While waiting for my favorite Filipino television show, “Ang Probinsyano,” to begin, I’ll flip to TV Patrol news on ABS CBN so I don’t miss the start of “The Provincial Man.” Now if ABS CBN’s shows would adhere to a strict schedule and time slot, I wouldn’t have to switch to the network so I don’t miss the start of Coco Martin’s action show. However, this is the Philippines and even the network programs are on “Filipino Time.”
I’ve opined in past posts about Cignal being the best satellite service in the Philippines. Sadly, I can no longer in good faith make this claim to my readers. “Philippines: Cignal’s Dreadful New Channels” will attempt to explain why my zeal for Cignal has cooled considerably.
Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections
While checking out some recycled flower pots hanging from one of our cashew trees, I decided to take the following photographs of my better half’s spacious garden. If you live in the Philippines, we moved here from Central Illinois almost nine years ago, you can have a garden 365 days a year. For a gardening fanatic like my wife, seen in the next photo with her long-sleeved work clothes, it’s a dream come true.
Recycled Soft Drink Flower Pots Decorate Cashew Tree
My asawa’s favorite pastime is working in her garden in Guimaras, the island province we call home. After birthday parties and other special occasions, we have an abundance of left over 1.5 and 2 liter soft drink bottles. My resourceful wife loves to recycle those leftover plastic containers and convert them into flower pots. One of the places she hangs her new creations is a cashew tree located in our back yard.
As this article goes to press at 10:30 am, June 13th, 2018, the exchange rate stands at 53.10 Philippine pesos to 1 US dollar. The Manila Times reports that Singapore-based bank DBS is predicting a fall to P54 versus the US dollar by the end of this year, 2018. Earlier forecasts posted in this website had predicted an even further decline of P56 to 1 USD by year’s end.
The Panay News reported last Sunday that Guimaras Motorboat Trip Shortage Strands Passengers. Guimaras, home of the sweetest mangoes in the world, is the island province we call home. Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz wants to know why there aren’t enough boats operating.
Filipino Families Can Decently Live on $200 Month? That’s according to NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon, who claimed you’re not considered poor if you earn P10,000 a month and support a family of five. This Philippine bureaucrat claims a family of five can decently live on $200 a Month. NEDA is the National Economic and Development Authority.
It’s a recurring theme in our island province. Yes, “Another Guimaras Domestic Helper Bites the Dust.” We’re losing our sixth household assistant in the past four years.
It was a disturbing report. A highly reliable source informed me yesterday that Olivia’s Kitchen is no longer welcoming expats. Foreigners that frequent this Guimaras eatery have been tagged as “complaining and too aggressive.”