Day 743 of retirement

February 25, 2012

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Hi All

Saturday 18th February:

Guy off to Mahjong at 10:45am and I headed for Boac for some Wi-Fi to post the blog and do web stuff. After completing my Wi-Fi stuff I went exploring the back roads out the back of Boac.

I made my way to the Boac River just outside of Boac and followed the dirt road on the southern side of the river going back into the mountains till it ran out (10km from the main road).

I took a GPS reading as this is where we hope to pop out of the mountains when we do our across the island walk. This will give us an aiming point should we get navigationally challenged (lost) in the tricky middle 10km section.

I crossed the river back in Boac and did the same thing on the northern side of the river and discovered that the road on this side finished about 500m from the road’s end on the southern side. This gives us 2 GPS way points to aim for depending on what side of the river we find ourselves at this point.

Cruised back home in time for a little siesta before Guy arrived home.

I plotted out the GPS coordinates on my 1:50:000 maps of the island tonight and it has confirmed my previous observations that the details of the interior are way off. Roads, villages, tracks, bridges are 1-2km out in places.

The major towns and landmarks around the coast are pretty much spot on but we will have to use a little navigation imagination in the interior.

Sunday 19th February:

Thunder Monster got her wash and wax this morning. Then she was tucked away for the day as I decided to walk into the expat gathering at Barbarossa (10km round trip).

Guy caught the Jeepney to her midday Mahjong gathering.

We both walked back home at the day’s end. Guy has been walking home (5km) pretty much every time she plays Mahjong now. It is in the cooler of the evening and great exercise.

Monday 20th February:

Leisurely morning with a late trip to Boac for Guy to catch up on her Wi-Fi. We tried the Tahanan Sa Isok Hotel first but no luck so finished up at the Boac Hotel where we managed to get connected (even though its flaky) and have some lunch.

On the way home we had a run in (literally) with a guy outside Boac on the main road. As I came along this guy just stepped out onto the road to cross. I beeped, swerved to the opposite side of the road and slowed down.

The guy just kept on walking and basically walked into my handle bar. Luckily I was down to about 10km/hr at this stage and the only injury was his soft drink bottle, which shattered and sprayed Guy and me with nice cold sticky soft drink.

There were a couple of other guys there who witnessed it and agreed that this guy just didn’t have any awareness of us at all and was lucky we had slowed down and swerved. Luckily nobody was hurt so after wiping the soft drink off the Thunder Monster we were on our way.

Finished reading my 4th book of the year “Serpent’s Tooth” by Faye Kellerman. A great murder mystery.

Tuesday 21st February:

Market day, so off to the market for supplies for the next few days.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I headed south towards Mount Malindig and the village of Sihi, which is on the main round the island road and the foot of Malindig.

I was looking for a side road that goes back into the mountains and according to the map finishes at a little village called Tambuna (8km off the main road). This village is at the headwaters of the Boac River, which we hope to follow all the way to the coast on our cross island walk.

I found the road but only managed to get about 2km along it, as it was just too rough, steep and slippery for the Thunder Monster and her slick road tires. Would have been good on a mountain bike…..

So I turned back and will look at walking in along the road to see where it goes.

Back home, grabbed the laptop and cruised into the Barbarossa (Gasan) for some slowwww USB Broadband. Had a couple of iced teas and a chat to Ron as he breezed through for a coffee.

Wednesday 22nd February:

Today is one of our “rest” days. Once or twice a month Guy and I have a rest day, when we both stay home together and plan nothing. We sleep in, laze around, read, watch a DVD, eat, siesta, and talk about life, love and the universe. It is our time together and we love it……..

What with my hiking, exploring and Wi-Fi and Guy’s Mahjong games, we are kept pretty busy so these “rest” days are grand to just chill out.

I started my 5th book of the year “1st To Die” by James Patterson. It’s a murder mystery. We are looking at a Kindle to solve our problem of having no library, book exchange or bookshop on the island. Thanks to James R, Mikey W and Lyn A for all their great help and advice.

We have been relying on the other expats for books but that is drying up rapidly. We do buy books when we go to Manila but they are big and bulky to carry and store once you have read them.

So a Kindle each maybe the way to go.

Thursday 23rd February:

Awoke to a brownout at 8:30am and it lasted all day till 5:30pm. They were replacing some power poles up Boac way so no power for the day.

Ailyn (the massage lady) arrived at 9:00am for my 2-hour massage. Very nice indeed and a great way to start the day.

After lunch Guy headed off to Mahjong and I made my way to Boac with a stopover to see John (Pom). He is just back from seeing one of his mates, Doggie Dave, up north by Angeles. Doggie Dave is the movie / series download king and John always comes back with loads of movies and series. John lent me his 16GB USB stick with lots of stuff on it so I’ll copy the stuff Guy and I want to look at.

Into Boac and first stop was Tahanan Sa Isok Hotel for some good Wi-Fi. Well they have now added a password to get in and nobody there knew what it was. So off to Boac Hotel. Their Wi-Fi was working okay but the uploads (blog photos) were just not happening. Last resort was the SMART USB Broadband stick, which was actually okay, so got my blog pics uploaded in just over an hour.

Cruised back home and picked up very nice sweet Star Apples from our favorite lady by the market. Her Star Apples are the best. They are like a green apple but the flesh inside is soft and very sweet (if you get the good ones). We love them along with the mangoes, which are coming into season as well.

Friday 24th February:

Up early, and off to Gerald’s for our early morning walk up to Calong and back.

After the walk and over a cup of tea we discussed further the across the island walk and the recon trips we need to do before we set a date. Over the next few weeks we have a couple of exploratory trips to do to determine the best route and to get some GPS waypoint as emergency exit points to aim for, should we get navigationally challenged on the centre un-charted section of the walk.

We talked about the logistics of the trip looking at some worst-case scenario possibilities (having to swim across the river, spending nights in the jungle, getting navigationally challenged (lost), etc). Also looked at taking emergency food supplies, being totally self sufficient for 4 days, water purification, foot wear, etc.

Gerald is also just back from Manila where he purchased a new 40L High Sierra pack and Merrell hiking boots. Time to wear them in before the big trek.

Arrived back home and Cherry was here doing the washing and cleaning. Guy had also been into the market via Jeepney for some very nice Pork Spare Ribs and veggies for dinner.

After lunch I gave the Thunder Monster an oil and filter change. She’s all refreshed and ready to go once again

Guy and I spent the afternoon resting, reading with a little siesta thrown in for good measure.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 736 of retirement

February 18, 2012

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Monday 13th February:

Up at 5:00am for my early morning walk with Gerald and was greeted by a brownout. The power came back on at 5:45am so all good as I left at 6:00am.

Guy got up as well as she had to ring Jordan’s school back in AUS (3-hours ahead of us) to pay for a school excursion he was going on today and had forgotten to let Guy know about. After several calls to the school it was all sorted out and Jordan could go on his excursion.

The walk this morning was just up to Calong and back (7km trip) as it is very wet and slippery at the moment with all the rain. We have had nearly double the average February rainfall so far this month.

Arrived back at Gerald’s to be greeted by another brownout, which had started at 7:00am. After a cup of tea I was home by 8:30am and the power came back on at 8:45am so a quick shower was had just in case it went off again.

Late morning and we headed for Boac (20km away) and some Wi-Fi at the Tahanan Sa Isok Hotel. We managed to dodge the rain on the way in but it did rain fairly heavily while we were there. We got the blog posted, emails sorted and Skyped Jo (Guy’s daughter) and Lisa P (our good friend in Sydney).

At 3:30pm we packed up and made our way home once again missing the afternoon rains although the road was wet and the road works outside Boac were a swamp once again. Poor old Thunder Monster is now very muddy.

We had another brownout from 7:00pm till 8:00pm but luckily had already finished our dinner by this time, so all good.

Tuesday 14th February:

It is our second wedding anniversary today and it has been an amazing 2-years. Actually what an amazing 7-years it has been (the total time Guy and I had been together). It has been exciting, adventurous and we have had the best time together pursuing our joint and own interests as well (Eg: Guy’s Mahjong and my Outdoors activities).

We had a bit of a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast before heading to the market for some supplies. At midday Guy was off to Mahjong and I had a cleaning day at the cottage.

With all the rain our veranda has this lovely sheet of green slippery fungi growing on it. The only way to remove it is with a stiff brush and some elbow grease so feeling a little tired tonight after the scrubbing. Then a splash of Bleach keeps it at bay for a few months.

As the Thunder Monster missed her wash on Sunday and she got all muddy again yesterday, she got a wash today (no wax). The rain is still about but easing so she will be nice and dirty by next Sunday I am sure.

