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6 thoughts on “Wednesday – 1 Sep 2010

  1. yeah i enjoyed readin it. the pics r cool and i know ur still alive and read them all will tune in

    1. Cool. Glad you like it and wish about a million more did too. At this moment my hits are up to 198…you were hit #162.
      Yeah the blog I’m writing for posting tonight (2 Sep) should be a good one. By the time you read this, it should be posted already.

  2. Glad to see you was able to convenes your wife to retire in Samar. My wife talked me into building house between Calbayog and Malajog for retirement. But we only use it now for vacation, because she has lost interest in retiring there do to being bored and no shopping centers which she can hop into her car and visit. Also she is worried about the quality of health care. Most hospitals there are just clinics and if you have major problem you have to hope you can make it to Manila. Good luck on your retirement there. Maybe we will run into each other at Jollibee when we return in May. We usually stop there for lunch when in town. By the way I am from Oklahoma and my first trip to Samar was in 1969.

    1. It wasn’t that hard to convince her. I was unemployed for over a year and 1/2 and it was getting tiresome living off unemployment. I had my military retirement check and we had a couple of Pepsi trucks loaned out here (making money), plus we had potential to start several small businesses (which we have started 2 of already). We’ve been here since May 2010 and my first trip to Samar was in 2000. My first trip to the PI was in 1984. We must have past right by your house going to Malajog yesterday then. Well no shopping centers (yet), Robinson Mall in Tacloban is a wonderful shopping experience though. The road is now paved and virtually hole free all the way there too. Takes around 4 hours to get there now, instead of 7 hours when the road was full of holes. It’d be a whole day event to go there, but it’s shopping. They are building a new open market, out of down town. They are making an effort to cut down on a lot of the traffic in Calbayog Proper. I haven’t been to a hospital here yet, but I do know they have Tricare Standard here, so that’s a plus for us. If anything major happens they have an nice airport here that can get us to Tacloban or Cebu, both of which are closer than Manila. But there is a new hospital here (been here about a year), it’s suppose to be very good. Don’t know the whole name of it, but the common name it is referred to here is OLPHI (acronym). Maybe that will change your wife’s mind about retiring here. They are also building a new power plant just a few clicks down the road from us (towards Catbalogan)(it’s suppose to cut down on a lot of the brown outs we get), and they are on the finishing stages of a 3 story (48 room) hotel right across the street from us (blocking my view of the ocean). Oh yeah, and the rumor of a new fish hatchery going to be built down the road (towards Calbayog) from us. You most likely won’t catch me at Jollibee’s, but if you amble on over to Chow King you might see me, probably eating orange chicken (the newest dish they have there). And, by the way, I’m from TEXAS. Please keep reading and leaving comments. I love answering these things and getting hits on my blog.

      1. I think I seen them building that hotel when I was there in 2009. Is it along the water front some where close to the Cul bus stop is?. As for the hospital, we had to take wifes brother there and was hanging around for a couple of hours waiting to see what they was going to do. I seen them bring a guy in with a broken nose because a coconut fell out of tree and hit him in face. I have’nt figured out yet how a filipino gets a broken nose. Ha! Ha! just kidding. I noticed persons working on him was not wearing gloves even though he was bleeding every where. As for using Tricare there, I think what most of hospitals and doctors want is for you to pay up front and then for you to make claim and hope you get your money back. Or if they do except Tricare you have to be sure they are not running a scam like was happening in Angeles City. My wife tried using Tricare but they would not except it, had to pay up front for her. As for my house I live off the main road. It is in Tinambacan Norte next to the church. My wife doesn,t like me to tell people on the internet where we live because shes afraid that weird people will show up while we are there.

        1. Yes it is right down the road from there, on the opposite side of the road. Guess I’ll have to experience the hospital for myself to know. I was ‘told’ that Tricare Standard and TFL is accepted here, but not Tricare Prime (which is, of course, what I have). I found out how to get transferred to Tricare Standard, I just haven’t down it yet. It’s easy, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m kind of lucky in the “not having to worry about scams” department. I have very well connected relatives here. I’ve had to use a dentist here, and didn’t even get charged for the visit, just for the medicine he prescribed. The meds worked too, pretty fast actually. After a couple of days, that nagging tooth ache was gone. I did she the church, but since I wasn’t looking for the house at the time, didn’t notice. Well I am a little weird, but I’m not dangerous. Just hand me a drink, that I like, and you’ll have nothing at all to fear. By the way, glad you returned to the blog. Hope I’m not boring you too much.

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