Day 834 of retirement

May 26, 2012

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The final installment of the Lucban Pahiyas Festival pics are in this weeks blog.

Hi All

Saturday 19th May:

It is Gasan’s fiesta day today. This is a minor festival as there are no street parades. The people of Gasan put up lots of streamers, cook up lots of food and everybody wanders round eating, drinking and being merry for the day.

Oohhh and there was a basketball competition in the town centre.

The market was alive with a lot of the Tuesday vendors setting up for the day.

Guy and I made our way into the one of her Mahjong houses for lunch. Lots of yummy food had been cooked up. And of course after lunch a Mahjong just happened to be on the go.

I was going to Wi-Fi but we had a brownout (lasted 1.5-hours) so after a quick trip to the market I made my way back home for a cup of tea and a siesta. At 4:30pm (with the power back on) I made my way to the Google It café for some Wi-Fi.

Guy met me there after her game to catch up on her emails and banking stuff. Guy also Skyped Jo & Dave (Pregnant daughter and partner) for a good chat.

Finished off the evening watching the MotoGP qualifying at LeMans. Casey Stoner is second on the grid. He has also announced his retirement at the end of the season at age 26 years old.

Good luck to him and hope he finishes as number one for the third time in his MotoGP career.

Sunday 20th May:

Bit of a sleep-in this morning. Guy off to Mahjong at 10:30am and I headed to the Google IT café at 11:30am for a quick session of Wi-Fi. The Thunder Monster wash and wax will be later in the week as she is still nice and shiny.

At 12:30pm I made my way back to the Barbarossa for the expat gathering. It has reopened after being closed for 3 weeks and it was good to see all the old staff back.

Meet a new island resident Russell (A 54 year old Canadian) who lives just down the road from us. Had a bit of a chat to him but will catch up with him later in the week and get the full story.

Back home at 4:00pm for the MotoGP race at Le Mans, France. A very wet race with a good race between Rossi and Stoner for second and third. Casey Stoner came in third, which still has him second in the championship (only 8 points off the lead).

Monday 21st May:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. Pretty humid so only walked for a couple of hours then some nice cold iced tea was enjoyed.

Back home and we both relaxed for the rest of the day. Some reading and siesta-ing under the fan was enjoyed by all.

Heard from Ron (Yank) who has been in a Manila hospital for a week. He is coming back to the island today so good news. We will catch up with him tomorrow and see what the prognosis is.

Tuesday 22nd May:

Market day so off to the market first thing. We swung by Ron’s place but he wasn’t home so will catch up with him later.

Stocked up on supplies especially on mangoes. We procured 19 fresh sweet juicy mangoes for P250 ($6.00 AUS). We do love our mangoes.

At midday Guy headed off to Mahjong and I walked into Gasan and the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi. It turned out hotter than I expected so a stop in Barbarossa for a couple of cold iced teas were in order. I had a chat to Geoff (Pom) while there.

I walked back home afterwards (12km round trip) and got a few strange looks and comments (“Why are you walking in the heat”).

At 5:00pm I rode back in and met Guy there so she could do email stuff and Skype Jo (daughter). We cruised back home at 7:00pm in the cool of evening.

Watched the final episode of “Top Shot” on satellite TV and it was good to see Dustin win, as he deserved it. He was a good marksman and a good sportsman right through the series.

I finished reading my 30th book of the year “General H.Norman Schwarzkopf” by General H.Norman Schwarzkopf & Peter Petre (Paper Back Book). It is a really good read (well written) about the interesting life of the general in the Vietnam and the first Gulf war.

Wednesday 23rd May:

John (Pom) dropped in for a chat and a cup of tea at 8:30am. After he left I packed up my Bolo, some leather gloves and a bag (litter bag) and headed for our block.

The workers who were working on the Japanese house were using our block and Nipa Hut to camp in while they worked there. We periodically dropped in and made sure that they pickup all their littler and burnt it whilst there. About a month ago they finished up work and left.

Unfortunately we missed their final departure and there was some littler left on our block. After 3-hours I had picked up all the littler on our block, on the roadway in, on the beach and behind the Japanese house and piled it in a hole previously used for making charcoal.

I added lots of dried coconut palms and other wood and got a nice fire going and got it all burnt up. The littler looked worse than it was so happy with the cleanup.

I did manage to get stung, scratched and bitten by all sorts of vegetation, ants and bugs and was a ball of sweat by the time I finished. But it was worth the wounds and effort to get things clean once again.