I cooked up some very nice Pork Adobo Spare Ribs for dinner (one of our favorite meals) as we enjoyed a very relaxing evening.

Wednesday 15th February:

Leisurely morning with a trip into the market for some supplies for the next few days. After lunch I walked (9km round trip) up to see Gerald and Guy settled in with the Seinfeld DVD series 1 and 2.

Gerald and I have wanted to walk across the island (west to east – 30km as the crow flies) but up till now the Police have recommended against it due to the possibility of running into the National Peoples Army (NPA) insurgents who have been known to shelter in the interior.

The two 10km sections in from each end are on “fire trail” type tracks with the middle 10km being through the interior where there are no roads and the only tracks are the ones used by the mountain people.

Gerald meet with the island Police Chief and Chief of Intelligence yesterday and they informed him that at the moment the island is NPA free and if we wanted to attempt the crossing, now is the time. They offered to assist us wherever they could with check ins along the way to ensure we are okay.

We will look at taking a “fixer” with us who will be able to assist with the middle 10km section by negotiating with mountain people to guide us through this mountain section.

We will need to be self sufficient for several days as we make our way through this section (this will be my favorite bit). We anticipate that the whole trip will take us 3-4 days.

We are looking at the end of March for the crossing so will spend the next 5-weeks training up. We are still pretty fit from our round the island walk so our fitness won’t be a problem.

While at Gerald’s, Sam the Filipino American / Israeli guy turned up so had a quick chat to him and then left him and Gerald to have a chin wag. I walked home along the beach in the cool afternoon breeze.

Guy got through to episode 10 of series 2 of Seinfeld before we had had enough for the day.

Thursday 16th February:

Woke up to a brownout at 8:45am and it was off all day till 4:15pm.

Ailyn (the massage lady) arrived at 9:00am for Guy’s 2-hour massage this morning. I did a rubbish burn up and cleaned the beach of litter at the same time.

As I was all nice and hot and bothered I had a scoop shower (no power) to cool off. Ailyn finished Guy’s massage at 11:15am so we enjoyed a nice big fresh pot of Pork Sinigang for lunch.

After lunch Guy headed for Mahjong and I made my way to Boac for some Wi-Fi at the Tahanan Sa Isok Hotel. The power was on in Boac so no problems there. I managed to get all my stuff done and cruised home with a quick stop at the Gasan bakery for some Pandecoco.

The power came back on just after I arrived so good timing on my behalf.

Friday 17th February:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our early morning walk. We both were a bit sluggish this morning in the humidity so a walk up to Calong and back (7km) was the order of the day.

Back home and Cherry was here for the washing and cleaning day. She also delivered some fresh Buko (Coconuts) so got the factory up and running to process them.

A quiet day at home chilling (with a little siesta) was the order of the day.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 731 of retirement

February 13, 2012

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Saturday 4th February:

After a busy week we had a sleepin this morning. We finally got up at 11:15am. Last night was one of the coldest nights we have had. I had to pull the sheet right over me last night……..

At midday Guy headed off to Mahjong and I cruised to Boac for some Wi-Fi and post the blog. I tried the Boac Hotel but their Wi-Fi was very slow and flaky today. I just couldn’t get the blog pics to load.

So I packed up and made my way to the Tahanan Sa Isok hotel behind the market. This place had great Wi-Fi until about 6 months ago when it broke. I tried going back a few times but they hadn’t fixed it. Today I was in luck as their Wi-Fi was fixed and working like it used to, stable and quick enough.

I got the blog posted and an update to the Mac done before cruising home along the coast in the cool afternoon on the Thunder Monster.

Sunday 5th February:

The Thunder Monster got a spring clean, wash and wax today. I removed the seat and all the guards and washed her top to bottom then waxed everything I could get to (fuel tanks, mud guards, exhaust, engine covers, wheels, etc.).

I also used a very small paintbrush and apply WD-40 to any parts that even look like it is corroding. I have been doing this since new and the Monster has faired very well living next to the sea. She still looks like new.

Yeah I know, I have tooooo much time on my hands but I actually enjoy doing it.

Retirement – Indulging oneself in the things that one enjoys at the time that one chooses…

Midday and Guy off to Mahjong and I caught up with the expats at the Barbarossa.

Monday 6th February:

It was supposed to be our walk morning but Gerald has an injury to his foot so opted out to let his foot heal. I cruised up on the Thunder Monster at 9:00am for a cup of tea and a chat.

