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Sunday 1st April:
I got a text from Gerald last night to say that our article (his words & my pics) on our around the island walk (Marinduque) from last December has been published by the April edition of the “Enrich” magazine (A Healthy Lifestyle & Living magazine). It is distributed in the Philippines, USA, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
And to top it all off, one of my photos made the front cover. The cover photo has Geoff (Pom) and Wayne (Aussie) in it so they were pleasantly surprised to see themselves on the front page at the expat gathering.
The magazine is distributed by “Mercury Drug” stores here in the Philippines so I headed off to Boac at 5:30am for the 6:00am opening to get a few copies for us all. I arrived right on opening but they only had one copy left so got that one.
The only other Mercury Drug store on the island is in Santa Cruz, which is another 30km round the island. So off I went and caught them just as they opened at 7:00am. Luckily they had plenty of copies so was able to get the required number of magazines for us all.
Made it home at 9:00am after some 100km on the Thunder monster chasing down “our” magazine.
Late morning I headed to the Google IT Wi-Fi café in Gasan to post the blog and do email stuff and Guy made her way to Mahjong. Then off to Barbarossa for the expat gathering. Eleven expats in attendance today, so quite a crowd.
Monday 2nd April:
A rest day today at home. As the Thunder Monster missed her wash and wax yesterday she got the works today.
After a wash and dry I removed the side panels and seat and cleaned up under them. I topped up the battery liquid, which requires some getting into. I then waxed all the panels, tank, instruments, exhaust and some engine bits.
And lastly I went over the bike with a small paint brush with WD-40 and touched up any bits that even looked like they had rust on them.
All this took a couple of hours.
After lunch it was rubbish burn up time followed by a nice refreshing shower to cool off.
John (Pom) dropped in for an afternoon chat for an hour or so. We then headed to the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi. An hour later we both had caught up on web stuff so we cruised home for a relaxing evening.
I finished reading my 17th book of the year “The Cobra Event” by Richard Preston (Kindle Book). A great read about biological terrorism in NYC.
Tuesday 3rd April:
Market day, so off to the market for our supplies. At midday Guy was off to Mahjong and I walked into Gasan to catch up with John & Geoff (Poms) at a new restaurant called DJs that has opened in Gasan.
On the way in our local Trike young man stopped and asked me if I wanted a ride into Gasan (about 2.4km away). I said thanks but no thanks. He said it was a free ride. I had to explain to him I wanted to walk for the exercise. The local don’t get it why I walk into town when I have the funds to ride.
I caught up with John and Geoff at DJ’s for a pineapple juice and a chat. Between the cooks and waitresses there were eight of them and three customers. So the service was very good to say the least. Hope they get more customers as the week progresses.
At 2:30pm there was a Moriones Festival parade so wandered down and got some pics. Then walked back home once again in the late afternoon in time for a nice little siesta.
Wednesday 4th April:
Busy day today. Up and into Gasan for the 8:30am Moriones Festival parade. We arrived at 8:45am only to discover that the parade has just finished. The program says it starts at 8:30am but it actually starts at 8:00am. Ooohhh well it goes for the rest of the week so will try another day.
Off to Google IT Wi-Fi as Guy needed to organize a bus ticket for Jordan to go to Canberra to visit his sister Jo as it is school holidays in AUS now. I also got the man to scan the “Enrich” magazine cover and the story (4 pages) for the blog as they have a good new Canon scanner there.
Guy grabbed a few things from the market across the road and back home we went. Once we got home I realized that the scanner guy has given me 2 copies of page 4 and none of page 3 of the article. OOooohhhhh not our day.
Guy was off to Mahjong just before midday as they were having lunch at the “office” today. I had a quick lunch and then back to the Google IT café and got page 3 of the Enrich article scanner.
I then tried to check the transactions on one of our bank accounts (Filipino account) and it kept asking to enter my password using the secure keypad, which I couldn’t see on my Mac. It then locked me out of the account all together so looks like a visit to the bank (In Boac) is now in order. Double aaahhhhh…..
I gave up and took a cruise up to Boac to see Wayne (Aussie) and give him an electronic copy of the Enrich magazine as he is one of the people featured on the cover. Had a chat to him and Grace (wife) while enjoying an iced tea and some freshly cooked potato fries that Grace cooked up. Whenever you visit, she always comes out with something to nibble on. The perfect hostess.
I cruised back along the coast on the Thunder Monster escaping the crowds of visitors in Boac and Gasan who are here for the Moriones Festival.
Thursday 5th April:
Ailyn the massage lady arrived a half hour early this morning for Guy’s 2-hour massage. During Guy’s massage I rode over to see Gerald for a cup of tea and a chat and arrived back home just as she was finishing.
Guy was off to Mahjong at midday and after a little siesta I walked into Gasan at a leisurely pace to have a look at some more Moriones Festivities. The Wi-Fi café was closed, as it is a public holiday here today and tomorrow, so no Wi-Fi.
I had a bit of a wander round Gasan and ran into John and Geoff (Pom’s) on their motorbikes. They were heading out to the cottage as John was catching up with Yolanda (his wife and our landlord) as she and the boys were working there today.
I hitched a ride with John on the back of his bike back to the cottage. We sat in the Nipa Hut and enjoyed the afternoon sea breeze with a chat and a cup of tea / coffee.
A short brownout occurred from 6:45pm to 7:45pm just to keep us on our toes. And it then went off again at 11:30pm so we went to bed.
Friday 6th April:
The power was back on when we got up this morning, so all good.
Cherry is here for the washing and cleaning day. Once we had her organized we headed into Gasan for the Moriones parade. They do two parades a day (morning & afternoon) with the morning one including the large Moriones statues and the dressed up soldiers.
After the parade we made our way up to the new DJ’s restaurant, which is up five flights of stairs. There are great views of the Gasan Port and township with a nice breeze being five floors up. I had a very nice Omelet and Guy had real Pancakes with Maple Syrup. It is run by two brothers, who are returned locals (balikbayan), who spent many years working in the USA.
A quick stop at the market for some supplies and back home to the cottage.
At 6:00pm we made our way back to Gasan for the Good Friday grand parade for both the Catholic and Aglipay churches with all the Carosa floats (hand drawn floats with religious statues of Saints). These are lit up with lights, which make it quite spectacular in the evening darkness.
I finished reading my 18th book of the year “Windstorm” by Bob Curby (Kindle Book). All about a mercenary mission in South Africa and Thermo Nuclear Devices (TNDs).
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy