Welcome to Turning East

Are you contemplating a move to Asia? Do you already live here? Are you an armchair traveler looking to discover this fascinating part of the world? Are your friends, family or coworkers from Asian cultures? Are you interested in the phenomenon of intercultural communication and experience?

Posts on this website will bring you into the reality of living, working or traveling here–particularly China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines–as the storytellers delve into the details of their personal experience: on-the-job triumphs or embarrassments, health care problems, human rights demonstrations, lifestyles and everyday life, relationships, spirituality, music, books, travel. Please come right in, experience and enjoy!

A Trainer’s View of the Drug Problem in the Philippines

A few months ago I interviewed a drug rehabilitation counselor on his experience with various facilities, including the traditional therapeutic community rehabs and those based on the 12 steps. (Link) This current interview with Rechi Christobal of the Family Wellness Center describes his work training counselors for the Department of Health and other organizations. It includes his thoughts on the drug war and a slide show of the latest official statistics. Thanks to Rechi for the photo and the Power Point.  I do some work for the Department of Health as a resource person, specifically for training in addiction counseling …

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Tago Jazz Cafe Gets a New Home

                                                                                Five years ago, before my friend Ivon came to Manila for a visit, he did a computer search for jazz spots in Manila. Tago Jazz Café was the only name that came up. After he arrived he went to check it out and came back very excited. “There are all these young guys—not the old guys you might associate with jazz—who are very talented,” he said. A few nights later we checked the place out together. I took some photos, and the next day I interviewed Nelson Gonzales, the owner, cook, manager, handyman and drummer whose life’s work …

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