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August 2015

Posted by admin on July 31, 2015 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters

Welcome back to another edition of HTH for August 2015.  With us today is the Horse (Mr. Jimmy D.), myself (Justin/JC), and a new appearance from Freedomtrader – a friendly contributor who might be here for a few months to share with us.

Those eyes and that smile…

First things first.  Where is the new website?  It’s coming – we ran in to a few technical difficulties and Google can’t be bothered to lift a finger.  It will be ready in the coming weeks.  I apologize for the hoopla and also for not being able to launch when I had hoped.  I should have known better!

The July newsletter brought with it a bit of controversy and that might be what lead to the hacking of HTH.com.  That, or someone in China ran out of sites to hack and dropped by to scrape the bottom of the barrel.  Did the Horse finally piss someone off enough to make them go out of their way for this?

HTH was hacked on July 11th for the first time in its history.  Somewhere out there, a lone technophile decided to insert malicious code into the site.  Because of the code the hosting company took the Horse down for about 20-hours and we went offline.  I happened to be attending the Miss Ponytails swimsuit contest when I heard that the site wasn’t operational and I ended up staying awake until the morning of July 12th to get things up and running again.  As for the so-called controversy – we’ll get to it in a few seconds.

Last month I spoke too soon about the rain and jinxed all of us local expats.  The northern part of the Philippines saw three straight tropical storms come through in succession – which caused about 20+ days of partial to severe rain showers beginning July 1.  For days on end we were inundated and there’s nothing like an act of mother nature to drop the festivities down to a snails pace.  One large hotel on Fields Avenue had just 2 rooms occupied, which gives you an idea of what the rain can do to your bottom line.

This will probably be the only month I ever mention the best of mojitos and margaritas in the city in the same newsletter.  There were also many reader submissions this month; especially the cascade that occurs during the first week after the newsletter is published.  Many good, some bad.  HTH was honored to hear that Stickman, who many of you are aware runs a very well known site based out of Bangkok, reached out to say hello and gave us a mention in his July 5th update.  Pop over there and check him out if you’re on your way to Thailand.

 Cristy was quite outgoing – I couldn’t stop taking her picture…

Here’s the outline for August:

The Morning After Pill – looking back at the July newsletter and finishing off my introduction as the new correspondent on this column.

Words from the Horse – Feedbag, Tidbits, Joke of the Month, Taps, Tourists of the Month, BBQ – An unwelcome guest, I would if I could, 6 Pockets Bar, and the AC Train Stop. (Political rants at the end of the newsletter.)

The Top 5 Reader Submissions from last month with a special contribution from Freedomtrader

A closer look:  Rojo8’s custodian service provides protection for expats buying property in the Philippines…

What happened to the Hangout on Fields Avenue?

Pictures from Mirrors Bar, also Eruptions Bar and Pub.

Off the beaten track:  Part 2 Fallen Angel  – a trendy hang out bar in Friendship you probably haven’t heard of yet…

Wanna get away?  Make a Cebu City run for a weekend…

Restaurant Reviews:

Get your gyro on at Myrnaki Greek-Filipino Restaurant

     Paizano’s Pizzeria in Hensonville serves more than just pizza…

     Patcharawan’s Thai Restaurant is the bee’s knees…

Pictures from the Ponytails Swimsuit Competition at Scorebird’s Hotel.

New Topic:  How To:  Part 1 – Catch them in the act…

I overheard someone say…-Part 2:  “….was that your third girl today?”

Coming soon – HTH takes to the skies…

A rundown on the visa extension process at the Bureau of Immigration

Cure for the common itch:  mySkin on MacArthur Highway near the Fields Ave.

New Beginnings:

New Angeles City Restaurant – Frontera Tex Mex Grill opens

     Piccolo Padre soft opens at Prime Asia Hotel

Some news topics concerning the Philippines

New Topic:  Useful, useless information…

News and Events 

Conclusions….

 

You wouldn’t think it to look at them but the most photogenic out of the bunch was number 22 on the right side of the picture…

 

The Morning After Pill:

This subject came to mind when I finished off the July newsletter and published it to the site, which happened to coincide with my inbox going berserk.  The mishmash of responses got me thinking first about the content of the July newsletter, as well as all the questions from people who have met me in person – mostly regarding the last few years in and around Angeles City.

On second thought, I might have been better off downing some RU-486…

The Top 10 things that were on my mind as of July 2nd:

First:  I wrote way too many words on the “I overheard someone saywhere’s all the money?” piece for the July newsletter and I knew that before it was published.  Looking back now I see how wordy it was.  Chalk it up to first month jitters.

Second:  Most of the emails that poured in after the first of the month were nice and encouraging – a big thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to message me.  Everything was going swimmingly except…

Third:  ….anything regarding “The Black Dilemma” – which was posted in the political rants section of the July newsletter.  Apparently that article originally came from some white supremacist type blog under the title “Ten percent is not enough.”  At least a dozen readers voiced their concerns regarding it.  I mentioned less political ranting in my June intro, and from my July 1-2 inbox I sense a divide about why “The Black Dilemma” was even posted.  Which leads me to the next fact…

Fourth:  …because I’m not a political guy I didn’t even read it before I copied and pasted it in from the Horse.  I suggest you do the same when you come across something you don’t want to read, just scroll through it – problem solved.

As the new correspondent here I want some things to change – but not that much, and not that quickly.  It’s like the frog and the boiling pot of water scenario – I have to gradually heat things up first.  Political rants will have its own section on the new site that you can choose to read or skip over the details – love it or hate it, it is not being abandoned entirely.

From an editorial standpoint I take responsibility for putting the article up, but there is no need to bash me for it or act like I’m a racist.  In the infamous words of Rodney King – “Can’t we all get along?”  (This quote was carefully chosen, by the way.)

 

Fifth:  A fair share of readers who have met me in person remember me from Grand Central Suites (formerly Grand Central Hotel) on Fields Avenue because I was affiliated there from 2011 to 2013.  I met a ton of people during that time and it seems to be a subject landing in my inbox frequently and a topic that comes up when I’m out catching up with managers/owners.

Why am I not there anymore and what happened?  Times change, people change, and I will spare you the lengthy anecdote.  It’s all smoke through the engine as far as I’m concerned.

We’ll see how keen you are at reading between the lines today….

Sixth:  What about the condotel project I was involved with in 2012-2013?  Due to lack of investment it never went anywhere and to this day it still hasn’t budged.  My main problem, aside from the illusion that this thing was going to being built, was that the sales instructions were less than honorable.  From the “powers that be” the sales pitch was….“first just take their money and don’t worry about it, just get the money and worry about it later….

Isn’t that interesting…..just get the money….YOUR money.  How convenient.  I remember thinking, “how about we ruin your reputation and punch a hole through your integrity instead?”  That’s when I learned the true color of some of the expats hanging around the Philippines who were always on the verge of being broke and didn’t have a pot to piss in.  They aren’t entrepreneurs, they are hustlers…..and everyone is a target.

Another long story short – I refused to take people’s money without a promise of something more than a dirt hole in the ground for them to look at, fell out as sales and marketing director, bounced around Asia for awhile….and ended up right here on the keyboard somehow.

Let me shed some light on a subject that everyone should be reminded of.  We all know that Filipinos will occasionally throw you for a loop and cut corners, perhaps take you for a small amount, shake you down, or rob your place – that is to be expected because it is the law of the land.  The real truth is when it comes to doing business it’s usually FOREIGNERS who will shake your hand while their other hand is in your pocket – feigning a smile as they put a dent in your bank account.   We’ve all heard the stories, even HTH has reported them from time to time.

With regards to the 5th and 6th ideas I’ve just mentioned, handshake deals are 99.9% screw jobs waiting to happen and people, including myself, have had to learn the hard way.  I got handshaked once and it wasn’t pretty.  No foreplay, no warning….he didn’t even lube me up first…just bided his time and then metaphorically……rammed it on home.

There’s a word that most guys have forgotten around these parts, and that word is integrity.  FYI gents – just because you’ve moved here from some other place doesn’t mean you have to abandon every good thing you were ever taught.   Some things are worth keeping.

Seventh:  Readers who send me wish lists are somewhat amusing, wanting me to produce “really gritty content,” and getting the hardcore gossip from up and down Fields Avenue…..are those the best wishes you can come up with?  Hardcore gossip?  Don’t you want something worth reading?  Better photos?  Maybe a monthly email of off-the-internet type stuff that only WE THE READERS get access to?  Unfortunately once it is out there – it’s too late to take it back.

I have a ton of content and pictures I would love to share……but there’d be a 95% chance that I’d be in jail or dead by the end of the week.

Privately speaking, whatever “hardcore gossip” is…it doesn’t sound like the worst thing to go and dig up.  It’s rather boring though given the fact that it is the same thing over and over.  Guy meets girl.  Problem ensues.  The end.  Guy meets girl.  Something good happens.  The end.  Someone does something stupid.  Someone else pays for it.  The end.  Bar raided.  Girls carted away.  Someone pays.  The end.

In the coming months I’ll try to find an entertaining way to allow this type of chismis (Filipino gossip) without pissing in the pool or regurgitating the same content over and over.

Regardless of what gets posted here on the subject of gossip – you’ll get your fix, just have some patience.  In the meantime jump over to Philippines-Addicts if you want something else to read…(and a special thanks to Chris from Tequila Reef / Philippines-Addicts for taking some time to meet me when he was in town.  Great to see you again.)

Eighth:  “What makes you think you can run HTH?”  I have lived here awhile, I’m not a total dick but I have my moments, I own a computer and I own a cellphone.  There, I’m qualified.

As for the handling of this website, with the recent botching of the launch I’m not exactly running it very well now am I…so maybe you were right?

Ninth:  “The newsletter is going to be a commercial piece of sh*t now.”  Really?  Jimmy D, the original author of this website – has been living in this country since I was in diapers.  Will my content ever be as good as his?  As in, will I have the pulse of this city at the end of my fingertips?  It is a goal but we have to be realistic, I can’t force it.  I need to get in touch with everyone again and this is a process that needs some time. You’re reading my second newsletter – if you didn’t like the first one stop now and save yourself the finite minutes you have left.  If you think we are going to get better in the next few months, then hang on for the ride…

Tenth:  There’s been a lot of humdrum regarding the prices for HTH newsletter advertising.  I apologize for any confusion.  HTH has been grossly undervalued and the cost for advertising should be in line with actual exposure.  New kinds of advertising will be available to those who are interested because the upcoming website has various advertising spaces per page and will be updated more often than once a month.  I will supplement a newsletter rather than make it the primary focus.

Last thing.  Did I come in and jack up prices?  Nope.  You can still get an advert on HTH at a low rate; the only difference is that level of exposure may change.

Words from the Horse

Feedbag:

Hi mate, I just read HTH July newsletter as I have not read it for a few months and found out that you have hung up the camera and pen and doing HTH input on a lesser scale.  Harry, as soon I read this I started to reminisce about the old days past and how you and I have seen Angeles City change.

From March 1990, my first trip to the Philippines we used to stay at the Sun Downer Hotel owner Ken Graham, (now deceased) in Mabini Street, Ermita and later at Bill Percy’s Park Hotel in Paco Park as the bars mainly in Del Pilar Street was the go.  Some time later Mayor Lim closed them so all the boys moved to Angeles.

My first trip to Angeles was in fact March 1990 and dropped in on Dave Donny as he was the manager of the Swagman Resort and just our luck arrived on the weekend of the Annual Swagman Wet Shirt Contest and by luck Dave put me in the pool in an official capacity as The Hose, issued with appropriate T shirt and because I had to work so hard all day in the pool wetting the contestants down in the scorching heat and of course I was supplied with free San Miguel Beer and cap for the day.

This is when Clark was alive with the U.S. Air Force and the Swagman was packed to the rafters.  I remember a couple of jets whose pilots knew what we were doing actually dropped there jets a little lower then usual and soared straight over the Swagman during the contest.  They must have been thinking, I can see it, I can smell it but I just can’t get there.  I suppose this happens to us all at some stage of our lives.

After touring for ten years, bringing a wife and a few girl friends back to Australia and paying for several new Nipa hut houses, sick pigs and buffalo’s and other questionable requests in the Philippines (don’t laugh, we all have done that), I moved permanently to Angeles in March, 2000 and with a few mates opened up Shano’s Cocktail Lounge (formerly Octopussy Bar, J. Hammer) in Oak Street, Balibago near the Orchid Inn and Roy’s Bar. This is when I first met you, Harry.  An American bloke named Don (had the internet joint on the corner, now Queens) came along after 6-months and offered me a price I couldn’t refuse and we sold Shano’s Cocktail Bar to him.

Then a certain Ray Kelly came along and asked me to run The Kitten Club. It was at this time I had an apartment up above Roy’s Pub and after an exhausting night working at the Kitten Club came home and crashed and unbeknownst to me a German bloke came home pissed to the Pension House owned by English Cliffy near the little church, lit some candles around his room and then he fell asleep in the shitter causing the whole building to catch on fire as well as my joint and Roy’s, they found him dead and burnt next day..  Don’t knock the girls, I wouldn’t be alive unless she woke me up for us to escape the flames, we lost everything.

After a couple of years I moved on and with on American group to open up Cleopatra’s, firstly (remember the rotating round stage with the shower wetting down the dancers when time permitted), and then we later opened Ayers Rock which was a good Aussie theme Bar, I enjoyed Ayers Rock and there were some good bars around that area in Fields at the time, still is I guess.  But I think the Bars in the old days had character and many characters who used to frequent these great establishments (to mention Wee George and Cheyanne).  Unfortunately a lot of these good old boys are dead now.

Again moving on I was asked to manage The Flamingo Bar in the Orchid Inn around the pool.  What a great little bar that was.  I then was asked to be the Night Manager of the Orchid Inn and later moved on to General Manager of the Orchid.  I have some great memories of the Orchid Inn as I met so many great blokes who stayed there and visited there over the years. We even had a first and only Wet T-shirt Contest, unfortunately some Japanese Gentleman took a photo of the first contestant taking her gear off and put it on the internet which caused myself to holiday in Big La Laguna Beach Club and the big kahuna of the Orchid a holiday in Thailand for two weeks while somebody forgot about the photo, ah those were the days.

 

I remember a certain night when I was GM at the Orchid I was having a few beers in The Flamingo Bar and there was a certain gentleman (from the unwelcome inn in the bar saying terrible things to the dancers as he was renowned for and at the time was barred from the Orchid Inn areas and other bars in Fields).  I approached this gentleman and asked him to leave The Flamingo bar and the Orchid grounds, he refused so we both walked out to near the side of the pool and an altercation occurred between him and myself because of his previous behaviour.  Kelly then assisted him out the back door of the Orchid.

The next day I was walking with a mate past the old Police station which was at the time opposite Phillies on Fields and there was a certain Major of Police standing out the front of the Station and he waved me over to talk to him (myself being an ex-policeman in Australia I was happy to talk to him).  The Major then informed me that a certain gentleman last night complained to him that he had been assaulted by Kelly and myself after an incident at the Flamingo Bar.  I then asked the Police officer if Kelly and I would be in trouble for that incident to which the Officer replied, “That guy is an arsehole, always causing trouble in town so I told him to go away as everybody hates him anyway and he deserved what he got”.

I will never forget one of my classics.  At 5pm every day after working at the Orchid we would have a few beers at the front table of the Hotel.  It was always a funny afternoon with the boys dropping by, having a few beers and watching the passing trade.  One particular time I was sitting at the table near the front door with my back to the guard.  I was drinking with red headed Jim who also worked for the Hotel when Jim’s wife came in and started talking to him.  I then noticed an old women standing outside the Hotel looking in through the glass at our table, after a few minutes Jim still talking to his missus I got sick of the old woman peering through the window so I turned around and told the guard to tell that old lady to fuck off as I think she is a beggar which the guard did.  Jim heard this and said to me, “It’s ok Shano she can stay, she is my mother in-law,”  It was at this time I sunk under the table.

Harry, next stop building The Wild Orchid, in A Santos Street, Bourbon Street Condo’s and Shano’s Irish Pub. All great places and unfortunately we sold Shano’s Irish Pub after two years, again an offer you can’t refuse.  These buildings really changed the old blow road, which a lot of blokes will remember.  In the old days always stick to the right hand side as the left side was a bit dodgy with some waitresses having very large Adam’s apple’s for some reason.

Next stop, General Manager of Phillies Sports Bar and Grill from opening day.  I had a lot of fun here with the rugby league raffles, live bands, parties, and of course the R.S.L raffles on Saturday nights.  Met some great people at Phillies, owners and guests and will always remember that.

My next stop was very short as the General Manager of Queens Resort, I was there for around 3-months and during that time hired a lot of wonderful staff and was just about due to open when I had to make an urgent decision to return to Australia for family reasons, putting my mum in a Nursing Home, so I left Queens.

My next adventure was as a Security Advisor with G4S Security Company at the Regional Immigration Process Centre for Refugees on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.  These guys are all boat people trying to get to Australia.  This lasted nearly a year and it was good as I was working four weeks on-Manus Island and then two weeks off, as they would fly me home to Australia and Angeles.  In February, 2014 I was working in the Manus Island Compound when we had four hundred Muslims riot, only one died from head injuries but about 150 others injured not including staff.  I have been involved in three big riots in my working life, this was the worst and most dangerous, 2nd was the Mt. Panorama Bathurst Bikie Riots in 1974 and 3rd was when I worked at Outback station Walgett in the 80′s.

I am now living back in my hometown in Australia with my Filipino missus in Gosford, which is about 80kms north of Sydney on the coast.  I am working for a local Security Company, which I really enjoy.  I have about five and a half years until I retire so if I am still alive hope to move back to either Palawan of Dumaguete and build a nice place on the beach and eventually fall off my bar stool there. I have sat on some bar stools over the years, I know that.  I often think about moving back to Angeles, not these other places but after ten years as a tourist going to Angeles and fourteen years living and working there I think I need a change.

That’s about it Harry, I hope some of these stories enlighten your great sense of humour as I think you will always remember what great days we all had in Angeles City.  Hoping this email finds you in good health.  Your friend, Shan

(I wanted to share this message with the many people who knew John Shano and keep asking me for updates on his where a bouts.  He certainly has a lot of history here and I sure do remember all the events he mentioned and the different locations he worked.  I do agree they were the good old days.  It sounds like he has settled down in Gosford for the next 6 years but I am sure he misses AC and his many mates that are still here.  Thanks for writing Shano and thanks for the memories)

Hi HTH, as a person who was stationed at Clark from Jan 1969 until May 1970 I enjoyed many a nights around Clark and a few in Manila.

I must say that over the last 14-years you have written about things going on in Angeles and around the area, it has been great for me. I have enjoyed your ‘I would if I could girls’, your printing of the ‘tourist of the month’ people and your receiving of hot sauces from around the world when people come to visit your stable.  Now with more free time I hope you are able to do some of things that you have not had time to do.

I hope Justin can do half the job you have done and I’m sure he will. As long as you, the master, are there to guide him if he needs it. Be well. Gene Archer,

Southern California

(Thanks Gene, believe me Gene, Justin has his own agenda and does not need guidance from me.  He is young, computer literate and has great motivation.  I will be learning from him.  Of course I forget what I learn in one day as my memory sucks.  Sure glad I no longer go to school!)

Hi Harry…I got a very discreet question for you…I have had no success looking for what I’m searching on the net… I’m from Colorado…I enjoy a locally grow medicine here legally…by chance would you have any advice or direction on finding my medicine there?…I see the penalties for asking the wrong person.

(I presume u r referring to weed.  Yes you can find it here but in this country it is illegal and the odds are very high that you would enjoy rent-free living in some very uncomfortable jails for years at a time.  The only good news is that they do not shoot you.  My suggestion – stay in Colorado and enjoy your garden plot.)

Hi Harry! It’s Camille. Not sure if you remember me but we met a few months ago. Just wondering if you can help me out. I’m currently 4-months pregnant right now and migrating to the US in a couple of months, and I don’t have anyone to keep an eye and run the Diner. I am putting Crazy Pete’s Diner in the market for sale. You might know any buyers? It also includes an importing license tax-free since it is inside the Freeport zone. Let me know if you know any buyers. Thanks so much for your time, have a good day!  dianacamillemiranda@gmail.com  (This is a nice fairly new diner on Clark that has a lot of potential.  It already has a decent fan base.  Worth looking into)

Harry, I haven’t been to ac since 2012 and I’m looking to come back in Feb of 2016 but I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff that the bars, girls and just thing in general are not what they used to be. Any insight or info on the EWR’s, girls and just the city in general. Would love to hear back from you to see if I should still make the trip.

(CD, make the trip!  Yes, many things have changed, especially in the entertainment area but AC remains a fun city to visit.  You can still meet and be with the girl of your dreams; after all “dating” is a part of life.  The city continues to grow and you would be amazed to see the new high-rise buildings and the many new restaurants.  We even have two new first-rate hospitals on Clark.  Make the trip and stop by to see me so I can get your opinion.  I sincerely believe you will have a good time.)

Tidbits:

CLARK FREEPORT – Pres. Aquino and his Cabinet met Tuesday as board members of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and approved the release of P1.2 billion for the first phase of the P12-billion, French-designed new passenger terminal building at the Clark International Airport.

In a telephone interview, Pampanga 1st District Rep. Joseller Guiao said that the meeting was the final step needed for the release of the funds.

“It was just a matter of formality in the process of approving the budget,” Guiao said, as he expressed confidence that bidding for the terminal project could be done within this year.

Guiao said that the new terminal would cost a total of P12 billion when finished and not merely P7.2 billion as being reported earlier. It was designed by the Aeroporte de Paris. (I decided not to reprint the entire article that was sent to me by Dennis Wright because I have written about it a few times already.  It is an ongoing project that will be updated as time goes by.  It is good that the P12-billion budget was approved in full as there were some in authority that wanted to lessen the amount.  It is anticipated that it would take a year to complete the bidding process.)

Good news for those Thi-Hi customers who remember Alysa.  She is back and looking forward to greeting her old friends.  She has been away for many months caring for her Grandmother in Manila.

Never satisfied – I love this bit of news sent to me be Dennis Wright:  Now this is downright funny. They scream for a higher minimum wage then when they get it they complain because they make too much money to qualify for the free stuff, go figure.

JULY 8, 2015

Seattle Employees ask for reduced hours so that jacked-up minimum wage won’t cost them subsidized housing!

By jacking up minimum wage, Seattle has provided a valuable lesson in liberal economics. The plan has now backfired.

Nora Gibson is the executive director of Full Life Care told KIRO 7 she saw a sudden reaction from workers when Seattle’s phased minimum-wage ordinance took effect in April, bringing minimum wage to $11 an hour. She said anecdotally, some people feared they would lose their subsidized housing so they have asked that their work hours be reduced to remain eligible for all government subsidies.

It doesn’t stop at $11/hour. The law puts it up to $15 starting January 1, 2017, they will have to reduce their work hours even more to remain eligible for handouts. Good thing the minimum wage wasn’t raised even higher, most would not work at all, they prefer to be spoon-fed and remain on the government plantation.

Remember free market capitalism? Under that system, the harder and smarter you worked, the higher your standard of living. But that was found to result in income inequality, so now we have a system where wealth is bestowed by bureaucrats, and working harder doesn’t always make sense.

Joke of the Month:

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed, ”Are you sure?”  “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet..  “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.” The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”  The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the CAT scan, it’s now $150.”

Taps:

It is with deep regret that long time AC resident Charlie Martin passed away on 6 Jul after a long illness.  I have known Charlie for many years and he was well known in the Expat community.  He had a car repair/building business that was quite successful.  He died from respiratory problems.

The following came as a terrible shock to all who knew “Bo”.

July 15, 2015 3:39 PM
Subject: Bo Bollenbach

Gentlemen, it is my sad duty to inform you that Bo Bollenbach passed away at AUF this afternoon.  Bo was admitted to Auf a week ago with brain tumors. After repeated tests, Tess transferred him to Medical City. She then took him home a day or so ago. People had been working to get him out of the country for treatment, but were unsuccessful.

He took a turn for the worse this morning and was transported by ambulance back to AUF with heart problems. Where he later died.  (Bo was a decorated Special Forces Veteran that has lived in AC for many years.  He was a popular member of the Expat community here.  It will be very difficult to accept the fact that Bo will not be showing up for a pool game and a few beers anymore.  Fellow Special Forces Vets and friends gathered for a special farewell for Bo a week after his passing)  

Tourists of the Month:

Ken Virgo, from Gloucestershire, England is one very happy man.  At 73 years of age he is married to 27-year-old Jenny and they have two children, a six-year-old boy and a brand new baby girl who is only a few weeks old.  He met his wife in 2008 when she was working at the Welcome Inn Club.  In fact she was only at work for 30 minutes on her first day when Ken walked in and it was love at first sight.  That was the first and last day of work for Jenny who is from Tacloban.  That love is as great today as it was way back in 2008 and what a pleasure it was for me to meet them.  Ken is a butcher and still works at it part time when home in England.

BBQ – An unwelcome Guest:

“This brown snake apparently came bolting out, took the sausage in front of a group of people, and disappeared back into the bush,” said Mr. Delooze, from Native and Feral Pest Management.

“It was like it had done it before.”

The barbecue, in the grounds at the foot of the Blue Mountains, where campers might expect the odd brush with a snake.

Says Geoff, the photo came from a friend – it’s sort of been doing the rounds.

I would if I could:

This month I was lucky!  I met 35-year-old Janeth when the “6 Pocket” women’s pool team played the Blue Boar Inn ladies.  Janeth has a great smile and fun personality.  I know readers like to see some younger beauties but men of my age consider “35” to be pretty darn young too. She has two children, girls 8 and 11 who are living in the Province.  Janeth is residing in Dau which is just outside of Balibago.  Janeth was employed as the pool racker at Mirrors Club from 2005-6 where she learned how to play a decent game of pool.  She likes to be a homebody but also likes to travel and has a passport.  For courtship she would like to meet a decent guy 50 and above. I have a feeling that this woman would make a great companion for some lucky guy.  I hope she meets him.  Her email address is:  janethguianan@yahoo.com.

6 Pockets Bar:

 

When the Miss Magic Bar closed Leah told me they would re-open again nearby but under a new name and much smaller.  I am happy to that this has happened and the location is in that small Plaza near EuroAsia, called the Arena.  It has only been open a couple of months but has a pool table and a couple of teams.  Of course I am acquainted with the ladies team.  They are located in the back where there is plenty of parking.  Stop in and greet Leah and enjoy the great employees.  I plan to visit again, I did not have time to sit and chat as my wife was driving and I can’t keep her waiting too long.

AC Train Stop:

 

Believe it or not there was a Angeles City train stop on line that went from Manila to La Union.  It was operational as of late 1981.  I always enjoyed seeing the train as it stopped for passengers at the Check Point Station.  I am sorry that I never took any pictures during the first time I was here from 1977-81.  Who knows, we may see a modern version of the train sometime in the future.  The Government keeps talking and writing about it.

 

The Top 5 Reader Submissions from last month:

Lots of gratitude to everyone who messaged me with insights, suggestions, and concerns.  After July 1st my inbox was bustling!  I really appreciate the thoughts so keep them coming.

I wanted to point out that I have to respect the guys who reach out to me with details they wish to remain confidential.  As a rule of thumb, in the future I might draw from your emails to write new content without directly implicating anyone – so please do not hesitate to share anything with me that you think can assist the reader base.

1.  A message from Barman:

Great read “Where has all the money gone”.  I am a bar owner, and you covered it from every aspect.  Then you summed it up with a “spot on” truth.  I have operated a bar along perimeter road for 5 years.  The expat crowd is a tough crowd to please.  They complain the most; only because I’m there to listen, and take action on their complains.  They complain about prices, music, bathroom, temperature, etc.  The same guys will head to fields, and pay twice the price, and not complain at all down in fields; Why?  Because the big corporate bars don’t even acknowledge expats.  But, those bars have the fresh girls.

So you are right we need more of the younger guys coming in to vacation and spend some money.  The reason we don’t have those younger tourist’s are the reasons you stated; Not enough flights in and out of Clark airport, poor world economy, competing vacation destinations, etc.   I don’t care what your nationality is; if you got money your welcome.  In fact I never have had a problem with Koreans, Japanese, or Malaysians.  However, the western countries are a different story.  It’s a challenge to run a bar here in Angeles and make a profit.  But, right now the expats are the only game in town so enjoy the attention.

Barman, thanks for the kind words.  I agree that the local crowd has a prickly demeanor – but that’s not to say that there aren’t some very pleasant expats about.  Everyone wants more for less, and few people embrace change.  I can’t argue with that because I’m the same way sometimes. 

Strangely enough, I find that tourists can be a real pain in the a** because they tend to get way out of control – falling down drunk, lost in their own bodies, waiting to get taken for an unfortunate spin with the baklas, etc.  Once in awhile I have to remind myself that a lot of them are going off like kids in a candy store.  Maybe us local guys are desensitized to everything – except for the prices…

 

2.  In response to your topic – where has all the money gone?

Where did the tourists go?  Let’s do some math.

In 2005 it was 55 pesos to the dollar, now it is 45

in 2005 it was 40 baht to the dollar, now it is 33

The big Fields Ave bars were EWR 1200,  now 2500 to 3000 pesos

Thailand was 2000 baht and still is 2000 baht

Now plug in the exchange rates

Fields went from 22 dollars to 56 or 66 dollars…a 250% to 300% increase

Thailand went from 50 dollars to 60 dollars ….a 20% increase

so….a 250% to 300% increase and 100 bars in Angeles

or a 20% increase and THOUSANDS of bars in Pattaya

What else has tripled in price in 10 years. (with a drop in quality)

The big bar “groups”  have bars both in Thailand and Angeles.

They jacked up the Angeles rates to meet Thailand rates……

Angeles thrived because of it’s discount….which now is gone

And so is Angeles

I was in Pattaya last October for a week and I didn’t notice thousands of bars.  Several hundred perhaps, but thousands would give it a 10x run-up on AC.  I think the Angeles entertainment scene is suffering a slight drought at worse, but weekends are still busy and when I’m out midweek even some of the Perimeter bars have just 1 or 2 tables empty.  Let’s see what happens during high season.

One other comment:  It baffles me how some of these businesses stay open if they make zero profit – I recently heard that one well known bar is losing money constantly even though they are doing excellent sales during the rainy month of July.  They haven’t had a profitable month since March.  From an outside perspective you just shake your head because their overhead must be insane. 

As for the changes in the exchange rate and increasing prices you’ve pointed out in your email, no one can argue with the math……seems valid.

3.  A different point of view

Hi Justin, please keep me anonymous for my letter.

Just like to say I like this forum and hope Harry can keep writing. As a Korean American, I will say this, however. Seems to me that a lot of anti-Korean sentiment is on this board, and while I can definitely understand and agree with the variety of criticism of Koreans. That said, I’ve been to Angeles a few times and quite a few of the non-Korean crew who live there are lower than slime, as if they are any better than the Koreans they blast. They blast Koreans for raising prices because they’re willing to pay more (can’t help it if some are cheap) and act all high and holy when they’re just as bad. I heard on Al-Jazeera about this Aussie guy, 78, who got a young Filipina pregnant, then promptly abandoned her for another Filipina and I heard he hardly provides support for the baby.

The poor mother then just wanted her child to get an Aussie passport but the schmuck’s new girlfriend told him not to. So no, Koreans aren’t the only vile creatures out there. I’ve met some really nice GIs, both active and retired, but you also have the types who can’t stand it when someone disagrees with them and stuff, never mind that they barely finished high school and such and have little understanding of complex matters and concepts. I could go on and on but you get the idea.

Thanks for taking the time to write in.  I look at your email and I think……you’re absolutely correct.  Doesn’t matter where you’re from, every nationality out there is capable of acting less than honorable. 

Those GI’s put things on the line that us regular folk take for granted.  Some guys are all brawn and no brain, but that also doesn’t make them bad people – perhaps just difficult to be around from time to time…

 

4.  Trains, Planes, and Automobiles:

Nothing against the Koreans. But the reason I don’t like them (I really don’t care, never talk to them) is because they have definitely raised the prices for EWR.  They’re only 4 hours away.  So they can show up for four days and leave.  They don’t care if they pay 1500p or 2500p.  The rest of us that are in AC for two or three weeks.  The high prices adds up for 20 days.  That is the reason the town is so dead Monday thru Wed.  White foreigner are going to new places that are the same prices.  But are not staying in a sh*thole city.  AC….. Get a map out in 2000 and compare to 2015.  Same amount of bars.  There are 4 or 5 that are bigger.  But back 10 years ago bars were full of people 365 days a year until midnight.  We all know how full the bars are now at midnight except for 5 or 6 bars.  Koreans get there girls early and shortime back at the hotel.  Guys are during sneakout, internet, disco.  Why hang out in a bar if you don.t want to pay 2400p EWR,  500p tip, 2 lady drinks-600. Total 3500.  $75US.  Are you going to travel at least 11,000km or 7200 miles for airfare and hotel plus $75?  Too many other options.

(I own one of the condos in Penthouse) I have been in AC 4 times a years around 80-days a years since 2000.

A few other comments.  The reason a lot of planes were flying into Clark was the restriction in Manila because of not enough landing slots. That is why AirAsia bought Tiger Air.  As to new airport.  Business people did not want to travel all the way to Clark.  They are suppose to decide on a new airport in Manila the next 18 months.  It will be in the bay. San Miguel Beer and two other will bid. Suppose to take 8 years. So you are looking at 2025 maybe.

Also getting thru Manila will be a toll road to the current airport in three years. San Miguel is building that . One year into construction, three to go.  Plus they will be starting another toll road along the coast next year.

Northrail stopped because there was so much corruption in the bid. The cost per kilometer was outrageous. The current plan is to build the railway from Manila to Maoross???  Halfway.  To use for commuter traffic into Manila.  Then later to build to Clark and maybe Tarlac.

I will send you an update in December each year on the infrastructues that affect AC people.

Good luck with the column.  If you remember Norman.  He was doing a monthly article about 7 years ago. Lots of pictures which people enjoy that don’t live in AC.

Worm from San Diego

I really enjoyed the way you covered multiple topics in your message. 

You have some really interesting points that I didn’t consider in the July newsletter.  Korea is on this side of the big pond and by proxy it allows for faster, and probably cheaper trips in and out of the Phils although I haven’t really check the airfares lately.  Let’s just assume it’s cheaper.

Also, I think you meant that AirAsia bought Zest.  Cebu Pacific partnered with Tiger.  Manila’s airport is such a clusterbang – the delays are inevitable, so why wouldn’t they find a way to use Clark? 

I wasn’t here in 2005 to witness the changes in the total number of bars over the last 10-years.  I’ve been here since 2009.  Is it really that identical, because it seems like there are more bars now than 6-years ago…

One last thing – you mentioned that the Koreans arrive early in the day to get their girls and short time them.  How does the saying go, “the early bird gets the WORM?”  Just kidding man, I had to say it.  What I meant to say is, isn’t the market open to whoever shows up first?  There’s nothing preventing us from getting the girls early, except maybe our egos (should be spelled ego$) getting in the way of instincts…

 

5.  Some Kudos

For the first shot out of the gate, I’m impressed. You make CRK look five times more entertaining than BKK.  With all the hotel pools around Soi 4 and NEP , I’ve never seen a pool party with that many beautiful women. Keep the photos coming.

My Buddy Al and I will touch down in CRK on 9/13, hope it’s possible to buy you a beer and toast your success.

Harry always said come by the stable, is that your new HQ?

On a side note, you and Harry are top writers about CRK, Stickman is tops for BKK, who is top writer for SIN? (Singapore, I’m going there first before CRK, and that is the only reason I’m ABLE to fly into CRK.  I’m sure u r aware of the airport situation.

Good luck and see you in September,

Bobbi

Hi Bobbi, I’m not sure how on earth I can make Clark more interesting than Bangkok but I’ll delude myself for a while and take your word for it.  Haha!

At the moment I haven’t taken up space anywhere, so there is no HQ to speak of.  But I’m usually always “around.”

I plugged your submission here because I have no idea who covers Singapore to be honest with you.  Does anyone follow any action coming out of Singapore?  While we are on the subject, what about Central American or South American locations? 

Are there sites similar to the ones you just mentioned running in the Dominican Republic or Brazil?  Even I would be curious to know and some of this stuff isn’t readily available on Google…

 

Reader Submission Bonus:  A message from FreedomTrader:

Before we get to that, a letter from JC:  A lot of guys ask me how they can make extra money while living in Angeles City.  I’m not sure I’m the right guy for this sort of advice.  I am full of ideas and have a decent network to draw from in terms of start-ups and whatnot, but the Philippines is a difficult place to conduct business when you compare it to the country you’re from.  I tend to fall back on the wise words of advice I’ve seen the Horse offer many people before:  make sure your finances are in order BEFORE you move to the Philippines.

For those guys who are here or looking to move here, you can always send over your ideas but I have to admit, I can’t promise anything.  If you want “inside information” such as which places are for sale or are looking for partners, I can help relay that information as most of it is not publically broadcast and 9 times out of 10 owners who are financially stable are not looking to rush in to anything.

As of today (July 30) I know of a really ideally located bar that is selling its majority share to the right buyer, a newish 50+ room hotel that is available for 4M US that is close to Fields Avenue, and one very well known 100+ room hotel in town that is for sale right now for 8M US.  I’ve seen hotels bought on credit with the right paperwork because if the new tenant misses a payment, the previous owner can take back the whole building and KEEP the money they were fronted on the deal.  I’ve seen hotels built for less, and I’ve seen land getting scooped up like hotcakes.  If you have the capital and want to do a project, there are still things you can do….but it’s always wise to take into account the overall amount of work you’ll have to put in before you get started.

All of the deals I just mentioned are private and if you’re a serious player and want in on them you can message me and I can try to assist.  Trust me when I say, before I approach the owners I’m going to vet you up and down so it would behoove you to probably be on your way to the area to look around or meet up in person before I actually pass the information along.  For the record, I’m not going out of my way to  promote any of these places and I’m also not looking to make a dime off of any of these deals.  The owner of the hotel for 4M has offered me 5% as a finder’s fee – do I think it will ever sell?  Nope.  And if it does, do I think he’ll pay up?  Of course not.  He only shook my hand on it – hint, hint.

If there is a way I can assist guys to help them get their businesses going or put them in touch with people who might be able to lend a hand, I’m willing to provide a minimal amount of outside support for the sake of the community.  It’s a crap job with almost no upside but someone needs to do it.

This month I would like to invite readers from any background who might want to start a business and are looking for partners to feel free to pass the information over to me so I can sort it out and try to help put people in touch.   After I put you in touch I’d like to be left out of your decision making process, so don’t blame me if/when things go south!  I’m just the vessel.

Also, if you’re in the market or have ideas of how to help other foreigners earn some extra income while they are living, working, or retired in the Philippines, send it over and I’ll have a look.  That’s why I’ve decided to allow people the opportunity to share their more or less “expert” insights on HTH.  I knew a guy once who did medical transcription and made $100 US a day.  He was, for lack of a better word, quite happy with that result.

This month’s special reader submission comes from a guy I know as Freedomtrader.  He has a real name but let’s just use the pseudonym for the time being.  I assume that not many people will remember the Trading Pit on Mount Makiling street, just around the corner from Bretto’s Deli and kiddy corner to Myrnaki Restaurant?  The Trading Pit was a little resto-hangout for the day traders who congregated in Angeles City.

I didn’t get “in” with these guys because I am an amateur investor at best, but I always considered that to group to be in a niche of its own – retired guys with enough capital to invest and flip, multiply money, whathaveyou.  Calculated risk takers who were good at what they did.  And yet, the whole thing was being run out of this rink-a-dink place no bigger than a regular sized apartment.  Ever since Big Al decided to close up shop and move to Cambodia most of the day traders were kind of left regrouping to strategize on their own, he was an enormously generous guy and gave a lot of good advice to everyone about the markets.

For those of you looking to maybe earn a little extra cash for some additional T and A, take a gander…

From Freedomtrader:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry/Jimmy for all his work over the years, and welcome Justin on his journey holding the reigns of the horse. A new direction for the site is as good a time as any to try out a new feature for HTH. Each month, I will present a trade idea or an investment concept that you could perhaps profit from, but which will ideally help you become a better investor.

“Sell in May and stay away ……” This is the old Wall St adage reflecting on the fact that historically, global equity markets have been pressured to the downside during the quiet, low volume summer months. Basically traders are sunning themselves on beaches, drinking cocktails in villas all over the world and are not at their desks attending to portfolios. This may be a tired cliché but the statistics are there to back it up. Light volume does make it hard for a defined trend to emerge and gather momentum. Yes, I am well aware of all the exceptions that prove the rule.

We are currently experiencing one of the longest sustained bull markets in the history of stock markets. There has not been a meaningful pullback, let alone a 10% correction, since hitting the lows of March 2009 for the S&P 500. The current interest rate environment could see the Bull firmly in place well into 2016, even if Yellen starts accelerated tapering or raises rates at the Fed.

But what if the summer of 2015 does see a marked decline in valuations? How does the average small investor potentially profit from such an event while minimizing their risk? I would like to show you two ways to have exposure to this trade idea while strictly controlling any downside.

1) SDS

This is a double inverse ETF – for every 1% decline in the overall market, this will increase by 2%. Do not simply buy this ETF. A much better way to trade this is to use the options market. By buying a call 3/4 months out in time, you have leveraged exposure and will profit if the market experiences a decline over the summer months. You can spend as little as $500 to have a degree of protection for your wider equity portfolio. You can close the trade at any time, will never lose more than your initial investment and in effect have a cheap, leveraged hedge to an otherwise all ‘long’ stock position. This tactic can be a great short-term weapon for market declines.

2) TWTR

Twitter is exactly the type of company that will suffer most in a market decline. It is a high beta stock that has greater volatility than the market as reflected by the S&P 500. If the market comes under pressure over the summer, Twitter will come under even more pressure and possibly could start trading lower on the lighter seasonal volumes. It trades at an insanely high valuation but I am not recommending ‘shorting’ the stock. A much better strategy is to buy a put far out in time – one year to 18 months at a strike price 15-20% below current valuation. For a few hundred dollars the small investor could profit from a market decline by buying a put on a company like TWTR. Again, downside is strictly limited to the price paid for the option and potential profit is leveraged to the fall in the Twitter stock price.

If history and sunshine combine to see the raging bull get tired this summer………

an SDS call and a TWTR put are two ways to provide some downside protection for your portfolio.

 

 

Rojo8 – a service for Expats buying real estate in the Philippines:

We have all heard stories of expats trying to buy land, building a house or structure, planning to open a business maybe – only to lose the property to their Filipina girlfriend, wife, or business partner when they split up.

Rojo8 (pronounced ro-ho-eight) Corporation is a custodian service that allows foreigners to safely purchase and control their own real estate properties in the Philippines – land, houses, buildings, or other structures, everything except condominiums.

The benefit for foreigners is that we no longer have to worry about losing our investment properties, businesses, or homes in the event of a separation, and we are able to sell or transfer our property at any time without intervention from a Filipino partner or Rojo8.  We also do not have to go through the headache of trying to incorporate on our own, which is both costly and time consuming.

I was able to get a Q and A with the founders of Rojo8 when I went to meet them at their attorneys office:

Q:  How did you come up with the idea to found this company?

A:  After spending several months trying to incorporate, we realized there must be an easier way for foreigners to invest or purchase property on their own.  When we realized there wasn’t a service set up for this yet – we decided to create one.

Q:  What does Rojo8 do?

A:  We act as the legal owner of your property.  Our corporation does not have control over your property after we sign the proper documentation relinquishing all rights – we also do not report it as an asset on our balance sheet therefore complying with the BIR.  Foreigners are able to control everything with a few key pieces of legal paperwork.  They keep the titles in their possession, and have complete control over the status of the property without any outside assistance.

Q:  Who’s responsible for the taxes on the property?

A:  Foreign owners are required to pay taxes on their properties in order to keep them in good standing; this is a standard practice in the Philippines.

Q:  Why would someone use your service?

A:  As of now foreigners have 3 ways of buying land with or without a structure on it.  One, they can trust their girl.  Two, they can try to incorporate on their own.  Or three, they can use our service.

Q:  What are your clients actually paying for?

A:  Clients take advantage of our license and get to bypass starting a corporation for the sake of owning a property.  Aside from not having to incorporate, we feel that value is in the knowledge that you cannot have your property taken by a partner/ex/spouse.

Q:  Is there a considerable fee to sign up?

A:  There is a one-time fee to use Rojo8 for P120,000.  There is no cancellation fee.  The cost to incorporate is right around P100,000-P200,000 depending on whom you deal with, so our fee is considerably low when you compare it to what some people are paying.

Q:  What happens to your clients if you decide to liquidate?

A:  They would be given a pro-rated refund equivalent to P2,000 per month for the first 60-months; however, after 5-years no refunds will be made.

Q:  Since you are a custodian service, how long is the arrangement good for?

A:  It is good for up to 100-years.  50-years up front, 25-years automatic renewal, and 25-years extendable after that.

Q:  As a corporation, what happens if the board members collude to sell the property out from under the (foreigner) client?

A:  The Secretary Certificate that is issued by our attorney is legally binding and irrevocable.  The board members cannot sell that which they do not own.

Q:  What if your client dies, what happens to their property then?

A:  When they register with us we require an “in the event of death” document that shows clear instructions on what is to happen to the property in this circumstance.

Q:  If someone is interested in signing up with you, is it a difficult process?

A:  Absolutely not.  We offer this service for a flat one-time fee and you only have to meet the attorney and sign all the paperwork one time.

This service really is an asset for the expatriate community, going back to all the stories I’ve heard about how guys have lost their houses because they chose to put it in their girl’s names.

You don’t have to be in Angeles City to use Rojo8 either – your property or investment could be anywhere in the country.  You would only have to be here to meet with Rojo8 and sign your paperwork with an attorney.  So if you’re looking to buy a beachfront home or a few spec-homes to flip or rent out as an investment, check them out.

Update:  I liked this start-up so much that I will be assisting Rojo8 for a few months while one of their partners is overseas.  If you’d like to meet with me regarding this process so I can help explain this soup to nuts, or refer a friend, send them an email for a quick appointment and I’ll be out and about to assist. 

Rojo8’s contact information:

Telephone:  +639074778616

Email:  rojo8property@gmail.com

Website: www.rojo8property.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rojo8property

 

The Hangout on Fields is getting a major overhaul

I’ve heard they are putting a coffee shop in here, anyone know what’s happening?

 

A few pictures from Mirrors Bar at Clarkton Hotel and Eruptions Bar and Pub on Perimeter Road:

There are some sexy looking cultural dancers at Mirrors Bar at the Clarkton:

  

Eruptions has a new layout and some really hot girls.  I confirmed with one of the managers that they recently had a new crop of hires.

Off the beaten track part 2:  Fallen Angel Bar: The best BYOG bar in town right now… 

Chances are you have never heard about Fallen Angel and that’s probably because the place is located in the boonies.  Fallen Angel is in Friendship (aka Korea Town), approximately 3.8 kilometers from Walking Street.  This is the type of place I would never go to without a recommendation.

