Day 589 of retirement

September 24, 2011

Hi All

Saturday 17th September:

Leisurely morning this morning. After lunch we headed for the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi. While I posted the blog Guy went for a walk to the market and found some very sweet Pineapples.

Emails all sorted and a cruise back home along the coast for a relaxing evening.

Sunday 18th September:

Thunder Monster wash and wax day. She hasn’t had a wash for a couple of weeks so got a good going over this morning.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I joined the expats at Barbarossa for the afternoon. Good turnout today with eight expats solving the problems of the world. There were 4 Aussies, 2 English, 1 Dutch, 1 Swiss.

Back home at 4:15pm and settled in for the evening watching the Aragon MotoGP in Spain.

Great to see Casey Stoner (Aussie) won once again and continue his nice lead in the world championship.

Monday 19th September:

Up early and off on my morning hike with Gerald. We are exploring all the sidetracks round the Meadows Peak area at the moment. We explored two tracks this morning and they both finished up back on Meadows Peak. Just an alternate way to get there.

There had been a little rain over night lower down (muddy & rocks were slippery) but it was fine up on the Peak. The humidity was pretty heavy though, so it was hard going with a lot of sweating happening.

Back home and into the market for supplies in the late morning. Lunched just as the power went off at 11:45am till 1:30pm. We have had continuous power for the last few weeks so it was a nervous time once it went off, till it came back on (always wondering if the rolling brownouts are back….).

So a siesta was in order after lunch and then started my 10th book of the year “The Deceiver” by Frederick Forsyth.

I also cooked a nice big pot of Adobo Pork and Guy did the veggies and rice for dinner. Yum oohhh.

Tuesday 20th September:

Well last night we had a rather disturbed night’s sleep and all due to one local dog. 98% of dogs here on the island are not locked or tied up during the night or day. They roam freely as there is no such thing as a dogcatcher here to regulate this.

Now our neighbors (the Priest’s parents) have two dogs (mother and son). The dogs are good dogs, well looked after and don’t bother us at all. But the female comes on heat every now and then.

Usually this isn’t a problem either, as the local males visit next door and business is taken cared of.

Now as the female is on heat once again the local males are a visiting. There is this one dog that decided that last night he would visit and bark all night at the female. In the still of the night his bark sounded like it was outside the window.

I got up once and shone the torch on him over the fence but he just ignored that. At first light the neighbors got up and chased him off so finally we got some sleep. Crawled out of bed at 10:30am.

Midday Guy off to Mahjong and I had a little siesta before heading to Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi.

Following Wi-Fi, I did a bit of a trip round Boac looking for a new rear tire for the Thunder Monster. As usual nobody has anything like an original road tire and the only one that I could find that would fit is a semi knobby tire (no 90/90 – 18 road tires only 300-18 knobbles). Oh well it will have to do. Will be better on the dirt tracks when I go exploring though. Price was P880 ($21.00 AUS).

Wednesday 21st September:

Guy and I up and off to “the other side of the island” for a ride as it is a right fine day.

We are calling into Harry’s place (Cagpo Beach Resort) to have a look at his new Labrador puppies. Harry and Charmaine are currently back in AUS and haven’t seen their nine new “children” so will email them some pics. Very cute black and white Labs (Farther black & mother white)

Into Torrijos for lunch at this little restaurant we have been to before which is basically under this big tree with all this fine vine hanging off it. Had some very nice Pancit (fine noodles) with a couple of cold Cokes for lunch.

Back home for a relaxing remainder of the afternoon and nice hot cup of tea. Turned out to be a 100km round trip on the Thunder Monster over the mountains and back. It also cured Guy of wanting to go touring round the Philippines on the Thunder Monster (This is the longest she has ridden as a pillion passenger). The little old 125cc is fine for trips on the island but loaded up with us both and add in a backpack with our gear it just isn’t quite up to the task.

Now if I had a Ducati Mutlistrada………..

Guy:  the first hour was quite enjoyable as we are riding in the cool morning and almost no traffic on the road, but on the way back, in the middle of the day, the heat and being immobile made the trip unbearable and I was very happy to be home and realized that longer trips with baggage is not what I would want in the future.

Thursday 22nd September:

Leisurely morning with Guy off to Mahjong at midday. I headed to Boac for some Wi-Fi and also to get a new rear tire and tube for the Thunder Monster.

