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Offline tom.inbigdtexas

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« on: July 29, 2009, 09:37:09 AM »
If “diversity is the spice of life,” then this Forum qualifies as very spicy.

Forum members hail from countries around the globe... from Australia to Venezuela, from USA to UK, and everywhere in between, thankfully including the Philippines.  Many are expats who have moved to the RP, many are actively making plans for the move, and some are just dreaming and hoping for the time to be right to make the move.

Two things we all have in common is an interest in the Philippines - - and the necessity of getting by in life day-by-day, whether in the RP or in some other far flung corner of the world.

The topic of this Thread is what we are doing in the “getting by day-by-day” part of our lives.

The reason for this Thread - just the off chance that a little insight into the “daily lives” of other members... how they actually spend their time (rather than their philosophies on life or long-range plans)... might prove to be interesting, as well as bolster a little comraderie among some members.

Posts by members who are in the Philippines for any reason -- living there, visiting, vacationing, etc., should be very interesting to everyone on the Forum.  So, please post something here every once in a while if you\'re in the Philippines.

Thanks to “Jonnyivy” for the general suggestion ... and “Gray Wolf” for tacit approval – of this Thread:

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) If you average less than ONE post a week on this Forum, other members probably know so little about you that they will have little interest in how you currently spend your days (so start posting more, then post on this thread...Please :)).

2) If you do post on this Thread, your activities will likely include your work, hobbies, etc. Please... Please... do not violate Forum rules.  DO NOT post your business URL, ads, other site addresses, requests for donations, etc., etc.,  >:(     

3) On your first post --
   – give your current geographic location;
   – give a thumbnail background sketch (few lines) that will help put your current activities in context;

4) Don’t worry about questions or in-depth information... just give some details, facts and such explanation as you feel necessary for clarity about what you did today – Like the name says, just what you’re doing Day-by-Day.  I suspect that if anything gets posted on this Thread, it will spark plenty of questions and comments, both wanted and unwanted  ;D.

5) Have fun  :) :)

OK, this post is toooo long already, so I’ll take a stab at following my own suggestions in a new post.

Tom in Big D
Dallas, Tx, USA
Mactan, Cebu, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 11:08:53 AM »
I like to support this initiative and hope that I can keep in future my sense of humor within the boundaries of acceptable.

We live near Valencia in the province Negros Oriental and about 20 minutes from Dumaguete City.
On the same as day my retirement in the Netherlands started, on March1, 2009, I took my laptop, passport, a set of clean underwear, my pensionpapers and moved to the Philippines with the idea to make a start on the second best part of my life and to meet my internet love in real. And I can assure you now a dream became true. Okay the start was not as expected because we started our life on the third floor of an apartmentbuilding in Lapu Lapu City, Babag1, with a Karaoke parlor nextdoor and a breedingfarm for cockfightingroosters on the back of the apartmentbuilding. I don\'t think this need any further explanation ::) :\'(.
After visiting family on the island Dumaguete we found in the province Negros Oriental our Mecca. Far away from noise, airpollution in the middle of nowhere. We were be able to rent a bungalow type house from an attorney at law on about 1000 sq. mtr. for only 4500 php monthly on a yearly contract base. Since May 23 we moved overhere and I love the moderate climate up here.

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009, 01:29:04 PM »
Tom - age 57 - Dallas, Texas, USA

BACKGROUND -- I was born and raised in Texas, USA; graduated Baylor University School of Law in 1975; and spent the last 34 years practicing medico/legal trial law throughout Texas and the surrounding states.  I closed my active trial practice about a year ago, but continue to review, develop and joint venture medical cases with other firms.       

My wife of 8 years, Bing, age 35 to 39 (depending on who she is talking to) is from Cebu and recently obtained her US citizenship.  We plan to obtain her dual citizenship, my 13a visa, then move near Cebu City area, where she has family.  I would rather move sooner than later, but would like to first sell the house.

July 27, 2009 - Up about 8a to feed our two Maltese (Ted & Inu, both boys age 9) and two Italian Greyhounds (Cherie and Italia, both girls age 2).  Inu is diabetic, requires a special diet, and gets his first insulin shot of the day at 8a.  Took the girls out and let them run for about 30 minutes.  Unless they go out to run a couple of hours a day they will bounce all over the house like ping-pong balls.

