|Me and Dave with former|
Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
Presenting to him a book I
was in by GoNegosyo
|Me with Jacques|
Cousteau in 1976
|Me with former Mayor Edward Hagedorn|
|Dave and me in front of our half moon shape|
|View from of our backyard in Subic 2008|
Meanwhile, we were living in a beautiful home in Subic Freeport, Olongapo, overlooking the pristine forests there. But it was lonely in our citadel on a hill and we didn't like that you can't actually own the land, it has to be leased for whatever period is left by former owners.
After much scouting about the various towns in Palawan, we decided to move to a a farm lot outside of Puerto Princesa city, but still within its jurisdiction. We though it would be a great place to raise our young daughter.
It's hard to believe it is going on 7 years since we moved here. So many changes since 2009. The traffic is horrendous now, too many tricycles, unskilled motor cycle drivers, more private cars and tons of tourist vans clog the narrow streets. I don't think past city planning ever thought the city would grow so fast in such a short time. I hate to even go into the city anymore, except to buy food and life's other necessities.
For those of you thinking of moving to Puerto Princesa, here are some facts.
There are many Supermarket here now to choose from. I happen to like a little Bakery/Coffee shop, Café Olé for my flour tortillas for my home made burritos. Actually, it's the only place I have been able to find them.
If you are looking for a car, there are many dealerships, like Kia, Toyota, Hyundai and recently a Honda and Ford dealership. (Although they are still working on the Ford building)
The only recommended hospital is the Advestist Hospital. We had to take our little girl there. She had a high fever, they never even detected the fever and they didn't catch that she had a bladder infection. We wound up taking her to a local Pediatrician who did nail it and gave her the appropriate medicines. Most people who really have something severe fly to Manila, so keep this in mind if you think you want to move here, but have serious health issues.
Good US standard housing is almost nil, and if the houses do come up for rent, the cost is about 20 to 30,000 pesos which for here, and what you get here, is usorious.
We sorely need responsible developers to come in and build good housing. I'm hoping that they will try to implement some sort of green construction techniques like grey water recycling and rain harvesting, or this city will go the route of Cebu, and when the population explodes someday, we will have to import our potable water like that city.
The city's infrastructure and power grid are sorely lacking. We have been having electrical brownouts every day now for the past month, for 3 to 4 hours at a time. Dave has put in lots of solar features which run all the lights in the house, and 3 fans. We have a backup generator as well, for those rainy days.
Now the powers that be want to put in a Coal fired plant, and I am fighting to save a one of a kind marine sanctuary, Turtle and Binunsalian bays, in my own backyard as it were.