I have had something in the works for nearly a year now, something very exciting. I’ve wanted to let all of you in on the excitement, but I have had to keep quiet for reasons that will be obvious. Thankfully, the day has finally come that I can let the cat out of the bag and fill you all in on what is going on.
It all started more than 20 years ago when we still lived in the States. As regular readers here will know, in the States, we lived in Vancouver, Washington, just in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. While living there I had a very good friend also living in the Portland area, his name is Todd. I have kept in touch with Todd fairly regularly over the years after moving to the Philippines. Well, in May of 2013, I got an e-mail from Todd and he had some interesting things to say.
Some of you may know who Todd is as well, because in recent years he has become well known. Todd’s last name is Hoffman. He has become famous as the lead star of a TV series called Gold Rush Alaska. Starting about 5 years ago, Todd has gotten into Gold Mining to earn money, as he became a victim of unemployment back in 2008 when the recession hit hard in the States. I have been watching as Todd went from an unknown person to the point where he has become a household name. In 2012/2013, Todd and his cohorts mined about a Million Dollars worth of Gold in Canada. Not bad for a beginner!
Well, when Todd contacted me last year, he came to me with a proposal. You see, Discovery Channel had gold mining shows on a number of continents already:
- North America – Gold Rush Alaska
- South America – Todd’s operation moved to South America this year
- Africa – a related show called “Jungle Gold”
Discovery Channel wanted to be the first to expand it’s selection of Gold Mining shows to Asia, and the Philippines was their prime target. For many years they had active Gold Mining going on in an area called Diwalwal, Mindanao, just a few hours from Davao where I live. I couldn’t believe it when Todd asked if I was interested in joining Discover Channel on this new venture!
Negotiations with Discovery Channel
Through Todd’s experience in working with Discovery Channel, he helped get me set up to start negotiating with the right people at Discovery Channel, and over a period of about 6 months we were able to reach an agreement to be pivotal characters for the upcoming series, Gold Rush Asia, which will be premiering on Discovery very soon.
Todd flew to Davao and helped me scout out a mining claim in Diwalwal, and showed me what equipment was needed, how to acquire it, and we spent about 3 months learning the gold mining process and how to operate all of the equipment. Security has been an issue, as Diwalwal can be a dangerous area, and foreigners are not very welcome in the area. Thankfully, all of that has been ironed out, though. In fact, many episodes for the new series have already been filmed, and the filming is continuing for the complete season.
I’m sworn to secrecy
I really want to give you the whole story, but at this point I am sworn to secrecy under my contract with Discovery Channel. I cannot reveal the success or failure of our gold operations at this point. Please tune in, though, to Discovery Channel to watch Gold Rush Asia, though, to follow our adventures in Philippine Gold Mining, and you will see how our operation has worked out.
One thing I can reveal is that I will be featured on the show along with two of my sons, Aaron and Chris. The three of us are joined by a crew of Filipino miners who will help show us the ropes in the mining area, help us navigate our way through dealing with other local miners and hopefully hit it big and satisfy our lust for Mindanao Gold!
I hope that you are able to join us by watching our new venture on the Discovery Channel! Also, thanks to my old friend Todd for bringing me in on this opportunity!
OK, guys, time for me to fess up! Some of you guessed, but many did not! Yes, this was all an April Fools joke! Yes, I know that it was not yet April 1 in many parts of the world at the time I published this article, but it was already April 1 here in Asia! Remember, we are ahead of most other time zones here. So, I got many of you, and some of you had it all figured out since the beginning! I hope that you all had a little fun with this, as I did. To be honest, I felt a little bit guilty because some of you were so genuinely happy for me on this! But, it was all just a joke and meant for all to enjoy and get a badly needed laugh! I hope that is how you felt!
Happy First of April, guys! Thanks for supporting me by reading my site, and for participating too. I have a great group of readers, people who I happily call my friends! I value you all greatly.