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School Vacation in the Philippines! The Kids Aren’t Driving Me Crazy…Yet!

"The Compound" Kids have been out of school for their summer vacation since the first of April, and they return in mid-June. As reported earlier, our twin nieces Michelle and April have graduated from high school and gone to Manila to live with their Mom and Step Dad. The plan was to have them attend Practical Nursing school, but their Step Dad says that the tuition is too high (200 USD per semester each) so April is going to college for IT training, and Michelle will be attending classes for Hotel and Restaurant Management

Din Din on last day of school
The twins are gone, but my other nieces and nephew remain home all day.  Din Din, nine, pictured in front in the photo, is never a problem. She lives in the nipa hut in our front yard with Joriel, my three year old nephew, "The Terror", and two year old niece JalAmiel, The Sainted Patient Wife's favorite. Din Din is always quiet and helpful. JalAmiel is just so cute and a joy to be around. Joriel, on the other hand, is a different story. He's a boy. He's three. He doesn't run around "The Compound" screaming like a banshee quite as much as he used to, and is going to attend preschool in June, but only for 1 1/2 hours a day. My heart sank when I heard the class was only for such a  short such time, but I guess it's better than nothing.

That leaves my 12 year old niece Shaina who never speaks and her brother Sharwin, age ten. Sharwin is quiet unless Joriel is in his room wrestling with him. If it gets too loud, I just walk by the bedroom Sharwin shares with his lola, grandma, "The Feared Giant Lizard Killer" and glare. That always does the trick. Yeah, I was a kid once and had two younger brothers (no sisters) so I vaguely remember how it was to be a kid. But I'm 58 years old now, and lola's constant burping annoys me enough. I know. I know. I should just "let it go." Sometimes that's hard to do.

10 thoughts on “School Vacation in the Philippines! The Kids Aren’t Driving Me Crazy…Yet!”

  1. Hey Dave,
    Looks like you have a new format here. Just got used to the old one. Anyway, you seem to have adopted my favorite mantra: Let It Go…Let It Go….Doesn't always work, but gotta' keep telling yourself. Sorry the nieces can't go to the nursing school. My own niece graduated from there a year ago. She had trouble passing the state nursing test, but finally did, and now has a job near Baguio City. I'll be seeing her soon, in 4 weeks.

  2. Stop being an old fart and let them burp. Just think someday you won't have the pleasure of their little cute noises fill the air 🙂

  3. Hi Dave,

    It kind of reminds me of the "Serenity Now" mantra on Seinfeld. If you don't know what I mean, you can watch it here to see what happened to Kramer when he kept repeating "Serenity now".


  4. Hi Monty! Going to stick with this format for awhile. As a retired bonehead, I have plenty of time to mess with stuff.

    I have heard of many people here that have not passed their teaching or nursing board exams, so congrats to your niece.

    Have safe trip here!

  5. Hi Glenn at MOB. It's my mother-in-law that constantly burps, buddy. Having two brothers myself, if it was just the kids belching it would not annoy me as much since my middle brother Rick was quite the supreme burper when we were younger (and probably still is.)

  6. What a lovely dalagita in the picture! That is one thing I miss most about the PH, the innocence and modesty that the people have. I know not everyone but it is cute to see all the young dalagas as they exit the jeepney hold thier shirts down while they get off. Children are for the most part different than in the states. The first time I experienced the Mano from children it humbled me greatly. Sorry for the rant but the picture brought back good memories. Thanks for your great blog. I have a new favorite!

  7. Thanks, Randall! Glad you made me a favorite. I really do appreciate that.

    Aren't the children here so precious? And you are right, so different than what we are used to in the States though my wife had some great kids in her day care center back in America. Our day care parents trained their children to be polite and respectful as you know which is the norm in the Philippines.

    Thanks again for the comment!

  8. Hey Dave. I haven't been around that much because of the upcoming Automated Elections. Been very busy at work. I hope to make it up when it's all over. I need to read all your posts that I've missed, and yeahhh! There are a lot of them, LOL! 🙂

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