Michell Answers Viewers Questions
Michell is taking some time on our Youtube channel to answer some questions posed by our subscribers, many of whom are thinking about retiring in the Philippines. It’s one thing for my (mostly) ignorant ass to spew off advice based on my “experiences” (or – as I see them – misadventures) in the Philippines, but it’s quite another to ask someone for insight who has spend nearly 28 years living in the Philippines. I asked her if she was up for doing it last week, and she said she was game. It’s not easy for her to do them as English is not her primary language and she basically thinks in bisaya – so translating those bisaya thoughts into English can be a bit awkward. I can only imagine myself trying to do the same in Spanish… So, props to her for doing it. I might have said before that I really enjoy doing the videos, and they are even more fun when Michell is taking an active role in them. Looking at the footage while editing always makes me laugh as I watch our interplay and see how many times she actually rolls her eyes at me. Good stuff!
Unsettled weather abounds here in Dumaguete. It has been raining off and on all day (it is, after all, rainy season), but a few hours ago we got a torrential downpour like you only hear about. I checked the seedlings in the back yard, and all but a few seemed to have weathered it well. The three that didn’t – well, we’ll see if they are able to climb back up to the vertical and continue on. One good thing about all the rain is the cooler weather that it ushers in, especially in the face of the torrents. You can actually tell when it is going to come down heavy as refreshingly cool winds will blow through the windows right before it hits. Right now, it is a very pleasant 84 degrees, and I don’t even have the fan on. Lovely….. I am hoping that the rainy season will continue on more or less, bringing us in some cooler weather, because the last three weeks have been simply too hot. Ugh….. And don’t forget the hot weather requiring air conditioning and the high cost of electricity! If you are on a small pension and looking to retire here, it’s something to keep in mind!
The Monthly Budget
I totaled up our spending for the month of August yesterday (the 30th) and was quite pleased to see that we had only spent $800 US (about 35,000 pesos). Pretty frikken good. I then ordered 3500 pesos of protein mix off Lazada and today we spent about 1500 pesos more at Hypermart, bringing the total for the month to about $915 (40,000 pesos). The protein powder wasn’t an essential expenditure – I would just like to regain some of the muscle mass that I have lost due to the staph infection I have and assorted bouts of colds. I will post up the video and blog post on our final costs tomorrow. Probably.
The Staph Infection
Well, my little infection (multiple staph boils under my right armpit) are not fully clearing out. I am finishing at 10 day Cephalaxin course today and that – in addition to warm compresses and castor oil – seem to be keeping them barely in check. Tomorrow I am off to see the doctor again and see what he has to say. I am hoping to god that it isn’t MRSA and that it’s just regular staph. I had one boil under that armpit about five years ago and have not had a problem until now since. The little guys hurt like a bastard…..
Medical issues are something to seriously consider if you are considering retirement in the Philippines. Medical exams are cursory here and they don’t even take the time to check your vitals and get much background medical history. Ah, well……
Wish me luck, loyal readers!
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