Philippines Travel Stories, Page 8

Philippines Fish Market Tourism

Philippines Fish Market Tourism
I would recommend curious people always stop in a fish market and look at the fish. People tend to eat all types of fish, if they can catch it, they will eat it. I am baffled to know the name of the fish. There is a never-ending variety of fish, shellfish as I move from country to country.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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I could venture a guess what type of shellfish this is, but truthfully, I cannot be bothered, there is a limit to my need for knowledge.



I am happy to be taking photos of Philippines people, they are helpful and enjoyable. Everyone complained or wanted money in East Africa; this caused me to become reluctant to take photos. I am regaining my zest for photos; East African people stifled my enjoyment.



These fish are in the Bauang City central market, this is just a small sample, I was buying a coconut to eat when I spotted these.

Philippines Fish Market Tourism


Map of Provinces of Philippines

Map of Provinces of Philippines
Here are three enlarged maps of the 80 provinces in the Philippines. When you are talking with either a Filipino person or an Expat living here, I often ask the normal question,
“Where are you from?”

The person will consistently tell me the Province here in the Philippines, and the Expats are random, I then proceed to ask,
“Is this North, South, East or West of here?”

Normally, I do not get an answer, so I stop and try to get somebody close, or willing, to write it down. I return to my room, access the internet and search for this Wikipedia.org page: Provinces of the Philippines

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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North part of the Map of the Philippines with Provinces.



Middle of the 7000 plus Islands of the Philippines.


Map of the Philippines Provinces in the lower portion of the Philippines.

Funny Story

I was in on the Island of Barbados in the Caribbean when a man asked me,
“Where are you from?”

I said, as is my custom.
“United States of America.”

He said,
“You are the first person in five years of living in the Caribbean that told me the country. Normally the person says their State.”

I said,
“Yes, Americans assume for some strange reason the whole world knows all the States and Cities in the USA.”

When people ask me where I live, I have to modulate my answer. Sometimes it is the USA, sometimes America, sometimes States; sometimes it is Ameriquee in Islamic Countries and so on and so forth.

I always know how much empathy a person has by their answer to the question, where are you from?

Map of Provinces of Philippines


TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars

TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars
I am receiving Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in my one hour of Philippines Physical Therapy sessions . I paid 3-5 Dollars to talk with the Physical Therapy Doctor one time, then five U.S. Dollars or 240 Pesos each time I receive therapy. Doctor Acacio has an office in all three hospital here in La Union Province, you can go to any of them and pay a different price at each.

This therapy starts out with TENS Therapy and a hot pack.

1. TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
2. Ultrasound Massage
3. Stretching
4. Exercises

The therapy in the Ilocos Region Hospital was done to me, it required a therapist help. There was no focus on training me how to perform self therapy, I do this by watching YouTube.com.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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This is my butt; they align the electrical connection above and below the painful location.

TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, more commonly referred to as TENS (or sometimes TeNS), is defined by the American Physical Therapy Association as application of electrical current through the skin for pain control (APTA, 1990). The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. Generally TENS is applied at high frequency (>50 Hz) with an intensity below motor contraction (sensory intensity) or low frequency (<10 Hz) with an intensity that produces motor contraction (Robinson and Snyder-Mackler, 2008).



This is a TENS machine, it creates a spider like electrical shock that stimulate the muscles or nerves to twitch.



This was the second day of therapy; I put on my Thailand fishing pant and a dark shirt. The ultrasound therapy is messy; they use some type of lubricant and make a mess.



This was funny, a small Filipino Boy came into my room, my butt is hanging out in the wind, the door is open, so he decides to come in and visit. This is the ultrasound machine, not the TENS machine.



If I remember right, her name is Alisha; she was born in Hawaii and is an American Citizen. She came to the Philippines to study cheap and watch her grandmother. She is nice, she is not American by culture, she is more Filipino. She spoke rather good English, but truly, her first language is Ilokano or maybe Tagalog.

TENS Therapy was also given to me by Doctor Motley in the Chiropractors office in Manila.
TENS therapy and Ultrasound massage are used to help a person deep relax a stubborn muscle. I was being treated for Piriformis Syndrome, although in reality we do not know if I have this problem.

I cannot return to the USA for a diagnose and truthfully do not think it important. I have now visited seven doctors here in the Philippine that cost about 10 dollars per appointment. There is a lump above my hip joint; it is not clear why it is there, it could be a fat, nerve or muscle nodule, maybe called a cyst.

