Day 960 of retirement

September 29, 2012

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Saturday 22nd September:

We had a leisurely morning this morning. At 11:00am I dropped Guy off at Mahjong and came back home for lunch and a little siesta.

At 2:00pm I made my way to Google IT to post the blog and do other Wi-Fi stuff. I was going to walk in but it was toooo hot and humid so I rode in. After a couple hours there I made my way back home via the bakery for some fresh Pandecoco buns.

I arrived home (at 4:15pm) to a brownout and a lightning / rainstorm, which I suspect, caused the brownout. Power was back on at 4:45pm, so all good.

I finished reading my 62nd book of the year “Life After War: Book 2 – On The Road” by Angela White (Kindle Book). A good read about the good, the bad and the ugly of a group of people drawn together after a Nuclear War in the USA. Has a little black magic thrown in to add a bit of spice to the story.

I bought book 3 “Life After War: Safe Haven” and book 4 “Life After War: Adrian’s Eagles” from Amazon today so my reading is sorted for the next week or so.

After dinner Guy and I watched the third Millennium series movie “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest” (3 ¼ hours long) in Swedish with English subtitles. Another great movie and very close to the book.

Sunday 23rd September:

The Thunder Monster got a good wash and wax (all the painted plastic & metal and chrome bits were waxed) today after all the rainy weather this week.

I dropped Guy off at Mahjong at 10:00am and swung past the local shop for a few supplies. I tried the ATM for some cash but no go as it was off line.

At 11:30am I made my way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi prior to the expat gathering. A good expat crowd today, so we split over two tables and had many an interesting discussion.

At 4:00pm I made my home past the ATM once again but alas it was still off line. I still have plenty of cash but was just looking at a top up. Ooohhhh well, there’s always tomorrow.

Monday 24th September:

Up early and off for my morning walk with Gerald. An up and back to Kalong was the order of the day followed by iced and then hot tea.

Typhoon “Lawin” is out to the east of us (and going northwest) and by the looks of it we might get some rough weather later this week. So a quick check of the cupboards for non-perishable foods and our rice supplies was made and a list to re-stock produced.

Our drinking water is fully restocked, we have a full spare gas cylinder (1 full cylinder lasts us 80-90 days) and the Thunder Monster is full of gas.

Feel a bit like a “Doomsday Prepper” The show “Doomsday Preppers” (American) is big here on satellite TV.

So after a nice cool refreshing shower and breakfast it was off to the market for some pre-Typhoon supplies.

We had a relaxing afternoon snoozing and reading and pottering round the cottage.

Tuesday 25th September:

Still no effects from Typhoon “Lawin” on the island. Hopefully it will continue to go north.

Bit of a sleep in with John (Pom) arriving for a chat at 9:30am. At 10:30am it was off to the market for a few more supplies. I stopped in at the ATM on the way home and it is still “Offline”. That’s three days now. OOoohhh well it will be back “Online” one day. We still have some cash so all good.

I dropped Guy off at Mahjong at midday.

At 2:00pm it was off to Google IT for some Wi-Fi. On the way home I dropped into Barbarossa for an iced tea with Geoff (Pom) and Arthur (New aussie). I’m catching up with Arthur tomorrow to have a chat about island life and getting his Filipino residency.

We had a brownout at 9:30pm so we read for a while then went to bed. The power came back on sometime after midnight.

Wednesday 26th September:

This morning we are feeling some minor effects from Typhoon “Lawin”. The sea is rough, the sky is all stormy and the humidity is very sticky.

A quiet morning with a beach clean up and rubbish burn up. At midday I dropped Guy off at Mahjong. At 1:00pm I made my way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi.

A quick check of the ATM confirmed that it still isn’t working (day 4 and counting).

At 2:30pm I caught up with Arthur (New aussie) and had a good long chat to him about island life, getting his residency and life in general.

Thursday 27th September:

The rough seas and high humidity of Typhoon “Lawin” are still with us today.

Cherry here first thing for the washing and cleaning day. Ailyn arrived at 9:30am for Guy’s massage.

While all this was going on I did a quick trip to town to try the ATM once again. Day 5 and still not working. So I headed for Boac, the capital (44km round trip) to try my luck there. Two ATMs were also offline there, but the third one was okay so I’m now cashed up.

On the way home I dropped into the Boac Hospital (The main one on the island). Some years ago they started building a new wing and it was stopped, half built. This wing is now being completed and a whole new wing added behind.

The existing hospital is a bit long in the tooth and the new hospital will be very welcomed by all. They are hoping to attract more visiting Doctors from the mainland to work here periodically with the new facilities.

