Am I The “Ugly American?”

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Had an issue with a boxer at the SM City Supermarket in Iloilo last month. My asawa and I buy the bulk of our groceries during our monthly visit to Iloilo,  and  we usually shop at  SM City. We've tried the supermarket at The Atrium, and the SM Hypermarket in Iloilo, but prefer the larger selection and wider aisles and air con of the SM City market. We buy from 4-5 large boxes of groceries for our family of five and have them packed in boxes to make it easier to haul them in the pump boat back to "The Compound" in Guimaras. But since I was already in a foul mood because of an infected right foot (which has since healed), I was not willing to take any crap from anyone that day. Not even my asawa, and certainly not some young male grocery/boxer kid. Ugly Poster

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Inflation Rate for January 2011 Rises 3.5 % in the Philippines


The Philippines' inflation rate rose to 3.5 % for January 2011, the highest level in the past five months. The increase was mainly due to higher food and fuel costs.  December's rate was 3%. We'll be doing our monthly shopping trip in Iloilo this Saturday, and it will be interesting to see if we notice any substantial increase in prices. One thing that is hurting us, however, is the poor rice production on my mother-in-law's land she leases in Guimaras.

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Do You Have Enough Money to Live in the Philippines?

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Planning to live in the Philippines some day? I’m sure one of the foremost questions on your mind is “How much does it cost to live in the Philippines?”, or “Do I have enough money to live in the Philippines?” That was certainly one of the most researched topics I did before retiring to the Philippines in July 2009 to live in rural Guimaras with my beautiful Filipina wife.

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Lots of Ladyboys and Scammers on DateinAsia!

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Do I have an obsession with ladyboys in the Philippines? Rest assured, I am a heterosexual happily married to a beautiful Filipina.  But as I was researching dating sites and scammers in the Philippines,  DateinAsia, kept popping up in my Google search. You can  view who is online without becoming a member or registering,  so I did a search and found a bunch of ladyboys on the Philippines that were “online now” and looking for love.  It was kind of scary!Janice Garcia

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Duwende Responsible for Leaving Our Lights On!

Latest electric bill for January 2011 at "The Compound" in Guimaras was only P1,580.55 (35.81 US Dollars.) Not bad for a family of five, and one of the lowest bills we've had since moving to the Philippines in July 2009. Our December 2010 bill was P2,236.84 (50.61 USD),  November bill P2,666.23 (60.31 USD),  October bill P1,617.39 (36.58 USD),  and our September bill was a whopping P3,506.01 (79.32 USD) up from a charge of only P1,204.91 (27.26 USD) in August. Our local power company in Guimaras, Guimelco,  increased our bill in September due to the buying of power from Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development. When you're on a fixed income as we are,  the difference in the higher bills can really impact our budget. Lawn Gnomes

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Philippines Hospitals CANNOT Imprison You for Non Payment

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According to the Constitution of the Philippines “no one shall be imprisoned for nonpayment of debt or poll tax.” It is common practice in the Philippines to hold patients hostage until their bill is fully paid. I know from personal experience. When you have a guard armed with a shotgun at the exit of a hospital that has to scrutinize your officially paid receipt before you can leave, it does prompt one to pay that bill in full before checking out.  A recent column in the Inquirer Lifestyle pointed out that such hospitals are in violation of the Constitution.  What can one do if you find yourself with an unpaid balance as you try to leave your Philippines hospital?

Bridget Suarez Sexy Nurse

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Jobs in the Philippines

Saw a recent advertisement in a Filipino newspaper about a Job Fair being offered recently for those seeking jobs in the Philippines, Filipino jobs or those living in the Philippines seeking jobs overseas.  Here's what some of the recruiters were looking for: financial executives, area sales managers, operations managers, accounting generalists, HR supervisors, system engineers, performance maximization managers, management trainees, front desk specialists, nurses, quality assurance specialists, telemarketers and sales representatives, admin assistants, architects, industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, network administrators, IT technicians, programmers, data encoders, customer service representatives, credit and collection, billing assistant, courier, operations agent, recruitment analysts, receptionists, accountant, store managers, librarians, agent sales coordinators, and call center agents.Seeking job

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Shabu Ring Busted in Iloilo Flea Market!

Shabu, the poor man's cocaine (crystal meth) was being sold in a flea market in nearby Iloilo. The locals started complaining, and agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, PDEA, stepped in and busted five boneheads suspects sniffing the crap.  That according to a report in the Journal Online, January 27,2011 edition.toys for sale

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