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15 thoughts on “Tuesday – 21 Sep 2010

  1. Hi UJ, I found your site through Bob Martin’s new expat listings. I’ve read through your posts, and enjoyed your “ramblings” too. You seem like a nice guy and I like that you seem to get along well with family and neighbors, and have adapted pretty well to living in the province so far.
    Best of luck with your’s and your wife’s many enterprises, and I give you credit for sticking with them and always dreamimg up something new!
    IMHO I’d rather that you continue the way that you’re going with the style of this particular blog. It seems that there are so many expats that are so angry and insulated all the time, and have trouble relating to Filipinos and family members, and I can find those rants everywhere, and they get pretty old. Don’t sell yourself short about your lack of material–your simple observations are unique and “a slice of life” in the province. Keep up the good work! Queenie

    1. Thanks Queenie. I’m glad you like it the way it is, because I don’t really know how to be any other way. Now sometimes I do get upset, especially with all these brownouts, and you’ll hear about it, but I try not to stress on it too much. I almost did, but I erased that part and figured it didn’t belong in this blog. I see you agree, ranting and raving about the conditions here are throughout the web. Besides, no one forced us to move here. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the blog, I’ll ‘ramble’ as much as I can and try to keep it interesting at the same time. And if you ever do have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know and I’ll check them out. You said you, “read through the posts”, did you read ALL the posts? From 21 Aug? That’s a lot of reading if you did, but if you did read them all and you still wrote such a nice comment, you must have really liked it. Thanks again, and hope to see more comments from you in the future.

      1. Hi UJ, I did read all your posts over a couple of days, and I found that they drew me in. Of course everyone’s experiences are different as the places that they decide to settle are different and chosen for different reasons. A lot of expats that write don’t talk about their sites being in more rural areas, and that’s what I enjoyed about yours. The thing about living in the province as opposed to in or around the outskirts of a city, you get a totally different experience–more immersion into the lives of your average Filipino. and how you learn to fit in in your own way. You have captured that rythm so far. You know that many sites are dull in that these expats live in the Philippines, but never seem to interract very effectively with many Filipino people. even to close family members! Some sites seem to write theirt postings in a more “tongue and cheek” or sarcastic way–maybe that’s their way of coping, but most times they come off sounding smug or superior, I personally like your simple quality, and I can say that because I’ve gone through searching many Philippine expat blogs, only to be disappointed with the content, and never visiting back. Well nuff said–keep up the writing, I’m sure others like mr will get drawn in too!

        1. Well cool. Glad to be making such an impact. There are a few people out there that agree with you. I just published the post for today, so I hope it lives up to the standards. I know what you mean about some foreigners acting superior. I’ve made it a point to NOT do that while I’m here. I’ll stick with the simple quality and hope you are right about others getting drawn in.

  2. Wait until circuit breaker on transformer on pole trips and it takes an electrican to show up 12 hrs later with bamboo pole and ladder to reset same. Must of came from Luzon. Or after typhoon power is off for 2 weeks. Samelco acts like they are doing you a favor by supplying you power.

    1. Well something happens here all the time. Sometimes the power goes out here and maybe the 2 houses on either side of us and that the only places with no power. Actually I just got back online now from a brown out at 9:07am this morning. Power back on at 3:33pm. Their excuse was that they had to work on the breaker on the line. That’s usually their excuse.
      I haven’t been through a typhoon in Samar yet, but I don’t think they will be that bad. Of course this stupid electrical system will probably die on us, just as you say.

  3. Hey.

    Just found your blog and made it through all of your posts. I will be moving to Manila in January and am originally from the states (Arkansas) so am interested in your point of view of living in PI.

    You mentioned that you did not want to post your rant and raves. But I think thats a portion of what people want to read and experience living abroad.

    I am currently living in Singapore, and they have a blog called the “Angry Angh Moh” which means foreignor. He has been around and as the title says, presents his views of living in SG. Not all negative but from his perspective. The blog is well done so and commercialised so you may want to give it a visit for any pointers.

    Good Luck,

    1. You read all those posts? Wow, that’s a lot of reading for just finding the site. Yeah, as we were discussing earlier, I just feel more comfortable if it wasn’t on this site. I mean I could if it didn’t bother everyone, but so far what I’ve been doing seems to be gathering interest. Maybe every now and then I’ll put a pet peeve in there. How’d you like the blog reading? Guess it was okay if you read so many. Any suggestions? I have a Filipino friend that lives there in Singapore. We met back in Texas. Not sure of his company though. He’s got a nice looking new son though. Any hoot, hope you enjoyed the reading, and you continue to read and check up on me to make sure I’m not killing politicians.