Three Korean chaps by the name of Blue, Cool, and “K”, all professional bartenders – have taken up shop down here.  They are foreigner friendly.  This is one of the few open-air bars in town that runs their aircon in the back of the room, essentially bleeding it out through the wide-open front doors…

Despite the terrible location, somehow they have managed to create a trendy party-like atmosphere with some of the best drinks and bar food in town.  Mr. K DJ’s their music late at night, while Blue performs a flaming bottle and fire breathing show on Friday and Saturday nights.  The girlies love it – you can see them recording it with their phones and looking for a signal to share it on FB.

  

This place took me by surprise because from the outside it seems like a total dive.  The interior makes you feel a bit like you’re walking in to an unfinished concrete box – hollow blocks and steel rebar stick out intentionally in spots.  There is a lot of strange décor around the room, like electrical appliances sitting unplugged on shelves and power tools hanging on the walls.  Chairs that circle the tables don’t match either but you wouldn’t notice it until your 4th or 5th trip in.

Fallen Angel is not a very big place.  Tables seat about 30 and the bar probably holds another 15-20.  Seating hits capacity on the weekends by 11 PM usually.  They cater mostly to wealthier young Filipinos.  The owners are eager to get some foreign clients in because it’s a hangout style joint that just so happens to be in a crap location.  There’s free darts and billiards and once you get around the funky layout, you realize the location has a hidden bonus – because it is isolated, the indoor/outdoor style allows for a club like atmosphere and you can walk out in the street and still enjoy the music.

Whatever it is, these guys know what they are doing.  If you like drinks made from quality ingredients, this is the place to be.  The kamikazes and martinis are great, and they make the best mojito’s in town.  Try their mango or lychee mojito, and if you think you’re going to have more than one (it’s a big fat glass) – just order the pitcher, you’ll get a better value if you’re in a small group.

Getting there:  You can trike down if you don’t have your own transportation.  A trike from Walking Street will probably run P100-P150.  Fallen Angel is located on the last street on perimeter road before you make the turn to go to Clark Air Base, just look for the red and white “KTV Holic” sign.  This means you pass Clarkton Hotel, R&B, Friendship Highway, Rockin’ Horse Bar, and the Shop N’ Stop – you’ll feel like you’re on your way to another city that’s how far away it seems…..but it is worth a try if you’re tired of taking your girls to the same place over and over.

They are closed on Mondays, Tuesday through Sunday open in the evening until late-late.

 

Wanna get away for a few days?  Try Cebu City for a weekend:

I meet guys all the time who are stuck in the Phermuda Triangle, that Twilight Zone that many of us call Angeles City.  They are like zombies – awake after lunch, out until dawn types.  “Hey man….I’ve been here for 3-weeks and want to check out another place, any suggestions?”  This of course comes after they reveal they haven’t left Fields Avenue or Perimeter road the entire time here.  Hell, some locals don’t even realize that Mt. Arayat can be seen from Fields Avenue on a clear day.  “Mt. Arayat, you know…..right there (pointing)”  “Oh yeah man, I never noticed that before.”  “You’ve been living here for 3-years and you haven’t noticed that big-ass mountain visible from the NLEX and from various places around the city?”  “Nope, never noticed it.”  Geesh.  I’ll have what he’s having.

Once in awhile, it’s good to head out of Angeles City and try something new.  Cebu City is one of the largest cities in the country.  (Even though they aren’t always reliable) Cebu Pacific airlines offers their one domestic flight direct to Cebu from Clark.  I decided to head to Cebu for a 4-day weekend over the 4th of July to check out the party scene.

First off, Cebu City is crawling with cute girls – more so than any other city in the Philippines.  Readers could argue that Manila has more, but they seem more spread out to me – or they could argue that Mindanao is known for having the most beautiful girls in the Philippines, whatever the case is….I would argue that Cebu City has the highest concentration of cuties in the country.  I had to give this a lot of thought because naturally, there are cute girls everywhere, so this doesn’t come as just a few petty keystrokes.  I like to think of this Cebu City as the “Spinner Capital of the Philippines” – I swear the average height and weight of the girls is under 5’ feet and they all seem to be 35-40 kilos max.

                             Spinner spinner, chicken dinner…

 

The party vibe down here is a lot different than AC or Barretto.  There’s lots of Resto Bars and plenty of KTV’s about.  Mango Square is probably the most well known freelancer venue in the city with its plethora of bars and clubs, surrounded by several small rock n’ roll and live band bars.  This is the area you go down to if you want to chase tail.  (It’s a wise choice to bring along some earplugs because half of the places in Mango Square are pumping out music that is loud enough to do brain damage.)  T—t——t……too late.

There are various other spots throughout the city but you’ll have to do a little bit of finagling to get to them.  Any taxi driver will take you downtown near Colon Street, but you can also tell him to try Pelaez Street or Sanciangko Street and hope for the best when you make a grab.  When you hit some of these areas you never know what you might run in to so keep your head on a swivel, and in all honesty it might be better to have your own transportation so perhaps look to rent a motorbike to get in and out of places more quickly.

  

                        (Some pictures from inside All-Stars Bar)

I started within a few blocks of Mango by checking out Time-Out Resto Bar where the upstairs was packed.  It’s American owned and they were celebrating July 4th in style, dishing out cake and shots.  Afterwards, I looked around Mango for a while and then headed to All-Stars Bar.  All-Stars is an eclectic spot that has a little bit of everything in one room – tattoo parlor, bar, billiards, and a live band.  From All-Stars I walked about a block and half over to El Gecko’s and listened to their live band belt out a few jams.  When it was all said and done, later in the night I stopped over at Club Roof – the newest club venue in Cebu City.  Not being a club guy myself I just had a couple of drinks and took some pictures to share.

                            (Some pictures from inside Club Roof)

How to get around?  Taxis are the best way – and they don’t hassle you for using the meter.  If they try to hassle you, report them and they will get an immediate 30-day suspension.  Renting a motorbike is more ideal if you’re willing to get adventurous.

Where to stay?  Try Qwest Hotel near Ayala Center.  It offers a nice buffet, it’s centrally located, and sometimes they run cash promos.  If you want to be on top of the action, try St. Marks, it’s right around the corner from half the places I just mentioned.

Oh, and here’s a quick shot of the tallest building in Cebu City – hopefully the tallest earthquake proof building as well….

Horizons 101 – yep, it’s a condominium building.  Yikes.

 

Restaurant Reviews:

Myrnaki Greek-Filipino Restaurant

You don’t have to go all the way to Manila to get a good Greek wrap.   Myrnaki offers a nice assortment of Greek and Filipino dishes, and has a fairly extensive menu for the overall size of their establishment.  Quite frequently you’ll notice the Dutch collective from Angeles City down there – it is a very popular hangout for Dutch guys because the owner Michael is, of course, Dutch.  His Filipina wife Myrna, who trained to become a Greek chef while she was living in Greece, runs this little boutique house-turned-restaurant that they opened nearby in 2006 before transferring to this location.

You really can’t go wrong in this place.  The ambiance at Myrnaki is quiet and you get personal attention from your waitress whether you’re indoors or out.  You’ll see people out on the patio running the ceiling fans while relaxing in the shade on the days when it isn’t scorching out.  There’s something very “homey” about this place.

This is one of the few indoor/outdoor restaurants in town where you can take your girl and unwind without a lot of interference from the peanut gallery – and there’s still a bit of a people watching to do as lots of working girls stream in and out from Perimeter Road one block away going back to their shanty’s in Plaridel.

                                           Chicken Gyro 

I had the chicken gyro sans onions, and Michael threw in a fried mango for dessert afterward.   I also snapped a picture of Michael’s dish, the chicken souvlaki plate with fries (fries had been subbed for the usual salad).

 

             Chicken Souvlaki                               Fried Mango

Give Myrnaki a try; they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The prices are quite reasonable and the food is spot on.

Call:  0918.574.5745

Website:  http://myrnaki.com

Free Advice:  The owner of Myrnaki, Michael – is Angeles Cities foremost authority on internet routers.  He has done work with Queens Hotel, Royal Amsterdam Hotel, and ABC Hotel to name a few.  If you’re interested in fixing your internet or installing it correctly the first time around for your home or business, call the restaurant and leave your number and he’ll get back to you.  

 

Paizano’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Hensonville:

Paizano’s serves up more than just pizza.  HTH provided a review of Paizano’s in a past newsletter so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  I just want to point out that Paizano’s also makes a few sandwiches that are some of the best in town.

One of the common tricks restaurants will use when they are making their sandwich is to add a lot more vegetables than meat.  Often you’ll find your sandwich stacked with lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes…accompanied by a very thin layer of meat.

If you order the Paizano’s Super Sub sandwich what you’re going to find is a hearty portion of meat that matches up, but is not overwhelmed by the vegetables and Italian dressing they drizzle on your sub (I usually order the Italian dressing on the side to prevent getting a soggy sandwich.)

 Paizano’s Super Sub (it’s hard to take a good picture of sandwiches)

Their hours of operation are 3 PM to 11 PM daily and their contact information is 0918.378.7133 or 0915.963.2333.

 

Patcharawan’s Thai Restaurant is the bees knees…

Had the chance to stop in to Patcharawan’s place, commonly known as Chiang Mai’s and formerly known as Thai Baht.  It hadn’t occurred to me until recently that the owner is in fact Thai, which would make sense given the quality they produce.

The food here is really quite outstanding. The restaurant is easy to find right on Malabanias Road just passed the California Hotel – or if you’re coming from Narciso Street you’ll take a right and go up Malabanias Road 50-meters in the opposite direction of Hensonville.

    Spicy Green Mango Salad – those mangoes are sour but delicious! 

I took the opportunity of ordering 1 appetizer, 1 Thai green mango salad, and 4 entrees and sat down to feast, knowing full well I would have plenty of leftovers to take out.  P900’ish will get you a salad, 2 types of rice, and 3 entrees.  Good enough for a group of 4 to share.

 

        Fried Rice with Seafood                     Phad Thai Chicken

 

       Tom Yum Chicken Soup         Morning Glory in Oyster Sauce

Patcharawan’s offers free delivery and can be contacted at 0920.531.0378, open Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM.  Their Facebook account is Patch’s Place Chiangmai.

 

The Miss Ponytails Swimsuit Competition at Scorebird’s Hotel:

                                        Gotta love the lip bite!

July 11th:  It was overcast and partially rainy throughout the day so I pulled up under an umbrella to get these pictures.

This time, I was lucky enough to get chosen to be one of the photo judges for this contest so you’ll see the pictures are better than before.  Having a Filipina assistant who can get their attention and tell them to look right at the camera also helps.  Special thanks to Kim from the Doll House Group for arranging everything.

 

          Sheryl P836                   Elsie P1723

 

          Caren P1561               Marichu P1828

 

           Cris P1733                  Teresa P1596

 

         Cristy P1979               Ana Maria P1999

 

         Arlena P563                 May Joy P1773

 

       Renilia P1958                Jenepher P1983

 

         Glenda P1345              Mary Jane P1991

 

        Jocelyn P1765               Sophia P1703

 

       Reginna P1280              Ronalyn P1994

 

        Rachel P1223              Lorie Jeah P1992

 

         Glaiza P1825             Tessie Marie P1993

 

           Rea P1921                   June P1687

 

        Marian P1892               Josephine P1868

 

New Topic:  How To:  Part 1 – Catch them in the act…

A lot of guys I know wish they had a discreet way of filming the activities of their hotel rooms.  Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves because I’m not referring to recording for salacious intent – rather, to help protect yourself from the would-be downfall that can transpire in your room while you’re away or once you’ve brought a lady friend back for the night.  You never know what can happen with this lot – sometimes guys go years without incident, sometimes they get burnt by their regulars.  Whatever the case, I’ve had roommates in the Philippines have their gadgets and cash stolen, and I’ve heard of hotel guests getting cleaned out by freelancers, thieves, and the occasional bakla.

This topic came to my attention last month when I received a reader submission from a guy named “Jonky Kong.”  In his situation, a couple of freelancers from SM tried to shake him down on some bogus rape charges.  Had it not been for his quick thinking to record their false accusations he might not have had the stones to have them thrown out.  Surely once the police arrive you figure they are going to grab you up and take you to their Station for questioning etc etc.

To help prevent this, get yourself an old android phone and a dock that it can sit upright in.  Download 2 apps called Spy Kit and Night Clock and turn the phone into a video camera that just sits in your room like an alarm clock.  You use the forward facing camera and activate the spyclock setting in the app, then use the home button to make it look like the phone is not open while the camera is recording.  You can also use Night Clock to produce big numbers on the screen so that it looks like an alarm clock, and mostly, no one is stealing old phones that are disguised as alarm clocks.  In the settings of Spy Kit there are even motion detecting sensors if your android phone has those features.  This way, it will start recording once you enter the room – and an alarm setting that will notify you with a text message on your real phone if someone enters your room while you’re away.

A well-traveled guy who I met in my hotel manager days recommended this to me.  On his travels he caught a maintenance man on video using his razor to shave with, and a housekeeper who opened his room safe but failed to get inside his Pacsafe bag to steal his cash.  Housekeepers are especially clever since they don’t want to raise any alarms, they may just steal a couple of notes rather than your entire bankroll.

I would suggest turning the camera off though once things get a bit heated – filming someone in an intimate act with or without their permission can get you jammed up in this country, and no amount of video footage is going to set you free cheaply.

By the way, if you cannot find Spykit on the Google Playstore, just Google it.  This is only a recommendation from someone who has seen it all happen out here before.  This setup is free as long as you have an android phone to spare – and all of the settings are right there the app.  It’s simple and user friendly, that even android dummies like me can set it up in about 10-minutes…

I overheard someone say… - Part 2:  “….was that your third girl today?”

I was at Angel’s Bakery picking up some bread and a cherry pie when I overheard a couple of English guys ask a German guy if that was his third girl today.  Somewhat bemused I sat down for a moment while the cashier bagged my stuff to listen to their exchange…

English guy: Would you look at this guy (gesturing to his friend).  How many is that in the last hour, 2 or 3?

Other English guy:  I don’t know, I lost count.

English guy:  Let’s ask.  “Excuse me mate, was that your third girl today?”

German guy:  No no, she’s just a friend.  She has a boyfriend overseas but I continue to see her when he is not around.

English guy:  But wasn’t that the third girl you’ve had stop by here in the last hour?

German guy:  Actually it was just two….

English guy:   Seemed like more than that.  So you don’t have any problem seeing a girl who is being supported by another guy?

German guy:  Well she never asks me for any money or anything so it is ok for me to be her sideline.

It is at this point that I wanted to poll you, the reader base.  On the new site we will be able to do polls much easier than this…

Please take a moment to vote on the following 2 options:

Option A:  You’re with a girl and she’s not being shared but you have to support her (her family, kids, habits, school, whatever) to prevent her from seeing others.

OR

Option B:  You’re with a girl who is being supported by another guy (or guys plural) and you don’t mind being her STANDBY GUY.

So which do you prefer?  For me, I enjoy having a steady long-term relationship with my girl.  Now I suppose I can define long term as a few months up to years.  Although I have to admit, playing the role of standby guy has its perks.  Bachelorhood is usually a lot less complicated when you’re the standby guy.  Still, I’d vote Option A before I would B.

Even you married guys reading this, shoot me an email for the sake of….shooting me an email.  Don’t worry, I won’t bang tell your wife.

Drop in your vote via email and let me know if you’ve ever been a standby guy, or if you’ve ever been screwed over by a standby guy.  Next month I will post the top reader submissions on this topic.  Here’s the address:  rememberthehorse@gmail.com

HTH takes to the skies…

Meet Pegasus, the newest member of the HTH family.

Pegasus is a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone that I bought in order to get aerial pictures and videos of Angeles City, Subic, and the surrounding areas.  Barring heavy showers, starting in late August we should be up and running. (Or maybe I should just say September to err on the side of caution…)

I won’t bore you with all the technical details; let’s just say that this is a powerful and reliable instrument that takes a couple weeks to learn how to use.  Readers can see places around Angeles from a different angle, probably like you have never seen them before.  Once I learn how to pilot the drone, my first plan is to do some flybys above Fields Avenue and the entertainment district.  If by chance you’re staying in a hotel room down that way or you live in the Penthouse and it’s not raining outside, you might consider keeping your curtains closed (haha, just kidding!)

HTH will be including drone footage and pictures in some of our premium advertising packages whenever applicable.  The drone is also available for hire for parties of all kinds, sporting events, golf courses, grand openings, weddings, baptismals, graduations, and for use with some local businesses and classified ads like real estate.

Rates for the drone service are TBA, but for sure I will give a significant discount to regular HTH advertisers and for those who help pop the word around.  After all, what good is having a drone if we don’t get to use it for something?

Oh, and one last thing:  Chef Dan from Piccolo Padre made perhaps the funniest comment regarding the drone so far.  “So Justin, who are you going to kill first?”  Made me stop to think about what kind of drone he thought I was flying…

Renewing your visa at the Bureau of Immigration:

I had the chance to stop by the immigration office near the Metro Supermarket at Marquee Mall to get the details on the latest news regarding the visa renewal process.

Here a list of requirements you need in order to renew your tourist visa:

  1. Two pieces of 2×2 picture on a white background and no caps or eyeglasses.
  2. One photocopy of the bio-page from your passport.
  3. One photocopy of your latest arrival stamp.
  4. One photocopy of your latest visa extension stamp (if applicable).
  5. One photocopy of your receipt of your last extension (if applicable).
  6. One photocopy of the front and back of your ACR-I card.
  7. One completed application form for your visa extension.

1, 2, and 3 are easy.  Number 4 is only applicable if you’ve stayed for more than 1-month.  Numbers 5, 6 and 7 have a couple more moving parts.

With regards to number 5, they are not yet enforcing this requirement, but everyone should be aware that they could begin to enforce it any day. As for number 6, you are only required to purchase an ACR-I card once you renew your visa a second time, thus pushing your stay in the Philippines beyond 59-days.  Lastly, the application form for immigration requires that you list 2 Philippines-based contacts as references.  For this you will need the first and last names of the individuals, their addresses, and their mobile number.

I would recommend that you carry a couple extra pictures in the event they ask you for them, for any reason, you have them with you.  There is a place next door to the immigration office and also a place called Photoline on the 2nd floor which can produce visa pictures for you in about 30-minutes if need be.

The new immigration rules also allow for up to 3-years stay as a tourist without stepping out of the country.  Previously it was 2-years, and the local field office could only renew visas up to 18-months before you had to go to the main immigration office in Quezon City.

As for the prices involved, here is what you’re looking at:  (Peso Price: Description)

P3030:  1st renewal (30-day renewal after your first 30-days from your arrival)

P4050:  2nd renewal (59-days onward, this renewal is good for two additional months and you’ll also be required to by an ACR-I card)

P2800:  ACR-I card (called the I-Card, is $50 USD + P500 which is close to P2800)

P2830:  3rd renewal onward (for each 2-months from your 3rd extension onward)

P1400:  First time CRTV fee that is charged at 6-months

From this schedule you can see that your 2nd renewal, the one that is for beyond 59-days, will cost you somewhere in the ballpark of P6850 (P4050 + P2800).  The number is not set because the ACR-I card is charged at $50 USD and as the exchange rate fluctuates it may move up or down slightly.

Once you’ve stayed 6-months and you go back to renew, they will drop in the CRTV charge and also a P2830 charge for the 7th and 8th months.  Upon your next renewal for the 9th and 10th months, or 11th and 12th months, it will be P2830 onward until your ACR-I card expires and you have to get another one.

Over the course of the first 4 renewals you would make you’re looking at P3030, P6850, P2830, and P4230, which would match-up with you staying in the country for 8-months straight.  Total of  P16,940.  Add two more 2-month renewals and it’s P2830 twice, for a total of P22,600.  That would be the length of 1-year as a tourist.

A couple other visa tidbits to mention….

Except for the first 30-day renewal, all the other extensions have 30-day and 60-day options.  If you’re about to leave the country in the next 30-days and you only need to extend your visa a day or week in order to stay in good standing, you can check the box on the immigration form indicating 30-day renewal and it will save you P500 on your renewal.

Also, and this is much more important than saving a bit of cash, it should be noted that once you have stayed for 6-months you need a certificate of clearance in order to depart immigration at the airport.  When you’re down there renewing your visa one day they will put a separate rectangular stamp in your passport that you need clearance in order to leave.  This will cost P500 and can be done in a day, you just need to take your passport down to the immigration office, collect the certificate, fill it up, and pay the fee to get the clearance stamp inside your passport.   Previously they were allowing people to get this clearance directly at the airport – but I’ve been hearing recently that they aren’t being as flexible and therefore I would recommend getting it way ahead of time in order to avoid paying more, or worse, missing your flight.

I’ve heard rumors that the aforementioned prices apply to everyone except the Koreans – supposedly Korean expats are charged more, but my suspicion is that if they are being charged more it’s because they all use fixers.

For more information check out their website:  www.immigration.gov.ph or email them at xinfo@immigration.gov.ph

Cure for the common itch:  mySKIN clinic on MacArthur

I would file this under taking care of yourself, but since most everyone in the area is falling apart at the seams – this section is more for the tourists coming in to town who are looking for a reliable doctor to help them out.  Are the locals lads looking after their health?  Hard to tell.

 

Around the corner across from McDonald’s on the end of Fields Avenue, just down from the 7-11, there is a dermatology office called mySkin owned and operated by Dr. Lorelie Nagrampa-Baluyut, M.D., F.P.D.S. (or simply Dr. Lorelie, pictured below).  She moved in to this space on MacArthur Highway in December, 2013 – and for my money she is one of the best doctors in town.  In her line of work it pays to be meticulous and I find her quality of service to be very thorough and professional, on par with any dermatologist from the US.

For anyone who thinks being a cheap charlie is a good thing – I can relate, but when it comes to your health, it’s better to pay a few hundred pesos more for quality.  Expect a quality visit at this place.

mySkin has courteous staff working in the reception area, and a handful of well trained assistants working in the back.  The office is clean and well maintained, plus there’s a good ambiance – unlike some other doctors offices you might wander in to.  I would definitely file this place under foreigner friendly.

If you have an “itch,” hives, rashes, lumps/bumps/spots, you name it…..stop in here to have the doc take a look.  Especially if you might have picked something up along the way that will leave a mark, veins that are starting to creep out of your skin, or anything that might need to be zapped with a laser for some reason.  You’ll get the treatment and medication you need in office – any medication they don’t have in stock you’ll be able to pick up at the Mercury Drug just a minute down on the other side of McDonald’s.  I find that medication in the doctor’s office is usually less expensive than the pharmacy though.

I have also noticed plenty of foreigners bringing their girls in for treatment – tattoo removal, scar reduction, mole removal, body whitening, the works.  If you’re looking for a place to take your girl for anything from acne to chemical peels, give them a try.  Just about every Filipina I know wants her skin to be lighter, that’s for sure.

The doctor normally charges P300 for a consultation unless you bring her something severe – I once saw a guy run in with an allergic reaction and she had to redirect him to the hospital.  They offer mid-year promo prices on a lot of their services, and they also have package deals where you more or less “pay as you go.”  Program “Dr. Lorelie AC Derma” in your phone for future reference, then call or text ahead to make an appointment..  You can visit their website or contact them over the phone for more details:

mySKIN:  www.myskin.com.ph

facebook.com/myskinPH

Mobile:  0922.825.7546

New Beginnings:

New Angeles City Restaurant – Frontera Tex Mex Grill opens:

Frontera is the real deal.

Some people ask me where the best food is in Angeles City.  Technically the word “best” is just a point of view.  There are probably some great Korean restaurants but I’m not a Korean foodie.  I am a fan of Piccolo Padre, Tequila Reef, Panorama at Clarkton, Mequini at Holiday Inn, and the Swiss Chalet, to name a few.  As of today, add Frontera to that list.

At the site of the old Silly Hat Bar on Perimeter Road, sandwiched between the Horizon Tower Condos and Cottage Kitchen Café, a new restaurant called Frontera Tex Mex Grill has recently opened its doors.

Although the name is new to this area, Frontera has enjoyed past success when head chef Larry Martin was living in Malaysia.  Frontera is a well-known KL destination restaurant, and the way I see it…..this AC restaurant could be the next big hit.  This Frontera has a saloon style layout and décor, with seating for up to 50. You don’t feel too crammed in but you feel cozy – and the furniture is comfortable.

 

I tell you what, I hate to sound like a broken record but this is some of the best Tex Mex food you’re going to find in ASIA.  Never mind the Philippines alone.  Tex Mex is perhaps the oldest style of food to come out of the US, drawing a little something special with it that dates back to the early days.  One thing you’ll appreciate is that Frontera pays attention to detail.  You can’t help but taste quality in these dishes.  All of the sauces, salsa, and dips are made from scratch – some of them using imported ingredients, while the chili is also made from scratch (I know right, chili that doesn’t out of a can?)

The margaritas here are spectacular – and strong.  I started getting tipsy on half a glass which gives you an idea of how much of a lightweight I am. I must say though, it is probably the best margarita in Angeles City.

The first things out of the kitchen to help soak up the booze were the chips and salsa, and taquitos de pollo.

The two of them combined were perfect, and the chip sauces and guacamole from the taquitos complemented both of them well.

It’s always important for a new restaurant to start off on a good note and the first three things sitting on the table were all top notch.  After a few more minutes out came the Nachos de Pollo, which was probably my favorite dish of them all.  Next up was the Enchiladas Rancheras, another superb dish that is a twist on the common enchilada with an amazing pepper sauce spread across the top.

                                    Steak Fajitas done right!

To finish off the night a big batch of Frontera Steak Fajitas was brought out scorching hot and ready to go.  After all this I was packed to the hilt.  At the very end I managed to force down a couple churros for dessert.

 

          Taquitos de Pollo               Chips, Salsa, and spicy Chili Sauce 

 

             Nachos de Pollo                        Enchiladas Rancheros

Frontera is about 2-3 km from Fields Avenue, not too far past Savannah Hotel Resort, next door to the Horizon Towers.  Take a date or a small group down with you and park right on Perimeter to get access.  You’ll enjoy the quiet atmosphere and friendly staff.  Frontera has yet to really go out and promote their establishment so let me be the first to say well done and congratulations – once word gets out that you’ve got some of the best food in town, especially in this market, you’ll be on to something good.

Piccolo Padre soft opens at Prime Asia Hotel:

Day 5 of their reintroduction to the masses – Chef Dan wasn’t ready for me but I stopped in anyway.  Surprise!

                                      Aida, Chef Dan, and I…

The all-new Piccolo Padre is looking fantastic.  Even though Piccolo Padre isn’t an Italian restaurant, it has been dubbed an Italian restaurant because Dan is Italian and therefore he has gone with a common theme inside.  All new murals on the ceilings, wooden balcony designs that match any Italian neighborhood, and a Venice style corner (not yet complete) will have you feeling like you’ve been dropped in Italy for a moment.

 

I ordered a few things to glut myself with – the seafood platter, some salmon bruschetta, and crab stuffed chicken with mashed potatoes:

 

Seafood Platter:  baked scallops and oysters, seared Ahi Katsu, and pan fried clams.  Oysters baked or natural.  Clams or mussels.  You choose…

 

         Salmon Bruschetta               Chicken stuffed with crab meat

The menu is stellar as usual.  Seating is roughly 50 pax, with an additional 10 at the bar.  Prime Asia shares a banquet and event room with the restaurant, with seating for up to 80.

Chef Dan used to offer a BYOB once monthly at his old location on Perimeter.  For one price, a limited amount of guests could enjoy a set menu and bring a bottle to enjoy over dinner.  The nice thing about these gatherings is that it allowed different people to sit side-to-side with random strangers, sharing good wine (decent wine I should say, no one wants to share the good stuff) – and it was a great way to meet people from various places in and around Angeles City.  They plan to continue their BYOB once all the renovating is done and they are up and running.  I hope to see some familiar faces down there in the coming months.

Some news topics concerning the Philippines

Click the links spread throughout these sections to see what I’ve seen in the world news regarding the Philippines – July to August, 2015:

Ferry Capsizes in Cebu – over 60 people dead:

July 2nd:  Another tragedy regarding the ferry system in the Philippines as an overcrowded boat headed to Ormoc City, Leyte, from Cebu – sinks killing more than 60 people.  The word around town is that an American guy who uses the handle “Fordtech” on a lot of the boards was on the scene rescuing people who went in to the water.  If that is true then I commend you, Sir.

Not surprisingly, I am not a fan of taking the ferry’s here in the Philippines – not just because of the worst maritime disaster in history, but due to blatant disregard for the safety and comfort of passengers.

Sources:  BBC.com, Theatlantic.com

Trafficking conundrum:

I was talking to the Horse the other day at his stable and our conversation took a turn through the current state of affairs behind the entertainment district here in Angeles.  He mentioned that ever since the new police general took over, there hasn’t been a single raid. Good news for all.

Looking over the news I see a common thread popping up on websites all over the world though.  Once again a spotlight is being put on trafficking, the sex-trade, and those caught in between such as the children left behind by their foreigner fathers, and domestic workers being beaten half to death.

CNN.com ran a front-page exposé on human trafficking that was pinned to their home page for nearly 1-month, and supplemented it by running trafficking specials on TV.

There is a lot of hush hush going on regarding the “R” word – but I’m still not changing my habits of going out.  Why the sudden silence?  No one really knows.  My two cents is that this kind of media rhetoric leads me to believe that there’s another plan being drawn up regarding the entertainment district – something big, and well…….unfortunate.  Why?  Because you don’t go cold turkey when impressing the US means the biggest payday of them all.  With election seasons coming up for both the US and the Philippines, you better believe those checkbooks will be popping out and someone will be scratching someone else’s back in the form of favors.

In the AC entertainment district, there is a fly in the ointment.  I think it is safe to say that most bar owners are not in the business of hiring underage girls, NOR controlling their girls.  Stupidity being predictable and all that, I just don’t see business owners actively wanting their businesses to be shut down while they spend “X” period of time in a Philippine jail.  However, one specific demographic in town (that I will not mention for the sake of my livelihood,) watches over their girls closely and rules them with an iron fist.  Here’s the problem…

Some (if not most) of the girls working in the bars walk in and walk out from work, as if they are going to any other job.  Many of these particular bar owners, drive all of their girls to work or have a service bring them, and then remove them the same way.  At their stay-ins I have heard there are several head counts done at night to see if anyone has snuck out.

This kind of behavior is exactly what the 3-letter abbreviations are looking for.  One could argue that the girls are just being treated well, given rides, and looked after.  On the other hand, the people in the right authority would look at this as trafficking – even though the girls aren’t being moved out of the country, they are here now from whatever province they originated from, and they are being kept under close watch (basically, controlled) for the sake of financial gain.  Why don’t they just walk off the job and bail?  Easier said than done.  None of the people reading this page have probably experienced such coercion, manipulation, or fear in their lives.

I don’t want to jinx the lot of us, but…….something doesn’t seem right.  Let’s hope I’m wrong!  Regardless, the calm before the storm will return calm again once the money has been sent.  The Philippines has a knack for these kinds of things – like when the pirated DVD vendors get raided, they are completely re-stocked and back in business within an hour…

Sources:  Cnn.com, bworldonline.com, philstar.com, dailymail.co.uk.

Si vis pacem fac bellum – “If you want peace, make war.”

Is China all huff and puff, or are they really serious?  Must be serious because no one is stopping them.

Coming soon to a theater near you – Subic Bay might reopen and US troops might even be allowed to get off the boats to spend some of their hard earned greens.  After what happened in Olongapo last year Subic could use a revival.  Would Clark be next?

You would think that the US coming back to Subic would put China on a higher alert (not that Guam or Japan are that far away anyway).  There is definitely a lot of tension brewing between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea dispute.  The world seems to be sitting in their hands while China is building islands and manning them with military equipment.  Hello?

Unfortunately for the Philippines, the monster that is China could wipe out the country before breakfast so in this case it’s nice to have big brother around.

What do you guys think, if China does attack the Philippines for any reason – will the US respond?  I hear guys saying that the US, under Obama, would just give up the Philippines because they refuse to get involved in conflict.  I beg to differ, strategically speaking, giving up the Philippines would be as bad as giving up Japan.  Without the US support, it wouldn’t be much of a fight – David vs. Goliath….?

China isn’t happy with the US either, but….who can blame them….

Sources:  mb.com, news.yahoo.com, theguardian.com, asia.nikkei.com, huffingtonpost.com

Angeles City police discover the body of a missing woman:

Early July:  The body of a missing Manila bank teller who disappeared in late June was discovered in the backyard of a housing subdivision in Balibago.  Tania Camille Dee-Arcenas was reported missing by her mother after failing to return to Manila to report for work.

The person of interest in this case is her ex-husband, who is the son of the head of the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA).  The body was found in the backyard of his current girlfriends house, a house that used to be rented by himself and his ex-wife.

At this time a lot of work still needs to be done as the ex-husband has gone on the lam – Angeles City is offering a P100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Sources: mb.com, interaksyon.com

GGLC on Clark pushes forward:

I came across this article regarding GGLC.  With so much of the local economy depending on the outcomes that are on Clark, it is nice to see that a couple of American guys can come together and bury the hatchet to get things going again.  I’m not sure what the score is over there, but given that this thing didn’t drag out for 10-20 years is a testament to rationality.

I’ve met Dennis Wright several times in the past and I know he is close to the Horse, so I’ll leave it to the two of them to bring you updates.  Dennis, you probably don’t remember me……let’s meet up for coffee one day.

Source:  mb.com

One lucky teenager escapes Abu Sayyaf:

A teenage girl in the Zamboanga del Sur province escaped Abu Sayyaf gunmen who kidnapped and held her for 4-months when they failed to grab her wealthy employer.

Can you imagine being held hostage for that long and then getting a chance to escape during a gun flight with government troops?  She’s lucky she wasn’t shot in the process. 

Source:  news.yahoo.com

I spoke too soon – looks like the railway could be coming back in our lifetime:

Bids are opening up for the Southern Luzon railway, and it appears after that is complete the North Rail will be next.

Source:  asia.nikkei.com

Cebu Pacific being cleared by the FAA for US routes:

You have to read a bit down in this article, but Cebu Pacific is being green lit for service into Guam and Hawaii.

Source:  asia.nikkei.com

What’s going on with the peso exchange rate?

The US Dollar to Peso rate has crept up a couple of points and is now trading at the currency exchange places at about 45.50 to the dollar.  At the time of writing this, the peso is online at 45.6772.  Is this due to the upcoming election seasons or the recent Greek crisis?  (This last link is a peso to Greek Crisis article…)

Year over end the peso is up almost 5%:

Source:  philstar.com, xe.com

Filipino-American man sought in the murder of Olongapo City girl:

On July 27th the body of Karie Ces Mojica was found on the side of road with three gunshot wounds to the back of her head.  The information surfacing on Facebook pages is that the victim was acquainted with one of the accusers as a friend of his ex-girlfriend whom he has a child with.  Reports suggest that there was a custody dispute, and he took the child from her mother and the child still has not been found.  This was confirmed by a witness – his current girlfriend, who is just 17-years old.

A 50,000 peso reward is being offered for the whereabouts of the two suspects in this case.  A Filipino national, Nino de la Cruz, and a Fil-Am, Jonathan Dwayne Ciocon Viane have gone into hiding.  Jonathan fled the country to Alaska the day after the killing.

If the Fil-Am doesn’t want to be caught, I hope he enjoys living in a cabin or igloo somewhere.  The US will undoubtedly grab him up at some point soon and ship him back for questioning.  Underage relationship, kidnapping a child, and murder?  Things are not looking good for this guy…

Sources:  philstar.com, gmanetwork.com, kickerdaily.com

Trial pushed (again) for 2 Filipino snatchers who robbed American Expat:

Over a year ago the Horse and various other local media outlets reported a snatching theft that took place NCR Hardware, not far from the rotunda on MacArthur Highway leading to Angeles City proper.

I bumped in to the victim, Jon, the other day and caught up with him for a few minutes.  I was amazed to hear the actual story that took place the day he was robbed…

It turns out, the motorcycle bandits didn’t anticipate traffic and were apprehended before they could get through the traffic jam by Jon and a friend.

But what’s even crazier is what didn’t get reported.  Leave it to the media to leave out the best part of the story.  Once the two thieves were cornered, Jon grabbed one guy and put him a rear-naked choke – only to watch the sneaky dude throw his necklace to the other guy so he could run away.  Jon, being a pretty big fellow, let go of the chokehold, spun the guy around and dropped him on the ground – spiking him on his head like a football.

A few minutes later, some Filipinos who saw the commotion subdued the runner.  After getting a proper beat down local style, the crook vomited up the gold chain, which he had tried to swallow on the run.

Crazy!

Source:  spoke to the victim himself!, and interakyson.com

And lastly, not exactly headline news but…..

Efren “Bata” Reyes and his amazing skills:

I came across this link and had to share it.  Have you ever seen a shot like this?  Seeing this video gives you at the very least four reasons why you should never play these guys for money…

Source:  insights.looloo.com

Useful, useless information:

This really is useful, useless information – just wanted to share it one time when it comes across my desk…

Have you heard of Lazada.com?:

Lazada is an online marketplace for the Philippines that is a lesser-known version of Amazon.com.  You can go online and pay with your credit card and they will send it to your front door, or you can also pay COD on arrival.

I was on the market to buy an iPad mini and stopped over at a few places to check the prices.  The best I could come up with was 19,990 less 8% for cash.

Lazada had new units for P16,880 so I figured what the heck, I’d give it a try.  I ordered the unit for COD and then received a call the next day from Lazada to confirm information like my name, the details of the order, and the address.  I thought that was a bit strange but it dawned on me that when they are sending something of value out to an unknown address, who’s to say there isn’t some crazed local waiting in the bushes to club their driver with a baseball bat and pawn the damn thing?

Eventually the unit arrived and it wasn’t a bad experience so I have to give them a nod.  I saved P1500 to wait a couple days and go through the phone verification process.  It’s not big money but it’s something anyway…

www.lazada.com.ph for more info

Starbucks upgrade that isn’t on the menu:

Call me a yuppie bastard, but I go to Starbucks a lot.  SM Clark, Marquee Mall, Berthaphil on Clark…..doesn’t matter.  Even though they don’t offer the best coffee in the world, they are consistent, they will fix any mistake they make, and they crank up their air-conditioning, which goes well with a hot cup.  That alone is worth the extra P20-P60 I’ll pay at most other places.  Also, if you use a rewards card there after your 12th drink you get one free one, and that free one gets 2 extras so in my case, I’ll claim a free grande with 2 extra shots of espresso in it.

One of the baristas recently mentioned something to me that I thought was cool because I kept going back for coffee day after day.  The venti white chocolate mocha drink comes with milk, 2 shots of espresso, and flavoring.  Total:  P165.

However, a venti Americano with white chocolate flavor added, comes with 4 shots of espresso and water.  Tastes the same only stronger.  Total:  P155

Swap out the milk and get double the caffeine for less than the price asked?  Sounds good to me.  Skip the milk next time and go for the buzz.

Cheap Charlie meal of the week…

Nothing like following up an overpriced cup of coffee with a cheap charlie mention.  I like to balance out my budget with some frugal spends once in awhile.  This month, I checked out Angel’s Bakery near Ponytail’s Bar.  You can get a small salami sandwich and a big bowl of Goulash soup for less than P180, and it should tide you over long enough to go pick up your lady friend for a dinner elsewhere

Burger King at Marquee Mall now delivers from 10 AM to 9 PM:

They won’t deliver during heavy rainstorms and they will add a P50 delivery charge or more depending on which part of town you live in.  Finally, you can stop ordering McDonald’s if you want:  045-304-1102

The menu can be found on their Facebook Page, I didn’t copy in images because it’s a .pdf file and it’s not laid out very well but you can use it for a reference if need be:

https://www.facebook.com/burgerkingph/timeline

Local news and events:

Anyone interested in joining a bowling league?:

SM Clark will be opening its bowling alley in the coming months and I wanted to see if anyone was coordinating a bowling league or if anyone was interested in joining.

I used to bowl for the heck of it once in a while in the US.  If you’re interested in putting a couple teams together, send me a message.  Personally, I don’t want to run a bowling league, but if I had the opportunity to join a team or spread the word around before the bowling alley opens, I will.

Guys – impress your girls with this link:

In the month of August a long list of Filipino celebrities will be making their way to Angeles City for the rebranding of PAGCOR casino.  Copy and paste this or save it on your phone, computer, whatever…..show it to your girl, and she’ll tweak out like all the other Filipinas do when they realize celebrities are involved.  You might even be able to get her out of the house 3, 4, 5 times for the chance to see some of these people in the flesh, which might give you just enough time to go do your own thing.

Did you catch UFC 189? 

If you missed UFC 189 I warned you – it was going to be an amazing couple of fights and it did not fail to deliver.  McGregor ended up beating Mendes, and Lawler smashed McDonald’s nose in the 5th round after a hard fought battle to retain his title.

Take a look at this picture of Rory McDonald and Robbie Lawler after the fight:

Remind me again, did Mayweather or Pacquiao look like that after their fight?  Pffffft.

Want some more proof?  Check out this link of Rory McDonald on the mat after the fight.  [Warning:  It's bloody]

I forgot to mention UFC on Fox 16 which was the title fight between former bantamweight champion Renan Barão, and current champion T.J. Dillishaw.  Another excellent fight with tons of action in it.

UFC 190 this Sunday morning at 10:30 AM  This weekend the undefeated Ronda Rousey puts her belt on the line with the women’s bantamweight championship against Bethe Correia.  Correia, a Brazilian, will be fighting in front of the home crowd.  Rousey is a lady-beast and I assume this fight will end in the first round like most of them do.

Don’t knock the women who fight in the UFC – some of them throw down!  That, and these two gals are basically like men with vaginas…(close your eyes and picture a happy place after reading that, haha!)

Midnight Rock!

Rockin’ Dave is still going strong…

The Sunday Night Handicap Pool League Begins…

The handicap pool league (not physically disabled, rather handicap like golf strokes) in Angeles City is getting ready to start up again.  They held an exhibition last weekend, and this weekend things will finally start up.  This isn’t the biggest, baddest, pool league in town – that’s why there’s a handicap, so that everyone can have a chance to win.

I joined the league for the sake of playing some weekly matches and having some fun.  There are still a few slots available for players if anyone is interested in joining send me a message and I’ll forward it to the organizer.

Conclusions….

I keep thinking about the reader submissions from last month and the fact that businesses are still scratching and surviving despite the July downpour.

Rainy season is always a killer for all the businesses in town – hotels are lucky if they are running 65% occupancy at the moment.  Higher occupancies = more guys = more money for the bars.  Demand controls the supply here…..and money isn’t the only reason why places are hurting.  Like I said last month, drop 10,000 or 20,000 more tourists here and it would be a feeding frenzy.

One day (in a galaxy far, far away) – if everything starts to fall in to place economically, and the airport wakes up – I would anticipate that all the bars would be packed again.  Some of the recent news coming out of the Philippines hints that things are starting to move forward.  For us, that news is a lot like watching paint dry.  Let’s see:  Clark airport bid complete, railway bid for southern Luzon is open (next will be the Northrail), GGLC dispute resolved, military buzz about US troops returning to get involved in the South China Sea dispute (Subic is ready to go), and lastly, the local/national governments are widening all the roads in and around Angeles City.

MacArthur Highway, Friendship Highway, and the road going to Magalang have all been redone or are in the process.  Even the worst roads that have potholes big enough to swallow up small children are being redone.  Why?  All these years and no one cared before.  The buzz coming from local affluent Filipinos is that the President of the Philippines cannot announce anything about CRK until he’s nearly out of office, but something is going on…..maybe.  I won’t hold my breath while we wait, and I’ll file all that buzz right next to the JFK murder and Jimmy Hoffa in my mind.

With regards to what I mentioned earlier about doing business in the Philippines…

The biggest thing to consider in the Philippines is that you need to expect the unexpected.  Things will take longer than you expected.  Keep extra working capital on hand no matter what.  If you expect something to cost 1M pesos, prepare 1.3M just to be safe.  If you expect it to cost 20M, have 25M ready.  Always have a safety net when you’re trying to do something out here – it’s really critical to not get overextended in any business, especially one where things can go south quickly and trust me, there are vultures around who are looking to scoop up your mess for pennies on the dollar.  Capitalism at its finest!

I tell you guys, I very much look forward to unveiling the new website soon and again, I apologize for the delay.  I made the mistake of assuming it would be ready about 4-5 weeks after it was developed.  I just don’t want to get off on the wrong foot so I’ve had to wait.  I will be happier than a pig in sh*t when it’s finally done though…

As always, be careful out there and in the wise words of an old friend…..be kind to horses. 

JD:  jimharryhorse@gmail.com

JC:  rememberthehorse@gmail.com

Stats for this newsletter:

Word count:  22,249

Pages in Microsoft Word (before pictures and adverts):  55

Pictures included:  103

Adverts included:  28

 

POLITICAL RANTS:

Same Sex Marriage – Supreme Court gives its blessing.  I still have a hard time getting used to it and I guess it is because of belonging to an older generation where folks went to church and we were taught differently then.  Now, I don’t go to church all that much but I still believe in traditional marriage as the best road to follow but I guess our society is changing so quickly that I have to get used to this new idea.  After a couple generations pass I guess folks will be wondering what all the fuss was about.  I just want to see two beautiful women getting married instead of those odd sights I keep seeing on TV and those Gay Pride parades.  I guess you have to watch porn flicks to see the pretty match ups.  But love is blind and man that sure is evident these days.

Several recent surveys show that a majority of Americans agree with Donald Trump that the United States needs to secure its southern border with Mexico.
According to Rasmussen Reports, 63 percent of Americans want the U.S. to gain control of the border, while just 30 percent want to make undocumented immigrants legal citizens.
As for President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that would grant amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., 55 percent of those polled by Rasmussen oppose it.  (No further comment needed)

THE END OF FREE SPEECH?

Comments by Christopher Ruddy

Donald Trump is the victim of political correctness gone wild in America.  So wild, what is happening to him could be an important marker in the end of free speech as we know it in this country.

After his comments about Mexican immigrants during his June presidential announcement, the billionaire businessman has become the target of a massive campaign to punish him. Already he has lost tens of millions in show and endorsement fees.  To date, he has been cut from Univision and NBC for his Miss Universe pageant, severed permanently from his top-rated “Apprentice” show, and dropped by Macy’s, the Professional Golfers’ Association, NASCAR, and even Serta mattresses from endorsement deals.  However controversial one may think Trump’s comments, I am amazed practically no one is asking about the free-speech implications of the effort to punish and silence him.

Well, let’s look at what Trump actually said. Here is the verbatim quote: “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. It’s true.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump has made it clear that he was not saying all Mexicans or illegals are criminals.  Sure, he could have been more precise and nuanced like most politicians in his original comment. But he’s not a professional politician.   Still, his point was clear: We have a problem when anybody can walk across the border, including people who may have had murder or rape records and commit more crimes here.

Trump was guilty of blunt talk, not a racist diatribe, as has been claimed.  One need only speak to Arizona border sheriffs like Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu to discover that our nearly porous border has brought a major crime wave, including increased gang activity across our border states.  That story gets little attention from the major media.  Then of course there’s the recent maddening case of the illegal alien accused of randomly murdering a woman in San Francisco after he reportedly had been deported to Mexico five times.  CNN reported that at one point, nearly 1 in 5 Mexicans caught trying to enter Arizona illegally had a criminal record.

