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  1. Power Boats

    SonJack--we had a pump boat built by a local fisherman/carpenter and used to cruise around our area for a couple of seasons, but now it's up in the yard in dry dock. It was fun sometimes, but a lot of work to haul, tie and untie it from it's floating bamboo dock, and it got hot out on the sunny water. To get in to it we had to climb down the seawall on a portable wooden ladder, and jump onto it! The only time that you could take it out was during dry season, because the water was just too wavy during rainy season. Before rainy season started, it to my husband and about seven neighborhood guys to lift and haul it up and over the sea wall to stay! It was fun and jaunty boat, and could move along, but no speed boat for sure!
  2. Power Boats

    I agree OMW. Wouldn't a power boat be fantastic to own?! Back in the US when the price of fuel was at it's highest, there were often many power boats parked along the road and in yards in Rhode Island, because nobody could afford. Often at very reasonable prices! Here power and speed boats are outrageously priced and out of reach for many interested folks I think. Sometimes we'll check out some surplus places to see if there are any bargains, but so far no luck! I found a great one online once that had a cool name--"The Happy Hooker"!
  3. Power Boats

    That's my kinda boat Jake!
  4. Early Xmas Birds

    Filipinos love a long Christmas season.The longer the better, from September until around February it seems. They just do. On the National morning news they have a daily countdown till Christmas that starts in September, along with the Christmas tree and blinking lights etc. We never got around to taking down one of our big electric stars, hanging in the tree along the road from last Christmas, so I guess it's too late now! We won't light it up for a while though..
  5. Recommend a place to live in PI??

    Hi Old55, Bantayan I agree is a beautiful place. They have been able to make a comeback after a lot of devastation from Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Can you share the name of the best pizza place for us? I'd love to check it out on a day trip there!
  6. Not even sure if this response is even related to the original post or of interest, but I thought I'd just throw out some random thoughts and observations that I had about jobs and life here in the province., and some now in the city. Many young local people here end up following in their parents' footsteps and become farmers or fishermen, carpenter's assistant, mason or maybe tricycle drivers or habal habal drivers etc. The most enterprising and talented laborers will become jacks of all trades, and jobs are more plentiful for them. Lack of education, not always the decent English skills or not being the right age or having the right looks can be a deterrent sometimes in finding/keeping a job in the city. The rent and food costs eating into ones profits while working away from their home town. can be a deterrent sometimes too. That being said, there are still local young guys and young women that know how to hustle, and in spite of these hardships, go out to the city and find work in factories, food/fast food service type work, restaurant work etc. A niece of ours from the town has worked several factory and food service work in the city for six month stints, and every time that a job ends she hustles up another, This has been going on for quite a long time, she is rarely out of work for long. I've noticed more over time, that some average people will save a small stake or get a loan/grant and start their own humble enterprises. Some people just seem to have more energy and drive and are excited about owning their own business. How many foreigners have a wife or GF that dreams of having their own small business with a small neighborhood store, clothing shop or restaurant? My husband's cousins (women) have all started small bbq stalls in Cebu City, and Leyte and have been quite successful, now employing their adult children in the business. Another male husband works the bbq, but has a sideline selling retread tires that does pretty well too. Other cousins are quite good bakers and do free-lance catering besides running a small store. These are just everyday people, some who in the past might have graduated or had some college courses behind them, or not much formal education. There are vendors all over the towns and cities, and enterprising folks of every age are making some kind of living from these ventures it seems. Maybe they didn't find a regular job so decided to make their own. How about the guys that will direct your parking or guard your car when you shop at a supermarket? They must have decided to create a niche job when they couldn't find another. We have some local young guys here that are talented self-taught barbers. They have a small rural barbershop in town that is quite popular. There's a local young man in our neighborhood, a working student at a local college here in the province, gets up every morning around 4:30 to buy the first pandesal bread from a nearby bakery in the town proper. He then goes out on a small bicycle every morning rain or shine to peddle the bread through the different outlying neighborhoods. After he has sold it all, he haeds home and gets ready to go to classes. I'm sure.sure he doesn't earn that much, but it helps him with school expenses probably. Always cheerful and proud of the work that he does. Many young people that have the skills and drive will go the IT route and put in long night shift hours and stick with it, when others will quit quit early on. The lure of the fast buck/peso has also gotten many everyday men and women into the shabu business too. I happened to strike up a conversation with a bonded female security guard at JMall in Mandaue City. today. She puts in 12 hours a day on her feet 6-7 days a week with no paid sick days or vacation days. She seemed to take it in stride though, and I could see that she took pride in her work. Another random thought I had is that I often observe many elderly still driving tricylces and pedicabs pushing carts with scrap items, selling a basket of fish, vegetables, carrying brooms along the street for sale which, seems long after the time that they should be sitting on a porch somewhere enjoying a pastoral view. Why is that so? I guess there will always be enterprising and ambitious folks of different ages and backgrounds that create of find jobs, but there will always be lazy people that will come up with every excuse not to have a job of any kind.
  7. Holidays, vacations

    Hi Kuya, I've traveled a lot in country and abroad to many places with my husband and son for many years while living in the US, along with many trips back and forth to see Cebu and family. I agree that travel/vacations can be a lot of fun, and they sure provide many happy memories and perspectives! I'll probably get back to going places over time, but right now I'm content just to be here in Cebu. Back when I was in the Peace Corps, I spent my language training for two months at the old Boy Scout Jamboree Camp up in Los Banos, Laguna. Periodic trainings and conferences led us to many different venues in Manila, around Luzon and different areas of Cebu and to CDO only once. My husband and and I spent some time in Bohol during a Philippines vacation visit which was fun. There's still a lot of cool places left to see here I'm sure. I always was drawn back to Cebu and I always felt very at home here I miss my family and friends sometimes in the US, but not necessarily my old life and routines or the current situations there. Happily for now, my focus and permanent vacation is here in Cebu.. I'm home!
  8. Holidays, vacations