Spent the rest of the morning reviewing new requests for representation, advising most that their claims could not be successfully pursued, arranging to get medical records on one, and referring another to a defective medical device specialist.  I usually spend 2 to 4 hours a day on law related business, most can be done from home office online, email, text, phone and fax - much more fun than the 10-12 hour days of the last 30+ years.

Bing and I went out for lunch - she wanted Chinese Buffet, I wanted Tex-Mex - so we had Chinese.  Some days I want Italian, or barbeque, or hamburger... so we have Chinese.  If not, the rest of the day is not fun.  Back home about 2p, took the boys out for about a 30 minute walk, put them back in the house and let the girls out for a run.  I can’t keep my eyes on all four of them at once, because the girls range out 3 to 400 yards like lightning.  They are really fun to watch.

Spent the rest of the afternoon running errands - picking up dry cleaning, getting auto registration, picking up mail, getting car washed - and home around 5p.

Spent the early evening getting my daily dose of news, mostly politics.  I record large chunks of CNN and MSNBC so I can skip the bs and ads and boil it down to a couple of hours.  I love to follow the “sex, lies and money-trail” that makes up 90% of US politics... the other 10% is squabbling and finger pointing. 

Bing fixed meatloaf and mashed potatoes for me (steamed rice and shrimp for herself) which we ate during the last part of the news.  She usually fixes separate food for me, as I can only eat rice and fish about once a week, and she eats it almost every meal... really.   
Finished eating and turned off the news about 8p, fed the boys and girls their evening meal, gave Inu his shot, and took the girls out for their last run of the day while Bing took the boys for their evening walk. Back in the house about 9p and checked the LITP Forum... decided to start the new Topic - Day-by-Day - and posted it a couple of hours ago.

About 10p went upstairs to shoot pool for a while.  I love pool, mainly 9-ball, and try to get in at least an hour a day to keep my game up so I don’t get beat flat when I go out to shoot. Back down about 11:30 and decided to try my hand at this “blog” type post.

Now that I’m finished, I see that “run my mouth” too much.  If I keep posting, I’ll have to get that under control.

Well, it’s a little after midnight, so will go to bed and read a while... almost through with “Pillars of the Earth.”  Really enjoyable read, as well as being informative... but 900+ pages is a little much.

If anyone made it to the end of this post - Thanks for hanging in there.  Hope to see some post from others soon.

Tom in Big D       
Dallas, Tx, USA
Mactan, Cebu, PH


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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 02:37:09 PM »
You\'ll find my intro in Meet Your Neighbours.....

Updates to that......
I moved to the Philippines 2nd May 2008, still living in rented 3 storey townhouse (P9,000) in Tagbilaran, BOHOL.
Extended family in our home are 2 nieces and a 2nd cousin once removed
The two older girls are studying nursing  at Holy Name University and pharmacy at University of Bohol
The youngest (10 year old) is living with us due to a medical condition because her parents don\'t have the wherewithall to provide for her medical needs and their location makes any any but basic medical care difficult to impossible.

Glo & I were married in Makati Feb 9th 2009, still waiting for marriage certificate, 1st two had soooooooo any errors
Honeymooned at Mandarin Oriental in Makati....gorgous place .... Glo absolutely loved it......

Contrary to my previous plan of not buying/building for 1st year or so, we bought 8800sqm lot on Panglao Island, primarily as investment at bargain basement  price.
We plan on subdividing keeping approx 1500 sqm for our home and selling off the other 7300sqm in 5 seperate lots of just under 1500sqm
Prices of neighbouring undeveloped lots are asking for 3X what we paid so investment wise things look pretty good
It\'s not beach side but beaches 2km west, 4km south and 6km east are within easy reach
So far we\'ve cleared the lot, layed down 500 metres of anapog road and prepared foundation for our house

Also bought small ricefield, coconut farm and planted jatropha at rock bottom prices.
More smallholdings purchases planned in the next few years
My avowed travelling around the Philippines before buying has been a little curtailed but so far we\'ve been to (in no particular order)
Cebu City, Mactan Island, Bantayan Island, Boracay, Manila, Makati, Tagatay, CDO, Butuan, Gingoog City
Still want to get to N. Palawan, Siargo Island, Guimaras, IloIlo and Concepcion within the next year

I\'ve shown Glo a little of life outside Philippines, Hong Kong last year.....Singapore and maybe Malaysia later this year
Should have visa sorted for next summer in Europe

Still planning on building a boat to stay connected to the water.....

