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VALENTINE’S DINNER AT THE AVENUE

Posted by admin on February 1, 2015 in Breaking News

The Avenue at the Grand View Tower is offering up a great Valentine’s Dinner in a wonderful romantic setting.  Book early as this is a very popular restaurant.

 

 
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February 2015

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

 

Hi, my name is Aiza and I would like to welcome you to Harry’s Feb 2015 newsletter.  I am 19 years old, from Bulacan.
Greetings ladies and gentlemen.  This charming lady works at the Hang-out on Perimeter Road not too far from my Stable.  As soon as I spotted Aiza  I had to stop and take her picture and introduce her to all my readers.  I thought she had a lovely face. All I can tell you is that she is a HS Graduate and if you want to know more you will have to visit the Hang-Out.  I figure if you are living in a cold climate right now her face will warm you up a bit.

February is a great time to visit the Philippines.  It is the last month before heading into the hot months.  It is so pleasant in the day time and cool enough at night for many romantic nights, especially since it is the love month with Valentine’s and flower prices tripling in price.  With the APEC attendees still here for the first week of Feb security is at its best.  Even off base as the hotels on base could not handle everyone the Penthouse, Lewis Grand and even the Grandview hotels got some of the run off and we finally get to see some decent security in Angeles City.  With the Mayor going all out to beautify and clean up AC if wonder how long the effort will last after the APEC is finished and all the VIPs leave. Should be interesting.

I thank all those who stop by to visit me as it is always a pleasure to greet those who take the time to read my words here.  This month I get a bit further along in my “Golden Years” and Mrs Horse is after me to either quit writing or at least reduce the hours I spend on it.  She does not want me to croak in front of a computer screen. Maybe I can work on a different format where I do not have a end of month deadline. Remember now, book your flight, get on over here, enjoy all the special Valentine dinners that will be served up at many different restaurants in town.  There are a lot of “Valentine” ladies waiting for you.

Once again, let me remind you that it is Valentine’s day on Feb 14th.  If you have not met that special lady yet then for sure you need to be here on that special day as the many restaurants in town will be going full out to provide that special meal for you. This is the day you may want to get engaged or married as then the date will be easier for you to remember.  Remember, true love keep you together, at least until the divorce or as they say here in the Philippines, the “Annulment”.

THE FEEDBAG 

DUE TO THE CONTROVERSY OCCURRING IN THE FOOTBALL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME, A NAME CHANGE SHOULD BE MADE. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO RENAME THE SUPER BOWL TO A NEW ONE. SO BE IT FROM NOW LETS CALL IT THE “LOW PRESSURE BOWL”.  J J.  (Picture submitted by my Son in Arizona)

Hi Harry, I would like to ask you to put a note in the next newsletter or monthly round up.  Air Asia has flights from Clark to Australia one day a week only.  Change planes in KL but the luggage can be checked right through.  Passenger stays in transit lounge.  I myself will be using it next month. I will let you know what its like. I’m sure if its not patronized they will SHUT IT OFF AGAIN then back to bloody Manila.

 

The plane seems to leave on Fridays and leaves the Gold Coast on Sundays, it must link up with Sydney and Melbourne flights in KL. as when you click on Clark on the web site THAT’S the only place that plane goes.  We have to use it or lose it.  I just booked the wife through in July A$463 CLARK TO COOLANGATTA all in.  Even with jumping all over, going to Manila for flights, flying two different airlines, that’s a good price.  NO SPECIAL’s on that flight for the wife.  That’s the base rate, may be cheaper with promos.  All the best.  Bruce SBMA  (I never heard of Coolangatta so did a google search:  Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 5,193. Wikipedia.  Saw some pictures and it sure looked like a nice place to take a vacation.  Beautiful beaches.  I agree with Bruce, lets hope this is not another Airline that starts something good at the Clark Airport and then cancels after a couple of months)

Harry, I’ve started raising plants for aquariums because local stores did not carry any. In my travels I ran into a new shop,about 90%complete, that blew my mind. It is Pet More located across from Hyper Mart in the old Macro location in Dau,Mabalacat. While they did not have plants or animals for sale they had all the high end accessories. If anyone would like to view nice aquariums or purchase equipment they have some fine displays set up. Any pet lover could find top line supplies in a new clean store with easy parking. Amazing to find such an upscale business starting and adding to the diversity of our area. After living here for over 20 years I need more than the bar scene to keep my interest. John Casey.  (Thanks for the tip John)

Harry, I thought I’d request a segment in your next newsletter or in the near future anyway. There are quite a few chaps like myself who want to live in the Phils full time but unfortunately still need money to live, so we have to keep our day jobs and settle for 2 or 3 trips per year there. I was thinking perhaps if you would suggest some types of businesses people like myself might invest in that are stable money makers. I know business is never an easy thing to do or get started but with you being there you are aware of the needs and wants of the locals as well as the expats and perhaps have some ideas of what could be a good idea for startups or perhaps you need capital yourself for a business opportunity. This might then give those of us wanting to live there full time a means to do so if we have something to generate even a modest income. Anyway, just a suggestion. I look forward to reading your next newsletter. Take care!  Josh.  (Gosh, I can’t count the times I have been asked this question and my advice never changes.  Continue your job until you have saved enough to have a monthly income and a tidy sum in the bank to allow you to live here.  But, since you would be coming here 2 or 3 times a year, on each trip you would have time to talk to many people that are living here and look at different areas of business opportunities.  But, it can be a maze of problems and that is what you must be prepared for)

 

Hi Harry, Sorry I missed you as I did not travel up your way as planned.  My original plan was to stay at the your La Casa Hotel Inn with my son, however that fell thru when my son saw Fields Avenue and wanted to stay close to the action. I apologize for not getting back to you to cancel out. I hiked up there but you were out, so I left two bottles of hot sauce for you.  I remembered before I left the states that you collected these so I tried to find some that were obscure so that you wouldn’t have duplicates. The Marine Corps hot sauce is to commemorate my first enlistment in the armed forces. I would subsequently enlist in the Navy to be a hard hat diver and stayed on for 22 years. The second bottle is in honor of the “Political Rant” section of your blog.

I used to make that Fields – Perimeter hike on numerous occasions when I came up from Subic to party. I had some great times up there, but I’ve got to tell you that other than the road lay out, there was very little recognizable from the old Angeles to now. The clubs I remember on McArthur HWY(Silver Dollar, Earthquake McGoon, Iron Horse and others) are all gone and although Fields was there then it seemed different. The bars near the gate are now gone and replaced by the Lewis Grand Hotel and an Iglesia Ni Cristo cathedral. I ended my hike at the Oasis Hotel which looked like the original I stayed at 35 years ago.  Is the reason for the lack of original structures being left from the Clark AF Base days because of the eruption of Pinatubo? That is my theory. I could be full of beans,  Hope to see you on my next visit.  Bob Stout.  (Yes, Most of the old bars are gone as are the buildings.  Pinatubo, of course,  contributed but the bar scene has changed a great deal as well.  New owners, new policies, bigger and grander and no longer just bars but night clubs with hundreds of girls instead of just 10 or fifteen.  You will have to write and tell me of your son’s impressions.  Did he fall in love right away?  I am sure he had a good time) 

 

Dear Harry,  For more than 10 years, I have read your informative newsletter. When I know first timers going to Angeles City, I have suggested that they read your advice. I also made a map of the Blue Boar Inn from Dau Bus Station. This was for the Americans,  if they got questions or problems. Many years ago, I met you and you were friendly and informative. You have been spot on with your advice in person and in writing.

I know that there are so called rescue attempts at the bars. These guys don’t do any favors for the poor women. They work at the bars because it’s survival. These guys swoop in and make a splash, then disappear. Those guys are terrible.

In 1993, I worked with a church group , that DIDN’T preach to them or “rescue” them. We saw them in clubs and gave them reproductive health devices to protect against AIDS and HIV.

In the case of Arthur Benjamin, I am NOT a big supporter. I have seen the ABC News Nightline Video more than 6 times. I listened to his bragging to the foreigners. I listened to what he said to those undercover officials. It wasn’t pretty. What he said was at times gross.

