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It’s the Day of the Dead in the Philippines

It’s the Day of the Dead in the Philippines

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It's two days before All Saints Day, or “Araw ng mgba Patay”, the celebration of the Day of the Dead as it is called in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, and observed by Catholics worldwide. My wife, her Mother, sister Alida and our niece Michelle traveled to Jordan Municipal Cemetery in Guimaras to pay our respects to relatives that have long since left this earthly domain.  (more…)
Island Hopping Around Guimaras

Island Hopping Around Guimaras

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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?  (more…)
How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
My asawa and I have had a peso savings account with BDO, Banco de Oro, for a couple of years. We established it when my ATM debit card from our bank in the United States expired. At the time we needed to open an account so my sister-in-law from Kuwait, Marjorie, an OFW, Overseas Filipino Worker, could easily send remittances to us. We care for her two children, Shaina and Sherwin. Here's the story of how BDO screwed up our dollar account in the Philippines. (more…)
Fleeing Jeddah

Fleeing Jeddah

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The wife and I have to go to Iloilo City later today to pick up her sister Marjorie who has been working as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) outside of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The OFW's used to be called OCW's (Overseas Contract Worker) as was the case with my wife Melinda when she worked in Singapore and in Taiwan. Marjorie had a two year contract with an employment agency from the Philippines that was not due to expire until December 2010. Over 11 million Filipinos work overseas as OFW's since unemployment here is so bad.  (more…)
Jobs in the Philippines: April and Michelle Find Employment

Jobs in the Philippines: April and Michelle Find Employment

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Jobs in the Philippines are extremely difficult to find. With widespread age discrimination running rampant across this archipelago, my twin nieces, April and Michelle (seen in the following photo), age 19,  are fortunate to be in the prime hiring bracket. If you're 30 or over, your chances of finding a job become that much more formidable. (The girls were bored last Sunday when we had another long brown out, over 10 hours, and since Michelle had an extra uniform, they decided to do this pose.)   (more…)
Niece Hunts for Call Center Jobs in Iloilo

Niece Hunts for Call Center Jobs in Iloilo

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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.  (more…)
US Dollar to Philippine Peso Exchange Update: Peso Hits 4-Yr High

US Dollar to Philippine Peso Exchange Update: Peso Hits 4-Yr High

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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.  (more…)
Iloilo City Earthquake Aftermath

Iloilo City Earthquake Aftermath

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Our world was rocked by a major earthquake this past Monday while my asawa was shopping for bed sheets on the third floor of SM City in Iloilo.  Thanks to the exceptional handling of the evacuation by SM management and security, my asawa and I, along with hundreds and other customers and employees were led swiftly out of the building without injury or mishap. Now we just had to get back to our home in a subdivision two jeepney rides away. That proved to be extremely difficult.   (more…)