Good morning to everyone in the PI!!! It is once again time for me to provide another article for Bob and LiP readers alike. I started writing about my trip to the PI to meet my wife, and ended up on my last two articles writing about how my project I was hoping to get accomplished would be done was going. I haven’t heard back from them on the progress in a week, so I can only hope that it is going well. The did buy supplies to finish the walls and do some tiling, but my mother-in-law has decided she doesn’t like managing a construction site on location, as much as I don’t like managing a construction site far from location. So, she decided she would wait to finish it until I was there to get what I wanted.Last week, I got a lot of replies from people in support of my situation, as I call it, and some were quite an eye opener. Specifically two notes left from a lady by the name of Jocelyn. She left comments about how I was not looking at this project from the viewpoint of my mother-in-law, and the other family members, and to be honest, I think she is right on most points. I relayed my responses to her in the postings, but I feel that they need more than that here on LiP. This site is, after all, for foreigners and locals to read about and come to understand the cultures of each other and to live together in a more harmonious way. At least, that is what I try to get from the site. So, when Jocelyn left me the responses, I looked at the whole picture differently. I put down my stubborn American ways, and tried to see it from the eyes of my new Filipino family. Without them seeing my life, and the way I live it, and without them knowing that I am not rich beyond measure, they might think that I would expect the best of everything. That is not how I am. In fact, that is far from what I am. I do not spend money very much on myself, but would rather spend it on others in need. I am not one to take vacations and do not buy much for myself unless it is needed, or unless it might help me to remember others. (I recently bought a new/used, camera) I do like expensive things, but know that they are out of my budget. But then again, my family 8,000 miles away would probably not know this. After all, I don’t speak Pangasinan and very little Tagalog, and I’m sure my wife doesn’t tell them everything that goes on in our lives. So, last week, I was schooled. That is to say, I learned a valuable lesson that I hope to take with me to the Philippines. Humble myself more, and think about what the Filipinos(as) around me might misunderstand about me and the way I live. While I’ve always been honest, I’ve never been one to share things with people. Writing these articles was a huge step for me, in the right direction. I have also always been one to accept positive criticism from someone. And Jocelyn is right on many topic points. So to Jocelyn, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand my ignorance of the Filipino side of things, and to hopefully, stop from making more mistakes… especially when in the PI. LiP has helped me in so many ways to better relocated and live happily in the PI. While I will continue to write for the site, I will also continue to learn from it. Thank you Bob, for providing a source of entertainment and education on the Philippine Islands, and their people and cultures. Until next week, paalam, ingat, and God bless!
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