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Life in a Crowded City

Why would someone choose to live in a crowded city? Family. A very simple and indesputable answer. Last December I came across Goyo’s blog about his [ http://travelswithgoyo.wordpress.com ] and I enviously followed him on his travel from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental to Cebu where ‘he and Mrs. Goyo plans to retire with her family in the near future’. His blog is full of enticing pictures poignantly chronicled from the eyes of a foreigner with the local’s heart.

And here I am retiring [soon?] in the midst of noise and pollution. But, first–I am a daughter, a sister, and many more to the people around me. Luckily my husband loves them too. So it is where we should start for now…our humble beginning could not compete with hotels. Our 4 walls can only block the noise so much that, if you’re a light sleeper, the sound of the 24-hour tricycle will be your nightmare; and before you can lull yourself to sleep, the penetrating sound of the peddler’s voice will surely awaken you to greet the morning sun. Then it’s time to start a new day!

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This is the Filipino life in motion! It’s not for the faint-hearted or the half-hearted (?)…and, if you have visited Goyo’s blog and read Rain Girl, we have more-of-a-kind here in Metro Manila…even Window Boy!

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Internet Bum

After bumming around so much from blog to blog…site to site, I felt I still wasn’t ready to start. Thanks to Kirsty’s planned trip to the Philippines–that gave me the push to start somewhere last weekend. It was like walking on quicksand, minute to minute, wondering what would happen next. It’s exciting though to see tid bits of ideas slowly manifesting in print, very rewarding despite the many hours of looking at the never-changing screen glaring back at me. It’s encouraging to know what others go through, thank you all. – I just left this comment in Kirsty’s “October Earnings Update” not really intending to write anything today. 

Then off I went into my bumming sojourn…and for some reason I ended up in Julie’s multiple blessings. I was so touched by her Tribute post that I stayed for a while, left a comment, and another one–after seeing her home-schooling schedule. I thought, amazing mom…and even more amazing when I got alerted for a comment coming in—it’s from Julie! I have not even left my computer; I was busy checking out her list of friends. Interesting bunch! (Sorry, I don’t know yet how to make the Top Commenter section as of now.)

Next Stop Is Bedroom

That’s what I thought!… I’ve finally posted a few links that might be of help to Kirsty as a starting point in her info search about the Philippines, not just generic knowledge, but closer to personal accounts of people who were actually there. However, when I checked my tag (the novelty of finally making it work and somehow understanding its function raises my spirit a notch), I found another blog about Malaysia. I excitedly clicked it only to find that it has exactly my theme (Cutline). I thought I was still in my blog site…or maybe, my Malaysian friend finally wrote one about Malaysia, nah, but I’ll have the link anyway if it would be of interest to my SEA traveler: Understanding Malaysia http://simtzetzin.wordpress.com/2007/10/ . Next stop is really my bed, and no detour!

Theme change will have to wait…if I can figure out. I might not even be ready with the appropriate picture. Sighhh!

Range of Trust

When we venture into unknown territories, we could only be grateful of some strangers’ random acts of kindness. How much could we rely on our instincts? Between 1 and 10, 10 as the highest range of trust in your scale, what would it be for you in the Philippines? Would it vary from city to city, island to island…or what about from country to country? Would Father Time be a factor? In this day and age…proceed with extreme (?) caution.

Four years ago—before I decided to buy our place in Luzon as temporary stopover before ‘real’ retirement—I just typed “travel to Philippines” and “Philippine Real Estate” in the hope that I could get my own perspective of things and places that were ones familiar. Two decades was a huge gap in time (plus I have my husband who would be seeing the Philippines in living colors for the first time) even if I have my family as my fall-back position. I came across the websites of two foreigners married to Filipinas. There were several others but the fact that they were the ones involved in the things that interested me, I remembered them again when their websites came up in my recent searches.

Bill and Lorna in Boracay: http://asiabill.pages.web.com/id18.html  where you can get your perspective on budget stay in the Philippines or http://asiabill.pages.web.com/ where they have a specific down-to-earth instruction on how to get to their place from the airport which I believe will be the same to most places of your destination. It just fascinates me to see them in the same light that I could be in one day, but I don’t have the guts to do everything that they’re doing…I have just started with the structure now and how to grow is still a question…maybe more on education slant/distance learning, but I can’t see myself doing all the fun stuff of adventure. Perhaps, I could try on a smaller scale one day when everything is in place.

Another interesting guy that would probably be knowledgeable if you’re going further down south is Bob Martin. Before, I’ve seen his www.wowphilippines.com/ –not in my realm, but fascinating entrepreneurial spirit, maybe…a small boutique in one nook of my building to keep my renters self-sufficient is all I’m capable of doing. Recently, I came across his www.mindanao.com site that any adventurous nature lovers should check out. Davao is a favorite tourist spot and his site is a good link to many places in the Philippines, esp. the wifi hotspots.