Day 808 of retirement

September 1, 2019

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Monday 12thAugust 2019:
A nice fine day so, clean up time. Hosed off the front veranda and cleaned all the windows.

Also got Emma to the carwash for a scrub clean.

Tuesday 13thAugust 2019:

The Habagat is back again. The fine weather only lasted a day. Only a mild Habagat at present, so all good.

Ruby got her wash and clean today. Took her for a good run as well, as she is feeling a little neglected over these last few weeks of rough weather.

Friday 16thAugust 2019:

Started the day with our two-hour massage each.

Cherry the maid was here to clean as well.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up the beach. Firstly, I picked up all the trash (man-made) and got a fire going and burnt up the trash.

All the vegetation trash is still on the beach as there is just too much to gather up and burn in one go. Estimating a week’s work for me to clean up.

Saturday 17thAugust 2019:

The maid was here for cloths washing day.

I took Emma to the car wash for her weekly wash and shine.

After lunch, Guy was off to Mahjong and I caught up with Ron (American) for several hours.

Sunday 18thAugust 2019:

Off to the market for some supplies for lunch.

Came to Guy’s Mahjong house for my manicure/pedicure.

The Habagat has dissipated, so nice and calm, hot and humid. So time for a nice afternoon siesta.

Monday 19thAugust 2019:

Last night whilst cleaning my teeth I finished up with a whole filling with some tooth fragment in my hand and a hole in my top gum.

First thing this morning we called a dentist in Boac who we saw 7 years ago when we lived here. She said come on up (45-minute drive) and she would fit me in straight away.

45 minutes after arriving she had cleaned up the remaining tooth and filled it all up back to new. Will need to have an x-ray in the future to see what tooth I have left but all good for now.

Awesome service once again.

Total cost was P700 ($20.00 AUS).

Wednesday 21stAugust 2019:

Went for a walk round the beach today while it is overcast and a little cooler.

Tropical Storm “INENG” is sliding north of us. Shouldn’t affect us too much.

Thursday 22ndAugust 2019:

Started the day with a 2-hour massage each.

In the afternoon the local school kids cleaned up the beach as part of their science course on keeping our environment clean. They did a great job.

Friday 23rdAugust 2019:

After yesterday’s great effort by the local school kids to pile up the coconut, bamboo and banana vegetation, we had the local council workers come along and burn up the piles today.

As this vegetation had been submerged in sea water it is very hard to burn. But with lots of poking the fires, 95% of the vegetation burnt up to give us our beach back.

Tuesday 27thAugust 2019:

Massages, pedicure/manicure, Mahjong, pottering round the Castle and cruising on Ruby have consumed the last 5 days.

Off to Manila tomorrow till Saturday. Visiting Guy’s family especially her sister visiting from Queensland, Australia.

Flying over and back as the airport is now open once again. Only a 45 minute flight which beats the Ro Ro and bus (10 hours ish).

Wednesday 28thAugust 2019:

In Manila for a few days. Only took 2 hours from home to hotel as we flew (the airport on the island is now open). So rather than 10 hours (bus, Ro Ro) a very pleasant 2 hours is grand.

I love shopping at the malls here in Manila. When you walk in you are met by numerous staff who are there to help you. If they can’t help you, they will direct you to somebody who can.

Awesome customer service.

Thursday 29thAugust 2019:

A very successful day as we got everything done, we had to.

Managed to do some shopping for small stuff at the mall. Restricted to 20kg each on the flight home so have to watch what we buy.

Friday 30thAugust 2019:

Busy day doing some shopping and catching up with Guy’s family especially her sister Nida visiting from Brisbane in Aus.

Saturday 31stAugust 2019:

Up at 2:30am to get to the airport for our 5:45am flight home to the island. This afternoon’s siesta is looking good.

Back home to the Castle after a slight delay at the airport. Now sitting on the front veranda with warm buns from the bakery with vegemite and a cup of tea/coffee. Mmmmmmm. Vegemite courtesy of Guys sister from Brisbane (AUS) who is visiting Manila.