Currently the Boac hospital can treat normal cases (Births, cuts and abrasions, broken bones (nothing complicated) and “normal” sicknesses) but for anything special you need to go to Lucena or Manila. Hopefully with the new hospital more ailments can be treated here.

I also dropped into a new “Resort” being built back in the hills. I have heard of this place so went exploring. I found this large complex nestled back in the foothills. They have completed a large swimming pool with Nipa huts for shade, a two-sided climbing wall and a Zip line from the top of the hill which is about 300m long. There are some other buildings going up and one large complex that looks like a hotel.

The view from the top of the Zip line is pretty good as you can see down towards the coast and out to sea. I wish them well and hope they manage to get some tourists to come once it is completed.

After lunch we rode into Google IT for some Wi-Fi. Arthur (New aussie) was there as well so had a chat to him.

I finished reading my 63rd book of the year “Life After War: Book 3 – Safe Haven” by Angela White (Kindle Book). A good read about the good, the bad and the ugly of a group of people drawn together after a Nuclear War in the USA. Has a little black magic thrown in to add a bit of spice to the story. Now reading book 4.

Friday 28th September:

Up early and met Gerald on the road for our morning walk. We did the creek walk from the cottage looking for another track along side the creek but we found none.

We did get to the headwaters of the creek and found a track going left into the hills so we took it. Last week we went right at the fork. This turned out to be a great little walk that ran parallel to the creek in the next valley over. We followed it all the way down back to the main road.

After lunch it was off to Google IT for some Wi-Fi and Guy was able to Skype the family back in Canberra, AUS.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 953 of retirement

September 22, 2012

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Saturday 15th September:

We are still under the influence of Typhoon “Karen” (the outer edge) hence the rain and rough seas. It rained all last night but has been fine most of the day. The wind has now come up rather strong so very rough seas. Would hate to be on a Ro-Ro about now (That is if they are running….).

Ailyn here this morning for my massage. She couldn’t make it on Thursday as she had function to attend for her local church. I think the Archbishop was visiting her Barangay.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:00am with my massage finishing just on 12:00noon. After lunch it was off to see if I could get the blog posted.

Now Google IT’s Wi-Fi is still off the air. There are two other Internet Cafes in Gasan but neither of them have Wi-Fi. Barbarossa has Wi-Fi but I haven’t been able to connect to it for over twelve months (They have an old Router).

Gil has Wi-Fi at his upstairs restaurant but its really for paying customers only. Google IT does have another Internet Café a couple of Barangay’s away towards Boac so I set off to find that one as they have Wi-Fi that works.

I couldn’t find the Google IT Café but in the process I came across this little Internet Café with a dozen PC’s in it and the guy said Wi-Fi was all good.

So anyway (a little skeptical of it being “all good”) I connected and it was actually pretty good. I got the blog posted and other stuff done so all good. I now have an alternative to Google IT for Wi-Fi.

My last resort is to go to Boac (22km away) as there are a few Wi-Fi places there that are fine.

I washed the Thunder Monster (no wax) as she was filthy from all the riding in the rain this week. I just couldn’t stand see her so muddy……..

The power went off at 10:00pm and was back on sometime before 2:00am. There is tsismis (pronounced tis-miss and means gossip) going round the island that due to a fuel shortage for the generators we will be having brownouts from 6-12 hours duration for the next week. We shall see……

Sunday 16th September:

Much better day today with the rain gone and the wind has abated from Typhoon “Karen”.

Today is the 7-year anniversary of Guy (my beautiful wife) and I meeting in a coffee shop in Chatswood, Sydney. Who would have thought that it will lead to one of the greatest adventures of our lives with many more great years to come.

Meeting Guy has enabled me to fulfill one of my life long dreams. When I was 19-years old I had a dream of retiring (or even semi retiring) at 55. I never thought it would happen but Guy and I worked together and made it happen (with huge support from Guy).

We love living the simple life in our little piece of paradise and feel happier, healthier and wiser for it.

Some people dream of doing great things
Others stay awake and do them
Stay awake people.…

At 10:30am Guy was off to Mahjong and at 11:00am I decided to walk into Gasan (1-hour) for the expat gathering.

We had quite a crowd today with 11 expats all up. I meet a new aussie who has just arrived on the island to retire. Arthur (ex Sydney) aged 40 has arrived with his wife (originally from Marinduque but spent the last 20 years in AUS). He was working in the telecommunications industry. I only had time for a short chat so will catch up with him later in the week.

