From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
American Expat Brother Tom Returning to America
My new best friend, American expat Brother Tom, is going back to the United States next month. I received the news via my asawa who got it from a text message from her relative Lyn Lyn. In the Philippines, a text message seems to be the most popular and cheapest form of communication. My Internet connection with Smart Bro provides me with my latest updates on the national and international level, but when it comes down to the latest local "chismis" (gossip), text messages from relatives and friends are a valuable source of such information.
Tom came over the other day to share a few bottles of San Miguel with me and verified the message from Lyn Lyn. My expat friend will be leaving in late July and will not be returning to the Philippines until March of 2012. He has some personal matters to attend to, but he will be coming back to the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras where he will continue his duties as an oblate (lay person) in addition to the countless other functions he performs there.
Brother Tom has another date with Lyn Lyn scheduled for today (Sunday) and plans to keep in touch with the pretty pinay via Facebook; she doesn't have a Smart Bro connection like I do, but will be able to access the local Internet cafes. I'm going to miss my American expat friend. We joked about how I could converse with the Mormon missionary guys that always seem to roam SM City in Iloilo, but we both agreed while they are a group of nice guys, they're too rigid for us and can't share the occasional bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen with us.
Tom and I are planning to travel to one of the local beach resorts in Guimaras and do some pen-and-ink sketches. I haven't drawn for years, but Brother Tom does graphic design for the products sold at the Trappist Monastery and loves to draw. I haven't sketched anything in years, so I don't know how my "masterpiece" will turn out. I'm sure there will be plenty of bottles of Gold Eagle, my expat friend's favorite (and cheapest) brew, so the consumption of said beer may affect my work adversely. But I'm sure we'll have some fun sharing stories about life back in the States. And just maybe we'll got some drawing done!