When last I wrote, my wife was out shopping… the fact is, she still is. You see, I’ve got a lot of articles to write, and plenty to time on my hands right now to catch up for Bob and you, the readers of LiP, so I’m writing a series all in a row trying to catch you all up on my trip here.
I had explained that my finalization to come here went pretty fast. And that is true, as it did. But, there is so much more to the story. You see, it’s easy to sit back and say, I’m moving to the Philippines. It’s easy right? Go ahead and try it wherever you’re at. Just pick a destination on the complete other side of the planet and tell yourself you’re moving there. Now, try to imagine giving up all that you have ever known. Leaving your family and friends behind and all that you have held close to your heart, not to mention all of the daily things that you are used to doing. And then let’s add in the factor that this transition from preparing to move and actually moving happened so fast that it made my head spin. It would yours too. I wasn’t able to spend nearly as much time saying goodbye, or at least saying hello, to all those I love back home as I would have liked. But they do all know that I love them dearly and will miss them while I am gone and think of them often as I reunite with family I received nearly five years ago and didn’t have but ten days to get to know. Of course, we talked many times over via the internet since then but it is not the same. I will also continue to keep in touch with everyone via email, and FB of course. And then the occasional, if not more often Yahoo Messenger or Skype. It is so much better to sit here and type while two little girls read this over my shoulder. Yes, it seems as though I have already gained new LiP fans here in the Philippines, and they follow me around from time to time and see what I am doing. Yes, they are now giggling as they see that I am writing about them. 🙂
Since my arrival, we’ve been nearly as busy as before our departure, but it has been nice to get to see everyone again, and to get to know them a little more each day. Everyone here in the family compound is nice, polite, and eager to smile and be happy. It’s also MUCH warmer here in the Philippines. We left ICY AND SNOWY Michigan on Tuesday and arrived here in the Philippines on Thursday to a beautiful warm 80+ degree weather. It’s a nice change for my back, and I’m enjoying the relief from the cold already!!
Would you like to hear about day one? When speaking with family here about the things I wanted to do, I gave them a list of various things I wanted to eat, places I wanted to see, and things I wanted to do here. It wasn’t long before I was eating what I was told was Adobong Aso!!! It tasted like beef to me. Not bad. A pleasant surprise as I thought it would have been more gamey, like an Elk or something similar. I was told that it would leave my stomach feeling very hot. It didn’t, but then I was given only a small amount, which I shared with others that wanted to have some.
Adobong Aso on the first day? Wow… I think I am going to have a LOT of good stories to tell you all over the course of the next few weeks, months, etc.
BTW – One quick note… Sorry sir, out of stock!
Yes, that is what they call blatant foreshadowing for the next story I’m about to write for you to read another time.
Until then, paalam, ingat, and God bless!