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Zine Entry #14

Zine Entry #14



Except for a few things, it’s been pretty uninteresting the last week or so.  I did get to do a few first time things though, things that I have not done since I’ve been here anyway.  It’s things that I hope to be able to do more of later on.  Since I don’t want to wait too long before I put a Zine entry in here, I figure I better make an attempt with what I have.  I probably have enough to make a decent post, so I shouldn’t worry about that.

This past Saturday, somewhere around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, George and his wife Nila came by again.  They had invited us to spend the night at their house in Tinambacan.  It was raining pretty hard so I was unsure as to whether they would show up or not, but obviously they had.  George said that they were at the wet market when it started the downpour.  I had just laid down to take nap when they arrived.  Oh well, I can sleep anytime.

Lita, Nila and George around their kitchen table

We got packed right quick.  It was only for one night so there wasn’t too much needed, but I hate for people to have to wait on me, especially when I really should have been ready to go already.  We were all on our way within about 10 minutes though.  We needed to stop at Monterrey Meat Shop to get some chicken on the way to their house first.  Nila went in, but she didn’t like the chicken in there, too small.  We stopped at the other Monterrey downtown, same thing.  Not to worry though, she knew of another place close to their house.  George has his own vehicle, a panel wagon looking thing, and he does his own driving, so we didn’t have to worry about having to pay anyone extra to do all this ‘special’ driving around.

Church yard in Tinambacan Norte with statues

This was my and Lita’s first trip to Tinambacan ever, so we were a bit curious as to what it looked like there.  I found out that they live in Tinambacan Norte, as opposed to Tinambacan Sur (North vs South).  They live on a sort of cul-de-sac street, next to the local church.  It is a very nice house.  George said that he paid a lot to get it that way and had to ship things over from the States to get just want he wanted.  It’s a nice house, but according to George it takes a lot to maintain the upkeep.  They have central air, not heat but who needs that here.  They have an American sized washer and dryer, an oven, a microwave, a full sized refrigerator and, I think, 2 hot water heaters.  One for upstairs and one for downstairs.  It was nice and cool in the house, especially since they had fans running also.

Nila leaving their 'KFC' George called it that.

They are such good hosts.  Almost immediately after arriving George offered me a beer.  He drinks San Mig and buys it in the liter bottles.  He tries to have 3 cold liters in his fridge at all times.  When he took one out for us to drink, he would put another one in there.  He had 2 cases of them right next to the fridge.  Nila made Lita some lemonade and they sat at the table and talked, gossiped, whatever it was.  George found out that I like country music and proceeded to play his Time Life collection of country music.  We listened to all 10 cds before we were finished.  It was pretty good timing to, because Lita wanted to watch Philippines Got Talent (PGT) and it was just coming on.  Around about 10:30pm, the ladies decided that they would head off to bed.  Us macho guys stayed up until about 11:00pm.  Well not so macho.

George and Nila's living room

It was not so easy going to sleep in a strange house, in a strange room and in a strange bed, but I managed.  Lita said she didn’t sleep well because she was not use to the bed.  We did okay though.  Amongst the sounds of the dogs, roosters and church bells, we awoke the next morning feeling pretty good.  I went in to take a shower.  They have hot water and I didn’t want to miss out on that opportunity.  It looks like it’s going to be August or maybe September before we get our hot water heater.  I think I’m going to delay the plumber coming by, if I can, to just come when we have that hot water heater, so he can install it for us.  We need to try to save some money because we have to leave in July for our yearly departure.  But we will have that hot water heater here and installed before the end of this year and probably by the end of the 3rd quarter.

George & Nila's staircase

After my shower and changing into the clean clothes we went down to breakfast.  We had a day of sightseeing planned.  At least sightseeing for Lita and I, they have already seen the things.  After getting down most of one of the strongest cups of coffee I have ever tasted, we prepared to start by looking around in their neighborhood first.  Since we were close to the church, we started there.  I got several pictures, one of which I have posted on here.  Next we would be heading out to the Malajog area to see the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary grotto.

I’ll have the rest of this in the next Zine though.  I should have known that I would have plenty to say, just as soon as my fingers and my mind got in sync.

Salamat, Y’all



  1. I’ve been at the church in Tinambacan Norte. Since I’m not Catholic, I had to go to that church for a marriage interview. This was to determine whether Jen and I were allowed to marry in the church in San Joaquin. The father who interviewed me had spent time in the USA so we had a nice conversation and I was allowed to get married in the church. As I recall, there was a very nice house near the church. I wonder if that was George’s home. This would have been back in 2008.

  2. I hope there are more pics of the house. I am interested in learning more about the central a/c. What tonnage, are the dusts metal or fiberglass, cost to run it? Are there also ceiling fans installed in the house?

    Thanks for the story, John

    • Next time I see George I’ll ask him all that stuff, unless he gets on here first to answer. He doesn’t have a computer here in the Philippines and they have not totally moved here yet. I can say that they do not have ceiling fans. He told me that a lot of the things he has in the house, including all the a/c things were shipped from the US. They didn’t have exactly what he wanted here, and he wanted it his way, since he was paying. Hey if you can afford it, go for it. I will say that the one night I spent there was nice and cool. Not cold enough to have to use the covers, but I don’t use them at home either. I don’t have anymore pictures of the house. I didn’t think about taking a picture of the a/c unit.

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