I know that the Philippines Justice System is warped. As an American and long time Philippines Permanent Resident, I know the cards against foreigners in the so called Philippines Justice System. They are quick to nail one of us and slow to give us justice, like the George Anikow Case.  In 1998, I know it personally that some influential Filipinos had my bona fide case ditched. They were embarrassed that an American could make a persuasive case. It would have been a loss of HIYA for these clowns.

As a 2 war (Gulf War 1991 and Iraq War 2003-2005) veteran, I am appreciative of your information for us. I will try to return to the VFW Post near you!  Hopefully, you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Very Respectfully, Matthew A.  (Thank you Matthew.  It is true that Benjamin does not have much support but I try to keep people updated on his status and will do so as long as he keeps me posted.  It is a lesson to others and it also shows how slow the justice system here is and quite often, not very fair)  

Hello Harry, For many years I’ve read and look forward to your monthly Newsletters, which provides a wealth of information on Angeles City and life in the Philippines. Thank you very much for all the time & effort you’ve put into sharing pertinent information to your readers new and old.  Two important topics I’ll like to share with you and your readers. First check out the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (PBI) website. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/

PBI is on a “Campaign” advertised on their website and with large posters at their Regional offices that read: “Report illegal aliens and be a part of our campaign: GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT.  P2000 monetary incentive will be given to the informant upon successful apprehension of overstaying aliens.”

In my opinion this proves the PBI is as corrupt & greedy as the notorious Filipinos at the PNP, CIDG, NBI, BOC, BOP, etc., who want to make quick and easy money exploiting and extorting as much as possible from Foreigners. I’m certain the 2000 peso incentive reward paid to informants will be recouped by the PBI at least 10 fold with the penalties, fines, various fees, including the stupid “Express lane fee”, plus additional consideration fees PBI personnel will require the “BAD GUY” Foreigner to pay for “Overstaying”.

PBI labels an alien overstaying as a “BAD GUY” who must be targeted as you can clearly see on the BI website and poster that the letter “O” in the word “Out” in their campaign slogan “GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT” the “O” is the shape of a Big target, which Foreigners are – Big Targets.

Every month foreigners must pay the PBI thousands of pesos to stay in the Philippines, in fact the PBI in 2013 generated its highest annual income in history since it’s creation in 1940, posting nearly 3 billion pesos in 2013.  Foreigners be wary, keep everything legal and don’t give these greedy turds a reason to get any more of our hard earned money than absolutely necessary.  Eric Z.  (Eric, this one is easy.  Do not let your visa expire.  Too many visitors here forget to renew it or just ignore it and end up in trouble.  There are plenty of locals who will turn someone in for P2,000)  

Harry, All the best wishes to yourself and family for 2015. Got to the PI last September and never made it to Angeles, after a week in Cavite with my asawa and one of my daughters we were all ready to hit Angeles running with the next of kin.  We were  ready to bring back old memories of AC but we went to Manila for the day where, sadly she had a stroke in Robinson Plaza and landed in Manila Doctors Hospital for t 30 days followed by another 30 in the Taranaki Base Hospital.  A reality check if you ever need one, the care in MDH was great and thank goodness we had travel insurance as it cost $80,000 just for the repat back to NZ via Thailand.  I have no idea what the total bill would have been but it would have been well beyond my ability to pay without insurance.  She is home now and making good progress but still has a long way to go but she is a tough girl and has age on her side as she is only 50 and has great support from our 4 kids one of which is a nurse.  On the bright side of this if there is a bright side it proves one thing, I am 75, been a piss head all my life,  played the game to the max and am still going strong.  I hope to get back to the Blue Boar Inn and give some more, so don,t change a thing.  Well Harry,,that’s my lot be good or careful which ever is the easiest,  Regards to All, John the Kiwi.  (Sorry to hear of your medical problems and glad the Mrs is doing better.  I have never heard anything about the MDH before so that is some good info.  Also good to warn travelers coming here to have travel insurance as medical help can be quite expensive and without insurance you can end up with a serious problem.  Hope to see you soon)
Harry, looks like the Muslim assassins have been killed . Cops did a good job. France has 5 million Muslims . Many from the original colony of Algeria.  Some other European countries , also. Constant trouble . Muslims are dangerous.  As Winston Churchill said about France when they fell in 2 weeks to the Germans during WW2 . ” What can you expect from a country that has 2000 different types of cheese ” . Joe Walker (Joe, also what do you expect from a country that has been so soft on Muslims for years.  It was bound to happen.  It won’t be long before it happens in the US as well because of our weak leaders and political correctness.  The Muslim danger is all too real)
Harry, whoever needs to know….My main purpose for writing this short statement on just 1/2 of this adventure , dealing with a local hospital in A.C. Is to pass the word… to all foreigners, to make sure you have yourself covered for Health Insurance to cover yourself abroad (Or Bank it).  This was a real situation….. ( S.O.P.) Standard Operation Procedure.
“DEATH ABROAD” – I just came back, from A.C. Philippines , a situation arose which i like to share about a hospital in AC that does not practice international laws – no surprise there.  After, the Billing Dept. had received 75% on their questionable bill $7,000  was received, “Death Abroad” was still not called (three days later) or a copy of the death cert. would not be given to me ( or a lawyer).  A Miss Flor , told the lawyer, we will release the body, but No Death cert. (I call this a ransom hold).  I told Miss Flor, i need to report to the Embassy, for proof of death abroad, which is a international law.. Miss Flor in the billing dept, quoted to me…”We do not practice international Laws.”  (like, Filipino and China ships out in the sea, just throw up their hands and say, “we don’t practice that”, like that… I ask).  Now the only way, a decease body can be pick up from a hospital, at that time, you have to have a death certificate.[ Not Even, Reporting } " Death Aboard" to the Embassy, After the fact…. After I had made, 5 phone calls, Respectable Positions and 4 days of traveling to talk to the only people , that may give me the S.O.P answers and to make this situation to move, forward ….The money for this hospital bill was raised out of the kindness of friends. I Know, That I can go straight into the courts in a Third world country and sign for the "Holding a Death Certificate" Over my head for Ransom, before they release the body for transfer in a natural way …. for what ever form they may have to complain…. Would only put me on their blacklist.  And i understand that we all need to pay our own responsibilities.  (This was a friend) Really not my responsibility to pay the hospital.  (Is there a compliance book to follow in a private business)…maybe on reporting death abroad.  In less than 24 hours….I Received a text from the hospital, and was ask to pay cash for any meds that were needed because they .....closed the billing account. .....so now they need cash,...(Tactics) - I had given them... $1,000 us (40,000p) that morning.  They did this a few times, or stop giving meds, til you pay. And of coarse they will tell you they do not do this.  (Im not much on liars).So, if you are receiving a gov. check….. then the Embassy will retrieve a body…… oh, if that is reported. And no burial on Clark base, for the last two years,…I Hope the other foreigners body in the same hospital morgue, was reported. (was told he had been there for a week)  Jo Ann Keesey.   (Jo Ann, I found your statement to be a bit difficult to read.  I guess you are talking about an expat that died here in AC while in hospital and that he was a US veteran.  You did not mention the hospital which would help if you did.  The holding of a body until all bills are paid is common here but I do not know why they would hold back the death certificate.  Yes, one must have some type of insurance or the cash to pay hospital bills and for medicine.  I have mentioned this many times over the years and it is one of the draw backs one experiences when living here.  It is a shame.  Burials at Clark have commenced again.  If you can provide a few more facts I can write up a better, factual warning)  Note:  Jo Ann responded but the only additional information she provided was that the hospital was Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Hospital. She also wrote that she would write more but failed to do so.  Those of us living here know what it is like with the local hospitals  and that insurance and/or cash counts to get anything done.  I do not know the name of the deceased she was referring to but it appears that she really ended up having a hard time performing a very stressful mission to help that friend)

