Day 1009 of retirement

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Hi All

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

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