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Posted on Jul 19, 2013

Street Smartology and New Endings After the End- Life on the Road, Chapter Two- Philippines

Street Smartology and New Endings After the End- Life on the Road, Chapter Two- Philippines

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So I pretty much freaked out when I first realized my kids didn’t want what I did. I was horrified. “What? I need to go live a routine life, I am doomed to the life of a bird with clipped wings, because YOU want a normal childhood?” So, Kobi and I ignored them for a bit, bought them more ice cream, and even dangled their ultimate-goal-in-life I-Phone fantasy before their eyes. But, no damn it, What Does Freedom Mean and The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic are right for this season.

We go through tons of seasons and rhythms on the road of life. Some are hiccups that hurt each time anew, some are rain for the soul, and some are marvelous little windows of reality in which the cosmic dust settles and we know we are living out our life purpose. There are hysterically fun times with friends, and sad times, and more than a few insane moments. But, it’s all what we are meant to dance through. And now, we’re closing shop for a return to ‘normal’ life scheduled for the summer of 2014.

Here’s some latest developments that make me giddy with joy.

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1. Our children are soooo happy

Here in the Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Philippines, they have a million friends. Here above Dahnya and Orazi are in the ocean, where island kids should be, with Peter, Roy, Andre, Kit, and King. They’re in the water, with or without Savedra Dive Center gear, and usually, with ten best friends. Orazi’s learning to do flip flops in the air (we’re still in the very early stages) and both Solai and Dahnya have suitors who bring gifts. (Hmmmm, this could become a wise economic move…)

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2. They are toughening up

We’re talking to our dear friends Jeff and Sharo, and daughter Nancy, from Living On The Globe who may be able to come see us first week in August. My email to Jeff sums it up really well:

Our kids play with a million street kids, but i warn you now, these guys ain’t so gentle, you cry they call you baby. you play cards with them, they cheat you in your face. really good street-smart education. toughening up my kids like crazy. she’ll [Jeff’s daughter Nancy] get scratched up but trust me hard-knocks school here is amazing. kids are really nice just street smart.

So, our kids have learned an encyclopedia of wisdom on the streets here. Maybe it’s been a Bachelor’s Degree in Street-Smartology.

Street-Smartology also equates to just now Solai coming home bleeding from two toes that look like they almost got torn off. [Editor note: Gabi, that’s me, always exaggerates.] While Kobi’s inside stopping the bleeding, the street gang is all sitting there on the porch, in the dark, knocking every few minutes to see if Solai is OK. Street-smart also means you’ve got your back covered.

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3. We’re stepping up to the plate

Diving ain’t no piece of cake. If our kids want to dive, they must stop fidgeting with masks and not-perfectly-comfortable everything and just do it. Savedra Dive Center has Herman The German (which we say to not accidentally call him Henry, the Australian dive master who left, for angry Uncle Herman ain’t pretty) and both Herman and Lee demand excellence, which is a pain in the butt, but dearly valued. We want good divers who are confident yet cautious under water.

They made Kobi do his EFR and Rescue Tests again, and again, until he did it just right. Savedra is into not cutting corners and getting paid to get ‘another diver out the door’ but rather are into doing it right. So, again, we hate them, and moan and complain about them giving us such a hard time and being such pains in the butt, but secretly, we could not respect them more for really caring. (Shhh, just don’t tell Lee. It will ruin my winning streak of 5:3)

4- The journey continues

First of all, there’s almost a year to go. We’ve got more Philippines life here (which we adore and cannot imagine leaving), then Malaysia for errands and some more unreal HPL hotels, Nepal, and 8 months of India before we head home.

Second of all, going back to the Upper Galilee Valley of Northern Israel is a nature-lover’s paradise. We’ll have so much exploring and searching in our homeland, with our family and friends, and in our souls. That will be a great journey assimilating back into Normal-ville.

Third of all, the kids are open and really excited about to the idea of….. (are you ready for this?)

TWO YEARS OF ISRAEL AND THEN TWO YEARS SETTLED IN A LOVING SCHOOL-COMMUNITY IN SPAIN WITH VACATION BIKE ADVENTURES THROUGHOUT EUROPE!

This is totally, 100% the fault of my dearest friend Heidi from Wagoner’s Abroad, who frolics in Spain and blogs about it, making me drool profusely. So, Kobi and I are already jumping for joy! Looks like we can put them back in the school we help found in Israel, which is more like summer camp than school, and we won’t have to put them in regular school, which was our evil plan for convincing the kids that life on the road is better than stability. We’re already glanced into flights (for 3 years from now) to see how bad it would be.  So no one’s system goes that far in advance but just knowing that it’s not over till the fat lady sings is AWESOME!!

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Conclusions:

We are here and now and also in all of the infinite possibilities that may be our future. We may hit the road again (say, yes! say, yes!), we may not (which means we’re really happy in our sun-lite, mountain-side slice of heaven). We may love the Annapurna Circuit and Nepal, we may hate it. We may come back here again and see Raffy and King, Roy, Peter, Kit, and Andre. We may not. But right now, we have this kitten who we love, and friends, and sea turtles [great movie Kobi made from our dive the other morning], and Savedra Dive Center, and each other, and that’s all it’s really about. So, we’ll take it, swoop it all up in one big, long, grateful breath and one huge, Santa-style bear hug.

