Guimaras. Sweet mangoes. Bewitching beaches. Pretty Pinays. Massive amounts of Red Horse. The perfect formula for a Sunday afternoon beer garden birthday bash in Guimaras. Retirement in paradise. It’s a tough job. But somebody has to do it.
Only in the Philippines would one find a recycling bag, whose stated goal on the tote is to “…save the Marvels of the Earth,” decorated with images of Adolf Hitler in close proximity to Filipino national hero José Rizal. Thanks to my American expat friend, Tom, living in nearby Guimaras who alerted me to this. Since my asawa and I had to visit our local Robinsons in Iloilo City, I decided to check out this story personally.
It’s called a “fairy tale economic revival” by some. Others, like Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sees the Philippine economy as “an emerging Asian tiger.” While the Philippines has the strongest economic growth in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s best-performing stock markets, its shortcomings are being laid bare. Stubborn problems have already started to undermine its economic renaissance.
Ilonggos enjoy a better quality of life, at least in two targeted areas, compared to other provinces in Western Visayas, the region of the Philippines my asawa and I reside. That’s according to a 2009 Human Development Index study recently released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) published in the Sun Star Iloilo.
Another American expat tour in Iloilo City. This time with a special guest. My asawa. The Sainted Patient Wife. After accompanying me to the Bureau of Immigration, my long suffering spouse decided to submit to another trial of patience and join my friend Scott B and I as we made another trip to the wharf in “The City of Love.” As I noted in my previous post, she must be extremely bored.
My asawa must have been bored. She volunteered to go with me to the Immigration Bureau Office in Iloilo City. I had to make my annual report as a foreigner. Breezy warm day. Temperature 28° C (82.4 F) and 89% humidity. Arrived around 10 am. The place was crammed with people, the majority of them Filipino. Fortunately the air con was working. Only two people waiting in the facility last year at this time. I knew we were in for a long wait.
My asawa and I moved to the Philippines in July 2009. We had an unwritten five year plan before moving to “paradise.” We’re approaching the final phase of our retirement manifesto. In about one year from now, February 2014, every thing kicks into high gear. Our income will more than double. We’ll be buying property for our dream home in the Philippines then and in late 2014 we plan to move into our new residence in Iloilo City (the new house could look similar to the home depicted below.)
Brownouts in the Philippines. As common as empty bottles of Red Horse littering the landscape after a fiesta. I’ve complained about power outages before on this website. Did a post last June about this frustrating problem. Had twice as many power failures in our Savannah Subdivision as opposed to the time we lived in nearby Guimaras. But last month, January 2013, was a record low amount of actual down time for us. Only three outages that lasted a total of seven minutes. I was shocked. Last January we had three incidents but they totaled over 14 hours. One was over 12 hours long.