Currently back in UK to see about topping up funds.....
Job market looks like it\'s starting to my line of work anyway

I miss my palangga dearly......\"but a man\'s gotta do what a man\'s gotta do\"

Sea urchins work great, too.  Cut \'em open and spread the innards around.  And you offer the additional benefit of helping keep the coral reef alive as sea urchins eat coral.   ;)   8)

One of the most pleasant afternoons I\'ve EVER spent was when Glo and I (on scooter) went out on this little spit of land and stopped for lunch (some fruit we took with us)
There was this little tiki hut with about half a dozen young girls about 6-16 years old, waiting for the tide to go out so they could collect sea urchins.
After a little shyness they started chatting with us a little English, a little Bisaya
We shared the fruit we had with them and chatted for about an hour until they decided the tide was sufficiently out to start gathering
They told us they already had ready buyers for the sea urchins (Japanese & Koreans lving in their town)
Almost totally surrounded by water there was always a pleasant breeze and we had as many questions for them as they had for us
As they walked out onto the coral we started to get ready to leave, one of the smaller girls came rushing back to the shore and gave us 4 sea urchins
Really touching gesture

I love the Philippines for moments like this

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 02:55:07 PM »
was  trying to be the first to reply, but while fighting with western union, Boomerang beat me to the punch, and if I had to be beat what better man than him, my god read and understand his first entry, honesty from the heart, a mix of humor with a touch of sarcasm,who needs the nightly news.This man is real, and proves even though he doesn\'t need to his love for his family and this country...I hope someday before \"Uncle jOE\" SAYS  , its time to give up Murf .


Big D i don\'t think you talk to much, in fact not enough, for I LOVE YOU INSIGHT ON THINGS., of course give me some time to get used to you, for now knowing your a lawyer, and my high regard for your\'s OK :o I will refrain from all lawyer jokes, but i  really didn\'t know you guys had normal everyday I am so impressed I might just pay last months retainer fee in the USA for a guy who does absolutely nothing for me, for i don\'t do anything wrong, but dad said , \"son you need two things, money in the bank and a lawyer on retainer, but you can\'t have one without the other\"///

I have a very interesting malpractice case you might like, merit it has , for i was told by those who it is against to file it, but I just need some judicial prudence and guidance and reassurance that lady liberty is  still blindfolded. ;D

so here is my novelette for today, god once I get going hard to stop me, I really think it is this new O2 and the Vodka working overtime....


Big “D”little a , double L-A- S.
Ok since you’re grand enough to start us I will be (boy this will shock some of you into a giant belly laugh) I will bravely go where neither man nor woman has ventured before into this new blogosphere.

For  those who don’t know me I  am rather shy and don’t like talking about me so this is both difficult and scary for me ? shucks I can’t tell you all that lie, I rather talk about me than any person I know.

My name is Eugene Larry Murphy, but please don’t let that out, just call me “Murf” for going into a Irish Pub with Lawrence a regular and friend of mine on here and having someone say, hey by “Eugene” a drink just doesn’t work in the bars that I frequent.

I live in the now finally city of Bayugan on the Island of Mindanao  about 40 minutes by car or van to Butuan the big city near me, then of course south of me so that makes Butuan north of me guys, now follow along  ???there is Davao the bigger city 6 hours by car to the south of us.

I live in what I pleasantly refer to as the “rumble in the jungle” for it is indeed off the beaten path and in the middle of the “jungle”. We are in the process of building our new home behind my Nanays (mothers) which makes us even more remote.

I love raising orchids which you can see on here and also marine saltwater fish which I haven’t started yet for the new house is not done.

This morning I dealt with the corruption and frustration of RP corruption in area of receiving 5,000 USA dollars from home from my money sent to me by my father who insists on using Western Union, (don’t ask me why).

The first place my wife went they wanted to give her 47.1 per dollar the Pesos was currently at that time trading at 48.4 on forex live.I asked to talk with the manager who refused to talk to me. The next place did not have 5000 dollars in pesos to give us, the next place and my poor wife is tired and frustrated gave her 46.3.

Thus at 48.4 we should have got 242,400 P. if they took their cut of one pesos per dollar we still should have got 237,000 P

But instead we got taken for a conversion rate of 46.7 or 233.5000P which equals at the current rate of 48.11=240,440P
The other odd, I call it corrupt, but then again, that’s the Irish in me, is this Western Union charged me 350 P for a documentary stamp, and I have cashed in as high as 20,000 dollars before without paying any documentary stamp.