Most illegals are not violent criminals. They want a better life for themselves and their families. While it’s wrong to break the law to enter the United States, we should still set up a humane work-permit system to tax illegals and identify them for law enforcement purposes.  And, like most Americans, I want the border nightmare to end. I can’t comprehend why millions of Americans have to practically disrobe at TSA airport checkpoints, but anyone, including terrorists, can simply walk across the Mexican border and gain access into the U.S. So, it’s no surprise to me that Trump is resonating.

Despite being demonized by many, including some of his fellow GOP White House hopefuls, Trump continues to rise in the polls.  A recent CNN national survey found that of the 14 announced Republican candidates, Trump placed second only to Jeb Bush.  Why the Trump surge?

Perhaps Americans don’t like the way Donald Trump is being treated. And many Americans may be worried about a much bigger issue, how Orwellian life in America is becoming.  So a homicidal maniac who apparently was on medication for psychosis killed nine people in Charleston, S.C., and the major media would have us believe the Confederate flag caused it.  And when Donald Trump railed against the problems of some criminals entering the U.S., there is an effort to paint him as a racist and crush his business activities.

The irony is that the Donald Trump I know does not have a racist bone in his body. In fact, he has a lifetime track record of befriending and promoting minorities in his programs and businesses.  Consider for a second that Trump owns some of the most exclusive real estate and swankiest clubs in the country, places that elsewhere have not been so welcoming to minorities. Not Trump. He welcomes them with open arms.  I just received a copy of an upcoming book by Mick Hume entitled “Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?”
The book wonders if self-censorship will be the new norm in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The editors at Charlie Hebdo liked poking Muslims in the eye with constant blasphemous depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. For doing so they paid an incredible and unfortunate price.
As much as I disagree with their anti-religious satire (I respect people of all faiths), they had every right to do so under our sacred right to free speech. But it’s important to remember that before the massacre, there was little outcry from the media establishment that such free speech was racist, insensitive or inflammatory.  Trump has not been so lucky.  I believe the grant of free speech is a blanket one. We don’t pick and choose whom it applies to. The last I checked Trump is covered by that right too.

Christopher Ruddy is CEO and editor of Newsmax Media Inc.

ABBOT AND COSTELLO ON UNEMPLOYMENT
Sent to the Horse by Gene Wilson

COSTELLO:  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject.  Terrible Times.  It’s 5.6%.

COSTELLO:  That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.

COSTELLO: You just said 5.6%.

ABBOTT:  5.6% Unemployed.

COSTELLO:  Right 5.6% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 5.6%.

COSTELLO:  WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%? 

ABBOTT: 5.6% are unemployed.  23% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, Congress said you couldn’t count the “Out of Work” as unemployed.  You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO:  What point?
ABBOTT:  Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted 

with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
ABBOTTNo, the unemployed are actively looking for work. 

Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, 

you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLOUnemployment goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTTAbsolutely it goes  down. That’s how it gets to 5.6%. 

Otherwise it would be 23%.

COSTELLO : Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways

to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an Economist. 

COSTELLO:  I don’t even know what the heck I just said!  

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Politician.

ABSURD? – Dozens of Democrats have proposed a new bill to strike the words “husband” and “wife” from federal law in order to take the next step towards their vision of “equality.”
Under the “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act,” sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), “gendered terms” would be replaced with more “gender-neutral” terms, the Washington Examiner reported. For example, “husband” and “wife” would simply become “spouse.”  (I think we should do away with “handsome” and “beautiful too”.  How about “men” and “women”?  We definitely have to do away with male and female toilets and rename them “gender neutral toilets”, after all you can no longer know for sure which is which anyway). 

In 1923: Who was the:

1. President of the largest steel company?

2. President of the largest gas company?

3. President of the New York stock Exchange?

4. Greatest wheat speculator?

5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?

6. The Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world’s most successful of their days.

Now, 80 years later, the history asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them.

The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company.

Charles Schwab,

died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company,

Edward Hopson,

went insane.

3. The president of the NYSE,

Richard Whitney,

was released from prison

to die at home.

4. The greatest wheat speculator,

Arthur Cooger,

died abroad, penniless.

5. The president of

the Bank of International Settlement,

shot himself.

6 The Great Bear of Wall Street,

Cosabee Livermore,

also committed suicide

However!!!

In that same year,

1923,

the PGA Champion

and the winner of the most important

golf tournament,

the US Open,

was

Gene Sarazen.

What became of him?

He played golf until he was 92,

died in 1999 at the age of 95.

He was financially secure

at the time of his death.

The Moral:

Screw work …. Play golf.

 
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July 2015

Posted by admin on June 30, 2015 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters

 

Here we go…

 

Welcome back to Harry the Horse on this month of July 2015.  My name is Justin and I’ll be your host for today.  Gentlemen and regular men – trust me when I say that my mind has been racked trying to figure out how to start this July newsletter, the first one that hasn’t been scripted entirely by Jimmy D himself.  For fifteen years you’ve been reading his newsletters – surely this has to be a tough act to follow.

Do I still have your attention or have I lost you already?

There have been at least a dozen people say something along the lines of having big shoes to fill.  I definitely agree in a sense that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with the overhaul and I’m going to have to start going Kobayashi in the weeks to come.  Where’s my muse when I need her…

Let me apologize in advance for talking so much about myself in this newsletter, I don’t want you all to have the impression that it will continue this way.  I actually hate talking about myself unless someone asks me a personal question.  Don’t worry, after this one, you won’t be reading about me much – just the experiences.

 

Without further adieu, let’s get started…..

You’ve probably already noticed that my writing style isn’t the same as Jimmy’s.  For me writing is about painting a big picture and letting you interpret the painting in your own way.  No offense to anyone, but it’s hard to mimic how someone else approaches their craft.  Jimmy took his approach and I’ll take my own, I’m sure everyone can respect that.  If the diehard Jimmy fans want to check-in here strictly for his input you will be able to follow him directly – he will have his own section on the new website (that, and his email address won’t be changing).   Look for him in future newsletters, and also in the new section of HTH called “Harry’s Stable” beginning in August.

I should preface this topic by saying that Jimmy might not be contributing as much content as before, but we have hatched a plan so that he can contribute what he wants, when he wants….however that will work out, time will tell.  I think he has earned a break from this writing stuff.  It’s definitely not as easy as it might look, I can vouch for that.  On the other hand, if you would be willing to embrace me as your new commentator and stick with me for a while, I would be honored.

People in general are resistant to change, myself included, whether through passage of time or in this case….two short months.  I am fully aware of this and I am trying to ease into this transition without rocking the boat.  To that end, I’ll do what I can to keep the tradition alive on the new website and provide information to you at the best level possible.  Please feel free to send me a message any time you want to share something newsworthy, suggest a topic that others may find interesting, add comments, suggestions, or ask questions about something.  I don’t have all the answers but the more I learn from you the audience, the more I can improve.  My new email address is rememberthehorse@gmail.com and I check it several times per day.

Moving quickly – there’s quite a need to quell the rumor mill, so let’s get the facts straightened out and visit the upcoming changes one last time before they occur:

  1. The original Harry the Horse, Mr. Jimmy D – is alive and kicking.  Some people seem to think he has fallen quite ill but we met at Phillie’s again today and he is still out and about sometimes.
  2. A lot of feedback has been received already. The main thing people have asked for is less political rants.
  3. This site is not ending, it’s just changing..
  4. This site will look different in a month – new layout and design.
  5. The old website needed to be fixed to modern standards.  And by fixed I don’t mean get rid of Jimmy, I mean categorized, organized, and expanded.
  6. This newsletter, as you’re about to see, will feature a lot more pictures.  The new website will also be picture friendly.
  7. I am not mixed Filipino or Korean or anything, I’m 100% American of Norwegian and Irish descent.
  8. In terms of news:  Nothing front headline news will be posted here that isn’t backed up by several sources, up to and including other media outlets.
This week I had the chance to shake hands with a few people up and down the road and I was asked a lot of questions so that’s why this newsletter has a more inward voice in places.  Thank you to all those who reached out to me via email with greetings and suggestions, I appreciate the warm welcome.

 

 

Here’s a list of what we’re going to cover for July:

  • · A brief introduction…
  • · How I’ll type “Harry the Horse” on here just three more times – you’ll see why
  • · Words from Jimmy D
    • · Intro
    • · Feedbag
    • · News
    • · Restaurants
    • · Joke of the month
    • · I would if I could…
    • · Political Rants
  • · Some reader submissions for the new guy
  • · Photos from the Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 Beauty Pageant at Lewis Grand Hotel
  • · New topic:  I overheard someone say…
  • · Night photos from around Fields Avenue and Perimeter Road:
    • · A partial picture batch from Walking Street down Don Juico…
    • · No. 7 Bar shots
    • · The Living Room – 7th Floor Queen’s Hotel
    • · RBI Steakhouse Stuff
    • · Phillie’s Sports Grill & Bar
  • · New beginnings:
    • · Piccolo Padre’s new location at Prime Asia Hotel
    • ·  Zeppelin Suites Condos “Rises Above The Rest” in Hensonville
  • · A few snippets from Subic:
    • · MV Logos Hope docked in SBMA
    • · New Restaurant – Wild Herb’s in Barretto
    • · Buccaneer Bar mention
  • · New topic:  Off the beaten track – Part 1:  Cock Fighting
  • · Photos from the Miss Pinatubo 2015 Bikini Contest at Scorebird’s Hotel
  • · Calendar of July events (its incomplete but better than nothing):
    • · Dollhouse Group events
    • · Independence Day for USA – July 4th
    • · UFC 189:  Aldo vs. McGregor (Correction: Aldo is out with a rib-injury so it will now be Mendes vs. McGregor.)
    • · Upcoming cinema movies
    • · Some Angeles Bar Promos
  • · Status of the new HTH website
  • · Forthcoming changes in decorum
  • · Conclusions…
 

Paying homage to Murphy’s Law – The Introduction

Before we get started, I wanted to say this early on in the newsletter.  The new website that is coming will have an “about” section where I can list all this, for now, here is a short disclaimer:

Things might be said in this column that you don’t like – it doesn’t necessarily mean that I like them either, we just accept them differently for what they are.  In the future you could see a mediocre review for some place or establishment that you really like.  On the flip side, there’s a chance that good things will be mentioned about places that gave you food poisoning or overcharged you on something.

Whatever the differences are, we will not see eye-to-eye on everything.  It doesn’t mean I’m right and you’re wrong, all it means is that we are living life the only way we know how and whatever can happen, will happen.  I am far from perfect and expect me to stumble as I get my mind wrapped around everything here on this newsletter.  Not a lot of planning went in to my taking over as the primary writer here.  I pretty much just jumped head first into the lion’s den so to speak.  We’re talking about 15-years of writing for Jimmy vs.  4-weeks of me as of today (although I had been known to write in my previous life)….

I do endeavor to do the best I can here, to be objective, fair, and humble.  I have to cover a wide range of subjects good or bad – we all have to remember that there is no sweet without the sour.  If I write something about you or your business that you would like to discuss feel free to contact me.  Having your side of the story is useful and usually brings things around one-eighty.  Things written here are not the gospel – there will be times I’m sure that articles will need to be edited, amended/altered, or removed altogether.  My mission in life isn’t to kick up a bunch of dust.

If anything, Jimmy enjoyed the luxury of saying exactly what he wanted because he built up the credentials to do so.  The community granted him that because he put in time.  Starting out brand new like this, I appreciate ALL critiques and criticism – just know that I’m not out to get anyone and have no intention of putting a damper on things.  This is a site for information that needs to be filled with the good, the bad, and the beautiful.

Regarding Photos:  In the years to come I will be taking a lot of photos.  In the event you,  your friend, or your girlfriend can be seen in any photo and you would like to have your face blurred, tattoos covered up, you name it…just let me know.  I will do my best to respect your privacy especially when it comes to photos.

I believe this is an important point and it deserves early attention.  You will read this again as I will repeat it from time to time so anyone who comes by this site understands my position on this matter.  In the meantime, just let it be known that the info that disseminates from today outward should also carry with it that this rule about photos is for the best.  My contact information will be at the bottom of each newsletter and on the new website – which will launch on or before August 1st.  Drop me a line any time.

 

“Git Along, Little Dogies” – Harry the Horse gets HTH’d

For us younger chaps, “git along, little dogies” has an old school American flavor to it.  I thought it was fitting to start off the list with a nod to the older gents who have read this column religiously over the years.

The first point in the list up above is fairly obvious, but I felt the need to explain why.  I don’t want to keep typing Harry the Horse over and over and over, plain and simple.  I also do not want there to be any confusion because many people call Jimmy, “Harry.”  I am not Harry the Horse – Jimmy has claimed that title and will retain it.

Although I’ve gotten my hands on the riding crop over at HTH HQ, think of me more as a jockey turned word sleuth.  Let’s call this place HTH in text from here on out.  I have no intentions of referring to myself as HTH – I made a promise to Jimmy when I took over writing duty and I’ll stick to it.  Call me Justin or JC, whatever floats your boat.

Words from Jimmy D

As this is the first newsletter where two voices are combined, I am leading off with Jimmy’s content so everyone can get their fix.

If after reading his section if you still have time to go through what I’ve composed, I would appreciate it as it will give readers a chance to see what the new website will be all about.

Take it away Jimmy….

Greetings dear readers!  It is my pleasure to still be able to communicate with you.  Justin has told me that many have asked about my health so let me assure you that I am well and am up and about.  I am just not able to walk as well as I used to and my left arm and hand needs a bit of work.  I can type with one hand so excuse any typo’s you might see.  I still look forward to greeting visitors to the stable, as it is hard for me to get out to find Tourists of the Month.  Yes I will also try to look for my “I would If I could” ladies as well, a difficult task for me now but one I hate to give up.  This month I will try to visit the Candy Bar.

Justin has been kind enough to still allow me space in his new format which should be ready to introduce in Aug as he is working many hours to complete the change over as soon as possible, it is a huge endeavor.  One of his exciting plans is to purchase a drone and be able to add fantastic videos for readers and advertisers.  I am so happy that this young man came along when he did.  It was time for me to step aside but I will still have a small presence.

As I continue my rehab at Medical City Clark I hope to get out and around much more.  Thank goodness my stroke was very mild.  Again I thank all those who wrote to me and asked about me.

You might like this, some of the between songs commentary brings back memories of AFVN (American Forces Vietnam Network) in the day. Continuous streaming from the net.  http://vietnamvetradio.com  (This site is great for all the vets that served in Vietnam.  It will bring back a lot of memories)

Harry, I just ate a T bone (med rare) steak at RBI last night - was perfect – the best I have tasted since my being here 10 years – restaurant inside Queens Hotel – great atmosphere and you get you choice of steak knives – unique. My friend had a rib eye (well) and said the same thing – we will definitely be going back. Check it out .  Shelby T.  (Shelby, I agree with you 100%.  I was able to eat there recently, ordered the Rib Eye and it was absolutely perfect, so tender and delicious.  Chef Gregg was so attentive to every detail and I did pick out the perfect steak knife;  There are so many restaurants that do not pay attention to the knives offered up to diners ordering steaks.  An extra bonus when dining at the RBI is enjoying the company of Dave Crowe who is an excellent host.  Dave has been a fixture in Angeles for many years and was the popular head supervisor at the Orchid Inn Group for many of those years.  For those old timers who remember the Power Keg will also remember Dave as one of the owners of that popular venue.  One last comment, you absolutely have to order the cheesecake for dessert, it is the BEST in this town and maybe the PI.  It could stand up to any New York offering.  Mrs. Horse and I took the blue berry topping and it was so good I called out the lady baker to compliment her. 

 

 

Good day, Harry, this be Rangerbo

I was shocked, delighted, and frankly befuddled to find myself mentioned in the final paragraph of the last ever HTH newsletter.  Over a storied career spanning 14 years you have impacted thousands of others, altered the dimension of countless destinies, provoked innumerable adventures–and misadventures–one hastens to note.  To be singled out of this mob and saluted in your farewell truly makes me prouder than all those combat trinkets the Army wrongly figured so damn important.

I will of course continue to attend court at the Blue Boar, but I will genuinely miss the cantankerous voice that has been a constant in my life every month for so many years–a voice as familiar and comfortable as my own.  I wish Justin every success, but his best efforts will never, could never, come close to achieving what you accomplished just being you; an iconic legacy never to be rivaled: raconteur, rapscallion, scribe, mentor, noble advocate, patron saint of expats.

The departure of Harry the Horse will be justly heralded, inevitably stirring exuberant memories, but alas, sadly, opening an irreparable void in the world of his vicarious companions.  See you down the trail, Harry, Godspeed….And thanks for the wonderful ride.  (I received many Emails regarding my turnover of my newsletter to Justin and I have saved them all,  I did not insert them here as there were so many and personal.  There were so many wonderful words and they affected me emotionally.  I did decide to share this one message from Bo because is so well written and the words were special.  Bo is a retired Marine, an adventurer, world traveler and also a published writer. He is also dealing with that common enemy, cancer,  I think that what Bo missed is that I will still be able to contribute a few words every month or so and submit to Justin for him to decide on its location.  I am not completely out to pasture and can still keep in touch with my readers.  Be a bit patient during the transition as Justin has a lot to do to present a new format that you will be pleased with.) 

Harry, I wanted to offer a Most Sincere “Thank You” to you for all of your years of writing and publishing the monthly “Harry the Horse” newsletter. You have entertained, informed, assisted and intrigued me a lot over the years. I also offer my deepest appreciation for the hospitality that you always extended to me at the La Casa and the Blue Boar.

I am also grateful for the words of wisdom, the intel and dare I say some insider tips on business and other matters there in Angeles City. I look forward to hearing some more of those things and having a cold San Miguel Light at the Blue Boar again very soon. I am also looking forward to the things that your successor “Justin” will bring to the table (or to the stable in this instance) and in carrying on your legacy. The Horse rides on. Long Live the Horse !

By the way Your “Liberty Buddy”  has decided to publish this letter (on his weblogs: yourlibertybuddy.com, fun4uinthephils.com and fleetsailor.com) from Douglas Allen to Harry The Horse as was posted on Harry’s June 01, 2015 newsletter. There is a lot of truth and fact in what Mr. Allen says. There are many liberal and conservative do-gooders out there, especially from the USA and Europe, who do not understand the reality of the The Philippines, Thailand and other countries. Some of them think that their money is going towards doing something to help the poor poverty-stricken people that they consider to be victims. The reality is that their money is mostly skimmed by the “Corrupt” Philippine government officials and their henchmen in the PNP, CIDG, NBI, etc… The poor victims that are arrested in the raids are then subjected to unfathomable “Hell” at the mercy of the corrupt and cruel government officials. The raids are just a dog and pony show for the I.J.M. (who is also corrupt and in my own opinion full of pedophiles), for the U.S. Government and the News Media. It’s all smoke and mirrors in my view.

The Corrupt government officials become even more wealthy on the contributions from western world donors and from the money of U.S. Taxpayers. The rich get richer, the poor people stay poor and the do-gooders get to feel warm and fuzzy about having done so-called good things. This situation in reality does nothing to fix or solve any problems. It only further feeds the corruption racket and drives the poor underground to much more desperate and dangerous ways of attempting to earn a little money. I know it for a “FACT”.

I have been living in and associated with the Philippines since 1986. I actually do know what I am talking about. Then of course there is the legal aspect of all of this. Most cases that are adjudicated result in the defendants being exonerated. Mr. Allen’s case in point. The do-gooders and self-serving politicians who prosecuted him and several others accomplished nothing other than wasting time and money. They wasted a lot of U.S. Taxpayer money.

Your Liberty Buddy is all about “LIBERTY” and “FREEDOM”. I am an Independent Libertarian. I do not believe that law enforcement has any business getting involved in actions that accomplish nothing other than to impede the Liberty and Freedom of citizens whether in the USA or the Philippines. These illegal, corrupt and totally non-productive actions should be curtailed immediately and those behind them most severely reprimanded.

There are much more productive and better ways for all concerned to address and actually work towards solving the problems that currently exist without having the corruption involved and trouncing upon the Individual Liberty and Freedom of the citizens. Stop feeding the Corruption. Stop making life even worse for the poor people. The Philippines is a sovereign country. Let them address their own problems and stop feeding the corruption there. There are problems galore for the U.S. Government to put it’s taxpayer funds and resources to work on within the USA. That’s my Two-Cents Worth on this subject.   (This was sent to me by Duke Lafferdy who I hope to see again and thank him for his years of support.  I never heard of “Your Liberty Buddy” but his “two cents worth” is a good read so am happy to pass it on to HTH readers – I can only hope he is not a “Hillary” fan)

Hello Harry, It’s Dave from California here. I’m a visitor to the Philippines 3 to 4 times per year and spend a lot of time in Angeles city, so I’m an avid reader, fan, and follower of your newsletter. I have mixed feelings about you stepping aside from writing the newsletter: On the one hand, people mostly don’t like change and I have been a fan of your work for a while now. On the other hand, I certainly understand the work load stemming from a monthly newsletter so I understand the need for you to take it a bit easier going forward. In that sense, I’m happy for you and wish you all the best.

I’ve not written you previously, but noted a comment you made recently about Jun Pineda, who runs a car service based in Angeles city. I just wanted you to know that you’re information about Jun is EXACTLY CORRECT. I was surprised that you commented about him in your newsletter because I didn’t think many people knew about this crook. Here is my experience:

I have used Jun’s service many times but over the past year, he has been pressuring his clients to “loan” him money. This has turned into a scam with this guy. He puts on extraordinary pressure for you to loan, say, 5,000p or 10,000p. He proposes to pay you back with his services and so in this way, he whittles down the amount of money he owes you. On my last visit to Angeles city (mid-April 2015 to mid-May 2015), Jun “borrowed” 5,000p from me and another 5,000p from my brother. We shuttle back & forth from Angeles to Metro Manila for business, so we use a driver extensively while in the Philippines. He get’s more business this way because you’re somewhat locked-in to using him since you want to get your money back. But, on two of the trips to and from Manila, Jun asked us if we can just pay ‘this time’ and ‘next time’ he will credit the trip to the amount he owes.

Of course, he plays this “I need money to fix my car” scam a few times and then he stiffed my brother and me for the money. I’m furious with Jun because he waited until 8:45pm on the evening before he was to pick up my brother the next morning to drive him to Manila to catch his flight home. My brother had to scramble to get a driver at the last minute, but did find one.

I don’t know if Jun has a gambling problem, a drug problem, or what – but he is a crook and a thief, so please let others know about this guy. I know I was stupid for loaning him the money, but that will never happen again. Jun Pineda showed no integrity as a man. Jun Pineda is a thief, a con man, and a crooked bastard.

I’m glad that you are reporting on him and I hope it keeps others from getting scammed like we did. I hope retirement is good to you and please keep your health!  Best Regards, Dave

Harry, I agree with you about the quality of beef in the S&R store. Twice now I have bought the breakfast steak rolls (8 to a pack), and wound up giving most to my dogs. Ribs too, a little shy on the meat, mostly bone. The only meat worth buying is the chicken pieces, legs, thighs, wings, all neatly packaged. But you can get good chicken at Hypermarket too, and a lot closer to home. (Angeles). My card expired June 17, I doubt I will be renewing it. It’s just too far to go for what they have to offer. Now, I make runs to the Royal duty-free on Subic and that is one good store. TV dinners, pot pies, frozen burrito’s, that’s my kind of food, and they have plenty of it. OK, Jim, I just want to say hi before you give it up completely. You have a great column and I hope this other guy does you justice. Sometimes I send my nephew to your place for spaghetti “to go”. Don’t ever stop the spaghetti. “Albert” B.  (Glad to hear I am not the only one disappointed with the S & R meat)

News:

3RD Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand brings 3rd Bangkok area International Airport on line at UTapao to relieve congestion at the other two Bangkok international airports.  UTapao also was former US air base.  Also of note further is that UTapao is 80 miles from Bangkok… with no high speed rail.

The parallels to the Philippines are very strong, except that Clark is so much better positioned, and country still struggles with but one saturated airport in Manila.  This should be used as but one more compelling reason that the government needs to promote more use of Clark.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transport/581495

Videoke Noise Not Going Unnoticed

ANGELES CITY—In this Pampanga city, one cannot sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and other popular ditties in videoke or karaoke machines at any time or place loudly.

Be wary because the city council has passed Ordinance No. 366 to “protect residents from discomfort and disturbances posed by the unregulated use of videoke and amplified sounds, especially during the wee hours of the morning.”

The ordinance, also known as the “Videoke machines and similar electronics devices regulation ordinance of Angeles City,” was passed in response to two complaints filed with the council, said proponent Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. last week.  (Finally something being done to bring some order to these out of control videoke joints.  Should have happened years ago) 

What’s Behind the Green Fence on Clark?

  

What lies behind this fence is a lot of controversy and anger from many different directions.  Suddenly the name of a Singapore based company, Capilion Corporate PTE.  This company signed a long-term lease for the development of a three-hectare lot at the Clark Freeport.  Iheir investment would be in the neighborhood P7 billion and that certainly must have had CDC President Atty. Arthur P. Tugade dancing around his office in joy.

The project is located on the left side entering the main gate to Clark Freeport, parallel to M.Roxas highway.  The plan is a mixed-used facility to be used by for business process outsourcing (BPO), residential, commercial and retail enterprises.  It would no be completed until 2018.  They are calling this the “Clark Green Frontier”.  They have already had the ground breaking rites.  Figures given predict that employment will reach 75,000 people from the local community.

So, is everybody happy?  NOPE!

The sangguniang panlungsod (SP) (City Council) is not happy happy. Famous councilor and a very wise man Max Sangil submitted resolution 7184,S2015 that “vehemently objects on the construction of any structure in the said area.”  The resolution was unanimously approved by the City Council.  This means that Capillion would have to look for another site.  No doubt there will be a lot more legal discussions forthcoming.  Remember the billions of pesos mentioned.  Nothing is settled easily when that much money is involved.  Reasons given is that since the American time no structures will be built in this area as it is a buffer zone, There was concern on the increased traffic gridlock which is a big problem now.  It would become unbearable if business established were built in the area,

Ruperto Cruz is not happy!  Though I must admit he is always unhappy about something.  Ruperto is the chairman for the Pinoy Gumsing Ka Movement (PGKM) and has joined the City Council in opposing the construction of any structure along M.A. Roxas Ave, which is running parallel to Don Juico Ave (Perimeter Rd.) along the south perimeter fence of Clark.  Cruz says we need more roads for the airport once it becomes fully developed.  Of course we have been waiting years for that to happen and I suspect both Cruz and I will not be around to see it.  Oh yes, don’t forget the cutting of trees when the planned 9-story building is constructed.  He also said that the local business already established in the area would be hurt.  Now that could be a possibility and again, maybe not.

That gives you an idea of what is going on behind the green fence or the “green monster”.  One newspaper named it the “Wall of Contempt”.

Whatever the name we will be reading a lot about it for many more months.  I predict that it will be built as agreed by the CDC.  Sure, there will be legal battles and many voices in opposition but remember the money that is what counts.

Restaurant mentions:

Rasoi Indian Restaurant, Zeppelin Street, Hensonville

INDIAN FOOD – For me, there is only one place to go when you get the urge to experience the taste of authentic Indian cuisine.  While watching TV recently I found myself watching a movie about an Indian restaurant and the food they were discussing made me hungry so the next night the Horse family headed to the Rasoi Indian Restaurant in Hensonville where we feasted on Vindaoo and Madras plus extras.

My eyes flooded with tears, my nose was running and my throat was burning yet I did not stop eating as the flavor was perfect.  My wife opted for a much milder dish but my 16-year old son matched me bite for bite on the Vindaloo.  Owner Richard was the perfect host and for the first time he told me of his successful restaurant in Makati, Manila.  He promised me he would never close his local restaurant and that is a promise I hope he keeps as I plan to eat there every time that urge for Indian food hits me.  By the way he has a separate room for groups and special events.

First Roy’s Pub, then King’s Head Pub, now “Old Mates” Pub

For many years it was “Roy’s Pub” headed up by the famous Roy himself until he sold it to Angeles City gentleman Clive Pollington who carried on the original for many years until he also bowed out and then, well, after ownership changed a few more times the Pub was never the same again.  Last October two Australian lads took over ownership of The King’s Head” and have changed the name to the “Old Mates”.

I just met Geoff, one of the owners from Victoria, Australia and I found him to be a very likable person who has been visiting AC since 1995 and settled here in 2010.  He knows his way around the town and has that perfect personality for being a Publican.  He did not make any major changes after taking over so a lot of the old atmosphere remains.  He does participate in the pool leagues nearly every day and has already built up a steady following of local Expats and tourists.  I have not met him but Geoff has a partner, Peter Smith from Sydney,  You can meet Geoff any day from 3 PM and he enjoys meeting all customers.  Operating hours are 0800 -2400 hrs which allows plenty of time to check out the “Old Mates” and you might see some of your old mates there!

July Joke of the month

MY VISIT TO A MUSLIM BOOKSTORE – So I was walking through the mall, and saw that there was a Muslim Book Store. I was wondering what exactly was in a Muslim Book store so I went on in.  I was wandering around taking a look and the clerk stopped me and asked if he could help me. I imagine I didn’t look like his normal clientele.  So I asked for a copy of the U.S. Immigration Policy Book regarding Muslims.
The Clerk said, “F *ck off, get out, and stay out!”  I said, “Yes, that’s the one.  Do you have that in paperback?”

I would if I could… – July 2015

Here we are in July and way back in May I was in Thi-Hi and was able to photograph both my Jun and Jul ladies.  I guess I knew I would need a bit of recovery time before I could visit other bars. I now introduce Nicole who is one hell of a fun lady, personality plus and a bit sexy too.  She is 27-years old and a high school graduate.  She is the single mother of a 5-year old boy.  She has been working at this location for 3-years and still hoping to meet that special guy!  She likes singing and dancing.  I tried to get her to sing a Johnny Mathis song for me but she never heard of him, could we have a serious age difference here?  She would love to study computer technology and I suggested caregiver.  I was thinking I could get a few sponge baths at a discount; see how men think when old age hits you.  She laughed and asked for another drink.  I decided not to ask about “sensation”.  Her age preference in men is between 42 – 65, I was afraid to ask what music she liked.  Her E-Mail address is mayann.ungriano@yahoo.com.

****Political Rants Begin Here****

Dr. ARYE ELDAD WAS A BRIGADIER GENERAL THE CHIEF OF THE MEDICAL CORPS OF THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCES.

Here’s a nice little bit “trivia.” Lovely people aren’t they!!!    I was instrumental in establishing the “Israeli National Skin Bank”, the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs as well as for wartime or mass casualty situations.  This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem where I was the chairman of plastic surgery. I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza , who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned her. Such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are suspected of having an affair.  We supplied all the needed Homografts for her treatment free of charge.  She was successfully treated by my friend and colleague, Professor Lior  Rosenberg and discharged to return to Gaza.

She was invited for regular follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic in Beersheva. One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt.  She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life. This is only one example of the war between Jews and Muslims in the Land of Israel .  It is not a territorial conflict, it’s a civilization conflict, a war between civilization & barbarism.

Netanyahu gets it, Obama doesn’t. I have never written before asking everyone to please forward something so as many as possible can understand radical Islam, and what awaits the world if it is not stopped.  (So hard to “love your enemy”)

Donald Trump launched a Twitter battle late Thursday and into Friday against Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, calling him a “dummy” and a “totally overrated clown” after the conservative pundit mocked Trump’s low poll ratings.  (Gosh Donald, I hate to tell you this but Charles is right.  You came in at the top of the list for candidates Republicans would not vote for!  Badmouthing Krauthammer will not change the facts.  Like so many entering the Republican nomination you should stay home and relax.  You and Huckabee can return to TV where you both were much more interesting)

Obama declares he is “the Jewish President”.  I spent two days throwing up after hearing that one!

The US will send 450 American troops to Iraq to train Iraqi Soldiers.  What the hell is Obama thinking?  We did this before and we have seen what these people do, drop their weapons and run.  This is not the way to defeat ISIS.  I think we should drop Obama, by parachute, into the middle of the war zone so he can do the only thing he is trained for – Community Organizing!

New idea from Obama -  force communities to allow the building of low income housing to force race diversity in upscale neighborhoods.  Those States who refuse could lose millions in Federal funding.  I guess all those so called “thugs” in Baltimore can be moved to a more “upscale” community.  It reminds me of the “Projects” built in various areas in Queens New York when I was a kid that rapidly became crime-ridden neighborhoods.  Will history repeat itself?  Maybe yes, maybe no but I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about the idea.

Iran is one of the major countries supporting, financially, terrorist groups!  Now Obama wants to release billions of dollars into their banks because he thinks he can get a nuclear deal.  Disregard the fact that Iran cannot be trusted.  Hell they lie easier and more often than Hillary.

Whose Decision Was It To End the War in Iraq? Insightful one minute long clip. This in the face of ISIS now taking control of the country, although the same guy who wanted to end it for the sake of taking credit for something is now sending in 450 new troops.  Does the word CLUELESS come to mind.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10202804003885630

I keep hearing the words “White Supremacy” and “Racist America” everyday day on TV now and it is getting old, especially after hearing it for 77 years.  No matter how far we have come over the years in the fight for equality it is never enough.  First, face it, there will always be racism on both sides, Blacks as well as whites but we must work together as much as possible to reduce this divide;  It may take many more generations but today do not let us go backward, we must continue forward, no matter how slowly.  Our men and women in leadership positions from the President on down are weak and only think about their own careers, this must change.  Republicans and Democrats are killing America.  We no longer teach Nationalism in our schools and far too many College Professors teach hatred and stoke the fires of division.  We are the United States of America and all men and women, all Nationalities, all skin colors must work together, fight together, live together and be proud of our country.  Somehow in our quest for equality our leaders must bring quality education to every school and every neighborhood, rich or poor starting in Kindergarten.  Our Children will lead us out of this quagmire we find ourselves in today.  That is where we must start for the future. 

Well I got a bit emotional here and all I started to do was to introduce this article from the Baltimore Sun Editorial:
*The Black Dilemma *

“For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment. The subjects of the experiment: black people and working-class whites.

The hypothesis to be tested: Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?

The whites were descendants of Europeans who had created a majestic civilization. The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements.  Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group, the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors. America has struggled with racial discord ever since. Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up. They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work, and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted. They created the Freedman’s Bureau, passed civil rights laws, tried to build the Great Society, declared War on Poverty, ordered race preferences, built housing projects, and tried midnight basketball.

Their new laws intruded into people’s lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable. They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration. They outlawed freedom of association. Over the protests of parents, they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice versa. They tried with money, special programs, relaxed standards, and endless handwringing to close the achievement gap. To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race. They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to “Celebrate Diversity” and “Say No to Racism”.  Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.

Some thought that what W.E.B. DuBois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people. A group of elite, educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of. There is a Talented Tenth. They are the  black Americans who have become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors  and scientists. But ten percent is not enough. For the experiment to work, the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability. That is what is missing. Through the years, too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them. Detroit is bankrupt, the south side of Chicago is a war zone, and the vast majority of black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence. And blacks never take responsibility for their failures*. Instead, they lash out in anger and resentment.

Across the generations and across the country, as we have seen in Detroit, Watts, Newark, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and now Ferguson, rioting and looting are just one racial incident away. The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder. We need more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, and more opportunities. But *nothing changes no matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president. Some argue it’s a problem of culture, as if culture creates people’s behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame white privilege. But since 1965, when the elites opened Americas doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India, people who are not white, not rich, and not connected have quietly succeeded. While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, *black youths are committing half the country’s violent crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it that has nothing to do with poverty.

The experiment has failed. Not because of white culture, or white privilege, or white racism. The fundamental problem is that American black culture has evolved into an unfixable and crime ridden mess*. They do not want to change their culture or society, and expect others to tolerate their violence and amoral behavior. They have become socially incompatible with other races by their own design, not because of the racism of others – but by their own hatred of non-blacks. Our rulers don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, and the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity. The elites explain everything with racism,  and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point.”—

“You can’t legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government doesn’t first take from somebody else*. When half of the people get the idea that they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Baltimore Sun/2015

Trump for President?

I wrote that Donald Trump should go back to TV and drop out of the race for President.  Since listening to his announcement speech I have changed my mind.  He is the only one running that has the balls to say what has to be said.  He brings excitement to the race, I can’t wait to see the debates now.  I am sure he won’t get the nomination but he sure will stir the pot up.  Go for it Donald.

****Political Rants END Here****

Reader Submissions

Like Jimmy before me, I’ll try to add the best reader submissions each month for the newsletter.  I noticed that previously Jimmy would copy and paste in a lot of submissions, I on the other hand will try to limit it to 3-5 per month that get placed in the monthly newsletter.

Reader Submission 1 – July 2015

Can’t tell you how pleased I am that you have decided to carry the football from here on out!  Like many others, Jim’s blog has been a source of wonderful information over the years to me.  Although I retired here to the Angeles City area only 2 years ago, I started reading HTH about 4 years ago to get a better understanding of the local scene so I could be as informed as possible . The little things I do in everyday l in some way go back to HTH. From dental visits for the family, to choice of hospitals for minor problems, to “let’s eat at that Aussie restaurant that Harry recommended.”  Although Jim doesn’t see those results, he should know that he has touched many of us in our day-to-day lives here.

I’m glad to hear that you plan to give it a facelift.  Looking forward to seeing the new site and especially like the emphasis on a “mini-Google” aspect. Is a possible forum in the works?

I responded to this message slightly differently when it was one-on-one, but I thought I would elaborate on your question.

I’ll go into more details about HTH V2.0 towards the end of this newsletter, but for now I’ll just answer with a plain no – there won’t be a forum.  That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to comment and read responses to other’s comments etc etc.  Stay with me for a few more minutes and I’ll explain why.

Reader Submission 2 – July 2015

Wonderful to see you taking up the reigns!

A few suggestions going forward:

  • · Less political rants.
  • · Edit the negative bashing – June gay comments. The Baklas are a problem, but this is 2015 and we all need to be more sensitive.
  • · Would like to see more on day trips and things to see and do. Lots of great WWII history within an hours drive
  • · Identify those business who prefer only Korean clients. Makes it easier for everyone.
  • · More tips for a safe and fun visit.
  • · Start a section of Harry the House Approved businesses.
  • · More photos from around town.
  • · Good reviews of new bars / hotels.

Wishing you many years of success.

Thanks for the ideas and I’ll definitely keep them in mind.   I don’t want to put the cart before the horse until I get the new website completely finished, so I’ll speak more to these topics towards the end of this newsletter.

Reader Submission 3 – July 2015

“Don’t waste your money on bar girls” they said “Go to the mall and get some numbers of the good girls, they’re gagging for it” they said – hmmm Sounds too good to be true but worth a try right?

So after 2 very successful trips collecting numbers in SM I met this little shy cutie in Jollibee for my first non-bar related date. Everything went well for a first meeting and at the end of the date she asked if she could come back to my room to use Facebook. “Of course I said” my mind already jumping to much more exciting outcomes than social networking.

So we made our way out to the trikes and she kindly explained she would have to go and tell her mother where she was going and she would meet me at my room later, and off she went.

Many texts and a little while later she appeared at my door but she was not alone. She had brought a skinny, tattooed, rough looking girl friend along “for safety”. No problem I said switching my mind from “sexy time” back to “gentleman” as I asked them in.

So for the next 30+ minutes they giggled and laughed taking pictures and scanning Facebook as I sat politely watching TV. Eventually I took an inevitable bathroom break and as I stepped out of the CR I caught her friend red handed stealing money out of a petty cash pot I keep on the kitchen bench. The pot holds nothing major maybe 600php in change and small bills. But this  abuse of my trust angered me and after a bunch of stuttered denials and excuses  I asked them to leave.

At this point the skinny girl calmly walked over and sat on the end of my bed pulled out her mobile phone and said I need to give her them both 3000php or she will call the police and say I raped them. I was stunned.

Fully flushed with anger now my first impulse was to launch at the skinny scumbag and throw her from my room. But then the reality of my situation dawned on me.

  • 1.  I’m in my room so they know where I live should they wish to hurt me at a later date.
  • 2.  Philippine police are notoriously unpredictable and corrupt so any involvement could end badly for me.
  • 3.  Looking at my date and how calm she is at this situation I see that this was her intention from the start.

Sh*t!

Ok damage control time I thought to myself. I walked over to the corner of my room where I had my GoPro charging and switched it on angling it on the shelf so it can record the room.

“Please leave as you can see I have just turned on my camera and I am recording you so the police or anyone else can see you are unharmed and are blackmailing me into giving you money” and so I went on clearly explaining the situation not to her but to the recording.

At this point I thought she would leave but of course she did not, too dumb to adapt to the changing situation of their plan.

“Ok I am calling the guard and he can deal with you”

She started to haggle “2000php each……..ok 1500php”

Now in hindsight I realise that I should have just kept my head down and just paid them especially once she dropped the demand. But I was enraged with anger and humiliation mentally restraining myself from getting physical.

The Guard arrived and I briefed him on the situation. He approached the girl and they started to argue in Tagalog.

“She’s crazy” he said. “I think she’s on drugs she just keeps saying you beat her and tried to rape her. I asked her where are the marks but she won’t answer”

My ex-date at this point is getting cold feet and is talking to her friend obviously saying they should leave. But she just sits there waving the phone at me saying she’s gonna call the police.

The guard turns to leave explaining that there is nothing he can do as she obviously wants to start a fight he will have to go get the police.

My heart sinks but ok what can I do.

“The police are coming all this has been recorded on camera you can see you have not been harmed in any way. This will not end well for you. Just please leave!” – I say.

She screams incoherent threats back at me saying that I’m the one that’s in trouble once the police get here.

My ex-date is now outside wide eyed looking in at her friend beckoning her to leave, but solidly she sits waving her phone at me.

I’m panicking now and visibly shaking as I really don’t want to have to deal with the police. I start second guessing how useful my video will be. I crack and decide to pay her.  The guard returns with 3 police officers in tow – crap!

All hell breaks loose and she launches a verbal machine gun of Tagalog at the police pointing at herself, her friend and me

Startled the police entering into a long discussion between the frantic girl and the guard, glancing at me from time to time.

I just stand there dumbly holding my camera awaiting the outcome.

Then it’s all over. They grab the girl and drag her from the room so fast she never gets to take a step. They say nothing to me and only nod to the guard as they leave.

The guard explained that the police did not believe the girl  and could see she was not harmed so they took her away. Who knows where? I don’t care I was just relieved that ordeal had ended. I escorted the guard to the door thanking him and absent-mindedly handed the guard the girl’s slipper, which had come off on her exit. He looked at it, then me and laughed and left.

I later gave the guard 1000php in gratitude for his help.

” Go get a good girl” – they said.

Here is a photo of the girl who threatened me:

Credit to Jonky Kong for bringing this situation to our attention.  Not the first time this type of thing has happened to a foreigner and definitely won’t be the last.  Watch out for these freelancer types….

Reader Submission 4 – July 2015

I caught word that you are going to be taking over Harry the Horse. I have been an avid reader for years and since there is a changing of the guard wanted to mention somethings. Wouldn’t the newsletter benefit from people who are able to also contribute as co-authors on their own fields of expertise? There are many retired expats living here in AC and many of them have really interesting information to share without access to a platform. Doctors, military, business owners, stockbrokers, like this. Even these local owners could provide insight that might help people.

If you would be so kind as to allow people to contribute I would think this place would be better for all.

Most definitely – I think in the past people have emailed Jimmy and depending on the substance of the content, he has decided whether to include it in his “feedbag” or not.  After having seen Jimmy’s Gmail inbox I understand why not everyone gets posted due to the fact that he is bombarded with a lot of information.  Let’s see how it goes…

Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 Beauty Pageant at Lewis Grand Hotel

I didn’t get a chance to go to this event in person.  James, the manager over at the Lewis Grand Hotel, was kind enough to send these pictures of the 12 contestants for our viewing pleasure.  Quite a collection of tall beauties if you ask me.

What is the “Muyta ng Pilipinas?”

Mutya ng Pilipinas (Pearl of the Philippines or Muse of the Philippines) is a beauty pageant held annually in the Philippines under the current franchise-holder and organization President, Jacqueline Tan. Mutya ng Pilipinas, Inc. organization promotes “Beauty Tourism” stemming from the motivation and inspiration in promoting tourism, social responsibility, fashion, and beauty pageantry within the greater Asia Pacific with the direct participation of the overseas Filipino communities around the globe.

 

I overheard someone say… – Part 1: “Where has all the money gone?”

Have you ever sat down somewhere and accidentally eavesdropped on the middle or the end of someone else’s conversation without knowing what the entire chat was about?  And yet, a part of you really wanted to know what else was said but you decided not to interject or ask them to elaborate….

I was at Tequila Reef sometime in early June having my usual two-taco combo for lunch.  From what I could tell this convo took place between a local business owner I was unfamiliar with and a friend of his.  They weren’t talking about someone lifting money from the till, what I heard was the tail end of a chat about why there wasn’t as much revenue coming in these days, “it’s so slow out there” they said…. and a few head shakes before walking out the door.

This got me to think, where has all the money gone? 

Could it be the past?…

As a product of the late 70’s, I wasn’t here in the 80’s, 90’s, or even early 2000’s so I can’t speak for the past.  I understand that Angeles City has become a hundred times more civilized since “the way things were.”  Sure, it’s more PG now than X-rated, even R-rated at that, but compared to many places around the globe there is still a great time to be had.  I’ll do a simple case study on this later called Los Angeles vs. Angeles City.

I’ve heard stories from older guys that “back in the day” Angeles City was the place.  You could do just about anything and everything.  Back then all the action was super cheap too.  What can I say to that?  It sounds awesome.  Then again…things change.  Just like the former all-state athlete who was the starting quarterback and captain of his high school football team that somehow ended up working at a carwash for the rest of his life – not everything goes the way we had hoped.

From the perspective of having missed all those earlier festivities back in the day, and hearing rumors of how wild the times were – I can see from the older expats point of view that….for you all, those days may have been the main drawing point for why you moved to this area to begin with.  I would venture a guess that it was the #1 point, other than saving a buck.  You’ve had to watch – in slow motion practically – the impending crash of those times and what we’re talking about now is all that’s left.

Could it be the Clark Airport?…

First, let’s look at the Clark International Airport.  One month it’s the next big thing, the next month it isn’t, and no one seems to know if it will ever really live up to its potential.  There’s no denying that Clark is expanding rapidly, but the airport isn’t moving at the same pace as the surrounding land development (and even that is slow in some sections.)

For the non-aviation gurus out there, I think everyone would agree that to hear the two words “airport” and “airline,” it’s pretty much the same difference to us.  So, what’s the deal?  We see those bumper stickers plastered on rear windows all over town: “Clark is it!”  Sure we might not face the long traffic jam getting to NAIA, and our flight probably won’t be delayed, but there are pretty slim pickens on the tarmac over there in terms of outbounds flights.

