Day 528 of retirement

November 25, 2018

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Monday 19thNovember 2018:

Another busy day. At 7:30am Montemayor picked us up and we made our way to the block. On arrival we meet his three workers who are clearing it for us using a machete (bolo) as their only machinery.
We found all the survey marks so the crew are off and running, clearing our 2,903 square metre block. They work 6 days a week from 7:00am to 4:00pm and get P300 ($8.00 AUS) each per day. They reckon a week should do it (P5,400 – $142.00 AUS in total).
Then off to Boac (18km north and the capital) to get a few supplies especially a microwave. Ooohhh and I also found an awesome motorbike which we bought. It is a red Yamaha FZi (149cc and fuel injected). The Yamaha people had the bike to go within 3 hours so I rode it home (paid P97,800 – $2,580 AUS). Guy caught the jeepney with the microwave and other essentials like a box of tissues.
I had forgotten how awesome it was riding a bike down the coast. Just loved cruising along enjoying the sights and sounds. I love my Yamaha.
Tuesday 20thNovember 2018:
Market day Tuesday in Gasan! Each six town in Marinduque has their own market day. Busiest day for buyers and sellers.

Went to pay our council rates today. As we were late (1 year) we also got a fine. The total amount due was P73 ($1.92 AUS). Yep that is correct $1.92.
In the pic our old nipa hut emerges (middle of the pic) from the jungle as the boys clear away.

Wednesday 21stNovember 2018:

Raining today so caught the jeepney to Boac (20km away) as we had a couple of things to do.

First stop was the PNB (bank). All sorted there. Then off to Phil Health (Private Health cover).

Had a win today. When we lived here in the Philippines from 2010 to 2013 we joined Phil Health. We paid P1,200 ($32 AUS) per year to cover us both. So back to Phil Health today to re-join.
As we are returning customers and both now over 60 years old (Senior Citizens) we get coverage for FREE! Yep free.
But what do you get for free I hear you ask. Basically, we get back half of any medical expenses we incur from Phil Health’s accredited doctors and hospitals. The main hospital in Boac on Marinduque is an accredited hospital as are many good ones on the mainland.
So very happy outcome today.

Thursday 22ndNovember 2018:

Visited the block today to see how the clearing was progressing. Can now stand where the front veranda will be and look out over the beach and offshore island. Looking good.
Then caught up with Montemayor to see the final draft plans. Also looking good.
I would like to introduce you all to “Ruby” (thanks Alina Radbone) my new Yamaha FZi 150cc fuel injected wheels on Marinduque.

Why Ruby you ask?

Ruby is a powerful bike who shields against negative energy. Riding with Ruby one may feel that all sense of limitation has been removed, strengthening courage, joy, leadership qualities and selfless work in all endeavours.

Ruby likes to become involved in many different activities that are sometimes creative and reckless.

Never going to be a dull moment around Ruby.

PS: Huge thanks you all for your awesome suggestions.

Friday 23rdNovember 2018:

Massage day today. Ailyn our massage lady arrived at 8:00am to give Guy and myself a two hour full body massage each (cost per person is P350  $9.20 AUS). We utilised her services when we live here previously and loved her massages.

We were not disappointed. MMMmmmmm relaxed.

Saturday 24thNovember 2018:

Off to Boac to see Scott (American) and Janie (local lass and fiancée) for lunch in Boac. I met Scott at the bus depot on the way to Marinduque. He was on the same bus going to Santa Cruz (other side of the island) to see Janie.

He is an interesting guy who is a retired Archaeologist.

Back for a siesta before heading to the block at 4:00pm to pay the boys for 6 days work at P300 ($7.90 AUS) per day (for the week P1,800 ($47.40 AUS). They are doing an awesome job and have another week’s work to complete the clearing.

Sunday 25thNovember 2018:

House building project hit a glitch today. There should have been a man with a chainsaw to lop down four big trees. But we have now learnt that we may need permission to chop them down.

Back to see Montemayor tomorrow to sort this one out. Also looking for clarification on the Right of Way that runs to our block.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 521 of retirement

November 18, 2018

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Monday 5thNovember2018:

Packing our suit cases for the Philippines and we just seemed to have toooo much stuff. Checked with the luggage scales and we were way over our 30kg each (I had 50kg ish).
Something didn’t seem right.
Discovered that the readout on the luggage scales had flipped over to Pounds. Ddddooo hoooo.
Got plenty of room now. Can add stuff back into the cases. Leaving AUS Sunday.

Thursday 8thNovember 2018:

Final pack today. Got everything packed that we need and came in under our 60kg total.

Off to Sydney tomorrow and staying till Sunday when we leave for Marinduque.

Friday 9thNovember 2018:

Sad day as we left Canberra for Sydney. Had an awesome month in Canberra with Jo, Dave, Zali and Aria. Going to miss the grand kids.