Hi Harry, I have been living in angeles now for 5 months and up to yesterday all was ok until 4pm Saturday, my fiancée and I was inside fresh options near johnnys supermarket and when we left and only walked 10 meters we were approached by at least 7 boys ages from 12 to 15 all had their hair tinted with a orangey /red colour. They were walking behind us and somehow a cap/hat landed on my shoulder I took it and dropped it on the so called footpath, seconds later the boys while we were walking surrounded us asking for money, we tried to keep walking but they were blocking our way and again the same cap landed on my head I took it and threw it away, the boys were persistant when I did not give money but we were surrounded by a pack of dogs/ them, 1 boy came close to me and as we were still walking I bumped him away I turned to all of them and told them to piss off, luckily there was a tricycle only 5 mtrs from us so we took that to escape.  My friend who is well known here in Angeles told me that recently this same gang approached a Korean on perimeter road and the Korean punched one of the boys and then the boys called the authorities.  The result was that the Korean had to pay P50,000, of that 10k went to the boys.  This is not good, what chance do expats have when we don’t have a leg to stand on?  its standard tactics, criminal, and unjust , something needs to be done.  Brent H.  (I have received many complaints about these young hoodlums who attack foreigners without any fear of being caught or punished.  I have written to Barangay Capt Mamac about it and you will see one of his two answers to me later in the column)
Hi Harry,  I just finished reading your monthly newsletter. As always, thanks for doing this for us that cannot make it there. I lived in Korea from ’93 to ’09 when I moved to Anchorage. The first thing I noticed was that there seemed to be a lot of asians. In fact, you can drive down one street and you think you are back in Korea with most of the signs on business’ in Hangul.Your letter writer is right about one thing. There is a very large veteran community in Alaska but he is wrong about worrying that his g/f will not do well here.  The Koreans come in a close 2nd but the filipinos love this place. Walk into any department or grocery store and the cashiers will most likely be from the Philippines.
Harry, thanks for the tip on Fitness Hub. I have made the change and find that for a morning gym rat, that being 1000 to 12000 it is like having a private gym. Greeted with fresh brewed coffee and a nice cool atmosphere with friendly staff at a reasonable price it has been a welcome change. I really feel like one of the family and am considering the hike up to the 3rd floor as my cardio. Not fancy or filled with gimmicks it is more than just a basic gym and I am told they are ordering more equipment. I don’t often recommend places but this is one. You did your readers a service by mentioning this place. John Casey.  (Maybe some day I will be able to make it up the stairs.  I liked the place and the personnel)
Hey guys: I just heard from cable Dave’s wife that Bubbly Bones reopened under new management, and that the beer is back to 3 beers for P99 and the food is back to the old prices. Hope the rib dinners are the same as before too!! Hopefully that will get customers going back there again. I am wondering if Paul, the old owner, re-opened it…hope so…at least he knows how to run a business, and even if it is not him, the person that reopened it and is going back to the old prices did good!! I miss going there and seeing everybody… nice little place and open air. Ron Chesley  (Ron is living in Arizona now but still seems to keep an ear to the ground in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo.  I really enjoy going for a feed at the Bubbly Bones whenever I make it to the Barrio for a visit)

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Hi Harry been reading your column for last few years a good read and very informative to people wishing to visit there.i have been coming to AC for last 6 years met my wife in a bar there luckily she was new in the bar .not a seasoned veteran, have been happily married in Australia since, gave her a job with me .and she is very happy , we come back usually twice a year as her family resides there, just wanted to share something with any man wanting a flipina for a wife.  you can find one in a bar .just make sure u do your research on her, take her away from the bar for few days .  Take her to Subic , make sure she has not been married before if u intend on bringing her to your country as I know they have no divorce in Philippines only annulment and I know that can be a costly and time factor considered also.  Could take years , luckily my girl never married before so her visa only took a few months. Another thing which I call “try before u buy”  is if you’re able to is to first bring her on a tourist visa first, usually 3 month visa . Live with her to see how she likes being with you and see how you get along together away from her usual surroundings. if all is sweet, make your commitment with her on a fiancee visa ..that’s about it take care Harry . Regards Paul Jones !  Paul, you must be a Navy man using that last name as an alias. Clever.

 

Happy New Year! Harry, after 2 years I have just returned from my trip to PH. I was concerned after all the problems posted everywhere that things would be difficult. Not so, sadly my “girlfriend” finally had to come clean and after 5 years we are no more. I found that the bars have not changed at all. And I am once again in love with PH. Of course, I don’t live there and I don’t have to put up with their fiddling system. I am happy I returned as I don’t know of any better women on the planet today.  Kelly P.  (Kelly, oh well, for 5 years you had a good run. Now, be free and find another one, or two. I am sure there are equal women elsewhere but why bother looking. Did you see the Miss Universe PH contestant? I rest my case)

Good day to you Sir.  I would like to introduce myself. I am Ganie Poras female, 24 years old 5’0 tall and a single mother. I am living in Surigao Island and I am a highschool graduate.

As I am searching and looking for a job I came across your website and read a bit about what you do, and I see that you have been helping women so I thought that I would email you that maybe you could help me or know anyone looking for a housemaid, waitress in a hotel bar & restaurant, hotel attendant, cleaners, etc.

I have experience as a housemaid and as a waitress in a small restaurant. I am a hard working woman and willing to work full time. I prefer 7 to 10 thousand a month or more with free accomodation, food and free fares from Surigao-manila or Am i asking to much?  I hope that you could help me and hear from you. Thanks for your time.  I will attach photos of myself.  <lovely_shy23@yahoo.com>  (Good luck Ganie, this is the best I can do for you)

 

TIDBITS

Just in case you had nothing to worry about – read this!

If a man cuts his finger off while Slicing salami at work, He blames the restaurant.
If you smoke three packs a day For 40 years and die of lung cancer, Your family blames the Tobacco company.
If your neighbor crashes Into a tree while driving home drunk, He blames the bartender.
If your grandchildren are Brats without manners, You blame television.
If your friend is shot by a Deranged madman, You blame the gun manufacturer.. 
And if a crazed person breaks Into the cockpit and Tries to kill the pilot at 35,000 feet, And the passengers Kill him instead, The mother of the crazed deceased blames the airline.
I must have lived too long to Understand the world As it is anymore.
So, if I die while my OLD WRINKLED ASS is parked in front of this computer, writing this newsletter, I want all of you to Blame Bill Gates.
(Actually, blame me for not listening to my wife who wants me to quit and enjoy the years I have left.  But this month, when I greet my 77th year I must say it would be hard to stop that which I love doing.  But I must admit I can’t get out and walk the streets like I used to.  I will be making changes)
The more I read of the social make up of the US these days the more this cartoon’s message seems to ring true.  Will things change anytime soon, I doubt it.  Now, if you single guys, divorced and widowed find yourselves getting frustrated with being alone or only dating pushy American women or gray haired Grandmothers, come on over to the Philippines for a pleasant holiday.  Forget Al Sharpton and company for a few weeks.  Start your New Year on the right foot.  Come on over and visit this tired old “Horse”.

A comment submitted by a local Expat, Dennis W.
 ”Hamburgers or Minimum Wage?  For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math.  At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed.  If you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills.  (I guess there are a lot of pros and cons on this subject)
Harry- I am the guy who sent the info on all the road improvements last month. They opened the new section 13 kilometer to Urdaneta Christmas time. Giant traffic jam. That means the road from Tarlac to Urdaneta, 4 lanes and 62 kilometer is now open. The remaining 37 to La Union another year unless the politicians get involved with the design.  Just read that Clark airport is getting $175 US million dollars to renovate and build a new terminal. It is interesting with Emerates airline dropping it’s flight plus the flight to Bangkok stopping.  Only one flight a day 4 times a week on Cebu Pacific and Philippine airline dropping its only flight. That they will put that amount of money for Asiana, 7 days a week and some flights to Hong Kong and China seems a waste.  The reason they should not spend the money at Clark is the complaints about airlines not being able to fly into many airports in the Philippines at night. Thus causing Manila airport to have to cram more flights into the day thus delaying takeoff and landings.  The article is January 3 on this site. www.philippineairspace.blogspot.com  Mike J.  (Despite recent articles about building a new airport in Caviti I suspect that backers of Clark International Airport remain optimistic about its future) 
Three Cheers for Pat Condell (The Brit) – Should be mandated viewing in all high schools and colleges.  Regretfully none of our college professors are smart enough to understand him.  (Google him)
This was sent to me by reader “J.J”.  It is interesting history.THE FIRST AIR FORCE ONE Recently discovered, is an airplane of Historical significance that was found (2013) languishing in an Aircraft facility in Marana,AZ.  HTTPS://www.youtube.com/embed/ehwvZXVKmPU
JOKE OF THE MONTH – Why I Call Him Honey An elderly lady was invited to an old friend’s home for dinner one evening. She was impressed by the way her lady friend preceded every request to her husband with endearing terms such as: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, etc. The couple had been married almost 70 years and, clearly, they were still very much in love.While the husband was in the living room, her lady friend leaned over to her hostess to say, ‘I think it’s wonderful that, after all these years, you still call your husband all those loving names.’The elderly lady hung her head, ‘I have to tell you the truth,’ she said, ‘his name slipped my mind about 10 years ago, and I’m scared to death to ask the cranky old asshole what his name is.’  (Hope my wife does not read this I have been calling her hon and honey for 2 years now) In my opinion Michael Moore is a first class JERK!  But, he is entitled to his opinion and thank goodness America still allows that, for now)

What a waste of the Pope’s message. – January 25.