Clark Airport is one of the reasons I love living in Angeles City; in the past, it helped provide easy access (no pun intended) to the rest of the Philippines and Asia.  Sadly, today a flight from the airport can take you direct to just 7 places:  Cebu, Hong Kong, Incheon, Macau, Singapore, Doha, or Kuala Lumpur.  Someone pass me the peanuts because I’m starving over here – oh wait, airlines don’t even do that anymore.

A year and a half ago there were a few months when Emirates flights were bringing in business type expats and Middle Eastern guys (also adding a connection for Europeans via Dubai) before they canceled their route in May 2014.

What other drop-offs has Clark Airport faced?  Cebu Pacific flights direct to Bangkok have stopped altogether, matter of fact as of today Cebu Pacific offers just 3 international flights from Clark to Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore.  Oh, and to make things even more challenging, some of these flights change every week.  One week Macau flights are going out on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sundays, and the next week they only go out on Sundays.  But then the week after, Monday/Wednesday flights are back on again but no Fridays.  Yep, tourists love playing hot potato with their flight schedules.

To make matters worse, Cebu Pacific offers one domestic flight to Cebu City and that’s it.  For comparison, Davao City – which is one of the southern most places in the country, offers direct flights to 7 different domestic locations, but Clark gets stuck with one because why?….there’s “only” 66-miles (111 km) between Clark and NAIA?  Left with no other choice people are forced to take the NLEX and suffer through the parking lot known as EDSA if they want some variety in their travel schedules.  Unless it’s 3 or 4 AM, those 66-miles are some of the longest miles many of us are familiar with, compounded with 3-4 hours of time that’s wiped out before we even step out curbside at the terminal.

What’s the use of having an airport 7-10 minutes away from one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines that offers such a limited selection of routes?   They build a shiny new terminal and that looks good from the outside and all but, where’s the meat?  All the promises of Clark International Airport and the positive windfall for the local economy haven’t come through and many people are still wondering why.  The business sector is growing steadily so this situation really needs to change.

Could it be the airline industry?…

Has anyone ever tried using the Tiger Airways website to get anywhere domestically?  Forget it – supposedly their flight service is built in to Cebu Pacific’s partnership which means you should trade using one difficult website for another.  Tiger Airways international flights will always take you through Singapore anyway, which means getting to Hong Kong or Bangkok from Clark will take 7-8 hours and getting anywhere else takes 18-28 hours. How many tourists would go through that to save a buck?  Clark needs more airline partnerships, and more routes.  As what Jimmy mentioned earlier in this column, Bangkok will be getting its 3rd airport soon – and it is further away from Bangkok than NAIA is from Clark.

Want to go to Boracay?….and when I say Boracay I mean Caticlan not Kalibo – because Kalibo is about as Boracay as Angeles City is to Subic.  SEAir from Clark used to be the best way to get to and from Boracay and it was cheap too.  Now they are only flying out of Manila.  Getting to Boracay these days requires a road trip to Manila first or a flight from Clark to Cebu, the latter gives us one option to fly at night – while the only flight into Caticlan is during the day….so you’re either staying overnight in the airport or at a hotel to go Clark-Cebu-Boracay now, which is just about as bad as having to go to NAIA.

Could it be one of these guys?…

“Malaysia Truly Asia….”

Have you seen those commercials, “Malaysia Truly Asia?”  In my opinion it’s such a clever marketing campaign they came up with over there.  ”Malaysia-Asia”….wow…huge thought process put together on that one.  It’s like if the slogan here was “It’s More Fun in the Philip-Philippines”….

AirAsia has just one flight via Clark now which goes through their hub in Kuala Lumpur, and since their website is in constant search mode yielding zero results I guess it is completely useless.  All it does is keep searching and searching…

Up until late 2013, AirAsia flights were carrying Malaysians in by the boatload.  The same Malaysians that treated hotel rooms like ashtrays – who acted less like adults and more like frat boys.  I have no problem with Malaysians whatsoever, but I understand the pain hoteliers have gone through in the last 1000-days because there simply haven’t been enough cash cows in town.  To business owners, money spent is still money spent regardless of who is running the tab.

AirAsia’s affiliate Tune Hotel used to have one of the highest occupancy rates in town a few years ago due in part to its low average daily room rate and ease of use with AirAsia bookings.  For a 165-room joint, that surely looked good on the books and some of those budget travelers were trickling down to try out local establishments.  AirAsia was poised to pump up local tourism until they bought Zest Air and shortly thereafter got slapped with a litany of fines and a suspension of their air operator certificate.  In order to prop up the company, they had to make some cuts.  Now they fly everything out of Manila, and when the flight is delayed at Terminal 4 you can enjoy the “Sorry Sir, no stock” routine from the Seattle’s Best baristas there.

Now there is talk about Clark losing Qatar Airways to Manila, not that many of us are frequenting Doha as it is.  Regardless, it appears to be one more loss for Clark and the surrounding businesses.

When Emirates canceled their Clark route, that particular tourist segment practically fell off the board.  The Middle Eastern guys are down on Burgos and they aren’t venturing up here much at all.  As for AirAsia, word around town is that the Malays have acclimated.  This might only be due to the fact that there are less Malaysian guys around.  In the early days they were like kids in a candy store.  I remember when they first arrived, one Korean hotel owner I knew at the time didn’t even want to cater to Koreans which is rare – he preferred the Malaysians because they spent like there was no tomorrow.  They also walked around common places butt naked, not once, not twice…..you see where I’m going with this.  These days I’m not affiliated with any one hotel, restaurant, or bar business so I don’t see the same statistics/demographics like I used to but from what I know, everything is dropping off and its the slowest slow season yet.

Could it be the Manila Airport…

Of the 24 flights that I boarded in 2014 here in the Philippines, only twice was it out of Clark – once to Hong Kong and once to Cebu.  I came in to Clark just one time also.  That’s probably par for the course.  All those other flights went out of Manila – for years being voted one of the world’s worst airports.

This was before they decided to shut off the air-conditioning due to a never-ending upgrades.  Terminal 3 was like a sweat lodge for awhile.  I flew PAL once out of Terminal 2 and there was one open bathroom for a couple thousand people.

All of this and regardless of the terminal there seems like a pretty high chance of having a delayed flight.  I once had a security lady walk up to me before I paid the Terminal 3 fee to check the weight of my bag.  For some reason she tried to clean and jerk my carry-on like she was going for the Special Olympics gold.  In the process she broke the handle off my suitcase, and in front of everyone else in line she had the gall to say, “ok sir” – gesturing with her hand for me to go on ahead to the security checkpoint.  What the?  I thought it was supposed to be more fun in the Philippines – not, hey, let me approach you because I can, break your stuff, and tell you to have a nice day…

Like most stuff around here, these airport situations are painstakingly slow processes.  Money is definitely missing around town because there are less flights coming in to Clark, and going into Manila is a total nightmare for anyone who has seen Hong Kong, Changi in Singapore, Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, or pretty much any other airport.  Obviously this Clark waiting game is having a huge effect on local tourism.

The bottom line is that booking flights is difficult enough without all the other headaches – the fact that there is almost no selection and less than robust airline websites to fumble through to get in and out from the Philippines makes it less appealing (or more difficult depending on how you look at it) to come here.  I didn’t even mention the immigration dilemma’s almost all of us have faced at some point in time or another.  Have you been mistreated in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok?  Most likely not.

(By the way, I know it is not any one persons fault that all of this is happening – but no one can deny that it is beyond frustrating.  The most basic principle of tourism is to get your airports in order first, followed closely by your immigration procedure.)

Could it be the train system…(wait, what train system?)

What about the “Northrail Project” that was supposed to be (re)built from Manila back in 2006?  Surely there must be a real train (non-light rail style) that leaves the greater Metro Manila area and goes somewhere-anywhere, right?  The one system they had – the Bicol Service run by the PNR, is offline indefinitely due to typhoons and landslides damaging tracks.

Anyway, wasn’t there a plan for the Northrail to help alleviate all that congestion down in NCR and bring a few bucks this way via inbound and outbound flights and overnight business stays?  Yeah, what if.

It took 3-4 years to build the SCTEX from Subic to Clark and that’s a 30-mile (50 km) stretch of paved highway with one bridge (which still hasn’t been repaired from when it washed out in August 2013).  Fixing all that track, upgrading stations, keeping the trains from breaking down, and avoiding the typhoons all in the process sounds like performing a magic trick.  Didn’t anyone in the administration think there would be a high probability of something going wrong if the railways were to be rebuilt?

If the proposed fixing of said railway was going to run parallel to the NLEX, just the bridge that they would have to build in that elevated section between Bulacan and Pampanga would be a…..carry the 2, I don’t know, 12-year process?  Surrrrre, contract it out to the Chinese – those guys never cut corners either *wink*.

There used to be trains from La Union in the north to Legaspi City in Bicol, way down in the south.  That’s 459-miles (738 km) of missing transport service.  Today,  there must be a reason why the Philippines is one of the only southeast Asian countries without a proper train system and it probably has nothing to do with the fact that there’s 7000+ islands.

The fact is that most Manila-based people don’t want to come to Pampanga.  If it isn’t a priority to not use the Manila airport what on earth would they rebuild a railway for?  I wouldn’t say this if the Filipinos I have sat with at some point in time in the last 6-years hadn’t echoed that same sentiment.  There’s nothing here for them except for maybe their family, friends, and a small handful of landmarks or destination type restaurants.  In terms of traveling out of the country though, that’s not enough for them to change from NAIA.  Who can blame them?  They have to get out of the Manila traffic the same way we have to get in to it.

Trains really aren’t that bad in my opinion.  In the last 6-years I’ve experienced riding them through China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Burma.  It is such a great way to see a country if you’re not in a rush.  Train systems are fixed and tourists know that – when you take a train from one point to another you know where you’re going and how to get off.  It’s dummy proof.  It’s also reliable.  Buses on the other hand, seem like “maybe” you’re going to get where you’re going – with 20+ stops along EDSA before you make it out of Manila, and then who knows.  Flat tire or engine failure, water buffalo on the road, or a conductor who has to go pee can all slow you down.  Sometimes the tollbooths are backed up for an extra 30-minutes.  Want to increase tourism?  Promote traveling by train.  I haven’t checked in to it yet but I bet train travel would also decrease pollution as well – just a thought.

The very best train travel website in the world is Seat61 – I’ve used it to get around many times.  It’s really one of the most comprehensive sites on any subject you can find.  If you scroll down the list on the left side of the page you’ll see how nearly every Asian country has a nice section on their train system.  What’s missing?

Could it be other places?…

We all know the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” – let’s go a step further and get out of Luzon altogether.  Are Cebu or Dumaguete luring people away?  A couple friends of mine have made these moves without any regrets.  Oddly enough they still visit the Angeles City area every 30-60 days like clockwork.  Speaking from a cultural level, I know why they leave (not that I’m a super cultural guy to begin with).  They get to stay in the Philippines where they’re already established and understand the lay of the land – but trade the pollution and the dust bowl for fresher scenery and a new bevy of faces to look at.  In some ways it’s ideal, especially for those who are into the beach scene, water sports, or scuba diving.

What about other international destinations?  There are rumors that Cambodia is coming online and guys are finding it the next-best-cheapest alternative to Angeles.  Could be.  I know 2 or 3 guys that don’t want people to know that Cambodia is awesome because they don’t want anyone else to show up and spoil all the fun.  But is it worth the transition to save a few bucks on your visa, eat better, and chase tail for less?  It’s a toss up.

Then there’s Thailand.  Bangkok is…..well, Bangkok.  I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I started talking about it.  See Stickman for that.  To me there isn’t much (if any) comparison between anywhere Philippines and Bangkok.

Pattaya isn’t bad by any means if you don’t mind a few Ruskis, and many people would say the closest Asian alternative to Angeles City.  There’s a lot to be said for a specific type of atmosphere (hint-hint) that is adjacent to a beach.  Even if you’re not a beach goer the water and the breeze are better than being landlocked one would assume.

Like Patong Beach in Phuket, for example.  I can only speculate on this, but I would venture a guess that Bangla Road does way more in capitalizing in overall tourism than any walking street in the Philippines, as does Pattaya for that matter.  Then again – we’re not talking apples to apples anymore are we.

Most of the guys I come across who have lived in Pattaya go back and forth frequently and would flip coins between quality versus quantity.  It makes me wonder what would happen if Manila Bay were clean and well kempt?  One can only imagine if Manila offered nice beaches lining Roxas Boulevard from the US Embassy down to the Solaire Casino.  Maybe Pasay-Ermita-Malate would all be packed to the hilt.  We all know that’s a line of delusional thoughts.  It’s a sad reality watching the sun set over Manila Bay with the knowledge that you wouldn’t even want to ride a jet ski through that water.  The Philippines with its central location to southeast Asia AND Boracay type beaches in the capital city?  The gem it would be……

Could it be the statistics?…

Plenty of guys will point their fingers at the Koreans for screwing up the entertainment-economics of the Philippines in general, especially right here in Angeles City.  The mantra is like a broken record – “I’m tired of the Koreans, man.  There’s just too many of them.”  Ok.  But if you had to choose between them, the Indians, or the Russians, which would you choose?  Someone is going to fill up this space so decide who you get along best with and stop whining about it already.

Sure Koreans are flowing in by the hundreds of thousands every few months; but they definitely are not the reason why there’s not much peso around.  Prices have gone up but I suspect that’s more the way of the world.

Hop over to the Department of Tourism site for a glance at the statistics.  Not only are the Koreans the largest tourist segment in the Philippines for the last several years, but they are also spending more money per capita year over year.  Business owners would be foolish not to cater to them, which is a double standard given that lots of Korean places don’t want Western (er, white) customers.

Has anyone seen the back of Clark lately?  I’ll put some pictures up once I get the chance.  It’s getting carved up like a birthday cake to make room for the hundred thousand or so Korean expatriates that are predicted to come in over the next few years.  Outside of Clark and aside from Walking Street, no other place has seen more overall investment than Friendship (aka Korea Town) lately.

Should we blame the Koreans for overpaying for everything?  Yeah maybe, but when was the last time you didn’t do what you wanted to do with your money, when you wanted to do it?  The last time I checked, most human beings were selfish creatures.  We do what we want, when we want.  There’s no tomorrow and if there was, it’s someone else’s problem.  So what are we going to do, target this one group and say – “hey, stop doing what you’re doing because it’s making it worse for the rest of us?”  Good luck.   In case you hadn’t noticed, they don’t care.

[A quick side note for the non-finance types:  overpaying and “where’s the money” don’t correlate much do they?….]

Unfortunately you have to take the good with the bad.  I’m sure a lot of you guys are on the other side of the screen right now looking at this thinking…what good is there with the Koreans?

One thing in particular was brought to my attention by a friend of mine who knows as much as there is to know about the bar industry (seeing how he owns quite a few of them and has been around for more than 20-years).  At this point in time, if it weren’t for the Koreans, this town really would be empty.  The money lost would affect who knows how many Filipino families across the country.  You want to talk about where all the money has gone, remove the Koreans and there might not be enough money to go around.  Angeles City couldn’t remain a secret forever, and Korea is insanely expensive for some reason.  Spaghetti, salad, and a coke, for $50 US?  No joke.

Could it be human behavior?…

“Did he just say….remove the Koreans?”  No Koreans might sound like a dream because it is just that.  Speaking of dreaming, let’s paint a hypothetical situation for all the Koreans residing in the Philippines (this would be really bad for the world, forget the microcosm that is Angeles City):

Imagine for a moment that the war drums with their northern neighbors reached a tone that resembled the early 1950’s and the South Korean government declared some sort of “martial law initiative” tomorrow morning that required all Korean Nationals to come home and take up arms.  Just like that, we wake up next week and Angeles is all ours again (not that it was ours to begin with…we just have the illusion that it is…)

The war never goes down, just another standoff for a lifetime….but the Koreans aren’t allowed to return for some long period of time, like 5-years.  Isn’t this dream …..a good thing?  Wouldn’t that mean that the ladies would be more plentiful, less greedy, and once again oozing with sweetheart attitudes?  After all, they wouldn’t have many other options….

To that I say, who knows.  Maybe yes, maybe no.  Various nationalities are spoiling the girls.  One doesn’t have to look far to see that things are not the same as they used to be (and again I can’t speak for the past-past, especially vis-à-vis the girls.)  Then again, Facebook and Jollibee have done more damage to them than all of us combined but we aren’t shutting off the internet or banning them from junk food either.

And before you go getting your briefs all in a twist over this Korean debacle, let me offer a suggestion:  let’s agree to disagree on a few things.  Did I just come in and defend the Koreans for the way they act with the rest of the girls and us?  No.  I’m simply suggesting that human behavior tends to have certain traits that overlap from man to man, regardless of their nationality.  We might show courtesy in a different way, we may party in a different way,……such is life.  “Oh yeah bro, but they look down on us and think we’re scum…” – and what are you thinking again?  Happy thoughts?

In this case I can only speak for myself.  In the 6-years of being in the trenches, I have never had a trouble with any Korean in Angeles City, and given that they are my neighbors in every direction on each street….even the Korean Mafia Don lived unbeknownst to me just a few houses down, life went on as normal.  I find plenty of them to be respectful and polite, the only difficulty coming in being able to effectively communicate sometimes.  That’s not to say that they aren’t a rambunctious group of chain-smokers, but to each their own.

I digress.  Clearly the missing income is a combination of things, perhaps for a lot of guys it just seems easier to point their fingers at the Koreans than it is to sum it all up.

Could it be technology?…

So maybe technology is to blame?  Whereas before guys used to go out for a drink or two and find a friend for the eve, guys nowadays are using smart phones and the internet to get around all the flashing lights, ladies drinks, and pseudo-negotiations.  Websites like Facebook, Filipino Cupid, Date in Asia, Tagged, and Pina Love to name a few are distracting guys long enough to stay home instead of doing the nightly barhop.

In this case, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty as charged.  I used to go out 4-5 times per week.  Meeting up with friends, real socializing, drinking, playing billiards, and a seeing a bit of T & A were a hell of a lot more fun than any online social media chat or dating website.

These days guys can practically order delivery on a dating website and it’s not unlike calling up for a pizza.  I for one, still like to window shop – but I’ll click over to Amazon once in awhile for whatever reason if you catch my drift.  There is a lot of low hanging fruit on these websites, you just have to dole out your number and some trike fare and then presto…….there they are.

My night outings have dropped in half for no other reason than sometimes, not always, I find it equally convenient to find something to entertain me online while I’m sitting at home than I could find a couple miles down the road.  This is also due in part to ones individual taste.  I know plenty of guys that spend hours looking for what they want and have to comb a dozen establishments to find their style only to go home empty handed.  I might sit at home and find nothing also, but at least I’m already in bed…

Could it be the girls or the bars?…

Maybe we should blame the girls or the bars they dance in?  After all, the girls have been spoiled by the dolts who send them monthly allowance.  I had never heard the term WUP before a few years back and now they’re all supposedly “Western Union Princesses.”  They spend too much time on Facebook, watching television, and not enough time taking care of themselves.  Is the quality of Angeles entertainment diminishing because of Jollibee or is it the same as it has always been?

One thing I keep hearing in this town is that the attitudes of the girls has changed, they are hardened and manipulative, they just want to drink overpriced juice while they sit next to you, they don’t want to hang out all hours of the night, and it’s impossible to get the same GFE (girl friend experience) as before.  Meanwhile the places they work in are pricing themselves out of business while taking every shot at gouging the customer.

It seems we forget that most businesses operate for one reason only, and in this case their employees are usually there to make money for themselves, their families, or their Filipino boyfriends.  Businesses exist to remove money from your pocket in exchange for something – that is it.  We also have the choice to go into a bar that has cheap drinks and six to ten dancers who barely move an inch, or we can pay a bit more for a place with hundreds of dancers – some of whom at least make the attempt to perform a routine of sorts.  I find that the smaller bars might only have one girl who is up to snuff, but the problem is she’s been booked through Christmas and has serious Princess Syndrome.  Helps narrow down the choice sometimes when there is no choice.

“Listen to me,” this guy says, “prices for this were less than half what they are now 5-years ago, 10-years ago….” Hey man, I tell him, “Past is the past.”  Remind me again if a liter of gas was cheaper back then, because chances are it wasn’t.  Name one thing or one place where the prices are going down, anywhere, and you’ll see something on the verge of closure.  And no, I’m not talking about oil futures being manipulated, I’m talking about us regular folks who are consuming stuff.  My breakfast was P395 this morning for P70 of goods, do the math.  Everyone wants more.  Big bars aren’t going to close down because their prices are up – they can only fall on hard times if customers stop patronizing their establishments.

Let’s pause a moment to think about this again – inflation and attitudes, could this 1-2 combo be the reason why there’s less money about?  Are they the main reasons?  It’s hard to tell.  I bet if you dropped 10,000 or 20,000 extra tourists here tomorrow and the prices were the same as they are today, pockets would swell.  When was the last time you strolled in to a Walking Street bar on the weekend only to find it completely empty?  I walked in to Atlantis the other night and there were no seats.  None.  Biggest fish bowl in town and I could only stand in the back like I was watching a Kiss concert or something.  A few hours later down at Eruptions I found myself in the corner because I don’t like sitting right on the rail when the stage has already been picked over.  Perimeter bars seem to be doing just as well on the weekends as their neighbors down the way.  Weekdays are sparse but, I hardly find any places where I’ve taken up the only seat in the house.

Could it still be the girls or the bars?…why not…

The transformation of the atmosphere in the entertainment industry has caused mongers to seek other alternatives or pull out from going out as much (yes, I said pull out).  Not for all the businesses down the road mind you, but for a greater majority than any time in the past.  I’m not Sigmund Freud or anything, but human psychology suggests that these actions/behaviors are not going to get better any time soon and they are more likely to keep getting worse and worse (from a consumer standpoint).  There isn’t a reset button we can push so we just have to deal with it.

I haven’t had any issues with bars or attitudes; however, that’s not to say the next guy hasn’t.  It hasn’t changed my spending habits.  In my opinion, there are still plenty of innocent, shy, naïve types all over the place.  There’s a plethora of annoying “see how you are” types, and there are still diamonds in the rough if you have the time and patience to suss them out.  I guess it all depends on your particular cup of tea and if you’re in the right place at the right time.

Some of the girls have certainly gotten savvy enough to play us, that’s for sure.  But then again, haven’t they been doing that for a couple thousand millennia?  Absolutely.  It’s just that a.) we don’t like to be played, in fact we hate it – and b.) we already consider ourselves superior in just about every way possible so when it does happen we take it as a harsher blow to our ego than we would if it were another breed of girl, one we felt actually had a chance to outthink us to begin with.

Here we are crawling through slow season (low season in tourist speak) and while the rains are moderate, we have yet to get majorly typhoon’d.  Not even close.  I’ve seen a ton of girls in my recent outings.  There haven’t been any raids, or even the mention of one.  The people in City Hall are widening the roads making traffic somewhat bearable for a change.  Both MacArthur Highway and Friendship Highway from Korea Town going south past bridge are like the Autobahn.  Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is cleaning up the border fence along Perimeter road with new jeepney huts, a semi-decent walking path, and better lighting.  Every watering hole is running some sort of drink promo.  Room rates are down a notch.  The ratio of US to THEM is still heavily tilted in OUR favor.  After all we’re basically surrounded by them, literally.

Could it be the world economy?…

A few years back I sat down with John Inouye to chew the fat.  John was heading up the Doll House Group at the time.  He was one hell of a guy, someone I really admired in this town, and I’m sure anyone else who was familiar with him would agree.  (I mention him in the past tense because he lost his battle to cancer in December 2013.)

I found myself in the middle of an awkward conversation sometime in late 2012 with John at the end of the table.  Thank goodness he was there because I wouldn’t have navigated the waters as graciously as he did.  At a lunch one afternoon, he said to a wealthy Canadian woman that one of the major draws to Angeles was that guys could be whoever they want to be here.  She was fascinated – or morbidly curious rather, about the main attraction that is Angeles City. “What is it that you think brings these guys from all around the world to this place here,” she asked (apparently not having ventured too far)…

John didn’t just out and say one of the three-letter or five-letter words that most of us might have on the tip of our tongues, he waxed eloquent about it.  “Even if things aren’t as wild as they used to be,” John said, “you can dress up or dress down, stay straight or not, blow through cash or go tightwad, make a friend or two, get drunk or go sober and still wind up with a bit of strange day-in and day-out.  In this place you can be whoever you want to be.”

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing because she somehow mistook the word “strange” for like, strangers.  “They are here for strangers you said?”  Uhhhhh.

Whatever it was, to this day I still have to agree with the statements he made.  The only problem is that the current economic conditions in many parts of the world might not allow as many guys to come out and play as much anymore.  There’s a large portion of the money lost right there (not to mention the aforementioned difficulty getting in to or out of the country.)

Could you be whoever you want to be back home?  Probably not.  Not without a big bankroll and a disconnect from a lot of things like social responsibility, family, you name it.  The world might offer the average guy less than 100 relatively safe places to forget who they are and become someone else for a while.  That is a luxury that is not often afforded in ones lifetime, lotto winners aside.  Maybe the overall tourism numbers are down because a lot of guys got wiped out in 2008…

Ten or so years ago the guy sitting on his couch in Omaha, Nebraska could afford to be here next week, living the dream.  The guy from Darwin, Australia on work leave…could hop up here to find a future wife-type before the end of the day if he so desired.  Whatever tickles your fancy, right?  Guys definitely had more disposable income a few years back.  Now they are stuck dreaming, and we complain about being here sometimes…geez, sometimes someone needs to remind us to look at things from another perspective.

Having a good time out here is all a point of view – it just depends on who’s looking. There are still good times to be had for any budget, whether you’re a cheap charlie or a high roller.

Could it be the demographics?…

If you add up a everything, what’s not on the list?  What one thing is missing that used to be here?  I’ll give you a hint, it’s not more girls.  Angeles in particular is starting to lack a certain demographic – younger guys.  What’s the definition of a younger guy…..under 40?  I don’t mean to offend anyone but there’s a cut off somewhere in there where young/middle-aged/older occurs.  I’m no spring chicken but being a mid-30’s guy myself I hate to be the one who brings it up, the lack of younger tourists, not to mention the guys in uniform, are hurting both Angeles and Olongapo.  Jimmy D would back me up on this I’m sure – that and the action here is expensive and tame compared to not too long ago.  New money has to come in more often otherwise things are going to continue to be stagnant.  It’s like a being at a casino – the pit bosses don’t want professional card counters sitting at their tables, they want that guy they call the “dumb money chip” – they want him and all of his friends who are piss drunk celebrating a bachelor party to just push their money over one hand at a time.  Apply that same analogy to spending in this town and you can see how a lot of places would benefit from the “dumb money.”

That’s not to say that smart money would hurt either – I’m sure Angeles and Olongapo could both use a few dozen more real business men, real investor types who have the capital to do things and the business acumen to get it all done in a country that is notoriously difficult to do business in as a foreigner.

For the local expats reading this I say forget about what the bar owners are doing because we know better.  A group of guys fresh off the boat don’t have any idea about the inner workings of these businesses – they’re still trying to get over the “come inside, sir” shouted from every direction.  Most if not all just want to enjoy their time while they can and usually toss some money around while they are at it.

Given the fact that we live here we can find a little bit of comfort by knowing where all the best deals are to be had – they don’t.  We have time on our sides, slow and steady wins the race.  Think about the tortoise and the hare.  Our monthly overhead can be less than their stay at a decent hotel for the weekend.  We get to live this lifestyle, while they come to party.  We might do things in moderation and cut loose once in awhile, but younger guys normally just spend without worrying about capital preservation.  This youthful income stream is declining rapidly around here…am I the only one who notices?

The potentially bigger problem is the loss of local investment, which is why certain locations in Thailand are booming – money is flowing through like a river in some places.

Could it be because we forget to compare? – Case Study:  Los Angeles vs. Angeles City

Here’s food for thought, and this brings me back to my earlier mention of doing a case study:  Try ordering 3 or 4 drinks at any decent club in Los Angeles and entertaining a few truly spoiled girls who don’t give a crap about you.  See how quickly your pocketbook dries up.  Have you forgotten how cheap it is to be here for entertainment purposes?

One round of drinks at a top L.A. nightclub might set you back $50-$100+ with the tip.  Here in Angeles City….even if the bar gave you DLD’s for 3 or 4 girls, including your order, including a tip at the end, you’re looking at maybe $35-$40 at most per round.  No DLD’s and you’re looking at a $20 spot.  Multiply it out by a couple hours and then try to get the finish line – in L.A. you’d be lucky to get out for $400-$600.  Maybe a grand who knows.  Around here, in a couple hours you could sort out your situation for under $200 easily.  Under $100 easy too.  And if you’re smart, you get what you want for like….P500 to P1000.  Heck, I’ll go as far as saying that you could get what you want for the price of trike fare if you want to be that stingy.  Guys from the UK, feel free to swap out this entire conversation and use the word quid….is the math not sound?

Plain and simple, tourism is down.  I don’t need to point out the long-term economic problem this pattern brings along with it.  The weekend warriors, the “weekend millionaires” probably spend more money in the entertainment sector in 2-3-4 days than most local expats do in a month.  They also have to pay for their flight, transport, everything.  Us locals aren’t bad for businesses because we repeat more often, we are the bread and butter so to speak, but we are also usually more careful about our spending.

At the end of it all, every single business is intertwined in this system some way.  From the airport to the hotel, from the hotel to your stomach, from your stomach to your…..use your imagination fellas.  Your patience is definitely tested here but we must remind ourselves that Rome wasn’t built in a day either.  (Ain’t that the truth.)

What I still love about the Philippines is twofold:  first, the greater majority of the people are kind towards us and tolerate our crap.  We want what we want for whatever reason and we want it to be cheap and NOW.  Eff being patient.  And yet they still smile and call us “Sir” all the time.  Second reason for liking the Philippines, this place has a ton of potential because everything seems years behind where it is in other countries.  Look around and you’ll see most sectors have room for growth.  We just have to get past the “what ifs” on this list to get there.  It might take 10 or 20 or 80 times longer to straighten the infrastructure out compared to a first world country, but that’s the way the ball bounces.

Of course, I could be wrong about everything.  What’s missing (besides the money)?  I am interested to know what other people think about this.  We probably all have issues about either the airport, airlines, immigration, or something similar.  Send me a message at rememberthehorse@gmail.com and if it’s good I’ll add you to next months reader submissions on this subject.  We’ll start up a new subject next time.  Until then, keep your ears peeled!

Miss Pinatubo 2015 Swimsuit Competition and Pool Party at Scorebird’s Hotel

My apologies for starting this section off with an odd admission, but one of the things I enjoyed about this years Miss Pinatubo swimsuit competition was that it wasn’t elbow-to-elbow crowded.  Then again, it’s not like I did a head count.

  

Scorebird’s Hotel has a nice wide-open layout and a 2nd and 3rd level so maybe it just seemed spacious because everyone was more spread out.  I remember before Scorebird’s was built these gatherings were done over at Wild Orchid.  Perhaps due to the fact that there are more grassy areas it just seemed like more partygoers showed up – the extra space allowed for easier engagement with the ladies.  I didn’t get to mingle much this year because I was busy taking pictures.  I was surprised at how laid back the crowd was overall.  In years prior guys would have been circling the pool like sharks.  Cue the Jaws music….

The forecast is probably what kept a larger audience away this time around.  I could have done without the light rain shower that came through in the middle of the festivities, but for the most part the weather held up just fine.  You’ll notice about 4 or 5 of the ladies had their pictures taken on the balcony – this was to prevent the camera from getting wet.

The buffet was good as always, lots of easy going gents attended, and the girls were hot-hot.  There’s some real stunners in this group.  Don’t forget to check out the Miss Ponytail’s swimsuit contest on July 11th at 2 PM, same place, same time.  They’ll also be having their talent, swimsuit, and gown competitions over at Ponytails, check the July schedule of events for more details.

April from Club Atlantis

Mary Grace from Crystal Palace

Sheryl from Club Asia

Mocha from Club Atlantis

Bebelin from Pony Tails

Aida Mae from Tropix

Marianne from Club Atlantis

Renilia from Pony Tails

Ailyn from Club Atlantis

Vanessa from Crystal Palace

Derica from Doll House

Aira Marie from Crystal Palace

Marla – Freelance

Fatima from Club Asia

Concon from Pony Tails

Erlinda from Doll House

Analiza from Club Asia

Kim from Club Atlantis

Maike from Doll House

Princess from Tropix

Jennifer from Crystal Palace

Elsa from Club Atlantis

Lovely Tracy from Tropix

Sally from Club Asia

Elaine from Club Atlantis

Ronalyn from Pony Tails

Hanelit from Tropix

Criselle from Crystal Palace

Ina – Freelance

Dana from Club Atlantis

Marie from Tropix

Winniemar from Tropix

April from Club Asia

Maryl from Doll House

Ruby from Tropix

Aira from Club Atlantis

Alicia from Doll House

Some night shots from around Fields Avenue and Perimeter Road:

[If you live here locally you can skip this section as you’ve seen it all before.  Drop down to No. 7 Bar...]

I’ve been hitting the pavement more and more since jumping onboard with HTH.  I’ll be including pictures whenever possible.  As an aside, should your face appear in any picture you can contact me directly to have it changed/removed.

A partial picture batch from Walking Street down Don Juico Avenue:

You’re probably familiar with all these places already, but for the newbs out there – take a walk down Angeles City’s most famous street (not every establishment is included, just some):

        

No. 7 Bar:

No. 7 is a part of the complex behind Jumong restaurant, on the MacArthur Highway end of Walking Street.

Really the only strange thing about No. 7 is the location – you have to walk down that short alleyway area directly across from Paradise Beer Garden (look for the gigantic guitar at the end of the walkway).  This place would likely be jam packed if it were right on the road.  The layout is good – there’s lots of space, plenty of cute dancers, a decent billiards table that isn’t crowded, a proper dartboard, and one of the most friendly bar owners in town, John.  He’s recruited himself a good Aussie manager down there as well.

John is from Korea and one of the things I like about him is that he is sometimes out on Fields to greet patrons and walk them inside, and unlike a lot of other owners if he sees you paying up he’ll walk you back out to Fields.  He shakes hands on the way in and the way out, that’s not something you see everyday.  From managers maybe, but not owners.  No. 7 is one of those places I was surprised about, you know….you walk back in there and you think you’re getting ready to step into a closet but it’s really quite the opposite.

Stop in for a try.  No. 7 does a Sunday promo:  buy one Jack Daniel’s, get one free.  John also has a beach resort project opening in Bataan next month, I will try to get some pictures of it.

The Living Room Cocktail Bar & Music Lounge: Rooftop Queen’s Hotel

This is one of the best-kept secrets in Angeles at the moment, The Living Room Lounge atop the Queen’s Hotel.  Why don’t people know more about this place?

I’m up there a couple times a week before I hit the streets.  It is full of plush leather couches, dim lighting, good music, flat screens, and has a game room with darts, billiards, foosball, beer pong, with nice décor.  All this with a view to boot.

It’s all air-conditioned as well which I know a lot of guys prefer.  It’s swanky but not over the top.  They have a live music duo that performs on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night from 8 PM until 12 midnight.  Another cool trick, if you’re a non-smoker like me you can step out on the balcony for air and sit at one of the tables.

If you are already going to Paradise Beer Garden, Phillies, or Margarita Station – definitely check this location out.  You won’t be disappointed.  Queens is located just one block behind Skytrax Disco.

Wednesday night is Ladies Night – there is a free drink for every unescorted lady, and 50% off drinks for the ladies as well.  I haven’t heard the results yet but I think this place has a lot of potential and when the HTH website gets plugged into Facebook in the coming months this place is going to be packed.

I have every intention of doing a more in-depth review of this entire establishment so I’ll save the rest for later, for now take a look at some pictures.

RBI Steak House – Ground Floor Queen’s Hotel:

On my way up to The Living Room, I dropped in the RBI Steakhouse to meet up with the co-owner Geoff and exchange information.  You can tell he’s been burning the midnight oil making sure this restaurant gets off to a great start.  Several times I’ve past by the entrance on my way to the elevator (to go to the Living Room) and I’ve seen Jeff chatting with patrons at the tables.  They also accept bitcoin and I’ve noticed some interesting customers come through…..

I’m hearing really great things about the food here.  Angeles is starting to get a few more foreign chefs so I expect the quality and attention to detail to start going up.

Jimmy D had a chance to get in there and you’ve probably already read his contribution.  I apologize for not having more pictures (especially of the food) – but as a parting gift I snapped a shot of the staff and some of their steaks.

They have a variety of excellent cuts from USDA such as Ribeye, New York strip, Tenderloin, Tomahawk, and T-Bone.

Phillie’s Sports Grill & Bar:

Phillie’s enjoys one of the best locations in town – central to everything, within walking distance of everything else.  Billiards, sports, people watching, and a live bands on the weekends. They are doing a 4th of July Barbecue beginning at 12 noon until late.  Special prices on hot dogs, steak sandwiches, and stuff.

More Phillie’s things in the coming months….

New Beginnings:

Piccolo Padre’s New Location:

Chef Dan has taken up the space over at Prime Asia Hotel.  I already liked this hotel before he got there, the only thing they were lacking was a good menu.  Problem solved!

Piccolo Padre is one of the very best places to enjoy a meal within a 50-mile radius of Angeles.  The interior is not ready to be shown just yet but I assume you’ll be updated next month.

Prime Asia is renovating their rooftop as well.  They punched out the gym and something “new and exciting” is apparently coming in.  Can’t wait to check it out.  I think I know what it is already but don’t want to jump the gun…

Zeppelin Suites Condominiums in Hensonville:

Their slogan is “Rises Above The Rest” – and let me tell you, this place is on the up and up.  All 7-floors of it.

You might be familiar with one of the partners here, Neil, formerly a partner of the Orchid Group (Orchid Inn, Wild Orchid, and Bourbon Street Condos).  He has been involved in various development projects here for years.

Where to begin – first off the location is superb.  Being on Zeppelin Street you’re not on a main road but you are just a couple blocks from connecting to one by jumping on Malabanias.  Everything is a couple minutes away.  This will be an excellent place to live comfortably and quietly.

Without any other tall buildings around you get an unobstructed view of the surrounding areas and the fact that you’re next to a 9-hole golf course doesn’t hurt.  The property is set to be mixed-use so there will be some commercial spaces on the bottom floor with a coffee shop, convenience store, or sports bar.

     

The list of details is extensive so I’ll bullet them here:

  • ·Units Available:
    • ·Studio Type A (35 sqm)
    • ·Studio Type B (55 sqm)
    • ·One-Bedroom A (75 sqm)
    • ·One-Bedroom B (85 sqm)
    • ·Two-Bedroom (140 sqm which is a One-bedroom B plus a studio B)
  • ·The Units:  Each unit comes complete with interior design, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, fixtures, ceramic tiles, with the kitchen area fitted out with nice cabinets, range with hood, and stone counter tops.  You get everything except the furniture, oven, and refrigerator.  There are furniture packages available.  Each unit has a balcony so you can step outside.  They are willing to work with buyers on fixtures if you want to customize.
  • ·The Grounds:  24-hour concierge, swimming pool with garden area, two-elevators, security features.
  • ·Exclusive Features:  Car rental (self-driven), car service (with driver), airport pick up and drop off, maid and laundry services, and a helicopter landing pad on the roof.

Their show room is complete and they are open 10 AM to 5 PM, 7-days a week, for you to go down and see for yourself.  The same team that did Central Park Tower Resort and Prime Asia Hotel designed Zeppelin Suites.  In case you hadn’t noticed, they are two of the nicest new places to stay in town.

If you’re looking to buy or invest, this is the place.  The price point is really outstanding.  Now through August they are doing a VAT free promo, which will save you about half a million pesos on a one-bedroom unit.  You’ll also get a 5% discount if you pay with cash.  Additionally, they have flexible payment terms in-house.

For more information and a full list of floor plans check out their website and the map below for location.  Zeppelin Suites contact information:

Website:  www.zeppelinsuites.com
Phone:  +6345.304.3016, +63998.224.3692, +63916.449.1253
Email: sales@zeppelinsuites.com

(Map courtesy of Google Maps)

A couple tidbits from Subic:

The MV Logos Hope docks at Rivera Pier in SBMA:

The MV Logos Hope – the world’s largest floating bookstore is parked in Subic until July 6 before it heads to La Union.  Small admission of P20 to park, P20 per person to get in.

Directions to get there from Barrio Barretto – down the winding hill past the cemetery, hang a right over the bridge on to SBMA, then stay straight going past the hospital (don’t veer left to Royal Duty Free / Harbor Point Mall).

Go through the next stop sign, stay straight and go all the way to the end of the road.  When you reach the “T” make a right, and then make another left.  Go straight down and look for a manned gate.  (If you turn towards the waterfront a few streets early watch out for the one-way that leads you past Texas Joe’s Restaurant, you’ll end up doubling back). The entrance is a few hundred yards from the ship and it’s a P20 manned gate that you have to stop your way through for a second.  Stay straight and look for the big white ship.

I was thinking it was going to be levels and levels of books, but it turned out to just be one section of the ship.  They lured me in because they promoted themselves online somewhere as a library, alas…..if you’ve ever been inside a Barnes & Noble you’ll want to pass on this, but if you have children they’ll sure enjoy it.

New casual dining restaurant opens on National Highway in Barrio Barretto:

Wild Herbs Resto-Bar, located next door to Dynamite Dicks on the waterside of National Highway, literally popped up out of nowhere it seems.  (Hence the name, Wild Herbs?)  It was raining outside so I didn’t get a good exterior shot, and there are only 5 tables inside with seating for 16 so I didn’t want to bore you with a picture of empty tables.  Patio tables are coming soon so folks can sit outside.

This place could double for semi-fine dining given the area it’s in.  I met the proprietress, Jocelyn Axtell, who’s also the chef.  You’ll pay a very miniscule premium for the quality but from what I can tell she truly cares about the food she’s making and won’t compromise her reputation for less-than-quality ingredients or preparation.   You don’t get a huge plate of food, but what you do get is concocted with your taste buds in mind.

It’s always hit-or-miss trying new places without a recommendation from anyone so I was expecting it to be “average” like most places you come across the first time.  The main reason I’m even writing this to begin with is because it was much better than I had anticipated.

The Chinese Chicken Salad was spot on – impressed me right from the start.  Her Shrimp Pad Thai substitutes usual Thai flat noodles for a more Filipino-style pancit, it still works well especially for a date if (when) you stop by with a lady friend.  The Penne Al’ Arrabiata uses decent size chunks of ground beef mixed in with whatever her red sauce recipe is – it was somewhat heavy so I ended up taking it out and finishing the rest back at the hotel later.  There was a small hint of sweetness in my pasta sauce, which I tend to believe is a Filipino-style thing, but it was subtle if anything.  Either way, none of that food went to waste.

  

It was one of the better meals I’ve had in Barretto…..ever.  Outside of a handful of places and the hotels, Barretto has been known in the past to lack variety and consistency so I’ll let you know how round two goes.

I’ll follow up with this resto soon, for now you can check their FB account wildherbsrestaurant, or phone +639064971499 for a table reservation.

A couple of cuties from Buccaneer Bar:

A few friends and I stopped in to Buccaneer for a chinwag with the ladies and to throw down a drink with owner Dave Fisher, along with a few of his pals.  I really like the Dryden group bars because the girls are super laidback and you get a lot of camaraderie with guys who stop in.  Fields Bars especially don’t really promote guy talk like Perimeter and Barretto do.

Some people might say, “why would I want to go in to a bar to talk to guys?”  I have one thing to say to that:  good luck carrying on a conversation with one of the girls, haha.

Off the beaten track – Part 1:  Cock Fighting

I want to try and bring HTH reader’s different kinds of content rather than just carpet-bombing you with reviews and girls.  Sometimes it is good to shake things up.  I’ve decided that every so often I’m going to get off the beaten track and get into some local things that most tourists aren’t really aware of.  There are still adventures to be had all over these islands if you are willing to get out there.  This time we head to the Fernando Coliseum in Mabiga, Mabalacat.

On Saturday, June 27, I went down to there for my first Cock Fighting event.  I never realized how much betting guys are doing on this sport.

I don’t know anything about cock fighting parlance – all I can say is that when you’re there it’s calm one minute, it’s crazy the next, feathers fly, and a victor is announced (if not there isn’t a draw).

  

  

You need to be in with one of the locals to have this kind of experience because first, the moment the betting starts the stadium area erupts with noise – guys are yelling numbers, flashing their fingers and hand gestures, all this stuff you have no idea about.  What guys are looking for is someone offering the best odds and when they take it, it’s locked in.  The fight starts and ends, losers pay up, winners collect.

I only placed one bet for 500 pesos and wouldn’t you know it, the two cocks drew to a tie.  They were only fighting for about 8-seconds when they flew right past each other and fell to the ground at the same time. You might wonder how a tie is possible, well apparently it has something to do with what happens when the referee picks them up after a they make contact.  The referee restarts the fight over and over until one cock gives up and does not try to peck (or bite?) the other one.  One fight in particular went on for about 5-minutes and the guy standing next to me won P20,000+ (not sure what his wager was though.)

Directions for getting there:  From Balibago (Fields Avenue) go down MacArthur Highway past the Dau bus terminal.  You’ll pass St. Raphael hospital on the left, Hypermarket on the left, and you stay on MacArthur Highway until you go past the underpass (which is the SCTEX Highway).  At the next 7-11 store, go left, and go left again before you reach the next gated complex – you’ll see a gravel road and there’s a manned booth there for parking admission.  P20 for parking a motorbike, P40 for cars, and P350 admission per adult.

Without traffic this ride takes about 8-10 minutes on a trike, but considering Dau is always a traffic jam tack on another 10-15 for good measure.

What do they do with the losing cocks?  Well I’ll give you one guess, and it’s finger lickin’ good.

Calendar of July events:

If you are an owner/manager/investor and have read this far down, or if you know of anyone who wants their events promoted, have them get in touch.  This is not a complete list at this time, it’s just a few things I’ve found while putting this newsletter together.

In the future expect this to be a bigger section – I’m just too bogged down with everything to be more meticulous:

Dollhouse Group:

Independence Day for USA -  Saturday, July 4thFor all us Yanks – Tequila Reef Cantina is having their “All You Can Eat” Buffet from 6 PM onwards.  P445 per person, or P805 per couple.  Frozen Margaritas will be P120 each.  Been there before for this buffet and also Thanksgiving Day – I wish I were in town for this time but unfortunately I’m stepping out

Additionally, Phillie’s is having a special on some food beginning at 12 noon until late on the 4th.

Elsewhere –  UFC 189 on July 11th: (July 12th in the Philippines)

Are you one of the million plus people who felt like the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was an overhyped dud?  Me too.

UFC 189’s main event features featherweight Brazilian champion José Aldo (25-1) versus the flash Irish kid Conor McGregor (17-2).  José is the UFC’s consensus pound-for-pound #1 after Jon “Bones” Jones was stripped of his belt and crown a couple months ago for being a complete idiot.

Aldo is also undefeated in nearly 10-years, riding an 18-fight win streak, really only having been tested (I say that term loosely) two or three times.  He has destroyed pretty much everyone he’s faced – and you don’t stay on top of your division for this long by accident.

