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Laying, Lying and Going Places

Laying, Lying and Going Places

[smartads] Another exciting day here in Bagacay, Calbayog City, Samar Philippines.  We have had so many things going on, I don’t really know where to start.  So I guess I’ll start with the fact that I’m lying about it being an exciting day.  I just figured if I started out telling you it is a boring day, then you might not even open the post to read it.  Stick around though, I might have a few more surprises for you.

Most of the day I sat in the computer room or out in LolyKat, as usual.  The kittens moved around more than I did early in the day.

Roxas City is a medium-sized city in the province of CapizPhilippines and the chief port of Northern Panay. Formerly known as the Municipality of Capiz but was named Roxas City after it became a chartered city on May 12, 1951. As of 2010, the city mayor is former city vice mayor Angel Alan Celino who was elected during the 2010 election.,_Capiz

City of Roxas – Official Seal

The city is famed for its aquaculture production dubbed as the country’s seafood capital. The old Capiz Bridge (now Roxas City Bridge) made the city known as the “Venice of the Visayas”.  The language spoken in Roxas City are Capiznon and Hiligaynon.  Based on the 2010 census, the city has a population of 157,313 people with a density of 1,542.89/km2 (3,996.07/sq mi).

The abundance of marine life makes Roxas City the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” This environment-friendly city is home to one of the richest fishing grounds in the country. Roxas City’s Baybay Beach is just over 7 kilometers long. The tallest sea cliffs in Western Visayas can be found on the city’s north side. Roxas City has been a Hall of Famer of the Regional Cleanest and Greenest Component City in Western Visayas Award of the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran Program of the national government.

Capiz Map – Showing location of Roxas City

Lita and I were talking today about me getting up early with her tomorrow morning so I could go by the ATM to get some money for our trip to Tambis on Thursday morning.  I left the money in the account on purpose because if it’s in our possession, it has a tendency to get used.  However now Lita tell me that she wants to go downtown this afternoon instead of in the morning.  That’s fine with me and I’m pretty sure that the line at the ATM at 0500 is nil or almost nil, but I wonder what it will be like at 5:00pm?

All the food we have was sold early today, around 4:00pm.  Lita had me close up everything, including the store, so maybe she is getting ready to go downtown.  At this time I’m still hoping that she changes her mind again and waits until in the morning.  I don’t relish standing in the ATM line.

I made some of that vegetable mix today.  I’m going to have to come up with a name for that.  Any suggestions?  Today I made it with chicken, so it was extra good.

According to Titing, we should be leaving here about 0900 on Thursday morning (day after tomorrow) via a Grand Tour van.  He opted not to use the Duptour van even though it is P20 per person cheaper, because they will not travel unless they have a full 16 passengers.  Actually I think none of them will travel unless they have a full vehicle, but the Grand Tour is more popular and they fill up faster.

Roxas City Hall,_Capiz,_Philippines

Titing also got a private van (no a/c) to take us from Tacloban to Tambis.  He said it would cost us P200 each.  He asked me if I had a problem with a van with no air con.  Well I’d rather have a van with a/c, but as long as I can open the window(s), it should be okay.

You know people, if it wasn’t for this little video that I’m going to attempt to make on this trip, I’d be trying to talk my way out of going.  We could save money on my transportation and my special foods costs.  However, I want to try to do this video because I plan to do a lot more of them for the new website and this will be like a practice run for me.  I hope that y’all will check the video out and give me some feedback on it.  As the saying goes, I can’t fix it if I don’t know what’s broken.

It’s 4:32pm now.  Vicky is about finished cleaning up and I’m sure that at anytime now Lita is going to say something like, “Let’s go now”.  It would take me about a minute to get ready and I know that after she says she is ready, I still have about 10-15 minutes before she is actually ready to go.  I’ve been thinking about trying to get her over to Bo’s Coffee so she can check it out, but usually when she gets downtown, all she wants to do is shop, then get home.  I have had zero cups of coffee today, so I guess I’m not that addicted to it yet.

Roxas City Proper

It’s 4:45pm and Lita just came in and said, “Let’s get ready to go”.  I wasn’t too far off.

Okay, so we went and I’m back.  It’s about 5:45pm now.  The line at the ATM was not long.  In fact there was only 1 person in front of me and they were already at the machine.  Of course it was one of those people that takes a long time to do something that takes me about 2 minutes to do.  It only takes me that long because I have to wait on the ATM to catch up with me.  Lita is still downtown shopping for the food for Vicky to cook in the morning.  I didn’t even have to give her any of the money that I just took out of the ATM, so that’s a good sign.  I spent some of it though.  I bought a loaf of bread, Listerine, some pork skins, a Red Pepsi and a ride home.  The bread I got was the Gardenia white bread.  I bought it at Rose Pharmacy and they didn’t have any of the wheat bread.  I bought a medium bottle of Listerine and Lita also bought a small one.  That’s the one she wants to bring to Tambis.  The pork skins are for Lita.  I don’t like the version of the pork skins here.  When Lita went to the market, I headed over to get a ride home.  I had the guy stop in front of our usual sari-sari store were I buy the Red Pepsi’s and I just walked the rest of the way home.    I paid about .42 (P18) for my ride home, which is above normal (P10), but I normally go above normal.

