April 2012

Posted by admin on March 29, 2012 in 2012 Monthly Newsletters, Uncategorized |

Hi Folks, welcome to Apr.  On the 8th it will be Easter Sunday and for many, a very special, wonderful day.  I am not all that religious but I respect the deep religious meaning of Easter Sunday.  This month I am starting off with a picture of 40 year old Lani who I met last month at the Alaska Club.  For some reason this lady has touched my heart and I think she is the perfect lady to lead us into this special month.  You see, she is a cancer survivor who had stage three breast cancer and underwent radiation and chemo in 2010.

She has two children, stands 4’8″ tall and is one small bundle of dynamic energy with the energy of a lightning bolt and a gushing, wonderful personality.  Jerry, the owner of the Alaska Club has her employed as a choreographer for his dancers and what a great job she has done.
 When Jerry yells out “showtime” Lani jumps up on stage and leads the dancers with an exciting, breathless routine that is so enjoyable to watch and she puts every ounce of her small frame into the dance in which no other lady on stage can match.

Oh yes, I am gushing, I know it for there is something else that makes her special.  You see, in addition to the radiation and chemo, she underwent a double mastectomy which, of course required hospital time, operation plus the other treatments which, naturally, was quite expensive.  Here folks is “the rest of the story”. All too often women’s groups, the Philippine Government, even at times local Filipinos like to paint a negative picture of the tourists and expats living here, saying all too often that they come here only for sex, even the American Ambassador voiced the same opinion and many fail to mention the positive aspects of those that come here to visit and live.  In this case, an American retired commercial pilot paid all of Lani’s expenses.  He saved her life! He asked nothing in return and does not even want his name used.  You can imagine the cost involved, what single Filipino individual would reach out to help a lady such as Lani in this way, even if they had the money to do so?  There are many untold stories such as this each year but for this month, I recognize Lani and her benefactor, whoever he might be.  It is a nice way to start off the month of April.

THE FEEDBAG

Hi Harry, I am so sorry i didn’t get the chance to meet up with you but i was so busy.  Just a quick note on Angeles.
It’s been over 15 months since i was last here and it was nice to see a few more bars opening up, some of the old bars are really showing their age, and some other bars are moving with the times, over all regarding the bars not much change.
The thing that really pissed me off is the CHILDREN (under 18) selling DRUGS (Viagra) or are they sugar tablets who know’s (does anybody buy these) Yes, regretfully, many do.  They are all over the place as you know, You cannot walk 10 yards down fields/walking street without these kids pushing something in your face, i had a bit of a run in with another child this time selling cigarettes, i was walking down past the bars near Kokomos and this kid blocked my way.  I  didn’t stop and all his “tray” of cigarettes went all over the place, i was nearly attacked by the “friendly” trike drivers nearby who thought i had an issue with this kid, because i kicked off and stood my ground nothing came of it but overall it aint good. Overall the street traders are getting a little bit too pushy and aggressive. Yes, I believe Louie Tan has given up trying to get these kids and vendors off the street.

As for general state of the place, honestly Harry, Angeles is a SHITHOLE, the upkeep of the streets in non existent,  the smells are horrendous, covering the sewers with rubber matting is a joke, walking past Kokomos is bad, how the hell anyone can eat there or even sit and watch the world go by is beyond me, am i being too fussy?  You are not, but once the new drainage project is finished it should be a hell of a lot better. 
I was in Angeles 16 days, i don’t expect to return but i cannot fault the girls who were very accommodating to me, my favorite bars this time round were, Angel Witch (great music), One Eye Wench (very accommodating girls),Tropix (great dance shows), Q Bar(great girls), Lune Bar (very modern and great girls), these are my personal choice bars. Fantastic monthly news letter, All the best Harry, Jim, UK. (shit, now I have to search for the “Q” Bar.  I have no idea where it is.  It is good to know that we can make an Englishman happy here.  Eh, are you a dart player, the Phillie’s team needs a player, so please come back – Oops, Tony from Firkin Pub abandoned Phillies and took his team to Villa Santol)

Hi Harry. I’m Bengt the Swedish member of Johans dart team. About the SBMA-decal/sticker I had a simular experience as Ron.  As I pick up my wife 5 days a week at Aura College inside the SBMA we saw the big sign. I asked my wife to investigate at the Kaklan gate.  They told her we needed a sticker. She also went to the regulatory building and asked at the info-desk. They told her everybody needed a sticker. We went to the reg. building with all needed papers but of course we missed one copy. (They realy love to xerox and the use of staples in this country.)  After we completed the paperwork we got the sticker in 15 minutes time!! It cost only 200 PHP and was good for one year.  If they ever introduce the pay toll to enter SBMA it’s well used money. If not I can live with it. But how will they handle all cars waiting in line at kalaklangate?  Bengt Larsson (Hi Bengt, thanks for writing.  This concerns me as I enjoy traveling to the Subic SBMA for lunch and shopping and I would hate to go through a lot of inconvenience trying to enter the facility.  First I heard about a toll to enter and now a sticker.  Whatever they finally decide on it will be an inconvenience for visitors)

Trip report by David Olinzock who was a teacher here at Clark way back when.  He is well traveled, healthy as hell and has a beautiful daughter, Remy, who graduated college Dec 2011 with a degree in Information Technology.  Saw Dave at the Howard McKay, Doggie Dave night last month.  He told me of his recent trip to the Antarctic and it sounded so interesting I asked him to send a trip report so I could share it with the readers of my column.  He did and here it is:

Travel:  The big one…#1 on the bucket list…Antarctica!  Been planning this for several years…finally came together.  Contacted David Gore…a person I met traveling in Burma 30 years ago…and he also thought it would be a great trip…it was set.  We set up the trip with Quark Expeditions…as it turned out a great company to deal with.  The Antarctica part was 10 days.  I also included (on the way back) 3 days in Patagonia, 4 days in Easter Island, and 2 days in Santiago, Chile.  Dates were 26 Nov to 22 Dec including travel.  Speaking of travel…what a start!  We left Miami on a night flight to Santiago…in the air for an hour made a U turn back(something mechanical), new plane, new crew, 2 hours later…new start.  Got to Santiago ran to our connecting flight to Buenos Aires and JUST made it.  If not…maybe missed the next flight…missed the ship??
First 2 days in Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world.  Enjoyed a half day at a national park there.  Beautiful port city with snow capped mountains in the background. Good beer and reasonable when you buy a liter at the supermarket. Had a palm hearts pizza…different.   Next day we boarded the ship (Clipper Adventurer) for our 10 day adventure to Antarctica.  It’s a refitted Russian ship that takes 120 passengers and 70 crew.  First 2 days crossing the Drake Passage…probably a third to half the passengers got sea sick  (it was rough)… I lucked out…was fine…going and returning.  Great food on ship (all 3 meals) several Filipino waiters.  About 4 talks a day…Geology, birds, history, preparation, slides, movies, etc.  The islands to Antarctica are also considered the continent. Because of weather conditions, we mainly explored those.  On Dec 4th we officially landed on and hiked around the mainland itself.  Our schedule at the White Continent was:   breakfast on board…put on boots and life jackets…and warm clothes, board zodiacs (dingy) and do a landing.  We are among penguins…colonies and rookeries(Gentoo and chinstraps)…seals, birds…hike up big hills (slide down), and take hundreds of pictures.  At this time of year, the penguins were nesting…male and female sit on the egg (nest is made of stones).  In my own way,  I polkaed with a penguin.  Sometimes on the zodiacs on the way back to the ship we zigzagged around icebergs (blue/old ice white/new ice). Lunch on board…move to a new location, repeat activities. Dinner on board…move to a new location…and repeat the next day.  We should have had 12 landings, but, because of weather conditions,  3 were cancelled. Saw some whales (not too close) and lots of icebergs.
Next/trip:  We spent 3 days at El Califate, Patagonia, Argentina.  Great scenery, 2 famous glaciers, and great tasting califate ice cream.
Next/trip:  Easter Island    Very remote…2000 miles west from Chile in the south Pacific.  Unique Polynesian history and culture…Rapa Nui…the massive statues all around the island are called Moais and face inward from the sea.  Ate caveche…raw fish “cooked” in lemon juice (mild acid).  Saw a cultural/dance show…fast moving.
Next/trip:   Two days walking the “downtown” part of Santiago.  Night flight to Miami… then home.  Mission complete.

Dear Harry, I always look forward to reading your monthly blog. I have been a resident of Bicol for the past five years where I am in retirement. I always wanted to visit Angeles city but now alas no more. Too many Koreans. (the best Koreans live in the north and stay at home) too many rip offs. Also, I have read many adverse comments about your friend Major Tan. A very unsavory character indeed. I understand your reluctance to hold back on your true thoughts regarding these so called law officers. We call them crooks in uniform. You have to live with this s***.
It took me some time to analyze the mind of a Pinoy. He lives in a “live for today” world. If a white man shows any kindness towards them they will regard that as a sign of weakness. Always use reverse psychology when dealing with these people.  Regards, Steve.
(I really do not know how to respond to this.  I agree that the Korean population here is exploding but do I have a right to complain?  I have to remind myself that I, also, am a foreigner here, and yes, an American.  I am also aware that not all Filipinos like Americans and resent any increase in our presence.  What they do love is the money Americans and other foreigners living here spend, hence the current love affair with Koreans and the blind eye to the negative aspect of this transition.  MONEY baby, that is the key to the Filipino mind set, and can we blame them?  One learns to adjust.  The Korean population will continue to increase and yes, they do not assimilate into the local culture and their tolerance to non-Koreans is minimal.  It is alleged that they have their own Korean Mafia here and for sure that is something the other foreigners do not have.  They have developed, in a very few years a consolidated, well financed strong voice in this town, one that the Mayor or City Councilors cannot ignore.  Now, have you ever heard of any other consolidated foreign voice? Hell no!  The Koreans have an agenda, the other foreigners only live in their own individual little worlds trying to make a buck.  Every organization that was formed by foreign owners in the entertainment zone over the years has FAILED, especially during the last two City Administrations when two Mayors decided to turn off their support for such groups.  But, believe me, they do not turn their backs on the Koreans, too much money at stake there.  So, without any other choice, adjust baby, adjust and enjoy the good things that are still available here.
Steve, do not stay away from Angeles City because of the Koreans.  Visit us, you can still have a good, safe time here.  You do not have to go to the Friendship area, you are not welcome there anyway.  Enjoy those businesses owned by Americans, Australians, Canadians, British and so many others.  We are still here and welcome your business.
Wow, how do I respond to your remark about Major Tan.  I have known him for years and I know his ways, as many foreigners and locals do.  We are friendly to each other and I think he makes an effort to tolerate me and my big mouth.  Oh yes, for sure he would not get any Boy Scout awards but he did manage to get many promotions and for sure he is a survivor of a very “unique” law enforcement organization.  He has “feathered” his own bed for many years and next year he will retire to a very comfortable life but somehow, I suspect, his face will still be seen around Fields Ave for many more years.  He is “the face” of Fields Ave and what a perfect poster boy he is for that street of many stories. 
As far as figuring out the “mind set” of the Filipino’s, hell, don’t even try.  They have us figured out, we are easy!  But, after 30 years of living here, I still have to scratch my head in frustration as I realize that no matter how pleased I am with myself for believing I have the folks here figured out and know how to interact successfully within their society, something always seems to crop up where I have to stop, think, and do a reality check.  Shit, I know a lot, but no matter what, NEVER ENOUGH! Bottom line, it is a great place to live out your senior years but don’t sweat the small stuff.  If you get too serious you could have a heart attack.  The Filipino’s have their own special ways and we foreigners will always be on the outside looking in, and to tell the truth, that’s a good place to be).

