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Do You Want to Build the Best Nipa Hut in the Philippines?

Lolos nipa hut in the Philippines

Do you want to build the best nipa hut in the Philippines or do you want to build one half-assed? The Bahay Kubo, Balay, or Nipa Hut, is a type of stilt house common to most of the Filipino rural culture. If you desire to manufacture a quality hut, you need a quality crew. Take a gander at our brother-in-law Joery in this photo. He’s preparing to put a concrete finish on the CR, Comfort Room, walls. He always does quality work.

Joery our Nipa Hut foreman

 

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How BDO Fixed Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

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BDO, Banco de Oro, is the largest bank in the Philippines. It belongs to the SM Group owned by billionaire Henry Sy. In previous comments to a post regarding a dollar account my asawa and I were trying to open with Banco de Oro, I had threatened to close our account with the banking giant and go to BPI, Bank of the Philippines. But there’s a possibility that BDO has fixed our dollar account in the Philippines. Maybe. How? Let me tell you the story, O True Believer (as I borrow heavily from Stan Lee.)

The Bonehead & the bank guards

Hanging out with Metrobank guards. I’ve never hung out with BDO security yet.

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They Called Me the Fat Americano

Drugstore in the Philippines The Generics Pharmacy

My asawa went to our local Generics Pharmacy in Guimaras a few weeks ago to buy me some pain medication. I’ve stopped by our local drug outlet on occasion to pick up various medicines for the family. Being a friendly American expat in the Philippines, for the most part, I usually chat with the locals when I go out in public. When my wife made her aforementioned run to the drug dealers and told the two  female employees working the counter  that she was getting the medication for her husband, they both remembered me and called me the fat Americano.

Drugstore in the Philippines - The Generics Pharmacy

 

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Expat King in the Philippines

I think I'm an expat king in the Philippines. I submit the following photograph as proof. As I was complaining about a painful ingrown big toe nail my asawa was working on, I turned on the camera of my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. My spouse was not pleased with the picture and asked me to … Read moreExpat King in the Philippines

Doomsday Preppers and Bug-Out Bags in the Philippines

We’re just now getting “Doomsday Preppers” in the Philippines from the National Geographic Channel. The show explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. I watched the first episode the other night. I found it quite entertaining and even humorous at times.

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Photo Source: tokyomango.com

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The Lizard Poop Brush. An Essential Item in Every Filipino Household

Lizard Poop. It’s not much of a problem in our Iloilo subdivision home as it was back at “The Compound” in Guimaras where we formerly resided. Of course, I’m not the one cleaning up the crap. My asawa, who asked me not to take her photo (see next picture), was busy the other day with a brush (that looked like a toilet bowl brush to me) cleaning out our windowsills.DSC

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Frisky Filipinas and The Tom Cat

Scott B and I had dropped by The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras. I wanted to see if my two favorite staff members, Mae and Maricelwere on duty. Mae was gone for the day and Maricel was going to be in later. I had told my asawa, who was visiting her family at "The Compound," to meet us at Lisa's Talabahan. I asked her to please text the  "Tom Cat" and his girlfriend LenLen (my wife's relative) to meet us there, also.DSC

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