Gerald has been making enquiries re climbing Mt Malindig. We will need to notify the Barangay Captain of our intentions and he will provide us with a guide for the climb, which will cost a few hundred Pesos.

Mt Malindig is actually made up of three peaks. The closest one to the road is the true summit (highest point which we will climb first) and the furthest one away has a crater in it as this is an extinct volcano.

The Crater summit may require us to climb in from the back of the mountain as Gerald’s contact reckons that there are cliffs and a chasm between the first and second summits which stops access to the third summit (the Crater).

After lunch we called into the Japanese house (next to our block) to have a look at their progress. They weren’t home but we had a sticky beak.

Then off to Buenavista to pay our council rates for 2012. Our 2,908sqm of beachfront property cost us P55 ($1.31 AUS) for the year. This includes a 10% discount because we paid before the end of March. Bargain.

Called into Gasan on the way home for a few supplies and the ATM as it was down yesterday. All good today so cashed up once again.

We also called in to see the sewing man up the road from us. Our friend Bec (back in Adelaide) is sassing out the possibility of getting some kids’ sequined tee shirts made for sale back in AUS. Guy is talking to the locals to see if we can generate some business for them to supply the tee shirts. Further enquires are required by Guy at this stage.

Finished the day with a walk along the beach just before sunset.

Also finished my 2nd book of the year “The Ice Beneath You” by Christian Bauman. An okay read about a down on his luck retired USA soldier and his flash backs to Somalia.

Started my 3rd book of the year “Storm on the Horizon” by David J Morris. About a battle in the Gulf War.

Tuesday 7th February:

Leisurely morning reading and relaxing. At 11:30am we headed for the market and on the way home I dropped Guy off at Mahjong.

I spent the afternoon chilling (including a little siesta) and cooking up some Adobo for dinner.

Wednesday 8th February:

Guy is off to the mainland (Laguna) to see an old work friend of hers, Thelma, from Cebu (previously working in the USA) who is visiting her family. They intend catching up with another old work mate and having a girls’ reunion.

This is the first time since being in the Philippines that we have travelled apart. Kind of weird.

I dropped Guy off at Cawit port for the midday Ro-Ro to Lucena. Guy will catch a bus then a Jeepney to get to her final destination.

After lunch I headed to Boac for some Wi-Fi at the Boac Hotel. I arrived home to a brownout but the power came back on 15-minutes later so all good.

I got a text from Guy at 1:30am (yes am) to say that she had arrived safely. She had actually sent it earlier in the evening but due to the interesting mobile network here, it arrived about 4-hours late.

Thursday 9th February:

Another brownout at 9:15am and it lasted till 6:00pm. They are trimming trees along the main line hence the brownout.

Ailyn arrived at 9:15am for my 2-hour massage. Very nice way to start the day.

At 12:30pm I pickup up Gerald on the Thunder Monster and we cruised up to Boac to see Wayne (Aussie) and Grace (local). Had a good chat to them and Grace piled us with some yummy food as always.

We made our way back home by 4:00pm, dodging the afternoon rain showers along the way.

The power was back on at 6:00pm so all good for the evening’s DVD’s.

Friday 10th February:

Cherry here this morning for the washing and cleaning. After she left I did a quick run into the market to get some supplies for Guy’s return tomorrow.

It rained on and off for most of the afternoon so I hang out round the house. I cleaned my camera gear and caught up on some photo processing / sorting.

I organized “Ron’s Limo Service” to pick up Guy when she arrives tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm on the Ro-Ro at Balanacan (1-hour drive away). He will pick me up at 1:30pm and we will meet Guy at the port after her 4-days visiting Thelma (her old work mate) on the mainland.

Saturday 11th February:

Up early and off for my morning walk with Gerald. A quick walk up to Kalong and back as it is still very wet and slippery back in the boondocks after all the rain of the last few days.

An update from the locals back in the hills who think we are secretly gold prospecting. The latest is that the walking poles we use are gold detectors that we are using to find the gold. We thought better of fostering this perception as it may lead to us getting mugged for our “wealth”.

On the way home I called in to see Ron and confirm our trip to pick up Guy from Balanacan Port at 2:30pm. While there I met Sam, a younger Filipino American who is looking at living on Marinduque. He has rented an old cottage and is looking at something better.

