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JalAmiel, Our Miss 2018 United Nations Niece

JalAmiel at The Shirven in Guimaras

Our niece, JalAmiel, has been picked as “Miss 2018 United Nations” to represent her class for a fundraiser.  JalAmiel is leading her schoolmates in an effort  to raise funds for some much-needed school improvements. I’m hopeful my faithful readers over the years can help out. 

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The Marketplace Festive Walk Mall Iloilo Grand Opening

I don’t like crowds. Christmas shopping in malls swarming with bargain hunters doesn’t appeal to me at all. That said, my asawa and I recently headed over to the Marketplace Festive Walk Mall Iloilo Grand Opening. Probably not a good idea for someone that detests hordes of shoppers.

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Positive Philippine Pool Performance

Positive Philippine Pool Performance. If you have a swimming pool in the Philippines like we do, you need to be prepared to do some daily and weekly maintenance. Since my loving asawa deemed it necessary for me to have a regular exercise program, she designated me our “Pool Boy.” I like to call myself the … Read morePositive Philippine Pool Performance

Gutsy Guimaras Guests Attend Typhoon Ompong Pool Party

Typhoon Ompong slammed into the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Another typhoon, Paeng, is approaching the archipelago but landfall in the PH is not expected at this time.  It may bring heavy rains to Northern Luzon on Friday. However, “Gutsy Guimaras Guests Attend Typhoon Ompong Pool Party” is a salute to our heroic visitors who braved heavy downpours and high winds to make it to our recent birthday bash.

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Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections

Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections

While checking out some recycled flower pots hanging from one of our cashew trees, I decided to take the following photographs of my better half’s spacious garden.  If you live in the Philippines, we moved here from Central Illinois almost nine years ago, you can have a garden 365 days a year. For a gardening fanatic like my wife, seen in the next photo with her long-sleeved work clothes, it’s a dream come true. 

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Guimaras Motorboat Trip Shortage Strands Passengers

pump boats at Ortiz in Iloilo

The Panay News reported last Sunday that Guimaras Motorboat Trip Shortage Strands Passengers. Guimaras, home of the sweetest mangoes in the world, is the island province we call home. Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz wants to know why there aren’t enough boats operating.

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Manggahan Festival 2018 going to the Dogs

OK, it’s not the most original title, but Guimaras’ “Manggahan Festival 2018 going to the Dogs” best describes yesterday’s premier late afternoon event. It’s the eighth celebration of the sweetest mangoes in the world that The Sainted Patient Wife and I have attended. This is the first pooch program we’ve gone to.

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Philippines Beauty Pageant Obsession

Philippines Beauty Pageant Obsession. I’ve already suffered through months of news coverage regarding Miss Philippines Rachel Peters. Ms. Peters is a Filipino-British model who finished in the Top Ten of the recent Miss Universe Pageant. Much to my chagrin, the CNN news report was touting the visit of the new Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters to the Philippines.

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