At 3:30pm I walked back home along the coast in a nice pleasant sea breeze.

I finished off the day by watching the start of the San Marino MotoGP and then we had a brownout at 6:00pm. So didn’t see the race after all.

No Casey Stoner back yet after his ankle operation but hopefully within the next two races he’ll be back.

The power came back on at 11:00pm (5-hour brownout) but we were both in bed by then.

Monday 17th September:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our early morning walk. A quick one today up to Kalong and back (1 ½ hours with a nice big climb). After a nice cold iced tea and a hot cup of tea I arrived home just after 8:00am and we had a brownout. It lasted till 4:30pm (8.5-hours). Ooohhh well at least I got the fridge defrosted.

A scoop shower was in order, followed by breakfast and a little siesta. At 11:00am we made our way to our block as we have two local workers (living next door to our block) clearing away all the undergrowth and tidying up round the trees.

I showed them the boundary markers and Guy explained what we wanted done, so all good. We have employed them for 3-days at P200 ($4.80 AUS) each per day so should get the block cleared (the 1,600sqm by the beach) for under $30.00 AUS.

Then off to the market for some supplies. We bought some rice and a vegetarian bitter apple dish to go with our chicken adobo (warmed up on the gas stove) that we had to eat today, as we have no fridge all day.

We dropped into the Marelco Office (Power Cooperative) to see what was the go with the brownouts. We are back on rolling brownouts for the next few days (maybe longer) due to lack of fuel for the generator plant (Somebody needs to pay the fuel bill….).

It is basically 8-hours on and 8 hours off (give or take an hour or two). So in one 48-hour period you get through one cycle. This gives you power during one day and not the next. Once you know when it will be off, you can plan round it okay.

Cooking is all gas so no problem there. But anything in the fridge needs to be

eaten within 24-hours.

The afternoon’s activities were Kindle reading and a siesta. Late in the afternoon I rode into Gasan and admired (and take a few pics) the engineering feat of the construction of the concrete wall being built to protect the market from the river.

Then it was up to the block to see how our workers were going on the clearing. They are doing a great job. One of the workers asked for his day’s pay today. As they are doing a good job and it was 4:00pm I paid him his P200 for the day’s work. The other guy will wait till Wednesday for his P600 in one go.

With the power back on at 4:30pm I was able to catch the MotoGP repeat of the race from yesterday that I missed due to the brownout. Really bad day for poor old Danny Pedrosa. But great to see Rossi take out second.

Tuesday 18th September:

The power went off just after midnight (Guy got to watch the finish of her movie) and came back on at 8:30am ish (8.5-hour brownout).

Market day so off to the market. Some very nice fresh “big” fish (big fish as I’m not a fan of little fish bones) so we got the fisherman to fillet a nice big one for us (same as the fish we bought last week).

On the way home we dropped into Google IT opposite the market and their Wi-Fi isn’t fixed yet. But Guy was able to get detailed instructions on where their other café is in the Barangay just north of us. We rode down and sure enough there it was hidden behind a big water tank.

So I now have two other options for Wi-Fi other than Google IT in Gasan. Always good to have options……

Guy was off to Mahjong at midday and I headed up to the block to see the workers. All good at the block so I made my way to the Google IT in Barangay “Bangbang”, about 5km north of Gasan and their second Internet Café.

At first I couldn’t connect and once the boss arrived we discovered that they had missed a letter out of the password.

Once connected with the correct password it was all good and reasonably fast.

At 3:00pm I did a quick swing past the block once again to see how the boys had progressed (they were doing good) then home and a shower before the power went of at 4:00pm for the evening (power off for 8-hours ish).

I finished reading my 61st book of the year “Life After War: Book 1 – The Survivors” by Angela White (Kindle Book). A good read about the good, the bad and the ugly of a group of people drawn together after a Nuclear War in the USA. Has a little black magic thrown in to add a bit of spice to the story.

I am reading the second book now “Life After War: Book 2 – On The Road”.

Wednesday 19th September:

The power was back on just after midnight ish and went off at 8:00am. I got up at 6:00am and filled all the used water containers and did the dinner dishes from last night so all good for the day.

Then surprise surprise the power came back on at 12:30pm (4.5-hours brownout). Somebody must have paid the fuel bill and a new delivery delivered (hopefully…..).

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong at 1:00pm. I was going to go to Boac but there was a big black storm looming and it was already raining in Gasan so I turned round and came back home.

I watched the midday movie and then have another go for Boac (the storm had passed by now). I found the supplies I was after and called into the Boac Hotel for some Wi-Fi before heading back home.