When I called the owner of the western union I was politely told , she was just an agent and had the flexibility to charge within 2% of the current currency rate, so I asked all are Western Unions like this, she says no, but I am not a Western Union only an agent of such and if there is any dispute about the transaction it can’t be done in the RP for we do not have a contract with the USA.

 Case closed , lesson learned sure, try to convince my father to send me my own money through my bank wire to wire transfer to my Allied Bank here, write it off as suppose that was a much poorer  Filipino that was happening too…much better me who doesn’t wish to but can absorb the loss.

I have my accountant always overestimate all my monthly bills by 10% simply for an emergency cushion and it seems to work fine so far. Some days I win, some days I LOSE, but I never lose sight of the prize  ;D the happiness of my wife, my mother, my extended family and myself.

Hey I could have been a 30 year employee of GM in Detroit with two. 5 kids now looking for a job, life is good and fair here in the RP, you just have to roll with the punches.

So the next obvious questions are when and where do the conversion rates take effect. Yesterday at 10:15 am EST USA the pesos was 48.12, my father sent me my 5000.00 USA dollars, is that the rate I should have been paid at? Hmmm don’t know? Can’t get an answer? How can 3 western unions all within the same city limits pay 3 different exchange rates?  Don’t know can’t get an answer, but would like some of you smarter folks tell me just what blackbird is cooked in this pie?

So that was my morning, now I shall share this with you along with some new bloomed and still blooming orchids and wish you all the greatest day that can possibly come your way.

Don’t think that the money issue worries me, it doesn’t that’s just life here in the big RP. You either have it or you don’t, but as long as you have family, it really doesn’t amount to hill of NPA rice.

My plans for the rest of the day………hmmmm I have already asked for a bucket of ice to be delivered to my room, the cubby hole I live in, but it has all the comforts of home A/C, fan, 32 inch TV, DVD, stereo, a library of over 300 American movies, I think I just sit here and watch Jody Foster in the Brave one for the 38th time, hey when you got it?! You just got it? and she has it…

The new Philippine Flag flying over the city as you enter Butuan

This last two shots are of a fresh river pond that is at the Inland Resort in Butan, where they will supply you with a fishing pole and bait and you can catch you own river fish(whatever that may mean) or catfish or mud fish and they will cook it for your supper.....hmmmm love fishing but rainbow trout from the mountains of Maine are more to my liking fried with some wild sage, onions a little bacon....OMG I think I am dead and gone to heaven..


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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009, 04:19:50 PM »
I have 2 sons (13&15) which my asawa brought into our relation, 2 female helpers, 2  female dogs and 1 asawa, the last part I do like to keep that at just one . In the morning mostly at round about 7.30 am, I am the last who gets up and the coffee is made ready and waiting for me. My day mostly begins with reading European newspapers by  internet and at the same time I have a couple slices of toast with jam and / or cheese for breakfast. By that time present Lady\'s have already swept the yard, mopped the floors, washed clothes and dishes, children and dogs have been fed and been send of to school as far concerned. We have a Dalmatian and a Belgian Malinois, respectively 6 months and 4 months of age which after breakfast I take for their daily training and exercises. The area we live in is excellent for those purposes because we live here in the middle of nature quite far from roads, other traffic and disturbances. After my return it is usually the attraction of the internet, for example reading the wide variety of topics in various forums and the many answers to the variety of issues. I have a very broad area of interest and it\'s usually lunchtime again before I realize that. After a marriage of 21 years with a Chinese / Indonesian is eating rice dishes for me an every day routine and enjoy it really. My wife was before our life encounter a Fashion Designer and had never even  boiled egg before but has proven to possess the natural talent to understand that the love of a man runs through his stomach and she is cooking the stars from heaven. After dinner we usually draw back an hour for a siesta. For the rest of the day  for example, giving instructions to the helpers in maintaining our garden, while us self sometimes go out on a pedicab to Dumaguete City to do some shopping if necessary, do a little window shopping, going for a snack with cola on the terrace at Mc Donalds enjoying the passing by nature on two legs or having a cold beer on one of the terraces on the boulevard. In any case, we enjoy the freedom to do what ever we like and have the luck to be completely compatible together. After all this \"thrilling excitement\" it\'s time to find a pedicab to return us back home to attend to our responsibilities. The boys need our attention, the dogs an I need our exercises and very soon it\'s time for diner again. After dinner, it is already time for me to catch up on the internet with my European contacts regarding the difference in time. After my working life as an account manager for a German manufacturer of fireplaces do I still have an interest in the development of this market. Of course not every day is the same as prescribed above but I just give an impression on a day as yesterday was. In any case I never want to return to the life I formerly led as a part of the great economic engine, being pushed to consume to greater honor and glory of our western economy.

