In 1990 or so, our youngest son Niel was courting a young English Girl, Larisa, she was Blond and Beautiful but both were very young in fact too young at the time! Needless to say, she became pregnant so they got married and planned to live happily ever after with their new baby girl, Annaleigh! I helped them with the deposit on a nice house and all seemed well for them but as the bills came in they were not the best money managers and they got into financial difficulties as many young people tend to do! My wife Ellie had already moved out here and I was working in Nigeria so we did not really know how things were going with them and the last time I saw them as a family was at a friends house in 1992 just before I moved to the Philippine on a permanent basis! Sometime after that, they separated and eventually got divorced!
Over the following years, even the father lost contact with his daughter as both himself and his ex-wife married again and continued with their own lives, this time for the better as both are happily married with new children of their own!
A few years ago, Annaleigh was interested to find her father and with Luck and I think Facebook they once again made contact with each other so with this good news and both me and Ellie were very happy and really wanted to meet our Granddaughter once again as she was a baby the last time we saw her. I took a few years but this year Niel the father, Annaleigh and her new husband Josh arrived in General Santos which made lots of our family members very happy to see them!
On our initial interview, as happens her, over a few beers we found out that Josh, the husband was employed as a Scaffolder, a very good but tough job
which had been his career for 10 years. They lived just outside London and Josh used a big Bike to get to work in central London. Working on and erecting high scaffolding is no job for the faint-hearted and takes teamwork so I must take my hat off to him. He seems to be pretty brave as he went diving with me for the first time and got wrapped up in large snakes!
Annaleigh went to college which shows she has a brain and now works in real estate where she has to deal with all kinds of people leasing and selling property and I think that she does very well as she drives an Audi Car!
While they were here they were continually busy as lots of family members took them out for dinner and made sure that they put on weight while they were here! They were very happy as they went to a nice beach resort mid week and were really pleased as they had the whole beach to themselves, a very romantic getaway for them! Josh being a Ginger got well sunburned whereas Annaleigh takes a really great tan! They both enjoyed the diving especially as they met Nimo and other cool creatures!
They were both really happy to meet the Philippino side of the family who showed really wonderful hospitality to them even though they had never met them before. They say that they really want to come back here again before they start their own family and that is a time which we are all looking forward to here!
Both me and Ellie were over the moon to see and meet them and it was really good to see that Annaleigh had grown into a very beautiful and intelligent lady so I really wish them the best for the future and to have a very happy life which I am sure that they will!
Roll on soon so we can see them once again!