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Wednesday – 3 Nov 2010

Wednesday – 3 Nov 2010

[smartads] I’m going to make a attempt at this post today, but I’m not sure it’s going to be very long.  I did not go anywhere today and very little happen today.

This morning I scampered out of bed at 0731.  I thought I was ready to get up, but I’ve been tired all day today.  I don’t even remember if I took a nap today or not, I don’t think so though.  It’s been a weird day.  Even as I am typing this I am yawning every few minutes.  There goes another one.  I’ll be glad when it’s time to go to bed.  Lita has the TV blaring right now, so I’ll have to wait at least until she turns that off.  I hope that will be within the next hour.

This morning Lita wanted me to eat cereal, but I had to explain to her that we do not have anymore cereal, so I’ll have to eat either oatmeal or pancakes.  Pancakes it was.  There were 2 pancakes left over from yesterday, because Lita didn’t eat any.  We put some strawberry syrup on them and gave them to Precious.  She liked them alright, until she tasted the fresh pancakes I made this morning, then she didn’t want anymore of the old ones.  Not sure if it was because they were old, cold or had strawberry syrup instead of the maple syrup, and she didn’t say.  Cathy came by looking for Precious and stayed a little longer than necessary.  I took that to mean she was wanting a pancake, so the first one I cooked I gave to her.  She tried to act like she didn’t want it, but she didn’t put up much of a fight.  She used some of the chocolate syrup that came in the pancake box.  I tried eating some of Precious’s pancakes and act like it was better than what I was eating, but I think she’s smarter than me, because she wasn’t having none of that.  She still wanted mine over hers.  Afterwards she got her peso from Lita, and gave it to me for her ice candy.  She got strawberry today.  No diaper/non-diaper shots today.

Island hopping near Mactan Island. Cebu. Philippines.

For lunch today I had 2 bacon/tomato sandwiches with the last of the mustard in that squeeze bottle I had.  I had to get another bottle out of the cupboard.  I think I’m down to 3 squeeze bottles now.  I think, but I’m not sure, I saw some small bottles of mustard at Robinson’s last time we were there.  I’ll be there in 6 days, so I’ll look again.  With the 2 B/T sandwiches I had a bag of the chips I bought.  It was one of the new ones, so I wasn’t sure of how it was going to taste.  They were small hickory smoked tortilla chips.  Not too bad, but I don’t think I will be buying them again.  I poured about 1/2 the bag in my plate and brought the other half outside to the picnic table to give them away.  Anna Peal, Nicole and Precious were at the table.  I put the chips on the table and, “Here, I don’t really like these, you can have them”.  Well Anna Pearl grabbed the bag, and said, “Mine”.  Nicole was trying to grab the bag from her.  Both of them laughing the whole time.  I took the bag back and gave it to Precious.  They then both tried to get the bag from Precious, but she can really scream loud.  It was my turn to laugh, so I did, and walked back into the house to finish my lunch.  I’m not sure what happen to the chips after that, but Precious stopped screaming.

Many tricycles, instead of pedaling looking, just wait on the side of the road.

J and Nicole sitting on the bench in front of the window to this computer room.

Lita just turned off the TV, so when I finish this post, I’m going to bed right away.

Tagalog word of the day:  tulog  (tu-log)  means asleep.

Lita says that when we return from Tambis, she will have Arnel working again on the LolyKat store.  She wants to put in some shelves and start selling something.

Well we did not go downtown today as scheduled, but we will be going tomorrow, for sure.  She’s going to the market early in a tricycle and around 10:30am, Victor will be picking me up in Mar’s smaller car.  Not the Kia Sportage I took a picture of at Malajog Beach, but another one that I don’t know the  name of right now.  I will be going to the bank to get some pesos for our trip and, of course, to pay some bills.   I’m going to try to remember to fill out all the paperwork before I go to the bank, so I won’t have to do it there.  Last time I filled it out there and while I was doing that, 5 more people came into the bank and got in line ahead of me.  I was lucky then though, because there were 3 tellers.  That’s the first time I’ve seen 3 tellers working at the same time.  Although 1 of them quit and starting doing something else shortly after I arrived, he still got 3 or 4 of the customers out of the way first.  Usually I go in, and I’m lucky if there are 2 tellers there.  I don’t think I have anything else to do downtown tomorrow after that, so I’ll just have Victor bring me home.

Yesterday, right after I pushed “Publish” for post, Judith, Victor, Grace and J showed up.  They came in Poppa’s new tricycle.  They have tassels hanging from the top of it and there is a battery in there for some lights.  When the lights come on, they are red.  I’ll bet it looks nice going down the road, and a lot easier to see than some of these tricycles that have only a small white headlight in the front.  J was doing the driving, peddling, whatever you want to call it.

Speaking of J, he is suppose to move over here next month.  He will be helping with the store and all kinds of chores around here.  So the little bit of work, I do do, will now be even less.  Last I heard, we will be paying him very little, because we will be paying for his college tuition.  Usually they ones that work for college tuition don’t get anything except the college tuition, but Lita thinks he needs a little bit of money to do things with on a regular basis.

When Mar and Ludy come to eat, they usually feed their grandchildren and Robbie also.

Eating BBQ at the picnic table.

I found out today that Poppa will not be going to Tambis with us this weekend, so that means I get to ride in the front of the truck with Leo (the driver) and Titing.  Everyone else will be in the back of the truck.  I hope it doesn’t rain because there is no cover for the truck, unless they have one I don’t know of, and I don’t want Lita getting wet, she might get sick.  If it starts raining, I’ll get in the back and let her ride up front.  Probably I’ll get an argument for this, but I’m not letting her ride back there in the rain, so if I have to ride back there in her place, I will.