Hi mate, Im a 26 year old Aussie ( I know im a lil young) and big fan of your page who has been reading for the last year.  My big question for you mate is where i can find the best quality bar girls on Fields Avenue?  I know you might get asked this question a lot but i would appreciate you helping me out. Cheers mate, Brad S.  (My goodness, that is a hell of a question. I feel like a butcher selling various grades of beef!  Man, I can’t answer such a question.  All I can tell you is that there are plenty of women to choose from here.  There are so many beauties and mixed in with the lot are women of different looks from great to really bad and from slim and trip to chubby and fat.  Quality, what the hell is that?  Here the price for a date goes from reasonable to ridiculously expensive.  You can find the lady of your dreams in one of the bigger, more expensive clubs or even the smallest club with the smallest line-up.  I will not recommend any one Club, you have over 200 to choose from, stretching from Fields Ave all the way to Friendship.
You are from Australia, take a close look at the Sheila’s around you there, and give them a “quality Check”.  OK, done that?  Now, imagine the difference between heaven and hell.  Done that?  OK, if you thought of heaven, that is one day with the ladies on Fields Ave, the rest of your days in Australia are with the women from hell)

Harry, Can’t believe this…been away from the Peenz nearly 2 years but back now. When I left the SM mall escalator was not working. That must be 2 years out of action? Or was it fixed and has broken again? Fucking hell it is a bloody disgrace if it has been out of action all that time. People should just desert the mall till it is fixed. It wld be fixed in a week! Ray Armstrong  (Ray, it has been fixed, broke, fixed, broke, and so on.  I don’t bother asking anymore)

First and Last Name: mike
Email Address: drewery
Comments and Remarks: Hi, I was turned on to the web site by an old shipmate, Tom Plodzein, we were there off and on for many years and good times, How do I subscribe to your news letter…Mike (Mike, you did not provide an Email address so I could not respond to you.  There is no subscription to my newsletter.  You just have to pull it up on the first of each month at www.harrythehorse.com.)

Harry, Just wondered if you read today’s edition of the Star Bulletin (Saturday March 10, 2012 page 13 lower right corner)?   There was a small clip about a Korean national who was shook down in Ermita last week by one of Philippine’s finest.  The Korean ended up handing over P3,000 then went straight to his embassy and filed a report.  The Korean Embassy filed a report with the Western Police District.  The Korean obtained the officer’s name so there could not be any problems regarding identification problems later on.  The officer is being interviewed as we speak.  Whether anything will come of it or not remains to be seen but I bring this up since you had an article about a western guy who was shook down recently in that same area.  Good for the Korean Embassy to follow up on his complaint because if it were the U.S. Embassy you would be given the third degree for being in an “area known for westerners who seek out females for sex” according to our wonderful and illiterate ambassador. Take it easy, Kurt Sandberg, Davao, Mindanao.  (You are absolutely right about how someone would be treated by our US Embassy personnel.  “Help” is not in their vocabulary)

Harry, On the Sunday morning talk shows many commentators feel Obama is probably going to get re-elected .  Most people are not impressed with the Republican ticket.  I am not. (Regretfully Joe, neither am I) Even though the Obama administration is weak.   What choice is there?   2. The Korean Yakuza is slowly taking over Fields ave, in my opinion.  They want to control the prostitution business.  Then they can supply Philippino girls to Korea, where the real money is and, they know how to work the corrupt Philippino system to their advantage. Like a Korean told me on the airplane a few years ago, Koreans recognize that “everybody is on the take” in the PI and they know how to use it.  Americans do not and commercial flights are only 4 hrs. between Clark and Osan.  3. Koreans are not embarrassed about being a pimp or in the prostitution business.    Remember, Koreans are big in the Massage Parlor business in the US, a front for prostitution. When I worked in LA, Ca. many of the Korean whores in the massage parlors were military wives with military ID cards. I used to see them in the PX at Long Beach and LA Air Station and they always said hello to me with no embarrassment, ” Hello Atashi”.  So, the Koreans have found a real treasure in the Fields ave area and, they own the PNP and City Hall or will in time.  JOE WALKER  (Joe lives in the US, married to a Filipina and keeps track of happenings in the PI via the Filipino TV station and comments from relatives still living here)

harry I backpack around Asia all the time – sometimes Angeles gets to me and I take a few of the girls for a trip with me – never any problem at Angeles immigration. They take you inside, you sign a form that you will take care of the girls and bring them back. Very simple.  Stephen P.  (Stephen, I guess you have been lucky enough not to run into one of those Immigration officials that are carried away with their position.  Thanks for writing and it is nice to know that you have not had any problems escorting your favorite ladies)

The following was sent to me by Dave Baker, not sure if he wrote it or not but it definitely is a good point to ponder.
“NOTE:  I do NOT condone what the soldier did in Afghanistan.  Please note my caveat at the end.
After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan civilians, can’t help noticing an irony.  There is all this clamor to try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood while screaming Allah akbar, still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his motive: slay as many infidels as possible.  So we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed immediately.  But this Muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to real soldiers who had actual battle experience.  Two and a half years later, they still haven’t tried the murderous bastard.

Greetings Harry, in the past, having read almost all of your monthly newsletters, I noticed that you print many emails from your readers concerning good and bad experiences.
Last year while visiting Angeles City, I spent a few days at the Miss Magic Bar playing billiards with many of the local Gents.  Nice bar, friendly ladies and many outstanding pool players from all over the world.  While there I met Mr. Bong Nicdao, Owner of Jobo Cues and discussed ordering a number of cues for myself as well as friends here in West Texas.  When I ordered the cues my intentions were to pay and carry them back to Texas on my next visit which was supposed to be in Jan and then March.  Due my current medical situation I could not fly and unable to inspect and pay for the cues in person.  Having only met Mr. Bong on one occasion, many who are knowledgeable with the Philippines would have continued this transaction and would not have sent a large amount of money without some guarantee of ever receiving the merchandise ordered.  However, having met Mr. Bong, I felt that he was an honest businessman, a man of trust and continued with our original agreement. II sent him a large sum of money via Wells Fargo – Bank of the Philippines, received an email from Bong that he received it.  The following day he provided me with a UPS Tracking number and yesterday I received the cues.   They were of the high quality as discussed, professionally packaged and on schedule as he stated.  Please pass on to your readers that Mr. Nicdao (Bong) is an honest businessman and one that can be trusted. Rod Carter (Bong is also a very good pool player and played on my team once.  On two occasions he updated my pool table as well and that was no easy task.  His shop is located near the Pacific Breeze Hotel.  Regretfully, Rod’s cancer is preventing him from returning to the Philippines)

 Hello Harry,  Having been an avid reader of your monthly webpage for as long as I can remember, I thought I would just have to share this with you & other regular readers of your column. Myself & the missus ( a Kapampangan from downtown  Angeles ) have been coming here, fromEngland, for almost exactly 20 years now. We normally spend 1 month per year here, but this time, due to work circumstances, we are over for almost 6 months’ stay. I have been one of those very lucky guys that  can say that I have never been robbed or scammed in any way whatsoever, to my knowledge  …… until, that is, this particular trip.
We arrived in October last year & after only 1 week here I had my brand new £100 Samsung Galaxy mobile ‘phone stolen from my pocket, in a jeepney. I was kicking myself when I got off the jeep ‘cos I should’ve noticed what was going on, having heard so many stories about the way that the jeepney thieves operate. I was alone & traveling from just outside the Puregold Jnr supermarket ( opposite Diamond Subdivision ) heading for downtown Angeles. What happened after I got on the jeep has now taught me EXACTLY how these thieving scumbags operate.
I got on and sat directly behind the driver, as it was the only space that became available. A Filipino that was sitting directly opposite me started staring at me aggressively & with me not wanting to “back down” ….  I did the same. The stranger had absolutely no reason whatsoever for his behaviour & I was only half concentrating on the fact that the 2 Filipinos to my right had, by now, squeezed tighter up to me & started holding 20 peso notes towards the driver. One of them dropped a note into the waste bin & I knew not to even bother looking down. Unfortunately, being still half-awake & half-drunk from the previous night’s revelry, I continued trying to *out-stare* the seemingly belligerent Filipino opposite.  As I got off the jeepney, in Angeles, I was still returning the menacing stare. Minutes later I discovered that my ‘phone  had gone from my pocket, lesson learned …  unfortunately. These arseholes operate in 3′s. How do I know?  Well, I’m sure that there must be others that can confirm my following observations.  On 2 more occasions since October, the following has happened.  Twice, when I’ve been in almost empty jeepneys from Diamond to Balibago, THREE Filipinos have sidled up to me. Suddenly, although they’re already on the jeep before me, they want to pay the driver immediately after I have got on. Two will go up tight to whichever pocket looks *loaded* ….. & the third will sit directly opposite you. The guy immediately next to your pocket will have a bag on his lap. His arm nearest to you will be resting on top of the bag & his furthest arm will be conveniently underneath it …… heading for your pocket. The guy directly opposite will then try to get your continued attention & signal, at the right time, to his 2 fellow shitbags when to make their move. It’s a kind of lowlife teamwork. The guys on the same side of the jeep will offer coins / notes to the driver ….. from just too far from the driver’s reach & the thieves will hope that you help to pass the money forward. Don’t even think about it!  Just concentrate on your pockets. I’ve now been alert enough to foil 2 pick-pocket attempts on jeeps …. but was caught out that first time back in October.  From what my Kapampangan  family have since told me, these bastards are becoming more & more prevalent. It really is becoming rife now here in Angeles.
It’s not ALL doom & gloom.  Next, Harry, is what has prompted me to send you this. Last night was THE highlight of our soon-to-end long stay. I am not advising anyone else to try this & some of my friends here ( including members of  my Filipino family ) have also nagged me about this having possible dangerous consequences.  For the last couple of days, since the last time that I foiled a jeepney thief by covering my pocket, I’ve been carrying a *special* wallet with me. When I get on a jeep now I take the *special* wallet from my pocket & take out the 8 pesos that I’ve already put in it …. & give the coins to the driver …..  making sure that I take my time about it & making sure that everyone in the jeep can see which pocket that I put my *special* wallet back into.
Last night went perfect!  In an almost empty jeep, three Filipinos sidled up to me, as soon as I’d paid my fare.  As usual ….1 opposite & 2 to my right. I tried not to laugh, as I pretended to be half asleep & the bastard next to me removed the small plastic wallet from my pocket, with his hand that was seemingly under the bag on his lap. Guess WHY my wallet was special?  It had only cost me p15, but was full of bank notes.  Not real money. “Play-money” that my wife’s family’s kids use. They are remarkably real, but around only 3 quarters the size of the real ones. When folded up together, they look like a wad of REAL money.  However, I’d made these particular notes *special*. Using a marker-pen (and my wife’s help with translation ) these notes each had a large message on each one.  ” WRONG POCKET, YOU F*CKING IDIOT !”,  “KISS MY ASS, HAHAHA !”, “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE NOW BEING WATCHED BY A POLICE CAMERA.”, “SUCK MY DICK YOU THIEVING PIECE OF SHIT !” ….  & other stuff that I care not to repeat. They were folded up inside an unvandalized “play-note”.  I wish that I could have been a “fly-on-the-wall” watching these vermin open the small plastic wallet, however, being cautious, I got off the jeep as soon as I felt it move from my pocket. There were 3 of them.  I got straight into a trike & headed up to a bar opposite Police Station 4. If those arseholes wanted any kind of confrontation, then they’d have to have done it in full view of the cops. Sweet revenge!  I am still laughing 24 hours later.  All the very best, Alden the Angeles Hasher.  (Alden, a job well done.  Only a Hasher could come up with such a clever plan.  More people have to do the same but at the very least, be aware of the modus operandi here.  The police do nothing to catch these characters and all too often jeepney drivers are in on the scam as well.  They know what is going on but get their “commission”)

