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A new day, a new topic
I have been trolling through the members and noted that there are a few of us that do not reside in the . Either having left very young with a new family or starting a new life, a new beginning. Or like myself, to work in a different environment.
For those who left later in life, i.e. not as babies and who are able to make a comparison with life in the . Be it culture or otherwise, how did the change affect your life? Do you consider it a change for the better or worse? Do you ever feel homesick?
For me on arrival in I looked around and thought “Oh my God how do they live like this? The slums were the smelliest places I had ever seen. Open water canals complete with almost tame rats running around. I had six months placement here and after 9 weeks I had had enough. And wanted to come home so bad. Yet when I returned I missed the people I had met and shared my days with. I came back 1 year later and stayed in working in a small school for Deaf children and fell in love with the place. After a short spell in Cebu I transferred to in Mindanao and again found work teaching in the special school for Deaf. The salary was almost nothing so beginning the start of my coming back to and working all hours for 6 months and then going back to Phils for 6 months. This I did for over nine years and got married along the way. With the help of a great boss in who never failed to find me work contracting for Cemex Cement . The salary was fantastic and I managed to send over a fair amount which helped me renovate the school. We started with 54 students and when I said good bye for the last time the count was 247.
The abu-sayyaf were planting bombs (March 2003) in public places so we decided to come up to , near to the village of my wife. I say “near” The village is 7 hours drive from the city which is a short trip for many here. There are always people in transit, going or coming. The buses are always full but the main transport is the Jeepney, usually local made from spares and painted to show the colours of the rainbow. The worst thing for me is the country does not have means of testing vehicles which carry the public. Many run on BOLD tires so we avoid using if it’s raining ect. This includes the police cars (ha ha I joke not)..Most of which have been confiscated from a drunk driver or the like.
What things do I miss. OXO.gravy. and roast lamb. Most other items I can manage to locate. If really desperate I go to “Tesco online” and place an order, that gets delivered to a friends house and he sends it on. Very costly so we only do it once a year. Free medication and medical care. To be ill here requires a good bank account.
That’s about it, has nothing to tempt me to return anytime in the future.
Should interest be forth coming I will post photos of my adopted country. Good and the not so good so you can get a complete picture.