Sunday 1stSeptember 2019:

Huge happy birthday to my beautiful wife. It’s been an awesome adventure so far and looking forward to many more awesome years ahead. Love my Guy. Xxxooo

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 

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Day 787 of retirement

August 11, 2019

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Wednesday 31stJuly 2019:
We have another Habagat (ha-bag-at) hit us last night. It consists of rough seas, strong winds, rain and king tides. The Habagat is part of the summer monsoon weather system so we will be getting them for another 4 more months ish.

Luckily it isn’t too bad, No king tide (a high one only), no gale force winds (strong but okay), little rain but very rough seas.

Should clear by the weekend.

Thursday 1stAugust 2019:

The Habagat persisted today. At low tide (afternoon) I couldn’t believe all the rubbish washed up on the beach. I spent ages bagging it all up (2 x 20L bags worth) then burning all 5 bags of rubbish that I have collected over the last week.

Guy was off to Mahjong for the afternoon and Cherry (maid) was busy this morning so came this afternoon to clean (no washing today).

Another brownout late in the afternoon.

Sunday 4thAugust 2019:

The Habagat (ha-bag-at) that hit us last Tuesday night is hanging on (5 days so far and looking at many more days of rough weather). The wind, rain and high tides haven’t been too bad. Just the sea is very very rough.

Guy and I had planned a visit to Lucena on the mainland for a day trip to do some luxury shopping (food and some household goods). This trip involves 6 hours on the Ro Ro (3 hours each way). And with the seas so rough and my seasickness I won’t be leaving the island till things settle down.

Nothing we need is urgent so we can wait. The joys of the monsoon season.

Monday 5thAugust 2019:

Up at 4:30am to check the weather forecast for today. The Habagat is still as strong as ever with extremely rough waters forecast for today.

So back to bed. No Lucena trip today.

After breakfast off to Boac to book our plan flights to Manila later in the month to see Guy’s family.

Thursday 8thAugust 2019:

Guy and I were serenaded by the Castle today as we enjoyed our two hour massage each this morning.

The Habagat (ha-bag-at) that hit us last Tuesday night is hanging on (9 days so far and looking at many more days of rough weather). The wind, rain and high tides haven’t been too bad. Just the sea is very very rough (lots of rubbish (man and nature made on the beach)). Going to be a big clean up when the storms abate.
We are in an unusual weather pattern at the moment. We have the Habagat from the south, typhoon Hanna to the north (moving away from us but we are caught in the tail) and tropical depression Krosa (the start of a typhoon) to the east.
All these weather conditions combined are producing one very rough unpleasant set of living conditions.

Saturday 10thAugust 2019:
Finally got a sunset tonight after two weeks of clouds and monsoon storms/Habagat. Storms are starting to dissipate at long last.
Sunday 11thAugust 2019:

Over the last few days the storms have slowly started to blow themselves out. Still a little windy and rough but nothing like it has been. Time to start cleaning the salty coating off the front of the house and windows.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 773 of retirement

July 28, 2019

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Saturday 13thJuly 2019:
It has been a quiet week and it was great. Still the usual maid services, massages, manicure/pedicure, Mahjong, pottering round the castle and exploring on Ruby.

A tropical depression is forming way south of us. May just dissipate or could develop into the first typhoon of the season. We will know in a few days.

Tuesday 16thJuly 2019:

Got a tropical depression (called Falcon) warning this morning. These can turn into Typhoons. Had a quick look on the web and it is still some ways off Marinduque. They are predicting that it will go north and we will only get the edge of it but you just never know. The ETA on Marinduque is Wednesday morning so we shall see.