Hi Harry, I am a Kiwi who has been living in Bataan for one year and Manila for one year.  I am wanting to relocate to Angeles as I have issues with my girlfriends families who live in the previous mentioned places.  I have spoken to a few expats in Angeles and they tell me that the Diamond subdivision is a great place to live.  If anyone can help me get a rental 2 bedroom, 1 or 2 bathroom place here for around 6000 to 10000 peso, please email me at kiwimuzz@gmail.com. Thanks, Muzz  ( Muzz, I am not into finding rentals because there are so many of them around.  I am printing your request and hopefully you will get some referrals.  You can also check out the “Blue Book at www.blue-bookph.com”.  The girlfriends here can be great but man, the families can be one big pain in the ass.  Good luck!) 

Hi Harry, I have been a regular visitor to Angeles City over the last seven years and I must say that I have seen a big improvement in the quality and range of restaurants over that time.
On a recent trip, I went to visit a friend at Hensonville Court and popped into a nearby new bar-restaurant called The Firkin, where my friend and I really enjoyed a dinner that included garlic prawns, pate, lamb’s kidneys and gammon with cheese sauce. It was good home cooking with a decent wine selection at very reasonable prices.
Phillies became a regular location for its daily Weigh-Out lunch buffet where dinners pay 10 pesos for every 30 grams of food they take. A big plate of pork curry, sweet and sour pork, fried chicken, barbecued chicken, ribs and mixed vegetables cost me only 280 pesos.
Black Angus remains a great place for breakfast (it does the best poached eggs in AC) and for steaks and ribs, while Swiss Chalet provides good value for money with its daily specials.
I attach a few pictures so that you can see what I am talking about. Keep up the great work with the column Regards, Peter Hill (Thanks for the review Peter.  The Black Angus and Phillie’s Sports Grill are two of my favorite dining locations)

Hello Harry. It’s been a while since I visited you’re place. I used to stop by for breakfast. I’ve been gone for about a year now, and I am back only for a couple of months. I promise to come to the La Casa and have breakfast and say hello in person before I leave again. I have always enjoyed the company of Philipinas and will continue to as long as I am alive.
My name is Bob and I am a seaman. I have been going to sea since 1975 and I remember being in Subic for a month in 1982 on a ship. The reason I am writing to you is to hopefully impart my 2 cents worth of advice to guys who want to retire here (or any foreign country for that matter).
The big disadvantage any tourist or expat has in any foreign country is the language barrier. I was very fluent in Spanish in my younger years, so I hung out in Central America. Speaking the local language opens more doors than can be imagined, and the Philippine national language (mistaking lay referred to as Tagalog) is actually not as hard to learn as some of my friends here think. But, because one does not know the language he finds himself on Fields Ave. looking for female companionship (not that Fields Ave. is so bad). I still frequent the clubs myself. But I’d I don’t feel comfortable somewhere, I’m outta there in a hurry!
I remember going to clubs in the Mediteranian. The ladies drinks were $20/drink. And this was in the 70′s! And the girls were not going anywhere until the bar closed. And they certainly weren’t going anywhere with any customers. So, I am all to familiar with the club scene. I was only 17 back then. So no matter how bad things seem here with the club scene, believe me. It’s still paradise as far as I am concerned.

 But getting back to the language. A one month course in Tagalog can get anyone started and in a country where women outnumber the men 7/1 finding companionship should be a snap. And you would never have to go near Fields again (but Still, there are clubs in the entertainment area with mama sans that I have always liked because their girls are so much fun!)

And the Koreans can have all the business they want. In my opinion, they’re nothing more than a flash in the pan here in the Philippines. They won’t be here as long as some folks think. But, that’s just my opinion. I’ve watched people come and go. I’ve seen what happened to Texas St. In Pusan, Korea. I remember when that place was just another mud hole just like Subic. But the Russians took over that area and narry a Korean lady can be found on T street. I believe the locals will eventually see them as a threat, if they don’t already. Then things will get ugly for most of the Koreans.  Robert Rush.  (Robert, you are right, Filipino is the official language of the Philippines which in actuality is Tagalog.  The second official language is English.  To quote Wikipedia: “Filipino is constitutionally designated as the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, as one of two official languages.”  I am guilty of, when asked what the official language is, stating Tagalog when in fact I should say Filipino.  I agree that knowing the language of the country you are residing in opens many doors but regretfully, my feeble brain has not been successful in that department, even after 30 years.  I blame it on my terrible memory and the fact that the local folks speak such excellent English which is terribly convenient for dummies like me.  Ah, that is what I need, one of those dummy books, “Tagalog for dummies”.  I suspect that my life expectancy will not allow me to become proficient in Filipino so my wife, family, friends and strangers can continue to speak freely in a language they really do not want me to understand.  I might learn too many secrets.  Regarding the Koreans, I think you might be wrong there.  Meanwhile “Salamat Po” for writing. )

 

TIDBITS

Angel Witch is one of my favorite Clubs to visit and they have made a special effort to bring in afternoon customers.  From 2 to 4 PM the first drink is free and until 6 PM the drinks are only P50.  This is quite a deal forFields Ave.  You might be there when they hand out some free cooked snacks as well.  As the weather heads into the very hot season this might be an ideal place to cool off.

Manila VARO Notice – We have stopped providing appointments for all NSC conditions.  However, medications will still be provided for both SC and NSC.  Your Primary Care doctor will continue to prescribe these for you.

The volume of NSC referrals had resulted to delay in getting service connected schedules and compensation and pensions exams.   Please understand that we need to prioritize scheduling our veteran’s SC conditions and completing compensation and pension exams as our primary mandate.  In order to do this, we had to stop providing appointments for NSC conditions.   We hope you understand why we need to implement these restrictions.
Amiel T. Mejia, Patient Advocate, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Out Patient Clinic, Manila, Philippines  (Thank goodness we still have a functional VA clinic in Manila, it’s not as good as what you get in the US but, certainly, better than  nothing and they try hard to provide good service with a limited budget) 

The Korean presence – One local sadly observes the following:  ”I Went for a walk on lower field’s today, couldn’t help myself to notice Koreans are expanding. They are everywhere now not only in upper fields but on lower field’s also,,they have mini convenient store’s all over and of course everything is written in Korean, no English, no Tagalog? The old anchorage next to baby doll, where the cheap charlies use to hang out is being demolished or renovated. I heard its been bought by Koreans also, but this is not yet confirmed (It is true), next to it already there is another mini Korean convenient store not to mention a few bars and hotel’s.  I figure it wont be long before they will own field”s Ave (Maybe, but lets hope it takes a few more years).  Might just be a great thing,  maybe they will be less greedy then the bar owner’s we have now who have raised the price’s of beer and Bf every year with all kind of excuses from electric rates to paying some corrupted organization! Prices have triple since 2005,,,not to mention the scam’s they came up with like double ladies drink’s (some have triple ladies drinks now) and shit no wonder bar’s are empty.  I really think this is the End of AC has we knew it.  (for those of us who have been here for years, it has already ended)  Unless they do something and fast the Damages done by these greedy owners will be irreversible. just my opinion.” (People complain about the Koreans and their way of doing business and then bad mouth the current bar owners.  Remember one thing, these owners are still in a “market” business and are susceptible to customer demand.  They will charge as much as the market will allow and only when the customers stop coming will they change.  Business is business.  Let your feet do the walking, find those establishments which offer lower prices.  My goodness, when shopping for clothes many of us stay away from signature apparel because of the price and buy at budget stores or look for sales.  There is a place for every man’s pocketbook so stay away from those bars you can’t afford.  Stay away from the Dollhouse Clubs and go visit Jerry at the Alaska Club instead.  Those folks with deep pockets can hit the Doll House clubs and have a great time.  In fact, if I went to the Doll House I would just buy one drink, enjoy the sights on stage, not buy a ladies drink, soak up the atmosphere and leave.  I would still have a good time.  In Las Vegas, I can’t afford the over $100 shows so I don’t go, instead I hit the lounge shows.  You talk about change, when I first went to Vegas in 1962 the dinner shows, with three drinks only cost about 15 to 20 bucks, the midnight show was five bucks.  Things change, and yes, things are changing pretty damn fast on Fields Ave as well.  The past is the past, never to be seen again)  

Clark Cemetery – Dennis Wright of Peregrine Inc., and others have been pushing for US support of the Clark cemetery which is the home of our many departed veterans, going back many years.  The US stopped funding support for the cemetery when they turned Clark AB  to the Philippine Government.  Since that time funding and maintenance for the cemetery has been taken up by the VFW and its volunteers. Finally, now Congress is taking notice.  At least the first step has been taken, but there is a long way to go.  The following will explain what is happening now:

“Good Afternoon,

Congressman Guinta will be introducing the attached, “Caring for the Fallen Act” tomorrow during last vote series with Democratic cosponsor Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).  I have reached out to all the D’s and R’s on the HASC and VA Committees, as we will not be introducing until early tomorrow afternoon there is some time left to solicit original cosponsors; but we can certainly continue outreach after we’ve introduced. Thanks for everyone’s help, Jay Ruais, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Frank Guinta | First District of New Hampshire, 1223 Longworth | Washington, DC 20515, T. 202.225.5456 | F. 202.225.5822.”