    For me travel isn't all that it used to be, and in spite of future plans to travel that we had planned previously, and thought we'd do that we were living permanently here, we find day trips to Cebu City and discovering what the city has to offer is satisfying and fun. There are some islands and places that I'd like to see in the future, but lately I'm pretty content to stay where I am a good amount of the time. We are on the water and it's pretty quiet and mellow here, so I get lazy just thinking about picking up and traveling for long or even short vacations. When I first moved here I dreamed about when my first trip back to the US would be, but now being here a little over three years, I don't think so much about that anymore. I think that to embrace the future you have to put aside your past in some aspects to a point, so trips back to my old place are not a burning desire right now. By next year Cebu's airport will be expanded and offering more and cheaper flights to many places, so eventually we'll take advantage of travel I guess. Not mentioned, and what is a big factor, is the cost of travel. There are so many concrete places to put your money, and with a buffer being important to have, sometimes travel seems rather frivolous s to me personally. and not something I can or would like to justify. Getting and settling here was some of the most travel I'll ever want to do! I do think sometimes that I'd like to get on a plane and fly back to my favorite city, San Francisco, maybe even just for a long weekend.
  9. Momma's Boy

    I observe Jack from many of your past posts, that in spite of your aggravation and frustration at times with you wife's family, that you have been a help to them. Do you see where I'm coming from in my comment?
  10. Momma's Boy

    Thanks Steve for the comment. No new soul searching on my part really, just an understanding over time what seems to work for our situation with our family. I think I understand and agree with what you say about when one combines cultures through marriage or partners/SO there is a new relationship and blending of worlds that happens, blood relatives or not. What happens in the west should be really be a deciding factor either I think, in how one reacts to how things are done culturally here. I can see not wanting to help a shiftless Filipino family member, but it would seem hard I think to reconcile not giving some amount of help to some deserving family members in time of need. Yes they were poor before but because of the fortunate and happy union of couple, out of that comes some modicum of onus and help/ understanding I would think. That's why a discussion between partners early on helps to figure out where each other is coming from and figuring out a mutual understanding if possible before family issues surface. Just my take on it, and everyone sees things from different perspectives I guess. If the quality of life overall goes up over time for my husband's family (which is now my family too) because of us, I'd like to think that that was a good thing, as long as it happens in a fair way and nobody gets taken advantage of.
  11. A herb plant collection in the tropics

    Virginprune--besides the native small hot chili type peppers (bird's eye chilis?) that I have too, I'd really like to try to grow some other varieties like jalapenos or cayenne to use in cooking chili and making cornbread. Ones with more flavor. I haven't gotten around to trying that yet though.
  12. Momma's Boy

    There are mama's boys in the West too JJ we all know, and with many different foreign cultures now living lives in the West, it is acceptable sometimes to live at home as a working adult too, and in turn care or be company for aging parents. Reduced board and the food and familiar comforts of family and home are sometimes part of the package. As Scott said, foreigners have worked hard through the years oftentimes, and it's aggravating that some family members here are just looking for a "free lunch" without any responsibility on their part to help better themselves or sometimes make any effort in any direction. If one is looked upon as a rich person that can well afford it, whether that's true or not, it's not the point. That money was earned in western cultures that can be stressful and fast-paced. Also, I think that younger wives have younger family members who might feel that helping their sister, brother, cousin is just part of the package of your role in the marriage. Family members have to realize that partners came to live here to make new lives better for themselves, not to give over their attention and savings for other peoples' benefit. Being a foreigner woman there is a different dynamic. I live first hand my husband's willingness and acceptance as a Filipino in the culture to help immediate and extended family members at times because he can, and he often feels happy to be able to do it. It can be aggravating at times for him too though, as he worked very hard for his earnings while living in the US for many years. He tries to be fair in who he helps, and for the most part he won't let anyone take advantage of him. Often he calls upon family members to help him with jobs or errands in return for help. I don't have to get involved, because from what I observe, the money he helps with is not that demanding or unreasonable. It's his call. Even myself if I see a different need, I'll use my own money to fill it. He doesn't judge that either. Being a Filipino male, there is no intermediary wife to relay requests too, and he can decide to be generous or tough depending on the situation. I guess it's best to start off with a partnerdiscussing how you feel and try to come up with a shared understanding. There are some expectations in the culture to help less fortunate family members in time of need, but also nobody wants to be taken advantage of or be a pushover. Learning to say no at times is part of living here I guess, and living with that is something to work on. Creative ways to say no can be devised to make the no less bitter.
  13. A herb plant collection in the tropics

    Keep trying I guess Tim. Even if my mint is doing well in a pot, any chance I get I make cuttings and start a new pot. Mint seems to like being cut back so actually mints are the plants that I have the best luck with for some reason. Maybe you need to find a lighter soil with rice hulls? Too heavy soil can be hard to grow plants in pots. I'm om a hunt for a peppermint plant--you can't kill them, and they spread like crazy in the ground. A good one for a pot too.
  14. A herb plant collection in the tropics

    Cool! I'm gonna try that..
  15. A herb plant collection in the tropics

    Tim--were they in pots or in the ground? Sometimes in pots with a lighter soil might do better. Who knows why some plants do well or fail sometime? If you have a table by a sunny window you could try growing them inside. Easier to keep track of too.