I showed him our cottage and we had a chat on island life in general. Gave him a lead on a possible cottage that maybe available from one of the German expats’ wives. He will check it out tomorrow.

At 1:30pm Ron picked me up and we headed for the port to pick up Guy. We arrived just as the Ro-Ro was docking, so good timing.

Guy was a little tired as she had been up till 4:00am this morning talking with Thelma. A siesta was in order before dinner with an early night following.

Sunday 12th February:

We awoke to steady rain, which continued all day. No wind, just steady rain.

The Thunder Monster remained under her cover so missed her wash and wax. Ooohhh wel,l plenty of time later in the week when the rain stops.

At midday Guy and I caught a Trike into town for her Mahjong and my expat gathering.

A brownout hit from 2:00pm to 3:00pm so back on by the time I arrived home via a Jeepney at 4:00pm. Guy caught a ride home with the ex Mayor who lives next to us and plays Mahjong as well.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 722 of retirement

February 4, 2012

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Hi All

Saturday 28th January:

After breakfast we made our way in Gasan to see the mechanic re the Thunder Monster’s fuel problem.

By the time we arrived the bike had coughed up whatever the issue was and was running fine. I had a chat to the mechanic with Guy being the interpreter and he showed me a hidden carbie drain screw. So if and when it happens again he suggests that I drain the carbie dry and see if that fixes it.

We dropped by the market for a few supplies and back home. At midday as we headed into Gasan for Guy’s Mahjong we dropped by the one eyed sewing man. We bought a shoulder bag in Boracay, which will be good for grocery shopping on the bike but it needed zips on the pockets. He fixed that existing bag (for P100 ($2.40 AUS) and is copying it to make us another one out of stronger material. We will pick it up tomorrow.

Once I dropped Guy off I made my way to Boac for some Wi-Fi and to post the blog. I have been spoiled with good Wi-Fi in Manila and on Boracay and it was back to slow flakey access once again. But all’s well as I got done what I wanted to get done.

I cruised home later in the afternoon and went for a short walk to try out my new Merrell “Waterpro Manistee” shoes. They are designed for water sports so are nice and light and have fantastic drainage / ventilation. My feet suffer in the heat and humidity in normal running shoes hence why I went for these.

And they worked a treat. My feet didn’t get too hot and they are very comfortable. I’m going for a walk with Gerald on Monday so wearing them in now.

Guy started off the year with a win at Mahjong so she is one happy camper.

Sunday 29th January:

Back to the routine this morning with a wash and wax for the Thunder Monster.

Just before midday we headed into Gasan for Guy’s Mahjong afternoon and my expat gathering at the Barbarossa. We stopped in to see the sewing man as he had our grocery shopping shoulder bag completed. He did a great job and had completed it just as we had ordered. And all for P150 ($3.60 AUS) for our custom made shoulder bag. We will give it a run tomorrow when we get supplies.

Usual crowd at the expat gathering. I headed back home just after 4:00pm and the afternoon rain had cleared.

We have a leaking pipe from the tap to the toilet cistern and as I inspected it, it broke off in my hand. The steel fitting on the hose had rusted away. A trip to the hardware is in order tomorrow.

Monday 30th January:

Up early and off to see Gerald for our Monday morning walk. I picked him up on the Thunder Monster and we rode to Buenavista where we caught up with Eric the Austrian.

Eric is retired, married to a local gal and is here visiting relatives in Buenavista. He has spent quite a lot of time here in the past and being a keen hiker, he has explored the area round Buenavista quite extensively.

He took us on a 3-hour (10km) walk back up into the hills and back along a river. It was a great walk and we got to see some new ground. Eric is only here for a few weeks more before he heads off once again. We had a chat about climbing Mt Malindig as he had done it before and he is keen to go back up.

Gerald has a cold at the moment so has passed, but Eric and I are looking at having a go next week sometime at the climb. Hopefully it will fall into place.

Cherry here this the morning for the washing and cleaning.

Late afternoon we went for a ride and checked out a house for rent on the beach about 2km away from us. Sadly it has felt the ravages of the salty sea air so not for us at all. We dropped into the market in Gasan and picked up a few supplies. On the way home we dropped past the house that John (The aussie) and his wife are in the process of building here. This is the guy that only lasted a month here (late last year) before going back to Darwin in AUS as he couldn’t handle the brownouts as we were having 8-hours on and 8-hours off at the time. The house is nearing completion so maybe he will be back?

