“In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines? “ Thirty-seven people were killed in a Manila casino this past Friday. A lone masked gunman walked straight into the building, past a lone security guard who panicked when she saw the suspect’s assault rifle. The victims are thought to have died of smoke inhalation. None of them appear to have been shot.
Captain Tom and his amazing mohawk took time off from his thriving graphic design business, Line of Sight, to visit a Guimaras fiesta in Buluangan, the Philippines. Tom has been visiting his fiancée, the lovely Lenlen, seen seated in between my beautiful asawa on the left and a family friend on the right.
A Kapre lives in an old mango tree in my asawa’s elementary school in Guimaras, the island province of the Philippines we call home. According to Wikipedia, a Kapre is a Philippine mythical creature that could be characterized as a tree demon. It is described as being a tall (7 to 9 ft), dark, muscular creature. Kapres are normally described as having a strong smell that would attract human attention. After a sweaty day in the archipelago, I sometimes have a strong smell that repels human attention.
Living in “paradise,” believe it or not, is not always the utopia you might think it is. After over six years of living in the Philippines I thought it would be a good time to compile my “Top 10 Stress-Busters for Living in the Philippines.”
Guimaras Wonders Farm: Integrated Agro-Ecotourism Destination was the latest stop in my asawa’s search for new flowers and plants. My wife is in the initial states of a landscaping project at our new home in the Philippines and needs some fresh greenery for a batch of pottery we have ordered.
It’s fiesta time at our sleepy barangay on the island province of Guimaras. When I first heard my asawa mention that it was time for their annual celebration, I scratched my head (not my butt this time) and wondered out loud: “Why was an Asian country celebrating what I thought was a Mexican tradition?”
I’ve been happily married over 15 years. Until this year, I’ve been able to celebrate most of Cupid’s Fiestas with my asawa except for the year 2000 in which I was waiting for her to join me in the States as we awaited the processing of her Spousal Visa. This is a Valentine’s Day Tribute to my Sainted Patient Wife.
Celebrity status in the Philippines is a phenomenon many foreigners will encounter in the archipelago. Some expats, like Tom Ramberg over in Gen San, is often the recipient of wolf whistles from appreciative Filipinas whenever he steps out in public. I’ve been chased and screamed at by pretty pinays as I sat in the rear of a jeepney or tricycle in Guimaras, my island province home. Every time this event occurs I check my barn door to make sure it’s closed. It always is so I can only assume that the young ladies were either stoned on shabu or flirtatious Filipinas from the local KTV bars.
The Ford Ranger XLT 4×2 Automatic is our new truck in the Philippines. After not owning, or driving, our own vehicle since moving to the Philippines over five years ago we have finally purchased our own personal transportation. WHAT??? But wait a minute. Regular readers of Philippines Plus must be scratching their heads (or their butts, if you prefer), wondering why in the world we bought the Ford. Didn’t I publish a post a few weeks ago regarding an initial unpleasant visit to the local dealership in Iloilo?