Day 1016 of retirement

November 24, 2012

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Saturday 17th November:

Rubbish day today. I got the incinerator going nicely with dry coconut palms and burnt up our house rubbish. Also did a beach cleanup and got that all burnt up as well.

Guy off to Mahjong at 11:00am. At 1:00pm I made my way to Google IT to post the blog and play with HAM and Police web pages some more for a couple of hours

Back home and decided to let my MacBook battery go flat and turn off (I do it every few months). All good and managed to bring it out of hibernation. Then decided to do reboot as well as it has been a few weeks.

Well my MacBook failed to boot. After a couple of times trying to turn it on via the power button there was nothing, just the initial white screen.

A quick boot into “Safe” mode worked so I ran Verify file permissions and Verify Disk and it all came up clean. I then did another shut down and a reboot and all back to normal.

A few nervous moments were had in the last hour….. I do have very up to date backups using “Time Machine” just to be sure to be sure….

I finished reading my 69th book of the year “Inside Steve’s Brain” by Leander Kahney (Kindle Book). A real great read about Steve Jobs and Apple. After reading about Steve and his vision for innovation it makes you wonder how Apple will survive without him. He certainly was a one of a kind and yes I am a great fan of his.

My reading has slowed down a bit with all our visitors and working for the Police and the Hiking Association of Marinduque (HAM) stuff. But I’m back into it again now.

Sunday 18th November:

The Thunder Monster got a good wash and wax after getting caught in a few rainstorms this week.

I made my way to Google IT at 11:00am and Guy was off to Mahjong at midday. Also at midday I made my way to Barbarossa for the expat gathering.

Home later in the afternoon and a nice little brownout from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (2-hours). Guy played an extended Mahjong session till midnight tonight. The house owner has a Trike so he dropped her off at the cottage after the game.

Monday 19th November:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. It was only Gerald and I this morning. Gil was going to join but had to pull out last night. We did the walk to Calong and through to Bilog to explore the erosion on the trails up there after the Typhoon.

There are two trails leading to Bilog. One is up a gully and the other along a ridgeline. The gully trail was severely washed out at the bottom with about 1.5m of soil washed away in places. There was a big land slip also that has come down a side creek and flowed into the gully in one 50m section.

On trail two along the ridge the erosion was okay. There was one 150m section down at the bottom where the trail has been covered in debris and blown down trees. Now that we know where the fallen trees are, we will make a new track round them.

Next time we are up there we will take a Bolo (Jungle slasher) and clear our new path. Back to Gerald’s and the cold iced tea was very refreshing as the humidity was pretty high today back in the boondocks.

After a shower, it was into the market for some supplies. On the way in we had a chat to the owners of a house in town that is about to be vacated by some American Missionaries. The owner’s son is going to live in the house so it isn’t up for rent. We were just interested.

Home at 11:00am just as a brownout hit. It only lasted for 40 minutes so all good. After lunch we made our way to Google It for some Wi-Fi. Arrived home just as a light rainstorm hit.

Another brownout hit us from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (3.5 hours).

Tuesday 20th November:

Market day today. But before we left John (Pom) dropped in on the way to see Geoff (Another Pom) who is rather ill at the moment. At 9:00am we made our way to the market and stocked up on a few supplies.

Guy was off to Mahjong at midday. As it was a nice day (overcast and not too humid) I went for a cruise down Buenavista way (South) on the Thunder Monster. It was great cruising down the coast and just “riding” to where ever my fancy took me.

Then it was back to Gasan and Google IT for my Wi-Fi fix for the day. I picked up some sweet Lansones on the way home and retired in the late afternoon with a nice cold iced tea.

Wednesday 21st November:

After breakfast it was a quick trip into town to pick up a bag of fresh Lansones. We finished up eating 4kgs of Lansones between us today. Great for the digestive system….

After lunch Guy was off to Mahjong and I meet Gerald at Google IT at 2:00pm to show him the ropes of our Hiking Association of Marinduque wordpress web page.