Mar, Ludy, Marge (not Margie) and Marlou came by tonight to eat.  They didn’t stay that long, but longer than last time they were here.  Marlou left first because he was bringing some food to Chiqui, not sure exactly where she was though.  Mar was asking for good news for MJTS, but I didn’t have any for him.  I forgot to mention about the tours on Samar.  I mentioned to him only that once, and I was suppose to do it again, because I need to talk him into doing it.  It wouldn’t have to be much because I’m sure that people from outside the country most likely won’t be coming to the Philippines to see Samar.  Our tours would be more for people already here in the Philippines that want to look around our island.

Marge is leaving tomorrow evening (well this evening now, it’s after midnight).  I believe she will be leaving at 7pm tonight.  She’s going back home to Cebu.  I guess she calls Cebu home, she lives there most of the time.  Usually when we visit in Cebu, that’s the house we stay at, so we don’t have to pay for a hotel.  I’m still hoping that we get to go to Cebu next month, but it’s not looking good for that.  I really would like to go to The Jungle restaurant.

See how is the only one that knows the picture is coming.

This is the young lady that helps Mar and Ludy at their house.

It’s 12:35am now on 4 Nov and I’m out of things to write about today.  I did pretty good for not having much material.  Hope it isn’t too boring, but it seemed alright to me considering the limited amount of input available.  I’m about out of pictures, but I’ll put on here what I have left and I will be getting some new pictures tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll take some while I’m inside the bank and try to remember to get Victor to go the long way home, by the new market, and get some pictures of the other things in that area.

Philippine Trivia

  • The Philippine Madrigal Singers bagged the 1997 European Choral Grand Prix, the choral olympics of the world’s best choirs. The group, being the only Asian choir, bested five regional champions from all over Europe, earning them the title as the “world’s best choir.”
  • There are 12,000 or so species of seashells in the Philippines. The Conus Gloriamaris or “Glory of the Sea” is the rarest and most expensive in the world.
  • Of the 500 known coral species in the world, 488 are found in the Philippines.
  • Of the eight species of marine turtles worldwide, five are reported to be found in the Philippines: the Green Turtle, Hawkbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Loggerhead.
  • Of the eight known species of giant clams in the world, seven are found in the Philippines.
  • The Basilica of San Sebastian is the only steel church in Asia and was the second building to be made out of steel, next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.
  • The World Cup, which was instituted in 1965, is contested annually by the national champions of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ). The highest number of wins is 4, by Filipino bowler Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno: 1976, 1980, 1992, and 1996.

Salamat, Palaam


  1. hahaha… noy english speaking kna ha….
    UJ seen my pic…. atleast you never took a picture while im taking the food into my mouth…. hahahaha… though i really look fat now it ok.. inside the family they call me margie but most of my friends call me marge…. you know shortcut version…. hahahaha…. taking out the letter “i” into my name makes a 2 syllabul name “margie” a single one “marge”…. ok…. i’ll comback everyday to give words translated from english to waray including cebuano and tagalog….

    ENGLISH : now , later
    TAGALOG : ngayon , mamaya
    WARAY : yana , niyan
    ILONGGO : subong , karon
    CEBUANO : karon , unya

  2. I just found your site a few days ago and I plan to visit it often. I too have plans to retire to PI but I guess I need to wait a few more years. My wife is a Filipina and we have been married for 15 years now. We have a house and two vacant lots in the Legaspi area (Mt. Mayon) and a family compound outside of Manila in Antipolo. Just waiting for my pension to catch up to my ambitions.
    Keep up the good work on the web site. I especially like seeing the pics and hearing from an American expat in the RP. The perspective is invaluable to me.
    John (in FL)

    • Glad to have you here John. I just returned from an adventure down in Southern Leyte. I haven’t had a post in 4 days and not sure I’m going to be doing one tonight, kind of wore out. But I will be back tomorrow for sure. I’ll try not to bore you with my posts, but I can’t promise I’ll have an exciting day everyday. Whatever I’m doing seems to work out okay, so I’ll keep trying.

  3. howdy! so your leaving tomorrow! i wish i could come…but i guess im not…can you remind auntie lolly to please bring the cabinet divider in tambis from my tita baby’s house.many thanks!VON VOYAGE!

    • Yes we are suppose to leave tomorrow, but then yesterday I heard maybe we will leave Saturday morning. Who knows for sure, I don’t know.
      I reminded Auntie Lolly already and she said okay.

      • many,many,many thanks!btw whose coming with you?you gonna have many photos when you come back.take a pic on the guinsaogon its a nice topic..

        • Not sure who’s going with us. I know Titing, Neneng, Auntie Lolly, Me and Leo (driving). I already talked a little about Guinsaogon, but I guess after I get some pictures, I can mentioned it again. Not too much detail though.
          Many, many, many your welcomes.

  4. Yes I hope it dosn’t rain that would make for a very wet ride.I would sure like to hear how big the robinson store is and if they have more foods that can be found in the western style stores.The robinson store in Angeles had very good selection and a good hardware store.Going to a bank in the Philippines is sure
    different than in the USA,the first time I was in one I could not believe how long
    it took to get any money.

    • Robinson Mall is not that big and neither is the supermarket inside it. I’ll try to remember to take a picture of the entrance to the supermarket, although the entrance makes it look bigger than it actually is, I think. The Handy Andy at Robinson Mall seems like a good hardware store, it’s probably a franchise, but this is the only one that I’ve seen so far. Of course I haven’t been to another mall since we moved here. Yeah the banks are slow, but I guess if you moved here for the slower pace of the PI, then that comes with the territory.

Texan in the Philippines