Manager denies incident happening on Flight 5J-619
December 14, 2008
A Cebu Pacific passenger jet with flight number 5J-619 coming
from Manila’s new NAIA domestic airport delivering tourist and
Boholanos back to this province for the Christmas Season had
lost its power inside the plane’s cockpit control panel just
before take off last Tuesday, December 9th 2008 while on the
What should have been a normal plane flight turned out traumatic
and scary for some of the flights passengers.
This writer just happened to be on that flight that arrived
almost two hours late as scheduled into the Tagbilaran City
After being fully booked, including some seats which were having
two passengers booked together at one time had settled down, the
jet was ready to be pushed out to the tarmac where the captain
had begun taxing towards the runway for take off.
When the captain started to prepare the plane’s wings for take
off, he had noticed the plane was having mechanical difficulty.
The plane was not performing due to the controls mechanical
failure. At the last minute before gaining speed for the planes
lift off he announced over the cabin public address system that
the plane was going to be towed back to the terminal due to
He said he was also sorry for the delayed incident and any
inconveniences brought to passengers for the problems.
The captain told his passengers that he would keep them informed
of what was going on.
The captain did not reveal any information as in regards to what
had happened that made him want to turn the plane around.
The tow truck came and towed us back to the terminal and
instructed the passengers to stay seated while two mechanics
went inside the plane’s cockpit to work on the plane’s failed
control panel for some time.
The cabins air pressure was released outside of the plane once
the door hatches opened up.
After listening to one family’s concerns that had traveled all
the way from Calgary Canada and were visiting Bohol for the
first time, said that it would be better to transfer the
passengers to another plane that is not having questionable
mechanical failure problems versus taking a gamble on our lives
if something would have failed while in air.
As a passenger on this flight I had taken it upon myself to ask
the stewardess (flight attendant) what exactly was the
On the way, Anna, a tourist from the country of Austria also for
the first time here to experience Bohol was seen shaking in her
seat leaning against her plane window.
She asked me what is going with wide eyes and red nervous
blotchy spots on her face and neck, she told me she was scared
and wanted to be transferred and did not want to try and fly in
the plane with possible failure again.
Once I got the news out of the airlines flight attendant I
turned around and addressed the planes passengers what the
attendant had told me.
The passengers smiled and thanked me for informing them. The
passengers were not given drinks or snacks or an option to
transfer to another plane.
When I reached Tagbilaran City I went to the sub ticket agent
next to the new Dunkin Donut outlet and explained to them what
had happened on the flight.
The ticket agent asked me if we were transferred to another
plane. When the Bohol Media contacted the Manila Cebu press
release manager regarding the planes incident RG Orence later
denied any such incident happening with their plane that day.
No Yaya Ever Wiped
November 23, 2008
I often think how my life would be now if I had been raised
around cooks and helpers all my life, like what you have here.
I recently seen the results especially to women who have someone
else other than family members to cook and clean around them
while they were a child growing up.
This handicaps women later on in life who are old enough to have
relationships that end up turning into a marriage.
I have just experienced preparing foods for a family and it was
like trying to pull a stubborn horse by a lead rope with one of
He complained that he did not have the experience or know how to
be able to help in a kitchen and just turned into his middle
20’s this week.
His job was to simply chop up vegetables to help prepare for the
main dishes I was making that night.
His brother’s girlfriend when asked by her boyfriend to help me
cook foods just stood there clueless with both hands in her
pockets watching me because he wanted her to learn how to do
something in the kitchen.
Well anyways I was not surprised by her lack of interest or
unwillingness to learn anything from the kitchen.
She is set in her ways by now and has had been raised around
helpers and cooks all her life up until present so she is like
most other older women in their twenties, they just sit at home
watching dramas all day and night and when around their lovers
they are “malambing” and end up doing what they do best around
here and that is just to be impregnated without any amount of
A perfect example is just to get pregnant before having work or
a house to provide for the kids.
To be a mother requires a lot, she must know how to do a lot of
things around the house, in the community, and know how to solve
problems and think ahead for what is best for her and her
I was one who was not into other dramas such as those on
television, hell why should I have been?
