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

 

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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

 


Day 710 of retirement

May 26, 2019

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Tuesday 21stMay 2019:
The door to door van (10-seater van) picked us in Manila and some 14 hours later (3:30am) delivered us to our front door on the island.

The trip included:

~ 6 hour Van ride to the port

~ 3 hour wait at the port for the Ro Ro (Ferry)

~ 3 hour Ro Ro crossing to Marinduque

~ 2 hours van ride to home

The door to door van is excellent in they will pick you up in Manila/Marinduque and deliver you to your front door at the other end. Great if you have lots of stuff/luggage.

And the van only had 6 passengers for the trip so we were able to spread out.

Wednesday 22ndMay 2019:

After a nice cool shower, it was off to bed for 3 hours as the power was due to go off again at 8:00am. It went off at 7:30am. It came back on a midday for a few hours but then off and on for the afternoon. We went to the Marelco office (power supplier) in Buenavista (4km away) and they informed us that repairs should be completed by tomorrow (Thursday) night. Fingers and toes crossed.

Awesome sunset again tonight.

Thursday 23rdMay 2019:

Power was on all day today then went off at 5:00pm. Off till 2:00am tomorrow morning then on till 8:00am.

I have the new schedule of brownouts that goes to Saturday. We shall see what happens after Saturday.

Friday 24thMay 2019:

Nothing like a two-hour massage on our new massage table (bought in Manila) on the veranda in the cool sea breeze as a thunder storm rages in the distance (great lightning show).
New power brownout schedule for the next two days is out. Currently not being followed at all. Power is on when it is on and off when it is off. All good though as we are prepared.

Did manage to get the washing done and give Ruby a service, wash and shine.

Saturday 25thMay 2019:

Got the washing down and down it came. The rainy season has arrived after weeks of build-up. Rained on and off all day. We received 27mm in our area (Gerald the Pom measures it).

Settled the dust very nicely and gave the washing a great rinse.

Sunday 26thMay 2019:

Off to our local market in Buenavista (5km away) this morning for the first time. Sunday is their market day. It isn’t as big as the Gasan market but has pretty much all we need.

Into Gasan at 11:00am for lunch at a canteen. Unfortunately, we got caught in a thunderstorm and I got soaked but Guy wasn’t too bad. After lunch Guy was off to Mahjong and I came along and had my usual weekly manicure/pedicure at the Mahjong house.

Later in the afternoon I caught up with John (Pom) who is back from a 2-month holiday in Thailand.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 704 of retirement

May 20, 2019

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Monday 13thMay 2019:
Back to the block and started sorting some of the stuff we have transported. I had a play with the 250 ish satellite TV channels. A pretty good selection of channels I must say.

Back for lunch and Guy off to Mahjong. After my siesta I went shopping at the market for a few kitchen items.

Tuesday 14thMay 2019:

Back to the block at 8:00am as we met the plumber there to fix a water leak on the guest toilet. Took a while as he had to dismantle the whole system but all fixed.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I packed up the apartment ready for the big move tomorrow.

It is amazing how much stuff we have accumulated although in all fairness we have had to outfit a whole house starting from nothing.

Soooooooo looking forward to tomorrow. Finally, our own little piece of paradise to do what we want when we want.

Wednesday 15thMay 2019:

Our first evening at The Castle with a fantastic welcome sunset from the front veranda.
All moved in today. One slight issue with the water heater in the guest bathroom. A call to the plumber and he was here in 20 minutes. He needed the electrician so 20 minutes later the electrician was also here. All fixed. Awesome service from the tradies.

Thursday 16thMay 2019:

The weather is foul at the moment. Mid to high 30C with 90% humidity. And no storms in the immediate future.

Quick trip into Buenavista (4km) away which is now our local township. Checked out one of the canteens for food. Bought some very yummy selections for lunch.

After lunch we headed for Boac (now a 60km round trip from home) to get some cash from the bank and a few things for the house. No Mahjong for Guy today.

Friday 17thMay 2019:

Started the day with a two-hour massage each from our masseuse Ailyn. She is quite happy to come to us from Gasan and do our massages. Have locked her in for 7:30am each Friday.

Tried out the “new” washing machine today. It is an old fashioned twin tubs like my mum used to use.
You bucket water into the wash tub from the well, wash the clothes, rinse them in a laundry tub, spin dry them in the spin dryer and then hang them on a clothesline erected between two trees.
Repeat as many times as required using the original wash/rinse water. Very efficient.
Just like my mum used to do many years ago. My mum would be proud of our efforts.

Saturday 18thMay 2019:

After a 1.5-hour Jeepney ride, a 3-hour Ro Ro (ferry) trip and 6 hours on the bus we arrived in Manila. Here for a few days sorting stuff.

Sunday 19thMay 2019:

Up and off to see Guy’s family and meet up with two of our island workers.

