The Philippines in a Nutshell

I'm still in the Philippines. If you've never been to the Philippines, here are a few bullet descriptions:

  • Beautiful, friendly, happy people --- 98 million of them
  • Traffic congestions in the big cities are so bad it could take 2 hours just to get to work.
  • English spoken everywhere
  • Very humid. You shower often not because you're dirty but because it feels refreshing. Thank God for Air Conditioning!
  • Skyscrapers in the major cities and shanties in the provinces
  • Mega Malls everywhere and they still manage to make a profit. Big thanks to the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who work for months and years abroad (away from their families) so they can send dollars home.
  • Call centers growing by leaps and bounds.
  • Catholicism is King
  • Muslims rule the south
  • Chinese control the economy
  • Food is a mix of Chinese, Malay, Spanish, Indian and American. Sadly, not too many vegetable cuisines.
  • Natural musicians
  • Disparity between the rich and the poor.
  • Basketball is the favorite sport
  • If you're a mestizo you can be a movie star
  • If you are a celebrity you can be a politicia
  • If you're a politician you can get away with anything
  • Tourism is still evolving. If you want adventure this is the time to explore virgin natural resources.

The next time you hear me I will be back in the USA. TGIF!

Wisdom from Don of Kelowna, B.C.
Words of Wisdom

There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading.The few who learn by observation.The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

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Tom of Pasadena; Charlie of New Jersey; Don of Kelowna.

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Videos of the week:

The Dog House
Charlie of New Jersey

The Dog House

You might have seen this before but I'm showing this for the benefit of our new subscribers.
I know, I know, Christmas is over but here in the Philippines some commercial establishments are still playing Christmas carols.

Perfect Pitch
Charlie of New Jersey

Perfect Pitch

This is an amazong kid who can tell the notes and the chords just by hearing it.

Bocelli Sings Our Father
Tom of Pasadena, CA


I know there are Bocelli fans among you. Here's his rendition of a classic Christian song.

Unique Guitar
Art of Pasadena, CA

Impossible Guitar

It's a new year. Time to try different things. Would you want to try out a new kind of musical instrument? Tell me, do you think this will start a new wave of guitar playing? I didn't think so. But it IS quite intriguing. Do you agree? TGIF people!

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