About me

Meg and Maddee on Easter Sunday 2010.

My name is David Montesino and I live on the Key Peninsula in Washington state. My wife Meg, dog Maddee and I moved here in the Summer of 2009. I am a journalist based in Tacoma, Wash. I enjoy photography and I love food — both cooking and eating it. I am originally from the Philippines, arriving in America  on the morning of June 22, 1984, and have worked as a journalist in the United States since 1989. I studied journalism at Humboldt State University. I have been a reporter, photographer, graphic artist, page designer and editor working for newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Honolulu (Hawaii) Advertiser and Grants Pass (Ore.) Daily Courier. I am currently a senior editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

My blog simply reflects life on the Key Peninsula as I see it through my eyes and camera lenses. I have a few thousand neighbors living south of the Purdy sand spit and I barely know them. My hope is that by recording what I see and hear that in time my recollections can paint a more dynamic picture of them and this rich and beautiful collection of communities we call home.

If you know of anyone in the community who has a great story to tell and would like to share, please let me know. Also, do send me information of upcoming events and of news happening around your neighborhood. I can be reached via email at dmontesino@yahoo.com or by telephone at 253-549-8186.

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Me at home in 2012.

24 thoughts on “About me

  1. Sounds like you have had a good life so far in America. The PNW is a great place to end up and personally I like Tacoma. I am sure things will pick up around there. I like that north end, it’s nice around there.

  2. Hi Dave,
    Your candid shots of Negros definitely definitely warms my heart. Bert visited Silliman U campus years back–never been outside of Manila, had college in Mapua, other than his province. He, too, got captivated by it. Manang Baby/Celia Rose

  3. Hi Dave, we’re neighbors! I’ve been in Longbranch since 2003 on the southern arm of filucy bay. Come over some time! We’ll ooh and hah over the sunset and Mt Rainier and chat over a beer or two.

  4. Hi David, found your great blog Googling grandson Adam Barker. Doing grandkids’ newsletter. Great pic — If he approves, may I use? Attribution of course. Also journalist. Last gig before retirement biz: doing features for The Oregonian by invite, while working full-time elsewhere.

      1. Thank you so much. We’ll see if he wants his cousins to see his new look. But I thought of a way to use it and a golf photo by cropping one. You photo is hilarious!

  5. David Montesino, three-time Pullitzer Prize winner????? Whooooooooooaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Albeit late, congratulations!!! Learned about the whole thing from Grace whose invite on FB I just accepted this morning! Like I told her, you guys always showed potential–in the SUES library, the noise, the voices, and even when we were in Cebu for that boy scout jamboree in 1977!!!! Remember how some of you cried when parents visited and how all the others laughed and we ended coming up with our standard rhyme!!!! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

  6. Hi David, I came across your blog while googling Lee Plaza Hypermart. I am form Dumaguete too… Currently a preschool teacher in Ho Chi Minh.

  7. Thank you for sharing your blog. We love your writing and looking at the Key Peninsula through your eyes.

  8. David, we just found your blog. This week we purchased a cabin in Taylor Bay Estates. We moved from Iowa in 2010 and live full time in Gig Harbor. Life here is much different from Iowa, and we are eager to learn. Family visiting the cabin will include my wife, our two children and their spouses and three grandchildren.

  9. David, just got introduced to your special site. Your stories about Dumaguete and the search for going back home resonated with me. Like you, I found myself back home in Manila in 2009 with my sisters after 30 some years of being gone. The long time memories can never match up to the now places. Still, it was a great journey. Now live in Vaughn. Married a local and now consider myself one. Hope to meet you in person sometime. Hey, maybe I’ll have enough energy to organize a small beach party and invite some loud, local Pinoys to share kwentos…

    Keep the stories coming!


    1. Mariza: Great to hear there is another Pinoy on the Peninsula. I’m glad you found my blog. We live in a beautiful place with wonderful people. It is certainly an easy place to love. The homeland will always be special in our hearts, but this is home. Have a great day. Maraming salamat for the kind words. Cheers. David

  10. Hi David, I am a KP resident. I am a big fan or your work. I am writing some fiction for the website Hubpages.com. I am including some KP sites woven into the story. Could I get permission to use a photo and credit you with a link?

    Keep up the good work,

    Lori Colbo

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