(This is very good news.  Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Guinta from New Hampshire, there is a Bill that will be working through the house.  We understand that his counterpart in the Senate, Senator Ayotte will be doing a similar action.  We now need to get other members to sign on.  Please don’t hesitate to press your elected officials to join with Congressman Guinta in passing the “Caring for the Fallen Act”. Folks, all US citizens, especially veterans should be contacting their elected officials now) 

The following is a bit long but it is so applicable to the ladies working in the adult entertainment industry here in Angeles City (AC) and other locations in the Philippines.  None of the ladies employed in the AC Clubs on Fields Ave and beyond are looking to be “rescued”.  Here “rescue” means the police make money hence no desire to see any changes.

Thailand’s sex workers are off the streets, in safe workplaces. They don’t want to be ‘rescued’

Being a sex worker these days isn’t what it used to be, at least for those whose rights are backed up by the Empower Foundation. Much has improved – no more pimps or mamasans, and fewer punches thrown their way. Being “rescued”, though, causes them all sorts of problems.  Most people remain unaware of the dramatic new context in the flesh trade, Empower director Chantawipa Apisuk said at the recent release of a report, “Hit & Run: Sex Workers’ Research on Anti-trafficking in Thailand”.  “We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women exploited by traffickers,” she said.  The government and the agencies that abet its efforts to “help” prostitutes have, in many ways, gone too far in enforcing the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act.
The modern sex worker has work tools apart from makeup and condoms, said Chantawipa, who founded Empower in 1985 to safeguard their rights. They have cell phones and the Internet. Rather than greedy pimps, their support network is centered on a trusted tuk-tuk driver or the local motorcycle-taxi guy who takes them around and protects them. These people have designated workplaces – restaurants, massage parlours, go-go bars, beer bars or karaoke clubs. Their work might also entail dancing for or drinking beer with the customers.  More than 20,000 sex workers make use of Empower’s contact points in 11 provinces in the North, Northeast and Central region, including several on the Burmese border.
Empower has seen the industry develop continuously through three decades and 10 governments. Sex work is now widely regarded as a quasi-legitimate profession, with its own form of employers and self-employed workers.  Inevitably, though, prostitution remains a crime in the eyes of many, and those plying the trade are treated accordingly. But the kindlier view, that they are victims of human trafficking, isn’t a great deal of help either, Chantawipa said. Legislation aimed at stopping the trafficking of people has had a serious adverse effect.  The “Hit & Run” report is an effort to assess the state of the profession. More than 200 sex workers helped the foundation conduct a survey over the course of 12 months, in bars, restaurants and brothels across the county and even into Burma and Laos.  “We trained them in legal rights,” Chantawipa said, although some were already university graduates and several even had law degrees. “We call them our ‘high-heeled human-rights defenders’.”
It’s a play on the term “barefoot lawyer” – a solicitor who cares about justice rather than fees – explains Liz Hilton. She’s worked with the foundation for nearly 20 years and helped coordinated the project and the associated Rapid Action Training for Sex Workers.  “The first round of training was done in 12-month blocks in 2008 and 2009. There were 23 sex workers – men, women and transgender people.”  The survey determined that more than 50,000 sex workers have been involved with Empower since it started, including migrants mainly from Laos, Burma, China and Cambodia.  Migration, it was noted, is part of the “culture” of sex work, and the brokers involved in transporting people are generally seen as helpful. Most don’t charge exorbitant rates for their service.
One of the “high-heeled rights defenders”, Sasumi from Mae Sai in Chiang Rai, said she often helps fellow sex workers with legal matters when they’re arrested. She’s been in the business since she was 20. She’s now 27.  ”I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the workplaces,” she said.  ”We’re better off there than taking a risk waiting around on the street. If better choices are available, then naturally we choose them.”  Nang from Mukdahan, who also helped with the survey, said few women arrested under the anti-trafficking legislation know what it is. “They’re just going to work, they think, so why are they being arrested?”
Mala moved to Mae Sot because she couldn’t earn enough money there for her family. Muay moved across the border to Mae Sai, convinced that whateverThailand offered had to be better than what she left. Picked up under the anti-trafficking law, they both got sent back.  “We came to build new lives for our families, not to be sent home empty-handed and ashamed,” explained Dang Moo, another Burmese sex worker in Mae Sot.
Kiaw from Laos pleaded for understanding among the Thai public and authorities that sex workers prefer not to break any laws. “We aren’t criminals. We’re just honest people trying to build better lives.” The women might build a house for their parents or put a kid brother through school.  But the anti-trafficking law regards sex workers as victims, so those who enforce it believe they are “rescuing” the prostitutes. That just makes things worse, say the sex workers.  “Before I was arrested I was working happily, had no debt, and was free to move around the city,” said Nok, a Burmese. “Now I’m in debt, I’m scared most of the time, and it’s not safe to move around. How can they call this ‘help’?”
Once “rescued” and after a period of detainment, the foreign workers are deported (only to return at the first chance) and the Thais usually have to undergo vocational training.  “Thai society still looks at sex workers in the old context,” Chantawipa said, and even the government’s “modern” view of sex workers as victims is outdated. The aim now is to get the government and other concerned parties to stop using the word “victim”, to stop putting trafficking and sex work in the same category.
Riddled with loopholes, the anti-trafficking law meanwhile is undercutting women’s efforts in other areas, Chantawipa said. It confuses the organisations opposed to trafficking about sex workers’ true status – are they criminals or the victims of criminals?

NEW CONTEXT

Empower’s survey has determined that:

- Today’s sex worker provides enough income to take good care of the family.

- Their workplace – usually an evening entertainment venue – has regulations, covering work schedule and monthly salary paid according to skill level. Thus, sex workers are employees.

- Gone, for the most part, are the days of random arrest, regular violence, pimps, the prostitution mafia and the “green harvest”, when girls are recruited upcountry. In their place are helpful “older brothers” – the motorcycle-taxi or tuk-tuk driver, the bar manager.

- Sex workers now have hi-tech tools like smart phones and the Internet, and they’re also skilled at using them.

Nighlife’s tapestry

Empower launched its research project last month with a one-day exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, displaying the “Mida Tapestry”, sewn by migrant sex workers as a way to document and show the impact police raids have on their lives. It carries a second message in that the detained sex workers are regularly forced or offered sewing lessons as a cure-all for social ills.

I like this one – political correctness as it should be:  A devout Muslim enters a taxi; once seated he asks the cab driver to turn off the radio, because he must not hear music as decreed by his religion and, in the time of the prophet, there was no music, especially Western music which is music of the infidels and certainly no radio …….. So the cab driver politely switches off the radio, stops the cab and opens the back door.  The Arab asks him: “What are you doing, man?”  The cabby answers: “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis, so get out and wait for a fucking camel.” (Sent to me by Darly Baisley}

Check this out on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gtpVjL59sA&feature=share.  This guy talks about 20 things he hates about the Philippines.
It looks like a Cebu City Councilor does not believe in free speech in the Philippines and has a very thin skin.  Most of us that live here overlook the 20 things that Jimmy complains about for we have learned to live with these “inconveniences”.  I am sure Jimmy meant his comments to be taken with a bit of humor.  Councilor Andales is not smiling.

“Monday, March 19, 2012

CEBU — A Cebu City councilor wants the American who made a video on the things he disliked about the Philippines declared “persona non grata” in the city. City Councilor Sisinio Andales said Jimmy Sieczka has embarrassed the whole country, particularly Cebu City, in his 25-minute video that has been circulating in social networking sites.
The areas featured in Sieczka’s video entitled “20 Reasons I Dislike the Philippines” are all in Cebu City. Sieczka has been living in the city for the last three years. “Iyang gipakatap sa tanan nga way ayo diri, nga it’s not fun to be in the Philippines,” said Andales. He said this is in contrast to the tourism promotion slogan of the Department of Tourism “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”
With this, Andales said he will file a resolution before the City Council next week declaring Sieczka “persona non grata.” In a phone interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, Andales said Sieczka should have called the attention of concerned government officials or agencies about his problems with the city before making the video. (Gee whiz, if he did, then what the hell kind of response do you think he would have gotten. It’s not like those 20 things he is pointing out suddenly appeared overnight).
In the video, Sieczka said that among the things he dislikes in the country are the beggars, the heavy traffic, the garbage on the streets and the “uncomfortable” comfort rooms. (Sounds like Detroit)  While he finds their presence sad, Siezcka described the spread of beggars on the streets as “annoying.” He also said the garbage on the streets “pisses him off.” He described the traffic as “disgusting” and the public comfort rooms as “heroin dens.” (Now it sounds like parts of Washington DC). He also doesn’t like the Filipino’s obsession with whitening products, unsafe construction sites, taxi drivers who keep on beeping, security guards who are untrained, sidewalks that reek of urine and the improper frisking in malls. Online, Sieczka said the video he posted was just “to spark change” and that he simply pointed out issues that may have been “overlooked for quite some time.”  (No shit Dick Tracy) Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2012.  (Hey Jimmy, be careful, they shoot Americans in the Philippines.  Now, for sure, if they kick you out of Cebu, please stay away from Angeles City, we don’t need you here either.  We have learned to adapt.  Go to Boracay and wait for the next tsunami) 

“The government has announced plans to develop the San Fernando Airport in La Union’s Poro Point special economic zone into a world-class international gateway for millions of Filipinos living in Northern Luzon. The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday said it was finalizing the terms of reference to be used for the privatization of the San Fernando Airport. The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday said it was finalizing the terms of reference to be used for the privatization of the San Fernando Airport.” (This lead off story came from a local Philippine newspaper.  Imagine, developing an “International” Airport in La Union to cater to the needs of travelers to Northern Luzon.  They tout that it is only 45 minutes from Baguio, the summer capital.  It went on to mention that the DMIA is too far away for folks heading further North.  This is supposed to be a “private venture” but I wonder if it takes a bit of steam out of developing the Clark International Airport (CIA)?  This airport development is dragging ass and the people here seem to be more agitated by a proposed name change from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) to the CIA rather than getting infrastructure development and runway improvements, etc.  I am surprised the folks in Pampanga have not hung Mr. Luciano in effigy.  I wonder how much of a setback it would be for investors in Angeles City to have a privatized International Airport up and running before any decent work is completed at the DMIA?  Just a thought)

Mr. Charles Hoffman of Garfields Fame is pictured here at a desk designated for him at a local school.  He was there with other members of the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial (RCCC) delivering De-worming tablets to two local Barangay Captains for distribution to children from a nearby school.  The children took one look at Charles and immediately felt that he would feel at home sitting at this desk.  Charles is a long time member of the RCCC and actively participates in many Rotary outreach programs, as well as other charitable projects each year.  Despite “his age” Charles leads by example by his active participation in community projects within Angeles City.

