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Two years in the Philippines

Two years in the Philippines

In a month or two I can celebrate my ‘2 years in the Philippines’- anniversary, I love to take you back to the first months and how I’m doing now. How is it to leave all behind and move to a country you have never been to before? How it all started My son and I owned a business in the Netherlands, a coworking hub. trendy, stylish and cheap. And the maths did not added up as we thought they…

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Living on Siquijor Island in the Philippines

Living on Siquijor Island in the Philippines

Some call it the Healing Paradise and I believe it is. This Island holds all: it is the Philippines in small. It has white beaches, waterfalls, dive sites, waterfalls, mountains, cliffs, and endless jungles trails. It has been over a year ago since I arrived on Siquijor Island, and I’m probably here to stay. If all goes well. I love this island and it’s magic. And it has a healing touch to all those arriving here in a buzz from…

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The blonde and the punctured tubeless tires

The blonde and the punctured tubeless tires

I’ve been driving my Yamaha SZ150 for quite a while now, and with great pleasure. Although Filipino men have an opinion about it: A clutch motorbike is no good for a woman. I have to hear that over and over again. I just laugh when they mention I should have bought a scooter or a semi automatic. For a while now I was complaining about a wobbly feeling in the rear tire. Sometimes, not consistently, but it felt the motorbike…

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Philippines, cost of living

Philippines, cost of living

The cost of living in the month of June, as far as my lifestyle. As I have been emphasizing ever since I started occasionally sharing my cost of living: your cost of living depends on where you live in the Philippines and what your lifestyle is. If you sit in front of the aircon all day all night, your cost of living will be so much different only because of your electricity bill. Mine is around 1000 pesos (20 euro)…

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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue, the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset is a valuable quality in a person. And I see a lot of it in the Philippines. It is a character trait that seems to be embedded deeply in the Filipino culture and society. Seldom I see people loose their temper and with great respect I see people do daily chores, repeating the same work over and over again. Like the endless laundry in the…

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At the end of the day

At the end of the day

At the end of the day I find myself often in my rocking chair on the veranda in the back of my house. Watching the sun set over the island of Negros. The mountain there in contrast with the sky sometimes gives me surrealistic look. Combine that with the sounds around me it’s like I’m in a movie or something, my own corner of Jurassic park. I realise I’m a lucky person, changing my life at the age of 54…

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Life is a work in progress

Life is a work in progress

May was the month I broke up with my Filipino boyfriend. We are still friends, but I learned a few harsh lessons: to keep my heart closed since the day we broke up, for my ex BF is a smooth talker and makes a lot of promises he does not keep. And again I was reminded of the fact that I validate spoken words. I believe that when people speak, they mean what they say. And that is not always…

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