Guy turned up at 2:30pm as she was on her way to see Rose, the hairdresser (Just round the corner from Google IT) for a trim. At 3:00pm Gerald left and a half-hour later Guy and I made our way back to the cottage.

Thursday 22nd November:

Cherry here for the washing and cleaning. I did a quick run to the market for some supplies prior to my massage at 10:00am.

Well, Ailyn the massage lady didn’t turn up so no massage for me today. Oohhh well always next week.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday. At 1:30pm I made my way to see Berthold (German) on the other side of Gasan (15 minutes away). He is an avid Kindle reader and he had a couple of good books for me to read. He also has quite a bit of land where he lives with a big hill on it. He has made a small road up to the top where he intends to build some small cabins.

We walked up to the top (hot and bothered by the time we got there) to have a look at the view where the cottages will go. It is a great place with a magnificent view looking back into the interior.

Then off to the capital Boac for some more supplies that I can’t get in Gasan. A successful trip and even the ATM was working so all cashed up to boot. On the way home I picked up some more fresh Lansones from our supply lady.

Guy had an extended Mahjong game to midnight so an evening alone was the order of the night. I cooked up a pot of Pork spareribs for tomorrow. Of course I had to sample them to make sure they were okay.

We had a short brownout from 8:00pm to 8:45pm (45 minutes).

Friday 23rd November:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our early morning walk. Gil joined us today and we did a loop walk via the Grotto (10km ish and 2.5 hours). This was Gil’s second walk with us and he is enjoying this hiking thing.

Back home for a nice cool shower and a morning of maintenance.

I have two head torches (Thanks Mike & Jas) and they both were broken in different places. So after a bit of cursing at hidden small screws I managed to make one good head torch out of two broken ones.

A camera cleaning followed by a backup of my MacBook Pro.

After lunch we had a quiet afternoon with a siesta, some reading and a quick trip into town for some more Lansones fruit. The two of us can eat 3kgs of this delicious sweet fruit in a day so enjoying them as they are at peak season right now. Soon they will be gone till next season.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 1009 of retirement

November 17, 2012

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Saturday 10th November:

A quiet morning with a quick rubbish sort out.

At midday Guy was off to Mahjong and John (Pom) dropped in for a chat.

After a little siesta I made my way to Google IT to post the blog and setup the web page for the Pulis.

Late afternoon and after a very successful afternoon’s “work” I made my way back home. Guy text to say that they were playing till midnight tonight, so a quiet evening for me.

I whiled the evening away by watching the qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP in Spain.

Sunday 11th November:

The Thunder Monster got her usual wash and wax this morning.

At 11:00am I made my way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi and to do some more work on the Police wordpress web page (added some examples to the pages) ready for Tuesday’s project meeting.

Guy off to Mahjong at midday and I hit the Barbarossa for the expat gathering. Another good crowd today.

Bern (German owner) organized a “girls” gathering at 3:00pm with free cake and coffee. He is keen to provide an expat gathering for the wives as well as us blokes. It was an us and them with the guys one end and the women the other. But hey at least we all were in the same restaurant.

Guy took a break from Mahjong to join half a dozen other wives for the cake and coffee.

Back home by 4:00pm ready for the last MotoGP race of the season at Valencia.

Monday 12th November:

Up early for my morning walk. This morning is the first organized walk of the Hiking Association of Marinduque (HAM). Gil, Joel and I meet at Gerald’s house for a slow walk up to Kalong and back.

This was the first hike for Gil and Joel so we took it easy to settle them back into hiking. They both did extremely well and survived and are keen to come back for another walk.

We are looking at either Friday or Monday for the next HAM walk.

Gerald and I are working on setting up a web page for the HAM and hope to have that up in the next week or so. We will advertise both future walks and the ones we have been on (with photos) and have gear and sponsors page.

I got a text from Ron (Yank) to say that the house we’re kind of keen on in Gasan is about to be vacated by the missionaries that currently live there. So Guy and I dropped in to see them to confirm that they are leaving the island.