This is totally unbelievable!  A little story from NEWS .com.au 13/2/12.  The Islamic Women’s Welfare Association says new migrants should get taxpayer subsidies to visit overseas relatives.  NEW migrants should get taxpayer subsidies to visit overseas relatives, an Islamic group has told the Federal Government. The Islamic Women’s Welfare Association also says Muslims prefer to live close to their own people and Australia should consider how to “facilitate the purchase of homes for new migrants”. In a submission to a federal multicultural inquiry, the association has urged the Government to give tax deductions to newly arrived migrants so they can visit relatives in their homelands.  ”Migrants face a lot of sacrifices such as having to travel long distances to visit relatives, spending on communication costs, missing out on some events occurring in native countries etc,” the submission said. ”This loss should be compensated by the Government in one way or the other to retain migrants in their country of adoption.”  Victorian Muslim and president of the Australian Council of Bosnian Organisations Senada Softic-Telalovic said while some help might be justified for needy refugees who had to go overseas to settle their affairs, she didn’t support travel compensation for all newcomers.
That type of argument will bring out further outrage from those who are so anti-migrant and so anti-multiculturalism,” she said. Ms Softic-Telalovic said that Australia was seen as an ideal migration destination and new arrivals shouldn’t take the country for granted. ”Migrants and refugees who come out now are in a significantly better position and you could say a more privileged position than those who came out in the 1970s,” she said.  Victorian Multicultural and Citizenship Minister Nick Kotsiras said tax breaks for migrant trips abroad was a ridiculous idea.  ”We are all equal and no one should get special privileges,” he said.  The Islamic welfare association is based in Lakemba, Sydney, which has one of the highest Muslim populations in Australia. Its submission also said that migrants should be free to build their own places of worship ”without prejudice or discrimination from the communities they live (in)”.

These dumb, lazy pieces of crap seem to think that this money is our pathetic Brown/Gillard goverment’s own money that just miracuously appears from thin air and don’t seem to realize that all this money comes from Struggling, Hard Working AUSTRALIANS who already can’t afford medical treatments, electricity, mortgages, school fees, car registrations, etc, etc, etc, etc.  No doubt Brown and Gillard and the so called independents, the ABC, fairfax and whoever else will think this is a fabulously noble idea and our fantastic Labor government will no doubt instruct their senior bureaucrats in the immigration department to start making this happen straight away, ON THE QUIET OF COURSE, WE DONT WANT TO CAUSE TOO MUCH FUSS DO WE !!!!!! Pass this on, Spread it around.  Everyday AUSTRALIANS need to find out what really is going on  !!!!!!!!  Everyday we give away just a bit more.  (I think this could apply to many other countries as well. These Muslims must be totally out of control.  This might be coming out of Sydney, Australia but who knows, the US Muslim population might make similar demands in the future.  It is time to realize that the Muslim problem is unique and it will get worse as time goes on and our weak politicians do not help.)

Note:  Originally I had the below item in my “Political Rantings” but a couple of folks who read it in draft form suggested that it belonged within the body of this column. I moved it here, I hope you agree with those that asked for it to be moved:

I had a few more items written but deleted them.
  Instead, I felt it was important to insert a message that shows why I respect the men of the US Marine Corps and all soldiers who actively face combat on a daily basis.  What I include here should be read by Obama, all politicians and all future Presidents.  Right now Obama and Congress are hell bent on a mission to reduce our military members to a dangerous level and also aiming to reduce benefits and increase medical insurance costs to active duty personnel and particularly military retirees.  Why?  Because it is easy to cut budgets for those not represented by any Unions.  Maybe by reading about two brave Marines, those anti-military politicians will have second thoughts. Even if they don’t, then I hope that every living American citizen will appreciate the sacrifice made by two Marines and so many others that fight for our freedoms.

“The Last Six Seconds”..you need to read this

One can hardly conceive of the enormous grief held quietly within General Kelly as he spoke.

On Nov 13, 2010, Lt. General John Kelly, USMC, gave a speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, MO. This was four days after his son, Lt Robert Kelly, USMC, was killed by an IED while on his 3rd Combat tour. During his speech, General Kelly spoke about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us.

During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. He closed the speech with the moving account of the last six seconds in the lives of two young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines.

“I will leave you with a story about the kind of people they are, about the quality of the steel in their backs, about the kind of dedication they bring to our country while they serve in uniform and forever after as veterans.  Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22 ND of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda.
Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and whom he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like, “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?”
I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like, “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding ‘sweetheart’, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way – perhaps 60-70 yards in length, and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different.

Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event – just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washingtonwould never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” “What he didn’t know until then,” he said, “And what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal.”

Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before, “Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were – some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the (I deleted) who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers – American and Iraqi-bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground.

If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight – for you.

We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth – freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious – our soldiers, sailors, airmen, U S Customs and Border Patrol, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines – to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away.

It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the “land of the free and home of the brave” so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm.

God Bless America, and SEMPER FIDELIS!”
IT WOULD BE NICE (GREAT!) TO SEE this message spread if more would pass it on Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps…Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever

CHEMICAL WARFARE – There is a secret PI Government project in development in La Union.  It is the development of certain chemicals to develop a debilitating gas to be used in combat against the NPA in the South or maybe in defending their claim to part of the Spratley Islands against the Chinese.  This is in case the United States, for lack of money, does not lend their assistance when needed.  They are experimenting with this group of ladies employed at the Cheerleaders Bar in La Union by feeding them food especially developed to mix with their digestive juices to emit a gas capable of disabling all who get a whif of this fragrance.  Once fully developed hundreds of ladies will be sent to a war zone at which time they will assume combat positions and exert the necessary pressure to spread a cloud of gas towards the enemy who will then pass out.  One must understand that the Filipinos are peace loving people who do not really want to kill their enemies.  So, in the case of the NPA, who are fellow Filipinos, they will at first be mesmerized by the view of so many sweet asses and they will pass out with smiles on their faces.  They will then be captured, rehabilitated, sent to colleges and trained to become Senators, Congressmen, lawyers, policemen and best of all, Call Center employees.  Peace will prevail throughout the Philippines, tourism will increase, especially in the South and then, the gas will be bottled up and sold to the US to be used against those radical, misled Wall street Occupiers.  I have volunteered my services to the Philippine Government to assist with the development of this gas since part of the secret is combining horseshit into the formula.  Naturally this forces me to work in very close proximity to the ladies at Cheerleaders.  Forgive me if my next column is late, I might have passed out.  (photo submitted by Graham Le Bherz)

 

Mrs. Horse has added a small boutique to the Hotel in which Hotel guests and others can now purchase some great dresses and other attire for their favorite woman of the day or life.  Despite her busy schedule she decided to make her life a bit busier and has always liked to involved in a bit of passion.  I won’t say how many years ago it was but when I first met Priscilla, she was modeling clothes at the Officer’s club.  She had a great figure back then.  Now, she might have lost a bit of that figure but has retained her taste in clothes.  I would like to say the young lady pictured here is our sales lady, or model, but alas she is not.  In fact she is the daughter of a women who stopped by for a visit and when I asked Jen how old she was, she replied “nearly 18″ (her birthday is in Sept).  Naturally, she has aspirations of becoming a model but regretfully is not attending school, instead she is working in her Uncles Karaoke shop along with her mother.  I hope she returns for another visit after her birthday, maybe she would want the saleslady position by then (well, I can dream can’t I).

I met Glenn many years ago when he worked, all too briefly, for Mo Fisher when he owned Kokomo’s.  I used to enjoy sitting at the table in front of the cooking area in order to watch Glenn in action.  He is a very extroverted Chef that would fit right in on one of those TV cooking shows.  He has been trying to get me and the Mrs to visit Saul to enjoy a meal with him.  So far I have never had the time to make such a long drive.  Maybe I can make that an objective in April.  It will give me an opportunity to write something not related to Angeles City or Subic.  At my age I lack the energy to enjoy the adventures of traveling.  I kind of miss it.  I did not know he was having cooking classes at his restaurant until he sent me a message on facebook which I am adding here:  ”I’m so happy my culinary art classes at House of Asian Seafoods and Chinese Restaurant located at Sual Pangasinan will be fully supported by Board Member and SK President Hon. John Christopher Arenas Arcinue. He is the son of our town’s mayor Hon John V Rodney Arcinue. So once again pls come and join us. It’s a community project and it’s free of charge. U only have to provide your own ingredients. Call me now to book a place 0999-3644661 Chef Glenn Toh.  (So folks, if you want to get out of AC for a day adventure check out Glenn’s restaurant and then go for a swim at the nearby beach. If you go in Apr you might see me there, taking a nap after a big meal)

Jumping Jacks Bar –  A fellow dart player and establishment owner related a story to me of a rather troubling experience he had.  I will not use his name but if anyone feels a need to know the individual and get more details I would provide such information.  He was attacked one early morning, around 2 AM by two Filipinos on a motorcycle but was able to respond in such a way that he was not harmed.  But, it was routine for him to stop at jumping Jacks for a bit of a rest midway between his nightly walks.  After his attack certain mis-sent cell phone messages reached his phone.  These messages came from a lady to individuals discussing targeting foreigners who were customers of Jumping Jacks for robbery.  Investigations took place and some individuals were detained one of whom was involved with Law Enforcement.  There is much more to this but suffice to say that possibly one has to be quite careful when frequenting this bar.  It is possible that a conversation with someone in this establishment could make one a target for possible bodily harm.  I know this sounds strange but the person who told me his story is quite responsible and is an established Expat businessman in this town.

INVESTIGATIONS – I checked the schedule for Court 58 hearings for the Dizon trial.  No schedule at this time.  Balmer Murder case – No new information at this time but the case is very active.  I have been asked that if anyone has any information that they think will be useful, please notify the local NBI office or send to me and I can pass it to the appropriate agency.  Hans (Butterfly) Case – No new developments.

