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4/26/13

Living in Rural Cebu Philippines


My Views and Opinions



I have been living in rural Barili for about two and a half years now and for the most part I enjoy it. I have gotten used to most of the things that bother other members of this forum. Such as...

Rosters.....We have alot, we breed and fight them. I am not a gambler but I enjoy fighting and breeding. I really dont mind and dont really notice the noise early in the morning.

Brownouts.....Get a bit of a storm and a tree will always take out the power. They are always upgrading here so all day brownouts on Sunday are the norm. We get advance notice so we spend the day at the beach. big picnic and cold beer and the kids love it...

Water supply...Here its not 24 7 its about 12 6 ie 6 days a week we get about 12 hours of supply....You get used to it and keep a days supply on hand.

Living with the inlaws.......Not too bad but it does have its moments. Mother in laws does everything here gets up at 3am and washes, cleans cooks, gardens, looks after the kids etc. Father in law looks after the chickens and spends the rest of the day doing nothing if he is not with his friends. Wifes sister has a kid to a guy who vanished when she got pregnant. She ended up marrying one of my friends and is now processing her visa.

Locals....In our baranguay most of the people are related to my family in one way or another. So there are alot of people watching my back. Most have only very basic English which means they usually speak Bisaya to me which is OK and slowly I am getting the hang of it.

Driving....Its insane sometimes and I alway drive offensively and I always assume that anyone near me will do the most ridiculous and unexpected things. Hate the peddlecabs with a passion not to mention the buses, V hire, dogs and SUV drivers....

Women here...When the subject of finding a girl comes up, it is often said that one should look in the provences. I am the last person who should be giving advice on women but from what I have seen here the local girls are very domesticated and hard working, but they seem to get pregnant early. Not always the case but there are many girls here who I consider to be good if you are looking for a wife.

Raising Kids. I didnt marry or have kids until late in life. I have a two and a half year old daughter and I came here so I could raise her in a way that mirrors my own upbringing. She can speak bisaya and English very well. I really try to be there for her and spend all day with her. She even swears very well a habit she picked up from me when I am driving and usually the explaintives fly not good but it makes me laugh and my wife cringe.

Business.....We had one that made money but between staff problems etc etc decided it was more hassel than it was worth. The only people I know that make serious money are in large scale farming or supply goods to businesses or own a Jollybee franchise. Me I buy and sell property......buy cheap, improve the lot so its ready to build on then sell it. The selling part is a real pain but it puts food on the table and lets me indulge in my hobbies..........

Lending money.........DONT.....simplely if you lend you zont see it again. I have in the past and usually never get it back. When asked I just say sorry dont have any now... Now I dont get asked so no problems cos I really hate chasing money owed to me....

Insects.........I have been biten by almost every insect that can bite you. Really hate the tiny red ants.

Geekos...Those small lizards are Ok especially when the termites swarm and invade the house.

Food....I am particular with what I eat and sad to say the food here sux........Luckly you can by most western favourites now in Cebu just gotta know where to go...........


Anyway just my opinions about living here............