We did our first Typhoon readiness check, which consisted of:

  • Checking our rice and food supplies (tinned and packet food) – Check
  • Filled up Ruby and Emma with gas – Check
  • Have an extra full gas cylinder for cooking – Check
  • Containers of drinking water (120L in total) – Check
  • Batteries for our head torches & candles – Check
  • Check hand pump on well – Check
  • Filled outside water barrel & buckets (washing and flushing water) – Check
  • Get extra cash to buy stuff if required (in case ATMs go down) – Check
  • Will get some fresh fruit and bakery stuff – Check
  • Charge up all our phones, power bank, camera and laptop batteries – Check
  • Ruby tucked up in the pump shed – Check
  • Veranda furniture moving inside the Castle – Check
  • Quick check outside for loose objects – Check

Wednesday 17thJuly 2019:
The tail end of tropical depression “Falcon” hit us last night. Windy, rough seas and rain. Nothing serious in our part of the woods.
A day home watching movies while Guy plays Mahjong is the go. Ooohh provided there are no brownouts.
PS: The castle is singing once again.

Brownout finally hit us. Looks like a dark night ahead. Not much rain but blowing a gale. High tide made it to our front fence but no damage. Tide going out now. Time to break out a good book.

Thursday 18thJuly 2019:

Blowing a gale today as the storm (tropical depression Falcon) heads away from the Philippines. Little rain but very rough seas. All the Roros have been held in port since yesterday morning.

High tide again which made it to the front fence but no damage.

Rolling brownouts as well. Power on for a few hours then off for an hour. We can live with that.

Saturday 20thJuly 2019:

Awoke this morning to blue skies, calm clear seas and a gentle sea breeze.Storm all gone.

First job was to get Emma to the carwash to clean off the salty residue collected over the last 3 days during the storm.

The boys took a good hour to give her a good rinse, wash, rinse, vacuum and detail. (P250 $7.00 AUS).

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I spent the afternoon cleaning all the glass doors and windows of the salty residue. Back to brand new once again.

Monday 22ndJuly 2019:

Off on a round the island cruise in Emma today with Ron and Guy (130km round trip).

Picked up Ron (American) at 7:30am and off in an anti-clock wise direction. We made our way through Buenavista then Torrijos and White Beach for a walk up the beach

Next stop was Sta Cruz.

Here we caught up with Scott (American) and Janie (local wife). Had a great catch up with them then off to Mogpog where we caught up with Tim (American) and Lody (local wife). Left there with some very nice local honey.

Into Boac for lunch and dropped Ron back home at 3:30pm.

A great day was had by all.

Tuesday 23rdto Wednesday 24thJuly 2019:

Quiet couple of days which has been good. Guy at Mahjong and I have been weeding and pruning as the grass/jungle is going crazy with the rain and sunshine.

Thursday 25thJuly 2019:

Gerald (Pom) dropped in to use my hotspot. He lives 2km from us but in a valley so no signal.

Went for a walk with him down to the local fishing village after WiFi usage.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I pottered round the block. I enjoy my pottering.

Saturday 27thJuly 2019:

Busy morning as we had the maid here for the morning. We each had our 2-hour massage which was heaven.

Also had the carpenter here to fix a few things on the cupboard doors on the back veranda. He needs some parts so will be back later in the week.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 752 of retirement

July 7, 2019

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Monday 24thJune 2019:
Leisurely morning. After dropping Guy off at Mahjong I caught up with Gerald (Pom) and later in the afternoon John (Pom).

Tuesday 25thJune 2019:

Cherry the maid back again today and worked her magic.

Wednesday 26thJune 2019:

Leisurely morning with Guy off to Mahjong after lunch. I spent the afternoon clearing away regrowth jungle from the back of our block.

At 4:45pm a monsoon storm hit and dumped a heap of rain. All good as we need it.

Marinduque roughly get 1.8m of rain over 12 months. According to records that Gerald keep we have only had 0.8m of rain in the last 18 months. So, it is badly needed.

Remembering that it is the tropics and you can have all that rain in one typhoon.

Thursday 27thJune 2019:

Started the day with a 2-hour massage each. Cherry our maid was back as well.

Heavy rain monsoon shower hit and dumped 12mm of rain in one shower.

Friday 28thJune 2019:

Off to the market first thing for some supplies for the next few days. After lunch I dropped Guy off at Mahjong in Gasan (11km away).