For many of us Angeles City old timers we enjoy seeing  pictures of  the old days and how things looked 20, 30 or 40 years ago.  But, as I look around now, in the year 2012 I see a continuing change of real estate every month.  I always regretted not taking pictures back in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s so when I get a chance to take a picture of something changing now I am happy to be able to do so.  In this picture, you will see what used to be the Anchorage Inn.  It was

bought by a Korean who is putting the site through a complete renovation.  A hotel, restaurant and massage parlor will replace the Anchorage Inn and when completed, the Korean plans to rent out the building.  Next door is a Korean restaurant, Baby Dolls, but when you enter and walk to the back you will be able to enter the Doll House.  I did not know about this until I stopped to take some pictures.  It is a good escape route in case of any police raids.

I guess we can expect increased “brown-outs” this summer along with the heat.  Not only do we have to deal with extremely high electric bills, once again we can look forward to the inability of the Government and private electric companies to keep up with increased demand.  Oh yes, wait more good news!  This announcement came up after I read in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that “power rates will be going up across the Philippines starting in May since the Energy Regulatory Commission allowed state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) to jack up its generation charges in Luzon, the Visayas and even in bownout-plagued Mindanao”.

4 Months Schedule of Power Interruptions:  Please be informed that there will be Under Frequency Power Interruption.  Under-frequency power interruptions are short duration interruptions which occur when power generating plants encounter emergency shutdown or irregular supply of power affecting the grid.  The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently implemented the resetting of the Automatic Load Dropping (ALD) schedule from April 01, 2012 to July 31, 2012 and LUECO is among the group of Distribution Utilities to be tripped off once frequency drops from 60 Hz down to 58.3 Hz to protect the grid from total shutdown.  Hence, LUECO cannot guarantee a continuous supply of power for reasons beyond its control and advises all households, business establishments and government offices to prepare and take steps and precautions to minimize the inconvenience and protect equipment caused by under-frequency power interruptions.  Computers: Battery backup is the use of batteries and connected circuitry to ensure immediate protection from power interruptions.  Man, ain’t that great, less power at a higher cost.  I still love it here, but am preparing for the torture of summer thanks to the power folks.

HOUSE FOR RENT 

Brian Nolansun contacted me to pass on that he has this very nice, small, but not too small house for rent at a very reasonable price.  I had the opportunity to visit Brian and have a walk through and agree with him that it is an ideal house for a single person or a small family.  We were impressed with the interior, the view from the back and the yard in front.  It has a water pressure tank, cable connection, etc.  It is well worth giving it a look see.  It is fairly close to the Marquis Mall and a school.  It is located at B69-A Marlim Extension, Pulung Maragul.  You can contact his wife for further information at Email maridel_fernandes@yahoo.com.ph.  I also saw that roads are being paved in the area and new housing projects are being constructed.

More details:  House & Lot 150 sqm, House area 100sqm, Fully furnished, Located in the rural setting behind the Living Stone International School, B-69-A Marlim Extension Pulung Maragul Ageles City Pampanga Philippines. Situated 5 minutes from Fields Avenue & 5 minutes from Marquee Mall.  Features: 2 Bathrooms, 1 with Hot Water. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Romp room, Lounge, Dinning room & standard kitchen. Unlimited Internet connection, Sat TV, 46in LED TV, DVD, 100W IPOD Speakers.  Main Bedroom air coned. Lounge & Dinning area air-coned with 3 hp unit. Anything can be arranged, Maids, Airport Pick up/drop off, 24hr Trike, Vehicles, Tours etc.  House is available for weekly or Monthly rental.

Now for some good news – it will probably upset the VFW canteen manager but the Philippine Tourism Secretary, Ramon Jimenez stated that a policy is in the works that will entitle foreign senior citizens visiting the Philippines to the same 20 percent discount on goods and services enjoyed by elderly Filipinos.  ”By the end of the year, the Philippines could be the first countdry in the world to grant discounts to all senior citizens arriving in the Philippines,” Jimenez said in a speech at a general membership meeting of the Makati Business Club.  This information was reported in the 30 Mar edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Many of us old folks have been waiting a long time for this and it has been talked about for years.  It may or may not happen this year but at least it appears to be getting closer to reality.

Amega Travel and Tours: Recently an American Expat with a visa problem told me about the very professional and kind assistance he received from Mita at the Amega travel office located in the Horizon Hill Hotel, Malabanes, Plaridel St., Angeles City.  Tim moved from Angeles City to Leyte but was so loyal to Mita and Amega that he came all the way back here for their assistance.  He asked if I would pass on his recommendation to the Expat community that this is an Agency you can trust for your travel needs and especially visa assistance.  I was glad to do so.

Since I mentioned Good and Plenty candy was not available here in the PI I have had a few people bring me boxes of them and I nibble at them every day.  Just when I thought I was getting short of stock I was shocked to arrive home and find that Kyle Vaughn, from Louisiana had delivered a 5 lb bag of those delicious pill like licorice candies.  I never had the chance to thank him personally but that big smile on my face is for the candy, not my waitress Margie, though she is kind of cute.  I am eating some as I type this message, “Kyle, thanks much. Hope you enjoy Margie’s picture.”

TAPS

Kevin Whiteford, 83 years old, Australian Army Veteran from WW2.  He passed away in his home in Don Bonifacio Subdivision, Pulung Maragul, Angeles City, PI on 25 Mar.  Cause of death was due to cardiac arrest.  Kevin was a member of the RSL Sub Branch of Angeles City and was well respected in this Expat community.  His funeral was organized by the RSL at the Galang Funeral Parlor on 30 Mar.

APRIL EVENTS

17 Apr – Howard McKay and Doggie Dave at the Blue Boar Inn (Stable), 7 PM, free entry, food and drinks available (not free), raffle drawing.  Good fun.

The Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir returns this month to put on two performances for charity. Saturday 28 April, Wild Orchid Resort, Angeles.
Sunday 29 April, Capt Rob’s Barefoot Bar, Wild Orchid Beach Resort, Subic.  FREE ENTRANCE.  Aussie BBQ available – 450p per head, BBQ tickets available from the Wild Orchid venues and via john@lloydbros.com.  There will be some BBQ tickets available on the nights, but it is preferable to reserve them in advance. BBQ from 6.30pm, the program starts around 7pm.

TONGUE CONTEST?

I do not know what these ladies were posing for or even the location of the contest.  My guess is that it had something to do with their good figures or their bathing suits.  But then, why the display of tongues?  Could they be undergoing a medical exam?  If, indeed, it had something to with the length of their tongues then my money is on the fifth lady from the left.  I suspect she could do wonders with that appendage that would enhance any evenings conversation, or for that matter morning overtures, yes, even afternoon, ah hell, any time of the day or night.

FIELDS AVE

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, Major Tan, no matter how many times you tell those folks in the hair salon across the street from Phillie’s to not block the parking area they continually choose to ignore you.  Ignorance is bliss.  The other two pictures show the start of the new drainage project that will cause a bit of a mess and slight inconvenience on Fields Ave but it is still a welcome sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three different pictures here.  It is not often that I feature Priscilla (Vina), Mrs Horse as she always tells me, do not put my picture in your column.  Naturally, on occasion I have ignored her.  This time I had to take the picture, along with a visitor from Kailua, Hawaii, Howard Tateishi.  Howard brought me a bottle of Hawaiian hot sauce to add to my collection and when I told Vina about it she teasingly exclaimed “they always bring you hot sauce, what about me.  Why no chocolate   covered macadamia nuts for her?  I told her I was going to mention that to Howard and she told me not to do so.  Naturally, I mentioned it and lo and behold, he had a box in his hotel.  The next day he brought it for Vina and I had to take the picture. Now, she has hidden the box from me but I am determined to find it.  Many thanks Howard and we look forward to your next visit.
Picture two was one I could not resist taking because of the great differences in height.  The lady is my waitress, Loretta and the big guy is Jim Brown from Union City, Pennsylvania.  He is on holiday here, staying at Daniela’s Place Apartelle.  Needless to say he is into weight lifting but won’t agree to be my body guard.  The last picture features John “O”, a Canadian from Edmonton who comes here three times a year to thaw out and to be with his wife Linda, who stays here year round to run their businesses.  They were married in Baguio City and have three boys.  John is a steady reader of this column and it was a pleasure to meet him.

BALI TRIP REPORT - by Travis

I have often thought of taking a trip to Bali, but that is when I was single and had the energy to do so.  I sort of romanticize the place and visualize lovely women with long hair, brown skin, good figures who adore foreigners and are not interested in money (see, you thought I was writing about the Philippine women until I got to the money part, right?).  OK, I never got there but thanks to Travis Lane who sent me his trip report on Bali, which I will share with you now, we all can have a taste of Bali without getting up from the bar.

“I just spent 7 weeks inBali(Nov- Dec 2011). I stayed in the Legian-kuta Beach area for the first 5 weeks, and then I moved up into the hills of Ubud for the last 2 weeks. Overall, Bali is a nice, relaxing vacation destination, but it’s no Thailand or Philippines!  I feel really lucky with the hotel that I booked, “Legian Village Hotel” (US$35 night), located on Jalan Padma. I never had any issues bringing girls into this hotel and it had a great location, with a 2-3 hundred meter walk from the beach, and a nice-little hang-out scene, with the swimming pool, bar, and restaurant in the center, and in the evenings, there was always a cover band. Also nearby, were other good bars, Legian Pub, and my favorite, Posers Bar. Unlike Thailand and the Philippines, you’ll see lots of Western women in Bali. There’s not a Red-light district or sex scene in Bali, so I’m sure that the Western women aren’t as intimidated in Bali, and of course, I spotted plenty of the “Eat, Pray, Love- Julia Robert”- types.  Also, the combination of not having a drinking age and short, cheap flights, draws-in a lot of young Australians into the Bali scene.

The single best reason to come to Bali is the beaches! Every morning there are clean-up crews picking up the rubbish off the beaches, making them nice and clean for the tourists. Unlike my previous vacations where I’d sleep late into the day, and be in the bars drinking into the wee hours of the morning, I completely changed my routine in Bali. I’d go walking on the beach every morning during the low tides, and I would visit the gym in the afternoons. I’d work-out at Hammerhead Fitness in Legian and Ubud Fitness in Ubud.  In the afternoons when it was at peak temps, I’d usually kick-back and soak in my hotel pool, or I would rent an umbrella and chair on the beach. The bad thing about lounging on the beach is that you’re a sitting target for the vendors that will constantly hawk at you. Each day I would also enjoy a Bali massage. A head- to- toe massage that lasted for one hour was only $5. Of all the things I enjoyed from that trip, I miss the massages the most! Bali is a very small island, so there is no reason to move-around or change hotel locations in order to visit all of the tourist sites. You can rent a car and driver for $40 a day and hit several temples and other sites.

