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Just Having Fun => Chika-Chika, Chit-Chat, Philippine Related => Topic started by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 29, 2009, 09:37:09 AM

Title: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 29, 2009, 09:37:09 AM
If “diversity is the spice of life,” then this Forum qualifies as very spicy.

Forum members hail from countries around the globe... from Australia to Venezuela, from USA to UK, and everywhere in between, thankfully including the Philippines.  Many are expats who have moved to the RP, many are actively making plans for the move, and some are just dreaming and hoping for the time to be right to make the move.

Two things we all have in common is an interest in the Philippines - - and the necessity of getting by in life day-by-day, whether in the RP or in some other far flung corner of the world.

The topic of this Thread is what we are doing in the “getting by day-by-day” part of our lives.

The reason for this Thread - just the off chance that a little insight into the “daily lives” of other members... how they actually spend their time (rather than their philosophies on life or long-range plans)... might prove to be interesting, as well as bolster a little comraderie among some members.

Posts by members who are in the Philippines for any reason -- living there, visiting, vacationing, etc., should be very interesting to everyone on the Forum.  So, please post something here every once in a while if you\'re in the Philippines.

Thanks to “Jonnyivy” for the general suggestion ... and “Gray Wolf” for tacit approval – of this Thread:

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) If you average less than ONE post a week on this Forum, other members probably know so little about you that they will have little interest in how you currently spend your days (so start posting more, then post on this thread...Please :)).

2) If you do post on this Thread, your activities will likely include your work, hobbies, etc. Please... Please... do not violate Forum rules.  DO NOT post your business URL, ads, other site addresses, requests for donations, etc., etc.,  >:(     

3) On your first post --
   – give your current geographic location;
   – give a thumbnail background sketch (few lines) that will help put your current activities in context;

4) Don’t worry about questions or in-depth information... just give some details, facts and such explanation as you feel necessary for clarity about what you did today – Like the name says, just what you’re doing Day-by-Day.  I suspect that if anything gets posted on this Thread, it will spark plenty of questions and comments, both wanted and unwanted  ;D.

5) Have fun  :) :)

OK, this post is toooo long already, so I’ll take a stab at following my own suggestions in a new post.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on July 29, 2009, 11:08:53 AM
I like to support this initiative and hope that I can keep in future my sense of humor within the boundaries of acceptable.

We live near Valencia in the province Negros Oriental and about 20 minutes from Dumaguete City.
On the same as day my retirement in the Netherlands started, on March1, 2009, I took my laptop, passport, a set of clean underwear, my pensionpapers and moved to the Philippines with the idea to make a start on the second best part of my life and to meet my internet love in real. And I can assure you now a dream became true. Okay the start was not as expected because we started our life on the third floor of an apartmentbuilding in Lapu Lapu City, Babag1, with a Karaoke parlor nextdoor and a breedingfarm for cockfightingroosters on the back of the apartmentbuilding. I don\'t think this need any further explanation ::) :\'(.
After visiting family on the island Dumaguete we found in the province Negros Oriental our Mecca. Far away from noise, airpollution in the middle of nowhere. We were be able to rent a bungalow type house from an attorney at law on about 1000 sq. mtr. for only 4500 php monthly on a yearly contract base. Since May 23 we moved overhere and I love the moderate climate up here.

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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 29, 2009, 01:29:04 PM
Tom - age 57 - Dallas, Texas, USA

BACKGROUND -- I was born and raised in Texas, USA; graduated Baylor University School of Law in 1975; and spent the last 34 years practicing medico/legal trial law throughout Texas and the surrounding states.  I closed my active trial practice about a year ago, but continue to review, develop and joint venture medical cases with other firms.       

My wife of 8 years, Bing, age 35 to 39 (depending on who she is talking to) is from Cebu and recently obtained her US citizenship.  We plan to obtain her dual citizenship, my 13a visa, then move near Cebu City area, where she has family.  I would rather move sooner than later, but would like to first sell the house.


July 27, 2009 - Up about 8a to feed our two Maltese (Ted & Inu, both boys age 9) and two Italian Greyhounds (Cherie and Italia, both girls age 2).  Inu is diabetic, requires a special diet, and gets his first insulin shot of the day at 8a.  Took the girls out and let them run for about 30 minutes.  Unless they go out to run a couple of hours a day they will bounce all over the house like ping-pong balls.

Spent the rest of the morning reviewing new requests for representation, advising most that their claims could not be successfully pursued, arranging to get medical records on one, and referring another to a defective medical device specialist.  I usually spend 2 to 4 hours a day on law related business, most can be done from home office online, email, text, phone and fax - much more fun than the 10-12 hour days of the last 30+ years.

Bing and I went out for lunch - she wanted Chinese Buffet, I wanted Tex-Mex - so we had Chinese.  Some days I want Italian, or barbeque, or hamburger... so we have Chinese.  If not, the rest of the day is not fun.  Back home about 2p, took the boys out for about a 30 minute walk, put them back in the house and let the girls out for a run.  I can’t keep my eyes on all four of them at once, because the girls range out 3 to 400 yards like lightning.  They are really fun to watch.

Spent the rest of the afternoon running errands - picking up dry cleaning, getting auto registration, picking up mail, getting car washed - and home around 5p.

Spent the early evening getting my daily dose of news, mostly politics.  I record large chunks of CNN and MSNBC so I can skip the bs and ads and boil it down to a couple of hours.  I love to follow the “sex, lies and money-trail” that makes up 90% of US politics... the other 10% is squabbling and finger pointing. 

Bing fixed meatloaf and mashed potatoes for me (steamed rice and shrimp for herself) which we ate during the last part of the news.  She usually fixes separate food for me, as I can only eat rice and fish about once a week, and she eats it almost every meal... really.   
Finished eating and turned off the news about 8p, fed the boys and girls their evening meal, gave Inu his shot, and took the girls out for their last run of the day while Bing took the boys for their evening walk. Back in the house about 9p and checked the LITP Forum... decided to start the new Topic - Day-by-Day - and posted it a couple of hours ago.

About 10p went upstairs to shoot pool for a while.  I love pool, mainly 9-ball, and try to get in at least an hour a day to keep my game up so I don’t get beat flat when I go out to shoot. Back down about 11:30 and decided to try my hand at this “blog” type post.

Now that I’m finished, I see that “run my mouth” too much.  If I keep posting, I’ll have to get that under control.

Well, it’s a little after midnight, so will go to bed and read a while... almost through with “Pillars of the Earth.”  Really enjoyable read, as well as being informative... but 900+ pages is a little much.

If anyone made it to the end of this post - Thanks for hanging in there.  Hope to see some post from others soon.

Tom in Big D       
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 29, 2009, 02:37:09 PM
You\'ll find my intro in Meet Your Neighbours.....

Updates to that......
I moved to the Philippines 2nd May 2008, still living in rented 3 storey townhouse (P9,000) in Tagbilaran, BOHOL.
Extended family in our home are 2 nieces and a 2nd cousin once removed
The two older girls are studying nursing  at Holy Name University and pharmacy at University of Bohol
The youngest (10 year old) is living with us due to a medical condition because her parents don\'t have the wherewithall to provide for her medical needs and their location makes any any but basic medical care difficult to impossible.

Glo & I were married in Makati Feb 9th 2009, still waiting for marriage certificate, 1st two had soooooooo any errors
Honeymooned at Mandarin Oriental in Makati....gorgous place .... Glo absolutely loved it......

Contrary to my previous plan of not buying/building for 1st year or so, we bought 8800sqm lot on Panglao Island, primarily as investment at bargain basement  price.
We plan on subdividing keeping approx 1500 sqm for our home and selling off the other 7300sqm in 5 seperate lots of just under 1500sqm
Prices of neighbouring undeveloped lots are asking for 3X what we paid so investment wise things look pretty good
It\'s not beach side but beaches 2km west, 4km south and 6km east are within easy reach
So far we\'ve cleared the lot, layed down 500 metres of anapog road and prepared foundation for our house

Also bought small ricefield, coconut farm and planted jatropha at rock bottom prices.
More smallholdings purchases planned in the next few years
 
My avowed travelling around the Philippines before buying has been a little curtailed but so far we\'ve been to (in no particular order)
Cebu City, Mactan Island, Bantayan Island, Boracay, Manila, Makati, Tagatay, CDO, Butuan, Gingoog City
Still want to get to N. Palawan, Siargo Island, Guimaras, IloIlo and Concepcion within the next year

I\'ve shown Glo a little of life outside Philippines, Hong Kong last year.....Singapore and maybe Malaysia later this year
Should have visa sorted for next summer in Europe

Still planning on building a boat to stay connected to the water.....

Currently back in UK to see about topping up funds.....
Job market looks like it\'s starting to rebound....in my line of work anyway

I miss my palangga dearly......\"but a man\'s gotta do what a man\'s gotta do\"

Sea urchins work great, too.  Cut \'em open and spread the innards around.  And you offer the additional benefit of helping keep the coral reef alive as sea urchins eat coral.   ;)   8)

One of the most pleasant afternoons I\'ve EVER spent was when Glo and I (on scooter) went out on this little spit of land and stopped for lunch (some fruit we took with us)
There was this little tiki hut with about half a dozen young girls about 6-16 years old, waiting for the tide to go out so they could collect sea urchins.
After a little shyness they started chatting with us a little English, a little Bisaya
We shared the fruit we had with them and chatted for about an hour until they decided the tide was sufficiently out to start gathering
They told us they already had ready buyers for the sea urchins (Japanese & Koreans lving in their town)
Almost totally surrounded by water there was always a pleasant breeze and we had as many questions for them as they had for us
As they walked out onto the coral we started to get ready to leave, one of the smaller girls came rushing back to the shore and gave us 4 sea urchins
Really touching gesture

I love the Philippines for moments like this
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on July 29, 2009, 02:55:07 PM
was  trying to be the first to reply, but while fighting with western union, Boomerang beat me to the punch, and if I had to be beat what better man than him, my god read and understand his first entry, honesty from the heart, a mix of humor with a touch of sarcasm,who needs the nightly news.This man is real, and proves even though he doesn\'t need to his love for his family and this country...I hope someday before \"Uncle jOE\" SAYS  , its time to give up Murf .

I GET TO MET HIM PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE OF YOU....

Big D i don\'t think you talk to much, in fact not enough, for I LOVE YOU INSIGHT ON THINGS., of course give me some time to get used to you, for now knowing your a lawyer, and my high regard for your profession....it\'s OK :o I will refrain from all lawyer jokes, but i  really didn\'t know you guys had normal everyday lives...wow I am so impressed I might just pay last months retainer fee in the USA for a guy who does absolutely nothing for me, for i don\'t do anything wrong, but dad said , \"son you need two things, money in the bank and a lawyer on retainer, but you can\'t have one without the other\"///

I have a very interesting malpractice case you might like, merit it has , for i was told by those who it is against to file it, but I just need some judicial prudence and guidance and reassurance that lady liberty is  still blindfolded. ;D

so here is my novelette for today, god once I get going hard to stop me, I really think it is this new O2 and the Vodka working overtime....

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Big “D”little a , double L-A- S.
Ok since you’re grand enough to start us I will be (boy this will shock some of you into a giant belly laugh) I will bravely go where neither man nor woman has ventured before into this new blogosphere.

For  those who don’t know me I  am rather shy and don’t like talking about me so this is both difficult and scary for me ? shucks I can’t tell you all that lie, I rather talk about me than any person I know.

My name is Eugene Larry Murphy, but please don’t let that out, just call me “Murf” for going into a Irish Pub with Lawrence a regular and friend of mine on here and having someone say, hey by “Eugene” a drink just doesn’t work in the bars that I frequent.


I live in the now finally city of Bayugan on the Island of Mindanao  about 40 minutes by car or van to Butuan the big city near me, then of course south of me so that makes Butuan north of me guys, now follow along  ???there is Davao the bigger city 6 hours by car to the south of us.

I live in what I pleasantly refer to as the “rumble in the jungle” for it is indeed off the beaten path and in the middle of the “jungle”. We are in the process of building our new home behind my Nanays (mothers) which makes us even more remote.

I love raising orchids which you can see on here and also marine saltwater fish which I haven’t started yet for the new house is not done.

This morning I dealt with the corruption and frustration of RP corruption in area of receiving 5,000 USA dollars from home from my money sent to me by my father who insists on using Western Union, (don’t ask me why).

The first place my wife went they wanted to give her 47.1 per dollar the Pesos was currently at that time trading at 48.4 on forex live.I asked to talk with the manager who refused to talk to me. The next place did not have 5000 dollars in pesos to give us, the next place and my poor wife is tired and frustrated gave her 46.3.

Thus at 48.4 we should have got 242,400 P. if they took their cut of one pesos per dollar we still should have got 237,000 P

But instead we got taken for a conversion rate of 46.7 or 233.5000P which equals at the current rate of 48.11=240,440P
The other odd, I call it corrupt, but then again, that’s the Irish in me, is this Western Union charged me 350 P for a documentary stamp, and I have cashed in as high as 20,000 dollars before without paying any documentary stamp.

When I called the owner of the western union I was politely told , she was just an agent and had the flexibility to charge within 2% of the current currency rate, so I asked all are Western Unions like this, she says no, but I am not a Western Union only an agent of such and if there is any dispute about the transaction it can’t be done in the RP for we do not have a contract with the USA.

 Case closed , lesson learned sure, try to convince my father to send me my own money through my bank wire to wire transfer to my Allied Bank here, write it off as suppose that was a much poorer  Filipino that was happening too…much better me who doesn’t wish to but can absorb the loss.

I have my accountant always overestimate all my monthly bills by 10% simply for an emergency cushion and it seems to work fine so far. Some days I win, some days I LOSE, but I never lose sight of the prize  ;D the happiness of my wife, my mother, my extended family and myself.

Hey I could have been a 30 year employee of GM in Detroit with two. 5 kids now looking for a job, life is good and fair here in the RP, you just have to roll with the punches.

So the next obvious questions are when and where do the conversion rates take effect. Yesterday at 10:15 am EST USA the pesos was 48.12, my father sent me my 5000.00 USA dollars, is that the rate I should have been paid at? Hmmm don’t know? Can’t get an answer? How can 3 western unions all within the same city limits pay 3 different exchange rates?  Don’t know can’t get an answer, but would like some of you smarter folks tell me just what blackbird is cooked in this pie?

So that was my morning, now I shall share this with you along with some new bloomed and still blooming orchids and wish you all the greatest day that can possibly come your way.

Don’t think that the money issue worries me, it doesn’t that’s just life here in the big RP. You either have it or you don’t, but as long as you have family, it really doesn’t amount to hill of NPA rice.

My plans for the rest of the day………hmmmm I have already asked for a bucket of ice to be delivered to my room, the cubby hole I live in, but it has all the comforts of home A/C, fan, 32 inch TV, DVD, stereo, a library of over 300 American movies, I think I just sit here and watch Jody Foster in the Brave one for the 38th time, hey when you got it?! You just got it? and she has it…
Murf

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The new Philippine Flag flying over the city as you enter Butuan


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This last two shots are of a fresh river pond that is at the Inland Resort in Butan, where they will supply you with a fishing pole and bait and you can catch you own river fish(whatever that may mean) or catfish or mud fish and they will cook it for your supper.....hmmmm love fishing but rainbow trout from the mountains of Maine are more to my liking fried with some wild sage, onions a little bacon....OMG I think I am dead and gone to heaven..


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murf
 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on July 29, 2009, 04:19:50 PM
I have 2 sons (13&15) which my asawa brought into our relation, 2 female helpers, 2  female dogs and 1 asawa, the last part I do like to keep that at just one . In the morning mostly at round about 7.30 am, I am the last who gets up and the coffee is made ready and waiting for me. My day mostly begins with reading European newspapers by  internet and at the same time I have a couple slices of toast with jam and / or cheese for breakfast. By that time present Lady\'s have already swept the yard, mopped the floors, washed clothes and dishes, children and dogs have been fed and been send of to school as far concerned. We have a Dalmatian and a Belgian Malinois, respectively 6 months and 4 months of age which after breakfast I take for their daily training and exercises. The area we live in is excellent for those purposes because we live here in the middle of nature quite far from roads, other traffic and disturbances. After my return it is usually the attraction of the internet, for example reading the wide variety of topics in various forums and the many answers to the variety of issues. I have a very broad area of interest and it\'s usually lunchtime again before I realize that. After a marriage of 21 years with a Chinese / Indonesian is eating rice dishes for me an every day routine and enjoy it really. My wife was before our life encounter a Fashion Designer and had never even  boiled egg before but has proven to possess the natural talent to understand that the love of a man runs through his stomach and she is cooking the stars from heaven. After dinner we usually draw back an hour for a siesta. For the rest of the day  for example, giving instructions to the helpers in maintaining our garden, while us self sometimes go out on a pedicab to Dumaguete City to do some shopping if necessary, do a little window shopping, going for a snack with cola on the terrace at Mc Donalds enjoying the passing by nature on two legs or having a cold beer on one of the terraces on the boulevard. In any case, we enjoy the freedom to do what ever we like and have the luck to be completely compatible together. After all this \"thrilling excitement\" it\'s time to find a pedicab to return us back home to attend to our responsibilities. The boys need our attention, the dogs an I need our exercises and very soon it\'s time for diner again. After dinner, it is already time for me to catch up on the internet with my European contacts regarding the difference in time. After my working life as an account manager for a German manufacturer of fireplaces do I still have an interest in the development of this market. Of course not every day is the same as prescribed above but I just give an impression on a day as yesterday was. In any case I never want to return to the life I formerly led as a part of the great economic engine, being pushed to consume to greater honor and glory of our western economy.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on July 29, 2009, 05:18:37 PM
I would have been the first to reply if it had not been for breakfast then organising a trip out. I wonder what Murfs opening comments would have been then  ;D

Like captainron, my introduction is also in the ‘meet your neighbours’ section and a very long way back as I was asked by Jack to help build up the forum before the official opening. To follow from that entry, I have been living in the Philippines for four years now, three of them in Puerto Princesa Palawan. We have planned all along to build a house here, but circumstances and plans have changed causing it to stretch out. My almost current details on that are posted in the ‘building’ section.

I will take up Toms challenge and post about today.... fairly typical.

My computer goes on as soon as I get up and I read any email then go through the forum posts and reply if necessary. It stays on all day, unless I go out which is not very often. I saw a reference to eBook readers and decided to check out the latest offerings. Unfortunately they are still too expensive and not yet good enough to replace a standard book. I do read for at least several hours a day, and Tom, I have also read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and the sequel ‘World Without End (1025 pages and equally as good). Ken Follett is an excellent author and I have also read several of his other novels. I am currently working through Bernard Cornwell’s books; I have just finished reading all the ‘Sharpe’ series except for three. Two I could not find and one was eaten by termites. The year before we left the UK we used to attend boot sales. This was mainly to get rid of very many years of accumulated ‘junk’ but I also collected a lot of paperback books which were sent over here in balikbayan boxes.

To continue with today, we had a lot of grocery shopping to do, so we had lunch out first. The house we rent has only the very basic standard Philippine kitchen with the two burner stove in the dirty kitchen. Although Bing is an excellent cook, she is not a very enthusiastic one, and is not too keen on cooking and providing a meal for the mosquitoes at the same time. We therefore eat out sometimes, but I am really looking forward to having our own house with a fully equipped kitchen. I will then be able to cook all the food I enjoy. I like a lot of Philippine food, but my idea of good eating here would be 50:50 with international food. I would limit rice to 3-4 times a week preferably with curry.

I have been struggling to get a workable to-do list to prevent me getting distracted into doing things like writing this blog.  ;D There are so many things that I want/need to do. I should have at least today repaired our emergency light, checked out and recharged my laptop (my CD/DVD drive on my desktop has taken a dislike to DVD’s) done some more work on my house design etc. etc. My photography has taken a back seat as well as my music. I have an expensive electronic organ sitting in the lounge that has not been touched for many months. Then of course there is the novel that we all have in us that we need to write  ;D It is now past 5.0pm and the only thing I have crossed off my list is to buy folders to try to organise some of my paperwork.

After complete this post I will read for a while, have supper, and watch TV for an hour or so until the continual breaks in the programmes force me to give up. I will then potter on the computer for a while, have a shower and take a book to bed.

Colin



Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 29, 2009, 06:31:17 PM
A typical day for me -

6:30AM
I\'m loathe to admit that I\'m up and around at about this time......not many trikes on the move in our neighbourhood until 7AM and I\'m loathe to fire up the truck and wake Gloria up.....she loves her morning lay-ins and I love taking her breakfast in bed

It really is easy doing nice things for Gloria. Each time I do I\'m MORE than rewarded by the happiness I see in her face whether it\'s breakfast in bed, a small gift, helping a family member in distress......it\'s all repaid by that beautiful smile and hug

BTW 2 of my nieces (university students) are usually up earlier than me and cook the breakfast for us all.....I\'m just the delivery boy ;)
Maricho & Gerelle are then off to uni before 7

7:00AM
Gloria and Ednalyn are just about getting up and \"bathed\" and dressed about now
I\'ll pop down to fish market and pick up bread if needed usually 3 times a week

8:00AM
Ednalyn\'s off to school, we generally take it it turns to take her the 1km or so there

Glo & I then chat about what\'s on the agenda for the day
MONDAYS generally involves banking first
TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS are local market day when farmers bring their produce into the regular market place
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS another niece comes in to do the washing
SUNDAYS revolve around church .....now I\'m not a practising Christian....low maintenence Zorastian is more like it, no churches, no ministers
But Gloria manages to drag my butt there most Sundays.....sometimes first mass around 6AM when it\'s cool or around 7PM if I\'m too tapulan in the morning
I go because it means so much to Glo that I go with her and the girls

NOON
We usually eat out at lunch time at one of the malls as it\'s just the 2 of us

AFTERNOONS
I usually like to drive down to our building lot 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes Glo will come too butjust as often she\'ll stay home and clean and prepare for evening meal
As our building project is in stasis at the moment.....
I might just deliver some rice or fish to Glo\'s sister, husband and 2 kids who are acting as custodians there at the moment
I might pick up some additional trees or vegetable seedlings for planting there
There\'s almost always some paperwork to be followed up on at least once a week

Pick up Ednalyn from school
Start her on her homework then it\'s nap time for us until about 6ish

EATING IN/OUT
We only eat out about once or twice a week
Cooking duties are shared between Glo, Maricho and Gerelle......I only get to cook once or twice a month
I tend to eat about 1/2 the rice that the girls do......but I\'m getting better but still need/want bread instead of rice at times
Students set table and wash up after
We have a modern western kitchen area but no stove; electric rice cooker, griddle, kettle and slow cooker handle most cooking
ALSO have dirty/wet kitchen with 2 burner heavy duty but portable gas cooker
This also serves as covered laundry room when raining

INTERNET
I\'m usually on and off throughout the day somedays more than others

Depending on the day I may hit the sack around 8 or 9 if particularly tired or more normally around 11 when everyone beds down except FRIDAYS when it\'s Novena time
This is so alien to me that I don\'t participate and Glo understands.....but all the girls do participate


OUTINGS
We usually plan a trip out very other week (we\'ve done most of the initial tourist trips) be it a low key trip to the lot for a picnic and visit Glo\'s sister and family there, the beach....I\'m enjoying the lower key Filipino oriented beach resorts to the high end foreigner ones (but still enjoy Panglao Island Nature Resort every other month).
There\'s usually some family gathering most months



IF YOU\'VE READ THIS FAR
You must be thinking what an anal retentive control freak.......nothing could be further from the truth

THIS IS THE PHILIPPINES and some days bear NO RESEMBLANCE WHATSOEVER to the above described day
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jonnyivy on July 29, 2009, 06:42:17 PM
I would have been first,..... but I spent all morning on the phone to Cebu Pacific, trying to re-book our flights from Hong-Kong to Cebu in september !! Again, they declined our perfecly good credit card, so I had to sit explaining and spelling every word letter by letter to the operator, but it paid off, its all booked UK-amsterdam-HK-Cebu.
Nice to see a good response to my suggestion, believe me, its good to know for sure what other members do each day. Like all the stories so far, lets me know I\'m not so differant from the rest of you.
I love going to the Phils,.. but it plays havoc with my work, I have a small landscaping business and when (when) the weathers good I can get moving and make some good money, only to blow it all on another trip !! (3 - 4 times a year )
Last week, I finished off building a new patio (terrace) on a cottage way out in the Scottish countryside, the owners are English, so they seem to offer more cash than I\'m used to for the same job elsewhere (no complaints from me then ). Normally come home around 7 or 8, smelling something good coming from the back door as I approach,..the wife always likes experimenting with all manner of foods. My wife Margie has given me a wonderfull little daughter, Jewel, who is so beautiful, so full of life, nieghbors squabble over who will babysit for us when Margie and I are both working. She has a nice job in the local supermarket where she has made so many friends over the past 4 years. I\'m giving Marg driving lessons in my spare time, she bought herself a small Honda CRV which she calls her baby.  I\'ve been keeping parrots for a few years now, all differant kinds, I have an aviary in the back garden, but I decided to sell them on just recently. We parted with \"Jack\" recently too, he was the house Parrot,...too damned noisy for me, so I replaced him with a new tropical aquarium, much more relaxing in the house now. Now I can sit at the computer in the evenings without him pestering me by biting my ears or sliding down my arm and trying to type on the keyboard !
Hope more guys here will take the plunge and keep this thread going,...just something to click onto after reading the rest of the \"info posts \"
Jonny

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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: larryo on July 29, 2009, 09:06:37 PM
murf,
       Lawrence Here, been super busy moving house and getting ready for university, id deleted my id here as i had very little of interest to say. Still reading the many posts with great interest when i get the chance. I just signed in and was unable to send you a PM just yet. hope you got the cards i sent ya and you\'re keepin ok..
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on July 29, 2009, 09:16:11 PM
A part of my motivation for moving to the Philippines :

Within the past 10 days I\'v read twice in the Dutch newspapers that someone was found dead at home alone and found after 4 to 5 weeks and about an older lady which got clamp with one of her legs between the toilet and the wall  who was freed after one week only because her neighbours began to miss her by then. I come from a society where every familymember has its own screen either TV or PC. Where people are getting indoctrinated by there screen through well paid commercial psygologists to obtain  unnecessary luxury goods who life supposedly enrich. Where dissatisfaction is stimulated to increase the need of consumption. Where the word \"sale addiction\" exists because people get bored and unsatisfied . People who know slightly or more the Asian culture will now understand why I have moved to the Philippines ..........

I\'v met my asawa on the internet last December 27 and made up my mind within one week and decided the day that I would retire on March1  I would be with her and start a total new life. I\'v informed my sons and the German company were I worked for and some close business relations and just cut off all existing obligations and contracts. Informed the rest of my family 10 days before I left and it\'s still, apart from not becoming a criminal, the best decision I ever made in my life.
8 Weeks later I was flying out.............
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on July 29, 2009, 10:19:46 PM
Retirement life is a ball and the wife and I pretty much do the same things while in the states as we do while in the Philippines but I do tend to drink a lot more while in the Philippines because I do not drive while we are there.  ;D

Anyway, an average day, get up in the morning whatever time I happen to wake up and feel like getting out of bed,  :D usually early but sometimes not until 9 AM and one day it was almost 10. Yeah retirement feels good and I sure do not miss those 5 AM mornings for work.  ;)

Turn on my computer and my amateur radio equipment. The wife turns her laptop on most days if there is not something good to watch on TV. Man with digital TV and Hulu.com, there is always so much to watch for her.  :-X  I on the other hand hate TV and only watch a few hours a week of it.

Next get my morning coffee and start to read the forums and talk all over the world to new people on the radios. I am also a control operator on a number of amateur radio repeaters, which is sort of like a moderator on forums.

Eventually wake up and clear the cobwebs out of my brain and then eat my breakfast.  :D

Make bunch of phone calls to friends all over the world. Thank God for VOIP phones and free calls.  8)

Shower because the board of health might visit and make me, even though I showed before bed.  ;D

Get going for the day which usually includes meeting friends for lunch or dinner, or visiting friends at their homes or businesses, or shooting at the range, or a quiet lunch or early dinner out with my wife alone. Sometime I go out and track down jammers or trouble makers on the local amateur repeaters and turn them in via channels to the Federal Communications Commission, FCC for short and that is only if reasoning with them does not work to get them to stop playing their games. Most who are licensed will stop immediately because their anonymity is gone and they do not wish to have it known that they were playing around, and others who are not licensed may go away once I tell them all about themselves due to public records easily found on their license plates or home addresses. 

So retirement is tons of fun and I really do not know where the days go, but I am loving it.  ;) 8)

Of course many of you know that we also travel around the US and we spend at least 3 to 4 months a year in our condo in Cebu and traveling around the Philippines doing basically the same things, minus shooting and amateur radio. :\'(  I sure do miss my shooting when there and will have to eventually get a gun permit for my wife.  ;)  BTW the little lady is a very good shot and carries a gun while we are in the US and both she and I have concealed permits necessary to do so, so she misses shooting too but not as much as I do. 

Fun, fun, fun........Life is a beach........ ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 29, 2009, 10:50:29 PM
There just aren\'t enough hours in a day to enjoy \"retirement\"......how did I cope working for a living
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Gray Wolf on July 30, 2009, 03:30:09 AM
I hope this isn\'t too boring for y\'all.  But since I haven\'t yet retired, my day to day isn\'t very exciting.   :) 

Since 1998 I\'ve been the owner of Gray Wolf Graphics, a graphic arts business called \"digitizing\" utilizing a specialized CAD system called APS-Ethos.  I create the computer programs that operate computer controlled multi-head embroidery machines for large (sometimes smaller) contract embroidery businesses.  I\'m sure most of you have seen or own shirts, caps or jackets with an embroidered logo on it.  I create the programs for that.  I\'ve been in the business since 1985, but finally was able to break away form the drudgery of being \"owned\" by someone else to start my own business, which I run from my home office. 

I met Gloria in 1999 online, went to see her in Manila Christmas eve of that year and proposed to her in our hotel room overlooking Roxas Blvd the night before going to meet her parents and the rest of the family for the first time on Christmas day.  My life has been forever changed for the better since that glorious day.  I have never experienced the level of love and acceptance that I have with her family.

I filed for a K1 visa for Gloria as soon as I returned from my visit with her and 90 days later she received her fiance visa.  She arrived on June 20 2000 and we were married September 1 of that year.  It has been the best decision I ever made in my entire life.  Not only did she provide me with much needed companionship, but she also opened my eyes to a culture steeped in total commitment to family, something I never experienced with my dysfunctional family unit here in the US.

Gloria works for Walgreens, the largest pharmacy in America, where she is the Senior Beauty Advisor of a local store just one block from our humble little house in Louisville.  They couldn\'t have created a better employee.  Just yesterday she received a letter of commendation from the VP Marketing for Walgreens congratulating her on being #5 nationwide in a recent promotion of new Maybelline products.  This is her third letter of commendation.  She has also received numerous certificates for Outstanding Customer Service and wears a gold star on her blouse to show her level of achievement. 

My typical day starts by rising just a few minutes after Glo usually around 7:30AM  (the actual hour varies slightly from day to day).  I give her a ride up the hill to Walgreens, park our Jeep Liberty and walk for an hour to get my blood circulating and flush the cobwebs outta my head.   ;D

I return home, turn on the computer, straighten up the couch, love seat and all the pillows she likes to have around on them (women and their pillows).  I then take a shower, make some coffee and begin by reading my email.  I usually spend an hour or so working on pending messages for LinP3 and writing to people who have questions about why I don\'t allow them to post their business information (known by all mods as \"commercial ads\") and wish everyone a blessed day.  I then will digitize a logo or two (if I have any to do) and read posts here on LinPC in between any crisis that I have to deal with, usually because someone forgot to tell me to digitize the logo that they simply must have right now (even though they\'ve known about it for at least a week)   ::)

My digitizing business has been dwindling due to the overall poor economy in the US.  Let\'s face it, when times get tough the advertising budget is one of the first to get cut.  Due to this situation I have been working 2-4 nights a week at the liquor store on the corner, just to provide a bit more cash flow to the family coffers.

Glo and I have been working on building a new house in Novaliches, Metro Manila for her sisters Nonie and Ester.  With any luck we\'ll be able to complete the structure this year.  It will include a bedroom for us for those times we get to visit.  It will also become my base when we relocate and begin to build our own house in the Ilocos region.  While this isn\'t \"next door\" to Ilocandia, it\'s much closer than Kentucky!   ;D  Actually, we have cousins in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur and I\'ll be staying with them during the construction phase.  Then we\'ll move all of our clothing and personal items from Novaliches to Ilocos Sur.

It\'s 3:25PM now and Gloria is waiting for my mid-afternoon \"love call\".  We keep in touch several times during the day just so I can assure her that I still love her very much. 

I\'ll be in and out for the rest of the day.  Tomorrow night I\'ll be at the liquor store \"Beverage World\" (just eight houses away). 

Other than the day to day grind of staying in business and worrying about whether I\'ll be able to afford all Glo wants when we relocate, life is grand in the Bishop house.  But only because I have my Dream Girl to make it all better when she walks through the door around 5PM.

Ingat y\'all! and God Bless...
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 04:35:03 AM
... keep... my sense of humor within the boundaries of acceptable.

We live near Valencia in the province Negros Oriental and about 20 minutes from Dumaguete City.

On the same as day my retirement in the Netherlands started, on March1, 2009,


Hi Boomerang,

IMOH, sense of humor is never out of bounds... well, almost never.  My sense of humor runs to satire and irony... so those who don\'t pick-up on my mind-bent probable consider me an jacka$$ on occasion.  Of course, they may be 100% right 50% of the time. ;D

What did you do in the Netherlands (what the heck is a \"Nether\" anyway?) before you retired?  Sounds like you have adjusted well to the tortures of \"unemployment.\"  I wish I was in the RP \"adjusting\" with you.

What do you do to fill up your day out in the province?  Must be tough with no traffic, smog, noise... you better head for the city before you get fed up and go back to work. ;D

Enjoyed your post.

Tom in big D   

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jonnyivy on July 30, 2009, 04:57:11 AM
Very nice post Jack, enjoyed the wee story. Your view and mine mirror each other, the way you talk about and compliment your wife, I thought you might have been that kind of guy,

jonny
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 05:07:26 AM
Capt. Ron....... Relax, stick your toes in the sand.....  you\'re going to make all the rest of us look like slackers -- in the RP a little over a year and you\'re buying, building, subdividing, clearing land, farming, traveling all over the RP and beyond,... and now you\'re planning to build your own boat... Geez... I\'m worn out thinking about it.  ;D

Hope I can accomplish as much, and have half as much fun as you have, in the first 5 years I\'m there.

You mention your \"line of work.\"  Do I recall correctly that you are a diver, or am I confused as usual?

I enjoyed your story about the \"sea urchin\" children... hope you have a lot more of those \"moments that make you love the Philippines.\"

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 05:19:45 AM
Hello Murf,

Nice post, and as usual, nice photos.

Thanks for the kind words, and don\'t hold off on the lawyer jokes... just like \"old wive\'s tales,\" most of the jokes are founded on a \"grain of truth.\"  Of course, the ones that brand us as pretentious, over-paid, bags of hot air... they are founded on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Move your regular non-building \"update\" posts over here... then we can \"un-hijack\" Collin\'s building thread.  ;D

Glad to hear the O2 seems to be helping.  Hang in there.

Tom in Big D 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 05:38:40 AM
Boomerang,

Sounds like your day is kept busy by lots of females... and particularly the two four-legged ones. A lot like mine... only one two-legged one, but four four-legged ones.  I wish I had the wide-open province like you do... my girls could put it to good use.  I live in town, but luckily my front yard opens straight onto about 200 acres of greenbelt with a stream running through it... its great, the City gets to mow it and my dogs get to run it :) - seems fair to me.