By and large, the Filipino public comported itself well during Pope Francis’ visit, enduring long hours of waiting behind barriers and exercising discipline in not breaching those barriers in the excitement of seeing him in the flesh.

Indeed, Filipinos gave the Pope the warmest welcome possible. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority estimated the attendance at the Jan. 18 papal Mass in Rizal Park in Manila as at least six million, and the Vatican affirmed that it was the largest such gathering ever. It would not be unreasonable to claim that public discipline contributed much to the Pope’s successful visit to the Philippines.

But for one major thing: Those “disciplined” throngs also passionately left mountains of garbage. According to the MMDA, 138 metric tons of trash–or the equivalent of 23 truckloads–were collected from the cities of Manila and Pasay, including the routes taken by the Pope’s convoy during the four-day visit. It said 10 truckloads of trash were collected from Rizal Park alone after the Sunday Mass. The detritus included empty plastic water bottles, Styrofoam containers, barbecue sticks, candy wrappers–even discarded liturgical missalettes!

This is particularly discouraging considering how diligently the public and private sectors, as well as the Church, had called on the faithful to take to heart the theme of the Pope’s visit—“mercy and compassion,” not only for their fellow men but also for the planet Earth. Thousands of ecology volunteers had actually been deployed to make sure that the streets were litter-free before, during and after the Mass. This is a pope, after all, who has been outspoken in his advocacy for environment protection.

The EcoWaste Coalition’s Aileen Lucero deplored the mess left behind and said Rizal Park was “turned into an unsightly garden with trash strewn all over the area.” She expressed sadness “to see such a low regard for the environment at a Holy Mass officiated by Pope Francis, the ‘green pope,’ and participated in by millions of Filipinos led by President Aquino” who, ironically, had earlier “proclaimed the month of January as the first-ever ‘Zero Waste Month.’”

Think that’s bad? Manila City Hall’s Department of Public Service head Belle Borromeo said its workers collected a mind-boggling 1,133 tons of trash from the sites of papal events and the roads taken by the convoy. “We followed the usual protocol,” MMDA Metro Parkway Cleaning Group head Francis Martinez said. “As soon as the events were done, we sent dump trucks and sweepers to the area to begin the clearing operations.”

There’s an apparent cognitive dissonance between Filipinos’ religious devotion and the necessity of protecting the environment. Whenever Filipinos gather in large numbers to worship, mountains of trash appear, requiring an army of sweepers to clean up after them. In the week before the papal visit, 400 tons of rubbish were collected in the wake of the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. The EcoWaste Coalition’s Tin Vergara said she and her colleagues had hoped that the papal Mass in Rizal Park “would not be blighted by the garbage that we saw in the event [in Quiapo]. No such luck. The sweepers and garbage collectors cleaned the streets after the Black Nazarene parade, only to have to return and clean these again the week after.”

This is a crying shame. What would the pope of the environment, the same one who exhorts the faithful worldwide to be devoted stewards of God’s creation, say? There’s so much to work on in mass gatherings that purport to elevate the spirit. Surely one can display fervour and devotion and at the same time take responsibility for one’s litter. The question is so simple that it becomes a point of outrage: Why should one feel entitled to make a mess and then have others clean it up?

Current discussions involve how the Filipino faithful have been changed by Pope Francis’ visit. Have they become, or are they becoming, better Christians and better guardians of the planet? The silence deafens.  From Philippine Inquirer.  (I do not understand why this writer was concerned about the garbage or why it was there.  I wonder if he has been to the cemeteries on All Saints Day when the people paying their respect to the dead forget about respecting the living, the people who have to clean up the garbage they leave behind?  Doesn’t he see the dirty streets and sidewalks in various sections of Manila?  Doesn’t he see the garbage dumped in empty lots and rivers?  This is not something new.  It is part of what they do here and in other countries.  Where are garbage receptacles?  They are not around because people will steal them.  There is no discipline when it comes to garbage dumping.  Why is it that one can go to Davao, Vigan and many other Provinces, Cities and see cleanliness?  They have strong leaders and laws are enforced.  The people have pride and respect for the environment.  Far too many do not so it will not change any time too soon, just hire more sweepers and live with it – Maybe there should be a volunteer program where schools provide students assist to clean up after such big events so they will experience and learn for the future)

 

I promised these two young men that I would mention them this month.  The first picture has Mark, father of Adam standing next to him and the big lad sitting is Gerald, son of Molly, all from New Castle, Australia.  Now, if I could have remembered their last names I would have written them in.  All I can tell you is I have know those two kids since they were a hell of a lot smaller than they are now.  I met their Dads way back in 1989 shortly after we took over this guest house.  They were both single then and provided the Mrs and I with a lot of good memories.  Adam is 19 and Gerald is 21 and both are working in New Castle.  Adam is hanging onto my pool hustling cashier Monique.  I bet money that Monique would beat Adam in a pool game but to my surprise Adam beat her clock in two games. Monique had a few excuses but they were pretty weak.  So guys, you are now officially part of the history of Harry’s Stable and hope you both come back before you marry some Australian lass and forever miss the wonders of Angeles City.
How nice it is to see the Muslim vendors removed from REAL street and A.Santos St. for the APEC visit.  It would be nice if this was a permanent move so so traffic could move easier and pedestrians could walk in safety.  Lets see what happens after 6 Feb.
Winston Churchill 1899. “Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
The CDC stalls across the street from Angel Witch to McArthur Ave are being closed down and will be torn down.  I have heard that a shopping plaza will be built on part of the park area that will allow those removed to have spaces there.  This is not specific info but I hope to visit City Hall sometime to month to find out what the plans are.
RIZAL MEMORIAL SPORTS COMPLEX, MALATE, MANILA – At a recent Hotel and Restaurant Association HARP) general meeting held at the Fortune Hong Kong Restaurant the guest speaker was Congressman Joseller “Yeng” Guiao.  During his talk he surprised the audience when he announced that the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila would be relocated to the Clark Freeport Econonic Zone previously known as Clark Air Base.  This statement was well received and it is a great plus for Clark, Angeles City and Pampanga.  One of two 50 hectare sites is available but a decision on which one will be used is still up for discussion.  One is controlled by CDC and the other CIAC with one being closer to the main complex than the other.  He talked of the different ways that the necessary funding for this project would be raised;  The cost would be 3 to 4 billion pesos.   Options are: a. Sell the real estate of Rizal.  b.  PAGCOR owes 8-10 billion pesos to the Philippines Sports Commission (Shame on you PAGCOR, pay up!).  c.  Congress to sponsor funding of 1 billion initially and then 500 million each year.  Tagatay official tried to get this project but they could only offer 10 hectares.  I wonder how long, if ever, we will see this project materialize.  We all know that every time a project of this magnitude is undertaken there is controversy.
He also mentioned the proposed new terminal to be constructed at the Clark International Airport.  Congress has approved 1.2 billion pesos for the construction but the Airport management must submit all necessary paperwork necessary to obtain the money this year or they will lose it.   The Government will count it as savings, many know the old saying in Government “Use it or lose it”.
Yes, of course the utilization of the Clark Airport came up.  Guiao explained that it is being under utilized as presently the CIA can handle 4 million passengers a year and is only receiving 1.2 million.  He indicated that pressure must be placed, by the Government on the airlines to use Clark.  Right now, they want to use the NAIA. They have to understand that Clark has the best runways outside of the USA said the Congressman. He said that the US Space Shuttle could land here.  On that, I checked with a friend and he told me it is true and that Clark was designated as the alternate landing site of the Space Shuttle in S.E. Asia if it came to an emergency.  I have heard all this before, except for the Space Shuttle.  It make common sense for Clark to be fully used for International flights but alas, I always ask, where is the infra-structure? Where is the train from Manila to Clark?  The weeds have grown up again over the areas that were cleared for the right of way.  But, some talk is better than no talk!
On a lighter note the annual Australian Day pool challenge between the Australians and English teams took place at Porky’s Bar last month.  The Australian Team was soundly defeated by a score of 11 to 5.

