Day 835 of retirement

September 28, 2019

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Hi All

Wednesday 4th September 2019:
Rubbish day today. Did a clean-up along the beach and filled another 20L old concrete bag full. I have six full bags from the last 3 weeks to burn up.

It is hard to burn rubbish due to the humidity but I managed with the help from some coconut tree branches.

Thursday 5th September 2019:

Started the day with a two-hour massage each from our awesome masseuse.

Spent a relaxing day at home as Guy wasn’t playing Mahjong.

The Habagat is back with rough seas, wind and a little rain. Rough conditions for a few days. Hoping it will clear up by Monday as we want to do a shopping trip to Lucena in Emma.

Involves a 1-hour Emma drive to the port, 3-hour Ro Ro crossing and 30-minute drive to the Mall in Lucena. Won’t go if it looks like rough seas due to my sea sickness.

Saturday 7th September 2019:

Brownout from 8:30am to 5:30pm (9 hours scheduled brownout). Time to relax under the veranda in the sea breeze.

The maid came early so got the washing done.

Power was finally restored at 8:00pm some 11.5 hours later. Also went off at 10:00pm for another hour.

Sunday 8th September 2019:

The Habagat is back. Not too bad in the morning but gets rather rough in the afternoon.

Had to new SS gate installed this morning. It replaced the old bamboo gate that was rather bendy and twisty after constant use. The bamboo gate served us well but time to upgrade.

Monday 9th September 2019:

Thanks all for the birthday wishes. Had a relaxing day with breakfast on the veranda watching the fishermen in the bay.

Lunch date with Guy at a “Posh” restaurant. Siesta after lunch. And caught up with John (Pom) for late afternoon drink.
And the island threw in a 5-hour brownout (1-6pm) just for good measure.

Tuesday 10th September 2019:

Had the Aluminium window, door, mirror crew back this morning to mount our two half mirrors in the guest bedrooms, replace one of the automatic door closers and check and adjust the two other closers.

And all at no cost to us. Great service.

Wednesday 11th September 2019:

Up at 5:00am and off to the port (1-hour drive in Emma) to meet the 6:30am Ro Ro to the mainland. Arrived at 9:30 (3 hours crossing) and drove to the Mall in Lucena (30-minute drive). Arrived at the Mall right on opening at 10:00am.

Shopped till 4:00pm then drove back to the terminal to catch the 6:30pm Ro Ro back to the island.

After another rough 3-hour Ro Ro crossing, we hit the road for home arriving at 10:30pm. Luckily, I took a sea sick tablet as the trip home was rather rough. Even Guy felt it. I was okay thanks to the tablet.

A long day but we were able to get everything we were after.

Thursday 12th September 2019:

Started the day with a two-hour massage each. Then off to the market for some supplies and then spent the day unpacking/putting together some of our purchases.

Cherry the maid was here in the afternoon today for her duties.

Friday 13th September 2019:

Tropical depression Marilyn hit us this morning. It was really weird as it was mirror calm on the sea, no wind and not high tide. But it did rain steady for most of the day which was very welcome as it is very dry here for a monsoon season.

Saturday 14th September 2019:

Yesterday was the calm before the storm. Only a mild depression but back to windy, rough conditions.

Monday 23rd September 2019:

Busy day today. Picked up Garry and Rexy (From AUS) who have a house 4km ish away from us. They are here at the moment for a visit as they spend part of the year here and rest back in VIC AUS.

Made our way to the other side of the island to see another aussie Harry who has a resort on the eastern side of the island.

We meet Ron (Yank) and Willie (His driver) there but alas Harry was in Boac for the day. So, we had lunch at a very nice roadside canteen.

On the way home we called into Pulang Lupa which is a historical site up in the mountains which commemorates a famous battle between the Filipinos and Americans which the Filipinos won 9 September 13th 1900).

A great day was had by all.

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Been a quiet week. Had a mild Habagat come through. Lasted for 4 days. At least this one bought some much needed rain.

Thursday 26th September 2019:

Got Ruby re-registered for another 12 months today.
It involved:
1. Visiting an emission tester and have a probe placed up the exhaust for several minutes. P350 ($10 AUS).
2. Purchase third party insurance. P450 ($13 AUS).
3. Get registration completed and paper work issued P550 ($16 AUS).
Grand total P1,350 ($39 AUS).
All done for another year.
PS: There is no comprehensive insurance for motorbikes here.
PSS: Emma is good for 3 years before re-registration being a new car.

Friday 27th September 2019:

Hot muggy day = Awesome sunset. Sunset put on a real spectacle for us tonight.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


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