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Zine Entry #23

Zine Entry #23



In Zine Entry #22  I told you that I figured out something that I absolutely can not live without here, although I thought I could.  I failed to mention what it was in that post so it’s only fitting that I tell you here.  That thing is “a person that I can talk to on at least a semi-regular basis, that speaks English and actually understand what I am talking about when I use my slang words”.  There are plenty of Filipinos that speak and understand English well enough, although some of them are pretty shy about speaking it, but when the slang words are thrown around, then I have to start explaining things and that gets old after awhile.  I spent about the first half of my 33 year plus marriage explaining slang words to my wife and I’m not ready to start on anymore students.  It’s just nice to be able to sit down, talk away and not have to explain every other sentence or, worse, receive a blank look, but no request for an explanation.  They heard you, but they don’t know what you said.  I thought I’d be able to live with just communicating with the relatives like I always did when I visited, but most of the time it just turns into frustration for everyone involved.  The expat get togethers were evolved from this thought, but with the poor showing at those so far, I’ll have to find another way or place to get my dose of English.

Nieces Grace, Juvic and Jade

Samantha Sneer

On May 26th, the day after Mar Yanne’s wedding, we all went to Malajog Beach.  I heard that you are now suppose to pay to go to that beach, but we didn’t pay anyone that I know of, although it could have been done without my knowing.  It was about a medium size shin dig paid for by Mar.  It was pretty nice, but I’m afraid I was my usual stick in the mud (some of that slang).  We knew before we go there that we would be walking to Larry Jackson’s house not too far from where we were.  After we were there for about an hour or so, Lita decided that we should head that way.

The walk to his house only took a few minutes and he was sitting on his porch drinking San Miguel.  He has dogs in his yard, but since he was there, it didn’t bother me, so I went on in.  Lita and Juvic also did not seem to mind the dogs, but Grace and Jade went into panic mode.  I can’t say that I minded much, because they were hanging all over me asking me to help them.  I went into Dog Whisper mode and walked slowly so they would have to hold on longer.  After we were there for a few minutes though, both of them were at ease with the dogs and even took a couple of pictures with one of them.

Grace and Jade with Larry's dog

Larry's House on Malajog Beach

After we were there for awhile, they all decided to leave, but I decided to hang around for a bit longer talking with Larry (see paragraph 1) and drink a few of his San Miguels.  I guess about a half hour or 45 minutes later, Bradley (nephew) showed up to tell me that he was there to walk back with me when I was ready to go.  Lita was scared I would get too drunk to walk.  I told him that I might be there for another hour, so he could just got back to the party and come back then.  He insisted on waiting there and went to lay down in the ocean to wait.  About another 1/2 hour later, Juvic showed up to tell me that Lita was ready to go home.  So I said my good-byes and headed back with Juvic and Bradley.  Of course we stayed at the beach for about another 1/2 hour before we actually did leave for home.  Come to find out that Lita actually asked Ramil to go get me, but he delegated it down to Juvic.

I was talking with John D about BBQ in the comments and it made me think about BBQ brisket and sausage.  I looked up on the internet on how to make homemade sausage.  I found a basic recipe that Lita thinks she can manage here.  She promised to make it soon.  There are some things called ‘casings’ that I don’t know about, but that seems to be to make links.  We will just make patties for now.  Also it seems that most recipes have something called “fennel seeds”.  I have no idea what those are and we will just do without them for now and make due.

On Thursday (the 30th) they gave us about 30 minutes notice that they will be turning the water off to fix an emergency problem.  They said they would turn the water back on whenever it was fixed.  That turned out to be about 0930 the next day.

Grace, Jade and Juvic in Larry's house

Siblings Ramil, Mar Yanne, Marge & Marlou

Well I told you that I would be getting a cell phone with a camera and I have one now.  Lita and Juvic went down to get it for me, but I kind of wish I would have done it myself.  Oh, they got me an excellent phone, a Samsung Galaxy Y – Model GT-S5360.  I am not use to such a phone and it is really too much phone for me.  All I wanted was a phone to make/receive calls and have a camera.  But I got it now and I will try to make the best of it.  I have been bothering my nieces (Juvic and Grace) on how to do things on it.  Juvic is our residence phone guru, so I have asked her bunches of questions.  It may be awhile before I’m comfortable with the phone, but they spent so much on it, I have to try.  Lita figures that since I have this phone now, I don’t really need a laptop anymore.  Okay, that makes sense to me, but I need to get one of those little pen things to push the numbers and letters for me because my fingers seem to be too fat.  I’m terrible at texting also, because I’m not use to it.  They gave me 35 free texts to use, so it’s another thing that I have to at least try.  I made a lot of mistakes and had a few do overs, but I finally got out my first text.  I’m not even sure if it went through, but I didn’t see a message come back saying it did not, so I’m assuming it did.

