April 22, 2024

7 thoughts on “Grinning, Visiting and Praying

  1. I kept pretty busy on this trip as I usually do when I’m over there. The best part was having our own place. It’s not much by US standards but just fine compared to the majority of places my asawa and inlaws are used to. The area is in need of a facelift. What part of this town isn’t though? lol There were some basic issues that I took care of. I didn’t realize that there still wasn’t any living room furniture but we took care of that, too. My trip was good but too short. It was nice to meet you John but next time we’ll need to have that beer. My biggest issue is I only have so much time to get thing done and reconnect with the wife. It was nice too spend the majority of our time in Calbayog and it made me re-evaluate some things.
    On another note I understand that things are different in the Phils but I can’t understand why folks haven’t realized that indiscriminate dumping of garbage and refuse can only lead to problems. My wife is just as guilty as anyone but I guess it’s a cultural thing. Filipinos appreciate natural beauty as much as anyone but they’ll continually dump trash in an area no matter the consequences. I don’t know how to change attitudes so I’m not sure I can accomplish anything on my own.
    See you next time!

    1. Mark as long as the house is good enough to fit your needs, it’s a good house. I will be looking forward to seeing you the next time you are in town. I’ll see you again then, but I hope I will be hearing more of your opinion on the website.
      As far as dumping things, that is a big problem in Manila. They want to know why it floods so much there and I think a big part of it is all the trash in the street clogging up the drainage.

    2. So how long did you stay Mark? When you say evaluate, does that mean you will stay in Calbayog? Rumor has it that two new expats have moved in up around Tomaliques. Don’t know much else. Hope you have a good unwind!

      1. Hi Randy,
        I spent two weeks in Calbayog. When I say evaluating things I mean the wife and I have some decisions to make. For the time being, as long as I’m working that is, she’ll be there and I’ll be here. I wish it wasn’t so but it is what it is. She gets a lot of support there from family and that will disappear when she gets to the US. Right now retirement seems like a distant dream.

  2. No wonder Mark disappeared from the fb radar. He’s been on the move! I know when I last visited the Philippines, I visited fb three times in three weeks as there were plenty of things to do to keep occupied. And, in Mark’s case, I’m sure Mark has more important things to do while there! 😉 hehe

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