Just had embarrassed my asawa again as yesterday's story ended. Wasn't the first time. Won't be the last. We hop on a jeepney outside of SM City in Iloilo to get a ride to the Ortiz Dock to take the pump boat back to Guimaras. I give the driver a 20 peso note, the fare is now P15 for two people due to a recent jeepney price hike. I wait for my P5 change. I quickly notice other people are receiving their change from the driver immediately. I loudly ask my wife, sitting across from me, why I haven't received my change yet. "Ask the driver later." she said, obviously ticked off that I am annoyed and making a scene.
Filipino law allows murder for spouses caught in the act of adultery. It also allows parents to kill guys caught having sex with their daughters! I saw this amazing headline in the October 12, 2010 newspaper edition of the phil STAR.com. I assure you I am not making this up, and I am not writing this blog under the influence of too many San Miguels or bottles of Red Horse.
Saw a man at our gate yesterday afternoon. He stood out as he stands about my height of six feet and is kind of a big guy, not your typical shorter Filipino that I usually tower over. Thought I recognized him as one of the jeepney dispatchers, Pablo, back at the Jordan Wharf where I catch a pump boat ride to Iloilo City.
[smartads]More Rooster Ramblings from the Rooster Crows at 4 am! And yes, we are live from the Philippines presenting an American expat's view of life on the edge of a jungle. Have a lot of topics to cover today, so let's get with it. The above photo is a sari sari store outside of the Jordan Wharf with some colorful posters that I love. See the posters with "magload na diri" and "load na dito?" "Magload na diri" is the local language for "get your load here" and "load na dito" is Tagalog for the same. The poster is talking about getting more minutes put on your cell phone. Lots of Filipinos here have a cell phone, but do not have a monthly contract (like Sainted Patient Wife and I.) Just take your phone to the local sari sari, and they will load it there, or buy a phone card for the service you use (we use Smart telephone) and load it yourself like we do. No muss. No fuss. No contracts. No monthly bill. The majority of the folks text here (again, like we do) because it is cheaper. I would estimate that we have only used a 300 peso phone card (about six dollars) in the past two months. Since I have my magicJack for free calls to the United States, our telecommunication costs are low.