I’ll save the best for last… But I’m sad to report that Bali is no sex tourist destination, or nothing comparable toThailand or the Philippines! I first visited the Bounty Disco and other bars nearby that were previously mentioned on the internet as freelancer bars, but I saw mostly young Australians and other Western tourists. I found a seedy street scene on Jalan Padma Utara, which was very close to my hotel, but the girls were just average looking and the service was horrible! The sex was merely mechanical, not a luvy-duvy-type girlfriend experience. There is also a street scene on the beach road at night and Legian street, but it’s hit and miss and fairly difficult to find. The girls mostly ride-around on their motorbikes and proposition Western men who are out walking. There is the “massage with the happy ending” offered in many of the massage parlors, but that’s only fun once. However, I did find one good place!! It’s called Angel Salon and it’s easy to find, located directly across the street from Planet Hollywood. All of the girls are from the nearby island of Java and there was a line-up of 12- 15 girls. It cost $40 for a 2 hour session. It would start with the girl taking a shower with you, she would give you a head-toe-massage, and would end with sex. I went there at least 10 times and I was usually with the same girl each time, but was also with 2 others on separate times. It was always a great girlfriend- experience, with kissing and no condom BJ. I just simply gave up on the Bali scene and I kept returning to this place! The motorbike taxi drivers in Bali constantly ask you if you’re looking for a woman, but I hate these guys so much, along with their counterpart Trike drivers in PI and Tuk Tuk drivers inThailand, that I never accepted the offer. There is classified ads listed in Bali nightlife papers and there is a Bali Craigslist, but prices are more than I wish to spend.

The Bali women are very beautiful but they are difficult to meet. They are more curvy than Thai women, and they have absolutely beautiful breasts!!! On several occasions I met Australian expats in pubs that had Bali wives or girlfriends, and they offered to introduce their friends to me, but I declined because I know that I will never return to Bali and I didn’t want to waste my time or theirs. I’m afraid that I’m burned on the instant girlfriend experience that I can effortlessly obtain in either Thailand or the Philippines. Overall, through my own personal experience Bali is a fantastic tourist destination, but extremely disappointing on the pay for play scene.  (Overall, it seems like a great place to visit and those massages sound damn interesting, a bit like in Thailand.  Travis, I love the beach scenes but I think you should have included a few pictures of the massage ladies, especially the one you kept going back to.  Come on, send me a few).

 

 

 

 

 

S&R NEW YORK PIZZA

I have written about the S&R Membership Shopping Center in San Fernando before and how Mrs Horse and I enjoy shopping there, but, of course, not too often.  Each time I have been there, it has been on a weekend and it is quite busy, especially at the food counter.  I always wanted to try the Pizza they offer there but did not want to fight the crowds to do so.  Last month, on the spur of the moment we drove there specifically to eat lunch and to try the pizza.  It was only the two of us and I ordered the whole pepperoni pizza and I was sure surprised to see the size of it.  I was also surprised at how good it was, not perfect, but very good.  I enjoyed the crust and the flavor and can recommend it to pizza enthusiasts.  The cost was over P500 and naturally we could not finish it all ourselves.  I saw my friend John Casey and Dolly shopping and asked him to give it try and give me his New Jersey opinion.  This is what he had to say about it: “Harry, I did in fact buy a Combination Pizza at S&R and we had it when we arrived home. The girls loved it and I thought it rated about a 7 which is very good in the PI. I thought the pizza had too much sauce while very skimpy on the cheese. The crust could have been a bit crispier on the bottom. I would buy it again but would try the pepperoni as you did. The pies are obviously mass produced so extra cheese is out of the question but I want to bring one home and add mozzarella and heat it in a hot frying pan until the cheese melts. I believe this would cure the too soft bottom crust, the cheese shortage and maybe thicken the excess sauce. I might be able to boost it to a 8 or 9. NJ guys are unbelievably fussy about their pizza.”  (OK, me, I was happy with the cheese and the sauce but yes, maybe a little home improvement would make it even better.  Oh, I forgot to mention that we went on a week day around 3 PM and there were no lines, it was a perfect time to go.  Check it out)

I WOULD IF I COULD

 

This very sweet lady graces the stage at the Angel Witch Club, Fields Ave.  I finally got my old butt over to Fields one night, determined to bring more beauties to this column.  I was surprised to see my old friend Barry sitting in as the night manager but it was hard to talk to him since my eyes were distracted by the line-up on stage.  I always liked Angel Witch but kink of miss the old costumes that really stretched one’s imagination.  I will try to see if I can find an old picture to show you what I mean.

Ah, I found it.  A charming lady named Emily from around three or four years ago.  That was the Angel Witch costume I and many others admired a great deal.  But, back to the present.  This months selection, still in a cute outfit is 20 yeer old is Jay-Ann from Samar.  She finished 2 years of high school before having to drop out.  She has six sisters and two brothers which gives you an idea of why she had to drop out of school.  She has been at Angel Witch for three months so is still kind of new at the job.  She enjoys cooking and men between 35 and 50.  She had no interest in anyone 70 or older. Even in the Philippines old age has its drawbacks but there are always exceptions, right?  You can communicate with her at thuanna12@yahoo.com and if that does not work, plan on visiting Angel Witch when barhopping on Fields Ave.

THE ALASKA CLUB 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that the Alaska Club, under the management of Jerry, is one of the more fun clubs to visit.  Jerry and the ladies greet everyone with a great big hello as they enter the Club and bestow personal attention on one and all.  In this issue I have tried to add a few more ladies to look at as some readers have requested this.  It is true that I have been a bit remiss in this department but am trying to add a bit of viewing pleasure and at the same time highlight those clubs that are friendly and also assist me in obtaining a few pictures.  I am not including names or Email addresses for these pictorials as I figure you can let your feet do the walking when you get here.  For those of you who have never been here you can see what you are missing.  For those of you that have been here before and can no longer return, well, no doubt you retain some sweet memories.  Let me help you remember a bit more.

BRASS KNOB

One of the better clubs on Perimeter Road (There are many good ones) is the Brass Knob.  What I like about this place is they have the whole package.  The bar with the dancers, the restaurant, the pool room and on the second floor rooms for rent. Additionally, there is the unique happy duo, Tess and Roy in charge.  What a great team they are, married for so many years and still happy as all get out, and they are doting grandparents as well.  Roy is gregarious, extroverted presence and Tess is the anchor who keeps Roy under control.  She is an ex-copper with a lot of class who enjoys a game of cards in the restaurant with her lady friends.  Oh, yes, I can’t forget the well known “toothless Jerry” who sits out front every morning assisting folks with their financial needs.  That reminds me, they also have a area outside with chairs and tables allowing a bit of people and girl watching in a comfortable setting. Enough said, let me throw in a few pictures now.  By excited request I did include a picture of the two lady bartenders, an exception to the pictures of dancers.  One has to be nice to the ladies serving up those drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

ACBL LUNCHEON 

 Last month the Eruptions Club hosted the monthly Angeles City Businessmen’s Luncheon (ACBL) and evey seat in the house was filled.  Needless to say, this venue is a big draw for the ACBL members and guests.  The cost to members is P700 and guests P800 which includes lunch.  The ACBL raises money for its charity work through this luncheon whereby they receive P100 from each guest fee and the money from the raffle.  The host club is responsible for arranging and paying for the food.  This time management made a wise decision by selecting the Bunny Burger to cater the event and what a great meal they provided.  I do not attend every month and I must say that on a few occasions the food offered has not been great but not so this time, in fact, I heard some members saying there was too much to eat.  Funny, I was looking for leftovers and never found any.  I was so pleased with the food, the fun atmosphere and of course, the good looking dancers that I even bought some raffle tickets. Needless to say, as usual, I did not win anything.  It is not easy to take pictures at these luncheons but I did manage the time to include a couple of guests and one table of industrious businessmen.  From left to right we have Alfie and Val from Sydney, Australia, who were enjoying the food and drink plus the view.  They did mention that it was too bad that their mate “Porky” was hard at work back in Sydney and could not be with them.  I must be honest Porky, they were not sad at all and did not miss you, in fact they ordered two more cold ones in recognition of your hard work back on the job.  They were still laughing when I left them.  The second photo is of Dennis and company, all dedicated businessmen taking time out from their busy schedules to attend these semi-official, proper monthly events.  No doubt they will try to attend this month’s meeting at the Body Shop which I believe will be catered by the Tequila Reef who I challenge to out do the cuisine offered up by the Bunny Burger.  I compliment the volunteer ACBL committee members for their organizational abilities and wonderful charitable work resulting from their dedication.  One of these days I will try to get a picture of the committee members and their names but it is hard to get them altogether in one group, especially at the luncheons.

PURPLE PAD THAI RESTAURANT

It was Sunday evening.  I was in all day working on this column and watching TV. Priscilla returned from Manila and told me she was going to church and afterwards we would go out to eat.  Naturally I agreed, but suggested the Purple Pad Thai for our first visit so I could review it and take a couple of pictures.  So, with son, wife and camera in hand we headed there and we were not disappointed.  The food was great, except for the Thai Fried Rice which was good, but not great.  The Thai Beef Salad, Chicken Satay, Phad Thai Noodles and the Laab (also spelled Larb, Laap and Larp) were delicious.  Laab is the National dish of Laos and popular in Northeast Thailand).  I was nearly afraid to order the Laab because when I ordered that at the now defunct, Thai Baht Restaurant it was terrible.  This time, I thought I was back in Thailand, it was so delicious.  My young son ordered the Bagoong Rice and liked it but felt there was a bit too much Bagoong in it.  I can’t judge it because no way am I going to eat Bagoong, especially in a Thai restaurant.
I was able to chat with owner Israel Cunanan, a single Filipino who was acting as the door greeter.  He was friendly and was actually the Chef as well who taught his cooks how to prepare their great meals.  He indicated that he went to Thailand to attend the Blue Elephant cooking school and restaurant.  Initially he went for one month of 7 days a week training and now each time he returns to Thailand (3X a year) he picks up a few more lessons from the school and Thai chef friends that he met there.  He also buys the necessary Thai ingredients he needs at his restaurant.  If you take the time to look outside the entrance of his restaurant you will see pots of plants used for some of the ingredients.  The restaurant is bright, clean and roomy and has a function room for private parties.  I could have eaten at the one table downstairs by the entrance but decided to use my messed up knees and back to climb the stairs to the main dining room.  What about the prices you ask?  We had six menu selections, no desert and no drinks and the bill came to P1,110 and I thought that was darn reasonable.  We ate too much but doggone it, when the food is that good, the cost is never too much.  Now, if you believe that, I’ll tell you another story. I got Mrs. Horse to pay half the bill. I can say, for sure, Israel will see us again.  Oh, it is located on McArthur Ave across the street from the Santa Maria Church, operating hours 1100 to 2200 hrs except for Mondays.

