Start a Blog and Move to the Philippines
… and document all the adventures (and mis-adventures) heretofore and hereafter, to entertain the world, er…well, those few that would be interested anyway. Blogging, It seemed easy enough. Actually it has always been easy up until recently. It has been nearly three years (July 3rd) since we first arrived on the island of Samar in the Philippines to live. The record of events leading up to our departure was the easy part. Did this, did that, sold this, sold that. All easy to document. The process of getting our paper works in order, although a little more complicated and taxing at times, was also easy to describe to anyone who had a want to know. Filled out this form, signed this, sent it to.., notarize this, 3 photos here, attach that… yada yada. The packing and shipping our household goods, arriving in the Philippines, and settling in to our new home was also simple and straight forward to write about. Even after settling in – the excitement of it all and just being in the land of smiles, provided a plethora of topics to write about. From family outings, to beach visits. From meeting new friends and discovering new activities to anticipated new shops, stores, and restaurants opening in town. New life experiences are easy to describe. It was easy to remain upbeat and positive because I knew each day would likely expose us to something new.
The longer we are here, the more adapted we become to our area and our everyday lives. Life here is becoming routine (notice I don’t claim it to be boring, just routine). Almost too routine! Everyday I attempt to write about something, it seemingly increases in difficulty from my previous post. It is becoming more difficult to separate the things I initially found interesting to write about from the mundanity of everyday life. It has been said “The more things change, the more they stay the same. Humans are tuned to seek patterns which then become the all too acclaimed “Comfort Zone.” As the world appears largely disorganized, most of us visualize a whole lot of false positives and is a kind of resignation that change and constant are two sides of the same coin, one we seldom learn to see as a whole. Take a waterfall for example. Upon close inspection, the falling water is constantly changing patterns based upon outside forces like volume of water, wind, and human interaction. It is in a constant state of change. But from the most simple perspective, say between today, tomorrow, or next year, the waterfall as a whole always appears the same as it was the previous visit. I guess that can be said about life and living anywhere. For us though, life in Calbayog city is, for the most part, quiet. We have visited almost everything the local area has to offer, eaten at almost every restaurant, been to every beach, numbers of times. Some of our new-found friends have already gone. While newcomers still arrive, others are pulling up stakes. And we stay put. The excitement of living in paradise is wearing off. While we can’t help but enjoy our easy-going lifestyle, I still struggle to come up with an accurate word to describe it, and until I do, I will just have to settle on the adjective “ordinary.” It is becoming as mundane as living in Tupelo, Mississippi, except for the tropical weather part, and the great scenery.
Change is Inevitable
I know my writing style started our like most other bloggers. A handful of fun, together with a slice of upbeat and a spoonful each of excitement and humor…all with a pinch of my personally developed sarcastim. Over time though, the positives of this culture are being weighed upon by the negatives. Not overpowered, simply weighed upon (my own personal opinion). My pinch of sarcasity has increased to become a spoonful and my recipe for “More Fun in the Philippines” has become a little overdone, and a little humdrum if you can accept that. Maybe I’ve been painting only half of the picture! That could be it. There is another side to paradise that the majority of bloggers will never touch upon. Like it is taboo.
In the words of YouTube video host Jimmy Sieczka, “I have seen and experienced all the beauty and wonders this country has to offer. I have also seen and experienced all the f***ing bullshit this country has to offer.” His hosting of the satirical video “20 reasons why I dislike the Philippines” became the target of a lot of Filipino anger when the video was published in 2012, which I’m made to believe, forced him to make a hasty departure from this country because of death threats. He has since made a public apology. What I am driving at is this: It is becoming difficult to culminate everything I like about the Philippines without at least addressing some of the things that can be annoying. So what I have planned is to do more video to capture some of the good, bad and ugly at the same time, if that is possible.
As I continue to blog, I will be producing more Video Logs (Vlogging). I am making the jump into video in order that I can better deliver my full introspective on living in the Philippines. I want to keep things from getting too boring. Please visit my YouTube channel and “Subscribe” to get a more accurate picture of living in paradise. My chosen paradise.
The inspiration for this post come by the way of the new guy moving to Palawan Island in the Philippines to begin his adventure. Chad is quitting his job of 5 years in Dubai and is moving to the islands to live. What is he going to do? He started a blog of course! Check him out at Suits to Shorts.