They are leaving on December 7th and are looking at selling off their household goods firstly to their fellow churchgoers and then anybody else with what’s left.

We then went to see the owner of the house and his wife to have a chat to them about the possibility of renting the house. After a long chat it was agreed that will come back and see them next Monday so we all can think long and hard about it over the next week.

A stop over at the market for lunch and a little siesta after a busy morning.

Mid afternoon it was off to Google IT where I did some more work on the Police web page ready for tomorrow’s project meeting. Guy was able to Skype Zali and the gang in Canberra, Australia.

Back home and a brownout from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (2-hours).

Tuesday 13th November:

Market day today so I dropped Guy off at 9:30am as I was on my way to Boac for a project meeting with the Provincial Police on their web site setup.

I picked up Gerald (Pom) at the market and we made our way to the Police Station to see Edna the Police project manager.

It was an awesome meeting. I covered the web page I had setup with dummy information and we discussed the project’s kick off next Tuesday. At the official start of the project we will be adding in all the live data and hopefully going live in a week.

Gerald had a chat about setting up a database for the Police to enter and then retrieve information on the criminals on their books. This project is scheduled for the beginning of next year once the website is completed.

Edna ran us through some of their procedures and information, which was very interesting. It is awesome working with people who want to learn and help and doing it for free. Very rewarding.

I dropped Gerald back at his house and arrived home just as Guy was off to Mahjong.

After lunch it was into Google IT to do some more work on the Police web page. On the way home I called in and had a chat to Gil as I am also in the process of setting up the Hiking Association of Marinduque (HAM) web page (By the end of the week hopefully).

Gil is a fellow HAM member and sponsor with his Balthazar Tavern and DJ Plaza Hotel in Gasan.

Wednesday 14th November:

Late morning we headed off to Boac for the dentist. Guy has lost a chip of tooth off one of her rear molars that has been filled in the past.

We went to a dentist that was recommended by one of her Mahjong crew and as we walked in, I think I saw the dollar signs rolling over in his eyes at the sight of a westerner.

Here strongly advised that the tooth needed to come out “today” and a bridge be implanted. When we suggested that he do a tempory filling for now he wouldn’t do it and still pushed to remove the tooth today.

We politely declined his offer of tooth removal and departed to find another dentist for a second opinion. We found a very lovely lady dentist who examined Guy’s tooth and advised that she would clean it up, place some tempory filling in it for now and then monitor it for the next month or two to see if the tooth filling settles down.

If the tooth is okay she will remove the tempory filling and replace it with a permanent filling. If not she will then advise on what can be done at that time.

So for P400 ($9.50 AUS) she cleaned up round the tooth and old filling and placed a tempory filling round it all. Will have it checked out just before we come back to AUS in December and then once back at the end of January in 2013 we see how it is and what to do from there.

We had lunch at “Goodchow Restaurant” with some nice cold drinks and made our back home early afternoon.

Thursday 15th November:

Cherry here this morning for the washing and cleaning. Ailyn is busy all this week so no massage. My turn next week……

I did a run into the market for some supplies for the next few days. Pork spare ribs are on the menu with beans.

At midday Guy was off to Mahjong. After a little siesta to let the rainstorm pass, I made my way to Google IT.

I spent 2.5 hours building up the Hiking Association of Marinduque (HAM) web page. Got it all set up ready for the “committee” (Gerald & Gil) to review before we go live with it.

Friday 16th November:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. Gil and Joel had to bail this morning as they have an early commitment. So Gerald and I did a nice leisurely beach walk as it has been raining back in the boondocks so will be too wet and muddy for a few days.

Home for a nice cool shower and then off to our block to have a look after the Typhoon and all the rain. Everything was good with no flooding or tree down.

On the way home I called in to see Arthur (47 year old retired Aussie) and his wife (Local) as he is slowly getting himself established here on the island.