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2009, 05:18:37 PM »
I would have been the first to reply if it had not been for breakfast then organising a trip out. I wonder what Murfs opening comments would have been then  ;D

Like captainron, my introduction is also in the ‘meet your neighbours’ section and a very long way back as I was asked by Jack to help build up the forum before the official opening. To follow from that entry, I have been living in the Philippines for four years now, three of them in Puerto Princesa Palawan. We have planned all along to build a house here, but circumstances and plans have changed causing it to stretch out. My almost current details on that are posted in the ‘building’ section.

I will take up Toms challenge and post about today.... fairly typical.

My computer goes on as soon as I get up and I read any email then go through the forum posts and reply if necessary. It stays on all day, unless I go out which is not very often. I saw a reference to eBook readers and decided to check out the latest offerings. Unfortunately they are still too expensive and not yet good enough to replace a standard book. I do read for at least several hours a day, and Tom, I have also read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and the sequel ‘World Without End (1025 pages and equally as good). Ken Follett is an excellent author and I have also read several of his other novels. I am currently working through Bernard Cornwell’s books; I have just finished reading all the ‘Sharpe’ series except for three. Two I could not find and one was eaten by termites. The year before we left the UK we used to attend boot sales. This was mainly to get rid of very many years of accumulated ‘junk’ but I also collected a lot of paperback books which were sent over here in balikbayan boxes.

To continue with today, we had a lot of grocery shopping to do, so we had lunch out first. The house we rent has only the very basic standard Philippine kitchen with the two burner stove in the dirty kitchen. Although Bing is an excellent cook, she is not a very enthusiastic one, and is not too keen on cooking and providing a meal for the mosquitoes at the same time. We therefore eat out sometimes, but I am really looking forward to having our own house with a fully equipped kitchen. I will then be able to cook all the food I enjoy. I like a lot of Philippine food, but my idea of good eating here would be 50:50 with international food. I would limit rice to 3-4 times a week preferably with curry.

I have been struggling to get a workable to-do list to prevent me getting distracted into doing things like writing this blog.  ;D There are so many things that I want/need to do. I should have at least today repaired our emergency light, checked out and recharged my laptop (my CD/DVD drive on my desktop has taken a dislike to DVD’s) done some more work on my house design etc. etc. My photography has taken a back seat as well as my music. I have an expensive electronic organ sitting in the lounge that has not been touched for many months. Then of course there is the novel that we all have in us that we need to write  ;D It is now past 5.0pm and the only thing I have crossed off my list is to buy folders to try to organise some of my paperwork.

After complete this post I will read for a while, have supper, and watch TV for an hour or so until the continual breaks in the programmes force me to give up. I will then potter on the computer for a while, have a shower and take a book to bed.



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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2009, 06:31:17 PM »
A typical day for me -

I\'m loathe to admit that I\'m up and around at about this time......not many trikes on the move in our neighbourhood until 7AM and I\'m loathe to fire up the truck and wake Gloria up.....she loves her morning lay-ins and I love taking her breakfast in bed

It really is easy doing nice things for Gloria. Each time I do I\'m MORE than rewarded by the happiness I see in her face whether it\'s breakfast in bed, a small gift, helping a family member in\'s all repaid by that beautiful smile and hug

BTW 2 of my nieces (university students) are usually up earlier than me and cook the breakfast for us all.....I\'m just the delivery boy ;)
Maricho & Gerelle are then off to uni before 7

Gloria and Ednalyn are just about getting up and \"bathed\" and dressed about now
I\'ll pop down to fish market and pick up bread if needed usually 3 times a week

Ednalyn\'s off to school, we generally take it it turns to take her the 1km or so there