Joshua, Faye, Reverof & Raven

Sisters - Grace and Juvic

On Sunday (Jun 2nd) we had a brown out.  The previous day we had a scheduled brown out from 0800 to 5:00pm (actually 5:10pm), but I guess that was not enough.  The brown out on Sunday was only 30 minutes long though.

The Expat Get Together is scheduled for 14 Jun, but I have a party to go to on 15 June (at Larry’s house, for his birthday), so that get together may be scrubbed for this month.  Most likely no one would show up anyway.

Samantha at Mar Yanne's wedding

The bride's side of the family

If anyone that is here or will be here needs a vehicle, I’ll be selling mine.  It is a 1993 Nissan Patrol SUV (9 pax), 4 cylinder, standard transmission vehicle.  If you are interested, let me know.  I will get some pictures of it to you somehow.

This link below is just something extra I thought I’d throw in.  It is about some of the troubles that the new K+12 school program is having getting implemented.  Just in case someone missed it and have or will have children, grandchildren, nephews and/or nieces in school here.

Salamat, Y’all



  1. UJ casings are the skins that keep the sausage together. They are generally made from pig’s or sheep’s intestines (probably shouldn’t have told you, lol) Fennel is the main spice in Italian sausages. If I remember I’ll bring some over. Larry has a nice house, don’t let my wife see it! Randy I always bring phones over to give away. They must be unlocked and either GSM or 3G. Your wife’s android shouldn’t be a problem. You can get it unlocked by the carrier if you tell them you’ll be traveling with it. If you have trouble drop me a line I have some folks I’ve used before that do it and at a reasonable price. Can’t wait to get back but the air fares are making me crazy. I noticed there are about 35% taxes and fees on the fares so maybe aI should really bitch at the Gov’t? UJ if I could do Space A I would! Randy are you eligible?

    • I looked up ‘casings’ and your right, that’s what they are. Not exactly something that makes me happy, but I do miss a good pork sausage. Lita still has not made any yet.
      I had to look up that “fennel seed” too. I remember seeing those seeds in the sausage, but had no idea what they were.
      That’s what we did with phones too. We bought some super cheap on E-Bay and brought them over.
      Unless you have a military ID card, you are not eligible for Space A, so if you do have one, you are. It sure is a good way to beat the cost of airlines, but it takes time and on occasion could end up costing more with hotels/restaurants due to extensive waiting. That’s what I heard, but it has not happen to me yet. Next year we hope to travel all the way to Europe via Space A, so we just might find out then. There are many flights flying into Germany and Italy.

    • Hi Mark, yes I can fly Space A but we will be traveling with two cats so, the airlines will get our money this time. In the future though, we might just see what or where we can get to using Space A. So you say all phones need to be unlocked to be used in the Philippines? Sheesh! I will check on it with our carrier. Thanks.

  2. Hi UJ, not that I know it all, but the last time we were there for vacation we took our old phones with us to give to my wife’s family. All we had to do is bring it to the local phone mart and had them unlock them and as long that they take a sim card they will work. That was two years ago and they are still using them.

    • Yes that is how some of the phones we brought before got working. Like you say, IF they take a sim card they will work. Some of our old phones we brought would not take them. We ended up having to toss those.

    • JC, that sounds easy enough.

  3. Hey John, could you ask Juvic if Teri’s Android 3 will work over there. I hate to have to dump that expensive phone and buy another one for her when we get there. Now you have to get back to the beach and take more pictures with the Samsung. It’s a pretty smart phone, but it doesn’t take pictures by itself! lol

    • She said that it’s not a problem. There are people here that have Android. I don’t know much about all the different types of phones, but I know that our phone from the States was not compatible for here. I just had a cheap Nokia phone and it was not set up for the whole Sim card and having to get a load thing. I brought more than 1 phone and a couple of them could be converted, but not all. I guess “that expensive phone” should not have a problem like that though. Besides, you can just bring it and if it doesn’t work for some reason, dump it at that time. Best to try for yourself of course. Juvic says it will work though and I trust her phone judgement.

Texan in the Philippines