Sunday – 3 Oct 2010


[smartads] The numbers on the clock were 9:17 when I got up and it was light outside, so it must have been 9:17am.  For awhile there I didn’t think I was going to be able to get the post out today.  Around 1:20pm we had another 1 minutes brownout and I lost the Internet connection after that.  It seems like now that it wasn’t just me, but the whole network must have been down.  Meaning all of Globe must have been down.  I got frustrated and went to take a nap.  You can’t do anything about it on Sunday around here.  At least that’s what I’m told by the relatives here.  Next time I go pay the bill, I’m going to ask them by Sunday maintenance, just in case.  But like I said, this time it must have been the whole network and they got whatever the problem was, fixed.  I laid down for that nap at 2:20pm, it’s 5:03pm now.

Lita has the TV so loud in the other room, I can hardly hear myself type.  But if I say too much about it, it gets noisier around here, so I’ll ignore it.  Oh, she just turned it down, maybe it was starting to get to her too.  I’m glad, hope she leaves it that way.  She temporarily stopped at a station that had the Bee Gees in concert.  They were showing pictures behind them of Maurice Gibb (the twin that died in Jan. 2003).  I guess Lita didn’t like it that much though, she was only there a couple of minutes.

Dirty Kitchen in Action
This is our tricycle that we park in here at night time.

A little earlier today, Ramil was using the water hose to wash the truck.  Shortly after in got started, it started raining.  He continued using  water from the hose on the truck and a basin of soapy water to wash.  Yeah, I know, that’s what I said.  Why don’t you just turn off the water and just use the rain to wash it.  I guess it was because he had been drinking some of the rhum, and he wasn’t thinking clearly.  But he got the message after that and turned the hose off.  The hose is hooked up to our house, so I was going to be sure he turned it off.  We already use ‘a lot’ of water, our last bill was a little over P1100, that’s almost twice Titing’s water bill, so I’d like to keep it down some.  Still nothing on the electric bill.  They said in 3 months, we’d get our first bill, well that should be this month.  Lita said she was afraid it would be P20,000 for 3 months.  I told her, well if it is, and I don’t think it’ll be that high, then that only about $150 per month.  After that she settled down.  In Texas our electric bill was constantly between $220 and $320.  Even $401 once.  I think the bill will be closer to P12,000 for 3 months.  Equal to about 1 bill in Texas.  That’s a ratio I can live with.

Lita now thinks she wants to get me a mountain bike instead of a tricycle to get my exercise.  It really doesn’t matter to me, and I’m in no hurry.  I’d actually rather have a printer or a decent computer chair this one hurts my back because it is just a chair that I have to lean forward in to use the computer, before getting a mountain bike, or any kind of bike.  I just wanted the tricycle, so others could go with me, including her.  I think her real motive is because she also wants to let J use the bike to go to school after he starts working here.  Taking a tricycle to school would be weird, but a bicycle wouldn’t draw any attention at all.  I told her that if she is going to do that, then I want a lock to go with it.

Temporary computer chair
This is a night time view of the hallway to Titing's house.

Speaking of J, if seems that he didn’t really want to do the HRM, he wanted to take Criminal Justice.  They have both here, but the Criminal Justice is a 4 year course.  He was too embarrassed to ask for a 4 year course, so he just asked for the 2 year HRM.  That’s something I really don’t understand, and frankly it sometimes makes me upset.  If you want to do something, just ask.  Why be embarrassed?  It’s not like he’s asking for us to give him the money for free, he’s going to be working for it.  He’s probably going to end up working harder here, then working for Judith.  He’ll have more manual labor here, I can tell you that.  I don’t think he wants to be a cop, but I’m not sure.  I’m thinking he wants to get into the technical aspect of Criminal Justice.  Doesn’t matter to me, just taking up post space.

Little Ricky was just here.  He was delivering the empty container that use to have 50 ice candies in it.  Even though it’s been raining almost all day, he still managed to sell all of them.  Lita was half asleep when he showed up, so I went out there to get it.  Well I didn’t know that I was suppose to give him 10%, if he sold all of it.  So I was suppose to give him P10.  I asked Lita, but by the time she got outside, he was gone.  It’s okay, we’ll catch up with him tomorrow.  I thought we were suppose to give him something, and he hesitated a little before he left, but I wasn’t sure and he doesn’t speak English, or is too shy to say something.  Another miscommunication.

Robbie with her 3 oldest.
Titing's house before all additions.

It seems that Lita has changed her mind about Lynn.  Or rather, Lynn has changed the way she works.  It turns out that Lynn also was embarrassed and shy when she first got here and didn’t want to say anything, not even to Vicky (her Aunt) or Lita.  See, now, that’s too much, why would anyone be that way?  Anyway, she’s over that and she is working very good now.  It turns out that Lynn speaks pretty good English.  She talks to me sometimes, not much.  When I ask her something, she answers in English.  In fact Lita has been so happy with both their work, especially recently, that she gave them each a wallet that we bought in Texas.  Not much, only $6 wallets, but it is more than they’d ever be able to spend on such a thing.  Too many important things to spend money on, no room for such extras.  For the price of that wallet, they could buy food for the whole family for 2 or 3 days.  Anyway, things are going well with Lynn now and with the BBQ too.

They leave the BBQ open until people stop coming.  It’s scheduled to close at 10:00pm, but it rarely does.  Last night it was open until 11:45pm.  People were still buying, so we kept selling.  Need to keep the customers happy you know.  We actually made around P1900 ($43) last night.  That’s the most ever, and I think it’s only going to get better.   I anticipate it to be be P3000 in the next couple of months.  By then LolyKat will be ready to open, and, if all goes well, we should be making around P10,000 per day in no time.  Maybe more, maybe less, I’m just throwing a number out there.  Of course we have to buy stock for LolyKat out of that, but after the initial purchase, it won’t be that much.  We are already profiting about double after all payments now.  That’s a good enough ratio for us, we’re not greedy.

Kitty, well actually Lita has renamed it, Grace, after a cat we had in Texas, because they act the same, is getting fatter.  Did I tell you he actually caught a mouse?  Oh, and I did say ‘he’.  I told Lita that Grace is a girl’s name, but the stupid cat doesn’t answer to any name anyway.  Just like most cats, I suppose, they have their own agenda.  He had a dead mouse he was playing with.  Not sure if he caught it or found it that way, but I do know that you can not longer see his ribs, like you could when we first saw him.  Blue is the same way, getting fatter.  They still don’t get along, and they probably never will, but I’m going to keep trying.

Outside the old Joyous Eatery.
All nice and sweet back then.

I’ve got enough new pictures now that I’m going to put them in here and only, maybe 4 old ones.  A total of 8 pictures should be enough for y’all for today.  I need to download them into the computer, so hang on.

There, that is done.  There were only 7 pictures, but I download them anyway.  I usually wait for 10, but I anticipate quite a few tomorrow when I go downtown.  I’ll make it a point to get at least 10.

I have got 1113 songs loaded on this computer now.  Some of those are duplicates though and will end up being deleted and some I only have on here because they are by singers I like, but I’ve never heard the song before.  They may end up being deleted also.  Charlie Pride wants to know if his ring hurts your finger, when you go out at night.  Cher is going to tell us about Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves next.

Collin Raye will be singing, “If You Get There Before I Do”, next.  That song always brings a tear to my eye.

I have an idea for LolyKat when it opens.  I’m going to tell y’all all about it in tomorrow’s post.  It’s something I picked up when we were stationed in Okinawa.  It’s pretty popular there, so I’m thinking it’ll work here too.

World’s Largest Golf Event
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest amateur golf tournament takes place in Baguio City, Philippines every year. Dubbed as the Fil-Am Golf Championship since 1949, the 72-hole golf tournament attracts close to 1,000 amateur golfers from all over the archipelago. The sites of the prestigious event are the challenging par-69, 5,001-yard Camp John Hay golf course and the par-61, 4,038-yard Baguio Country Club. Among the top contending teams in the event are the Canlubang, Southwoods, Calatagan, and Wack Wack.

Salamat, Palaam

15 thoughts on “Sunday – 3 Oct 2010

  1. im not saavy on the puter i can see i didnt make my pic come up..oh well no biggie..

  2. Hi Joyce, To get my photo up I went to a site called Gravitar A globally recognized avatar, and signed up for free. Once you get it any site that you write on will show that same picture. You can also keep a few pics there if you want to change it. Go to the Gravatar site and they’ll walk you through it. I hope this helps… I’m not very computer saavy, but I figured it out.

    UJ maybe you could just grab a cab there to the bike shop. It’s a pretty well known street, and the driver could show you. Also if you google bike shops in Cebu, I think that there are two others listed too. It seems that a lot of people are into biking in Cebu City…

  3. Hi UJ, I was just going to mention that there is a bike shop in downtown Cebu City called YKK Trading, maybe on your next trip there you could check them out. I’ve never been there, but their website says that they have many styles and brands, so you might find something that would work for you. Just a suggestion… Hey, I’m glad that your BBQ is doing well.

    1. I just may check them out. I should have time on our little trip there. I’ll have to get a guide though.
      The BBQ didn’t do so well last night. First time less than P1000. Hoping for a turn around tonight.

    2. Queenie…My sister, Joyce, wants to know how you got your picture to show up on here, so you don’t have to use one of the computer generated pictures.
      I got my picture, but I did it with the WordPress software. Not sure how to do it otherwise.

  4. I know this is “off topic” , but we only get TFC (the Filipino Channel) here. Which Ligaya likes for here daily soap ,Wowowee and few other shows. However, she has been talking about some movies she has seen advertised. I was wondering how much DVDs typically run and if I sent you the $$ if you can send a few? Thanks

    1. I can check, but I’m sure they differ depending on the movie. While we were in Texas, we ordered new movies through TFC. They have a wide variety of them to choose from. You can charge it to your TFC bill. Also, do they have GMA available there? It’s a Filipino movie channel that TFC has. Lita had it in Texas and watched movies on there often.

      1. We can get GNA. But Ligaya never seemed to care for it so we cancelled. We get TFC through our cable company so I havent heard/noticed anything about ordering movies. It’s just like any other “non on demand” cable channel . Ligaya is looking for “I Do” with Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee and “Immortal” with Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz

        1. I’ll do it, if you want, but it’d end up costing more probably, if I can find it. Try this:
          That’s ABS/CBN Movie site. Also look up ABS CBN Ohio, I didn’t know which area you where in so I couldn’t choose one.
          You should be able to find the place to order movies somewhere on the net.
          We had our TFC through Direct TV, but we also had a contact # for TFC. I can’t remember the # though.
          Let me know.

          1. If you get time to look for them that would be great. I think these are probably new even to the “theaters”

  5. Hi JJ. Good to know your BBQ biz is going great guns. 🙂 All in good time, I say. Also good to know your diet’s working. By the time you go back to good ole US of A no one will recognize you. Hahaha.

    You may have a really diffiuclt time getting a good mountain bike there. Best to get it from NorthAm and have a relative who’s going to visit you bring it over as one checked baggage. The police nomally have yearly sales of unclaimed stolen bikes that they have recovered; a really good one can be bought for a tenth or less of the store price. It can then be packed properly into a carton. They survive the trip rather well.

    How’s the lugaw going?

    Keep typing!

    1. My goal is to make it hard for them to recognize me, but not impossible. Be hard to fool my mother anyway. One of my nephews here said that you may be right about the mountain bike. He’s not sure they make them out of good enough material to hold up to my weight. We’ll have a look at one of the big malls and see what they have there. If not, then we’ll wait until we go to Texas and do as you suggested. I don’t want to burden anyone else with something like that. I probably won’t get that many visitors anyway.
      I don’t know about the lugaw. Lita mentioned it, but I haven’t seen them making any. I’m in the computer room a lot though, so I’ll make a special point of checking it out and letting you know.

  6. Your electricity costs in Texas are far larger than my energy costs in Montana. I heat with natural gas and use electricity for everything else including the ac in the master bedroom. Both bills are set for budget billing which averages out the annual cost. I spend an average of $110 a month for both bills. Of course, I don’t have the ac needs that you have in TX but you don’t have my heating needs either. I am always shocked at our monthly bills for electricity in Angeles which runs as much as 10,000 pesos in some months but we have 3 ac’s there. Last month’s bill was 4,500 but there are only 3 people in the house now until I get back and then it will jump up again. It costs me more in Angeles for energy than it does in Montana. Same thing with the internet.

    I want a mountain bike too as I know it will help me lose weight. The problem is whether you can purchase a bike in Calbayog that will support our weight. You would certainly want to have a good lock or the bike will disappear as fast as a cellphone left lying around. If you do get a mountain bike and it does work for you, let me know so I can get one too.

    1. Yeah we do have to use the a/c a lot in Texas. The heater some, it does get cold, but not near as cold as Montana. Our house was all electric. Man I hope my bill doesn’t come out to 10,000. The 4,500 would be okay though. If I can’t find a mountain bike here to support me, I’ll try in Tacloban or Cebu. There must be one here somewhere. There is also a gym close to downtown that charges P30 per day. That’s the price I got from the relatives anyway. I haven’t been down to check it out personally. I just may be doing that soon though. After I lose a bit more, or I may have to do it anyway to get rid of flab.

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