I moved to the Philippines almost 10 years with my lovely Filipina wife. After retiring from 30 years of service with communications giant AT&T, I wanted a break. Life in the States was becoming more stressful. My job was boring and stressful.
Rather than endure another all-day scheduled brown out in Guimaras, my asawa and I headed for the “City of Smiles,” Bacolod. We didn’t have any traveling partners this trip. While we had, a great time at Mambukal Falls last November with friends, this trip was an impromptu event. “24-Hour Spellbinding Spa Natura Bacolod City” was only planned a night in advance.
My Globe internet service in Guimaras was down for four days last week, Holy Week. After speaking to a multitude of Globe service representatives, I was informed a “data realignment” was going on. While I did have access to the World Wide Web on Good Friday and Black Saturday, I lost internet service on Easter Sunday.
Al S. Vitangcol 3rd over at the Manila Times wrote an interesting editorial a few weeks ago. Above all, Mr. Vitangcol was astonishingly correct on a topic I’ve ranted about for years. His editorial, “Too many laws, too little enforcement,” is a must-read for anyone living in the Philippines. While you might be a Filipino or … Read more
Our nephew Sherwin has flown the coop. The 19-year-old moved to a boarding house in Guimaras in late March. Guimaras, of course, is the island province in Western Visayas we call home. One less mouth to feed in the future. Here’s a look at “Our 1, 170 Dollar March Five-Person Philippines Budget.” March’s budget came in 15 dollars higher than February’s budget.
First of all, I suspect that the Philippine Statistics Authority, PSA, is like many government organizations across the planet. Crammed with bureaucratic pencil pushers. Out of touch with reality. Too busy checking their latest Facebook post or text messages on their smart phones.
Our nephew, Jorealle, is going to be 13 years old next month. Because the young lad tends to attract the ladies, he was dubbed the “Heart Throb” when he entered high school last June. Well, much to his chagrin, the young chap had something else throbbing last week. While our Filipino nephew passed on old-school circumcision, he did undergo the knife. At least his pee-pee did.