[smartads] Today was a good and bad day. It started out well enough when I got up at exactly 0800. When I checked the hits at 0820 they were at 25320. When I went to bed early this morning at 0120 they were at 25143, so that’s 177 hits in a 7 hour span. I’m not complaining, but that is about 1/2 my goal, eventually.
The Top Blogs.ph.com website seems to be not working like it was before. I sent them an e-mail to try to get an explanation as to what’s going on. They have a 3 days response time limit, so I still have a couple of days left. The only thing that seems to be working is the statistics. On Nov 2nd we did have 36 visitors, but only 40 page views. On 3 Nov there were 27 visitors and only 32 page views. Guess that means people are either showing up and leaving right away, or they are just reading the post and not looking around. Why wouldn’t someone want to leave a comment? I mean just put something in like good read, this is stupid, or thanks…you know, something. I actually just added a plug-in that will tell me when someone is on-line, just their IP address, and it also tells me which page they are looking at. I think I will be adding a place to register for this blog. I’m not sure of the benefits of registering, but it seems I’m the only registered user. The plug-in I added separates Guests in 3 ways: registered, guests and bots. Everyone was coming in as guests and bots, so I’m going to add the register thing and y’all let me know if it gives y’all any special privileges.
We’re suppose to leave at 1030 to go downtown and to my surprise Victor showed up at 0940, so we left here around 0945. Strange to be early in the Philippines. I was so bewildered, I forgot to bring the camera, so no new pictures. In fact, I’m out of pictures that y’all haven’t seen yet. I think I’ll be able to make up for that tomorrow though with some exclusive pictures that no one else, or very few people from the States has seen. I’ll explain more about that later, I need to finish this topic first. On the way downtown, we stopped to get Juvic to go to the bank with me. Why they insist on someone going to the bank with me is a mystery to me. When the person goes with me, all they do is sit there and wait for me. They don’t have to do anything. Well Juvic talked on the phone the whole time she was waiting. Only one I need to go with me is whoever the driver is, that’s it. Anyway it was good to see Juvic again. I haven’t seen her in about a month. Some kind of incident happen that I don’t know or really care about and she was embarrassed I think. She should know by now that I don’t really care about mistakes, everyone makes them, especially when you’re young. Just learn from you’re mistakes, that’s how life is. Are you reading this Juvic? She doesn’t read my blog that I know of, but that doesn’t change the fact that you live and you learn, just try not to make the same mistake twice.
We dropped Lita off at Judith and we went on to the bank. When I got to the bank I was pretty happy because there were only 4 people ahead of me and there were 3 tellers. Of course everything is not always as wonderful as it seems. Two of the tellers either couldn’t or wouldn’t do ‘dollar’ transactions. The only one that could/would was the only one that was busy balancing some payrolls or something. I had to wait an extra 10 minutes for her to finish. When I finally got up there, it took about 15 minutes to finish my transactions. Way too long, but that’s normal every time I go there. As I was standing there waiting on the teller, I noticed a tub full of money next to her. There must have been at least P1,000,000 in there. I was thinking, man I wish I had that so I can finish my house. Also while I was waiting for the teller, some guy came by to change the peso rate from 42.30 to 42.20. I lost 10 centavos per dollar while I was standing there. That’s only P60, but still I wonder if the other tellers would have been able to process my transaction, if I would have gotten that extra P60? I’m pretty sure that after our Tambis trip, we will be switching banks anyway. I can’t even use my stateside check card at my current bank.
After the bank we went to pick up Lita to go to JustMar (COBO). Faye wanted to go with us, so we brought her. She probably knew that her Auntie Lolly (Lita) would buy her some goodies. She did. Faye got some cookies and candy. Of course she had to bring some to Khan Khan, because he was at Judith’s also. As for me, well I bought some more chips, but they didn’t have anymore BBQ Chippy’s in the larger bags, only the snack size. Those are a waste of time for me. The only Chippy’s they had left was 2 bags of the beef & chili, so I got both of them and 2 bags of Taquitos, 1 corn flavored and 1 cheese flavored. After the market we went home. We got back at 11:10.