I arrived home at 12:30pm and had a nice long cool shower to sooth the wounds and cool down. Guy had already left for Mahjong at midday.

After lunch a siesta was definitely in order. Late afternoon, a quick trip into Google IT café for some Wi-Fi and home for a relaxing evening.

Thursday 24th May:

Up at 8:00am and on with the TV to watch the finale of American Idol live from the USA. We watched the 2-hour final with a cup of tea and cheese (bought from the mainland last week) and tomato on crackers.

We were hoping for Jessica (American Filipino) to win but Phillip took out the final vote. Still a very worthy winner.

Ailyn the massage lady couldn’t make it today but will be here tomorrow morning, so all good.

At midday we walked a couple of km to the next door Barangay for their fiesta. The Barangay Captain had invited us to his place for lunch. Lots of great food was consumed in the VIP section of his house.

We made our way home at 1:00pm walking along the beach. It was pretty hot but nice on the beach.

At 2:00pm Russell (54 year old Canadian) came for a visit. He is living here (Retired) amongst his fiancées family (just up the road from us) as she is still back in Canada awaiting here Canadian citizenship to be issued in 2013. The aim was for Russell to get a house built here and she would join him late next year after she gets her Canadian citizenship.

But he is finding it hard here without his fiancée and with the living conditions after Toronto. It looks like he will be going back to Canada for a few more years and maybe then they will all come back here to retire.

Friday 25th May:

Went to bed last night with a bit of a tummy ache. Slept okay but when I woke up this morning I was feeling nauseous, had some mild tummy cramps and made numerous trips to the loo.

It lasted for about 1.5-hours and then I didn’t feel too bad. Ailyn the massage lady was here at 9:00am and I must say that the massage was really good. Just what I needed when feeling a little under the weather.

Cherry was here for the washing and cleaning day. She arrived just after 7:00am to beat the heat and was all finished by 11:00am.

I was feeling better at midday so after lunch a siesta for us both was the order of the day.

At 3.00pm Ron (Yank) came by for an iced tea and a chat. We sat under the Nipa hut in the afternoon breeze and humidity and he told us all about his trips to the hospital on the island, then Lucena and finally Manila (Makati Medical Centre). The moral of his story is to go straight to Makati Med if we get sick.

This is one of the top hospitals in the Philippines where a room is P3,200 ($76.00 AUS) per day. Cheaper than a motel……

After dinner (I had a light one) we made our way into the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi as I wasn’t feeling too bad tonight.

I finished reading my 31st book of the year “A Is For Alibi” by Sue Grafton (Kindle Book). A good crime mystery.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 827 of retirement

May 19, 2012

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The first installment of the Lucban Pahiyas Festival pics are in this weeks blog. The rest will be posted next week.

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Saturday 12th May:

Quiet morning. At 10:30am I walked into the Google IT café to post the blog and catch up on emails. There was steady rain on the walk in but my trusty umbrella kept me dry.

Guy headed off to Mahjong at 11:00am via a Jeepney.

At 1:30pm I walked back home and once again for half the trip it was steady rain. Then the rain stopped and out came the sun. It was then like walking in a sauna.

A cool refreshing shower was had once I got home and it was very very nice indeed.

Guy arrived home with a nice Mahjong win so a good day all around.

Sunday 13th May:

The Thunder Monster got her usual wipe over this morning, as she hasn’t been ridden in any rain yet.

At 10:30am Guy headed off to Mahjong. At 11:30am I did a quick side trip to the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi before making my way to the “canteen” for the expat gathering.

Our old watering hole (The Barbarossa) is reopening this coming week so we will be back there next Sunday. Will see what the new management has waiting for us.

There was no serving staff at the “canteen” today so it was a bit of a help yourself and keep track of what you spend. John (Pom) spied Naomi (one of the waitresses from Barbarossa) and we got her to serve us for a few hours. We paid her for her services and she was happy with that as she was heading off to a party late in the afternoon.

For food John (Pom) brought in some chicken and ice cream for desert in an esky. So we didn’t go hungry.

Guy had another win at Mahjong today so very pleased with herself.

Monday 14th May:

Up at 5:00am with Ron picking us up at 6:00am and off to Balanacan Port (1-hour away). We caught the 8:00am Ro-Ro to Lucena (3-hour Ro-Ro ride). We caught a trike to the SM Mall and had a wander around including lunch. This is a smaller version of the Manila malls.