Dropped the tire and tube off at the cottage and headed south to have a look at the road works going on and call into the block.

At the block the work is under way on the Japanese house. The Japanese guy was there today and I finally meet him. Now he doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Japanese but we did manage to establish that we were neighbors.

On the way home I was cruising on the Thunder Monster and approaching me fast from behind was that un-mistakable sound of a Ducati. The guy flew past me and yep it was a Duke. No mistaking that Trellis frame and Ducati decal on the tank. Looked like a Monster 1100. It looked huge next to the Thunder Monster.

I tried to catch him but no chance. Shall have to make some enquires and see if he is a local or just visiting. Only the second Ducati I have seen since being here in the Philippines.

Aaahhhh miss my old Ducati MS4RT……..

Friday 23rd September:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning hike. Guy left at the same time (5:50am) and walked into the market (6km) to get some supplies. She caught the Jeepney back in time to meet Zieyrish our cleaning / washing lady.

Gerald and I headed for the Grotto, two ridgelines south, and then explored the path going east. We were not quite sure where it would come out but after some bush bashing (where the track ran out a few times) we finally made it over to the Jungle Peak track thus giving us another loop walk.

The walk finished up being 8.5km so a very nice new loop has been discovered.

I now have all the local points of interest and major track junctions mapped on my GPS and that really helps us navigate in the jungle where you can’t see out. When the track ran out past the Grotto we could see via the GPS that we were only 500m from the Jungle Peak track so we persevered and made it through. Love my GPS as it is very easy to get turned around in the jungle.

After lunch a siesta was in order after our hectic morning. Some reading followed in the cool oscillations of the fan.

I also did the rubbish sorting ready for a burn up

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

Other Stuff:

You just never know:

On Monday 19th September I received an email in my inbox from a Bonnie C. More SPAM I thought but once opening it I discovered that it was from a class mate (Class of 68) from Concordia College (CC) where I did my high schooling. Sadly the email was to let the class know of the passing of one of our classmates.

When I left CC some 40 something years ago I lost all contact with my old classmates. I did often wonder what happened to them but never did anything about it.

Then this email turns up from Bonnie. Sadly I missed the reunion that they had back in June this year but they are looking at another one in 3-4 years. One possibility is when we all turn 60 (4 years away).

So thanks to Bonnie, I will finally start to catch-up on my old classmates and where they are all now.

The “New Peoples Army” (NPA)

As I reported in my last blog post the NPA, who are a communist based group of insurgents, (also known as people with No Permanent Address) have been sighted in the local area and over Torrijos way (other side of the island) in the last couple of weeks.

Late last week the Police decided it was time to check them out and went looking for them back up in the boondocks. They didn’t find them (and the locals haven’t seen them lately either) so guessing that they have now moved on.


Day 582 of retirement

September 17, 2011

Hi All

Saturday 10th September:

Yolanda and some of the boys are here this morning cleaning up and getting ready for the expats gathering here at the cottage Nipa Hut tomorrow. John (Pom & Yolanda his wife) is putting on the beer and doing a Pork chop barbecue for lunch and a bit of a birthday bash for me as well.

Guy and I off to Boac for some Wi-Fi and also some noodles for lunch at the Boac Hotel. Very yummy.

Back home by 2:30pm

The beer and chops have been deposited in the fridge ready for the party.

Ooohhh and the first Lansones fruit for the season have appeared. Still not real sweet so will leave them for a few days to ripen. Did I tell you I love Lansones.

Ooohhh and Jerry (Guy’s brother) has my residency ACR (Identity Card) in his hot little hands. I authorized him to pick it up on my behalf once it was completed. So will pick it up when next back in Manila.

Sunday 11th September:

Guy off to Mahjong at 10:00am. Yolanda and a couple of the boys arrived at 10:30am to setup for the expat / my birthday gathering.

We had barbecued Pork chops with home cooked potato wedges with a potato salad supplied by Harry and Charmaine from Beach Club Cagpo. Food was fantastic.

The gathering commenced at 12:00noon (with 8 in attendance) and everybody headed for their respective homes at 4:15am. Was a great day under the Nipa Hut with a few beers and some iced teas consumed while solving the problems of the world.