Roxas City Proper night view

While I was at the house alone, I didn’t do much of what I should have been doing.  It was so quiet here, I just did what I wanted to do without interruptions.  I wanted to play Text Twist.  I actually set a personal record too, but that record is not that great (153980).  At least that’s the highest record I have with this current game.  I can’t really remember if I have actually been higher than that, maybe.  Lita finally showed back up around 6:30pm.

I had leftover adobo for supper, but not that much.  I still have some of the vegetable mix left too.  I’m going to mix that with a new batch of vegetables tomorrow.  Lita says she will be sure to get me some potatoes, carrots and onions while we are in Tambis.  I did remember to pack my can of beans too.

Mar, Ludy and Marianne stopped by this evening.  They were all discussing the trip to Tambis, but I didn’t get much out of the conversation.  I know what day we are leaving and probably what time.  I’m sure that if any of that changes I’ll find out before we leave.  That’s something that bothers me about being here.  In Texas, I was the one that knew all the details about when and where.  When we start traveling to different areas of the Philippines and out of the Philippines, I will be the one making the plans for that, so it’s okay.  I’ll take a backseat for now.  I can’t always be the driver.  Anyways, for now, it’s time to go.

Roxas City Plaza

Salamat, Paalam,_Capiz

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  1. My idea of a short video is 1-2 minutes.
    Yes, you are right. It was Jen’s cousin from Singapore who moved to Angeles City a few weeks ago.
    Metro Bank is the one we usually use for the same reason as you mentioned. We have never had a problem there but we have had problems with the other banks.

    • So my video will probably be more of a medium for you. Rick was kind enough to say I could borrow his 8g memory card, but I never went to get it.
      I’m going to have to make due with my 4g.
      I guess the way it works is once I’ve started the video, I can’t take pictures in between? Unless I want more than one video on the same subject, but I don’t think I want that.

      • Hi John,
        We use Metrobank too and it seems the line can be very long. We were using PNB exclusively but the state of Ohio put the kaibosh on their web remit program (seems they’re not a licensed bank in Ohio, imagine that!) I’m looking forward to your videos. I’ve done a few of Calbayog and a little traveling around. Seems that a minute and a half is about right. Add me on Facebook and you can borrow them if you want, lol. Have a great trip.
        Mark G.

        • Where are you on Facebook? I just might ‘borrow’ a few.
          A minute and a half for a video? I don’t know much about doing videos,but what can you do in 1 1/2 minutes, unless you have multiple videos.
          I was thinking of doing one longer video, but maybe it’s necessary to split them up into several smaller ones. I don’t know how the video thing works beside how to take the video.
          If I stop it, I guess that’s 1 video. Then I’d have to start another one at the next place.
          Can I just continue where I left off? I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

          • Hi John,
            Send me an email so I can give you my Facebook info.
            Mark G.

          • Sent.

          • and replied!
            Mark G.

  2. Yuck, lines at the ATM in Calbayog can be nasty. We usually only go to one particular bank although I can’t think of the name. It is on the same street heading south from Jollibees. It is not the first bank but the second bank south of Jollibees. I have seen as many as 15 people in line there at a time. The thing that drives me the craziest is the people that are taking care of multiple transactions at once for more than one person. They are the ones usually right in front of me. If I remember correctly, Lita and Jen ended up in the same line once.

    I think adding videos is a good idea. I look forward to seeing them for your trip to Tambis. I think a lot of short videos is better than one or two long videos. At least that is my two centavos worth.

    I am looking forward to seeing the new waterfalls at Nijaga park. So far, I have only seen pictures. Maybe you can do a video of the waterfalls.

    You could do some videos around town of your favorite places to eat or shop so people can get an idea of where they are located. Again, my two centavos worth.

    Pet peeve: Jen will text me that she is “on the way”. Now to you and me, on the way means that she is in the vehicle or whatever mode of transportation she will be using. She is certainly still not in the house, right? WRONG! I will be waiting for her somewhere and it is only a few minutes walk or ride and she will text me that she is “on the way” and she will show up 30 minutes later. Does Lita do that to you also?

    • The lines do get long and it’s Metro Bank. It seems to be the most popular ATM in town. I would use another one, but this one seems to be the only one that consistently works with my card. The other ones usually come up with errors.
      It wasn’t Jen that was in line, it was Jen’s cousin (?) from Singapore.
      Well I don’t plan on doing a video that is too long, but what do you consider a “short” video.
      I plan on the beginning of the trip, maybe a little in any big towns we come to and if I remember how long it took us to get there, the highlights of Tambis/Catmon, such as they (but we will be going to the falls we went to before) and the beginning and end of the trip home.
      Not much to the little artificial waterfall. A picture is about as good as a video, except you can see the water actually flowing.
      I already thought about that restaurant thing and also just a walk downtown too.
      Pet peeve response: It must be a Filipino thing.
      That reminds me of another Pet Peeve, but I’m going to put it in the next post to add more content. It probably applies to most Filipinos also.

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