We were going to stay just round the corner but the hotel was going to charge us P3,000 ($72.00 AUS) so we said no thanks. We will try elsewhere.

We caught a Jeepney into the Lucena town centre where we went to four different drugs stores trying to get Ron some blood pressure medication. No luck with getting Ron’s pills.

We came across the Emperor Hotel downtown and they had a large air-conditioned room, cable TV, hot water and a flush toilet for P900 ($21.50 AUS) per night. So we took it.

After a siesta we made our way via a Jeepney to the Pacific Mall on the other side of town for dinner. We finally found some ice cube trays so a successful afternoon.

Tomorrow morning we head off to Lucban for the Pahiyas festival and to see Guy’s niece who lives there.

Tuesday 15th May:

Up at 7:00am and caught a Jeepney to the SM Mall where we boarded a mini van for the 1-hour trip to Lucban. We arrived at 9:30am and headed off to explore the township and the fancy decorated houses.

Lucban has the Pahiyas festival and feast of San Isidro Labrador each year at this time. Locals cover their houses in fruit, vegetables and wildly elaborate decorations called “Kiping”. Giant papier-mâché effigies are marched through the streets to the town church in the afternoon parade.

At 11:00am we caught up with Guy’s niece (Annajoy), her husband and two kids. They live on the edge of Lucban (walking distance from downtown) so we had a pleasant stroll to their place.

They gave us lunch consisting of some of the local delicacies, which are embutido (A sausage role type filling that is chilled and then cooked without the pastry) and Longanisa (Small sausages similar to the ones we get on the island). Lucban is famous for its Longanisa and they are pretty dam good.

After lunch, Guy and I went for a walk and had some mango smoothies while waiting for the parade at 3:00pm. We wandered off to explore another street of decorated houses and as we sat down to rest I went for my wallet to give Guy some cash and it was gone……

I had been pick pocketed and didn’t feel a thing. I went back to the café just incase I had dropped it there but no they hadn’t seen it and I am 99.99% sure I had it when we left. Looking back I can pretty much remember when I was hit in a crowded part of the town.

Luckily all they got was an old wallet with a small amount of cash in it. The ATM card, license and most of our cash was safely stored elsewhere. I purposely have a decoy wallet when we travel so if I get pick pocketed / held up all they get is the decoy with a small amount of cash in it.

Anyway, back to the parade after that little diversion and it was great. It was quite hard to get any good pics of the parade and decorated houses because of wall-to-wall crowds. But I did manage to get a few photographs.

After the parade we caught a mini van back to the Lucena SM Mall (arrived at 6:00pm) and hung out there till 8:30pm. We then made our way to the port via a trike to catch the midnight Ro-Ro back to the island.

Wednesday 16th May:

The Ro-Ro left on time and was quite crowded. We managed to get a bench seat with a fixed table in front of it. A first for us as we thought it would be better to lay our heads on our arms for sleeping.

Well, let me tell you that resting your hard head on your bony forearms is not comfortable when doing it for 3-hours. We both managed to get some sleep so not too bad. Stretching out on a hard plastic bench seat isn’t so bad after all.

Arrived at Cawit Port just after 3:00am and caught a Jeepney back to the cottage and we arrived home at 4:00pm. A cup of tea, a shower and off to bed. We slept till 12:00 noon.

A trip into the market for some supplies and a restful afternoon was the order of the day. Whilst in town we had a chat to Geoff (Pom) and Gil (Filipino American) about Gil’s new restaurant opening on Friday. His menu will cater to both Filipinos and westerners, so should be good.

Oohhhh and he has Wi-Fi.

Thursday 17th May:

Up and off to Gerald’s for our early morning walk as he is busy tomorrow. With a couple of millimeters of rain last night the humidity was pretty high this morning.

We worked up quite a sweat on our 2.5-hour walk up to Bilog (up and over the ridge line behind Gerald’s) and back.

Back home just after 9:00am and Ailyn was here giving Guy her 2-hour massage. After an early ish lunch Guy headed off to Mahjong at midday and I made my way to the Google IT café to for some Wi-Fi. It was nice and quick today so got all the blog photos loaded up ready for posting Saturday.

I was then going to go to the Barbarossa as it was supposed to re-open today. I meet Geoff (Pom) and he informed me that the opening has been postponed till Saturday. They are still completing the renovations.

So back home for a quiet afternoon of reading under the fan.

Friday 18th May:

No walk this morning as we walked yesterday. It was a leisurely morning with Cherry here for the washing and cleaning.