I knew I\'d find something of use from this thread... I think I\'ll incorporate your after-lunch siesta into my game plan :).

I sure wish I was there to join you for one part of your day --\"going for a snack with cola on the terrace at Mc Donalds enjoying the passing by nature on two legs or having a cold beer on one of the terraces on the boulevard.\" Sounds like heaven to me.

Great post.

Tom in Big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 05:55:33 AM
Collin... I was giving 5 to 1 odds that you would post on here before Murf.  You could have skipped the tea and crumpets this morning ;D.

We seem to share a love of good literature.  Follett is great at turning a descriptive phrase... I feel like I could now build a Cathedral with no risk of a roof collapse ;D. I\'m just about to start \"World Without End.\"  Maybe we can add some 80\' arches to your new home.

You seem to \"work\" your to-do list a lot like I do... feel like I\'ve done a good day\'s work if I mark off one item.  I told you Capt. Ron would make us look like slackers. I\'ve started keeping my to-do on my iPhone... lucky it\'s got a lot of memory.  The good thing - and the bad thing - is that I always have it with me, so everything I do reminds me to add something new to the list... its out of control.

Get started on that novel... I\'ll be finished with Follett soon and looking for something better.

Tom in Big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 06:09:32 AM
Capt. Ron,

Don\'t worry about firing up that truck at 6:30am, its reving that Harley flathead right outside the window thats going to vibrate Glo out of bed.

Sounds like you and Glo make the most of every day.  Bing and I may have to hire you as a \"life-coach\" when we get to the RP so I won\'t \"waste\" all my time sitting in the shade near a beach drinking a cold one and watching the world parade by.

How far is your property from the Panglao Island Nature Resort?  Sounds like a great place to spend a day every now and then.

Interesting post.  I hope we hear some more about your activities with your building, farming and other endeavors.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 06:23:20 AM
Jonnyivy,

Thanks again for the impetus for this Thread.

Great before and after pics on the patio you built. I couldn\'t build a pile of sand if I had a bucket of sand in my hands.  I admire good craftsmen.

You can\'t \"blow\" good money going to the RP... You\'re just trading paper and coins for adventure and happiness.

Good luck on those driving lessons for Marg.   I spent 3 of the most frustrating months of my life with Bing and a \"six-in-the-floor\" lurching around a parking lot.  Switched her to an automatic, saved my marriage and sanity.

Bing wants a parrot, so thanks for warning me off that idea.

Let us know whats going on in the UK.

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 30, 2009, 06:28:25 AM
Capt. Ron....... Relax, stick your toes in the sand.....  you\'re going to make all the rest of us look like slackers -- in the RP a little over a year and you\'re buying, building, subdividing, clearing land, farming, traveling all over the RP and beyond,... and now you\'re planning to build your own boat... Geez... I\'m worn out thinking about it.  ;D

Don\'t worry I find most of the stuff I get involved in is RELAXING, one of the joys of being semi retired is only doing the jobs that please you. Mundane stuff I can employ a Filipino/Filipina to do it.....usually a win-win situation.
I\'m about the most laid back guy you could ever imagine.
This is my 4th \"semi retirement\" started in my late 30s and took a couple of years off every 5-10 years or so

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Hope I can accomplish as much, and have half as much fun as you have, in the first 5 years I\'m there.

Don\'t feel you have to DO anything except enjoy yourself and the Philippines. Do ONLY what pleases you

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You mention your \"line of work.\"  Do I recall correctly that you are a diver, or am I confused as usual?

Nope not a diver, nor a doctor say can\'t say if you\'re confused or worse!
IT consultant in the banking/financial sector.
I do dive but only recreationally (PADI Advanced Underwater Diver, Photographer & Rescue Diver)

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I enjoyed your story about the \"sea urchin\" children... hope you have a lot more of those \"moments that make you love the Philippines.\"

Tom in Big D   


Absolutely!!!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 30, 2009, 06:49:25 AM
Capt. Ron,

Don\'t worry about firing up that truck at 6:30am, its reving that Harley flathead right outside the window thats going to vibrate Glo out of bed.

Sounds like you and Glo make the most of every day.  Bing and I may have to hire you as a \"life-coach\" when we get to the RP so I won\'t \"waste\" all my time sitting in the shade near a beach drinking a cold one and watching the world parade by.

How far is your property from the Panglao Island Nature Resort?  Sounds like a great place to spend a day every now and then.

Interesting post.  I hope we hear some more about your activities with your building, farming and other endeavors.

Tom in Big D


Panglao Island Nature Resort is halfway up/down the island of Panglao on yje NW coast, so about 7-8 km.

It\'s perched on a 5m tall cliff with a \"mirage\" double pool at the top

(http://www.visitphilippines.com.hk/images/PhotoGallery/Bohol/BOH-48%20panglao%20island%20nature%20resort.jpg)

Steps lead down to a private white sand beach and a small 50-60 metre long island that can be waded to at all stages of tide

We are usually \"day visitors\" - pay P500-600 per head with (I think) P400 redeemable back at bar or restaurant



I\'ve got a fair few \"moments\" I\'ll share in future posts
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 10:32:50 AM
Hello Mr. Lee,

I agree with you... retirement is great.  After 34 years of 60-80 hour weeks, I feel like I\'ve been let out of prison. If retirement was any more fun, we would probably have to pay somebody to let us do it. ;)  If we don\'t watch out, young kids will start wanting to retire. ;D

I generally agree about TV being a waste of time... of course, except for what I watch, news channels and the good stuff like Discovery, Nat. Geo., History Ch., etc.  I claim thats not really TV, just digital college for us old folks.

I know nothing about the amateur radio repeaters.  Others probably do, but if you have time sometimes, tell me and the other clueless ones a little about how you actually use it and for what purpose.  Is it the same as \"shortwave\" or \"ham\" radio?

Here in Texas we can carry in our cars, our home and our business property, but I also have a CHL to carry almost anywhere (bars, gov. bldgs, schools, and the like off limits).  I shoot a 9 at the range, but carry a 380 because its lighter and easier to conceal.

Bing and I will be moving to the Cebu City area, so maybe you can give us some pointers on staying out of trouble when the time comes.

Good post... hope to see more.

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 11:27:31 AM
Hello Jack,

Great post... I feel like a fly on your wall... or a CIA agent with really good surveillance equipment planted around your house.  Seriously, I really enjoyed your post.

Sound like a neat business, and owning your own business is nice... just try not to drive yourself harder than any boss ever could... unfortunately I never developed the knack of following my own advice... and most business owners don\'t - thats why they own the business. ;)

Sorry the business slow down is hitting your sector... this meltdown really took no prisoners.  I survived the economic ups and downs for over 30 years, but this one just cut too deep. When all the credit lines dried up, I just wasn\'t willing to run the risk of a carrying a six figure monthly overhead out of pocket - not at my age with not enough time to wait for an economic turnaround to then make up any losses, so I essentially shut down every major overhead expense and just continued with parts of the business I can run mostly online... similar to the way you do it.  Sounds like you\'ve positioned yourself well to hold out for a while - I hope the turnaround comes tomorrow and somebody buys you out for a Zillion so you and Gloria can head to the RP. 8)

No matter what happens, Jack, your a lucky man... I can tell from this post, and a lot of your older ones, that come what may... you and Gloria can \"live on love\" until things get better.  Love and happiness trumps everything else. :)

BTW - be sure not to \"sample\" up all the profits during those couple of nights at the establishment eight doors down.

Look forward to more from you on down the road... and \"Thanks a Million\" for the all work you put in on the Forum.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on July 30, 2009, 11:43:49 AM
Now that you asked, from now on be careful what you wish for!  :P

Here\'s my old Post in Meet Your Neighbors (http://livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php/topic,33.0.html) if anyone wants to read it. And here\'s my new contribution:

Well, Eda says that “we are probably a boring couple” and reading the Posts here, I can see that this is really true! Here’s how boring we really are…

We married in 1999 and Eda came here that year. She started working on her California Teaching Credentials right away. She began substitute teaching in the Los Angeles, CA schools. She still does this.

I will skip over how I taught her to drive. After replacing 1 garage door and repairing the garage, we agreed for her to find a “real” Driver Instructor. This also saved our sanity and our marriage as mention in other Posts. After 2 years of driving on surface streets, she got a Driver Instructor to start her on the Freeways. Now (with her GPS) she goes anywhere, even to the LAX Airport, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

In May 2006 I retired, we sold our house (at the top of the market), and bought a new house in Tehachapi, CA, about 2 hours north of Los Angeles. It’s a nice small town situated in the valley of 2 mountain ranges and is at 4,000’ (1.22kM) elevation. We get the 4 Seasons. Our temperature now is 70 F (21 C) to 90  F (32 C). In the evening we open the windows and sleep comfortable.

Since June, this is the 1st time in our 10-year marriage that we have been together 24/7 for over a few weeks. Eda’s teaching ended in June and she also graduated with a Masters Degree in Teaching Special Education, so we are spending our days “up the hill”. We’re actually finding out how much we also like each other!

Does that sound strange to you? Well, it’s important to me! In the ‘70s and the 80s I worked all over America building Hi-Voltage tower lines. A Lineman from Iowa, Jerry went with me. We traveled together and worked together. He watched my back and I watched his. In the 80’s we moved to California. Jerry was home every night, not just once or twice a month. Jerry and his wife found out that they really didn’t like being together that much. They just couldn’t get along and didn’t see eye to eye. They had a tragic ending that I won’t go into, but I go visit their graves monthly. Now you know why this is important to me.

(is anyone still awake???)

Day-By-Day

Since retiring, one of my few bad habits is that I still wake up early. I fire up the computer, make coffee and watch the sunrise. Some mornings I will have my Cheerios (yes, I’m a cereal killer) before Eda wakes up. I can hear her moving around upstairs, but when she doesn’t come down, I know that she is looking at her white flowers that bloomed during the night and may be reading a book while listening to the birds in our back yard, which faces the East.

We usually only go out of the house in the evenings. We talk a walk around our town and watch the sunsets. On Fridays we go out earlier and walk to downtown where they have a Farmers Market going. Eda likes to sample the new fruits and vegetables. She found Armenian cucumbers which are quite tasty. She loves her veggies and cooks a lot during the days. Sundays we go out for church, but we scoot back home and stay there.

Some days Eda goes shopping and monthly she goes “down the hill” to send money to our family. We have a niece in Nursing College and others in private schools plus our Condo payment money is due on the 1st of the month. Today Eda went grocery shopping for our monthly supplies. She spent USD 73.00 for USD 160.00 of groceries. She is a Coupon Queen and she will spend 2~3 hours in the store. She knows that I am not into shopping therapy, so she does this alone… hahahaha

In the mornings Eda is tending her flower gardens and the fruit trees she planted. The TV goes on in the afternoon to the TFC Channel and Eda watches a few soaps and the Philippine News. Sometimes I will watch it a little but I spend most of my time just puttering.

But we are not into a rut! One day this week Eda woke me and had a breakfast made of grilled chicken, rice (of course) and hot biscuits with sawmill (white) gravy. There was a cake that just finished that we would have later in the day with ice cream. Eda likes to watch movies and soaps (Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Tagalog) on the computer, and there are nights when she stays up until it’s finished. This was one of those nights…

Well that’s enough for now, don’t you think? Hello??? Hellooooo…

Billy



Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 11:46:22 AM
Capt. Ron,

Don\'t let that \"IT consultant in the banking/financial sector\" cat out of the bag. I was trying to give you some cover with the \"diver\" misinformation.   In this economy, even the most tangential association with banking is the only thing more suspect than being an \"evil-doer trial lawyer.\"  ;D

But now that you\'ve reminded me, maybe you can give a little thumbnail on what the heck an \"IT consultant\" does.  A couple of my friends who used to work for tech mega-corporations (now mini-corporations who gave them pink slips) tell me they are IT consultants, but I can\'t seem to pin down what that means... except somebody is paying them to do something.  Whatever you\'re doing, I hope their paying you a bundle.

Tom in Big D


Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 11:55:20 AM
Capt. Ron,

Great photo of Panglao Island Nature Resort.  I\'ll definitely add this to my \"Hey, I\'m retired and gonna do what I wanna do in the Philippines to-do\" list.  Thanks, hopefully I can buy you one or six one of these days.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on July 30, 2009, 12:01:11 PM
Well Tom it sounds like we are sort of on the same page. I used to work 3 jobs at one time and rarely slept when I was younger. I have had 2 of my own businesses and still kept up the other job. I figured that I was entitled to retire a little younger than many people and packed it in totally when things just got to be too much for my little brain at around 55. Since I started out working when I was 13 and then got my first real job with benefits at 20 that I was able to retire young from with my first pension and then moved to Florida and more or less did it all over again, then went into 2 business and ran one while at work at the other and on my days off went to work to my other job, I figure I worked equal to and as if I was well over 80 years old in one job, if you know what I mean, so here I am at 61 and I have already been retired twice and now hopefully on my final retirement and just enjoying life.

As for a regular carry gun, nothing less than a .40 S&W will do for me and my full time carry is a Glock 27 .40 S&W with 135 grain JHP Corbon ammo at 1325 feet per second, which basically correlates to 96% one shot stop according to FBI data on actual shootings. Unfortunately during my life I have had the misfortune to have seen too many shootings victims where a person was hit with a lesser caliber and lived long enough to kill or seriously wound the good guy. I lost a good friend like that and will do my best to never let it happen to me. Of course there is different thought trends on ammo and being able to properly place a few shots verses one or two good shots, but it is .40 S&W JHP or a .45 acp 230 grain JHP point for me and only a 9mm when I cannot manage to carry one of those, such as in a suit or with my shirt tucked in. One thing that I will say is, the gun a person carries all the time is the right gun for them. It really does no good for it to be home sitting in a draw, so a smaller gun with a smaller caliber is better than no gun at all IMO and there are man tiny guns like the Kahr or Keltec in 9 mm that are smaller than most .380\'s.

Now as to Amateur radio, it is often also called is ham radio, and nowadays it has gotten so sophisticated that they link a computer to a repeater which is basically a receiver and transmitter up on a high tower or building with duplexers to separate the two and a good antenna, and a person can now talk all over the world from a little handheld radio the size of a pack of cigarettes and via a repeater system or from their home computer linking into repeaters all around the world and that also have computers tied to them. In my younger years I built a couple of the repeaters by putting together different parts and then donated their use for emergency traffic during hurricanes and other natural disasters as well as having a phone patch on them because cell phones had not become popular yet and since the advent of cell phone, most people no longer use the phone patches, or at least not in major cities. Ham radio has gained recognition and a significant following due to many of the recent disasters, and when the repeaters and low band stations are not being used for emergencies, they are usually being used by local ham operators as a way to communicate with each other and for the comradery that the hobby provides. Hope that explains most of it to whoever is reading and I would of course be happy to answer direct questions if anyone needs clarification.

Last, as for Cebu City, I would be happy to help you or anyone who needs info on anything that I happen to know, but remember that I am far from an expert on much even though we have spent quite a bit of time there and in the Philippines.

Tom, and anyone else who would like to meet up in Cebu or possibly other parts of the Philippines, I hope we can meet up one day and have coffee, break bread together or have a drink or three.  :D

Lee from hurricane alley
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on July 30, 2009, 12:07:37 PM
Now that you asked, from now on be careful what you wish for!  :P

Here\'s my old Post in Meet Your Neighbors ([url]http://livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php/topic,33.0.html[/url]) if anyone wants to read it. And here\'s my new contribution:

Well, Eda says that “we are probably a boring couple” and reading the Posts here, I can see that this is really true! Here’s how boring we really are…

We married in 1999 and Eda came here that year. She started working on her California Teaching Credentials right away. She began substitute teaching in the Los Angeles, CA schools. She still does this.

I will skip over how I taught her to drive. After replacing 1 garage door and repairing the garage, we agreed for her to find a “real” Driver Instructor. This also saved our sanity and our marriage as mention in other Posts. After 2 years of driving on surface streets, she got a Driver Instructor to start her on the Freeways. Now (with her GPS) she goes anywhere, even to the LAX Airport, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

In May 2006 I retired, we sold our house (at the top of the market), and bought a new house in Tehachapi, CA, about 2 hours north of Los Angeles. It’s a nice small town situated in the valley of 2 mountain ranges and is at 4,000’ (1.22kM) elevation. We get the 4 Seasons. Our temperature now is 70 F (21 C) to 90  F (32 C). In the evening we open the windows and sleep comfortable.

Since June, this is the 1st time in our 10-year marriage that we have been together 24/7 for over a few weeks. Eda’s teaching ended in June and she also graduated with a Masters Degree in Teaching Special Education, so we are spending our days “up the hill”. We’re actually finding out how much we also like each other!

Does that sound strange to you? Well, it’s important to me! In the ‘70s and the 80s I worked all over America building Hi-Voltage tower lines. A Lineman from Iowa, Jerry went with me. We traveled together and worked together. He watched my back and I watched his. In the 80’s we moved to California. Jerry was home every night, not just once or twice a month. Jerry and his wife found out that they really didn’t like being together that much. They just couldn’t get along and didn’t see eye to eye. They had a tragic ending that I won’t go into, but I go visit their graves monthly. Now you know why this is important to me.

(is anyone still awake???)

Day-By-Day

Since retiring, one of my few bad habits is that I still wake up early. I fire up the computer, make coffee and watch the sunrise. Some mornings I will have my Cheerios (yes, I’m a cereal killer) before Eda wakes up. I can hear her moving around upstairs, but when she doesn’t come down, I know that she is looking at her white flowers that bloomed during the night and may be reading a book while listening to the birds in our back yard, which faces the East.

We usually only go out of the house in the evenings. We talk a walk around our town and watch the sunsets. On Fridays we go out earlier and walk to downtown where they have a Farmers Market going. Eda likes to sample the new fruits and vegetables. She found Armenian cucumbers which are quite tasty. She loves her veggies and cooks a lot during the days. Sundays we go out for church, but we scoot back home and stay there.

Some days Eda goes shopping and monthly she goes “down the hill” to send money to our family. We have a niece in Nursing College and others in private schools plus our Condo payment money is due on the 1st of the month. Today Eda went grocery shopping for our monthly supplies. She spent USD 73.00 for USD 160.00 of groceries. She is a Coupon Queen and she will spend 2~3 hours in the store. She knows that I am not into shopping therapy, so she does this alone… hahahaha

In the mornings Eda is tending her flower gardens and the fruit trees she planted. The TV goes on in the afternoon to the TFC Channel and Eda watches a few soaps and the Philippine News. Sometimes I will watch it a little but I spend most of my time just puttering.

But we are not into a rut! One day this week Eda woke me and had a breakfast made of grilled chicken, rice (of course) and hot biscuits with sawmill (white) gravy. There was a cake that just finished that we would have later in the day with ice cream. Eda likes to watch movies and soaps (Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Tagalog) on the computer, and there are nights when she stays up until it’s finished. This was one of those nights…

Well that’s enough for now, don’t you think? Hello??? Hellooooo…

Billy

Hi Billy,
In my humble opinion isn\'t life about how exciting you can make it, but how satisfying you can make it for yourself. According to me is that \"the art of living\" .
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 12:56:27 PM
Hi Billy,

Lucky for all of us, \"boring is in the eye of the beholder.\"  I think that\'s a famous quote... from Yogi Berra (if not, it should be) ;D

Good move getting Eda a GPS... and teaching her how to use it. Bing calls me about once a week for directions. Like a bad dream, call always starts the same way... \"Sweetie, I\'m lost.\" -- \"Tell me where you are.\" - \"In my car.\" --- I\'m like her straight man, I just never learn to head it off.

Congratulations to Eda on the Masters.  Few jobs (any?) are tougher than teaching.  My hats off to her.

Somewhat like you and Eda, since I retired 10 months ago is the first time in 8 years of marriage Bing and I have been together (and awake) more than a couple of hours a day.  24/7 is different, and \"friends\" becomes more important than \"lovers.\"

As a three time winner in the great American Divorce Lottery, I\'ve learned that the acid of not \"liking\" someone will eat the veneer off that suit of \"love armor\" over time... about 10 years from my experience.  I\'m just sorry I didn\'t meet my Pinay Pie \"best friend\" about 30 years ago (age adjusted, of course), although I guess its always good to save the best for last.  Enjoy your \"Jack & Jill\" time with your best friend.

Thank goodness I\'ve recovered from the \"wake up early\" syndrome.  For months I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I was supposed to be somewhere in the morning that I had forgotten.  That stinks... but it finally went away after about 6-8 months. Hang in there... soon you will be sleeping like a well-fed baby.

Sound like a great \"rut\" you\'re in... hope you and Eda stay in it.  Being home (more or less) all day every day sometimes makes me start feeling like I\'m in a rut.  For 30 years I had been used to being out of town a day or two every week, or all week and weekend if in a trial.  So, about once a month I will load Bing and our four four-legged friends (yes, they are small) into the SUV and just head out, check into a dog-friendly motel and spend the night where ever we end up (or snooze in the back on blankets if we cannot find a place), explore around the area most of the day, then head home.  Silly? Yes, I guess, but it keeps me from getting cabin fever.

Terrific post Billy, thanks.

Tom in Big D   
 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 30, 2009, 01:34:49 PM
Mr. Lee,

A psychiatrist would have a field day with quite of few of us... compulsive disorder? masochistic tendencies? fear of failure syndrome? plain ol\' crazy? ;D  Crammed 7 years of college and law school into 5, started work 3 days after graduation at 23, and never took off more that 5 consecutive days for the next 34 years -- I think my correct diagnosis is Just Plain Stupid.

I had never thought about your \"virtual age\" concept.  I put a pen to it... I now feel better about myself for having retired at 82.5 virtual years of age. Ahhhh... now I can rest and enjoy it without repressed guilt. :)

Thanks for the Cebu offer... hope we can make it reality some day.

Do you think you will ever make it full time in the RP?  Thats my plan... but the best laid plans....

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on July 30, 2009, 03:27:16 PM
Well guys and gals, I\'m going to set the record for boring on my post. First the easy information:

I\'m a Mechanical Engineer (non-PE, don\'t ask why, had to do with a past marriage), but work more in the Civil Engineering field for the Department of Defense for the last 15+ years. I\'m also a certified railroad inspector...but that doesn\'t get a guy very far in life...lol. I\'m 42 years young, the Mrs. is 38, no children (we are still working very diligently on that issue...lol).  I\'m retired from the military due to medical reasons, and call Battle Ground, Washington home. Can\'t beat that Northwest appeal!  My hobbies, other than diving, are shooting, fishing, motorcycling, and working on trucks...not in that exact order...but pretty close.  In planning our permanent move to the Philippines, we are saving up for a much larger lot than we currently have, and hope to take care of that issue within the next year.   

I\'m a PADI Dive Master, and plan on becoming an instructor in the next few years so that I have the possiblity of making some extra cash when I retire in 5 years.  We have a house near Albuera, Leyte, where I spend my time when I\'m not travelling around the world working for the military. The Mrs. and I met while she was singing in a band in South Korea and I was there on one of my many work tours. I was instantly enamored with her voice and her attitude...and that ended my singles escapade!

Now, for the boring part...my day to day life.

Wake up, eat, go to work, eat lunch, go back to work, eat dinner, exercise, read a little....then sleep and start it all over again each day.

Now, the one part I have to fill in is between all those things I get to wait for in-coming sirens, throw on body armor and head to the bunker to wait for the Ka-booms. Luckily, no close calls or anything like that. Did I mention I\'m in Afghanistan for the next 10 months?  That\'s about all I can say on location...lol.

Before deploying to Afghanistan, my work site was the Netherlands where I worked for the military and supported NATO facilities and activities. Can\'t say too much about that either. Sorry po!

Ok, not much else to say except 30 more days until I\'m in the Philippines for my R&R. Ahhhh...what a relaxing time it will be and not a bottle of Red Horse or Tanduay will be safe!

I\'m enjoying everyone\'s write-ups...we have quite a mix of people and experiences on this board...very refreshing to read how everyone\'s lives are focused on the Philippines and life there.

Thank you all!

Greg  8)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jryals on July 30, 2009, 07:33:44 PM
Like a bad dream, call always starts the same way... \"Sweetie, I\'m lost.\" -- \"Tell me where you are.\" - \"In my car.\" --- I\'m like her straight man, I just never learn to head it off.


I know how you feel my wife is the same. 3 years in the same house and still get asked where we at on the way home.  By the way its the same road we always take to. I love it, I now say, No Ideal guess well find out soon.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on July 30, 2009, 11:02:48 PM
Mr. Lee,

A psychiatrist would have a field day with quite of few of us... compulsive disorder? masochistic tendencies? fear of failure syndrome? plain ol\' crazy? ;D  Crammed 7 years of college and law school into 5, started work 3 days after graduation at 23, and never took off more that 5 consecutive days for the next 34 years -- I think my correct diagnosis is Just Plain Stupid.

I had never thought about your \"virtual age\" concept.  I put a pen to it... I now feel better about myself for having retired at 82.5 virtual years of age. Ahhhh... now I can rest and enjoy it without repressed guilt. :)

Thanks for the Cebu offer... hope we can make it reality some day.

Do you think you will ever make it full time in the RP?  Thats my plan... but the best laid plans....

Tom in Big D


Tom, I just came across this article how modern life makes us crazy, maybe that is what happened to me.  ;D :D ;D

http://news.aol.com/health/article/what-makes-people-crazy/594443?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl1|link6|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Fhealth%2Farticle%2Fwhat-makes-people-crazy%2F594443

To answer your question, yes, we would like to move full time to Cebu one day and I am waiting another year until I start getting my social security checks rolling and then start making some plans toward the move, and if we do it then it would be sometime after I turn 63 and if I can work out some of my health issues which I am working on right now. We would like to be able to use Cebu as a base for travel around Asia, sort of how we have used Florida for this region, but to tell you the truth, I am having a hard time giving up our lifelong friends here, and firearms have been a part of just about all of my whole adult life, and the fact that I really enjoy shooting and working on guns, and that it is a great stress reliever for me, I am not sure I want to give it up and I would have to find a new hobby to replace it. As for the amateur radio, it would require that I get a reciprocal license to operate in the Philippines and then eventually take a test for a Philippine license. I have done neither so far because of the going back and forth but I m sure it would not be a problem to do. One thing that I have issues with is the fact that a move would take away a lot of the rights that I have now and that I could never become a Philippine citizen in total and gain Philippine citizen rights, no matter what I did and that troubles me, so when all is said and done, I may buy a condo here, we have a villa now, and live in Cebu more and here less or whatever we feel like doing and just go with the flow and how the breeze pushes us. I\'m sooooooooooo confused,  ::)  :-\\ hey maybe that is because of how life in the US made me crazy.  ;D :D ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on July 30, 2009, 11:56:04 PM
Hi Tom,

To answer your question no: 1
The last years I worked as an accountmanager for a German manufacturer of contemporary design stoves and fireplaces responsable for the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and UK. Before I did the same job for an Belgian manufacturer only for the Dutch market.
I have been born and bred in that trade as my parents used to be in the same line of business. My father kept telling me once you have soot in your blood you are infected but I never liked to believe him and did before getting serious several other things like scaffoldbuilding on towers in Germany, truckdriving on a regular contract from Netherlands to Iraq v.v., antique dealer in England, on tour through Europe with the only female circus in the world \"Cirque du Barbarie\", etcetera, etcetera..... in fact I did  not lead for some a middle of the road life. On one subject I have to admit with a blush on my face that I can beat you on the number of divorces. I went five times through that ordeal although twice with the last wife after a 21 year lasting marriage 5 years ago. But the positive part of all is it gives a man some wisdom and gives him appreciation. Here in the Phillippines I found at last my compatible counterpart.
My Linda is 39 years and a very intelligent understanding person.

The answer to question 2 :

Netherlands (in a free interpretation) means Low Lands because my country of origin is below sealevel.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 31, 2009, 12:41:58 AM
Hi Greg,

THANK YOU for doing a job in a place where I\'m happy I\'m not doing it... not to mention I would not have a clue how to do it... even if I knew exactly what you are doing there.

Sounds like that \"retiring from the military thing\" worked out for you a lot like Michael Corleone getting out of the \"family business\" -- \"Every time I want out....they keep dragging me back in!\"

Picking up some extra cash in the RP as a dive instructor sounds like a great way to work a little and have some fun at the same time.  If you set up shop and need a \"second fiddle,\" let me know.  I can\'t dive, but I would make myself useful - I can operate the boat; help out with any pretty Pinay customers who need a little help getting in and out of their dive gear; and keep the refreshments iced down. 

Are you planning to build on the \"larger lot\" in Leyte, or buy a house on a larger lot?  If building, are you planning to wait till you retire in 5 years, or forging ahead next year?  Colin posted (with admin permission) a site on his house building thread that is very interesting if your building - it photo documents week by week a 2 year long house building project near AC:  -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/achouseproject/  -- If you haven\'t checked it out, their building techniques should peak your engineering interest.

I enjoyed your post.  It adds to the amazement of how such a diverse set of people could all be destined (hopefully) to voluntarily end up in the same little corner of the world to spend the latter part of their lives. 

It encourages me to see what an intelligent, enterprising (I\'ll stop there before it gets too deep ;D) group of people are on this Forum... it helps me convince myself that I\'m not totally delusional (or self-deluding, or whacked-out) to believe I can actually one day live in the RP.

BTW Greg - if your day-by-day is boring, then I must be comatose.

I look forward to hearing more from you.

Tom in Big D     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on July 31, 2009, 01:24:12 AM
started work 3 days after graduation at 23, and never took off more that 5 consecutive days for the next 34 years -- I think my correct diagnosis is Just Plain Stupid.


Sounds like myself... just that I was forced to retire just as the good stuff was happening at age 33 to avoid certain death  >:(
Friends told me how they envy me still getting paid 60% of my not too bad salary for life and how if they were me they would hop on one of my Harleys and ride across the USA... That was my dream too... but having 2 strokes before age 33 kinda puts a damper on things... luckily I had no physical damage and appear to be 100% healthy - which 2 years later was slightly bad news for me... (my nasty insurance package covers physical disabilities for life - and had a 2 year cap on non physical disabilities). Well... oh well... I guess thats all I can say  8)

For now ... I just try to have fun everyday... fun is good.... So if I have a problem - its fixed immediately... I have no choice for health reasons and attempts to avoid stroke #3 while still in my 30\'s - ... Medics still dont know whats going on... but local docs claim I may have had something similar to strokes but different... they have identified a disorder that seems to mainly affect Asian people Brugada Syndrome... Even if thats it - which tests will show in the near future... the only fix I have heard from them is a pacemaker so if I go comatose it will keep my heart beating until I get to a hospital... stroke .. or heart stops beating properly to mimic a stroke ... hmm.. ouch... umm, ya - sucks EITEHR way - oh well.. I will pass !  wheres my SCRABBLE BOARD !

Contrary to what some may believe I really find GREAT satisfaction in solving problems... and fixing things... tuning the carb on this thing here I purchased called a motorcycle (back home its a MOPED), re-wiring the electrical system in my car, making a new \'hackintosh\' - those are all fun things... so thats what I do everyday.... just fix things.... its been that way for years... I can just listen to a malfunctioning car and 90% of the time determine where its problem is.... but all of my professional work and schooling up to an MBA have been technology and law related. Started programming around 1981 on VIC 20\'s, TRS 80\'s PET\'s etc...

Other days I sleep all day... especially the days like now when the words on the screen keep moving because my head is spinning... reminds me of the movie vertigo...  

I had my own column in my past employers ( http://www.ca.com ) magazine and traveled as a Microsoft Certified Trainer / Microsoft Certified Syetems Engineer teaching help desk staff and administrators how to use their CA software. I miss that work... it was not work.. it was just something I did everyday... and they were paying me for it ! Wow nice...
I have volumes to write... but now is not the right time.... so one day... for now .. I just sleep and stuff. Its the best way to keep my head from spinning.... if it spins too long I end up in the ER :)

Ooh ya... I came to RP soulsearching... and got married to the best looking filipina woman I ever met. But she left 6 months later in Arizona after my 60% salary was cut to zero. She said she can make more on her own in New York City with no education by working as an entertainer... hmmm... I cant be mad.. too much stress - hahah...

So I just took some time and remarried into a family I had known for years. Not a supermodel - but then again - neither is Brad Pitt ;) Nice family... everytime we go shopping I meet more of her relatives... geez... must be hundreds of them in every plaza and mall and soo far from Marawai! Well... Her family owns a college in Mindanao - so I may give it a computer lab and training materials to boot so I can do something with my time. I did manage to finally start recording in my music studio this week ! A few neighbors came over and said if they could make music like that they would be doing it everyday ! I think they are right.... so my PLAN is to make some tagalog R&B music my heart is in gothik metal-techno, incense and cloves but that gives some people the heebie-jeebies - just adds to the flavor of my urban music productions...
 
Hmm.. I will blog the rest.... one day... maybe... too many volumes to write and organize...
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 31, 2009, 01:38:37 AM
Mr. Lee,

Thanks for the article... I love the \"protections\" suggested, particularly the last three (walk it off; take time to bask; develop a world view).  Looks like our RP plans will fit right in with curing our mental illness from US life  ;D

It continues to look like dual paths for us.  I also may wait for 62 before going full time.  I can stretch the current assets for a long time in the RP, but it would be nice to have ss as a safety net.  I\'m planning about 8 months in RP and 4 back home till then.  The conflict is... the 4 months here will cost more than the 8 months in the RP.  So, I\'ve got to get rid of the US house and really scale back on the expenses of the US base before the 60/40 plan makes economic sense. 

Do you try to coordinate you US-RP time with the weather? After a lifetime of 100+ summers, droughts and water rationing, I\'m not too sure I\'d mind a monsoon or two. ;D

Loss of various rights - firearms, property, civil liberties, etc., also trouble me... my law license is just a worthless piece of paper in the RP.  The impossibility of maintaining effective control over investments and financial matters, with quick and easy access, within the RP is very concerning.  The lack of safety and integrity of the infrastructure for travel and communication is a big concern because of my desire to travel extensively. Its ironic that many of these \"problems\" are what makes the RP into what it is today, as compared to other destinations, and thus some of what attracts me to the RP.

Lots of others seem to overcome these problems, so I assume I can also.   

We also plan on basing near Cebu City and traveling from there.  Bing has family there that can hopefully provide some house-watching and other assistance while we are away from the area. We plan to rent for first year or so, would prefer a house, but may go condo for security and convenience to expedite traveling.  Eventually would like to build... and would for sure but for the above noted concerns.

I wish I was as far along as you are on this \"adventure.\"

Tom in Big D


 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 31, 2009, 02:00:09 AM
... several other things like scaffoldbuilding on towers in Germany, truckdriving on a regular contract from Netherlands to Iraq v.v., antique dealer in England, on tour through Europe with the only female circus in the world \"Cirque du Barbarie\", etcetera, etcetera...

Dang Boomerang - you may win the prize for the Most Anti-Boring Life.  But, we\'ll have to wait till all the contestants have put their applications in. ;D  BTW- can you get me and 100 of my best friends free tickets to that circus?

I can\'t match you at five divorces... but I can throw in one lawsuit claiming to be my Common-Law wife; and one Palimony lawsuit.  Free advice -- Never sue a lawyer unless you have deep pockets... we can wear you down with endless motions, hearings and delays since we represent ourselves for free. ;)

Glad you kept your finger in the dike till you escaped to the RP.

