My asawa was in the front passenger seat of our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger suffering from an extreme abdominal pain attack. The Provincial Hospital in Guimaras, our home province, was unable to deal with the medical emergency. We sprinted toward the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to catch a “special trip” nighttime pump boat ride to Iloilo City. My sister-in-law Alida was in the back seat. (more…)
In the almost eight years I've lived in the Philippines, I've made hundreds of trip from Guimaras, our island province home, to nearby Iloilo City. Since Iloilo has many more shopping options than our island home, my asawa and I have found it necessary to make the 12-15 minute trip around two to four times a month. But I've never experienced what I did one junket: "Pump Boat Preacher Has Captive Audience." (more…)
It took a few days, dear readers, but I've finally recovered from a recent trek to Metro Manila. "The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila" beat the living snot out of this crusty old expat. By the beard of Zeus! Why would an American expat living in the Philippines subject himself to such torture in the first place? (more…)
Is travel to the Philippines safe? Recent kidnappings and the bullet planting scam at the Manila airport might have you reconsidering a visit to the Philippines. (more…)
The Iloilo Coast Guard is now enforcing life jacket regulations and making sure passengers boarding any pump boat at Parola Wharf in Iloilo are wearing them. Nine people lost their lives aboard the Tawash this past Sunday afternoon when their motorized banca boat, battered by high winds and waves, capsized only minutes after taking off from Parola. (more…)
Riding the 14 peso pump boat to Iloilo City gets dicey. The 15-minute trip from Jordan Wharf to Ortiz Dock in "The City of Love," is usually uneventful. I can't swim but have never had any worries about our vessel capsizing. I don't even wear the life jackets on board, though when my asawa and I first retired to the Philippines five years ago, it was mandatory to don them. Riding the pump boat to Iloilo City gets dicey But the waves were bashing against the shore fairly strong the other day as my wife and I were on our way to do some shopping. I was going to meet my American expat friend Rease W, see next photo, to quaff a beer or two. Rease was taking a well-deserved break as he and his wife, Liza, had been working as volunteers for several months in the devastated area...
This American expat in the Philippines and his lovely Filipina wife are making the move back to Guimaras, the sweet mango province in Western Visayas soon. The original move date was scheduled for next year. That date was pushed up by a year when Lolo's Alzheimer's worsened. Pump boat at sunset on the Iloilo Strait (more…)