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Jerome

David Haldane . HIS name was Jerome. For about three months, he was our driver. Now he’s not and I am once again reduced to risking my life daily on the streets of Surigao City. Let me make one thing clear straightaway; I’m not the kind of person normally accustomed …

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Moving day

David Haldane . LIKE a lumbering turtle, the little house made its way slowly down the road. To a casual observer, the sight was exquisitely startling; since when, I wondered on the verge of panic, do little houses have legs?  Ahh, but this one did; in fact, more than twenty! …

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Banned!

David Haldane . IT was a day of darkness. It began, as many do, with a leisurely morning surf along the teeming shoals of Facebook. There, amid the colorful flurries of indigenous lifeforms, I found the usual kernels of sustenance and stimulation. Until, by chance, I clicked on a link …

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Alarm

David Haldane . THE end of the world began with a burp. It was 8 am when I was awakened by the sound of the air conditioner belching air. Struggling with the first itching of wakefulness, I rolled out of bed, walked to the veranda and couldn’t help but notice …

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Chaos

David Haldane . IT was three a.m. when my call finally went through. At work in California where it was still daylight, Ivy seemed surprised to hear from me. “Honey,” she said tentatively, “is that you? Why are you calling in the middle of the night?” “Yes, it’s me,” I …

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Squatting rock

David Haldane . THE smile on the old woman’s face said it all. It was creased, like a twisted canyon burned into a hard-brown mountain in the shape of a scar. Senona Espiel was a 92-year-old unmarried woman who’d never had a birthday party. By the end of the day, …

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Eighteen roses

David Haldane . IT was a dance of tears. Fortunately, they were happy ones rather than those of another kind. The scene took place in the backyard of a new home recently purchased in Fontana, California, by a family whose members are our friends. There, under the watchful eyes of …

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Ants, rats, lizards and spiders

David Haldane . FOR the longest time, I thought it was me. I’d be lying in bed, just dropping off the sleep, when suddenly a tiny yellow lizard would scamper across the ceiling above my head. Or I’d walk into the kitchen just in time to see a huge brown …

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Tangled legs

David Haldane . THIS morning I awoke with a foot in my mouth. It wasn’t the first time; in fact, it’s been happening for years. And all because of a Philippine custom to which I’ve been forced to adapt. I’m speaking, of course, of the deeply-held belief that children should …

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Hidden flags

David Haldane . FOR us, it all came down to a tee shirt. Ivy – my Filipino wife who became a US citizen in 2013 and now divides her time between Northern Mindanao and Southern California – wanted one bearing an American flag for the annual July 4th picnic and …

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