Home for lunch and a siesta as we had a brownout from 1:30pm to 2:00pm (half hour).

Once the power was back on we made our way to Google IT for a couple hours of Wi-Fi. Guy caught up on Facebook and emails and I did some more work on the Police and HAM web pages.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1002 of retirement

November 10, 2012

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Saturday 2nd November:

A leisurely morning was had by all. Guy left for Mahjong at midday and I walked into Google IT and posted the blog at 2:00pm. I also walked back home after Google IT even though it was pretty humid and hot (12km round trip).

A nice cool refreshing shower helped to cool me down.

Sunday 3rd November:

The Thunder Monster got a good wash and careful wax today. It has been some weeks since her last scrub due to being away in Manila and having visitors here (Guy’s family and my family).

At 11:30am after a nice refreshing shower Guy and I headed into Google IT for a quick email check. Guy was off to Mahjong just before midday and I made my way to Barbarossa for the expat gathering. A good crowd came and went during the afternoon.

I was back home by 4:00pm and relaxed under the fan as it is nice, hot and humid at present.

Monday 4th November:

Up early for our morning walk today. At 6:00am I meet Manny (TV Producer / Pastor) and Gerald on the road. We walked to Tabionan (8km back in the boondocks) to have a look at the bridge that got partially washed away last week in the Typhoon.

From there we meet Ailyn’s (our massage lady) husband and his friend who guided us back even further into the remote interior to this place on a creek where gas oozes out of the ground and you can actually light it.

We were told it was 30 minutes walk away from Tabionan. Some 3.5km and 1.5 hours later we arrived after negotiating a rough, rocky and wet creek. Gerald stopped about 500m short as he was having issues with his feet with the thongs he was wearing on the rough rocky terrain. He had taken his hiking boots off so they wouldn’t get wet hence the thongs (Not ideal footwear in this situation).

Manny and I made it (I had my Columbia wet shoes on so all good) and we were hit by the smell of gas as we arrived at the point in the creek. The guides dug round by a rock and after a few match strikes they got a small flame in the bottom of the hole.

So they got a piece of hollow bamboo and inserted it where the gas was coming from. They packed sand and rocks round the bamboo and then lit it up. It burned like a candle. Amazing.

On the way back to Tabionan we picked up Gerald from his resting spot. As there were no jeepney’s or trikes we had to walk out. Tabionan is quite remote where it is. They still don’t have power some 12 days since the Typhoon.

At 5km from Tabionan we finally found a lone trike parked on the side of the road, so we tracked down the driver and had him take us to the main road some 2km away.

From there Gerald and Manny caught a Jeepney and I walked the last 1km to the cottage. I finished up doing 21km in 7.5 hours including the stop at the gas field.

After a cold iced tea, lunch, a hot cup of tea, some Fruchocs (for energy only, of course…) and a nice cool shower, we made our way into Google IT for some Wi-Fi.

I sent off my proposal to assist the Municipal Pulis with their web page (My new job & unpaid of course). Guy skyped the gang in Canberra for a look and a chat.

Then it was home for a very relaxing evening.

Tuesday 6th November:

Market day today so we rode in, as it is just too hot and humid at the moment to walk. Back home to a late ish breakfast.

I received a text from Edna (Pulis woman) that the web / blog project outline I sent to her yesterday has been approved by the powers that be. So it was time to brush off my old project management work skills, which have lain dormant for nearly three years now (998 days to be exact but who’s counting).

The first task was to organize a project kick off meeting tomorrow at 10:00am at the Provincial Pulis station by Boac. Once this was organized I started making notes on the things we need to sort out to start.

After lunch and watching the Melbourne Cup live, Guy was off to Mahjong and I made my way to Google IT to browse the www.wordpress.com themes to see what we can use. After downloading some screen dumps it was back home and some more notes for the meeting tomorrow.

I must say I am enjoying this dusting off of some of my old work skills and using them for a good cause.

