remarkable things

pilinut hills in the philippines

pilinut hills in the philippines

No, there are no hills build with pilinuts in the Philippines, nor hills where many pilinut trees grow. For another version of the famous Chocolate Hills you do not need to go to Bohol, but you can stay on Luzon. To see those hills (still not discovered by tourists) you have to go to Albay,(…)

100000 peso banknote

100000 peso banknote

Short of money this Christmas ? Print these notes and go shopping in one of the many malls in the Philippines !!!! 100000 peso bank note The Philippines One Hundred Thousand peso banknote is currently listed by Guinness World Records as the largest legal tender. Only 1,000 bills were created and each bill contains 21(…)

Bogart the explorer

Bogart the explorer

One of the funniest Filipinos at the moment is Bogart the Explorer (real name Marco Antonio Ho). He has created a number of short movies handling different things happening in the Philippines. His latest creation, at the moment of this writing, is how he catches a tik-tik, a subspecies of the aswang family. If you(…)

poetic texts at eatery in Cainta Philippines

poetic texts at eatery in Cainta Philippines

As an Expat in the Philippines and living in this beautiful country I see lots of things. Not only the poverty, the smoke belching cars, the many garbage in some streets, but also the smiling faces of the friendly people and their ways of expressing themselves. I have reported about this kind of things already(…)

women trafficking

women trafficking

So you think you will dance? And they make a nice photo portfolio of you. They promised that you become a dancer or singer or even a model. Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked – tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry. Hundreds of thousands of young(…)

Planking is OUT, NOYNOYING is IN

Planking is OUT, NOYNOYING is IN

From various sources: Planking is so yesterday. The new “in” thing is to just laze around as if you have no worries, or “Noynoying”, in youth speak. Street rallies against oil price hikes have adapted to threats against planking protesters as youth militants are now going for an easier way in making their sentiments known.(…)

football in the Philippines

football in the Philippines

Basketbal and boxing are the two most popular sports in the Philippines, already for years. Also Biljart is popular because of the result of the Filipinos playing these sports on world level. One upcoming sport and becoming more popular by the day is Football (or Soccer for Americans). The ‘Philippine national football team’, nicknamed the “Azkals” (which(…)

Fiestas, festivals and events in the Philippines

Fiestas, festivals and events in the Philippines

The Filipinos celebrate many fiestas throughout the year. Every city, town, barangay and subdivision has its own fiesta. Filipinos are happy people and they like to celebrate something. For that reason they celebrate every occasion with smaller or bigger fiestas. Many of these fiestas are worth seeing because of the beautiful costumes, nice decorated floats(…)

musician’s property

musician’s property

Recently I was visiting a subdivision to see if there was a nice house to buy when I spotted a remarkable fence around an open lot. The metal structure on top of the wall was formed in musical script with many notes and musical symbols. The owner of the lot must love music a lot(…)

heinakuh in the Philippines

heinakuh in the Philippines

In my effort to understand the Filipino language and the Filipinos in particular, I still have lots of problems with the expression: hainakuh ! It is also written on other ways, but this is the most common way. There are many t-shirts available in shops with this expressive text, but no one can give me(…)

cheveaux or cheveux or chevaux for a hair salon

cheveaux or cheveux or chevaux for a hair salon

French is a difficult language, especially proper writing, even sometimes for native French people. When I was in high school, a loooooooong time ago, French was one of the foreign languages we had to learn. It became very handy when a few years later I moved to the French-speaking part of Belgium to work in(…)

spelling problems in the Philippines

Many Filipinos speak some English and a few know to express themselves very well in this second official language of the Philippines. Writing English is another thing. I have posted already several times about the way Filipinos are advertizing their shops or write in English. This time I found a Cell Phone repair shop who(…)