Tom in Big D 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on July 31, 2009, 02:29:19 AM
Hi Dylanz,

Had that happen to me once in the early 80s - My money ran out... and so did she. >:(

Sorry to hear you got such a medical kick-in-the-teeth at such an early age.  Pull for the arrhythmia rather than a stroke (yeah, sucky choice)... but you can live normally for a normal life span if a pacemaker is the answer.  Hope it turns out that way.

Sounds like you have a lot of good options going for you in the RP.  To each his own, but the College deal sound great to me... of course, you would have to deal with all the \"school girl\" crushes on the cool professor who makes music on the side. 8)  Uhh... where in Mindanao is the College?

Great post.

Tom in Big D
 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on July 31, 2009, 02:52:57 AM
Sounds like you have a lot of good options going for you in the RP.  To each his own, but the College deal sound great to me... of course, you would have to deal with all the \"school girl\" crushes on the cool professor who makes music on the side. 8)  Uhh... where in Mindanao is the College?

I have not asked them more than 1 or 2 questions total about their schools because im just being cautious not to seem interested and jump in head first - after all - its something that comes 2nd nature to me but at the same time could be my demise  :P

Her Sultan-Uncle was president of Mindanao State University but it seems a recent military promotion sent him in a different direction and as I just glanced at their faculty list it looks like the family are at least 20% of the list. They also have a medical related school in Marawai as well that bears the family name. But I think being married to the sultans niece is enough to keep all school girls at bay... lucky me  :P

If I have to wear those cloth sheik things on my head I plan to get one with some black and gold bands on it and carry an Ankh that can be used as a mosquito swatter.  ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on July 31, 2009, 03:13:27 AM
Mr. Lee,

Thanks for the article... I love the \"protections\" suggested, particularly the last three (walk it off; take time to bask; develop a world view).  Looks like our RP plans will fit right in with curing our mental illness from US life ;D

It continues to look like dual paths for us.  I also may wait for 62 before going full time.  I can stretch the current assets for a long time in the RP, but it would be nice to have ss as a safety net.  I\'m planning about 8 months in RP and 4 back home till then.  The conflict is... the 4 months here will cost more than the 8 months in the RP.  So, I\'ve got to get rid of the US house and really scale back on the expenses of the US base before the 60/40 plan makes economic sense. 

Do you try to coordinate you US-RP time with the weather? After a lifetime of 100+ summers, droughts and water rationing, I\'m not too sure I\'d mind a monsoon or two. ;D

Loss of various rights - firearms, property, civil liberties, etc., also trouble me... my law license is just a worthless piece of paper in the RP.  The impossibility of maintaining effective control over investments and financial matters, with quick and easy access, within the RP is very concerning.  The lack of safety and integrity of the infrastructure for travel and communication is a big concern because of my desire to travel extensively. Its ironic that many of these \"problems\" are what makes the RP into what it is today, as compared to other destinations, and thus some of what attracts me to the RP.

Lots of others seem to overcome these problems, so I assume I can also.   

We also plan on basing near Cebu City and traveling from there.  Bing has family there that can hopefully provide some house-watching and other assistance while we are away from the area. We plan to rent for first year or so, would prefer a house, but may go condo for security and convenience to expedite traveling.  Eventually would like to build... and would for sure but for the above noted concerns.

I wish I was as far along as you are on this \"adventure.\"

Tom in Big D


You are welcome Tom, yup maybe the article explains a lot about me and maybe about you too.  ;D :D ;)

The dual paths seems to be a good option if we can afford it, and for the time being, I should be able to unless another unforeseen shhhhhh shhhh shhhh it storm hits.  :\'(

and the answer is yes, I try to be here in hurricane alley during the hurricane season because I do not wish to burden friends with taking care of our home and because I have a friend from New York who likes to vacation during the winters of New York and staying at our home saves him and his wife money and gives us a built in house sitter, but the cost of keeping this villa full time and living in the Philippines most of the year does seem too much, so that is why the condo thoughts and why we also chose a condo in Cebu verses a house that would have had to be looked after while we travel or are in the US.

My wife also has family near Toledo Cebu but I prefer locking the doors of the condo and having a friend keep an eye on it rather than the possible family problems of owning a house and having people live there or take care of it and run up our bills. Just one such example and I have many over our 15 plus years of marriage, :\'(  is that years ago I had a phone installed in one sisters house so that my wife could keep in touch with part of her family and they could keep up to date with the rest of the family, and all the neighbors used the phone and we could never seem to get calls to her family.  ::) Also while most Filipinos that I have met are very enterprising and would have used the phone to make money, heck I have even seen some Filipinos charge for text messages in or out, but not her sister who supposedly could not even collect from the people who made long distance calls, so even though we gave her sister money for a year in advance every year, it eventually caught up with them and by April of one year while we were in the Philippines they had no money and expected us to pay the phone bills for the rest of the year. Needless to say the phone got shut down ASAP when we refused, and I the rich kano was the bad guy for not paying what I had already paid for.  ???  While I did not mind helping my wife\'s sisters, but the whole village making calls on me was out of the question. I personally think it was a case of money in one hand and out the other and that her sister was charging for the phones use but spending as fast as she took it in, reason, her sister even gets a cut of the gambling from people who use her deck of cards.  >:(

Now, getting a condo that will fill your bill can also be challenging but with time spent looking, people will no doubt find one that fits their needs. I too think they are safer and much easier to leave when returning to the states or other travel. Stay away from City Lights in Cebu IMHO unless they fix the water shortage and other problem.  :o http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=489295&publicationSubCategoryId=108

Other than that, it will be up to how much the Filipino way of doing things you can stand. Example, our place left all the rebar hanging out where the next building will or may be someday, that really does not bother me too much, but many high class Kanos (the word includes all round eyes) that have looked there said it was junk, I see the future and the convenience of the location and know they will eventually build something on that property because of the cost of the land sitting empty and the high value of the property because of its location, but others seem to want immediate gratification and for bottom dollars. I guess time will tell who was correct, but for the price we paid and the fact that we got in almost at the bottom, I really cannot complain and it will be the wife\'s when I am gone anyway, so I will never have to deal with it beyond living there and she can always rent them out and not live there if she wants more income.

BTW, one such Kano ended up renting up in City Lights and the last I saw him he complained continually about the low water pressure. Life is a beach.  :D

and so ends this chapter of the saga of Lee in the Philippines  ;D :D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on July 31, 2009, 11:49:30 AM
Thank you Tom for your kind words! I do agree...what an eclectic group we have here...lol...and I mean that in a good way!

Quote
Are you planning to build on the \"larger lot\" in Leyte, or buy a house on a larger lot?  If building, are you planning to wait till you retire in 5 years, or forging ahead next year?  Colin posted (with admin permission) a site on his house building thread that is very interesting if your building - it photo documents week by week a 2 year long house building project near AC:  -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/achouseproject/  -- If you haven\'t checked it out, their building techniques should peak your engineering interest.


We are going to buy the property first, then plan the rest.  Right now I have an idea for a one-off type of house that won\'t look too gaudy...and will still add a nice architectural touch to the area.  I have to keep in mind the abilities of the workers in the area we live, so thats going to be the fun part.  Still, I\'m always keeping my eyes open for ideas to blend in with what I have in mind.

With the diving, I have been asked asked in the past by some dive shops to help out in the peak tourist season, so might just be a \"filler\" during the high season and relax during the lows.  All that can change though...the Mrs. has a thing for business ventures and if she think she can make a decent business out of a resort...hell or high water can\'t stop her... ;D  Since the Mrs. toured with a band in the past, we are going to work on putting in a recording studio like dylanaz, but will integrate it into the house design.  I already knew that was coming anyways...you can never take music away from a pinay! ;)

You just have to love them!

Greg 8)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on July 31, 2009, 07:40:09 PM

On the same as day my retirement in the Netherlands started, on March1, 2009, I took my laptop, passport, a set of clean underwear, my pension papers and moved to the Philippines with the idea to make a start on the second best part of my life and to meet my internet love in real.

On May 1, 2006 on the day of my retirement, I too ran away from home but I only got as far as 90 miles (145 kM) away from my old home. But I took all of my underwear (clean, dirty, etc) and my Filipina love Eda with me... We had no plans (and still don\'t) of moving to the Philippines forever. We like the USA comforts and having a place we can just lock up and walk away from when we go on one of our many trips and cruises. Yes, we are wannabe vagabonds...


About 10p went upstairs to shoot pool for a while.  I love pool, mainly 9-ball, and try to get in at least an hour a day to keep my game up so I don’t get beat flat when I go out to shoot.


I used to vision myself as the new Minnesota Billy\"! I played in a USD 100 9-Ball game one night and won 8 out of 10 games. It helped that the \"flush\" redneck did have more to drink than I did. I took my back-pocket money to Kansas City, Missouri and in a few hours I didn\'t have enough money left to get back home. That was my 1st hitch-hiking experience.

Last year we were at a family gathering in Cebu. They had an outdoor pool table and the neighborhood barkada boys kept the table busy. One of Eda\'s nephews that ran the games challenged me to a game. To his surprise (and to the boys there) I ran the table twice. I gave the table back to the boys and just watched as they continued playing. Now they asked me for advise on difficult shots!  ::) After 50 years I have finally learned how to walk away a winner!!!


Contrary to my previous plan of not buying/building for 1st year or so, we bought 8800sqm lot on Panglao Island, primarily as investment at bargain basement  price.

My avowed travelling around the Philippines before buying has been a little curtailed but so far we\'ve been to (in no particular order) Cebu City, Mactan Island, Bantayan Island, Boracay, Manila, Makati, Tagatay, CDO, Butuan, Gingoog City.

Well, we have so far bought a 3 b/r 2 CR house on 3 Hectares with 150 coconut trees whose crops pay the taxes and leave a little in the bank. But we leased it out, so we can\'t sleep there.

We bought 2 lots in a subdivision near Carcar, Cebu that\'s beside Eda\'s sister\'s lot and near the mayor of Carcar. But the lots are still vacant, so we can\'t sleep there either.

We are in the process of buying a condo near the downtown circle of Cebu City, but it\'s still just a \"hole in the sky\" and won\'t be finished until December 2010. So we can\'t sleep there either. Every trip we make there we end up staying with Eda\'s mom...

We\'ve been taking any of the nieces, nephews, etc on trips around Cebu. Our last outing was the \"B\" Islands: Bantayan, Broacay and Bohol. (I really like Bohol!)


My name is Eugene Larry Murphy, but please don’t let that out, just call me “Murf” for going into a Irish Pub with Lawrence a regular and friend of mine on here and having someone say, hey by “Eugene” a drink just doesn’t work in the bars that I frequent.

I live in the now finally city of Bayugan on the Island of Mindanao  about 40 minutes by car or van to Butuan the big city near me, then of course south of me so that makes Butuan north of me guys, now follow along  ???there is Davao the bigger city 6 hours by car to the south of us.

Murph (and don\'t call me Eugene  :P ), one of my 1st trips to the Philippines was to Davao City. I really liked their zoo! Someday I will go again and will head North to Murphysville, the \"rumble in the jungle\"...

A museum here in the USA has fallen on hard times and had to sell some of their artifacts. I bought a Philippine Kris with a 22\" (56 cm) blade that is \"fully waved\" with 13 waves from the hilt to the tip. It has a plain 2-piece wooden scabbard. So far my research shows that it originated somewhere in Mindanao and on one of my trips I will be bringing it with me to get it closer to it\'s original home. I will be Posting photos, etc in another Thread once I get some close-up photos. (It arrived yesterday) I will be relying on you to help me identify where it came from and about when it was born. Okey Dong???  ;D

Well, I\'m getting long-winded (like others I know), so I\'ll turn over the floor back to the next Member...  ;)

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on July 31, 2009, 07:40:25 PM
Grizzi I agree you just have to love em ;D


Here was my day rather boring but great for me and the wife and barcada. ;D

Another day choosing action instead of fear

Well in keeping with the spirit of this wonderful piece of editorial genius, thank you John, Jack and all the rest of the wonderful post that have been written here in an attempt to allow us to be more human to each other, let me escape into my day.

I got up feeling weak and tired as usual but said my wife had wanted for 3 weeks to get Chinese Vase

s in Butuan where I haggle very well with the Chinese owner and I said by gosh I am going to do it, come hell or high water.

I took a hit of O2 at 4 liter per minute, damn near an high, lol, but could walk and felt almost like a human being, but by the time I got ready and cleaned up and the private van was here I was back to gasping for air, never mine I got help by two beautiful young ladies to the van, got in front of the a/c turn it on high reclined the seat and caught up on my breathing as my heart beat finally went below 140.


I took the group to pizza hut where they filled up on Lasagna Meat Lovers Pizza, then I let my wife and her girlfriends shop at Gaisano while I sit in the A/C of Pizza Hut.

I then went across the street to the Vase shop where I haggled her down on a pair of beautiful alike ( well no real hand painted Chinese vases are alike if real) price was 3,600 a piece I offered her 6000 she said no, I walked out and she said OK , OK you blue devil you win. I didn’t win of course she still made a buddle. I know the mark up on these things.
 
My wife managed to get the girl to give her a giveaway. I bribed a policeman to let my van driver block traffic while we loaded to rather large and crated vases. That makes 6 now I only need to start getting the short ones for the fox tail that I plan to grow inside.

The pictures are pretty self explanatory the vase and me and two vases. Surprised I made it as far as I did, but my wife needs to get out more and we need to get back to living if I can just with a little help from my friends get some help up the steps put me in a chair and just go shopping girls…it’s your world I am just borrowing some small pleasure from it when I see that smile on your face.
Another great day in the middle of the “Rumble in the Jungle” called Murfs Place.

Have a great night and day all!

Murf

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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 01, 2009, 06:38:18 AM
Thank you Tom for your kind words! I do agree...what an eclectic group we have here...lol...and I mean that in a good way!

Quote
Are you planning to build on the \"larger lot\" in Leyte, or buy a house on a larger lot?  If building, are you planning to wait till you retire in 5 years, or forging ahead next year?  Colin posted (with admin permission) a site on his house building thread that is very interesting if your building - it photo documents week by week a 2 year long house building project near AC:  -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/achouseproject/  -- If you haven\'t checked it out, their building techniques should peak your engineering interest.


We are going to buy the property first, then plan the rest.  Right now I have an idea for a one-off type of house that won\'t look too gaudy...and will still add a nice architectural touch to the area.  I have to keep in mind the abilities of the workers in the area we live, so thats going to be the fun part.  Still, I\'m always keeping my eyes open for ideas to blend in with what I have in mind.

With the diving, I have been asked asked in the past by some dive shops to help out in the peak tourist season, so might just be a \"filler\" during the high season and relax during the lows.  All that can change though...the Mrs. has a thing for business ventures and if she think she can make a decent business out of a resort...hell or high water can\'t stop her... ;D  Since the Mrs. toured with a band in the past, we are going to work on putting in a recording studio like dylanaz, but will integrate it into the house design.  I already knew that was coming anyways...you can never take music away from a pinay! ;)

You just have to love them!

Greg 8)


When running an antique business in Maine as a sideline (which soon became a full time job) my house was quite \"eclectic as it\" had everything from Hepplewhite , tons of bottles from the Boston/Salem Massachusetts glass factory.  I used to love to live in the small towns and villages on the back roads which were once the main roads from Rockland, Maine to Augusta Maine,and one day found myself living in Wahington , Maine, population 310 unless you counter \"Bubblegum\" we called him that for when he was sober enough to stay in the village , his drug of choice was eating the jelly like conjunction out of the little Sterno  cans, thus his lips and mouth were all red like bubblegum 

Because I love history I made friends with the oldest person in the town, she was 94 and old maid and was born raised and finally died there. She was a school teacher in her youth and told me the most fascinating stories of how the place I then called home Washington, Maine was actually the first layover for the stage coach that ran daily from Rockland to The capital of Augusta. She showed me old pictures of now gone several hotels , and salons , barber shops one which was our current post office, a 10 foot by 10 foot structure.

Knowing I was a antique dealer plus working at the Augusta Mental Health Institute, she told me as a child every Sunday in the summer of going down this old wooden logging road with her father and the weeks worth of trash including many unbroken empty medicine bottle. Dr Knowles cure for alcoholism  which he patented and sold to the first VA Hospital in Togus Maine. really and old soldiers home to house the lame and infirm and indigent Veterans from the civil war.It seemed to keep the soldiers from wandering off \"the hospital grounds\" as the dose called for was 1 ounce every 4 hours, well as it was 40% alcohol , they had no reason to wander for they were all just \"drunk\"

Not 100% sure if it was \"Dr Knowles Gold Elixir that was the one I am speaking of , for it\'s been so long and I have dug over 5.000 bottles out of garbage dumps, I forget.

And before someone chimes in, with \"what does this have to do with the Philippines, well I am interested in trying to retrace the history of where I know live, in the rumble in the jungle, did the RP have bottle making plants or was everything imported and if so where the bottles from Spain, China, India, which would make a new hobby for me and new adventure and new cause to carry on.

How I find the old dumps would be to look up the old maps, in regards to Washington, Maine where the school teacher Ms. Fibbs gave me a pretty good location it was 4 miles into the woods, and you back the buckboard up to the side of a drop off and simply raked everything down the hill, Now that cause a lot of broken bottles but a lot survived.

After getting the general location of where I thought the dump was I would take my Garrett Metal Detector, put her on \"all metal mode\" and when she went \"screaming\" with all the kerosene lamp parts , old hand made square nails, door hinges, I knew I was in the right place.

There has to be places like that in the RP, where years ago in the 1800\'s people disposed of all their trash, and for my part for some reason I don\'t believe they made bottles here in the RP but were all brought in, in opens up a whole new avenue of \"treasure hunting for me\" glass wine bottles from France, Spain, India, small poison bottles with the skull and cross bones still on there.

Anyone have any more \"truthful\" facts on the bottle making industry in the RP please let me know, I am keenly interested.

OK its 6:10 am my wife has been walking for her almost hour , soon it will be time to start another wonderful day here in the \"rumble in the Jungle\", I awoke with the chicken doing their 3 am crowing, (don\'t know where that theory came from Rooster crow at sunup) ,  and for future reference all my house building project pictures will be on this post out of respect for Colin, for his dedication and planning are so much more thought out than mine.I will have a nice house but I want it now, am impulsive, not the detailed articulate planner Colin is.

I like his plans sometimes wish I had both the luxury of \"time on earth\" and his patience to be more detailed but so far everything is going well ahead of schedule. We have stop construction for awhile until I get the electric company to run a main line from the road back to my house for trying to wield the the steel trusses for the roof running off this old houses wiring proved to be to dangerous.


And besides they are finished the walls on the second floor need to plaster them and with no roof if it rains as it usually does every day a torrential downpour at 2pm, it will ruin all the work,  but I will keep you posted. Once the insides is furnished and decorated I think you all will be surprised at the outcome.

Have I made mistakes along the way, OMG yes, but mistakes is how we learn from each other if I make it now and its a \"blunder\" \"Brad\" doesn\'t have to do it over again when he starts here.

Thank you all the ones who tuned it for listening , this is a good site , great people and a thriving community of people actually interested in the daily lives of one another.Human beings are a strange lot, all different, with many varying different opinions but all actually headed for the same place...just a quite place in the sun to be at peace whither that means boat building or sitting on the white sand sucking up a few cold ones...each to his or hers own happiness.

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 01, 2009, 07:48:51 AM
...I have to keep in mind the abilities of the workers in the area we live, so thats going to be the fun part.  Still, I\'m always keeping my eyes open for ideas to blend in with what I have in mind.

For me, designing a house is more fun than living in it... once its built, I see all the things that I \"wish I had done\" that would add to the aesthetics or utility of the place. 

When I started tinkering with beginning floor plan for a place in the RP, I realized I didn\'t know squat about the actual contruction process or materials used in the RP... what type of beams, joists, rafters, etc. are used - what distance could be free spanned - what structural supports are used with hollow block - etc., etc., Thats why the threads by Colin, Murf, the AC site mentioned above and others who are documenting their building is interesting to me.  You just can\'t tell by looking at the outside of a finished structure how the heck it was built.

Once I get a few of the RP building basics sorted out, I am going to try to work out a design that takes into account external security while allowing access from helpers quarters, visitor areas and outside social areas.... without looking like a jailhouse. ;D

Since security, internal and external access, aesthetics, comfort and utility are usually trade-offs... I\'ll probably end up with a design for a steel box with a helipad on the roof... which I\'ll throw in the trash and go rent a condo. :(

On the bright side... what ever I end up in will be brightened by the smile of my beautiful pinay pie, the smell of lechon and the sound of karaoke... yes, you have to love them!  :)

Tom in big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 01, 2009, 08:29:09 AM

For me, designing a house is more fun than living in it... once its built, I see all the things that I \"wish I had done\" that would add to the aesthetics or utility of the place. 

When I started tinkering with beginning floor plan for a place in the RP, I realized I didn\'t know squat about the actual contruction process or materials used in the RP... what type of beams, joists, rafters, etc. are used - what distance could be free spanned - what structural supports are used with hollow block - etc., etc., Thats why the threads by Colin, Murf, the AC site mentioned above and others who are documenting their building is interesting to me.  You just can\'t tell by looking at the outside of a finished structure how the heck it was built.

Once I get a few of the RP building basics sorted out, I am going to try to work out a design that takes into account external security while allowing access from helpers quarters, visitor areas and outside social areas.... without looking like a jailhouse. ;D

Since security, internal and external access, aesthetics, comfort and utility are usually trade-offs... I\'ll probably end up with a design for a steel box with a helipad on the roof... which I\'ll throw in the trash and go rent a condo. :(

On the bright side... what ever I end up in will be brightened by the smile of my beautiful pinay pie, the smell of lechon and the sound of karaoke... yes, you have to love them!  :)

Tom in big D

 

I also enjoy the designing part, and it will be an anti-climax when the house is finally built. I am also not too familiar with the type of construction used here and rely on advice from engineers. I just know what accommodation I would like, and the look of the place.

I am hoping, after this, to get back to one of my earlier hobbies of designing model aircraft. I have brought my radio equipment and a big box of engines. The biggest problem is getting the fuel for them. There is glow fuel in Manila but I can\'t transport it to Palawan, and I cannot find a source of ether to mix my own fuel for the diesel engines. I may have to go electric instead. Perhaps I should also replace my proposed swimming pool with a landing strip  ;D

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 01, 2009, 12:54:58 PM
Thank you Tom for your kind words! I do agree...what an eclectic group we have here...lol...and I mean that in a good way!

Quote
Are you planning to build on the \"larger lot\" in Leyte, or buy a house on a larger lot?  If building, are you planning to wait till you retire in 5 years, or forging ahead next year?  Colin posted (with admin permission) a site on his house building thread that is very interesting if your building - it photo documents week by week a 2 year long house building project near AC:  -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/achouseproject/  -- If you haven\'t checked it out, their building techniques should peak your engineering interest.


We are going to buy the property first, then plan the rest.  Right now I have an idea for a one-off type of house that won\'t look too gaudy...and will still add a nice architectural touch to the area.  I have to keep in mind the abilities of the workers in the area we live, so thats going to be the fun part.  Still, I\'m always keeping my eyes open for ideas to blend in with what I have in mind.

With the diving, I have been asked asked in the past by some dive shops to help out in the peak tourist season, so might just be a \"filler\" during the high season and relax during the lows.  All that can change though...the Mrs. has a thing for business ventures and if she think she can make a decent business out of a resort...hell or high water can\'t stop her... ;D  Since the Mrs. toured with a band in the past, we are going to work on putting in a recording studio like dylanaz, but will integrate it into the house design.  I already knew that was coming anyways...you can never take music away from a pinay! ;)

You just have to love them!

Greg 8)


When running an antique business in Maine as a sideline (which soon became a full time job) my house was quite \"eclectic as it\" had everything from Hepplewhite , tons of bottles from the Boston/Salem Massachusetts glass factory.  I used to love to live in the small towns and villages on the back roads which were once the main roads from Rockland, Maine to Augusta Maine,and one day found myself living in Wahington , Maine, population 310 unless you counter \"Bubblegum\" we called him that for when he was sober enough to stay in the village , his drug of choice was eating the jelly like conjunction out of the little Sterno  cans, thus his lips and mouth were all red like bubblegum 

Because I love history I made friends with the oldest person in the town, she was 94 and old maid and was born raised and finally died there. She was a school teacher in her youth and told me the most fascinating stories of how the place I then called home Washington, Maine was actually the first layover for the stage coach that ran daily from Rockland to The capital of Augusta. She showed me old pictures of now gone several hotels , and salons , barber shops one which was our current post office, a 10 foot by 10 foot structure.

Knowing I was a antique dealer plus working at the Augusta Mental Health Institute, she told me as a child every Sunday in the summer of going down this old wooden logging road with her father and the weeks worth of trash including many unbroken empty medicine bottle. Dr Knowles cure for alcoholism  which he patented and sold to the first VA Hospital in Togus Maine. really and old soldiers home to house the lame and infirm and indigent Veterans from the civil war.It seemed to keep the soldiers from wandering off \"the hospital grounds\" as the dose called for was 1 ounce every 4 hours, well as it was 40% alcohol , they had no reason to wander for they were all just \"drunk\"

Not 100% sure if it was \"Dr Knowles Gold Elixir that was the one I am speaking of , for it\'s been so long and I have dug over 5.000 bottles out of garbage dumps, I forget.

And before someone chimes in, with \"what does this have to do with the Philippines, well I am interested in trying to retrace the history of where I know live, in the rumble in the jungle, did the RP have bottle making plants or was everything imported and if so where the bottles from Spain, China, India, which would make a new hobby for me and new adventure and new cause to carry on.

How I find the old dumps would be to look up the old maps, in regards to Washington, Maine where the school teacher Ms. Fibbs gave me a pretty good location it was 4 miles into the woods, and you back the buckboard up to the side of a drop off and simply raked everything down the hill, Now that cause a lot of broken bottles but a lot survived.

After getting the general location of where I thought the dump was I would take my Garrett Metal Detector, put her on \"all metal mode\" and when she went \"screaming\" with all the kerosene lamp parts , old hand made square nails, door hinges, I knew I was in the right place.

There has to be places like that in the RP, where years ago in the 1800\'s people disposed of all their trash, and for my part for some reason I don\'t believe they made bottles here in the RP but were all brought in, in opens up a whole new avenue of \"treasure hunting for me\" glass wine bottles from France, Spain, India, small poison bottles with the skull and cross bones still on there.

Anyone have any more \"truthful\" facts on the bottle making industry in the RP please let me know, I am keenly interested.

OK its 6:10 am my wife has been walking for her almost hour , soon it will be time to start another wonderful day here in the \"rumble in the Jungle\", I awoke with the chicken doing their 3 am crowing, (don\'t know where that theory came from Rooster crow at sunup) ,  and for future reference all my house building project pictures will be on this post out of respect for Colin, for his dedication and planning are so much more thought out than mine.I will have a nice house but I want it now, am impulsive, not the detailed articulate planner Colin is.

I like his plans sometimes wish I had both the luxury of \"time on earth\" and his patience to be more detailed but so far everything is going well ahead of schedule. We have stop construction for awhile until I get the electric company to run a main line from the road back to my house for trying to wield the the steel trusses for the roof running off this old houses wiring proved to be to dangerous.


And besides they are finished the walls on the second floor need to plaster them and with no roof if it rains as it usually does every day a torrential downpour at 2pm, it will ruin all the work,  but I will keep you posted. Once the insides is furnished and decorated I think you all will be surprised at the outcome.

Have I made mistakes along the way, OMG yes, but mistakes is how we learn from each other if I make it now and its a \"blunder\" \"Brad\" doesn\'t have to do it over again when he starts here.

Thank you all the ones who tuned it for listening , this is a good site , great people and a thriving community of people actually interested in the daily lives of one another.Human beings are a strange lot, all different, with many varying different opinions but all actually headed for the same place...just a quite place in the sun to be at peace whither that means boat building or sitting on the white sand sucking up a few cold ones...each to his or hers own happiness.

Murf


your right of course don\'t every come between a Filipino woman and her family or take away their music,for this is why we love them so much for in the face of calamity they smile while we complain, Who  would Love them...but day thanks for the space , I would say and the air i am taking away from you all as you read these pearls of pigs ears, but hey it aint your air I paid for that big green machine I am attached to.

Tom in the Bid \"D\", wish you and many others were here today, I am in the partying and giving spirit, it\'s just a crazy part of my psyche , after all my bills are paid, everyone has their clothes washed for next week there is enough money in the bank to make it until payday unforeseen a major medical emergency such as a heart transplant for my mother that none of my insurance on her would cover, so this morning I got up after sucking on the big green machine next to my bed for a while, got dressed. Took two of my nieces , two nephews to carry the food and stuff and one 5 year old niece who is just my favorite and I spoil her so but I could just squeeze her to pieces someday.

I called the boss (the construction boss) told him we were having lechon manok, lechon baboy, pork adobo, kinilew (spelling) raw blue marlin squeezed with vinegar and spices and ginger and onions, boko pie sorry for all the misspelled bisaya or tagalog  words I can say them just can\'t write them yet. I asked the boss if the boys could have off at 1pm so we could eat then drink sing Karaoke, try to find those cherry cigars I bought my wife. And just enjoy this beautiful day that has been given to us.

He said of course you can let them off where two weeks ahead of schedule already and what me? I said what about YOU? He said don\'t I get to come, I said of course you do you fool, that is a given. Wish you and the misses could be here wish Rufus would come he is on the Island somewhere? Hope he is ok?

dylanaz for you, I find this not hard to say at all as a man, for men are not this tough made of steel indestructible machine some women think we are. I am just amazed at your post,  before any of you go \"cross dressing\"  :) on me I have never sent this person well maybe i did once a pm, don\'t know his real name, call him Brad, and would give anything to write with his even temperament, sound logic to asked questions, and the little satire and humor he injects, you have to be careful you could miss it, make for every thing he writes so damn enjoyable to read. Reminds me so much of Mark Twain.

And yeah I know, very few of you consider me as \"well read\" but believe or not I am quite the studious one. This disease and this computer help me with that.


To have gone what you gone through, and still come out not only smelling like a rose but handing them out is more than I learned in all those years of academia sitting through those boring lectures on \"abnormal childhood anxiety disorders when left untreated\' duh... if you know you got prostate cancer you probably go to a doctor and check out your options, but to state a case of illness and then to state what happens if left untreated just boggles my mind then as it does now. It was field I loved and hated at the same time, for I saw the wasted hours of book study mean absolutely nothing until you hit the “real world\" of the bowels of Bellvulle  New York, and realized everything you had learned in the book didn\'t work in real life.

I don\'t want to immolate or be like anyone, for if I follow anyone else it will only lead me to them, and I want and am almost there the closest I have ever been in my life to understanding my intent and purpose upon this earth. But if I could gain a few better \"lines and pearls of some of Brads sayings, I would not be hurt, believe me. Don\'t stop posting buddy your doing a hell of job; proving that this new daily, what the hell am I doing today thing has brought out in a lot of us.

Grizzi calls it eclectic, I call it right down genius sometimes, I mean if you take the combined wisdom of all those who post here I am not sure if Superman had died before his time, we all could have did a miracle and make Superman walk, or as \"CR\" says \"give Stevie a peak, just a peak, for god\'s sake he is a musical genius the man deserves just a peak\"

For those of you who may not know me I have grown on here simply because of your both combined wisdom and passion and sense of community you have all become my sounding board of sorts as I look into the abyss your compassion showed by your human caring for one another even when we disagree is the closest thing John Lennon ever came to nirvana  , I guess for I have no conception of that psychological state, for I think in psychobabble, but that’s just me I have a lot of pot smoking fun loving friends, who escape there every day and some of them live right here in the jungles of the RP
Keep up the good work, I can smell the Lechon Manok and I hear the Karaoke machine downstairs with my wife belting away like a dying caribou but I love her to death. I wish each and everyone of you the same happiness I shall see and Feel this day. You all deserve it, as Mr. Lee says…life’s a Beach  :)

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 01, 2009, 01:25:10 PM
Afer reading your post... 2 things came to mind... first I really appreciated when you said...

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I hear the Karaoke machine downstairs with my wife belting away like a dying caribou but I love her to death.


Because now I know... im not the only one who smiles at his asawa when shes on the mic... just to hide my tears... fright.. and explosive laughter...  ;D

Since your Asawa loves Karaoke like my asawa does, but just happens to be a little tone deaf... make sure you NEVER make the mistake I made !!!
I got a video game for her called KARAOKE REVOLUTION-AMERICAN IDOL ! And it supports 8 players ! Perfect for parties !

She loves the show... and there are MANY songs on the game to sing using a real mic... but.. the judges.... (SImon, paula and randy judge each performance) :P
Lets just say she has not turned on the game since Simon said \"I NEVER WANT TO HEAR YOU SING AGAIN !\" (it gives very accurate and truthful results... too accurate it seems)

I wanted to laugh, but at the same time I felt her pain.... so I took her in for singing lessons... Hopefully it works...


for all current consoles including Playstation 2, Wii, Xbox360 etc
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The other thing that came to mind..... umm... I have to take a photo.... for that one - because its related to the \'Hello Kitty\' animal thing  ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 01, 2009, 03:19:10 PM
Wished we could be there right now with you Murf and company to join your bright day up there. Up here it has been raining for almost 3 days now, no watersupply, electrical blackouts every unexpected moment, strong heavy winds and the typhoon \"Jolina\" who possible hit us anytime now. I sincerely hope that my 100 feet high internet antenna will survive. I am wearing for the first time since my arrival trousers and a long sleeve shirt because it\'s very cool up here. If I had a fireplace I would lit him now.

Days like this brings my mind back to everything I left behind. The comfort I used to have. The perfect organised community. The culture were everyting is for me so recognisable. To communicate in my own language. My own brand of beer which not gives me such a headache that gives an impression that I died overnight on a brain infarct after waking up.

Is this overhere really a slice of Paradise ? Or do I want me to believe that myself. What if I could have all this in my hometown, would I be here?

I think the time has come now to take a medicine, maybe a ride on a \"Red Horse\" will lift me out this dip.  :( :(
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: RUFUS on August 01, 2009, 03:22:24 PM
OH SURE!!!
Tease RUFUS with the RedHorse talk  :\'(
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 01, 2009, 04:04:25 PM
Boomerang & Grizzi

Where in the Netherlands did you live?
I lived in Rotterdam 2002-2008

Any other ex-NLers here?
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 01, 2009, 04:10:59 PM
Boomerang & Grizzi

Where in the Netherlands did you live?
I lived in Rotterdam 2002-2008

Any other ex-NLers here?

I used to live in Beetsterzwaag (by Drachten) province Fryslân (Friesland), Yes I am a born and bred Frysian............... ::)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on August 01, 2009, 06:34:31 PM
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Where in the Netherlands did you live?
I lived in Rotterdam 2002-2008

When I\'m not in Afghanistan, I work near Maastrict...so its the Limburgen side of life for me. Love that Alfa Beer! :D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jonnyivy on August 01, 2009, 07:11:46 PM

I ownwed a small holiday cabin 2002 - 2008 for my workers in a town called Gemert ( near Helmond ) . I was operating a plastic recycling factory there with a Dutchman. We are best of friends still and he is actually coming over to Scotland for a holiday middle of August..I also had workers in the \"Mars \" factory in Eindhoven, repairing the flat roofs with a company called UDO Dakbedekkingen.
Would you believe I actually took my van and all my equiptment over to the wet lands to make-over the garden at a clients holiday house. Best laugh was trying to load the lawnmowers onto the electric motorboat to take us over the canal to the house on the other side as there was no road access. Sure the nieghbors had a giggle while we done the splits several times trying not to tip the little boat over while it drifted in and out of the mooring point. I\'m sure you\'ve all seen the funny clips on the TV about the misfortunes of getting on and off a boati. !

