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Mikey Bustos Filipino Mythical Creatures Rap

Mikey Bustos Filipino Mythical Creatures Rap

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Mikey Bustos is a Canadian-born Filipino YouTube star. He's known for his hilarious tutorial and song parodies about being Pinoy.The particular video I’m featuring today is all about legendary beings that roam the Philippines. Some people say that these so-called mythical creatures can even been seen today, especially if you have a “Third Eye.” (more…)
The SM City North EDSA Expat Experience

The SM City North EDSA Expat Experience

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"SM City North EDSA Expat Experience" relates our latest shopping adventure in the Philippines.  It was a chaotic shopping trip. I was almost convinced Filipinos in Manila had started their Christmas shopping early. After all, the Philippines has the longest Christmas season in the world and begins September 1st. (more…)
Living a Simple Life in the Philippines

Living a Simple Life in the Philippines

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Living a simple life in the Philippines is not that difficult, especially if you reside in a rural province like my asawa and I retired to over six years ago. My wife grew up in a nipa hut with a dirt floor. The house didn't not have any modern luxuries such as electricity and running water. Here's a look at the region of Guimaras, our island province home known for the sweetest mangoes in the world, which my spouse shared with eight brothers and sisters and her two parents, along with pythons and an assortment of lizards.   My asawa's simple life included encounters with invisible elves called duwendes and evil, shape-shifting flying demons, aswangs. It made life interesting. Now my spouse of almost 16 years and I live on a 13,500 square meter property, with beautiful blue skies and
The Great Guimaras Ultrasound Gaffe: The Kano Loses His Cool

The Great Guimaras Ultrasound Gaffe: The Kano Loses His Cool

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If this were a website where more colorful language was allowed, the title for this post would certainly not have read "The Great Guimaras Ultrasound Gaffe."  But you can bet there were some phrases I uttered this past Saturday at a local laboratory  that cannot be repeated on this site or in front of any nuns or preachers of the Gospel. Merchant marines? Yeah, no problem. (more…)
American Expat’s Return to America

American Expat’s Return to America

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American expat's return to America. That's correct. I'm going back to the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. I haven't been there in over five years since my retirement to the Philippines with my beautiful Filipina wife. My asawa will stay behind with her Father, who is afflicted with dementia, and who had to be stopped today from going to a cock fight. Of course, we don't know who invited him to this event, but he was determined to go. Our 16-year-old domestic helper, Mera, barely five feet tall and probably not weighing much than a duwende went out to stop Lolo. The Tom Cat, The Kano and Lolo (more…)
They Called Me the Fat Americano

They Called Me the Fat Americano

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My asawa went to our local Generics Pharmacy in Guimaras a few weeks ago to buy me some pain medication. I've stopped by our local drug outlet on occasion to pick up various medicines for the family. Being a friendly American expat in the Philippines, for the most part, I usually chat with the locals when I go out in public. When my wife made her aforementioned run to the drug dealers and told the two  female employees working the counter  that she was getting the medication for her husband, they both remembered me and called me the fat Americano.   (more…)

A Return Trip to the Emergency Room in Guimaras, the Philippines: Part Two

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I was sitting in the emergency room at our provincial hospital in Guimaras, where my asawa had accompanied me on a return trip to determine the severe pain I was experiencing. From past experience, I had no doubt that it was another kidney stone attack, as I had suffered one four years ago. Many people that have kidney stones have a recurrence of them within seven years unless they take preventive actions. I didn't.  A lack of drinking water every day and excessive sweating, which I do a lot of in this tropical climate in the Philippines, surely contributed to this recent attack. (more…)

Lolo’s Easter Sunday Intervention

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Lolo (Grandpa), my father-in-law who resides in the mango province of Guimaras, has a duwende problem. Lolo lives  in a house that was moved on my back, along with the help of 49 Filipinos, back in August 2011. He has been living alone (we thought) in Buluangan but my asawa was recently alerted that her Tatay (Father) has been roaming around the barangay during all hours of the night. (The Intervention Crew: From left, standing, sister-in-law Alida, Cousin Emma, Lola, standing with glasses, The Sainted Patient Wife and Cousin Roberto on far right. Lolo in center with striped shirt.) (more…)