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[smartads] I arose at 0647 this morning.  I actually went to bed pretty early, for me, it was 0040.  Since I’ve been up, it’s been really pretty boring.  I’ve just kind of been here today and not done much of anything.  The first excitement of any kind was negative.  We had a brown out at 12:33pm.  At least it only lasted for 7 minutes.

I stayed in LolyKat for a little while, but not long.  I had to get the post for yesterday out and I finally did that.  I spent most of the morning checking out the NFL Free Agency, but there was nothing for my Cowboys yet.  I’m hoping for at least a CB and a G, but a S and a ILB would be nice also.  I’m waiting until the end of free agency to make my mock draft.  I’ll post that on the site somewhere and let y’all know where.  I don’t want to put it up front because everyone is not really interested in football.  Even if you are interested in football, for this site, it is not the main focus.  If they get all 4 of those positions filled, then I think a DE/OLB, NT or another CB should be the #1 pick.  Probably DE/OLB or a NT would have the best selection at that time, depending on how the teams above them pick.  Some more OL later will be necessary too.

Korean Cowboy

I also spent some time trying to get some information on the flight schedule for Osan AB and I did find out a lot of information.  A lot more than I expected for the whole Space A Program in fact.  For instance, Osan also flies to Kadena AB in Okinawa a lot.  We want to visit there again also.  If you have the time to waste and a little money, just in case, you can conceivably travel to many places throughout the world on the military flights.  There are limitations and nothing is guaranteed though.

As I was looking I found the menus for the clubs and restaurants on Osan also.  They have steak (USDA), club sandwiches (w/o the egg) and chicken fried steak w/gravy.  I hope to have at least 1 meal at Osan and if things don’t happen just right, we could be there a couple of nights.  I’m not sure about the price of staying on base yet, but I think it’s $34.95 per night.  I’ve got an e-mail in to them to find out for sure.

Osan AB, South Korea

I mentioned to Lita that we might not have enough money to make it to Texas.  We did not get to buy the tickets to Korea while they were on sale, so now it will end up costing us an extra P8000 ($200) because of that.  She bound and determined to get to the US though.  We really do need to get her social security started and get rid of that storage unit.  Plus we want to send some more things back here now that we know more about what to send.  Again, if we would of had a book like Expat Guide to the Philippines, we would have have had to worry about something like that.  I urge you to buy this book or at least one like it if you are considering moving here.  It will help you immensely.

Anyway, Lita says that even if she has to pawn this property, we are going to Texas.  Well I don’t like that idea, but I can’t do much about it if she decides to do it because I’m an American, not born here.  Her name is on the lease, mine is not.  She will try to ask some of the relatives for a loan and pay them back when we get the stuff in storage sold.  It will be on the 5/6 basis that they use here probably.  Borrow $5000, pay back $6000 (20% interest).

Busting the Doomsday Bubble

I’m still hoping that the AdSense gets to the payout threshold, but even if it does, the money might not be available in time to help us, before we leave.

Of course if she would have listened to me and bought all the tickets a couple of months ago, we would not have this problem.  I’m going to take over all ticket buying from know on.   I was suppose to do that already, but didn’t.  See the results.  So from now on, after we decide when and where we are going, I’m just going to get the tickets when I know they are best available and just tell her about it later.  It’d be too late to change our minds then and too late for her to use the money on something else.

Salamat, Paalam


Tagalog                                English

gutom hungry
uhaw thirsty
may tamang pagkain enough eaten
almusal breakfast
panang-halian lunch
hapunan dinner
ang tinapay bread
ang karne meat
ang sopas soup
ang prutas fruit
ang salad salad
ang tsaa tea


  1. Korea has the fastest internet per capita of any country in the world using fiber optics

  2. Last point. Guam has a social security office so maybe can register there.

    Also, if your paying for the storage $65/month, how much do you think you can sell the stuff in storage. If nothing is personal, just stop paying and let them have it. If you havent needed any item for the past year, doubt you will ever need it.

    • There is stuff in there we want, just couldn’t bring. The stuff in there is worth about 2 years worth of payments, so just leaving it is not an option.
      I will look into the Guam thing for future travel though. I didn’t know about that $177 thing. Where did u get that info?

      • Look on PALs website for special deals. They seem to have some sort of promotion every quarter.

  3. The first ticket to Guam is $368 amd ticket is $177 totalling $545. Have to buy the tickets by Mar 21.

    Are there military flights from Guam?

    • It’s $383 for 2 to Korea, plus $250 (about) so about $635 to Texas. I’m sure there are flights from Guam, but I don’t know where.

      • $383 for 2 is very cheap. What airline is that on? I might try to fly up for a weekend at that price.

        • That’s only 1 way for 2. But check Cebu Pacific for sales. They have them going lots of places at lots of times. If you catch it right, you can do a round trip there cheaper than that for 2. I think it was P2499 per person, each way. So about P10,000 ($250)round trip for 2. Oops! Forgot to add in the Tax … but still not bad at all.

          • I just looked up July 10th, 11th and 12th until July 13th and the total round trip (including all taxes and fees) for 2 people is around P18,700 ($467). Just so you’ll know. But I have seen it cheaper than that, by about P1000.
            This is from Cebu to Seoul.

      • There used to be big air base in Guam during Nam war. I think had B52 flying out of same but since all cut backs might be smaller. I was going to take Hop out of there in sixtys to Clark to go on leave but would not let me board because I did’t have orders to enter Philippine so had to wait until ship arrived after 2 weeks. Then went on leave while ship was there for upkeep before going to Nam.

        • There still is a big Air Base there, Anderson AB. I’m not sure where there HOPS go now though. I do need to check into that.

  4. How much is a ticket to Korea? Another option is to check the special fares on PAL. They have a deal where the 2nd ticket is $177 to Guam. Forgot what the 1st ticket is. I assume there are plenty of flights out of Guam to mainland.

  5. John
    I am not ex-military so I can’t use Space A but I will share a story of a friend of mine in Angeles. He is retired Air Force and spends 10 months in Angeles and goes to Portland OR for two months. He flew this last November out of Clark to a base in Japan. I am not sure where he was in Japan. He was there for a week and could never get a seat back to the States. Someone told him to go to Osan since the flights originate there so he headed off to Osan and was able to catch a flight back to the States after only one day.
    While at Osan, he was using a computer on base and was amazed at the speed. He ran a test using and his download speeds, that he had to share with me, were nearly 58Mbps. I get about 10.6 here. In Angeles, I get around 3 and in Calbayog I get less than 1. The download speeds at Osan are basically 60 times faster than Calbayog. Amazing!

    • Yes. I found out that Osan travels to Kadena AB, Yokota AB and Misawa AB all in Japan like twice per week. They also travel to the US, mainly Seattle, at least twice per week. From what I’ve been able to gather, going to the States at the end of the months is the best time for retirees to travel, so that is why we plan our trip at the of April instead of the beginning of May after I get paid.
      I also plan to use a computer at Osan to set up a flight from Seattle to Texas. I hope they have computers at the terminal on Osan because I still don’t have a laptop. I’ll bet that if there were American bases here in the Philippines again, the speeds would increase. At least around where the base is.


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