By Alithea De Jesus
Who would have thought that the place he hated will become a place he would love? That’s the story of David Haldane, an award-winning journalist enjoying the glamourous life in Los Angeles but later on, found a home in the Philippines — away from his home in America!
David’s story of desperation metamorphosed into a beautiful transformation and he didn’t mind turning back the pages of the history of his life when he walked into the newsroom of his long-time employer, the Los Angeles Times, but one day was unceremoniously escorted right back out in a massive layoff. It was a whirlwind experience for him and eventually led to a new adventure and landed him in a place he never imagined — the magical Philippine island of Siargao, which serves as the cradle for his Filipino wife.
David a Mindanao Gold Star Daily columnist, tells the gripping story in his new book, A Tooth In My Popsicle, which will be launched on March 7 in Manila.
“I wrote the book to tell the story of a transformative adventure, sometimes frightening, often frustrating, occasionally hilarious, but always, I hope, entertaining,” Haldane explains. “I hope A Tooth in My Popsicle motivates other dreamers to pursue what their hearts truly desire.”
The book is a compilation of short narrative essays about his experience from first inviting his now-wife to America for a new life, to the beauty of hope with two young children. Haldane’s two previous books are the award-winning memoir, Nazis & Nudists, and a short-story collection called Jenny on the Street. When David’s not writing books, he can often be found working on his weekly newspaper column called Expat Eye.
His book will be launched on March 7, 2023, 3PM at the Ortigas Foundation Library 2nd Floor, Mckinley Parking Bldg Greenhills Shopping Center San Juan for food, readings, discussions, and fun. A Tooth in My Popsicle will be available at the foundation, as well as on Lazada and at the offices of Bonales PR & Associates.