Spent the evening watching a number of episodes of “The Killing” mini series.

Tuesday 31st January:

Market day so off into the crowded market for some supplies. Back home and John (The Pom) dropped in but couldn’t stay as he has workers painting his house and has to supervise. He did make an “appointment” for 9:00am tomorrow morning to come round for a cup of tea and a chat.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I cruised up to Boac on the Thunder Monster. I grabbed some Wi-Fi while there and then cruised back home to beat the afternoon rain.

The road was wet in a few places but I did manage to get back to the cottage just as the rain set in.

I set about cooking up pork spaghetti sauce for dinner using my secret herbs and spices (from the Italian style mix sachet……).

Now when cooking spaghetti sauce on our little old gas stove (it is basically on or off, no real flame control) I always have trouble with the sauce burning on the bottom of the pan. So by sitting the pan in this old wok we have, it works a treat. I can simmer the sauce and not burn the bottom. See the pic of my setup above.

Also mosquito eradication day today. Yolanda (The Landlord) has water barrels round the other buildings on the block to collect rainwater that she uses on the garden. So once a week I go round with dishwasher detergent and put a squirt in each barrel to stop the mosquito larvae from breeding and developing into mosquitoes. After heavy rain I usually need to reapply as well. It seems to work….

We concluded the evening by watching the concluding episodes of “The Killing”. Interesting ending.

Wednesday 1st February:

Awoke to steady rain this morning and it continued all day. It was flat calm, very steady and the humidity dropped a little as well, so kind of a nice day.

John (Pom) dropped in at 9:30am for a cup of tea and a chat as he and Yolanda (wife) have also been away in Thailand for a 3-week holiday. So we caught up on all the island gossip, eeerrr I mean news.

We were going to go to Boac today to pay my annual residency fee at the immigration office and re-register my motorbike but due to the rain we cancelled and will do it on a sunny day.

Had brownouts from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and 3:00pm to 4:30pm so nothing to do but have a siesta, read and eat fresh Papaya.

Thursday 2nd February:

The rain eased last night but was still around in the form of showers all day.

Massage day today. Ailyn arrived at 9:00am for my massage (my turn this week). While I was having a massage, Guy caught the Jeepney to the market and got some supplies.

At midday Guy was off to Mahjong and I caught up with Ron in his pickup. We stopped in to to see Sam and his wife who are missionaries from the USA and currently living in Gasan. They arrived in November last year and are here for up to 3 years. They are not too sure how long they will be here, as their presence is being evaluated by their church, (they are Mennonites) at the moment.

After a long chat to them we took a drive to Boac (20km away) for a few supplies. A cruise back to Barbarossa in Gasan for a cheeseburger with fries for afternoon tea.

We also had a lovely brownout today that started at 9:00am and last till 6:00pm (9-hours). No news on the cause of it yet.

Friday 3rd February:

The rain has finally eased today with the day being overcast but no drizzle.

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. Due to having the total of February rainfall in two days, these are pretty wet and the tracks muddy.

We did a walk back up into the boondocks along the “fire trail” to Kalong. Even this track was quite wet and muddy in places.

On the way down from the boondocks, one of the local ladies walked with us as she was on her way to work in the village. She commented how the locals up in the hills have seen us walking round up there quite a bit. They had all come to the conclusion that we were looking for gold, as you just don’t walk round the hills for fun. So now we are gold prospectors. We better keep our eyes open for that big nugget that has our name on it then……..

Back home and Cherry arrived for a washing and cleaning day. After being away for a month we decided to do a spring-clean. So we helped Cherry move all the beds and furniture to the centre of the rooms, swept round the walls and Cherry then washed the floors. It is amazing the amount of dust and crap that accumulates under furniture.

We have a nice clean house once again.

We headed for Boac and Goodchow for lunch and Guy spent a couple of hours catching up on her emails. The next stop was the Immigration Office, as I have to pay P310 ($7.40 AUS) each January for my annual residency fee.

The final stop was the Land Transport Office (LTO) to register the Thunder Monster.

The process is to have the serial / engine numbers on the bike stenciled (they get an imprint on sticky tape), purchase Third Party assurance (for a max of P100,000 ($2,400 AUS)) from the one and only agent next door, go have a an exhaust emission test then pay the final fee. All this for P1,146 ($27.30 AUS) for 12-months rego.

A quick stop in Gasan on the way home for the ATM and some supplies then back home after a busy day.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy