Larry’s Surprise

First time I spied Larry, a crew member of the pump boat, Tawash, not long after arriving in the Philippines in July 2009,  I actually thought he was an American. Found out he's 100% Filipino. Tall guy, graying, good-looking man with a perpetual tan from being out on the Strait of Guimaras all day and  always sporting a big smile. I've spoken to him several times and we've  joked around and lately we have been greeting each other as "amigo." Just learned his name a few days ago after we had a long conversation on the way home to Guimaras and found out some surprising information about my new Filipino friend.DSC

Been busy the last few days making visits to various doctors and hospitals in Iloilo  for checkups for my wife and I (more on that later) and saw Larry at the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras standing by his craft the other morning as his pump boat was almost ready to depart. I remarked to him that I'm sorry we didn't get to board his boat as we were given tickets to ride The Messiah. Told him that maybe on the way home from Ortiz Dock in Iloilo City, we would be lucky and get a ticket to the Tawash since the Tawash had the best pump boat crew in Guimaras. He laughed and shook my hand, and I went on my way to join my asawa on The Messiah.

After a fruitless day of waiting for a gynecologist/obstetrician at St. Paul's Hospital in Iloilo,  my wife and I arrived at the Ortiz Dock late  that same afternoon to return to "The Compound" in Guimaras. So happens that the next  boat  departing was the Tawash. My new amigo Larry was talking to some of his fellow crew members along the narrow walkway leading to the boats waiting for the pump boat to fill up, and I stopped to inform him that my asawa and I would be boarding his vessel.

The Philippines Expat Advisor - Larry's Surprise

He was happy to hear I would be on his boat. I shook his hand and  went ahead to navigate the narrow steps of the Ortiz Dock to board the Tawash. Believe me, unless you can swim,  you do not want to be too full of San Miguel or Red Horse beer when you negotiate the  misshapen concrete stairs  for each individual docking section; you'll quickly find yourself in the water if one of the pump boat crew members helping passengers on board cannot grab you.

Since I had stopped to chat and buy some bottled water for the trip home, there was no room for me to sit by my asawa so I had to take a seat in the last row of seats. My amigo came back and sat next to me on the boat rail and proceeded to chat. His English was quite good, and he understood my "English Slang."  I introduced myself as "Dave," and he told me he was "Larry." "Larry, " I repeated. "That's quite a common American name." I then discovered Larry had six children, all girls, and he lived right in Jordan in Guimaras near the dock.  His oldest daughter was in her third year of high school and was a talented piano player and singer, and was going to get a scholarship to go to a university in Iloilo.  It was obvious he was quite proud of her.  

I tactfully asked him how he could support six children, and he informed me that his wife and he were co-owners of the Tawash. I was quite impressed. I later found out from my wife that Larry owned three boats, but did not boast about that to me. I would have.  He then told me something else that I was quite surprised by. Didn't expect this information at all. But I have to wind this up and get ready to go to Iloilo with my wife to get some test results fr0m  Doctor's Hospital for a mammogram my asawa just had.  I'll conclude this tomorrow and reveal  Larry's surprise.DSCi

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.

13 thoughts on “Larry’s Surprise

  1. Ok Dave…you are becoming the master of the written tease…………..I will be back for sure…….as Paul Harvey would say…….for the rest of the story……page two

  2. Dave sure hope you get happy results from your Wifes tests. I know if I was married and had a lovley wife..every time she went in for those kind of tests I would be worried untill got the results. So..hope you both got good news and can come home and not worry about those things for another year.

    1. Thanks, Dan. To be honest, my wife did get some disturbing results on a mammogram. Have to wait to pick up the results for a followup ultrasound. I appreciate your concern.

      1. Dave

        Hope the results of the mammogram turn out to be nothing. Will be thinking about her. Tell her to just stay positive and eveything will work out fine. Take Care, Be Safe

  3. Did you get a photo of Larry? I would like to see that. Did anyone do the “Earth Hour” last night? We did, one candle sure can put out a lot of light.

    1. No, my wife did not bring her camera, Gary. I have been advised by my asawa that I have to inform her when she thinks I might be taking pictures. Never mind that I have always requested she bring it on any prior visits to Iloilo. As you are a married man, you know that it’s sometimes betters to let just things go. I’ll be getting a picture of Larry later.

    2. Gary, I forgot about the “Earth Hour,” but thanks to some recent brownouts by our local “power” company recently, I think we have already done our part.

      1. We had a brown out for 17 minutes the other day. I talked to an expat that snowbirds here in Tagum City and his power goes out everyday. Same city, same power company. We must be living in the Philippines!

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