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2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines

Another gall bladder assault slams the old geezer. Hence, today’s post “2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines.” Furthermore, this recent bout triggered a visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras, the island province we call home. 2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines This American Expat in the Philippines … Read more

Boracay Tourists Beware: Nighttime Pump Boat Ban

Boracay. Images of white sandy beaches, palm trees, and turquoise blue waters party in my head. It’s Number One on many tourists’ “Bucket List.” We’ve been to the famous White Beach on this small island a couple of times. While pesky vendors buzzed around our head like dengue-infested mosquitoes, the breathtaking Boracay sunsets are absolutely … Read more

Guimaras’ Massive Travel & Tourism Problems

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First of all, if you’re planning to visit any of the sandy white beaches in Guimaras, don’t. “Guimaras’ Massive Travel & Tourism Problems,” today’s post, explains why. The Unvarnished Truth Because I’ve lived in Guimaras, an island province in Western Visayas, for the better part of ten years, I have a firsthand view of what’s … Read more

Philippine Wooden Hulled Boats Registration Halted

Finally, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has stopped accepting registrations for new wooden-hulled passenger vessels. In light of the loss of 31 lives during the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait tragedy on Aug.3, 2019, it’s a directive long overdue. Three pump boats capsized while sailing during strong monsoon winds. Philippine Wooden Hulled Boats Registration Halted “Existing wooden-hulled boats with … Read more

“Fairy Tale” Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge is Duterte’s Top Priority

I love the smell of fresh carabao crap in the early morning air. Recently, I smelled it again when I saw the following headline from the Daily Guardian: “PALACE OFFICIAL: Iloilo-Guimaras bridge is Duterte’s top priority.” I have a better chance of finding Bigfoot than I do of ever seeing the bridge’s construction actually go … Read more

Passenger Delays Persist on Guimaras-Iloilo Route

All banca boat operations plying the Iloilo-Guimaras route were suspended after 31 passengers lost their lives on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Consequently, daily travelers that traverse the Iloilo Strait waited in line for up to 10 hours to board fast crafts and ROROs. On August 13, the suspension was repealed to help ease commuter wait … Read more

Ban Iloilo-Guimaras Pump Boats Permanently?

I read where Guimaras Governor Gumarin has stated that the recent Iloilo Strait tragedy is bad for our island province’s economy. Thirty-one people lost their lives on Saturday, August 3, 2019. First of all, I think passenger safety comes first. Pump boat, banca boats, motorbancas, motorboats, call them what you want. They’re dangerous. Hence, today’s … Read more

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