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.
It was a catastrophe of Biblical proportions and will go down in history as the “Iloilo City Red Horse Beer Disaster.” The Panay News ran this tragic story yesterday. Over 150 bottles of Red Horse Beer fell off a delivery truck in Iloilo City. The bottles met their untimely demise on Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue … Read moreIloilo City Red Horse Beer Disaster
I’ve lived in the Philippines with my awesome asawa for over eight years. My only duties involve boiling hot water for our coffee and tea every morning and cleaning our swimming pool. “How to Get Killed in the Philippines in 5 Easy Steps” will help you live a long and productive life in the Philippines if you follow the advice of a crusty old expat.
My asawa and I retired to the Philippines almost eight years ago. We’ve dealt with a myriad of devils and demons in this Southeast Asian archipelago since our move. Chief among these terrifying creatures is the Aswang.
Want to start a fistfight with your expat friends in the Philippines? Start discussing the issue of foreign land ownership in the archipelago. Like religion and politics, the topic of property ownership will oftentimes stir up a heated debate.
If you’re about to sit down to a meal while you’re reading this, be forewarned, you might not have the stomach for this post. “The Poop & Nothing But(t) the Poop” details my latest visit to our local hospital in Guimaras.
My friends in the United States recently finished celebrating Labor Day. I used to look forward to the three day holiday when I worked at AT&T. Now, I enjoy unlimited 3-day weekends in the Philippines. In fact, every day is now a holiday for this crusty old American expat.
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.
Decades ago I was in the United States Air Force military police. Maybe that’s why I always make it a point to be sociable to peace officers no matter where I’m at but especially in the Philippines. I’ve met quite a few friendly police men and security guards in nearby Iloilo on Panay Island and on our own island province. So I guess it shouldn’t come as a complete shock to my readers when I post a title such as the one above: “I Join the Guimaras SWAT Team at Manggahan.”