My Sainted Patient Wife and I were taking another walk on the wild side of the Philippines. I’ve been exceptionally lazy recently and haven’t even been taking my daily walks. But after diplomatic suggestions from my asawa, I decided it would be in my best interests to resume this exercise routine.
What would I have done differently after 6 yrs. in the Philippines?
After the publication of my latest post, “Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review,” one of my faithful readers asked me the following questions and wondered, knowing what I know now, what would I have done or not done:
- Would you still have moved to the Philippines or would you have stayed in the USA?
- What would you have done the same the last six years living in the Philippines?
- What would you have done differently the last six years living in the Philippines?
It’s been over six years ago when I retired from almost 30 years of service with the telecommunications giant, AT&T. If not for the generous wages and retirement package I received from Ma Bell, I would not have been able to write this post: “Living in the Philippines 6 Yr. Review.” Despite the boring, mind-numbing last three years at the telephone giant, where I sat in a cubicle “working” in the billing department, I stuck it out and paid my dues and retired with full benefits. For that, I will always be grateful to the telephone giant.
Cabaling Beach in Guimaras
Cebu City: The Queen City of the South. My lovely asawa and I recently returned from a short vacation to do some shopping and to relax in the famed “Second City” of the Philippines, the oldest city in the archipelago. While I haven’t done anything to earn a sabbatical, my spouse has. My wife has been dealing with the construction of our new home in the Philippines for almost six months now, and needed a break, even though she would never admit to that.
Our new home in the Philippines is nearing completion. Floor tiles are now being laid throughout the house, windows are being installed this week, and once the tile work is completed, our new doors will be installed. The project has been going on for five months now and all indications point to a move-in date in July.
I’m on Filipino Time. That’s my excuse, anyway, for not having any new posts in over a week. Sure, I could blame the Manggahan Festival now being held in Guimaras, the island province my asawa and I live on, but using “Filipino Time” sounds like a good scapegoat for my laziness.
I don’t like people that butt in line. Regular readers of “Philippines Plus” might recall past rants involving my issues with Filipinos, well-known for “Filipino Time,” who are nonetheless in a hurry and push ahead of others in a queue. I’ve been living in the Philippines for close to six years now, and while the vast majority of Pinoys and Pinays are polite, respectful and friendly, there are those that believe it is alright to practice “line jumping.” So when a middle-aged Filipina butted in front of two senior ladies the other day at Robinsons Supermarket Package Counter, this incident sparked the “Americanization” of the two Lola’s (Grandmothers.)
Here’s the latest progress report on our new home in the Philippines, located on the island mango province of Guimaras, in whacky Western Visayas. This is Week 16 of construction.