The Manila Standard recently ran a story regarding a Kuwaiti beauty blogger promoting Filipino slavery. Sondo al-Qattan proclaims she will not hire a Filipino domestic helper as they are now entitled to four days off a month. In full disclosure I have a sister-in-law who has been employed as a household assistant in Kuwait for over seven years now. I take this so-called social media star’s racist remarks quite personally.
Our Filipino workers have left the building after almost two years. Brother-in-law Joery led a crew that built a nipa hut on our property in November 2014. In January 2015 Contractor Boy began work on our new home in the Philippines with a 22-man crew. We moved in the first of July 2015.
Recently did some island island hopping around Guimaras, our island province home in Western Visayas, the heartland of the Philippines. After spending a pleasant day quaffing a few San Miguel Pale Pilsens with our relatives, at the Sto. Nino Island Resort, we paid an extra 500 pesos. 11 bucks, to check out some nearby islands. It costs 100 pesos, $2.25 US dollars anyway, to take the boat back to the main island, so why not avail of the complete tour package for a few extra pesos?
I hadn’t stepped foot in the United States of American for over five years since retiring to the Philippines. But this past late September, I was back in the USA. It was the return of the American expat. My only reason for my visit was to see my 82-year-old Father who had retired to Las Vegas several years ago.
The view from my hotel window in Las Vegas.
It was Card Day at Santa Teresa High School in Guimaras. My niece DenDen, who lives at my asawa's home at “The Compound.” Our niece Shaina, and nephew Sharwin, who reside with us at “The Farm,” also attend this educational facility.
Call center jobs in Iloilo City. Are there any available? My niece Michelle has tried to secure employment with a call center since last June when she arrived in “The City of Love” with her 19-year-old twin sister, April. April has worked at SM City as a sales associate for the past few weeks but her sister has not had much luck in finding a job. Unemployment is a serious problem in the Philippines. The lack of jobs is a major reason so many Filipinos go to work abroad as Overseas Filipino Workers, OFWs.
Are you an American expat living in the Philippines that keeps a close eye on the US Dollar to Philippine Peso exchange rate? Maybe you're a Filipino working overseas who sends money home to your family every month as my asawa used to do years ago. If so, the recent report that the Philippine peso recently hit a four year high is not welcome news for you. I'm certainly not thrilled with it. After almost three years in the Philippines, the current rate of 1 USD to 41.68 PHP doesn't do much for the budget.
The National Youth Commission (NYC) this past Friday expressed alarm over the rise in teenage pregnancies in the Philippines that was disclosed in a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Call it the grace of God. Call it instant karma. Call it sheer dumb luck. Whatever term you use to describe the events of this past Saturday afternoon, January 14,2012, at Robinsons' Place in Iloilo City wouldn't do it justice. What was turning out to be a routine shopping expedition was translated into an afternoon of pure magic for this author. The events that unfolded gave me pause to ponder how truly fortunate I am to have moved to the Philippines.