If it is a muscle nodule, it is possible the TENS therapy would one day allow it to just stop being spastic, relax and disappear. I personally made the choice that this therapy was not dangerous, however more about pain masking, maybe not a solution.

I stopped this Therapy because it stops pain, I do not want the pain to stop, I want to painfully aware when this lump hurts. I want to be told my body to stop walking. In the past, I took Ibuprofen in the morning and walked all day, I was able to continually molest or damage the injury, it was not healing, and it was continually inflamed.

I may return to this TENS Therapy if I can somehow do it at night after I am finished walking for he day and would not injure my body.

I am still meandering my way through Doctors here, I will get a Biopsy soon and an Ultrasound pointed directly at the lump. I can afford to keep trying at 10 dollars per Doctors appointment.

Medical Tourism, - Sciatica

TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars


Philippines VFW Giving to Community

Philippines VFW Giving to Community
JD told me the VFW here in Bauang, Philippines gave a lot to the community, I was happy to find this trash collection box as proof.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Monday, September 7, 2009
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This is one of many square concreted trash collection boxes used by the people in the Paringao neighborhood between the city of Bauang and San Fernando, La Union.

Thanks Vet and VFW members for being agood ambassadors for the USA.

VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars.

VFW 9892

Philippines VFW Giving to Community


Filipino Hiya

Filipino Hiya
“Hiya = shame. Much of what Filipinos do and don't do is motivated by the avoidance of hiya.”
- The avoidance of Shame.
-By Jonathan Aquino Jonathan Aquino

I want and need to have a couple of respectable friends here in the Philippines. After all the fun and games, the accumulation of friends when traveling is a need, not a want.

It is possible this quote above came from inside the book
“Philippines (Culture Shock!)”

Culture are pealed and understood like an onion, one layer at a time. With the learning of the word “Hiya,” I am removing one more layer of the onion and hopefully understanding the Philippines enough to find a couple of respectable friends. The understanding of the how shame works in the Philippines is an essential piece of knowledge to make friends in the Philippines.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Monday, September 7, 2009
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Shame saved my life, the personal shame I had for being a drunk, embarrassing myself, friends and family made me stop drinking. I have got up for 22 years with one goal in my mind, to be a good boy so I can avoid this shame.

If I want friends, maybe the best way to lose friends and not influence people is to shame them.

BLOG COMMENTS
I always have a sudden increase in mocking, mean and attacking comments when I visit the Philippines. I am always a little baffled, I traveled in Guatemala, Peru, and East Africa and comments were balance, now that I am in the Philippines personal attack on my have multiplied ten fold.

Finding Friends in the Philippines
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, I have realized the Expats in this country react and think about the same as the Philippines, I would call the “shame based,” or full of "toxic shame." The reader who have been to the Philippines become extremely angry when I say normal cultural comments about the Philippines. I am not allowed to make comments that nobody would even think strange about Africa without attempted vengeance by readers.

Hiya is the word for shame in Tagalog; this is an essential ingredient of the Filipino culture. I would say, anyway we do it; we find people of like kind. I am sitting here in my Hotel with maybe one new friend, and I doubt this friendship will survive longer than my travels in this country.

I dot NOT find like-kind friends here in the Philippines. I cannot find friends in the Philippines, I have one, Bjorn in Manila, all the rest slowly become my walk-on-the-other-side friends.

Why am I here?

Well, on the positive side, daily I have called 2-3 of my good friends from all over the planet. I have about 20-30 close friends. I have been spending hours talking with friends over Skype.com. This hotel has the best connection in my 11 years of travel, I can make telephone calls at 7-8:00 at night, and I can make a phone call anytime I wish, without worrying. I have what feels like a normal USA phone system in my room.

Shame is a great thing, it saved my life, and I am always amazed how many people want to shame me for coming to the Philippines. I tend to think they know what they do here; they believe I am doing the same… Hehehe

Well folks, enough talking, I am going to treat the Philippines like a review of products. I am going to only explain what I love about the place, not want is shameful.

This is not so important for the Journal here, I truly accept that this is an internet page, it is not me. However, with my new understanding of Hiya, the people of the Philippines can become my friends. I am not going to say I am proud of them...