Jonny
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 01, 2009, 07:50:36 PM
I come from Friesland, situated in the north of the Netherlands and the south of our country (like Gemert and Maastricht) where you are talking about is to a Frisian abroad. Despite the blends over decades made, Friesland (Fryslân) has still kept a piece of their own culture and last but not least it has its own unique language, for instance such as Welsh in the UK.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 01, 2009, 08:26:46 PM
I come from Friesland, situated in the north of the Netherlands and the south of our country (like Gemert and Maastricht) where you are talking about is to a Frisian abroad. Despite the blends over decades made, Friesland (Fryslân) has still kept a piece of their own culture and last but not least it has its own unique language, for instance such as Welsh in the UK.

I have heard some Friesland choral singing and found it hauntingly beautiful....

Made it to a friends boat and brokerage in Oudega on the way to more friends in Groeningen (yes I know not in Friesland)

Also sailed (raced) around Texel. technically one of the Friesen islands but not in Friesland province......why is that....too comercialling linked to Den Helder?
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 01, 2009, 09:41:24 PM
The Frisian islands are only Ameland (It Amelân) , Terschelling (Skylge), Vlieland (Flylân) and Schiermonnikoog (It Skiermuontseach). Texel belongs to the province Noord-Holland.

In these weeks right now are the famous \"Skűtsjesilen\" in wich a number of vilages and towns are competing in racing.

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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 02, 2009, 01:54:37 AM
The Frisian islands are only Ameland (It Amelân) , Terschelling (Skylge), Vlieland (Flylân) and Schiermonnikoog (It Skiermuontseach). Texel belongs to the province Noord-Holland.

In these weeks right now are the famous \"Skűtsjesilen\" in wich a number of vilages and towns are competing in racing.

Yes I understood already that Texel was politically part of Noord-Holland but geographically and geologically is a Friesan Island.....I was asking WHY?


We sail a little faster in the Round Texel Race



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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 02, 2009, 02:51:40 AM
There is glow fuel in Manila but I can\'t transport it to Palawan,... Perhaps I should also replace my proposed swimming pool with a landing strip  ;D
Colin

Colin,

Maybe this is a stupid question, but can\'t you fly to Manila, get the fuel, and bring it back by super ferry  or other boat?  Do they check for that sort of stuff on water transport?

As I recall your site plan with a proposed lap pool, just pour an extra-wide and smooth border on the side away from the pool house... but... once you have a good supply of fuel on hand, watch out for those miniature spy drones using your place for a refueling stop ;D ;D

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 02, 2009, 03:39:28 AM
Days like this brings my mind back to everything I left behind. The comfort I used to have. The perfect organised community. The culture were everyting is for me so recognisable. To communicate in my own language. My own brand of beer which not gives me such a headache...

Hi Boomerang,

You and Murf just took this \"escape\" to paradise thing a little too far... you don\'t actually have to live in the jungle, :o anywhere in the RP will qualify as an \"escape.\" ;D ;D 

You can live in near Manila (Subic or Tagatay area), near Cebu City (Talisay area), Bacolod, Batangas, Baguio, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Roxas City, etc., and still consider it a major \"escape\" from the typical first-world rat-race. Splurge a little - buy a  generator.  8)

Seriously, (I know, \"don\'t call me Shirley.\"), or maybe more seriously, hope you are able to adjust and live your dream in the RP.  Get started on building that fireplace... or move on down to the beach. Good luck :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 02, 2009, 03:44:47 AM
OH SURE!!!
Tease RUFUS with the RedHorse talk  :\'(

We were just trying to \"lure\" you back into the conversation... when you have the perfect \"bait,\" its time to go fishing.  :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 02, 2009, 04:06:45 AM
Any other ex-NLers here?

I used to live in Beetsterzwaag (by Drachten) province Fryslân (Friesland), Yes I am a born and bred Frysian...............

I work near Maastrict...so its the Limburgen side of life for me. Love that Alfa Beer!

...a town called Gemert ( near Helmond )...the \"Mars \" factory in Eindhoven,... company called UDO Dakbedekkingen.

...Friesland,... south of our country (like Gemert and Maastricht)... Friesland (Fryslân) has still kept a piece of their own culture and last but not least it has its own unique language

...brokerage in Oudega on the way to more friends in Groeningen...

The Frisian islands are only Ameland (It Amelân) , Terschelling (Skylge), Vlieland (Flylân) and Schiermonnikoog (It Skiermuontseach). Texel belongs to the province Noord-Holland. ...the famous \"Skűtsjesilen\" in wich a number of vilages and towns are competing...


 ??? HEY - HEY - All right, Dam#$*t... you guys know the rules - only English in the posts.   ;D ;D

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 02, 2009, 07:09:45 AM
There is glow fuel in Manila but I can\'t transport it to Palawan,... Perhaps I should also replace my proposed swimming pool with a landing strip  ;D
Colin

Colin,

Maybe this is a stupid question, but can\'t you fly to Manila, get the fuel, and bring it back by super ferry  or other boat?  Do they check for that sort of stuff on water transport?

In theory the ferries have similar regulations to the airlines, but I don\'t know if they would make a check now.

Quote
As I recall your site plan with a proposed lap pool, just pour an extra-wide and smooth border on the side away from the pool house... but... once you have a good supply of fuel on hand, watch out for those miniature spy drones using your place for a refueling stop ;D ;D
Tom in Big D

The problem with that is that I would have a house at the end of the runway, and I haven\'t flown a model now for nearly 25 years. :(

I was thinking of possibly having a spy drone, you can now buy model sized video equipment that you can view from the ground  ;D

Colin

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 02, 2009, 07:10:49 AM
Wished we could be there right now with you Murf and company to join your bright day up there. Up here it has been raining for almost 3 days now, no watersupply, electrical blackouts every unexpected moment, strong heavy winds and the typhoon \"Jolina\" who possible hit us anytime now. I sincerely hope that my 100 feet high internet antenna will survive. I am wearing for the first time since my arrival trousers and a long sleeve shirt because it\'s very cool up here. If I had a fireplace I would lit him now.

Days like this brings my mind back to everything I left behind. The comfort I used to have. The perfect organised community. The culture were everyting is for me so recognisable. To communicate in my own language. My own brand of beer which not gives me such a headache that gives an impression that I died overnight on a brain infarct after waking up.

Is this overhere really a slice of Paradise ? Or do I want me to believe that myself. What if I could have all this in my hometown, would I be here?

I think the time has come now to take a medicine, maybe a ride on a \"Red Horse\" will lift me out this dip.  :( :(

Boomerang, my friend and your asawa included , wish you were here too!. It was a grand time had by all, MY wife found the cherry small cigars I bought her in Manila and after a large meal, we had relatives, neighbors and complete strangers showing up so the food went fast but no one went hungry.

You could never find 8 men who stayed at the dinning table while the rest of the barcada went outside to dance and sing to the Karaoke machine who got along in such a way that to me it was simply awe inspiring.We ventured into subjects that they say never speak of to a Filipino, politics, religion, sex , lack of :), government corruption and  the reason why the RP will not use its many natural resources to help out the economy, most of it was just pure bullsh*t, but it was interested to see the plumber, the mason, my electrician my architect come out of their shells and I never had a better time in months. I didn\'t need the O2 during the whole time, I heard my wife singing to me, she came back and checked on me regularly,she is such an attentive spouse, the whole day is something that could never have happened in America, We would have needed a Plasma 65 inch TV with some sort of professional sports program, snacks, and there would be no talk with the exception of football statistics, and should  the player who fought and killed his own dogs be allowed back to play again.

So for that reason and your somewhat down mood, I wish even more you were here, when the power goes out here which it does often I start thinking the same thing, did I trade off a slice of paradise and give up creature comforts that I could not live without in the condo in the USA??? after 5 blackouts last week alone, I noticed I didn\'t die, I am still here , have more than most, have a loving family, good friends and neighbors and people who are not concerned with what I have or do not have but who I am as a person, how I treat them and how I interact with them. They don\'t do the 8-5 thing come home in their SUV\'s and go from car to the house without talking to anyone, neighbor or not, here I can walk outside at any given time of the day and find someone sitting in my front yard playing cards, and within minutes be involved in open honest communication with another human being who actually cares about my well being.

I am not enlightened enough to know if you made a mistake or not, but like you enough to venture a guess and say \"NO\", I use to blame everything that went wrong my health, the blackouts the endless rain on God, the Devil, sometimes if really upset even my wife. It is neither, it is just simply \"time and unforeseen occurrences befalling us all\" ...Its not aimed at you personally even though you are the one living through it, but this to will pass my friend and you will be back in your \"loin cloth\" holding your wife and playing with those dogs, and have time to plan the \"fireplace\"...In the mean time do the \"red horse\" routine. ETOH (Alcohol is only a depressant when overdone,It lets us get rid of our moods, helps put us in a better frame of mind, and liberates our inhibitions .

I will be thinking about you and the upcoming storm and hope it passes you by, look towards your wifes eyes, watch that smile, hug her, and all things will be made \"New Again\"

PS> still waiting for some knowledge of the bottle making industry in the RP so all you historians out there help me please? and one more thing, Wayne is so busy with his new job, can some of you computer gurus , Maybe Colin or anyone who knows the answer tell me what I have corrupted that in Mozilla Firefox I can no longer download any files, the file loads , but then when finished says it is corrupt and can not be read, I have cleared my download folder it is empty, gone into options and made sure all the right accept download boxes are checked, I hate to go back to IE8 to download some software I need? Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Have a good day those who can, those who face trials , bad weather, and it looks like your slice of paradise has turned into a \"pig in a poke\" fear not, for this shall pass to.

You have many friends on here Boomerang, like you helped me, turn to them, that why this group works and is one of the most popular on the web, thanks to our moderators keeping big mouths like me in line, and the combined wisdom of all of those in this group and add to that our contributions from the ladies, who I would love to hear actually more from, for if not for them most of us would not be here to have this conversation, within them lies some of the worlds greatest keep secrets. I have learned a few already from my wife but have a long way to go to reach her level of human understanding and universal love of family

Your Loyal Friend

The Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 02, 2009, 07:31:53 AM
Reply to Farmer, can\'t find your message ???

Thanks so much for the link about the oxygen I wrote the guy as soon as I saw the ad, I would love to find a way to get off this big green machine.

Your time and consideration and human kindness will not go unnoticed. ;D

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 02, 2009, 09:04:09 AM
Colin,

I had never given any thought to transporting fuel or other restricted items that might not be readily available in the RP, before your glow fuel post.  I thought I\'d do a quick check and get a quick answer - no such luck.  I was soon entangled in endless \"hazmat\" rules, regulations, guidelines, directives, seemingly without end.  You might be right - go electric :-\\

BTW, I did run across some interesting drone information, like a tiny drone that can sit on your finger tip - looks like a mechanical mosquito. Just google miniature drone... some pretty fun stuff.  Instead of model planes, maybe you can build full-size electric nano-drones 8)  You might become the Howard Hughes of the Nano-Airlines industry.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 02, 2009, 09:59:11 AM
In theory the ferries have similar regulations to the airlines, but I don\'t know if they would make a check now.


If you drive to a ferry - you ca take your car to manila... I think it was around P10k but not too sure...

If its worth P10k each way... HOPEFULLY they dont make you empty the fuel tanks on your car/jeep to get it on the ferry.... and many trucks/jeeps have a spare gas can on the back... maybe a perfet way to bring back 5 gallons of glow fuel stuff per mounted can.

(http://www.film.queensu.ca/CJ3b/Photos/Owners/Streiff/StreiffRear.JPG)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 02, 2009, 10:17:28 AM
Colin,

I had never given any thought to transporting fuel or other restricted items that might not be readily available in the RP, before your glow fuel post.  I thought I\'d do a quick check and get a quick answer - no such luck.  I was soon entangled in endless \"hazmat\" rules, regulations, guidelines, directives, seemingly without end.  You might be right - go electric :-\\

BTW, I did run across some interesting drone information, like a tiny drone that can sit on your finger tip - looks like a mechanical mosquito. Just google miniature drone... some pretty fun stuff.  Instead of model planes, maybe you can build full-size electric nano-drones 8)  You might become the Howard Hughes of the Nano-Airlines industry.

Tom in Big D


I had my car transported by ferry from Manila, and that contained fuel, also plenty of other restricted items are regularly delivered around the islands, but I guess they have special arrangements for those sort of things.

I have seen large scale models larger than the military drones, powered by multiple turbine engined, but I have not got either the money, space or desire to get into that branch of modeling. I prefer the smaller stuff, they bounce a lot easier  ;D

Take a look at this http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2084973582041454459

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 02, 2009, 10:28:21 AM
Take a look at this [url]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2084973582041454459[/url]


Wow... 1.6 Million peso.... destroyed!  ;D Ya... stick to the smaller ones Colin !
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 02, 2009, 10:37:44 AM
In theory the ferries have similar regulations to the airlines, but I don\'t know if they would make a check now.


If you drive to a ferry - you ca take your car to manila... I think it was around P10k but not too sure...

If its worth P10k each way... HOPEFULLY they dont make you empty the fuel tanks on your car/jeep to get it on the ferry.... and many trucks/jeeps have a spare gas can on the back... maybe a perfet way to bring back 5 gallons of glow fuel stuff per mounted can.

([url]http://www.film.queensu.ca/CJ3b/Photos/Owners/Streiff/StreiffRear.JPG[/url])


That would make expensive fuel, P20k plus the cost of the jeep  ;D

Maybe when i get around to buying another car, I will get it from Manila and load it with restricted items. Now there\'s an idea for a business  ;D

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 02, 2009, 12:22:26 PM
OH SURE!!!
Tease RUFUS with the RedHorse talk  :\'(

Hi Rufus,

This might be a warning to all if there\'s no real medicine available. My helper couldn\'t get me any cold \"Red Horse\" and brought instead SMB back and look at the result of that when I took a look in the mirror this morning  >:(  or could it have something to do with this Swine flu ?




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Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: boomerang on August 02, 2009, 12:52:23 PM


Boomerang, my friend and your asawa included , wish you were here too!. It was a grand time had by all, MY wife found the cherry small cigars I bought her in Manila and after a large meal, we had relatives, neighbors and complete strangers showing up so the food went fast but no one went hungry.

You could never find 8 men who stayed at the dinning table while the rest of the barcada went outside to dance and sing to the Karaoke machine who got along in such a way that to me it was simply awe inspiring.We ventured into subjects that they say never speak of to a Filipino, politics, religion, sex , lack of :), government corruption and  the reason why the RP will not use its many natural resources to help out the economy, most of it was just pure bullsh*t, but it was interested to see the plumber, the mason, my electrician my architect come out of their shells and I never had a better time in months. I didn\'t need the O2 during the whole time, I heard my wife singing to me, she came back and checked on me regularly,she is such an attentive spouse, the whole day is something that could never have happened in America, We would have needed a Plasma 65 inch TV with some sort of professional sports program, snacks, and there would be no talk with the exception of football statistics, and should  the player who fought and killed his own dogs be allowed back to play again.

So for that reason and your somewhat down mood, I wish even more you were here, when the power goes out here which it does often I start thinking the same thing, did I trade off a slice of paradise and give up creature comforts that I could not live without in the condo in the USA??? after 5 blackouts last week alone, I noticed I didn\'t die, I am still here , have more than most, have a loving family, good friends and neighbors and people who are not concerned with what I have or do not have but who I am as a person, how I treat them and how I interact with them. They don\'t do the 8-5 thing come home in their SUV\'s and go from car to the house without talking to anyone, neighbor or not, here I can walk outside at any given time of the day and find someone sitting in my front yard playing cards, and within minutes be involved in open honest communication with another human being who actually cares about my well being.

I am not enlightened enough to know if you made a mistake or not, but like you enough to venture a guess and say \"NO\", I use to blame everything that went wrong my health, the blackouts the endless rain on God, the Devil, sometimes if really upset even my wife. It is neither, it is just simply \"time and unforeseen occurrences befalling us all\" ...Its not aimed at you personally even though you are the one living through it, but this to will pass my friend and you will be back in your \"loin cloth\" holding your wife and playing with those dogs, and have time to plan the \"fireplace\"...In the mean time do the \"red horse\" routine. ETOH (Alcohol is only a depressant when overdone,It lets us get rid of our moods, helps put us in a better frame of mind, and liberates our inhibitions .

I will be thinking about you and the upcoming storm and hope it passes you by, look towards your wifes eyes, watch that smile, hug her, and all things will be made \"New Again\"

PS> still waiting for some knowledge of the bottle making industry in the RP so all you historians out there help me please? and one more thing, Wayne is so busy with his new job, can some of you computer gurus , Maybe Colin or anyone who knows the answer tell me what I have corrupted that in Mozilla Firefox I can no longer download any files, the file loads , but then when finished says it is corrupt and can not be read, I have cleared my download folder it is empty, gone into options and made sure all the right accept download boxes are checked, I hate to go back to IE8 to download some software I need? Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Have a good day those who can, those who face trials , bad weather, and it looks like your slice of paradise has turned into a \"pig in a poke\" fear not, for this shall pass to.

You have many friends on here Boomerang, like you helped me, turn to them, that why this group works and is one of the most popular on the web, thanks to our moderators keeping big mouths like me in line, and the combined wisdom of all of those in this group and add to that our contributions from the ladies, who I would love to hear actually more from, for if not for them most of us would not be here to have this conversation, within them lies some of the worlds greatest keep secrets. I have learned a few already from my wife but have a long way to go to reach her level of human understanding and universal love of family

Your Loyal Friend

The Murf
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The worst of the typhoon \"Jolina\" appears to have past. Right now we enjoy a  half hour continuous electricity. Here and there  is the area transformed in chaos by blowen over palm- and banana trees. My greatest concern, the internet antenna mast, is still up and when I took a walk with the dogs this morning I discovered that I still love the wild nature of this piece of paradise.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 02, 2009, 01:36:24 PM

Maybe Colin or anyone who knows the answer tell me what I have corrupted that in Mozilla Firefox I can no longer download any files, the file loads , but then when finished says it is corrupt and can not be read, I have cleared my download folder it is empty, gone into options and made sure all the right accept download boxes are checked, I hate to go back to IE8 to download some software I need? Any suggestions would be most welcome.

The Murf

Murf, have you positively isolated the fault down to Firefox? If not try downloading the same file with either Internet Explorer or on a different computer. If the problem is still with Firefox, then the easiest thing to do is to reinstall Firefox. The first thing I always do when I have a strange problem is the shut the computer down, leave it for a minute or two then restart it. It is surprising just how often this will untangle some knotted software.

When faulting any equipment, just take the quickest and easiest route, it might be nice to know what caused the problem, but the important thing is to get everything back up and working as soon as possible. Computers are complicated beasts and can do some strange things at times. A few days ago my CD/DVD drive would not recognise DVD’s, I changed the hard drive, and therefore all the software with the same result (I have plug in hard drives). I tried an external USB CD/DVD drive again with no change. This suggested a problem on the motherboard, but as I could still use my laptop, I left it until later. The next day it all worked OK and has done ever since. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 02, 2009, 07:12:29 PM

Maybe Colin or anyone who knows the answer tell me what I have corrupted that in Mozilla Firefox I can no longer download any files, the file loads , but then when finished says it is corrupt and can not be read, I have cleared my download folder it is empty, gone into options and made sure all the right accept download boxes are checked, I hate to go back to IE8 to download some software I need? Any suggestions would be most welcome.

The Murf

Murf, have you positively isolated the fault down to Firefox? If not try downloading the same file with either Internet Explorer or on a different computer. If the problem is still with Firefox, then the easiest thing to do is to reinstall Firefox. The first thing I always do when I have a strange problem is the shut the computer down, leave it for a minute or two then restart it. It is surprising just how often this will untangle some knotted software.

When faulting any equipment, just take the quickest and easiest route, it might be nice to know what caused the problem, but the important thing is to get everything back up and working as soon as possible. Computers are complicated beasts and can do some strange things at times. A few days ago my CD/DVD drive would not recognise DVD’s, I changed the hard drive, and therefore all the software with the same result (I have plug in hard drives). I tried an external USB CD/DVD drive again with no change. This suggested a problem on the motherboard, but as I could still use my laptop, I left it until later. The next day it all worked OK and has done ever since. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

Colin


Colin , thanks for the suggestions and I fully agree a full cold reboot usually results in a quick fix, but I have tried this,I really can\'t say I have isolated it to Firefox, but since about two weeks again I keep getting on Firefox an \"encrypted warning message that I never used to get.It\'s certainly internet related for I can download pictures and documents from one editing program to another and everything on the desktop, programs seem to work well.

I am not as familiar with Firefox options as I was an IE users since Tandy  :) but I will check again under internet options and see if I can find a solution. I can access any web site, ebay ph., ebay usa and get to my accounts and have no problems except when it comes to downloads, I have tried several different \"mirrors\" of this file with no luck, so then I went to a much smaller file one that I have know for years that is flawless, but I can\'t download that either.

I will try IE8 only as a last resort for I was getting to many 404 errors and since Firefox don\'t have that problem. Just some box I have checked or unchecked somewhere and with the high amount of security I run on these machines I am surprised I can get anywhere for I have to approve every web site and allow popups if I want them.

Thanks, i will keep you posted.

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 03, 2009, 01:13:03 AM
...modeling. I prefer the smaller stuff,...

I guess the B52 didn\'t have enough glow fuel on board ;D... ditto the \"ouch.\"

OK, if its smaller you want: techlobotomy.com/viewtopic.php?p=203

Main problem would seem to be your drone getting eaten by a bat.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 03, 2009, 02:54:58 AM
OK, BACK TO THE DAY-BY-DAY \"BLOG\" type post --

Well - this \"blog\" type posting is more difficult than I thought... because it seems that every day is just a repeat of the day before... or the changes from day-to-day seem to insignificant to mention. 

Every day seems to be get up; feed and take the dogs out for the morning walk/run; review potential medical claims; lunch; errands in the afternoon; watch the news; supper; feed and take dogs for evening walk/run; check LITP Forum and other web surfing; shoot a little pool; read; go to bed.

The order of events changes a little, but the events or the same - Man, my life is B-o-r-i-n-g!!!!   

So, to have any possible interest value, I\'ve had to summarize a weeks worth of \"different stuff.\"

JULY 28 - AUGUST 2, 2009

Tuesday evening -- went to the hospital near our house to visit my grand-niece who just gave birth to another great-niece.  On my side of the family I have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 5 nieces/nephews, 10 grand-niece/nephews, and 2 great-nieces. 

On Bing\'s side of the family I am clueless, as it seems that most of Cebu City and Mactan Island are related to her :o  Of course, I can\'t say much, because my Dad had 14 siblings an my Mom had 7 siblings - and I have 157 First Cousins :o  122 on Dad\'s side, 35 on Moms.

Thursday afternoon -- we drove up to Lake Texoma (70 miles north of Dallas - one of the largest lakes in US, not counting the Great Lakes, of course).  Lake Texoma has several marinas, we go to Loe\'s Highport, which is the closest to Dallas. We rented a boat (22\' Sea Ray Pachanga this time) and went across the lake to the Oklahoma side (about 20 miles) to a shore-side restaurant, docked, ate a late lunch, drank a few cold ones, and headed back to Loe\'s.  About a 5 hour round trip on the water. 

My 86 year old Mom lives about 2 miles from the marina, so we let the boys and girls (yeah... the dogs) go with us and stay at \"Grand-Moms\" while we are on the water.  My Mom is still very healthy and active, but refuses to go with us because she says \"I scare her the way I drive\" the boat.  I can\'t convince her that slamming full throttle to the inboard 425hp Mercruiser really is the best way to get it up on plane... for reasons I can\'t fathom, she thinks I\'m doing it just for fun. ;D 

Sunday -- going this afternoon to kick-some-tires.  Our SUV is GMC Yukon XL Denali, and I\'m thinking of downsizing it a little (you know, the \"green movement\" and all).  My kids and younger family members keep asking things like \"do you have to use up all the gas on earth?\"... so, I\'ll look around a little and see if I can appease them.
   
Once again, “run my mouth” disease has taken over, so I\'ll stop now.

BTW - working on Follett\'s “Worlds Without End” now and it is great so far, just 8 or 900 pages to go.

Tom in Big D       
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 03, 2009, 07:32:31 AM


Sunday -- going this afternoon to kick-some-tires.  Our SUV is GMC Yukon XL Denali, and I\'m thinking of downsizing it a little (you know, the \"green movement\" and all).  My kids and younger family members keep asking things like \"do you have to use up all the gas on earth?\"... so, I\'ll look around a little and see if I can appease them.

I am not familiar with US cars so looked up your Yukon. WOW 6.2 litre v8 and 12mpg, I bet you don\'t belong to friends of the earth  ;)

A 150cc tricycle here will carry the same number of people at a slightly lower cost  ;D

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BTW - working on Follett\'s “Worlds Without End” now and it is great so far, just 8 or 900 pages to go.

Tom in Big D       


Having worked through most of Bernard Cornwells Sharpe novels, I am now reading his Stonehenge. Certainly different and a slow start but looks promising.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 03, 2009, 07:34:05 AM
Colin, after two 3 hours , been up since 3am working on this I found the solution, not that you don\'t probably already know it for any others who may run into this problem, I knew it had something to do with some box I had checked or unchecked, well after talking with an MVP at Microsoft who I know , who (he doesn\'t want this out in public :o he uses Firefox, he told me to do the following and wala my problem was solved.

I would have never knew about these options so thank biscuits and gravy for guys like you. the answswer lies here for all the neophytes to this computer world.

Disable virus scanning in Firefox preferences

Firefox launches your installed antivirus program to scan files when they finish downloading. In some cases this causes a substantial delay or may prevent the downloaded file from being saved. To disable this feature:

   1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press EnterReturn.
          * The about:config \"This might void your warranty!\" warning page may appear. Click I\'ll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
   2. Scroll down the list of preferences until you find browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone
   3. Double-click on the preference name browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone to toggle the setting value to false.

Note: If the Download Manager appears to be stuck scanning for viruses, try closing and re-opening the Downloads window instead of disabling the preference.

so much for the technical side of my day, now I go on to posting some new pics of the house but in this chicka chicka daily biosphere as I call it so as not to conflict with your much more planned and detailed site, wish I had the patience for that sort of thing, but you know me, i want things yesterday.  ;D

Thanks for your support.

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: mikez on August 03, 2009, 12:12:25 PM
Any other ex-NLers here?

Born in Leiden - have been gone since 1991 and never going back!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 03, 2009, 03:25:20 PM
Colin, after two 3 hours , been up since 3am working on this I found the solution, not that you don\'t probably already know it for any others who may run into this problem, I knew it had something to do with some box I had checked or unchecked, well after talking with an MVP at Microsoft who I know , who (he doesn\'t want this out in public :o he uses Firefox, he told me to do the following and wala my problem was solved.

I would have never knew about these options so thank biscuits and gravy for guys like you. the answswer lies here for all the neophytes to this computer world.

Disable virus scanning in Firefox preferences

Firefox launches your installed antivirus program to scan files when they finish downloading. In some cases this causes a substantial delay or may prevent the downloaded file from being saved. To disable this feature:

   1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press EnterReturn.
          * The about:config \"This might void your warranty!\" warning page may appear. Click I\'ll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
   2. Scroll down the list of preferences until you find browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone
   3. Double-click on the preference name browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone to toggle the setting value to false.

Note: If the Download Manager appears to be stuck scanning for viruses, try closing and re-opening the Downloads window instead of disabling the preference.

so much for the technical side of my day, now I go on to posting some new pics of the house but in this chicka chicka daily biosphere as I call it so as not to conflict with your much more planned and detailed site, wish I had the patience for that sort of thing, but you know me, i want things yesterday.  ;D

Thanks for your support.

Murf

Thank Murf, useful information, I didn\'t know about the \'about:config\' command. I have just checked mine and it was already set to false.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 04, 2009, 12:58:14 AM
Colin,

Mine is a couple of years old now, so rather than the 6.2, its got a 6.0 liter, and gets 14mpg rather than 12...  :-[  I\'m hoping to get on up to the 20 range if I trade it in.

When I was working I needed the huge interior capacity - with the third row seat removed, and the second row folded flat, its almost as good as having a small box trailer.  I don\'t need that much room anymore, but want to stay with something big enough for the 4 dogs and to \"camp out\" in if caught in a pinch.

When I get to the RP I would like to have something like Grizzi posted in reply 17 on Chika-Chika \"Memory Lane\" topic last year.  Of course, at that time I had not seen the \"bamboo cabs.\"  ;D

I have never read any of Bernard Cornwells\' books... just never had l lot of interest in the medieval times genre... but Follett has sucked me in.  Let me know which of his books you enjoyed the most and I\'ll have a go at it.

I\'m looking forward to your breaking ground on the home... keep us posted.

Tom in Big D



 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 04, 2009, 07:33:25 AM

When I was working I needed the huge interior capacity - with the third row seat removed, and the second row folded flat, its almost as good as having a small box trailer.  I don\'t need that much room anymore, but want to stay with something big enough for the 4 dogs and to \"camp out\" in if caught in a pinch.

One of my favourite cars that I owned in the early 70\'s was a Triumph 2000 Auto Estate. It had a very smooth and quiet inline 6 cylinder engine and a very nice interior. One year we drove it through France to Spain with 4 Adults and 4 young children. The rear area was filled with a foam mattress and lots of cushions for the children. We built a lightweight trailer to carry all the luggage. I wore out a brand new set of rear tyres on that trip.

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When I get to the RP I would like to have something like Grizzi posted in reply 17 on Chika-Chika \"Memory Lane\" topic last year.  Of course, at that time I had not seen the \"bamboo cabs.\"  ;D

Are you referring to the Multicab? I am thinking about the possibility of buying a Suzuki Dropside/Carry Truck or maybe a Multicab, useful as local people carrier and we hope to employ at least one maid and a handyman/gardener and they will be able to use it for the shopping.

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I have never read any of Bernard Cornwells\' books... just never had l lot of interest in the medieval times genre... but Follett has sucked me in.  Let me know which of his books you enjoyed the most and I\'ll have a go at it.

I found all of Bernard Cornwells\' \'Sharpe novels\' unputdownable but if you like Naval battles, \'Trafalgar\' was unusual for the series and very good, but if you do get into them, it is better to read them in chronological order to follow his promotion progress. However, they are all independent stories. Another suggestion for reading would be Wilbur Smith, my favourite was \'The Burning Shore\', everyone I have recommended it to has enjoyed it. Perhaps later I will think up some more; maybe we should have a new thread here on book recommendations, we all need something to do while swinging in our hammock suspended between two Coconut trees and drinking our Red Horse  ;D ;D

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I\'m looking forward to your breaking ground on the home... keep us posted.

Tom in Big D

I have realised that I have a problem with not sufficient light in the central tower area, so I am working on a redesign at the moment.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on August 04, 2009, 02:14:23 PM
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When I get to the RP I would like to have something like Grizzi posted in reply 17 on Chika-Chika \"Memory Lane\" topic last year.  Of course, at that time I had not seen the \"bamboo cabs.\" 

Total cost of a complete rebuild (body repaired, new paint, new interior, cost of multicab), came out to about p125,000.  Now, since we completely rebuilt it...wow..everyone is paying to use it, and its private use only!

Another good thing came from the rebuild.  Before the rebuild when the multicab was in rough shape, everytime there was a funeral, they asked if they could use it, now that its rebuilt...they only request it for weddings!!!!!! ;D  We also get a lot of filipina\'s that rent it when their foreigner boyfriends visit, or when they bring their husband and children back to the Philippines for vacation.  Its nice to relax and travel without having to worry about pick-pockets or being stuffed in like sardines... 8)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 05, 2009, 01:19:22 AM
...I am thinking about the possibility of buying a Suzuki Dropside/Carry Truck or maybe a Multicab,...

Total cost of a complete rebuild (body repaired, new paint, new interior, cost of multicab), came out to about p125,000. 

Colin -- Do they have dealers in PP, or do you have to go to Manila or Cebu?  What price range would you anticipate for the Suzuki new?  The Multicab new?

Greg -- How much of the p125,000 was the original multicab cost?  Where did you have the rebuild work done? Was it all done at the same place, or did you have to piecemeal it out as rebuild progressed?

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 05, 2009, 07:39:04 AM
Over the past few years I have tracked down 2 places. One Exarich for Manila and Shem for Cebu...

NOTE: Cebu dealer/maker can ship to any port including Manila for about P10k extra
Most fresh rebuilds from these 2 places are around P150k completed

You can order custom options... Interior colors, 4x4 option.... auto transmission, paint scheme... each... for an extra price. I think I saw a base model flatbed for under P130k some time back on these places

Dont bother telling them I sent you... They dont know me ... YET !  :P

The blue 4x4 doublecab below - I was quoted P150k to make a new one with my custom colors and a flatbes with nothing on it under P130k and one time I got a flatbed quote under P100k (depends on who answers the phone I guess)

(http://www.freewebs.com/multicab/DSCF6543.JPG)
(http://www.freewebs.com/multicab/DSCF4944.JPG)
(http://www.freewebs.com/multicab/Dh51dcablitebluebull.JPG)
(http://www.cebuspring.com/s18.jpg)


Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 05, 2009, 08:31:57 AM
...I am thinking about the possibility of buying a Suzuki Dropside/Carry Truck or maybe a Multicab,...

Colin -- Do they have dealers in PP, or do you have to go to Manila or Cebu?  What price range would you anticipate for the Suzuki new?  The Multicab new?

Tom in Big D



There seems to be a Suzuki dealer here but I believe it is only motorcycles. There are car dealers here that say they deal with all makes, but I imagine they would import them from Manila. I was thinking of buying used and getting it overhauled the same as Greg. When I get to upgrading from my Nissan Sentra, I may go to Manila to do it.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on August 05, 2009, 01:28:52 PM
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Greg -- How much of the p125,000 was the original multicab cost?  Where did you have the rebuild work done? Was it all done at the same place, or did you have to piecemeal it out as rebuild progressed?

I think we paid right at p64,000 for the multicab, and they wanted us to buy the route also, but that would have added another p15,000 to the cost, and we didn\'t need it because we use it as private transportation.  All you have to do is ask around, and sooner or later word would get around to someone that wants to sell their multicab.

There were 5 or 6 shops in or near Ormoc City that handle the rebuilds. They do complete body work and painting if you want.  The upholstery was done in Ormoc city, and almost all upholstery shops will do multicabs. The only thing I would have done differently would be to raise the roof height about 6-8 more inches in the passenger section of the multicab (for the comfort of taller people). I didn\'t think of it until after they finished the body work, but they said it would have been no problem to do that, and I know it wouldn\'t have added more than p8,000-p10,000 to the rebuild cost. You just have to shop around and make sure you check out the work of the repairshop also. One of them quoted us a lower price, but by looking at the work they had done...I knew why... :-X

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 06, 2009, 02:13:01 AM
Dylanaz,

Thanks for the info.  I copied it over to my \"one of these days\" file.  Looks like you could throw a little money at extras on the flatbeds still keep it under P200k. 

Any idea what the small passenger style Suzuki cost? (like your second pic - orange top, purple bottom) One of those with the rear seats removed might be a handy vehicle.

I\'d love to have your last pic, the Big Green Giant 12 passenger, for here in the US. ;D  I\'d like to drop it off for valet parking at some fancy restaurant just to see the look on people\'s faces. :o It would make the tricked out Hummers and Escalades look boring. 

Of course -- then everybody would want one, and I\'d have to become super wealthy importing used, fully tricked-out Philippines Jeepneys to the US to sale to the \"I\'ve got one too\" crowd.  ;)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 06, 2009, 04:32:33 AM
Greg,

With 5-6 rebuild shops around Ormoc City, I should have no problem finding plenty of shops around Cebu City.  I don\'t really know why, I just did not think the rebuild shops would be that plentiful.

Sounds like the extra height in the passenger area would have been a good idea... like everything I do, the good ideas pop up just as I\'m finishing.  Thats why I seldom actually start any of the projects I plan... I\'m waiting for the good ideas. (at least thats my excuse to the asawa)

Anyway, from the photo its a good looking vehicle.  Maybe I\'ll spot you \"cruisin main street\" in Ormoc City one of these days.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 06, 2009, 04:44:42 AM
...I am thinking about the possibility of buying a Suzuki Dropside/Carry Truck or maybe a Multicab,...
... I was thinking of buying used and getting it overhauled the same as Greg. When I get to upgrading from my Nissan Sentra, I may go to Manila to do it.

Colin,

Are you planning to replace or add on a vehicle, that is, upgrade the Nissan and also add on a multicab? 

Greg\'s finished multicab sure looks good.  I assume you would get more \"creature comforts\" out of the Nissan, but a multicab might be a more versatile vehicle... particularly in you\'re going to let the relatives borrow it.

Keep us posted on your \"tire kicking.\"

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 06, 2009, 08:18:22 AM
...I am thinking about the possibility of buying a Suzuki Dropside/Carry Truck or maybe a Multicab,...
... I was thinking of buying used and getting it overhauled the same as Greg. When I get to upgrading from my Nissan Sentra, I may go to Manila to do it.

Colin,

Are you planning to replace or add on a vehicle, that is, upgrade the Nissan and also add on a multicab? 

Greg\'s finished multicab sure looks good.  I assume you would get more \"creature comforts\" out of the Nissan, but a multicab might be a more versatile vehicle... particularly in you\'re going to let the relatives borrow it.

Keep us posted on your \"tire kicking.\"

Tom in Big D


The idea at the moment is to upgrade the Nissan to an SUV, need the ground clearance here because of the ultra high \'speed bumps\'  ;D and some very bad road surfaces including a lot of unmade roads. The Suzuki dropside/multicab would be an additional vehicle. The alternative could be a good double cab pickup truck, but I am not sure about their ride comfort. Time will tell, but the house comes first to see if there is any money left over   :-\\

Colin
Title: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 07, 2009, 12:01:05 PM
(or why I love Living in the RP)

One of the many reasons I love living in the RP!

This started out as just another boring daily post from the happenings of “murf’s place” in the rumble in the jungle.

But after my wife got up to take the dog for his morning (hey guys I have been holding this all night long look), she told me there was a parade festival with many vendors and flowers and plants. I was on O2 at that time but decided the hell with it, so I told her we would leave about 9pm.
Well she was right as usual I never saw so many vendors, with so many orchids and plants of every sort. I saw this beautiful Bromelaid  for sale and she said 600, I said thanks but no thanks  ;D getting really good at bargaining now with the vendors, she said “look after the crowd dies down about 3pm come back and if I still have it you can have it for 500P, her husband then comes over and they say something to each other in Tagalog which I did not understand  so I got out of my pocket a 500P bill waved it in front of him, with a smile and said, you can have this now, or maybe have to haul that plant home.

 He still said no it is worth 600, I said thank you and proceeded to walk out we were almost back to our ride when the wife comes running up and says  “OK you can have it for 500”. They were waited to see if I really walked off or not and when I didn’t return they made their bid.

Well it was so crowded with people I said this is too much for me, let’s go to the market, but some Viand (food) and rent the Karaoke machine, you and the girls can drink “Taco Joes” don’t know if that is the right spelling but that is how it sounds, a mixture of Tandywine Rum, Milo, Dragon Coffee and some sort of powdered juice with sugar either orange or Mango filled with ice and then drank by the shot.

The men were after getting their full of Lechon Bayboy and several other dishes stuck with Beer na Beer and Tandwine as you can see from one of the pictures where one of my next door neighbor, drinks boiler makers with rum and Beer mixed together. I even managed one song teeth out and all for I can breathe easier for some reason.

Living here gives the one the opportunity to rid them on the 8-5 rat race in the USA, here any day can turn into a festival and party with your neighbors and good friends.

You will notice I put a picture of a Zebra Finch in the mix; I’ve also started to raise those also along with anything else I can grow. This a female sitting in the nest, strange as I believe here to be hiding from the camera for it is the male who does almost 80% of the rearing including incubating the eggs. For the next you just take an empty dry coconut shell that has been drained of its mild and sitting long enough outside so the ants have eaten all the coconut and it is as clean as a whistle inside. Take a hack saw cut it in half cut a half diameter inch half moon on each side, glue it back together with powdered wood glue, the three or sometimes just two natural holes coconuts have take a nail, puncture them run some wire through it attach it to the inside of the cage and watch the fun begin.

They use burlap to build their next with, but for six months I could not find any burlap in the RP, well when my mother finally figured out what I needed, I found all I wanted but it is called jute here.

 Cut a piece in a 4 inch square it is woven so just pull the strings from one direction and you will have the other side already done, take one of those small plastic clothes pins that come on the hangers here to hand you “dainties” and put a handful inside the clothes pin and attach it to the inside of the cage, the males will go crazy pulling and struggling with each piece as they start to build their nest. It is a very cheap and nice hobby and if anyone wants to get started just pm me and I will give you all the information you need.

 Be forewarned, finches are prolific and will keep breeding as long as there is a nest and material food and water, so if you start with two and the end of a year you will have around 30 some, so plan to give them away, make  deal to sell them for 100 pesos apiece to a pet store they sell for 300P, or build an outside aviary, or simply take the next boxes out of the cage, they will lays eggs on the floor for about another month but then will stop.

The sounds of a dozen or so finches as the males sing and try to court the females are very soothing with your morning coffee. Well to some I guess, not everyone like to collect plants, living things in nature, turtles, frogs, and snakes like I do I guess but it is something I can do here without hindrance of local zonal laws about livestock. ;D

My next venture will be to studying the many beautiful butterflies I have that keep coming to my orchids, never seen like them In the USA look something like Black Monarchs if there is such a thing. ???
So that was “Murfs Day” Yesterday, which you were here to share it with me.

No use to take up another post, my thoughts on jealousy and Filipino woman. I guess and really no it exists and is definitely a problems unless not addressed, but I had the luxury of communicated with my now wife for several years before marrying here, she knew about every wife, girlfriend a long time ago. We have a simple agreement, we both realize that both men and women can be extremely attractive and I even comment on it sometimes in the mall, but she does it counter it with “damn that guy has wonderful hair” well s*** I got very little left  so she is correct he did have a nice head of hair. When the boys ask me at the party if they can dance with my wife, I said that’s my wife’s choice so you have to ask her.

But for me I don’t care they never slow dance and no matter what I know at the end of the party where my wife is going to be…in bed with me

Yes jealousy the “green eyed monster” is a detriment to any secure marriage in my HO.
Have a great day the all of, and for all are not here yet but planning to come, everyday you delay is a day of pure bliss missed in wonderful place full of decent , caring, loving human beings.

Murf






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My wife blasting out her revision of Private Dancer by Tina Turner, ever pig in the parok was screaming but I love her to pieces.


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My building foreman and my nephew singing together


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My next door neighbor hard working 6 day a week electrical engineer, love him to death but definitely needs lessons on drinking, mixes his rum with beer and after a half hour my brothers have to carry him home. Oh well to each their own I say.


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My nephew \"wonder boy\"


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My party security just in case the boys get a little to much to drink, he has a beautiful voice also.


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My building foreman belting out a tagalog song.Another great singer


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Yeap that\'s me, no teeth and all and a 3 day beard, can\'t sing, for i can\'t catch my breath with my teeth in, For no air I do pretty well for one song at least.  :)


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This is a plant called horsetail, if kept in the shade stays a beautiful green is a very good medicinal herb they say for UTI when it dry out brow after it dies


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My nieces boyfriend and my other nieces baby


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The Bromelaid plant that I bought.


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Picture of female finch in her nest.


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My nephew and his daughter.


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My two favorite women in my life, my wife and my niece gurl gurl.


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My wife singing again, love it hear everyone claps, even when you can\'t carry a tune in  a bucket



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My wife and now my spoiled Golden retriever, the two are inseparable.







Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 07, 2009, 09:36:22 PM
Thanks for the info.  I copied it over to my \"one of these days\" file.  Looks like you could throw a little money at extras on the flatbeds still keep it under P200k. 

I telephoned and emailed the builder in Cebu and the one in Manila several times... (+1 point for SMARTs NEW unlimited voice calling plan at P500 a month !)
you can be WELL under 200k !
They said they can email you a list of options avaiable - then you get to pick your own price. Im tempted...
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 08, 2009, 12:13:18 AM
The idea at the moment is to upgrade the Nissan to an SUV, need the ground clearance here because of the ultra high \'speed bumps\'  ;D and some very bad road surfaces including a lot of unmade roads. The Suzuki dropside/multicab would be an additional vehicle. The alternative could be a good double cab pickup truck, but I am not sure about their ride comfort.

Here in Texas the SUV is jokingly referred to as the \"National Car of Texas.\"  I don\'t know the real percentage, but just driving down the road there appears to be as many SUVs as autos and pickups combined. They used to all be the huge variety... Suburbans, Hummers, etc... but the 2008 \"gas crisis\" (or once every decade excuse to triple gas prices) scared a lot of folks into mid-size SUVs -- great for Nissan, Toyota, Honda, etc... not to great for GM. 

Here in the US having one SUV and one car seems to be the perfect mix for many households. 

The SUV can haul a kid\'s ball team to an after game pizza party; or a dozen dogs to the dog-park; or 9 adults to wherever they need to go; or a load of 4\'x8\' sheets of plywood home from the store - while keeping them all out of the sun or rain.  Of course, you have to overlook little things... like needing an acre-size parking spot, two acres to turn it around, and a refueling tanker following you around to slake its 12mpg thirst. ;D

The car, on the other hand, is for everything else that does not require the room of the \"American Jeepney.\"

In the RP, it seems that a three vehicle mix might fit the bill - a midsize SUV (for you and asawa), a multicab (for you, asawa, friends and relatives) and a motorcycle (for you and only you :).

Tom in Big D         
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 08, 2009, 12:20:51 AM
I telephoned and emailed the builder in Cebu and the one in Manila several times... you can be WELL under 200k ! They... can email you a list of options avaiable - then you get to pick your own price. Im tempted...

Go for it Dylanaz... Get a lime green and day-glo orange with lots of lights and chrome... and, of course, the name of your recording studio emblazoned on the side. Remember, you only get to go around once, or three, or seven, times. ;)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 08, 2009, 12:52:35 AM
Tom before you get too enamoured on a multicab, read some of the older posts on the awkward driving position, poor brakes etc

Try and rent one for a few days before throwing your cash down

I liked the funkiness look of them until drove one for a few days...........AGAY!!!!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 08, 2009, 01:31:02 AM
Tom before you get too enamoured on a multicab, read some of the older posts on the awkward driving position, poor brakes etc

Try and rent one for a few days before throwing your cash down

I liked the funkiness look of them until drove one for a few days...........AGAY!!!!

Will do, Capt Ron - Thanks.

Like many on this Forum (I suspect) I am a \"car nut\" and trade cars way too often... and when I\'m not trading, I\'m thinking about it.  I can\'t count the number of times I have seen ads or photos for a particular car, and thought \"I\'ve got to have that car.\"  Then you go test drive it... and leave thinking \"they couldn\'t pay me to take it home.\" 

You\'re right, I like the funky look of the multicab - sort of gives me the old 1960s VW \"love van\" feeling, something you could give a one-of-a-kind look with quirky paint and interior touches.

I\'ll take your advice and keep my money in my pocket until I\'ve \"lived\" in one for a day or two.

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 08, 2009, 07:43:19 AM
Tom before you get too enamoured on a multicab, read some of the older posts on the awkward driving position, poor brakes etc

Try and rent one for a few days before throwing your cash down

I liked the funkiness look of them until drove one for a few days...........AGAY!!!!

I agree that they are not the ideal vehicle for long distance cruising, but good value for a local run-around. I have seen a reference somewhere for a version with a longer cab to give more legroom. I have also seen a few multicabs built onto different and larger chassis.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 08, 2009, 02:02:43 PM
Tom before you get too enamoured on a multicab, read some of the older posts on the awkward driving position, poor brakes etc

Try and rent one for a few days before throwing your cash down

I liked the funkiness look of them until drove one for a few days...........AGAY!!!!

I agree that they are not the ideal vehicle for long distance cruising, but good value for a local run-around. I have seen a reference somewhere for a version with a longer cab to give more legroom. I have also seen a few multicabs built onto different and larger chassis.

Colin

True, true. I believe mine and others comments were aimed specifically at the Suzuki based multicab.
Major areas of criticism where
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: grizzi on August 08, 2009, 02:54:58 PM
Quote
In the RP, it seems that a three vehicle mix might fit the bill - a midsize SUV (for you and asawa), a multicab (for you, asawa, friends and relatives) and a motorcycle (for you and only you) .

Well, I will have 2 out of 3 by next week... ;D  We locked in a good deal on a new Kawasaki \"Kaze\" Zone 125cc.  Its going to be used for our trips to Camotes and other islands (easy to put on a ferry), basic running around the barangay, and for quick trips to Albuera and Ormoc City...its perfect!

Quote
I agree that they are not the ideal vehicle for long distance cruising, but good value for a local run-around. I have seen a reference somewhere for a version with a longer cab to give more legroom. I have also seen a few multicabs built onto different and larger chassis.

The shop that rebuilt our multicab said nothing is impossible when it comes to customizing the multicab...lol.  I tend to believe him.  I didn\'t want to get overboard in the rebuild, but as I stated earlier, if I would have thought of it, I would have raised the rear passenger roof 6-8 inches.  We use the multicab for family use only, but replace the brakes each year, and other maintenance intensive items.  So far, the suspension and steering have held up well...but it only see\'s dirt roads from time to time and spends most of its life on hardball.

For its use and cost (very cheap maintenance costs), its still a good piece of equipment to have around! 8)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 16, 2009, 01:29:48 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


Thank You,
Tom in Big D

August 14, 2009 Post

My wife got a call at 3am (our time) from her brother who lives on Mactan Island.  His wife, who was pregnant with child #8, had complications and required an emergency C-section.  They needed money to pay to keep her in the hospital a few more days, and then to get her out of the hospital.  So, 6am trip to send P20k via Western Union.

At time child #6 was due we sent extra money and suggested she might want to get her tubes tied at time of delivery.  Repeated this again at time #7 was due.  She did not do so because her parents said it would be a sin for her to do so.  This time, the doctor tied her tubes at time of the C-section and advised her that she would likely have died of uterine rupture if she had again become pregnant and tried to carry the child to term.

Child #8 is a healthy baby girl... just the same as the seven before... must be something in the water.

Hope to get a better and less expensive nights sleep tonight.

Tom in Big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 16, 2009, 02:13:33 PM
Hope to get a better and less expensive nights sleep tonight.


I hear you there - I spent all day yesterday just thinking about this exact same thing...

searching through all my medical records and old insurance information for some bit of information that could finance many a Red Horse for years to come !

I mentioned in the past that my employers private/expensive disability insurance policy expired on me after 2 years because my disability was not physical... physical problems are paid for life.... non-physical for 2 years only... well... That was maybe 3 or 4 years ago... and now doctors here just informed me that it is and always was a PHYSICAL disability! I remember my policy with Liberty had a clause - well .. a window of time for sending in new information about existing conditions after they canceled my private disability income... if its 5 years im in luck... but it was probably more like 5 months  :P

Im not going to get my hopes up... 3-4 years ago is a long time... and im probably out of any window to show I was not properly diagnosed in 2006 or so when benefits completely ended..... but that old policy paid 60% of my GROSS Microsoft Certified Trainer salary from the good ole days... I currently get 0% ZERO of my past salary from them with only a few crumbs from SS to live a sensible life here. Im not complaining but...

It would be nice...

If it happens.... im throwing a party to remember with an MTV band (Bamboo, Itchyworms, Moonstar-88 etc)... and rent a resort with free invites for 200+ people (this forum included)... if it doesnt... then I will still be here ... dreaming about it... lol  ;D

Things I would do AFTER the grand party:
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ok... time for me to go back to dreaming... because remember - that insurance is in USA... im not... but its ok to dream... I think  8)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jonnyivy on August 16, 2009, 04:36:28 PM
Saturday morning was a good buzz for me this weekend. Seems like most weekends we just relax and count down how many weeks are left till we set off for Cebu, but this weekend was differant.
I got a phone-call from one of my close friends asking if I fancied going to the local clay pidgeon shooting range. Now, as this is not America, guns are few and far between, so I thought lets see what all the fuss is with guns. We arrived at the members only club, but I was allowed in as my friends last guest for the year.
I never even knew this shooting range exsisted, its onlt 10 miles from my home and its huge. Apparently its all competition standard, with over 80 differant traps to choose from , a cafe , gun shop and clothes shop too.
I must have either the luck of the Irish , or my friends shotgun was the right size for me, because I wupped his @ss fair and square !! Have you ever seen the look on someones face when they are beaten by a novice and they have spent over Ł2K on a new Barretta ?
Was an incredible day out though , got a wee bit of a numb shoulder this morning , but well worth it.

Any of you guys out in the States go to theses places to practice ??

Jonny
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 16, 2009, 05:06:54 PM

August 14, 2009 Post

My wife got a call at 3am (our time) from her brother who lives on Mactan Island.  His wife, who was pregnant with child #8, had complications and required an emergency C-section.  They needed money to pay to keep her in the hospital a few more days, and then to get her out of the hospital.  So, 6am trip to send P20k via Western Union.

At time child #6 was due we sent extra money and suggested she might want to get her tubes tied at time of delivery.  Repeated this again at time #7 was due.  She did not do so because her parents said it would be a sin for her to do so.  This time, the doctor tied her tubes at time of the C-section and advised her that she would likely have died of uterine rupture if she had again become pregnant and tried to carry the child to term.

Child #8 is a healthy baby girl... just the same as the seven before... must be something in the water.

Hope to get a better and less expensive nights sleep tonight.

Tom in Big D

I know that goat farmers add vinegar to goats drinking water before mating for higher percentage of females.
Don\'t know if it works for all mammals.....

Does sis in law eat loads of sinigang?
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 18, 2009, 09:12:22 AM
Jonny,

I don\'t practice on sporting clays but I do a bit of upland hunting in the latter part of the year.  Mostly doves mixed with a little rabbit, if any pop up in the fields.  I find a day out shooting is extremely relaxing.  Did you notice that phenomenon?  Some people can\'t comprehend how you can become relaxed while shooting, but if done properly, it can be a very relaxing experience.

I bet your friend doesn\'t ask you out to shoot clays again.   ;)    ;D ;D


Saturday morning was a good buzz for me this weekend. Seems like most weekends we just relax and count down how many weeks are left till we set off for Cebu, but this weekend was differant.
I got a phone-call from one of my close friends asking if I fancied going to the local clay pidgeon shooting range. Now, as this is not America, guns are few and far between, so I thought lets see what all the fuss is with guns. We arrived at the members only club, but I was allowed in as my friends last guest for the year.
I never even knew this shooting range exsisted, its onlt 10 miles from my home and its huge. Apparently its all competition standard, with over 80 differant traps to choose from , a cafe , gun shop and clothes shop too.
I must have either the luck of the Irish , or my friends shotgun was the right size for me, because I wupped his @ss fair and square !! Have you ever seen the look on someones face when they are beaten by a novice and they have spent over Ł2K on a new Barretta ?
Was an incredible day out though , got a wee bit of a numb shoulder this morning , but well worth it.

Any of you guys out in the States go to theses places to practice ??

Jonny
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on August 18, 2009, 09:26:52 AM
My mom Leora is a descendant of the Buffalo Bill Cody\'s. I think her grandfather \"Jato\" Cody was a 2nd cousin. She tells about her mom going to his shows when free tickets were given to relatives. Mom always shot a .410 shotgun and disgraces all of us shooting 12, 16 and 20 guage shotguns. Boy, was she fast. Dad had a bird dog and he liked to hang in the middle with my mom. My dad sent him to my side, but when I missed 2 pheasants, the dog gave me \"THE LOOK\" and disgustedly went to mom and dad\'s side to retrieve the downed pheasants.

Yes, my mom had the \"Cody Eyes\"...

Billyl
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: jonnyivy on August 18, 2009, 05:12:06 PM
Decided to apply for my shotgun licence and membership to the club.
Yes, it was very relaxing, and a good oppertunity to catch up on the gossip. My friend and I used to go out on the bikes at weekends, but as we agreed, you don\'t get much chance to blether. You only stop when you reach your destination, have a ciggie, a quick chat , then helmets back on for the homeward journey. Think the bikes will be put to rest from now on and change to the shooting. Love the smell of the sulpher after you fire off a couple of cartridges.

Jonny
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 20, 2009, 09:13:44 AM
...disability insurance policy expired on me after 2 years because my disability was not physical... physical problems are paid for life.... non-physical for 2 years only... well... That was maybe 3 or 4 years ago... and now doctors here just informed me that it is and always was a PHYSICAL disability! I remember my policy with Liberty had a clause - well .. a window of time for sending in new information about existing conditions after they canceled my private disability income... if its 5 years im in luck... but it was probably more like 5 months  :P

Just a few thoughts on your quote above.

In the USA, contract law (such as an insurance policy dispute) is controlled by state law, and so it varies state by state.  Some policies are controlled by the laws of a specific state by virtue of a provision within the policy itself.  Absent such provisions, the issue is determined by elements such as the state in which the policy was issued, where you resided when the policy was issued, where you resided when the policy claim was made, etc.

You are correct - your policy will have a provision setting out the period of time in which you are to advise the Ins Co in writing if you dispute any determiniation or decision they have made.  That time period is likely to be 90 days to 180 days. BUT - you \"may\" still be able to avoid your failure to have complied from barring you from collecting your past and future policy benefits.

This would likely require a lawsuit by you against the Ins Co.  As such, the next time period that you need to consider is the applicable statute of limitations.  This usually ranges from 1 year to 6 years.  BUT - again, if the time is already past, you \"may\" be able to avoid that from barring you from collecting your past and future policy benefits.

A few potentials reasons you may avoid these time limitations -

First, very, very generally - restrictive time periods must pass both state and federal constitutional muster.  Courts usually hold that time periods cannot be applied if they impose an impossible condition, i.e., you cannot be required to take some action before the time it is even possible for you to have the information required for you to do so.  (you know - all that constitutional due process of law and open court provisions you hear about while watching TV shows ;))

In your matter, it would not have been possible for you to dispute the Ins Co\'s termination based on your having a \"mental\" disability before the time it was possible for you to have known that your disability was properly classified as a \"physical\" disability.  You stated that you were \"just informed\"... so it would become a fact issue of when you knew (or could have known in the exercise of due diligence, as willful ignorance is usually of no help ;D) of the correct medical classification of your disability.

Therefore, if the proper facts exists, the time periods with respect to your claim may not bar your recovery, and you may have additional time after you learned of the correct medical classification of your disability.  But, please be aware, if this is your situation, you likely will have only a \"constitutionally reasonable time\" to act from the time you learned the correct information, and that is often a very short period of time (usually only a few months) that will be determined by the Court after you have filed suit.  So - if you wish to pursue this matter further, contact a plaintiffs attorney knowledgable in the field of insurance contract law in the state where suit needs to be filed immediately.     

Second, several non-constitutional matters \"may\" allow you to avoid the effect of these time limitations.  These would be improper actions by the Ins Co that resulting in your not timely contesting their determination - the most obvious being:

 - Concealment of Fact, i.e, the Ins Co knew the correct classification was physical, but wrongfully withheld that information from you;

 - Fraud, i.e., the Ins Co intentionally misrepresented to you that the classification was mental, with the intent that you rely on their misrepresentation to your detriment;

- Collusion, or Criminal Conspiracy, i.e., were the doctors employee\'s of the Ins Co, or hired by the Ins Co... and what were the circumstances of their only now informing you of the correct medical classification?

There are quite a few other potential matters, including statutory violations, that could result in your being able to assert your claim.

Again, the clock starts ticking from the time you learn of the fraud, concealment, collusion, conspiracy, etc.

So, I repeat, if you wish to pursue this matter further, contact a plaintiffs attorney knowledgable in the field of insurance contract law in the state where suit needs to be filed immediately.     

Good luck, Dylanaz.

Tom in Big D

 
     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 20, 2009, 10:10:42 AM
...the local clay pidgeon shooting range... over 80 differant traps to choose from , a cafe , gun shop and clothes shop too.

Any of you guys out in the States go to theses places to practice ??

Jonny

Hi Jonny,

I go for the pistol range practice at a place in Dallas called Elm Fork Shooting Sports... but... Holy Cow... the first time I went I thought I had accidentally wondered into a ritzy gold course.... club house, shooters Pro-Shop, pavillions, conference centers, playground for the kids, etc., etc.

I don\'t shoot shotguns or rifles any more, but this place has acres and acres of skeet fields, trap fields, clay pidgeon courses... you travel from station to station in golf carts through the woods... playing \"golf\" with a shotgun. :o... some stations have 100 foot towers from which the pidgeons are thrown to simulate overhead shots.  If you\'re a real glutton for punishment, you can even join weekly shooting leagues, similar to bowling leagues.

I like your friends \"brand\" of firearm... Beretta.  My favorite carry pistol is an old Beretta .380 84F model I bought back in the late 70s.  I love the feel of the heavy weight and scored wooden grips as compared to the light-weight composites.  I take several newer pistols to the range or out in the field for \"plinking,\" but I just take my \"little old friend\" with me the rest of the time.

Before you drop money for a firearm, you can probably rent different ones for the day at your range until you decide you \"must\" have your own.  Sounds like you have a good instinct and reflexes for trap shooting... guess that means you get no more invites from your \"former\" friend.  ;D

Happy Shooting,

Tom in Big D

   


Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 20, 2009, 10:31:51 AM
I do a bit of upland hunting...  Mostly doves mixed with a little rabbit, if any pop up in the fields. 

...if done properly, it can be a very relaxing experience...

Gray Wolf,

Sounds like we\'re similar \"hunters.\"  I stopped hunting about 20 years ago... just lost the taste for it.  But... before that... I grew up out in West Texas in a big family, and various relatives had pretty good sized spreads.  From the time I was big enough to shoot, about 12, I spent way too many hours \"dove hunting.\"  I was basically looking for doves, but would come home with dove, quail, squirrel, rattler, rabbit... and very rarely, a turkey.  My mom wouldn\'t touch them, but my bro-in-law\'s mother would cook anything I skinned.  None of it tasted like chicken. ;D

As I got older, the hunting turned more into roaming around the pasture in the pickup or sitting by a stock tank under a shade tree drinking a cold one and bs\'ing with who ever was with me.  Ahhhhhh, nuthin more relaxin than huntin.  ;D

Now I just shoot when I\'m sober, and usually at a range to boot.  It\'s hell getting old and living in the city.

Tom in Big D

 

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 20, 2009, 11:54:36 AM
Just a few thoughts on your quote above.

I misquoted as \'Liberty\' just going off memory from their logo... it was actually Unim Provident. With their recent class action suit loss - there just may be hope... all financed by my beloved 01 Harley Davidson FXDWG... she served me well !

Thanks again for the input!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 21, 2009, 12:43:09 AM
Mom always shot a .410 shotgun and disgraces all of us shooting 12, 16 and 20 guage shotguns...  when I missed 2 pheasants, the dog gave me \"THE LOOK\" and disgustedly went to mom and dad\'s side to retrieve the downed pheasants.

Geez Billy... and I thought I had it bad... but to get \"THE LOOK\" from a dog. :-[

My Dad hunted dove with a single shot .410.  He would wait patiently for his bird to be about 30 yards out, and take it down most every time.

I used a 12 gauge Remington 1100.  I would take one shot when my bird was 50 yards out coming in and still out of range, one shot when it was right on top of me and I couldn\'t possibly stay on it, and one shot when it was out of range flying away.

My Dad would then give me \"THE LOOK.\"  Man am I glad we didn\'t hunt with a dog.

Reading these hunting stories from you guys makes me want to drive back out to the old homeplace and stomp around in the pastures.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on August 21, 2009, 10:16:57 AM

Geez Billy... and I thought I had it bad... but to get \"THE LOOK\" from a dog. :-[

Tom in Big D

Tom,

Being \"dissed\" by a dog was good training for my 4 divorces...  :-\\ :\'( ;) ;D

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 22, 2009, 08:58:07 AM
Tom,

Being \"dissed\" by a dog was good training for my 4 divorces...  :-\\ :\'( ;) ;D

Billy

Bwaahahahahahahaaa!!

I haven\'t been afield for a few years.  But now that all my venison is gone, I feel this year I may have to venture forth and see if I can replenish the larder.  I think I\'ll start with rabbit and quail.  If I don\'t do well (enough) with that, I\'ll move on to dove and then deer season. 

Glo didn\'t want to eat any of my venison (deer meat) until I put a few choice pieces on the grill one day hidden in with the pork chops I was grilling.  She always comes out to check on the grill man and to get a few \"tasters\" to make sure I seasoned everything to her desires.  When I offered her a small piece of the venison, she loved it... until I told her what it was.   :o  ::)  Then of course she said it didn\'t taste good.  I should never have told her what it was.  I bet she would never have guessed.

If I get lucky this year, I\'ll post some photos.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 22, 2009, 02:01:21 PM
But now that all my venison is gone, I feel this year I may have to venture forth and see if I can replenish the larder.  I think I\'ll start with rabbit and quail.  If I don\'t do well (enough) with that, I\'ll move on to dove and then deer season. 


That reminds me to add something to my list!

I REALLY MISS STOCKING UP ON FOOD !
But it seems whenever I do stock my freezer up it either has to be defrosted soon - or theres a blackout and I lose it all anyhow  :D

Now to my list - I must add: GET A DEEP FREEZER! and a FROST-FREE one !
Suggestions welcome...

Then I can have some space to hold any extra venison you cant stuff into your freezer  8)

I did start this week organizing this baby freezer on the 10cu ft fridge people keep telling me is large. Now the freezer compartment is filled with nice and orderly tupperware (local brand) and theres still enough room for 2 pitchers of drinks !
hint - square vs. round edges for better stacking and better use of space.

(http://order.tupperware.com:8080/coe-images/items/p10056908000_detail.jpg)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 22, 2009, 03:54:35 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


Thank You,
Tom in Big D

August 22, 2009 Post

It is near 3am.  I\'m holed up in the upstairs study to escape the 100 decibel sound level downstairs. 

Is there a jet taking off in my living room?  A trio of crazed home invaders wielding jackhammers?  No... it\'s my asawa\'s monthly cards, mahjong, karaoke and Filipino food gathering.  :o :o :o
 
It begins calmly enough.  About mid-afternoon four or five of her Filipina friends arrive, bags of food in hand, and the cooking begins.  Throughout the afternoon more Filipinas arrive.  By around 7pm there is enough food to feed a small village, and about 20 Filipinas, and 10 or 12 of their husbands (mostly ex-military and/or now out-of-work tech workers and/or retired) ready to eat it.

By around 9pm everyone has had their fill of food and libation of their liking... and the wives begin to gather at the card or mahjong tables.  The husbands begin to wander off to head home or where ever they go when their asawas are occupied for the rest of the evening and night.  ;)

Snacking and drinking continues unabated at the tables as the money changes hands and the noise level begins to rise.  Around midnight a few of the players will decide to take a little break... and fire up the Karaoke.  The snacking and drinking continues. 

By 2pm there are around 20 well fed and \"watered\" Filipinas playing cards and mahjong amidst a cacaphony of Tagalog, Visayan and a few other dialects... all talking and laughing at once with no one listening, while the karaoke blares and the mahjong pieces and money is being slapped on the tables, each and every one trying to talk louder than the others so they can be heard over the deafening din...

So - it is near 3am... and I\'m holed up in the upstairs study to escape the 100 decibel sound level downstairs.   

As often said on this Forum - You\'ve got to love em. :)
     
Tom in Big D

 

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 23, 2009, 06:01:52 AM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


Thank You,
Tom in Big D

August 22, 2009 Post

It is near 3am.  I\'m holed up in the upstairs study to escape the 100 decibel sound level downstairs. 

Is there a jet taking off in my living room?  A trio of crazed home invaders wielding jackhammers?  No... it\'s my asawa\'s monthly cards, mahjong, karaoke and Filipino food gathering.  :o :o :o
 
It begins calmly enough.  About mid-afternoon four or five of her Filipina friends arrive, bags of food in hand, and the cooking begins.  Throughout the afternoon more Filipinas arrive.  By around 7pm there is enough food to feed a small village, and about 20 Filipinas, and 10 or 12 of their husbands (mostly ex-military and/or now out-of-work tech workers and/or retired) ready to eat it.

By around 9pm everyone has had their fill of food and libation of their liking... and the wives begin to gather at the card or mahjong tables.  The husbands begin to wander off to head home or where ever they go when their asawas are occupied for the rest of the evening and night.  ;)

Snacking and drinking continues unabated at the tables as the money changes hands and the noise level begins to rise.  Around midnight a few of the players will decide to take a little break... and fire up the Karaoke.  The snacking and drinking continues. 

By 2pm there are around 20 well fed and \"watered\" Filipinas playing cards and mahjong amidst a cacaphony of Tagalog, Visayan and a few other dialects... all talking and laughing at once with no one listening, while the karaoke blares and the mahjong pieces and money is being slapped on the tables, each and every one trying to talk louder than the others so they can be heard over the deafening din...

So - it is near 3am... and I\'m holed up in the upstairs study to escape the 100 decibel sound level downstairs.   

As often said on this Forum - You\'ve got to love em. :)
     
Tom in Big D

 



Tom, your so right my friend, \"you got to love them\", as a close followup to your wonderful post, my asawa, after giving me my Sunday morning bath, I help her as much as I can I can at least still manage to sit on the side of the bed and shave ....:) and stand up long enough to wash and rinse my private parts, but after doing all that plus cleaning the room , feeding the dog, birds and rabbits, it has become a now unplanned but main event that on Sundays,

 for I usually and don\'t asked me where the strength comes from, well with the exception of two Vodkas :) plan a big meal either BB_qued chicken or Chicken and dumplings, then after feeding, oh it depends somewhere between 20 and 40 according to how many neighbors come..

.the tong-it games seem to sprout up with the girls, my wife being  in the lead, then I notice the boys from one of the local bars hauling up the lane the big Karaoke Machine with 32 inch TV my wife rents from their bar for 500 pesos for 24 hours, and no tokens, not a bad deal, then I break down and buy some beer na beer for the barcada pllus 3 or 4 bottle of Tandywine, and my wife then makes then \"awful to me\" concoction a local drink called, don\'t quote me on the spelling I am spelling it as it phonically   \"Taco Joe\" which is a big plastic water pitcher half full of one long neck of rum, a bag of milo, plus now they add one bag now of dragon coffee, the rest is either powder orange juice or mango juice, fill the rest with ice cubes and use shot glasses to indulge,

 it is a purely ladies drink only the boys seem to leave it alone, they you talking about decibel levels , when my wife gets about 5 shots of that stuff in her she starts screeching out love songs to me, which sets this old heart to feel new again, but every cock and pig in the parok seem to either sing with her or complain in unison with her version of Tina, Celine and Cher, then the dancing starts and if the boys when plied with enough libation get the courage and the ladies will let them have at the machine they take their turn singing....

me I just sit in the chair with the electric fan on talk with several of my barcada and enjoy seeing her and all the people having such a good time, this is the way life was meant to be lived.They will take a break for awhile to go back to the card games, but the drinking continues usually lasting well into the night.