I have my own drama in real life that I need to balance in life.
To be able to make and have children of your own, it means that
you must deserve and earn your way to have them so as to be
prepared for their needs.
A kid needs their parents not proxies such as helpers or yayas.
Good positive attention is always the basis for a well rounded
head and a balanced attention and behavior span.
I have always cooked in a kitchen whether it was one I had seen
for the first time or one that I am familiar with it does not
matter, I was a girl scout and mom was a great cook and a
teacher and I can adapt easily to any situation.
Even though mom and dad had to run the busy long time family
business and I being on the rock bottom of eight siblings we
helped our parents out by doing chores and not having to be told
how to take care of the house.
It is not a child abuse it is teaching how to be responsible and
clean. What about parental abuse when the kid is so spoiled that
if he does not get his way he tells off his parents and friends?
Do you see the picture that is being created here? Some kids
think they can have a silver platter handed to them always and
it makes them think they are better than those who were not
raised by helpers and cooks.
Parents need to go back to being parents.
What holds us back?
November 9, 2008
When we identify so much with our surroundings and the relationships that we
have had with them, we naturally feel that they have always been a part of us
and a loss or lack of these environments and bonds cannot only be disorienting
but can also lead to much violence.
Since we have been so used to these surroundings and relationships, we tend to
take them with us wherever we go, whether we are aware of it.
Being in the center for too long may be isolating if it leads to walls growing
around a person or idea of us and then crops up.
Everything that lies outside that center would be perceived as a blinding and
deafening “them” that can also be alienating.
Change can be perceived as a dangerous rattling of skeletons. The center becomes
rigid until it becomes every picture of the tyrant within.
Scaring and troubling scaring itself because of “Them.” Let us call it a family!
One good global example is Osama bin Laden posing a threat to the Western world,
world peace, and security as much as he does to fellow Muslims only a minority
of whom support terrorist attacks.
All Islamic governments are against these acts. Some Muslims say terrorist
behavior immediately causes the perpetrators to stray from Islam and that they
cannot be considered Mohamed’s followers anymore because the prophet forbids
such acts, including the killing of innocent civilians and unarmed civilians.
It happens like the forbidden teen pregnancy and how this is almost every
But it happens and out the window goes what had been told sons and daughters.
All promises, vows, morally, values and scolding’s fall short before the
eventual delivery of the newborn.
This innocent tyrant within a young woman who will spell change for everybody
even before it transforms her body and the biological system that works
The in-laws arrive and in fundamental fashion both families are up in arm,
watching out for “terrorist attacks.”
With the union of son and daughter, both sides come to realize that their riches
have been “manipulated” and left for disarray. \
Written with much conviction and though, in order not to offend anyone but
instead to let aware for others that you’re not in this alone as a parent when
it comes to this matter.
It was the best of
times; it was the worst of times. -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Royal Country to Inlude Sex and
Drug Teaching for Kids
October 26, 2008
I really was mistaken when I thought Philippines was not so much up with
teaching its students about reproductive health and sex education.
The country of England is now the country way behind times when I come across an
article saying that they will start teaching such courses to students.
According to news from BBC officials, the government is expected to announce
later that sex and relationship lessons will be made compulsory in primary and
secondary schools in England.
A review was ordered after ministers branded teaching on the issue “patchy”.
Currently, it is only compulsory to teach children about the biology of
reproduction and changing bodies.
Which is standard teaching in how they teach this subject in America ? A BBC
poll of more than 1,000 people found that 87% would support a change in
approach, as long as teaching did not begin at too young an age.
We were at age nine and in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades when the subject
was introduced to me in school for the first time. (America)
It is not yet clear exactly what will be taught to each year group, but some
reports suggest five-year-olds could receive some level of sex education.
No way in my day would this have been accepted? We also were required to have
parental permission slips signed before we could take that portion of the health
Both the boys and the girls were separated from each other. The government’s
review which is still not reported yet is suppose to be published at the same
time as one on drugs education in schools.
Times have really changed as drugs were not even considered to be a part of the
lesson plan while I was attending school during what is now looked at as
generation X era.
