Behind the Scenes Look at “The Compound” in Guimaras

Here are some of the latest photos taken at our home at "The Compound" in beautiful rural Guimaras. The first picture depicts sister-in-law Alida, top left,  standing next to daughter Din Din who is dressed in her drum majorette costume getting for a parade at the public preschool in  Jordan municipality where we live.  As you can see,  JalAmiel and Joreal, Alida's younger children, left to right in the front row, were not thrilled to have that picture taken. They were anxious to get to the parade and didn't like my wife delaying them.DSC

DSCHere's a side view of "The Compound" taken from the backyard. Why there is still a unused section of the roof still leaning against the house is beyond me. That type of clutter used to bother me back at our home in the States, but now that I've been in the Philippines since July 2009, I really don't care too much about such small details. Last April such unimportant things were still annoying me as I  was writing a post complaining about some leftover hollow blocks  in our front yard. I'm adjusting.


Here's a psychedelic look at our enclosed rear patio and back kitchen area. I played with the colors on my Picasa photo editor  on this picture taken in the early morning light. Kind of what it might look like after one too many bottles of Red Horse or too many hits of acid. I don't know about the effects of mind-altering hallucinogenic drugs but do know about the consequences of drinking an excessive amount of Red Horse. DSCHere's a look at the Smart Bro tower in the background where I get my broad ban signal. You can see part of our 50 ft. tower in the front of our house. Look for it to the right of the main tower.

Hope you've enjoyed this closer look at "The Compound" in Guimaras. It's  usually a quiet place unless there is a fiesta nearby with loud music playing into the wee hours of the morning, but it's comfortable, the house is paid for, and I'm left alone most of the time and don't have a boss (other than my asawa) hanging over me all the time. Mangoes are in season now, and the living is easy. It really doesn't get much better than this!

26 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes Look at “The Compound” in Guimaras

    • Gary, if our local provincial hospital, only a ten minute walk from “The Compound,” had better facilities I would be happy to stay. I don’t see any improvements coming in that area in the near future. An emergency ambulance ride in Guimaras to the Jordan wharf to take a pump boat to Iloilo and THEN a taxi ride to a hospital in Iloilo would take a minimum of one hour total.

  1. Wow, Dave, that does look like the good life. I can’t wait to enjoy it myself someday. Of course instead of living on the edge of a jungle, I’ll be living at the foot of a volcano (Mt. Mayon).

    • I’m having a great time, johnfromflorida. So you’re going to live at the foot of Mt. Mayon? Would like to visit it sometime. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) yesterday raised the alert level at the Taal volcano to 2, saying the present activity at the volcano could lead to an eruption. Hopefully, the activity at Mt. Mayon will stay at a minimum.

  2. Great photos…….Manila may have better medical…..but just seeing what you have there at the compound….I could not leave it…..Moving to Manila……would be like moving to Chicago….almost defeats the reason to live in the Philippines……..Guimaras is what Philippine living is all about…..Manila is just another big , over populated , dirty , city…..yuck….I hope things work out …where you can stay at the compund

    • Thanks, Ralph in Iraq. I really don’t want to move to the Manila area, for many of the reasons you state. It does kind of defeat the purpose of moving to the Philippines in the first place. If some better healthcare facilities can be built in Guimaras, I would love to stay, but I also have the health of my wife to consider. She is thankfully healthy now, but the emergency care in Guimaras frankly leaves much to be desired.

      • Dave, Bob Hammerslag considers Miagao to be a top pick small town retirement destination in the Philippines. It is a nice beachfront rural location but is just 20 miles from Iloilo along the National Highway in case of a medical emergency. There is even a University of the Philippines campus in Miagao. I quite liked it when I was there and am considering it as a retirement location. His article about Miagao is here:

        • Checked out the link for Miagao, Lance, thanks. Looks like a great place to retire. Don’t know if I could convince the asawa since she is bent on being closer to bigger shopping malls. However, if we purchased a truck which would make hauling our groceries a lot easier and would give us quicker access to the hospitals in Iloilo, she just might go for it. We’ll have to make it one of our places to visit.

