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New Gaisano Mall Iloilo City’s Ho-Hum Experience

I’m cognizant of the fact that I’m negative at times. I’m not the official cheerleader for the Philippines Tourism Department. It’s my goal to present my personal perspective as an American expat living in the Philippines in an objective manner. I’ll give credit where credit is due. When something stinks, like the wastewater pipelines buried in Boracay beaches, I’ll address those issues, also. Therefore, I present the following post: “New Gaisano Mall Iloilo City’s Ho-Hum Experience.”

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10 Best Reasons to Never Visit Guimaras, Philippines

I’ve lived in the Philippines with my Filipina wife for over eight years now. We’ve spent six of those years on a tiny island province called Guimaras in Western Visayas. Here’s my “10 Best Reasons to Never Visit Guimaras, Philippines.” 1. Sunsets uglier than dog crap on the bottom of your cheap-ass vinyl slippers you … Read more10 Best Reasons to Never Visit Guimaras, Philippines

Solar Power Philippines

solar panel

“Solar Power Philippines.” We’re researching our solar power options in the Philippines. During a recent trip to SM City in nearby Iloilo my asawa and I decided to check out a new establishment. The company was offering solar living possibilities for our new home in the Philippines.

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Are Life Jackets Crumpling Lawyers’ Suits on Iloilo-Guimaras Pump Boats?

only a few life jackets available on guimaras iloilo pump boat

Are life jackets crumpling lawyer’s suits on the Iloilo-Guimaras pump boats? Did a court in Guimaras prohibit the wearing of life jackets in motorized banca boats to help the lawyers prevent this? With the recent tragic loss of nine lives on the Tawash, the Coast Guard is cracking down. At least for now. Crumpled clothes or not. 

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Department of Toursim Director: “Sea Tragedies Happen Anywhere in the World”

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Department of Tourism, regional director, Helen  Catalbas downplayed Sunday’s tragic loss of lives when a Guimaras-bound motorboat capsized in the Iloilo Strait, taking the lives of nine people.  According to the Panay News the DOT Director stated  “sea tragedies happen anywhere in the world.”

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Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DOES NOT Enforce Wearing of Life Jackets

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The Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DOES NOT enforce the wearing of life jackets.

It is required by MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority)’s Memorandum Circular No. 08 Series of 2008 which states that “ALL passengers shall be required to wear life jackets from the time of departure and during the entire voyage…”

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Riding the Pump Boat on the Iloilo Strait Back to Mango Land

pump boat outside Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo

My asawa and I were riding the pump boat on the Iloilo Strait back to Mango Land, Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas of the Philippines that we retired to over five years ago. After a shopping spree in Iloilo City, we hired a pump boat at Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo to haul our new Samsung washer, Samsung DVD Home Entertainment System, and Magic Sing Karaoke back to “The Farm” where we currently reside.

 A look at the Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City

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American Expat in Philippines Making the Move to Guimaras

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This American expat in the Philippines and his lovely Filipina wife are making the move back to Guimaras, the sweet mango province in Western Visayas soon. The original move date was scheduled for next year. That date was pushed up by a year when Lolo’s Alzheimer’s worsened.

Guimaras sunset

Pump boat at sunset on the Iloilo Strait

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