And so we have moved to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
It’s been more than a week since my last post - I'm sorry for the silence, readers. Blame it on the transition period. It's quite taxing physically, mentally & emotionally to uproot and immerse yourself in an entirely new place. So please, bear with me :)
On our first few days, we dedicated our time to cleaning our new home. We are renting a two-storey house duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths within the city for a song. I know it sounds grand, and it actually is for provincial living considering the 2 balconies and so much nature surrounding the house, but it will depend on your standards. I know that my own parents will find it very....well, backwards. They'll probably balk at the fact that we don't have any air-conditioning or television! They'll be visiting this summer so I am to expect their qualms about the heat!
Shall I mention that we found a local househelp who turned out to have kleptomaniac tendencies :P But I really do not want to dwell on this insane story for now.
Montri has started work in the Green Tech Eco Center. They sell Eco-friendly electric vehicles and will soon carry INDIGObaby natural bath & body products and other green items. I have also started regular Vinyasa Yoga classes at Bahay Kalipay, an inner dance commune and retreat space. The residents here are purely on a raw food diet. This is several notches higher than my semi-vegetarian fare. It's aspiring to learn new ways of preparing healthier meals from my 'more evolved' friends over there. During my free time, I take Shiatsu lessons from a Swiss BK guest in transit. I give her free yoga lessons & she teaches me Shiatsu massage. You can call it fair trade of energy exchange :)
Food here is cheap. You can buy a kilo of mangoes for as low as P30 to P50 and buko (coconut) at P8 per piece. The other day I bought star apples from the locals who pick them from trees near our lot. They charged me P15 for 15 pieces. Montri is amazed that a kilo of small sized galunggong (mackerel) is only P30. I bought squid at P35 for ½ kilo. So, we feast on fruits, vegetables and seafood. I have yet to register for Aloha Home's Happy Box -P400 per box of fresh organic produce each week.
Santi has adjusted beautifully. He loves fresh fruit shakes, swimming at the beach, the green plants & trees, collecting shells from our backyard and just all this space for roaming free (& naked!). None of this is possible if we stayed in our box-like condo in Manila.
Now, I toss this question back to you, readers. Would you dare trade your city life for the simple life, like us? :)