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Cousins Mango & COVID

Cousins Mango & COVID

Maybe I don’t deserve to maintain this blog anymore.  I go so long without giving y’all any information.  It’s shear laziness, that’s what it is.  It’s not like I don’t have the time or the information (although many days it would be boring).  If I could get to where I would do 2-4 per month (depending on the information available), that would be a lot better than what I’m doing now.  I’m sure that I will forget to post something that could end up being important to someone somehow.  That’s what bothers me about not posting most of all.  Maybe something I didn’t post would have helped someone through a problem they were having or may end up having in the future.  Like right now, I want to continue typing, but my wife is watching “Code of Honor” and I, with my wonderful memory, don’t remember how that movies goes.  So now I’m going to be delayed again.  Not that it will be noticed by y’all.

See, it’s been over 2 hours later and y’all didn’t even know I was really gone.  Okay, let’s get into this post and hopefully it will be helpful to someone.  I know I will forget some things but I’ll do my best not to.  I’m not sure where to start or if I will get everything in the order it happened but at least the information will be here.

Mango Lounge is expanding.  He know has an overhang area built and he added several more tables there.  The whole place is basically outside anyway but at least the extension keeps part of the inner part more dry when it rains.  The area is dedicated to Christian’s father who just recently died on 28 February.  He has already built a gazebo upstairs and is now working on another area next to the main restaurant.  I’m not allowed to say what that is going to be.  He told me but made me promise not to say.  I’m good at keeping secrets, so you’ll have to wait until I get the go ahead.  More extensions are planned for the backside of the restaurant also.  Again, mostly secret, but I will say that the kitchen will be expanded.  He is still trying to expand the menu and will soon have to hire more people.  Business is looking up for him and that’s good news for us all.

My cousin here, Victor, who had a bout with diabetes, is now up and pretty much walking around on his own.  It’s good to see him moving around again.  He is our Mr. Fix-it around here and he loves to do those things.  Hopefully he’ll get back to doing those things.  I hope so mostly because it is good for him to get back in his normal routine.

My cousin in Texas, Dan, is still waiting to be allowed to come visit me here in the Philippines.  He is just waiting for COVID to give him permission without having to spend too much time in quarantine.  He’s only coming for 2 weeks and the required quarantine time right now is 2 weeks.  It would suck to spend you whole vacation time in quarantine and had to pay to in quarantine (airline tickets, food, hotel cost).  When he’s ready I will help him get a flight that suits him best.  I fancy myself as an amateur ticket agent, without proper training.

Speaking of COVID, it’s still here.  At least the protocols are still here.  I’m starting to wonder if it will ever go away.  Just when it seems there is a chance it will be gone a new version of it shows up.  They have eased up on some of the visitors to the Philippines, but not for tourists yet.  I already mentioned about the 2 week quarantine.

Well that’s all for this post.  It ain’t much, but hopefully it contains some information that will help someone, somehow.  You will not have to wait so long for the next post.  I promise.

Salamat Y’all


  1. It all made sense to me, i mean what the hell two old G.I’s can make sense out of anything hahaha. I did mean to ask ya about banking there. Do you get your retired DOD pay direct deposit there ? Or in a bank state side? I coulnd’t find a bank there DFAS would deposit to or missed something ..

    • Mine goes to Bank of America. You can get it sent straight here but I don’t trust it. I understand that Metro Bank here has a branch in New York and you can get that routing number to send your money to and it will be available here in the Philippines also at Metro Bank. A couple of guys tell me that’s what they do so it must be true. You must use the US routing number to accomplish that though.

      • Thanks, as i just assumed most used state side banks like you and transferred their $. New York !! Holy crap!! I was there once and almost had a heart attack trying to get the hell outta there back to wide open texas or oklahoma hahaha.What little banking i did there was through BDO when we went on our visits but never set up anything long term.

    • Hey John D last I heard DFAS or the Treasury will not do direct deposits to foreign banks unless they have a branch in US.PNB has bank in LA CA. which you can probable open an account with and with drawl your money at any PNB Bank in the Philippines. The wife even took out loan from PNB to buy a vehicle in the country until we got back to US send money to pay it off.

      • George,
        Thanks for info, was pretty sure that was the case but hand’t checked in a few years. As for buying car there, Not sure I’d want to drive over there anymore at my age, unless maybe i’m driving a hummer or old school steel jeepney haha.

  2. UJ,
    Hot dawg your still kicking !! I follow you (when i have time) also, being fully retired now naps take up a lot of my free time haha. Just like your cousin Dan, we’re hoping the covid goes away soon as were planning our trip there as soon as the 2 week lock up is no more. This time we’ll be staying a few months as we don’t have to back for jobs anymore. Well he aswa is calling for dinner, fish as usual haha. Stay safe partner !!

    • Yep! Still kicking but still pretty lazy. I need more activities to move around. That would probably also give me more to write about. My cousin (Dan) is sending me a metal detector so I plan to be out on the beaches with that. He wants to detect also when he gets here. His detector is more powerful so he may be able to go over some of the beach I already have. It’s not much exercise but at least it’s some. Those naps do tend to take up some time during the day. I’m usually out 1-4 hours because sometimes I take 2 naps per day. I’m hoping to head to Texas in September for a month but that’s not for sure yet. I don’t want to have to deal with COVID at all. If the quarantines are lifted then most likely I’ll be going.
      I’ll be glad when you get here. I’ll let you buy me a beer at Mango and then I guess I’ll buy you one also. See ya when you get here, hopefully soon.

      • UJ,

        My sister lives in Austin and the other one close to Saledo and they informed me that Texas is pretty much back to normal in regards to covid. Most if not all business’s are back open and running at full speed again. As for here in oklahoma it’s the same, full speed ahead for businesses except those that totally went out of business, and that was mostly small mom& pop type of facilities. I did some metal detecting when i was stationed there at Subic, found tons of WW2 old ammo shells and few buttons from uniforms and an occasinal peso or two but never found Yamashita’s gold..haha

        • If things go back to normal here in the PI then my cousin and maybe my son will visit.
          I’ve never been metal detecting but I’ve always wanted to so I’m looking forward to it. I don’t expect to find anything super valuable but if I do it’s okay with me. I plan to hit a lot of beaches around here. I hope all this makes sense, I’ve been doing some drinking tonight. I’m not drunk but slightly impaired. Plus I don’t have my glasses on.

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