I didn’t worry too much. I experienced Hurricane Hugo several years ago and figured I could live through this one.      Mavi, my girlfriend, was over and helping me clean my ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Pepeng

Typhoon Pepeng is fast approaching the Philippines and is headed straight for my town. If it hits, I'll probably be without power for several days, maybe using my front door as a search and rescue boat and floating down side  streets in search for anyone in need of help. So, ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Drinking with a Spider

     My girlfriend texted me while I was at school and said there was a very large spider at her house, would I like to come photograph it? I said, sure, I'll be there later this afternoon.      When I arrived, her dad was drinking gin with a friend and ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Fiesta

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Matthew Hamilton

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Ending the Day with a Beer is Always a Good Idea

Atop a large chunk of volcanic rock in Cape Inganio sits a 200 year old light house. It was built by the Spanish and is now part of a national park. There is one house on the island and a small cattle ranch. The owner was not home; probably out ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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The Golden Buddha

         I stopped on a gravel road near the beach and jumped off my bike. I stood by the monument and watched waves crash peacefully on the beach.      But 68 years ago this beach of Northern Luzon was being pounded by bombs and machine gun blasts. The monument—only ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Introduction: Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer

       The Philippines is a caravan of more than 7,000 islands traveling through the Ring of Fire, the vigorous seismic zone that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. It is here, in a small town near the Northeastern tip of Luzon, where I live, work, and play.      “Life is calling. ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Yes Means "I don't know"...and half a dozen other things

     “Today we are going to learn about simple past,” I announced to the freshman class. Here are a few examples: caught, ran, walked, played, jumped. Here are a few sentences: I caught the ball, I ran home, I walked to school this morning, I played volleyball yesterday, I jumped ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Where There's Smoke, There's a Wake

I turned the corner and noticed something burning on the side of the road. The white smoke slithered toward me like a translucent snake. It eventually swallowed me. I was curious. Is someone burning trash? I walked over to investigate. As I got closer to the house, I noticed a ... read more

Matthew Hamilton

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Funeral

I jumped in my neighbor’s tricycle and he started the engine. We were on our way to a funeral. A relative of his died. Uncle, cousin, I forget which because Filipinos use those terms differently than Americans. An uncle here is not only your mother’s or dad’s brother, but he ... read more

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Culture Shock

What time is it? It depends....

Matthew Hamilton

03 Sep 2009

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At the school where I teach, every clock shows a slightly different time, and the class bell is sporadic at best. As a result, I am usually too early or too late to class. But that usually works out just fine, as my students expect that class will begin within the hour. This is the norm in the Philippines; it's not that people can't tell time, it's just that they have a different sense of time altogether. Coming from the U.S., I initially found myself trying to get my students and co-teachers in the classrooms at exactly the designated time. Needless to say, I was not successful. So now I just follow their lead.

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