Along with my Filipina spouse, I’ve lived in the Philippines over five years now. One of the things that I’ve learned to adjust to (aside from guys peeing in public on the streets) is the lack of mail delivery service that we had back in the States. Disparage the USPS all you want. If you have never lived overseas, you have nothing to compare it to. And guess what? Mail service in the Philippines makes the United States Postal Service look better than all the girls at closing time (with apologies to Mickey Gilley.) Now a new PhilPost office opens in mango land, Guimaras, but should I send my mail from the States there?
My asawa is observing a birthday soon. To celebrate, we planned to visit the “City of Smiles,”Bacolod, but our shopping spree in Bacolod City gets off to a shaky start as I feared we would not even make it on time to the Super Cat Ferry in Iloilo that would whisk us to our destination. My spouse and I have been married for almost 15 years and despite nine years of that marriage spent in the United States, my Fililpina wife still embraces “Filipino Time” on more occasions than I care to recall.
My asawa and I were riding the pump boat on the Iloilo Strait back to Mango Land, Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas of the Philippines that we retired to over five years ago. After a shopping spree in Iloilo City, we hired a pump boat at Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo to haul our new Samsung washer, Samsung DVD Home Entertainment System, and Magic Sing Karaoke back to “The Farm” where we currently reside.
A look at the Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City
My asawa and I had purchased three big ticket items during a shopping spree in nearby Iloilo City: a Magic Sing Karaoke, a Samsung DVD Home Entertainment Sound System and a new Samsung Washer. We knew we would be hiring our own pump boat to haul our stash back to Guimaras Island where we reside. Although the sound system and karaoke would not take up that much space, the washer, a much bigger and heavier model than the Sanyo washing machine we had, would take up too much space if the boat was already packed. We opted to play it safe and pay 500 pesos, 11.45 US Dollars, to hire our own vessel and crew.
Typical sight in Iloilo City and Guimaras
Riding the 14 peso pump boat to Iloilo City gets dicey. The 15-minute trip from Jordan Wharf to Ortiz Dock in “The City of Love,” is usually uneventful. I can’t swim but have never had any worries about our vessel capsizing. I don’t even wear the life jackets on board, though when my asawa and … Read moreRiding the Pump Boat to Iloilo City Gets Dicey
My beloved asawa and I needed a vacation. After a ten day visit from relatives in Manila and the escalating demands of caring for Lolo and his dementia, we both needed a break. So we took off for Cebu via Bacolod. We had no firm plans on how to reach Cebu but knew that flying to the Queen City of the South via Cebu Pacific was too expensive an option.
Selfies. I just heard about this narcissistic term a few months ago. I still don’t get it. Now I noticed on my wife’s Facebook that one of her friends back in Illinois was posting a “felfie.” It showed my asawa’s amigo posing with an animal.
Raymen Beach in Guimaras. Our favorite Philippines beach resort. We had visitors last week from America, one of my asawa's best friends, Marilyn, and her husband Andy, who reside in Central Illinois. We intended to take the couple to our preferred place in the mango province last Maundy Thursday. With the Holy Week holiday upon us, I knew that our chances of renting a nipa hut in Raymen would be about as good as a snowball headed for hell unless we arrived early. I was right (and that's not I phrase you'll see a lot.)
I decided to be spontaneous this past Wednesday morning, something I rarely am. My poor asawa had already flopped back down on our bed at 7:30 am to watch some television. I know she was getting bored. My hardworking spouse never watches TV during the day.