And to top it off Guy had a big win at Mahjong.

Monday 12th September:

Up early (5:00am) and off for an early morning walk with Gerald. As we have had just under 70mm of rain since Friday the boondocks exploring was put on hold as it would be too muddy and slippery.

Did a walk up the “fire trail” and back. It’s a good hill climb up which provides a good workout.

Home to a shower and siesta before lunch. And a little siesta after lunch as well.

We headed into Boac at 3:30pm to see our travel agent and finalize out trip with Guy’s kids (Jo & Jordan) to Boracay (coming Deb & Pam????) in January 2012. Once again we had to pay for the whole trip in cash as no credit cards can be used. So a visit to the bank and P53,500 ($1,275 AUS) later our flights (Manila to Boracay and back) with 8 nights / 9 days (Breakfast included) for all four of us was sorted.

Picked up my TEVA sandals on the way home from the shoe man as they needed the soles re-glued back on. I have had these since May 2007 and they have been all over the world with me on my adventures.

They are well worn and extremely comfortable. The shoe man did a great job for P40 ($1.00 AUS) so they should last another year or two.

I did purchase a new pair when I left AUS in 2010 so have my “spares” as I haven’t seen them anywhere here including Manila.

Tuesday 13th September:

Got woken up at first light this morning by a ruckus in the ceiling. My first thought was Rats. I banged on the ceiling but that only stopped the noisemakers for a short period. Nato (one of Yolanda’s boys) was here so he got up into the ceiling to see who the culprits were.

Turned out to be two big Tuko lizards getting a little amorous. Nato caught one but the other one escaped outside. He let the captured Toku go away from the cottage so hopefully they have learnt their lesson to stay out of our ceiling. Famous last words hey…..

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I went exploring. Stopped into Gasan and had an iced tea with Geoff at Barbarossa before gassing up the Thunder Monster and off back into them there hills.

I headed for Tabionan (on the Dawis River) some 8km off the main road just up from the cottage. I took a GPS waypoint in the township as Gerald and I are going to do some exploring south of the township and need this as a reference point.

I rode to the end of the road a couple of km past the town and while having a rest watched a husband and wife team panning for gold in the River.

On the way out I checked out the house being built by John (Aussie from Darwin). He was here for a month or so but couldn’t take the brownouts, no aircon, heat and humidity so went back to AUS (Darwin). His wife is building the house still so I guess he maybe back once the house is finished.

Back home for a nice cold Coke and a pleasant relaxing evening.

Wednesday 14th September:

We had a very nice un-planned sleep-in this morning. It was a beautiful morning, not too hot or humid, and with the fan gently oscillating over us we slept till 11:15am.

After a brunch we hit the market for some supplies. Back home for a latish lunch and we watched the afternoon movie “Freejack” with a very young Mick Jagger.

I then spent a couple of hours burning up the house rubbish including the litter, coconut and bamboo rubbish from the beach. Then trimmed the Aroma bush (has big thorns) along the front fence by the incinerator. Put all the trimmings into the incinerator and burnt them up so the thorns wont finish up in my feet one day.

It is interesting to see that when I am cleaning up the beach and the local kids are there, they firstly look at me strangely (what is this white man doing) and then they slowly start picking up bits of rubbish and putting them into my bucket. Hopefully they are learning bit by bit not to litter.

A nice cold shower followed by an even colder Coke finished off the day very nicely.

Thursday 15th September:

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I caught up with Ron.

We called in to see Roger & Heather (missionaries from the USA) in Gasan and had a chat to them about the house they are renting (we are a little interested in the house). They are going back to the USA in November and are now being replaced by another couple that will continue with renting the house.

Off to Boac where we caught up with Wayne (Aussie) who showed us a new medical clinic being setup. It is better equipped than the Boac Hospital so good to know if ever we get crook.

Back to Wayne’s place where Grace provided us with cold juice and sandwiches while we chatted.

Arrived back home at 5:15pm just five minutes ahead of Guy who had a win today.

Friday 16th September:

Today is the 6th year anniversary of Guy and I meeting back in Chatswood (Sydney). Who would have guessed that that “innocent” meeting lead us both to where we are today (married, retired and leading the good simple life). You just never know do you……….

Up early and off hiking with Gerald. Today we headed for Meadows Peak and went looking for an alternate way down on the other side of the peak.