At 12:30pm we made our way to Boac for lunch and some Wi-Fi at the Boac Hotel. After lunch we had a few supplies we had to get whilst there (including a new wallet for me).

Being without a wallet for 4-days I felt quite naked. Like I had lost a limb. All fixed now with a new wallet from the market for P75 ($1.80 AUS). No expense was spared……

We cruised home along the coast and dropped into the Gasan market for some goodies for dinner. We arrived at 3:30pm for a rest before dinner and American Idol.

Filipinos should be happy as one of the finalists for this season’s American Idol is a Filipina/American, Jessica Sanchez, who stands a good chance of winning….. We’ll know next week….

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 820 of retirement

May 12, 2012

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Saturday 5th May:

Sleep in this morning. First brownout, in quite some time, which lasted for 1-hour and commenced just before 10:00am.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I did a run to the market for some supplies. Once I had dropped them off I grabbed the MacBook and hit the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi to post the blog.

We had two big storms build up today but they were all thunder and lightning and no rain in our neck of the woods. Dammmmm…..

Ron also made it home today after his visit to the hospital in Lucena (On the mainland) with his irregular heartbeat problem.

Sunday 6th May:

The Thunder Monster didn’t get a wash (she was still clean as no rain this week) this morning but she did get a thorough wipe over and wax.

11:15am I dropped Guy off at Mahjong and I grabbed a half hour of Wi-Fi before the expat gathering.

The Barbarossa (our usual expat gathering place) is currently closed till further notice due to Laura (the proprietor) passing away last week. There is no news on when or if it will reopen for business.

So today we meet across the road in a small “canteen”. There is another restaurant that is opening in a few weeks in Gasan so we will probably continue using the “canteen” till the new place opens and see what it is like.

To conclude the day I watched the MotoGP in Portugal and Casey Stoner take away a good win. This win puts him at the top of the ladder for this season.

I finished reading my 28th book of the year “Priceless” by Robert Wittman & John Shiffman (Kindle Book). This is a really great read about an FBI undercover art and antiquities recovery agent, Robert Wittman. Even for an art Neanderthal like me I found it very interesting.

Monday 7th May:

A slow morning. Into the market for some supplies for the next few days. We usually do a big buy up on Tuesday’s (market day) but the market was very well stocked with fresh produce today hence the buy up.

After doing a cook up in the morning before it got too hot, we rested for the rest of the day. Reading and a siesta under the fan were the order of the day.

This is the first time ever in my life that I finished reading a book in a single day. Started first thing in the morning and finished in the evening. It was a good book.

It was my 29th book of the year “Kiss The Girls” by James Patterson (Kindle Book). A really great murder mystery, with a twist at the end that I didn’t pick at all.

Tuesday 8th May:

A quick trip into the market, for a couple of simple things (ice cube tray and dishwash rack), which proved unsuccessful. See “The Simple Things” below for further info.

Guy was off to Mahjong at midday and I made my way to Boac to see if I could find “the simple” things I was after. And once again, no luck after visiting the market and other hardware shops. Oh well will have to wait for our next trip to Manila and the mall.

Riding to and from Boac in the midday heat was a bit like riding in an oven. Really hot and humid once again.

At 5:00pm I made my way to the Google IT café and Guy joined me after Mahjong at 5:45pm. Just after 7:00pm we finished up and made our way home in the nice cool evening.

Wednesday 9th May:

At 9:00am I headed to Gerald’s for a cup of tea and a chat (no walk today). Discussed the final planning for the lunch on Friday at his place for the Pulis who helped us out with our across the island walk.

Back home, picked up Guy and we made our way to see Ron after his visit to the hospital in Lucena (on the mainland) last week with his high blood pressure / racing heart issue. He doesn’t look real well and even said he was feeling like sh…t. And for Ron to admit that, he must still be feeling off color. He is on medication now so hopefully he is on the mend. Still, he isn’t doing bad for someone who is 77 years old.

On the way home we called into our block, as it has been a while since we were there. There is a bit of litter scattered about from the workers building the Japanese house who lived there for some months. A day there with the boys and we will have it all cleaned up.

We didn’t see the Japanese there so we shall go back another day and catch up with them. They are living in their house but there is still some work to be done to finish it.

An afternoon of resting out of the midday sun was enjoyed by all.

Thursday 10th May:

A quick trip into the market first thing for some supplies for the next few days.

Ailyn the massage lady was late today as she had visitors from the fiesta they had in their Barangay yesterday. She arrived at 11:30am for my 2-hour massage, and very nice it was.