I am never going to make friends with the Expats here, they normally drink like a fish, how is a person who does not drink fit in, it just is not possible. Drunks and non-drinkers are like water and oil; they do not mix. I do not like them, they do not like me, and this is ok.

Excellent review of the book
Great Review of Cultural Shock Book

Hiya explained by a Filipina girl living in Switzerland.
Hiya

Hiya
Hiya

Ok, all you shame based folks living or planning to live in the Philippines, I will give you a break and stop pointing at you… hehehe. Moreover, for you people who think you can shame me or make me apologize for my thoughts or actions, give up, I am in love with myself, I have no shame, mainly because I am good man… hehehe

Filipino Hiya


Churnalism of Medical Tourism

Churnalism of Medical Tourism

“the trend towards this form of journalism involves reporters becoming more reactive and less proactive in searching for news - "You get copy coming in on the wires and reporters churn it out, processing stuff and maybe adding the odd local quote. It's affecting every newsroom in the country and reporters are becoming churnalists.”
- BBC journalist Waseem Zakir has been credited for coining the term churnalism
Churnalism on Wiki

Major Medical Tourism Locations
Wikipedia.org list 23 countries as the top Medical Tourism destinations, in a perfect world a person would go visit the Doctors and Hospitals in all these countries, then make the decision.

I feel you purchase a culture.

I have been to 20 of the 23 countries; I have not been to UAE, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

1. Israel
2. Jordan
3. UAE - NO
4. Brazil
5. Canada
6. Cuba
7. Mexico
8. Panama
9. United States
10. Uruguay
11. China
12. Hong Kong
13. India
14. Korea, Republic of
15. Malaysia
16. New Zealand - NO
17. Philippines
18. Singapore
19. Taiwan
20. Thailand
21. Czech Republic - NO
22. Poland
23. Turkey

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Sunday, September 6, 2009
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I received a comment that made me think, and makes me “frustrated angry.” How can I explain anything to an audience who has already made up their minds? I am 100 percent positive, I have visited, lived, and experienced more countries and cultures than almost any person reading this. I have visited 20 of the top 23 listed countries for Medical Tourism.

COMMENT on post X-ray of Femur

“mary said on Friday September 4th, 2009 06:34:03 PM

Andy

For a person that "supposedly", knows allot about Thailand, and India

‘ I Wonder why you know so little about there med tourism , its much much bigger then the Philippines and much better.

For a traveler that really seems not to like the philippines you sure are spending alot of time there. WHY?? Could YOU become one of the over weight, gal chasing expats ? maybe you found a home.

Jery

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I have a love-hate relationship with the Philippines, a long-term reader knows this. I am here in the Philippines hiding in a Resort working on a very high-speed internet system. At the end of the day, I am the owner of a 13 Million-page Travel site, and this is more important than my Blog, it is called HoboHideOut.com.

Diagnose in Philippines, surgery in Thailand
As best I can figure out, the majority of Medical Tourist are diagnosed in the USA or their home country and the surgery or work is performed in a country they choose.

Mary or Jery makes a good point, maybe I should consider Thailand for surgery...

As of right now, the Doctor Barnebe in Lorma Hospital is recommending I get exploratory surgery. He wants to put me under anesthesia, cut open my back and look at the lump. He then needs to make decision, is this fat, nerves, or a muscle bundle. If it nerves he would then call in a neural surgeon.

My thought was, I will just get a Neural Surgeon and forget him, so I am in the process of choosing a neural surgeon. However, we both agreed to take a month off and allow it to repair, if it is a muscle bundle it could almost disappear in this time.

The bottom line with readers is they are not me, they have not visited 20 countries, they do not personally know cultures from the bottom to the top. They read the journalist opinions and follow the leaders, the Churnalism of Medical Tourism information is maybe 99 percent of writers.

I truly do not believe any one person has traveled to 20 of the 23 three possible countries to get an overview of the cultures.

Bottom line in my opinion, I my best choice for surgery on planet earth would be Germany and the worst would be… “Niger, West Africa.”

Philippines for Diagnose, Thailand for Surgery and no India doctors are going to touch my Body. Doctor Hadawi in Bloomington, Indiana is the reason I am here right now, because my left femur is not straight and he kept telling me it was in “perfect alignment.”

I am calling up one of my best friends, a Doctors, Jeff W in the USA, and will soon learn how much to have the surgery in the USA. Hmm,
I called him, it does not look promising, one of my best friends and a never-ending list of we need this, we need that, I do not know, in my head I want to say, “who does?”

Read this and if you understand this cultural joke than you the right path to making decision about medical tourism.

Heaven is Where ~
The Police are British,
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
and
It’s all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is Where ~
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
and
It’s all organized by the Italians.

Churnalism of Medical Tourism


Everyone My Ages is Older Than Me

Everyone My Ages is Older Than Me
Mark a friend I met because of this travelogue gave me some insight on why I need to live a “life less normal,” and why maybe in my twisted understanding of myself,
“Life is Good.”

I have found and discovered,
“Everyone my age is older than me.”

When I was young I sat down and wrote the story of my life, I would “while away the hours,” dreaming about the future.

I found I wrote one story and lived another…this just ain’t right!

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 3, 2009
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What hurt my soul, I took a gut shot when I was young watching some stupid Hallmark movie. My older brother Jerry was one of them students who knew too much, wanted too much and did all the right things, truly an annoying older brother. What he did was this; he talked my Mother into watching this Hallmark Movie called
“David Copperfield”

Great, what a jerk, I did not want to watch this, I wanted to watch something fun, this was then, this was not today, where all the children have a TV, and it was then where we shared the same box. Well, my brother Jerry sold Mom, and Mom sold us all out, yes, Jerry we can watch this classic, this intelligent, wanna be smart, wanna be educated movie.
“David Copperfield.”

I was truly frustrated; I just flopped my body down in front of the tube and started watching. Aagh, anything my brother likes, I know I could not would like, it would not be possible. (I was correct, he did not like and I did.) Well, my Mother gave up first, then my Sisters, my Brother held on longer, but all gave up, they all walked into the other room and stopped watching. But my brain was captivated so I hung on watching this wanna be intelligent movie, called,
“David Copperfield.”

(Hallmark Cards, a truly annoying lovely and heart felt way of living life, a truly Readers Digest version of life, and my dream.)

Truly annoying gut shot hit me in the first line of the movie, it was a fatal shot, chronic and debilitating, truly, I blame my Brother Jerry and my Mother for this…

““Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
-David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
List of Books that Changed my Life… (Andy‘s Life not Yours)

To not read that quote, ignore at all cost, you may find yourself in Africa looking around and wondering how you wandered so far.

Another Fun Link:
A Very Lucky Person

The Bucket List by Andy HoboTraveler.com

Hmm, I am thinking about making a video of myself and proving it... too much fun, go figure.

Everyone My Ages is Older Than Me


X-Rays of my Femur in Philippines

X-Rays of my Femur in Philippines
I broke my femur in 3-4 places according to how you count the pieces when I was 23 years old. I was hit by a car on Motorcycle, I then spent about 10 days in intensive care and seven weeks in traction, after that I then spent one year of my life wearing a caste and walking around on my armpits.

I wanted to explain the complete situation to the Philippines Doctors at both Lorma and Ilocos Regional Hospitals.

Cost
300 Pesos for the appointment with Doctor Chiu the Orthopedic Doctor to order the X-rays.

315 for the two actual X-rays and they sent to me by email and put on a DVD.

Total of 615 Pesos

$12.61US Dollars for a Doctors appointment and two x-rays, a nice feeling to pay this amount. This was done in the Lorma private Hospital, it may very well be cheaper in public ones.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 3, 2009
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Side view of my left femur.



If you looked at me from the front, this is looking down at my left Femur.

I feel and believe because the bones were not set properly, I have not used my left leg properly for 30 years, and subsequently body was not in structural balance. This has resulted in a causal chain of events leading to me now being in the Philippines trying to stop pain.

I have both Sciatica and a lump, nodule or cyst on my left hipbone.



Explanation of problems with my body, the reason I am here in the Philippines talking to Doctors.



This is one of the many cuts or views from the MRI done in the Lorma Hospital in San Fernando, La Union.

The MRI cost about 150 US Dollars, maybe a couple plane ticket worth of savings. I could send this to an American Doctor for evaluation.

We have yet to discover what the lump is on my back, it could be fat, nerve bundle, or a muscle bundle, and I suppose something else. There is an outside chance it is cancer, but normally cancer grows larger and I am told is a black mass or something. They cannot see the lump with the MRI, or at least Doctor Barnabe was not able to locate.

X-Rays of my Femur in Philippines