Day 561 of retirement

Hi All

Saturday 20th August:

Gasan Festival Day today. Gasan is 402 years old so there are various festivities happening.

We headed in to the covered basketball court at 10:00am for the “Drum & Glockenspiel” competition. There are four local schools that have put together teams to compete. There is lots of drumming & glockenspieling and the kids (quite young) get right into their dance routine.

They have up to ten minutes to perform their routine. And the great thing is that there are four prizes so everybody goes home happy.

Following on was the announcing of the first, second and third prizes for the Kalesa (horse drawn carriage) competition. The one Guy loved (see the pic) came in third.

Tonight they had dancing back in the covered basketball court but as it was rainy we didn’t attend.

After the “Drum & Glockenspiel” competition” we headed for the market to re-supply and home for lunch.

After lunch we headed to the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi, which was stable although not real fast. Got the blog posted and both sorted out our emails.

It rained on the way to Boac so it was ponchos on and also rained on the way home so ponchos on once again. At least it isn’t cold.

Dinner is a big pot of chicken adobo with veg. Yum……

Sunday 21st August:

Thunder Monster wash and wax this morning. Guy off to Mahjong at 10:00am for an early start.

I headed to Barbarossa at midday and wouldn’t you know it, it rained on the way in. So poor old Thunder Monster got dirty pretty quickly. Ooooohhhh well it is the wet season.

Usual crowd at Barbarossa. Meet Lyndon a young aussie guy who is married to a local gal. He is here on holiday while sorting out an aussie residency for his wife. Also Andreas (young Swedish guy) was back. He has been along the last few weeks as his fiancé is from Gasan and they are getting married here next Saturday.

A few of us are going along, as he knows no other “westerners” here on Marinduque.

Monday 22nd August:

Power off sometime during the night and back on at 7:00am. Then off again from 11:30am to 1:30pm (2-hours).

Up at 5:00am (in the brownout) for our Monday walk but at 5:30am a nice storm hit (rain, thunder and lightning). So after a few texts with Gerald we called off the walk. It rained until 9:00am so a good call.

Guy is still suffering from her cold and I have a touch of it as well, we slept in till 11:00am (purely for medical purposes of course).

Late lunch and off to Gasan via Jeepney to replace our empty spare gas cylinder (13kg cylinder for gas cooking stove). Caught a Trike back with the full gas cylinder.

We then walked down the road to our local Sari-Sari store to replenish my Coke supplies. A walk back along the beach finished up the day nicely.

I also finished my 7th book of the year, “The Dogs of War” by Frederick Forsyth. Started my 8th book of the year “The Negotiator” by Frederick Forsyth.

Tuesday 23rd August:

Market day so in to get some supplies for the next few days.

Then off to see Ron who has just got back from the USA after being away for the last 4-weeks. He was out so will go back tomorrow and catch up.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday. On the way in we dropped off my Mountains Designs “Outrace” daypack at the one eyed sowing machine man as it has started to come to bits at the top. I bought it new in February 2010 and it has been used pretty much daily ever since and served me well in all my travels and weather conditions.

The man sowed in a patch on the frayed side and also did the same on the other side just incase. He did a great job for the sum of P40 ($0.95 AUS).

After dropping Guy off I had a nice little siesta at home. Then a trip to the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi was in order (42km round trip).

Cruised home along the coast in the late afternoon cool sea breeze.

Wednesday 24th August:

John (the Pom) dropped in for a chat and a cup of tea round 8:30am. After he left we headed up to see Ron and Vicki who have returned after being back in the USA for just over 4-weeks. Had a good chat to them and caught up in all their travels.

Ron (he’s a very spritely 76 years old) is a reformed alcoholic (36 years dry now) and met his daughter (54 years old) for the first time in 15 odd years and two grand kids for the first time ever. It all went well and we saw the beautiful photo album that they made for Ron with all their pics.

After lunch we had a trip to Buenavista to see our architect Montemayor. He has completed the plans for the Japanese house next to ours and is also going to supervise the building so very interested to see the plans and costing.

The house is a two-story three-bedroom place of 84-square metres in total. Our proposed house is a single story, two-bedroom, 96 square metre dwelling.

They are looking at a cost estimate of P20,000 per square metre which equals to P1,680,000 ($40,000 AUS) in total.

Building will start in a week or so and they expect / want to be in the house by Christmas. We shall be following the process very closely and learn what we can, ready for building our house. At this stage that maybe next year (2012). We shall see.

Power off at 9:00pm so we went to bed for an early night.

Thursday 25th August:

Power back on when we got up but off at 10:00am till 11:00am.

I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the beach as we had a nice high tide last night that has deposited all the rubbish in one nice neat line.

Got the incinerator going and deposited all the picked litter into it. Got a separate firing going on the beach and burnt up a lot of the coconut, bamboo and other wooden stuff.

Guy off to Mahjong with Vicki at midday and I caught up with Ron and we headed for Boac. After a few supplies there we went to see Wayne (Aussie) and Grace (Local) for a chat. Grace as usual plied us with soup, noodles and cold drinks.

The rain set in and it rained most of the afternoon as we get the tail end of Typhoon “Mina”. It didn’t effect us directly as it is way out east of us.

Also looks like we maybe back on rolling brownouts. The generator is looking even better.

The power went off at midnight.

Friday 26th August:

The power came back on at 8:30am (8.5-hours brownout).

As Guy recovers from her cold, I got it last night. Sore throat (took some drugs) and generally feeling “flat”. Ooohhhh well plenty time to recover.

Zieyrish here at 8:00 to do the washing. As I didn’t know when the power would come back on, I carted water from the hand pump on the well for Zieyrish. And of course just as I finished, the power came back on.

We headed into the market for supplies for the next few days and some nice fresh Pandecoco’s.

After lunch it was off to the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi. Emails and stuff all done and back home at 3:30pm. Just after 4:00pm off went the power till midnight ish.

Yep we are back on 8-hour rotating power rationing again. Lack of fuel for the generators is what we are hearing is the issue, again….

Life is still good.

Trevor & Guy

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