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Cheapest Balikbayan Box & Best Balikbayan Box Size

What is the cheapest Balikbayan box and best Balikbayan box size that will suit your needs? A Balikbayan box is a corrugated box containing items sent by Overseas Filipino Workers, OFWs, (known as “Balikbayans.”) Shipped by sea, also, from Filipinos that have immigrated to other countries by freight forwarding companies. Also, brought by Filipinos returning … Read more

Guimaras Still COVID-19 Free Despite DOH “Stupidity”

Guimaras is the island province we call home. It’s located in Region 6, Western Visayas, of the Philippines. The DOH, Department of Health in the Philippines, recently scored a terrific blunder. The DOH claimed that an Overseas Filipino Worker, OFW, from Guimaras was the province’s first COVID-19 case.  However, the OFW is in quarantine in … Read more

Clash of the Filipina Maids

old lady

We’ve recently hired a new domestic helper for our household in Guimaras. The crusty old expat, yours truly, issued an “executive order” which proclaimed a new part-time helper was needed to augment our current staff. My “executive order” was not held up in any federal court.

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Iloilo to Boracay: The American Expat in the Philippines

boracay sunset

Iloilo to Boracay: The American Expat in the Philippines. Apologies  for not having any recent posts but my lovely asawa and I, along with niece Shaina, and sister Marjorie, who was on vacation from her job in Kuwait, visited one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Boracay.

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It’s the Day of the Dead in the Philippines

jordan municipal cemetary guimaras

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. 

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How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

BDO tellers

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.

BDO tellers

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Niece Shaina Graduates from Santa Teresa H.S. on Guimaras Island

Niece Shaina Graduates from Santa Teresa H.S. on Guimaras Island

Our 16-year-old niece Shaina graduates from Santa Teresa H.S. on Guimaras Island is the topic of today’s post from Philippines Plus. Shaina, along with her younger brother, Sharwin, reside with us at our home at “The Farm.” The children’s mother, Marjorie, works as a domestic helper in Kuwait.

 (The usherettes and their advisor who graciously posed for this picture)

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