I rode straight to the block and had a look at the boys clearing work. I have employed them for one extra day (4-days in total) as the undergrowth has been pretty hard going. Hopefully tomorrow should see it out.

Thursday 20th September:

We had another brownout during the night for 3-4 hours but it was back on again by the time we got up.

Cherry arrived at 8:00am for the washing and cleaning day. I did a quick trip to the block to see the boy’s clearing handy work and let them know that it is their last day and I’ll be back at 4:00pm to pay them.

Ailyn was supposed to arrive for Guy’s massage but she texted Guy to say she couldn’t come because they had heavy rains (with heavy flooding) over night back in the hills where she lives (Gerald registered 135mm in 7-hours). She couldn’t get across the river to come on down.

After lunch I dropped Guy off at Google IT for some Skype with Jo and Zali in Canberra. I made my way to see Berthold for a couple of things. He is interested in a Kindle as he is a bit of reader as well. So I showed him my Kindle Touch and I was able to answer his questions. He is sold and is going to get one.

There is a Swedish mini series (it’s in Swedish but has English subtitles) called “The Millennium” by Stieg Larsson. It follows his three books “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest”. Berthold had downloaded the series for me previously but I was missing the subtitles and the first book “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”,

Berthold had everything on disk so we just had to transfer it to a USB stick.

The Americans made the movie “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” with Daniel Craig but it was crap and nothing like the book.

We watched the Swedish version “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” today with the subtitles and it is almost exactly like the book (about 95% correct) and goes for just over 3-hours. But I must say that this Swedish mini series is just as riveting as the book even though you know what is happening.

Highly recommended. Looking forward to the other two movies.

I dropped back into Google IT on the way home to pick up Guy. Google IT have now got their Wi-Fi fixed so I did a quick connection to check it if all good. And it was.

After dropping Guy off at the cottage it was back to the block to pay the two workers for their clearing work. I paid each guy P800 ($19.00 AUS) for 4-days work, which is above the normal rate of P720 ($17.15 AUS) for 4-days work.

Been a busy day.

Friday 21st September:

Up early and off for my morning walk with Gerald. We did a beach walk today, as the boondocks are far too wet from the deluge on Wednesday night. An iced tea followed by a hot cup of tea was enjoyed by all at the end of the walk.

While at Gerald’s I texted Arthur (New Aussie on the island) to see if he was going to be about later this afternoon for a visit from Gerald and I. I got a text back early afternoon to say that he is feeling a bit crook so can we take a rain check till next week.

After lunch the drizzle rain was back so Guy and I watched the second Millennium series movie “The Girl Who Played With Fire” (3 ¼ hours long) in Swedish with English subtitles. Another great movie and very close to the book.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 946 of retirement

September 15, 2012

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Saturday 8th September:

Up early for my morning walk with Gerald. I walked 2km down the road and met Gerald at the Dawis village turnoff. We walked into Dawis village and then crossed the river to make our way up the backside of the ridgeline.

Once we made the top of the ridge (The ridge behind the cottage) we traveled along the top to the north till we came to the track that leads down to the creek we found on Monday.

It was quite slippery (muddy) in a couple of places as they had some heavy rain back in the boondocks last night. We both finished up slipping over on our butts.

From there we made our way back to the road down the creek and home to some iced and hot tea. A good 9km walk with a reasonable up and down thrown in for good measure.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:00am. After lunch I gave the Thunder Monster her wash and wax (A day early) and parked her on the veranda under her cover.

As it was a drizzly afternoon I caught the Jeepney into Google IT to post the blog and grab a few things from the market across the road. I was going to walk back home but caught the Jeepney as it was drizzling rain.

Finished reading my 59th book of the year “Conduit: The Beginning” by James Alexander (Kindle Book). A good murder / psycho mystery where Aliens become involved. I liked it. This is book one, so now need to get book 2.

Sunday 9th September:

My birthday today (57 years wise) and I don’t feel a day over 27 mentally and a day over 37 physically. Life is dam good.

For breakfast I cooked up scrambled eggs for only the second time since being in the Philippines. There isn’t anywhere on the island that serves scrambled eggs. As I was having a craving I cooked my own.

We also don’t have a toaster, as bread isn’t big here. So some little buns had to do with the eggs. All up, the breakfast was very very nice and enjoyed by all. My craving is now satisfied.

At 10:30am Guy was off to Mahjong and I decided to walk into Gasan to Google IT (6km) for some Wi-Fi.