    1. It’s not you, Joyce. There seems to be a lot of graphics that do not “take” here. Let’s try a few: this is angry >:-o , cry :'( , evil grin >:-} , foot-in-mouth :-!

      You have a mad and evil side? WoOOooo… 😉

      Filipinos worldwide have hundreds of electronic groups where the members rant and rave about the government 99% of the time. There was a collective sigh of relief when Aquino finally got elected, even with the awareness that since expectations were so high after decades of looters in the government, disappointments would fall from great heights. Even before he finished his first day in office, there were those who never let up on the attacks. The HK tourists bus fiasco was heaven-sent to these critics. The bitterest of them continue to insist that the President is a psycho, that he’s a deranged smoker [as tho smoking is mortal sin], etc. My personal view is that finding an Honest Politician is miracle enough. Everything else is a bonus. Oh. Where did that soapbox come from?

      1. Yes I have a mad and evil side, and it’s not pretty.
        Well I figured there were some sites that must be discussing this disgusting way that this country is being run. But I figured that it had no place on this blog. If I get off into discussing politics, I’m liable to go any direction and say anything. Best that I stick to what I’ve been doing and let the other sites rant and rave. Maybe I’ll join them there. I personally think that every politician won’t do crap to help the public until it comes around to election time, and then sometimes it’s only a ‘promise’. Some people as just so stupid and keep voting the same idiots into office over and over, when all the politician has done for the country is steal money from the people. It’s outrageous the way people have not clue what is going on around them. Aquino is not going to be able to fix anything, even if he turns out to be the most honest politician that lived, unless you can find a way to counter all those powerful Senators.

  4. now ur blogs r to short..lol its only 1pm here and i have to wait until tomorrow to read summin new….show me some more pics..lol you can e-mail me some pics if u dont want to post them.<3

  5. Along with the a/c aircon confusion, the locals use ref instead of fridge. Maybe they use ref in Texas but here in Montana, it is fridge. When my wife to be said we need to buy a ref, I looked at her like she was from Mars. A ref is a guy who wears a black and white striped shirt and has a whistle in his mouth.

    As for the ranting about the government, go right ahead. I rant about it all the time. A classic example of the government is the SCTEX, the Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway which runs from Subic Bay northeast to Tarlac. This opened up a little over a year ago and they are already shutting down long portions of it to be fixed. Plus, when they built it, there was not even an interchange for the Clark portion. Now they have two interchanges but they didn’t have any when it first opened. A friend and I decided to drive to Subic from Angeles City one day. We can see the expressway from our apartments but in order to get on the expressway, we had to drive east to Dau. We got on the expressway in Dau but they did not have it set up to head west to Subic from the entrance. You had to drive a ways to the northeast, make a u-turn to get over to the westbound lanes and then you could head west. 25 minutes after we left our apartments, we were on the expressway heading west to Subic and, if you looked to the left, you could see our apartments. Why didn’t they build all the interchanges when they built the expressway in the first place? Rumor is that the land where the interchanges were going to be built had to be purchased by local politicians first before they could be built. That way, the local politicians could sell the land to the government for a nice tidy profit. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it would not surprise me. I used to bitch to my wife that they spent billions of pesos on an expressway that is hardly ever used and yet the national highway from Calbayog north to San Joaquin looked like it had been used for bombing practice by the Air Force. Jen tells me that they are slowly fixing that section of the highway and you can drive for several kilometers at once without having to slow down because of a huge hole in the pavement. I remember two years ago, there was a huge hole in the pavement on one of the bridges. You could see down to the river below. In order to let drivers know about the hole, an enterprising local planted a tree in the hole so drivers could avoid the hazard.

    I have high hopes for the new administration though. Maybe the government will get their priorities straight for once. Cross your fingers.

    1. Amen.
      A ref is a guy in a striped suit, check.
      In Texas a refrigerator is called a “refrigerator”.
      But I guess some call it a fridge too.
      All of my post that I WAS going to put there was not really for mixed company either. I really was laying it on thick, and as I think about it, it’s starting to come back. Gotta go.

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