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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.