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Asawa’s Plight: Medicus Iloilo City ER Responds

Asawa’s Plight: Medicus Iloilo City ER Responds

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My asawa was in the front passenger seat of our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger suffering from an extreme abdominal pain attack. The Provincial Hospital in Guimaras, our home province, was unable to deal with the medical emergency. We sprinted toward the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to catch a “special trip” nighttime pump boat ride to Iloilo City. My sister-in-law Alida was in the back seat. (more…)
Severe Attack Sends Spouse Back to Emergency Room Again

Severe Attack Sends Spouse Back to Emergency Room Again

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My loving asawa has been suffering with chronic lower abdominal pain for months. While I’ve attempted to persuade her to visit a doctor she has stubbornly refused. But a recent stomach pain attack could not be fended off by the pain reliever Buscopan, and necessitated another visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras, the island province we call home. (more…)
My San Mig Light Epiphany

My San Mig Light Epiphany

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I experienced “My San Mig Light Ephipany” early one Sunday evening. Another brown out, courtesy of our local “power” company, Guimelco, had struck our sleepy island province of Guimaras. Mayberry is a boom town compared to Guimaras. Our sidewalks roll up at 6 pm. The majority of activity after the sun sets consists of tricycle drivers trolling for 10-peso-a-ride-passengers while burning up 20 pesos of gasoline in the process. (more…)
Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review

Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review

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It's been over six years ago when I retired from almost 30 years of service with the telecommunications giant, AT&T. If not for the generous wages and retirement package I received from Ma Bell, I would not have been able to write this post: "Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review." Despite the boring, mind-numbing last three years at the telephone giant, where I sat in a cubicle "working" in the billing department, I stuck it out and paid my dues and retired with full benefits. For that, I will always be grateful to the telephone giant.  Cabaling Beach in Guimaras (more…)
Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

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I confess. I did have one bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen before I took the following picture.  It was so hot that the roosters were using oven mitts to pick up worms from the ground. I was hot and sweaty and sweltering in the mid-morning sun. Yes, dear reader, I quaffed another early beer but please note that this is a rare exception for me and one usually only practiced when our mango festival in Guimaras makes it's annual appearance. Of course, if certain Floridians are in town, I have been known to quench my thirst with an adult beverage at an earlier hour also. By the way, if anyone would care to share, what time do you personally think is a reasonable time to have your first beer? There's no right or wrong answer in my books, but I'm curious as to what time your "happy hour" mi
I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015

I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015

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Regular readers of Philippines Plus know that I excel at doing as little as possible. I've perfected my slothfulness to a fine art after almost six years of living in the Philippines.  But retirement in this archipelago comes with a price: notoriety. Thus, many of my stalwart subscribers, especially those that have visited or who reside in the PH, will not be surprised by the title of this post: "I'm Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015."  (more…)
Rat Causes 11-Hour Power Outage in Guimaras

Rat Causes 11-Hour Power Outage in Guimaras

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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…)
Our Property Dispute in the Philippines is Resolved

Our Property Dispute in the Philippines is Resolved

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Last post dealt with a problem we had regarding a land owner adjacent to our lot who claimed our workers were building a fence on their property line. The group had earlier claimed they had a survey done on their property and had a sketch plan but they had neither, as I had suspected all along. But this past Tuesday, the complainers finally hired a survey crew from nearby Iloilo City who would meet with our survey group, also hailing from "The City of Love." Our property dispute in the Philippines is now resolved. (more…)