Guy headed off to Mahjong at midday and once Ailyn finished I had a late lunch. At 2:00pm I did a quick ride into town to order two roast chickens for our lunch with the Pulis at Gerald’s tomorrow. The chicken man roasts the chickens over a charcoal fire on a hand rotisserie. They are good roast chickens. They are P200 ($4.80 AUS) each and worth every Pesos.

At 5:00pm I headed to the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi and got a MacBook OS update done. I meet Guy there after her Mahjong game so she could catch up on email stuff.

Back home for American Idol……

Big storm came through (lasted a couple of hours) in the last half hour of idol so we missed the last bit. Ooohhh well always the repeat tomorrow to catch up. The storm clouds disrupt the TV satellite signal rather easily.

Had enough rain to settle the dust but it isn’t the start of the wet season yet.

Friday 11th May:

Cherry here at 8:00am for the washing and cleaning.

At 11:30am we caught up with the chicken roast man, picked our two freshly roasted chickens and made our way to Gerald’s for the lunch with the Boac Pulis. These are the lady and gents who assisted us with our across the island walk and kept track of our progress and welfare.

We arrived at 12:00 noon with the Pulis arriving at 1:00pm.

A great time was had by all with lots to eat, drink and interesting tales told.

And just to make it interesting we had a couple of brownouts (1:00pm to 2:00pm & 3:30pm to 4:30pm).

We arrived home just after 3:45pm so I did a rubbish burn up and beach litter cleanup (very little litter today).

Life is good

Trevor & Guy

The Simple Things:

On market day we made our way into the Gasan market to get an ice cube tray and a dish rack (for drying dishes). Well we tried all the stalls in the market and a hardware shop in town and nothing.

I also went to Boac (the largest town on the island) and still no luck.

Considering that the majority of people here on the island would not have a fridge I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that ice cube trays are difficult to get.

Day 813 of retirement

May 5, 2012

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Hi All

Saturday 28th April:

Guy had an early Mahjong game today starting at 10:30am. On the ride into town we stopped at the sewing man’s place as we have a couple of jobs for him.

My favorite hiking hat is coming apart so getting him to sew it back up for me. Also we are having Mark III of our custommade shoulder shopping bag made. We had him make Mark I & II previously so that we can comfortably carry our shopping from the market to home on the Thunder Monster.

Mark III is having an adjustment made to the shoulder strap to make it a little more comfortable when the bag is loaded with heavy stuff.

I reckon by Mark IIII we should have it about right. OOohhhh and he charges us P150 ($3.60 AUS) for each bag. A bargain, to get exactly what you want.

After dropping Guy off, I hit the Google IT café and posted the blog.

Home for lunch and a siesta as the afternoon heat and humidity is back. Late afternoon, I did a rubbish burn up and beach clean. By the time I was finished I was extremely hot and bothered so a nice refreshing swim was in order. Cooled me down nicely. A nice cold iced tea under the fan (after a shower) completed the day’s activities.

Finished reading my 26th book of the year “Lt Commander Mollie Sanders” by Mitchell R Miller & Phyllis Zimbler (Kindle Book). A good adventure read.

Sunday 29th April:

The Thunder Monster got a wipe over this morning, as she is still nice and shiny due to no rain this last week.

I dropped Guy off at Mahjong at 10:00am and home for a shower as I was rather hot and sweaty at this stage. At 11:00am I headed to the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi and to get some information printed off for Ron (Yank) on international nurses working in Australia.

He has three nieces that are at nursing school here in the Philippines and would like to work in either the USA or Australia. I downloaded some information off the web as a starter for him.

At midday I made my way to the Barbarossa for the expat gathering. At 1:30pm it was home for the final qualifying sessions of the Spanish MotoGP. The race commenced at 8:00am and it was great to see Casey Stoner take his first win for the season.

Monday 30th April:

Up and off to Gerald’s, and on the trail for our walk by 5:45am to beat the heat. Today we explored a track up behind Kalong (behind Gerald’s house) that took us to the top of the ridgeline with sweeping views of the interior. A lot like Meadow Peak, but looking inland instead of the coast.

It was bit of a slog to get there, as hiking through the heavy foliage up the side of the ridge was extremely hot and sweaty. Bit like a sauna really. But we made it to a location called Bilog (pronounced Bee-log, means round). It is nothing more than a meadow on the ridge top that then drops rapidly down to the river and The Butterfly Water Falls (about 2km away as the crow flies).

