This American expat in the Philippines and his lovely Filipina wife are making the move back to Guimaras, the sweet mango province in Western Visayas soon. The original move date was scheduled for next year. That date was pushed up by a year when Lolo’s Alzheimer’s worsened.
Pump boat at sunset on the Iloilo Strait
The trek to my asawa’s home province was then scheduled for the second weekend of October. We had thought the move would happen this week but due to a miscommunication with Cousin Emma at the Jade Market, who is providing a truck for us, the move will occur at the originally scheduled date in October. My head is spinning faster than Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist.
But our boxes are mostly packed and final arrangements for the move are in place.
The logistics of moving from one island to another, though the two are only about a 15-minute pump boat ride apart, are challenging.
We have amassed more furniture and other items in the past two years in Iloilo and one jeepney load, that originally brought us here, won’t do the trick.
We approached Cousin Emma while visiting Guimaras last week and she has agreed to rent us their truck for the move. A person can’t just check the yellow pages (or even find a phone book) and call up your local U-Haul outlet as you can back in the States.
Cousin Emma has a rice farm in Iloilo and needed to bring their truck to the Roll On, Roll Off, RORO, ferry that operates between Panay Island, where Iloilo City is located, and Guimaras.
The harvest will be done this week and we thought this was our only opportunity to use the truck. Though this would have gotten us to the mango province two weeks earlier than planned, we were ready to go.
Cousin Emma has to get the harvest done before the local barangay fiesta starts on Saturday, September 28. The festivities brings in lots of extra income to her market, with bottles of Red Horse and Tanduay Rhum almost literally flying out the windows. So it’s imperative the harvest is done before the celebration starts so Emma can be at the store.
But my asawa wondered out loud the other morning and said all of our stuff wouldn’t fit in Cousin Emma’s truck along with all the rice they will be harvesting from the farm.
I already knew that but was under the impression that the truck was only going to be used for our move and not Emma’s rice, also. We were paying all the RORO fees for the ferry and would give my wife’s relative money for the rental, so in my mind, it was a “done deal.” It seems my wife’s thrifty relative thought the rice and our furniture could be combined in one trip, saving her the ferry fees.
But several text messages between Emma and my asawa has finally got the situation straightened out. All is well in Iloilo again. And frankly, I really don’t mind missing the fiesta in Guimaras this weekend. I’m still recovering from last April’s Manggahan Festival.
Our Cignal Satellite dish will be taken down as well as the Smart Bro antenna on our roof. Rest assured, at 61 years of age, I will not be the one climbing the roof and removing said items.
Our Internet service will be disrupted. Won’t have access to the web at our new residence but I’ve purchased a new Galaxy Samsung Tablet through our local Sun Store which will enable me to use the available Wi Fi hotspots on the mango island.
Thanks for your support and please bear with me as we make the big move back to Guimaras. Hopefully, all will go smooth and we’ll be back in mango land where there’s running water 24/7 and half the number of brown outs that we had in Iloilo. I can’t wait.
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