Have Another Coke! Nutrition Day on Guimaras Island.


Lots of commotion on Guimaras Island this past Friday. It was Nutrition Day at my sister-in-law's preschool center. Hordes of noisy kids running around in the back, but since the "headquarters" for PhilippinesPlus.com is located in our bedroom in front of our residence, the noise levels were tolerable. I didn't have to crank up the volume on my Jango Internet radio too loud. Anytime anyone mentions the word "nutrition" it gives me the jitters, but the heavy metal music I listen to (e.g. Godsmack, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Rev Theory) calms me down. The tots are pretty well-behaved and call me "Uncle Dave," and since The Sainted Patient Wife was on duty as my official staff photographer I stayed in front of the fan in my little corner of our bedroom gulping down glasses of tubig (water) and a bottle of Real Leaf Honey Apple Green Tea.DSC

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Healthier Happy Meals. Will it Spread to the Philippines?


Just saw a news report that McDonald's is going to add apple slices to every Happy Meal  as part of the chain's larger push to portray itself as a healthy place to eat. Excuse me, but I've been eating at McDonald's in the United States or the Philippines for almost 50 years now and at no time did I enter Ronald McDonald's stomping grounds on the assumption I was going to be chowing down on some healthy food. Apple slices in a McDonald's Happy Meal is akin to getting apples when I went trick-or-treating as a kid instead of some cavity-inducing candy bars (caramel-covered apples were a welcome exception, however.)DSC

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Heavy Rains Don’t Dampen My Sinigang Soup


Tropical storm "Juaning" made landfall the other day and gave us  the roughest ride on the pump boat to Iloilo City that I've experienced in the two years I've lived in the Philippines as an American expat. My asawa, who's taken many more trips on the Guimaras Strait than I ever will, got so sea sick that she almost threw up. It hardly bothered me, but the waves were so high that a  passenger boat from Guimaras headed to Iloilo sank Tuesday morning. According to an ABS CBN news.com report,  the pump boat, which was carrying 27 passengers and 3 crew members, sank off the shores of Buenavista, Guimaras around 10 a.m. after it was damaged by the strong waves brought by tropical storm “Juaning.”DSC

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Scuba Diving in the Philippines. Check Out Guimaras Island.

I can't even swim. But yet I live on Guimaras Island, home of sweet mangoes and sweet Filipinas, and surrounded by beautiful beach resorts with white sandy beaches. I grew up in Central Illinois. My wife can swim like a mermaid on steroids. I'm lucky to even make it out of bed each morning, let alone try to learn how to swim and go scuba diving in the Philippines at my advanced age. I'm a 59-year-old geezer. I remember my Grandpa turning 62 and remarking "This is probably the last birthday I'll be celebrating." He lived to be 80. I don't plan to say that when I reach 62, God willing,  and The Sainted Patient Wife doesn't clobber me with her bolo before then. More episodes like the recent incident in Iloilo City at The Moon Cafe, and she just might. DSC

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Jade and James: A Fil-Am Love Story

I've got a great "job." Well, if you want to call sitting at my computer all day with no phones ringing, no boss hovering over me (The Sainted Patient Wife leaves me alone for the most part) and no daily commute on Interstate 55,  a "job".DSC

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Pineapples and Crabs. It’s a Tough Life in the Jungle.


The Sainted Patient Wife walked into the house the other day at our home in Guimaras carrying a pineapple. Not unusual to see. We have pineapples growing in our yard (see second photo.) But my asawa was excited because the pineapple depicted was from the top of a pineapple she had planted two years ago … Read morePineapples and Crabs. It’s a Tough Life in the Jungle.

Beavis and Butt-Head, American Expats in the Philippines


"Beavis and Butt-Head" are coming back to MTV.With American expat Brother Tom leaving this Monday to return to the States for eight months, I immediately thought of Tom and myself. We could, with not much of a stretch, call ourselves the Beavis and the Butt-Head of the Philippines. Since Tom will be leaving from the Manila airport the day this article will post, he won't be able to immediately comment on the comparison.  By the way, no offense to any other expats from other countries, I think only United States citizens could qualify as true B&B clones. OK, which one of is  is Beavis,  and who is Butt-Head? Well, here's a picture of Lyn Lyn, myself, and Brother Tom, taken from The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras last night as we were saying farewell to Tom. DSC

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Lolo’s Big Move is Coming Up. Big Thanks to Mike Crews! The Goal Has Been Met!


My father-in -law stopped by "The Compound" this past Sunday around 6:30 am. He always sticks out his paw to shake hands with me and greets me with a "Good Morning." Lolo (grandpa) always seems happy to see me. The Sainted Patient Wife had given him half of the money he needed for his upcoming move. Thanks to some generous donations from readers of this website, we were able to provide him with 50% of  the money needed for his Bayanihan move. Bayanihan is a Filipino term taken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, country, town or community. The whole term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective (source:Wikipedia.)DSC

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Is Your Filipina Sweetheart Already Married? Find Out with CENOMAR


I’ve had some recent emails from a few readers that have left me concerned. Seems that their Filipina sweetheart they have chatted with online and have come to visit in the Philippines have been scamming them. Said they were not married. Turns out they were. One even told my friend that she was divorced because she has been separated for so many years. Folks, there is NO DIVORCE LAW in the Philippines. Costly annulments are the only option for those trying to get out of a failed marriage. Good luck on getting one of those. Let me emphasize this: IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW LONG YOUR BEAUTIFUL FILIPINA HAS BEEN SEPARATED. SHE CANNOT LEGALLY MARRY IN THE PHILIPPINES NO MATTER HOW MANY YEARS SHE HAS BEEN SEPARATED. scan


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