 

 

 

 

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Robert Burns is a CAS Officer with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ship Support Unit Bahrain.  He is an IT specialist who enjoys his job and is saving up his money for his old age.  He is from Oklahoma and spent 24 years in the AF, retiring as a MSgt after serving 9 of those 24 years at Tinker AFB.  He only gets 3 weeks a year to visit the Philippines and normally stays at the Orchid Inn.  He is a very interesting man to talk to and we share a few common beliefs in how to prepare for the future when living in the States.  Without going into detail I can say he believes in being prepared, for the good or the bad.  We talked about so many different subjects that I forgot to ask him which Clubs he enjoyed while here. Guess I will have to wait for his next visit.

EASY RIDERS

 

 

 

 

 

The hot, dry season is here now and the perfect weather for jumping on those motorcycles and hitting the road.  The first picture above (L) needs to be a bit clearer but there we have a brand new rider on his super bike, George Brown.  I am determined to get a better picture.  I presume that he will be giving his driver, Dodong, some bike driving lessons and we can look forward to George sitting in the back seat showing up at Wee George’s bar in style, if he can find it.  But, training help can be provided by experienced, Harley Davidson rider, David McLare who just completed a three day motorcycle excursion that had him all excited.  He will assist George in getting the proper attire for his new found hobby.  The third and last photo shows an innovative couple that found the perfect bike to handle the weight put on it.  I think they were on the way to their aerobics class.  Future AC Mad Dog members??  George baby, sign me up for a ride in your new chariot.

The La Casa’s Blue Boar Inn ladies are ready to greet you and make sure your day or evening is a good one.  Our restaurant offers great food at very reasonable prices.  We offer breakfast, lunch or dinner all day from 0800 to 2300 hrs.  Come in and enjoy a game of pool while you wait for your food order to appear.  Want to play darts?  Have our waitress escort you upstairs to the “Stable” where four dart boards await you.  Bring your own darts or make do with our house darts.  All this awaits you when you check in to our Pension house.  Our daily rate of only P1,000 is within everyone’s budget.  This is the home of Harry the Horse and he believes in economy prices so one has more money for wine, women and song.  If P1,000 is too much for you, get the same room without air-con for only P700 a day.  When you stay at the La Casa you will feel like you are home.  We are friendly and informal.  We are located near the VFW and the Savannah Hotel, just off of Perimeter Road.  We only have 10 rooms so reservations are necessary.  Call 63-45-322-7984 or drop an Email to:  jimharryhorse@gmail.com.

THE ORCHID INN

 

 

 

 

 

While walking along Real Street, with camera in hand, I was passing the Orchid Inn when Dave Crowe spotted me, came outside and told me to get my ass inside and greet the folks gathered at the “round table” where Keven Wakley was holding court. It had been too long since I had the time to sit down and chat with Dave and Kevin and they are a couple of folks I enjoy talking to.  The icing on the cake came about when I was able to meet the folks at the “head table” and two other lads at the bar and of course getting the picture of Dave with his ladies.  Lets see if I can get the names of the folks at the head table, Wazza, Bryan (Kiwi), John, Clive, Gary (Ret Australian), Kevin.  
Now for the ladies, in the middle, of course, we have Dave, going from left to right are Rita (22), Lyn (27), Michelle (21) and Raquel (30).  Raquel is married all others are single.  Then, last but not least are the two happiest men at the bar, John and Rob.  I forget who was who but they were both in great moods and I regret that I did not get the names of the ladies with them though I think, with my bad eyes, I see a name tag with the name Rita on the nearest lady.  I really enjoyed myself and hope to pop in more often.  Those spur of the moment encounters, with camera in hand can make my day.  The Wild Orchid has been around for so many years and it remains a landmark in town and a great friendly hotel to stay in.

NEW BANK AT THE CHECKPOINT

You know the economy is sound and that the future of the city is positive when new banks appear on the scene.  You can also bet that the money generated by tourism and businesses on Don Juico Ave near the “Checkpoint” is being recognized by banking institutions.  The proximity to Fields Ave does not go unnoticed.  The Metro Bank, Angeles Fields Ave Branch opened its door for business on 22 Feb.  It is located in the newly built Devera Hotel, right next to the Pony Tale Club.  The hours are from 0900 to 1700 hours and features an ATM that talks to you, in a soft female voice of course.  I was able to interview Branch Head Tette Flores-Palo who told me, with great pride that the Metro Bank was declared the “Best and strongest bank in the Philippines” and they were celebrating their 50th year of operation.  The Metro bank was also declared the “Best bank in the PI” by Euro countries for 2010-2011.  With declarations like this I would think the Metro Bank folks can be depended on to take darn good care of your money.  Ms Flores-Palo was accompanied by her marketing specialist, 21 year old Catherine Gozu, a graduate of Holy Angel University, who by the way is still single.  The only way you will be able to meet Catherine is by opening a bank account at the Flds. Ave branch as she is all business but has a smile that would make you want to open an account right away.  Angeles City is the place to live and invest, and this new Metro Branch at the Checkpoint is there to provide the safe, secure, professional banking service we all need.  Drop by and say hello to Tette, she is ready to assist you in all your banking needs.

A VERY SPECIAL EVENT

On 27 Mar His Highness, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait visited the Clark Freeport for the renaming and re-dedication of Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC).  The 177-hectare GGLC will now carry the name of the Sheikh in recognition of Kuwaiti investments in the GGLC estimated at over $1 billion.  Needless to say Dennis Wright, president of Peregrine Development International Inc. (Peregrine) went all out to provide a temporary venue unlike anything I had ever seen before at Clark.  I would estimate that his company spent well over 10 million pesos in preparations.  It was one hell of a project and the mission was carried out to perfection.  You should have seen the tents, the stage, air-conditioning units, sound system, banners, etc.  Even someone with as much money as the Sheikh had to be impressed.  The GGDC is the corporate arm of the Kuwait and Gulf Link Holding Co. (KGL) in the Philippines which is developing the logistics city.  There are a lot of initials to deal with here, GGLC, GGDC and KGL.  Whatever, they are all connected in developing the Logistics City and we are talking mega bucks.
The Emir flew into into Clark at noon time after a four day state visit.  On his drive to the GGLC he was treated to views of his likeness on each lamp post along the route he traveled.  I am sure he had to be impressed and then to see the set up at the designated site had impressed the hell out of me so I can imagine how he felt.  But, being a cool Sheikh he held a straight face throughout the whole ceremony.

The traffic flow to the site was smooth and the parking area was masterly planned and professionally handled.  It was a short walk to the tent area.  The seating area was packed with invited guests and VIPs.  Speeches were given by those who were important and the very talented UP Singing Ambassadors (University of the Philippines) treated one and all to the magic of wonderful singing.  Of course, there was the unveiling ceremony of the Sheikh’s name being added to the beautiful signage which made the renaming of the GGLC official.  Afterwards, food was served by the Holiday Inn for those on the VIP list of which, this old horse was not included.  No one was kind to a hungry horse.  Smile, only kidding Dennis.  Picture time —–

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just had a bit of a scare.  My screen froze up on me and I got these strange messages that the pages were non-responsive and to wait or kill the pages.  Holy shit, I had no idea what to do.  I tried to call my two tech experts but no response.  I was afraid I would lose what I had just written.  So, what does a non-geek, computer retard do when the computer goes south on me and no help is available?  Close my eyes, exit the program and start it up again and hope for the best.  It worked!  But it made my blood pressure rise and I said, the hell with it, I am finished for this month!!! I decided not to use my horse picture this time.  Instead I will thank the “Jeepney man” from Angono, Riza

l who brought me the “Fearsome Foursome” hot sauce for my collection.  Angona is close to Antipolo which does not help me at all unless I look at the map.  I only know I have no desire to live there.  Why the Jeepney man title?  Because he has been building one for two years and it is unique, especially in Angona.  It has made him a local celebrity there.  Oh yeah, nearly forgot, his name is Chuck Nokleby now I know I am tired.  Obviously Chuck and Kyle were very kind to this horse and also Rod Carter who sent some funds for our Christmas project with that advance happy Easter, I am out of here but remember, be kind to horses.

 

 

POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART

Rep. (Retired Lieutenant Colonel) Allen West on the Koran burning incident & the aftermath:

” I want to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the Army Colonel and Major who were killed by Afghanistan security forces over this “burning Koran” episode. If we had resolute leadership, including in the White House, we would have explained that these Islamic terrorist enemy combatants being detained at the Parwan facility had used the Koran to write jihadist messages to pass to others.  In doing so, they violated their own cultural practice and defiled the Koran.  Furthermore, they turned the Koran into contraband.  Therefore, Islamic cultural practice and Parwan detention facility procedures support burning the “contraband.”  Instead here we go again, offering apology after apology and promising to “hold those responsible accountable.” Responsible for what? When tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide. This time it immediately led to the deaths of two American Warriors.  America is awaiting the apology from President Hamid Karzai.”  (I am so happy that there is one politician willing to speak the truth.  Sadly, if Col West ever decided to run for higher office, the Democrats would try, very hard, to do a “Herman Cain” on him.  President Harnid Karzi is a two faced politician who is not really a supporter of America)

 

 

 

 

 

All we did was burn  Koran’s that were already defaced by their Muslim brothers and they use that as an excuse to kill Americans.  Above are the Muslim shits that use the Koran to justify their sick, sadistic way of life and like typical cowards, hide behind masks.  Our President has the audacity to give an apology to animals such as this. They live among us folks and Mayor Bloomberg allows them to pray on the streets of New York.

Please, please people, watch this video and BELIEVE it.  I have spoken to British policemen visiting the PI and they confirm this.  This is the Muslim agenda, and maybe even Obama’s.  Believe one thing, this type of ignorant, disgraceful behavior will be coming to America.  This woman was brought to tears, for me, my recommendation is keep your guns and ammunition or watch who you vote for in 2012.  Our politicians are clever, they make the only issue, the economy and ignore major issues that will adversely affect our society.  Americans may wake up when it is already too late.  Watch for a movie coming out titled 2016.   

Subject: Tears For Her Home Town
Gang:  Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0hKEd6rzbeg, and listen carefully – all the way to the end…
While watching, remind yourself of what Dear Leader President Obama keeps saying:
“Islam is a religion of peace…!”

 


 

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