Further exploration required in this area now that we know how to get there, as it looks very interesting. It is another one of the many remote and beautiful spots on the island.

Back home and a very nice cool shower. Guy and I headed off to Barangay Pangi (about 10km away) where there is a bit of a festival happening. The highlight is a basketball game between a professional Midget team from the mainland and the local kids. It was hilarious to watch and everybody got into the festive nature of it.

Back to Google IT for some Wi-Fi for us both followed by a quick stop at the market (across the road) for some supplies including fresh sweet mangoes and pineapple.

Home for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon reading, with the odd siesta under the fan to escape the heat and humidity.

Tuesday 1st May:

Market day today but as we are still all stocked up from yesterday we gave it a miss. Off to see John (Pom) at 9:30am as he wanted some photographs taken of his garden before it all dies off. John is old school in that he hasn’t embrace the computer / Internet age.

He still prints out photos and sends letters via snail mail. He is in the process of getting his Xmas cards ready for the end of the year. He had used some of my Moriones Festival pics for his cards and wants to include some pics of his house surrounds to his mates all over the world.

It was a bit cooler today as it has clouded over which also made photo taking not so harsh, so got some good pics.

After lunch Guy was off to Mahjong and once I had completed editing John’s photos I went for a ride and dropped them off to him (he lives about 10km away) on his USB stick. We had a look at them on his LED TV and he was very pleased with the results.

After dinner in the cool of the evening we cruised into the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi.

Wednesday 2nd May:

Quick trip to the market first thing ,for some supplies for the next few days.

Guy off to Mahjong at Midday and I picked up Gerald on the Thunder Monster and we headed to Boac to see the tourism and Pulis people.

The Pulis chiefs we wanted to see were both out so we made our way over to the tourism office and caught up with Joven (Land Assessor & works next door) and Dindo (Provincial Tourism Officer).

Joven gets to see the entire island in his role as the land assessor especially some of the more remote places. He is a keen hiker and explorer and uses a GPS to record interesting places.

Dindo is also a keen hiker and GPS user and has access to some maps with his GPS waypoints of interest on his laptop, which he didn’t have with him today. I gave him my printout of all my GPS points of interest that we have found and he is keen to get them onto his map.

Dindo is going to see if there is a Mac version of the software he uses which would mean we could enter the coordinates directly onto the map. We shall see.

These guys are keen to stay in touch and share all our GPS waypoints of interest as we all continue to explore the island.

We also got the sad news today that Laura (the woman we bought our block from and the proprietor of Barbarossa) die in hospital in Manila from heart complications. She has been quite sick for some months now. She was 49 years old.

Thursday 3rd May:

Ailyn arrived at 9:00am for Guy’s massage today.

John (Pom) arrived at 9:00am for a chat and a cup of tea. He also dropped of a 1:50,000 topographical map of Marinduque that has been printed on canvas. I have the four individual paper maps (with grid lines for GPS navigating) but this one is a single map combining all four together. Better for looking at the overall picture and planning treks on the island.

Today was a rest day where we spent the afternoon under the fan watching DVD’s and reading with a siesta thrown in for good measure.

We had a small amount of rain last night but it wasn’t enough to clear the air, it just increased the humidity.

We also heard from Ron (Yank) that he is in Lucena hospital (on the mainland) with an irregular heart rate (he’s 77 years old). He is much better today and hopes to be back on the island tomorrow.

I finished ready my 27th book of the year “The Last Coyote” by Michael Connelly (Kindle Book). A good crime mystery.

Friday 4th May:

It was on the 4th May in 2010 (2-years ago) that Guy and I arrived in the Philippines on our retirement adventure. It seems like yesterday. It has been an awesome 2-years and we are looking at 20+ years more of the same.

Off with Gerald for our early morning walk at 5:45am. We made our way back up into the boondocks to explore another route (we found one way up on Monday) into Bilog Peak (top of the ridge behind Gerald’s house).

Well, the track we followed is a more direct and easier trail to walk up through the jungle and comes out just to the left (300m ish) of Bilog Peak so a good find. We will use this trail to further explore over the other side of the ridgeline down towards Butterfly Water Falls in the river below.

Home by 9:30am and Cherry was here for our washing and cleaning day. It was another hot and humid day (build up for the wet season) so relaxing under the fan was the order for the day.

At 7:00pm (after American Idol of course) in the cool of the evening we made our way into the Google IT café for some Wi-Fi.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.