At midday I made my way to the Barbarossa for the expat gathering of the usual crowd. I think we may have created more problems than we solved today (we were talking about politics).

3:15pm and as it was a beautiful afternoon I walked back home (6km). Was nice and sweaty by the time I got home so a cool refreshing shower was enjoyed.

Monday 10th September:

Up early for my morning walk with Gerald. I meet him at the cottage at 6:00am and we walked back up the creek from Friday’s walk. Our aim was to follow it all the way up the ridge till we reached its start.

Up near the headwaters of the creek we found that there was a good track running parallel to the creek so we hopped up onto that. It is only mad dogs (me) and Englishmen (Gerald) that walk in the rough rocky creek when there is a good track next to it.

We eventually came out on the Tabionan Road so a 5km walk home down the road was nice after the mud. The whole walk was 10km so a nice stroll.

About 500m from the cottage the heavens opened up and we had a downpour. I had my trusty umbrella and Gerald has a Poncho so we didn’t get too wet. It did wash a bit of the mud of our boots.

Up on the ridge it was pretty muddy and slippery from the rains last Saturday. It was fun though but the shoes also need a wash when we got home.

After a shower and a rest we caught the Jeepney into town (and back home) for some supplies. Got a very nice large fish filet slab.

Tuesday 11th September:

Busy day today. Up and off to the market day in Gasan for some supplies. Back home and time to service the Thunder Monster with a fuel filter change, carbie drain and spark plug change.

Then time to process some Buko (coconuts) juice. Guy and I are now drinking the juice straight out of young Buko without the additives (we used to add Condensed Milk). It’s really good for your cholesterol and the kidneys and is full of electrolytes.

At midday I dropped Guy off at Mahjong and I rode up to Boac (22km away) to replenish the Thunder Monster spare parts used in the morning service. I got almost all of my bits. On the way home I called into Barbarossa for a nice cold iced tea and a chat to Geoff (Pom).

Back home and grabbed the MacBook and off to Google IT for some Wi-Fi. Late afternoon and a swing past the bakery on the way home for some treats (Pandecoco Buns) followed by a rest up after the hectic day…….

Wednesday 12th September:

Leisurely morning with Guy off to Mahjong at midday. At 1:00pm I made my way to Google IT for a couple of hours as I had a few things I wanted to investigate. Also booked our tickets back to AUS for Xmas this year.

In a nutshell our movements will be:
In Adelaide from Monday 17th December to Thursday 27th December

In Canberra / Sydney Thursday 27th December 2012 to 21st January 2013

At 3:30pm I dropped the MacBook back at the cottage and made my way to our block. I meet one of the guys who is cleaning the neighboring block and have arranged for his boys (2 of them) to commence clearing our block on Monday.

He reckons that it will take two men three days to complete so we agreed on that time frame. Wages are P200 ($4.80 AUS) per day per person. So should cost us all up P1,200 ($28.80 AUS).

Then it was back to Gasan to refuel the Thunder Monster and grab a few supplies of the non-perishable kind. We have tropical storm “Karen” sitting just off the east coast and we could see some rough weather in the next few days. So time to restock the larder.

I finished reading my 60th book of the year “Official Underground 2012 Doomsday Survival Handbook” by W. H. Mumfrey (Kindle Book). A very interesting read on lots of different ways the earth may end on December 21, 2012 (The end of the Mayan Calendar) and how to survive them.

It even tells you how to create your own Religion amongst the survivors with you as “God” of course.

Not sure I would want to survive in a wasteland and be a “God”. Just point me to the epicenter of the catastrophe and let me be vaporised instantly.

Ooohhhh and the author lives on an island off the south coast of South Australia and is ready to seal the bunker door at a moment’s notice.

Another well prepared south aussie……..

Thursday 13th September:

A leisurely morning with a trip to the market for some chicken and vegetables for a pot of Adobo.

After lunch Guy’s school best friend Aura and her husband Philip dropped in as they are on the island for Philip to give a speech to the local Boy Scout contingent (Phillip went to school on the island) over Torrijos way. After a chat they followed us on the bike to the block where we showed them our little piece of paradise.

It was actually Philip and Aura who enticed us to Marinduque back in June 2010 as we had never intended to come here right away before looking at other bigger islands first. So it was his fault we have settled here and we are loving it.

At 6:00pm we headed to Google IT for some Wi-Fi before Guy was off to a night session of Mahjong. Now I have been having a good run at Google IT with Wi-Fi and tonight it all came crashing down.

