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Tricare for Burned Vegetables

Tricare for Burned Vegetables

[smartads] I got up, I went to the CR, I’m in the computer room.  That’s all the same stuff so I got that out of the way.  Now on to the new unique things.

I was looking for TriCare doctors here in Calbayog and I discovered, if the list is up to date, that there are 2 of them here.  One of them being at the hospital that I spent the night in before.  Also Rose Pharmacy accepts TriCare Standard according to this list.  There is 1 eye doctor and the other doctor is for Cardiology and Internal Medicine.  I suspect that as these malls are built and more people move here, that list of doctors will grow.  The list is a PDF file that I download from this  site.  Iloilo had a lot of different doctors and places for TriCare, as did Manila, Cebu and Angeles.  I figured Clark would have plenty of TriCare doctors, but that wasn’t the case.

Tagbilaran Map

Tagbilaran City is a 2nd class component city in the island province of Bohol, Philippines and serves as its capital. Tagbilaran lies on the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 32.7 km², with about 13 km of coastline. The city is on the south of Cortes, southwest of Corella west of the town of Baclayon and is about 630 km southeast of Manila and 72 km south of Cebu City.

It is the principal gateway to Bohol and is known as the “City of Friendship”. Tagbilaran is considered by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as one of the eight Philippine Dream Cities, along with Samal, San Fernando, La Union, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Marikina, Naga, Calbayog City and Surigao City. It was also recognized as one of the 20 “Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines” and “Pinoy Cities on the Rise” in 2005 and 2007, and first in the Quality of Life Category for the same two years, awarded by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center.

The city is a start-off point to Bohol province’s attractions: the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, white sandy beaches, dive spots, heritage sites and old stone churches. Home to several hotels, resorts, and restaurants, the city has recently become a venue for national conventions and gatherings.

Tagbilaran City Hall

The Sandugo Festival is an annual celebration in Tagbilaran in commemoration of the blood compact between Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna in March 1565. The festival is celebrated every July to coincide with the month-long activities celebrating the city’s Charter Day on July 1 and the Province’s (Bohol) Day on July 22.  May 1 is celebrated as the city’s fiesta in honor of its patron saint, St. Joseph the Worker.

It’s 10:35 now, time for breakfast, I guess.

I was informed yesterday that the Ciriaco purchased the land next to them, to make a parking lot.  They do need a parking lot because the one they have out front is very small.  I hope that they extend the covered area from the front door to that parking lot or at least make it possible to enter the hotel from that end and walk through the hotel to the front desk.  That will be a long walk and if it is raining the customers will not appreciate it very much if they get so wet.  Also that land has squatters on it, so I suppose they will have to move and the Ciriaco will end up giving them a little something for their troubles.

Bluewater Island Resort

Wayne made a quick stop by on his way to a birthday party.  He bought some ice and he also gave me some more packages of Kool-ade.  He said that the kids where he is at, do not like it without a lot of sugar and he doesn’t like it with a lot of sugar, so he just decided to give it away.  Well over here, I make it the way I want and if no one else likes it that way, they don’t get any of it.  I’ll drink it all.  If they want they can get some of it and add their own sugar to it.  It gets drank pretty fast around here anyway.  I can easily drink a whole pitcher of it by myself everyday, even 2 or 3 pitchers if that’s all I drink that day.

Lita went downtown about 3:15pm to buy mostly the 3C’s today (cigarettes, coffee & candy) and she might even stop off for another “C” (chicken).  I’m sure there will be other things in there also, but those were the main things.

Before she left she wrapped all the vegetables I cut in the aluminum foil and I brought it out to the dirty kitchen to cook it.  It usually takes about an hour for it to cook, so I went back out there at 4:17pm and it was already turned off waiting for me.  When I opened it up, it was burnt on the bottom.  I’m talking black burnt too, not brown.  So instead of savoring buttery tasting steam vegetables, I  had to suffer through eating very over cooked, not very good tasting vegetables.  There was no way I was going to throw away 5 medium potatoes, 2 large carrots, 6 small onions and 6 peppers unless they were just totally not edible.  Next time it cooks for 45 minutes maximum.  If it ain’t cooked, oh well, it’s close enough.  There was nothing in there that I wouldn’t eat raw anyway.

Sandugo renactment in Bohol (Wikipedia Photo)

Even though Lita bought some things for the store today, I still closed it a little past noon.  I just didn’t feel like being out there with not much to sell.  Lita was still at the market when I closed it and we just didn’t re-open after she brought the new stuff home.