EVENT

Hot Air balloon Festival at Clark 12 to 15 Feb.

A BRITISH WARNING

THE United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advisory to the Philippines because of its “high level of violent crime” and “high incidence of street crime and robbery” after a Briton was robbed and shot by a taxi driver and other criminal incidents.

“There’s a high level of violent crime, including gun crime. Although British nationals are not normally targeted, they have been caught up in some incidents,” the UK foreign office said the advisory posted on its website.

The latest incident happened before the arrival of Pope Francis last week and involved a 51-year-old British woman who was robbed in the taxi on her way from Burgos Street in Makati to Malate, Manila and was shot in the face when she resisted. “There is a high incidence of street crime and robbery,” the advisory said. “Only use taxis from a reputable company. Some taxi drivers and their accomplices have robbed and harmed passengers.”  “Be particularly vigilant when traveling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on ‘jeepneys’ and buses. In some cases these have resulted in fatalities,” the advisory said.

The travel advisory also urged Britons to “avoid travel to remote areas and always leave travel plans with friends, colleagues or relatives” and scored the low safety standards on taxis, buses and boats, noting that there have been two bus crashes that caused multiple fatalities or injuries.  “Avoid travel on ferries if possible. Ferries are often overloaded, lack necessary lifesaving equipment, are not adequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests,” the advisory said.  It noted that “major accidents, which involved ferries, and resulted in large loss of life occurred in 2008 and 2009. Two large ferries sunk in 2013, the most recent off the coast of Cebu City in August 2013.”

The UK is the third nation to issue an adverse travel advisory on the Philippines, after China and Korea.  China, with whom the Philippines has a simmering maritime dispute, has even called the Philippines “quasi-rogue” state that cannot guarantee of the safety of foreign nationals.  In its English-language Global Times, Beijing criticized Philippines for “poor social governance, an anti-China sentiment and a Western-style democratic system where nationalism can foment wantonly make the Philippines a quasi-rogue state.”

 

But even without the color of international politics, the Philippine National Police admitted that 18 Chinese citizens so far died in separate incidents in the Philippines. Beijing said four died in accidents while the remaining 14 were killed in separate kidnapping and murder incidents. In the past, Chinese officials recorded an average six to seven deaths per year.

Even Korea, with which the country has very cordial relations, has expressed alarm at the increasing number of crimes against Koreans in the country.  Last August, Korean Ambassador Kyuk Lee wrote the Philippine National Police to urge law enforcement agencies to curb criminality to encourage more Korean investments in the country.  “The rising incidence of crimes committed against Koreas while in the Philippines either on vacation or on business is a trend that has alarmed the Embassy of the Republic of Korea,” Lee said.  Lee said while Korean businessmen expressed desire to continue to pour in investments in the Philippines, “it is feared that if crimes against innocent Koreans persist, businessmen will avoid the Philippines and seek safer places for doing business.”  Lee also stressed that specific measures should be adopted by the law enforcement agencies to prevent motor vehicles, taxi cabs in particular, from being used as means to commit crimes, or from being targeted for kidnapping or car theft by organized criminal syndicates. “Such preemptive actions would allay the anxiety of Koreans, who have been coming to the Philippines in greater numbers either as tourist or as investors,” he said.

SAFER IN ANGELES CITY (Until the APEC is over?)

ANGELES CITY — Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city’s top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here.  The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.

DOT-3 regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said the launching of the Angeles City tourism is part of the government’s project dubbed “Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection” or TOPCOP program, which is based on a memorandum of agreement between the DOT and Philippine National Police (PNP).

Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 stipulated the establishment of a tourism security force within the PNP “to assist in maintaining peace and order in areas with high tourism traffic.”  The TOPCOP program provided continuing training the for city tourism police, including tourism awareness seminars, hosting seminars, cultural sensitivity seminar, emergency response and lifesaving, crisis management, community-based guiding, foreign language, and familiarization tours.

“This is a project of DOT all over the country, particularly in places or towns and cities where tourism is quite significant. We conduct training on becoming tourist friendly, even responding to emergency situations. Once passed, police attendees are given certificates of completion with uniform (blue T-shirt) for easy identification,” Tiotuico told Sun.Star Pampanga.  He added that the tourist police were given special workshops and training to develop their cultural, interpersonal, and communication skills.

 

“Our seminars are coordinated with the PNP headquarters. The purpose is to ensure the safety and security of tourists, especially foreign,” he explained.  He also described the inauguration of the TPU as a “milestone” in the history of Angeles City.

ACPO Director Eden Ugale, meanwhile, explained that the project will not only increase police visibility in the tourist areas but also enhance the security investigations and follow-up operations on crimes committed against tourists in the city.  “This was actually necessary because of the massive influx of tourists in the city. As one of the centers of tourism in the region, the city is also very vulnerable to criminals who take advantage of the domestic and foreign tourists,” shared Ugale, who concurrently heads the tourism police.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Councilor Maricel Morales, and Tourism Officer Dr. Richard Daenos also attended the event to turn over the uniforms of the newly launched TPU.  Pamintuan positively noted that the launching of the TPU is very timely given that the city “has become one of the top tourist destinations in the region and the country.”

Angeles City is famous for its historical landmarks and marvelous tourist attractions such the Holy Rosary Parish Church, Museo Ning Angeles, and Bayanihan Park.

(I guess many people have forgotten the Tourist Police that was started by the Angeles City Tourism Association (ACTA) that started with a few Few Filipino’ s but over a few years grew into a very effective force.  In fact the running of it was transferred to the PNP.  This is when we had a bicycle patrol, vehicles and even had CCTV cameras stalled in a number of locations on Fields Ave with the monitoring system in the ACTA office on Fields Ave.  It stopped when funds were no longer available and the ACTA was disbanded.  For a number of years I have brought up to various police officials here that there has been a PNP Tourist Police office in Barrio Barretto and suggested we have a copy of it here.  Now, all of a sudden, finally, we have a TOPCAT program.  Wonderful but what took so long?  I guess we had to wait until a number of foreigners were killed, youth gangs ganging up on individual foreigners to rob and beat them, motorcycle riding robbers and killers.  Before, the excuse was lack of budget but now it looks like this new program will be budgeted properly.  Lets see how it works, especially after the conclusion of the APEC and the Delegates depart – I have to mention that none of the Tourist Police organizations I mentioned were trained by the Dept of Tourism (DOT)
this a first and should be a big positive)

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Meet future resident of AC, Steve Hughes, 42 years old, recently retired from the US Army.  He is from a small city in Missouri named Flurissant, which borders on the recently famous city of Ferguson, Mo.  Steve met his special lady through the internet and after a reasonable amount time getting to know each other they have decided to get engaged.  They are currently working on a fiance visa and when the dust settles Steve will return to AC to live here permanently.  His special lady is 21 years old and has a good job on Clark.  When I met Steve at my stable he was researching the ins and outs of living here and learning what to expect.  He was also looking for a place to rent in which his fiance would feel comfortable and safe while he was back in the US continuing to complete the paperwork for his fiance to join him.  He was a fine gentleman to talk to and I hope all goes well with his marriage plans and that one day in the near future he will be living here and we can continue our conversations and a new friendship will come about.  He has a lot to learn about the Philippines and the culture and he is going about his research in the right way.  Good luck Steve.

10 Jan 2015 – Angeles second highest in HIV cases

ANGELES CITY — Angeles City ranks second in terms of the increase in the number of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection diagnoses, said the AIDS-Free Philippines (AFP) based on the recent study of Human Life International.