After a bit of exploring, and admiring the view, we found our way down through the next valley to the settlement of Kalong, which is up in them there hills behind Gerald’s place.

After the rain earlier in the week the track was not too bad. Only a couple of muddy slippery sections that we negotiated very carefully. Some of the rocks were quite slippery as well so a careful walk was had by all this morning.

We now have a good loop walk round Meadows Peak of about 8km.

We did discover a couple of other tracks leading off Meadows Peak heading east so will go back and explore some more and see where they end up.

Arrived home and Zieyrish was here for the washing and cleaning.

After she finished, we headed for Boac for our 6th anniversary lunch in the restaurant overlooking the town square (same place we went for my birthday). The food is actually not too bad at all.

The Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi was the next port of call and then home with a quick stop for some fresh Pandecoco.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Other Stuff:

The “New Peoples Army” (NPA)

The NPA (also known as people with No Permanent Address) are a communist based group of insurgents who are scattered throughout the Philippines. They visit the island every now and then and there have been several sightings in the last week just up the road from us and also over on Harry’s side of the island (Torrijos way).

They live back in the mountains when here and visit smaller villages at nighttime looking for “donations” (food and or cash).

Last week they “visited” the little village up from Gerald’s. Nothing this week though. They don’t cause too much trouble, as that would have the Police swarming all over them.

Several years ago they got into a gunfight with the Police up Santa Cruz way and a Policeman was shot dead. But they have been pretty quiet here on the island since then.

No More Mountain Bikes:

On Wednesday 14th September I closed another chapter of my previous life by selling my mountain bikes. When I left AUS in May 2010 I left 3 mountain bikes with my good friends Ben S & Kim S. The aim was to ship them over once we were settled.

I have discovered that the conditions for mountain biking are not the best in the jungle. The tracks are too steep, narrow, slippery and muddy. They are really hiking tracks only.

At first I missed my bikes as I have been riding bikes all my life. But now I am into hiking (which I have also done all my life) with Gerald and with so much more of the island to explore, the bike riding is but a distant memory now.

The decision was made when we were back in AUS in March 2011 to sell the bikes.

Ben S undertook the challenge to sell my bikes for me and on Wednesday 14th this was completed. Ben sold 2 bikes on eBay and he bought my 29er himself.

So no more mountain bikes. Chapter closed.


Day 575 of retirement

September 10, 2011

Hi All

Saturday 3rd September:

Power was supposed to go off at midnight but it stayed on all night. We were scheduled to have power all day and so it was. It was then supposed to go off at 4:00 but stayed on all night. Just maybe we have had some fuel delivered to the generators???

After breakfast we headed to the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi. Had a leisurely lunch while we were there. I wandered round Boac while Guy caught up on her Wi-Fi and bought a few supplies.

We arrived home at 3:00pm and had our showers as the power was scheduled to go off at 4:00pm. It didn’t so we enjoyed an evening of “the power on” (waiting for it to go off….).

We just had 24-hours of continuous power, the first time in several weeks. Yyyeeaaaa…..

Sunday 4th September:

Power on for the whole 24-hours. Miracles do happen.

Guy off to Mahjong at 10:00am and I gave the Thunder Monster a good old wipe down as she was still nice and clean after last weeks shine. Then off to Barbarossa for the expat gathering at midday. Big crowd today with nine all up.

Back home and settled into the MotoGP race at San Marino, Misano, Italy. Casey Stoner came in third and lost a little ground in the leader board but he is still on top overall.

Monday 5th September:

Power now back on 24/7 at the moment.

Up and off to Boac with Ron at 10:00am. We all had a few things to do including getting some Bacon which was currently in stock (you can’t always get bacon here).

Also called into the Marelco (Power Company) to pay last month’s bill (August). Our bill was P831 ($20.00 AUS). This is about half our normal bill due to all the rolling brownouts we experienced in August.

Once the chores were completed we headed back to Gasan and the Barbarossa for Cheese Burgers (real home made ones) with Fries for lunch. A few iced teas washed it all down nicely.

Home to a nice hot cup of tea and a siesta under the fan (clear sky and a hot humid one today).

John (Pom) called in for a chat in the Nipa Hut late in the afternoon.

