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  1. And they would be handing out complimentary tuba and tanduay for those natives so they would be happy upon their arrival. Gee, if other countries could be accommodating as the US... In the case of this article, dreams don't come true.
  2. What a way to wake up to a new day in the Philippines!
  3. Honestly, in my country, I have been known to vigorously voice my opinion, but I would never go ballistic unless it was my honor being challenged and even then, action would speak louder than words. In the case of living in the PH, there is nothing which has ever caused me to react the way this Scottish individual acted. I may have become frustrated at one time or another, but it has never caused me to go ballistic over anything or anyone. Let's face facts, it is just something one has to expect if they are going to live here. And I guarantee you, it is very unlikely you will be able to change it either.
  4. I was stationed at a small Naval Communications Station forty km north of Subic from 1973 - 1976. Yes, ML was definitely in existence, but in my part of the PHL it had little effect on me....apart from having to be on base by midnight (Midnight to 4 a.m. curfew). I heard stories of the strong hand of the military/PNP, but it was always somewhere else. Sometimes we had threats of violence to our facility by the NPA, but they never occurred. I read above of all the NPA initiated violent acts on Mindanao, but have rarely heard of such episodes on my side of the island. Which begs another questions. Is the NPA as active and violent in the rest of the PH as it is in Mindanao? Seems to me that ML is fighting two distinct groups down there and not just ISIS. Personally, I don't know what will happen under ML. Perhaps Duterte is using Mindanao as the great experiment to see if ML can make a positive difference in the security and safety of that region. However, I am not about to cut and run. I have given up everything to live the rest of my life here. I have a family here which I would never abandon and would like to think, as many unspoken ex-pats on this forum, this situation is only a temporary speed bump on the road of life.
  5. The hot dogs. Of all the hot dog buns I have purchased, those sesame seed buns were the freshest.
  6. I think we need a proper definition of racism before we delve into this topic. The Webster Dictionary states: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. That being said, is there truly racism within this country. I think there is. As mentioned earlier, the color of the skin determines the type of employment/career a Filipino may enjoy within this society. But it goes deeper than that. Even though it is more of a social issue than perhaps racial, it bothers me greatly the way the poor are treated by the middle class and wealthy as well as those who have an education. It is not necessarily name calling or derogatory remarks that I notice more so than the way the less privileged are looked upon or treated. I watch the people come into my community from the mountains in sugar cane trucks and upon tricycles. Most are dressed in their best clothing, but apart from the businesses who cater to their specific needs, I see the looks of disdain or contempt as the rural people pass the local citizenry. The mountain folk would arrive early in the morning, gather their supplies and then I would see them quickly congregating at the departure point and sit for hours awaiting their transport home. At first I didn't think anything of it, but perhaps the reason they would return to their location early was because of the discriminating stares they may have encountered while in town. Basically treated as outsiders. Personally, I don't think there is a country where some form of racism doesn't exist to some extent.
  7. I looked for quite some time to find a local hot dog that was palatable and finally discovered the Pure Foods brand. There are several different selections, but the one I enjoy most has been the Deli Spicy Pepper hot dogs. The other flavor has been the German hot dog under the same brand name. I think a six pack of spicy dogs sells (at Robinson's in Bacolod) for 158 pesos. Then about a year ago, discovered hot dog buns with sesame seeds at Foodman which is a bakery type business. Just add diced onions and mustard and I am one content kano. Oh yes, don't forget to take off the protective covering.
  8. Okay.....after reading all the above, there are two items that also give me fits. One is seeing the ten and twelve year old children (and one younger I know of for sure) driving motorbikes or trikes without concern for themselves or others. And what adds insult to injury is that no one of authority does anything to correct this condition. The other issue I have is with spitting on the pavement, sidewalk, or wherever the urge dictates. I was in the street photographing the annual festival dance competition and this Filipino is walking by (behind the rope which is lined with spectator), snorts up a loogey and spits it just over the rope where our group of photographers were walking around. You see this occurring all the time. Doesn't matter if it is child or adult, man or woman, and they do it without hesitation. I have seen bus drivers and passengers snort it up and spit it out the side windows of buses and one who just spit it on the floor of an a/c bus. My children used to spit indescriminately as well as litter with no consideration of the damage done. I have educated them to their actions and it has stopped. I also got them to quit scraping their feet on the ground when walking. Unfortunately, I am just one person in a land of 102 million citizens. Still, at least I made a difference with my four and perhaps it will grow from there.