Never once seen and ugly drunk or a brawl like I have seem so many times even at my own high school reunion one year, for the  culture here is one of family and friends, and of course the newest and latest gossip, God knows there is enough of that to talk about for hours.I usually leave her to her fun after a couple of hours for between the cooking and the being up without the O2, its time for me to get hooked up to the big green machine as I call her, but life is good, could not get any better, not in this old boys book. Great post, great story, great fun had by all...Live it while you can my friends for you just never know?

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 23, 2009, 06:16:30 AM
... talking about decibel levels , when my wife gets about 5 shots of that stuff in her she starts screeching out love songs to me, which sets this old heart to feel new again, but every cock and pig in the parok seem to either sing with her or complain in unison with her version ... singing....

OMG.. that reminded about the update to my asawa and her learning how to sing karaoke.
First - I must point out - that I have heard many many many off-key singers in my life....

But off-key and off tempo together is a bit much - which I was happy to overlook until I noticed the neighbors close their doors and windows ONLY when she sings !  ;D

SO... I get her singing lessons... and IT MADE A BIG FAT CHUNKY DIFFERENCE !

Best P300 a week in a long time !!!

Im considering more than weekly classes now .. maybe 3x per week !
And it makes her feel a lot better about herself also!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Braddo on August 23, 2009, 08:58:17 AM
My Asawa too is definitely tone deaf she can\'t sing a note, she reminds me when I was much younger and my party joke was to play the catpipes first i had to find a cat most people had one back then, next put it under your arm grab its legs put it\'s tail in your mouth and bite down hard while systematically pulling its legs and sqeezing its stomach, made the wildest sounds, got a few laughs but got a few stern words too from the cat lovers anyway pretty much the same as my wifes singing.

Sorry if this upsets any Feline owners out there ;D

Braddo
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 23, 2009, 03:39:36 PM
My Asawa too is definitely tone deaf she can\'t sing a note, she reminds me when I was much younger and my party joke was to play the catpipes first i had to find a cat most people had one back then, next put it under your arm grab its legs put it\'s tail in your mouth and bite down hard while systematically pulling its legs and sqeezing its stomach, made the wildest sounds, got a few laughs but got a few stern words too from the cat lovers anyway pretty much the same as my wifes singing.

Sorry if this upsets any Feline owners out there ;D

Braddo


Braddo, sure would like to meet you and your lovely wife one day after this house is ever done so as you all could have a comfortalbe place to stay, we would let the girls go off and do their thing and you and I could tell some whoppers over a few cold ones,

 I had given up on the all ETOH, but as my conditions worsens, I am not going to shot my self the pleasure of a night time drink or two or three....:)/// glad to hear it is not only my beautiful wife who can\'t carry a note in a bucket but by god does she sing her heart out and she deserves the round of applause she gets every time, as long as she is happy so am I., I really mean it, I am tied up right now in red tape, been waiting going on 3 and 1/2 weeks with no work on the house trying to get approval for a new electric pole, boy I know its the RP and ever thing is slower and I like that but i got family out of work...

and my dreams of getting her in this new house to spend a few months with her alone are slowing fading with each passing day, that is why this form has been my escape, my home away from home, without and all of you I would be really not as happy a person as I am, so thank all of you for that from the bottom of my heart, I really in the several years I have been on here only made one enemy, and for me that is saying a lot, hot headed and Irish, just don;t mix, i could possibly have two, but I think I tried my best to make amends to the other one I offended and we I am sure could break bread together although not sure if he would go to far to do that, but I would for him, as for all the other, moderators who have chewed my arse when it needed to be and all who have set me straight on off course topics, thank you, I live to learn another day by my mistakes.

I hope you all excuse me as my days go by, for I go back to the VA on the 15th of September for one more final meeting with all my specialists who want me to go back to the USA to have a chance to live, \"you need a reason to do that\"...not for living but to live the one person and one family who have come to mean more to you than all other things you have seen or done in 62 years.I will make here with my wife and family just as fine as in the USA without my wife and alone with another terminal, although loving friend of mine my Father, and he even understands that., besides the crabs are running good at all this year nothing for me to do :)....Ron what every happened to the Cheaspeake, I have my theories and I am sure you do to, and good ones at that...sorry getting off topic, Just as I sit here writing this is a picture above my computer of Jack and glo, there\'s was the last post before this quote...and when I think of how much I miss those two, his tales about his hunting days, the love those two share...is a story all in itself...keep on pissing off Peta if you want , but I would have never told that story, although I think it damn funny and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

The Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 23, 2009, 03:54:11 PM
... talking about decibel levels , when my wife gets about 5 shots of that stuff in her she starts screeching out love songs to me, which sets this old heart to feel new again, but every cock and pig in the parok seem to either sing with her or complain in unison with her version ... singing....

OMG.. that reminded about the update to my asawa and her learning how to sing karaoke.
First - I must point out - that I have heard many many many off-key singers in my life....

But off-key and off tempo together is a bit much - which I was happy to overlook until I noticed the neighbors close their doors and windows ONLY when she sings !  ;D

SO... I get her singing lessons... and IT MADE A BIG FAT CHUNKY DIFFERENCE !

Best P300 a week in a long time !!!

Im considering more than weekly classes now .. maybe 3x per week !
And it makes her feel a lot better about herself also!
[/quote

Brad,

You and yours are another I would love to meet before leaving this earth, your stories are always right on, intelligently I think you would be one of my favorite persons to talk to dead sober for I would love to pick your brain, or as my patients used to say in the chair or on the couch, my reply was well if your want to learn something possibly today I would chose the chair, but if you have had a hard night and need the couch just forget it, I will just call your PO now and he can pick you up...for some reason the couch was never picked...except by one guy who it was getting cold he had no place to go and 3 hots and a cot sounded pretty good to him plus cable TV in city jail./

Never thought of singing lessons for the thought never crossed my mind, i mean if she is having that good of a time and I am enjoying her effort who gives a flying hoot...but I can see your point... for me when I could breathe I could do some old tunes like you would not believe, Louis Armstrong and Mack the Knife, you could not tell them apart, me and AL Jolson must have been genetically linked and the Persuasions from the 70\'s  and the Tams from the 60\'s, don\'t get me going for I have over 32.000 songs on cds, cataloged, enough to help Michael if he had wanted help?

Glad you love her enough to care , that is what is important. Your a good man, but then you have a good woman? duh!

Murf
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Braddo on August 23, 2009, 05:39:46 PM
My Asawa too is definitely tone deaf she can\'t sing a note, she reminds me when I was much younger and my party joke was to play the catpipes first i had to find a cat most people had one back then, next put it under your arm grab its legs put it\'s tail in your mouth and bite down hard while systematically pulling its legs and sqeezing its stomach, made the wildest sounds, got a few laughs but got a few stern words too from the cat lovers anyway pretty much the same as my wifes singing.

Sorry if this upsets any Feline owners out there ;D

Braddo


Braddo, sure would like to meet you and your lovely wife one day after this house is ever done so as you all could have a comfortalbe place to stay, we would let the girls go off and do their thing and you and I could tell some whoppers over a few cold ones,

 I had given up on the all ETOH, but as my conditions worsens, I am not going to shot my self the pleasure of a night time drink or two or three....:)/// glad to hear it is not only my beautiful wife who can\'t carry a note in a bucket but by god does she sing her heart out and she deserves the round of applause she gets every time, as long as she is happy so am I., I really mean it, I am tied up right now in red tape, been waiting going on 3 and 1/2 weeks with no work on the house trying to get approval for a new electric pole, boy I know its the RP and ever thing is slower and I like that but i got family out of work...

and my dreams of getting her in this new house to spend a few months with her alone are slowing fading with each passing day, that is why this form has been my escape, my home away from home, without and all of you I would be really not as happy a person as I am, so thank all of you for that from the bottom of my heart, I really in the several years I have been on here only made one enemy, and for me that is saying a lot, hot headed and Irish, just don;t mix, i could possibly have two, but I think I tried my best to make amends to the other one I offended and we I am sure could break bread together although not sure if he would go to far to do that, but I would for him, as for all the other, moderators who have chewed my arse when it needed to be and all who have set me straight on off course topics, thank you, I live to learn another day by my mistakes.

I hope you all excuse me as my days go by, for I go back to the VA on the 15th of September for one more final meeting with all my specialists who want me to go back to the USA to have a chance to live, \"you need a reason to do that\"...not for living but to live the one person and one family who have come to mean more to you than all other things you have seen or done in 62 years.I will make here with my wife and family just as fine as in the USA without my wife and alone with another terminal, although loving friend of mine my Father, and he even understands that., besides the crabs are running good at all this year nothing for me to do :)....Ron what every happened to the Cheaspeake, I have my theories and I am sure you do to, and good ones at that...sorry getting off topic, Just as I sit here writing this is a picture above my computer of Jack and glo, there\'s was the last post before this quote...and when I think of how much I miss those two, his tales about his hunting days, the love those two share...is a story all in itself...keep on pissing off Peta if you want , but I would have never told that story, although I think it damn funny and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

The Murf

Murf it would be a pleasure to meet up with you one day and sink a couple of cold ones and tell a few lies
I follow your blogs and others regularly but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker, I only went to school to eat my lunch and that was only 3 days a week, but I have gone through life happy and now content.
Been through Colon Cancer, 11 years ago so far so good but nothing has changed my life as much as my lovely wife, she somehow has bought out a side of me that i never had before ( emotions) Reading your reply bought tears to my eyes as is writing this to you, you sound like what we call in Australia as a bloody good bloke you have a heart not a swinging brick like some people, you care about your family and future, something that I have only just started to relise.
Not being rich by far I have built a little house for my wife and family, have just built and set up a sari sari store for her sister because she is so keen to get a head in life and only needed a start well she makes around P6,000 a day now and her father inlaw just purchased 4 computers so she can have a internet cafe\" I feel so dame proud of  these people.
My friend I will finish now and salute you with a whisky or two, chin up, please keep in touch your wisdom is much sort.

Cheers Mate
Braddo
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 23, 2009, 08:11:31 PM
all my specialists who want me to go back to the USA to have a chance to live,

Guam is USA...kinda... can you go there and still be close??
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Braddo on August 24, 2009, 05:57:55 AM
Murf it would be a pleasure to meet up with you one day and sink a couple of cold ones and tell a few lies
I follow your blogs and others regularly but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker, I only went to school to eat my lunch and that was only 3 days a week, but I have gone through life happy and now content.
Been through Colon Cancer, 11 years ago so far so good but nothing has changed my life as much as my lovely wife, she somehow has bought out a side of me that i never had before ( emotions) Reading your reply bought tears to my eyes as is writing this to you, you sound like what we call in Australia as a bloody good bloke you have a heart not a swinging brick like some people, you care about your family and future, something that I have only just started to relise.
Not being rich by far I have built a little house for my wife and family, have just built and set up a sari sari store for her sister because she is so keen to get a head in life and only needed a start well she makes around P6,000 a day now and her father inlaw just purchased 4 computers so she can have a internet cafe\" I feel so dame proud of  these people.
My friend I will finish now and salute you with a whisky or two, chin up, please keep in touch your wisdom is much sort.

Cheers Mate
Braddo
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 24, 2009, 07:09:05 AM
but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker

Dont worry - I know published authors and people with masters degrees who still dont know how to type. Namely that guy here they call Brad  ;D so no need to be embarrassed about that.

My plans for this whole month... I invited my wifes aunt to visit anytime from Mindanao. Well - she sends us a txt on saturday saying \"Im getting on the boat now - see you on Monday!\" Hmm... Remind me to re-word that next time to \"Come visit anytime just give at least a week advance notice\"  ;D

That means I had to organize the guest room that was filled with unopened balikbayan boxes! (mainly clothes but I have no where else to keep them now and cant get rid of them because they fit perfect unlike what I find in the malls). Finally got room for a bed and a fan in there!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on August 24, 2009, 08:15:47 AM
but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker,

I have always considered English to be a difficult language when it come s to spelling. Even although I am English, I rely heavily on a spell checker, or my wife  ;D When she moved to the UK 20 years ago she decided to become English in both language and food. She still has a very large dictionary to hand to confirm any spelling she gives me  ;D

The big problem with the spelling arose in 1066 when William the Conqueror introduced French to the country. It has been said by a Frenchman that English is largely French that is mispronounced. A further complication arose when Noah Johnson produced the first American-English dictionary and decided to simplify a lot of the French style English words. The early English dictionary by Samuel Johnson did not do that. Now that two thirds of native English speakers are Americans, I guess that the US spelling will dominate, but I will stick with the original version to the end  ;D. Another interesting fact is that there has been described very many other national variations of English including Filipino English. One thing I notice here is that they will add the letter \'s to collective words to make them plural. e.g foods for food, meats for meat, and for me the most unusual one is \'we buy jewelries\' instead of \'we buy jewelry\'.

Colin

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on August 24, 2009, 08:22:05 AM

One thing I notice here is that they will add the letter \'s to collective words to make them plural. e.g foods for food, meats for meat, and for me the most unusual one is \'we buy jewelries\' instead of \'we buy jewelry\'.

Colin


Sir! I resemble your remarks!!!  :D

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on August 24, 2009, 08:51:48 AM
but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker
Dont worry - I know published authors and people with masters degrees who still dont know how to type.

I second Dylanaz on this one.  Through the years I\'ve represented countless individuals who had very little formal education, but who proved to be far more intelligent (and a hell of a lot more interesting and enjoyable to have a conversation with) than myself and many of my \"well-educated\" colleagues.  The world is full of well-educated fools and idiots... just watch the news. 

Never confuse \"education\" with \"intelligence\" nor any other worthy attribute... and certainly, under any circumstance, never never never equate formal \"education\" with self-worth.  It is only those who make this mistake that should be embarrassed.

Tom in Big D       
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on August 24, 2009, 12:46:04 PM
Never confuse \"education\" with \"intelligence\" nor any other worthy attribute... and certainly, under any circumstance, never never never equate formal \"education\" with self-worth.  It is only those who make this mistake that should be embarrassed.

This is also the message of many classical writings and movies.

and at least one from Shakespeare that I cant recall at this time (fill in the blank someone please)
and one or more from Adam Sandler
... and Cinderella.

On a side note.. my \'today\' ... wow... umm.. fun, fun, fun... preparing the storage bedroom for my Asawas 21yr old aunt and her 2 toddlers - I decided to take a break and call some friends in USA...

They all decided to play video games together... so theres 25 of us online - at the same time - all playing the same game together going off to kill dragons and whatnot... 25 are required...  24 you Might live... 23 probably not...

SO... guess what happens?? 8:30 AM... knock at the door...Tell my friends to wait on the dragon its probably mail or bread delivery (24 people across the world waiting now...) 

Well its the guy im buying the house from! and his baby, wife, mother and a worker he hired to take care of a few repairs I pointed out a month ago. OUCH... perfect timing, huh... I ran back to the PC and told my friends something unexpected popped up and I have to leave....

Now I got 24 pissed americans and canadians who will go meet their death by dragon  ;D

Darn... well.. good note is my leaks will be fixed...
ya, ya... i could have crawled into the attic and did it myself... but.. the ceiling is held up by very weak metal beams and with a few inches of crawlspace... a 6\' guy would surely have problems  :P

Even in my \'sturdy\' house back in Arizona I have to lay down plywood to spread the load when walking around up there....
So I figured a 100lb little worker is a LOT better here than a 180 lb stork !
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: geno555 on August 24, 2009, 03:12:38 PM
but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker
Dont worry - I know published authors and people with masters degrees who still dont know how to type.

I second Dylanaz on this one.  Through the years I\'ve represented countless individuals who had very little formal education, but who proved to be far more intelligent (and a hell of a lot more interesting and enjoyable to have a conversation with) than myself and many of my \"well-educated\" colleagues.  The world is full of well-educated fools and idiots... just watch the news. 

Never confuse \"education\" with \"intelligence\" nor any other worthy attribute... and certainly, under any circumstance, never never never equate formal \"education\" with self-worth.  It is only those who make this mistake that should be embarrassed.

Tom in Big D      



Tom in Big D, damn keep it up and i AM GOING TO CHANGE MY MIND  with regards to lawyers!....:)


The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop
Mark Twain

The \"Murf\"
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on August 26, 2009, 03:40:47 AM
but due to my education I sometimes feel embarrassed to say much, thank god for spell cheker,

I have always considered English to be a difficult language when it come s to spelling. Even although I am English, I rely heavily on a spell checker, or my wife  ;D When she moved to the UK 20 years ago she decided to become English in both language and food. She still has a very large dictionary to hand to confirm any spelling she gives me  ;D

The big problem with the spelling arose in 1066 when William the Conqueror introduced French to the country. It has been said by a Frenchman that English is largely French that is mispronounced. A further complication arose when Noah Johnson produced the first American-English dictionary and decided to simplify a lot of the French style English words. The early English dictionary by Samuel Johnson did not do that. Now that two thirds of native English speakers are Americans, I guess that the US spelling will dominate, but I will stick with the original version to the end  ;D. Another interesting fact is that there has been described very many other national variations of English including Filipino English. One thing I notice here is that they will add the letter \'s to collective words to make them plural. e.g foods for food, meats for meat, and for me the most unusual one is \'we buy jewelries\' instead of \'we buy jewelry\'.

Colin


Colin,
Another thing Filipino English does is use only the short vowels. They don\'t use the long ones.
God Bless.....
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on October 30, 2009, 02:43:45 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


Thank You,
Tom in Big D

October 30, 2009 Post

Well, \"dreaming\" is slowly moving toward \"reality.\"  :)

Will be in Cebu most of November with plans to move wife\'s family into better housing, check on places in and around Cebu for wife & I to live, and various other things for our prospective move next year.  Now lets see, what else do I need to do:

-Stopped the mail.
-Notified ATM & credit cards will be in RP so they don\'t stop payment or block.
-Got crisp, new $100s, also AmEx travel checks.
-Converted some $ to pesos (1,000 and some 100, 50, 20, 10 denomination)
-Travel Ins for emergency medical transport back home.
-Combo locks for suitcases.
-passport, ticket/itinerary, DL, CCs, ATM & some $ in neck strap pouch (safe deposit on arrival).
-2 copies passport, ticket/itinerary, DL and $/TCs (plastic bags in separate luggage).
-neck strap for Rx sunglasses.
-small flashlight (such as - no lamps by the bed);
-single serving packets of Off mosquito repellent lotion (avoid lugging bottle of lotion).
-water resistant sandals. 
-Trial size bottles of hand sanitizer. (Don\'t leave home without it, use before every meal).
-\"baby\" wipes and t-paper.
-Fiber capsules and stool softener (all that sticky rice); Imodium (all those little bugs).
-epi pens (wasps will seek me out and sting me in any corner of the world)
-immunization/boosters for Hepatitis A/B, Typhoid, MMR, DTP; anti-malarial pills.

Still can\'t decide - get Quadband GSM phone here, or openline iPhone once there?

OK, think I have most of it covered... oops, gifts for the family... don\'t think for a second that a new house will get me off the hook for a suitcase full of goodies!!!  ;D Guess I better head for the mall.

From Dallas will fly direct to Cebu (Mactan) with one stop in Seoul, so bypass Manila and the hassle of a short hop to Cebu.  Can register with US Embassy on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov

So, just about 50 other things I need to do in the next couple of days and I\'ll be ready to go.  Now, lets see... how do I stuff all this into a 45\" carry-on? >:(

Tom in Big D :) :)

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on October 30, 2009, 03:22:29 PM
Good to see you\'re still with us Tom

Enjoy everything about the trip, the planning, the confusion, the anticipation.........EVERYTHING
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on October 30, 2009, 04:47:33 PM
Tom, all sounds good except the traveler checks, only one place in Cebu that I found to cash those but sometimes banks will take them if you have an account there. 
Adventure International Tours, Inc. in the back of Ayala Mall, and we saw a nice lady named Irene P. Dela Torre
The address is G/L South Surface Area, Ayala Center
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines
63 32 232 2968 or 232 2970 or 233 7449
Email irene.delatorre@travelnow.ph
Website www.travelnow.ph


I might suggest that you make sure to take at least 2 different banks ATM cards. I use Citibank but they recently just added a 3% exchange fee that they never charged before. $100 bills are king and get you the best rates but for vacations the difference really does not add up to be too much unless you exchange a large sum to buy property, a condo or a house.

Also if no one will be at your home, remember to set thermostat, unplug water heater and any items that you do not need to have plugged in because power surges can start fires and why waste money, and shut off the water at the main. A few extra copies of passports is also a good idea, we put copies in each case and carry on once we get where we are going. More than one copy of itinerary and I leave one in my email account in case I have to print another.  Another thing is to be sure to bring your phone book with contact info you may need in emergencies or just to say hey to friends.  Also maybe a small digital travel alarm clock is always good to have but can be bought there is you need it. You might want to add Muscinex to your medicine list in case you or someone else ends up congested and a cold medicine that you know works for you because getting the same there might be hard to do, and we always bring big bottles of Tylenol to give to our family and keep a few on hand for us for headaches. 

As for phones, a good no frills unlocked quad band is always good to have and at least you will know it works and the true condition if bought in the USA. I hate the fancy ones but I do use a Blackberry now because it has all my contacts and I just switch sim cards when we get there, yet I preferred the good old days and keep a Motorola V188 as a backup phone and then give it away before we leave or leave it in our condo with the battery out. 

OK, hope maybe some things I suggested might help. Enjoy the trip and wish we would be there to say hey but we won\'t be back until February and stay until May.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on October 30, 2009, 08:31:20 PM
Only yesterday Bing said \'what has happened to that guy that was married 5 time\'. I said\' he hasn\'t posted for a long time, I guess he has lost interest\' Speak of the devil, and you appeared  ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on October 31, 2009, 12:49:48 AM
Good call by mr lee on scanned copy of passport......I keep scanned passport, travel insurance and a few other odds and ends in an email to myself
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on November 30, 2009, 04:19:05 AM
Mr. Lee, Captainron and Colin --

I was about to post in this thread and just saw your posts of Oct 30.  I missed them when I logged back on a few days ago because they were no longer in the \"recent posts\" section.

At any rate, \"thank you\" for the warm wishes and good advice.

I\'ll post more about my visit in another post on this thread (probably several posts, as I suffer from habitual \"long-windedness\").  I usually feel as though I have nothing pertinent to contribute to the Forum, so rest assurred that I\'ll \"milk\" this visit for all its worth.  ;D 

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 02, 2009, 09:41:06 AM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


December 1, 2009, Post

Cebu Visit
Post 1
THE ARRIVAL   

Although married for many years to my beautiful Filipina wife, this was my first visit to the Philippines.

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(My wife, Bing, and two of our \"kids\" Teddy and Inu.)

We spent most of November in Mactan and Cebu City.  The main purpose of my visit was to  locate, buy and move my wife\'s family into better housing.  Once that was accomplished, we spent some time checking on a few places in and around Cebu City where my wife & I might want to live when we make the move, hopefully next year, and checking on a few other things in anticipation of our prospective move next year. 

My visit the Philippines was interesting in every regard, even mundane chores such as shopping or eating out.  It was also simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking, i.e., the friendly and happy attitude of most of the Filipinos I met, versus the grinding poverty in which most live.   

After a great flight on Korean Airlines, 26 hours after leaving Dallas, I walked out of Cebu Int’l Airport (Mactan) at about midnight.  I took a cab to the Bella Vista, where my wife already had a room, having come over a week earlier.

The Bella Vista is only a couple of miles from the airport, right at the main bridge over to Mandaue/Cebu City.  The lobby is great, large, clean and aircon with wi-fi and lots of comfortable seating and a good restaurant at the far end.  Great free buffet breakfast with scramble eggs, bacon and ice cold Sprites (from 5am to 9am).  The staff are polite and helpful.  5 stories with a nice rooftop pool and open-air restaurant with a great view of Cebu City and the Ferries heading out to sea.  About P35k a night.

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(From front desk, looking to the restaurant at the rear of lobby. Wife on the stairs to the 2nd floor.)

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(Roof pool (5th floor) looking across to Cebu City.)

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(Wife sitting in open air restaurant next to the pool.)

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(View of bridge to Mandaue/Cebu City from where my wife is sitting in photo above.)

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(View of squatter area directly over the rail by the pool in photo above.)

After putting my passport, etc., in the safety deposit at the front desk, I headed up to the room. When I stepped off the elevator, I felt like I had stepped back into time... right into a 3rd rate 1950s boarding  house.  The hallway was hot, dim, narrow and musty smelling. Knocked on door to our room, my wife opened it, and I was greeting by a gush of aircon, my wife, her brother and his 3 oldest girls, ages 14, 16 and 18.  Before I could step into the room, three beautiful, smiling nieces were hugging me and barraging me with “hello Uncle Tom – happy to meeting you Uncle Tom - we happy you here Uncle Tom” and chattering in Visayan while all trying at once to take my bags and satchel and lead me into the room. The room was nice and reasonably clean... the furnishings and CR seemed circa 1960 motel 6.

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(The 3 nieces who met me at hotel, photo taken few days later at seafood restaurant.)

After introductions, a few more rounds of hugs, smiling, laughing and all the nieces talking to me at once, and my bro-in-law who is very shy sitting quitely, smiling and nodding, my wife ushered them all down stairs and loading them in a cab for home.  By the time I was ready for bed, I had determined the door to the room had only a door knob privacy lock like most US bedroom doors and nothing else, there was no hot water (only get that early in the morning), the sink faucet barely trickled, the lamps were hard wired into the outlets and appeared to have about 30 watt bulbs, the shower leaked most of the water into the floor, and my iPhone would not charge because the low voltage alarm would go off (learned that it will do fine between about 2am and 7am).

The following day I found that all electricity to the room, including to the aircon and mini-fridge, turned off automatically when you left the room (which could easily be rigged around, but then housekeeping would turn it off) so that the room was a “nice” 85F and everything in the mini-fridge hot when you returned in the evening.

5am the next morning a chorus of roosters sounded as though they were right outside the window... I looked out... and they were... squatter dwellings were built right up against the wall of the hotel.  As it turns out, on both sides and the rear wall. At 6am the roosters were joined by a dozen barking dogs... by 7am the drone of Jeepneys and motorcycles had joined the cacaphony... so don’t bother with resetting the radio alarm clock which is without electricity every day while you are out.  You will be up nice and early without it.
         
Breakfast in the lobby restaurant was great.  Fresh hot buffet American as well as Filipino foods.  I would eat enough eggs and bacon every morning to last most of the day, just in case.  The cast of characters was pretty much the same every day... two or three tables of Korean families; 5 or 6 older foreign men with young Filipina girlfriends, fiances or wives; a couple of men with older Filipina wives and young children, likely returning to visit her family; a couple of groups of young twenty-something men, I assume there for the diving; and several tables which would have one older foreign man eating alone, most there to meet, visit, marry or take back to their country a Filipina they had met on the internet.

After breakfast, my wife and I caught a cab and headed for Kalawisan Barangay where my bro-in-law and his family lives.

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(View from taxi heading to Kalawisan.)

To be continued.........................

Tom in Big D  :) :)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 02, 2009, 11:41:44 PM
tom.inbigdtexas
    
     There is certainly a lot of beauty in the Philippines but yet, the contrasting poverty is hard to ignore and accept! Like you mentioned, you stayed in a nice hotel where just on the other side of the wall was a squatter\'s area with chickens crowing every morning at 6 am! The same goes where ever you go or live in the Philippines! We live in a nice subdivision where the squatter\'s area are usually pretty well hidden outside most of the other developed subdivisions. There have been a lot of land disputes between land developers and squatters and usually the land developers get their way in the end by buying off the owners of the land or via government means via the Eminent Domain rule of law, by demolishing buildings by force and paying the owners the low fair market value for their property they squatted on for years! That\'s good in a way for those developing an area and improving it, but where did those squatters go that they displaced in the name of progress? We\'ll never know!
     Well, I don\'t know where this topic is going, but I just had to say something about it when I see people living a lavish lifestyle and they come to the Philippines flaunting their wealth around for everyone to see while the poor just look on with envy! It\'s just sad to see those people living in conditions that would turn my stomach inside out! Did you know that 40% of the Filipino population is now living in poverty? Oh well! That\'s just the way it is here in a 3rd world country, just have to turn a blind\'s eye and not worry about how the other poor people are making a living day by day!
     I personally wouldn\'t retire in the Philippines if I could afford to retire in the U.S.! My wife and I just decided to live here due to necessity and the recession in the U.S. and concluded that living in the Philippines would be easier on our finances and still live a comfortable lifestyle. We have an easier time adjusting to the way of life here because we were both born in the Philippines and understand the people and living conditions of the not well to do here and in the U.S.! We don\'t own a single thing in the U.S., we got rid of it all, including credit cards! We just use cash, our local bank ATM card and or U.S. ATM debit card with a Visa logo! It has worked for us pretty well the 11 years we\'ve been living here so far!         
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 03, 2009, 12:42:19 AM
The one place that you can get away from most of the noise of daily life in the Philippines is high up in some of the condo buildings and with the A/C on, the doors and windows shut and heavy room darkening lined curtains. Before we bought, we went to see our units day and nights and on weekends to see what we might be getting ourselves in for and I can honestly say that while some dogs do bark and some roosters do crow on some nights and some radios do blast when people have parties, we cannot hear hardly anything that goes on outside our building and we really enjoy our unit. I just could not live in a house with that much racket going on around us nightly. And as for 6am roosters, most that I have been around in the provinces and even when outside on our patio, seem to crow all night.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 03, 2009, 12:48:22 AM
Tom, p35,000 a night or p3500 a night. If it is p35,000 then you are one very rich dude.  ;D :D

It is also quite possible your nieces were really saying Uncle Tom (the goose that laid the golden egg)  ;D :D ;)

I always find it neat when our family welcomes us when we visit and one time my wife told them that she was coming and I was not and they said then don\'t bother to come and I thought that was neat. All the smiling faces are great and I now even have some of my brother-in-laws and nephews feel comfortable enough to hug me and it seem that is a big no no in their culture but they now all know me well enough  to joke and hug and that is a really great feeling, and especially when they know I am now retired and no longer able to be that golden goose.  ;)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 03, 2009, 10:59:23 PM
As for 6am roosters, most that I have been around in the provinces and even when outside on our patio, seem to crow all night.

Mr Lee,

     Yeah, crowing roosters drive me crazy! I\'ve lived in a few places in the Philippines in the city and provinces and it seems there will always be a rooster or two crowing all evening! But at least now we live in a gated subdivision and farm animals such as pigs or chickens are not allowed! I do once in a while hear a rooster in the far off distance, but that doesn\'t really bother me as long all the windows and curtains are closed and our bedroom A/C is on! I sleep pretty good now at any time of the day or night! The silence is heaven to my ears! But now, it\'s my snoring that drives my wife nuts!  :\'( ;D  
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 04, 2009, 01:13:38 PM
...where did those squatters go that they displaced in the name of progress? We\'ll never know!
***

ezArt,

Like you on this topic, I\'m not sure what my point is, or if I even have a point.  Just a sad recognition that living in the Philippines will require me to develop some degree of callousness to the plight of others that seems confront me around every corner. 

A fire broke out in the squatter area about 1/4 mile down the main road into the city from the hotel where we were staying during the last part of our visit.  Driving by it appeared that an area of about 3 or 4 acres right along the road was burned to the ground. The paper said 70 dwellings were destroyed.  Every day there were scores of people covered in soot, digging through the ruins searching for anything that could be salvaged... dozens of people sitting along the edge of the road with whatever possessions they had left... and there was nothing I could do but look, or look away.

So, no point, just an observation.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 04, 2009, 03:19:29 PM

...40% of the Filipino population is now living in poverty...

...I personally wouldn\'t retire in the Philippines if I could afford to retire in the U.S.! My wife and I just decided to live here due to necessity and the recession in the U.S. and concluded that living in the Philippines would be easier on our finances and still live a comfortable lifestyle.


If Cebu City, Mandaue and Mactan Island are representative, I would think 95% would be closer.  Of course, I guess it depends on what definition of \"poverty\" is used.

I decided to retire several years earlier than planned due to an unfortunate convergence of political and economic conditions here in the US... and I believe I can stretch my retirement funds further in the Philippines... but my reason for moving there is not solely economic.

I hope to have a more interesting and fulfilling lifestyle for the last 20 or so (hopefully  :)) years of my life rather than simply vegetating in a typical U.S. retirement lifestyle and waiting to die. 

Of course, after 11 years there, you have a real basis for your opinions in comparing US versus Philippine lifestyles, whereas I do not.  But, I am looking forward to living there, whereas I have little desire to continue trying to \"keep up with the Jones\" here in the States till I drop dead.

Tom in Big D     

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 04, 2009, 03:57:01 PM
The one place that you can get away from most of the noise of daily life in the Philippines is high up in some of the condo buildings...

... as for 6am roosters, most that I have been around in the provinces and even when outside on our patio, seem to crow all night.
Tom, p35,000 a night or p3500 a night. If it is p35,000 then you are one very rich dude.  ;D :D

It is also quite possible your nieces were really saying Uncle Tom (the goose that laid the golden egg)  ;D :D ;)

...I now even have some of my brother-in-laws and nephews feel comfortable enough to hug me and it seem that is a big no no in their culture...

Hi Mr. Lee,

I plan to go back March or so next year and look at some condos.  We looked at a few houses this time over, but found they were either a little too imbedded in the squatter areas, or so isolated that I would have security concerns.  We looked at one house in the Alta Vista subdivision in Talisay that had a view of what looked like half the entire earth... but it was stuck on top a mountain with the closest other house 1/4 mile away. 

I\'m sure we could find something more to my liking given the time, but I am leaning toward a condo for starting out... maybe one too high up for the roosters.  ;D

You\'re probably right about the \"all night roosters,\" but I slept like a baby every night I was there, and when I woke up in the morning they were the first thing I heard... then the dogs... then the motorcycles... then I\'d give up and get up >:(... and head for the buffet breakfast. :)

yes, P3,500 - not P35,000 -- At P35,000 I would expect a 24 hour masseuse, hot and cold running maids and an in-room chef -- and I don\'t remember any of those. ;D

If my nieces don\'t consider me the goose that laid the golden egg, then I\'ve wasted a lot of money. I have been their major source of support for most of their lives... almost 10 years now, they had just never met me in person.  My wife has gone over every couple of years, but taking off a couple of weeks is heresy for a trial lawyer. I believe my bro-in-law and his family truly appreciate everything we\'ve done for them... and if not, their hugs (yes, even the bro-in-law) and tears when we left was thanks enough.

Tom in Big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 04, 2009, 04:42:33 PM
I decided to retire several years earlier than planned due to an unfortunate convergence of political and economic conditions here in the US... and I believe I can stretch my retirement funds further in the Philippines... but my reason for moving there is not solely economic.
Of course, after 11 years there, you have a real basis for your opinions in comparing US versus Philippine lifestyles, whereas I do not. 

Tom in Big D     

Yes, in most cases, it\'s always about money, but in your case that isn\'t so! You will eventually find the right place to retire, it just takes time and patience! Just enjoy yourself in the process while looking for your new place to live! There\'s a lot of awesome beauty to see in the Philippines, just look at Colin\'s wide range of photos he has taken over the years, they\'re very impressive! Well, good luck to your future retirement in the Philippines!     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 04, 2009, 05:05:05 PM
There\'s a lot of awesome beauty to see in the Philippines, just look at Colin\'s wide range of photos he has taken over the years, they\'re very impressive! Well, good luck to your future retirement in the Philippines! 

