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Friday – 30 Sep

Friday – 30 Sep


[smartads] As usual if you click on the pictures you will find more information about that picture.  And also, as usual, when they are my pictures, I put more information on all of them.

Hits @ 0027 = 1266521 = 12317.  Nope, that is not a 2 day total only 1.  I know!  I was surprised too.  That is definitely our record for a 24 hour period on this website.  I double, then triple checked it just to be sure because I was so surprised.  I had no idea we were even close because of all the lower numbers recently, until I did the math.  That’s Super Cool.  At that rate we could get almost 5 million hits per year, but I ain’t holding my breath for that.  I shut the computer down at 0108 to head for bed.  I’ll type at y’all later.

Prices at hospital OLPHI

It’s later now.  Sorry to keep you waiting.  I was up at 085?.  The time at this time is 12:34.  I just had to put that 1234 in there.  I sat out in LolyKat for about an hour playing Triple Yahtzee.  I played 5 games and a couple of them had potential until close to the end.  I got frustrated with that stupid game again.  I need to find the official rules for Yahtzee anyway.  I want to know that in addition to the extra 100 points you get for each additional Yahtzee, what space can you fill in on the game and how much can you put in that spot.  I figure if it’s at the top, and you need the numbers that you Yahtzee’d with, you can max it out.  What if you don’t have that number available?  Can you max out any of the numbers?  Can you use it at the bottom?  How would you mark it down there?  Would a Yahtzee in 4’s give me 20 or 30 (max of five 6’s) on 4 of a kind? Questions like that I need to answer, officially.  I can look it up on line later.  I guess I can find it on the Internet somewhere.

Pepsi Mobile from LolyKat

I’m hoping that my check will arrive tomorrow.  When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I will do is check this website, then I will check for my check.   Check for check?  Check.  Whenever it comes in, I’ll be happy because I need to take care of a few things.  If all goes well, according to my figures, we should be able to pay off 6 bills this time around.  One major bill, one medium bill and 4 minor bills (2 of those being very minor).  We also ‘should’ get the gate fixed this time, but I ain’t promising that.  It should not cost that much to fix it, since the labor is mostly or all volunteer, but I would like to save some money for things throughout the month.  I’m hoping to save enough for the first 3 weeks anyway.  Of course paying off that 1 major bill should help tremendously.  That will save us P12,000 per month.  It it/was or biggest monthly bill.  The Nissan is the second highest at P10,000 per month, but we can’t do anything about that at this time.

OLPHI Pharmacy

There is only 1 other major bill left after this month and it is suppose to be P9000 per month, but the place we owe it to, is very nice and they are not pushing payment.  We will be much better on the payments beginning in November though.  In fact, I hope to have it paid by the end of the year.  In comparison, our highest single bill after that is P1800 per month, so that’s a big difference.  There are 2 or 3 that are a little over P1000 per month and the rest are less.

Broken gate from outside in.

All that is not including utilities and also not including the credit that Neneng and Titing have allowed for the Pepsi products that we get from them.  I want to stop any and all credit from anyone.  If we manage things correctly, then there is no way we should have to use credit at all.  As I stated before, it was just the business ventures we tried to start.  We tried too many, too soon at the same time.  Now that I’ve kicked myself in the ass enough, I’m ready to fix it and keep it away for good.  For October we still may have to credit some from Titing and Neneng, but I hope it will be half as much as we have been doing and we will actually be able to pay for the other half we use.  Beginning in November though, again, if all goes well, it should stop completely.

Precious Pepsi pinch

Another thing that I need to get a handle on is our water bill.  Our water bill comes out to between P2200 to P2600 per month.  That’s like $52-$62.  That’s more than I was paying in Texas most of the time.  Of course here it is because that payment is from 3 families using the water.  The other 2 families are suppose to be giving us P500 per month each for their usage and we pay the difference, usually about triple what they pay.  That’s fine with me.  Problem is that we don’t always get the P500 from those families.  Most of the usage is from when we wash clothes.  Everyone uses the faucet out back and that’s were the, what passes for a washing machine, is.  That one faucet is connected to one of the other houses, so I’m thinking if we need to, we can go to the water department and tell them we want to get our own water bill, that will NOT include that one faucet.  There is another faucet that is a little hard to get to, but if we hook a nice water hose up to it, it would work nicely.  We could use that when Vicky washes the clothes.  We could even run the hose up front so she could do the clothes closer to the cooking so she could help out there if necessary.  We already have the hose.  It’s the one that Jay uses when he washing the Nissan every Sunday.  That should reduce our water bill and we would let those others fend for themselves.  I think they are getting a good deal, but maybe they don’t.  One way or another, that water situation will be taken care of by the end of the year.

