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Deleting Files and Separating Trash

Deleting Files and Separating Trash

[smartads] If you remember from the last post, I was having major problems with no more space on my C drive.  I have averted that problem for now, but now I have been told that is not the big problem.  I’ll get into that a little later in the post, but lets start the day at the beginning so it will all be in perspective.

Isabela City (Officially the “City of Isabela”; Zamboangueño Chavacano: Ciudad de Isabela ; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Isabela) is a 5th class city and the capital of the province of Basilan, Philippines. The city is located on the northern shore of Basilan. Across the Basilan Strait to the north is Zamboanga City. Zamboanga City is very accessible via ferry boat (lantsa – 1 hour travel time) or fast craft (sea jets – 30 minutes travel time) and even pumpboat.

Isabela Map

“Isabella” means “Devoted to God”

While administratively, the island province of Basilan is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City itself is in not part of this region and is placed under the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

The sizeable ex-patriate population of Swiss, Swedes, Germans, Spanish, British and Americans dwindled towards the end of the 1960s when the Moro rebellion started razing the plantations, and in so doing demoting Basilan from its erstwhile 1st class City status in the early to mid 1960s to a 5th Class province by the late 1970s

Isabela City Hall

The day started out with both of us (Lita & I) confused.  She woke me up at 0638 because she couldn’t find the money from the store that I usually put in the same spot in the house each night, so it won’t be lost.  It wasn’t there.  I didn’t go to bed until 0300, so I wasn’t so happy, but I had to get up because I was the one that was suppose to put it in that spot.  The reason I was up so late is tied in with the C drive problem.  Anyway, I got up, got mostly dressed and started looking.  She said she didn’t see it in the store, so I searched the house.  I even checked the bathroom.  There are only 4 rooms to check, so it didn’t take too long.  I knew that where ever it was I would not have hid it under anything.  No where could I find it.  So I went out to LolyKat to look.  It took me about 5 seconds to find it.  It wasn’t in the normal spot that we keep the money, but it wasn’t hidden either.  The most important thing is, it was found and nothing was missing from it.

So I go back to bed.  About an hour later I’m informed that it’s time to open LolyKat officially.  So I open up.  I thought I could go back to bed after that.  No such luck.  She’s busy so I’m elected to babysit the store.  So I make a couple of PB & J’s and my coffee, then I take a seat out in the store, looking forward to a wonderful time of sitting around all day doing nothing again – (sarcasm).

A man named Melvin showed up.  He wanted to buy some cigarettes.  He is attending one of the conventions going on at the Ciriaco.  He speaks excellent English.  He is a Filipino, but I think he lives in the US, at least most of the time.  He was wondering what I was doing, living in the Philippines.  So I explained part of my story.  I didn’t tell him everything because the way I ramble, I’d probably still be talking and he was only on a break from discussing rabies in the Philippines.  He hung around and we jabbered for about 10-12 minutes, then he had to get back.

Isabela Hotels

I finally decided I was bold enough to try a cup of Lita’s 7 in 1 coffee.  Before I tell you the verdict on the taste, I’d like to explain to you a little about just exactly what the 7 is.  Besides the obvious stuff (coffee, cream & sugar) it has mushroom (Agaricus Blazei Murill), Ginseng, Spirulina and Reishi.  The mushroom supposedly reduces the risk of cancer and can enhance you immunity.  The Korean Ginseng is widely known to supposedly improve stamina, endurance, mental and cognitive performance, reduce blood sugar level and act as an antioxidant.  The Spirulina is an algae rich in proteins and minerals that your body needs.  The Reishi is an antioxidant that stimulates liver actions through blood cleansing.  It also aids in lower blood pressure by increasing blood circulation and it elevates plasma and insulin levels which help lower blood sugar.  It all sounds wonderful, if all that stuff really helps do what it says it does, and it probably does.  But that does it taste like?  The verdict is: I couldn’t even tell the difference in that an the regular coffee really.  It didn’t taste bad at all.

