[smartads] I needed to get up early this morning because we were supposed to be going to Malajog Beach at 0800 this morning. I woke up at 0832 and no one was ready yet. Of course that doesn’t surprise me, because everyone is running on Philippines time. So I got up, got ready and got back in bed, after I checked the number of hits on here. When I went to bed the hits were at 20344 and this morning they were only at 20520. Not a very good night, but I have a feeling that better times for this blog are right around the corner. Anyway, when everyone finally did get ready to go, we left the house at 10:37am. We only stayed at the beach for about 3 1/2 hours, then we came home. I did get some pictures on the way there and while we were there. I brought 9 bottles of that lemonade I made to the beach, I drank 2 and there were only 4 when I got back. I’m pretty sure Mar drank the other 3. I know he drank at least 2, I saw him.
On the way, both ways, we passed by the airport and also that Marju Krisel Hotel. Well I didn’t know it at the time, but I have been to the swimming pool at that hotel. In fact, I’ve showed the picture of Robbie and her kids in that pool. It is a nice pool. I’ll try to remember to post it again today, so y’all can see it. In fact, let me go look for it now, to make sure I don’t forget.
There I found it. I found it in the 30 Sep post. I changed the comments since I now know where it is. I also added an additional picture just so I would not be wasting space.
This hotel is not quite at the airport. It is more like 1 1/2 – 2 kilometers closer than the airport. So that means it is about 2 1/2 – 3 miles from our house. Mar said his trip meter didn’t work correctly, but it turned out to be about a 8 minute trip from there to here. I also found out that this hotel is owned by the vice mayor of Calbayog, so he keeps it in pretty good shape. Jaclyn if you think you want to stay there, I’ll check out the details for you. It sounds nice and if the price is the same as before, P800, then that’s a good deal.
Lita is not too sure she wants to bring Jaclyn down to Tambis during her visit. She is worried about the more primitive environment. Jaclyn it is more primitive than here. There are 2 bathrooms that would be available to use. One is a toilet with a faucet and bucket. You fill the bucket with water and pour it into the toilet to flush it. There is a separate shower in that house, but the shower is not used that often, and it has spider webs all along the ceiling and high on the walls. The other bathroom has the toilet, faucet thing, but in this bathroom, you also use the water from the bucket to take a shower. For me, when I go down there for 2 or 3 nights, I just bring a lot of the baby wipes and use those to clean, unless I just have to take a shower, then I use the one with the spider webs, because there are less people there when you get out of the shower. I rarely have to take a shower. Plus you can take a bath at the river like many of the other people do. I feel weird doing that, so I don’t.
Also when we go to Tambis, I bring my own food with me. But I don’t eat the seafood they have, that why. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad for you, because you will eat the crab. What about Matt? If you decide that you do want to go down there with us, then when you send the ‘care package’, send extra stuff that Matt likes to eat and we’ll bring that with us when we go.
Now why would you want to visit Tambis at all? Are you asking that question? That is the place that Aunt Lita was raised, at least in that area. I just figured you’d what to see something like that. You would be able to see the house that Cathy was raised in. You could see the place that had the landslide and buried a whole village. That Hindag-an Falls & Forest Park (where I made the Small Leap for a Big Man video) is in that area also. You could buy some cigarettes for .30 per pack to bring to Uncle Mike, so he’ll quit pestering me on the computer. Actually I think Titing will buy them for you, all you have to do is carry them with you when you return. We will even go by the area where Violy is from. Sometimes we stop by to see her sister, not usually, but sometimes when we have a message for her or something to give her from Violy. Last but certainly not least, there are lots of things to see on the way over there. We could go by MacArthur park and see the statue dedicated to General MacArthur when he made his return…you know about that…”I Shall Return”.
Wait a minute…wait a minute. I don’t know what I’ve been thinking recently, but it hasn’t been straight. Since we plan to go to Korea to go shopping, and not in Manila, then when you get your tickets, you could request to come in at Tacloban and we’d already be in the town were MacArthur Park is. If you decide you want to go to Tambis, then we could go straight from there because we are over 1/2 way there already. Now the place you get to sleep in Tambis is alright. You’ll have your own bed and your own electric fan. Assuming there are no brown outs, it should be a pleasant enough evening. Of course if you just want to go down there for 1 night, then that can be done also. I wouldn’t want to stay more than 2 nights anyway. It’s complicated because when we get ready to go to Korea, we will have to go back to Tacloban to get on the plane to go to Manila and then on to Korea. You just let me know what y’all decide about going to Tambis and we’ll work it out from there. To us it doesn’t matter. Since they gotten the roads fixed, it’s not too bad of a trip. We will also go by Robinson Mall. The have a KFC and Shakey’s pizza there.
At Shakey’s Pizza they have a weird thing. I hope I didn’t mention this in the blog already, but they have 3, I’ll call it levels, of drinks. First they have the single drinks. Then they have the “bottomless” drinks (all you can drink) and lastly they have the “by the pitcher” drinks. Now what is so weird about it, is that the bottomless drinks cost less than the pitcher drinks. I guess they are not use to large Americans being in there, because I can drink more than a pitcher of their lemonade. First time I was in there, I must have drank 10 glasses. They have to bring you the refill each time, but I had a young lady standing by the area up front with a pitcher of lemonade just waiting for me to run out so she could refill it. They also have some awesome flavored Icee’s there to try. I usually get the Pina Colada flavored.
I guess most of this post so far looks more like a letter to Jaclyn, but I think that everyone can get something out of what I have written, or I would not have written it.
On the way back from Malajog Beach, we stopped by Joyous Eatery to chit chat. Well they did, I didn’t talk very much. They also brought some of the food, that they were not going to bring to the beach, but did, to Judith so she could enjoy some of it. I’ve got pictures going to the beach, at the beach (including most of the food they had at the beach) (Of course it was stuff I will not eat), and some pictures of the new bus depot and market on the way back from Joyous Eatery, which I’ll put in tomorrow’s post.
I have more pictures of other food at the beach, but they will have to wait until tomorrow’s post.
Before we went to the beach we had a brown out. Since we’ve been back, we’ve had 2 more. All of them have been short. The longest one being about 15 minutes maximum. That didn’t stop me from taking a shower though. That was one of the first things I did upon return home.
Unfortunately that is all I have for this evening. I will put in the Tagalog word of the day, the trivia and add the rest of the pictures, and I’ll see y’all tomorrow.
Tagalog word of the day: ilong (e-long) means nose.
- Cebu is the first Philippine City.
- Maria Teresa Calderon – World champion speed reader as listed in the Guiness Book of World Records
- In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.
- Coconuts – the Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts
- Gemma Cruz was the first Filipina to win an international beauty title – Miss International 1964.
- Dan Inosanto – from Mike Robandido – Pinoy who taught Bruce Lee how to use arnis de mano.
- The oldest philippine printing next to Manila can be found in Pila Laguna. The first book printed was named Vocabulario Delengua Tagala – the philippines first Filipino – Spanish dictionary which was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the States.
- The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia’s premier and the world’s second oldest professional league.
- After Happy Birthday, the song most sung in the Philippines is Lupang Hinirang, the anthem.