A warm welcome to Brian Purrone Jr., a new guest contributor to Philippines Plus. Brian is 43 years old and works as an industrial millwright in the very cold and wet Oregon. He started to travel to the Philippines in 2013 and has visited twice. On his last trip he met his beautiful fiancée Joycel who just recently landed here on a K-1 Visa! Congratulations, Brian and Joyce! Thanks to Brian for the following article and he promises to share some of his stories regarding the K-1 Visa process. Please leave a comment and welcome Brian to the fold.
First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream retirement home here in Paranaque (suburb of Manila).
(Photo courtesy of Scott H)
I recently read a post on another blog describing a “Filipino Timed” event. This newcomer to the Philippines described how untimely his engagement party went down and his take on how Filipino time affects the daily lives of nearly everybody that lives in the Archipelago. He learned quickly that Filipino Time affects nearly everything during one’s daily routine. What really needs to be understood is that there are many underlying problems to why this is, which is better understood as “Filipino Timing.”
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As Dave usually writes about enjoying an iced cold Pale Pilsen with friends while relaxing on the second floor atop the UR Zone in Iloilo City, I sit and stare out my window here in Tupelo, Mississippi. And while him and his friends savor the taste of the best beer in all of Asia, I still long for the day I can return to the easy life in the Philippines.
Food, family and good times. One thing I should mention is eating while in the Philippines. When around family it seems eating is never done. I recall how in the mornings, we would enjoy our coffee (Nescafe 3-in-1) with freshly baked pandesal purchased from a rolling store (usually a honking bicycle with a big box on the back.)
Our flight to Samar was uneventful but with clear skies we had a chance to view Mt. Mayon (Mayon Volcano) which is just as majestic from the air as it is from the ground, I’m sure.
(Here's part one of a guest post from Randy who's sharing his recent adventure to the Philippines. Thanks, Randy! Great story and photos. —Dave.)
Our trip from Tupelo, MS. began early enough at 0200 with a 1.5 hour drive to Memphis International Airport. We boarded an American Airlines flight at 0600 bound for Chicago where we connected to Asiana Airlines for the long two legged trip to Manila, via Seoul, Korea.