Wow I can’t believed it, that its already 8 years ago that Me and Bob decided to bring the whole family here to the Philippines to live for good. It was really a challenge at first. I really thought I can’t make it here. It was really hard for me and our second child Aaron at first. I felt so alone and I didn’t feel I know everybody. Even my whole family were strangers to me. I’m pretty sure they felt the same about me. I thought I was going insane here. Like I’m used to going places all by myself. Here I am in the mercy of the taxi driver or tricycle driver. I’m okay on that now I let my nephew drive for me now.
My past time used to be crafting or painting birdhouses. Here I can’t find anything like that in a store. I saw some ceramics store here in Davao, where you can buy an unfinished one and do it yourself kind of thing. Or they can even give you lesson on how to do it. Its kind of cool too.
Really when it comes to adjusting the lifestyle here I think me and my family are already used to it here. We liked it here a lot now. Our kids like their school a lot now too. Really the turning point for me to stay here was seeing our oldest son Chris (If you guys can recall on our early post here about our son Chris, he has special needs) got adjusted here so quickly. He loves it here. He likes to go to my mom and my sister’s house to hang out and play with his cousin. He learned to speak in Bisaya fluently in just 6 months. It’s really amazing for him to learn that quickly. We really are proud of him for that.
I think all of us, me and Bob and kids will stay here for the rest of our lives. This is our home now. We asked the kids sometimes if they would want to go back to the States to live? Their answers would be “NO”. They will say that, maybe just visit Granny when time that she can’t travel anymore. Hopefully it would still a long time from now.
Hey, there is still some stuff here that we are still adjusting, but its not that bad though. I think people that live here ahead of us can tell you that too. It’s really nice to live here, its just that you really have to have a lot of patience, trust with your partner and open mind to survived at first. It’s a tough and hard work for all of us to go through this far. Honestly its not easy especially for the first year or so. If you don’t trust your partner, your marriage will be done in just a few months. I am not scaring anybody I am just saying what we went through so that some of you would be aware already. That its just normal to go through all that stuff though. Maybe some of you had an easy adjustment living here. You can share with the group. I know some friends that are scared to move back here because of fear of a lifestyle adjustments here. I understand that too, we’ve been there.