So we’re stuck and in a situation that we either lose P10k ($200) or just take a short little trip for a couple of days. We decided to take the trip. Hopefully, things will work out once we get back home moneywise. The trip out of the country we had to take last month and the trip this month was just too much for our budget. If I would have anticipated this dilemma faster, we could have avoided this whole mess. It won’t be a lesson soon forgotten that’s for sure.
On the afternoon of 5 Nov, we head for Angeles. We did get a little lucky because after we arrived there, Lita found an additional P3k in her passport, that she just happened to bring along, although we didn’t need it.
When we arrived at Clark IAP in Angeles it was pouring down rain. In fact, our outgoing flight’s arrival in Calbayog was an hour late due to the weather in Angeles. We had a ride from the airport, but things didn’t work out. We had to spend P500 to take a taxi to our hotel. It was almost 6 pm when we arrived there and since neither of us had eaten since breakfast, we decided to eat there at the hotel. We went light though. I just had a western omelet with a side of ham and water to drink. Lita had chop suey and milk. Yeah, I know, weird combo. We did also order Yellow Cab pizza to put in the refrigerator and have that for breakfast the next day. They didn’t have any jalapenos so I could not order my favorite. More on that later, probably a little post of its own. I just got the special they had running and left it at that.
After that, we went to the room to wait for the pizza. After it arrived, I went to sleep. I was tired. Lita stayed up and watched TV for a while. That is after they fixed the cable that was out. Sometime during the night I got up and took a “hot” shower. Them not having the water situation in Calbayog under control, it’s been a while since I’ve got to bathe with “hot” water.
The next morning was supposed to be our trip to the US Embassy, but since I had already canceled it and we didn’t have much money, we mostly hung around the hotel. We did go to the VFW for lunch though. The trip to the VFW did not go as planned either. They were out of steak. They were even out of chicken fried steak. I ended up getting the meatloaf, which was just okay and Lita got the grilled chicken breast, which she didn’t like. I didn’t have a problem with the chicken breast, but I had eaten enough so we brought it back to the hotel. If we go there again and they do not have what we want, we’ll just go elsewhere, like Puzzles or The Steakhouse.
We try not to travel around in Angeles too much because the trikes there are P150 per trip versus P10 per person per trip here in Calbayog. We did end up going to Pure Gold and bought a few things to bring back, but since we were limited on funds, it wasn’t much. Mostly we just enjoyed talking with the ladies at the hotel, the hot water and no brownouts.
On the 7th we got ready to come back to Calbayog. We took our 2nd Grab and arrived at the airport about an hour, 15 minutes before the scheduled takeoff time of 1 pm. While sitting there, a friend from Calbayog, Trevor, snuck up behind me. He and his lovely lady Sally were also heading back to Calbayog.
The flight was pleasant, I sleep part of the way, Lita slept more than half of the way, which she normally does on a flight. They do pass out little snacks on these domestic flights, just cookies and water mostly, but we just bring the cookies to the kids or sometimes the adults and just drink the water.
When we arrived in Calbayog it was the first time in a long while that we had check-in bags. We had the box of things we bought at Pure Gold checked in. We had to take a trike to the house but it was a nice ride. I wasn’t cramped.
So glad to be back, but dreading having to survive the rest of the month with very limited funds. We just need to hang on a few more months (until March) and then we’ll have additional income, my social security.