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Happy New Year 2007 from the Philippines

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I am sitting here on the whitest powder beach that you could ever imagine, using my laptop over the wireless internet connection here at the resort.  I have to wear my sunglasses because the bright, hot sun is right in my field of vision.  Oh, it’s OK now, after typing that last sentence a beautiful girl came over and held up a shield to block the sun in my eyes.  Hmm… very nice!  Hold on while I have a sip from my mango shake.  Ah.  What a new year this is for me here in paradise!

Sorry, but I had to start off that opening paragraph for all of you readers who are stuck in the snow banks and such, enjoying New Years by watching football bowl games (too cold outside, right?).  Actually, I am sitting here in my office, which is in my house, looking out my window at some banana trees in the next lot over.

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Just to tie this post in with our general theme here, did you know that New Years is celebrated in the Philippines to a greater extent than Christmas?  That is my observation, and my wife thinks so too.  For example, on Christmas Day, the malls were open here (albeit they opened in the afternoon), but today, New Years Day the malls are closed!  Just an interesting tidbit.

I just wanted to say Happy New Year to all readers of the LiP blog!  I hope that everybody has a great 2007, whatever your goals and plans for the year!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Bob
14 years ago

Hi Ron – thanks for leaving your comment! It's nice to meet you. Yep, Jade is just a short walk from my house! You'll live like royalty on $3,000 per month, nothing to worry about there!

How could I pass up Claude's? That's a great restaurant! My wife and I would be happy to go out with you and your fiance! Just e-mail me before you are coming, and we'll set up a time and place to get together!

Ron
Ron
14 years ago

Bob, I wanted to say hello. I came across your site and have to tell you that I enjoy it. You live a couple of blocks from my fiance (she lives on Jade). I was there a couple of months back and we would get up early and go for walks and I recall seeing your house. I kind of like Marfori Heights. I will be coming back the last few days of January. I also will possibly be moving there this summer. We have made an application for a K-1 fiance visa but not sure if that is the… Read more »

Bob
Bob
14 years ago

Hi Patrice – believe it or not, I was thinking about you when I wrote about the snow! I had just read your comment on another of my blogs, and it kind of pushed me to write this one, with you in mind! 😉 I am not sure why there aren't more people coming to live in the Philippines. Actually, though, since the time I moved here in 2000, I see more people starting to do it. It's a growing trend, I think. Happy New Year to you, Patrice! I hope we can at least have a chance to meet… Read more »

Patrice
Patrice
14 years ago

Hey Bob, Come on have fun over us…poor people covered with snow 😉 I don,t know if I will miss the snow when I'll be there…I already begin to hate snow…imagine…The place where I'm from (Jonquiere, Quebec) used to have enough snow to be able to go up the roof just by walking over the snow and now I dream of a white sanded beach. Happy new year..enjoy every minutes there Bob. To be more serious, do you know why there is not more people from eastern countries going to leave in the Philippines? Every day I talk about it… Read more »

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