Thanks Art,

There were many thing I was impressed with in the RP, but nothing more than the kindness and hospitality of the Filipinos themselves.  I have looked at many of Colin\'s photos in the past, and also those of Riceman (I believe still posted in a thread somewhere here on the Forum) and by Bob Hammerslag which I assume are still posted on iBase.  I\'ll see if I can track down the url and post it.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 04, 2009, 08:26:25 PM
There\'s a lot of awesome beauty to see in the Philippines, just look at Colin\'s wide range of photos he has taken over the years, they\'re very impressive! Well, good luck to your future retirement in the Philippines! 

 
Thanks Art,

There were many thing I was impressed with in the RP, but nothing more than the kindness and hospitality of the Filipinos themselves.  I have looked at many of Colin\'s photos in the past, and also those of Riceman (I believe still posted in a thread somewhere here on the Forum) and by Bob Hammerslag which I assume are still posted on iBase.  I\'ll see if I can track down the url and post it.

Tom in Big D


I am not sure which photos of mine are being referred to, but everyone is welcome to look at http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-reader/ It has not been updated for a long time and was used a lot for online photographic course material. I must get around to deleting some and adding many hundreds more  :)

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 05, 2009, 07:44:07 AM

I am not sure which photos of mine are being referred to, but everyone is welcome to look at [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-reader/[/url] It has not been updated for a long time and was used a lot for online photographic course material. I must get around to deleting some and adding many hundreds more  :)
Colin


Nice photos Colin... I had looked at them a long while back, nice to browse through them again.  Is one of the houses in the Ayala Alabang set the one you leased?  Just curious.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 05, 2009, 08:56:23 AM

I am not sure which photos of mine are being referred to, but everyone is welcome to look at [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-reader/[/url] It has not been updated for a long time and was used a lot for online photographic course material. I must get around to deleting some and adding many hundreds more  :)
Colin


Nice photos Colin... I had looked at them a long while back, nice to browse through them again.  Is one of the houses in the Ayala Alabang set the one you leased?  Just curious.

Tom in Big D


Hi Tom,

The one we leased has my wife\'s mother and niece standing in front of it. I believe it is amongst that collection.

I took all those photos of houses in Ayala Alabang just to get ideas for my own house, it has turned out to be nothing like any of them  ;D

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 05, 2009, 09:58:14 AM
Hi Tom,

The one we leased has my wife\'s mother and niece standing in front of it. I believe it is amongst that collection.

Colin

Must be among some other set... or I just overlooked it.

Look forward to seeing some updated photos on your present house.  Hope its going well.

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 05, 2009, 11:11:49 AM
Hi Tom,

The one we leased has my wife\'s mother and niece standing in front of it. I believe it is amongst that collection.

Colin

Must be among some other set... or I just overlooked it.

Look forward to seeing some updated photos on your present house.  Hope its going well.

Tom in Big D


I haven\'t look for a while so maybe I did not post it, I will add an update of Flickr on my \'to-do someday\' list.  ;D

We are having some problems with finalizing the contract with our contractor, but I will post more about that later in the appropriate thread.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 17, 2009, 02:55:31 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


December 17, 2009, Post

Cebu Visit
Post 2
MOVE THE FAMILY   

The main purpose of my visit was to  locate, buy and move my wife\'s family into better housing. 

After spending the first night at the Bella Vista on Mactan Island,

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(From front desk, looking to the restaurant at the rear of lobby. Wife on the stairs to the 2nd floor.)

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(Roof pool (5th floor) looking across to Cebu City.)

 
my wife and I caught a cab and headed for Kalawisan Barangay where my bro-in-law and his family lives.

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(View from taxi heading to Kalawisan.)

In Kalawisan we arrived at their house.

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(Plywood with a tin roof)

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(Wife sitting in the Kitchen of old house)

The old house is approximately 10ft x 20ft, one room with plywood floor, and kitchen with bamboo slat floor you can see through.  Bro-in-law, his wife and eight children live here. 

In spite of where it is, the house was clean as a pin.  All the children were neat and well mannered.  Every time the small ones got a speck of dirt on them, mom would change their clothes.  The polite and welcoming nature of even the youngest of the children would make me ashamed to have my Filipino family meet my spoiled and rude US grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In spite of my intentions to move the family out of the squatter area, I soon found that they had no interest in moving away from their extended family members, friends and relatives.  After a few days, I realized they were correct... it made no sense to move them away from their entire support system.

As such, housing options were somewhat limited, but was finally able to locate a 3 year old house about 500 yards from the old house.  It had been empty since it was built (long story).  After about 2 weeks of haggling, the deal was complete and the family could move in.

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(New house, nieces on the front porch)

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(Living room, new furniture stacked against side wall)

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(Stair landing to upstairs bedrooms)

The new house is about 1600 sq/ft, LR, kitchen, storage, 1 br, CR down, and 2 br, 2 CR upstairs.  Nice  front porch, outside dirty kitchen, two deep wells, 100 gal stainless tower water tank.  Lot is approx 4,000 sq/ft, L shaped, surrounded by a 6 foot concrete wall.

After the move-in, we spent two days getting basic furnishings - fridge, range top, furniture for the dining room, living room and bedrooms.  All was delivered in three loads by the delivery truck from Mactan Gaisano Mall. 

With the family now moved into the new house, Bing and I checked out of the Bella Vista and moved over to Cebu City.

To be continued.........................

Tom in Big D  :) :)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 17, 2009, 05:40:39 PM
Tom,

     I\'m just a person with few words to say because it\'s just my nature and I wasn\'t blessed with the out going personality of being a chatty type person on paper or in person. I just have a shy demeanor about myself and have been a loner much of my adult life up to the present! Just writing about myself in this short post is astonishing to me in itself on!
     Well here goes my little short story, I was born in the Barrio of Matain, Subic, Zambales in 1948 just a few miles from SBMA aka Subic Naval Air Station. My mother worked in a tobacco plantation, I don\'t recall where. My father during WWII was a Philippine Scout with the Gorilla Army and was then recruited in the U.S. Navy as a cook! To make this short, in 1955 when I was only 7, my older brother 8 and with our Mother, hopped on board on a naval ship bound for America! Our port of entry was the Oakland Naval shipyard. Our home for next 4 yrs was made of metal, what they call a quantize hut is it, a half moon shape metal building on top of a cement foundation? But after wards was upgraded to a 2 story barracks style apartments, which was new at the time! My brother and I went to a regular public school off the base. We didn\'t know a lick of the English language, but they still put us in regular classes with all the rest of the kids our age, but we adapted and adjusted to our new surroundings! Well, time flew by and we now are in San Diego, where our father got stationed next! Now he was gone most of the time on sea duty months on end! That was great for me and my brother, we had the run of the house while our mother was at work! Hey, we were good and well behaved boys! We even did the house cleaning and cooking, well just cooking rice anyway the old fashion way, cause there weren\'t any automatic rice cookers back then! By this time, I was in the 9th grade in Jr. High and my brother as a freshmen in High school which is the 10th grade. High School was pretty uneventful, really nothing to tell about, except for sports mainly wrestling, track & field which didn\'t amount to much anyway, but the girls! You all know how that went eh, just french kissing and grabby/feely kinds of things etc! :D ;D
     Well, we\'ve just graduated from High School and off and away to USAF Basic Training in Amarillo, Texas just when the snow was still melting! Basic training too was uneventful! Well, straight from Texas off we go to Chanute AFB, Ill in the dead of winter at 13 degrees not including the chill wind factor for Technical training into becoming an aircraft mechanic on B-52 bomber aircrafts, this was now Nov 1967. Well, all that was uneventful too! With my training all finished, my first duty station was Travis AFB, California, there I was assigned to the C-141 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Well, to make my story even shorter, after 12 yrs in the Air Force, I got out and joined a program with the Reserves doing the same job, but as a civilian during the weekday and a reservist one weekend a month in military uniform, which was called the ART Program(Air Reserve Technician) at Travis AFB. While with the Reserves, I was able to go to the Philippines for temporary duty and that\'s when I meet my wife and got married in January 1, 1988. She then came to the California 6 months thereafter! And everything else was history! I retired in 1997 at age 49 after 30 yrs of service and then in 1998 we moved to the Philippines! And here we are 11 years later posting this little tidbit of our history. So this is the end of my story! I left a lot out from in between my story, but that\'s just for me to know eh! I didn\'t know I could write a lengthy story like this! Maybe it\'ll be my last, so I hope you all enjoyed it! ;D I found it boring myself because I left out all the juicy parts! Just kidding! ;D
     Our day to day life here in Sta.  Rosa, Laguna is pretty much routine on a daily basis, we wake up, eat, sleep, do whatever, go to sleep again and repeat the process the next morning! ;D I told you it was boring, I just left out a lot of the details in my sentences to make it appear that way, but I really enjoy and like it here where we live!!!!! It\'s peaceful just the way I like it and we\'re centrally located to everything!!! ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on December 17, 2009, 06:23:00 PM
we hopped on board on a navy ship bound for America! Our port of entry was the Oakland Naval shipyard.

Oakland ! My home for about 18 years !
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 17, 2009, 06:32:43 PM
Dylan,

Small world, but where were you in 1956 to 1960 the time we were there? I really don\'t remember too much of Oakland, but my brother and I did drive around there 2 yrs ago to see if anything would bring back any old memories! It did a little, but not much! It was so long ago!
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 18, 2009, 02:11:23 AM
Tom,

     I\'m just a person with few words to say because it\'s just my nature...

...in 1955 when I was only 7... bound for America! Our port of entry was the Oakland Naval shipyard. Our home for next 4 yrs was made of metal, what they call a quantize hut is it, a half moon shape metal building on top of a cement foundation?

...graduated from High School and off and away to USAF Basic Training in Amarillo, Texas just when the snow was still melting!

...I was able to go to the Philippines for temporary duty and that\'s when I meet my wife and got married in January 1, 1988.

...I retired in 1997 at age 49 after 30 yrs of service and then in 1998 we moved to the Philippines! And here we are 11 years later... So this is the end of my story!

...I didn\'t know I could write a lengthy story like this! Maybe it\'ll be my last, so I hope you all enjoyed it! ;D

...Our day to day life here in Sta.  Rosa, Laguna...  I really enjoy and like it here where we live!!!!! It\'s peaceful just the way I like it and we\'re centrally located to everything!!! ;D


Hello Art,

A very enjoyable post.  Thank you for sharing your life\'s journey beginning in the Philippines and returning 42 years later. 

I know that a lot of joyous moments and heartbreaking events are not included in a short post, but all-in-all, it sounds as though you have led a full and interesting life up to now... and that the best is yet to come. I\'m sure there are many on this Forum, myself included, who would love to be able to say what you have said -- \"I really enjoy and like it here where we live!!!!! It\'s peaceful just the way I like it and we\'re centrally located to everything!!! ;D \"

It never ceases to amaze me how often the \"its a small world\" concept pops up.  You and I were born on different sides of the world, but we both wound up living a part of our childhood years in a military quonset hut. 

During WWII, Camp Bowie was a military training base in Brownwood, Texas.  In 1946 the camp was declared a military surplus and everything was being sold or given away.  In 1952 I was born in one of those quonset huts that my Dad had been given and had moved to a cotton farm where he made it into our house... and there I lived until I left for college 17 years later.  So, \"its a small world.\"

It was nice of you to stop by Texas for a \"little visit\" during your ASAF Basic Training in Amarillo.  I bet you really enjoyed those cold winds slicing across the West Texas plains, where there is hardly a bush or a blade of grass to slow them down.  Probably reminded you of the Philippines. ;D ;D  ... and if you stayed through the summer, I\'m sure you soon began to wonder why the Air Force had decided to train you inside a blast furnace.

Whatever one\'s opinion of military life... there is one thing I am envious of - they sure have a great retirement age. ;D  When you were retiring to the Philippines at age 49, I was 46 and hoping I could retire in another 20 years. :(  At least I\'ve chopped 10 years off that time and hope to be in the RP soon so we can swap a few quonset hut exaggerations.

Thanks again for an enjoyable post.  :)

Tom in Big D

     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on December 18, 2009, 06:52:26 AM
Dylan,

Small world, but where were you in 1956 to 1960 the time we were there? I really don\'t remember too much of Oakland, but my brother and I did drive around there 2 yrs ago to see if anything would bring back any old memories! It did a little, but not much! It was so long ago!

I missed you by just a few years, since I was born in the 1970\'s  ;D

But each time I go back to visit - it seems the city never changes! Sure - the bay area is a cultural melting pot but It seems to change so little that I can walk through that place blindfolded.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 18, 2009, 10:09:37 AM
Dylan,

You must be a young and smart fella, 1970 DOB huh! Me, 1948! I feel old! ;D  Yeah, Oakland has really developed into a nice city over the years!  
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 18, 2009, 10:38:56 AM
Tom,

Nice to know that you enjoyed my short story of my history! Sorry I left out a lot of the details in between, maybe meant for another day I guess. ::) I\'m glad you knew how to spell Quonset as in hut! Unbelievable that you were born in one and you turned out so well 17 years later! Sorry that my day to day activities isn\'t quite the details you were wanting or hoping to see! Anyway, you already have seen some of our pics you can base your own opinions on. Like I said, I\'m a person of few words. I\'m surprised with myself that I\'ve already said this much! This forum is turning me into a \"Chatty Kathy\" talking doll! ;D Remember those? Well, here for now!   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 19, 2009, 03:04:46 AM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


December 18, 2009, Post

Cebu Visit
Post 3
MEETING THE FAMILY   

After spending the first night at the Bella Vista, my wife and I took a taxi to where my bro-in-law and his family lived.

After about 30 minutes the taxi turned down an unpaved road that had more potholes than driving surface, and was just wide enough for the taxi and a trike to squeeze by each other.  The road was heading into a stereotypical squatter area, with make-shift dwellings and an occasional sari-sari an arms reach out the taxi windows. 

I soon noticed that our taxi was the only taxi on this road.  However, there were trikes, cycles, bicycles, pedi-cabs and people wall to wall on the narrow road. As such, the taxi could only go about 5 mph, and was perpetually squeezing by someone by 3 inches, while tapping on the horn, which they totally ignored and refused to move over an inch, even if they had room to do so.

Since we were the only taxi, having to go very slow, and I seemed to be the only white person on the entire planet (my perception  ;D), people were constantly staring into the taxi, most smiling and some saying things I could not understand.  Looking ahead down the road, seeing nothing but more of the same as far as I could see, I began to wonder if I was going to make the evening news as the star of a kidnapping video.

Yes, it seems a ridiculous thought now, but this was my first hour of daylight - on my first time in the Philippines - and my first visit into a true 3rd world squatter area --- so give me a break, guys.

It was at about this time that I began to notice something that seemed totally out of place for the surrounding area... there were scrubbed and smiling faces of children, with little girls dressed in plaid dresses and white shirts... everywhere I looked.  The children were in groups of 3 or 4 or 5 walking down the road... often the middle of the road.  Of course, it was apparent their clothes were school uniforms, and we soon passed by the area\'s elementary school, but it just had not occurred to me that their would be schools with well-kempt children in the middle of such poverty.  Logical or not, I suddenly felt much more secure.

Eventually my wife told the taxi driver to turn into what looked like a wide foot-path. The house was about 100 yards off the main road, with a small path that the taxi could go down between other houses, for about 50 yards before it became too small. At that point we got out.  Before I could get all the way out of the taxi, four little girls came running down the path.  They were laughing and talking, taking my satchel away from me, holding an umbrella over my head (it was sunny, guess they know at a young age how frail we Kanos are).

All I could understand was \"Uncle Tom\" this and \"Uncle Tom\" that. (\"Tita Bing\" - what they all call my wife - was pretty much ignored because she had already been in the RP visiting them for a couple of weeks so she was old news).  The oldest of the four took possession of my satchel, the next held the umbrella over me, the two youngest had me by either hand... and away they went leading up the path to the house. We had to stop about every 10 feet so because the 3 year old would get in front of me, kiss my hand and then hold the back of my fingers to her forehead.  My wife told me I was being blessed. (and to be honest, I felt truly blessed). 

Eventually we made it up to the house, where my bro & sister-in-law live with their eight children.

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Even though it was a school day, the children had all been allowed to stay home to meet me.

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The oldest niece, 18

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The third oldest, 14, on the left (with two neighbor girls).

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The second oldest, 16, on the right (with her older sister).

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Three oldest nieces, 14, 18 & 16.

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Fourth oldest, 10.

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Fifth and sixth oldest, 7 & 6.

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Seventh oldest, 3 yrs old.

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Four youngest nieces, 10, 7, 6 & 3.

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Eighth youngest, 3 months.

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Tita Bing rocking the baby in its \"hammock\"

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Nieces and some friends on front porch of new house.

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Nieces and friends on the stair landing of new house.

Throughout our visit the the children were all so neat and well mannered that I could hardly believe it. Always smiling and polite and sweet.  This was also true of the many, many children of friends and neighbors I was around while at my bro-in-laws house.  Even when we took about 15 adults and 30 children, all crammed into a big jeepney, on a swimming outing, the kids were all laughing and playing, but always polite and did exactly as told by their parents.

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Loading on jeepney for swimming outing.

(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippine%20Family/th_iPhone2180.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippine%20Family/iPhone2180.jpg)
Loading on jeepney for swimming outing.

I know that my Filipino family will likely never meet many of my US family, but I would be embarrassed for them to see how most of the children in my US family behave.

I really miss them them all... can\'t wait to get back to visit... or to live.

To be continued.........................

Tom in Big D  :) :)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 19, 2009, 03:33:08 AM
Thank you Tom, great post and all beautiful ladies in yours and Bings family and now that you posted the picture of the 18 year old, I suspect you will get a lot of pm\'s asking how they can meet her.  ;)

Beautiful house!  Neat! I enjoyed all your pictures and your post and just wanted to let you know. Thumbs up pal.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Gray Wolf on December 20, 2009, 01:27:44 AM
Tom,

Great story!  The pics of your beautiful family almost brought a tear to the eye.  Sniff, sniff...   ;)
You bring out the best whenever you talk about your family, buddy.  You\'re a good man and have my deepest respect, my friend.

Man, I miss my family!   :\'(     Thanks!  :)     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 20, 2009, 03:41:57 PM

[/quote]Thanks for the wonderful post.  you are blessed with a beautiful family,
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 20, 2009, 04:07:36 PM
Tom,

     I\'m just a person with few words to say because it\'s just my nature and I wasn\'t blessed with the out going personality of being a chatty type person on paper or in person. I just have a shy demeanor about myself and have been a loner much of my adult life up to the present! Just writing about myself in this short post is astonishing to me in itself on!
     Well here goes my little short story, I was born in the Barrio of Matain, Subic, Zambales in 1948 just a few miles from SBMA aka Subic Naval Air Station. My mother worked in a tobacco plantation, I don\'t recall where. My father during WWII was a Philippine Scout with the Gorilla Army and was then recruited in the U.S. Navy as a cook! To make this short, in 1955 when I was only 7, my older brother 8 and with our Mother, hopped on board on a naval ship bound for America! Our port of entry was the Oakland Naval shipyard. Our home for next 4 yrs was made of metal, what they call a quantize hut is it, a half moon shape metal building on top of a cement foundation? But after wards was upgraded to a 2 story barracks style apartments, which was new at the time! My brother and I went to a regular public school off the base. We didn\'t know a lick of the English language, but they still put us in regular classes with all the rest of the kids our age, but we adapted and adjusted to our new surroundings! Well, time flew by and we now are in San Diego, where our father got stationed next! Now he was gone most of the time on sea duty months on end! That was great for me and my brother, we had the run of the house while our mother was at work! Hey, we were good and well behaved boys! We even did the house cleaning and cooking, well just cooking rice anyway the old fashion way, cause there weren\'t any automatic rice cookers back then! By this time, I was in the 9th grade in Jr. High and my brother as a freshmen in High school which is the 10th grade. High School was pretty uneventful, really nothing to tell about, except for sports mainly wrestling, track & field which didn\'t amount to much anyway, but the girls! You all know how that went eh, just french kissing and grabby/feely kinds of things etc! :D ;D
     Well, we\'ve just graduated from High School and off and away to USAF Basic Training in Amarillo, Texas just when the snow was still melting! Basic training too was uneventful! Well, straight from Texas off we go to Chanute AFB, Ill in the dead of winter at 13 degrees not including the chill wind factor for Technical training into becoming an aircraft mechanic on B-52 bomber aircrafts, this was now Nov 1967. Well, all that was uneventful too! With my training all finished, my first duty station was Travis AFB, California, there I was assigned to the C-141 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Well, to make my story even shorter, after 12 yrs in the Air Force, I got out and joined a program with the Reserves doing the same job, but as a civilian during the weekday and a reservist one weekend a month in military uniform, which was called the ART Program(Air Reserve Technician) at Travis AFB. While with the Reserves, I was able to go to the Philippines for temporary duty and that\'s when I meet my wife and got married in January 1, 1988. She then came to the California 6 months thereafter! And everything else was history! I retired in 1997 at age 49 after 30 yrs of service and then in 1998 we moved to the Philippines! And here we are 11 years later posting this little tidbit of our history. So this is the end of my story! I left a lot out from in between my story, but that\'s just for me to know eh! I didn\'t know I could write a lengthy story like this! Maybe it\'ll be my last, so I hope you all enjoyed it! ;D I found it boring myself because I left out all the juicy parts! Just kidding! ;D
     Our day to day life here in Sta.  Rosa, Laguna is pretty much routine on a daily basis, we wake up, eat, sleep, do whatever, go to sleep again and repeat the process the next morning! ;D I told you it was boring, I just left out a lot of the details in my sentences to make it appear that way, but I really enjoy and like it here where we live!!!!! It\'s peaceful just the way I like it and we\'re centrally located to everything!!! ;D

Nice post Art, thanks for sharing.

As for me, I was also born in 1948, I lived  ;D and moved a few time ;D and retired a few times  ;D and here I am today and I am living the good life.  ;D Not as interesting as yours  ;)  Maybe because I left out all the good stuff in between  ;D but it would be even more boring if I had not.  ;)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on December 21, 2009, 09:00:42 AM
Cheers Tom

I think the blessing (by children towards elders) is one of the most endearing customs I\'ve ever come across ANYWHERE in the world.......forgotten how touched I was by it when I was first exposed to Glorias nieces and nephews

Thanks for reminding me
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 21, 2009, 10:35:43 AM
Cheers Tom

I think the blessing (by children towards elders) is one of the most endearing customs I\'ve ever come across ANYWHERE in the world.......forgotten how touched I was by it when I was first exposed to Glorias nieces and nephews

Thanks for reminding me

Your welcome, CaptainRon - thanks for letting my know I\'m not the only old \"soft-hearted uncle\" in the world. :)

I tried to act normal and just \"fit in\" -- but that became very difficult with a dozen little girls constantly treating me like fragile Sultan who might collapse if I wasn\'t constantly pampered. 

Between my 8 nieces and a dozen of their friends, if I was sitting on the porch - some one was constantly standing by me fanning me with a woven bamboo hand fan, or replacing my Sprite that was still half full with a cold one, or hanging a blanket where it would block the sun from me, or blessing me, or sitting beside me holding my hand, or just standing nearby staring at me and smiling...

If I was outside standing or walking - I could carry nothing, not my satchel and not even my drink... and I tried to do so because I did not want it to appear that I expected such treatment... but no way... they would just keep smiling and pulling on whatever was in my hand until I gave up, then they would follow along with it, while another was always holding an umbrella over me (I must have looked in danger of a heat stroke  ;D), and several would just trail along performing all other important functions, such as shooing a goat or rooster out of my way, or announcing to anyone we met who I was (something to the effect of Tito or Uncle Tom from America who had come to visit them).

To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. I have never felt more humbled in my entire life by such kindnesses and hospitality... not just from my nieces, but by the entire family and their surrounding friends and neighbors.  In the first few moments after first meeting them, they had earned a lifelong place in my heart.

Tom in Big D     

   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on December 21, 2009, 11:18:01 AM
Cheers Tom

I think the blessing (by children towards elders) is one of the most endearing customs I\'ve ever come across ANYWHERE in the world.......forgotten how touched I was by it when I was first exposed to Glorias nieces and nephews

Thanks for reminding me

Your welcome, CaptainRon - thanks for letting my know I\'m not the only old \"soft-hearted uncle\" in the world. :)

I tried to act normal and just \"fit in\" -- but that became very difficult with a dozen little girls constantly treating me like fragile Sultan who might collapse if I wasn\'t constantly pampered. 

Between my 8 nieces and a dozen of their friends, if I was sitting on the porch - some one was constantly standing by me fanning me with a woven bamboo hand fan, or replacing my Sprite that was still half full with a cold one, or hanging a blanket where it would block the sun from me, or blessing me, or sitting beside me holding my hand, or just standing nearby staring at me and smiling...

If I was outside standing or walking - I could carry nothing, not my satchel and not even my drink... and I tried to do so because I did not want it to appear that I expected such treatment... but no way... they would just keep smiling and pulling on whatever was in my hand until I gave up, then they would follow along with it, while another was always holding an umbrella over me (I must have looked in danger of a heat stroke  ;D), and several would just trail along performing all other important functions, such as shooing a goat or rooster out of my way, or announcing to anyone we met who I was (something to the effect of Tito or Uncle Tom from America who had come to visit them).

To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. I have never felt more humbled in my entire life by such kindnesses and hospitality... not just from my nieces, but by the entire family and their surrounding friends and neighbors.  In the first few moments after first meeting them, they had earned a lifelong place in my heart.

Tom in Big D     

... and thats exactly why we choose this country as well !

Its really nice... aka \"sosyal talaga\"
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Braddo on December 21, 2009, 11:30:32 AM
My thoughts exactly, they have a beautiful way at pulling on the old heart strings, i hope they never change their wonderful way of showing appreciation.

I wish more other countries would take note mine included

Braddo
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on December 21, 2009, 01:41:26 PM
One of the things I do love here is not just the love & respect I get from my family here but where I live, I have inadvertently developed a small fan club. 4 of the neighbor\'s kids literally walk up to me every time I go out and reach out to me for hugs & kisses. This is part of what makes it worth it all. Being from MA, at 1st I was petrified but after awhile, it felt good & still does. In fact, if I were to ever walk by them without receiving them, I truly think their feelings would be hurt. I know back in MA this would get you in front of a judge. God Bless....
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 24, 2009, 06:20:02 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 


December 24, 2009, Post

Cebu Visit
Post 4
BEAUTY AMONGST POVERTY   

My initial impression of the Philippines on my first morning there was one of being enveloped by the pervasive poverty that surrounded me.  This impression intensified as I was driven deeper into the squatter area where my wife\'s family lives.  However, after I had been at their small plywood and tin house for a while, a second impression began to form... one of being enveloped by the pervasive beauty that surrounded me.

Standing on the small porch of the house, where ever I looked, there was colorful and lush foliage.
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/th_iPhone2120.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/iPhone2120.jpg)

(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/th_iPhone2118.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/iPhone2118.jpg)

Framed by beautiful plants, the smiling neighbors were always present and watching. 
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Seen through the foliage, a colorful trike with the ever-smiling children passing within arms reach of the porch.
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The bare and rocky ground fades from view in the aura of my niece\'s beautiful smile during a spontaneous pose she struck after snatching up a passing rooster. 
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/th_iPhone2193.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines%20Houses/iPhone2193.jpg)

The walls of the humble home were bare, but the most expensive artwork could not have brought as much beauty to the home as this precious face. 
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippine%20Family/th_iPhone2156.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippine%20Family/iPhone2156.jpg)

After returning to the Bella Vista Hotel the first evening, even though squatter dwellings surrounded it on three sides, the view from the roof across the channel to Cebu was lush and pretty.
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/th_iPhone2113.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/iPhone2113.jpg)

Similarly, several days later, the view from the roof of the Marco Polo Hotel, looking across miles of both wealthy and impoverished structures intertwined among the mountain greenery, was spectacular.   
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/th_iPhone2127.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/iPhone2127.jpg)

It seemed that no matter where you were, the sunsets were inspirational.
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While it was initially a jolting experience, after a few days I began to enjoy the beauty of the colorful kaleidoscope of the traffic.   
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And who would not cherish the beauty of their lovely wife framed against the backdrop of sparkling Cebu dropping away to the sea.
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Of course, although I certainly would not stoop so low as to run for air conditioned comfort as a lesser man might do, when the natural beauty of the Philippines began to edge too close to sensory overload, I could have retreated to the one environment that a foreigner always enjoys - a five star hotel.   
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/th_iPhone2136.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Philippines/iPhone2136.jpg)

I\'m home now, and for miles around my home the concrete, steel, glass and brick is clean and neat - not a shack in sight; The traffic is light and well organized - nary a jeepney or trike, not a pedestrian in sight; My neighbors drive into their garages and the electric doors come down, haven\'t seen their faces in months, some for years - not a single neighbor, friend or smiling child ever in sight......... I\'m bored to tears.

I miss the sights, sounds, smells... the activity... the people... can\'t wait to get back.

 :) Merry Christmas to all on the Forum... where ever you and your family may be this Season. :)

To be continued.........................

Tom in Big D  :) :)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 06:44:39 AM
Wonderful and charming photos of -
-- my beautiful niece with a rooster -
-- my beautiful wife on a moonlit roof -
-- my beautiful self in a significantly overpriced hotel lobby....

Man... I\'m playing a tough audience here... or, maybe I\'m just incredibly blessed. ;)   

I leave myself wide open for double-entendres, being made light of, even outright sarcasm -- but I was unprepared for............... silence......... profound, crushing silence.......

Huummmm, \"somebody\" must really, really be enjoying those Christmas feasts and leftovers and leftovers and leftovers and -- be unskilled at multi-tasking by posting with greasy fingers while balancing a plate in their lap.   :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on December 27, 2009, 07:27:21 AM
but I was unprepared for............... silence......... profound, crushing silence.......

 ;D

I was thinking EVERYONE would be tied up with holidays so I didnt really read teh forums too much..

but ..

NICE PIX !
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 27, 2009, 07:38:59 AM
Absolutely nice photos, nothing to pick on you there for. Except maybe the guy in the last photo with the very large pocketbook.  :D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 08:41:04 AM
but I was unprepared for............... silence......... profound, crushing silence.......

 ;D

I was thinking EVERYONE would be tied up with holidays so I didnt really read teh forums too much..

but ..

NICE PIX !


Bless you, Dylanaz --- confirmation that my computer is working after all, and my \"holiday exile\" apparently ended.

You are right, however... the Forum \"died\" Christmas eve and hasn\'t yet been resuscitated.

Thanks, Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 08:54:38 AM

Absolutely nice photos, nothing to pick on you there for. Except maybe the guy in the last photo with the very large pocketbook.  :D


Hi Lee,

Yeah, that is the \"pocketbook\" that I mentioned in an earlier post that, when on the street, I felt as though it had a neon sign on it saying \"$100s and $100s inside.\"  Of course, all that was inside was hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.  Would hate to get a knot on the noggin just for that. >:(

Tom in Big D





Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on December 27, 2009, 09:00:13 AM

Absolutely nice photos, nothing to pick on you there for. Except maybe the guy in the last photo with the very large pocketbook.  :D


Hi Lee,

Yeah, that is the \"pocketbook\" that I mentioned in an earlier post that, when on the street, I felt as though it had a neon sign on it saying \"$100s and $100s inside.\"  Of course, all that was inside was hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.  Would hate to get a knot on the noggin just for that. >:(

Tom in Big D


Yes I knew what it was, and the way you had it full of money to buy the 20 million peso condo we talked about.  ;D :D :D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on December 27, 2009, 09:02:08 AM
Living in California, I might have noticed you if you did not carry a purse...

 :D

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: GregW on December 27, 2009, 09:18:00 AM
I\'ve been in and out of here the last couple of days but haven\'t been able to accomplish much as I have been so busy here.  I am the cook/chef here so you can imagine. 

Now, to your fotos.  Great.  Loved them all.  It just makes me miss home even more.  Seeing all the people sitting around outside in the shade and I just know they\'re all having such a good time.  Laughing, joking, singing. 

Yes, your niece is so precious.  I love all the smiles in the Philippines.

And your wife certainly is lovely as you said.

I wanted to comment on your foto but I can\'t.  You\'re a Kano in a mall.   ;) :D ::)

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 27, 2009, 11:00:06 AM
Tom,
Nice \"shoulder bag\" (just for the guys)! Stash of hand sanitizers, wipes and toilet paper? Oh OK, I know how it is!
(a pocket book to me, is a little hand held purse like for the ladies, your big bag isn\'t that!). ;D
The pics were nice, cute smiling faces! Nice flora where you less expect it, but still nice! One of my 5 motto says,
\"Life is What You Make it To Be\", and my other mottos just follows suite which applys to most of us!  

P.S. Maybe when walking around with your bag over your shoulder, have a trail of toilet paper hanging
       out on purpose, so on lookers will get the idea what\'s in your bag! Just make sure
       they can\'t peak into your bag and see the bulky freshly wrapped thousands of $100 bills! ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on December 27, 2009, 12:31:38 PM
Tom ! I just noticed a real GEM in one of your photos...

Something that almost everyone 20\'s and younger loves here !

In the back of one of your photos is MINUTE BURGER !

When you are passing by try to slip that on in on the younger ones...

\"Hey, I heard about this place - think its any good?\"

You will probably do better reading facial expressions than words - they may say what they \"think\" you want to hear - but 20\'s and under LOVE this place !

I personally think the burgers are a few steps down from school lunch burgers I remember in elementary school.... so I dont really recommend you trying one... unless its just for giggles... you get 2 double deckers for 30 peso ! and its open 24hrs a day.... a nice late snack spot (nice for teh 20\'s and under crowd - I guess Americans version would be your late night Dennys ! )


(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/dylanaz/misc/iPhone2178.jpg)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on December 27, 2009, 12:35:30 PM
.

Yeah!!! What Dylan said!!! He\'s the man!!!

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on December 27, 2009, 01:33:41 PM
If the Minute Burger place is like your side walk type vender\'s foods, I\'d advise against eating anything there! Not safe for your American type stomachs! ???
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 01:39:23 PM

Yes I knew what it was, and the way you had it full of money to buy the 20 million peso condo we talked about.  ;D :D :D


Well Lee, what other choice do I really have???

Being the friendly, outgoing, kind and generous guy that I am (just like every other [strike]shyster[/strike] lawyer you have ever known), I just felt an eight bedroom, eight bath, condo would be necessary for all the house guests... between my wife\'s family, their friends, expat acquaintances, old US friends that just drop by... well, what else can I do?  Once the condo is purchased, then I can get on track for my \"living in Paradise on $400 a month budget.\"  :o

Tom in Big D

   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 01:52:30 PM
Living in California, I might have noticed you if you did not carry a purse...

 :D

Billy

Hi Billy,

Of course, living in California must mean that you keep right on top of all things Hollywood -- so I know that you know from the old Seinfeld show, that my fashion accessory in California would properly be referred to as a \"man\'s carry all.\"  ;D  Or... if you\'re just an old broke down goat from Texas like me, we call em \"shoulder holsters.\"  ;)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 02:08:24 PM

P.S. Maybe when walking around with your bag over your shoulder, have a trail of toilet paper hanging
       out on purpose, so on lookers will get the idea what\'s in your bag! Just make sure
       they can\'t peak into your bag and see the bulky freshly wrapped thousands of $100 bills! ;D


Art, great minds think alike.  I tried the \"trail of toilet paper\" for a day or so, but expats kept hitting me up to borrow a few squares... it was always an emergency.  I finally started leaving a few bills peaking out so they wouldn\'t think I had a stash of toilet paper.  ;D

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 27, 2009, 02:27:51 PM
Tom ! I just noticed a real GEM in one of your photos...

