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Old Random Thoughts

Old Random Thoughts



Okay.  This is my 2nd post I’m doing today, but y’all won’t be seeing it until probably the 19th of February, it’s the 17th now.  I did my post for my New Random Thoughts, now this is my Old Random Thoughts.  I did the new thoughts first because they were fresher on my mind.  No notes, so these thoughts will be really random and hopefully something here all these thoughts will help someone learn something about the Philippines.

They still have not come by to do the road extension.  It’s marked off, but nothing beyond that.  We’ve been waiting to see the exact amount they will be taking of our property before we get the restaurant/store going.  For sure the area that Neneng is using for her bbq will be gone.  I suppose she will just start it up again from where ever the new property line will be.  I hear that whatever they will be paying us for taking our property is ‘fair’, but I guess I’ll believe that whenever I hear what that amount will be.  I don’t believe we will have much say in the matter, but I don’t want to be getting totally ripped off either.

Franciso & Jessybel Apilado (Titing & Neneng)

There are plans to make my computer room bigger.  Like maybe twice as big.  I’ll be glad if we can accomplish that.  Not only will I have more room, but I’ll move the computer further away from TV in the bedroom.  Lita has it too loud at times and it’s hard to hear when I’m trying to watch a movie or listen to music on the computer.  Also with this room extension we want to change the front entrance.  I have visions of walking in the front door, turning left to go to our kitchen/dining areas and turning right to go into the computer room.  Since the room will be much larger, that’s where I intend to entertain the few guests that I do get.  Who knows, maybe more people will visit me if I have a decent place to entertain them.

Hopefully soon I will be learning to ride a motorcycle, or more accurately, our trike.  I’m just waiting on my leg for now and then to get one of the cousins here to give me a quick lesson in a ‘big, empty’ parking lot.  No I’ve never driven a motorcycle.  I’ve always had a car or a truck.  Actually if I could afford it, I’d just get a truck here also.  Before I was not too concerned about transportation because there is so much of it here.  After a while though when you can’t go places or come back from places because you need to wait on a ride, then it starts dawning on you that it’d be better to have your own.  Actually I’ve also been toying with the idea of getting our own multi-cab instead of a pick-up.  I hear the multi-cabs are far cheaper, but, of course, less powerful.  We don’t really need much, just something to drive around locally, like to Randy’s house or to Dave’s house.  Who knows though, maybe a multi-cab would even be good enough to drive to Southern Leyte or even to Angeles City.  Those are probably the further cities in the Philippines that we would go anyway normally.  We’ll see how things go.  I’ll keep y’all informed on this subject.

Front of our newly painted tricycle

I got a belated birthday card from my mother today.  She mailed it on 22 Jan and it arrived on 17 Feb.  That was actually faster than the last letter we got from her.  It was like 2 weeks longer.  Of course she sent it over the Christmas holidays, so maybe that is why the difference.   She says that my Dad said we should move back home where we belong.  Mom always says that, or she just tells me that she wants us to move back.  It must be a Mom thing.  Sometimes I think about it and if Bernie Sanders becomes President and his thing about ‘free’ medical becomes a reality, then maybe we will.  I mean if we will be taxed for the ‘free’ medical and education, then we should at least be in a position to use it.  I’m not sure if my retirement pay or my social security (when I’m old enough to receive it) will be taxed or not.  If not, then we still are thinking that once my social security kicks in, we will be doing the 6 month split.  We will be 6 months in Texas and 6 months here.  I’m thinking our 6 months there should be during football season.  I’d say mid-August through mid-February there and the rest of the year here.  Of course then we’d miss out on our son’s and grandson’s birthdays.  They are all in June and July.  I don’t know.  We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

If you read my New Random Thoughts, then you’ll understand this:  Randy says that they do have one, so I’ll be checking for that when we get there on 2 March.

I saw a movie in an article I was reading.  It looked interesting so I looked it up in Putlocker and I have it ready to watch whenever I’m done with this and anything I will be doing on my other blog.  The name of the movie is “Into the White”.  I’m not even sure it’s in English at this time.  I guess I’ll find out soon.  In case you care and would like to see what it’s all about, here is the link: Into the White.  I like Putlocker.  It’s free, the movies come out very clear, no ads once it starts and it works like 95% of the time.  It’s my favorite place to watch movies and TV series.  I’ve watched almost every episode of That 70’s Show and The Big Bang Theory using it.  I’m also watching Bones, Unforgettable, The Librarians, Twilight Zone, Monk, Elementary and Criminal Minds.  I’ll be watching all of NCIS and CSI pretty soon.  There are hundreds of TV series and probably thousands of movies to choose from.

