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Saturday 16th June:
Up and off to the market for some more supplies. Brian is feeling better today from his Delhi Belly but still a little under the weather. So another rest day in order.
At 4:00pm we all rode into the Google IT café for our Wi-Fi fix and to post the blog.
Sunday 17th June:
I had two Thunder Monsters to wash this morning. They were a little dirty from the rain this last week. But now all nice, clean and shiny.
Guy headed off to Mahjong at 10:15am for a 10:30am start. We three made our way into the Barbarossa for the expat gathering. I thought I would “expose” Sandy to some of the expats.
After a nice lunch there and some discussions we left and dropped by the Google IT café for an hour’s Wi-Fi.
On the way home we rode up to the lookout on the hill next to the Cathedral for a view over Gasan.
Completed the day watching the Silverstone (England) MotoGP where Casey Stoner came in second. He is still second on the world championship but now has a gap of 25 points to Lorenzo who’s number one.
I finished reading my 40th book of the year “Time Ship” by Gary Cottrell (Kindle Book). A good read about young scientists and time travel.
Monday 18th June:
We awoke to a rough morning as we are under the influence of the tail of Typhoon “Butchoy”. It is rather windy and the sea is very rough but the best part is, it is a little cooler.
Brian’s Delhi Belly has made an unpleasant return so a rest day is the order of the day.
Guy and I did a run into the market for some supplies for the day. The rest of the day was spent eating, reading and a few siestas in the Nipa Hut thrown in for good measure.
We had a brownout from 2:30pm to 4:30pm (2-hours) just for something different.
We finished up the evening playing “Chronology”, a card game getting the year of an event in the correct chronological order.
Tuesday 19th June:
Another rough day today with the tail of Typhoon “Butchoy” still affecting us. With all the wind we now have a tree branch that has bent over and is interfering with our satellite TV reception at times. I had a look at climbing the tree and chopping it off this morning but after a quick attempt I will leave it to one of the boys. I am not as young and nimble as I used to be and have no desire to fall out of a swaying tree.
We all did a walk into the market (6km) at 7:00am as it is market day in Gasan today. Once we were stocked up on supplies we caught a Trike back home with all out goodies.
Brian is feeling much better today with his Delhi Belly so after lunch and a siesta we went for a ride over the southern mountain pass. It was still pretty windy up in the mountains so a nice, slow ride was had by all.
Once we were back home the two engineers (Brian & I) decided to tackle the tree that was “interfering” with our satellite TV signal in the strong winds. We managed to throw a rope tied to a brick up over a branch at the top of the tree. We tried to break the top bit off the tree but there wasn’t enough mass between us to accomplish that.
So the next step was to get a wooden trestle for me to stand on, and using my Bolo, I was able to chop a notch in the tree about 4-metres off the ground. With Brian and Sandy on the rope the tree finally toppled (Missing all critical structures) and our TV signal interference was gone.
The engineers prevailed over the tree.
I finished reading my 41st book of the year “Till The Well Runs Dry” by Geoffrey Hepworth (Kindle Book). A good read about the world oil supplies and sabotage which could make the oil unusable.
Wednesday 20th June:
Leisurely morning with a leisurely breakfast sitting on the front veranda. Just after 10:00am we made our way to the Google IT café for Wi-Fi for all.
Back home for a late lunch then we all retired to the Nipa Hut to read and siesta. We were going to go to the Hot springs but decided that we will go there tomorrow now.
I did a rubbish burn up in the strong winds and I must say I had a roaring fire going in the “wind forced” incinerator.
Completed the day watching the DVD “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts.
Thursday 21st June:
Ailyn here this morning for my massage first followed by Sandy’s. Whilst I was having my massage Guy and Sandy did a trip to the market via the Jeepney for a few supplies and Brian “rested” up under the Nipa Hut.
Guy was off to Mahjong at midday and following a later lunch by the rest of us, we made our way to the Grotto.
It was a steep climb up to the top of the Grotto so we were nice and hot and sweaty by the time we got back down. We were on the bikes and off to the Hot Springs for a swim. We were the only people at the Hot Springs so had both pools (hot & warm) all to ourselves.
Back home for a relaxing evening after a busy day.
Friday 22nd June:
Up and down to the road to meet Ron for our round the island trip. The first stop was White Beach (one of the few white sandy beaches on the island) over by Torrijos. Ron, Sandy and Brian had a swim while Guy and I relaxed in a Nipa Hut on the beach.
From here we stopped off in Torrijos for a very nice leisurely lunch where we sampled some local dishes. They even had ice cream so we just had to indulge ourselves with desserts.
Further down the road we found the weaver’s cooperative where they weave table place mats and table runners. They collect the fibers from the local Buri plant, process it and then dye it to the colors they want for the weaving of the final mats.
The mats are exported to the Netherlands with some also being sold in the SM Malls throughout the Philippines. A very impressive little setup they have.
We made our way up round the top of the island through Santa Cruz, Boac and back through Gasan to home arriving at 4:00pm ish.
Guy cranked up the Karaoke and she and Brian had a bit of a session……
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy
Bel far niente
“The beauty of doing nothing”