The Wi-Fi switch on the router broke so no wireless. I tried to connect via an Ethernet cable but no go there either. Not sure what the issue was and the guy there wasn’t able to help. Luckily I had my USB stick with me and as you can now get 3G in town I was able to get done what I wanted, all be it a little slow.

Might have to try another place in the mean time. Hopefully the switch should be fixed in a week or so.

At 7:00pm I dropped Guy off at the Mahjong house for her “night” session. She played from 7:00pm to midnight and had a win so she’s very happy with that. She got a ride home with Tisoy (Mahjong house owner) on his Trike so home safe and sound.

Friday 14th September:

Was up early for my morning walk with Gerald but it was drizzling and had been most of the night. We are currently under the influence of Typhoon “Karen” (the outer edge) hence the rain and rough seas.

After swapping texts we cancelled till Monday morning. So it was back to bed for a little unscheduled sleep-in.

Following breakfast we had a brownout from 10:00am to 11:30am (1 ½ hours) so it was a Kindle reading morning.

After lunch and a slight break in the rain we made our way to Boac to the Land Transport Office (LTO) to see about our renewed Philippines drivers licenses.

There is a chance that our new plastic licenses may not be back on the island by the time we leave for AUS in December. My AUS license has expired (I will renew it when back in Sydney) but I need a license to hire a car. My Philippines tempory paper license expires in early January.

So after a chat to George (The Boss) and one of his offsiders we were given the batch number of our new licenses so we can go to the LTO office in Manila (Walking distance from Guy’s Sister’s / Mum’s where we stay) and hopefully pick them up before we leave for AUS.

We stopped into the Boac Hotel for an iced tea and some Wi-Fi. Guy was hoping to Skype Jo and family but it didn’t happen.

The rain returned so it was poncho time for the trip home in the rain. It drizzled rain for the rest of the day & night.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 939 of retirement

September 8, 2012

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Saturday 1st September:

Guy’s birthday today so a few things planned for this auspicious day.

We were up at 7:00am and off to Boac for our blood tests at the Botica (Pharmacy) of Infant Jesus (One of only a few places on the island that do the tests).

We both had blood tests for blood sugar and cholesterol. They also took blood to send it off to the mainland for my PSA (Prostrate) check. The blood sugar and cholesterol results will be available this afternoon but the PSA will be the end of next week.

Back to Gasan and off to the poshest restaurant in town (Gil’s Place) for brunch. No expense was spared. The cook made us up an omelet each as special request as they are not on the menu anymore. We have had them before and he does a great omelet.

Guy then off to Mahjong at 11:00am for lunch (Pancit all round) with the Mahjong gang.

After a little siesta I made my way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi and posted the blog. Then off to Boac for our blood test results. My results are all good but Guy’s cholesterol results are on the high side. We will have to investigate this further.

I meet Guy at Google IT at 5:00pm after her Mahjong day. Guy caught up on all her birthday wishes on Facebook and email so a very pleasant way to finish the day.

Sunday 2nd September:

Thunder wash and wax day. She got her usual clean and shine and is all nice and bright once again.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:30am. I cruised into the Barbarossa at midday for the expat gathering.

I had a chat to Berthold (German and married to Josephine (Local)) about his stepdaughter Dharen who has just won the Miss Marinduque State College beauty contest here on the island (see her pic in the photos). From here she goes to the Region 4 finals. We all wish her well in her quest.

Quiet day really.

Monday 3rd September:

Up early and waited for Gerald to arrive at 6:00am for our morning walk. Today we left from the cottage and walked east back into the boondocks to the top of the ridge. We then turned north and followed the ridge past a known spot that I had been to before.

We then followed a spur going west (towards the coast) down off the ridge. We found a little creek (dry at present) and followed it all the way down to the main road. It was a great walk down the creek enveloped in the jungle and there were lots of bird about as well. We could hear them but didn’t see too many.

On arrival back at the cottage a nice cold ice tea followed by a nice hot cup of tea was enjoyed before Gerald caught a Jeepney home and I washed away all the sweat in a nice refreshing shower.

Then it was off to the market for some supplies for the next few days.

After lunch we went to see Rose our hairdresser. I had a nice short cut and Guy had a color and hair spa (Hot Oil treatment). And the total cost was P60 ($1.42 AUS) for me and Guy’s was P350 ($8.40 AUS). Bargain.

Tuesday 4th September:

Still a bit under the weather from this flu thing. Got a bit of a chesty cough now but it is getting better day by day.