McGregor on the other hand, is a beast.  He’s about as brash and arrogant as the UFC has witnessed.  He makes for good television, and the pre-sales on the pay-per-view are the biggest the UFC has ever had.  I don’t even know how McGregor makes it down to 145-pounds to fight, his out of competition weight is probably 175-180’ish.  He finishes guys early so it will be interesting to see if Aldo can drag him in to deep water in the later rounds.

The co-main event has long time brawler American Robbie Lawler (25-10), who is the champion of the welterweight division, up against Canadian Rory McDonald (18-2).  Lawler won a “controversial” split-decision against McDonald in late 2013, and this also looks to be a great battle.

UFC 189 will be on the Balls Channel (Channel 90 for Converge) on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM, July 12th.  Head down to Rob’s Gastropub, Phillie’s, or Paradise Beer Garden to catch it with a friend.  Order yourself some steak and eggs and let’s hope it’s the blood bath it has the potential to be.

(On July 1 shortly after this newsletter was posted José Aldo had to pull out of this contest with a rib injury.  It will now be #2 Chad Mendes (17-2) vs. Conor McGregor. (17-2)  Aldo knocked out Mendes in their first bout and went the distance with a unanimous decision the second time they fought, now McGregor has to earn an interim title before he can try to unify against Aldo at some later date.  Bummer!…)

Movies coming out in the SM or Marquee Cinema soon:

I’m not sure about the reviews, but here’s a handful of movies guys might like coming out in July:

  • Terminator Genisys – July 1
  • Ant-man – July 15
  • Ted 2 – July 15
  • Point Break – July 29
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – July 31 

Some Local Bar Promos: 

WOW Wednesdays!:  Every Wednesday from 6-8 PM enjoy P65 local drinks, P150 ladies drinks, raffle prizes, and finger food from Tequila reef, along with additional guest dancers those nights.  These places get packed around this time so show up a tad early if you want a comfortable spot.

Here’s the schedule:

  • July 1 – La Bamba
  • July 8 – After Dark
  • July 15 – Rhapsody
  • July 22 – Monsoon

Manic Mondays:  Same info, different places:

  • July 6 – Crazy House
  • July 13 – La Bamba
  • July 20 – After Dark

Status of the new HTH website:  

I have included some screenshots of the upcoming design change for HTH Version 2.0.  This gives you a glimpse of where things are headed.  I still haven’t settled on a logo yet but it’s coming.

The first 3 pictures you see what the home page will look like from your desktop or laptop, then mobiles, and then for you tablet users.  The site will launch just before August 1st – I am pushing for the 4th week of July so that anyone who wants to check it out can get in and fumble through it to get the feel beforehand.

HTH Desktop & Laptop Version

HTH Mobile Version

HTH Tablet Version

The site will feature 9 main categories:   Hotels, Restaurants, Local Info, News, Entertainment, Classified Ads, Popular, Harry’s Place, and Newsletters.  The categories you know from the old website will also be available as subcategories on Harry’s Place.

Like most up-to-date websites, I think what I like most is that the design allows for easy maneuvering from category to category.  A guy might be looking at a classified ad and see an article written about your restaurant or something, and click over to see it.  From there, he might see a submission from you the reader on one of your experiences in the Philippines, click…click….scroll….click.  We filter information so quickly when we receive it bit by bit instead of scrolling the entire page to look for something (like the newsletter forces you to do) – we can quickly pick and choose what we want.

Due to the fact that this is such a huge undertaking, I have to warn everyone that the website will not be completely filled up with information until we (I, for now) begin in August.  I would love to be out getting a head start on all these things but I’m going through all of Jimmy’s Newsletters, all 8000-pages in Microsoft Word – to have them SEO optimized and the content divided over each main category.  One thing that Google hasn’t done for the HTH website is pick up a lot of content, and that was because this version of HTH as it is not optimized, and second, because there has been scraped content in Jimmy’s newsletters that needs to be fixed.  No problem, just takes time to fix it up.

Will there be a forum?  No, there will not be a forum.  Forums are great and provide guys with a platform to connect and share, but I’ve also seen it get out of hand and pissing contests spill out before moderators can lock down a thread.  I don’t want to mediate anything, nor do I want to put someone in charge of babysitting what people say either.

The new HTH website will have a simple registration for users to post their comments on each article like I mentioned above.  Plug in your email address, pick a username, and that’s it.  You can also tie in with your Facebook account if you find it more convenient (as I know a lot of small businesses around here will want to use their Facebook accounts.)

If someone comments you can respond to their comment and on the surface this appears to be forum-like.  A couple paragraphs from now I’ll explain how this will work because it won’t be a free-for-all.  There will be levels of controls built in to keep the trolls out, to keep out the 20 or so guys I’ve seen on the forums who just want to rain on the parade, and to keep this website beneficial to everyone, everywhere.  Unlike forums that require a registration to see all the sections including the advanced parts, the new HTH website does not.  It is still open just like before; however, commenting requires registration.

Forthcoming changes in decorum:

It had previously occurred to me that some people want things to stay the same.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, people are resistant to change.

Here’s what I know:  I have received dozens of emails and I’ve met up with hundreds of people during the month of June who know of Jimmy/Harry, and the website itself.  The common complaint shared by everyone is that there isn’t someone promoting the tourism here properly, there’s too much doom and gloom, and there’s too much political ranting going on.  I hear you guys.

The new site should help divide the content for you to filter on your own.  Jimmy’s political rants are great for guys who want to know what is being thought by someone like Jimmy – current state of affairs around the West and whatnot.  These are the type of guys who might watch a bit of Fox News, and read political on goings in the world.  I know plenty of guys who are in to this and that’s the main reason why I won’t get rid of it.  I’m not a political guy and from the very start I told Jimmy that he can continue the political rants section all he wants because it is not and will not be my area of focus moving forward.

Here’s the hard part:  Some would say this is the impossible part, actually….

Accountability.  For example, If I write a short article about a laundry shop on Narciso Street with their location, contact number, and rates, you might not see the hundreds of good reviews they should have received because people tend to not take the time to review a place if they have had a good experience.  However, if someone has a bad experience they come out guns a blazin’…..and that could really paint a lopsided picture of what the business is hoping to accomplish.

I know this kind of thing happens all the time.  A friend of mine here owned a home and hotel massage service.  In my opinion they were the best in town before she recently turned the business over to someone else (it was a hobby for her as far as I could tell – her family owns one of the largest businesses in Pampanga so they aren’t hurting for money).

I recommended them to everyone I knew, and which massage therapists were the best – everyone I referred said they had a good experience.  They were reliable and consistent, and that’s hard to find anywhere in this town.  I felt good because my recommendation helped the business and helped my friends work out their kinks.  Win-win.

One time a friend of a friend I recommended them to went spastic because they charged him the regular rate of P350 per hour for his massage.  He knew the price before they arrived because he saved the text messages.  Apparently I had been receiving the “preferred rate” of P250 for years and years because I was one of their early clients and helped promote their business, and I lived close to their home base.  Rates were different out on Clark if they had to drive further.  He got all bent out of shape and then tried to tell all our other mutual friends that they were crap and that he didn’t enjoy his massage.  I used them weekly for years without a single incident, and he tries them once and goes nuts over P100?  Give me a break.

In order to prevent this:  All of the comments on the website will be reviewed before actually showing up on the site for the public to view.  I don’t expect there to be a ton of comments because people may find it easier to just message me directly for a reader submission.  We’ll see how it goes.

This process will be done for a few reasons:  One, there will be a need to make sure that the language in the comments is useful and bearable to all audiences.  When people are angry they tend to stop being constructive.  If there is any foul language mentioned in a comment, it will never go online – period.  Two, it will allow someone to contact the owner to let them know of the review if necessary (I believe auto-contact might be built in to the article commenting actually, but I’m still checking.)  Three, it will allow that owner to rectify the situation, respond, and if they want, perhaps have the review lifted.  I suspect that reviews will remain up long enough for people to read them if they are checking in on that particular article and reading different things regularly.  If there are no changes to the review it means the owner didn’t care to follow up and it will just stick.  It’s better to PROMOTE businesses rather than tear them down, and certain agencies here are never going to change.  The process of promotion will drive more and more people to the businesses we use on a regular basis and people will figure it out from there.

I remember when I first arrived here 6-years ago I was like, “where do I find this?”  Word of mouth is still practically the only way to get pointed in the right direction around here.  Soon, not anymore.  Have some patience, it will get built out over time.

The new Local Info section gets tricky:  By far the largest section on the new website in terms of subcategories will be the local info section.  Local info is alpha listed starting from accounting services, acupuncture, dentists, doctors, going all the way down to water delivery services and wholesale stores.

If you want to focus on one topic, you can do just that.  Refer someone to the new website to find something locally – from carpenters to home massage services, you name it.  As for the tourism side well……I have absolutely no problem with promoting the right kinds of businesses in each section of the website.  If you care about your business and your customer, you should be listed on the new website.  By the way, there is no charge to be listed.

These businesses will be listed solely so that HTH readers can identify what they want as quickly as possible.  As the site develops in the coming months/years and these sections fill up – whether through the course of our work, or the course of your contribution by mentioning a certain place or places that you enjoy using for your services, it will grow into what I hope it will be.

Reflecting on the overall goals of HTH Version 2.0:  As it was mentioned in one of the reader submissions listed above, there will be more reviews of hotels, restaurants, and the local practices.  If I visit a place I will share that experience.

Jimmy D has been writing a certain way for years:  he introduces you to the newsletter, provides reader submissions, news topics, tidbits, tourists, I would if I could, reviews of local businesses, and usually closes off with political rants.  His contributions over the years will provide the foundation for which the site is built on.  Moving forward, my feet will be on the pavement, pictures will be plentiful, and I’ll be getting back to your emails as quickly as possible.

My HTH newsletters will be content driven first – I will link to news articles and summarize where possible, write fresh content about topics and minimize the amount of copying and pasting that is done.  Not because I don’t want to be unoriginal, but because I’d prefer to stay in the good graces of Google et al.

One of my goals with HTH V2.0 is to promote to a younger crowd while still balancing it out so that the older guys don’t run for the hills.  Hence the overhaul.  More Lifestyle stuff.  Samples. Pictures. Ideas. Trips. Bachelor type stuff sometimes, with plenty of throwbacks for the guys who are settled down with families and whatnot.

Current or Future advertisers:  I can tell everyone now that the advert places on the new website will consist of banner ads 728 x 90 (width/height) and 250 x 250 pixel (square) advertisements.  The home page of the new HTH website will not have any flashing .gif advertisements on it, nor will the new newsletters.  People want to read without flashing in their eyes.  If you wish to supply me with a .gif file for the other pages on the site that will be fine – there is plenty of advertising space to be taken.

The best thing to do if you’re interested is to supply me with multiple kinds of banners or square adverts and we can go from there starting in August.  If you have a graphic design artist I would ask them to produce each size in both .jpg (or .png) and also .gif if you wish.  Having both will make the transition from this site to the next much easier.  I will be in touch with you soon and rates will not change for you until September however negligible that may be.

I didn’t even mention the Phantom 3 Drone that I bought and my plans for shooting aerial…..oh wait, I guess I just did.  More on that later…

Conclusions…

Writing this newsletter was challenging but this kind of thing is right up my alley.  I already know where I have failed though.  I have been so busy running around, and punching up the past HTH site content that I didn’t get as much into this as I wanted.  I typed a lot yeah, but the local events, and news, weren’t as good as I wanted them to be (and if Jimmy didn’t pick up the slack there’d be no news at all.)

I know a lot of older guys hate change and will probably despise the fact that a young buck like me has a voice and a wide audience to cast it out to.  I’m a fairly respectful guy and I understand that this is not a process many people are fond of.  I’m with you – change usually sucks, because it seems that most things change for the worse; that, or we only notice the bad changes because our brains don’t get the same reward as when things change for the better.

Do me the courtesy of giving me a chance to get things going around here before you crucify me.  I’m open to suggestions and constructive criticism is always ok.  Also, if you see me out and about please stop me or get my attention, I’m always approachable and the networking aspect has the potential to help everyone.  My role as facilitator around here is not complete without the local guys who are also willing to give me their two cents.

August will likely produce another monthly newsletter, because previously I was adamant about switching over to weekly updates.  Now that I’ve composed this newsletter, which looks to be the longest newsletter ever on HTH V1.0 because of all the pictures, I think the new format will be like this….

I will update the website daily or randomly whenever I feel, and topics of urgent nature will be posted on the front page as soon as they are confirmed by multiple sources.

I’ll also write a monthly newsletter to draw attention to and/or summarize the updates that I make throughout the month so you the audience have a couple options to choose from:  Option A would be to check in here whenever you want to get a dose of what’s happening because things will constantly be updated and new posts/articles written.  Or, Option B and you wait until the 1st of the month and get it all in one shot with extras when the newsletter is published.

The newsletter won’t be an exact summary of what took place over the month, it will highlight some things and contain content not yet posted.  I plan to publish the newsletter on or before 12 midnight on the 1st of each month, which corresponds with the last day of the month around most of the world.

Now that the new website will be mobile-friendly, you can always check HTH V2.0 out from the airport when you’re stuck waiting for your delayed flight to take off.  Haha.

Many thanks to everyone who scrolled all the way down.  See you next month!

JD & JC

JD:  jimharryhorse@gmail.com

JC:  rememberthehorse@gmail.com

Stats for this newsletter:

Word count:  23,509

Pages in Microsoft Word (before pictures and adverts):  53 1/3

Pictures included:  113

Adverts included:  25

 

 
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DOUGLAS SLADE ARRESTED AGAIN – GOOD BYE?

Posted by admin on June 5, 2015 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

Dougie Slade might finally be deported from the Philippines.

74 year old pedophile Douglas Michael Slade who has been living in the Philippines for 30 years has been arrested to face historical charges over sexual abuse of young boys in the United Kingdom.  A spokeswoman for Avon & Somerset Police in Britain told Balita Pinoy:  ”We’re aware of reports that a 74-year-old former Bristol man has been arrested by the immigration authorities in the Philippines.  We can confirm this man is wanted by Avon and Somerset Police in connection with non-recent sex offences committed mainly in the Bristol area. The offences are alleged to have occurred in the 1970s and 1980s and our investigation currently involves seven victims, who are all now adults.  We’re working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service following this latest development.”  Immigration commission spokeswoman Elaine Tan stated that Douglas Michael Slade was arrested by immigration agents on Wednesday at his home in Angeles City – where he has lived since 1985 and is a permanent resident of the Philippines.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents on Wednesday apprehended British national Douglas Michael Slade, a suspected child sex offender in the United Kingdom (UK) and who poses a significant risk to children.

74-year old Slade, a permanent resident in the Philippines, was charged following a letter from the British Embassy saying that he is a wanted sex offender in their country. He was arrested in his home in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Records say that as early as the 1970s, he was linked to a UK activist group called the Pedophile Information Exchange. He has also reportedly molested a 14 year old boy while he was in the UK.

He was likewise arrested numerous times for Child Abuse and Child Pornography in Angeles City. In the mid-1990s, he faced charges involving four children found naked in a swimming pool at his home.

He lived for ten years in Angeles City near a school, making it easy for him to lure children to his home. Allegedly, boys as young as eight years old lined up outside his house and were paid P150 to pose for nude photos and to perform sex acts on him.

He was also re-arrested after indecent images of boys were found in his laptop. Parents of his alleged victims, all under the age of 12, positively identified their children in the photographs, and attested that Slade molested them. A total of five criminal cases were filed against him, all of which were dismissed.

On January 26, he was charged as an undesirable alien by the Bureau of Immigration. He denied the charges and claimed that the accusations against him are “make believe” and is a “magical fantasy”.

“Slade’s reported acts pose a significant risk and threat to children’s wellbeing,” said BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison. “The wellbeing of our children is considered the utmost interest of the State. We will not allow any such corruption of our youth to happen,” he added. Slade was arrested after being found liable for undesirability. He is currently quarantined at the BI Bicutan Detention Facility pending resolution of his deportation case.  Ms Tan stated that the arrest comes at the request of the the British Embassy in Manila to face the British child sex abuse charges that date back some 30 to 40 years.  A spokesman for the British Embassy told Balita Pinoy that all media enquiries are being handled by Avon & Somerset Police.

Slade has previously been arrested in child sexual abuse and child pornography cases in Angeles but has always been able to buy hi way out of trouble. Slade has denied the charges, stating that they are “make believe” and a “magical fantasy”.  He is being held at the Bicutan immigration detention center.

Slade, who has had previous sex abuse charges against Filipino boys dismissed before, was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) last August.  The NBI discovered images of minors in provocative and nude poses on his computer when his house was raided and he was subsequently arrested. He subsequently made bail and has been free since. – See more at: http://balitapinoy.net/philippine-immigration-arrest-douglas-slade-on-child-sex-charges-p1219-122.htm#sthash.eZdVS21x.dpuf  He was originally arrested in 1995 in Angeles when several young boys complained about him abusing them.  He was later arrested in 2006 at his Carmenville, Angeles home with some nude boys with him in his swimming pool.  In both cases he was able to buy his way out of trouble – See more at: http://balitapinoy.net/philippine-immigration-arrest-douglas-slade-on-child-sex-charges-p1219-122.htm#sthash.eZdVS21x.dpuf

Slade moved to the Philippines from the UK in 1985.
He had originally been the secretary of the Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL) which had developed as a breakaway group from the South London Gay Liberation Front. This group was the subject of an expose by a British newspaper, the Sunday People, in 1975.
- See more at: http://balitapinoy.net/philippine-immigration-arrest-douglas-slade-on-child-sex-charges-p1219-122.htm#sthash.eZdVS21x.dpuf

After the expose, the PAL merged with another notorious group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). This group then disintegrated in 1984 after several high profile arrests, but not before it had had tacit approval from and had become affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties (now known as Liberty).  Some previous reports have stated that Slade was a former officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, serving as a Lieutenant Commander on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Checks with the Royal Navy have ascertained that although a man of the same name and age served in the navy from 1963 to 1976, he was never a Lieutenant Commander and never served aboard the Britannia. In fact he served at HMS Pembroke, the shore establishment at Chatham in Kent.  A spokeswoman for the Navy confirmed he was discharged in 1976, but would not release details of the discharge, and could not confirm if he was subject to a courts martial.

- See more at: http://balitapinoy.net/philippine-immigration-arrest-douglas-slade-on-child-sex-charges-p1219-122.htm#sthash.eZdVS21x.dpuf

(For years Ex-Pats here in AC have been wondering how Doug ha stayed out of jail or even how he has not been deported.  Last year many decided to boycott his “Home base Meat Company”.  Doug was “persona non grata” in the community.  Most knew he was here on borrowed time once Britain signed an Extradition Treaty with the Philippines.  Now lets see if he can buy himself out of a British legal system. ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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BAR OWNER SUFFERS A STROKE

Posted by admin on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

 

Stroke Victim - My friend, Elmar, owner of the Green Bottle has suffered a serious stroke and is in the ICU unit at Medical City Clark.  I was able to visit him but could not communicate.  I am very concerned.

 

On a side note shooting victim, Ian Bolton has been released from hospital to continue his recovery at home.

 
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June 2015

Posted by admin on May 11, 2015 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters

 

I used to like Marilyn Monroe in this pose but since Pamela Anderson sent me this picture as a get well card I like her better. She wanted to be kind to a Horse. OK I am fabricating but you have to admit that it is a hot picture.  Old men are allowed to dream.
Lets see, I do not think I mentioned last month that the owner of Kokomo’s purchased the Medgar Hotel and now this multiple club owner has expanded into the hotel business.  Yes, there will be a name change.
I am so very pleased to report that we have gone more than a month without a raid and tourism has picked up accordingly.  The rainy season has arrived so it is a bit cooler at night making it easier to sleep at night.

Guess what guys I have just installed a Dictation program which allows me to dictate the words that I want to use verbally instead of having to type them. The problem is that it is going to take some getting used to as I try to use it now the page I am on keeps skipping on me and I have to go back and it is a problem that has to be addressed. I hope that we can solve the problem.

Dear loyal readers, when I started this month’s column I did not know it would be my last one written completely by me.  I did realize that physically it was becoming very difficult for me.  The stroke and age combined to tell me it was time to head for the pasture but, fortunately, not the glue factory.  I met an Expat living here who shared my love for the column and wanted to continue it’s tradition.  Being much younger and more aware of current media practices he had terrific ideas and wanted to make it a full time business.  His name is Justin and he came along at the right time.  I asked him to write a few words to introduce himself and let the readers know what to expert from the NEW Harry The Horse.  Heeeeeeeerrrrrrsss Justin!

Good evening Harry, Justin here. I know you’re preparing to publish your June column – which will mark the end of your very long (14+ year run) of writing these monthly newsletters on Harry The Horse (HTH).  Including this one you have written 182 newsletters overall, in case you were curious.  I wanted to send something brief over to you to inform your readers of the upcoming changes, introduce myself a little, and to also thank you for allowing me to continue to build upon what you have established here.

First of all, I think it is important to talk about the new HTH website that is being developed.  Due to the “old school” nature of the current website, I am certain that readers are going to be slightly shocked at the changes that will be made to the aesthetics. The new website will not only look different, but it will function different as well. Harry The Horse is getting a bit of a facelift, from online newsletter to online magazine.  I want to assure everyone that the upgrades being made are not only to help manage the information on the site, but to expand the site so that both the current reader base and future visitors will be able to benefit from it. The new HTH will be computer, tablet, and mobile friendly so people can access it however they choose.

All of your years of content will be tagged properly allowing readers to quickly search for anything you have previously written about. These changes were the main topics I picked up on when I talked to a few people about getting involved.  When I spoke to people, literally everyone (and I mean everyone) has heard about “Harry The Horse.” Harry The Horse Version 2.0 will aim to be “new and improved” and with the help of search engine optimization it will grow so that it becomes an online resource for everyone. Readers will also be given the chance to opt-in to getting news and information sent directly to their emails if they choose.

As it stands now, Angeles and Subic aren’t very Google friendly (as is most of the Philippines for that matter). Expats who are looking for anything and everything Angeles City and Subic will find the new website quite useful, both from an article and local information standpoint. For example, if someone were looking for a mechanic, dentist, or furniture shop that many of us prefer to visit in the area, or even anyone you have mentioned in the past – soon they will be able to spot that information and navigate there with ease. I often hear people say “hey, where do I go for this or do you know someone who can do that?”   When the information is up and ready it will help even us local guys who have lived here for years find new things we might not have known about before.  Beyond that, I hope to expand into new cities one day if I have the chance. Areas like Puerto Galera, Dumaguete, or Cebu. Places a lot of us end up visiting or residing during our time in the Philippines. That said, if the time comes when I can branch out both Angeles City and Subic will remain the focus points of the site in continuing on your tradition.

Aside from the myriad of changes forthcoming, you will have your own section on the new website as well. I hope you will continue to come back and contribute as long as you are willing or physically able to. Your name is synonymous with the site and I’m sure your inbox will fill up once people realize that you are retiring from the day-to-day side of things and taking a break from writing. You won’t have any more deadlines to meet and you can write at your own leisure from now on, which I know you prefer.  (Believe me Justin Mrs. Horse does too)

Moving forward, I am doing everything I can to launch the new site by July 1st;  however, if the functionality of the new site and all of your old content has not been completed to certain standards by that time I will write the July newsletter here on your current Harry The Horse site and launch the new site by no later than August 1st. That transition might also give me a chance to allow people to see what the new site will look like before it actually goes live. Time will tell on this. I want it to be absolutely perfect so I won’t hesitate to wait one month to unveil it if need be.  I have yet to decide if I will be writing weekly or monthly newsletters – although I’m leaning more towards weekly so that there is continuity and plenty of fresh content for people to peruse.

A little bit about me: I’m originally from Arizona but I have been living in the Angeles area for 6-years now and I have been involved in various projects here and there. I’ve spent a decent amount of time locally between Walking Street, Perimeter, Clark, and National Highway in Barretto. I’ve also had a chance to see a lot of the country outside of Pampanga and Zambales. You’ve had my picture on your site twice already over the last few years, both for the ABC pool party a couple years back and the going away party for Barry Haynes – and I suspect the picture you took of me this morning will go up because you wanted your audience to know who I am.  I’ve listed the new HTH email below so people can reach out to me if they wish.

Lastly, I wanted to personally thank you for allowing me the opportunity to get involved here. The countless hours of information gathering, fact-finding, and plain old typing – the overall effort throughout the years you put into your column have helped a lot of people around the world, and I know a lot of people including myself who really appreciate the work you have done.  Enjoy your time off and I will see you around the stable!  -Justin, rememberthehorse@gmail.com.

Wow, a great intro. Thanks Justin.  I think the transformation will be exciting.  I have asked Justin to keep the current advertisers for a three month transition period at current rates.  He will meet personally with each key person to discuss his new terms.  I will collect personally from you in June to thank you for your support.  I am glad that I can still have an in-put and be able to stay in touch.  My personal Email address remains the same.  I hope I will still see visitors stopping by the stable.  Now back to my June column and the Horse will continue bigger and better under the leadership of Justin.

 

FEEDBAG

Evening Harry, Sorry to hear you had a mild stroke, someone had posted the info on philippine-addicts.com and then obviously you confirmed it in your May newsletter.

I read the part in this month’s newsletter about the “path” that connected the “boulevard” at checkpoint where the squatters used to be with what you thought/hoped was the other end on that back road to Robinson Mall; WELL, I found the start of the path near Robinson Mall, beside the trike station, so I parked my bike and asked a trike driver where it went, he confirmed checkpoint.

So off I went, first 150M has been sorta landscaped, THEN it becomes a dirt path, so on I trudged, another 200M and it becomes a path through a rubbish tip, flanked on both sides by squatters, later I was offered shabu by a few shady characters squatting by the side of the path, shortly after some guy offered me his 12 year old niece, and a little further 3 baklas were trying their hardest to persuade me to go to their house for a bj!!!! Fifteen minutes after I started I was indeed at checkpoint, and apart from standing on a rusty nail, unscathed.

Surprisingly I elected to walk back to retrieve my bike by a different route, so after a few cold ones to cool down I walked Balibago to Robinson mall then hung a right and back up to my bike that way.

Perhaps you should include a warning to any others to decide to see where the path goes, and certainly, a wheelchair would never make it unless you can find a 4X4 off road version!

UPDATE FROM ART BENJAMIN:  Howdy!  another month has flown by! Where does the time go?  Latest on me is the Bureau of Immig has motioned the court to relocate me to the Olongapo jail, citing lack of funds to transport me to my hearings. Seems to me that if they can’t fulfill their obligation, then approve my bail and put the attendance responsibility on me. But no… That makes too much sense! The judge should make his decision this week. So if I drop off the ether soon you will know why…

The advantage would be emy could visit more often. And IF the court could/would schedule hearings more often i could attend and perhaps get this charade on the road. Disadvantages are dirt floors, shitty food, surrounded by criminals, little water, crowded, and did I say surrounded by criminals? Good thing the Phils espouses innocent until proven guilty! Lol. Obviously you can see which way I am leaning.

Other than that, its hot! Sweaty hot!

Emy needed to make a green card run so she went to Guam. Its a good break for her. This is taking quite a toll on her. Tia is doing well in school. Tong is preparing to return to the US to get his GED and work. Seeing some motivation in him, that’s a good thing.  Enough sunshine for one day. Y’all be good. Art

Hi Harry, The Conservatives are back in Downing Street for another term, and this time with a majority, albeit slender. At this stage I should point out that the Conservatives would be akin to your Republican Party and Labour would be like your Democrats. The polls throughout the 5 weeks of electioneering had it a dead heat between Conservatives and Labour but the exit poll, (a poll of 22,000 voters exited the polling stations), showed a very different picture; and they were proved right.

I’m glad the Conservatives won another term. In the past 5 years they got the economy back on track with the best growth figures of any country in Europe. They have significantly reduced unemployment and have been tough on immigration, welfare benefits and tax dodgers. Sure things have been tough and tough decisions had to be made, but the Conservatives were the right people to make those decisions following the Global Crisis. I also suspect voters hadn’t forgotten or forgiven Labour for the awful mess they left the countries economy in back in 2010.

It won’t be long before the US have their chance to vote. We all know your views Harry and who gets your vote, but I’m wondering, do you really think the Republicans can stop Hilary???  Michael W,  (Good question Michael.  How do you stop someone who is above the law and can do no wrong?  Honesty is no longer a requirement for the Presidency.   Too many Americans no longer care.  I doubt that the current crop of Republican candidates will come up with someone strong enough to save America,  On this i hope i am wrong!)

Harry, Your MAY 2015 newsletter is fantastic !  Especially about that BillyBoy getting killed.  The bar owners should not allow them in their bars.  Those assholes no that they are fags and our Marines, sailors ,and Merchant Mariner’s get stuck on there ships because of some PI cop trying to make it big.  I’m sure that that Marine did not know that he killed a Billy Boy before he found out that it was a him!

Back in the old days when I was a Marine stationed at SUBIC when I had shore patrol we scouted out the bars on the Mag. strip and Gordon Ave.  and all the way up to B.B. and Subic City and we pulled many out of the bars looking for it’s Adams apple and sometimes the black jack touch to keep our sailors and Marines from beating the shit out of the fags or killing them.  The PI wants us to protect them again by getting a fag killed !

THINK what it would be like if you are a real man and a Billy Boy hooked with and you have never had an experience with a beautiful Asian female before and you found out the difference!  Harry, whether you agree or disagree us Americans must protect our military against further problems over there.  I have located me a place in Balibago to retire to but with all of the mess that I ranted about it’s going to be postponed.  I sincerely hope that you get well soon.  Regards, John H.  (John, the case is ongoing and I read a while back that the family wa asking for fairly large sum of money, far more than he/she could ever earn in his chosen profession.

Don’t put off your retirement plans for that incident. This is still a decent place to live. You are experienced enough to live here without incident. Just met a young Army veteran today named Justin who is starting his retired life here in AC with his wife and 5 year old daughter. He is excited to join the VFW and meet fellow Expats here. Come on and join us)

Harry, Please recover as quickly as possible. You are a wonderful man and an excellent reporter. And I should know! Can you inform your readers in HTH column that Victorino Chua the killer Filipino nurse in the UK (Manchester) has been the lead story in Britain for two days in all the national newspapers. He killed three patients and poisoned 23 more with tragic effects.

He has been sent to prison for life. Typical arrogant Chinese Filipino, some might say. Hates white people and ungrateful to boot for bettering his life in UK. Bad tempered and could not stand criticism of any kind from patients or nursing staff. UK prisons will make him weep. Malcolm Flanagn (He should have been sentenced to death.  In China they would have shot him after the conviction)

TIDBITS

Joke of the month submitted by Louis Schonberger- A woman recently lost her husband. She had him cremated and brought his ashes home. Picking up the urn that he was in, she poured him out on the counter. Then she started talking to him, and tracing her fingers in the ashes, she said, “You know that fur coat you promised me Irving?”  She answered by saying, “I bought it with the insurance money!”  She then said, “Irving, remember that new car you promised me?”  She answered again saying, “Well, I bought it with the insurance money!” Still tracing her finger in the ashes, she said, “Irving, remember that blow job I promised you?  Here it comes…”

A very reasonable look at US tax system tax…..

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100… If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7..

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do…

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.So the first four men were unaffected.

They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers?  How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a proportional percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man.

He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!  And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.  The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction.  Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.  In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.  Professor of Economics.  For those who understand, no explanation is needed.  For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible  (sent in by Dennis Wright)

A TRAVELERS TIP - I found out the hard way that hidden in the TSA rules, Patriot act, or some other government regulations that you can not leave the USA if your passport has less than 6 months remaining on it until the expiration date.

I had planned to renew the passport between my April and August trips to the Philippines. I knew it had an expiration date at the end of August, but I figured an expiration date means just that. It will expire on that date. I approached the check in @ the airport, had my ticket , passport, etc. and was shocked when they told me I could not get on the plane and go to Manila because my passport had less than 6 months left. {it had 5 months and 26 days} this happened @ midnight, and of course no one from customs, immigration,TSA or anyone else could help.

I won’t go into my frustration, but you can imagine. Next, I tried to get a refund from Air Asia for an internal flight I had booked the day before, but was 2 weeks out. After filling out the refund request, it was denied and they sent me an appeal form that was many pages long and had no box to check relating to my particular problem. I e-mailed them that I was not playing their game and would file an appeal with my credit card issuer. Low and behold 2 days later I got a phone call @ 2:00 in the morning telling me, I would get a refund within 30-60 days.

There are 2 tips here for your readers. 1. watch your passport expiration date and 2. just file for refund with your credit card company and not play the games of the local firms.  submitted by:  Ferrari Doug

Kevin,  owner of Barbarinos told me that the one thing I would ask you to point out in your website is exactly that…..we are trying our best to provide great food in a comfortable environment, at a fair price. Since I actually ate there with the family I can easily confirm that what he says is true.

WARNING - There have been some negative reports received about the service provided by Mr Jun Pineda. manager of the Otokoto Car & Van rental service.

Look at this – how sad and blind we are in the US and other countries- Radical islam and the new nazis

This next reference is by far the the most detailed explanation of ISIS i have read to date.  It is long but is a must read.  What ISIS Really Wants

I was outside of JJ’s this afternoon around 4 pm getting a cellphone load and there was a all female group of westerner college age girls out front singing and dancing being led by a middle age white guy. All the Pinoys were laughing and looking so after I got my load I walked over and most of them had college shirts on, saw Texas A&M and Florida, with bible verses on the back. Almost everyone of them was overweight and giving all western guys the stink eye. I’ve seen a few white western women in AC lately but never a out right church group singing and dancing. I think what we’ll have next is them accosting guys with their dates in the street telling everyone their going to hell. It’s truly a theater here in AC.  Bender.

It was my pleasure over the weekend to stop by and say hello to my good friend Perry, the owner of the ice bar. This is one of the most popular clubs in town and in an area that is easy to get to with accessible parking but still close enough to the  main action of fields Avenue.

JOKE OF THE MONTH:  > Went to see a Muslim tribute band last night at a Mosque. They were called “Bomb Jovi”.  Brilliant songs like “Losing my head over you”, “Rocket Launcher Man” “You’re 6, You’re beautiful, and you’re mine”.  Their last song,  ”Leaving on a Prayer Mat” almost brought the house  down.  Then this Muslim bloke started bragging about how he had the entire Koran on DVD.  I was interested so I asked him, “Can you burn me a copy?”  Well that was when the trouble started . . . those idiots have no sense of humour!  (submitted by Jay Derek

Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs.  Hillary got $8 million for hers. That’s $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn’t remember anything.  (I could not resist this one)

Stroke Victim - My friend, Elmar, owner of the Green Bottle has suffered a seious stroke and is in the ICU unit at Medical City Clark.  I was able to visit him but could not communicate with him.  I am very concerned.

The following is a report from Barrio Barretto.  I have copied some portions of which I feel are of interest to businesses here in AC.  It appears that the Barrio folks, under the leadership of Dave Fisher have their act together and share close cooperation with the Mayor and the police.  It was nice to see Jerry Parnham’s name, a past AC bar owner who had his share of City and police harassment while here.

“4. Rascal’s Pub Case Resolution. The case against the employees of Rascal’s Pub was summarily dismissed. In, what I think, is a far reaching decision, the judge’s opinion was that; A. Trafficking must involve coercion or other forms of luring the victim into a trafficked status, and that those involved in this raid were, in no way trafficked, and B. paying of bar fines is not, in and of itself, proof of any illegal activity (prostitution). On another note, one of my former floor managers from Angeles City was involved in a similar situation, and the dismissal was similarly worded. We are taking these rulings to a higher level to see if something can not be done to reword the existing R.A act to remove the phrases that allow authorities to use the law for wrongful gain.

5.. CIDG impersonators. I’ve saved the best for last. Three weeks ago, I was on a short trip to the States, and received a text from the owner of Rosie’s Tavern. He mentioned that he had been approached by CIDG officers asking for weekly protection money, and asked what his next step(s) should be. I suggested he not give them anything, but contact either me or our Law Enforcement Liason, Jerry Parnham. The next day, I received an email from Jerry describing the event as well as naming an agent called Jason. We’ve had other dealings with Jason, and I know that he is not a CIDG agent.”

On Wednesday, 4 of them returned to the bar – all carrying weapons. The bar notified Jerry who immediately notified Capt. Bada. Col. del los Reyes was also informed. A SWAT team was immediately dispatched. They escorted the 4 men out of the bar, searched them, found pistols, a fake CIDG identification and several rounds of ammunition. The men were immediately arrested and charged with several offences including Robbery by Extortion, Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and usurpation of authority. Bail was set at P350,000 EACH. They are currently out on bail, and the next hearing is set for June 5.

The following comments were sent to me from Douglas Allen who for years has been involved in legal issues in New York over the issue of “prostitution”.  He responded to the above report:

Dear Harry:  This is great news. It would be nice if you could praise the judge for doing what is right. I have said all along that the bar fine is legal and this was confirmed by US Military lawyers who did their home work and found that as long as intercourse or any other form of lascivious  conduct is sold for money there is no crime. Other things were done to make it legal adult entertainment. GRO’s have a job that pays a salary while prostitutes who cannot work for anyone walk the streets unlicensed. Bar fines are legal and are very similar to escort fees here in New York. Philippine law requires that money be paid for intercourse. No bar fine ever includes intercourse the money pays for the time not sexual conduct.

Trafficking is a hoax,  but nobody asks me. Trafficking is  fraud promoted by the feminists and the religious NGO’s in order to use a buzz word to get millions of dollars from the taxpayers and donations from fools. They set themselves up with nice Cush jobs  and claim they are doing good for the world. All they really want is power. There is no such thing as trafficking it is all fraud as far as Angeles City is concerned.  Even a judge in the Philippines figured out that Trafficking is a hoax and has correctly ruled that bar fines are not prostitution and the sale of a bar fine is not trafficking. I am an authority on the bar fine  and trafficking as I have dealt with them for fifteen years. The bar owners of AC need to understand that the bar fine evolved out of the legal system to solve a problem of VD.  The US military JAGG lawyers did their homework and found a way to keep the troops and civilians safer from STD’s and still be legal. There are several versions of the bar fine but the one used in the Philippines is the best in the world because it complies with two US Supreme Court ruling California V Freeman and a second US Supreme Court Ruling Lawrence V Texas. California confirmed that a bar fine is not prostitution because the money does not pay for intercourse or any other sexual conduct. Lawrence confirmed that adults have the right to have intercourse or any other sexual conduct they wish to engage in as long as it is consensual.  GRO’s are not sexual slaves as claimed by the NGO’s. GRO’s  have the right to refuse going out on a date and further can refuse any sexual conduct while out on a date. They are legal so they can go to the police if a client gets too demanding. Everybody is over 18 years of age and all of the sexual conduct is voluntary. Escorts operate the same way in New York State and are considered legal. GRO’s are employees that come and go as they please.

Yes this is great news. You may edit it as you please. By the way the behavior of Mayor Pimantaun is a bit confusing. He calls the GRO’s prostitutes, when they are not, then allows prostitution saying he cannot stop it without causing economic problems for the Philippines. He knows better as he is a lawyer. Politics is the problem and PR is lacking.  Douglas Allen.

A new Amusement Park in Baltimore.  Riot land, where you can do what you want and destroy what you want.  Admittance is Free.

 

This might be a good idea for travelers from the US to Angeles. Just sent to me from a tourist planning the trip.  

It looks like I’m going to fly KOREAN AIR from Atlanta to Seoul  and have a  layover there and catch the ASIANA flight to Clark.
It beats the hell out of having to ride in that Swagman bus and the other times that I hired a driver to take me to A.C.  (John H.)

ANGELES CITY — The Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance regulating the use and distribution of plastic bags and polystyrene foam in the city.

The ordinance, also known as “Plastic Bag and Styrofoam Ordinance of Angeles City” is expected to protect the rights of people under a balanced ecology by minimizing plastic waste.

Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., one of the main authors of the ordinance, said the city generates an average of 4,600 tons of plastics annually based on the data submitted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).

“The city has been dealing with a pressing problem with solid waste management. Most of our solid waste material is made up plastics, a non-biodegradable material that poses a great risk to our environment. Laws and policies such as this can help the city address its problem with solid waste management,” Lazatin said.

Under the ordinance, business establishments will be prohibited from using non-biodegradable plastic bags on secondary packaging for dry goods.

It also prohibits the use of styropor and ultrathin polystyrene plastic materials or sando bags as containers for food, produce and other products.

Selling of Styrofoam and ultrathin polystyrene plastic materials will also be prohibited, according to Lazatin.

The consolidated ordinance also provides a section for a plastic recovery system fee for the use of biodegradable plastics bags.

Under this provision, all stores will charge their customers a fixed amount of P2.00 per bio-degradable plastic bag regardless of its size.

The ordinance states all business establishments or individuals will be required to use paper bags, cloth bags (katsa), woven bags (bayong), non- plastic sacks or bags and sturdy reusable shopping bags.

Shopping malls, supermarkets, department stores, grocery stores, fast food chains, drug stores and wet and dry markets will pack goods in paper boxes or cartons, which will be provided for free.

The city government will give business establishments a six-month moratorium, Lazatin said.

For the first three months, the prohibition on the use of non-biodegradable plastic and styrofoam will be observed every Friday of the week.

For the fourth month up to sixth month, the prohibition on the use of non-biodegradable plastic and styropor will be observed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of every week.

After six months, the prohibition on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and styropor will be fully implemented.

CENRO will monitor the compliance of all stores to the ordinance.

Any proprietor or establishment who will violate any provision of the ordinance will meted with penalties.

A P1,500 fine is meted out for the first offense; P3,000 fine for the second offense and lastly a P5,000 fine and imprisonment of not more than six months upon the discretion of the court and in case of business establishment, revocation of their permits for third and final offense.

The ordinance also provides for the creation of a trust fund for all fines collected, which will solely be used for environmental and solid waste projects of the city.

Other authors of the ordinance are Councilors Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, Maricel Morales, and Edgardo Pamintuan, Jr.  (I thought that the biggest problem was plastic water bottles. When are they going to be banned?)

Muslims have gone on the rampage in Manchester,England, killing anyone who’s English.. Police fear the death toll could be as high as 8 or 9.

Bankers plan secret London meeting to ‘end cash:
(This may or may not be true.  I did search Snopes but could not find any reference to it.  If true it is upsetting.  I do know there is a trend towards a cashless society and using different types of money such as “Bitcoins” both of which I am against!  Recently I spoke to an American who went through all the airport security procedures at LAX, got his ticket for travel to the Philippines and as he headed down the ramp to the plane all passengers were stopped by security and asked to show all money being taken out of the country.  Wallets and purses were searched.  My friend was carrying just under $10,000 and did not hesitate to present it.  He is sure that if he had more than ten thousand he would have had a problem.  Maybe LAX is the only airport using this type of harassment but it is a direction that Americans should be upset with)

“Economist Martin Armstrong claims there is a “secret meeting to end cash” set to take place in London before the end of the month involving representatives from the ECB and the Federal Reserve.

Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 Russian financial collapse, expressed his shock that no news outlet has reported on this upcoming conference.

“I find it extremely perplexing that I have been the only one to report of the secret meeting in London. Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, will address the central banks to advocate the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day when you cannot buy or sell anything without government approval,” writes Armstrong.

“When I googled the issue to see who else has picked it up, to my surprise, Armstrong Economics comes up first. Others are quoting me, and I even find it spreading as far as the Central Bank of Nigeria, but I have yet to find any reports on the meeting taking place in London, when my sources are direct.”

Armstrong first brought attention to the alleged meeting earlier this month when he revealed that representatives from the Federal Reserve, the ECB as well as participants from the Swiss and Danish central banks would all be attending a “major conference in London” at which Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, would give presentations.

“We better keep one eye open at night for this birth of a cashless society that is coming in much faster than expected. Why the secret meeting? Something does not smell right here,” concludes Armstrong.  Discussions and moves towards banning cash have repeatedly cropped up in recent weeks.

 

Willem Buiter, who Armstrong claims is speaking at the secret meeting, recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates.”

Last year, Kenneth Rogoff also called for “abolishing physical currency” in order to stop “tax evasion and illegal activity” as well as preventing people from withdrawing money when interest rates are close to zero.

Striking a similar tone, former Bank of England economist Jim Leaviss penned an article for the London Telegraph earlier this month in which he said a cashless society would only be achieved by “forcing everyone to spend only by electronic means from an account held at a government-run bank,” which would be, “monitored, or even directly controlled by the government.”

Big banks in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. are already treating the withdrawal or depositing of moderately large amounts of cash as a suspicious activity. Reports emerged in March of how the Justice Department is ordering bank employees to consider calling the cops on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more.

Meanwhile in France, new measures are set to come into force in September which will restrict French citizens from making cash payments over €1,000 euros. Armstrong suggests that “financial police” could enforce this new law by, “searching people on trains just passing through France to see if they are transporting cash, which they will now seize.”

As Armstrong notes, banning cash in order to eviscerate what little economic freedoms people have left to avoid disastrous Keynesian central bank policy is nothing short of economic totalitarianism.

“In the mind of an economic tyrant, banning cash represents the holy grail,” writes Michael Krieger. “Forcing the plebs onto a system of digital fiat currency transactions offers total control via a seamless tracking of all transactions in the economy, and the ability to block payments if an uppity citizen dares get out of line.”

For those who are looking for good places to shop for their meat, especially steaks I can recommend Bretto’s and Jimmy’s Retail Meat Supply.  Jim Farrell is located at 496 Abad Santos St. Plaridel 1.  His number is 0908-225-0190.  Stop by and get their price list.  My wife shops at both locations.  Hey, we even tried the steaks at S & R in San Fernando and they were terrible.  Last night I tried to eat one and I broke out in a sweat trying to chew it. In fact every time I swallowed a piece it hit my stomach and bounced right back up into my mouth.

DART LOVERS – Subic (Barrio Barretto) non league schedule:

Mon: Lagoon 6pm doubles Open
Wed: Lagoon 6pm singles Open
Fri: Johansson’s 5pm doubles E&W
Sat: Lagoon 3pm doubles E&W
Sun: Alley Cats 5pm doubles E&W

(E&W = Expats & women)

Neil “Belchy” Lester is a long time resident of Angeles and a steady customer at the Hang-Out.  He is a friend to many in the Expat community.  I am mentioning him because he has just returned from Australia where he was treated for Bowel cancer.  He is now wearing a colostomy bag.
What is a Colostomy? - Sometimes, for medical reasons, part of the large bowel (colon and rectum) has to be removed or bypassed. This means that bowel motions can no longer be passed out of the body through the anus in the usual way. Therefore an operation is performed to create a new opening on the front of the abdomen. The colon is brought out through the skin to form a colostomy. This new outlet is pink and moist like the inside of the mouth and is called a stoma.  In many cases the wearing of a colostomy bag is temporary.

