Living in the Philippines, There are some things from The States that I miss.  I thought I’d write about those.  Maybe you can help me find replacement products.  Some things I still order from the States, but shipping them is expensive.  Other things, are a little difficult to ship, such as blonds, redheads and brunettes. Perhaps you can help with some others.

  • Freedom of Speech:  In the Philippines, foreigners are forbidden to take part in protest.  Insulting any Filipino could result in you being blacklisted and deported.  Raising your voice could be deemed to be an insult. This can be hard for hot headed and outspoken Americans.  Filipino generally just put up with us but one could get themselves into trouble.
  • Blonds:  Ha Ha, If I were in the states, I’d miss all these tiny beautiful Filipina that are every where and most of them don’t blow me off the way most American women do.  I also miss redheads and brunettes just for the record. 🙂
  • Alka Seltzer:  I’m hoping there are some substitutes for this one.  I have GURD most of the time Zantac keeps it well controlled but the pain in my side has returned lately and I’ve had to take more Alka Seltzer.  I still buy this from the states and ship it here.
  • Nestle’s Quick:  I can get the regular Nestle’s Quick here but I can’t get sugar free.  Nestle’s Quick even has a plant in the Philippines!  I think the proper name of this is Nesquick.  Its the powder form with “no sugar added.”
  • Skim Milk:  I’d really rather have whole milk but its  not good for me.  Milk here usually comes in powder form.  I’ve never seen an entire gallon of it and based on the way most of the cheese  taste like  here, I doubt I’m going to be very happy with it.  The powder milk I drink is fat free but it still has too many calories.  I use to drink lots of zero calorie skim milk to fill up on rather than eat.  I don’t drink much now.  The temptation to eat this wonderful bread they have here goes up as a result.
  • Kroger’s Colby Cheese:  Man I love this stuff.  I bought some shredded cheese here once, it was like plastic.  It was from Australia and it was rather expensive compared to the cost of most food here.  I did get some cheese from Land of The Lakes and it was pretty good but it is hard to find.  I just gave up.  Its a little sharper than I like.  I really love Kroger Colby though.
  • My Gun:  Jessie got mad at me when I bought this, she thought I should spend the money on a ticket.  She had a point but Women just don’t understand.  I am MAN, hear me roar, I need a gun in case I roar to much.  🙂  Actually I lived in Memphis, Tn. and it was becoming like a war zone out there.  A gun has become a necessary accessory in Memphis, Tn. as far as I’m concerned.  It is possible for a foreigner to legally obtain a gun in the Philippines but it is complicated.  The gun shops can help you with it.  Check them out, make sure you don’t cut any corners.  Penalty for carrying an illegal weapon can be life.
  • Son and Daughter:  I didn’t get to see them much but I missed them before and I still do.
  • Home Made Ice Cream:  Jessie (my girlfriend) tells me she’s never had home made ice cream  She Loves ice cream.  Hopefully some day I can introduce her to home made ice cream.  There was an ice cream company in Memphis that made a home made flavored ice cream.  It was pretty good.  I of course don’t have ice cream very often.  If I have very much, it makes me feel bad as I am diabetic.  Takes all the fun right out of it.  Sometimes though, a couple of times a year, I decide its worth it and have myself some ice cream.  LOL  If I don’t eat too much it is okay.
  • Wal-mart:  Wal-mart and other 24 hour stores were nice.  Being a night owl, my favorite time to go was at night.  It was also cooler and the air-con in my truck hadn’t worked in years.  Kroger’s was also open 24 hours and of course many convenience stores and Walgreen’s were open 24 hours a day.
  • Hot Water:  Some people have a heater for their showers, in some areas it isn’t needed as much as the water is warmer but its still plenty of cold to me at times.  I’ll get one eventually.  For now, there are more pressing issues that need to be taken care of.  Hot water at the tap is almost unheard of.
  • Land Ownership:  Under the current Philippine Charter, foreigners are not allowed to own land.  Under certain conditions, one can purchase a condominium.  There is some talk about allowing foreign ownership of land.  If that happens, I look for the cost of living to explode here.  Those already with land will likely be in a position to see a substantial increase in their net worth and potential riches from the sale of that land.

I don’t miss these things enough to make me want to leave.  I MIGHT consider it if I could take Jessie back with me.  I do want her to see The States but I don’t want to go back full time.  I hope I can take her back for a visit in the next two years.  It will be difficult though, its a goal.  Not for a permanent stay, just for a visit.

I don’t miss the gangs and mostly I don’t miss the high prices.  I’m very happy about living in the Philippines and hope to be doing so for a long time.  I’m 50 years old, so I’ve only lived half my life, right?  Fifty more years living in the Philippines sounds about right to me.

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