Something that almost everyone 20\'s and younger loves here !

In the back of one of your photos is MINUTE BURGER !

([url]http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/dylanaz/misc/iPhone2178.jpg[/url])


Dang Dylanaz, you\'re good... and I\'m busted.  Now you\'ve let the cat out of the bag on how I get all those fantastic smiles from my nieces.  Yes, I fill my shoulder bag (satchel, carry all, shoulder holster, purse... whatever it is) full of Minute Burger double deckers... as soon as they see me, the smiles light up like 1000 watt bulbs.

I\'m gonna have to start inspecting my photos with a magnifying glass before posting, or I want have any secrets left when you\'re through with me. ;D

BTW - have you ever considered starting an expat \"tour & familiarization\" service.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on December 27, 2009, 10:11:16 PM
Wonderful and charming photos of -
-- my beautiful niece with a rooster -
-- my beautiful wife on a moonlit roof -
-- my beautiful self in a significantly overpriced hotel lobby....

Man... I\'m playing a tough audience here... or, maybe I\'m just incredibly blessed. ;)    

I leave myself wide open for double-entendres, being made light of, even outright sarcasm -- but I was unprepared for............... silence......... profound, crushing silence.......

Huummmm, \"somebody\" must really, really be enjoying those Christmas feasts and leftovers and leftovers and leftovers and -- be unskilled at multi-tasking by posting with greasy fingers while balancing a plate in their lap.   :)

Tom in Big D

I think you just put down on paper what all of us who\'re fortunate to get over to the 7,107 islands of the Philippines FEEL about our adopted nation and it\'s greatest asset.....it\'s people
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 28, 2009, 05:06:01 AM

I think you just put down on paper what all of us who\'re fortunate to get over to the 7,107 islands of the Philippines FEEL about our adopted nation and it\'s greatest asset.....it\'s people


Capt\'n Ron,

My thoughts and observations at this point are from my very limited experience.  I think you are very fortunate to be about 7,105 islands ahead of me.  Maybe you can take me on board someday for a short tour of several thousand of the ones I have not seen... five or six months should do it. ;D

Thanks for the nice comment.

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day (Cebu Visit Post 4 BEAUTY AMONGST POVERTY)
Post by: on December 29, 2009, 02:37:45 PM
Hello Tom,

You certainly created a few tears of joy in my wife\'s heart after reading your \"Beauty Amongst Poverty\".  Yes indeed, what a stark contrast between realities just separated by a security wall that is further enhanced with sharp pieces of glass embedded at the top.  And yet, on
your very first visit, you are learning to adapt/accept just like your extended family did a long time ago.  Please forgive me if this sounds like I am patronizing you but it needs to be recognized here in this forum --a lawyer with a heart of gold.  That is unprecedented in my book.  And finally, you and other trailblazers of this tropical Paradise have the courage of taking risks.  Just like the turtle in order to progress in life needs to stick his neck out every now and then.

Respectfully -- Jake and Judy

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on December 30, 2009, 06:49:04 AM
Jake and Judy,

Thanks for your kind comments. The gentle and warm spirit of my wife\'s family & those around them put a whole new perspective on how I saw their surroundings.

It\'s nice to hear comments from those such as you and your lovely wife who have a much better understanding of the Philippines than I can ever hope to have. I would ramble on till I bored you, but I\'m pecking on an iPhone...  so, thanks again & look forward to more of your posts.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Gray Wolf on December 31, 2009, 06:00:31 AM
Nice pics and wonderful story, Tom!  Exactly what I think about doing once or twice a week with my 1000+ photos.  Then the drudgery of earning a living pimp slaps me back to reality.   :o   ;D

Yes, the holidays really ate into my free time, as I\'m certain it did with everyone else.  Don\'t let your poor holiday timing cause you to refrain from posting more pics and stories.   ;D

Seriously, I really liked your photos and hope you\'ll post more like it. 

By the way, who was that handsome young lad in the hotel lobby?  I know it wasn\'t you.  I can spot a scum sucking bottom feeder from a mile away.   ::)  Bwahahahahahahahaaaaa!!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 01, 2010, 03:53:22 AM

Nice pics and wonderful story... Seriously, I really liked your photos and hope you\'ll post more like it. 


Thanks, I enjoy doing it because it lets me have the pleasure of \"re-living\" the trip.

You guys all lucked out though.  \"If\" I had enough photos, I would endlessly post them and bore you all to tears... but... I only have about 50.  So, I can probably only stretch 3 or 4 more postings out of them (rats :()  I\'m disappointed because (since Murf passed on), I\'m probably the only person on the Forum who can amuse and entertain themselves by reading their own posts and viewing their own pics.  ;D ;D  An over-inflated ego and liking to listen to yourself talk are required personality traits for my prior profession. ;)

I didn\'t have a real camera with me, I was just snapping an occasional shot with my iPhone.  With no flash, no setting, etc., I had no idea it took \"print quality\" pics, or that you could even download and print them, until I was showing a few of the pics on the phone screen to a friend, and he referred me to an iPhone guru who downloaded them for me.  Then I was mad I hadn\'t taken a couple of hundred.  But, like the old saying -- the best camera in the entire world is the one you have with you when you need it.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 01, 2010, 04:13:24 AM

...Don\'t let your poor holiday timing cause you to refrain from posting more pics and stories.   ;D


Jack,

\"Poor timing?\"... no way -- You guys usually hog up the stage so that I can hardly squeeze a post in side-ways.  ;D  I just took advantage of everyone\'s voracious holiday appetites to capture the limelight for myself while everyone else had their hands full of turkey legs and ham bones and couldn\'t get a post off if their lives depended on it.

Fortunately, I\'m sure that many will now be suffering \"non-posting withdrawal symptoms\" and will race to their computers where all the post-holiday posting activity will work off all those excess calories. :)

Tom in Big D

 
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 01, 2010, 09:08:40 AM
Everything went with a bang here last night. A rocket exploded on take off and threw something that cut the side of my nose. Another half inch and I would have had serious eye trouble. It was party poppers from then on ;D

We had all the family plus many friends here yesterday, all the usual activities including all the men outside on the porch drinking. Three of Bings brothers plus their grown sons. Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives. It seems to me that their lives revolve around these events. It is morning now, and again, as usual the women are now playing Tong-it. This game seems to be an obsession with some, fortunately Bing is not interested, and I don\'t join in the drinking sessions.

Happy new year to everybody.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Robin on January 01, 2010, 09:31:02 AM
It only 5:30 PM here in Las Vegas (12/31/09 still), you have a head start on us but non the less... HAPPY NEW YEAR.....
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on January 01, 2010, 10:11:49 AM
Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives. It seems to me that their lives revolve around these events.

It was realizing that same thing that ended my clubbing/disco/bar hopping days back in my early 20\'s  ;D

But this one was a little different. We shared the evening with staff from the embassy and they were kind enough to cater to my wife and I by offering a baboy free night !
Wow - I felt honored that they went through all the trouble, but they say they were used to it after recently returning from several years work in the Brunei Philippine embassy (or somewhere like that) where even their pork bar-b-que is forbidden on embassy grounds!

But apparently they learned to make lechon kambing the exact same style ! Wow... Mmmmm masarap !

I still hear the ringing in my ears from all their neighbors and hundreds of THOUSANDS of fireworks.

MUCH more explosives were used here than I EVER saw used in the USA - EVER... its amazing ! So many fireworks that most people wore scarves to cover their face from the smoke !
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 02, 2010, 03:05:36 AM

... all the usual activities... Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives... again, as usual the women are now playing Tong-it.


Ok, Colin... its up to you to single-handedly \"Britishize\" the leisure activities in Palawan. 

Let\'s see now - lawn tennis, lawn bowling, cricket, netball, table tennis, badminton, darts -

Now, once you have ingrained these activities into their culture, you can become more daring, import some horses and foxes... and, well, you and your Tanduay drinking crew are going to look great in the red coats and black hats... and you get to lead the hunt with the horn.  ;D

Happy New Year Colin.  :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 02, 2010, 03:16:00 AM

It only 5:30 PM here in Las Vegas (12/31/09 still), you have a head start on us but non the less... HAPPY NEW YEAR.....


Happy New Year Robin!!!

Man, life\'s just not fair.  For New Year\'s Eve you guys in Vegas get the Black Eyed Peas with Fergie strutting her stuff... here in Dallas we get a couple of bow-legged dime-store cowboys with stupid hats and a chaw of tabacco warbling about trains and prisons.

Hopefully we\'ll both be in the RP next New Year\'s Eve and we can go sit around on Colin\'s porch and drink Tanduay.  ;D

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 02, 2010, 03:39:09 AM

Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives. It seems to me that their lives revolve around these events.

I still hear the ringing in my ears from all their neighbors and hundreds of THOUSANDS of fireworks. So many fireworks that most people wore scarves to cover their face from the smoke !


Happy New Year, Dylan.

Apparently those scarves serve a dual purpose.  Had Colin appropriately donned his traditional Filipino protective gear, he could have avoided being \"doinked on the snozzle.\"

I sure wish I had been dining with you... we had a few friends over and had to settle for the same old traditional USA New Year\'s Eve stuff...

You know, lumpia, cheeze stuffed bacon wrapped fried jalapenos, banana leaf wrapped fried bananas, hard shell tacos with pico de gallo and Tabasco sauce, and... oh yeah, Champagne.  8)

Happy left-overs, Dylan.

Tom in Big D   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Robin on January 02, 2010, 03:52:28 AM
That\'s funny Tom...

Laura and I tend to stay closer to home, the traffic and drunks here is toooo crazy to be out. Small dinner and a bottle of wine, just fine for our needs...

Happy New year to all...

Robin and Laura
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 02, 2010, 07:26:36 AM

... all the usual activities... Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives... again, as usual the women are now playing Tong-it.


Ok, Colin... its up to you to single-handedly \"Britishize\" the leisure activities in Palawan. 

Let\'s see now - lawn tennis, lawn bowling, cricket, netball, table tennis, badminton, darts -

Now, once you have ingrained these activities into their culture, you can become more daring, import some horses and foxes... and, well, you and your Tanduay drinking crew are going to look great in the red coats and black hats... and you get to lead the hunt with the horn.  ;D

Happy New Year Colin.  :)

Tom in Big D

I think maybe croquet on the lawn with thin cucumber sandwiches and tea in small bone china cups. Remembering, of course, to raise the little finger while drinking.  ;D ;D ;D

Happy new year Tom

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: paulgee on January 14, 2010, 05:00:16 PM

... all the usual activities... Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives... again, as usual the women are now playing Tong-it.


Ok, Colin... its up to you to single-handedly \"Britishize\" the leisure activities in Palawan. 

Let\'s see now - lawn tennis, lawn bowling, cricket, netball, table tennis, badminton, darts -

Now, once you have ingrained these activities into their culture, you can become more daring, import some horses and foxes... and, well, you and your Tanduay drinking crew are going to look great in the red coats and black hats... and you get to lead the hunt with the horn.  ;D

Happy New Year Colin.  :)

Tom in Big D

I think maybe croquet on the lawn with thin cucumber sandwiches and tea in small bone china cups. Remembering, of course, to raise the little finger while drinking.  ;D ;D ;D

Happy new year Tom

Colin

Surely you are on a bit of a loser there Colin.  ;)
1) Does croquet exist at all in the Philippines?
2) Do \'normal\' lawns exist, or are they just native grass, resembling British grass in colour only?
3) Tea - the great British drink - I don\'t remember drinking any great quality tea during my visits.
4) Bone china cups - do they exist there?
5) Ok, raised little finger, no problem.

Paul
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 14, 2010, 05:20:05 PM

... all the usual activities... Every party is exactly the same, sitting around a table with a bottle of Tanduay and being supplied with palutan by their wives... again, as usual the women are now playing Tong-it.


Ok, Colin... its up to you to single-handedly \"Britishize\" the leisure activities in Palawan. 

Let\'s see now - lawn tennis, lawn bowling, cricket, netball, table tennis, badminton, darts -

Now, once you have ingrained these activities into their culture, you can become more daring, import some horses and foxes... and, well, you and your Tanduay drinking crew are going to look great in the red coats and black hats... and you get to lead the hunt with the horn.  ;D

Happy New Year Colin.  :)

Tom in Big D

I think maybe croquet on the lawn with thin cucumber sandwiches and tea in small bone china cups. Remembering, of course, to raise the little finger while drinking.  ;D ;D ;D

Happy new year Tom

Colin

Surely you are on a bit of a loser there Colin.  ;)
1) Does croquet exist at all in the Philippines?
2) Do \'normal\' lawns exist, or are they just native grass, resembling British grass in colour only?
3) Tea - the great British drink - I don\'t remember drinking any great quality tea during my visits.
4) Bone china cups - do they exist there?
5) Ok, raised little finger, no problem.

Paul

Hi Paul,

to answer your questions

1) I am not aware of any croquet here, but should not be too difficult to set up.
2) Normal lawns do exist, they use what is called here \'Bermuda Grass\'.
3) Good tea can be found, particularly in specialist shops.
4) Bone China cups can be found, but mainly in places like Manila.
5) I only noticed yesterday that when Filipinos eat with their usual fork and spoon, they raise the little finger of their spoon hand. ;D

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: uk on January 14, 2010, 05:48:15 PM
hi Colin and Paul

i don\'t know if you would class it as good tea but i sometimes pick up a box of twinings of London tea of the shelf in SM supermarkets.
not sure if they stock it in every store but worth keeping a eye out for.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 17, 2010, 06:57:17 PM
Day-By-Day \"BLOG\" type post --

A couple of suggestions on posts to this Thread:

1) Don’t worry about asking questions or the subject matter;

2) Just give a little information about whatever you did today or recently;

3) Posts by anyone in the Philippines - living there, visiting, vacationing, etc. - about even routine
    activities (shopping, eating out, whatever) would be interesting;

4) Posts by those not in the Philippines about any activities related to the Philippines would be
    interesting;

5) Post a comment or question to another\'s post if you wish, but mainly try to gain a little insight
    into the lives of others while sharing a little of your own life with them. 



Christmas – \"Filipino style\" in Texas – 2009

Yes, Christmas at our house in Dallas is just like that of everyone else in Dallas... eleven Filipinas show up on Christmas Eve with their Kano husbands in tow ;D... and then –

the ladies play cards all nights.
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_16.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/16.jpg)


Yes, just like everyone else in our neighborhood, we had the traditional American dishes... such as lumpia, pancit, pork adobo, boiled pork soup, chicken adobo in coconut milk, banana fritters, bean pudding, etc... which was not eaten at any specific time, but rather just “grazed” on from about 7 pm to 7 am, from where it was all spread out on the kitchen bar... so the ladies didn’t have to move very far from the card game to refill their plates  ;D...
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_15.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/15.jpg)
 

and, of course, their drinks are iced down in the stainless tub that is perched nearby so they can grab one while keeping an eye on the game  ;D.
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_12.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/12.jpg)


Naturally, we guys are banished upstairs where we have to make do with shooting pool, performing mixology experiments at the wet bar, watching stuff like “Cool Hand Luke” on the big screen, and re-telling the lies we’ve told each other before... about hot girls and fast cars from our much younger days... that we remember as increasingly hotter and faster as we get older 8)
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_13.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/13.jpg)

(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Our%20House/th_bar.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Our%20House/bar.jpg)


While some American Christmas traditions may have been strayed from, Bing made sure the important ones were not...
like a little tree downstairs for the ladies
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_21.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/21.jpg)


and a big tree (well, it is Texas) upstairs for the guys
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_25.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/25.jpg)


and the Christmas cards from many who were there displayed (next year all will send one ;D)
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_24.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/24.jpg)


and Christmas stockings hanging over the fireplace
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Our%20House/th_iPhone2029.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Our%20House/iPhone2029.jpg)

for Ted and Inu...
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Pets%20sans%20humans/th_18.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Pets%20sans%20humans/18.jpg)

and for Italia and Cherie...
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Pets%20sans%20humans/th_38.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Pets%20sans%20humans/38.jpg)

...who took turns sleeping by the fireplace watching for Santa...


and, just as in every house in Dallas, the traditional Christmas stories were told to the children by their Mama before bedtime.
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/th_31.jpg) (http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/tomsimages/Christmas%2009/31.jpg)


Yes, Christmas at our house in Dallas is just like everyone else in Dallas. :) :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on January 17, 2010, 10:16:58 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures Tom. You have a beautiful house and seemed to be truly blessed with good friends and some nice warm dogs.  ;D

There is no way you are going to move from that nice comfy house to Cebu, so like you said, maybe split your time like we do, at least for now for us.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 18, 2010, 12:43:38 AM
Tom,
Great Xmas pics! Everything sure is big in Texas! Your traditional home looks like it\'s about 10,000 sq ft! My whole house can probably fit in your living room! ;D I can only dream of owning such a mansion of a house such as yours! Your are truly living the \"American Dream\"! The Philippine way of life here is in no way close to any comparison to what you have there in Texas!
The Philippines is OK for a visit 3 to 4 months out of the year, but to live here the rest of your life I don\'t know about for such a person as yourself! I wouldn\'t give up anything you have in Dallas if you don\'t have to, it\'s your roots and home town! Most of us expats live here in the Philippines by necessity because of the low cost of living and most of ours wives are from here! If I could afford to maintain a home in the U.S. too, I wouldn\'t stay here in the Philippines all year round, but we don\'t have that option due to our limited finances! It\'s possible, but it would be stretching ourselves thin and I would probably need a job again to just make ends meet!
Oh well, life isn\'t really all that bad here in the Philippines when I look at the overall picture! :)
Hey, I\'m Filipino and I\'m in my elements! I may not like it at times, but that\'s just the way life is, in a 3rd world country! :o              
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 18, 2010, 09:10:04 AM

There is no way you are going to move from that nice comfy house to Cebu...
 

The Philippine way of life here is in no way close to any comparison to what you have there in Texas!

I wouldn\'t give up anything you have in Dallas if you don\'t have to...


Art and Lee, thanks for the nice thoughts.

Like everyone, I wish all of my available choices in life were of my own choosing... rather than those bestowed by fate - or more bluntly... Sh#t happens ;D

Like many, many others, the economic collapses of 2000 and 2006 drastically rearranged my \"plans for the future\" - like they say, \"life is what happens while your planning for the future.\"

Now that I\'ve retired (several years earlier than I \"planned\"), and \"investment income\" from retirement funds is simply a bad joke, I cannot continue to maintain the same lifestyle as when I was working.  So, like for so many others, the question became... what do I do now?

For many years, we had planned to spend at least half our time in the Philippines after I retired so Bing could spend more time with her family than a couple of months every couple of years.  So, circumstances I did not plan for has simply sped up the process. 

Fortunately for me, I really enjoyed the Philippines, its culture and its people, and look forward to living there... and the lower cost of living will certainly help me preserve what I have left for retirement (interpretation - avoid going flat broke living in the US  ;D).

Art and Lee - Like the old \"grass is always greener\" saying - I envy what both of you have accomplished with your retirement plans.  You both have a nice lifestyle... and more importantly, have arranged things so that your circumstances are sustainable absent unforeseen events.  I enjoy my life right now... but without changes, I cannot sustain it.

As always, I look forward to a time when we can have a \"real visit\" (so you two can teach me the secret of how to \"Live in Paradise on a Dollar a Day.\"  ;D ;D  -- now I\'ve opened a can of worms... somebody will be telling me it doesn\'t cost anywhere near that much.  ;D)

Take care, my friends.

Tom in Big D   

   
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 18, 2010, 09:30:50 AM
Tom, it is sad that you have to give up such an amazing lifestyle through no fault of your own, but I guess that is life. But as they say \'when one door closes another one opens\'  ;D

I was fortunate to have chosen to work for a company that had a good index linked pension. I did not know at the time just how valuable that would prove to be.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 18, 2010, 11:00:24 AM
... as they say \'when one door closes another one opens\' 

I was fortunate to have chosen to work for a company that had a good index linked pension. I did not know at the time just how valuable that would prove to be.

Hi Colin,

Yeah, a few things went off the rails over the years, but I have no real regrets (professionally, that is  ;D, on a personal level, I could have done without a few of the divorces ;D).

I had the opportunity to work for myself for 34 years, and the real pleasure of helping many, many families who found themselves in tragic circumstances due to the fault of others, while providing a nice life for my family.  However, there was nobody to provide any pensions or benefits for me when I retired other than myself.

Of course, I planned ahead, saved throughout my whole life, invested wisely (uh, maybe not)... but didn\'t quite factor in a 50% drop in asset value along with investment earnings of Zero ??? at the very time a sustained economic collapse and credit crunch would compel me to shut down my firm... unless I wanted to fund its overhead out of my pocket (thanks, but no thanks).

But, like I said at first -- no regrets.  Early retirement and moving to the Philippines is like a breath of fresh air compared to trying lawsuits.  I think I like the \"door that opened\" better than the \"door that closed.\"  :)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on January 18, 2010, 12:32:19 PM
Tom I cannot teach anyone anything since my whole trick in life was to live way under my means and to take the safe route rather than try to make the big bucks on investing because everytime I did, I lost my shirt, so I learned not to invest in the market at an early age. So I guess only when I die will I know if that was the correct way to do things because I sure could have had a lot more money than I did but I also could have lost a lot more, and then taking jobs with pensions may have been the easy way out but being in the right place at the right time and making some of the decisions that seems to have turned out to be correct, means for me it was better to be lucky than smart.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 18, 2010, 01:05:17 PM
Tom I cannot teach anyone anything

Don\'t kid yourself, Lee. You are already teaching me:

\"live way under one\'s means\"
\"take the safe route rather than try to make the big bucks\"
\"do not invest in the market\"
\"take jobs with pensions\"
\"be in the right place at the right time\"
\"make decisions that turn out to be correct\"
\"better to be lucky than smart\"

Someone should have told me sooner... but better late than never... and I\'m a good student. ;)

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on January 18, 2010, 01:16:02 PM
Tom I cannot teach anyone anything since my whole trick in life was to live way under my means and to take the safe route rather than...
That was my trick as well !

I built a new house in the boonies when I was an active Microsoft Certified Trainer working for CA.  It seems everyone and his brother lived like multi-millionaires - even thou they were only pulling in the low 100\'s.

Convertible mercedeses, new Corvettes, 24\' yachts, hobie cats the whole 9 yards...

I told my Director one day .. that if I could hustle up 1 million bux I would retire to the Philippines and relax forever ! He replied \"That would only buy me a few years...\"

I saw him last year when I went to go check on my house in the boonies... He said he heard I retired to the Philippines before I had originally planned and he SAID I was lucky.... Well-  he works cleaning carpets now and lives in a small rental apartment in Arizona.... the company laid off most of their middle-management with no notice.... coupled with a bad job market which makes it impossible to earn a living...  he probably wishes he had my place in the boonies now instead of that mansion, yacht and several new cars that were all lost !

So Lee... you made the right choice in living BELOW your means... !

\"better to be lucky than smart\"

I prefer smarts... thats what keeps me out of teh casinos to discover where my luck is that day !  ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 18, 2010, 03:41:09 PM
Tom,
I look forward to seeing you being one of the many expats who will be joining us in the near future! I know your transition will be an easy undertaking, because you\'re ready for retirement and what it has to offer! Best of all wishes to your future endeavors here in the Philippines! ;D It only gets better! :)     
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on January 18, 2010, 03:42:34 PM
Tom,
I see your predicament and understand your situation now a lot clearer! Well, come and join us and be another expat retiree here in the Philippines, the more the merrier! This forum is truly an eye opener and really can help those in their anxious anticipated transition of living here full time! Hey, we all have one time thing in common, our Filipina wives does wear the pants in the family and that\'s the main reason why we are living where we are today or will be living in the near future for those that are still contemplating the move! ;D Nuff said in nutshell eh! :D      
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: Lee2 on January 18, 2010, 07:34:21 PM
I guess I was smart in some ways. I never did drugs and I do not drink most of the time, so I actually only drink to be social on occasion so I saved a bunch of money there over time, and I also never gamble, but to me that is part of not investing foolishly because slot machines and black jack are poor investments  ;) and I taught my wife not to gamble one $20 at a time so she too has  learned that gambling is like flushing money down the toilet even though she did win a $500 jackpot and then $200 one the first time I took her to Vegas on her birthday many years ago and that was for beginners luck and she knows that now. I also always bought the smallest house that would fit our needs and therefore saved a fortune on electric to cool or heat it and the costs to live in it, and in my later years always bought less expensive cars because I learned over time that a car gets you for point A to point B no matter how much it cost, so as long as it is not a death trap then less is better. But I too suffered a messy divorce that cost me a bundle and I was cash poor right after it and knew I had to work hard to get back up from down and that was when I learned that the property I had was the best thing to have owned and I suspect that as long as Tom did not buy that house in the last few years then he will clean up when he does sell it (not as good as a few years ago but still much more than he paid) and have a nice nest egg there, yet it is very hard to go from big to small and not as hard for me to have gone from average to smaller which is what I have learned to do over time. I guess what it all boils down to is that I have always looked at the overall costs of living in a place, the maintenance, what the electric should be, the taxes, etc and I try to find a place where all that will be way below my income for the present and for the foreseeable future because I learned early on that sh*t happens as it has happened to me plenty of times during my life too and I never want to be back in that position again since I came close to losing my first house early on in my life, which BTW turned out to be a very good lesson for my future.

So as I said, lucky is better than smart but I guess it also entails making some choices along the way that end up being the smart ones even when I never planned them to be and maybe they were subconscious moves, and believe me that I have made plenty of stupid ones too and especially when it came to jobs and I could have done a lot better had I stayed with earlier ones and ended up with a lot less aggravation along the way to my retirement. I feel that we all learn from the cradle to the grave, as long as we are open to learning and never think we know it all.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on September 22, 2010, 03:42:42 AM
Filipino \"Good Old Days\" memories??

I was just sitting here looking through some of the pictures of my nieces from the above posts... and feeling \"old as dirt,\"... and I began to wonder what type of memories older Filipinos have of the \"good old days.\"

Then I began to wonder if some of my memories of the \"good old day\" may still be \"today\" in the RP??  That would be ironic... retire to my childhood  ;D

As a child we did not \"eat out,\" -- we ate at a place called \"at home.\'\'
Mom cooked every day, we sat down together at the table, and if I didn\'t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.  I had to have permission to leave the table.

My parents built their own house on land my grandparents gave them next door to them, never wore a pair of new store bought Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country, never had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice--- because we never had heard of soccer.

My bicycle felt like it weighed about 50 pounds, and only had one speed...slow.

We didn\'t have a television in our house until I was a teenager.  Black and white and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem, then showed a test pattern until 6am... when a locally produced news and farm show would magically come on.  If you had two channels, you changed them by going outside and turning the antenna by hand.

I was 21 before I ate my first store-bought pizza.

Their was only one phone in the house... a party line... before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn\'t know weren\'t already using the line... if they were, you could listen in on their conversation... which our next door neighbor did to us constantly.

Pizza delivery did not exist, but milk was delivered and left on our doorstep... in re-usable glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Movie ratings did not exist... because all movies produced were for everyone... with little profanity or violence or most anything else which might be considered offensive.

My Mom used an old Royal Crown Cola bottle with a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. to \'sprinkle\' clothes with because we didn\'t have steam irons.

The \"clothes dryer\" was a wire stretched between two trees.

We had a real \"ice box\"... a few rich folks had refrigerators.

Some cars had turn signals, but few had air conditioning, so most people used hand signals for turning.

My Dad would buy me \"candy cigarettes\" as a real treat.

The only coffee shop/diner in town had booths with tabletop jukeboxes.

Boys put \"butch wax\" in their hair to make their \"flat top\" stand up.

Mom saved S&H greenstamps to get \"extras\" that we could not afford.

If you had a freezer in your house, you had to be careful or your hand would stick to the metal ice trays with a lever, then you had to run water on your hand and the tray to get loose... God forbid, don\'t tell your younger brother or sister to lick one  ;D

On hot summer nights, all over town you could hear the sound track of the movie playing at the drive-in... the same movie for several weeks.

I wonder what my nieces will remember 40 years from now as the \"good old days?\"

I hope a few of the things my asawa and I are able to do for them make it into their \"good old days\" memories. :)

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on September 22, 2010, 06:49:20 AM
Filipino \"Good Old Days\" memories??

I was just sitting here looking through some of the pictures of my nieces from the above posts... and feeling \"old as dirt,\"... and I began to wonder what type of memories older Filipinos have of the \"good old days.\"

Wow nice read - thx for sharing.... I recall about 3 of those...

darn... that means I am older than I actually am too :P

If that even made sense ! heheh
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on September 22, 2010, 08:37:13 AM
Filipino \"Good Old Days\" memories??

I was just sitting here looking through some of the pictures of my nieces from the above posts... and feeling \"old as dirt,\"... and I began to wonder what type of memories older Filipinos have of the \"good old days.\"

Then I began to wonder if some of my memories of the \"good old day\" may still be \"today\" in the RP??  That would be ironic... retire to my childhood  ;D


I remember all of those with minor variations from the UK from almost 70 years ago  :(

Makes you think, and wonder just how rapidly time passes.

I don\'t believe \'the good old days\' apply in the Philippines any longer. For example, I used to make my daughters ask permission to leave the dining table, but here they just wander around when they are eating. Two of the brothers kids talk with their mouth full of food, just copying their mother. I really dislike that and wish I could stop it.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: GregW on September 22, 2010, 08:41:37 AM
Yes, I remember those as well. 

Now about that clothes dryer.  I also remember \"ringer\" washing machines.  No rinse cycle so the clothes were wrung by turning a crank that pulled them through a pair of rollers. Then you could hang them up to dry.
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on September 22, 2010, 08:49:14 AM
Wow nice read - thx for sharing.... I recall about 3 of those...

darn... that means I am older than I actually am too :P

If that even made sense ! heheh

LOL -- makes sense to me... now thats scary!!

Maybe I can put together a \"how many of these do you remember\" quiz which can calculate (quasi-estimate) our \"old as dirt\" age. ;D

Good project if I run across a sleepless night with nothing but crap TV.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on September 22, 2010, 12:54:17 PM
Wow nice read - thx for sharing.... I recall about 3 of those...

darn... that means I am older than I actually am too :P

If that even made sense ! heheh

LOL -- makes sense to me... now thats scary!!

Maybe I can put together a \"how many of these do you remember\" quiz which can calculate (quasi-estimate) our \"old as dirt\" age. ;D

Good project if I run across a sleepless night with nothing but crap TV.

Tom in Big D

I shall come out on top of that one  ;D

I can remember washboards before they were used by skiffle groups, and gas lighting in the street.

Colin
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on September 22, 2010, 01:33:58 PM
So what happened to Jack the Ripper finally solved?  ;)
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: MikeBal on September 23, 2010, 01:22:17 AM
If I might add a couple, I can remember chasing the ice truck down the street for the chips that fell off. The news came on at noon and was sponsored by the rural electric cooperative and the stock report was about hogs and \"futures\".
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: aerosick on September 23, 2010, 01:27:52 AM
...and watching for our RFD mailman sailing down the hill scattering gravel to see if he would stop or go on by!

 ;D

Billy
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on September 24, 2010, 01:02:34 PM
...... going outside to turn the pole the TV antenna was attached to.... listening for my Dad to yell out the window, \"there, there... no, turn it back a little,\" until the picture was clear (which meant the reception was good enough you could see the picture through the \"snow.\")

Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: graham on September 27, 2010, 02:08:37 PM
Yes, I remember those as well. 

Now about that clothes dryer.  I also remember \"ringer\" washing machines.  No rinse cycle so the clothes were wrung by turning a crank that pulled them through a pair of rollers. Then you could hang them up to dry.

Greg,

I also, remember all the things that Tom has posted. I remember one day being in the laundry when I was about 10 and we had bought a new electric washing machine with attached wringer. Mum was feeding the clothes thru\' it and her hand went into the wringer before she could hit the release knob that separated the 2 rollers. 

To the day she died she had a deformed middle finger that went to a round point at the nail end, caused by that damned wringer.

Graham
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: dylanaz on October 08, 2010, 12:38:14 PM
WOW !

A few years and just ran across my first rude as all get-up butt-pirate !

I was slightly shocked too... heheh so I decided to share - first looked for the thread where a forum member posted about a rude woman in McDonalds and cant find it - so here is my day by day from yesterday - heheh...

1. Philippines is crowded... we all know that - people stand in full busses arm to arm - on jeeps shoulder to shoulder .. welll...

I guess one thought they were too good for crowds...

Firstly.. when I am walking I usually stop for people because I am too well grounded to squeeze past a person - they will usually get knocked down - and to be polite I almost ALWAYS stop and let others pass...

ie. I have been known to accidentally bump into doors, etc and break them.. I dont know why - it just happens - lol

Anyhow... Im walking through a fancy smancie mall and noticed my pants keep falling down... oops - I forgot a belt... so I go to buy one.... shopkeep shows me the belts and grabs a few large ones (XXl to fit my 36\" super-sized waistline - heheh)

So I try on the belt and got shoved... not enough to even move my feet off balance - but to a regular person it would have knocked them back or over...


Then an REALLY big local woman (5\'3\" max and around 200 plus lbs) was there with her arms in the air - still in the air from pushing me out of the way (or attemting to push me)... but umm... im kinda.. as you say.. grounded... so it barely budged me... I was just shocked... WOW

Storekeep was looking too as in \"WOW\" lol

The woman just glared at me and called her husbands name...

I was just like... WOW

and the storekeep was like.. WOW


He paid for her items and left - never looking at me once (almost like he was also annoyed with her).... with his bodylanguage I assumed that kinda thing happens often with her - and the ones who resist - he has to terminate -

sad... but  probably true

 ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on October 09, 2010, 04:51:59 AM
DYLANZ ,i had a friend like her long time ago, she wes heavy, cruel and un social, till we found out why? she was on her way to get her FIX and nobody was going to delay her trip to the nearest  PORK ADOBO  serving establishment. :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: on November 24, 2010, 11:18:02 AM
Filipino \"Good Old Days\" memories?? *** Insert lots of words about good old memories ***
Just loved that one Tom. I remember lots of those things and some extras. But living on a small farm, milking our own cows, eggs from the chickens, occassionally fattening a calf or pig to store for the rest of the year, growing lots of vegies & fruits. Most of the activities on the 4 acre revolved around the animals we raised to eat. Then you had to care for the assortment of animals, by capture/kill/removal of big snakes, goanna\'s, smaller lizards, possums, bandicoots, wombats, roos, just to name a few of the wildlife. Even though these can be worrying for some, it was fun, exciting & dangerous all at the same time. What great memories.... sigh. Riding the billy cart down the half mile gravel road, that led from the top of the hill to the house. Lost a lot of skin doing that, but was that great fun, woohoo.

Tom, you will be making many new memories of \"Good Old Days\", from the first time you start living in your new house/town/city/farm/country/state/province or whatever you want to call it.....it is the next phase of your new life, enjoy making the new memories, that become old memories.

Bruce ;D
Title: Re: Day-by-Day
Post by: RinaldiMan on March 28, 2019, 05:04:07 PM
If ever your in Negros Occidental, and you want to spend your summer there are a lot of resort villas that would be perfect. Me and my family spent it last year on East Villa Private Resort they are located in Cypress cor. Banyan St. Villa Angela Subdivision, Bacolod City.