Tuesday 6th September:

Market day so off to the Gasan market. On the way we looked at two houses for sale. The first one we looked at was not for us so didn’t even bother looking inside.

The second one actually looks okay from the outside so we arrange to look inside. Nobody has lived in it for a year or two, which is not good in the tropics.

Nice house on a nice block but you would need to spend quite a bit on renovations. Once again not for us.

We have people coming out the woodwork at the moment wanting to sell us their houses. We will keep looking just incase we find something we like. But still leaning to building our own house how we want it on our block.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I headed for the Boac hotel form some Wi-Fi. Picked up some fresh Pandecoco on the way home. Cooked up a nice pot of Beef Adobo for dinner today and tomorrow.

Wednesday 7th September:

After a breakfast of coffee, tea and Pandecoco we headed off to look at a house and some land a guy has offered us.

It is just outside Gasan and 2.8km back into the mountains along one of the rivers. Nice block but it is on a flood plain on the bend in the river. One day there will be water flowing through the house when it floods.

And the road in is a 2.8km track (2km of dirt track) along the river. Fine now as we haven’t had rain for a week but has some very muddy patches in the wet. So not for us.

Off to our block for a further look at our layout for a house, shed, well, septic, etc. We are still extremely happy with our block and wouldn’t swap it with anything we have seen so far.

Back home and time to burn up all the rubbish, as it is nice and hot at the moment. As we haven’t had any rain for a week everything is quite dry (still extremely humid) so good burning weather.

Did a beach cleanup as well and had to have a swim to cool off part way through. Stood under the hose for a while before lunch to cool off and wash off a layer of sweat and grime from my morning’s work.

While I was burning and cleaning up, Guy did her Zumba routine via the DVDs she bought back in AUS.

After lunch a siesta was in order for us both.

We need a big storm to water the garden, cool things down a bit and get rid of some of this humidity.

Thursday 8th September:

John (Pom) called in for a morning chat and a cup of tea. After he left it was time to visit the market for the supplies for the next few days.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and time for a siesta for me. Then into town to get some thin nylon cord so I can make a long tape measure.

I tried to get a 20-30m tape measure here on the island but can’t find one so making one out of cord. I had marked the cord every 1m with a texta color and every 3m I have a piece of duct tape with the appropriate measurement on it. My tape measure is 20m long overall and works a treat.

Off to the block and using my home made tape measure, a rock as a hammer and the bolo to cut marking stakes, I got our northern boundary all marked out now. Dong (Laura’s partner) helped me, so that made it a little easier.

Came home hot and bloodied as in a couple of sections, I had to hack my way through the jungle to get a line. I think every thorny vine there decided to take a grip on me and leave a nice scratch.

Home and a nice cool shower followed by some good old aussie Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream on the bites and scratches worked a treat.

Friday 9th September:

My birthday today and I turn the ripe young age of 56.

Started the day doing what I love, hiking in the great outdoors. Headed back into the boondocks with Gerald exploring once again. As you may know we have been looking for a way across the ridge behind Gerald’s to the river beyond for the last few months.

We have been marking possible paths with the GPS and exploring each one, which has led to dead ends. Today all that exploring paid off when we finally found the track down the other side of the ridge to the river.

We then walked out along the river to the main road and back to Gerald’s (a 11km loop walk).

About 1km from Gerald’s we had a nice heavy rainstorm so we sheltered till it passed and another one hit 500m out which we also sheltered from. Made it back to Gerald’s still dry. After a refreshing cold iced tea followed by a hot cup of tea I headed for home and wouldn’t you know it, about 1km from home on the Thunder Monster, I got hit with another rain storm and got thoroughly wet through this time.

Ooohhh well at least it has cleared up some of the humidity, cooled things down a bit and watered the garden (settled the dust).

Zieyrish here for the washing and cleaning.

At midday, after Zieyrish had finished, we headed for Boac for a nice lunch at an upstairs café over looking the town square. Very pleasant indeed.

Then round the corner to the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi. Afternoon storm hit Boac so we sat it out Wi-Fiing.

Guy spoke to a local travel agent to organize a visit to Borocay in January 2012 for us all (Me, Guy, Jordan & Jo (Guy’s son and daughter). The agent came round to see us at the hotel and we discussed a few options. In the planning stage at the moment looking at costs and availability.