PS: And if you’ve been following our Raffy series, yes, that is Raffy in the first picture selling the kids playing cards. He told me the other day, “I buy for 25 pesos. 5 packs. I sell pack 5 pesos. Good money. Good money. ” God, I love this kid and his lemonade stand mentality- you know it costs more for all the materials and time put into making each damn cup but who cares cuz the kid is so happy to have a business. We ALWAYS buy from Raffy! 🙂

Good night.

Gabi

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Thank you dearly,

Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi

 

 

 

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing Gabi. I love your no-holds-barred writing, telling it like it is, and helping those of us who are beginning the planning process of our own trip know that it is ok for plans to change.. we look forward to seeing you all in the Philippines!

    • thank you jeff. i personally love your wit and humor in your emails and would love to see that smart ass jeff shine in your site too. let it hang man! you’ll feel wild and crazy for it, and will allow your site to become your nest for being the real you that we all must hide in our lives to be fully accepted. just babbling, you don’t have to listen. we adore you guys. would be sooo thrilled to see you soon. prepare nancy for street life. it’s amazing and tough! we love you, gabi

  2. Hiya Gabi – that sounds SO exciting. I really hope that during your two years in Spain and Europe I manage to meet you!! That would be awesome 🙂 Your children really have had an amazing education already – travel really does broaden the mind (even if it embarrassing fir the parents at times hehehe)
    Stay well in your final year of this chapter – and enjoy every second
    Scottish hugs winging your way xx

    • oh wendy my love. i always fill up with joy when i see that you’ve been by for a visit. you know scotland and ireland were on my wish list since i was a child. we totally have to see you. and if it’s expensive, then i’ll come and see you and maybe mika will happen to be in town! i love you. and yes, their minds and the options they see are unreal. unreal. i love it that they know that they will decide what is right for them. israel, spain, army, travel, university- it’s all open for grabs. all of it. gabi

  3. Cool! I like the sound of Herman the German, I’ve seen and suffered at the hands of sloppy dive instructors. Looks lovely there, we should come, how long is the visa? I’ll Google.

    • herman the german rocks! and after a few weeks, he smiles too! J. no sloppiness here. I know, my love, you had a near death diving experience (waiting to read the blog post, e-hem!) so you know the value of having professionals who don’t play with your life, right? that’s what savedra is- serious, but fun. serious about safety, serious about fun. i put my three kids in their hands, and often, so i have to know it’s as safe as possible. moalboal is amazing. if you come off season, you can have our family room- HUGE! at anthony’s for a great price! visa is 21 days, i think, for every country in the world but brazil and israel, who get 59 days. go figure. 🙂 for once, it’s an advantage to be an israeli! woo-hoo. then, you can renew for 59 days each time. i think you may have to do a border run though. love you. love seeing kanchanaburi through your eyes. find those kids in the picture… soooo nice and love playing. they’d love your kids! gabi

  4. Oh you gave me the chills woman! I am so excited for you all. You will just adore and love Spain. Hey you will be one step ahead of where we stared, as your kids will have the street smarts. In the U.S. we can really be overly protective of the kiddies and in Spain we have had our kids toughen up a bit as well.

    We picked a smaller safe town on the Med, so the kids can play outside without fear (at least from the boogie man, other kids well it is fair game). We will likely be in another place by the time you arrive, but then you can write all about it and make us miss Spain. You are such a sweet friend! You have made us drool over Asia, so we are trying to figure out how to make $$ so we can get over there in 2014. Our paths will cross one day.

    • I have that effect on many people dear, hopefully, though, the good chills cuz it’s not so fun when i give people the bad ones. so, you see heidi, you are changing our lives, for the better. thank you. street smarts is doing them lots of good. after the bloody toe, solai didn’t want to go outside cuz they knew that she cried, she says. orazi tells her, ‘solai, that’s ok. they won’t laugh at you cuz they know that in the country we come from, kids cry when they get hurt. so, they won’t laugh’. 🙂 we’ll follow in your footsteps, and maybe meet you somewhere along the way. 🙂 they will pass one day, they will. gabi

      • Good chills my friend, good chills! 🙂

  5. Ah, now I get it-you are still coming to europe and we are going to meet up with Heidi (she doesn’t know I’m coming yet!)

    • I do now Melanie! 🙂 I hope you do. That would be wonderful, but don’t wait 2 years.

      • yes! then it’s a date!

    • melanie. finally! that would be amazing. the campfire where we stay up all night, just us girls, talking and crying. yes! can’t wait.

      • Working on it daily Ladies!x

  6. Good to hear you are enjoying the training, I have to question that 5:3 score though, somewhere around 12:5 me by my count :0)

    • Dear Lee, Welcome to my realm. He he he. You can crack your knuckles all you want, siting next to me huffing and puffing up your chest will not make you win this one. Learn to count man, then, we’ll talk. He he he….. The funniest part is that if i don’t like your comment, I DON’T HAVE TO PUBLISH IT! HA HA HA HA HA HA…. now these are the game rules i live for! take your best shot! gabi (aka- best advanced open-water dive student in the history of savedra)

  7. Hi Gabi,
    I’m curious to know which school in Spain were you referring to. Wish you smooth and easy changes. Love, Ricky

  8. hi gabi

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