Caught up with Jordan at Dee Why Beach for dinner.

Guy has a Mahjong game tomorrow and I will sort the last of the gear to go into our small Kennards locker. Then fly out Sunday. Philippines here we come!

Saturday 10thNovember 2018:

Guy off to Mahjong for the day. I spent the day repacking for the last time and taking the last few items to the storage locker in Brookvale.

Also called into Battery World and caught up with some old friends for a chin wag

I walked to the Warraingah Mall (20 minutes walk) for my favourite Indian meal, Butter Chicken.

Had a relaxing afternoon with a siesta thrown in. Practicing for Marinduque.

Sunday 11thNovember 2018:

Off to Sydney airport at 8:00am for our 12:30pm flight to Manila. Dropped off the Klever Kluger at the Hertz area and said our sad goodbyes. The Kluger served us well in the last few months of our adventures.

8 hour flight from Sydney to Manila with no stopovers. In the last half of the flight we hit turbulence for about an hour. Both Guy and I were feeling a little under the weather by the time it was over.

Arrived in Manila with all our luggage and was picked up by Beth, Guy’s sister who dropped us off at our hotel.

Monday 12thNovember 2018:

Today we sorted our Philippines driver’s licenses, got our phone plans sorted and back on the air and caught up with the money changer and got some pesos exchanged.
Just got immigration and 2 banks to see before we head back to Gasan (Marinduque) arriving on Friday. Bring on the island life.

Tuesday 13thNovember 2018:

Well after a great day yesterday the wheels fell off today. First stop was immigration to renew my ACR card (Residency Card).

It expired last year so it should be just a straight renewal. While we were away in AUS the last 5 years we weren’t paying the yearly fee and this caused major problems. We were shuffled between 12 different windows/staff with each one telling us something different and contradicting each other.

All we managed to do was pay our fine for late payments (P11,000 = $290) and get my expired ACR card cancelled (interesting way to do it). So now I have to re-apply for a brand new ACR card.

All the requirements for a new ACR has changed since we last did it so back to square one. Will be another trip back to immigration (Manila) at a later date with lots of paperwork.

Then off to the BPI bank to activate a new debit card. In order to do so, we needed the old card’s (not used in 5 years) PIN. So, you guessed it, we could not remember what the PIN was. So back to the bank tomorrow to sort that one out as they have to order a “Special” card to bypass the lost PIN so we can activate the new card.

Aaahhh the joys of paper work…..

Tuesday 13thNovember 2018:

Better day today. Got all our jobs done except the new debit card from the bank. Back tomorrow morning to hopefully get it sorted.

Thursday 14thNovember 2018:

Finally on our way home to Gasan, Marinduque. It is an 7 hour bus ride, 3 hour Ro-Ro (ferry) ride & 1 hour bus ride. Get to Gasan at 3:00am (yes 3:00am). Batle Gil our good friend and hotel owner has organized for one of his staff to meet us at 3:00am to let us into our room. Awesome service.

Friday 17thNovember 2018:

Yeah. We made it “home”. Arrived at 3:00am (a little early) and our concierge was ready and waiting for us. He let us into our room and carried our luggage up three flights of stairs for us.
Needless to say we crashed. Up and about now (10:30am). Got a few things to do but they will get done at “island” pace now. Aaarrrrrr island life. Let it begin.

Well for the last 6 days we have been eating the local food and drinking the local water (intentionally). Today the Delhi Belly finally hit us both. We have been expecting it and it will be good to get it done and dusted now.
Only a mild case so just have to watch what we eat and when we eat it for a while.

Saturday 18thNovember 2018:

Busy day today. Met with a few of the old expats in the morning (Ron & Vicki (Americans) & John (Pom) and Patnalin (Thai).
Then a jeepney ride to see our old place (we lived in for 3 years) with the possibility of renting while we build.
Finally meet with Montemayor our architect for our new house. Had a very good meeting with him and at 7:00am this coming Monday morning, the building starts with the clearing of our 2,903 square metre block.
Montemayor has just recently retired but is happy to supervise our whole project start to finish. So bonus for us.
Let the building begin.

We also locked in Gil’s studio apartment for the next 6 months ish till our house is built. Comes with big open room, hot shower, flush toilet, cable TV, air-conditioning and a generator which is part of the building.

Thanks heaps Gil!

PS: Had our first brownout today. Lasted an hour ish…..

Sunday 19thNovember 2018:

Pampering day today. I had a manicure and pedicure and Guy had the same (P120 – $3.00 in total per person). We had forgotten how good a great manicure and pedicure is.
Guy then had a haircut, colour, wash and blow dry (P300 – $8.00) as well.
Got our dirty clothes washing done by our old washer lady. Had quite a bag full as we hadn’t done any since leaving AUS (P300 – $8.00).
Finished off with a very tasty dinner. Feeling very pampered.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy