[smartads] Today Lita made me get up at 0847. She wanted to eat breakfast. So you know what we were having for breakfast today, right? Yeah, that’s right, pancakes. I ended up making large pancakes today though. None of those little things I have been making. I used 2 boxes of pancake mix cause the boxes here are so small. Two together they probably equal 1 box of Aunt Jemima’s. Still no bananas though. Lita says she will buy some so we can have that next time. I asked her to get some blueberries too, but all I got was a laugh out of her. For those you don’t know, there are no blueberries here. Maybe you can get the frozen ones in a big supermarket, but I’ve yet to see even that.
When we are in Cebu for our little getaway, then we will be sure to get to a mall and supermarket while we are there. Might as well because it’s not everyday that we will be in Cebu to take advantage. We have to take a ferry to get there. If we take the one from Calbayog, well they only have the slow ferry from here. It’ll be an overnight trip to get there. If we go to Ormoc we could take a Super Ferry and get there in a matter of hours. Of course Ormoc is a lot closer to Cebu anyway, plus the ferry is much faster, hence the name Super Ferry. It’s easier to just get on here and do the overnight thing. You can get a bed to sleep in or just stay on the deck. Lita always wants the bed, but it’d be okay with me to just sleep on deck with most everyone else. Lita doesn’t like the CR on the ferry, I’ve not yet had to use it, but I probably wouldn’t like it either.
Well we bought another tricycle today. That’s 2 we now own and 1 that we might own if they guy doesn’t pay back the loan we gave him. Price on this tricycle started out at P12,500, but that got whittled down to P11,600. Approximately $263. Vicky’s oldest son will just use this new one and Eddie will just use the other one full time, until about 10pm. Eddie didn’t really want to give the tricycle up for those 4 hours anyway. He was scared something might happen to it, while it was gone. So now they both can work full time and have lots of money for their household. That’s good, because they had diddle-squat before we arrived. Now we employ 3 of the family members, soon to be 4 with the youngest son working part time. Plus one of her nieces. They are much better off now. With 2 parents and 5 children, I’ll bet that was hard getting along before. We won’t make them rich or anything, but I’m glad they are not on such hard times anymore.
When I went to bed a 0150 this morning I had 5466 hits. At the moment I have 5705. That’s 239 hits in an almost 9 hour period. About 26.5 hits per hour. A little over 6 hits every 15 minutes. If that rate kept up all 24 hours, I’d have 636 hits or so everyday. That’d be great for starters. I’m being greedy, but I hear that some websites get 1000’s of hits per day. Think I’d be happy with just 1000 per day. I still can’t figure out how to get the advertisements to my site though. Anyone out there know how to do that? I’d appreciate your expertise.
Okay Winda, why we chose Calbayog City Samar, when Lita is from Tambis in Southern Leyte. Have you ever been to Southern Leyte? That question should answer your question to a degree. To the best of my knowledge there are no big malls, no supermarkets, no nothing that I can get to reasonable quickly if I wanted it, you know for stuff that I’m use to having. I don’t need steak everyday, but when I want one, I’d like to be able to get one. Unless I wanted to go swimming everyday, then there is not much to do there. They have more of those dreaded brown outs there than here, if you can believe that. I guess the biggest problem though would be some of the relatives. Most of the relatives living in Southern Leyte are very poor. Now I don’t mind helping poor people, especially relatives, but they would take advantage. They’d say they are ‘borrowing’ the money, but they don’t have a job to pay it back. The could pay it back with labor, but there is only so much that we need to be fixed. Of course other relatives would hear about it and they’d want some too and on and on. If you give the money to one relatives but not the other, then they think you’re playing favorites and then they talk bad about you, which is okay with me. Lita doesn’t like people talking bad about us though. That would make her life miserable and in turn it’d make mine miserable. Of course we’d have Bebie and Canuto there to run interference for us, but they can only do so much too.
On the other hand, here in Calbayog is different. Most all the relatives here have jobs. A couple of them getting about as much money as I do. When we first got here and had a small financial problem, we got money from them. Well they owed us money that we lent them when we were in the States, but the point is, they were able to pay it back when we needed it. We had a good chance to buy a nice piece of land here, and we did. Didn’t know the hotel was coming then. Still it seems that this land is going to be more valuable before long. I think all in all we made the right choice by moving here versus Southern Leyte and after this post, I think y’all will think so too.
Okay that got me quite a few words for the blog. Any other suggestions or ideas?
Tagalog word of the day: desisyon (de-sis-yon) means decision.
Arnel is putting up the walls in the store today. He was banging like crazy out there awhile ago. I should take a picture of his progress….. Okay that is done.
It’s 4:36pm now. Chatty just returned from school and I missed a perfect opportunity to get a good picture of her. She wasn’t even looking, I could have snapped the picture before she even knew it. She was looking all cute in her school uniform too. I’ll try to remember to sneak it in tomorrow, if I happen to be outside, with the camera, when she comes home. Odds are not good, because I think she is early today.
Precious is sick today. She has a small fever. She is sitting outside with Lita and her Momma. She cries when you try to lay her down. She is drinking some milk from little box with a straw.
Pam starting working today. It’s 5:04pm and she is outside folding the clothes now. She is already finished the washing and since there was no rain today and lots of sunshine, they are all dry now. I thought Vicky would do all the folding, but I guess Lita is comfortable enough to let Pam do it. Besides, Vicky is busy with the BBQ and household chores.
There, that’s all the pictures y’all are going to get. Unless I decide to throw in some older pictures that I have not posted yet. I’ve still got some from the Falls, Malajog Beach and around here too.
Titing’s passing by…I don’t know it.
It’s 6:05 now. Think I’ll go outside and see what going on. It’s probably working. Right about now the BBQ starts getting going good.
I went to hang out with everyone outside for awhile. Lita was in the kitchen complaining that who ever put the water for ice in the freezer should not have put them 3 high, because they all expanded and now they are almost impossible to get out. She’s trying to fix it. Juvic is filling the little bags with the strawberry stuff they make the ice candy out of. Grace, Neneng and Titing were all out there enjoying the evening. Vicky and Lynn were busy, just as I predicted.
It’s 7:00pm now. I’m going to lay down and watch TV for awhile. I don’t watch too much TV these days. I’m usually in here on the computer. Maybe I’ll catch a good movie on HBO or Cinemax, sometimes I get lucky. There is no TV guide here, to my knowledge. Be happy and safe.