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Kamote with Sweet Legs

Kamote with Sweet Legs

[smartads] Well I was talking about how I could make money on the Internet at the end of the last post.  I was trying to figure out e-books, but too stubborn to pay to  find out.  I’ve got an idea for an e-book and have started the outline.  It’s a well traveled topic, but I hope to put a personal touch to it and see if that hits it big with potential buyers.  I need to do some research, but I know a lot about it already.  I don’t practice what I preach, but I know what I’m suppose to do.

Zamboanga del Norte (Tagalog; Hilagang Samboanga, Standard Subanen:Utara Sembwangan)or simply known as ZANORTE is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte. Zamboanga del Norte is the Largest province of Zamboanga Peninsula in terms of land area.


About half of the province’s land area is devoted to agriculture. Corn, coconut, and rice are the major crops. The province being rich in marine and mineral sources, its fish production has accelerated through the development of fishponds. Commercial fishing has likewise steadily increased through the years, with the yellow fin tuna as the primary species.

In 2006, a study by National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), found Zamboanga del Norte Province to be the Philippines’s poorest with a poverty incidence rate of 64.6% in 2003, an increase from 47% in year 2000 statistical figures.

Zamboanga del Norte is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities. These are further subdivided into 691 barangays, and clustered into 3 congressional districts.

Provincial Capitol

I woke up this morning around 0615 because Lita wanted me to open LolyKat.  She said she would watch it, I just needed to open the front.  Before I got out there to do it, Jay showed up from the store down the road and he opened it.  I just went back to bed.  I stayed in bed until 0803.  At that time I went out to see what was going on in the world.  Not much.  I told Lita that I was going to make breakfast and decided to make 2 of the cucumber and tomato sandwiches.  After I had them eaten, Lita decided that she wanted one also.  So I went back in to make another one.

I did weigh in today, just to be sure.  I am at 120.8 kilos or 265.5 lbs, whichever you prefer.  That’s still within my 117-123 kilo or 258-272 pound range that I have put in place for now.  Going below those numbers is fine, it’s the going above that I concern myself with.  I also did a blood sugar check this morning.  It was at 112.  That’s high, but not terrible.  I don’t like for it to be over 110 and I try to stay in the 95-105 range, but that’s hard to do when you drink so many sodas.  I’ve started on sweet potatoes versus regular potatoes, which, ironically, are better for your glucose.

Titing came out to talk for a little bit.  Nothing pressing, just a lot of idle chit chat.  Lita and I talked about the bakery and restaurant this morning.  Hopefully things will work out with those.  Actually if things go as planned, we will spend very little of our own money and end up getting a nice profit percentage from both businesses.  It’s all just a realistic, achievable plan at the present though.

A white guy, I think American, came out of the Ciriaco Hotel with his companion (girlfriend or wife I don’t know) and she had some really nice looking legs and not afraid to show them.  There were at least 6 guys in front of the store staring at her, including me.  They got in a tricycle and headed towards the downtown area.  Maybe I will be out here when they return and I’ll get to gawk at her some more than.

In case your wondering or keeping count, yes it is raining today, as well as yesterday.

For lunch today I plan to have kamote and tomato sandwiches.  Kamotes are sweet potatoes.  I’m not sure of the spelling, but it should be right.  Lita asked for a few of them.  I gave her 7 of the nice ones.  I had more like 27 of them, but I wasn’t counting.  I sneaked into the computer room after I finished eating and I have been in here for the past 2 hours now.  I did get another post out, but not one of the daily posts.  I will work on that later.

I had about a 3 1/2 hour break from the store, but I’m back out here now.  It’s 5:45pm.  The karaoke is up and running down the street and there are still a bunch of lousy singers.  I guess it’s all just for fun though.  My idea of fun right now would be if I was just coming in from a moonlight swim in a heated pool, sitting on a full size lounge chair, drinking a cold beer and smelling the soon to be mine steaks cooking on the grill.

Zamboanga del Norte Hotels

Salamat, Paalam

Answers to 9 Jan Quiz in Green.

Filipino:  Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is a group of islands a little less than 200 kms from the Luzon mainland. It is separated from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel. Some say you can hear a cock crow in Batanes from the southernmost point of Taiwan.

Texas: The Texas Oil Boom, sometimes called the Gusher Age, was a period of dramatic change and economic growth in U.S. state of Texas during the early 20th century that began with the discovery of a large petroleum reserve near Beaumont, Texas.  The Spindletop strike of 1901, at the time the world’s most productive petroleum well ever found, is considered by most historians as the beginning point.

New Quiz Questions:

Filipino: What island, once a sub-province of Iloilo , became an independent province in May 1992?

Texas: The first official battle of the Texas Revolution was fought where?

Answers tomorrow.

Useless Knowledge:  The valves of the human heart are as thick as a single piece of tissue paper.  Women reject heart transplants more often than men.


  1. John,

    Am off to Angeles City on Sat morning and will be having breakfast at the VFW (Vet of Foreign Wars). The VFW serves AMerican sized portions for very cheap. I think vets receive more discounts and can stay there cheaply. I saw that the meat shop you mentioned is next door to it. Anyway, if you ever make it to Manila, will send you the directions.

    • Well Don I’m glad that someone is going to get some American style food. I think that I will again in April, but it will be in Korea at Osan AB. If not then, well we probably will be leaving for Texas, somehow, at the end of April, so I’ll be sure to get some then.

Texan in the Philippines