Of course when I made mine I added a regular Nescafe coffee package to the mix because I wanted a stronger coffee.  I don’t know what it tastes like on it’s own.  I still prefer the San Mig extra strong coffee to any of the coffee’s I have tasted thus far in life.  Since  I am relatively new at coffee drinking, I have not tasted a wide variety and mostly what I have tasted is instant.  I still plan to visit Bo’s Coffee soon and will have a better assessment of different coffee’s then.  I can guarantee you though that, unless I come into a lot of money, I will not be one of those people that spend $5 for a cup of coffee.  That’s just stupid if you ask me.  Now if it is real good coffee and you get at least 2 cups for that, then that might be a different story.

Lita is sitting on a stool by the dirty kitchen, digging through the trash.  We are suppose to be separating the plastic out of the regular trash.  For not recycling the plastic, if caught, I believe it is like a P500 fine.  I told her to wait for Jay to do that, but she is in ‘brick wall’ mode right now.  I know later I will have to listen to her later complain about how tired she is today because she ‘had’ to do that.  As BA would say, “I pity the fool that she catches throwing plastic in the regular trash again”.  I guarantee it will be an experience that they remember for a long time.  Oh crap!  I knew she was going to call me to help with something, just a minute (or 10), let me go see what she has in store for me.

After washing my hands from picking up nasty garbage bags with mud and ants all other it, I headed back to LolyKat.  After a few minutes, Melvin showed up again.  As we were talking, he mentioned something about being able to get medical aid and medicine through the US Embassy in Manila.  He said his father did it, but I’m not sure if his father had some kind of special diplomatic status.  It’s something I should be checking into.  If it’s true, it’s not widely known or I figure one of you intelligent people out there would have told me by now.

Rain Days = 18 in a row.

Around 12:30pm I got to eat.  I ate the rest of the spaghetti from yesterday and I added my last can of stewed tomatoes to the mix.  It was okay, but I doubt I’ll be making that mixture again.

A little before I ate and until 3:30pm, I was in the house dealing with my C drive.  After deleting things that I deemed “not necessary”, like my Encarte Encyclopedia, Thunderbird and Silverlight, then deleting any duplicate files, then erases any leftover files from games I once had on the drive and other files I thought were safe to eliminate (like preloaded music and pictures), then cleaning the drive, then compressing all the files and finally defragging the drive, I now have a little over 5GB of space on that drive.    Since I’ve done that, I have not had a problem with having to wait on my pictures when I put them on the blog.  In fact, it’s the fastest it’s ever been.  I still get the “Not Responding”, but rarely.

The Church of San Matia

However, there are some thorns among the roses.  I started getting big black lines across my screen on occasions.  Just randomly.  I’m told it’s problem with the audio/video driver.  I figure that could be true because I have been having trouble with that thing for quite awhile and maybe it’s about to give up on me.  I need to have that checked out, big time.  Of course the disk drive still should be replaced also.  Maybe my DVD player is out because of the ongoing audio/video problems?  I don’t know, but it needs to be checked out also.  The thing that is happening that pisses me off the most is that usually when I try to connect to someplace, it comes up with a connection error.  It says it can’t be found or it’s taking to long to connect.  I’m just going to Yahoo or Google front pages usually.  But even to a place that I finally did locate on the Internet, that error and/or those lines come up.  All that good stuff happening and I still need a printer, speakers, my A drive operational, a local power supply and more memory (for the computer and for me).  I probably should get an entire upgrade, including a new mother board.  I am so far outdated from the current technology it ain’t even funny.

I changed the look of the donation form a bit, in case you want to take a look.  You may as well leave a donation while you are there.  🙂

Oh wonderful!  At 8:49pm we had a brown out.   Another one that lasted just long enough for me to have to turn off the computer, about 5 minutes long.