It’s 2:39pm now and it just started some serious raining.  It’s not super hard rain, but it comes with some wind.  It’s probably because of the new typhoon hitting Luzon.  Man they have got it rough up there in many places.

End of a downed power line

Damn, a power line is down in the street.  It’s sparking too.  Titing called the electric company and the security guard at the Ciriaco Hotel put out a barricade to keep cars and people from getting too close.  I’m thinking that they might decide to cut the power here to stop that thing from sparking.  That’s one thing they do know how to do here, turn off the power.  I got pictures of the wire and the barricade.

I turned off the computer and unplugged several things, just to be safe.  You know the better safe than sorry theory.

Okay, everyone take a breath.  Crisis is over.  There is really nothing serious here now at 3:45pm.  I’ve got the computer back on and the electric company came by and took care of that wire.  They did it without having to turn the power off too. Impressive.  The street and everything else is back to normal at this time.

Barricade for fallen power line

Qais sent me a link about the new malls that they are going to be building here in Calbayog.  I tried to copy/paste for the guest posts, but it wouldn’t let me copy.  It’s good news, check it out.  If I can figure out a way to get it copied, I’ll still put it in guest posts from Qais.

Bebie and Khany & Jun and Luz showed up this evening.  They came up to see Poppa in the hospital.  No one has said anything to me about it being serious, but when you are 89 or 90 years old I guess any trip to the hospital or any illness could be considered serious.  When I was there yesterday I talked with him a little bit and he seemed fine.  He was still talking to me like he always does.  What I mean is, his voice was just as strong and he was alert.  I think he will be fine, but I’ll be happier when he is back home.  I don’t know how long everyone is going to stay, but if I had to guess I would think that they will be leaving on Sunday.

The fallen power line in the road and in the rain

Lita and I did not go to the hospital tonight.  If he is still in there tomorrow, we will go then.  Since he is already in a room now, we won’t have to just wait around like yesterday while they were checking him out and checking him in.  Lita said something about the insurance he has will only pay for 3 days, so maybe he plans to stay there the whole 3 days, I don’t know.  I know he didn’t really want to go to the hospital to start with, but he really had to choice after awhile.

It’s 9:53pm at the moment and there is not much going on.  Lita is watching TV and I can hear Emei outside at the picnic table talking to someone, I don’t know who because I haven’t look.  Probably Angelo.

Emergency Room entrance – OLPHI

I heard that Mar is back from Manila.  I didn’t even know he was gone.  But I guess he doesn’t need to ask my permission to go.  He gets to go many places in the Philippines due to his job.  That is why he is a good partner for the MJ Services.  He has contacts in many areas of the Philippines.

I told you there was nothing going on.  It’s 11:14pm now and still nothing significant has happen for the last 2 hours at least. I guess I will put the post to bed, then I will watch some TV and put myself to bed too.  See y’all next month (tomorrow is 1 Oct).  I hope you enjoyed this post, I think it came out pretty dang good.

Salamat, Palaam

Today in Philippine History


______ – The first issue of “El Heraldo  de la Revolucion” (Herald of the Revolution), the official organ of the First Philippine Republic, is issued at Malolos, Bulacan where the Southeast Asia’s  Revolutionary Congress was meeting in the task of drafting the country’s first constitution; the development comes amidst the framework for imperialist American invasion/occupation already beginning to be laid and more than four more months before the Philippine-American War (1899-1914) isinstigated by the Bald Eagle President William McKinley to precipitate a war in the bid to push the American Congress to approve and fund the annexation [read: translation] of the Southeast Asian islands in what will be America’s first ever imperialist war, the “First Vietnam”; El Heraldo’s name will later be changed to “Heraldo Filipino,” “Indice Oficial, and finally, to “Gaceta de Filipinas,”with the last issue of the publication coming out on the first year of the Fil-Am War.

