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Monday – 26 Sep 2011

Monday – 26 Sep 2011


[smartads] I have got so much information for today I’m sure that I will have to postpone some of it for another day.  Usually when I have a decent sized post I will have 3 to 4 pages of notes.  Well for today I have a little over 7 pages.  Don’t forget to click on the pictures to get more information about the picture.

Hits @ 0000 = 1228992 = 10679 (2 days).

I’m shutting the computer down at 0010.  Lita has turned the TV off again so maybe she won’t mind if I watch.  She likes to sleep with the TV on anyway.

The wind seems to be getting a little harder out there, but not serious conditions.

Ocean Waves splashing up on the road.

When I finally did decide to go to bed at 0242 because I ran out of good things to watch on TV, the wind was still blowing hard, but now it was raining.  It wasn’t hard rain so that’s the good kind of rain.

Well Crap!  Somewhere around 0530 we discovered we had no lights.  I was wonder why I was so hot.  I was really too dark to see the clock clearly, but that what I got from it.

By 0815 we had so many different things happen that I don’t even know where to begin and I don’t want to forget anything.

Precious (crying) and Casandra

I guess the wind picked up a bit last night because our gate is broken.  Half of the gate broke off and the other received more damage, but is still hanging on.  Lita and Leo tied the side still standing to the back of the Nissan.  I don’t know why.  I mean if anyone wants to get in the other side is wide open.  We wanted to build a new gate anyway so I guess we will just have to do it sooner than we wanted.  I’m not sure how that’s going to fix into our already stretched budget, but we will make it fit somehow.  We have the volunteer manpower to fix it, the nails and the hammer, plus Victor will bring a few things to repair it.  He is one of the volunteers.  I hope he has the hinges.  All we need to do is by the wood and the bamboo.  I’m thinking just to buy the coco wood, that’s the cheapest, but as much as it rains here, it would probably need to be replaced again in about a year.  I will probably yield to the experts in that department, I will get their opinion and decide from there.

Around about 0810 Lita came into the bedroom screaming.  She wanted to know why I couldn’t hear her screaming.  Evidently she was outside screaming at me because the wind had grabbed the screen door and slammed it shut so tight and crooked, that it was jammed.  Jay was trying to pound it loose, but he didn’t have enough strength.  He was going to get the hammer and try hitting it with that.  I just used my fist.  I pounded the top of the door, where it was crooked until it finally opened up.  It took me about 7 hits because I didn’t want to hit it too hard for fear of breaking the whole door.  I figured the slow steady way would be less expensive.

The Pepsi Cycle

At 0828, while I was writing that last paragraph, the electric came back on.  At 0830 Lita came in the bedroom, that’s were I am, propped up on some pillows in the bed writing this notes, and said that the wind almost blew her away this  morning. Her and Leo were out by the gate, trying to tie it down so the other half would not break off too, and a gust of wind nearly knocked her over.  Leo had to save her from falling.  So I guess the gusts of wind are strong today.

Okay, I think I’ve got everything so far.  It’s only 0837 but I don’t see how the rest of the day will be anymore exciting then this morning.

Jay bought some eggs this morning, but only 3 for me.  He and Lita will be eating dried fish for breakfast today.  The cooking of the dried fish or any fish is when I’m glad the dirty kitchen exists, outside.  In fact that is why they call it a dirty kitchen so they can cook the “less than desirable smell” items.

Triple Yahtzee

At 0842 the power went out again, but it was only a 1 minute thing.  You can’t tell me with a straight face that they schedule all these things whether 1 minute or 10 hours.  There is just too many of them.

Well SOB, at 0847 the electric went out again.  Write those letters to your Senators and to President Aquino, this is BS.

I’m not even to 0900 yet and I’ve already got enough information to have over half of a decently worded post.  I wonder what the rest of the day has in store for us?  (I will find out later that I wish I would not have asked).

I went outside to take a few pictures of what is going on out there.  While I was there and American showed up to say Howdy and to talk a little bit.  He and his wife/girlfriend were staying at the Ciriaco Hotel.  They are the only guest in the whole hotel at this time.  He probably told me her name, but I don’t remember.  She is good looking though.  His name is Charlie and I think he said he lives in Angeles.  I say that because he said that he could get a good steak back in Angeles where he lives.  At least that’s what it sounded like he said.  Maybe I just wanted to hear that, I’m not sure.  He was wondering why the Ciriaco charges to use the Internet.  He said he didn’t mind the price (P50 per hour), but it is unusual for a large hotel like this one to charge for that.  I don’t know, I don’t stay in hotels like that, I can’t and never could afford it.  Unless I was a millionaire of something, I doubt I’d stay in a place that charged so much to sleep in a bed.