AFP national director and Human Life International president Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed that the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines grew at an average of 87 percent from 2008 to November 2014  (I find this hard to believe.  If it is so then I suspect that it would be attributable to the local gentlemen taking out untested ladies) 

 

 

LEWIS GRAND MENU LAUNCHING

This is the first time I have seen or at least attended such an event.  It was announced that the Lewis Grand’s Avenue bar and restaurant was introducing a new menu created by Chef Oliver Dizon and Jonard who is the overall manager of the Food and Beverage department.  The actual idea for the event was Alvin, one of the owners of the Lewis Grand.  My invitation to attend came from the hard working General Manager “James”.  The event was held on the evening of 23 January.  The event was scheduled to start at 6 PM and the wife and I arrived at 6:45 PM, not knowing what to expect.  We were led to a table near the bar and told that the appetizers were available at a nearby display that featured the largest selection of appetizers available at one time that I had ever seen.  There were three layers of delectable choices and they were going fast.  I thought of writing down the names of each one but there were too many.  Not know what to expect later in the evening we sampled quite of few of the offerings but, fortunately we did not go back for seconds.  Wine, beer and local drinks were available as well as a delicious lemonade type drink.  On the table next to each plate was a list of 14 items from the new menu.  I had a scoring from 1 to 5 for each item.  It finally dawned on me that we were going to sample each item and affix a score.  This procedure did not start until everyone had consumed most of the appetizers.  General Manager James joined us later in the evening shortly after the sampling had started.  Each item was served one at a time and each item was freshly cooked.  The teamwork was absolutely fantastic with the kitchen staff and the waitresses working in a continuous flow cooking, serving, removing plates, keeping the drinks flowing and supervisors keeping a close eye on everything.  It was amazing, very impressive.

I now fully realized what was happening.  I did not expect so much food.  Yes, each item was a small offering but enough to allow one to get the flavor of each sample.  If you only had 3 or 4 items one, after the appetizers would already feel a bit full.  Imagine 10 more to go.  There were many who gave up as the evening progressed.  I was nearly one of them as I was full and it was late into the evening.  When my wife and I finally consumed sampling #14 at 11 PM we were stuffed and happy to put our forks down.  To our shock, a few minutes later we were served 4 deserts that were obscenely delicious.  They were so damn good but we could only take a few bites of each one.  The cake finished me off.  It was one hell of a feast and I was introduced to food I had never eaten before.  I will take the time to list them here:

1. Pepper crusted Ahi tuna salad,   2.  Spice-rubbed shrimp salad, 3. Jerk chicken salad,  4. Spicy Ahi tuna Bruschetta,  5. Cold cuts and cheese platter, 6. Beer-steamed mussels, 7. Baked Brie, 8. Steak Panzanella skewers, 9. Oyster Ceviche, 10. Baked Oyster, 11. Blue Cheese Oyster, 12. Crispy Salmon, 13.  Pan seared Lapu-Lapu and finally, 14. Beef Wellington.

The only item I did not like at all was the Blue Cheese Oyster but that is only because I do not like Blue Cheese.  Cheese lovers would like it a lot.  I have never been exposed to this type of cooking before.  All I can tell you is that the blending of flavors and presentation was fantastic.  We departed at 11:30 PM so stuffed we could hardly move and I skipped breakfast and lunch the next day.  I think this type of introduction to a new menu is a first for Angeles City and definitely a first for me.  Chef Oliver prepares his food using fresh items from the various markets that he personally shops for.  His dedication and professionalism creates food that will bring thousands of diners to the lewis Grand’s Avenue Restaurant, just in time for the APEC delegates.

For a bit more information about how the food is prepared I suggest you check out this you Tube Video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX95rnjs-F8&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTc1fMvuam0&feature=youtu.be

                

                

 

I WOULD IF I COULD

Now here is a young lady that is cute, energetic, personable and a good age of 30 years old.  She is working at my favorite watering hole, the Thi-Hi, where Senior Citizens are welcome along with the young whipper snappers.  They even have oxygen in the back for emergencies.  It ain’t fancy but everyone is so nice you just want to keep going back.  Hey, the music is not too loud either.  But, I am supposed to be telling you about Anita.  Yeah, she has a 5 year old boy and of course the father went on to greener fields, probably looking for an 18 year old gal in the Province.  That sure is a common enough story.  Heck, that might be a good break for Anita.  She might meet that special guy who will bring a lot of happiness into her life.  Dreaming is good and by golly, a lot of these gals do find that dream come true.  She told me she would love to travel abroad and cook for her special man.  She did finish high school and that is good enough for most people.  She does have a Facebook account nanethhalcaide@yahoo.com.  I might have messed that up because I still do not understand face book that much. Anyway, give it a try, if it doesn’t work just go on by the Thi-Hi and say hello.  If Anita isn’t there, well, you know what to do.

 

CLARK AIRPORT

CLARK FREEPORT — Clark International Airport (CRK) officials have recorded a decrease in the number passengers using the airport in 2013 and 2014 following the pull out of two airlines from the airport.  In 2012, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) stated that the passenger volume reached 1.3 million.  But in 2013, the same year when The Emirates Airline and Philippines AirAsia suspended their operations in Clark, the number of passengers plying the airport was pegged at only 1.2 million.  Last year, the volume of passengers declined to only 877,757, it was learned.

Businessman Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), blamed the government for the pull out of the two airlines.  He said this supported the suspicion of the Kapampangans and the people of Central Luzon that there is an alleged conspiracy between the taipans in Manila and government officials to prevent the full development of Clark airport.  Cruz said the decrease in the number of passengers at the Clark airport has greatly affected business in surrounding communities in Angeles City and Mabalacat City.  He said that the occupancy rate of hotels in Angeles City decreased by more than 50 percent.  He also urged local government officials to take a stand on the issue and compel the national leaders to fully develop CRK as a premier international gateway.  Many hotels will “close shop” if this trend on Clark passengers volume continues, according to Cruz.

Cruz earlier urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to scrap the plan to construct a new international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite province.  He said that instead of construction a new airport, the DOTC should develop the existing airports in Clark and Lipa City in Batangas province.  ”Instead of spending P460 billion for a new airport, the DOTC should develop Clark and Lipa to save billions of tax payers’ money,” Cruz said.
(This is the reason no one is sure what the hell is going on with the Clark International Airport (CIA)!  There were recent articles in the newspapers about building an Airport in Cavite to ease the load in NAIA.  Whether this happens or not is irrelevant at this stage, what is serious is it causes so many investors in the local area to lose confidence in the build up of the CIA.  The Philippine Government is not doing anything to make a decisive decision on the CIA.  One day you read of a super terminal going to be built at the CIA and then you read of Sangley Point.  One day you read of a train line being built from Manila to AC and then nothing.  The CIA people can’t even keep an Airline flying from Clark to Bangkok anymore. Roberto Cruz is so very RIGHT!) 

MT. CARMEL HOSPITAL CLARK

                

                

The official name is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center Clark Branch.  It is located on Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Clark Special Economic  Zone, Clarkfield, Pampanga.  It is not to be mixed up with the Medical City Hospital due to open in the Global City Complex.  I heard about this hospital from an Expat who was treated there and he thought it was terrific.

When I visited I had access to the building in which only 5 rooms were available for patients and each one was occupied.  The rates for the rooms were from P1,000 to P1,500 pesos a day.  This was a one story building that will soon be used for the hospital administrative offices.  If you look at the picture you will see that a new multi-floor extension is being constructed.  This is exciting and something to look forward to.  Actually, this whole hospital is a branch of the main Mt. Carmel hospital in San Fernando.  The extension, when completed, will have 80 to 100 rooms and will be a full service hospital.  Guess what, they will have one whole floor devoted to a Wellness Center and Physical Therapy.  This is something I will be looking forward to.  A ambulance service will be available as well.

 

There is one sad note for American veterans using the Tri-Care Demo program, this hospital will NOT accept Tri-Care at all.  When talking to the Arlene, the OIC of nursing services she told me that the reason is that the doctors are not being paid. Just like Sacred Heart who dropped out of the program for the same reason.  Regardless, it is wonderful to see such a fine medical facility being added to this area.  It will be a big benefit to so many people.

PEMBERTON MURDER CASE: IT’S MURDER!

Not too long ago this article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer would have been front page news but now, on 29 July, it was on page 16 in the “Across the Nation” section:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday upheld the decision of the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office that found probable cause to indict American Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton for the murder of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.

