May 23, 2024

16 thoughts on “A Temporary Permanent Solution

  1. I wouldn’t be too harsh on the Filipino schools. They do a pretty good job considering the circumstances. Most of the people you meet have had decent early schooling but for economic reasons fail to further their education. My oldest boy was in public schools here in the US until 5th grade but unfortunately they teach down to the lowest performing student. There were fights and disruptions that wouldn’t be tolerated in the Philippines. He had a lot of problems. Being too smart and mixed race average kids picked on him. The teachers had him help teach class which didn’t help! He’s been in private schools for four years now and it costs a fortune but at least he’s getting the education he deserves. If I was over there he could still get a decent early education and if the secondary schools proved inadequate probably attend very good private schools at a much, lower cost to dear, old dad, lol.

    1. I know if I had school aged children, I would highly consider them to attend school in the Philippines. As long as they complete the curriculum, it is a good education, and bi-lingual in most cases. We have friends here in Mississippi that have chose to send their brightest student to UP in Manila, and he is in his first year.

  2. Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I just moved into Calbayog and It’s been a little bit helpful knowing where to buy stuff etc.

    I also prefer a little bit shorter posts, but please make sure the pictures and the text match together 🙂 Because in this article you have pictures of Pizza factory and not a single word about them 🙁 I tried them a few days ago, only had one cheeseburger but It was pretty OK and the prices were not bad at all either. A little bit small place perhaps but nicely decorated.

    1. Well Reigo I’m glad to have been of some help to you. I thought about that picture thing after I sent the post. Be sure I will do my best to make sure things match up in any future posts. In fact I have done 2 since then and the pictures do match. I have not yet tried Pizza Factory, but plan to at least try something there soon, probably a pizza though. Thanks for reading the blog and, since you live here now, please let me know if there is something you think I should be addressing on here to help others that may also be thinking about moving to and/or visiting Calbayog. Also if you know others that you think may benefit from reading here, please feel free to inform them about the site.
      So are you a Filipino, an expat or maybe both? I’m just wondering because I have not seen that name before.

      1. If I can think of anything that helps to improve the blog I will let you know.

        I’m a 26y old Software developer from Northern Europe, a little country called Estonia – if you don’t know that country then here’s a hint: Skype was invented in Estonia.

        I’ve been living in Philippines for 7 months now so I’m used to the cultural differences and the way of thinking by now. I’m using Calbayog mostly as an office as I also have a wife and a child but they will remain mostly on San Antonio island where we have a more permanent home at the moment. Both are also european 😀 Not a Filipino wife 🙂

        So I’m basically not your traditional Expat either as we plan to live here maybe one more year or so and then move to a place more suitable to raising kids as our Son will have to go to school at one point and HERE is not the place for that in my opinion. No offence meant to any filipinos but I just want the best for my child.

        I’m staying in Sigma homes at the moment and was quite surprised by the number of expats here because there’s way more of them in here than in San Antonio island and Bobon / Catarman area.

        Anyway once your food place is ready (I haven’t read all the posts So i’m not quite sure if it’s open already or not) I will come by and try your food and say HI 🙂

        1. Ahhh! So one of the countries of the former USSR? I’ve been to San Antonio Island (and San Antonio Texas), but the last time I was there (island) it was not developed much yet. It was basically just a place to camp. I have heard that they have plenty of housing there now. I love the Philippines too, but I wouldn’t want my child to go to school here either. In fact, if I had a choice, I think I would not want them to go to school in the US either. I know very little about schools in Europe, but I hear they are the best ones for children to attend. I could be wrong though.
          At times my wife does have a little BBQ outside, but we hope to have a Mongolian style BBQ in the near future. We have the idea in our heads how everything will look, it’s just getting the money to make those thoughts come to life.
          I hope you come up with something to help my website. I’ll take all the help I can get.

  3. UJ,
    Your doing well and this site will grow i’m sure. Besides, us retired G.I’s are use to constant babbleing usually with a “humorous” or a “wtf over” outcome. I also read a lot of “Paul Thomspons” stories as well, he’s another retired Navy guy living a few miles outside of olongapo and post rather often. I’m sure it’s a major learning curve getting this site running strong, but your light years ahead of me, hell i just figured out what a thumb drive or “dongle” was several few months ago and your running a whole friggin web site. That my friend is amazing 🙂

    1. John I have a little bit more drug information. Rose Pharmacy here says they carry Tradolan 50mg and Mercury Drug said they have one like it, but a different name. She didn’t tell me the name of it, but said it was a name brand. Of course they all need a prescription.

      1. Thanks John,
        Since I can get it there as well, you might have saved me a bucket of money on dental work. More beer for everyone 🙂

        1. Alright, more beer. Chips and Mexican peanuts too?
          I have a tentative date on 1 Dec to find out how much a root canal actually cost here, or at least that’s my plan to find out. Ludy’s cousin is actually a dentist and he is their family dentist. I had to go see him once and was very nice, so we are thinking to make him our family dentist also.

          1. Hi John. Is the dentist local? I may visit one next time I’m there because I need some work done too. It seems I can get the entire procedure done there for less than my deductible would be here.

          2. Sure he’s local. He is on Navarro St. I believe. I’ll find out the exact location on 1 Dec, if I remember to go.

  4. I’ve learned that short, quality posts get the most participation. Too short (ie just pictures and a quick travel quote) doesn’t give enough substance for my audience to react. Too long and I lose their interest. I think it’s smart that you’re trying just one focused approach, and testing that idea. Good luck! I hope you find your perfect balance!

    1. Liana I’m sure going to give it a try. Sometimes it hard for me not to babble, but I’m sure going to make an attempt. I sure wish for this website to be successful, but I have to learn as I go. I figure that whatever it takes. Y’all should check out her website also. It’s one of the ones that I have on my daily checklist.

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