Our First Pool Party in the Philippines

It’s a post I can finally publish: ” Our First Pool Party in the Philippines.” It’s been a massive project. The new swimming hole construction began right after Christmas. But we faced a couple of delays which set the undertaking back two months.

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Our Filipino Workers Have Left the Building

Our Filipino workers have left the building after almost two years. Brother-in-law Joery led a crew that built a nipa hut on our property in November 2014.  In January 2015 Contractor Boy began work on our new home in the Philippines with a 22-man crew. We moved in the first of July 2015.

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Guimaras Governor Gumarin’s Guimelco Gripes

THEREFORE let it be known throughout the universe. I was right about something! And the fact that the Prince of our Province echoes my exact sentiments is rather shocking. Yes, dear reader, “Guimaras Governor Gumarin’s Guimelco Gripes” is a prodigious post that makes me happier than a turd in a toilet bowl.

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The Verdict? No Solar for our Philippine Home

We had been looking into solar last month. The verdict is in. No solar for our Philippine home. While we’re fed up with power outages in Guimaras, we might purchase a generator instead.

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The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines

Crusty Old Expat. The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines. Both of those monikers, and others, apply to me. Regular readers of Philippines Plus might have noticed that comments have been closed for recent posts. I have a shot of myself relaxing in Boracay at the end of each post stating that.

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The City Mall Parola Expat Experience

“The City Mall Parola Expat Experience.”  A retired fart like me has plenty of time to go shopping with his asawa. I enjoy checking out new places.  Parola is located at Fort San Pedro Drive in Iloilo City. Guimaras, the island province we call home, is an approximately 12-15 pump boat ride away from Ortiz Wharf, minutes from Parola.

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Last Manila Crooked Cabbie Saga

Finally, I humbly present my “Last Manila Crooked Cabbie Saga.” With apologies to Master Todd,  the forthcoming spiel occurred before the former Marine’s now-famous “50 pesos plus fare” lesson. 

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Our Luxury 2Go Cruise Manila/Iloilo

An unfortunate incident occurred during our luxury 2go cruise from Manila to Iloilo.  In a previous post, I related the tragic event in which a man jumped from our ship. At this time, the man’s body has not been found.

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Man Overboard! Our 2Go Cruise Manila/Iloilo

Our recent trip from Manila was marred by tragedy: “Man Overboard! Our 2Go Cruise Manila/Iloilo.” Nine and 1/2 hours  in to our 22-hour cruise back home, my wife suddenly called out to me: “Someone has jumped overboard!”

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The SM City North EDSA Expat Experience

“SM City North EDSA Expat Experience” relates our latest shopping adventure in the Philippines.  It was a chaotic shopping trip. I was almost convinced Filipinos in Manila had started their Christmas shopping early. After all, the Philippines has the longest Christmas season in the world and begins September 1st.

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The SM Mall of Asia Expat Experience

I’ve been writing a blog for almost seven years now. Over in Guimaras, the island province we call home, there is nothing that even remotely resembles a large super mall. We do have the Chavez Building. You could call that place a  strip mall if you’ve consumed too many bottles of Red Horse.

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Manila’s Last Honest Cab Driver?

During a recent trip to Pasay City, my asawa and I might have discovered Manila’s last honest cab driver. At the Stone House Hotel, our base of operations, we used taxis to travel to nearby Mall of Asia. Not one single driver would go on meter, aside from one honest soul on our last trip to MOA.

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Cozy & Comfortable: Stone House Hotel Pasay

We recently made a trip to Metro Manila. We stayed for five nights at the cozy and comfortable Stone House Hotel Pasay. Only three kilometers from the SM Mall of Asia, Stone House, doesn’t offer five-star accommodations. But it does give the budget-conscious traveler great budget options for staying in Manila.

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The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila. The Conclusion

We left our starting point in Guimaras around 7:50 am on a cloudy, dreary Tuesday morning. We’ve been traveling by bus and ferry for almost 13 hours and it’s now 9 pm. We’re in Oriental Mindoro headed for the ferry at Calapan. Finally, here’s the last leg of this extended journey. “The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila. The Conclusion.”

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The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila, Part Two

“The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila, Part Two.” The madness continues. Why would any sweaty, overweight American expat in the Philippines subject himself to such torture? After seven years of living in this Southeast Asian archipelago, you’d think I’d have better sense than to board a bus without air con.

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