Glo & I then chat about what\'s on the agenda for the day
MONDAYS generally involves banking first
TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS are local market day when farmers bring their produce into the regular market place
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS another niece comes in to do the washing
SUNDAYS revolve around church I\'m not a practising Christian....low maintenence Zorastian is more like it, no churches, no ministers
But Gloria manages to drag my butt there most Sundays.....sometimes first mass around 6AM when it\'s cool or around 7PM if I\'m too tapulan in the morning
I go because it means so much to Glo that I go with her and the girls

We usually eat out at lunch time at one of the malls as it\'s just the 2 of us

I usually like to drive down to our building lot 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes Glo will come too butjust as often she\'ll stay home and clean and prepare for evening meal
As our building project is in stasis at the moment.....
I might just deliver some rice or fish to Glo\'s sister, husband and 2 kids who are acting as custodians there at the moment
I might pick up some additional trees or vegetable seedlings for planting there
There\'s almost always some paperwork to be followed up on at least once a week

Pick up Ednalyn from school
Start her on her homework then it\'s nap time for us until about 6ish

We only eat out about once or twice a week
Cooking duties are shared between Glo, Maricho and Gerelle......I only get to cook once or twice a month
I tend to eat about 1/2 the rice that the girls do......but I\'m getting better but still need/want bread instead of rice at times
Students set table and wash up after
We have a modern western kitchen area but no stove; electric rice cooker, griddle, kettle and slow cooker handle most cooking
ALSO have dirty/wet kitchen with 2 burner heavy duty but portable gas cooker
This also serves as covered laundry room when raining

I\'m usually on and off throughout the day somedays more than others

Depending on the day I may hit the sack around 8 or 9 if particularly tired or more normally around 11 when everyone beds down except FRIDAYS when it\'s Novena time
This is so alien to me that I don\'t participate and Glo understands.....but all the girls do participate

We usually plan a trip out very other week (we\'ve done most of the initial tourist trips) be it a low key trip to the lot for a picnic and visit Glo\'s sister and family there, the beach....I\'m enjoying the lower key Filipino oriented beach resorts to the high end foreigner ones (but still enjoy Panglao Island Nature Resort every other month).
There\'s usually some family gathering most months

You must be thinking what an anal retentive control freak.......nothing could be further from the truth

THIS IS THE PHILIPPINES and some days bear NO RESEMBLANCE WHATSOEVER to the above described day

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2009, 06:42:17 PM »
I would have been first,..... but I spent all morning on the phone to Cebu Pacific, trying to re-book our flights from Hong-Kong to Cebu in september !! Again, they declined our perfecly good credit card, so I had to sit explaining and spelling every word letter by letter to the operator, but it paid off, its all booked UK-amsterdam-HK-Cebu.
Nice to see a good response to my suggestion, believe me, its good to know for sure what other members do each day. Like all the stories so far, lets me know I\'m not so differant from the rest of you.
I love going to the Phils,.. but it plays havoc with my work, I have a small landscaping business and when (when) the weathers good I can get moving and make some good money, only to blow it all on another trip !! (3 - 4 times a year )
Last week, I finished off building a new patio (terrace) on a cottage way out in the Scottish countryside, the owners are English, so they seem to offer more cash than I\'m used to for the same job elsewhere (no complaints from me then ). Normally come home around 7 or 8, smelling something good coming from the back door as I approach,..the wife always likes experimenting with all manner of foods. My wife Margie has given me a wonderfull little daughter, Jewel, who is so beautiful, so full of life, nieghbors squabble over who will babysit for us when Margie and I are both working. She has a nice job in the local supermarket where she has made so many friends over the past 4 years. I\'m giving Marg driving lessons in my spare time, she bought herself a small Honda CRV which she calls her baby.  I\'ve been keeping parrots for a few years now, all differant kinds, I have an aviary in the back garden, but I decided to sell them on just recently. We parted with \"Jack\" recently too, he was the house Parrot,...too damned noisy for me, so I replaced him with a new tropical aquarium, much more relaxing in the house now. Now I can sit at the computer in the evenings without him pestering me by biting my ears or sliding down my arm and trying to type on the keyboard !
Hope more guys here will take the plunge and keep this thread going,...just something to click onto after reading the rest of the \"info posts \"


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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2009, 09:06:37 PM »
       Lawrence Here, been super busy moving house and getting ready for university, id deleted my id here as i had very little of interest to say. Still reading the many posts with great interest when i get the chance. I just signed in and was unable to send you a PM just yet. hope you got the cards i sent ya and you\'re keepin ok..

