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No more Brownouts in Guimaras?

No more Brownouts in Guimaras?

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“No more Brownouts in Guimaras?” Was some reporter over at the Panay News attempting to get their name entered into a “Tokhang” drop box? “Operation Tokhang” is the Philippine National Police's campaign against illegal drugs. (more…)
Philippines Domestic Helper Walks Off Job

Philippines Domestic Helper Walks Off Job

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Here's a follow-up to my previous post. One late Saturday afternoon, my wife and I became a bit perturbed. Our pump for our water tank and the pump for our pool room were running simultaneously. Our full-time domestic helper “BingBing” had been instructed on numerous occasions that we did not want both of the pumps running simultaneously. (more…)
Guimaras Governor Gumarin’s Guimelco Gripes

Guimaras Governor Gumarin’s Guimelco Gripes

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THEREFORE let it be known throughout the universe. I was right about something! And the fact that the Prince of our Province echoes my exact sentiments is rather shocking. Yes, dear reader, "Guimaras Governor Gumarin's Guimelco Gripes" is a prodigious post that makes me happier than a turd in a toilet bowl. (more…)
15 Brownouts in 3 Days: GUIMELCO’S Response

15 Brownouts in 3 Days: GUIMELCO’S Response

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"15 Brownouts in 3 days: GUIMELCO'S Response." It's a post I hope to complete before our next power outage in Guimaras occurs.  As I feverishly attack the keyboard, somewhat under my high school typing speed of 51 wpm, I glance outside. More threatening storm clouds hover in the distance. (more…)
GUIMELCO Blames Geckos for Guimaras Brownouts

GUIMELCO Blames Geckos for Guimaras Brownouts

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I had to chuckle in disbelief when a fellow American expat informed me that GUIMELCO blames geckos for Guimaras brownouts. We've had a rash of almost daily, unscheduled outages the past two months. Those geckos must be pretty smart. The tuko are usually hitting us at the same time every night, just before 8:00 pm. (more…)
Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review

Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review

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It's been over six years ago when I retired from almost 30 years of service with the telecommunications giant, AT&T. If not for the generous wages and retirement package I received from Ma Bell, I would not have been able to write this post: "Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review." Despite the boring, mind-numbing last three years at the telephone giant, where I sat in a cubicle "working" in the billing department, I stuck it out and paid my dues and retired with full benefits. For that, I will always be grateful to the telephone giant.  Cabaling Beach in Guimaras (more…)

Shopping in Iloilo City for the American Expat

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Shopping  in Iloilo City. Whenever the word "shopping" is mentioned, my spouse's eyes light up like a Christmas tree on shabu. And incidentally, since this is September, one of the "Ber" months, Christmas season has officially started in the Philippines, which has the longest Christmas season in the world. Be prepared to hear "Jingle Bell Rock" 24/7 in all the big malls now until early January.   (more…)
Life Goes on in my Little “Pocket of Paradise”

Life Goes on in my Little “Pocket of Paradise”

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No brownouts since last Sunday night. There is some debate among the expat community of Guimaras as to whether or not the undersea cable that was cut last month has been repaired.  I could get off my lazy butt and walk over to our local Guimelco office to find out. But I've been busy writing some new books I'm going to hustle on Amazon. So life goes on in my little "pocket of paradise." And having electricity every day and all day, sure makes life easier. (more…)
If You Can’t Learn to Adapt, You Probably Won’t Make it in the Philippines

If You Can’t Learn to Adapt, You Probably Won’t Make it in the Philippines

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As regular readers of this website know, I'm a 62-year-old geezer. I've been around the block a time or two. Now because I'm a senior citizen who's in his twilight years, don't think I'm full of wisdom. I''m not. I might be full of B.S., but occasionally I do have a nugget, a kernel of practical advice.  Why, even one of my good friends recently remarked to me that I "was the voice of reason." After close to 15 years of marriage, I've never heard my asawa saying anything even remotely close to that. But let me pass along this to any future expats out there: "If you can't learn to adapt, you probably won't make it in the Philippines. (more…)
Dealing with 11 Hour Brownouts in Paradise

Dealing with 11 Hour Brownouts in Paradise

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You never know what to expect in the Philippines. Sometimes it's a shabu, meth, dealer that is firing his weapon at a next door neighbor. Other times it could be your niece that has decided to shack up with the son of Jesus. Or it could be my father-in-law, afflicted with dementia, who lives with us and has physically attacked me twice this past week. Our current crisis is dealing with 11 hour brownouts in paradise, the mandated rotational power outages that have hit our mango island province, Guimaras. The scheduled brownouts, from 6 am to 11 pm, hit our area every other day and great impact our daily life. (more…)