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How to Survive an Aswang or Witch Attack in the Philippines

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At the entrance of the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras Friday morning as my asawa and niece JalAmiel were going to meet Brother Tom for lunch and then go on a trip to his farmhouse in Guimaras (more on that story in a future post), two little girls waved to us as we drove by them in our tricycle. I waved back and made it a point to stop by later to see what the young ladies were selling at their table.  I was quite surprised to see that they had several types of bracelets called "karmin" which offers babies protection from being eaten by aswangs. And no, I am not making any of this up and have not been drinking any bottles of Gold Eagle beer.

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Have You Tried This Cheap Beer in the Philippines, Gold Eagle?

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Thanks to American expat, Brother Tom (more on Tom in future posts), I discovered Gold Eagle Beer, which costs 10 pesos less a bottle than my normal brews, San Miguel Pale Pilsen or Red Horse.  At only around 15  pesos (35 cents in USD)  a bottle, this smooth beer, which only has a slightly lesser kick than Pale Pilsen, tastes really good chilled and has now become my favorite beer of choice in the Philippines. Now before you think I have  cases of Gold Eagle or Red Horse stashed at "The Compound" in Guimaras, I currently do not have any alcohol in our home, and when I do buy any, it usually just a couple of cans of Red Horse. I have been known to drink a few beers at our local fiesta and the recent Manggahan Festival held in Guimaras. To be honest, I much prefer a can of regular Coke with my meals, but do partake of the occasional brew. DSC

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Anne Curtis hits 1-M followers on Twitter!

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Today’s video from YouTube features  gorgeous television host and actress Anne Curtis who recently became the  first Filipino celebrity with 1 million followers on Twitter. ABS CBN online reported this in a April 29, 2011 and noted that other local celebrities who have a big following on Twitter are Angel Locsin (615,799), Kris Aquino (611,884), Sam Milby (484,050), Bianca Gonzalez (483,036), and KC Concepcion (471,061). The figures are all as of posting time. Anne Curtis e

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Grilled Chicken Intestines, Facebook and the Beauty Queen

The 2011 Manggahan Festival recently held in Guimaras province of the Philippines ended April 17, but I wanted to publish this photo of some grilled treats that my asawa and I enjoyed during the festivities. My spouse devoured some grilled squid while I had some chicken wings, P25 each (58 cents in USD), along with a grilled chicken leg and thigh for P65 ($1.51). The food went great with some lukewarm bottles of San Miguel. DSC

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US Embassy Says 70% of Filipinos Who Apply for Visas Get It

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I was extremely surprised to read that seven of 10 Filipinos applying for a US visa obtain approval. I had the impression that most candidates inevitably meet with rejection. However, according to an April 29, 2011  online report on  Inquirer Global Nation, the United States Embassy reported those figures this past Wednesday, refuting the common perception that most candidates inevitably meet with rejection.us embassy

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Another Stupid Cop Story from the Philippines

Lord knows I have written on the subject of stupid cops in the Philippines before. First there was the bungledhostage “rescue” last August in Manila by Filipino SWAT teams that resulted in the deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists. Then there was the story about some fun-loving police officers at the Manila airport where one cop shot a fellow cop in the head during some horseplay. And why in the world is such activity called “horseplay?” Are horses really that stupid? I doubt it. Recently, I also  had a post about a couple of rookie Iloilo officers that posed nude for some photos alongside their buddies in uniform, and the pictures were posted in Facebook. They were fired. Security guard

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Easter Lunch at The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras

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Relaxed this past Easter Sunday. Went to a 10 am Mass at the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras (see photo) and had lunch at The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras. Our hostess was an attractive 24-year-old Filipina, Maricel Dacunes. My asawa and I had recently been to the Shirven Hotel this past March to participate in commencement exercises for the Guimaras Joyful Noise Learning Center .DSC

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Near Rumble at Cebu Pacific in Iloilo:The Conclusion!

Two guards had just been called in for back-up to the Cebu Pacific ticket outlet in MaryMart in Iloilo. After a frustrating attempt to have my itinerary changed from Cebu to Manila,  I was repeatedly told by the obstinate ticket associate that I had purchased a "promo ticket" and the date and destination of my flight could not be changed under any circumstances. As the guards sat down I walked over and took their photos with my camera phone and said to the ticket clerk: "You have to bring in extra security guards because YOU cannot handle the situation. This is a joke! Do you think that these two are going to intimidate me? When is your manager getting here?" She said nothing.  I'm pissed!

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Cebu Pacific in Iloilo Calls in Extra Security to Handle Irate American

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The Cebu Pacific ticket office located at the old MaryMart Building in Iloilo was the scene of  a crime a couple of weeks ago in which I was the victim of a robbery. Needed to change the itinerary on my ticket from Cebu to Manila. Had originally intended to fly to Cebu to visit the local immigration office and apply for my 13 (a) Permanent Visa to live in the Philippines. However, after determining the amount of trips it might take to Cebu and the subsequent cost, my asawa and I decided to return to the Bureau of Immigration Office in Intramuros, Manila, where we went last year to obtain my probationary (13) Visa. My wife has numerous relatives in the Metro Manila area where we can stay for an extended period of time if necessary. Guards

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My Buddies from Viagra

Is it because I'm an old geezer of 59? Or maybe the guys that keep sending me these emails for Viagra, that end up in my Spam box, know something I don't know. Whatever the reason, I'm constantly bombarded by ads in my Yahoo email pitching Sildenafil citrate, which since 1998, has been the  primary drug prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Doesn't matter that I'm on the edge of a jungle in the Philippines, my "buddies" from Viagra still find me. Guess I could get a complex about it, but the only time I really have trouble in that department is when I imbibe too many Red Horse beers. Smilin Bob

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