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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