Well this is long enough.  It’s longer than the previous post.  I hope that all my readers hang in there and continue to frequent this blog.  I hope to a new thing started just as soon as I know my leg is back to 100%, or at least as good as it was before it became infected.  It should only be a few more days.  I’d say by Monday, 22 Feb for sure.

Salamat Y’all



  1. Wow, you watch way too much TV! You should get out and explore more. Oh wait, I suggested that to you last year. lol If I were thinking of going 6mos/6mos between the U.S. and Philippines, I would not invest in a vehicle. It just would not be worth the headache of insurance, maintenance, etc. Just my thoughts. Why are you concerned with Bernie Sanders health care when you have TRICARE? If you moved back, you would re-enroll in TRICARE Prime.
    I see George is still online but I can’t never get hooked up with him on facebook though.

    • It’s not TV I’m watching, they are all on the computer. I should explore more, it’s the getting out that is the problem, especially these days with the leg. I have to load up on sun block each time I go out also. I have TRICARE, but it’s not worth too much to me, I still have to pay for it all upfront first, and for anything major, I won’t be able to afford that. I had TRICARE Prime before and I liked that. It worked well for us.

  2. Hi, thanks for passing by my blog! 🙂 Your blog name “Texan in the Philippines” is quite eyecatching so I decided to drop by, as well. My brother-in-law is a Filipino who lived in Dallas for around 13 years, but he’s back now here in Manila. Anyway, totally unrelated, but just wanted to mention it, haha!

    Again, just wanted to say thanks again for taking time to read my post about Japan. See ya! 🙂

    • No problem. I was just looking through blogs and found a story that looked interesting. I’ll be looking around in there again.

  3. From reading Handbook from Medicare which you can access at Medicare.Gov. If you are not Receiving SS when you turn 65 you are not Auto signed up for. Nila did not sign up for SS until she was 67 and the only reason I sign her up for Medicare was I got Notice from Tricare that she had to sign up at 65 or she would be dropped from Tricare Prime because she had to go Tricare for Life. When I tried to sign her up on Internet. They called and said they had no record she was even Citizen. I said what the Hell you have been collecting Medicare and SS payments for 30 years and you do not even know who you are collecting it from. So had to take Marriage and Citizen Papers to SS and show them. Before I could sign her up for Medicare. When she decided to Retire from Company. Just signed her up for SS 3 months before 67 on Internet and she started receiving SS when she turned 67.Her SS is also deducted 119.00 a month for Medicare payments.

  4. Hey John I thought you was taking Pills to keep your Gout under Control for your legs? I just had Operation to repair Hernia which I had for about 6 months. Had done out Patient that’s where you go in and they repair you and go home in couple of hours. Doctor said I could not lift any thing heaver then Can of Beer for next couple of weeks until I heal. So have to have Son in-law to make my beer runs. As for Paying Income Tax the Feds and States still make you pay Income Taxes on all Income even if Retirement or SS. When you turn 65 they will make you sign up for Medicare and take $ 119.00 out of SS to pay for it. If you do not sign up when turning 65 for Medicare they will charge you more the rest of your life for late Signing. So like they say nothing is free not even Retirement Income. Even though we have Medicare and Tricare for Life and go to State University Hospital which is Funded by Tax Payers money. We still have out of pocket cost for Medical Care. They will get you one way or the other.

    • Howdy George. It’s not gout that I have this time. Since I’ve been taking the medication I have not had any bouts with that. This was something different.
      As for Medicare, well I still have 7 more years for that, so there is not telling how things will change before then. I was under the impression that when you got 65 that they ‘automatically’ signed you up for Medicare. Lita is past 65 and she has not signed up. Hell if they take $119 of her money there won’t be much of it left. She didn’t work too many jobs in her life that they took social security out. I guess we’ll have to visit the social security office the next time we are in Texas. That should be this September.
      I hope things go well for you after that operation. It’s a good thing that you can at least lift a can of beer or Nila would have to hold it for you. I’ll see y’all when we do. I hope it won’t be too long before we do though.

Texan in the Philippines