In Neil’s case the wearing of the bag is temporary.  Neil wanted his medical mentioned because he wanted to warn Expats here to get a colonoscopy test after the age of 50 and do not wait too long after you start to feel discomfort or have problems with bowel movements.  Neil waited too long and it nearly killed him.  He became completely blocked and as he finally started his journey home to Melbourne via Malaysia he became violently ill.  From the airport he was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment.  He is back now and glad to be alive.  All too often we have seen Expats here wait too long to go home to seek medical care. especially those with liver problems.  Take Lester’s advice, get check-ups, take necessary action and avoid the cemetery.

The Ambassador Suites.  I am pleased to carry the Ad for this Condo complex.  I interviewed CEO John Greenstreet recently to assure myself that I was carrying an Ad that readers of this could have confidence in.  There are 20 apartments available to buy and own or rent.  The complex was built the partners money, no loan was necessary.  This means that the titles are on site and not held by a bank.  This is an important advantage.  In fact John brought the titles with him to show me.  When a buyer has paid for his unit in full then he can pay to have the unit transferred to his name.  Four owners who have paid in full have chosen not to transfer the title because they do not trust City Hall and just keep the units for retirement.  Meanwhile the Corp. still has to pay the property taxes,  Right now four units are owned, four rented and twelve available. There is a P3,500 monthly maintenance fee which includes security, swimming pool, gardening, garbage and security service.

The complex is 5 stories and the very beautiful suites are on the top floor.  The location is convenient to Fields Ave and the SM Clark Mall.  When visiting stop by and check out the Ambassador.  Give John a call at 0999-443-9517.  I am sure he will help with getting you there.  Meanwhile check out their ad in this column.

PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL LADIE’S WORKING TO SERVE YOU:

                

I just have to share this picture in this last column,  I have been holding it for months.  I was a big admirer of Sofia Loren.  I thought she was a classy lady and somehow she kept her eyes away from the exhibition next to her.  After all Sofia was just as big but held her assets covered in public.  For me though, I must admit my eyes wandered a bit to the right over and over again.

 

ATTEMPTED MURDER

Harry. Have you heard anything about the man stabbed near Oasis. I sent you a message shortly after it happened. So far I can’t get anyone to talk about it. When the victim was allowed to fall with his face in the dirt from a semi-sitting position and no attempt to render first aid I assume the decision was made to let him die. The incident occurred Sun afternoon.  John Casey

May 12 – to John Casey – he is alive, he needed 3 pints of blood, he is a customer of mine and friend. he is British and this is the third attempt on his life.

May 13 – Harry, Thanks for the info. I was really concerned. I still think more could have been done at the scene. If I had witnessed the actual assault I would have run down the perpetrators with my van. Three times?? What did he ever do? I have been warned about a rash of stabbings on Friendship on the other side of the bridge by the 7-11. I guess it is open season on foreigners. I have just started working out again after a stab wound to the arm. Two guys on a motorcycle without a plate.  Fortunately I was able to beat them off. I’m hunting.  I intend to make an example of them and consequences be damned.
(This was a terrible incident in broad daylight.  There are many theories circulating about why someone wants this man killed.  This is the second time he has actually wounded and another attempt failed due to gun malfunction.  During the many conversations I have had with him after the first two incidents he steadfastly insisted that he would not leave the country or run from these “bastards”.  I am not able to visit Ian in the hospital due to my condition so will have to wait for his release,  I do not have too much faith in a police investigation.  I can only hope that when he recovers that he ceases his daily walks  as whatever health benefit he derives from walking throughout the neighborhood can be negated by one bullet, or two or three.  Oh one final thought, I hate to tell you how long Ian laid on the sidewalk without any assistance.  He nearly bled to death – Ian was released from hospital on 18 May)  

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

This is a very happy, 72 year old semi-retired plumber from Sydney Australia.  Alan Villagrand stopped by my stable last month to wish me a speedy recovery and I enjoyed his company for an hour.  He has been making the round trip to Angeles City for 7 years and while here also travels to other locations as well.  He really enjoyed a trip to Vigan and 100 Islands.  He loves the beauty of the Philippines.  There is so much to see in the Philippines and Alan recommends that visitors expand their travel time beyond Angeles City if time permits.  Alan agrees with me that Ac is a town for all ages and that older men should get up and put some adventure in their lives.  I know Alan has a couple of friends back home that should think about visiting AC, I would be happy t5o buy first drinks for Brian Dunn and Paul Donaldson.

NEW MANAGEMENT AT HANG-OUT

The Hang-out located on Perimeter Road between two popular bars, Thi-Hi and Honey Ko’s has a long htstory going all the way back to it’s colorful owner Davey White.  It has remained a popular “hang out” for Expats of many different Nationalities and it’s ownership has changed many times since the departure of Davey.  It has had its up and down in patronage but for me and many others it remained the place to go to meet friends and to greet new customers.  It is part of the history of Angeles City and now, once again, ownership has changed and it was a pleasure to meet Norma the new Manager who in a very short time has become a very popular host.  She is the lady in red shaking my hand.  The owner has been a very long time customer of this bar and knows what it takes to bring back and maintain its popularity.  Already it is difficult to find an empty table or seat.   The night I stopped by i sat with Victor Dufort who was celebrating his return to the Hang Out after being banned by the previous owner over a very minor issue.  He was very happy to once again be back with friends at his favorite watering hole.  I was glad to see him back.  In fact I saw a lot of people I had not seen for a long time.  I sure hope that visitors to AC will make the effort to stop by for a few drinks.  If you have questions about AC this is the place to get the answers.  No one is a stranger for very long at the Hang-Out. I’ll be looking for you.

I WOULD IF I COULD

You can figure that if I visit the Hang Out I am definitely going to check out the Thi-Hi as well.  I remembered that i had seen a lady working at a previous visit that agreed to be in my column and i was hoping she was on duty.  With my limited mobility I could not go elsewhere.  I was in luck as lovely Jessica was on board and looking mighty good.  Some pictures I look forward to taking and presenting here a picture of someone who I think some man would like to court.  Maybe Jessica will get lucky.  Anyway, 20 years old and has orked at the Thi-Hi for a little over a year,  She has 1 brother and 2 sisters.  She has not had any children which is a strong positive.  She likes to watch TV and go to the cinema.  Going to college and studying tourism is one of her dreams and I think she would do well if given the opportunity.  Naturally she would be happy to travel and live in another country,  She prefers men between 30 to 50 years of age.  Her Email address is:  mailynsabilao@gmail.com.

RUNNING MAN FITNESS CENTER

This relativity new gym situated along the FIL-AM Friendship Circle Road heading towards the Porac Intersection has to stand out as one of the finest gyms in Angeles City.  It is Korean owned but is managed by a very professional Filipino staff.  I had the pleasure of meeting the manager Benjie. a young articulate man who was kind enough to allow me time to talk and take pictures even though the gym was closed for painting and repairs.  My son Jimmy, visiting me from Gilbert AZ took the pictures. I was very impressed with this facility and I was happy to see that they have a Sauna.  Just outside is a coffee shop, a nice place to relax after a work-out to enjoy a shake and a sandwich.  There are 3 certified trainers on board and they attend seminars every 3 months.  One other positive there is plenty of space to park.

They will be opening a new building next door for Zumba, Yoga, and aerobics, all those exercises I can’t do.  You have to hurry and join up while they still have their promo price of P1000 a month and that is a sweetheart deal.

                

                

                

 

Heads up for all VA health recipients!

From: dir <dir@raosubic.com>  (applies to US Veterans)

Subject: Changes from VA coming soon

During a teleconference this past Friday, we became aware of several changes which will effect a large portion of the veteran population here in the Philippines. Please as you read the following, keep in mind these changes are not coming from VA Manila, but rather the VA administration in DC. VA Manila is trying hard to provide the best care and benefits that they are funded for. Many of you will be upset with what you are about to read but you should place the blame where it belongs. Mr. & Mrs. Congressman. The folks we elect to watch out for our interests in Washington.

The Changes;

Current plans call for the implementation of the Foreign Medical Plan (FMP) to replace the current VA Health Care system we are serviced by, effective 1 October 2015. Many are not familiar with this program but it has been being used throughout the world for years. Basically its a medical program for traveling veterans and those who like us live outside the U.S. Both programs require that you only be treated for service connected disabilities.

The basic differences between what we now have and the FMP are;

1. You can go to any provider you choose as long as they are not banned from the program by FMP

2. You must pay the treatment bill up front and request reimbursement from FMP.

3. If you can get the provider to file the forms and wait for the payment good on you, but if not you must file the forms and wait for your money. The FMP site advertises that the wait for reimbursement is 45 days. As with Tricare, you will receive a check. Being able to cash that could be a concern as the usual 25 day wait period may apply.

As there will be no available local assistance with filling out the forms, the RAO is self educating its staff on the FMP and the claim forms and will provide assistance in these areas.

Please don’t flood us with questions on this. Hold your questions as the terms of the program are still under discussion between FMP and VA and some parts of the program may change and make your questions unneeded.  We simply want to make you aware that things are going to change. Also we can make a few suggestions on how you can prepare for the changes.

1. Try to set aside a medical emergency fund in the event you need hospitalization.
(That fund would have to be substantial, a bill of P100,000 could be reached within days)

2. Keep in mind that if you are TRICARE eligible, you may be able to use that as your medical care for your disability.

3. Set aside funds for a flight to Guam to get VA funded care for service connected disabilities.

4. Begin looking at other locally available health care programs like Philhealth.
(check out Maxi-care as well) 

As we have mentioned before the travel reimbursement program which VA Manila has been paying kinda without authorization will also be ending on Oct 1 2015.

Again the VA Manila is the messenger in this case, please don’t shoot the messenger. Thanks and Semper Fi.  (Bottom line guys is that the VA has thrown us under the bus.  I doubt that complaining to Congress would do any good.  I can only suggest that any Vet in the US who depends on VA care and is thinking of moving to the Philippines – don’t do it, stay in the US.  Tri-Care For Life here is not good either)

So, after so many years i will have to close this column for the last time but hopefully I will be able to keep in touch you, as time permits, in the new format.  It is like saying goodbye to family.  This evening I had a conversation with “Bo”.  who told me how when he was in hospital in the US he was inspired to come to the Philippines because of this column.  He came and has stayed many months.  He is an adventurer, a veteran and a talented writer.  His support inspired me.  He represents the hundreds of readers who over the years have been very kind to this Horse,  I wish I could name all of you but you know who you are.  For those who never liked my words, well, i enjoyed your criticisms.   I will still be part of the HTH Version 2 as long as Justin allows me to but in a much smaller role.  No more pressure in meeting a deadline.  I can now spend more time in my bar enjoying the company of customers and  much more time with the Mrs,  Believe me she has been very supportive and patient, especially the last two or three days before the end of each month.  I become a bit cranky then.  I am excited to see the new format and experience of Justin’s work.  I am sure you will like it.  But remember, always be kind to Horses.

 

POLITICAL RANTINGS 

Dear Harry, In your May column on political rants you listed Executive Orders starting from Eisenhower to Obama. I don’t know where you got your info but it’s so wrong it’s beyond belief you would post those numbers.  Follow this link for the truth. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

This is what you listed:

Ike – 2 in 8 years

Kennedy – 4 in 3 years

LBJ – 4 in 5 years

Nixon – 1 in 6 years

Ford – 3 in 2 years

Carter – 3 in 4 years

Reagan – 5 in 8 years

Bush I – 3 in 4 years

Clinton – 15 in 8 years

Bush II – 62 in 8 years

You say Obama wrote 923 EO’S. Ive been through this several times from Republican’s that seem to repeat far right sources. Here is the truth. starting with Herbert Hoover Executie Orders were numbered in sequence. I a president wrote his last EO 100 then the next President first EO will be 101. So here are the Executive orders with the number starting with IKE.

Eisenhower wrote Executive orders 10432 – 10913 Total 484

Kennedy 10914 – 11127 Total 214

Johnson 11128 – 11451 Total 325

Nixon 11452 – 11797 Total 346

Ford 11798 – 11966 Total 169

Carter 11967 – 12286 Total 320

Reagan 12287 – 12667 Total 381

Bush 1 12668 – 12833 Total 166

Clinton 2834 – 13197 Total 364

Bush 2 13198 – 13488 Total 291

Obama 13489 – 13693 Total 205 to date

So the truth is of the last 10 Presidents 8 wrote more Executive Orders than Obama and in no way has Obama wrote 900.

good update Donald Kennedy.  the figures were sent to me. not my figures, now will print yours.  sometimes readers research for me and send in corrections just like you did.  thanks

            

IS THIS TRUE OR FICTION – I could not find any reference on snopes:

Economist Martin Armstrong claims there is a “secret meeting to end cash” set to take place in London before the end of the month involving representatives from the ECB and the Federal Reserve.

Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 Russian financial collapse, expressed his shock that no news outlet has reported on this upcoming conference.

“I find it extremely perplexing that I have been the only one to report of the secret meeting in London. Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, will address the central banks to advocate the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day when you cannot buy or sell anything without government approval,” writes Armstrong.

“When I googled the issue to see who else has picked it up, to my surprise, Armstrong Economics comes up first. Others are quoting me, and I even find it spreading as far as the Central Bank of Nigeria, but I have yet to find any reports on the meeting taking place in London, when my sources are direct.”

Armstrong first brought attention to the alleged meeting earlier this month when he revealed that representatives from the Federal Reserve, the ECB as well as participants from the Swiss and Danish central banks would all be attending a “major conference in London” at which Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, would give presentations.

 

Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

“We better keep one eye open at night for this birth of a cashless society that is coming in much faster than expected. Why the secret meeting? Something does not smell right here,” concludes Armstrong.

Discussions and moves towards banning cash have repeatedly cropped up in recent weeks.

Willem Buiter, who Armstrong claims is speaking at the secret meeting, recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates.”

Last year, Kenneth Rogoff also called for “abolishing physical currency” in order to stop “tax evasion and illegal activity” as well as preventing people from withdrawing money when interest rates are close to zero.

 

Striking a similar tone, former Bank of England economist Jim Leaviss penned an article for the London Telegraph earlier this month in which he said a cashless society would only be achieved by “forcing everyone to spend only by electronic means from an account held at a government-run bank,” which would be, “monitored, or even directly controlled by the government.”

Big banks in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. are already treating the withdrawal or depositing of moderately large amounts of cash as a suspicious activity. Reports emerged in March of how the Justice Department is ordering bank employees to consider calling the cops on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more.

 

Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup.

Meanwhile in France, new measures are set to come into force in September which will restrict French citizens from making cash payments over €1,000 euros. Armstrong suggests that “financial police” could enforce this new law by, “searching people on trains just passing through France to see if they are transporting cash, which they will now seize.”

As Armstrong notes, banning cash in order to eviscerate what little economic freedoms people have left to avoid disastrous Keynesian central bank policy is nothing short of economic totalitarianism.

“In the mind of an economic tyrant, banning cash represents the holy grail,” writes Michael Krieger. “Forcing the plebs onto a system of digital fiat currency transactions offers total control via a seamless tracking of all transactions in the economy, and the ability to block payments if an uppity citizen dares get out of line.”

 

 

 

 
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May 2015

Posted by admin on April 30, 2015 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters, Uncategorized

 

I am happy to be able to greet you on this first day on may which is a big holiday here in the Philippines. You will see that the column for this month is quite short, the reason is that late last month i suffered a mild stroke which has left my left arm and left leg below 100% functional. i can only type with one hand and my mobility has been dramatically curtailed. As a result, some of the items i normally present each month are absent. i am hoping that through physical therapy that i will recover enough in a short period of time.  I will try to continue this column as long as i can.  to help me i would like to invite readers to submit pictures and bios of any ladies they have met during their visits who they think would qualify as a monthly i would if i could girl. Physically it is impossible for me to continue this difficult, strenuous part of my job without your help.

this month visitors will be able to enjoy the summer pool party at the abc hotel- don’t miss it.

 

THE FEEDBAG

It is now 69 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 Million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated.

Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again. Can you say ” ISIS “?

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Harry, I follow your articles almost religiously and appreciate all that you do, both on the serious issues and on the lighter, fun side of Angeles.

I am writing to you today to ask you to fix a rather wicked wrong done to an individual, partially out of stupidity (on one man’s part) and a maliciousness on another’s part.

You may have heard the rumors about an “arrest” that went down at Barretto’s. A false rumor started after a helper could not locate his boss, and immediately made an assumption that it was his foreign boss who “must have been nabbed” at Barretto’s because he wasn’t at home. (Great bit of Filipino logic there!) I guess he should have told his helper the family was going to Boracay, where he was when the arrest took place at Barrettos.

Well, Angeles being what it is…the coconut text telegraph lit up when genius helper contacted his bosses so-called gringo friend and then suddenly everyone is being told by gringo friend who received the original speculation from the helper, that an Israeli Citizen, Ron Tal, was picked up (untrue). The arrestee was a actually a Filipino man by the name of Hajjie Maliwat Regalado. (Maybe the first name’s suggested er’ ethnicity (umm, same neighborhood in the Middle East?) threw him off on who was actually arrested by the CDIG for a gun or gun running violations.

 

The issue is this, the gringo, name remains unmentioned but if you want it, I will send it, took a few cheap shots at Ron and now, Ron with a pregnant wife, and a small child can’t find work in Angeles as everyone thinks he was picked up by the CDIG when in fact, he never has been arrested or even questioned. (Except by curious friends and acquaintances on the circumstances)

I was wondering if Good Ol’ Harry the Horse can’t set the record straight publicly and help this young dad start getting back on his feet again. You know how old farts are sometimes in the bars, bitching about this or that, gossiping because they have nothing better to do, well in this case, it is costing a guy dearly and, as we say, “that ain’t right!”

Hope you see the justice in this, besides, AC’s CDIG sucks anyway…. William M.

currently looting and burning in Baltimore by blacks .   Cops hurt .  National Guard called out .  Chaos .   Nothing we have not seen before . Watching it on TV right now.  Authorities do not seem to know what to do.   Mayor is black,  half the police are black ,  most of the town council is black etc .  The normal excuses do not apply.    Joe walker (wrong joe, no matter what the same old excuses will be used)

Hello harry. I am hoping you might be able to help me here. I am trying to locate an old friend from Houston, Texas but all I know is that he retired in PI. That is quite the long shot! His name is Warren Berkowitz and has a wife from PI also. If you have any ideas of how I might locate this fine gentleman please let me know and thanks very much for taking the time to read this and your help……Thomas Nickle.Thomas Nickle <hl9xx@yahoo.com>
Hi Harry, we hear so many bad things about what some Filipinos do that I just have to tell you what I witnessed today while having lunch with my wife at Siam House on Perimeter Road.

An elderly foreigner, well into his 70″s was walking slowly past when he stepped into a small hole and took a tumble to the ground. Immediately the Filipino guard of the restaurant went to his aid, and no sooner had he reached the old gentleman than a man and a woman passing on their motor bike also stopped to offer aid in getting him to his feet. In addition a passing car driven by a filipina woman also stopped and she came over to assist, and after enquiring if he was ok asked if she could give him a lift anywhere.

The gentleman was at first still dazed, but recovered after awhile, and thanked those who assisted him and continued on his way.

It really was heart warming to see all of these people come to his aid, especially when we read about how many people in western countries would usually walk past anyone in distress.

I hope you can put this in your monthly news letter so that people can see the good side of locals here.  Thank you, Tony of Camelot.  (Yes Tony, there are good people here and fortunately he fell in the right location. Like the old gentleman I also have fallen at least twice while walking and was assisted to my feet by Filipinos close by. It is a horrible feeling to fall and I worry about it each day)

Hi Harry, I just read the April 2015 Harry The Horse newsletter and I have to comment on the email from Charlie from Sydney. I have to admit that I was one of those tourists that was concerned about coming back to AC due to the raids. Long story short, I had to move my previously scheduled trip up from April to Feb, and I was glad I did. Charlie is correct that there certainly appeared to be a decline in tourists (at least western ones). There were plenty of Koreans, but the few I interacted with seemed like okay guys to me. I stayed at the Wild Orchid Resort for the first time and enjoyed it. I spent my idle time during the day in a local bar across from the hotel and had fun getting to know everyone working there, speaking with a few customers and playing pool. I stuck mainly to the Fields Ave bars at night and had a great time. I heard some rumors of raids up on Perimeter, but nothing on Fields. The Nemesis raid happened after I left. Since the tourism appeared to be way down, I was a pretty popular guy when I walked into the bars (more so than usual). I went to check out some new venues and was glad I did. The girls assumed I was an Aussie, then guessed European and finally figured out I was American. I got the impression that they don’t see that many Americans anymore, which surprised me, but they reacted positively to the news. The girls seem to prefer Aussies, Americans and Europeans over Koreans and other cutomers from Asia. All in all, the trip was great and Charlie is right about not worrying about the raids, I forgot all about them while bar hopping. Use your head, don’t get drunk, pay attention to your surroundings and you’ll be fine. BTW, great picture of “old” Fields at the start of the column. That’s what it looked like when I was stationed at Clark in 85-86. The Shamrock was the site of my first “Filipina experience” and I woke up in one of their back rooms the following morning of my initial night out (I was a bit of a bone-head at 20). Ah, memories…Thanks again for doing what you do. Take Care, Andy.  (Thanks Andy, so glad you enjoyed your visit and I hope you will return soon.  It is very true that tourists coming here will be greeted warmly and can have a good time.  Yes, the ladies prefer non-Koreans because of the way they are treated but they spend the pesos so the girls make do as well as they can.  Yank and Aussies along with Europeans are still the preferred clientele) 

Harry, Could you please inform me of a reliable Hospital Angeles or Manila. You would recommend if required for treatment if an emergency occurs. Tks. Alan Villagrand. (oh). Have a happy Easter.  (Alan, My favorite hospital is Sacred Heart located on McArthur Highway heading towards San Fernando, pass the LTO, right at the merging intersection.  When fully developed I will use the new hospital on Base at the Global City.  I also like the new Mt. Carmel hospital in Air Force City on Base.  It is very impressive.  Those are three, take your pick.  I forgot to mention Manila.  St. Lukes has high ratings as does Makati Medical Center, but the prices there are extremely high)

Harry, my name is Michael, a 65 year old American. I was arrested with a waitress, the floor manager, both Filipinas, and two dancers by CIDG during a raid in Barretto on September 11, 2014. I was released on March 4, 2015.

Three days before my friend left for his brothers wedding in Italy he informed me that he fired his manager and he was worried about his bar while he was gone. I offered to look after it for him but warned him I had no experience with working in a bar except for occasionally drinking more than I should. He wrote a few instructions on what to watch out for and said see you in a month.

I had no idea of the peril I was putting myself in. Call me naiveté but never dreamed I could be arrested for doing what I was doing. Heck my girlfriend went there with me to check things out every day for 25 days until the arrest. I was just helping a friend make sure he was not robbed blind by his employees and making sure the AC was not left on.  The case was finally dismissed after six months of legal wrangling and a lot of money changing hands.

I would like to know from someone with experience like yourself or someone you may know if anyone arrested in a similar situation has been compensated by the owner for the time spent in jail? I spoke with a gentleman who said he knows of owners compensating employees for the time in jail. He also said he has heard sometimes the duration of incarceration is short and the jailed employee is just happy to be out. What do you think?  Sincerely, Michael S.  (Mike, both of what you heard is true, but not always.  There is no set policy on this.  The local employees are usually kept on the payroll and also helped with food, pillows and blankets.  Some of the bigger Clubs even provide legal assistance as well.  Foreign Managers are a different category.  All too often you are on your own.  Again it depends on the owners of the bar as to whether they keep you on the payroll.  But, whatever it cost you to get out of jail, that is on your own ticket.  The police LOVE to catch and jail managers.  It gives them a golden opportunity to enrich themselves.  I am sure your friend, when asking you for a favor had no idea what would befall you and you were just in the right place at the wrong time.  I advise Expats here not to work as managers but some need the money and others do so just to have something to do. Fair enough, but each should have a quick escape plan from the premises if the police raid the place or at least have a big bank account.  If they end up in the City Jail they have to be prepared to pay P2,000 a week for “VIP” privileges and that is paid to the head prisoner in that particular cell.  It is a miserable life.  But, I believe you know all that now.  It is regrettable that you were victimized but you were not the first and you won’t be the last.  The sad part is you were only doing a “favor” for someone and you suffered for it.  Thank you for writing as hopefully it will help warn others to think twice, maybe three times, before taking such a position in a bar here. But, many would just like to play the odds!)

 

Hi Harry, so I’m back in the sandpit after my short break and i can’t wait to come back !!!  I ate breakfast everyday in Kokomos (circa 325P for a huge breakfast), then back to hotel for short rest before off to Ponytails (i never even made it to any other bar !) I found Ponytails very friendly and no hard sell for ladydrinks.

I bought big bags of lollipops with me and handed them out to the girls which greatly enamoured me with them. For fun, with a cheeky smile, I checked that each girl liked to suck before she got a lollipop – lol

The hotel charged 2600P each way for transport from NAIA to Royal Amsterdam (including tolls) – most reasonable.  Once again, thank you for your guidance.  MAC (Missing Angeles City)  (This lad only had limited time in AC, only 3 days.  For some reason the ladies here all like lollipops.  I wanted to post this so you could note the very reasonable fare for the hotel transportation from and to the Manila Airport. The Royal Amsterdam is a very decent hotel right on Fields Ave)

Subject: Fw: Art Benjamin Easter 2015 Update:

Howdy All!

Hope you survived your Easter/Spring break.

Well, another setback… The Bureau of Immigration decided to ignore the court summons (subpeona) and disapproved my transportation to the hearing. Not only for the 17th, but also for the 24th! Soooo….. I really Dont know where things stand!

The court issues a subpeona for immigration to ensure I am present in court. Immigration ignores the court document. What can I do? Nothing! There are absolutely no repercussions/incentives for Immig to follow the court order. Bottom line is I miss my hearing(s) and the case is stretched out even further. This will be 5 hearings in a row that did not happen since February.

I think I will ask Emy to bring me a new mattress. I may be here a good while longer….

Supposedly my attorney will be able to represent me tomorrow, but the events scheduled for the 24th require I be present ( new witnesses). So there should at least be some progress this week but….

Sorry no better news. Its hot and sweaty. That’s about it.

I will update when I know something…

Y’all be good.

Art

From: “Art Benjamin” <mwrart46@gmail.com>

Date: Mar 28, 2015 19:41

Subject: Arts Easter 2015 Update

> Howdy!  Well…. Hearing didn’t go…. My attorney came to me the day before and said he could not make it! Soooo…. Postponed again! Supposedly 17 April this time. F’ing system!   Emy came to see me this weekend. She is slowly getting more frustrated. Spends almost all her free time in the province, away from all the judgey foreigners (formerly my friends). Its hard on her…what to do? What to do?

In addition, my attorney told me that the prosecution intends to present at least two more witnesses. That will take at least 6 months, not including postponements. That tunnel just got a lot longer…. Sorry no good news. Hopefully something positive later this month???  Be good  (yes, the system sucks, money heips)

TIDBITS

ANZAC DAY – 2015.  It cost the Federal Government $500,000 to find out how to best celebrate 100 years of the Gallipoli landing and guess what the dickheads came up with……………. that we would upset some people in the community by celebrating Anzac Day.

(A Federal government focus group and research paper listed multiculturalism as a risk in the commemorations. The report said commemorations should be culturally sensitive and inclusive, in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. References to current conflicts involving Australian personnel should also be avoided as they have become unpopular with young people, according to the report.)  My God, we have Japanese and Germans march on Anzac Day, a day to commemorate their mates who did not return. Now are you ready for this?…..The Federal Government is now going to throw another $100,000 to someone to find out WHY it was suggested we tone down Anzac Day. What a bunch of useless bastards we have governing our country.

What the Hell is this bullshit about ‘toning down’ ANZAC day because it may offend immigrants in Australia?  This is Australia because all our forefathers fought for us. This is one special day that ‘we’ proud Aussie’s Pay our respects to the many heroes lost fighting for our freedom and OUR Country.  So who cares if some DAMN ILLEGAL immigrant that’s funded by OUR taxes gets offended because of tribute we rightfully pay to OUR ANZAC’s.   (Darn, is Obama connected to the Australian Government as well?) 

I want to stop all life-prolonging measures, including a feeding tube, breathing machine, and medications used to maintain blood pressure and fight off infection. I do not want my heart to be shocked back into a normal rhythm if it suddenly stops or fibrillates.

JOKE OF THE MONTH:  On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

‘One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,’ said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery, so he slowed down to investigate.  Sure enough, he heard, ‘One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me…’  He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off.  Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.  ’Come here quick,’ said the boy, ‘you won’t believe what I heard!  Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!’

The man said, ‘Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.  When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.  Standing by the fence they heard, ‘One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.’  The old man whispered, ‘Boy, you’ve been telling me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord!

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.  At last they heard, ‘One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done…’

They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.  (Submitted by Jim Farrell)

The White House now has its first ‘gender-neutral’ bathroom!

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): For the first time in history, the White House has designated a gender-neutral restroom for visitors and staffers.  The restroom, which will be located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, is the latest in a series of steps the US President Obama has taken to protect LGBT individuals’ rights, Washington Times reported.

White House spokesman Jeff Tiller said that the White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect for federal contractors.

Tiller added that in addition, an all-gender restroom is also available in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which provides guests and staff an additional option.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote that the president, who is determined to lead by example, has hired more openly LGBT Americans to serve in his administration than any other in history.  (Muslims too)  Jarrett added that they have closely examined their internal policies on everything from benefits, to restroom access, to how they invite people to events.  (Wow, one bathroom for men, women and others. That should be fun.  Lets add showers too)

 

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – Nightclubs and other businesses in Olongapo City and nearby Subic Bay Freeport are clamoring for the lifting of shore leave restrictions on US servicemen when their ships dock here.  The leave policy was implemented in late 2014 following the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude allegedly at the hands of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton.  Nearly 7,000 American soldiers participating in war games in the Philippines this April will have to follow the restrictions involving a 10 pm curfew and a ban on entering bars and nightclubs. It also means the movement of US troops outside official activities will be strictly limited within the vicinity of their respective hotels.  Owners and managers of nightclubs and bars and other businesses say these restrictions on shore leave has adversely affected their businesses.

No business

“No business!” replied Jim Robertson, owner of Scuba Shack bar and restaurant at the waterfront road of Subic Freeport when asked about the impact of the shore leave restriction on his business.

“We’re losing some P50,000 ($1,121.61) a night since this ban was imposed,” said Robertson, whose place is a favorite hangout of US troops because of its proximity to the pier where their ships are docked.

“There are two ships anchored at the bay right now, but their servicemen cannot leave their ships because they can’t dock. There are more ships coming because of the Balikatan exercises scheduled this year, but businesses won’t make any money from this because of the ban,” he added.  Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman Roberto V. Garcia confirmed that 9 US warships are due to arrive in Subic this April.

Bayside Disco and Karaoke manager Pura Orpida lamented the loss of some 80% of their customers with the ban in place. “If before an average of 10 customers come to the club, with the absence of US troops, it’s now down to two,” she said.  Orpida emphasized that US troops are a lot more secure when they go to bars and pubs like Bayside since the girls undergo a lot of documentation and tests before they are allowed to work.

Struggling, surviving

At the Naval Station Bar and Restaurant, its manager Catherine Click acknowledged the huge impact of the ban on their business operations.

“This business was originally started with the US troops visiting Subic as the target market,” she said. “When the ban was imposed, it really hit us hard because we’re relying on them to patronize our place,” the 28-year-old manager said.

“Where we used to make P40,000 ($897.75) to P50,000 ($1,121.61) a night, we’re now down to less than P20,000 ($448.87) a night,” she said.

One popular hangout along waterfront road reportedly lost as much as P1 million ($22,430.61) when they bought new refrigerators and chillers just before the Laude tragedy happened last year.

At the HD1 Bar and Restaurant in Olongapo City, the news of the ban came as a depressing one for its manager Erlieboy Esquivel. “We’re making P50,000 ($$1,121.61) to P60,000 ($1,346.76) a night from these US servicemen as they love to drink beers and mixed drinks and are really generous spenders but that sudden imposition of the liberty ban really hit us hard,” said Esquivel.

Because of the ban, some businesses have already closed shop while others are just struggling to survive right now, he said.  Esquivel also shared that club and bar owners and managers were invited recently by authorities and the agenda was the restriction on liberty.

“It’s not very encouraging as we have to wait for the Laude case to be resolved before the Navy authorities will make a decision on allowing liberty for their servicemen,” he said. – Rappler.com  (this is not something new.  Every time there is a negative incident with the troops in subic liberty is cancelled and the bar owners miss out on the gold rush.  The same thing thing happens in ac as well.  The military does not want another jennifer incident)

(Reuters) – The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington’s next phase in its Asia “pivot”, deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region.The Asia “pivot” has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the Australian tropical city of Darwin, the country’s closest city to Asia, for training.  At least eight locations in the Philippines have been identified as possible sites where U.S. troops, planes and ships will be rotated through a series of military training and exercises, Philippine General Gregorio Catapang, military chief, told local television network ABS-CBN.

But, the Americans will have to wait until after the Philippine’s Supreme Court makes its rulings on the constitutionality of the military deal, called Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, signed last year between Manila and Washington. It may decide later this year.  ”If we formalize (now) and they start putting up structures and it’s not constitutional, they will have to destroy those structures,” Catapang said late on Friday, adding the list was finalised in October during a Mutual Defence Board meeting.

Four of the locations are on the main island of Luzon, where U.S. and Filipino soldiers usually hold exercises, two on the central Cebu island, and two more on the western island of Palawan, near the disputed Spratly.  China claims most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, disputed in parts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, and denies accusations its actions in its own territory are provocative.

Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly islands, which drew concern from the United States and its allies in Asia.

“Once the U.S. rebalance to Asia policy is in full swing, the Philippines expect the Americans to seek more access to military bases on Mindanao island and civilian airstrips on Luzon,” said a senior air force official familiar with the arrangements.

“The Americans are interested in Laoag airport and Batanes island, both in the northern part of Luzon,” he said, adding U.S. planes had landed on Batanes during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

The United States is also interested to return to its two former military bases in Subic and Clark, which they left in 1992 after the Philippines terminated basing agreement.  (Reporting By Manuel Mogato; Editing by Michael Perry)
(well, this is interesting.  I can anticipate the political drama that we will have to live with as this comes close to becoming a reality.  i am sure the hotels on clark would be ecstatic.  

Full Funding for VA - Take Action!

Background: This week the House will debate the Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Appropriations Bill. The bill that passed the Full Appropriations Committee last week ignores the need to fully fund VA by making across-the-board cuts to all accounts and drastically underfunding its medical care, major construction and Information Technology (IT) accounts. All totaled, these cuts will reduce VA’s discretionary budget by more than $1.5 billion below the Administration’s request and $2.6 billion below the Independent Budget request.

Action Needed: We need your help to ensure VA is fully funded so it can provide the care and services veterans have earned and need. Let them know that reducing VA’s budget will have a negative effect on the timeliness and quality of care that veterans will receive. Fully funding VA must be the highest priority for Congress!  ann markel (once again Congress hurting veterans – write your congressmen)

MANILA, Philippines – For not settling his P500 fine with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for an anti-littering case two years ago, a seaman bound for Singapore was stopped by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and missed his flight last week.

Raul Samson was apprehended on April 25, 2013 for dropping a cigarette butt at the Metro Rail Transit EDSA-Guadalupe station, according to the MMDA.

Samson was charged with violation of Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act before the Makati Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) for failing to settle his fine within the prescribed period.

 

Makati MTC Branch 67 Judge Jackie Crisologo Saguisag issued a warrant for Samson’s arrest on Oct. 8 last year after he failed to appear in court for his arraignment.

MMDA senior health program officer Rose Blay said Samson may now be able to leave for Singapore after he showed up at the MMDA office in Makati City on April 6 and paid his penalty.

The MMDA had informed the Makati court that it would no longer pursue the case against Samson, Blay said.

Blay explained that a litterbug apprehended by the MMDA is given three days, from the time of his apprehension, to pay a fine of P500 to P1,000 or to render community service for a maximum of 16 hours. Should the litterbug fail to do either penalty within three days, the MMDA will file a case before the court.

She said many of those nabbed and issued environmental violation receipts by MMDA enforcers were caught in the act of throwing candy wrappers and cigarette butts in the streets.  (what about all the who stop and piss in public)

FIGHT PREDICTION – If the fight goes the distance Pacquio will lose.

Hi, my name is Ed Medlin. I live in Korat, Thailand and I visited Angeles City 11 years ago, had a great time.  I remember meeting a guy there who called himself “El Caballo Blanco”, tho I think that was not you. (correct)

I am emailing to ask for some advice or a favor, not really sure what. My old buddy Edward Stapp has been coming to PI for some years, and he finally sold out in CA and bought a 3 story house in Meycauayan. We used to regularly swap emails and chat on yahoo, but now I have had no commo with him for months. I had a cell phone number for him there, it is:  +639258193537  I have called several times and no answer. Sent sms once and no answer.

Just on the off chance that you have a contact over there and/or might be able to learn something about him, could you let me know? Do whatever you think is best, security wise, for I know I am just some unknown entity on the internet. I just want to make sure he is OK and re-establish commo.  Thanks, Ed  Ed Medlin <emedlin2000@hotmail.com>

Try this…

The U.S. American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) is the oldest Chamber operating in the Philippines since 1902. AMCHAM would like to establish an AMCHAM Branch servicing Region III centered at Clark (to also serve Subic and La Union, or other communities with American companies/interests). This is a terrific endorsement of the economic growth in the Subic-Clark-Region III area. AMCHAM is seeking our help to circulate this announcement to as many companies and individuals as we can. On Wednesday, May 6th, the Executive Director of AMCHAM, Ebb Hinchliffe, and his AMCHAM Staff will be meeting and talking with the American business community and would like to gain everyone’s support to create a new AMCHAM Branch in Clark to better serve Region III, Subic, La Union and Clark, thereby saving trips to Manila. Please help us get the word out.

The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn on Clark on Wednesday May 6th from 1145 to 1400. If you plan to attend, please go to http://www.amchamphilippines.com/may-6-amcham-clark-organizational-meeting/ for registration.

i just heard that the AC hash house harriers are banned from Margarita Station.  Something to do with a manager, a shrt female hasher and a dog.

Doggie Dave murder.  Police know who did it, one arrested, one mtssing.  No furyher action.  Private detective might be hired to find the last asshole.

Not confirmed but i heard that Koreans leased the CDC land where all the stalls were recently tore down and plan to rebuild them facing in the opposite direction. Supposedly those hold out businesses headed up by Cynthia Anderson (Vahalla) were paid off by the Koreans.  Again, not confirmed, info provided by a source who was very sober at the time.  Maybe now someone will move that eyesore squatting City Directory truck.

GOOD SERVICE AT PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL

One of my favorite places to eat on Fields Ave is the Phillie’s Sports Grill where the service and food are outstanding.  The multiple TV’s showing sports on demand are a great draw as well as is the view counters where I can sit, eat, and look out at all the lovely ladies passing in review.  Quite often, friends will be passing by at the same time and I get to chat a bit with them.  There is another reason to eat and drink at Phillie’s and that is the presence of some very charming waitresses who can “make your day” with their smiles and good looks.  Once in a while I like pick one out that catches my old eyes and feature her in this column.

This time Kathleen inspired me to write great flowing positive comments about her.  She is still fairly new on the job so has not met a special guy yet but that could change any day in the near future.  Kath is 25 years old and is a local lass who stlll lives at home.  She is the mother of a 4 year old boy and completed 2 years at a Vocation college studying HRM.  She stands 5’5″ tall and weighs only 45 Kilos (99 pounds) soaking wet.  Of course I have never seen her soaking wet so maybe add a pound or two for clothes.

Being around foreigners so much at Phillie’s, naturally I asked her if she would be OK with a foreigner courting her and she said yes but the age should be between 30 to 50.  That should leave a big enough field for her to choose from.  I hope no one appears any time too soon to take her away from Phillie’s as she does brighten up the day for anyone talking to her.  Oh, wait, she does have an Email address:  kathleen yvette@yahoo.com.  If that does not work then add .ph.

EDELWEISS BISTRO AND RESTAURANT

This restaurant has a long history, starting out in Manila in 1979 and then moving to Angeles City in 1993.  They were located close to where Pony Tails Club is now and I enjoyed many meals there.  It was very popular and much larger, space wise, than the present location.  The food was always excellent and one just about had to have reservations in advance.

Their present location is now at 804 Malabanias Rd., Clarkview, close to the Phoenix Hotel.  It has outside/inside seating with plenty of space to spare.  It is cozy and very clean.  There are always some people sitting outside drinking, eating and exchanging old and new stories.  The big draw is their Brunch Festival every Sunday from 1100 to 1500 for the reasonable price of P350.  You really want to give this feast a bit of a try.  It is a great way to spend a Sunday.  As usual the Edelweiss specializes in classic European cuisine and as they have been doing for many years, also sell Swiss cheese and sausages.  Their regular hours are from 1100 to 2400 hrs.  You can dine in or take out.  For further information give them a call at 0918-235-9850.

 

Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir charity concerts

This excellent and very entertaining choir will be back at the end of this month to sing popular, traditional and show tunes in Angeles and Subic. It is a great night out to bring family and friends and enjoy a dinner (optional) or just have a few beers and enjoy the entertainment.

On Saturday 23rd May the choir will be performing at the Noblesse International School (NIS) along Friendship Highway. In addition to the choir, the Noblesse Violin Ensemble will be playing a medley of music. They really wowed the audience last year with a truly virtuoso performance!

On Sunday 24th May the choir will be performing by the sea in Capt Rob’s Barefoot Bar, Wild Orchid Beach Resort, Subic. There will also be a charity auction at this venue.

At both venues a buffet dinner (optional) will be available by prior reservation. Dinner reservations: NIS – (045) 459 9000 or john@lloydbros.com / 0919 216 7138 Wild Orchid Beach Resort, Subic – (047) 223 1029  Dinner is served from 6.30 p.m. The concerts commence at 7.30 p.m.  Admission to the concerts is FREE.

The concerts are organised by the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial to raise money for charities which include sponsoring children with congenital heart defects to undergo heart surgery (16 operated on so far), an old people’s home in Olongapo and NIS community projects with the impoverished Aeta people.

Harry, I know you have a pretty vast network, could you please get this out to as many U.S. firms or Americans as you can… the U.S. AMCHAM wants to create a new AMCHAM Branch at Clark to serve Region III. Would appreciate any help you can provide in getting the work out. Dennis Wright

MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes is hoping the Philippine government can address airport congestion and bureaucracy issues that hamper airlines from expanding their operations in the country.

In a recent interview with ANC’s Karen Davila at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Fernandes was asked what his frustrations were about the Philippines.

“You’re going to get me banned from coming to the Philippines,” he laughed. “I’m frustrated by the airport, by a lot of bureaucracy, getting air rights takes a long time… Things are slow, it goes through so many different processes and the airport has the final say.”

The AirAsia CEO, however, was quick to say the Philippines is “the jewel in our crown.”  ”I think Philippines has massive tourism potential, amazing people, and has some of the most beautiful places in the world that the world doesn’t know about — Palawan, Coron, Bohol, these are amazing places. I think there needs to have a much more commercial approach to aviation. We need better airport infrastructure, and I think lots and lots of jobs can be generated through tourism,” he said.

Also, Fernandes said the Philippines should make it easier for airlines to get air rights.  ”If you have an SM approach to flying in the Philippines, there’ll be more airports, flights and it’ll be cheaper. There are so few flights between Philippines and the rest of Asean. Part of that has been there are no rights available. And Philippines hasn’t gone out and gotten flights,” he said. The Philippines has so much to offer when it comes to tourism, Fernandes said, noting the industry can create thousands of much-needed jobs.

“Philippines is one of those things that is a raw diamond, so much tourism potential but hasn’t got there yet… If there’s one thing that we love to do, it’s create jobs. It breaks my heart to see so many Filipinos go abroad to get a job. Tourism is a natural win, and if the government can get together and make it easier for airlines to grow, easier to get rights, it’s a win,” he added.  Amid intense competition from other airlines, Fernandes said he believes “a lot of effort and energy is wasted on competition with each other.”

“The focus is not on taking market share, from Cebu Pacific or PAL, it’s on growing the pie, making the pie much bigger. If you compare Philippine tourism to Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, there’s such a massive gap…. There’s actually more to do in Philippines than in Malaysia,” he said.

Push for Clark

Fernandes also appealed with the Philippine government to make Clark as the second international gateway in the capital.  ”I am a big believer in Clark. I hope the North Rail project would be reactivated. Clark is a jewel. With all the problems at NAIA…. Clark is a fantastic solution. There are lots of issues regarding infrastructure, not just in Philippines, but there are solutions. I appeal to the Philippine government to reactivate the North-Rail, make Clark a second airport of Manila,” he said.

Philippines’ AirAsia started operations in Clark International Airport in March 2012. However, in late 2013, the budget carrier decided to move to NAIA Terminal 4, where it is now based.

At present, AirAsia Berhad operates from Clark, along with carriers such as Dragonair, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Seair, Qatar Airways, Tigerair and Jin Air.0

Challenges, competition

Fernandes bought AirAsia in September 2001, and in less than 15 years, it has become Asia’s largest budget airline by passenger volume. He has been credited with introducing the low-cost, low-overheads model in the region, which has been copied by other carriers.

“The key to AirAsia has been the same model for 14 years. The temptation is to add a little bit, put a TV in there, make the seat wider, have a business class lounge and your costs go up and you lose the very essence of what you are — low-cost, great value fares,” he said. “The primary reason why they fly AirAsia is that we give great value. If you lose your key focus, why you’re in business, that’s where trouble starts.”

AirAsia faced a crisis in late December 2014, when its Indonesian unit’s plane, carrying 162 people, crashed in the Java Sea.  But Fernandes earned praise for the way he handled the crisis.  ”It’s still unbelievable… We still text the relatives. We’re open and transparent… That’s the only way to deal with it, I was myself and very transparent, accessible. We had to stand there and be counted. We couldn’t run away. It was our responsibility,” he said. “It['s my job. I'm the leader of the company, through good or bad, you just can't just accept good things, you've got to deal with the hard things."

Asked what his dream is for AirAsia, Fernandes said he wants the airline to become one of the biggest brands, like Coca-Cola.  ”Someday, after I retire, AirAsia is as well-known as Coca-Cola, that’ll be great,” he said.  (so glad he did not say McDonald’s)

Happiness is eating, drinking, watching tv and enjoying the wonderful service provided by the lovely ladies at Phillies Sports Grill on Fields Ave.  They are very kind to horses.  oh you also have to see the new four tv set up replacing the the old pull down screen.  Plus check out the new menu

 

 

 

PRINCESS MADISON HOTEL

i do not have much to say  about this hotel. i have always been curios about it because of its location at the end of the CDC extension road just before MacArthur highway. i never see over the year or so that it has been operational, i seldom see any real activity, so out of curiosity i had a friend drive me by there one day just to take a couple of pictures. we drove up the driveway and the only good thing is that they had a cute receptionist standing outside the door. it was my intention to do a follow up visit to see what it looked like inside, i never managed to do that and now i have to wait until i more mobile, but until then if anybody reading this has stayed at this hotel drop me a line and let me know what it’s like. to me the big drawback was it’s location which had all the karaoke bars right across the street from it. but now, with all those karaoke buildings destroyed maybe it will be a much improved place to stay. never the-less to me it still seems like a strange location.

