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Thu. Apr 15th, 2021

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 delete it. I did. But not before transferring it to my Picasa 3 albums which took me over a day to figure out. 

Personal manicurist in the Philippines

After attempting to download the Samsung Kies Program, which is not at all user friendly, I still couldn't figure out how to simply transfer any pictures I had taken.

Finally, after wrestling with Kies, I resorted to downloading the instruction manual for my new Galaxy tablet. That didn't work. Did a Google search on how to transfer pictures from Galaxy Tab3 to PC and finally figured it out.

All these new-fangled gadgets are hard on a 61-year-old geezer who's only used a PC all of his life. Even one that's an expat king in the Philippines. 

Making egg rolls in the Philippines

After getting my toenails clipped (why pay 40 pesos to my wife's visiting manicurist/pedicurist?) the next day my asawa made her delicious fried egg rolls. And yes, she washed her hands after the pedicure.

Took her all day to prepare these tasty treats as I'm the only left in the house until we make the move back to Guimaras.  I don't help. I'm too "busy" working on the computer or getting frustrated with my new Galaxy tablet. 

But I don't mind eating these delicious fried morsels. Before we were married my asawa picked up some great culinary skills in Singapore and Taiwan where she worked as a domestic helper and caretaker to add to her Filipino food recipes. 

My asawa, JalAmiel and Michelle


While the picture quality isn't as good as my wife's Sony CyberShot digital camera, the new Samsung tablet works fine. I don't have a camera in my stripped-down Cherry Mobile cell phone, so the tablet, which I carry in my new man purse,  does OK. 

That's my lovely asawa on the left in the photo above, standing next to our little niece JalAmiel and niece Michelle. Michelle is in Guimaras and will stay at "The Compound" assisting her aunt Alida in Alida's preschool. My wife will take over caretaker chores for her father. I'll do my usual nothing. Sorry, but I'm not giving Lolo a sponge bath.


But my asawa did like the above picture I took with the new tablet. I set the photo as the wall paper for the device. And I didn't even need a manual to help me. 

Sure, an expat king in the Philippines should have someone to help figure all this stuff out, but I like to think I'm capable of still using my brain and doing something on my own occasionally. Unless it's clipping an ingrown toenail. No king should have to do that. 

By 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 21 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 Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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