“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, we find no reason to alter, modify or reverse the resolution of the city prosecutor of Olongapo,” the DOJ said in a 12-page resolution signed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar denying the petition for review filed by Pemberton.

The DOJ supported the panel of prosecutors’ findings that all the elements of murder existed in the case and were enough bases to charge Pemberton.

“A finding of probable cause needs only to rest on evidence showing that, more likely than not, a crime has been committed and that it was committed by the accused. In this case, the evidence presented has sufficiently established that the respondent is probably guilty of the crime of murder and should be held for trial,” the resolution said.

Lawyer Harry Roque, counsel of the Laude family, described the dismissal of Pemberton’s petition as “very good news.”

“The nation deserves to know the truth, while the victim deserves justice,” Roque said.

Asked about the possibility of Pemberton elevating the DOJ decision to the Office of the President, Roque said Pemberton might do this but the Laude camp would oppose it.

Laude was found dead on Oct. 11, 2014, in an Olongapo hotel where she and Pemberton checked in.  The Olongapo prosecutor filed the murder charge against Pemberton on Dec. 15 last year, but Pemberton filed a petition for review.

The DOJ said pieces of evidence presented by the investigators “lead to no other conclusion than that respondent Pemberton was the perpetrator of the crime.”

Among these are closed-circuit television footage from the club showing Laude and Pemberton leaving the place, testimonies of witnesses who identified Pemberton as the last person seen with Laude, Pemberton’s prints found on a condom and testimonies of other US Marines who were with Pemberton on the night of Laude’s killing.  The DOJ also noted evidence showing Laude was choked from behind, which indicated treachery.  Another element of murder, cruelty, was also shown by autopsy results showing that while Laude was still breathing, Pemberton drowned her by forcing Laude’s head into a toilet bowl.

The DOJ dismissed Pemberton’s claim that he was not given the opportunity to dispute the evidence against him.  It said Pemberton, “for reasons known only to him, failed to file his counter affidavit and chose to file several dilatory motions.”

I WILL NOW PRESENT AN OPINION from a Blog site that I will identify at the end.  This was sent to me by a reader of this column.  I add it only because I have heard opinions from others that believe Pemberton is innocent and state why.

“I have said nothing until now about this matter.  I don’t want to be involved, after all who would want to get anywhere near the fucked up legal system in the Failopinnes.

Set the scene.

The Lauds live near us in Barrio Barretto, Our family and friends families have Baklas and know this Jeffry well and associate with him.  I knew personally two women with him on that night, not baklas, who were interviewed by Police.  Within 24 hours we heard he didn’t do it, this from the family, and the local baklas.  Before the Fucking Lawyers arrived.

Every time Jennifer went out he always had a lot of money on him. He was a big shot in the scene at the bars in Olongapo.  This was his forth booking for the night. with Pemberton. (no dispute he left the disco with Laude).  The witness in protection of the lawyers Barbi was Laudes regular JEALOUS companion as he didn’t have a Foreign Boyfriend.  Barbis Filipino boyfriend worked at the Hotel where Laude was found.

Barbi wants protective custody???  Why, is Pemberton gunna hunt him down.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbi wants protection from the Filipinos in Olongapo, who are hunting him and the missing boyfriend down.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where was the money that Laude had when he left the house 50,000p actually, sighted by someone I trust.  where is the money from the other three dates/bookings that he had before Pemberton arrived on the scene.?????????? MISSING.  Where is Barbis Filipino boyfriend – also MISSING!

I doubt a trained marine needed to Strangle someone, that takes someone with less skill.  How much money did Pemberton have on him when arrested??

I have actually heard the local politicians laugh about this matter.

I have also heard about 5 Billy Boys were killed last year in Olongapo, serial killer?????????????  Robbery is very very common in this scene.

Who found Laude???  FOLLOW THE MONEY.  Just maybe Jenifer was having a shower and caught Barbis Boyfriend robbing him.  Witnesses said Pemberton was Calm, not agitated as he exited the Hotel, even relaxed.

Will he get a fair trial?  NOT ON YOUR LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can anyone tell me anywhere the FUCKING SPANISH WENT that has not GOT A FUCKED UP Legal System.”

This came from a Blog site that i had never heard of before.  for those readers that think i am blunt you ain’t seen nothing like this.

http://philippinefailblog.com/gather-round-for-the-witch-hunt/

 

NO STREET CHILDREN DURING POPE’S VISIT

The Pope, when visiting Manila did not see any street children or homeless people along his motorcade route in manila.  Why?  The Dept of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to the Philippine Inquirer bundled up hundreds of them and hauled them off to detention centers and beach resorts during the visit. When this story broke in the papers there was a lot of controversy and the DSWD folks used the excuse that they were just trying to protect them from massive crowds of people out to see the Pope.  For me, I think they saved the on-lookers from a lot of grief from smart little thieves.  Never-the-less, the incident is under investigation by the House of Representatives.

Now, lets go to Angeles City where someone nearly implemented a similar plan with good intentions.

On Jan 14, Banangay Capt Tony Mamac issued a memorandum addressed to to All Bars and Clubs within the jurisdiction of Barangay Balibago and the Board of Directors, LACEM regarding the rescue and safe keeping of street children and mendicand roaming around Barangay Balibago for the period of Jan 31 to Feb 7 2015 during the APEC activities in Angeles City (AC).  It went on to explain that there would be a clearing operation of the street children, etc for their safekeeping during the period of the APEC.  To support this endeavor it was agreed by LACEM and Bar Owners that each Bar/Club in the Balibago area would voluntarily donate P100 a day and authorized collectors were named.

This was a plan with good intentions and commendable that business owners would help to finance this operation to assure the safety of APEC delegates.  Because, imagine what would happen if one of these delegates was walking to SM Mall and was a victim of the street kid gangs that have been attacking foreigners in this town. My goodness, that could cause an international incident and distract from all the good work by Mayor Ed in preparing for this conference.  This plan was cancelled, never implemented because no doubt it was felt that the extra police security provided would be able to keep these urchins under control, especially with the additional police forces and  professional PNP Tourist Police on patrol as well.  No doubt DSWD was out in force to continue their efforts to repatriate these children to their parents as they do 7 days a week all year round.

In fact, on 28 Jan the City Mayor put out this announcement in the Sun-Star newspaper.

ANGELES CITY — The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport.  Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the report as “wrong and malicious.

The Mayor’s anger is understandable as incorrect rumors should be rectified as soon as possible.  The City Government under the leadership of the Mayor and Barangay Captains have collectively created a perfect environment for the APEC Delegates.

IT IS NOT AN EASY SOLUTION - The Mayor and especially Barangay Capt Tony Mamac try and try – this message to me from Capt. Mamac gives you an idea of the difficulty of this task of getting the kids off the streets of AC:

“I’m doing my best to get and have these street children away from the street and bring them back in the comfort of their homes and classrooms. For so many times we conducted rescue operations coz these children are already becoming bold and daring in their activities. I sympathize with your friend and he is not alone in his experience against these children. Many victims has come to my office and complaining their predicaments done by these children. Almost everyday you can see my people running to catch them but to no avail after transferring them in the custody of DSWD they’re back to the street. Along the way there is a problem as far as handling them and the system imposed by DSWD. These children are not anymore ordinary children on the street but they became children in conflict with law ( using rugby, snatching, theft, prostitution). Usually, the Barangay will conduct rescue operations and will turn-over rescued children to DSWD which is the agency of government in-charge. However, after turning them over to DSWD they will release the child in the custody of their parents and again you will see them back on the street. During our meeting with Mayor Edpam 2 weeks ago with HARP, LACEM, BBEA, PNP and other stakeholders, i recommended that a shelter to house these kids and while in the shelter we will formulate programs to transform and educate these kids. They will undergo rehabilitation (spiritual, behaviour, conduct and others) for their transformation before they will be re-integrated with their families. The 2nd floor of the City Hygiene will be converted as shelter and last monday i had a coordinating meeting again with the PNP headed by Col Ugale, LACEM, BBEA A representative from HARP for the tasking and refining everything.Barangay with PNP will conduct the rescue operations, DSWD for the housekeeping of the shelterhome, BBEA to donate used clothes for the SC, LACEM will take charge for the subsistence by way of voluntary donations. After the meeting, last friday, saturday and sunday, we conducted series of rescue opns in Balibago and we were able to rescue 50 SC. Thereafter, yesterday, we turned-over them to DSWD only to find out that they are returning all the rescued SC to their respective Brgys were they resides. Tonight we monitored some of them back on the street again. We will rescue them again, again and again turn-over them to DSWD and release them again and again, for sure they will return again, again and again to the street. Its hard to conduct rescue opns Harry coz you have to be careful with these kids for human rights issue. Finally, unless otherwise DSWD will establish a shelter home to house these kids, people particularly tourists will experience same experience as your friend. They are not only nuisance per se but becoming menace of society. Thanks Harry for your concern.  (This should be a concern for all Angeleno’s and the Mayor and Tony Mamac cannot solve this problem by themselves.  I have been here and survived many Mayors and each one has had to deal with this.  A shelter and education is an absolute necessity.  The Governor has funds, it should be elevated to her for assistance)