Wednesday 7th November:

Guy has picked up a bit of a flu so a quiet day for her today. At 10:00am Ailyn arrived for Guy’s 2-hour massage. She is a day early this week as she has a Catholic Church function tomorrow. She will be back to her regular Thursday next week.

At 9:30am I made my way to Boac and the Marinduque Provincial Police station for my first project meeting with Edna on the web / blog implementation.

We finalized the 4-day program and the work that will need to be carried out in between. We also locked in the dates with the official start date being the 20th November and finishing on the 29th November.

I will send Edna a document tomorrow requesting the information I need to do a draft of their page in the mean time. We are getting together next Tuesday, the 13th just to do a review of where we are at, prior to the official kick off on the 20th.

Back home for lunch followed by a quick trip into town with Guy for some more drugs for her cold and some fresh Lansones as they are at their peek season now and ooohhh so sweet.

I spent the afternoon working on the information request document to send to Edna tomorrow.

Thursday 8th November – Day 1,000 of retirement:

Today is my 1,000th day of retirement. Wwwooohhooooo. Here’s to many more. Loving this retirement thing……

Guy is feeling a little better from her flu this morning. Good old aussie “Codral” has helped heaps with enabling her to get a good night’s sleep last night.

Wash day today but as Cherry is away with her husband her two teenage daughters carried out the chores in her absence.

At 9:30am I made my way into town for the first gathering of the “Marinduque Bush Walkers Club” at Gils restaurant.

Present were Gerald (Pom), Manny (Local TV Producer / Pastor), Gil (Local restaurant owner), Joel (Local and Gil’s nephew) and myself (Aussie). There is quite a bit of interest in our exploits as Manny now has two videos of our walks that are being shown on “Smile TV”, the local channel on the island.

It has been decided that we will meet on the second Saturday of each month at Gil’s restaurant and everybody is welcome. We will plan new walks, review old walks and look at encouraging more members to come along and join us.

Gil and Joel are new to the club and will start to join us on our walks when they can. Looking at Gerald, Gil, Joel and I kicking off the 1st club walk on Monday with a short walk to break them in gently.

We are going to setup a web page / blog (WordPress once again) for the club where we will show the walks we have done, advertise new walks coming up, have a gear page on what is required for our walks, a sponsor’s page and anything else we think of.

It was a great meeting of the original fantastic five of the Marinduque Bush Walking Club.

Guy was off to Mahjong at midday. After lunch I spent the afternoon working on Bush Walking and the Police web page stuff with a little siesta thrown in for good measure. Busy busy busy.

A thunderstorm hit late afternoon and we had a brownout from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Friday 9th November:

Up early and off to Gerald’s for our morning walk. A short one this morning as Gerald has a bit of a tummy bug and after the rainstorm yesterday the track was very muddy and slippery up by Kalong.

Guy is feeling a little better from her flu today.

After lunch we made our way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi and Guy skyped the gang in Canberra.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 995 of retirement

November 3, 2012

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Saturday 27th October:

Today is Adric’s (Rik) and Jason’s big 30th Birthday. Rik is in Sydney with friends and Jas is here with us along with Mike.

We had a leisurely start to the day and made our way to Gil’s restaurant for a western birthday breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and toast. And very nice it was.

We still don’t have any power at the cottage so we plugged into Gil’s power to charge our phones, laptops and camera batteries while we ate.

After brunch we made our way to Google IT but they were closed, so Barbarossa was our next stop for a cold iced tea and Coke and a plate of fries.

I managed to get the blog posted using my USB Broadband… Just…

On the way home we swung past Gasan Port where the Rice boat was in from Mindoro and they were unloading all the produce including one large pig. It’s good to watch as the boat has to stay a 100m offshore and everything (mainly produce consisting of fruit, vegetables and rice and a few passengers) is lowered into small bangkas and transported to the steps on the wharf. With lots of shouting they all get unloaded and disappear on Trikes and Jeepneys.