I went to buy a 1.5L from Neneng and found out 2 things.  First of all the price of a 1.5L is not P40, not P35 and second the now have Mountain Dew in the 2L bottles.  Those are P45.  I only had P40, but asked Neneng if I could bring her P5 later and she said okay, so I got the 2L.  So I’m sitting at the computer chewing my gum, drinking my Mountain Dew, thinking about burnt food (and the taste in my mouth), wondering why Lita has been gone downtown for almost 2 hours, thinking about going to Texas, thinking about my grandsons and thinking about my blog.  So what do I do?  I swallow my gum.  I didn’t do it on purpose.  I haven’t swallowed gum on purpose in about 25 years.  I suppose I was just thinking about too many things at once and one time when I took at drink of the Mountain Dew, it just went down.  It surprised me, but it was gone already, I couldn’t do anything then.

Lita did make it home and we will be having chicken adobo for tonight.  She didn’t buy the right amount of cigarettes and also didn’t buy enough coffee, but it’s enough to last for a few days anyway.  She did remember a couple of things that I had forgotten we needed.


Tomorrow Ramil is suppose to be taking my computer in to try to figure out what is causing the line problem.  I suppose he will take it early and pick it up later in the afternoon.  I hope all goes well.

Useless Knowledge:  The human heart is no bigger than a fist and yet is wrapped in so much muscle that it can continue pumping even if a third of its muscle mass is destroyed.

Salamat, Paalam (feature picture)



  1. John,

    My apologies for not being a faithful reader of your blog for a while. I saw your post in Facebook so I headed on over to catch up on things. When are you heading to Texas? I will return to the Philippines sometime in April and hopefully to Samar sometime in early May.

    We have rented a small apartment in Calbayog so I could have internet for my work. I don’t remember the name of the street but it is centrally located and was built just last year. It is about halfway between Magsaysay Blvd and the highway and about 5 or 6 blocks south of Nijaga Park We needed a place also for Jen’s oldest sister who will start college this year. Also, it is time for George to start his pre-school and he will be going to Saint Augustine International School. I am not sure if that is the best choice for him but Aunt Carina is a teacher there so……

    Hope to see you and Lita in a few months.


    • Well Gary it was been awhile since I’ve gotten a comment from you, but I figured you were still reading. I guess you are talking about my Networked blog entry on Facebook. All the entries go there now. I was hoping it would help with the number of readers.
      Well we just might be missing you when you get here. Right now we plan to leave here the last week of April and return about mid-July. As always I am worried about having enough money to go, but we need to go so we can make it so we will be getting more money each month we are here. To clarify that a little, we will be starting Lita’s social security and we will clean out and sell all our stuff in storage. We’ll have the money from the storage and no more storage payment each month ($65) and whatever her social security income is. We decided to do that in Texas in a place we are familiar with there.
      Well I hope you have good luck with the Internet service. I know that was a concern of yours for your business. As far as I can tell, it has not really improved, although I don’t have the best service available.
      Next thing you know George will be bringing home his girlfriend, then getting married and having his own kids. They seem to have grown up so fast, once they are grown.

    • sounds like the new apartment building near rama , yellow in color we been watching it get built for a long time, My Landlord building new place too in brgy Carmen near his own house, word of mouth about the only way to know of for places here to rent no listing service.

  2. Thanks for the update on Tricare. I’ve been meaning to check out that site. Too bad you couldn’t sneak in a few squatters on that property for eviction money, huh?

    • I saw that someone from your neck of the woods checked out TriCare. I figured it was you.
      On your question, do you mean setting up a house for someone on that other property and then when they get evicted, you get the money?
      The measly amount of money they will be getting wouldn’t be worth the trouble really. I heard they were only getting P2000 each. Even though they are there illegally, I suspect that some of them will not want to leave without better compensation, that’s how it normally works.

      • For some reason when I log on it shows as Flowood MS (Jackson)but I’m actually 3 1/2 hours north. Must be where my internet service is routed through. I was thinking squatters got like P10,000. Must have read that on another blog.

        • When I log in it has me as in Cebu sometimes and sometimes just as in Philippines, so the routing thing is probably true.
          As for squatters, I believe it different amounts, it just depends on the person purchasing the land.

          • If y’all are looking for the 29 Feb post, I got started too late to finish it tonight. I’ll get it out in the morning. I’ve been discussing the new site with my new host and trying to make if much better for y’all when it does come up.

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