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We had another visit from the fan man on 8 Apr.  We had 2 fans for him to repair.  One of them was a re-fix, the one from the bedroom that we replaced already.  He fixed the noise and the overheating problem in it and now it is in reserve waiting in case another fan goes out permanently.  Oh, we also now have a little fan for over the table out front.  It’s not much, but it’s working and it does have some sort of breeze to help out.  Usually want little company I do get to drink beer, we sit out front by the road now.  It’s usually much cooler out there.  Maybe we can even get a good extension cord and have a fan out there.  I’m trying to talk the people here into have a little place out there to sell beer.  You must get a license to do that legally and I can’t get that license in my name.  So far, no takers, but I’m going to keep trying.
Today also is Femia’s birthday (Pam, our house lady).  I asked her why she was working on her birthday and all she said was, “My birthday, I’m working”.  I guess she didn’t understand the question.  I don’t give out woman’s ages, but I will say that she is younger than I am.

Titing's blue new motorcycle

Lita sold the cab part of our tricycle today.  We’ve been wanting to get a larger cab put on there anyway.  We still have the motorcycle, but it probably needs some work.  It’s been sitting there for a couple of months since Victor is in Catmon for awhile.  We sold the cab to Titing and he plans to get another motorcycle and connect that cab.  I think he will start using that one and have his other tricycle loaned out and get the daily bounty from that.  If I remember correctly that is either P120 or p150 per day.
On 9 April we had our 36th wedding anniversary party at ChowKit on Navarro St.  It was a not so big party, but it was a pretty good party.  The beer was cold and I did eat a bit of the food. Marianne made some little chicken rolls for me.  I’m not suppose to be eating chicken until my leg finishes healing, but I’m getting tired of waiting on the last of this little sore to go away. I ate some of those little chicken roll things.  Actually I ate like a dozen of them.  I can’t even remember all the food I did eat, although I did have 1 small rib also.  I hope to have another party at ChowKit for the 4th of July.  I’ll have details about that later when/if that materializes.
This post is a little short, but it’s a good stopping point and my computer is acting weird.  More on that later.  I’ll close this post and I will be starting on 10 April in the next one.  We decided to spend the day at the beach.  I’ll have some detail on that then.
Salamat Y’all


  1. You must like living dangerously John. No way would I be drinking next to road like you have in front of your house the way people drive over there. Even though that Bamboo Fence you have will not stop Bus or Jeepney from coming through your front door if it wants to. You know they do have Law there if some Cop decides to Enforce it about drinking outside of your Property.

    • Well George it’s one of those things I just don’t worry about unless it happens. I figure if it’s my time, well then there isn’t much I can do about it. It’s cooler out there by the road, although now we have a fan above our table out front. I see cops out there often when I see out there drinking beer. So far none of them have said anything. The neighbors sit out almost every weekend drinking beer and Tanduay. Of course they are kin to a politician so maybe they don’t have to worry about it.

  2. If you are opening a store downtown then yes you would have to have license. But if your looking at a sari-sari store at your house then just have your relatives run it. As far as that skin tax goes just get a good tan hahaha… But rarely do I get charged a skin tax in sorsogon most of the people and places I go there and conduct business I’m considered a local.

    • I still haven’t asked officially, but so far, even around here, I’m told you need a license. The relatives would run it, not me. I wish I could get a good tan, but I don’t think it would be good enough to fool anyone. Around here I don’t have the skin tax problem anymore. I guess people have seen enough of me. It’s when I leave the local area that I run into the problem.

  3. you most be joking your in the Philippines do you think sari-sari stores or road side eateries actually have license

    True Roger, but most Sari-Sari stores are not run by or affiliated to a “rich” foreigner. Best to always play by the rules or a guy is opening himself up to bribes or worse.

    • Right Scott. It’s bad enough they are always trying to get the ‘skin tax’ out of us. I’ll check on that license and see if it’s really necessary. I’m thinking it is though.

  4. Not sure its just me, but this italics and bold font is a bit hard to read.

    • I went in and took off the italics, but I left the bold. I hope that is better for you.

  5. License to sell beer? you most be joking your in the Philippines do you think sari-sari stores or road side eateries actually have license. And they all sell beer & whiskey. To anyone and your age does not mater.

    • I always assumed they all had licenses, I never asked. That is what the relatives are telling me, a license is required to ‘legally’ sell beer. As Scott H says, no sense in taking any chances. I know an expat I can ask about it though. He just opened a store downtown.

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