[Before Paradise] Homeless, Unemployed, and Life is Good!


After a week of deliberations, my wife has sold her business, lock, stock, and barrel. That’s a big relief as we really didn’t want to go through a time-consuming liquidation process selling everything off piece by piece. Teri has been in the custom clothing alterations business for over 18 years and has accumulated a wide array of equipment, supplies, furniture, and other ‘stuff’.  It was a bittersweet moment when she signed the Bill of Sale over to the new owner as I could see it in her eyes, but it is a relief that we are one step closer to getting on the plane to the Philippines. Earlier in the week we sold her car, so now we are both officially unemployed, unofficially homeless, and down to one vehicle. Boy life is good!

Wedding Appointment
Wedding Dress Fitting

All we are waiting for now is my immigration paper works to be returned from the Chicago Philippines consulate and the animal import permits from the Bureau of Animal Industry in the Philippines. Our cats will need their final physical exams within 10 days of departing with their international paperwork completed by the veterinarian. Then we can begin packing the final 3 balikbayan boxes for delivery to the shipper and then we can begin packing our suitcases.

We might have to hitchhike to the airport but at least we will be on our way!

5 thoughts on “[Before Paradise] Homeless, Unemployed, and Life is Good!

  1. Randy,
    Congratulations to Teri and Yourself. The end is insight for us too. Shipper is picking up 14 boxes tomorrow. All we have left is 2 luggage apiece and 1 carryon bag each. We will be in Florida until June 28th when we fly to Ohio for month of July. See you at DTW on July 30th lol

  2. Thanks Papa Duck, we have about 3 boxes of things we are currently using and will end up with two suitcases and carryons. Just keep an eye out for the couple with the cats!

  3. Wow! I remember when we were preparing to move to the Philippines. It’s a relief to get here and you are hoping that you know what the hell you are doing. At least that’s the way I felt. Turns out it wasn’t such a bad decision after all.

  4. John, I would hope that most expats have thoroughly weighed the decision to retire and live in the Philippines but, it’s clear that there will always be those few who never do their ‘due diligence’ and fully understand their impulse to up and move. It’s not like making a decision to buy a new car. Personally, we have planned this for years and even with previous experience of living in the Western Pacific and the Philippines, it was still a carefully thought out and calculated decision. One must fully understand and love the culture of the Philippines or they will become miserable and doomed for failure. There needs to be much more than just a simple rationale to move abroad. Loving the ocean and palm trees or riding Jeepneys is clearly not a justification!

  5. Papa Duck, Big change to our travel plans. We have had to drastically change our schedule. Read about hit in my “Dockside” section. Still hope to catch up to you somewhere and have a cold one or two.

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