American expat in Philippines rescues report cards at Iloilo High School. Yes, I had to make a return trip to the educational institution which our niece Shaina and nephew Sharwin formerly attended. (Note: after misspelling our nephew’s name for over four years now, my asawa has finally corrected me on how to properly spell the young man’s name. My apologies, Sharwin, not Sharwen.)
Our 14-year-old nephew, Sharwen, seen in the lead photo, is headed for a career as a fashion model, a sort of Filipino “Farina” from “Our Gang.” Thanks to some late night shenanigans from his cousins, April and Michelle (also seen in the picture), our nephew has been subjected to hair styling sessions which he seemed to be a willing participant in.
Visited Raymen Beach Resort, located on Guimaras, the sweet mango province where my wife grew up, this past Mother’s Day. We were celebrating the birthdays of two nephews, Sharwen and Jorreal. Since my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alida, were in attendance, it was a perfect way to combine the birthday celebrations and also honor our Mom’s.
Raymen Beach Resort in Guimaras. Located in a stretch of white sand and turquoise waters called Alibihod, I’ve covered visits to this Philippines resort in past posts. Made another visit to this pocket of paradise on Mother’s Day. My asawa and relatives were accompanied by the son of Jesus, Mike (seen in the next photo closing his eyes), our neighbor that delivers our fresh drinking water.
According to my asawa, Mike is our niece April’s “suitor,” a term used about 100 years ago in America. Noy Noy, Mike’s cousin (sitting next to Mike on the pump boat), also lives next door and came along for the Sunday holiday.
Recently attended the 20th Annual Manggahan Festival in Guimaras. Though an article from the Philippine Information Agency, PIA, reported the mango province is looking for hotel investors to invest in creating more accommodations in the province, we had some spacious digs at “The Compound.” “The Compound,” at my asawa’s home in the Jordan municipality we resided for over two years, provided our housing for the mango event.
Lolo (Grandpa), my father-in-law who resides in the mango province of Guimaras, has a duwende problem. Lolo lives in a house that was moved on my back, along with the help of 49 Filipinos, back in August 2011. He has been living alone (we thought) in Buluangan but my asawa was recently alerted that her Tatay (Father) has been roaming around the barangay during all hours of the night.
(The Intervention Crew: From left, standing, sister-in-law Alida, Cousin Emma, Lola, standing with glasses, The Sainted Patient Wife and Cousin Roberto on far right. Lolo in center with striped shirt.)
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.)