Broken gate from inside

He said he was also disappointed with the restaurant.  He thought that it was more geared towards the Asian, particularly Chinese people.  So when I told him that a Chinese person owned the hotel, he was not surprised.  He just said it figures.  I told him that we would be having a restaurant here, probably in February, and he was happy about that.  He said he would not return until our restaurant is complete.  He wants chili con carne on the menu.

He also wanted to know where I ate when I went downtown.  I directed him towards Carlos n’ Carmelo’s.  I hope I didn’t send him to the wrong one.  Sometimes I get this one mixed up with El Carmelo’s.  Only one of them has the tacos, lasagna and cheese sticks though.  That’s the one I was trying to send him to.

Charlie and his wife or girlfriend, he didn’t tell me which she was, will be leaving tomorrow if Mother Nature doesn’t have any other plans.

Pepsi View from LolyKat

Lita was sitting at the picnic table peeling and cutting a squash and a gust of wind blew her container and about 15 slices of squash away.  Only about 5 of them landed on one of the benches, the rest found their way to the ground.  The drainer she was using for a bowl blew out the open gate.  She had to retrieve it next door.

We did not open for selling food today.  We figured that there would not be enough people out and about in this mess to warrant opening up.  There were a few people that came by, but for the most part there were a lot less people on the street than on a good day.  I’m sitting out at the picnic table, taking these notes, watching them not go by as much as usual.

Pepsi View towards Calbayog

Lita wanted to open the front door to let the air in.  The wind was blowing the door shut so we had to get a big rock and put it at the base of the door.  As we put the rock there, Lita said, “Ha!  Wind we are smarter than you”.  I said, “Oh Crap!  I wish you wouldn’t have said that.  We don’t what to piss off Mother Nature”.  Lita tried to apologize but I guess Mother Nature wasn’t having any of that and she was pissed off.  About 2 minutes later a big gust of wind blew the door shut and the big rock and a thick rag was jammed at the bottom of the door.  The top was closed all the way, but the bottom was not.  To make matters worse, we could not even turn the door handle.  We thought the door was locked.  Now I could have slammed into the door and broke it open or got a hammer and broke the handle off, but I decided to do it the slow and steady way.  I pulled on that thick rag until I got most of it and the door moved a little bit.  We were then able to turn the handle.  After a few more shoves of the door, it finally opened.  Lita apologized to Mother Nature one more time, just in case.  We do have th door open now, with 2 rocks down there and we closed the window behind the door so the wind gusts coming through the windows would not be so strong.

Cathy is making a fire out here in the dirty kitchen to cook some fish for her family.  I hope she can do it in all this wind.  It’s about 11:20 now and still no electric.

Where Cathy is getting ready to cook her fish

Precious is helping Lita with the Camungay (sp).  It is a small leafy spice (I guess).  It’s like small basil leaves.  We have a tree next to the house and they use it a lot.  It just looks like leaves to me.

Precious helping with the Camungay (sp)

Two of the guys that work at Fran Jessy Trading (the name of Titing and Neneng Pepsi business), climbed up on top of the house to experience the force of the wind.

Two Pepsi workers on top of the house

Cathy did get that fire going and when she finished cooking, since the fire was still going and I didn’t want to waste it, I went ahead and cooked my onions, peppers and then eggs.  While I was eating them, Precious decided that she wanted to try them.  There were hot peppers in there, but I let her try anyway.  She liked it.  She got about 8 pieces of it, one at at time. About the 4th time she got a hot pepper.  She told her mom (Cathy) she got a chili, but she still came back for more.

At 2:21pm the power came back on, but at 2:33 it went back out again.  At 2:34 it came on and before it could become 2:35, it went back out again.  At 2:36 it came back on.  They went out again at sometime.  By this time I’m so pissed off and I just quit trying to keep up.

Lita wanted to sleep, but couldn’t because the kids were making too much noise, so she drank the rest of the Red Horse I had left over from Saturday night.  That put her to sleep for a couple of hours.

Camungay (sp) close up

At 6:32pm the lights came back on for about the millionth time today.  Trying to keep up with the outage times became a nightmare, so I gave up.  They were going on and off so fast and then waiting for a little while, then fast again .. a nightmare.

I did find out that Jascyl has not changed her mind.  From what I can figure either Tuesday or Wednesday will be her last day.  I don’t know at this time if they plan to hire another Yaya, but if they do, I suggested that they hire an older woman. One that has experience handling children.  Although the younger ones are usually better to look at, it’s the children’s need that comes first, not my viewing pleasure.  These 4 got to be a handful for Jascyl when she was the only one here with them. Lita had to step in a few times to make them behave.

