I’m an American expat in the Philippines that is adjusting more and more every day to Filipino Time. So if this post regarding 2012 doesn’t get posted until sometime later in this month or even next, I’m really not too concerned. I don’t have to worry about the commute to work on Interstate 55 between Auburn, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois where I worked at AT&T for almost 30 years. I’m not in a hurry anymore. Here’s a review of some of my favorite photos from our adventures in 2012.
The above photo, of my niece, JalAmiel and her brother, our nephew, Jorealle, was taken by our niece, Michelle, who visited Guimaras the week before Christmas. Their melachony look touched my heart and does so every time I look at. I did a charcoal wash on an online photo editing service for this image.
Here’s JalAmiel at the Christmas party, her Mom, Alida, held at her preschool center in Guimaras his year. As you can see, Amiel is not smiling in this picture, either.
But here’s Jorealle and JalAmiel, along with older sister, DenDen, having a good time swimming at the Central Park pool in our Savannah Subdivision. They had a great time visiting us during Christmas week and we thoroughly enjoyed their company.
Here’s a young lady with her lola (grandma) sitting next to her in a jeepney in Iloilo. My asawa snapped this photo with her camera phone per my request. During most of the trip, lola was holding her granddaughter’s hand. How often have you seen a teenager in the States holding a senior’s hand in public?
And then there’s my new amigo, “Fearless Frank from Florida,” showing off his abs at the 2012 Manggahan Festival in Guimaras. I absolutely LOVE this annual event in this mango province of the Philippines. I don’t know if Frank will be able to make it to this year’s event, but I can assure you that we had a fantastic time at the last one.
I don’t think I could ever forget the first time I ate balut. It’s an initiation rite that I believe all American expats living in the Philippines should experience. If you down a couple of bottles of Red Horse beer before you try one, it makes it go down a little bit easier, but you couldn’t tell that by the look on my face in the second photo. Thankfully, I mostly tasted the hard-boiled egg though the chick embryo inside did have a funky texture.
No way I could forget the infamous February “Fish Bone Fiasco of 2012.” Here’s a picture of the attractive doc on the left and my own lovely asawa.
My asawa and I were on the 3rd floor of SM City in Iloilo shopping for bed sheets when when suddenly the whole floor began shaking. It was an earthquake! The magnitude 6.9 quake was tectonic in origin with a depth of 10 kilometers and with the epicenter located between Cebu and Negros islands, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs). Thankfully, we were able to evacuate the building along with SM Sales Associates shown in the photo above.
Our friends, Señor Frog, and his lovely asawa Rose, shown in the photo sitting in front of my own beautiful spouse and I, took us on a trip to Nogas Island last January. It’s a 24-heactare government marine reserve approximately 3 kilometers off the coast of Anini-y, Antique on the southern tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas. It was a great way to kick off 2012.
I’ll be reporting in the near future on Mr. Frog’s new venture, “Expats for Humanity.” Check out this LINK for more details. Remember, I’m a retired American expat living in the Philippines. Mr. Frog is a retired French Canadian five years older than me but much more ambitious.
I’ll get that post out sometime but why not check out the link above and see how my friend is working with other expats to help a local family in the Philippines. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.