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Receptions and Memorial Day

The Ambassador loves Basketball, so when the Harlem Globetrotters came to town, she had them to her residence for a reception. This is Skyscraper Alleyne, together with Tanya and I, and two friends from the embassy. At 7’2″ Skyscraper is the tallest player on the team. and standing next to Tanya, Skyscraper looks like he’s […]

Aliciya’s Birthday

Aliciya knew exactly what she wanted to do for her birthday this year — she wanted a costume and swimming party. So we had it at the Embassy’s Seafront compound, and she invited her friends to wear their costumes and bring their swimsuits along. She had a great time, and I think they all did, […]


We had a couple of Easter celebrations. First, we went to the Embassy Easter Party, and Aliciya looked for eggs there (with limited success). At home, she did a bit better. But at home was the real Easter egg hunt.

Robert and Salee in Manila

Here are some photos from the past couple of weeks. These cover shopping in the pearl market at Greenhills, visiting the old fortress in Intramuros, and stops at Mall of Asia and at Baywalk at sunset. Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the photos.

Aliciya’s Posters

Today Florsheim gave us copies of some of Aliciya’s posters that they are using to decorate their stores. They gave us five different posters, and three of them in digital form. Though you have seen some of these photos in much lower quality in my photos of the stores, I figured you might be interested […]

Fall Out Boy Concert

I went to the Fall Out Boy concert last night. It was great! Honestly, I liked the opening act, Hey Monday, perhaps even better than Fall Out Boy, but they were both a lot of fun. And it was great to see so many young Filipinos rocking out. Unfortunately, I had to go alone, as […]

Inaugural Ball

The Embassy held an Inaugural Ball to celebrate the transition to a new President. Tatyana had a dress made for the occasion. Unfortunately, the photos leave something to be desired, but they give an idea, anyway.

Christmas Morning

We had a very nice Christmas.  Our Christmas Eve celebration was short, given Aliciya’s attention span.  We read a few stories, sang a few Christmas carols (Aliciya proposed, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”), read the Christmas story from the bible, and hung our stockings, that was about it. Christmas day we unwrapped presents.  Most of […]

New Aliciya Poster

Florsheim Kids opened a new store in the Mall of Asia, the forth largest mall in the world (and second largest in the Philippines).  We went to see it tonight, and I shot a few photos of Aliciya in front of her new poster, which is the centerpiece of the store.  That makes three stores […]