Wednesday – 10 Aug 2011


[smartads] Agusan del Norte – (Filipino:Hilagang Agusan) is a province of the Philippines located in the Caraga, a region in Mindanao. Its capital is Cabadbaran City and it borders Surigao del Norte to the north, Surigao del Sur to the east, Agusan del Sur to the south, and Misamis Oriental to the west. It faces Butuan Bay, part of the Bohol Sea, to the northwest.

Useless Knowledge:  The historic notebooks in which Marie and Pierre Curie recorded their experiments on radium, nearly a century ago, are still radioactive.

Butuan City (Capital)

9 Aug – Hits @ 0130 = 867485 = 8402.

This day started.  I pulled out all our centavos that we have been saving in a plastic Gatorade bottle and counted it this morning.  We had exactly P120 worth of them.  I’m waiting for Neneng to go to the bank for Pepsi, so she can cash them in for me.  No sense in letting all that money lay around.  The P120 is not much, but it’s enough to buy 3 or 4 kilos of rice.

Pearl Farm

It’s 10:40 right now and it looks like I will be stuck out here in LolyKat for quite a while.  I’ve got my notebook to write down things as they happen.  That usually makes for a longer post when I do that.

The Pepsi crew must be on break.  the keep walking over here to look at the food.  Some of them are now sitting at the picnic table to eat.

Resort Butuan

Neneng just stopped by to pick up the centavos.  She just gave me the P120 for them and will just bring all those coins I bagged up to the bank to deposit with the rest of the money.

Well I was wrong about being stuck in LolyKat.  Lita decided she didn’t want to go downtown today, so she will stay out there with the fan.  I will be inside with the small fan and the air con.

Butuan Cathedral
Gaisano Mall – Butuan City

I try to remember to call it “air con” instead of “a/c” now for a couple of reasons.  First, I think it helps the reader to be more in tune with the Philippines because that is exactly what they call it here “air con”, not “a/c”.  Second reason is because “air con” takes up 2 words for my word count in the post and “a/c” only takes up one.

I’m tired of just laying here in the air conditioned room.  I think I’ll watch TV or take a nap also.


Useless Knowledge:  Alice Cooper liked to wear a pet boa constrictor around his neck while on stage. While he was rehearsing in his hotel room, the snake started to constrict Cooper’s neck. A bodyguard couldn’t get the snake to uncoil, so he took out a pocketknife and cut off its head.

Tribu Cabadbaran

I decided to watch TV and if I fell asleep while watching it, that would be okay too.  Sometimes I wonder if the cable company knows that my favorite shows here are NCIS, Bones and Criminal Minds.  They only seem to go out when I’m watching those shows.  Today I was watching Bones and at 1:55pm, the cable went out.  Of course it was an episode that I have never seen before.

After awhile I got tired of waiting on the cable to come back on.  I went back out to the store and Lita decided she wanted to try to go inside to sleep because she was developing a headache.  I never did take that nap, but I can lay down here and read my book and as with in the house, if I fall asleep, oh well, it’s okay.

Macapagal Bridge in Butuan Cit

It looks and acts like it wants to rain.  My nose is full, as Lita calls a stuffy nose, so I can’t smell any rain, but I think it will be here soon.

It’s 3:55pm now and I can hear the thunder.  No rain yet, but I just know it will be here soon.

J is back from school early.  The teacher for his last class is absent today.  Good for me because that means I can go in to the computer now.

Road sign

(Lots of pictures at the above website)

AT 7:30pm I decided to eat a couple of eggs fried on top of some fried onions.  I mixed in a few hot peppers and just for S & G, I added in some of the ground Korean chili powder we have.  That for sure made it a little warmer than normal.

Dang, that’s all I have written down for the post today.  It’s a little short, but I have had shorter ones.  It never did rain, that I remember today.

I need to be sure to get up, not too late tomorrow.  I have a date.  You can read about it in tomorrow’s post because I have already written it in those notes.

Useless Knowledge:  Marine mammals such as dolphins and whales manage to sleep without drowning, because only half their brain sleeps, while the other half stays awake and handles the breathing and swimming chores. The two hemispheres of their brains work totally independently. For 8 hours, the entire brain is awake. The left side then sleeps for 8 hours. When it wakes up, the right side sleeps for 8 hours. Thus, the marine mammals get 8 hours of sleep without ever having to stop physically.

Mt. Hilong Hilong

Salamat, Palaam

Today in Philippine History


Pedro A. Paterno, turncoat 2x

1897 – Filipino illustrado Pedro  A. Paterno offers to mediate a peace pact between the revolutionary forces now led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and the Spanish colonial regime under Gov. Gen. Fernando Primo de Rivera, supposedly necessary to bring about a new series of reforms to assure Philippine prosperity, which would result to the Pact of Biak-na-Bato; the mediation of Paterno, who would later be the second Prime Minister of the fledgling First Republic, would also be regarded in history  as an infamous turncoat siding with the colonial Spaniards and later the imperialist Americans; around the first quarter of 1897 during the first phase of the Philippine Revolution against Spain, Aguinaldo’s camp was accused by Supremo Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, leader of the secret-society-turned-revolutionary-government  Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) as having committed treason against the nation and the revolution by trying to forge a peace pact with the enemy Spanish colonial forces.