If you’re about to sit down to a meal while you’re reading this, be forewarned, you might not have the stomach for this post. “The Poop & Nothing But(t) the Poop” details my latest visit to our local hospital in Guimaras.
My asawa and I were back in Bacolod, the “City of Smiles,“on a mini-vacation in the Philippines. Regular readers of Philippines Plus know that I excel in doing nothing but my spouse works from sunrise and sunset and deserved a break. I’m always on a perpetual one of course.
“Walk on the Wild Side, Philippines: Head Lice & Cute Chicks” is the third installment of what will become a regular feature on Philippines Plus. In an effort to reduce my gut and not go beyond a size 36 waist size, my asawa (who doesn’t need to lose an ounce) and I having been taking strolls outside the property of our new home in the Philippines.
What would I have done the same the last 6 yrs. living in the Philippines? One of my faithful readers asked me that question several months ago and due to our recent move, I haven’t taken the time to respond to that query until now.
Call me “Old School.” I am a crusty old expat at age 63. In the Fifties, when I was growing up in a sleepy small town in Central Illinois, the latest high tech gadget in our household was a black-and-white television set. We got five channels from St. Louis on that old wooden box: KSD, the NBC affiliate, KTVI, offering programming from ABC, KMOX, backed by CBS, and independent station, KPLR, which featured one of my personal favorites, The Three Stooges, and the Public Television station, KETC, which I rarely watched at the time since Mr. Rogers creeped me out.
Ford Car Show Model (Photo Source: ABS-CBN News.com )
My asawa converted her Illinois Driver’s License to a Philippine Driver’s License about 18 months ago. My Illinois License, which I first acquired at the age of 16, had expired two years ago. I could have renewed it at the local Land Transportation Office like my spouse did, but since we only recently acquired a vehicle, felt no need to do so. In retrospect, it probably would have been smarter to renew before it did expire because once a foreign driver’s license is expired the owner of such license has to first obtain a student permit. Thus, the crusty old expat visits the Iloilo LTO and acquired said student permit.
You don’t ever want to mess with my wife when she has a bolo in hand. If she’s angry, she could chop your pecker off faster than a jackrabbit on moonshine. So when we were having some difficulties with our new independent contractor in the Philippines, regarding payment for services rendered, I wisely stayed out of the negotiations. My amazing asawa plays hardball and hits one out of the park! She didn’t need any help from me.
U.S. News and World Report states that Dumaguete, located in Negros Oriental province, is one of the most affordable places to retire in the world. After Nha Trang, Vietnam, where an expat can live on $650 a month, and Chiang Rai, Thailand, $750 a month, and Ipoh, Malaysia, $897, Dumaguete, with a monthly projected budget of $1,000 a month, comes in at number four.