Back to the cottage to ride out the hottest, most humid part of the day in the Nipa Hut. We did notice that they were working on our downed power lines so hopefully we should have power within the next 24-hours.

At 4:30pm ish Jas and I went for a walk back into the rice paddies behind the cottage for a bit of a photo shoot. We only wore our thongs, as we knew it would be rather muddy after all the rain.

We had a good old wander and our legs were filthy by the time we got home. After a quick wash off of the worst of the mud I went to the well hand pump, filled up a bucket and had a very nice refreshing scoop shower.

Still no power tonight at 68 hours and counting. Kind of slashes our previous record of 31 hours powerless.

Sunday 28th October:

The boys need a good fast Wi-Fi fix after the last few days so we caught a Jeepney into Google IT in Gasan hoping they would be open today. If they weren’t we would continue onto Boac.

Google IT was open for business so a couple of hours of serious Wi-Fi was the order of the day for Jas, Mike and I. Guy was off to Mahjong at midday.

After some Wi-Fi we made our way to Barbarossa for lunch. The boys also got to meet some of the expats at their normal Sunday gathering.

We arrive back at the cottage just after 2:00pm and the power was back on. After 3-days 11-hours (83 hours) the power was back on and it felt like Xmas. I quickly turn on the TV but I was too late for the MotoGP at Philip Island in AUS. But at least Mike was able to watch the F1 qualifying and the live race.

All electronic devices were plugged in to recharge. Scary how many devices came out of the woodwork to be charged up.

I immediately got the fridge restarted and threw out anything that still looked suspect. Then it was time to fill all our water containers. We were down to our last 1/3 of our supplies, so well timed.

The final chore was to burn up the rubbish followed by a nice looonnggg refreshing cool shower.

At 9:00pm they replayed the MotoGP at Philip Island in AUS so was good to see the race and Casey Stoner win his last race at the island.

I finished reading my 68th book of the year “Prey” by Michael Crichton (Kindle Book). A really good read about nanotechnology and what could happen if we lose control of it.

Monday 29th October:

Leisurely morning as we made ready to head to the Sulfur Springs down Buenavista way. It is just down the road from the Hot Springs, which we have been to on numerous occasions before.

To get to the Sulfur Springs you have to cross a creek, which usually meant hopping across stepping stones. But after 300mm of rain from the Typhoon last week the creek was a river so we abandoned that idea and headed for the Hot Springs.

The Hot Springs is also by the river and they lost their walkway to the front gate from the car park by the rain and raging river last week. The hot spring pools and park were fine as they are back on up the hill from the river.

We had a nice dip there in some hot clean spring water as they were in the process of re-filling the main pool.

Early afternoon we Triked it back to “Curba Bar & Grill” for a long leisurely yummy lunch. Late afternoon and we walked into Buenavista and then caught a Jeepney back home for a quiet evening.

I did a run into Gasan for some barbeque pork from the roadside vendor for dinner. We had barbeque pork bun burgers (with cheese and tomato in Pandesal buns) for dinner and very nice they were.

Tuesday 30th October:

Up and down on the road by 9:00am where we met Ron and his pick up truck for our day out over Torrijos way (Eastern side of the island).

When we hit Torrijos Ron took us for a drive on a new road he has just discovered that goes back into the interior. It is a nice drive as you wind your way back up into the mountains. Once we hit the end of the concrete road (9km outside of Torrijos) we turned back. I will come back on the Thunder Monster another day and see where the road goes.

From there we made our way to the weaver’s cooperative 10km north of Torrijos. There were a few ladies there today on their old wooden looms preparing an order of place mats for the big SM chain of department stores in the SM Malls. The place mats are made from local bamboo and plant fibre that they cook up and colour themselves.

I love watching the ladies as they work on these old looms and the fantastic product they produce.

From there it was back to White Beach just outside of Torrijos for a swim, some lunch and to relax. The “sand” on White Beach is crushed coral (Not like fine aussie sand) and is a little rough on the feet. But it is “sand” never the less.

