October 15, 2021

19 thoughts on “Beer, But no Birthday Steak for Me

  1. I enjoyed reading about peoples experiences with different problems they have had with rashes and infections from the water while visiting the phils. I remember once at the Marju i was standing along the riverbank waiting for my fiance in her kayak and when she finally arrived she started slapping my leg really fast and hard. I looked down and apparently i was standing on a fire ant colony. they werent even noticeable until she started swatting at them then they started to bite me like crazy. I figure i was bitten 4-500 times in just a few seconds. The burning was unbearable but in only a little while it was gone and no swelling or even red marks. Just like nothing had happened. But what an experience !!!

    1. Sounds like an experience that I’d like to avoid. You’re lucky that you had no marks, I know I would have.
      I think I would prefer that to the rash I had though. I’ve been ant bitten many, many, many times and I can handle that (I don’t know about 400 times though).

  2. Hello John, I joined http://www.livemocha.com and got some Cebuano and Tagalog tutors. It’s a website where you offer to help folks in English and they help you in thier languages. There’s also some written and spoken lessons there, too, but not for any Filipino languages. I also go to the “Taglog Lang” web site for every day common terms and some sound bites. Recently I found this archive at UCLA that’s online and includes sound bites in Tagalog, Cebuano and Waray; http://archive.phonetics.ucla.edu/. You can download them free. I put them on my phone so I can listen to them. The Villoria website is good, too.

  3. I hope that rash gets better. My first visit to the Philippines resulted in massive swelling to my lower cheek from some kind of infection I contracted from the water at the Makati condo where me and my fiance stayed for the month. Thank God I was just arriving home to San Diego and a week of strong antibiotic injections cured me. She and I have an agreement; she’ll NEVER ask me to live in the Philippines. Any money you save by living the cheap life is wiped-out by lower earning power and lower quality-of-life. GOD bless the U.S.A. and may GOD show compassion for His filipino children.

    1. I have lived here 15 monthes straight, married here for 14 of those monthes, travelled here alot b4 this too, i love the peace, quiet, no stress life here, I’m not looking for work don’t need any job, living comfortably on my SSD that would be impossible to do in USA. Sure you give up ome things, do without others , i’m not missing hat i do without and found more blessings here to more than make up the difference, I will never want to live in USA again.

    1. Well Rick I have bookmarked that site, but I’m going to need an audio lesson in Tagalog. I’m not that smart, especially in the area of learning a new language.

  4. Sorry you had a sub-par birthday, let’s hope next year is an improvement. The picture of the Victoria Court Hotel made me chuckle. Those are “by the hour” hotels which are overly numerous in the Metro Manila area which used to surprise me given that the Philippines is such a supposed conservative country.

    1. Yeah, not a wonderful day so next year it would be hard not to be better.
      I had no idea about the Victoria Court. It was just a nice picture, I’ve never been there.
      Yes the Philippines is a contradiction in that area. There are so many supposedly Roman Catholics, but the place is famous for it’s nightclubs.

      1. Not just nightclubs but after you been here for awhile you find many “married” couples never legally married civil or church but if they lived together long enough they might have filed a Matrimonialy docuement with NSO if they know about it to be considered “married” Same thing happens on land title transfers, or birth registration not enough money so they never get around to doing things.

        1. My fiance’s siblings and young family members have been warned/advised to NEVER marry in the Philippines. It is a LIFE sentence and expensive to annul.

          1. Howdy Jef! Thanks for checking out my blog and especially thank you for commenting.
            I think that if there is a choice, I would rather marry in the US also. Sometimes it’s just the best option to do it here due to circumstances.
            The rash is better, thank you for asking.
            My first visit to the Philippines did not affect me back in May 1984, but on my second visit here, the first to Southern Leyte, I had a problem with my stomach. It felt like there was a volcano inside getting ready to erupt. A quick visit to the doctor in the next barrio fixed it though. Actually the medicine he gave me worked after only taking it 2 doses. I took the full 8 doses though, just to be sure that didn’t come back. This rash is the only other thing I’ve had a problem here with, besides gout, but I had that in Texas also.
            Actually, from what I understand, if you live in a place like Makati or Ortiges, you don’t really lose anything as far as quality of life goes. I’m not a city boy, so I couldn’t do it, but others may be able to. I don’t mind living here, obviously, but I must say that I do miss a lot of things in the US. That’s what vacations are for and I can always pop over to Korea, Japan or Guam to the military bases if I just have to have some American life style.
            I hope you continue reading and commenting here and if you have any suggestions for the blog let me know. From your comment you don’t seem to be the shy type so just suggest away.

          2. Well, i think the whole purpose to being Married to a person is to promise to be with that person. If your not sure not do it.

          3. Blair I don’t think he has a problem with getting married, but he was worried about the “just in case it doesn’t work out” thing. I know that everyone is not like my parents (married November 1956 and still married) or myself (married May 1980 and still married). Sometimes things happen even if you were ‘sure’ when you got married. But you never know unless you try. He just says that since there is no divorce in the PI, you have to get an annulment and it must be difficult to do. (I wouldn’t know). That’s what I got out of that message anyway. Personally I think that many people don’t try hard enough when they get married. They run at the first sign of trouble.
            So actually your statement is correct. Don’t get married if you’re not sure, but if you are sure at the time, work to make it happen, don’t give up so easily.

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