[Before Paradise] The Kayak and the Coffee Pot

Well, we finally closed the sale of our long time home here in Tupelo, MS and are finally settled into our temporary house. A friend of ours just happened to acquire a foreclosure and with the perfect timing. He made us a deal we couldn’t refuse….month to month rent with the first month free as long as we cleaned it up. Most all other rental homes and apartments wanted a minimum 6 month lease with deposits and all. We just needed a place to basically camp-out for approximately 60 days and this perfect arrangement couldn’t have been designed any better in a fairy tale. So now I sit here and look at our living arrangements and think…where did all this fricken stuff come from.

A Real Cleaning Chore!
A Real Cleaning Chore!

We packed and shipped our entire house of belongings. I even purchased a new fishing kayak that fit nicely into the shipment. And, of course, the coffee pot and a healthy supply of coffee is also on its way. Everything that we hoped to take with us to the Philippines is gone but now we are again faced with more liquidating and disposing of more stuff before we leave. Many of our camp site items we are using can be fit into Balikbayan boxes and shipped during the last few days we are here. But, we still have a small table and chairs, recliner, TV, golf clubs, futon, office chair, microwave, lawn mower, weed eater, and other things that need to disappear when we leave. Three garage sales later and an accomplished Craig’s List regular and I still have more stuff to dispose of. Some days I wish there was simply a delete button to make things go away as easy as unwanted fb friends.

Hazmat Ready!
Hazmat Ready for clean up!

These next few weeks will be spent either trying to sell Teri’s Alterations business or liquidating it if necessary. I will spend most of my time online locating information, emailing, downloading all the required forms and making arrangements to import our pets. I also need to gather all the documents I need for my immigration to the Philippines, including a police clearance and full physical. To satisfy the Philippine governments immigration policy, I will have to prove that I am not a crazed criminal with rabies. When immigrating to the Philippines, most everyone has no other choice other than becoming a legally documented immigrant. It’s not like you can just swim across the Pacific and crawl up on the beach as easily as crossing the Mexican border.

I did find out though that a trip to Chicago will not be required as the nice people at the Philippine Consulate there said I can process all my paperworks by mail. I have heard different stories from other expats so I recommend anyone looking to apply for a 13A Visa to call the Philippine Consulate for their location and inquire as to their specific procedures. So, a full physical is scheduled with my Dr.and the immigration application has begun. We also need import permits and international health certificates for the animals and airline reservations for all of us. Then its dispose of more household items, ship 3 or 4 more balikbayan boxes, and move out and find a way to the airport. Sounds simple enough. Now, if I could just get out of the job of mowing this lawn!

4 thoughts on “[Before Paradise] The Kayak and the Coffee Pot

  1. Hello again….
    Im happy for you and your wife things are comming like blessings…
    I can’t wait for your post saying you are opening the door @ your home in the Philippines
    Every day I feel more confused and feel like I go a step back when I hear all the PI immigration requirements that makes me believe is difficult and expensive harder than other countries 🙁
    Good luck for the rest of your journey and a happy ending.

  2. Tavo, it really isn’t that difficult (immigration). It can be much more difficult in many other countries. Keep focused and I know will see you there some day!

  3. So I wonder if it’s easier to get a 13A Visa in the US, then it is here. I’ll bet it is. It’s still something I’m considering and if it is easier there, maybe we will do that next time we are in the US, especially if you can do it all by mail.
    Is there a website with the forms to fill out?

  4. You can go to the Consulate site that covers your area. I’ve always heard that you must go to the embassy in person for application (asawa must be present). But the Chicago consulate has instructed us to just do it by mail. Even then, it takes 3-4 weeks to get your official documents and passport stamped. If you are in the Philippines, might as well just get it done there.

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