EDEN PARK OF MALABANIAS

The good Mayor of Angeles city created a nice little park at the  checkpoint which attracts at night  the Muslim vendors, and i like that idea and i was pleasantly surprised to see a replication along the back road that one takes going to Robinsons mall. it fascinated me because i always wanted to have  my wife stop the car and get out to walk along the path of this new eden park which i think connects to the park created at the checkpoint, but seeing that i can only walk about five minutes with my crippled old legs, i faced the reality that i would never be able to walk far enough to see if in fact this was just one big long walk to the checkpoint. So, since i can’t do it, will somebody do me a favor and please walk the the entire length of Eden park to confirm if it is indeed connected to the checkpoint.  Maybe next month i can get my son to push me in my wheelchair from one end to the other.

I have to add this Emal that i just received so people know the answer to my question.  Obviously Eden Park needs a bit more work.  Brandon must be in great shape!

Evening Harry, Sorry to hear you had a mild stroke, someone had posted the info on philippine-addicts.com and then obviously you confirmed it in your May newsletter.

I read the part in this month’s newsletter about the “path” that connected the “boulevard” at checkpoint where the squatters used to be with what you thought/hoped was the other end on that back road to Robinson Mall; WELL, I found the start of the path near Robinson Mall, beside the trike station, so I parked my bike and asked a trike driver where it went, he confirmed checkpoint.

So off I went, first 150M has been sorta landscaped, THEN it becomes a dirt path, so on I trudged, another 200M and it becomes a path through a rubbish tip, flanked on both sides by squatters, later I was offered shabu by a few shady characters squatting by the side of the path, shortly after some guy offered me his 12 year old niece, and a little further 3 baklas were trying their hardest to persuade me to go to their house for a bj!!!! Fifteen minutes after I started I was indeed at checkpoint, and apart from standing on a rusty nail, unscathed.

Surprisingly I elected to walk back to retrieve my bike by a different route, so after a few cold ones to cool down I walked Balibago to Robinson mall then hung a right and back up to my bike that way.

Perhaps you should include a warning to any others to decide to see where the path goes, and certainly, a wheelchair would never make it unless you can find a 4X4 off road version!

CLARK INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX

                

These are updated photos of the area on clark i wrote about last year.  now you can see completed roads and buildings.  this area is located near the EXPO site.

 

Exactly a year ago Bill visited me and asked me for advice on whether he should retire in the Philippines, he told me that he had met a beautiful filipina in Singapore and wanted to know if it was a good idea to retire here. At the time i told him it would be a wise decision and that he would be happy here. Bill was originally from Pennsylvania in the us but has worked in Singapore for 14 years. while in Singapore he met the lovely shey who was working there and they married. they have now built a house in Mabalacat and of course plan to have children. bill was divorced from his first wife and at 57 seven years of age did not know if he would marry again. but meeting 28 year old Shey has brought back much happiness in his life. i was very pleased that they stopped by to see and thank me for the advice was given a year ago. This confirms what i have written many times in the past, if a man in the us or other countries is divorced or widowed and lacking complete happiness in their life then come to the Philippines where you may find that lost happiness again. my congratulations to bill and shey.

 

With the help of my son jason who donated his typing abilities, i was able to complete this months column. i thank the many readers who have sent me messages wishing me a speedy recovery, it has really helped me and i appreciate it very much. This horse is down but not out and gratefully so many people have been kind and helped this old horse along. i am receiving physical therapy at the clark medical city hospital and the therapist there is terrific. i hope one and all will visit Angeles city this month, the last month of the dry season. stop by my stable and say hello meanwhile remember, be kind to horses.

POLITICAL RANTS STOP HERE

Why many of us love Israel, well, except Obama. Check this out.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/uVlERTFVSpo?rel=0  Developed by Israel and installed on their planes.  I do not think Israel should allow one to be installed on Air Force 1 until Obama is replaced.

Salute the Danish Flag – it’s a Symbol of Western Freedom by Susan MacAllen

In 1978-9 I was living and studying in Denmark. But in 1978 – even in Copenhagen, one didn’t see Muslim immigrants. The Danish population embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, went out of its way to protect each of its citizens. It was proud of its new brand of socialist liberalism one in development since the conservatives had lost power in 1929 – a system where no worker had to struggle to survive, where one ultimately could count upon the state as in, perhaps, no other western nation at the time. The rest of Europe saw the Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressive and infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boasted low crime rates, devotion to the environment, a superior educational system and a history of humanitarianism. D enmark was also most generous in its immigration policies – it offered the best welcome in Europe to the new immigrant: generous welfare payments from first arrival plus additional perks in transportation, housing and education. It was determined to set a world example for inclusiveness and multiculturalism. How could it have predicted that one day in 2005 a series of political cartoons in a newspaper would spark violence that would leave dozens dead in the streets -all because its commitment to multiculturalism would come back to bite? By the 1990′s the growing urban Muslim population was obvious – and its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious. Years of immigrants had settled into Muslim-exclusive enclaves. As the Muslim leadership became more vocal about what they considered the decadence of Denmark’s liberal way of life, the Danes – once so welcoming – began to feel slighted. Many Danes had begun to see Islam as incompatible with their long-standing values: belief in personal liberty and free speech, in equality for women, in tolerance for other ethnic groups, and a deep pride in Danish heritage and history.

The New York Post in 2002 ran an article by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard, in which they forecasted accurately that the growing immigrant problem in Denmark would explode. In the article they reported: “Muslim immigrants constitute 5 percent of the population but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending.” “Muslims are only 5 percent of Denmark’s 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country’s convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes.” “Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane.” “Forced marriages – promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him, sometimes on pain of death – are one problem”. “Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law once Denmark’s

Muslim population grows large enough – a not-that-remote prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates, every third inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim.” It is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feel that Muslim immigrants show little respect for Danish values and laws. An example is the phenomenon common to other European countries and the U.S. some Muslims in Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith have been murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear for their lives. Jews are also threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leaders in Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden – before the Nazis could invade. I think of my Danish friend Elsa – who as a teenager had dreaded crossing the street to the bakery every morning under the eyes of occupying Nazi soldiers – and I wonder what she would say today. In 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in some 70 years – one that had some decidedly non-generous ideas about liberal unfettered immigration. Today Denmark has the strictest immigration policies in Europe. ( Its effort to protect itself has been met with accusations of “racism” by liberal media across Europe – even as other governments struggle to right the social problems wrought by years of too-lax immigration. If you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years of language classes. You must pass a test on Denmark’s history, culture, and a Danish language test. You must live in Denmark for 7 years before applying for citizenship. You must demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting. If you wish to bring a spouse into Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of age, and you won’t find it so easy anymore to move your friends and family to Denmark with you. You will not be allowed to build a mosque in Copenhagen. Although your children have a choice of some 30 Arabic culture and language schools in Denmark, they will be strongly encouraged to assimilate to Danish society in ways that past immigrants weren’t. In 2006, the Danish minister for employment, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, spoke publicly of the burden of Muslim immigrants on the Danish welfare system, and it was horrifying: the government’s welfare committee had calculated that if immigration from Third World

countries were blocked, 75 percent of the cuts needed to sustain the huge welfare system in coming decades would be unnecessary. In other words, the welfare system as it existed was being exploited by immigrants to the point of eventually bankrupting the government. “We are simply forced to adopt a new policy on immigration. The calculations of the welfare committee are terrifying and show how unsuccessful the integration of immigrants has been up to now,” he said. A large thorn in the side of Denmark’s imams is the Minister of Immigration and Integration, Rikke Hvilshoj. She makes no bones about the new policy toward immigration, “The number of foreigners coming to the country makes a difference,” Hvilshøj says, “There is an inverse correlation between how many come here and how well we can receive the foreigners that come.” And on Muslim immigrants needing to demonstrate a willingness to blend in, “In my view, Denmark should be a country with room for different cultures and religions. Some values, however, are more important than others. We refuse to question democracy, equal rights, and freedom of speech.” Hvilshoj has paid a price for her show of backbone. Perhaps to test her resolve, the leading radical imam in Denmark, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, demanded that the government pay blood money to the family of a Muslim who was murdered in a suburb of Copenhagen, stating that the family’s thirst for revenge could be thwarted for money. When Hvilshoj dismissed his demand, he argued that in Muslim culture the payment of retribution money was common, to which Hvilshoj replied that what is done in a Muslim country is not necessarily what is done in Denmark. The Muslim reply came soon after: her house was torched while she, her husband and children slept. All managed to escape unharmed, but she and her family were moved to a secret location and she and other ministers were assigned bodyguards for the first time – in a country where such murderous violence was once so scarce. Her government has slid to the right, and her borders have tightened. Many believe that what happens in the next decade will determine whether Denmark survives as a bastion of good living, humane thinking and social responsibility, or whether it becomes a nation at civil war with supporters of Sharia law.

And meanwhile, Canadians clamor for stricter immigration policies, and demand an end to state welfare programs that allow many immigrants to live on the public dole. As we in Canada look at the enclaves of Muslims amongst us, and see those who enter our shores too easily, dare live on our taxes, yet refuse to embrace our culture, respect our traditions, participate in our legal system, obey our laws, speak our language, appreciate our history . . we would do well to look to Denmark, and say a prayer for her future and for our own..  (America will not wake up to our Immigration problems until Obama leaves office and even then, maybe not.  As long as we continue to elect leaders who are too weak to fight off political correctness, we will eventually sink into a situation of chaos in America.  One warning, do not give up your guns and ammunition.  Do not fall into a situation where you leave yourself defenseless.  Vote carefully – our politicians are not supportive of you, the American citizen, they are only for themselves and do not believe that they work for us, the normal tax paying American.  If you doubt this, look at Harry Reid who has set an example for all politicians.  It is OK and encouraged to lie to get what you want)

IN MY OPINION (IMO)

Kansas City has had to impose a curfew on kids under 17 being out after 9 PM without a parent.  Why?  Because of a new “game” called “Put Em in a Coffin” was a new craze in which teens cross their arms like they are dead and then jump on hoods of parked cars in order to do as much damage as they can.  Once again, we have a bunch of young hoodlums out on the street acting out a game that maybe they do not really fully understand the negative impact they are making on their lives.  What is sad is that now ALL kids under 16 cannot be out after 9 PM and that is hard to do on weekends or say, when school breaks come alone.  Sure, we can easily blame the parents but that is too easy.  Somehow, I just think there is a breakdown in what so many of us think is right or wrong.  It is getting hard to differentiate between the two.  What is missing in our society or at least has diminished dramatically is – DISCIPLINE!

A little pizzeria in

“My girlfriend and I are small business owners, and we think there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event,” she said. “Like, if we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline.”

POTUS:  I just learned the true meaning of this acronym – “Piece of Totally Useless Shit”.

For the SHOCK of your life, take a break, and try to comprehend what you read below.

During our lifetimes, all Presidents have issued Executive Orders. For various reasons, some have issued more than others. These things will directly affect us all, in years to come.

Question is: Do YOU care enough to send this, ‘shocking info,’ to people you love

Ike – 2 in 8 years

Kennedy – 4 in 3 years

LBJ – 4 in 5 years

Nixon – 1 in 6 years

Ford – 3 in 2 years

Carter – 3 in 4 years

Reagan – 5 in 8 years

Bush I – 3 in 4 years

Clinton – 15 in 8 years

Bush II – 62 in 8 years

Obama – 923 in 3 1/2 years ! More than 1000+ and counting Executive Orders in 6 years.  Read some of them below – unbelievable!  Next step -dictatorship. (Looks like we are there already!).

If you don’t get the implications, you’re not paying attention. How come all the other presidents in the past 100 years have not found it necessary to INCREASE GOVERNMENT’S POWER OVER THE PEOPLE with more than 1,000 Executive Orders? This is really very scary.  And most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.  YES, THERE IS A REASON THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS DETERMINED TO TAKE CONTROL AWAY FROM THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.  Even some Democrats in the House have turned on him, plus a small number of Democrat Senators have questioned him. Rightfully so.

WHAT IS OBAMA REALLY TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH????  Remember what he told Russia’s Putin: “I’ll be more flexible after I’m re-elected.”  Here we go. Prepare to be shocked :

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 — allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 — allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 — allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 — allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 — allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 — allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare function.

.EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 — designates the registration of all persons. Postmaster General to operate a national registration.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 — allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 — allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 — allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 — assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 — specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions, and economic or financial crisis.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 — grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 — allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. Financial institution in any undefined national emergency.

It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

Feel free to verify the “executive orders” at will…..and these are just the major ones.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the tale of the “Frog in the Pot” . . Watch out for Obama’s actions; not his words! By his actions he will show you where America is headed.

Obama has issued executive orders that seek to “harmonize” U.S. Economic regulations with the rest of the world. These executive orders are yet another incremental step that is pushing us closer to a North American Union and a one world economic system.

Obama used the stage at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech to announce two new executive orders infringing on your second amendment rights:

The first bans the importation of antique military firearms for sale to sportsman and collectors.. He intentionally mislabels them military grade weapons to deceive the sheeple, but make no mistake . . . the order was written specifically to ban the importation of surplus M1 carbines, M1 Garands, 1903 Springfields and other antiques coveted by collectors and sport shooters.

This order is the death knell for the civilian marksmanship program.

Congress had previously passed the sportsman protection act in 1986 which among other things guaranteed that the importation of the historic relics for collectors and the CMP would not be impeded by unreasonable regulations.

Unfortunately, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.

The American people need to understand that Barack Obama is constantly looking for ways to integrate the United States more deeply with the rest of the world.

The globalization of the world economy has accelerated under Obama, and this latest executive order represents a fundamental change in U.S. economic policy. Now federal regulators will be required to “harmonize” their work with the international community.

If THIS IS DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE, THEN PROVE TO YOURSELF IT’S WRONG – Google it. !!!  http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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US NAVY SCANDAL

Posted by admin on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is rather serious yet I have not seen anything on FOX News or CNN on this issue.  How could that be?

Fat Leonard: A US Navy Scandal and the Pivot to the Pacific

The central player in the largest scandal to rock the US Navy in decades begins his sentencing hearing today amid virtually no media coverage

By Dr. Ian Ralby

Most Americans are aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke in Congress. We know that a nuclear deal was reached yesterday with Iran. We’ve certainly come to hate the militant movement known as ISIS or ISIL. And we associate the names Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab with terror and brutality. But most Americans – even those who have heard of the Obama Administration’s “Pivot to Asia/the Pacific” – will likely not have heard the name “Fat Leonard.” Furthermore, they will not be aware that the big Malaysian defense contractor, whose sentencing hearing begins today in San Diego, is at the center of the largest scandal to hit the US Navy in decades. Blatant corruption – bribes of money, gifts and prostitutes in exchange for classified information leading to highly valuable contracts – has already tainted the careers of five US admirals. Nearly three dozen more admirals remain under investigation, not to mention numerous other officers and enlisted. Ironically, however, the relative invisibility of the Fat Leonard scandal provides strong evidence that we aren’t actually pivoting toward or even paying attention to what is happening in the Pacific.

Leonard Glenn Francis was the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marina Asia Group (GDMA). At 6’3” and 350 pounds, he is widely know as “Fat Leonard”. Since at least 2006, he has used personal connections within the US Navy to secure large contracts for GDMA. Navy vessels would call at his terminals and use his husbanding services, paying fees far above the market rate. At the same time, he is alleged to have established and strengthened those personal connections by paying US officials large sums of money, offering them valuable gifts including Cuban cigars, tickets to concerts, Kobe beef and Spanish suckling pigs, and providing them with the services of prostitutes. In return for the bribes, Fat Leonard received classified information that allowed him to routinely win the overpriced contracts. Perhaps even more surprising than the corrupt practices were the efforts made to keep the illicit behavior obscured from oversight. High-level officials involved in the operation repeatedly tipped off anyone who might be in danger of being investigated or discovered, thereby ensuring that the criminal enterprise survived for years.

The scandal broke in 2013 and continues to unfold as investigations and trials proceed. Sentencing hearings are due to begin today for both Fat Leonard and Captain Daniel Dusek who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. Dusek is the senior most officer to have been formally charged thus far, though three Admirals were censured by the Navy in January and two others received letters of reprimand.

As significant as the scandal is itself, what is perhaps more telling is how little attention it has received. The Obama Administration has articulated its grand strategy as a “pivot to Asia” or “pivot to the Pacific.” As the global economic center of gravity continues to shift eastward, the “pivot” was intended to take the focus off the Middle East – where it has been for decades – and place it on China and its neighborhood. Two individuals responsible for having defrauded the US Navy out of tens of millions of dollars in its operations in the Pacific region, proceed to sentencing today amid virtually no media coverage. Yet the new cycle remains filled with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Nigeria and yesterday’s tragic attack in Kenya.

As Fat Leonard and Captain Dusek hope for a Good Friday, they can perhaps take some solace in knowing that if the US really had pivoted to the Pacific, they would be getting at least as much attention for their transgressions as Gen. David Petraeus is concerning his – seemingly minor by comparison – violations of law in the Middle East.

Dr. Ian Ralby is Founder and Executive Director of I.R. Consilium through which he provides legally-grounded policy advice and assistance to governments and organizations, often on matters relating to security. He is an expert on the regulation, governance and oversight of private security companies and on issues at the nexus between law and security. He holds a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a JD from William & Mary Law School; and both an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge.

 
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April 2015

Posted by admin on March 31, 2015 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters

 

I am starting this month off with a picture of Fields Ave walking street before the high rise buildings and before it was a walking street.  Many will say that in some ways the town was better back then and in some ways, maybe it was. Life was simpler and the bars were more fun and the raids by the police were less.  But now the the street has been transformed with high rise buildings, bigger bars, more restaurants, more neon lights and regretfully, more police raids.  Whatever the reasons for the raids, some legitimate, many not.  Back then there was no International Justice Mission (IJM) trying to justify their reason for being by seeking out publicity through questionable raids of bars conducted under the umbrella of various police agencies.

Usually, the reason for the raids is to “rescue” underage girls.  OK fair enough, no bar owner wants an underage girl working in his bar but somehow they manage to slip in.  Some via a Mamasan trying to make a few pesos on the side but this upsets many of the Mamasans who do everything they can to avoid such an issue.  Others get in with legitimate licenses and IDs issued by the City Health, City Hall and Barangays yet when discovered in a raid, the blame is put on the owners of the bar, not those who issued the various IDs.  You can guess the reason why.

Over the years various Bar owner’s Associations have been formed in an attempt to work with City officials and Law Enforcement Agencies to eliminate the hiring of underage girls and also to police themselves to eliminate the need for police raids. Some of these Associations succeeded for a while but then faded.   All worked closely with the City Mayor in office at the time but eventually, that support faded as did the Association.

In the last two years the raids have increased to the level in which it has had an adverse affect on tourism to Angeles City.  The big problem was the manner in which the raids were conducted in that police with weapons would enter the bar in a manner in which one would think a gun battle was anticipated.  All the girls working, including staff were rounded up and herded in to buses that took them to Camp Olivas or Camp Crame.  Usually, the excuse for the raid is that they had a report of a single underage girl being employed.  Needless to say, the methods used were a bit of an overkill.  Complaints from Bar owners just bounced off concrete walls.  Innocent people were sent to jail where it took them months or in some cases years to prove their innocence in court.  It developed into the way of life for entertainment entrepreneurs in this town.

You might ask why am I writing all this now?  The reason is that recently a meeting was held with police officials that might create a light at the end of a long tunnel. Last month Police Chief Superintendent Ronald Valcos Santos, the OIC of Police Regional Office 3 called for a special meeting of local Club owners.  The meeting was held at the Fortune Hong Kong Restaurant, Balibago, AC.  Also in attendance were Police Superintendent Rene Artazo Aspe and Senior Superintendent Imperial.  This is the first time that such a meeting was held by such a high ranking official (Brigadier General) in recent memory.  The General was recently assigned to Region 3 and his presence at this meeting was very much appreciated.  The meeting started off in a relaxed manner as P C/Supt Santos introduced himself and had the members in attendance do the same.  Santos was a good listener and his replies to comments and questions were direct and to the point.  He built up a remarkable rapport and confidence as the evening progressed.  In this meeting subjects were brought forth that normally would never be offered by those in attendance.  It is the first time that I have witnessed such a positive exchange.  This development took place in the last 30 minutes of the meeting.

 

The reason I am passing all this on is if P C/Supt Santos is true to his word and the Club owners cooperate then the shadow of bar raids will be reduced and the manner in which they are conducted should be less disruptive to the overall business.  Note that I wrote “should”.  No one can guarantee anything.  We have to wait and see if all that was promised actually takes place.  It is also up to the Bar Owners, all of them, small, big and medium to work together and trust this man.

This will also mean a great deal to the tourists planning to visit AC.  There will be less fear of raids or of being harassed.  You will see more PNP trained Tourist Police on the streets.  The Mayor is cleaning up the streets, improving lighting and parking. Gen Santos will be meeting with the Mayor and hopefully the Barangay Captain to discuss points brought up during the meeting and hopefully, that light at the end of the tunnel will become brighter and brighter.

This is a much different opening to my column but I thought it was important to pass on that we feel Angeles City will be able to provide tourists and Expats living here a safe, clean, hassle free environment for one and all.  Yes, all laws and regulations must be adhered to, naturally, but in return, fairness in the enforcement of the law is expected.

This is the beginning of the summer season and the Clubs will be offering many entertainment specials, keep an eye out for pool parties, beauty contests and of course the forthcoming famous summer ABC pool party.  Out with the old and in with the NEW.

 

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Greetings Harry. A word of Caution to your aussie readers who fly Qantas Sydney to Manila. I arrive Brisbane domestic terminal feb 25 for my flight to Sydney to catch QF19 to manila as I have been doing for years only to be refused a boarding pass for the SYD-MNL sector. My sin was my return ticket out of the Philippines back to aus on QF was in july, 3 months time. The ground staff insisted my return ticket had to be within one month of my arrival in the Philippines in line of the visa I would receive on arrival in MNL. BULLSHIT. They were not going to let me on the plane. I did have a flight back to BNE 3 weeks after my arrival on Philippine Airlines for my sons wedding but no eticket to show. I left it in PI as I THOUGHT I did not need it.When I bought the PR ticket, it was not emailed, just a screen print out. I did try to change my QF ticket but refused the $200 change fee required. I was put on a flight to SYD and told to go to PR office in the international terminal, get a copy of the ticket then proceed to QF19 check in.

On arrival in SYD, my flight sat on the tarmac for 20 mins, no slots available, had to retrieve my check in and then find the local bus to the international terminal. I took one look at the QF 19 check in on arrival and realised I was in trouble and had no time to look for the PR office. The Gods were smiling down on me as I found a supervisor who appeared to be switched on, explained my situation and took me under her wing and checked me in personally rather embarrassed at what had happened to me.

 

Still no apology from Qantas. Qantas has previous form for doing this. A friend of mine was forced to buy a ticket that he was never going to use. On return to aus, he confronted QF and was give a full refund of his unwanted ticket plus a apology. BB  (Looks to me like Quantas is hiring some stupid personnel or just some plain old assholes)

I did not report the Nemeses bar raid in my breaking news as I was disappointed that it took place at all.  Anyway, enough time has passed so I can pass on this comment that was sent to me:  ”AC whisper only.
Not a CIDG raid this time.  Black guy is from IMJ.  Girls taken to Camp Crame, Manila. Korean owner was amongst them.   Nemesis reopened last night.  All patrons asked to present ID.  Some had ID some not.  I am informed it is better not to give ID as your name will then be registered on NBI computer.”  (It is always better to have an ID with you when in a foreign country.  It can save your being hassled)

Harry, I remember reading one of your “Harry-the-Horse” issues where someone was talking about flights into Clark.  I have a flight booked with Cathay Pacific : Adelaide – Sydney – Hong Kong – Clark RETURN for AU$1100.oo. (20/30 Kls Luggage)in August for Australian Vietnam Veterans Day (Aug 18th) very acceptable Lay-Overs (1 1/2 – 3 hours).  On GOOGLE Search you can find Regular Airline flights ex Australia to Clark RETURN from AU $675.oo. However you spend a LOT of time in airports such as K.L., Singapore, Hong Kong etc for these prices.

LCC Air-Asia also has connecting out of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin & Perth into Clark 3 times per week, however when you add on Luggage, Food, Seat Selection, you are far better going with a Regular Carrier.  I will arriving April 22 thru May 10 (ANZAC DAY) with Singapore Airlines (return) ex Adelaide via Singapore to Manila (30 Kils Luggage), AU $800.oo, also with very acceptable Lay-overs.  I had not seen the Cathay Pacific arrangements prior to making this booking.  Thought that your Aussie readers might be interested, saves at least 2 possibly 3 Hotels along the way.  Just a follow up – ONE of the Best Sites for those Airfares is : - Cheapflights.com.au Travel Experts and also direct to CATHAY PACIFIC Cheers, Ray Sauvola (Thanks Ray, hope this helps a few travelers from Australia)

G’day Harry, Charlie from Sydney here again.Your newsletters over the past eighteen months or so have often contained emails from guys who are asking about how safe it is in Angeles now or that they are considering cancelling their travel plans because they have safety concerns now because of the odd ex-pat murder or they are wary of being caught up in a police bar raid and some just seem to be put off because they think they cant enjoy a girl’s company outside of the bar anymore because of the official ‘no bar fines policy’. I have just returned from a three week visit to Angeles and Subic and in my opinion all of these fears are largely unfounded. However, one thing that stood out in both locations was the uncommon lack of overseas visitors considering that it is normally the height of the tourist season in Jan-Feb. Most bars I attended were often sparely populated and the majority of those there appeared to be ex-pats.This most recent trip of mine was my 17th to Angeles and Subic since 2008 and on all of those trips I have never experienced a safety or robbery issue or a police issue. In fact, I have been visiting the Philippines regularly since 1988 (mostly Manila in the earlier years) and I have never had an issue. The common sense approach to visits has been covered by you and other forums many times ….but it WORKS! Simply, don’t get too drunk, always be aware of your surroundings, be polite to everyone (even annoying street hawkers) and don’t walk down dark areas alone late at night. I also always carry a copy of the photo/details page of my passport plus a copy of the page with my current visa stamp on it just in case of any ‘police interaction’.  (Be advised that during a recent raid the coppers asked customers for ID) Anyway, a snapshot of my
January/February visit.ANGELES:Favourite Afternoon Bars: Paradise Beer Garden….girl watching is as good as Kokomos and Phillies but the stools are much more comfortable and the front bench table is set back far enough that you don’t get hassled by the street hawkers like at the other two places. They also make the best pizza’s I have yet experienced in Phil’s. Second pick is Garfields bar…mainly an ex-pat clientele with the odd regular visitor like me. I just like the ambience of no loud music, nice GRO’s and old farts like me having a chat with mates. Third pick is probably Brass Knob …this place has really picked up since the original owner took over again.Favourite Night Bars: There is only one really for me and that is Angel Witch… good line up of girls, great music, cold beer and always a good atmosphere. (Good choice Charlie)Roadhouse next door has similar music (rock and roll mostly) but the I think the girl line up are the ones that didn’t make the grade for Angel Witch EmojiFavourite Hotel : I always stay at the Pacific Breeze…good rooms (and a lift in the main building…essential for my creaky bones), great staff all round and central to everything on Fields.BARRIO BARRETTO, SUBICFavourite Afternoon Bars: Sit n Bull Annex…comfortable stools, air-con, nice girls serving cold cheap beer. I also like to visit the Generals Outpost occasionally and smile inwardly at all the bullshit coming from all the crusty old US ex-pat patrons….the bar is at capacity with a dozen customers (i.e very small) but the beer is cold and even cheaper than at Sit n Bull. The bars at the Arizona Hotel are also good particularly if there is a special sport event on TV that takes my interest.Favourite Night Bars : It used to be Bar Barretto but that has gone downhill since the ownership change and new name of Coco Lips… no MTV screens anymore and the music is crap with most of it being dorf-dorf techno shit…the customer base obviously don’t like it as they have deserted the place too. Girl line up is about the same but only average compared to most in Angeles. I found a new bar that I liked just near Coca Lips called Wild Island….no dancing girls but a good spread of GRO’s all in the mid-late 20′s age group and no uglies, cold beer and good music that is not too loud…there was a good crowd when I was there.Favourite Hotel : Arizona…..everything about it has improved since Tommo took over a few years ago ( except maybe the plumbing but that is the norm in Barrio )….good food, good staff, rooms for all budgets and walking distance to most bars. I stayed at Blue Rock a few times in the past as well and while they have a great bar and restaurant I found the rooms to be disappointing for the price plus it is a bit out of the way from the action.Okay Harry I will leave it there for now. Feel free to post this in your next newsletter if you think its informative. I know a few more bars have been raided in recent weeks and it looks like there is no end to that crap but at least there have been no reports of customers being taken away (to my knowledge) but I feel for the innocent staff who are carted off. Anyway, I have already voted with my feet and I have booked my flight to return to Angeles and Subic in July this year. I will make a point of getting to your stable and hope to catch up with you then.  Cheers……….Charlie, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
(Nice report Charlie. Yes, some of what you wrote has been written by me many times. So often in fact that I am tired of the repetition. Maybe it will sink in more if written by a traveling man like yourself. Your hotel and bar choices in Angeles are solid. I am not familiar with the bars in the Barrio but your comments about the Arizona are very accurate. I had to smile when you mentioned the rooms in the Blue Rock. For sure I agree with you there. Stay well and hopefully you will make it to my stable during your July visit)

Harry, this is a letter that I am sending to the House Ways and Means Committee:

Subject:Funding the International Justice Ministry

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee, over the last few years it has come to my attention that an organization, mentioned above, has been imposing morality on the citizens of other countries. I have observed that this organization has been operating in the Republic of Philippines by encouraging and accompanying law enforcement to raid business in and around the province of Pampanga forcing these business to pay exorbitant fines and attempting to close these operations. We as a nation have no right to enter another country and legislate morality. Those alleged illicit business employee thousand of locals that otherwise could not exist. All of this haranguing is done to supposedly find and remove underage girls form the bar business. When in fact these girls have all been proven to be the legal age for employment. Furthermore, this illegal IJM operation is creating an avenue for local law enforcement to impose fines that seldom end up in the public coffers and usually enriches the local law enforcement officers. So in fact the International Justice Ministry is enabling corruption on a large scale. I deeply resent that my tax dollars are being granted to the International Justice Ministry to further corruption in the name of Justice. Please review this grant and act accordingly. Finally, I suggest you consider what the outcome would be absent the International Justice Ministry’s meddling in the morality of other countries. It would be business as usual and the entertainment mecca of the Philippines would continue with or without the unreasonable intervention of the International Justice Ministry. The mission of policing the entertainment industry in the Philippines is the job of local law enforcement and Justice Department not some foreign US tax paid pseudo religious organization.  Thank You, Owen Parker.  (A couple of months ago the Nemesis Bar was raided by the CIDG AND the IMJ.  Following are pictures of what looks like a foreigner who was seen directing the raid inside the bar.  Could this be the IMJ in control, not just observing?)

                

Harry, guess what?  For your information the Navy is flying it’s new p8′s out from one of those old air fields.  My retired MARINE and NAVY friends in Olongapo tell me that there is a lot of activity at Subic.  May heaven forbid that our military comes back for a lasting presence In the Philippines!  May I say that a lasting presence is in the works and it is not bolobolo.  Stop the VFW/AL and talk to some of the expats and they will fill you in if there are any of them still alive (all of that ESQ and SM).  I will keep in touch and inform you with my latest information.  This shit is no secret because it is in the news here in the states. John H.

 

(Guess that is not the most reliable information I have ever received but one never knows.  I do not have a source in Subic anymore so have to rely on any bits of information I can receive.  I already know there are agreements for rotating visits by the Navy and AF but not anything about a permanent presence in the way it used to be.  Lets see what happens this year and how nervous the Philippine Government gets with their great Chinese friends.  China is like a salivating dog looking at a bone he could devour in no time at all)

Hello Harry, Ive been making some observations about U.S. involvement in the Philippines. To start with is the case of Scott Pemberton. In a breach of security protestors were allowed to approach the ship. I myself seeing this and living in Olongapo decided to go to the ship the following Sunday morning and was shocked to my toes to what I found. There was no security and I mean zero! I was on my motorcycle and rode right up to the ships entrance. Not a security guard, road block or security vehicles in sight. The Philippines I don’t know who pulled all security from the ship. I at the most 100 meters from the ship well within small arms and RPG range. Before when a U.S. ship was in you couldn’t get anywhere close and couldn’t take a picture of the a U.S. Naval ship from anywhere on SBMA I know I tried in the past. I took photos even a selfie to prove I was there with no security.

9 U.S. ships were going to port through Christmas but all were cancelled and no ships have returned. Now they announced the U.S. will be using Singapore for port of calls with an installation to be built within the next few years. Sounds to me like the Philippines is as they like to say is “persona non grata”. After the recent Philippine military travesty of Mamasapano where 44 Filipino’s KIA they then tried to attach some blame on the U.S. military presence.

Well this past week U.S. Special Forces Command in Mindanao packed up closed shop in a small ceremony and left taking the Intelligence gathering apparatus with them. To top it all the U.N. warned the Philippines they will be kicked out of the U.N. if corruption is not brought under control in 5 years. There are rumors within the U.N. of an investigation of the Philippines of the missing tens of millions of dollars in Yolanda relief.

With our forces gone from Mindanao and no further U.S. ships coming it seems an ominous sign of change is happening and one all foreigners should be aware of and it’s this. The Philippines has worn out it’s welcome and fast running out of friends with zero defense against any Chinese incursion or even increased Muslim or NPA attacks. Seems it’s open season on the Philippines now. Were old enough to have seen the same type of thing happen in Vietnam, Cambodia and a lot of Latin American countries.  What are your thoughts Harry.  Olongapo Don.

Hi, Just responding to a small line you had in March requesting info on the City of Dreams hotel in Manila.

I have just completed construction on this property so I can tell you the scoop. There are 3 hotels, Crown,Hyatt, Nobu also included the famous Nobu restaurant. All high end hotels. The crown being the best and is owned operated by Melco entertainment hence Henry Packard the owner of Melco Crown Australia. This is similar to the city of dreams Macau across from the Venetian. Which is also owned by Stanly Ho and Packard. There is a casino, very nice pools and cabanas, shopping restaurants, night club and a large Family entertainment portion built by Dreamworks with dreamworks characters. Shrek, train your dragon, Kung Fu panda Ect.  Overall a very nice place, but you will need deep pockets as nothing here is cheap.  Cheers, Your local expat (I guess just window shopping for me)  Location:  City of Dreams Manila is located at the gateway of Entertainment City within the Manila Bay area. Find us at Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines. Three kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and a 5-minute drive from SM Mall of Asia.

Harry, Not sure if you received my email from your site.  Recently I was with a girl from Fire Pit when I was reading your March report. She was sitting across from me and could not see my ipad. As I came to Wayne W. I asked her about some customer and a fight with momma san Lisa. She said she was there at the bar when he came in drunk and demanding his gf salary. Momma replied that you can only give to the gf. There was some kind of shouting and maybe some pushing by Wayne then. Momma got up and went home. Wayne then followed her there and started a fight with her. The story was that he was off his motorcycle and momma was defending herself. The brother and sister came out to stop the fight.

The girl then told me the police was called and there was P20,000 payment for Wayne to get out of jail. She does not know who got the P20,000.  According to the girl, it was pretty common for Wayne to go there drunk and a bit out of control. The girl pretty much confirmed the events but not Wayne’s story. Also she said momma is a pretty nice person.  Thought I would let you know this side of the story. I have no dog in this fight.  You can use my first name in this if you need to.  George (That certainly is a different version of the story.  As usual there is always two sides to a story.  This girl had no reason to lie and if true, then George was lucky to get out of jail for only P20,000)

Wow, after inserting the above comments from George, I found this message right afterwards.  I am pretty sure that after these two accounts that maybe George got his facts a bit mixed up with reality.  I think we can say “CASE CLOSED”

To Harry the horse, hello sir, good morning. i would like to add some details on your article about “Wayne W.” Whom he said was attacked by my sister. Wayne version ” I was sitting on my motorbike when Mama Annalisa from Fire Pit attacked and beat me. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion.”

In the first place, he was not attacked.! All the people there know what happen that night even the owner of the Firepit bar, who happen to be there that time… Wayne version “My gf quit the bar to go back to her province. Mamasan stole her last week’s salary. I went to the bar and talked to the manager. He made her give it back.(He didnt talked to her, he yell to her and ask for the money,). She lost face, as well as the 1000p. She attacked me in the bar with just pushing and shouting. My gr was living at mamasan’s house. I went to pick her up. I was on a public street. Mama came running out the house and attacked me with her fists and something in her hand. I got a concussion, too. After she hit me 4 or 5 times, I landed one punch in defense. Then her brother and sister pulled her off me. I never got off my bike. I never even stood up.

The scene he made at the firepit bar was undoubtly very stressful to all the people there and most of all to my sister. He accused my sister of stoling the money.. and even called her a Thief in front of all the people at the bar,.the money was not stole.. (1000php), its his gf salary (Php1000) it was kept by my sister bcoz Grace “wayne’s gf” was not home for a couple of days. Grace and my sister talked about it that afternoon, that my sister will give the money friday afternoon before she leave for manila.. she agreed about it!,,so we guess its all okay… the scene in the bar continued in our house.. he keeps buzzing his motorbrike aloud and yell.. We all got out, and as he seat on his motorbike he still yelling ur a thief, give the money to her.. even her gf try to stop him..My furious sister wants to beat him but he cant get through bcoz we all pulling her off,, it was Wayne who gave the first punch to her.. and in her defense my sister got a stone and throw it to wayne, thats why he got that wound..we all try to stop and let wayne leave..my sister went to station 4 and file a case to wayne.. and stayed there for long period of hours. later that afternoon both parties agreed for a settlement and hoping that it ends there.. ( but i guess its not)

March 2, 2015, the owner of the firepit bar read ur article and print it out and let my sister read it through, we not just sit here and let it pass while wayne still saying the same lies for people to be on his side.  We are human and willing to fight for our right.. We hope it ends here and let everybody move on. as you read our side.. Thank you for reading my email… Have a great day..  ALMA LIPASANA

Harry, Bunny Ranch is closed because the landlord wanted to double the lease amount to renew. They are in the process of moving into a club at the rear of Paradise. Name will not be changed. In the interim their girls relocated to Shooterz. Bob.  (That is something we may see more and more of, with Landlords looking to increase rents dramatically as lease contracts end)

Harry, Just received a series of sad text messages from a close friend.  Four nights ago a Cherry Girl went to work at the Nasty Duck. Last night a smooth talking Korean walked in, took an interest in her and offered to take her out. She told him no she was a Cherry Girl. He replied that was O.K. he just wanted to get to know her and asked if she would go out for dinner and only dinner. The girl consulted with Momma who was good with it so she consented. Outside they got into his car. He was not a tourist, he said, but a business man from Manila. At some point in the evening he drove into the Hill Top Hotel, managed to get her into a room and raped her. He then fled. Management and the Police were notified. Hill Top provided a license plate number. The girl went to the hospital for an examination, gave a statement then went home. She has been consoled by neighbors, one of which is my friend who reports the girl just sits, shakes and cries. She refuses to even eat. No information on the investigation.  (If Korean he will get away with it as the Korean Syndicate looks after its own.  This is a sample of why so many dislike the type of Koreans that come here to Angeles City)

Man in Cavite arrested for sexually assaulting a cow – Sent to me by Jerry J who wondered if this is what would happen when “Bar Fines” are eradicated in AC?  I think cows would be too difficult to mount, how about sheep?  ”Authorities later revealed that the man had also sexually assaulted two other cows in different areas in Cavite.  A man was arrested early morning on Tuesday, March 10, after he was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a cow in Barangay Biga Dos, Silang, Cavite.  Silang police said 46-year-old Andy Loyola was caught around 5 a.m. having sex with a cow, which was initially reported by its owner, Rustico Carlo, as missing.  Loyola was believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs when he was arrested. Police noted that various drug paraphernalia and several sachets containing suspected shabu were also seized from the suspect.  The suspect is now detained at the Silang municipal jail.  He is facing charges of violating Republic Act 8485, as amended by RA 10631, otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act.  Authorities later revealed that Loyola had also sexually asssaulted two other cows in different areas in Cavite. -a report by Eric Dastas, dzMM  (That is not fair, maybe the cow enjoyed it!  Maybe Loyala was married to a very fat woman and mistook the cow for her.  Whatever the reason, the drugs he took sure must have been first grade.  What I really want to see is when they bring the victim to court to testify)

This is a video you have to look at.  This is the country that Hillary Clinton accepts millions of dollars from for her Foundation that fights for women’s rights. Doesn’t seem right but Hillary does not refuse the money.  Seems like a Hypocrite  to me.

Saudi Arabia police behead a woman as she begged for mercy [warning: extremely graphic]

Frank here, we have a new website for the subic area – subicexpat.com
under the things to do category I do a T.V. guild for the sports the NRL and Rugby Union on Sentena also some of the races on the same satellite the Baseball on Fox. The Aussie Rules on the Aussie channel and the Cricket schedule for the world cup.not many hits so far.  could you give us a shout out on your harry the horse. AC has the same channels.  double tops to you, cheers  (Happy to shout for you Frank)

Hi Harry I just read the article I sent you, sorry for being ambiguous. I should think before I write, make it easier for you.  Stick it in as an UPDATE thanks, Bruce.

Yup Coolangatta is Air Asia’s original port of call for Australia and Brisbane, which is 84 klm away straight up a freeway only traffic lights are near the airport and in the city of Brisbane.  NO TOLLS!!

I thought I should do more research for the article and found out that these flights to Clark LINK UP with flights from Melbourne as well and there is a link Clark to Sydney on the return leg.there just doesn’t seem to be from Sydney to Clark.

There are good cheap flights from Sydney to either Coolangatta or Melbourne, just check the times of departure from Melbourne and OOL, maybe one is better suited for Sydneyites.

It seems someone was actually thinking, linking the East Coast of Australia with Clark even if it is only one day a week. They just did the Asian mentality thing, and forgot to link Australia’s biggest city properly.  It will be right eventually.I have no doubt.  But this gives a real opportunity for full planes into Clark with this link.

I got my mate who is American flying over in October for fishing and then returning in Nov. his return flight was a promo. and it was A$636 Clark to Coolangatta return all in.  My wife is flying over a week before XMAS as well A$398 one way and that’s a promo too.  I recently got an form letter email from Tony Fernadez the CEO of Air Asia thanking his patrons who support them during this time of crisis.

They do service with Air Asia unfortunately they have “Air Asia Philippines” to contest with.  I just hope they keep up this link.

Hello Harry, I was catching up on your latest news letter, reading a snip it

about you wishing one of your featured “would if I could” girls would meet and marry due to your featuring them and the deal that, you get invited to the wedding for free food.. Well I’m happy to say that Rossana May Perez and I met as I emailed her hoping to enlist her help looking for a old friend from the Olongapo area.. Long story short… I came, we met, and now we are together. What a great gal.

Your watering hole was on my short list of places to visit when there. I thought you were located in the Barrio Beretto. May informed me she knew you personally and that the Blue Boar was in Angeles. Maybe we will stop by when I’m back in April. If there is ever a wedding, you sir will be on the list of VIP invites.. Thank you, Tim Stumo  (Good luck Tim, I can taste all the good food already)

Harry , Yes , we have adds, brochures, listings everywhere that we can think of and have had some good showings but, haven’t connected with a buyer yet.  I am puzzled as Title , taxes are in order and its a nice home and location but most want to be in town with the noise of jeepney’ and trike action. Oh well, we are taking another marketing try,  hope we can get it Leased or Sold.  I am in Costa Rica presently but Jocelyn (wife) is there for a showing .. her number is 09205695868. We certainly appreciate your thoughts, regards, Brent Hofmeister.  (I have visited this house.  The wife and I made the long drive up to Subic City over a year ago and found the house to be in a very quiet, picturesque community.  Ideal for a single man or a retired couple.  There is easy access to Subic City and not that far a drive to Barrio Barretto.  You will need a car.  I thought by now it had been sold or at least rented out.  It is an ideal, safe community and the view from the house is magnificent.  It is worth the drive just to see it)

G’day Harry, Charlie from Sydney here again. Your newsletters over the past eighteen months or so have often contained emails from guys who are asking about how safe it is in Angeles now or that they are considering cancelling their travel plans because they have safety concerns now because of the odd ex-pat murder or they are wary of being caught up in a police bar raid and some just seem to be put off because they think they cant enjoy a girl’s company outside of the bar anymore because of the official ‘no barfines policy’. I have just returned from a three week visit to Angeles and Subic and in my opinion all of these fears are largely unfounded. However, one thing that stood out in both locations was the uncommon lack of overseas visitors considering that it is normally the height of the tourist season in Jan-Feb. Most bars I attended were often sparcely populated and the majority of those there appeared to be ex-pats.

This most recent trip of mine was my 17th to Angeles and Subic since 2008 and on all of those trips I have never experienced a safety or robbery issue or a police issue. In fact, I have been visiting the Philippines regularly since 1988 (mostly Manila in the earlier years) and I have never had an issue. The common sense approach to visits has been covered by you and other forums many times ….but it WORKS! Simply, don’t get too drunk, always be aware of your surroundings, be polite to everyone (even annoying street hawkers) and don’t walk down dark areas alone late at night. I also always carry a copy of the photo/details page of my passport plus a copy of the page with my current visa stamp on it just in case of any ‘police interaction’.

Anyway, a snapshot of my January/February visit.

ANGELES:

Favourite Afternoon Bars: Paradise Beer Garden….girl watching is as good as Kokomos and Phillies but the stools are much more comfortable and the front bench table is set back far enough that you don’t get hassled by the street hawkers like at the other two places. They also make the best pizza’s I have yet experienced in Phil’s. Second pick is Garfields bar…mainly an ex-pat clientele with the odd regular visitor like me. I just like the ambience of no loud music, nice GRO’s and old farts like me having a chat with mates. Third pick is probably Brass Knob …this place has really picked up since the original owner took over again.

Favourite Night Bars: There is only one really for me and that is Angel Witch… good line up of girls, great music, cold beer and always a good atmosphere. Roadhouse next door has similar music (rock and roll mostly) but the I think the girl line up are the ones that didn’t make the grade for Angel Witch Emoji

Favourite Hotel : I always stay at the Pacific Breeze…good rooms (and a lift in the main building…essential for my creaky bones), great staff all round and central to everything on Fields.  (Always a good hotel to stay at here in AC)

BARRIO BARRETTO, SUBIC

Favourite Afternoon Bars: Sit n Bull Annex…comfortable stools, air-con, nice girls serving cold cheap beer. I also like to visit the Generals Outpost occasionally and smile inwardly at all the bullshit coming from all the crusty old US ex-pat patrons….the bar is at capacity with a dozen customers (i.e very small) but the beer is cold and even cheaper than at Sit n Bull. The bars at the Arizona Hotel are also good particularly if there is a special sport event on TV that takes my interest.

