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American Expat in Philippines Rescues Report Cards at Iloilo

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American expat in Philippines rescues report cards at Iloilo High School. Yes, I had to make a return trip to the educational institution which our niece Shaina and nephew Sharwin formerly attended. (Note: after misspelling our nephew’s name for over four years now, my asawa has finally corrected me on how to properly spell the young man’s name. My apologies, Sharwin, not Sharwen.)

Filipino nephew Sharwen the Filipino FarinaSharwin and Michelle. Don’t ask.

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Our Filipino Fashion Model

Our 14-year-old nephew, Sharwen, seen in the lead photo, is headed for a career as a fashion model,  a sort of Filipino “Farina” from “Our Gang.”  Thanks to some late night shenanigans from his cousins, April and Michelle (also seen in the picture), our nephew has been subjected to hair styling sessions which he seemed to be a willing participant in. 

 

Filipino nephew Sharwen the Filipino Farina

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Island Hopping Off Guimaras

Visited Raymen Beach Resort,  located on Guimaras, the sweet mango province where my wife grew up, this past Mother’s Day.  We were celebrating the birthdays of two nephews, Sharwen and Jorreal.  Since my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alida, were in attendance, it was a perfect way to combine the birthday celebrations and also honor our Mom’s.  Island hopping tour in Guimaras

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Return to the Best Philippines Beach Resort in Guimaras

Raymen Beach Resort in Guimaras. Located in a stretch of white sand and turquoise waters called  Alibihod, I’ve covered visits to this Philippines resort in past posts. Made another visit to this pocket of paradise on Mother’s Day. My asawa and relatives were accompanied by the son of Jesus, Mike (seen in the next photo closing his eyes), our neighbor that delivers our fresh drinking water. 

NoyNoy and Mike on the pump boat to Guimaras

 

According to my asawa, Mike is our niece April’s  “suitor,” a term used about 100 years ago in America. Noy Noy, Mike’s cousin (sitting next to Mike on the pump boat), also lives next door and came along for the Sunday holiday. 

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Deluxe Accommodations in Guimaras for Manggahan Festival

Recently attended the 20th Annual Manggahan Festival in Guimaras.  Though an article from the Philippine Information Agency, PIA, reported the mango province is looking for hotel investors to invest in creating more accommodations in the province, we had some spacious digs at “The Compound.” “The Compound,” at my asawa’s home in the Jordan municipality we resided for over two years, provided our housing for the mango event.

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Lolo’s Rescue!

Saturday morning. 10:30 am. I’m on a jeepney to SM City to pay my Smart Bro bill and pick up some ice cream. Our nieces and nephew from Guimaras will be visiting us this upcoming week at our home in Iloilo and the kids love ice cream. My asawa is in the mango province now to deliver groceries and to pick the kids up. My phone rings. I have my cell on the “Outdoor” profile so I can hear it. I’m  a 61-year-old geezer. Plus, the jeepney makes more noise than pre-tweeners at a Justin Bieber concert. I squint at the name on the incoming call. It’s blurry (don’t put my reading glasses on.)  Has to be my spouse.
Crowded jeepney in Guimaras

“The Crossing” near “The C0mpound” in Guimaras

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Lolo’s Easter Sunday Intervention

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 Easter Sunday Intervention in Guimaras(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.)

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Our 5 Year Philippines Retirement Plan Nears Completion

My asawa and I moved to the Philippines in July 2009. We had an unwritten five year plan before moving to “paradise.” We’re approaching the final phase of our retirement manifesto. In about one year from now, February 2014, every thing kicks into high gear. Our income will more than double. We’ll be buying property for our dream home in the Philippines then and in late 2014 we plan to move into our new residence in Iloilo City (the new house could look similar to the home depicted below.)

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