Samal doesn’t have the same buzz of city life, it is very relaxed and home to some of the most exclusive resorts you could hope to find, Pearl Farm being a prime example and one that is quite often frequented by foreign men with their new brides.
Even though things did not go quite as planned, we were married, and I was the happiest man on the planet, so much so I cried.
From then every 2 minutes I received a text, “where are you,” this carried on until I finally cleared immigration and entered the airport proper.
I still remember Lillie pinching me as if I was not real, and I had the thought of WOW, she has big eyes.
I returned to England and the humdrum of what should be a 9-5 job, but no longer was my heart in it.
After 6 months in the UK I arrived in Manila where Lillie was waiting for me; we had an appointment with the British Embassy to get clearance for getting married, and then the following day we could make the short trip to south to Davao City.
Davao is very relaxed and quiet, but there is still more than enough to do and occupy your time, especially if you travel out of town and head into the hills.
We met a few friends over the next few days, and I even had some Davao Girls asking if I had any friends back in England as they were single, most of which they followed with a little giggle (and to this day, many Davao girls still ask the same question).
Lillie enlightened me on the love of singing for most Davao girls, as it is the one pastime which is easy for them to enjoy in one of the local Karaoke bars, no matter what time of day, and she herself is quite a decent singer I must add.
After a while of communicating, I mentioned about visiting her in Dubai for a holiday, Lillie thought it was strange why I wanted to meet her so soon, but to me it just seemed the right thing to do.
A month later I had my ticket and my holiday booked from work.