Guy got a text from her brother Jerry mid morning to say that he has picked up my ACR-ICard (Permanent Residency ID) from immigration in Manila (at long last – 1 year and 9 months after starting the process). WWwooo hhhoooo no more immigration visits. Next one will be in 5 years to renew my card.

Leisurely morning with Guy off to Mahjong at midday.

After lunch I grabbed some Wi-Fi at Google IT and stopped into the Barbarossa for an iced tea and a chat with Geoff (Pom).

I finished reading my 56th book of the year “Mob Star: The story of John Gotti” by Gene Mustain & Jerry Capeci (Kindle Book). An interesting read about the life of The Teflon Don, John Gotti. All that gangster talk gets a bit repetitive at times but I enjoyed it.

Wednesday 5th September:

Up early and off to Boac and to the Clinic (The Botica (Pharmacy) of Infant Jesus) for Guy to have a further Cholesterol test and see what her HDL (Good Cholesterol), LDL (Bad Cholesterol) and Triglycerides are. The blood was drawn by 8:30am and we were on our way back home for breakfast.

At midday I dropped Guy off at Mahjong and grabbed some Wi-Fi at Google IT.

At 3:00pm I rode back to Boac and picked up Guy’s results. These results show that her LDL (Bad Cholesterol) is up a bit so we shall adjust our pretty good diet a little to drop her Cholesterol down a tad.

On the way home I went exploring up a new little road I found not far from the cottage. It ran for a couple of km back into the boondocks and ran out at start of the foothills. There is a little village part way back, which I will come back to and explore at another day.

Thursday 6th September:

Cherry here for the washing and cleaning at 8:00am. Ron (Yank) dropped in for a chat, a coffee and to drop off some borrowed books he borrowed as well. Ailyn here for Guy’s 2-hour massage at 10:00am.

We had a little brownout fro 8:45am to 10:30am (1 ¾ hours).

After lunch we were off to see Dave (Canadian), Crissa (Local) and Pixie (3 week old daughter) over Mogpog way (60km round trip) as it is Dave’s 48th birthday today. More food was consumed with fellow partygoers Geoff (Pom) and Patrick the local “Star Bike” dealership owner (Has 5 motorcycle shops on the island and is where I bought the Thunder Monster).

A quick stop in Boac and Gasan on the way home for some supplies which included fresh Mangoes and Rambutan’s. Home at 4:30pm after a big day out.

I finished reading my 57th book of the year “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank (Paper Back). A good read about a small town in the USA that survives America being nuked by the Russians. Life without the modcons as we know it.

Friday 7th September:

No walk this morning as we are off to the “Palms by the Sea” convention centre and resort up by Balanacan Port with Ron (Yank). Frank (Filipino American who is 76 years old) has setup this place as his retirement project.

Ron and I were there about 14 months ago so were keen to see what had been done in that time. No further buildings have been added but he has done some work on the grounds.

The centre is set up on a hill over looking Balanacan Bay and has a beautiful view. It is one big building with dormitory accommodation on the bottom floor and the convention centre facilities taking up the top floor.

It is in a bit of an isolated spot and the road in at the moment is a bit of a fire trail. He gets the odd wedding and convention there and has a live band (made up of locals) on Friday and Saturday nights to attract some of the locals.

His long-term aim is to have cabins and condominiums available for ownership / rent. We had a good chat to him and wished him well in his endeavor.

It was back to Gasan and up to Gil’s restaurant for lunch. Ron dropped us off at the cottage at 2:00pm so a cup of tea and a siesta were the order for the afternoon.

At 4:00pm we rode into Google IT for some Wi-Fi and Skype for Guy.

In the process of updating my Kindle3, I managed to lock it up while trying to change the network password. A quick Google search and I found the 50sec reset fix, applied it and all good once again. My Kindle was fine and no books lost. A few nervous moments there, I must say.

I finished reading my 58th book of the year “Aboard a Flying Saucer” by Truman Bethurum & the people of the Planet Clarion (Kindle Book). A short story about a guy who meet with the Planet Clarion beings on numerous occasions. Yeah right……

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 932 of retirement

September 1, 2012

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Saturday 25th August:

After being away and the storms of the last week, it was time to do a rubbish burn up and clean the beach. It took a while but the beach is once again nice and litter free. This litter also included bits of coconut, bamboo and other driftwood so it wasn’t all plastics, paper, etc. We are pretty lucky on our beach cottage in that we don’t get a lot of littler washed up.

Guy was off to Mahjong at 10:00am for an early game. After lunch I made my way to Google IT and posted the blog and caught up on emails, etc. Back home at 3:30pm for a rest.