You know … this post is long enough.  I’m going to stop here and in the next post just pick up where I left off.  Stick around for more of the exciting outages.

Salamat, Palaam

Today in Philippine History


Lope K. Santos

1879 – Lope K. Santos, future foremost Filipino Tagalog grammarian, writer, politician, and labor  leader and founder of Kapatirang Alagad ni  Bonifacio, Inc. and Taliba ng Inang Wika, is born  in Pasig, Rizal; Santos, who will help the group of the future President of the defiant Katagalugan Republic, Macario Sakay in organizing the 1901 Nacionalista Party and become a future Senator, will include as his literary  masterpieces  “Banaag at Sikat,” an opus tackling  socialism’s rise in the Philippines, and the  translation into Tagalog of “Aves de Rapina,” the  scathing El Renacimiento editorial attacking the  corruption of the colonial American Interior  Secretary Dean C. Worcester.

1890 – Filipino patriot, reformist, and polymath Jose Mercado Rizal delivers a speech in the Masonic lodge “Solidaridad,” No. 53, in Madrid Spain; therein, Rizal dwells on the subject of virtue, which he defines as “the constant performance of duty,” explaining the concepts and practices of duties.

1903 – Filipino revolutionist and freedom-fighter Simeon A. Ola surrenders to the enemy Col. Harry H. Bandholtz of the imperialist Bald Eagle nation 4 1/2 years into the protracted Philippine American War (1899-1914); the teniente de cuadrillos of Guinobatan, Albay in Bicol province, Ola fought in the Philippine Revolution against Spain, becoming the Secretary of Finance of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s Revolutionary Government, and then valiantly leading his troops in persistent guerilla attacks; owing to the atrocious reconcentration system utilized by the invader Americans, Ola ultimately decided to surrender to the enemy to spare the civilian natives from the imperialist forces’ cruel-level military operations.

1943 – The Philippine National Assembly  during  the Japanese Occupation holds its general session  to elect the President of the Republic and the  legislative body’s speaker; Jose P. Laurel is  elected President and Benigno A. Aquino as  Speaker; with the conclusion of World War II and  Japanese surrender following the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Second Philippine Republic will be dissolved by President Laurel on  August 17, 1945 to return the Philippines to the state of being a colony of the imperialist United  States.

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  1. UJ once again my pepsi sales rep missed my scheduled delivery on 4th of each month, im tired trying to deal with lack of service if your relatives want a standard monthly order of 4 cases pepsimax in 500 ml bottles, 2 cases tropicana in 500 ml bottles, plus 2 other regular ordering kano customers, have them deliver my order i will introduce them to one customer here in our compound and give them # to contact other customer ib brgy Carmen that wants water delivery 2 cases 1 liter bottles 2 cases 500 ml bottles every month too. you have my email?

    • I have the e-mail here: I will talk with Titing and see what he can do. Do you have some kind of contract with them?

      • no contract just a request for same delivery 4 cases 500 ml pepsi max 2 cases tropicana on 4th every month.

        • I don’t know how you paid for the delivery before but, Titing says that if you want to come by here to order and pay for whatever you want, he will be sure that you have it on the 4th. How did you pay for it before?

          • i paid on delivery to my apartment

          • Titing asked if you wouldn’t mind paying first, and I’ll tell you why. Recently he has had a couple of people what made request, just as you have, but for some reason they changed their mind about taking the shipment. I’m not saying you would do that, but Titing is worried that he will get stuck with the product. I asked him why he just couldn’t just deliver it to someone else in an order, but evidently the stuff you order, in that size, is not in high demand and he’s worried that it will hit it’s expiration date before someone else orders it and then he would be out the money. I know it’s a pain in the ass, but I’m thinking that once you do it for awhile, and don’t miss any months, he will change his mind. Did I mention that he already knows you? Well he knows about you. He already knew what your delivery is and he knew about your cart. Please let me know about any of your concerns on this and I’ll be here no matter what you decide to do.

          • i paid 444 a case pepsimax bit more tropicana titing reluctance to carry the 500 ml bottles i guess is why i had to get my deliverys all the way from leyte b4, or so Mr Suarez jr told me, funny they brought it all the way from leyte. The bigger bottles to flimsy for me to handle with one hand they crush and spew all over, wish i was a beer drinker san miguel cheaper and will be delivered to my door in alot less than 4 case quantities, plus have 2 customers ready to order every month too, soda,water,and juice too. And Im not a coke drinker, it always easier in ph to get what you don’t want or hear “not Available”. Sounds like they don’t want too and don’t have my request on hand most times anyhow. I can’t believe how hard they make this, but welcome to the PH, i have already learned my Lesson not to say they don’t do things this way in usa. Already today i checked at Jst Mar and the little bakery down from us on Magsaysay no pepsimax in stock either place even in the 2 liter bottles, mercury on rueda and Magsaysay carries less than a case 500 ml bottles i guess at 4 cases a month im the biggest 500 ml bottle request in town, im not taking a trike all the way out there,im not sending my wife out either.

