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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