2013. Another year has almost passed by. There were highlights for this American expat in the Philippines. To borrow from Dickens, “…it was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Thankfully the good times far outweighed the bad. Here’s a brief look at 2013 from my perspective.
My sister-in-law’s preschool, Guimaras Joyful Pre-School, Inc., recently held their 1st Little Mr. and Miss Christmas contest. The festivities kicked off with a parade in downtown San Miguel, Jordan, escorted by the local Philippine National Police, PNP.
I jokingly refer to my wife’s home and property in Guimaras as “The Compound.” We now reside at “The Farm” (I have a thing about naming the places we live at. We spent 2 ½ years at my asawa’s residence on the mango province at her property before moving to Iloilo and living there for two years before moving back to Guimaras. I didn’t have a name for our residence in our subdivision near Iloilo City.) The following picture was taken in front of brother-in-law Joery’s sari sari store, located in the front yard of “The Compound,” and features some of the group that attended a recent Christmas party there.
Regular readers of Philippines Plus will know that my lovely asawa and I have moved back to Guimaras, the premier mango province of the Philippines located in Western Visayas. After spending two years on nearby Panay Island near the big city of Iloilo, we decided to make the move back to my wife’s home province.
It was Card Day at Santa Teresa High School in Guimaras. My niece DenDen, who lives at my asawa's home at “The Compound.” Our niece Shaina, and nephew Sharwin, who reside with us at “The Farm,” also attend this educational facility.
Living with Lolo, my father-in-law, is an adventure. The 81-year-old grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s. He spends his days outside sweeping or pulling weeds. It keeps his mind occupied. Lolo will talk to Fernando Poe, Jr. or spontaneously sing songs he has composed. Most times he is content to do that.
Sometimes a person might move to the Philippines with limited resources. It happens. I don't recommend it, nor do many of my American expat friends in the Philippines advise it, either. But things happen. I've known guys that have come over to “paradise” to meet the woman of their dreams that they've been chatting with online. Problem is that Filipino “dream girl” may turn out to be married already or could be a “ladyboy.” Don't think it could happen to you? Think again.
As noted in a previous post, Sunday is the biggest market day on the island province of Guimaras where my Filipina asawa and I now reside. This particular Sunday was right after the biggest natural disaster of the Philippines, Typhoon Yolanda, hit. Fortunately, we did not suffer any personal injuries or major damage at “The Farm,” our new residence on the mango island.