C How They Made Me! Chapter 47

Memoirs of a Philippine Mongerer C How they made me chapter 47: Province life begins in earnest. Rosie’s father strode up to his little house purposefully with the bolo swinging loosely at his side. I was not looking forward to this confrontation as I had made his daughter cry just by asking if Bob and […]

C How They Made Me! Chapter 39

Memoirs of a Philippine Mongerer C How they made me chapter 39: The air is cleared and the province beckons As much as I hated to admit it Rosie was right, if I was going to live in the same compound as these other guys I would have to confront them and try to mend […]

Philippines Fiestas

The provincial Fiestas are a nightmare for bar managers and owners because every year they happen and every year more and more girls leave work and return to the province for the fiestas, often staying away for a couple of months. Just the other day as I was bewailing the lack of girls for the […]

Handling Medical Emergencies in Angeles City

So you’ve had an accident or are having a baby, or need an operation, what do you do? Here is the deal if you find yourself in Angeles City and in need of emergency medical attention: #1. Make sure you have cellphone numbers of lots of local friends in your phone. I can’t stress this […]

Understanding Filipinas

When Shagger asked me to write this article, I nearly fell off my bar stool. We were discussing potential subject matters for future columns and the conversation went something like this Shagger: You know what I would really like to see Mjibbo: I have no idea but I’m sure you are going to tell me […]

Philippines fiestas

The provincial Fiestas are a nightmare for bar managers and owners because every year they happen and every year more and more girls leave work and return to the province for the fiestas, often staying away for a couple of months. Just the other day as I was bewailing the lack of girls for the […]

Preparing For Your Trip

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell Research, Research, Research! I do not think that one can be too prepared for a trip. As this is the case this will be one of the longest sections to this guide as I will try to cover as much as I […]

The People

“Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.” -Yiddish Proverb I will go into the specific characteristics of the Filipina, the male (both expats and tourists) as well as the local population later, but as a general overview of the Filipino race consider the following: The Filipino is […]

The Country, The City, The Area

“Landscape shapes culture.” – Terry Tempest Williams There are many places I could begin in a manual of this type but I thought the best place would be to describe the area geographically so that we all understand the playground to which we all want to play. This information was gathered from a number of […]