At 3:00pm ish we packed and made our way back home. As Jas, Mike and I were wet after our last swim we sat in the back of the pick up for the 1-hour trip home.

It was very nice sitting in the back as we made our way through the mountains on the way to the cottage. Back home at 4:00pm for a nice hot cup of tea and showers all round.

Wednesday 31st October:

Guy and I did a quick early morning run to the market for some fresh fish as Guy is doing a fish curry today.

Ailyn arrived at 9:00am for a 1-hour massage each for Jas, Mike and myself today. After massages all round and a very yummy curry fish for lunch we made our way to Google IT for some Wi-Fi.

Guy dropped past the Lansones lady for some fresh ones that had just come in. She also got a photocopy of our Tax returns for 2011-12 as we are sending them back with Jas and Mike to post back in AUS for us.

After some Wi-Fi we walked past the Gasan cemetery for a look, as it is day of the dead tomorrow. Sadly Jas and Mike leave the island tomorrow at 1:30pm so they will miss the night’s activities when the cemetery is all lit up by candles.

Thursday 1st November:

Well it is the boys’ last day on the island. The last 10 days has just flown by. After a leisurely morning of packing we headed into Gil’s restaurant at 10:30am for brunch consisting of yummy omelets cooked by Joel (Gil’s nephew and chef).

At 12:00 noon we all headed for the airport hoping the plane would be on time ish. They were only about a half hour late so all good. It has been great having them here once again (Their second visit).

We got a text later in the afternoon that they arrived safe and sound in Manila. They leave the Philippines on Saturday so some serious shopping to be had tomorrow.

At 5:30pm we made our way to the Gasan cemetery for the “Day of the Dead”. All the relatives come to the cemetery and pay homage to their departed ones with flowers, candles, food and drink. Once the sun sets it is quite beautiful with the cemetery all lit up with the candles.

Friday 2nd November:

Awoke to a brownout at 9:00am. At 9:30am I made my way to the Boac Municipal Pulis station up by Boac and met with Edna (Pulis woman who works in intelligence) to have a chat about a couple of IT requirements they want to implement.

On the way I ran into Francis (Local architect, building / roofing contractor) whom we met when we first arrived on the island and were looking at building a house. He has provided us with some good advice on building here on the island.

He introduced me to a Dutchman who is building a rest house (accommodation, restaurant and karaoke bar) here up by Boac. I had a chat to him then caught up with Edna at the Pulis station.

Edna is after two things. A web page / blog to disseminate information to the island residents and to set up a database to track the criminals on the island.

The database is right up Gerald’s path so she will talk to him re that one. I showed her my blog and they want something similar.

So I have a job (unpaid of course…..). I am going to help them setup their blog and then train them to maintain it. I’m looking at having it all done by the time we leave for Australia in mid December.

I did a quick trip into Boac and purchased a few supplies and got cashed up. The first two ATMs were offline but the third one was working.

Back home at 11:30am and the power was back on. Guy had already left for Mahjong.

After lunch it was a market run for some supplies and then a visit to see Gerald for a chat on my visit with the Pulis this morning.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

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Other Stuff:

During the Typhoon I kept a track of the water the four of us consumed out of interest.

When all our water containers are full I have 300 litres of washing water and 80 litres of drinking water stored.

During the brownout:

  • We all had one scoop shower per day
  • We cooked once a day
  • We washed dishes twice a day
  • We drank normally (water, tea, coffee and a little warm iced tea)
  • The toilet was only flushed with 2/3 of water volume for number 2s
  • The toilet was flushed with a scoop of water for number 1s
  • Misc water was used for washing hands, cleaning teeth, rinsing cups, etc.

We averaged about 100 litres per day usage per 4 of us, which equals 25 litres per person.

We only had to pump water from the hand pump at the well once to refill all our containers. With three of us on the pump and a bucket brigade it didn’t take long at all.

Just goes to show how much we rely on good clean water and we were careful on our usage.