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8 thoughts on “Saturday – 2 Oct 2010

  1. OK, I can get some pork skins too but I am afraid they will be more pork crushlings than cracklings but we shall see. I picked up some more jerky today along with 4 24oz cans of Dinty Moore beef stew and 2 28oz cans of Van Camps pork and beans, one is sweet onion and other is maple and brown sugar. I did not find any big cans of chicken stew so I grabbed two 15oz Dinty Moore chicken and dumplings bowls.

    I wish there was an LBC here so I could fill up a balikbayan box and send you enough stew to last you a long time. One of the few down sides of living in a rural town in a rural state.

    1. All that is good. I won’t bother you with anything else after that. When we go home, we will be sending 2 or 3 balikbayan boxes back, so I’ll fill one of them up. And of course with anything you’d need, if you do. Between what you bring and what I pick up in Tacloban, I should be able to make it to the end of the year anyway. I’ll worry about more after that. We’re suppose to be going to Cebu for our night out, so I’ll look in the Supermarkets there too.
      Thanks again for getting me that stuff.

  2. Hey UJ, Glad you enjoyed hearing from me. Be careful with that cut–things can get infected quick uncovered or without some ointment–but I’m sure you know that.
    We have a driver too. We figure that many local Filipinos are expert and unflappable drivers, and who needs the hassle anyway? We could never afford a driver in the US so it’s a fun luxury in the Philippines!

    I was looking on your map and seeing where Calbayog was situated in Samar. You guys are way up there I see, being closer to Manila than Cebu. My husband spent time as a teenager at a realtive’s place in San Isidro, and it hasn’t changed that much in these many years. That town is a ways from your bigger place I see.
    I my observation it seems that for some reason foreigner residents seem to take on the make-up of the place that they settle in. I think that the Visayas region is a pretty laid-back place, and seems to attract more laid-back people. Maybe it’s my imagination…

    1. The cut is covered and will stay that way a couple of days. Then I’ll take off the band-aid, clean the area, treat it and put on another band-aid or 2 for a few more days. Yeah, that’s what I figured, the drivers here are already use to the hazards here, and it’s nice to have a driver and you can sleep if you want to.
      I’m not sure we are closer to Manila than Cebu. I’ve never bothered asking, but I always thought Cebu was closer. As for who moves where, well I think you could be right. If you like the real laid back thing, then it is more laid back in the Visayas. I’ve had someone else on here mention the same thing, I think it was Winda. I wanted something in between big city and laid back, and this fit the bill well. So it’s not your imagination.

  3. Years ago, my husband tried teaching me how to drive a stick shift, but it almost cause us a divorce. He gave up and bought me an automatic transmission car instead. I prefer SVU while he likes sports car.

    BTW, does anybody know how much will it cost to bring a Harley Davidson (touring bike) to Phil.?

    1. Lita doesn’t drive at all, so I don’t have to worry about that.
      No, I don’t know about the Harley, but if I can find out where to check, I will.

  4. I learned driving with a clutch when I was 13 and drove manual transmission cars up until 2001 when I got my first car with an automatic transmission. The car we bought last year in Angeles alos has an automatic transmission which is what I wanted for all the stop and go traffic that happens there, plus I did not want to teach Jen how to drive clutch. I am not sure I would have the patience for that. haha

    6 days till I am back in the land of smiles. Jen and George will fly back to Manila on October 8, go to Angeles from there and then come back to pick me up that night as my flight arrives at 10:55pm. I have asked Jen to stop by your place and introduce herself but she is too shy.

    1. I never had the need to learn a clutch, so it never happened. Everyone here drives a stick and it’s cheaper, so we got one. I’m not going to be driving probably ever here, so it doesn’t matter to me. I just might learn though. Only 6 more days, I know it’s killing you too. Oh, I thought of something else you can bring me that is not heavy. It may sound weird to bring this here, being the land of pork, but I’d like some pork skins. The cracklings is what I want. 4 or 5 bags is enough. The cheap stuff they have here does not taste good at all. Don’t get the cheap ones, get some good ones, if you get them. Am I asking too much of you? I know you volunteered to bring me something, but I feel I may be taking advantage. Some day if I’m in the States and you need something, I’ll be happy to get it for you though, no problem.
      Yeah, a lot of Filipinas are too shy to do something like that. My wife is not anymore, but she’s older than your wife and has been ‘Americanized’. But still I know some older Filipinas that are still shy.

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