1898 – The Congress of the First Philippine Republic  under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy ratifies the Independence of the Philippines earlier proclaimed  on June 12 of the same year; also known as the Malolos Congress, the legislative body earlier opened 14 days ago in the task of drafting the first Constitution of the Philippines, effectively the first republican constitution in Asia; the development comes despite the August 1898 Peace  Protocol and Mock Battle of Manila  wherein the treacherous Americans falsely made it appear that their forces were the ones who subdued the  Spaniards and not the Filipino revolutionaries, and amidst the fact that Spanish military officials and soldiers have been surrendering to the natives even in Visayas and Mindanao islands where the Philippine flag also already flies despite their failed attempt to isolate them from Luzon island; in four months time, the bloody and protracted  Filipino-American War (1899-1914) will break out upon the vile instigationof the Bald Eagle nation, with the American regimental commanders in Manila scheming to fire the first shots that will first victimize Filipino soldiers peacefully crossing the San Juan Bridge on February 4, 1899; nearly a year and a half earlier, with the second phase of the Himagsikan intersecting with the Spanish-American War, the Filipino leader agreed to cooperate with Admiral George Dewey in fighting Spain based on the verbal promises of the latter and other American officials in the Manila/Southeast Asia that the U.S. will honor Philippine Independence, with Aguinaldo stupidly allowing the free entry of G.I.s into the archipelago.

1890 – Filipino reformist, patriot, and polymath  Jose Mercado Rizal writes his Austrian friend Ferdinand Blumentritt during the Spanish Colonial rule, saying that because Spaniards are only impressed by valor and might, failing to appreciate the artistic sense of the Tagalogs; Rizal adds that is a good thing because that has left the (hated) friars limited to securing the services merely of intriguers and not genuinely talented Filipinos.

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Useless Knowledge:  A grasshopper can leap over obstacles 500 times its own height. In relation to its size, it has the greatest jumping ability of all creatures. (world’s best know athlete)  (ants rule the world) (this site disputes the Useless Knowledge)


  1. another hotel based in Cebu, a middle class subdivision (owned by Sta. Lucia Realty) and another mall (Prince Warehouse Club) are also to rise in Calbayog.

    • Oh really. That’s good. Is the Prince Warehouse Club like a big store that sells food in bulk? I’ve never heard of them. Oh I guess I could look them up on the Internet.
      When is all this suppose to happen?
      I tried looking it up on the Internet, but it doesn’t really tell me what I want to know. Are they just a big department store?

      • It’s a small mall, they already identified a 1,300 sq. meter lot owned by Christ the King College, they will construct a 2-storey building @magsaysay blvd. in the downtown area

        • I think I know the spot. In fact when we walked back from the hospital to Joyous Eatery twice we passed by the spot. Of course I’m not sure it’s the same spot, but I’m pretty sure. Is there a sign up or something? It was night time both times I’ve been there recently.

  2. I think qais is right you update every day and if anyone has a comment you answer right away.There is another guy
    Dave i think is his name,has a bog about samar and lives in calbayog,wasgood at the start but is not updated much anymore.I really like stuff about samar,except the brownouts.

    • I’m glad you agree with Qais.
      The only Dave I know with a blog is at and he seems to update pretty often. Maybe not everyday, but at least 3 or 4 times per week.
      Of course since he lives close to Iloilo, he reports more on what’s happening in that area.

  3. well, maybe one of the reasons for the sudden outburst of views to your blog is that I featured it as my signature, so every time I posted the link to your website appeared, and I posted in a lot of different threads in the Philippines for more to know of our blog

    • It’s very possible. It sure doesn’t hurt for you to do that, and you’re right maybe it is responsible for the sudden outburst.
      If it is, Thanks for doing it. If it’s not, Thanks for doing it.
      Just wondering why you wanted to use my blog though? There are many blogs out there. Does this one have some sort of special appeal or something?

      • out of all the blogs I’ve read, this one is the most updated, and it has a friendly moderator/owner that you can talk/chat to, most blogs don’t have that

        • If they don’t constantly update and or have someone to answer questions for them, then they aren’t much of a blog if you ask me.
          Whatever the case, I’m going to continue being me and hope it’s good enough.

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