In England some drugs are listed as a class C drug and have sights setup in town
where you can actually smoke marijuana in down town establishments.
The inquiries were announced in December last year as part of the Children’s
The government has said it recognizes that sexual experimentation in early
adolescence can expose young people to risks.
Poo Poo “too” Cell
October 19, 2008
CP STANDS FOR “Crap Phone” or “Cell Phone.” I am writing about my personal
experiences and opinions regarding such an instrument.
I am not happy on the day that I am writing this.
In fact when I had received the latest news regarding the last cell phone
incident it took me until the next day to fall asleep and I just awakened about
three hours ago and the time is now almost 11pm in the night.
The latest incident goes like this; Friend wants a cell phone and a mahal one at
that, but friend has a job away in Manila and promises to make cell phone
installments but for the last month and a half there has not been such a payment
as always there is an excuse for not having to pay but my how odd this person
has money and time to attend to basketball games.
Anyways the cell phone was ¼ paid for from the last installment. This particular
phone in America is also considered expensive for Americans.
I warned this person not to get involved with such a large commitment and that
this type of cell phone causes problems and everyone wants it and will try to
take it at no extent and no remorse of contempt.
Well last Monday morning during the wee hours I received a text that my friend
whom promised me installments was at a concert event and had been help up.
Which at that time his phone was still will with him? What makes this sad is
that was my adoption case money I had saved up and I was planning to put the
payments back into the savings.
The person was robbed again twice in one week and the second time at a
Again I was sent a text that the N95 was stolen. “Heavy Sigh” he told me he will
stay pay me back he is honest times are hard.
Another cell phone incident was when another friend now X-friend borrowed my
cell phone valued around P4th but I told him no several times and he insisted
for his type of work.
Well when time came to return it, he was hiding from me and one month later
confessed it was broken?
I could never borrow or make promises for material things, if I was given advice
as to why we shouldn’t get involved with things that we can not afford to
I feel terrible for my friend in the first incident but I warned him always
about his phone and how the people are here when in crisis.
The young man comes from a great family and has a good attitude about his church
and God and I can count on him to keep up with his responsibility.
To all you thieves out there hope you’re happy with hurting people who work
honest and hard for what they have for you to just come and take away from them.
Your Karma is coming and do not think it is not.
Looking for Love in Bohol (Part 4 tourism)
October 12, 2008
You would have to laugh this column topic off if you are I and you’re the one to
come up with ways on how to write this and keep my foreign male friends guts
from hitting rock bottom down to they’re little tootsies!
When I told them that I was writing on
this subject about foreigners mingling with Boholanas/Boholonos they were
begging me not to write it (They are afraid that it might take away from they’re
happy go lucky life here whatever that could be in what is considered to be a
very conservative place?)
I have been out in the field as busy
as rat in a cage that pants while running on his squeaky wheel.
When looking for love or simply being
able to pass the good time while away from one’s own home country.
The hardest thing for any foreigner to
hurdle over at first is when it comes to being in another culture totally
different then the one they left behind back at home.
I know most of us have seen an older
man (gramp’s) with a lady much younger then his own age.
We immediately think negative about
this scenario in which we speculating that Gramps’ does not have much time to
live and the pretty little young thing just want’s his money and insurance after
he is gone?
No! In fact that is not what is going
on at all! A majority of foreign men I spoke with here in Bohol who some are
already domesticated told me they like being with much younger women here
because back in they’re own country of origin they are not even looked at by
Instead they are looked at by older
women that do not bring out the youth in them.
Here they feel younger at heart and
younger in body and mind. Some foreign men complain that it is hard to find a
woman who is not marriage minded before consenting to sex.
Some men complain that it is hard to
make conversation with some women here and that they would like it even more if
the women would show some character and not just sit across the table like a
little quiet grandma type.
Some foreigners here are having wives
here or have live in partners and some of them have secret hobbies away from the
house that may involve a little promiscuity on the side.
Now on the other side when it comes to
female foreign tourist or one’s who are domesticated here.
The ladies who come here are mostly
involved with peace corp., or ministry work or they assisting with new churches
opening up here.
