Shade Stands in the Rice Field

Today was a nice day earlier on. Mostly blue sky with some clouds. The rice farmers had their shade stands out to block direct sunlight. They were picking out the weeds and non-rice plants from the soil. img_0129

Notice how you can see the breeze blowing through the coconuts and rice plants and the shadow of the clouds rolling on the hill side. It was a comfortable day.


The Camera I used is a Canon EOS 1200D, also known as a T5 Rebel in some places. The lens used is the 18-55 mm with a UV Filter added on, hand held shot without tripod, no hood since I was shooting from upper house window. As always, Thanks for Viewing.


David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran


Fake Soldiers and Scammers

This one is for the Filipina’s who try to meet guys online. Could count for others as well. This is for your Safety and Well-being. On numerous occasions through the years, Ladies tell me about “soldiers” they meet online. Knowing I was in the service they ask me true or false questions pertaining to someone they met online.

These so-called soldiers are asking these poor ladies for help…. Money… Most of the time they say they are stationed in Africa, South West Asia, and sometimes South East Asian Islands somewhere. They will make them feel so loved, wanted, and like a soul mate with such sweet words through chat, email, and conversations. Pay attention to his SPELLING and GRAMMAR. If it does not look or sound like proper English, then he probably is not who he says he is.

They sometimes claim they need money to process papers, Money for travel expenses, help for loved ones, a bad bank card, or medical bills. These ARE NOT REAL SOLDIERS.

  1. Paperwork processing in the Military is FREE to soldiers.
  2. The Military handles all travel arrangements for FREE for the soldiers in times of R&R Leave and Family emergency situations.
  3. Medical Care for soldiers is provided at NO COST to the soldier and health insurance is provided for their immediate family and dependents.
  4. Soldiers get a good Salary and DO NOT need to borrow money from any Asian woman from a 3rd world country, like the Philippines, or from any OFW anywhere else for that matter.
  5. All his meals are provided by a dining facility. He does not need a food allowance.
  6. If this so-called fake soldier claims his Bank ATM card does not work where he is, he STILL HAS ACCESS to money. The military has finance office detachment on almost every base or camp. He can go there and ask for a “Casual Pay.” What that is, he will get a pay advance and it will be deducted from his next salary.
  7. These guys may also say they lost their ID Card or wallet and need you to send to a “Friend.” Likely his real Identity.
  8. These guys steal soldiers photos from Facebook profiles, They build an identity around it and they will fool you. They themselves probably bought uniforms at surplus stores or took them from Vehicles they bombed.
  9. If any of the above happens and you think he is a real soldier, ask him for his military email address. It will end with “.mil” if so, report him. or

So if you are talking to Someone you met in a group on Facebook or anywhere else who claims to be a soldier and he starts asking for money for things I mentioned above, delete him, block him, and report him to the group admins. These guys could be scamming to better themselves or to Finance and Support Terrorism. Do not allow yourself to be used, and be assured, you are not his only target.

Try to avoid association with people from Africa, Middle East, and South West Asia, like India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. People from Muslim countries in general. They are most likely trying to fund terrorist groups.

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Post Script…. The following was donated by a Filipina who was scammed by a fake soldier. Both documents are fake to include the ID.  This ID is all wrong in set up and information on it. Watch out for these guys. When something like this happens. Report it.

These guys will be sweet talking and tell ladies everything they want to hear. I love you, I miss You, You are the one for me, I need you in my life, blah blah blah, you get my point.  They will mostly target vulnerable women. Women who are single mothers, from poor countries, and overseas working away from families. Many desperate for a western husband to save them from their lives of poverty. They will promise paying back with interest. They will promise visits. They even claim to be looking for a wife. Some are even dumb enough to say the Army has a marriage department or office and that they need money for processing paper work for permission to marry.

We as soldiers and Veterans are very close to those we served with and deploy with. We are like extended family to one another. We will have other soldiers and Veterans on our friends lists and also be part of Veteran and military groups on Facebook. If a, “soldier
” adds you and he has no other American soldiers or Veterans on his friends list, not part of any military or veteran groups, Then he is likely a fraud or scammer.

If he refuses to go on CAM with you then fully expect a fake. Soldiers are allowed to use cams in their quarters, MWR facilities, and open areas that are not showing equipment for communicating with family and loved ones.

