"Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2." I had rushed my asawa to the Provincial Hospital in Guimaras where we received the grim news. My wife had a case of dengue fever and pneumonia. Her white blood platelet count was dangerously low, 106, with 150 being the normal range. The physician on duty advised us that my spouse could be at risk for internal bleeding due to the dengue. (more…)
Taking naps in the Philippines is a common occurrence. Is it part of the Spanish siesta heritage or simply a nod to hardworking people that need a snooze wherever they might be? A restful day at Raymen Beach Resort in Guimaras, our island province home, provided the opportunity for some of our relatives to pay a visit to The Sandman. First up is our niece Michelle. She is listening to music as she drifts off to slumber land. Michelle's hairy legs are somewhat concealed in this shot but check out this previous post to discover why our niece's legs are so hairy. Here's my sister-in-law Alida taking a nap. If anyone deserves some rest, Alida surely does. She has finished a summer school session for her pre-school and is now taking enrollments for new students for the next school...
9:15 pm Monday. I was already in bed trying to get to sleep. My asawa and our helper, Mera, were upstairs watching a Filipino soap opera. Suddenly I heard a loud explosion! Lights out! Everything went black a split second after the boom. Transformer blew. Heard that sound many times in my almost six years of living in "paradise," the Philippines. (more…)
Philippines Super Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) gains strength and is now heading towards Eastern Visayas according to a report from ABS-CBN News and Yahoo! News Philippines. Guimaras, the island province headquarters of this website, Philippines Plus, is located in Western Visayas and will likely face hazardous weather conditions as a result of this super storm which is now packing winds gusting up to 250 kph (over 60 miles an hour for those Yanks out there.) Graphic Source: Yahoo! News Philippines (more…)
Lolo has finished his nightly prayers. I'm on the living room couch. It's 11 pm, Easter Sunday. Mosquitoes are buzzing me like unmanned drones over Afghanistan searching for Taliban militia. My asawa is stationed in the nipa hut located in the front yard of her home in Guimaras. She's keeping a watchful eye on her tatay (father) who has become very delusional. (The intervention crew, from left to right: My lovely asawa, Lolo, Cousin Emma, Cousin Roberto) (more…)