Emma (Toyota Rush) got her first carwash today. Went down to the local carwash and had one of the boys wash and vacuum clean Emma (all by hand).
Now I am a bit particular with the high standard of washing/cleaning of my motor vehicles. But I must say that my washer man did an excellent job. Nothing left for me to clean.
And all for P200 ($5.60 AUS). Will definitely be going back for all my washes and vacuum cleans.

Saturday 29thJune 2019:

Leisurely morning. After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I spent the afternoon doing a rubbish run on the beach, some weeding in the garden and hacking back the jungle in the back yard.

Sunday 30thJune 1029:

Off to the Buenavista market as it is market day. Topped up on fresh supplies for the next few days.

After lunch into Gasan to Guy’s Mahjong house for my pedicure/manicure.

Monday 1stJuly 2019:

Tropical Depression “Egay” has hit well and truly today. Strong winds, rain and high rough seas. The tide is coming in and being pushed up by a southerly wind.
Local fishing village came awful close to being flooded. But all good here.

PS: And the house is singing.

Tuesday 2ndJuly 2019:

Tropical Depression “Egay” eased overnight. The tide is back to normal and the wind has dropped.

Another couple of days and should be back to normal.

Wednesday 3rdJuly 2019:

Tropical Depression “Egay” has gone. Beautiful day today with bright blue skies and brilliant sunset.

One of the downfalls of having lots of glass doors/windows facing the beach is that after a storm they need cleaning from all the salt spray in the air. Ooohhh well that was my afternoon job sorted while Guy was at Mahjong.

Friday 5thJuly 2019:

Busy day.

Up at 3:30am to meet Willie (our driver) at The Castle to pick up Emma and head for the Toyota service centre on the mainland (San Pablo) for her first service (1-hour drive, 3.0 hours Ro Ro, 2-hour drive and the same on the way back).

Back to bed then up at 7:30am for Ailyn and a 2-hour massage each.

During my massage some friends from Guy’s Mahjong group arrived to salvage some of our coco lumber. Great to see it being recycled.

Willie arrived back at 11:00pm so a long day for him (19 hours). Once again awesome service for P2,400 ($69.00 AUS).

Saturday 6thJuly 2019:

Cherry the awesome maid waved her magic once again.

The coco lumber recyclers were back for load two today. Slowly getting the heap down.

After lunch dropped Guy off at Mahjong and got Emma washed at the local carwash.

Sunday 7thJuly 2019:

Market day in Buenavista (5km away) so off to the market this morning for some fresh supplies.

Our usual market breakfast of deep-fried bananas. Very yummy.

Off to the Mahjong house at midday for our pedicure/manicure.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 738 of retirement

June 23, 2019

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Tuesday 18thJune 2019:
We went for a drive in Emma today to the other side of the island (East side) to visit a weaving cooperative (60km round trip). We have been there before and this place never ceases to amaze us with their weaving and the final products they produce using the 20+year-old looms and local “grass”.

Thursday 20thJune 2019:

No Cherry as it is her birthday so got the day off.

I spent the morning cleaning up the beach out front of The Castle. It is so sad to see all the plastic bits washed up on the beach. Once you get down close to the beach you can see these small plastic “bits”.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I pottered round the house trying to avoid the midday sun/humidity.

Friday 21stJune 2019:

Started the day with a two-hour massage each.

Our upholster arrived and measured up our new veranda bamboo furniture for him to make up cushions. Should be ready in a week ish.

First trip to Boac (The Capital & 30km away) in Emma. Had to go to the local material lady for cloth material for our bamboo furniture cushions.

At 4:00pm I caught up with John (Pom) for a coffee.

Saturday 22ndJune 2019:

Cherry the maid here with her husband who is constructing a garden vegie patch. Neither Guy nor I are green thumbs so great to have him as the gardener.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went cruising along the coast on Ruby for a few hours.

Sunday 23rdJune 2019:

Off to the Buenavista market as Sunday is market day. It is a smaller market but has everything we require.

After an early lunch off to the Mahjong house for our manicure/pedicure and Guy to play.

