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Offline Gray Wolf

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #195 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
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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #196 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
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Mactan, Cebu, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #197 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

 
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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #198 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

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #199 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.....
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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #200 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 !
I have seen so much conflict while in the Philippines - amazingly 99% of it was merely online computer experiences :D

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #201 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
Dallas, Tx, USA
Mactan, Cebu, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #202 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
Dallas, Tx, USA
Mactan, Cebu, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #203 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   
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Mactan, Cebu, PH

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #204 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
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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #205 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

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #206 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
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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #207 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

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« Reply #208 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.

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Re: Day-by-Day
« Reply #209 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.



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...

 

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.



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)





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



and a big tree (well, it is Texas) upstairs for the guys



and the Christmas cards from many who were there displayed (next year all will send one ;D)



and Christmas stockings hanging over the fireplace


for Ted and Inu...


and for Italia and Cherie...


...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.



Yes, Christmas at our house in Dallas is just like everyone else in Dallas. :) :)

Tom in Big D
Dallas, Tx, USA
Mactan, Cebu, PH