Rainstorm passed and we cruised back home for a relaxing evening.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 568 of retirement

September 3, 2011

Hi All

Saturday 27th August:

Got up at 6:00am (as we had power) and filled all the water containers, washed up and had a shower. The power was off again at 8:00am till 5:00pm.

Still got the cold and still on the drugs. Guy is on the mend but it has taken a while. Colds here in the tropics seem to hang on for weeks. They just won’t go away.

At 1:30pm we caught the Jeepney into Gasan to attend the wedding of Andreas (Swedish) and Rowena (Local). Andreas has been here for a while and has been attending the Barbarossa Sunday gatherings. He’s a builder from Sweden and they intend to settle back in Sweden.

John (Pom), Geoff (Pom), Lyndon (Aussie visiting as wife is a local), Guy and I made to the reception with Lyndon, Guy and I attending the church wedding as well.

Andreas was glad to see us being the only other westerners apart from him self as none of his family could make it. Lots of good food was had by all.

And we also were able to find out that the rolling brownouts will be with us for the next 2-weeks ish due to no fuel available for the island generators. We will have 9-hours power off then 7-hours power on. So in one 48-hour period we complete a full cycle, which gives us, power every second night and every second day.

It’s not too bad when you know when the power will be off.

Power off at midnight.

Sunday 28th August:

Power back on at 8:30am till 4:00pm.

The Thunder Monster got her usual wash and wax (with a little extra) this morning. Also went over her with some good old WD-40 and touched any rust spots. After one year she is in pretty good shape given she’s living in the salty sea air.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:00am and I hit Barbarossa at midday for the expat gathering.

Got home at 3:00pm as I wanted to do an oil change on the Thunder Monster. Got that all done along with a nice hot cup of tea and some fresh Pandecoco.

Dinner in the dark once again.

Monday 29th August:

Power back on at 1:00am, off again at 8:00am and back on again at 4:45pm.

I got up at 1:00am and filled the water containers, did the washing up and plugged all electronic gadget in for recharging.

After my 1:00am chores I had a nice cup of tea and settled in for the Indianapolis MotoGP which started at 2:00am. Casey Stoner had another great win and extends his lead further in the world championship.

Back to bed at 3:00am and the alarm went off at 5:00am for my walk with Gerald.

Still not feeling the best so a short walk was in order. Back home to a scoop shower and off to the market for some supplies.

At 11:30am we headed up to the block to meet up with the surveyors. They are there to survey our block, the Japanese block and the rest of Laura’s land. For P8,000 ($190.00 AUS) they will survey our boundary markers officially. Will be good to know that our boundary line will then be accurate.

The afternoon was spent siesta-ing, reading with cold ice tea under the Nipa hut. I also finished my 8th book of the year “The Negotiator” by Frederick Forsyth. Enjoyed the read.

Power off at midnight.

Tuesday 30th August:

Power back on at 8:30am and off at 4:00pm.

We are both feeling a little better this morning from our colds. That dry cough has almost gone and the thick head is subsiding. Another rest day today……..

Quick trip up to our block as the surveyors have finished surveying and have placed in the new boundary markers.

The previous survey markerss that were there just happen to be some 20m (yep 20m) out. So this now moves our block 20m further to the north. It actually is to our benefit as it gives us more high land. We had a shallow creek along the front of our block which is now on the right of way (ROW) / Japanese block.

And the Nipa hut we build is in the middle of the block now which also suits us better. We have organized for the workers to clear our boundary line all the way round which will give us a better picture. But from all our looking so far, I think we have come out of this in the plus.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday. After lunch I had a little siesta and then hit the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi. Cruised back home along the coast enjoying a beautiful afternoon. Got my shower in before the power went off at 4:00pm.

Started reading my 9th book of the year “Icon” by Frederick Forsyth.

Wednesday 31st August:

Power back on 1:00am off at 8:00am on at 5:00pm and off at midnight.

Got up at 6:00am and did my usual chores and then back to bed for nap after.

John (the pom) arrived after breakfast for a chat and a cup of tea.

After he left I ducked up to see Ron and organized Guy’s birthday treat for tomorrow. Ron and Vicki are joining Guy and I and we going across to the other side of the island (Torrijos way) to visit Harry (Aussie) and his wife Charmaine at their Beach Club Cagpo for a very nice lunch. I texted Ron yesterday but with all the brownouts the SMART mobile network is failing to send 80% of the texts you send (and it’s not just my texts its all SMART users). Ron never got my text.

