It was around 6:30 pm on a Tuesday. My wife had taken our Aurora blue Ford Ranger to nearby San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras. Guimaras is the island province in the Philippines we moved to nine years ago. I was parked on our couch watching television when our 20-year-old niece Shaina walked in with her phone: “Tita Daday wants to talk to you, Uncle Dave.” (“Tita (Auntie) Daday” is my wife’s nickname. In the Philippines, if you don’t have a nickname, you might not be 100% Filipino.)
Two of my foreigner friends on our island province of Guimaras were recently visited by law enforcement officers from the Philippine National Police. “What was the reason for the visit?” one of the expats asked? He was informed that the call was only for the protection of foreigners in Guimaras.
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.
A November 26, 2017 Panay News article reported Philippine antidrug officers pounced on an alleged pot plantation in San Enrique, Iloilo. 45-year-old American national Ryan C. Roxas was busted for growing marijuana. Could our island province of Guimaras be the next PDEA, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, target?
“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.
Remember this story I did back in May about a 62-year-old geezer that was filming his own sex videos and posting them online? The American expat was living in Bacolod City, “The City of Smiles,” at the time and was arrested. With the American’s arrest and the recent raids on alleged cybersex dens in Bacolod the past few months, one has to wonder if this post’s topic, “Bacolod City: Cybersex Hotspot?” might not be appropriate.
Around 6:30 pm on July 4th the “Mayberry RFD” of the Philippines, Guimaras, was invaded by armed vigilantes from nearby Iloilo province. Three masked men in civilian clothes armed with weapons stormed into the house of Ferdinand Ronzales where illegal gambling operations were allegedly being operated. Shots were fired.
“How Safe is Boracay?” We’re planning a return trip to the “best island” in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The Philippine National Police, along with local law enforcement officials, have beefed up security of this popular tourist destination. 50,000 visitors are expected this Holy Week alone. With the recent terrorist attack on the island resort of Bohol by Abu Sayyaf, one has to question if visiting Boracay at this time is wise.
“The City Mall Parola Expat Experience.” A retired fart like me has plenty of time to go shopping with his asawa. I enjoy checking out new places. Parola is located at Fort San Pedro Drive in Iloilo City. Guimaras, the island province we call home, is an approximately 12-15 pump boat ride away from Ortiz Wharf, minutes from Parola.