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2009, 09:16:11 PM »
A part of my motivation for moving to the Philippines :

Within the past 10 days I\'v read twice in the Dutch newspapers that someone was found dead at home alone and found after 4 to 5 weeks and about an older lady which got clamp with one of her legs between the toilet and the wall  who was freed after one week only because her neighbours began to miss her by then. I come from a society where every familymember has its own screen either TV or PC. Where people are getting indoctrinated by there screen through well paid commercial psygologists to obtain  unnecessary luxury goods who life supposedly enrich. Where dissatisfaction is stimulated to increase the need of consumption. Where the word \"sale addiction\" exists because people get bored and unsatisfied . People who know slightly or more the Asian culture will now understand why I have moved to the Philippines ..........

I\'v met my asawa on the internet last December 27 and made up my mind within one week and decided the day that I would retire on March1  I would be with her and start a total new life. I\'v informed my sons and the German company were I worked for and some close business relations and just cut off all existing obligations and contracts. Informed the rest of my family 10 days before I left and it\'s still, apart from not becoming a criminal, the best decision I ever made in my life.
8 Weeks later I was flying out.............

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2009, 10:19:46 PM »
Retirement life is a ball and the wife and I pretty much do the same things while in the states as we do while in the Philippines but I do tend to drink a lot more while in the Philippines because I do not drive while we are there.  ;D

Anyway, an average day, get up in the morning whatever time I happen to wake up and feel like getting out of bed,  :D usually early but sometimes not until 9 AM and one day it was almost 10. Yeah retirement feels good and I sure do not miss those 5 AM mornings for work.  ;)

Turn on my computer and my amateur radio equipment. The wife turns her laptop on most days if there is not something good to watch on TV. Man with digital TV and, there is always so much to watch for her.  :-X  I on the other hand hate TV and only watch a few hours a week of it.

Next get my morning coffee and start to read the forums and talk all over the world to new people on the radios. I am also a control operator on a number of amateur radio repeaters, which is sort of like a moderator on forums.

Eventually wake up and clear the cobwebs out of my brain and then eat my breakfast.  :D

Make bunch of phone calls to friends all over the world. Thank God for VOIP phones and free calls.  8)

Shower because the board of health might visit and make me, even though I showed before bed.  ;D

Get going for the day which usually includes meeting friends for lunch or dinner, or visiting friends at their homes or businesses, or shooting at the range, or a quiet lunch or early dinner out with my wife alone. Sometime I go out and track down jammers or trouble makers on the local amateur repeaters and turn them in via channels to the Federal Communications Commission, FCC for short and that is only if reasoning with them does not work to get them to stop playing their games. Most who are licensed will stop immediately because their anonymity is gone and they do not wish to have it known that they were playing around, and others who are not licensed may go away once I tell them all about themselves due to public records easily found on their license plates or home addresses. 

So retirement is tons of fun and I really do not know where the days go, but I am loving it.  ;) 8)

Of course many of you know that we also travel around the US and we spend at least 3 to 4 months a year in our condo in Cebu and traveling around the Philippines doing basically the same things, minus shooting and amateur radio. :\'(  I sure do miss my shooting when there and will have to eventually get a gun permit for my wife.  ;)  BTW the little lady is a very good shot and carries a gun while we are in the US and both she and I have concealed permits necessary to do so, so she misses shooting too but not as much as I do. 

Fun, fun, fun........Life is a beach........ ;D
:) Happily married since 1994 & live part of the year in Cebu and the rest in S. Florida.


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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2009, 10:50:29 PM »
There just aren\'t enough hours in a day to enjoy \"retirement\" did I cope working for a living

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2009, 03:30:09 AM »
I hope this isn\'t too boring for y\'all.  But since I haven\'t yet retired, my day to day isn\'t very exciting.   :) 

Since 1998 I\'ve been the owner of Gray Wolf Graphics, a graphic arts business called \"digitizing\" utilizing a specialized CAD system called APS-Ethos.  I create the computer programs that operate computer controlled multi-head embroidery machines for large (sometimes smaller) contract embroidery businesses.  I\'m sure most of you have seen or own shirts, caps or jackets with an embroidered logo on it.  I create the programs for that.  I\'ve been in the business since 1985, but finally was able to break away form the drudgery of being \"owned\" by someone else to start my own business, which I run from my home office. 