Favourite Night Bars : It used to be Bar Barretto but that has gone downhill since the ownership change and new name of Coco Lips… no MTV screens anymore and the music is crap with most of it being dorf-dorf techno shit…the customer base obviously don’t like it as they have deserted the place too. Girl line up is about the same but only average compared to most in Angeles. I found a new bar that I liked just near Coca Lips called Wild Island….no dancing girls but a good spread of GRO’s all in the mid-late 20′s age group and no uglies, cold beer and good music that is not too loud…there was a good crowd when I was there.

Favourite Hotel : Arizona…..everything about it has improved since Tommo took over a few years ago ( except maybe the plumbing but that is the norm in Barrio )….good food, good staff, rooms for all budgets and walking distance to most bars. I stayed at Blue Rock a few times in the past as well and while they have a great bar and restaurant I found the rooms to be disappointing for the price plus it is a bit out of the way from the action.

Okay Harry I will leave it there for now. Feel free to post this in your next newsletter if you think its informative. I know a few more bars have been raided in recent weeks and it looks like there is no end to that crap but at least there have been no reports of customers being taken away (to my knowledge) but I feel for the innocent staff who are carted off. Anyway, I have already voted with my feet and I have booked my flight to return to Angeles and Subic in July this year. I will make a point of getting to your stable and hope to catch up with you then.  Cheers……….Charlie, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

TIDBITS 

Harry, Remember last August or September when you printed in your news letter that African Americans receive 40% of all government Entitlements? Well here is a article that disprove your assumption.  William Dean (Not my assumption)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/28/food-stamp-demographics_n_6771938.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Good to know.  Now I can afford to live in the US and get some of those entitlements. I can become a 40 percenter.  Bill, did you scream when you saw the statistic?

Drugs-charge bodybuilder tracked down to Philippines

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: February 17, 2012

A BODYBUILDER from Derbyshire who has been on the run from police for five years is working at a gym in the Philippines, the Derby Telegraph can exclusively reveal.  Paul Longfield, who was the reigning Mr Britain at the time of his arrest in 2006, was charged with 14 counts of illegally dealing steroids.  He was bailed to appear at Derby Crown Court to plead to the charges in 2007 but failed to turn up to the hearing.  (I don’t blame him)

Now the Derby Telegraph has traced Longfield to the Fitness Connection Gym, in Angeles City, Pampanga, and last night we contacted him.  The 48-year-old, formerly of Furnace Lane, Loscoe, confirmed he was wanted by police but said he would not return to the UK – adding he was only missing “haddock and chips and the odd pickled onion”.  (Some of the bars used to sell pickled onions here) Longfield said: “To be honest, there’s not a lot for me to come back to in Derbyshire.  (Good decision Paul)  “All my friends in the UK say the country is in a bad state and I’m virtually married to an Asian girl here in the Philippines now.  ”I’m nearly 50 years old, I can compete in the gym on power-lifting weights with guys half my age and I have taken steroids for a number of years.  ”Around Derby I’m told there is a problem with heroin and crack cocaine and I can tell you straight that people do not mug grannies for their next fix of anabolic steroids.”  Longfield claimed that using anabolic steroids, often to enhance athletic performance, was less dangerous that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.  Reported side-effects of using the drug include high blood pressure, liver damage and dangerous changes to the heart.  Longfield said: “It is a witch hunt.  ”There are a lot of people saying in the press about steroids and how dangerous they are that don’t know what they are talking about.”  (I think it is a personal choice and no big deal unless it gives you an edge in a competition but it should not be a crime in which one is sent to jail.  I think it messes you up in later years if you quit working out.  Want an example, look at Arnold S. now.  I have talked to some folks who went to Fitness Connection and they have no heartburn with Paul)

Further research has also shown Longfield to be involved in a company called Midas Security, which is claimed to have offices across the world, including the United Arab Emirates and Dubai.  The Midas Security website states that Longfield is an executive director.  On the site there is a video link of him competing on stage and being handed a trophy.  The site describes Longfield as having 25 years’ experience in all levels of securities in the UK and across the World.  It reads: “Paul has been involved in martial arts and top-level body-building, being Mr Britain, Mr Europe and competing on world stage.”  (So what, sounds like he is the man for the job)

A police adviser confirmed that the person on the video was the same Paul Longfield whom officers were seeking in connection with the drug-dealing charges.  Drugs expert Steve Holme said: “From the information and weblinks provided to us by the Derby Telegraph, this is the same Paul Longfield we are looking for in connection with charges of possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and failing to appear in court.  ”I was working with Derbyshire police at the time and my role in the arrest in 2006 was dealing with the drugs themselves but I did see Mr Longfield at the time and this is the same person.”

A spokesman for the Derbyshire force said it was not yet known if officers would be sent to either the Middle East or the Philippines to try to track down Longfield.  (I doubt that it would be worth the effort.  It is not a crime like selling hard drugs or being a killer or a pedophile.   As long as he does not go back to England for those onions and fish he should be OK here)

Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Alviera Industrial Park in Porac, Pampanga on Tuesday, January 27.  Spanning 31 hectares, the industrial park is listed as a Special Economic Zone under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), enabling it to grant its locators special tax breaks and other economic incentives. It is designed to provide three clusters of ready-built factory buildings, in addition to 16 lots measuring 1 to 1.4 hectares each.

The park functions as a component of the larger, up-and-coming township of Alviera, the developer’s first masterplanned estate in Central Luzon. At 1,125 hectares, Alviera consists of several sectors, among them residential, retail, recreational, business and industrial. The township is also set to have its own university zone, as well as a country club.  ALI estimates that the project can generate up to 5,000 new jobs as it launches its first phase of development. The entire project costs P1.68 billion, and development is scheduled for the next 20 years.  Leading the groundbreaking at the site, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda stated that Alviera stood as “a manifestation that the Province of Pampanga is really ready for further development.”

Meanwhile, mayor of Porac Condralito Dela Cruz expressed his optimism for the project, saying that local businesses that export their products have already taken an interest in the location.  ”The industrial park will offer locators the opportunity to purchase, and not just lease, industrial lots. Standard factory buildings (SFBs) will also be available for lease,” Dela Cruz stated.  ”We hope to attract international manufacturers in light industries as well, perhaps from Korea and Taiwan,” the mayor said.  Alviera is a joint project between Ayala Land and Leonio Land. Accessible by major highways and within proximity to the Clark International Airport and the Subic International Freeport, Alviera is expected to be the next growth center in its region.  (This is another example of the upward economic expansion in Northern Luzon.  Porac borders Angeles City so any expansion there benefits Angeles City as well as Pampanga)

DIVORCE FLORIDA STYLE - This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. What is the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself? A Beretta Jet fire testimonial…. Here is her story in her own words:  ”While out walking along the edge of a bayou just outside of Fort Lauderdale in alligator alley with my soon to be ex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open. She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.

If I had not had my little Beretta Jet fire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today! Just one shot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took…. The ‘gator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace. It’s one of the best pistols in my collection!  Plus the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was really incredible.”  (Be careful on how you treat your women.  They can be so very clever)

I wish I was on the Jury for the Jodie trial.  Believe me, there would be no hung jury and she would piss in her pants the day she walked to the gas chamber.

A well written comment by my son sent to another un-patriotic college in the US:

Jimmy wrote: “UC Irvine is at it again as they want to ban the American flag (and other flags) in a community hall area on campus. This was my response on the Irvine FB page. I invite you to go to their page and leave your feedback as well. The US flag is a symbol of the lives that were lost fighting for this country, not just against the Queen of England but also brother against brother. That red in the flag is there for a reason, it symbolizes the blood lost from Patriots who believed in a better way! I know that Irvine loves to make headlines but you un-patriotic POS need to go back and take history lessons. I am tired and I mean very tired of certain individuals making attempts at stripping America of it’s national pride and history by degrading or removing its symbolism. I am tired of people trying to prove a point by stomping on American pride. I love my flag and my country and despise the ones who shame it and quite simply should just live in another country if the flag disturbs them. My goodness, this is not what the FOUNDING FATHERS had in mind after fighting so hard to get this country established. UC Irvine you are an embarrassment to the rest of this country including the Patriots who lost their lives fighting for it.”  (This type of action is becoming far too common in our left wing, politically correct colleges and universities in the US.  No wonder so many are rushing to join the ISIS ranks.  Patriotism is just not taught in our US schools anymore.  What a shame)

This was quick.  Right after I printed my son’s remarks, I saw this:

The statement below is from the UCI Administration

Earlier this week, six undergraduate members of the UCI’s student-government Legislative Council passed a bill that bans hanging a flag from any nation in the common lobby area of the student government offices.

This misguided decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university.

The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so.

Student-body president Reza Zomorrodian has publicly opposed the legislation. The Executive Cabinet of the student government will meet today to discuss a veto. A motion to veto and a second are on the table. One more vote is needed for a veto. We encourage the student government to veto this legislation and abandon any further efforts to pursue it.

We hold the value of intellectual inquiry and the free and rigorous exchange of ideas as bedrock values of institutions of higher education. And yet, we are constantly reminded that those values we cherish are in part, guaranteed by the sacrifices made and the struggles waged to secure the freedom and democracy that the flag symbolizes. UCI never takes that for granted.  (I am happy to know that Old Glory will continue to hang in this University)

Some could find this interesting but I take it as another example of writers trying to smear Angeles City with distorted stories.  I hate the term “Red Light District” for AC.  It is not correct terminology and paints an incorrect picture of what Fields Ave actually is.  http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/03/philippines-generation-sex-tourism-children-150305120628971.html

BUFFALO MEAT – This gal was smart, she went after the butchers first!

A water buffalo gored two butchers at a slaughterhouse before going on a rampage through the Philippine capital Saturday, terrorizing hundreds of people and tossing furniture in the lobby of a small hotel.

The three-year-old female, weighing nearly half a ton, injured a total of three people with its 18-inch (46-centimetre) horns and caused the evacuation of about 200 call centre workers during its two-hour bid for freedom.

“I ran, but it was faster. It tossed me into the air with its horns and when I woke up, I was being stitched up in hospital,” said butcher Jonet Rufino, the first victim.
“In my 14 years at work, this is the first time I was attacked by an animal,” said the 35-year-old, who required 14 stitches to a wound on his backside.

The animal broke loose as it arrived by truck at a central Manila abattoir and went after the butchers with its potentially lethal horns, said police investigator James Bagay.  It then galloped through some of Manila’s busiest streets, goring a woman bystander before reaching the Cubao business district, more than a kilometre (0.6-mile) away.  There, Bagay said, it entered the lobby of a small hotel and tossed some furniture, before breaking into a call centre building.  It broke some glass panels at reception, but no one was hurt — although the building had to be evacuated, he said.  (I bet a lot of phone calls were disconnected as callers probably heard a lot of screaming, Hee Hee in Tagalog)

The huge animal was eventually trapped about two hours after the rampage began.  ”I’ve been a policeman in this city for 15 years. I have never seen anything like it,” Bagay said.  ”The animal was probably stressed after the overnight trip. Its handlers should have paid more attention,” he added (No shit)

Bagay said the buffalo, which was taken to a police station, would likely still be destined for the abattoir.  Water buffaloes — plant-eating, mud-loving animals used to pull ploughs and carts in Asian farms — can weigh up to 1.2 tonnes (2,650 pounds), with males three times larger than females.  Their meat can be eaten in the Philippines as a substitute for beef.  (Lets see, local favorites, Buffalo, goat and dog all a lot less then high priced beef now a days)

JOKE: A woman in her forties went to a plastic surgeon for a face-lift.  The surgeon told her about a new procedure called “The KEY,” where a small key is placed on the back of a woman’s head and can be turned to tighten up her skin to produce the effect of a brand new face lift.  Of course, the woman wanted “The Key.”

Over the course of the years, the woman tightened the key, and the effects were wonderful –the woman remained young looking and vibrant. After fifteen years, the woman returned to the surgeon with two problems.  ”All these years, everything has been working just fine. I’ve had to turn the key and I’ve always loved the results. But now I’ve developed two annoying problems:  First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and the key won’t get rid of them.”  The doctor looked at her closely and said, “Those aren’t bags, those are your breasts.”  (She said, “No point asking about the beard then………..(Submitted by David Dow)

I love this one.  American history is out the window and I can sure understand why people want to forget Joe Biden.

This is priceless!!! No wonder our country is going down the tube!!!  It appears that Texas Tech has launched an effort to unseat Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and other top 10 in the “Pride of Higher Education Award”.  Texas Tech appears to be brain dead…  (Sent by Dennis Wright) 

<http://safeshare.tv/w/oHbxeOtsOP>

JOKE 2:  Sent by Ron Nethercutt – An Irish Priest is transferred to Iola , Texas. He rose from his bed one morning and it was a fine spring day in his new West Texas mission parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.  He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn and promptly called the local police station.  The conversation went like this:

“Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones . How might I help you?”

“And the best of the day to yourself. This is Father O’Malley at St . Ann’s Catholic Church.

“There’s a jackass lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o’ yer lads to take care of the matter.”

Sergeant Jones , considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, “Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!”

There was dead silence on the line for a long moment. Then, Father O’Malley replied, “Aye, ’tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call.”

Every time I get a hair cut here and pay my P150 or P200 I think of Lynn Ricks, owner of the Mens Room Barber Shop back in Mesa, Arizona.  When he was visiting here he told me that he charged $25 or was it $35 for a hair cut and that was by appointment only.  So you can see one of the little benefits of life in Angeles City. When is your return visit Lynn?  For those who can afford it, the barber shop’s number is:  480-325-4727.   If my son makes and appointment Lynn, give him a discount and I will shout a beer for you here at my stable.

I was also thinking of Tom and Cherry Schmidt, owners of the Little Red Barn of Nunica in very cold Michigan.  Wonder how much snow they had.  Their business offers a venue for weddings and events.  I was very impressed with this couple as they had great personalities and Cherry was bubbling over with energy.  They are located at 9720 Cleveland St. phone:  616-795-2657.  I sure hope they are doing well in their business adventure.  I never heard of Nunica until I met Tom and I hope they are still reading this column.

YOU might spend quality time at the pub after work together but that doesn’t mean you can trust your colleague.

More than half (53 per cent) of Australian workers said they would sacrifice a work friendship if it meant getting a promotion, according to research from LinkedIn. Ouch.  It seems Australian millenials are a particularly ruthless bunch. The Relationships@Work survey found 80 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 years would sacrifice a workplace friendship, compared to the more loyal baby boomers, of which only 37 per cent would stick in the knife.  Seventeen per cent of millenials wouldn’t even think twice about throwing their friend under the bus while at least 35 per cent said that while they would still do it, they would at least feel a modicum of guilt about it.  (Gee, this can’t be true!  Of course Yanks would never do such a thing)  (smile)

For those who like playing Bridge – Mike would like you to join a like minded group of folks that love the game.  They like to be casual, have fun and just enjoy the game and fellow players.  It just another way to enjoy retired life in Angeles City.  Interested?  They meet at the VFW every Wed and Sat @ 2PM.  If you need more information about the Angeles Bridge Club call Mike at 0915 478 3372 or 9997 769 9082.  (This is a public service announcement by Harry the Horse – Smile)

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach – Angeles City, at VFW Post 2485, 9:00am-1:00pm, Thursday, April 16.  Sign up begins at 0700 hrs.)

Joe Tramontano, left, and Anthony Romano have built up a loyal following at Antonio’s New York Pizzeria in Kahala. The large pizza shown is the Brooklyn Combo; the dish to the left is chicken parmigiana pasta. Desserts are cannoli, top left, and homemade cheesecake.  Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser (This picture and story was printed in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2004.  Could this be the same Joe we know so well here in AC?  If it is then it seems to me like Joe should have stuck to wrestling and making pizzas instead of moving to the Philippines.  He is now sought by the Interpol and FBI in connection with his alleged involvement in the murder of David Balmer and his girlfriend while they were sleeping in their bed one early morning.  It was a vicious murder as both were shot at point blank range.  It is thought that maybe Joe could shed some light on the subject.  If he ends up in the AC City Jail I would be glad to provide him with a pizza from my stable once in a while. The food there sucks)

Good News! - No, I am not going to talk about the retirement of Harry Reid even though that is very good news.  Could Pelosi be next?  Instead I am celebrating the opening of a Burger King on the Base (Clark).  That sure beats going all the way to the Marquee Mall.  Also, a New York Supreme Pizza Restaurant has opened in the Northwalk on base and that sure does cut down on my driving time.  It is so much more convenient to go on base for these eateries, especially with the new traffic routing system on Perimeter Road.  The Northwalk is a hugh success with many places to eat while the Pavilion is hardly worth stopping at.  I did stop and eat once at the Spanglesh Restaurant which was decent enough but have not returned.  The Northwalk is just so much more upbeat.

TAPS

The news that Richard Henry (Ricky) Dupuis passed away in the US last month saddened the many friends that he had here, especially the staff at the Blue Boar Inn where he was a steady customer and friend.  During the few years that he lived here he had been back and forth to the States a couple of times for visits with his family and medical care.  On his last departure we figured he would show up again in a couple of month but this time, his body gave up on him.  He loved it here in AC and was very happy.  His personality was one that invited teasing back and forth and managed to brighten up a quiet room.  Recently, a group of  his friends (Bad Ungoy Boys) held a “Remember Ricky” gathering at this bar where many stories were told, many toasts were offered and a final farewell to a proud veteran and friend was respectfully accomplished.

The passing of George Scullion (Wee George), 62 years old, was covered in my breaking news.  George was a legend in this town.  His exploits when, many years ago, he managed a bar in Manila started the legend and continued when he moved to Angeles City.  He was a friend to many, including myself, and his memory will be with us for many years.  There will always be a “Wee George” story related in various Pubs where his friends gather for a drink or two.  An example of how well liked he was was demonstrated when a wake/fund raising event was held for him at the Hang Out Bar on Perimeter Road.  The event was organized by members of the Thunder Motorcycle of Angeles City with Frankie Ford and Ray Peterson taking leading roles.  The fund raising was a hugh success in that P201,700 was raised as the P20,000 personally given to wife Irene by the Thunder members.  The funeral/cremation cost P90,000 with the balance of the money given to Irene.  She plans to open a Sari-Sari store and we all wish her success and good health.  (Pictures of Wake attendees are included in a different section of this column.

Greetings Harry, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Wee George.  I met him on my trip to Angeles in December of last year and immediately took to the man as he was a pleasant and easy to like person.  Honey Ko’s and all who knew him will certainly miss him.  Regards and stay well, Your friend, Digby.

I am so sad to here about the passing  of wee george we have been good mates for years and had some fun with him Wullie Oswell Noi Oswell RIP WEE GEO.

DEPORTED GERMAN BEGGAR BACK IN ASEAN

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A 30-year-old German man who was found drinking and partying after begging for money on Bangkok and Pattaya streets is now chancing his luck in the neighboring Philippines, following his deportation from Thailand last year.  Benjamin Holst announced his return to the Region on his Facebook page last week saying he was now in Angeles City, Philippines.  He posted photos of Angeles City and the Bar Girls there.

Mr Benjamin Holtz,  who suffers macrodystrophia lipomatosa, a rare form of local gigantism, was previously last seen in  Denmark in November after Thai authorities deported him.  While in Thailand the German claimed that his passport and money were stolen and he drew sympathy from many people due to his swollen leg.  A German foundation later provided him with a hotel room while he waited for a new passport, but he sneaked away and then resurfaced in Pattaya before being deported.

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I WOULD IF I COULD

A local lass from Angeles City, 19 years old and presently living with her family.  She is a High School Graduate and is a little shy until she gets to know you.  I was surprised to learn that she likes tattoos and has four of them.  I did not ask to see their locations.  She has one brother and 2 Sisters, a reasonably sized family.  Her sports interest is playing badminton.   I think she would look terrific in short shorts running after that feathered flight.  She has Facebook and Skype, smile_RBP21@yahoo.com and lady.lady001 (Skype).  Do not get back to me if these do not work as she is not working and I do not know how to get in touch with her.  But, I would if I could!

MESSAGE FROM KEVIN

I just wanted to update your readers about the many changes we have made at Barbarino’s (Zeppelin St, just 2 doors down from Rasoi) in the last month or so…..

Having previously been 50% Partner, I am now 100%. No disputes – just my Partner lives in Manila, and has very little time to devote to the restaurant. I live 50 yards away, and am there almost every day. He is still very much part of the team in an honorary capacity.  Anyway, we recognized there were several areas we could and should improve upon, and we set out to address them:.

First, was a major revamp and re-equipping of the main kitchen area, to maximize space and make for a clean and safe working environment. We are now far more professional in that respect.

Second was an upgrading of the ambiance in the original section of the restaurant, to bring it up to the standard of the newer section. That included a repaint of one wall to match my famous Red Wall in the new section. Also some softer lighting, a new AC unit, and ceiling fans. This does not sound much, but believe me, it makes a huge difference. My last job there will be to find a lighter beer or whiskey sign to brighten up the wall.

Third – in line with the more professional image, our staff now wear uniforms. I am probably going to hire another waitress if business continues to grow. At the moment, we have a Manageress, a Waitress, plus 2 Chefs. Also, my better half chips in when need be, which is most nights.

Fourth – and maybe most important – I have been working on the menu, we have released the first draft, and have been serving it for a few weeks now. We have added to the regular menu some successful Specials, such as Fish n Chips, Prawn Sinegang etc. We also added some new dishes, including two Pastas (Spaghetti Bolognase, and Chorizo Carbonara), a Cheese Platter and Banana Split. We still have Specials each day, currently the Beef Stew is doing very well. Once or twice a week I still do my Cottage Pie, and at least twice a week we are dong Moules Frites. The old faithfuls such as T Bone / Ribeye / Tenderloin have been improved with new vegetables, typically it is now Cauliflower Cheese, Broccoli, Zucchini, Carrots and Sweetcorn. When we do Pork Chops, that comes with Red Cabbage etc. We now offer a choice of 6 different dressings with the Salads. All cooking is done using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and we only use real New Zealand Butter…..margarine has been banished!

Fifth – we have broadened the drinks offerings. We now do Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s, plus four different Scotch’s, J&B, Johnnie Red, Johnnie Black, and Glenlivet. Plus of course the obvious things like Vodka, Gin, Emperador and Tandhuay Rum. Lots of mixers to go with them also. We have added San Mig Zero for those health conscious among us. We still have plenty of Guinness at P124 for PI@N members for a 500ml can (after discount).

Prices are unchanged, with the exception of water, which I reduced. We are doing our best to be as competitive as possible, while at the same time being as high quality in all aspects of the business as possible. We offer 10% discount for PI@N, RSL & Hash members.

We have a really good bunch of regulars, to whom I am eternally grateful. Yes, most of the lads are locals, but don’t let that put your readers off. Unless they really want to be alone (which is respected), they will soon feel at home, and hopefully will enjoy the atmosphere.

There are a few more jobs I am sorting out now. The biggest one is to get a good lighted sign outside to improve our street presence. I also need to get the TV / Computer set up for some Sports, but I am not really looking to be a Sports Bar per se – we will just show the odd game of whatever if there is Customer demand. Most people come to us to eat and drink, not to watch TV, so I want to essentially keep it that way. But we also have live music at least one a month, which I publicize on our FB page. As you know, Howard McKay always puts on a good show.

Well, that is about it. Except to remind you we open from lunch till around 11pm, Monday – Saturday. I am in residence in my favorite leather chair, every opening day bar Wednesday, though on that day I often show up late after the Hash Bar Hop. Much to the annoyance of Tim Randall, our Wednesday Manager!

Thanks to anyone who has had the patience to read this. We look forward to welcoming you.  (I can’t for the life of me figure out why I keep giving Kevin space for his comments for free!  I do believe in the bartering system.  The first time I figured a free salad at Barbarino’s with a bit of coffee.  The second time I figured I could upgrade to a nice roast beef sandwich and a beer.  Now, this third time I think I should qualify for Tenderloin Steak, Yorkshire pudding, Salad, banana split and Champagne.  One of these night I shall get over there to collect.  Seriously, though, I don’t mind doing so when I think the lad deserves it and the establishment is worth going to.  Kevin and his Mrs started off simply enough and have steadily built up a solid fan base.  He continually works on innovation and surprising his devoted diners with new ideas and entrees.  Kevin, luv ya baby but this is your last free mention!)

HELP ARRIVES FOR EXPAT AND TOURIST CRIME VICTIMS

Her name is Superintendent Gemma Vinluan, assigned to the Angeles City police Information Office as the officer in charge of Community Relations.  I met this police officer about three years ago, in her office at the ACPO and at that time she was hell bent on fighting corruption in the police ranks.  Now, years later she has returned with the same mission.  She had developed her own Anti-Crime Campaign.  She is particularly concerned with the many reports of Expats and tourists being set up by the police and made to parts with thousands of dollars out of feat and threats of jail.  In this regard she has already made a mark along with Col Aspe, Col Imperial and retired PNP Col Guttierez (Cell # 0937 793 3457) who joined forces to assist an American retiree who had been set up and extorted for money by Station 4 police Investigators Villeneuva and Secat.  George was given the name of Guttierez who then was able to contact Col Vinluan and the other high ranking officers and together, with George, entrapped the two policemen.  They are both in jail and George has submitted a formal complaint against them.  Would you believe that Sicat even offered George P50,000 to drop the charge.  Mind you, George has not received any of the P200,000 that they took from him.  (See my 6 Mar breaking news).

Col Vinluan met with the Rotary Club of  Clark Centennial last month and outlined how she is available to help any victims of police extortion.  She wants to see this practice stopped and it can only happen if victims like George will start the ball rolling by calling her (0922 855 0084) day or night or even Col Guttierez.  These sentiments were also echoed by City Police Director Senior Superintendent Eden P. Ugale and as high as the Police Regional Office 3 OIC Police Chief Superintendent Ronald V. Santos.  If you with to go that high his Cell # is 0927 802 3822.

In my intro I wrote about a meeting held by high ranking police officials with local bar owners and now we also have Col Vinluan, all declaring war on those corrupt police officers.  They cannot accomplish unless those affected are willing to seek their help and lodge complaints.  Word of advice, make sure you truly innocent and have been wrongly set up.  Another word of advice, do not mess with free lancers. You may think you are saving money but you better have your ATM card and a loaded band account.  This is the first time, in all the years I have been here, that this kind of cooperation has been offered by the police.

Many of us old timers are very pessimistic and will be waiting to see if once again, we have been subjected to a lot of talk and no action or false hope.  Lets see how the rest of 2015 goes.  Bar owners are particularly interested in promises make by General Santos.

I saw an Expat today who asked for the number of Col Vinluan.  He wanted to find out why the ladies who were detained in Station 4 after the raid on the Nasty Duck are still in jail after so many weeks with no charges being filed.  What happened to the 48 hour law?  I will be waiting for the answer to that question.

FAREWELL WEE GEORGE

Wee George would have been proud of the send off that was given to him.  Below are a few pictures of the lads in attendance at the Hang-Out.  They all dug deep into their pockets to help raise the P109,000 which paid for the funeral and left a tidy sum for the Mrs.  The Thunder Motorcycle Club did a hell of a job of organizing the event and also providing a motorcycle escort for the hearse carrying George to the Crematorium.  (Correction:  It was the American Steel MC Club who provided the escort duty.  Msg from “MoJO” – “Harry, Just finished your April issue and wish to make a slight correction. American Steel MC were the only bike participants in escorting Wee George from the funeral home to the crematorium,. Not Thunder MC. I know as I rode escort with them.  Mojo, American Steel MC) Would you believe that from the start to the finish they never had to stop as the escort and the police cleared the way.  What a sight that must have been. All we needed was a bag piper squeezing out a few tear jerker songs.

                

                

                

                

MISS MAGIC CLOSES


I remember when this Club first opened and how well it was received, especially by pool players in town.  It was large, maybe too large, but in the beginning it rocked.  The dancers, the music, cute waitresses, pool games every day and comfortable seating.  The only negative was the men’s CR was a bit too small.  The owners were terrific people, well liked and so very personable.  But around two years ago things began to change.  Business began to drop off as more and more bars opened up.  Management tried selling coffee and donuts outside for a while during the cooler season and then came the “Steak House” which was appealing but still not enough.  It did not help that they were harassed by the Barangay for money and other officials as well.

Finally, reality took hold and it was time to close and regroup.  The magic had left “Miss Magic” but not the spirit of the owners.  I was told they will reopen at a different location and in a much smaller building.  It will be located near the Lewis Grand Hotel.  No doubt the name will be different but I bet a little bit of that old magic will still be present.

May is usually the last month of the hot, dry season and leave it to the ABC Hotel to throw one of their super parties to bid adieu to the hot weather.  This is an advance notice so all travelers have a chance to plan their trip in advance.  These gala events are something that no one likes to miss.  Water, music, lots of pretty women and tons of food.  This will be coming at you on 10 and 11 May.  Saturday night, tickets P1,000 and P500 for the women.  Sunday afternoon P1,000 and P2,000 for the VIP tickets.  If I wasn’t so old, fat and ugly I would love to be there in the pool with all those ladies having fun.  This is a fun event folks, ask anyone who has been there before.  Book your tickets now, see ya!

DUMAGUETE – THE NEW ANGELES CITY?

I have had a few reports from a Dumaguete frequent visitor, Capt Dan Keener, who seems to feel the the quiet, laid back city of Dumaguete is changing and not for the better.  Could this be true?  I have read, recently about the dramatic increase in Call Centers which should be contributing to an increase in middle class living for the locals.  Here is Dan’s latest report:

Background. Dumaguete, city of gentle people.

I have been going to Dumaguete for 7 years now, and like the people who live there, foreigner and filipino, I have notice dramatic changes in the character of the place. Where 4 0r 5 years ago, there was an inherent slow pace and little traffic, now there is a noticeable sense of tenseness and traffic jams galore ( even, God forbid, horn blowing!!)

What happened? Well I can only imagine the huge increase in population to be attributed to the recent growth of BPO/Call centers in Dumaguete ( I dont have the numbers but I would guess some 10 to 20 thousand new jobs). With these new jobs, where a filipino has a steady income of 8 to 12k monthly, that means tito, tita, lolo, lola, who were previously living in the mountain province, have migrated to the city to live with “the family” where someone, has a job (steady rice on the table). Couple this with foreigners moving in, as they are attracted to the fact other foreigners are there already, and Dumaguete now has, a vibrant red light, prostitute industry (now out in the open, where before it was a no light activity).

With all of this comes “drugs” and the underworld of the drug trade. My guess is this guy Goforth, the PNP cheif, came through the ranks elsewhere and learned the PNP practice of taking advantage of crime not making any real effort to stop it. We can see this in the huge increase of crime in Dumaguete, that the gentle people speak openly about. (see Crimes up by 140% Jan to June 2013 – News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines | The Negros Chronicle

While I was in jail, my jail mates told me point blank, Goforth and company are a part of the drug syndicate, and that 2 of the inmates had been set up by having the PNP plant evidence ( of coarse everyone in jail is innocent). I did see with my own eyes, Goforth bring a young teenage girl to the PNP overnight duty quarters for what was obviously a sexual encounter. that tells me enough about the guy to understand everything else about him.

One thing we all know about human beings, they will do, and continue to do, what they can get away with. And when it comes to the PNP, that is most everything. We all can see the deterioration of the moral fabric, not just the PNP, not just in Dumaguete, but in all the Philippines government, and in the US government, particularly under Obama, where government acts more like mafia bent on self preservation than service to we the people. The question is, what are we the people going to do about it?

The 2 certainties in life, death and taxes. And if we speak up and expose the corrupt doings of those we pay taxes to, our deaths might come a little earlier than we had hoped. Don’t let that stop us.  (I was surprised to read this comment as I had just read of a new 4 story Call Center that just opened in this town.  Additionally Capt Dan had written me a long story about a bit of police mistreatment there that had an adverse effect on him.  I have seen quite a few foreigners from AC move to Dumaquete in the last couple of years.  Maybe things are changing there)

TOURISTS OF THE MONTH

Very seldom do I get to greet customers early in the morning as I usually sleep in a bit and then never get dressed right away.  Fox News and CNN  takes up my morning.  But, yes, there are always exceptions and one morning I did get down early and was surprised  to see three new faces enjoying breakfast.  They were very interesting to talk to and one of them was Pastor Chris from the Baptist church on 1st street.  With him were two tourists, ;Gus Garcia from San Francisco and Kevin Daly from Perth, Australia.  Both were staying at the Clarkton and decided to come to my Stable for a very good breakfast at a much more reasonable price than at the Clarkton.  Dare I say that my breakfast would be better than the one at the Clarkton?  Perish the thought, I would never say that!!  Whatever the reason for their presence I enjoyed talking to them and was very happy, that this one time, I managed to move about a bit earlier than normal.

March has passed and it was an enjoyable month.  We had our Mango havest and even though not as good as years past it was sufficient for the Mrs to get enough for her Mango Shakes to last for a year.  They stay so good and fresh when frozen.  I did have a bit of a shock a few days ago when a friend stopped by to tell me that the 3 ladies from Nasty Duck are still being detained at Station 4 ever since the raid took place weeks ago.  They have not been charged as of this time which is very unusual. You never know what to expect in this town.  Nasty Duck is still closed.  Strange, how other bars are raided and never close or re-open the next day.  No consistency at all. Can you guess why?  Anyway, I am happy to say I am finishing up at a decent time and can go to bed earlier than expected.  April should be a great month as long as we do not suffer too many brown-outs.  Thank you for taking the time to read my humble words and with that I bid you a good night and yes, of course, be kind to horses.

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE

Dear readers, maybe I should have started of my column with this so more people would read it.  This man, at the end, says exactly what I have written before.  It is so true!

How it was – and IS

Profound and valid commentary from a voice of authority.

http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=51fe948515b4

Just over 3 minutes (and worth every second)

Maybe Mayor Rudy Giuliani is right.

Why did Barack Hussein Obama make the famous ‘One-Finger ISIS’ salute at the African Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C.?

A photo taken at last August’s U.S.-African Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. might shed considerable light. It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation of the Islamic State to dozens of African delegates.

The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolicshahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.

Thus when believers stick their index finger in the air, they demonstrate they are partisans of Muhammad’s God concept. And they also affirm their belief in Muhammad’s claim he was the interface between God and man. They also demonstrate they are part of the umma, the exclusive transtribal supertribe of believers that Muhammad started 1,400 years ago.  With his forefinger in the air, Obama affirmed his membership in this tribe.
(There is more to this as the expressions of the men in the picture.  African dignitaries understood, and a range of reactions can be detected among the ones who observed the gesture: amusement, surprise, curiosity, disapproval, contempt.
For six years I have written that this man is dangerous and his agenda is very suspect.  Could he be a closet Muslim?) 

I searched Snopes on this one and could not find any comments.

The ongoing unrest that forced the United States to close its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, last month also has caused Pentagon officials to admit that they’ve lost track of $500 million in military equipment, including helicopters, Humvees and ammunition, that it donated to the country, The Washington Post reports.

U.S. officials told the newspaper that they fear the “small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies” may have slipped into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaida:  (I did not put the whole article here but this is typical of what happens when we feed the enemy.  All that equipment, we leave behind.  We knew for months that Yemen was about to be taken over yet we leave everything behind.  Check out the whole story on Yahoo.news)

“Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.”

“The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game.”  ~Vladimir Putin  (Gosh, I hate to agree with an enemy but he sure does have a good point)

First it was Democratic Super Delegates and then Super PACs all designed to control the voting process.  Now we have the State of Oregon, with its liberal Governor forcing out more votes for Democrats.  I am sure other States will follow this dastardly new forced voting procedure.

“Liberals always seem to come up with the craziest ideas – especially when it comes to government and politics – and the latest one is no exception.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of voter registration on the state instead of the individual voter. Under this legislation, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 (but hasn’t registered to vote) will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election. The measure is expected to add about 300,000 new voters to the rolls.

Individuals who are registered to vote under the new law will have to affirmatively “opt out” if they choose not to be registered to vote and/or they don’t want to automatically receive ballots in the mail.

Forcing someone to register to vote is designed to ensure as many informed voters cast ballots in an election as possible. Mail-in ballots and now “done-for-you” voter registration makes for a less informed voter base. Recent history shows us that less informed voters have a high probability of voting for liberal Democrats.

Oregon is one of the most liberal states in the US, and Democrats probably wanted to maintain a stranglehold on power by passing this bill. Unfortunately, liberals usually know how to copy these bad ideas in other states around the country.

Will mandatory voter registration be isolated to Oregon, or could this spread to other liberal and moderate states across the country?”

 

 

 

 
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PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL JOKER POKER JACKPOT

Posted by admin on March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

 

JOKER POKER THIS FRIDAY, 20 MARCH, THE JACKPOT

                                   NOW STANDS AT

 

                                 P75,000 

 

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS CHANCE TO WIN, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DRINK, EAT AND HAVE FUN.  FOR EVERY DRINK YOU GET A TICKET FOR THE DRAW.  THE MORE TICKETS YOU GET THE BETTER CHANCE YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTED  TO PICK THE WINNING CARD.

 

TWO CUSTOMERS WILL BE SELECTED, IT COULD BE YOU!

 

IF YOU STAY HOME, OR GO ELSEWHERE, FOR SURE IT WON’T BE YOU.  EVEN ONE DRINK COULD MAKE YOU A WINNER.

PHILLIES SPORTS GRILL, FIELDS AVE

 

SEE YOU THERE – HARRY THE HORSE

 
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WEE GEORGE – FATAL HEART ATTACK – UPDATE

Posted by admin on March 7, 2015 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

It is with great sadness that I am passing on that Wee George, present manager of Honey Ko’s has committed (suicide).  (I have been informed by George Brown and Damien that the autopsy revealed that he died of a heart attack and that the initial suspicion of suicide was discounted)  I am very pleased to be able to correct that initial information sent to me). George has been a legend in this town for many years and is a friend to many.  I have known him for quite a few years and the stories about him and his life are too numerous to mention.  On this bright sunny Saturday a dark cloud has taken over my mood.  I liked the man.

I do not, at this time have any further details.  I am very saddened at this news as are the many people who knew him.  He is a legend.   Many, many people will miss him.

ADDITIONAL NEWS:  On Wed at 3 PM (Tomorrow) at the Hang Out there will be a gathering of “Friends of George” where people can share their stories and bid a good friend farewell.

George is currently laid out at the Galang Funeral Parlor in Dau.

 

 
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STATION FOUR EXTORTIONISTS ARRESTED

Posted by admin on March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

At long last, through the brave efforts of a victimized American Expat, two well known investigators of Station 4, Villaneuva and Sicat were arrested last night, 5 Mar.

His name was George, an American from Arizona, living in an apartment not far from Fields Ave.  The drama began when he picked up a girl on the street near Phillies.  It was a girl, not a Billy Boy.  To him she seemed nice but once he got her home he noticed she had her name tattooed in large letters on one arm and one leg was tattooed from the ankle up to her knee.  When the deed was finished and they exited his apartment two gentlemen in civilian clothes stopped him to tell him he was with an underage girl and, gosh, by golly they proceeded to scare the shit out of him and here comes the visit to the ATM machine.  Initially they asked for P250,000 which George insisted was way beyond his means.  They finally settled on P175,000 but of course you cannot get that large amount out of a ATM at one time.  Now starts the payments where finally George had paid enough to where he still owed P60,000. The two cops gave him a couple of days to obtain the money for the final payment along with threats and advice to not tell anyone about what was happening.

George did tell a lady he knew and she contacted a retired PNP Colonel by the name of Neopito Guttierez, Cell:  0947 793 3457.  This is an important number for all visitors and Expats living here to record.  He is heading up the newly formed Mayor’s Anti-Corruption Task Force.  This is a great move by the Mayor to go after the corrupt police that have been extorting so many foreigners in nefarious extortion actions for many years.  Col Guttierez met with George and also called in Police Superintendent Rene Aspe who is also involved with this task group.

Together a plan was worked out to entrap these two policemen.  I will not bore you with the details other than to relate that the operation was a success and the two cops are in detention at this time, waiting transfer to the City Jail.  Would you believe that one of them had someone offer George P50,000 to drop the charges.  What a jerk, they take P115,000 from George, ask for P60,000 more and then offer P50,000 to drop the charges.  This shows how brazen these characters are.  The only glitch in the operation was that the crooked cops never took the marked money.  They got spooked.  This bothers me but the Col says that they have the cell phone text messages and the complaint from George which he feels is sufficient.  I believe the prosecutor agrees.

If you have been reading my column frequently you will know that I have mentioned Station Four quite often in regards to the extortion of foreigners.  Maybe now, at least temporarily, this practice will cease.  It may even slow down the actions of some of the other police stations in town.

Any updated information will be posted in my Apr column.

 

 
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FRALICS CHILI COOK OFF – 11 APR

Posted by admin on March 6, 2015 in Breaking News

 

 

Chili Cook-Off will be held in conjunction with FRALICS 2015, at the FRA in San Antonio, Zambales, on Saturday,  April 11, 2015.  April 11 is also the 115th birthday of the US Submarine Service so the theme is Submariner’s Chili.

Teams shall consist of maximum of four members per team. Canopy, table and chairs will be provided.

Entry Fee will be P3,000.00 per team. Get your entry forms in ASAP or at least contact the POC to reserve a cook-off slot.   Teams can pay on the day of the cook-off

Shirts  will be provided for four team members. To ensure you have your shirts in time for the Cook-Off, please submit your entry forms (preferably paid in full) on or before April 1, 2015.   Only T-shirts will be available this year, sizes 32 to 60.

Rules:
1.        All teams shall have a team captain
2.        All teams shall provide their own cooking utensils
3.        Prep work starts and fires will be lit at 10:00 am.
4.        Cooking will stop at 2:00 pm.
5.        Teams must make (4) liters or 1 gal.
6.        Any kind of meat and pressure cookers are allowed
7.      Only team members may taste chili before the judging samples are picked up.
8.      Teams are not allowed to sell chili.
9.        Have a great time and good luck!

 Trophy will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and the most HUMOROUS team—this will be determined by the secret FRA Humor Committee. 

Judging: There will be (4) judges for the Chili Cook-Off.
If you like the taste of spicy food, and would like to be a judge, contact our POC. JUDGES RULING SHALL BE FINAL!
              
Entry Forms available from fra367@hotmail.com and  www.fra367.org  or visit FRA, Branch 367, San Antonio, Zambales or  VFW Post 11447, Barrio Barretto                                     
                     
Points of Contact:

Coordinator –  Scott M. Simms: 0939 506 8898swwis@hotmail.com or
FRALICS 2015
 
NINTH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF JUDGING INFO
 
Each team will draw a label, and be given an official sample container.
 
The label will consist of two identical numbers.
 
Tear label in half and attach one number to the sample container. The other number will be retained by the team.
 
Sample containers will be picked up and delivered to judges table by Event Coordinators.
 
THE JUDGES DO NOT KNOW WHICH TEAM THEY ARE JUDGING: this is a double blind judging event.
 
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY NUMBER.

 
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ANOTHER RAID – UPDATE

Posted by admin on March 5, 2015 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

Hi Harry, As you may be aware, White Wave bar raided on Tuesday night.
32 girls and 3 mamasans taken to Camp Olivas, San Fernando.
As of today, the 32 girls have been released but the 3 mamasans remain in custody (extortion bait?).
Tonight (Thursday), White Wave and companion bars Bunny Ranch & Shooterz are closed.
One of the mamasans being held in custody is said to be the ‘ex wife’ of White Wave’s owner.
Bar manager Daddi Bob (O’Connor) was not there at the time of the raid.  Robert.

(I was aware of the raid and have been reading various accounts of the raid.  No customers were taken.  I heard that the bar was open again so am surprised to hear it is closed along with two other bars.  I am not sure this part is true.  Yes, 3 ladies are being held, one of which is Mamasan Evelyn.  I heard that one was the girl friend of the owner.  The main thing is that another bar has been raided and this is the second time for the White Wave.  It has not been open all that long.  Bring back the APEC so we can have some peace again)

UPDATE:  Harry, Per Daddi Bob (real name confidential) White Wave to resume in full tonight.  Closure last night was due to lack of managerial staff, although girls were thin in number.  The girl Police thought was ‘under age’ – turned out to be ‘of age’.  The 3 mamasans have been  released.

(It is always good news when a bar reopens and all the ladies are released and back at work.  I always wonder why, if one girl is suspected of being underage why a full raid has to be conducted?  Why do all the girls have to be rounded up, taken to jail and humiliated?  Why can’t one or two authorities go in, get the girl in question and take her away for verification of age.  If necessary take one Mamasan as well.  The present system sucks.  The police responsible for this raid now have a bit of egg on their faces)

 

 

 
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K9 (DOG) CEMETERY ON CLARK

Posted by admin on March 1, 2015 in Breaking News

 

K9 (Dog) Cemetery on Clark — Pending Eagle Scout Service Project

Everyone (Please forward this to any friends that might be interested or might be able help).
There is a historical site on base that is the resting place of military working dogs (K9).  We are trying to find anyone who might have direct knowledge.
Can you help?

1.  We are trying to find out if there are any veterans here in the Philippines or anywhere who was a Dog Handler who might be able to help us locate the Master Plan / Master List of Dogs buried at the ceremony.  Each grave site has a market with marble top with either the dog’s number and/or name (see photos attached).  However most are fading severely.  We did try last year the base museum on Clark and contacting the website in 2 below – but no success.  We are trying one more time.
2.  We also want to find any additional history.  Photos.  This website has been useful .  http://www.clarkk9.us/index.htm
You can see there was a beautiful statue of a dog handler and his dog before Mt Pinatubo.  Also the rod iron fence.  Both are gone.
3.  If anyone would be willing to help physically or financially on this project, please let me know.
Scout Master Edgar LaBenne
Cell # 0999 888 1010 or leave a message at the VFW.
This is a worthy project as there is a lot of history behind that K9 cemetery, a lot of love too.  Whoever contributed to that statue disappearing should be ashamed of themselves.

 
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MARCH EVENTS

Posted by admin on March 1, 2015 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

 

1.  Howard McKay bringing his special brand of music to the Blue Boar Inn’s “Stable” on Friday, 27 Mar 2015, 7 PM.

 

2.  UPDATES ON LUBAO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL, MARCH 26-29, 2015: Activities at the venue include balloon flights every 5:00 a.m., night glow every night @ 6:30 p.m. (depending on wind or weather situation), animal shows, water balloon fights, sky diving, fireworks display, giant lantern show, paintball, playhouse, concerts, motor paragliding, game booths, DOT tourist information counter cum parlor games (fund-raising for children with disabilities), food trucks, food and souvenir bazaar, and many more! Already 16 special shaped balloons have registered. Total of 43 – 45 balloons altogether.

RATES: Balloon ride with the pilot @ P10,000, entrance to balloon launch area @ P200 / person. Food and trade booths / stalls available at P15,000 per 3x3m good for four days for concessionaires. Entrance tickets @ P250 per adult (kids 3f ft. below free, seniors 20% discount) available at any SM City ticket outlets (cinema). Or buy your tickets in bulk at Oxford Hotel in Clark @ 10% discount for every 10 tickets sold.

BOOK NOW: Looking for hotel accommodation in Lubao or nearby areas? Just follow the link below:

http://visitmyphilippines.com/index.php…

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