Our parking lots attendants in Guimaras, the island province we call home, were recently arrested for shabu possession. Two males and one female, a sister of one of the men, were taken into custody in handcuffs, and were allegedly in possession of shabu, meth, methamphetamine.read more
My sister-in-law is visiting us. She’s been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait for the past six years. We decided to have a karaoke night to welcome our returning Overseas Foreign Worker, OFW.read more
An American’s bullet-planting charges against NAIA employees was dropped by the Philippine Department of “Justice.” The DOJ junked on Thursday American missionary, Lane Michael White’s, criminal complaints against NAIA airport security personnel who allegedly planted a bullet in his luggage.read more
Soulful Sunsets in Beguiling Boracay: This crusty old expat has never experienced such beautiful settings of the sun in the 64+ years I’ve lived on this spinning globe called Earth.
We’re planning an upcoming visit to SM Mall of Asia in mid-July. My asawa and I are accompanying her sister Majorie, an OFW, Overseas Foreign Worker, back to Manila so she can catch her flight back to Kuwait. My sister-in-law has been working in Kuwait for over six years now.read more
Johnny Rockets is an American restaurant franchise whose themed decor is based upon 1950s diner-style restaurants. I’m here to testify, Brothers and Sisters, that great burgers can be found at Johnny Rockets in Boracay.
“Our Island Hopping Disappointment in Boracay.” I must have been asked over a thousand times if I wanted to go island hopping by various salesmen during our four day stay in Boracay. I was getting pissed with all the perpetual pestering.read more
“Willy, Our Guide to the Best Boracay Deals” might prove to be a useful post for those planning to visit this paradise in the Philippines. If you want to sojourn to the best island in the world, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine, Willy S. Provido can shepherd you to the cheapest places to stay on the beach in Boracay.read more
Iloilo to Boracay: The American Expat in the Philippines. Apologies for not having any recent posts but my lovely asawa and I, along with niece Shaina, and sister Marjorie, who was on vacation from her job in Kuwait, visited one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Boracay.read more
“A must-read for anyone considering a new life in the Philippines!”read more
After a recent event in “The Queen City of the South,” my wife and I have to wonder: “Was Our Niece a Target of Kidnappers in Cebu?”read more
My asawa and I had just returned from another trip to Cebu City with our little niece and nephew from Guimaras in tow. We only had a couple of days before we would attend what I like to call “The Neon Blue Jesus Wedding.” My spouse and I were approached a couple of months ago by some distant relatives and asked to be sponsors for the big event.read more
There’s a new sheriff in town: Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming President of the Philippines. Duterte has been called Asia’s Donald Trump. Like Trump, Duterte speaks his mind and doesn’t seem to care who he might offend, even if it’s Pope Francis, who he called a “son of a whore.” Love him or hate him, you have to admit the new guy does have a set of balls.read more
I was quite surprised to see such a large presence for RC, Royal Crown Cola, when we were visiting U.S. friends in Cebu recently. Coke products and Coke-sponsored signs for local businesses is the norm in nearby Iloilo and Guimaras, the island province we call home. When I saw so many local sari sari stores advertising the popular soft drinks that I used to consume back in Central Illinois, a wave of nostalgia passed over me.read more
During a recent day tour in Bohol, my asawa and I visited the Chocolate Hills, a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, therefore the name.read more