I met Gloria in 1999 online, went to see her in Manila Christmas eve of that year and proposed to her in our hotel room overlooking Roxas Blvd the night before going to meet her parents and the rest of the family for the first time on Christmas day.  My life has been forever changed for the better since that glorious day.  I have never experienced the level of love and acceptance that I have with her family.

I filed for a K1 visa for Gloria as soon as I returned from my visit with her and 90 days later she received her fiance visa.  She arrived on June 20 2000 and we were married September 1 of that year.  It has been the best decision I ever made in my entire life.  Not only did she provide me with much needed companionship, but she also opened my eyes to a culture steeped in total commitment to family, something I never experienced with my dysfunctional family unit here in the US.

Gloria works for Walgreens, the largest pharmacy in America, where she is the Senior Beauty Advisor of a local store just one block from our humble little house in Louisville.  They couldn\'t have created a better employee.  Just yesterday she received a letter of commendation from the VP Marketing for Walgreens congratulating her on being #5 nationwide in a recent promotion of new Maybelline products.  This is her third letter of commendation.  She has also received numerous certificates for Outstanding Customer Service and wears a gold star on her blouse to show her level of achievement. 

My typical day starts by rising just a few minutes after Glo usually around 7:30AM  (the actual hour varies slightly from day to day).  I give her a ride up the hill to Walgreens, park our Jeep Liberty and walk for an hour to get my blood circulating and flush the cobwebs outta my head.   ;D

I return home, turn on the computer, straighten up the couch, love seat and all the pillows she likes to have around on them (women and their pillows).  I then take a shower, make some coffee and begin by reading my email.  I usually spend an hour or so working on pending messages for LinP3 and writing to people who have questions about why I don\'t allow them to post their business information (known by all mods as \"commercial ads\") and wish everyone a blessed day.  I then will digitize a logo or two (if I have any to do) and read posts here on LinPC in between any crisis that I have to deal with, usually because someone forgot to tell me to digitize the logo that they simply must have right now (even though they\'ve known about it for at least a week)   ::)

My digitizing business has been dwindling due to the overall poor economy in the US.  Let\'s face it, when times get tough the advertising budget is one of the first to get cut.  Due to this situation I have been working 2-4 nights a week at the liquor store on the corner, just to provide a bit more cash flow to the family coffers.

Glo and I have been working on building a new house in Novaliches, Metro Manila for her sisters Nonie and Ester.  With any luck we\'ll be able to complete the structure this year.  It will include a bedroom for us for those times we get to visit.  It will also become my base when we relocate and begin to build our own house in the Ilocos region.  While this isn\'t \"next door\" to Ilocandia, it\'s much closer than Kentucky!   ;D  Actually, we have cousins in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur and I\'ll be staying with them during the construction phase.  Then we\'ll move all of our clothing and personal items from Novaliches to Ilocos Sur.

It\'s 3:25PM now and Gloria is waiting for my mid-afternoon \"love call\".  We keep in touch several times during the day just so I can assure her that I still love her very much. 

I\'ll be in and out for the rest of the day.  Tomorrow night I\'ll be at the liquor store \"Beverage World\" (just eight houses away). 

Other than the day to day grind of staying in business and worrying about whether I\'ll be able to afford all Glo wants when we relocate, life is grand in the Bishop house.  But only because I have my Dream Girl to make it all better when she walks through the door around 5PM.

Ingat y\'all! and God Bless...
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2009, 04:35:03 AM »
... keep... my sense of humor within the boundaries of acceptable.

We live near Valencia in the province Negros Oriental and about 20 minutes from Dumaguete City.

On the same as day my retirement in the Netherlands started, on March1, 2009,

Hi Boomerang,

IMOH, sense of humor is never out of bounds... well, almost never.  My sense of humor runs to satire and irony... so those who don\'t pick-up on my mind-bent probable consider me an jacka$$ on occasion.  Of course, they may be 100% right 50% of the time. ;D

What did you do in the Netherlands (what the heck is a \"Nether\" anyway?) before you retired?  Sounds like you have adjusted well to the tortures of \"unemployment.\"  I wish I was in the RP \"adjusting\" with you.

What do you do to fill up your day out in the province?  Must be tough with no traffic, smog, noise... you better head for the city before you get fed up and go back to work. ;D

Enjoyed your post.

Tom in big D   

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