The young single foreigner girls
before coming to the Philippines say they are warned during part of they’re
training back home about avoiding relationships with Filipino men because of the
poverty and are warned that this could turn into being taken advantage of and
this would eventually cause such relationships becoming abused.
The foreign ladies who have begun to
trust often end up finding out sooner or later that they run out of persons whom
And truly even those who think they
are in a relationship it often ends up that she feels that she is not really
loved when all the man does is to continually ask for favor’s and ask for monies
and material things more then he spends time with her.
That is why you hardly see any foreign
women with Filipino men. In most foreign countries the man is the number one
bread winner and provider for his family.
Despite the downfalls that mixed
relationships may have you will always find that most foreigners will say is
that Boholano people are friendly and are worth it to keep on coming back here
September 14, 2008
Last week I started a short series
regarding tourism and investments ideas along with opportunities that should
take place in Bohol in preparation of the international Panglao Airport before
I should mention first of all the
gratitude shared to me by the Mayor of Danao, Bohol for talking about his
projects on tourism that combine the natural composting of his forests that will
keep the area both healthy while producing lumber and natural fertilizer at the
There is also green house food growing
for keeping up with the tourist demand and consumption.
Let’s face it I love Danao and its
beauty with the great opportunity that people when coming here to Bohol have
something just as nice to look forward too as they can take in big deep breaths
of fresh air while they enjoy exploring inside of Danao’s historical sights and
can also take in the activities alongside its canyon.
The real truth of the matter, is that
Bohol is simply having more to offer other than just its Panglao beaches and its
triangle that includes activities such as scuba diving, whale watching, and
Bohol for its small size has a lot to
offer, a lot to see, and a lot to do if you are one who truly enjoys the
With more expected tourist coming here
daily and with the airport to open its doors pretty soon, people should come and
check out this small island and ponder at the business opportunities that are
just jumping as well waiting to happen, have some opportunist to take a grab at
what will be a fun business that will cater to the tourism industry here.
New business’s should include more
added lodging, restaurants that serve foods that are reasonable in price and
mouth watering in taste and quality served alongside with a bright and pleasing
personality which is always a nice welcome for tourism comfort and
If you do not want to tie in directly
with the tourism business there are other investments ideas to venture into.
I posted my email for readers last
week to respond to my series on tourism and investment, I was given a lot of
input on good investment ideas and had the opportunity to meet up with foreign
investors and Filipino investors who are planning to set up business here.
One group of business persons are
waiting on a helicopter unit from the United States to arrive into Bohol that
will be offering island sight seeing tours according to their marketing
executive Cheryl Salazar.
One gentleman from the country of
Austria is planting 5.000 acres high up on the mountains in Bohol of a plant
named “Jatropha” and it is being used when it becomes mature for bio-fuel in
cooperation with the PETROGREEN (Oil Commodity Holding, Inc.) based in Cebu.
A foreigner man (Bloke) who hails from
Europe married with a Filipina, was able to purchase a property at Alona beach
recently and is currently having his bar establishment under construction.
I have always had the strong belief
that if you want to make a business, make sure it is one you know how to operate
and one that you have knowledge with as well.
Here are some ideas to get you started
in what it is that will row your boat ashore in making a business in Bohol.
some tourist coming here say; “It is boring because no nightly shows to enjoy
not enough nightly entertainment.”
Retirement Villages, specialty health
clinics, Nature or amusement parks, Golf courses, etc.
•Agri-Business-Commercail forests and
orchards farming (lumber) (Banana/Coconut Plantations).
•Marine fish food processing plants etc.
•IT Services- Manpower training facility, Legal and financial engineering and
architectural services, etc.
•Light Manufacturing-Precision assembly/semi conductors,
•Garment making, and farm implements.
•Services-Financial, engineering, and architectural services, training and
sports outlet facilities, etc.
•Energy-Development of Indigenous/Renewable Power Source and Power Generation,
Next week I would like to finish the
second part of Bohol Tourism/Investment topic and begin talking about
Ethnical/Cultural approach on meeting and dating people here in Bohol if you are
a foreigner or Filipino.