Never give these guys your banking details, your home address, or passwords to anything. They don’t need it for any reason. AAFES always has western union capabilities. (Army & AirForce Exchange Services)

Don’t be stupid ladies. keep your eyes open for details. See his Facebook name verses whats on the uniform. Many scammers steal someones photos and forget to match the name. Also all military ID photos will be taken in an office, usually with a blue background, not outside. Photos are taken with a special computer with face recognition software, finger print scanner, and demographics details installed on the chip.

The Lord Answers Prayers

Last night I posted a photo blog of Dry Soil and rice plants trying to grow. The Title was Pray for rain. Today, God Answered. “Ask and you shall recieve.”

img_0029 I am very much grateful for when the rain comes. Here in the Philippines its more than just getting wet. It is preserving life, preventing hunger, and preventing unsanitary conditions. The children also enjoy playing and showering in the rain.


I hope the rain we get will be enough for the plants to last until the next rain.

img_0031 The Camera used for these shots is a Canon EOS 1200D with a 55-250mm lens with Stabilizer.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Pray For Rain

Please rain soon Mother Nature. The rice needs you. Normally the rice fields are partially flooded. Right now the stream near the fields is almost dry and the wells are extremely low. Lord give us a small tropical storm and flood these fields, fill the wells, and make the stream run again. Something…..

 This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1200D. 18 megapixel, using a 55-250 mm lense with Image Stabilizer. f/4-5.6 IS STM. It’s my first post using this Camera. This image is 9.64 MB in file size… Wow.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Please Respect The Church

This is a personal Opinion piece. I am in no way reflecting the views of anyone else. But if you share the same view as me, then great.

I have been living in the Philippines now for just over a year; where homosexuality is an infestation  worse than cockroaches. I don’t mind them too much as long as they leave me alone. I don’t believe their behavior and activities are socially acceptable in anyways. I think Society just tolerates them because they do have some use and we can’t just go about killing them. 

I went to a church recently for a wedding that I was invited to. Lots of beautiful ladies and men dressed up handsomely for the event. Some of the attendees were dressed very well. Some of the less fortunate dressed the best they could. I am okay with that. This is the Philippines. There is a lot of poverty here.

My problem is with a couple of gays in this situation. The wedding is in a Catholic Church. The house of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Homosexuality is a sin and is against the teaching of the church and the Bible. They disrespected the Church in a major way. Being gays of the worst kind, they dressed in ladies clothing, to the point of wearing a stuffed bra. To top it off, they wore make-up. It sickened me so much to see this in God’s house. God created Man and Woman with no intentions of there being anything in between. If I could have kicked them out I would. It was not my event to do so.

For the love of God, if you can’t identify with being the sex you were born with, what God meant for you to be, please find a way to identify and dress properly in a church. A man should behave as a man and ladies should be ladies. Please do not dishonor our father in Heaven by trying to be what you are not. Especially in the house of God. It’s the express lane to hell. 

Call me a Bigot, rude, arrogant, call me an Asshole even, call me what you will. But please consider your actions before the Lord and act honorably in his house. 

Thank You!
David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Church of Cagsawa

Last week I took the Opportunity to see the Cagsawa Church Ruins during my trip to Tabaco City. This Church was destroyed by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano. Natures destruction and fury at its best.


If it were me, I would not have placed the info signs so close to the structure. Kind of ruins the picture view. I guess they were not thinking too much.

imgp0929imgp0936 Through these bars at the base of the tower is a lot of garbage. Less than 100 meters from the tower is about 20 concessionaires selling souvenirs, food, and drinks. The least they could do is keep the site clean since they are making money from it. Hundreds of people come to see this place daily. The very least they could do is keep the area clean and presentable.


The Camera I am using is a Pentax X-5. None of these photos are edited in any way.


Sadly the Mayon Volcano was covered in Clouds. It would have been nice to have it in the background.



I will come back here at a later date. I really want a shot of the tower with the volcano behind it.


Did anyone else notice that the 2 monument signs had different spellings for this site, and I notice I am reflected in this one. The older one says Cagsaua and the Newer one says Cagsawa. Kind of makes me wonder who was right and who was illiterate. Either way the name sounds the same. I hope my readers enjoy the photos that I share and I also hope I put things on people’s bucket lists of things to do, visit, and see some day.


David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran