My name is Maria Feist and I’m tired of the daily grind we find ourselves living in North America.
In early 2011, my husband, “the Chef”, and I went on a 3 week vacation to a part of the Philippines dubbed “the last frontier.” We planned this get-a-way for 4 years saving as much money as we could and finding the right time to pull ourselves away from our everyday lives. This wasn’t an easy task. My husband is in the hospitality business so it’s difficult for him to take time off for any significant length of time.
Leaving the sub-zero weather of a Canadian winter we flew halfway around the world and landed in an environment so different from our own. Stepping out of the airport our senses were immediately assaulted by hot, humid air and the thunderous chattering of people and honking vehicles.
Despite the chaos we felt an immediate connection to this foreign land. As we travelled away from the cities and into the surrounding countryside we found ourselves enjoying a more relaxed pace of living. People worked hard but they seemed happy. Most of all we liked the simplicity of life.
This got us thinking. All we do now is work to pay our bills and our mortgage. We have all the conveniences of a comfortable life yet we feel a real disconnect to the life we lead here. We are ready for a change.
This is how we started the blog. This site is dedicated to our plan of escape. Wish us luck!
In August 2014 we went back to Coron, Palawan for a month to make connections, research the area and find out if we really want to make the big move. You can read about ‘Our Journey‘ here.
We’re on the move again. This upcoming May and June 2015 we’ll be visiting Coron to look for properties. I’ll be blogging about our experiences again from there.
The countdown begins. After five years of planning and researching we will make the big move to Coron, Palawan in early 2016. Stay tuned!
March 2016. We’re finally here in Coron, Palawan living a simple and challenging life. Internet is difficult so my posts and comments will be sporadic for now until we get more settled.
October 2016. We’ve left our beloved Coron and moved to Puerto Princesa City and continue to live a simple life (with just a bit more conveniences 🙂 )
July 2017. Our Feisty Chef Resto will open soon in Puerto Princesa and we will be totally immersed in Palawan society.
September 2017. Wow, it’s been a long haul but the Resto is almost ready to open. Check out the Feisty Chef Resto Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/feistychefresto/ (no longer active)
For updates on our progress visit our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/thefeists/ (no longer active)
September 2020. We are back in Canada and it’s not what you think.