Are you thinking of retiring to the Philippines? I moved to this group of 7,107 islands with my beautiful Filipina wife over nine years ago. Aside from getting used to men peeing in public in broad daylight, there are other issues to deal with in this Southeast Asian “paradise.” Here’s my list of 10 Things You Need to Know before Moving to the Philippines.
After living in the Philippines for over nine years and writing about my experiences in “paradise,” I’ve experienced the good, the bad and ugly over time. Regular readers of “PhilippinesPlus” are probably aware that I offer my opinion on a variety of subjects, whether positive or negative. Iloilo City’s Best Auto Body Repair Shop is an overwhelmingly positive review of a business that has been in operation for over 34 years and affords excellent customer service.
Our Ford Ranger was struck by a truck in Guimaras recently.
It was around 6:30 pm on a Tuesday. My wife had taken our Aurora blue Ford Ranger to nearby San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras. Guimaras is the island province in the Philippines we moved to nine years ago. I was parked on our couch watching television when our 20-year-old niece Shaina walked in with her phone: “Tita Daday wants to talk to you, Uncle Dave.” (“Tita (Auntie) Daday” is my wife’s nickname. In the Philippines, if you don’t have a nickname, you might not be 100% Filipino.)
We’ve had our Ford Ranger truck for over three years now. During that time we’ve never had to purchase any auto parts or accessories for the vehicle ourselves. Our Ford dealership in Iloilo has taken care of any necessary items such as oil filters, air conditioner filters, and a new wiring cable. Nevertheless, thanks to a truck driver from Guimaras, we found it necessary to seek out Iloilo City’s Best Auto Parts Supply Store.
A tremendous thunderstorm rolled into Guimaras the other night pouring buckets of rain faster than a petrified shabu dealer seeking to evade the police. Lightning crackled in the air with booming thundering reverberating in the skies. A few of our eight canines leap into panic mode whenever they hear any thunder. Today’s post, “Prince’s Edgy Evening Escape” details one of our pup’s extreme reaction to any prolonged loud noises.
Guimelco, our local “service” provider for electricity secured a 100 million loan last year to completely refurbish the aging electrical grid in Guimaras. The project was to be completed by the start of the annual 2018 Manggahan Festival which ended last May 22nd, 2018. However, we’ve already experienced 20 power outages this June. Thankfully, our rechargeable fans and light bulbs battle the continuing brownouts in our home province of Guimaras.
While waiting for my favorite Filipino television show, “Ang Probinsyano,” to begin, I’ll flip to TV Patrol news on ABS CBN so I don’t miss the start of “The Provincial Man.” Now if ABS CBN’s shows would adhere to a strict schedule and time slot, I wouldn’t have to switch to the network so I don’t miss the start of Coco Martin’s action show. However, this is the Philippines and even the network programs are on “Filipino Time.”
Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections
While checking out some recycled flower pots hanging from one of our cashew trees, I decided to take the following photographs of my better half’s spacious garden. If you live in the Philippines, we moved here from Central Illinois almost nine years ago, you can have a garden 365 days a year. For a gardening fanatic like my wife, seen in the next photo with her long-sleeved work clothes, it’s a dream come true.