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It’s that time of year.  Our dear “old timey” readers know what it’s all about. For those of you who have just stumbled across my articles, I’ll explain.

VACĀTION FROM MY VACĀTION

To many, including Baket ko  (Asawa ko) [my Wife], I am on vacation.  Hey, I’m a foreigner who shows up in the Philippines periodically, stays and enjoys the islands, then returns to the same foreign location from which I came.  Sounds like someone who’s on vacation.

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I’ll agree – it certainly describes a vacationer pretty well.  But, am I one of them?

HOME OR “VACATION HOME”?

20160507_184128Mi Esposa and I do have a house “way up north” in Ilocos Norte.  We spend considerable time there during the year.  Yet, we do return to Ohio, USA every year, and stay with our eldest son.

I must admit:  it does sound as though we’re vacationers with a vacation house.  But … I beg to differ.

TURN THAT AROUND 180!

The way I see it, the Philippines is home, and the annual trips to the USA are vacations.  After all:

  • We leave the Philippines when the rainy season in our locale is about to commence.
  • We only travel to the USA during its summertime – no winter escapades here.
  • We don’t own property in the USA – sold it all: lock, stock, and barrel.
  • We’re more like summer renters as we stay with our son.
  • We use our “digs” as a base for visiting family, friends, and places that we feel like seeing.

Now, that sounds more like a vacation than a “home life.”  So, I say that the trips to the USA are vacations, and time spent in the Philippines is time spent at home.

HAPPY WIFE = HAPPY LIFE 

To keep the peace, and to keep this “good thing I’ve got going” rolling along year to year, I will give in to my darling’s point of view.

Okay, I’m on vacation in the Philippines.  But, compromise is in order.  The trips to the USA are vacations, too.

I don’t really consider our life to be one of perpetual vacationing.  One can’t be on vacation all of the time, with all of that time being one big vacation.  (Besides, I do too many “non-vacation” things while we’re in the Philippines.)

THE COMPROMISE 

To make any sense out of all of this vacation nonsense, Wifey and I have agreed to call these trips to the USA what they readily are. They are vacations that we take while we’re on vacation in the Philippines.   Thus, we’re starting another vacation from our vacation.

Sound reasonable?  Didn’t think so.  Neither does splitting a country in two just to maintain peace.  But, it works.  With peace being a successfully achieved goal, even strange ways of achieving it are acceptable.

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE HOTEL’S POOL LOUNGE

Might as well enjoy it while it’s here!

Hey, if I have to leave paradise, why not make departure enjoyable?

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PaulK

Paul is a CPA and a retired tax accountant, having served companies and corporations of all sizes, as well as individuals, in public accounting practices. Prior to what he refers to as his "real job," he served a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. It was during this career that he met and married his OFW spouse of 40+ years, Emy, while stationed in London, UK. (Though he pleaded for the assignment, Paul never received orders to the Philippines.) A "Phil-phile" from an early age, Paul remembers his first introduction to the Philippines in the primary grades of a parochial elementary school where, one week each year, children donated their pennies to purchase school supplies, food and other necessities for Filipino children in need. That love for Filipinos continues to this day. Calling Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte--in the far northwestern part of Luzon--home (just about as far away from Davao as one can be while still being on one of the major islands) Paul prefers a more relaxed provincial life style, and willingly shares a different view of the Philippines from "up north"!

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Patrick D Duffey
Patrick D Duffey
5 years ago

Sounds like a dream within a dream. …….. I hopefully shall be doing a vacation back to vacation from USA! Wada life 😉

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

Hi Patrick – It’s pretty nice but not without its peculiar consequences. While in the Philippines, my wife and I avail of the Balikbayan Privilege. A lot of pluses and minuses as compared to a resident visa. Learning what benefits you have and which you don’t can be taxing. 😉

Eneido Perez
5 years ago

It’s great to be in there

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  Eneido Perez

I wholeheartedly agree, Eneido 🙂

Eneido Perez
5 years ago

Question please is safe for foreign to live in malungon saranganay province I live in Florida USA and I am planning to live in there with my girlfriend she has her own place I am already retired

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  Eneido Perez

Hi Eneido – The province of Sarangani is almost as far distant from my home in the Philippines as one can get. Yet, from what I’ve heard and read, it is safe location for most foreigners to reside. I say “most” as there will always be those “outsiders” who make their presence in any location a bit of a burden on the local residents. Those who make trouble usually have absolutely no problem with finding themselves in trouble as well. Be a “good neighbor” and you’ll find yourself surrounded by good neighbors. Be troublesome or quarrelsome, and you’ll find yourself… Read more »

Rusty Bowers
Rusty Bowers
5 years ago

Your special. I love my family but if I lived with them for more than 1 day, ok maybe 25 hours, We’d kill one another.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  Rusty Bowers

Hi Rusty – “Problem” family members usually receive a plane ticket to some location on the other side of an ocean. Works pretty well, and is actually cheaper in the long run! 😆

Derek
5 years ago

Hi Paul, you’ve got the best of both worlds sometimes I travel back to England but I hate that flight, went last time in October big mistake to cold for me so next time I go it’s
Summer if you can call that in England don’t get me wrong We still enjoy our time there,
Enjoy your selves in America but it always nice to come back home to the Philippines.
Derek in pasig.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  Derek

Hi Derek – Having lived in England for 5 years, I fully understand “Summer” in England. I’m looking forward to returning to the Philippines already. Low temperatures and rains make for a poor summertime feeling.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
5 years ago

Paul,

We will be coming your way in a week. Looking forward to the cooler weather. Not looking forward to our longer than usual flight to New York instead of Chicago, but i guess we will survive.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Hi PD – You may have chosen well with the NY link. News stories abound about long security inspection lines at Chicago O’Hare with passengers missing flights and sleeping on cots in the terminal.

Cooler weather is not all that its cracked up to be 😆

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