At 5:30pm I meet Guy back at Google IT as she was back on Skype to her new grand daughter.

I finished reading my 55th book of the year “Dead or Alive” by Tom Clancy (Kindle Book). A good read and maybe just a little of some truth in there.

Sunday 26th August:

No Thunder wash today as she is still nice and clean. But she did get an oil change. I do a change about every 3-4 months regardless of the km used.

Guy off to Mahjong at 10:00am. At 11:30am I dropped into Google IT for some Wi-Fi then off to the Barbarossa for the expat gathering at midday.

Home late afternoon to watch the MotoGP at Brno in the Czech Republic. Sadly no Casey Stoner after his crash in last week’s practice at Indianapolis in the USA. But great to see Casey’s Honda teammate (Danny Pedrosa) win in an exciting finish.

Monday 27th August:

Awoke to a brownout this morning. It went off at 1:30am and came back on at 11:00am (9.5 hours). We also heard at the market that it is supposed be off tomorrow from 7:00am to 4:00pm. We shall see.

I was up early (in the dark due to brownout) and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. I am 80% recovered from the flu so we did a slow walk up to Kalong in the boondocks and back.

It is pretty hot and humid at the moment so we both were balls of sweat by the time we got back. We need a good storm to clear things up.

Back home, a refreshing scoop shower was the order of the day. Then it was off to the market for some supplies for the next few days. Guy cooked up a big pot of chicken rice. Very yummy.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing as the walk did take a bit out of me. I think I must be getting a little old as the mind is willing but the old body is protesting. Maybe some payback for all those years of abuse……

Tuesday 28th August:

Leisurely morning as we have no power. It went off at 9:00am and came back on at 4:30pm (7.5 hours).

At midday I dropped Guy off at Mahjong and went exploring on the Thunder Monster. Basically I find a road running off the main road and follow it to the end or where it loops back to the main road.

Most roads here head back into the mountains and run out once it gets too steep. These roads can range for 1km to 10km in length.

Late afternoon and I dropped into our block. Vern (German) who owns all the land around us has cleaned up all the underbrush on his land. Our block kind of stands out so will look at getting it “thinned” out as well.

I finished the day’s activities in Barbarossa with a nice cool iced tea and a chat to Geoff (Pom) and Ron (Yank).

I was going to meet Guy at Google IT for some Wi-Fi after 5:00pm but when I arrived they were all closed up. I guess a day with out power is not good for an Internet café.

Wednesday 29th August:

Still a bit under the weather so a quiet day today for me.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:30am. After lunch and a siesta I made my way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi then back home by mid afternoon for a rest.

We had a very nice tropical rainstorm hit us at 4:00pm. It settled the dust and cleared the air after the last few days being very hot and humid so very welcome.

I had arranged to meet Guy at Google IT at 5:30pm so she could Skype Jo in Canberra and see Zali once again. As it was raining I caught the Jeepney just before 5:00pm and headed in.

Just as I was away on the Jeepney Guy rang to say we had a brownout. I continued into Gasan and met Guy at Google IT anyway but still no power so we caught the next Jeepney home.

The best laid plans hey…..

The power came back on at 6:45pm(Off for 1 ¾ hours).

Thursday 30th August:

Ailyn arrived at 10:00am for my two-hour massage. Even though I am still under the weather from the flu the massage was dam nice.

After lunch it was off to Google IT for some Wi-Fi and Skype for Guy. We were going to do a trip to Boac after Google IT but it was too hot so we came home to our cool cottage.

Ooohhh well will have to do the Boac trip tomorrow now.

Friday 31st August:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. A slow one along the beach today as my flu has now gone to my chest with a bit of a cough so not feeling the best.

Back home and Cherry turned up for the washing and cleaning. At 10:00am John (Pom) arrived for some tsismis (pronounced “cheese-miss” and means gossip).

Guy got a text from her brother Jerry who was at immigration in Manila trying to pick up my ACR Card (Residency ID Card) and they want my old expired ACR Card. Now they never told us this when we were there so it’s back here on the island.

At 11:30am after John had left we did a run into Boac (22km) to LBC (The national courier company) and overnighted my old card to Jerry in Manila. He will go back on Monday and hand in my old card and get my new one…. Hopefully.

Also while there we visited the Botica (Pharmacy) of Infant Jesus where they do blood tests for blood sugar and cholesterol (One of only a few on the island). They will also take blood and send it off to the mainland for a PSA (Prostrate) check.

The other westerners on the island use these guys so I’ll go back tomorrow and have my tests done, as it has been three years since my last tests.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy