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Brit Issues Apology for Insulting Bacolod Traffic Enforcer

Brit Issues Apology for Insulting Bacolod Traffic Enforcer

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A British bloke, Benjamin James Oates, 39, issued a public apology before media members this past Tuesday. That’s Oates in the lead photo with the horseshoe, biker, moustache reminiscent of Paul Sr. from “American Chopper.” Seated next to the apologetic limey is Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, BTAO, head Luisito Acebuche. (Lead photo credit: Panay News and AKSYON RADYO, Bacolod.) (more…)
LTO Lifesaver Rescues American Expat?

LTO Lifesaver Rescues American Expat?

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The crusty old expat was extremely grouchy. Our Ford Ranger had just undergone its first “smoke test” in the Philippines. The LTO, Land Transportation Office, database, however, rejected the results. While our truck had successfully passed the analysis, a problem with our license plate was causing a hitch. (more…)
Philippines Vehicle Registration Ruckus

Philippines Vehicle Registration Ruckus

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Any notion knocking around inside my fat head that I'm living in paradise is usually shattered by a visit to any local government office. "Philippines Vehicle Registration Ruckus" is a prime example.  While I had hopes that an insurance agent in Guimaras, the island province we call home, could assist us, our "fixer" was woefully unable to assist us. (more…)
Crusty Old Expat Visits Iloilo LTO and Acquires Student Permit

Crusty Old Expat Visits Iloilo LTO and Acquires Student Permit

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Ford Car Show Model (Photo Source: ABS-CBN News.com ) My asawa converted her Illinois Driver's License to a Philippine Driver's License about 18 months ago. My Illinois License, which I first acquired at the age of 16, had expired two years ago. I could have renewed it at the local Land Transportation Office like my spouse did, but since we only recently acquired a vehicle, felt no need to do so. In retrospect, it probably would have been smarter to renew before it did expire because once a foreign driver's license is expired the owner of such license has to first obtain a student permit. Thus, the crusty old expat visits the Iloilo LTO and acquired said student permit. (more…)
Passenger Trucks in the Philippines: We Narrow Our Search

Passenger Trucks in the Philippines: We Narrow Our Search

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Certain passenger trucks in the Philippines, such as Dodge Rams, can be difficult to find. But we narrow our search for a new vehicle and after visiting the local Chevrolet, Toyota and Foton dealerships in Iloilo City, we've gotten the best deal from Isuzu. We've ruled out the Nissan Navara (ugly),  Mitsubishi Strada (short truck bed), Mazda BT-50 (price) and Tata Xenon (no automatic transmission and untested new truck from India), Ford Ranger (I'm a Chevy man from way back but the Chevy Colorado only comes in a 4x4 automatic model and is 400,000 pesos more expensive than the 4x2 AT Isuzu we looked at.) Photo source: Isuzu Philippines (more…)
Lolo Wrestles a Pig

Lolo Wrestles a Pig

FEATURED, THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
Our local barangay in Guimaras recently held their fiesta. My asawa got off the phone from our niece, Michelle, who is staying at "The Compound" helping her tita, aunt, Alida, in the preschool located on the premises. "Lolo wrestles a pig." Yes, that was Michelle's message. Seems that my father-in-law, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, slipped past my brother-in-law Joery and made his way to a nearby relative's house.  A pig farmer at Parola Dock in Iloilo City (more…)
Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience, Part 2

Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience, Part 2

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Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver's License: My Asawa's Experience is concluded today with this post. My wife had made the trip to the main Land Transportation Office in Iloilo, located in the Jaro District, to have her Illinois Driver's License changed to a Filipino license before her birthday in September.  (more…)
Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience

Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience

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Conversion of a foreign license to a Philippine Driver's License. Something I don't plan to do. My Illinois Driver's License expired last year. My wife, who at the age of 40, obtained her first driver's license while living in the States,  decided to have her Illinois license converted to a Philippines license before it expired next month on her birthday. The advantage of converting a foreign driver's license before expiration? Don't have to take any written or driving exams in the Philippines. That's a huge plus in my books.  (Our Chevy truck in Illinois not long after my wife got her first driver's license. OK, OK, I was driving and a deer hit our Colorado on the way to work about 5:30 in the morning. Just a little "husband humor" for you guys out there.) (more…)