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Washing Lita, Coffee and Chicken

Washing Lita, Coffee and Chicken

[smartads] Well aren’t I the lucky one today.  Due to the fact that I went to bed so early last night … again, I had a chance to experience the brown out, as it was happening.  At exactly 0603 according to my LED clock, Poof!

Lita got up right away to get the battery operated light/fan, but it wasn’t really bad, not yet anyway.  I laid in bed for awhile and decided that I might as well get up.  I’d be cooler at the picnic table than in here.  I should have known it wouldn’t be that simple.  When I got out there, Lita wanted me to move the picnic table and a couple of benches because she was going to wash the Nissan.  Jay usually does it, but since he is no longer here, she decided it would be cooler for her to wash it.  I suggested that she wait until the afternoon when it would be a little hotter, but she wanted to do it now.

City of Iriga Official Seal

The City of Iriga (Bikol: Ciudad nin Iriga; Filipino: Lungsod ng Iriga) is a 3rd class city in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. It is located about 400 kilometers south of Manila, 37 kilometers south of Naga, and about 61 kilometers north of Legazpi City. It is bounded by the town of Buhi in the east, by the municipalities of Baao, Nabua and Bato in the west, by the province of Albay in the south, and by the municipalities of Ocampo and Sangay in the north.

Iriga, from a phrase in the language “I raga” which means “there is land”, grew from the settlement by the bank of the Bikol River called Bua (Nabua), whowere looking for higher grounds due to the perennial and disastrous flooding of the town during the rainy season.

Bua was a low marshy terrain easily flooded during the rainy season. Because of this some people including some farmers, upon the advice of Father Felix de Huertas, then parish priest of Nubua, moved to I-raga where they could plant their crops without fear of being flooded.  Taking the advice of the priest, people left Bua and settled on a higher land located at the foot of Sumagang Mountain, east of Bua. The foot of the mountain had large tracts of land available for cultivation and suitable for settlement. Unlike Bua, it does not suffer from severe flooding during the torrential rainy season. The settlement was then called Iraga,“there is land” in the local language.

Lita being Lita, she noticed that the screen door was very dirty.  So after the Nissan, she started cleaning that.  If I had a sprayer and good water pressure I could have cleaned that screen quickly, but since she was in a cleaning mood and the longer it takes her to do that, the less time she has to find something else for me to do.  Besides, obviously she is in a cleaning mood, so why should I interfere with that.  She told me to just watch the store and drink my coffee.  I ran out of the strong coffee, so I’m back to using a 3 in 1 Nescafe with a regular Nescafe.  That combination is actually better to me than the strong Nescafe coffee.  In fact, next to the San Mig extra strong coffee, this combination is my favorite way to drink coffee that I’ve tasted.

Iriga Locator

Well it was inevitable, I ended up helping Lita clean.  Not that I had to, but I was bored, I have no computer since there is no electricity and there are no many customers for the store.  I swept a lot of water down the driveway, helped clean the screen door and lifted a few things for her.  I lift the things for her anyway, because I get mad when she does it herself.  She’s not really strong enough to be doing any of that even semi-heavy lifting.   All she does is make herself sick and more tired.  That in turn makes her more cranky.  When she’s more cranky than she gripes and complains a lot more.  I guess you could say that by helping her now, I’m saving myself a lot of grief later.

She finally decided to quit cleaning about 12:45pm.  She had to go take a shower, mostly because she was sweaty, but also because she was standing in some ants while messing with the trash bag outside.

Iriga City Hall

It is so boring today.  Sometimes when I’m bored I just start writing in my notes.  I’m going to try not to do that, because when I do I just ramble about a bunch of little things.  Probably no one is really interested in those things.  She hasn’t eaten today and I’ve only had a couple of tomato sandwiches.  If we were back in Texas, we would probably be getting ready to go out to eat.  I’m thinking club sandwich right now.

I’ve been eating so much recently I just had to weigh to find out if I needed to kick myself in the ass for gaining weight again.  But there is no need for me to kick my own ass.  It’s a good thing too, because I’m afraid of me.  My weight was 121.4 kilos (268 lbs).  That is still within my 117-123 kilo range.  Of course I still need to lose about 30 kilos (66 lbs), but I seem to be stuck in this range.  Yeah, I know, exercise will help, but that never seems to happen.  Whatever the case, my weight now is still a hell of a lot better than the 149.9 kilos (331 lbs) I weighed when I arrived here in May 2010.

Iriga City in the cradle of Mt. Asog.

It is now 4:45pm now and still no electric, but we are not expecting it until around 6:00pm anyway.  Lita left to pick up her last pair of shoes that she brought in for repair.  She is also suppose to be doing a little shopping.  She said we had to eat chicken adobo again tonight.  I tried to protest, but she twisted my arm behind my back and said I had to.  I’m only a foot taller and 100 lbs heavier than her so, I didn’t have a chance.

Just in case someone didn’t catch that, I love chicken adobo and if we had it a couple dozen times every month, it’d be just fine with me.

I’m listening to music while typing this and the Honky Tonk Angels are singing “Silver Thread and Golden Needles”.

We’ve got the Power!  At least at 5:41pm we did.

Iriga Pond

Lita did cook the chicken adobo and I did eat it.  She gave a lot of the juice away to Cathy and the kids, and I love the juice for my rice.  I’ve never been so hungry though that I would take food away from children.

Our AdSense went above the amount needed to collect on.  I’m not sure how long it takes to collect the money or even if I have to do anything.  From what I have read, it is automatically sent out after the end of a month, but it could take up to another month before it is processed.  I just hope it is available before we head to Korea next month.  I will triple check the requirements to make sure I understand how it works.  It’s my first time and we all know that the first time can be a little awkward.

Salamat, Paalam

Philippines Trivia

Who’s the Filipina senator popular for her colorful jargon, delivered in a mile-a-minute speed and in a weird Harvard meets Ilonggo accent? Atty. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The first female president of the Philippines sworn into 0ffice in 1986 was Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.

In a March 31, 1997 article, The New York Times reported that the CIA manipulated Philippine elections: “(CIA operative Col. Edward Lansdale) essentially ran the successful presidential campaign of Defense Minister Ramon Magsaysay in the Philippines in 1953.”

Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch America’s Pulitzer Prize? Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in 1941. (He was also the first Asian to become UN President.)

The first two Filipino-Americans to garner the same award 56 years later were Seattle Times’ Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido, ! who is part-Korean.

Filipino writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2, and grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French and Chinese. What were his last words? “Consummatumsst!”(“It is done!”) (Anyone know this word or what language it is?)


  1. Hi John,
    I cheated (Google) but I think you meant CONSUMMATUM EST (It is finished). The Catholic dictionary says it was Christs last words on the cross. Rizal must have been one of those exceptional minds who only comes along once every few hundred years.
    Mark G.

    • That must be it. I just copied what I saw. I’m not one of the few people with exceptional minds, but I do believe that Rizal was.

  2. Iriga looks to be a progressive town from what I seen living out of a Phil Tranco bus for three days in 2009 during typhoon which washed road out. Bus station has lot to be desired without facilities. I think there was more water inside the CR when raining then outside do to roof leaking. Had to go into town or across street from terminal to get coffee or food. Even though Company knew buses was going no where they keep sending buses from Manila to stack up same in bus yard. When we arrived there was just 3 buses when we finally left I think there was 15 by my count. Go figure.

    • Well we can only hope that things have gotten better there since 2009. Sounds like something I’m glad I missed.

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