            Yeah Alot ppl know my golf cart in town i get asked “where is my service” everyday from shop owners and even the tricycle drivers, many ppl in town try to flag us down yelling taxi to us,the little kids are the big problem they try to jump on the back seat as we drive by. It just makes the most sense for use in town with my handicap instead of a car and i can never ride motorcycles again in my life.

          • I’ll talk to Titing again. Personally I don’t think you should have to come out here to pay, and I told him so. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
            I’ll let you know. How about if I can talk him into doing it the way you are use to, paying on delivery, and not change anything, unless you ever not take a delivery, then he could change the policy? It sounds like to me that you are an avid Pepsi Max drinker, so that shouldn’t be a problem I wouldn’t think. That, to me, seems like a compromise and everyone gets what they want. My wife agrees with me and will try to help me talk to him. Personally I like Coke and rarely drink a Pepsi of any kind, unless you count Mt. Dew.

          • just thought you might like a listing for a hotel in Manila for the visitors needing lay-over in manila be coming on to Calbayog, i have personally used this hotel and several of my friends from USA, yes i know a few Tex-asscans too, that visit here in Calbayog. This place is very close to the airport, MOA and Manila Bay from the 8th floor rooftop bar you can see all 3 places,i have many photos from the rooftop in my fb albums.
            I was a Mt. Dew drinker b4 but diabetic for over 10 years so MD now out, Coffee pot is on every morning by 5:30 am then when it is gone I’m pepsimax al day after that, and i do not resell any the 4 cases are for my personal consumption and just barely lasts the full month till next order comes in so my pepsi order will not change only variable might be on tropicana that my wife likes but does not demand, I just know she likes it so i get it for her

          • Thanks for that link Rick. I went to it and it looks like a place that I’d like to stay. It didn’t have all the information I wanted on the website though, so I e-mailed them. Do you know how far they are from the Mall of Asia? Also do you know what the difference in the rooms are? I mean what makes one a Premier room over a Superior room or a Standard room?
            I haven’t talked to Titing yet, he was pretty busy. Lita asked him, but he had to get back to her. I’d rather ask myself to make sure he gets the right information though. Sometimes my wife makes mistakes in the translation. I still don’t see a problem with it personally.

      • i sent your ym an email some pics of the hotel, they have changed rooms descriptions so i would hate to comment get it wrong NAH is 5 mis from mnl 10-12 min from moa. free airport pick up and their drivers work same or cheaper than taxi’s to most any destination, like moa,star city,us embassy,manila bay,ocean park, after 5 days staying there averaging 2 trips a day 2 meals a day for 2 ppl every day our food,transport bill was less than p5000.

        • After I saw this message, I went to look at the pictures. I like the idea of the dining/bar on the roof. The hotel seems to be in an ideal spot. You can see the airport, downtown and even Manila Bay, that makes for some nice pictures.
          I also got a response from the hotel when I e-mailed them. I will reveal the information I got in the post this evening. I haven’t had any information to input, but I think the combined 3 days should be enough to get something pretty decent.

    • Okay I did. Thanks for the link. I love it. I wanted to copy it and post the story, but it wouldn’t let me copy, so I’ll put this link in the next post.
      Thanks a lot Qais. This gives me enlightenment.

      • Thanks to Winda somehow being able to copy it and sending it to me, this is now posted.

  2. January will be when the market will be transferred, June is Gaisano Market Calbayog’s tentative opening, and I don’t know if gaisano will still built their mall @bagacay.

    • I thought Robinson’s was building the mall in Bagacay.
      What is the new thread location for the Skyscraper City?
      The Gaisano Market will be a supermarket?

      • Robinsons is going to built their mall in Rawis, I said I’m not sure if Gaisano will still build their mall in bagacay, but for sure they are going to build a Hypermart at the public market area
        Here’s the link to the new thread

        • Okay Robinson’s at RFM, got that. The Hypermart at the old public market, got that.
          You mean to tell me that’s it’s possible that Gaisano is going to build a mall in Bagacay? That would be pretty close to the Robinson mall in Rawis, wouldn’t it?
          It’s okay with me, but that doesn’t seem right, but what do I know.
          Thanks for the link.

  3. you know, you could feature this blog in some threads at skyscrapercity, to get more blog traffic

    • Yeah I know. I did it when I first was on the site. I guess I should do it more often but I don’t visit there much. I don’t have much to contribute yet.
      What is the new thread anyway?

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