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Toll Free Canadian BBQ Plus/Minus

Toll Free Canadian BBQ Plus/Minus



As I mentioned in the last post I had a couple of left over things in my notes so I guess I will start with those.  I figure that things will probably get more exciting around here soon, but I say that only because it has been really boring and I know that if I just make a small trip somewhere I could have many things to bring up here.  I have 7 items in my notes today, but I don’t know at the moment how much I will be able to expand on those.  You know I hate to do a boring post because I’m scared y’all will get tired of reading if I do too many of them.  I try to stay true to myself and at the same time have something exciting happen for y’all to read.  I like to stay at the house at least half of the time.  I do know though that IF there was enough to do, I would spend less time cooped up in here and doing something y’all might be interested in.  Of course this post is, in addition to supplying y’all with local information, is suppose to also let you know the life of a Texan here, although it is probably mostly a boring life by some of y’alls standards.  On with the post.

Corn Needs Sunscreen

That day that Lita went downtown she met a Canadian.  She didn’t get his name, or if she did, she forgot.  She did mention my website to him and he said that he has heard of it.  Well in case you are reading this Mr. Canadian, please let us know.  Blair we know it wasn’t you.  I think this guy rode here with Lita in a tricycle.

Tonight, Friday Oct 5th, is the 4th night that Lita has been BBQing.  It has rained the last 3 days, so the sales have not been good, but the first night we made what we think should be the nightly goal, P500.  Of course anything over that will be just fine.  I don’t know the take for tonight yet, but as I said, it has been raining, although it is not at this time.  I don’t know how much she charges for things except for the chicken wings.  Those are P25 each and of course they are delicious.  Lita says that the hot dogs are the #1 seller and the pork on a stick is #2.  So probably those pig guts on a stick are #3.

Honest Thief

Just when you figured I couldn’t find another reason to complain about the phone system here, I found one.  I found a toll free number to call the US Embassy in Manila, but when I tried to call it, it said the number did not exist.  I found 3 different numbers and I got the same message for all 3 numbers.  As I was doing a little more research, I found that you are only able to use the toll free numbers from the PLDT phones.  I have Globe, so I can not call toll free.  Isn’t that about the dumbest thing you ever heard?  I guess I could get a PLDT phone, but then I’d have to pay for it and I get my Globe phone free, included with Internet.  I doubt I will be making that may toll free numbers to make up the difference.  The point is though that the phone system here needs to be brought up to date.

I went downtown with Lita on Wednesday, but we didn’t do much.  I remembered to bring the camera, but when we were there it looked like it was going to rain again soon.  Lita ‘suggested’ that I not hang around town with the camera in case it does rain.  Like I’m too ignorant to get out of the rain or something.  But as Dave DeWall at PhilippinesPlus would say, “You married guys know what I’m talking about”.  About now is when I noticed that the Philippine Plus website is going to start having limited posts and maybe even stopped.  I wrote a post about it and then I came back to finish up this post.  I hope it continues because he, like my site, has helped people, both Filipino and foreigners to learn more about the Philippines.  I know for a fact that I have been helping promote tourism here in Calbayog and actually all around Samar.  As a result of not taking any pictures though, I will have to put a few silly pictures on here again.  Sorry people, but I’ll have some new ones soon.

I'm going to fix it

I was talking to Rick the other day on Facebook or Messenger, I forget which one, and he mentioned that the bread here has a lot sugar in it.  Maybe that is one of the reasons I am having a hard time losing weight this time around.  I know my body is more use to the food here, that is one reason, but I also eat a lot of bread.  I actually do not eat more than I was eating before, and I was losing then maintaining, but maybe I should cut back a little bit and see if it does any good.

After thinking and saying that, I had 2 egg sandwiches for breakfast and then 2 cucumber and tomato sandwiches for supper.  I have only been eating 2 meals recently, but it’s okay because I’m really not that hungry anyway.  I have also been drinking more water, so that could be the reason I’m not so hungry.

Note to Husband

If you have been reading the comments you will know that we have a new reader.  His name is John and he says that his old stomping grounds is the same as mine was.  He is also from Central Texas.  He said (paraphrasing) that he never in a millions years expected to find another person from that area, married to a Filipina, that also liked the Philippines as much as he does.  Well I’m glad that he is now reading,  Hi John, and will be looking forward to some of his comments and trying to help him out with questions.  He also plans on moving here to the Philippines.  He will have his initial retirement tour this coming May, but he is definitely no stranger to the Philippines.  If you read the comments you will know that he is retired US Navy and was stationed here in the Philippines, I assume at Subic Bay.  He will be retiring to the Makati area, so if you know something that will help him with his move here in that part of the Philippines, please comment on it here for him to see.

Salamat Y’all


Interesting Knowledge:  A jellyfish is not a single animal but a colony of animals. Some tentacles act as a balance, others sting enemies, some catch prey, while others are in charge of breeding. Jellyfish are more than 95 percent water and have no brain, heart, or bones, and no actual eyes.


Going to McDonald’s to get a salad is like going to a brothel for a hug.

Patricia Cash  (young lady from a Twitter account I saw)



  1. Howdy there folks ! This is the John from originally central Texas mentioned above, and yes I spent 12 years living in the philppines while in the Navy, it was rough duty :), but someone had to do it. I must tell you about my first time dealing the phone or rather cell phone system(s)in the philippines. So the lovely asawa and I arrive for our month long vacation and I brought along two good unlocked quad band cell phones for us to use. So I ask my niece to please buy us a couple of sim cards for our phones, and with the greatest smile ever she whisk away and returns about 10 minutes later with the sims. So being the smart high tech savy guy I think am, but really not, I place the sim in my phone and try to make call, but no joy. So I immediately go into my cell phone systems check mode, power? check! signal? check! sim loaded correctly? check!.

    Now I’m at a loss of how to re-establish world wide communications using my quad band ultra cheap cell phone i got off e-bay. Panic sets in, (not really panic..more like have a san miguel & lets think this over mode). So after two amazing bottles of san magoo products, my lovely amazing niece must have noticed I still haven’t got my quad band communicatios systems re-established and ask me if i have the “load” i needed. I smile and tell her well yes, you gave me the sim so it’s good to go right? And her reply was something like “well yes uncle if you have the right load”. Ok whats a load? i ask, so my lovely niece proceeds to explain that I need to buy a load to make or receive calls, but I’m thinking well yea -duh! the sim cards working but can’t make calls so whats the problem here?.

    About that time my other lovely niece explains that a “load” is time that i buy to “load” on my quad band communications system to make or receive calls or text. So I give my lovely niece some pesonality to but me a “load” and she installs it on my communications device. So after a few hours my inability to deciper that a “load” is the same as a “pre-paid” cell phone in the u.s. and with my nieces assistance, i was able to re-establish communication with the world and have a couple more san magoo products. Only in the philippines :-).

    • Well John it is a bit different than in the US, that’s for sure. This sim card thing I already knew about after several visits before moving here, but during my second trip here, it was all alien to me too. During my first trip I don’t even know if cell phones where invented yet (1984, my memory of such things is not that good), but I wasn’t concerned about it at that time anyway. At least you got some San Miguel out of it.

  2. Talking about phones, you know if the phone company knows you have an extension phone in your house they will charge you for having 2 phones. There is no justice for the consumers in the Philippines when dealing with monopolies.

    • George that should surprise me, but it doesn’t. Hopefully someday soon this whole big mess will work out.

Texan in the Philippines