Guy also texted Vicki this morning re Mahjong but she never received these texts either. Technology is great WHEN it works….

Guy off to Mahjong at midday with Vicki. After a siesta I headed back to the block and had a good look round our “new” block and I’m actually very happy with the area we now have.

As it was quite hot and humid this afternoon, I went into Gasan and caught up with Geoff (pom) and Lyndon (aussie) for a few iced teas at the Barbarossa. After a chat to them I went for a walk round the back streets of Gasan and took a few photos.

Then cruised home the long way on the Thunder Monster ready for the power to come back on at 5:00pm.

Thursday 1st September:

Power off at midnight, back on at 9:30am and off at 4:00pm.

Guy’s birthday today. Started the day with fresh Papaya marinated in Kalamansi (Lime) juice followed by tea and coffee.

At 11:00am Ron and Vicki picked us up and we all headed for Harry’s (Aussie) Beach Club Cagpo for a very nice lunch over Malbog/Torrijos way (the other side of the island past Mt Malindig).

Harry and his wife Charmaine looked after us exceptionally well with some great food as we all spent a couple of hours eating, drinking and chatting.

You can check out Beach Club Cagpo at www.beachclubcagpo.com

On the way home we called in to see Lyf (Danish) and Elena (Local) who live up in the hills at the foot of Mt Malindig. Had a Coke and chat to them before getting home just on five and an evening by headlight (no power).

Friday 2nd September:

Power on at 1:00am and off at 8:00am. On at 4:00pm off at 5:00pm and on at 6:00pm and off at midnight.

Gerald had to cancel our walk this morning but I got up at 5:00am anyway and did my usual chores including filling the two large washing tubs as it’s washing day. Back to bed at 6:00am for a snooze till 7:30am when Zieyrish arrived to do our washing.

At 8:00am I headed up to see Gerald for a chat and a cup of tea as he was home. Back home at 9:00am and off to the market for some supplies.

Decided to do pasta with Pork mince sauce (only the second time we have done pasta since we have been here). Picked a nice fresh piece of Pork but as the power was off the mincing machine was out of action. So one of the butcher boys put the meat on a large chopping block and with a bolo proceeded to work his way chopping through the meat one way then the other several time. The “mince” actually came out really good. Some of the best mince I have ever had and made a great sauce mix.

We also had a look at two houses for rent / sale. One was right on the beach (the waves crash into the front wall) just outside of Gasan but not for us. The sea spray has taken its toll on the house already, I’m afraid.

The other is in the back streets behind the market in Gasan. This one looks pretty good from the outside and it is in pretty good condition. We will go back and have a look inside next week.

Lunch was leftovers from yesterday as I cooked up the mince and sauce and let it marinate for dinner tonight.

As it was hot, still and humid and we are both still suffering from our colds, the afternoon was spent in the Nipa hut reading and we both managed a nice siesta as well. We certainly feel the humidity when there is no breeze. We are acclimatizing slow but these still, humid days test us especially with no power and no fan…..

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Other Stuff:

Fuel for the island power generator:

In the newspaper dated Wednesday 31st August there was an article giving us an update on the fuel supplies for the generators on the islands.

There are currently 21 diesel generating plants on islands in the Philippines that are experiencing scheduled rotating brownouts due to limited fuel supplies. Marinduque being one of these.

The Marinduque generator barge consists of four generators housed on it. So if one breaks down the other three can still operate.

P1.6Billion ($38m AUS) has been released for fuel for the 21 generating plants. This is approximately 3-4 months supply by the figures that we have been given.

The fuel supply contract is out and closes on September 3rd. Once the supplier has accepted the fuel barges are ready to deliver the fuel when they are loaded.

For fuel to get to Marinduque it could take another 2-5 days.

So given this we would expect that we would have a stable power supply by this time next week (8-9th September). Hopefully.

So given this, we will have our stable power back when we get it back……..

And how long will the fuel last? Till it runs out again…….

Note:

All care but no responsibility for the accuracy of these figures as I am only going by the information I have at hand which may or may not be correct………   🙂