  9. On Tuesday (April 11) my significant other was getting her nails done at the old market here in Himamaylan City. A Filipino came in and was selling watches. In the conversation which followed, he commented that he was Muslim and from Zamboanga City currently living in Kabankalan City. She said he was in his 20's. I didn't give it much attention at the time other than to make an off handed remark that he probably got the money for the watches from ransom money. Now, after all this recent activity, I wouldn't put it past the ASG to be canvassing the areas via soliciting merchandise for the purpose of collecting intelligence for future operations. I don't just mean potential victims, but also security conditions (or lack thereof). Now, I don't want to sound like I am Mr. Doom and Gloom, I am most certainly not going to grab the next flight out of the PHL over this or recent events, and what the vendor said could actually be all BS, but then again, perhaps it might be a wake up call for we expats in the Central/Western Visayas to become ever more aware of our surroundings.
  10. That is why I left the matter to the news story. However, even in the PHL the news doesn't always get it right either. One thing is for certain, the Aussie was definitely stabbed to death. Anything else is open to conjecture.
  11. AN AUSTRALIAN businessman was stabbed to death by his helper at his house in Sitio Ilahod, Barangay To-oy in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, on Saturday. Police identified the fatality as Warren Hill, 74. Investigation showed that Hill had a heated argument with 20-year-old Robert Flores of Kabankalan City when he learned that the suspect was planning to sleep with his female co-worker. Hill confronted the suspect and fired him. Flores, armed with a double bladed knife, stabbed his employer. Hill sustained two stab wounds, and was declared dead at a hospital. Flores fled and hid inside a sugarcane plantation. Inspector Raymundo Franco, deputy chief of Himamaylan City Police Station, said the police cordoned the sugarcane field, but as of 3 p.m. Sunday, the suspect failed to surface. Franco said they coordinated with Flores's parents to help them negotiate their son's surrender. Murder charges will be filed against Flores. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2017/03/20/australian-businessman-stabbed-dead-helper-531986 I spoke with a next door neighbor who gave a slightly different version of events, but will let the news story stand. I do want to comment that we foreigners are all visitors in this country and should remember that at all times. Treat others as we would like to be treated and that is all I have to say on this particular topic.
  12. If there are actually 51 battalions deployed to Mindanao, that would equate to approximately 43,000 troops or almost half of the Philippines Active Military (125,000). Of course, there could be active reservists in those number assigned, but that is still a lot of men in the field.
  13. I live in the province about a half km from a National Highway. We have to clean a black filmy substance from our fan blades and a/c filter at least once each month. I live in the back of a compound and always thought with all the houses and vegetation between us and a paved street, it would alleviate the grime, but it hasn't. My eldest son is constantly congested, sneezing, and blowing his runny nose and I attribute it to the local pollution. However, even where I lived in the rural Midwest (of the USA), there was plenty of pollution too. Maybe not the kind we are experiencing here, but pollution all the same with its own particular health risks. Still, I am sure, it is the sugar cane fires, garbage/leaf fires, cooking fires, blowing dust from the nearby fields/roads, not to forget the exhaust from the traffic in, as well as passing through, town which provides me the unique quality of air that I breathe. I accept it as a part of the experience (like it or not) of living in the Philippines.
  14. Interestingly, throughout my life I never felt I ever fit into society's expectations in the states. I viewed life as well as the world around me a bit differently than many of my peers, co-workers, and even classmates. It wasn't until I discovered and eventually moved to my present location on the west coast of Negros Island that I finally became comfortable with my situation in life. Here, I can be what I want to be and basically believe what I want to believe and no longer have to meet anyone's expectations except my own.
  15. I have learned to 'know your doctor' before taking his advice or suggested treatment. I agree with others that blood tests (in a public facility are not that expensive, nor are X-rays. I have dealt with quacks and yet have also had great treatment by good physicians...... however, it is not always so. This past summer I ended up returning to the states due to having cellulitis for seven weeks and the only thing the doctors were able to do was make it antibiotic resistant. Here's hoping that your infant is out of the hospital soon and on its way back home.