Heaven and Hell in the Philippines: Journal of a Peace Corps Volunteer

Heaven and Hell in the Philippines: Journal of a Peace Corps Volunteer

by Daniel H. Wieczorek


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ISBN-13: 9780996362696
Publisher: Daniel H. Wieczorek
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 510
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Daniel Wieczorek was born in 1947 in Ionia, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Forestry in 1969. He moved to Oregon to work in the field of forestry in 1971. That was followed by a move to Alaska in 1975, where he continued his career in forestry. After about a 14 year career in forestry, Daniel decided to do something different and he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Philippines from 1985 - 1987. Upon completion of his Peace Corps service he returned to Alaska, where he attended the University of Alaska - Fairbanks and received an M.B.A. in 1991. This was followed by a move to South Korea in 1992, where Daniel taught English to Korean people wishing to improve their English Language skills. Daniel's next stop was in New York City, where he worked as temporary staff at Deutsche Bank from 1998 - 2001. He left NYC in March 2001 and moved on to his present home in Mitaka City, Tokyo, Japan. He is teaching English in Japan and at this time he's been teaching as a career for about 17 years. He has been hiking, climbing and doing photography since he was about 12 years old.

At the present time he's been in Japan for 15 years. He and his same-sex life partner were married in Ashland, Oregon on August 10, 2015 and at this time he and his partner are in the middle of the long process of getting a green card so that they can go to and live in Alaska. It will, of course, be a return for Daniel, but for his partner it will be his first experiences of Alaska, his first opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis in the winter, the midnight sun in the summer and much, much more.

By the way, if you're curious, he never did make a return trip to the Philippines. Eventually he lost contact with George, Ronald, Nestor and everybody else in the Philippines. At the present time the only fellow PCV's that he still has contact with are JB and Katie F.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Fairbanks, Alaska to Durham, Oregon 1
Chapter 2: Durham, Oregon to Berkeley, California 4
Chapter 3: Berkeley, California to Manila, Philippines 6
Chapter 4: Manila, Philippines to Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya 8
Chapter 5: Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya to Burgos, Cabarroguis, Quirino 10
Chapter 6: Culture Notes #1 42
Alcohol in Community Culture
Religion - Iglesia ni Cristo
Chapter 7: Burgos, Cabarroguis, Quirino to Gomez, Cabarroguis, Quirino 43
Chapter 8: Culture Notes #2 72
Site Transfer
Chapter 9: Gomez, Cabarroguis, Quirino to Building my House 73
Chapter 10: Culture Notes #3 92
Acceptance Into Gomez
Sleeping Companion
Sleeping Culture
The Village Grapevine
On Being Gay
Chapter 11: Building My House through August 2, 1986 96
Chapter 12: Culture Notes #4 190
The Necessity of Demonstration
The First Year Draws to a Close
Opening Presents
Cooking and Lighting
Chapter 13: August 3, 1986 through October 17, 1986 195
Chapter 14: Culture Notes #5 234
An Overdue Note on Acculturation
Going into the Second Year
Owning a Water Buffalo (Nuang)
Chapter 15: October 18, 1986 through January 22, 1987 238
Chapter 16: Culture Notes #6 297
The "Art" of Moonlight Strolling
Chapter 17: January 23, 1987 through April 18, 1987 299
Chapter 18: Culture Notes #7 348
Chapter 19: April 19, 1987 through June 6, 1987 350
Chapter 20: Culture Notes #8 381
Time References
Chapter 21: June 7, 1987 through November 16, 1987 382
Chapter 22: November 16, 1987 (#2) through December 10, 1987 - HOME! 479
END 492
About the Author 496

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