May 25, 2024

13 thoughts on “Day 4 – Parakeet Banana’s Cooking in a Dirty Kitchen

  1. UJ sounds like you had” fun” you missed the b’day parties here we had the live lechon on our patio for a day and night then at 6 am it was off to the cooker, biggest lechon we have had here, 50 kilo dressed out,i made home made meatballs the night b4 from ground pork,ground beef plus my secret seasonings LOL 5 lbs of meatballs to cook,1 kilo of pasta,1/2 gal of homemade sauce with mushrooms and whole tomatos, then 2 cake from SO Cafe and 5 gallons chocolate/coffee homemade ice cream of course it was all devastated from the filipino crowds.Pics on FB if you get a chance

    1. Sounds like a heck of a spread. I would have been sure to try the meatballs, but I still don’t eat lechon baboy.
      I’ll check those pictures out in a little bit. I need to check to see if Rich is up and about ready to activate the new website.

  2. It’s been fun to tag along on this trip over the vast expanse of the WWW. Wish I was in the Philippines right now. I spoke with the wife last night for about 20 minutes and it’s getting difficult to justify our seperation, unfortunately that’s just the way it has to be for now. I appreciate you keeping me grounded John.

    1. Well whatever it is that I’m doing that’s keeping you sane … your welcome. I’ll try to keep it up.

      1. I think it’s the very day update of life in Calbayog to tell you the truth. Nice to know
        what I’m missing…I think, lol.

    2. Mark, I know what you mean. I have been away from my wife and son for almost 3 months now. Like you, that is how it has to be for now. At least, I will be back in the Philippines in 12 days and I will stay for 14 weeks this trip.

      And thanks to you John for keeping me informed on things going on in Calbayog. 39 months till I can collect social security and then it is full time in Samar for me.

      1. Your welcome Gary. I think that Calbayog is the best niche I have for a blog at the moment. I’m going to work it for all it worth for now. I’m really going to be getting into this blog when I return from Texas though. That is, if I make it to Texas. Still having trouble coming up with the back up money in case we get stuck in Korea and/or Seattle (Or California). We might chance going without it, but I sure hate to get stuck. It’ll work out somehow.

        1. Gary,
          You must be a couple years older than me. I’m 56 so I have a few years to wait for SS. That can’t come soon enough. It feels like I’ve been working everyday since I was 14!

          How adventurous is the Missus? Sometimes you have to leave things to chance. I used to do it all the time while single and had some interesting trips. I suppose you already know this but did you check Travis AFB? I know they ship a lot of freight to Japan via Travis.

          Mark G.

          1. Well Mark, she’s not that adventurous that I know of, but we haven’t really had a chance to test it. We hope to. I don’t think either of us would mind to “leave things to chance”, if we had the money to hang out for a day or two. We won’t this time, but part of the reason we are going to Texas now is to be sure to get her social security started and to get rid of our storage payment by selling the stuff in the storage. So that will mean more money, plus with the upgrade of my website, I expect to actually start making some money with it. Even without the blog, we will be gaining an extra P10,000 per month at least. That’s why I say things are starting to look up and soon we hope will be able to travel and “leave things to chance” and be happy about it.

          2. Mark,
            I turn 59 in July so I am a few years older than you. I had my first job at age 12 delivering newspapers at 6am. Like you, it seems I have been working forever.

          3. Oh ok, I’ll throw my P2 in on this long time working thing. I had my first job at 8 years old, delivering seeds and greeting cards door to door. I don’t remember the name of the greeting card company, but the seed company was The American Seed Company. I got the jobs from a comic book. By the time I was 12 I had graduated to shining shoes at a local barber shop, Jackson Barber Shop (no relation). At 15 I started working summers for the county on the paving crew and road side clean up. My first job that they took taxes out. Texas in the summer is hot in case y’all didn’t know that. I also collected a lot of soda bottles and pecans to sell throughout all these years, especially the 9-10 year old range.
            Just FYI. When I was getting my TS-SCI clearance in the Air Force, they went back to that barber shop and talked to those people. Heck they even came here to the Philippines down to Tambis to talk with my father-in-law. I’d say they were a bit thorough. But I’m only 54, and just turned that about 2 1/2 months ago.

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