The first three characters of “RTCXpression” are my initials. My full name is RT Cunningham. The X stands for “expression”, which is what this website (mostly a blog) is all about.
I was born in 1960 and my wife was born in 1961. My older son was born in 1980 and my younger son was born in 1985. I’m a grandfather, courtesy of my older son and his wife. In the Philippines, I’m also a lolo of more than just my grandchildren.
I’m retired from regular employment and I live as a US citizen and expatriate in an area of the world some people would call a writer’s paradise, the Philippines. I live in the suburbs of Olongapo City, on a hill at the end of a road.
Some people in the Philippines like to call me “kano”. The word is a slang and shortcut word for the Tagalog (Filipino) word for “American” (Amerikano) and it originally referred to male Americans in the Philippines. These days, it’s used to describe all white, male foreigners, regardless of nationality (until the nationality is known). “Kana” is the feminine version of the word. It’s not an insult. I’ve been addressed as “Joe” far more often (by strangers), which isn’t an insult either. It’s how many Filipinos address foreigners they don’t know (they’re more likely to use “pare” if it’s a Filipino they don’t know).