We had brownouts today. The ones I hate. In a 12 minutes time span, from 2:03pm to 2:15pm, the electric went out, came back on, went out again, came back on once more, then went out again. The last brownout lasted until 6:45pm. We thought it was going to be an all nighter, but we got lucky. From what I understand the electric was out all the way down to Catbalogan. That’s like a 4 hour drive from here. I don’t know what happen, but I’m sure glad they took care of it and got it back on today. We was going to have to run the generator all night so we’d have the electric fan. We don’t sleep well without at least a fan.
Okay now it’s time to explain about making up for the pictures tomorrow, I hope. An engineer of the Ciriaco Hotel has invited me to tour the hotel. It WAS suppose to happen tonight, but the brownout ruined that. He is a regular customer here for either Titing’s lunch time or our BBQ. He said that tonight they would be testing the lighting system in the ball room upstairs. They did that last night also, and we could see the disco lights in at least 3 different windows, so it seems to be a pretty large ball room. Precious was very fascinated with the lights, heck so was I. I wasn’t pointing at the lights and laughing though. I’m looking forward to visiting in there and taking pictures for the blog. Y’all will be some of the very few to be able to see the inside of the hotel so soon. I plan to take at least a dozen pictures, probably more. Maybe 2 dozen.
In another matter concerning the hotel, there were 4 workers from Manila that work at the hotel eating here tonight. I’m not sure what there job is there, but they have been here since day one, so I’m sure it’s something important. Lita told them about this blog, I gave them the name of it and they said they would check it out. Komo esta guys. I told you I’d put you in the blog for tonight. There it is. Hope you liked the food you ate at our little BBQ and will be back for more.
We will be leaving for Tambis on Saturday morning at 0500. Of course in this case, Filipino time will probably take affect and it’ll be more like 0600 or 0700 before we depart. Whatever the case, I’ll be sure to bring the camera. I’m going to put it next to my sunglasses and hat to be sure I don’t forget it again.
That’s the end of my input for this evening. Not a bad read if I say so myself, and I do. Since I don’t have any new pictures from the camera yet, I found some pictures of the Philippines on line that I will share with you. I hope everyone has a good day/night, whatever it is where you are now, and Ill be looking forward to typing up more for you tomorrow. Which, by the way, will be my last post until probably Monday, maybe Tuesday. Depends on what I feel like after the trip and whether I am able to stay awake long enough to do a post. Please remember if you have a topic or a suggestion that you want to be discussed here, use the “What Should I Write About” option on the front page.
Tagalog word of the day: Yesterday I told you about tulog (asleep), so staying along those lines, today you get: matulog (ma-tu-log) which means sleep.
- Filipino Eriberto N. Gonzales Jr. consumed 350 chilis in 3 minutes at the annual Magayon Festival chili-eating contest held at Penaranda Park, Legazpi, Albay on May 27, 1999, making it to the Guiness Book of World Records for the most chilis eaten.
- The longest possible eclipse of the Sun is 7 min. 31 sec. The longest eclipse in recent times took place west of the Philippines on June 20, 1995, lasting for 7 min. 8 sec.
- Camiguin province holds the distinction of having the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth. It is also the only place in the Philippines which has more volcanoes (7) than towns (5).
- The 900 sq m Relief Map of Mindanao in Dapitan City was personally done by Dr. Jose Rizal. It was used as a device for teaching history and geography to townsfolk.
- The Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park was founded in 1910 by Gov. John Pershing. It is one of the oldest golf courses in the Philippines.
- Isabela City is the youngest city in the region. It was only on March 5, 2001 that the Municipality of Isabela, Province of Basilan was converted into a component city Through RA 9023. On April 25, 2001, Isabeleños ratified the new status of Isabela.
- The Kinabayo is an exotic and colorful pageant re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish Wars, particularly the Battle of Covadonga where the Spanish forces under General Pelagio took their last stand against the Saracens. They were able to reverse the tide of war with the miraculous apparition of St. James, the Apostle. A Kinabayo Festival is celebrated every July in Dapitan City, attracting thousands of tourists to the city.
- The altar at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City was designed by Dr. Jose Rizal. The Cathedral was erected by the Spanish friars sometime in 1895, before Dipolog City became a municipality.
- The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City is the original estate of Dr. Jose Rizal which he acquired by purchase during his exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896.