“Our New Year’s Eve House Blessing in the Philippines” is a remarkable literary achievement since it’s the first time in months I’ve published two posts in the space of three days. With two birthday parties, Christmas and the aforementioned blessing, I’ve actually been somewhat busy. Regular readers of “Philippines Plus” know that I excel at doing nothing. But that hasn’t been the case as of late.
We recently made a trip to Metro Manila. We stayed for five nights at the cozy and comfortable Stone House Hotel Pasay. Only three kilometers from the SM Mall of Asia, Stone House, doesn’t offer five-star accommodations. But it does give the budget-conscious traveler great budget options for staying in Manila.
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.
Went to the “Smart Store” at SM City in Iloilo City on Monday, October 10. My asawa and I were going to move from our home in Guimaras to a subdivision outside of Iloilo City. I thought my request was a simple one, simply transfer service to our new location. I had worked for telecommunications giant AT&T back in the States and such work orders are processed on a daily basis by the thousands. Arrived at around 10:30 am and got a ticket number to await my turn to speak to an account representative. About 30 minutes later, my number came up and I walked over to Counter 1 to explain what I needed.
Need to move some prime Philippines real estate? Well, just hire a Bayanihan crew. Actually, it's an all volunteer effort, just reward your workers with some pancit and San Miguel Pale Pilsens. Doubt that you will find this Filipino tradition in any Philippines travel brochures, but the practice is still alive and well in the provinces. In my last post, I described how I decided to join in with the crew of pinoys that helped my father-in-law to move his home 200 meters down the road from its present location. I was the first American expat to ever participate in this cultural event in this local barangay in Buluangan, a small village in Guimaras . That really didn't come as a humongous surprise to me. Only a little over 800 residents in the entire hamlet.