You see Guy has three apartments in Quezon City where her mum lives in one, sister (and family) in another and rents out the third. As it is vacant at the moment, we decided to renovate it.

And as it is so hard to find workers in Manila, we are using some of our boys from the island. Two of them came to Manila overnight and assessed the job.

They can do the work and left us with a list of materials to get. More work for a great bunch of workers.

We were then off to the hardware shop to get the tiles and toilet and have them delivered at the end of the week ready for the boys who will be back in a couple of weeks to do the work.

We bought a few things from the mall for us as well.

Also switched mobile phone carriers as our new supplier has coverage at our house on the island. So might get my internet back. Wednesday will tell.

Monday 20thMay 2019:

Very hot and humid in Manila. Fortunately, we spent most of the day in the mall getting lots of little things for the house.

Had a quick trip up the road to a huge Home Depot warehouse for some plumbing supplies.

Going home tomorrow night to rolling brown outs on Marinduque. One of the island generators has failed so no power for 6-8-hour periods at a time. Will be interesting.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 696 of retirement

May 13, 2019

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Monday 6thMay 2019:
We are in the hottest time of the year at present. It is hot, humid and dry. Very unpleasant in the afternoons.

We get all our jobs done before midday then rest up in the afternoon.

Back to the block this morning to meet the gravel man (need three loads of gravel in front of the house to finish it off), curtain/cushion man (brought our couch cushions dinner table seat cushions and curtains for fitting), plumber (fit two shower curtain rails and fix a couple of leaks) and our foreman (to discuss the building of a car shed).

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and after a trip back to the block it was siesta time in the airconditioned apartment.

Tuesday 7thMay 2019:

Extremely humid all day today. We walked to the market for some supplies (Tuesday is market day in Gasan).

Then off to Boac (capital & 20km round trip) to get some more curtain and cushion materials. On the way home we dropped it off at the curtain/cushion man.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I caught up with Dave (Aussie). He wants some of our old coco lumber so let him know we are finished with it.

A quick trip to the block then siesta time under the air conditioner.

Wednesday 8thMay 2019:

It’s locked in. We move into our new house next Wednesday 15th May. Today we commandeered Ron’s (American) pickup along with Willie the driver to transport a load of household stuff from the apartment in Gasan to the block. Cristian (local lad) helped us with the “big” move.
Over the next week we hope to have most of the remaining house issues fixed ready for the final move.
The weather here at the moment is foul as it’s the hottest time of the year and is in build-up mode for the wet season. It means that it is hot, humid and dry, day and night. I normally don’t sweat much but when outside I am sweating big time. Need a good thunderstorm to clear the air.

Thursday 9thMay 2019:

Off to Buenavista (15km south) to organise our satellite installation at the house. Going with Cignal (most popular supplier round here).

We are meeting the installer tomorrow morning at 8:00am at the shop and we will then take him to the house for the install.

We spent some time at the house where we emptied the 3 barrels, we had from our last stay here on the island. In them where pots and pans, other kitchen utensils and some towels. Sadly, we had to throw half of it out. Things don’t store too well in tropical conditions. The barrels were in storage for 5.5 years.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I prepared some diagrams of the pump shed pipe/valves layout and electrical fuse box diagram fuse runs. Got them printed and laminated for the house.

Had a nice little siesta thrown in for good measure.

Friday 10thMay 2019:
It has been a busy couple of days. Into Buenavista yesterday (4km from the house and our new local town) to organise our satellite TV installation. All organised for today.
Then organised our drinking water delivery. You pay an initial P200 ($5.40 AUS) for the 20L container and then get it refilled thereafter for P20 per 20L ($0.50 AUS). This price includes delivery to our front door. This water will be used for drinking and cooking. The well water for everything else.
Today we spent half a day at the house as the satellite TV was installed and setup. I now have 250 ish channels to choose from. They do have an Australian channel which is basically the ABC.
The curtains arrived and were installed in all four rooms. They turned out even better than expected. The curtains will give us privacy with all that glass open to the sea shore and reflect a bit of heat in the afternoon sun.
Time for a cup of tea and a lay down.
PS: Can’t wait to move in. Getting very exciting day by day.

Saturday 11thMay 2019:

This morning it was off to the market to get plates, bowls, cups, glasses, kettle, general kitchen stuff & light quilts for the beds. Managed to find everything we were after to outfit the house.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I caught up with Dave (Aussie) at the block, who is interested in some of the left over coco lumber from the build. He picked over the best of it (a lot has nails in and warped) and will be back to pick it up.

Finished up the day with a two-hour massage each.

Sunday 12thMay 2019:

Off shopping again this morning. Purchased a bed for the second guest bedroom (same as the first guest bedroom), AVR (Voltage regulator to protect the TV, washing machine (8kg manual) and 3 x deck chairs.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride back to the block and played round with getting Ruby into the pump shed.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy