Just some ramblings (of which I do a lot of.) Looks like Super Typhoon Pepeng (international codename Parma) has hammered Cagayan (in the northeastern corner of Luzon) starting about 3 pm Saturday (our time.) Roofs were torn off, trees toppled, and tricycle operators even stopped running fearing they would be blown off the roads by the sustained 110 miles per hour winds. I’m looking at the local TV footage of the area, and they really suffered some major damage. We’ve had a  few rain showers, but so far no high winds although the weather service here has issued gale warnings for the Visayas group of islands where we are located; waves cresting from twelve to eighteen feet high are expected. No pontoon boat rides to Iloilo today!  It does look like the latest reports show the typhoon heading for Taiwan; if that is the case, we likely will be out of harm’s way here in Guimaras, and we are thankful for that.DSC

One of Sainted Patient Wife’s relation, Nik Nik, just got married a few days ago (that’s her in the photo right hugging SPW in the photo.) Came by with her new husband to show some wedding photos and since I was inside working on my blog, managed to dodge that bullet. I’m not keen on looking at wedding, baby, or grandchildren photos. Hey! At least I’m honest about it (but I have to confess I do enjoy seeing pictures of our two little day care buddies that my wife watched back in the States; they are some cute little kids, and we sure miss them.)

Melinda’s brother Moises is hitching a ride on the back of Nik Nik’s husband truck; going over to The Crossing here in Guimaras to get a ticket for a ship to Manila to visit his wife and kids before his fishing boat docked in General Santos City leaves again for another year. My wife reports that he is leaving Wednesday; the typhoon should be out of the area by then. We’ll take Moises back to Iloilo, and I’ll get to explore a new area of the Iloilo wharf where the passenger ships dock. Should be interesting. Won’t be getting that picture of the giant Sprite can since we aren’t going out to the airport, but there will be another time for that. Sainted Patient Wife has a bunch of relatives that live outside of Guimaras, and I’m sure we’ll be picking one of them up at the airport again soon.

Well, the rooster is crowing again in the middle of the day since the skies have darkened and it is raining again. That bonehead rooster must think it’s dawn again. He probably stayed up late again watching his “Rooster Cogburn” DVD! He loves John Wayne! Who doesn’t?  More rooster tomorrow. Thanks for checking in.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

8 thoughts on “ROOSTER RAMBLINS’!!!

  1. Hi David. Thanks for checking out the blogs. I really enjoyed reading your top ten likes and dislikes about the Philippines. Completely agree with your top two likes, cheap standard of living and simplicity and peaceful life. And for dislikes I absolutely have high heat and humidity and brownouts high on that dislike list. I'd like to add your link to my list of recommended blogs. Very interesting blogs providing a lot of insight into life here in the Philippines. Thanks again.

  2. Dave, was your wife raised in Guimaras? The reason, why I am asking is that my grandfather and father was born in Buenavista, Guimaras. But my Dad left the island when he was a little boy. But I know I have plenty of relatives (first and second cousines, nephews, nieces) there in Buenavista, and Jordan, Guimaras Island. Perchance, Melinda may have heard of the Katague or Catague clan. Could you ask her, please! Cheers!

  3. Hi, David. Yes,my wife was born in Guimaras and literally born in the jungle about a half hour's drive from San Miguel in Jordan,Guimaras where we live now. Her family name is Gange. My mother-in-law's family name is Servano. I asked if she knew of your family name, but she doesn't. I'm surprised because she is related to about half the people on Guimaras. I will check with my mother-in-law later, and see if she knows. To be honest,Sainted Patient Wife is out in her garden now spreading some fresh cow manure she just scooped off the road and is a bit distracted. Maybe when she actually sees the name it will ring a bell with her. Thanks for the comment. It's a small world, isn't it?

  4. Thanks for asking, Dave. Yes, it is a small world. We almost build a retirement home in Guimaras. But Marinduque won for several reasons, I cited in my recent posting in my blog. How are the roads in Guimaras? Are the roads paved? How about electrical supply? Do you also have frequent brown outs/black outs?

  5. Hi David. The main roads in Guimaras (which are few) are paved, and not in bad shape. However, our subdivision road is horrible, always muddy and full of deep ruts from the jeepneys. Brownouts here are frequent and one of the most annoying things I have to deal with here. We have from 5-6 brownouts a week, sometimes 6 in one day, lasting from 7 hours to a half hour. If my wife had not already had a house and property here, and if her mother did not have so many health problems, we probably would have checked out other places in the Philippines. In about four years, my retirement fund and other factors will enable us to look elsewhere in the Philippines,and we are looking to build a new home somewhere else and take my mother-in-law with us. I definitely am going to check out your website more and investigate Marinduque. To the readers of this blog, please check out David's link that I have listed under the "My Blogs" section. Marinduque sounds like a great place. Thanks for reading, and take care.

  6. Since your wife has already a house and property, it will be hard to leave. But if you decide on Marinduque, I will be glad to help you settle. The residents are very friendly, lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood at reasonable prizes. But, I doubt if you can live at $500 per month. Regarding brown outs, I believe, its everywhere, except in big cities. Cheers!

  7. Thanks for the offer, David. Actually, in four years we are going to have some more monthly additional income and will be able to build a new house. Marinduque sounds like a great place, and I might just take up on your offer to help us settle. Thanks for the comment.

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