  3. Hi Dave: You have a beautiful and peaceful place to live. Thank you for sharing the photographs. I’m in the U.S. presently. I’d love a place for retirement like yours someday; although, I can understand your need for a closer medical facility.

  4. I agree with everyone Dave, you will miss this place. Thing is, unless you live right across some hospital in Manila, the traffic congestion in Manila is still not any guarantee you’ll get rescued on time!

    While on my way to Cebu last year, I saw in a Cebu Pacific flight magazine about some kind of “air ambulance”. Apparently they were PI based and subscription was about $500 a year. I will see if I can find what they were called. I wrote their details in my organizer. Anyone heard of this air ambulance? Apparently they will airlift you anywhere in the Philippines.

    • You’re probably right about trying to get to a hospital in Manila with all the traffic congestion, Christine. Ambulances and their sirens are pretty much ignored here. I would prefer to stay. My wife and I did talk to a doctor from Guimaras a couple of weeks ago who said our Governor is really pushing to improve the facilities at our local hospital. In three years we will have access to funds which will allow us to build a new place, and if I throw in that swimming pool and truck the asawa wants, maybe I can convince her to stay in Guimaras if the medical facilities improve.

      Thanks for the tip on the “air ambulance.” I’ll have to check that out.

        • Thanks, Papa Duck! I checked out the pricing, too, and it’s pretty reasonable. Was just chatting with my brother-in-law out by the well this morning and looks like my wife and I have another viable moving option in the Philippines. I’ll be posting about that later. Thanks for your help.

          • Dave

            Looks like it might be better to get the 5 year plan at 42,000P vs 1 year plan for 16,000P. Also it says you can’t apply for membership when your over 70. I don’t know if that means if your a member and when you turn 70 you can no longer be a member. Needs to be clarified. Take care

            • I think you’re right, Papa Duck, the 5 year plan sounds like a better deal. Since I’m 59 now, guess I have some time to apply for a membership. But there’s some news brewing at “The Compound,” and that move to the big city might not be necessary. More details later. I’ve been busy the last couple of days going to our Manggahan Festival in Guimaras and drinking a few San Migs and taking photos (with asawa knowledge) of cute Filipina carny workers. My asawa and the family saw a local band from Iloilo last night, and when I post some photos of the band later, you will be able to see why I REALLY liked this group. Thanks for your help on the air ambulance. It’s much appreciated.

  5. Well Dave it looks like some of the folks have given you something to think about. I am not sure if I had something go wrong (heart attack, stroke,ect) what kind of care I would get here in Tagum City. It sure isn’t like in the States when you call the EMT’s. Davao City is only 55 km away but on a good day it can take 2 hours to get there. Bad day?? Over 4 hours. You can make the city limits in good time but after that, wow the traffic can be really bad.

          • Hi Dave, I was just wondering if it is possible for your wife to learn basic Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) CPR? You don’t have to be in the medical field to learn this. In Australia, one can learn basic CPR for a small fee. The health professionals usually go for advanced CPR. You don’t have to be having a heart attack to get saved by CPR. One can use CPR on someone who has stopped breathing or the heart has stopped because of drowning or suffocation for instance. But one do need to learn this properly for several reasons, among other things for example, the person doing CPR must know how deep a compression she/need to do in order to reach the heart. Just a thought for all guys who are living in remote places.

            • Hi Christine, great idea. I’ll have to talk to my asawa about that. I’m sure we could find a qualified class that we both could attend in nearby Iloilo. I never thought of that before. Chances are looking good that we may be able to stay in the nearby area, however, in the future. There is a new hospital and Megaworld shopping complex being built in Iloilo near SM City in Iloilo on the way to the new airport. Sounds promising. We’re going to check it out. Thanks for your idea, I appreciate it.

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