I just found out that I have 115 updates for Windows 7 to download.  Only 9 of them are electives, the rest, they say, are important upgrades.  I looked through the optional ones and decided that I only want/need 4 of the 9.  So I have 110 updates to complete.  I started it this evening, but I cut it off after 54.  Problem is, I don’t know how that icon that told me about the updates got in my task bar and it’s no longer there.  I’ll look for it after I send this out, but I’m sure that when another update comes in, it will appear in my task bar again.

I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, some of my computer problems may be resolved once all the updates are completed.  Of course maybe all it will do is cause more problems or maybe it won’t change a thing.  I’m, of course, hoping it will fix problems, but I doubt it can fix my audio/video driver.  I’ve got my disk for the mother board where my audio/video driver is, so I’m going to try to reload the drivers to see if that does any good.  I’ll let you know in the next post.


The place that I usually get the cities to feature on here is acting weird (Wikipedia), so I’m going to start pulling from some place else.  I hope to not repeat a city and I shouldn’t, but in case I’m not paying attention, y’all don’t judge me too harsh.

Salamat, Paalam

Useless Knowledge:  Before 1859, baseball umpires were comfortably seated in padded rocking chairs behind home plate.


  1. Is this medical related to the VA which is in the us embassy also?
    UJ if you need fast,reasonable, even by filipinostandards,pc work, I have used TechnoG on Magsaysay Blvd, just across the street from CKC and they work on Sundays too, I had a problem when windows shut down on me for using unregistered os, lol, got it in PH. So at 10 am Sunday morning i took it into technoG got a full reformat,install OS,saved my back-up files, reinstalled all my old pics , at 1pm it was done my bill P300

    • I don’t know yet Rick. I’ll let you know if I find out anything.
      If the cousin doesn’t come through, I will probably take you up on your computer repair suggested place. I need to do something because these lines that just pop up whenever they please, is driving me crazy. I know it’s a short trip to Looneyville for me, so I’d like to take a few long detours.

      • I need a new half size dvd reader/writer for my mini-tower pc UJ so i will be going to TechnoG soon after payday. Christian Electronics farther down Magsaysay Blvd sells the components cheaper, but having use of one hand makes installing them bit tricky for me , besides the labor charges are minimal. CD-R King stores like in Robinson mall tacloban sell components the cheapest if you take the trip to Tacloban, I think Christian Electronics gets parts there then mark them up some to sell here.

  2. I was reading where the Embassy just opened a 50 million dollar medical clinc in their compond. But it didn’t say who was authorized to use it. Maybe they are keeping it top secret so they do not have a flood of expats wanting to use it.

    • I think I read something about the VA expanding a facility there but will only treat service connected disability cases.

    • Like I said, something I need to check into.
      I’d like to be sure.

      • I was reading the Embassy website and they said the medical clinic is only for VA disability and by appointment only. When you retire from the Military you become a third class citizen for medical benefits which they promise you when they need warm bodys to fight the politicians wars. Even in the states. It took me three months to get my gall blader removed which was giving me problems. I think if the VA maintains any facility in the world then retirees should be able to use the same. But as long as we have politicians who keep eroding veterans benefits to give themselves more perks which they do not inform the people about because this is done behind close doors. Soon there will be none left for the veterans who are already retired.

        • I hardly use the military medical benefits, except for some prescriptions. I went to the VA a couple of times, but they charged me and it was less expensive with my health insurance to go elsewhere. TRICARE has been good insurance for me.

          • Congress is trying to pass bill to increase Tricare payments by 300 percent from what I heard.

          • I hope that doesn’t mean they will raise the price of TriCare. I still have to get mine changed back to TriCare Prime, maybe. I don’t know if I should leave it a TriCare Standard overseas or not. There is, last time I checked, only 1 doctor in Calbayog that will accept TriCare. Maybe there will be more once this place starts building up and I should keep it the way it is.

  3. Well, with all those medicinal properties in the 7 in 1 you’re now drinking, you may live a long and prosperous life. And at the ripe old age of 101, you will still be opening LolyKat and selling cigarettes to the middle aged folks that you once sold to as kids, after getting them hooked. Look at it as your future dividends!

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