I spent the afternoon in the backyard clearing where the jungle has started to come back.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 731 of retirement

June 16, 2019

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Monday 10thJune 2019:
At 9:00am we had the local Solar system engineer pay us a visit with several quotes for various solar systems they are selling. Looks expensive but we shall have a look at their setups.

At 10:00am we had one of our contractors bring along a friend of his who is looking for some second hand coco lumber and scaffolding. We have already given some away to Dave (Aussie) for his bakery expansions.

They took some more lumber away so we are now down to the last third ish of our original materials.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I did some weeding in our huge yard.

Tuesday 11thJune 2019:

Cherry (the maid) was here for the morning doing the washing and cleaning (inside & outside). She is awesome. Quick but very efficient.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and after a siesta I pottered round the house doing stuff. Gave ruby a wash and wax and took her for a ride.

In the Philippines, the Summer Monsoon (west or southwest winds) is called the Habagat (ha-bag-at) and it has finally hit the island.

Been blowing very strong winds for the last two days so no fishing for the locals.

Almost surfable waves.

The monsoon rains not too far away now, hopefully.

Wednesday 12thJune 2019:

The Habagat (ha-bag-at) died down over night so back to a nice gentle sea breeze today.

No Mahjong today as we went to see Gary (Aussie from Vic) and Rexy (local) for lunch. They live about 4km away back off the main road. They spend some of their time in Aus and some here on the island.

Had a great afternoon eating great food and catching up on the local news.

Thursday 13thJune 2019:

Cherry (maid) here today (till midday) to do her usual washing and cleaning. And once again she did an awesome job.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch.

Friday 14thJune 2019:

Started the day with a two-hour massage each from our regular massage lady.

At 3:00pm we made our way into Gasan for a haircut each. Cost each was P60 ($1.70 AUS).

At 4:00pm meet up with John (Pom) for an afternoon coffee and a chat.

Saturday 15thJune 2019:

Cherry (the maid) was back today to do her awesome handy work.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong in Emma and I went exploring on Ruby on the southern end of the island which is quite remote.

We also had a brownout from midday to 5:00pm so good time to go cruising/exploring.

Sunday 16thJune 2019:

Off to our local market as Sunday is market day in Buenavista.

After lunch I came to the Mahjong house with Guy where I had my manicure/pedicure.

At 4:00pm back into Gasan to meet up with John (Pom) for a coffee. Picked up Guy at 5:00pm and back home.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 

 


Day 724 of retirement

June 9, 2019

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Monday 27thMay 2019:

Off into Buenavista to pay our power bill (Marelco) and pick up some supplies.

Gary (Aussie who lives part time some 4 km away) dropped in for a chat and house inspection.

Spent a couple of hours picking up rubbish round our block and on the beach. Not a lot but looks much nicer with all the rubbish now gone.

Tuesday 28thMay 2019:

Gary (Aussie) and Rexy (local) dropped in for a catch up and a chat. They live in Victoria and spend part of the year here and the rest back on AUS. Great to catch up once again.

Also caught up with John (Pom) in Gasan for a late afternoon coffee.

Wednesday 29thMay 2019:

Just had our previous maid Cherry come to the house for her first visit. She looked after us when we lived here back in 2010-13.
She will come 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) for half a day (7:00am to 12:00 noon ish).
She will do the washing, sweep up all the leaves in the back yard, sweep and mop the veranda all round, clean both bathrooms and sweep up inside. All for P300 ($8.60 AUS) per day.

Thursday 30thMay 2019:

Quick trip to Boac for a few supplies. Then called into one of Guy’s Mahjong playing mates for a local fiesta lunch. Lots of yummy food was had by all.

Guy off to Mahjong for the afternoon and I started the clean-up out in the backyard. I have started to sort out the left-over coco lumber and bamboo. I need some bamboo to erect a more suitable clothesline. Another day or so and I will have it sorted.

Had my afternoon siesta first as the heat and humidity is right back up there.

Friday 31stMay 2019:

Busy day. Started the day with our two-hour massage each while Cherry (maid) cleaned and washed.

