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Trees

By David Haldane FOR me, it was all about the trees. Six of them. For many years, certainly as far back as I could remember, they’d been standing in the large coconut grove owned by my wife at Magpupungko Beach on Siargao Island. They had provided shade, beauty and, yes, …

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First Communion

By David Haldane THE voices of children. There’s nothing quite like it, especially when they’re raised in song. I had occasion to hear lots of singing children’s voices over the weekend at my nine-year-old son’s First Communion. The interesting thing is that it was also a first for me; to …

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For sale by owner

By David Haldane THE moment was both painful and revealing. About a year earlier, my wife and I had purchased a 2012 Toyota Fortuner from her cousin in Butuan City. Now, finally, the completed title documents had arrived, and those sparkling wheels were legally ours. Excitedly, I ripped open the …

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The trashman is here!

By David Haldane IT never fails. Every week – generally, but not always, on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday – we are startled by the sudden explosion of loud and very scratchy music from the street in front of our house. If it weren’t so badly recorded it would, I’m sure, …

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A different way of death

By David Haldane IT seemed more like a birthday than a funeral.  Resting in a raised wooden coffin with arms folded and eyes closed, the corpse looked like the guest of honor awaiting her party surprise. She was wearing what must have been her finest white blouse. But instead of …

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Drum rolls

By David Haldane IT never gets old. No matter how many times I hear the drum rolls, see the flags raised, marvel to the stirring national anthems, listen to the mournful sobs of a solo trumpet playing taps; no matter how many times I experience all that, the result is …

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The buzz

David Haldane . THERE was an unholy racket near my house the other night. Wait, I’m exaggerating; it was more like a rather loud buzz. Buzzes, of course, are among those things in life that are often ill-defined. They can be very bad like, say, the buzz of a saw …

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The importance of memory

By David Haldane THE dust was so thick that you couldn’t see the air. When it finally cleared, though, there was a sight to behold; some thirty-five volunteers virtually sweeping away the grime of history. The location was the newly constructed Battle of Surigao Strait Memorial in Surigao City. The …

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

By David Haldane THE stench was overpowering. Curious as to its source, I stepped out onto the veranda. And there, for the second time in as many months, beheld a sky full of smoke. Much like the last time, it seemed to be emanating from a large crackling brush fire …

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Calamity

David Haldane . NOT too long ago, I stood on the deck of a ship that had killed lots of people. It wasn’t a military vessel supporting my sandals on those narrow metal planks. As a matter of fact, they belonged to M/V Eva Jocelyn, or what was left of …

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