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New Philippines Domestic Helper Hired!

Run naked through the streets and shout it from the housetops! “New Philippines Domestic Helper Hired!” OK, you might want to skip that running naked part. Nevertheless, dear readers, The Crusty Old Expat is as happy as a turd in a toilet bowl. Moreover, my friends, that is about as a happy as a turd can get, though I haven’t spoken to any turds recently. “Poop-heads?” Well, that’s a different story.

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Philippines Vehicle Registration Ruckus Pt. 2

ford ranger

Our Ford Ranger truck’s registration was coming up for renewal. Upon the advice of a British friend I sent a text message to the Brit’s insurance agent who handled his recent registration.Our three year insurance plan was coming due in the middle of this month. It had been three years since we had purchased our vehicle.

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Severe Attack Sends Spouse Back to Emergency Room Again

emergency in guimaras

My loving asawa has been suffering with chronic lower abdominal pain for months. While I’ve attempted to persuade her to visit a doctor she has stubbornly refused. But a recent stomach pain attack could not be fended off by the pain reliever Buscopan, and necessitated another visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras, the island province we call home.

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Our Island Hopping Disappointment in Boracay

island hopping in boracay

“Our Island Hopping Disappointment in Boracay.” I must have been asked over a thousand times if I wanted to go island hopping by various salesmen during our four day stay in Boracay. I was getting pissed with all the perpetual pestering.

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You Can’t Be a True Filipino if You Don’t Sing Karaoke

the top score for magic sing

You can’t be a true Filipino if you don’t sing karaoke. Pinoys and Pinays take their singing seriously to the extent that people have even been murdered for butchering Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in their local establishments.

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Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2

guimaras provincial hospital

“Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2.”

I had rushed my asawa to the Provincial Hospital in Guimaras where we received the grim news. My wife had a case of dengue fever and pneumonia. Her white blood platelet count was dangerously low, 106, with 150 being the normal range. The physician on duty advised us that my spouse could be at risk for internal bleeding due to the dengue. 

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Latest Update on our New Home Construction in the Philippines

another view of the construction site in the Philippines

Here’s the latest update on our new home construction in the Philippines.  This marks Week 12 of this project and the work is progressing on schedule. My asawa and myself are quite pleased with the quality of the workmanship done thus far. Our foreman, Boy, has been using a crew of carpenters and laborers, totaling 19 in number, but has informed us that once the concrete finishing work is done, the laborers will be let go.

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Survey on New Property Could Spark Turf War

meeting the new neighbors in the philippines

A recent new survey on our Guimaras property could spark a turf war. My asawa and I are set to start building our new domicile on the mango island province this November and had hired a survey firm from nearby Iloilo City to do provide us with a sketch plan. We could start working on our final design plans that we could submit to Peter, a local architect and trusted relative, who could transform our rough sketches into a blueprint our construction crew could work with.

 

meeting our new neighbors in guimaras

My asawa chats with a neighbor who had dropped by to check out all the activity

 

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