Gerald (Pom) dropped in late morning for a catch up. At 4:00pm I meet up with John (Pom) in Gasan for coffee.

Saturday 1stJune 2019:

Had both the plumber and electrician here this morning to finish off a couple of minor things.

The electrician fitted weather proof power points outside. Just need a couple more to finish the job which we will get on the mainland next week.

The plumber was missing one part which we will also get on the mainland next week.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I went for a ride to see Ron (Yank).

Sunday 2ndJune 2019:

Had Franie and three of our old work crew here this morning. Tomorrow five of them are off to Manila to renovate one of Guy’s apartments she owns in Quezon City, Manila.

It is usually rented out but is currently vacant so an ideal opportunity to renovate with a great group of skilled workers we know. Should all be done in 3 weeks ish.

After lunch it was off to the Mahjong house for our manicure/pedicure.

At 2:00pm John (Pom) dropped into the house for a catch up and chin wag.

Monday 3rdJune 2019:

We spent the morning sitting on the veranda, watching the local fishermen go by and reflecting on the last two years of our adventures. After lunch Cherry (maid) arrived for some washing and cleaning.

After dark we had a lightning storm go by accompanied by a 1.5-hour brownout.

Tuesday 4thJune 2019:

Quick trip to the bank in Boac to top up the funds.

Guy off to Mahjong and I spent the afternoon slowly doing some tidy up & weeding round the house.

Thursday 6thJune 2019:

Up at 3:30am to be picked up at 4:30am by Willie (Ron’s driver) in Ron’s (Yank) pickup. We are off to San Pablo (6 hours away on the mainland by road, Ro Ro and road).

We are SUV hunting and have settled on a Toyota Rush SUV and the Toyota dealership in San Pablo is our closest dealer.

Meet with Patrick the sales guy we have been dealing with. Did the deal and agreed on the accessories to be supplied (tinted windows, floormats, seatcovers and vehicle cover). They are preparing the vehicle and it will be ready to pick up tomorrow (Friday).

We sent Willie home (with Ron’s pickup) to Marinduque and he will be back tomorrow by bus and meet us at the dealership to then drive us home to the island. Guy and I will spend the night in San Pablo at a hotel.

Guy and I are happy to drive on Marinduque but not on the mainland hence Willie. Willie also drives for other people from the island to the mainland to pick up vehicles and/or get them serviced so a very handy guy to know.

Friday 7thJune 2019:

After waiting all day for our new Toyota Rush SUV to be delivered we finally had our new SUV.

Willie our driver headed for Marinduque with Guy and I.

Saturday 8thJune 2019:

We would like to welcome the newest member of our family “Emma”. She is a 2019 Toyota Rush SUV. We spent Thursday & Friday in San Pablo on the mainland which is our nearest Toyota dealer.
We looked at other vehicles but Emma (Rush) is all that we require for island life. Ruby stays as my fun machine.
The trip there is 1 hour road trip, 2.5 hour RoRo ride and 2 hour road trip.
We arrived back home this morning in the early hours with Emma and our driver Willie. Willie is a local who will do pickups and drop offs of motor vehicles between Marinduque and the mainland.
Guy and I won’t drive on the mainland so will use Willie’s services. Willie is also Ron’s (Yank) full time driver when required.
We have no issues driving on the island so all good. Eventually we might venture onto the mainland. Thank god for Google maps is all I can say.
So welcome to your new home, Emma.
PS: Feels very weird left-hand driving. We shall get used to it.

Sunday 9thJune 2019:

Off to the Buenavista market this morning for some fresh supplies.

It was weird going there in Emma. Previously it was a balancing act with what we wanted to what we needed to what we can carry on Ruby. Today we went crazy and just got everything we wanted and cruised back home in Emma.

Midday off to the Mahjong house with Guy where I had my manicure/pedicure.

Called into the market in Gasan for a few more supplies and back home to do some tidy up jobs round the outside of the house.

At 4:00pm I met John (Pom) in Gasan for a coffee. At 5:00pm I picked up Guy and we cruised home in Emma.

Watched another awesome sunset as we ate dinner.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy