I wish I could truly relate the enjoyment that I get from sitting in my lawn chair while taking in a picturesque view of the mountains in my new homeland in the Philippines. Add to that, a relaxing smoke without the hassle of actually having to light up and you have a complete perfect moment in time. This was something that never really expected when I first moved to the Philippines. And, to be honest, it wasn’t my actual experience when I found myself living in Manila (which is not the most pleasant of cities in the world). But after I had the means to move out into the provinces (where most foreigners live),I get the true “tropical island lifestyle”.
Now, I don’t have to listen to all the city sounds and see folks struggling to adapt to a harsh city with one hand on a construction tool and an even more harsh cig in the other. Instead of all that, I find myself living just a short walk down the road from super friendly relatives (including my wife’s brother and his wife) and living in a large house on a large piece of property with many fruit trees. Living in my house are me and my wife and three dogs. Four days out the week, our maid stays with us for the entire day, until evening and takes care of a lot of our chores. The rent of the property plus the cost of the maid works out to about $255 a month (plus utilities)! You can’t beat that.
But it’s not the economics that give me the most pleasure. It’s a combination of that magic evening smoking time and the awesome view of the mountains that start right at the end of the property line. Those mountains actually change color as the sun sets, from gold to red and finally to dark green.
With my electronic USB charger, I can actually charge my ecig while I’m working on my computer during the day. At the end of the day, comes the time when I gt out my comfortable lawn chair and position it so I can enjoy that ecig while meditating on the mountain view. I can feel my entire body becoming completely relaxed as all the cares of the day just melt away. Now this is the scene that I was looking for when I first decided to spend the rest of my life on a tropical island!