From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
American Expat Brother Tom’s Farm in Guimaras
Visited American expat Brother Tom's farm in Guimaras the other afternoon. After a free lunch (who says there's no free lunch?) at the Trappist Monastery where Tom serves as an Oblate in addition to his other duties as chief engineer, graphic arts designer, marketing consultant for all the delicious products made at the monastery factory, to name just a few of the titles this talented kano holds. At the age of 52, the former Floridan is enjoying the good life in the Philippines and is certainly working harder than I have ever worked my entire life. But he's enjoying his time in beautiful Guimaras and took us on a tour of his farm.
The afternoon Tom (you can call him just "Tom" when's not performing his duties at Mass) my asawa, niece JalAmiel and I visited him, he was getting ready to put finishing touches on some designs he had to get ready for a group flying in from Guam the next day. Such a talented and hardworking guy. He puts my work ethic to shame. I made a big deal about carrying a big container of tubig (water) in from our well this morning into the kitchen. You would have thought I had just personally single- handedly won Desert Storm or something. Tom does more work in one hour than what I do in one month combined!
We enjoyed a few Gold Eagle brews as this gregarious American expat took us on a tour of his farmhouse. He's really done a tremendous amount of work on his new home, and we particularly were impressed by the terrace where we had a great view as we sat on some of Tom's bamboo chairs. A welcome breeze was coming through as the day was particularly hot and humid, high's around 93 degrees, we're in the grip of summer in the Philippines. Had an enjoyable time talking to one of the few American expats I have met on Guimaras, and we bade farewell to Brother Tom and thanked him for his hospitality. But that wouldn't be the last time we visit "The Farm" or our lanky friend from Florida.