Electrifying El Nido is a first class municipality located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometers (260 mi) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 mi) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and limestone cliffs.
My asawa and I had purchased three big ticket items during a shopping spree in nearby Iloilo City: a Magic Sing Karaoke, a Samsung DVD Home Entertainment Sound System and a new Samsung Washer. We knew we would be hiring our own pump boat to haul our stash back to Guimaras Island where we reside. Although the sound system and karaoke would not take up that much space, the washer, a much bigger and heavier model than the Sanyo washing machine we had, would take up too much space if the boat was already packed. We opted to play it safe and pay 500 pesos, 11.45 US Dollars, to hire our own vessel and crew.
Typical sight in Iloilo City and Guimaras
My asawa and I have lived in the Philippines since our retirement to “paradise” for over five years without owning our own means of transportation. We are finally going to buy a vehicle in the Philippines this coming November when I cash in a retirement investment. Regular readers of Philippines Plus will know that I’ve always advocated the use of public transportation such as jeepneys and tricycles. What has prompted this shift in policy?
It was déjà vu all over again. I had to make a return trip to the emergency room in Guimaras, the Philippines, the island province my Filipina wife and I reside on. In February 2010 I was taken from the provincial hospital in San Miguel, Jordan, via ambulance and pump boat to Iloilo City’s Great Saviour’s for a kidney stone attack. The Great Saviour International Hospital (GSIH) in “The City of Love” is now fully owned, managed and operated by the Manila-based hospital The Medical City (TMC). Frankly, I don’t care what they call it now, I’m just glad that I didn’t have to return there. The techs and a doctor stuck me a total of five times and couldn’t draw blood from me. It’s really not the kind of facility I want to return to.
Papa Duck. No doubt you’ve seen that nom de plume on various expat websites regarding the Philippines. “Papa” was a regular commentator on this website. I doubt that he missed leaving a remark on any post I’ve done (when I had my comments section open.) My asawa and I had the pleasure of meeting “Papa” and his girlfriend as they visited Iloilo City this past week. It was the American’s first visit to the Philippines.
Here's another guest post from Scott H. He's facing the same questions from friends, relatives and coworkers that many of us that have retired to the Philippines have also encountered. A big THANK YOU to Scott for sharing the following great story and photos:
As retirement speeds towards me, more and more of my friends and coworkers inquire what I plan to do with the rest of my life. When I answer that my Wife and I will retire to the Philippines the reactions vary from shock to disbelief and sometimes plain bewilderment at our plans.
DRIVING IN COMBAT MANILA!
Thanks to Dave for letting me post my ramblings on his web site (have I mentioned you should buy his book if you’re even thinking of moving to the Philippines?)
My Asawa and I have just returned from our latest trip to what will be our new home in the very near future. On this trip we had many tasks to perform to ready ourselves for our upcoming move. One of which was to see if I could actually negotiate the roads of the Philippines in general, and Manila in particular.