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Late Night Karaoke Ban Looming in the Philippines

A tower of speakers at the Guimaras fiesta

Will a new bill being discussed in the Philippines House of Representatives finally end late night karaoke sessions in the Philippines? Anyone that have lived in the archipelago has been exposed to extreme noise pollution coming from local fiestas, birthday parties, loudspeakers, karaoke bars, etc. It’s a law that’s been long overdue in the Philippines. 

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Guimaras-Iloilo Boatmen Shocked by Surprise Drug Test

pump boats at Ortiz in Iloilo

The Panay News had some attention-grabbing news recently. Subjected to a shock were local boatmen in Guimaras, our island province. Scheduled at 9:00 am this past Tuesday meeting was a meeting for all motorboat crews at the Buenavista wharf. However, imagine their surprise when the boat teams discovered they had to submit their urine for a random drug test.

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Motorcyclist Passes Truck & is Killed: Truck Driver Arrested

Motorcycle club in Guimaras

It’s not the first time I’ve read an infuriating article online from the Philippines. I read three online newspapers a day: The Manila Standard, The Daily Guardian (from Iloilo), and the Panay News. When I read The Daily Guardian◊ the other morning, my blood boiled.

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Philippines Vehicle Registration Renewal Smoke Test Woes

Regular readers of “Philippines Plus” are well aware that the tag “Crusty Old Expat” fits my persona perfectly. Thanks to Scott H, retired Iraqi War Veteran, I’ve used that moniker for several years now.

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Update: No more Brownouts in Guimaras?

lizard

“Update: No more Brownouts in Guimaras?” Can pigs fly? Guess I’ll find out. Another report, this time from The Daily Guardian, answers some questions about an earlier article I posted from the Panay News. Guimelco, our local “power” company on our island province is securing a 100 million peso loan to improve facilities and services in Guimaras.

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8-Year Goal Realized: Skipping Iloilo and Shopping Local

sm city lrg

Regular consumers of “Philippines Plus” know that I’m a crusty old expat. Sure, I could pretend that I never get irritated and that I’m always whistling “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” But sometimes that bluebird on my shoulder takes a crap. However, not today, O True Believers, for on this Sunday, October 15th, 2017, an 8-year goal has been realized. Yes, we are skipping Iloilo City and doing the bulk of our shopping on our island province of Guimaras.  My asawa can now take our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger into the local market on our island province since our Governor and his Provincial Engineering Office took care of repairing our former muddy, rut-ridden road.

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10 Questions You Should Ask before You Move to the Philippines

What are the 10 questions you should ask before you move to the Philippines? After residing in the Philippines for over eight years now, I’ve encountered several expats that sometimes find themselves in dire straits. Whether it be financial, relationship or health issues, take stock of the following questions and determine your own personal readiness for a move to the Philippines.

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Philippines Pitfalls: Tricycle Sideswipes our Ford Ranger

“Philippines Pitfalls: Tricycle Sideswipes our Ford Ranger.” My wife had just passed the home of an Australian friend of ours on a main road minutes from our home. Tricycles and motorcycles were parked on both sides of the road, a common problem in Guimaras, our island province.

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Philippines Domestic Helper Walks Off Job

asian maid

Here’s a follow-up to my previous post. One late Saturday afternoon, my wife and I became a bit perturbed. Our pump for our water tank and the pump for our pool room were running simultaneously. Our full-time domestic helper “BingBing” had been instructed on numerous occasions that we did not want both of the pumps running simultaneously.

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