 

CLARK NEW JOGGING PATH

Get out and jog, enjoy the fresh air and meet new people or ones you already know.  Whether you jog in the morning or early evening you will not find a better place to do it than at the refurbished jogging trail at the Clark parade ground.  What a beautiful job they are doing their with a new finish that is easy on the feet, new benches, water fountains for drinking, bathroom and additional lighting.  It is very impressive and is drawing more joggers than ever.  Mrs Horse loves it!  I love to sit on the bench and watch.

                

 

CLARK MUSEUM ADDITION

The wonderfully interesting Clark Museum is under renovation and once complete it will have to be a must for every tourist coming to Angeles City to see.  An additional section is being added in which I believe will house an audio visual presentation area.  I guess I could get a better technical meaning for what is happening but I have not been able to get around to talk to anyone. It is all closed up except for construction workers.  I am looking forward to its re-opening so I can visit and tell you all about it.

MORE CONSTRUCTI0N 

              

Just past the Widus Hotel, a the intersection, turn left heading towards Fontana and you will see on the right a large building being constructed.  The sign outside will tell you it is the Midori VIP Hotel but it does not tell you that the adjacent building will house a casino.  We took the road beside the building and the second picture shows the real view of the construction.  The 3rd picture was a mystery to us.  It is gated and the lettering on the wall indicates that it is the Mahogony Parc, yes, with a C not a K.  Strange.  We did not see any work being done on it.  We went further down the road and that led to a large clearing.  It is fun to explore but we will return for further investigation and maybe be able to find out more information.  Guess I could go to the CDC office and ask but what fun is that.

REMEMBERING JOHN HOLLIS

These pictures were sent to me recently by someone who was close to John.  I kind of think his many friends here would enjoy sharing a glimpse of his younger days.  He had a lot of friends here in AC and Garfields Last Stand remains in his honor.

                

THE AZURRO HOTEL PROFILE

AZZURRO HOTEL IS A 9-STOREY BUILDING LOCATED AT 4895 MON TANG AVENUE, BALIBAGO, ANGELES CITY. THE HOTEL CATERS TO BOTH LEISURE AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS WITH A BRAND NEW AND DIFFERENT KIND OF HOTEL LIFESTYLE.

THE HOTEL BOASTS OF THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES AND SERVICES WHICH A WEARY TRAVELLER EXPECTS TO FIND IN AN IDEAL HOTEL.

A) ITALIA MULTI-PURPOSE AND FULLY EQUIPPED FUNCTION ROOMS THAT CAN EASILY AND COMFORTABLY ACCOMMODATE IMPORTANT BUSINESS MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES AS WELL AS BANQUETS, WEDDING RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARY , BIRTHDAYS AND FAMILY REUNIONS..

B) CAPRI LOBBY BAR AND RESTAURANT THAT OFFERS AN ARRAY OF FLAVORFUL INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL CUISINES AND ZESTy MIXED COCKTAIL DRINKS SERVED WITH SUPERB RELAXING MUSIC.

C) ROOFTOP TERRAZZA RESTAURANT WITH THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF MT. ARAYAT THAT GOES ALONG WITH YOUR SCRUMPTIOUS BUFFET LUNCH OR DINNER.

D) A BUBBLE JET JACUZZI WHERE YOU CAN RELAX WHILE ENJOYING YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH DRINK FROM THE BAR.

AFTER A LONG DAY ACTIVITIES, RE-ENERGIZE AT THE COMFORT OF OUR WELL APPOINTED AND EQUIPPED ROOMS PROVIDED WITH WELL-DESIGNED BEDDINGS AND HIGH QUALITY BATHROOM AMENITIES.

AZZURRO HOTEL IS NOT JUST ANOTHER HOTEL. THE HOTEL IS THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR ALL WEARY TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR COMFORT AND SERENITY AMIDST A PLEASANT AND RELAXING AMBIANCE.

ROUGH TIME FOR A NAVY MASTER CHIEF

The former command master chief of the USS Germantown admitted Wednesday at a court-martial that he oversaw a prostitution research ring operated by four senior chief petty officers aboard the ship.

Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura pleaded guilty to conspiracy to procure prostitutes, violation of a general order and making a false official statement to a law enforcement agent.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual harassment and two counts of unwanted sexual contact directed toward a subordinate aboard the Sasebo, Japan-based ship.

Testimony at the trial revealed a series of sexual assault accusations involving Galura and others that prompted the 7th Fleet to initiate an investigation of Germantown, Amphibious Squadron 11 and Expeditionary Strike Group 7.

An investigation report later described the situation among Germantown’s chiefs as “out of control,” according to court testimony.

Galura testified that he and the four chiefs researched websites offering prostitution services in the Philippines, where the chiefs had expected to make a port call.

Galura also testified that he encouraged Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Swank, whom he said was negotiating prices, to see if the women he found would be available for parties.  Swank was reduced in pay grade to E-7 after being found guilty in October of conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and a related charge.

Galura later used his ship email to send a picture of two scantily clad women with the message “I got my first two for the day,” which was a violation of a Defense Department regulation regarding use of government communications.

Galura, who is still technically attached to Germantown but temporarily assigned to squadron shore duty, also admitted to lying about the intent of his illicit website browsing, claiming it was part of a safety briefing for sailors.  He made no excuses for his efforts at prostitution planning while entering his pleas to military judge Capt. David Harrison.  “It’s hypocritical on my part, because I would tell a sailor not to do it,” Galura said.

Lt. Brandon Sargent, his defense attorney, argued that the charges directed against Galura constituted unlawful command influence.  Galura’s permanent removal from Germantown was directed by the four-star Pacific Fleet command, rather than any of the lower local commands.  Cmdr. Jason Leach, the former commander of Germantown who was relieved due to loss of confidence in his leadership, testified Wednesday that his “gut feeling” told him Galura would be court-martialed regardless of the investigation results into his actions.  Leach also said he and his immediate superior, Capt. Heidi Agle, were never informed of Galura’s removal.

“[Agle] shared an article from Stars and Stripes in which Pacific Fleet announced the relief (of Galura),” Leach said. “I was extremely shocked. I asked her if she knew about it, and she said she did not.”  Harrison ruled that no evidence thus far supported the unlawful command influence argument, since Pacific Fleet’s actions were administrative in nature and their deferral to Naval Forces Japan for judicial action was proper.

Galura agreed to plead guilty to some charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.  Sentencing was deferred until the end of the trial, which is scheduled to reconvene Feb. 23. At that time, Galura will face charges that he harassed, forcibly kissed and improperly touched a subordinate.

TWO ANGELES CITY COPS

My Goodness, gee whiz – I did not know the AC Cops did things like this (Smile) -

2 Angeles City cops nabbed for framing, extorting P1M from Korean.

CITYOF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines–Two policemen, who allegedly framed a Korean businessman in Angeles City and demanded from him P1 million, were arrested by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Central Luzon regional policemen in an entrapment operation on Tuesday night, an official said.

The erring policemen charged their victim with human trafficking after the latter paid a “bar fine” to be able to take out a sex worker from a night club on Fields Avenue, said Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, officer in charge of the regional police office, in a telephone interview.  The CIDG has yet to release the names of the policemen and the Korean businessman.

“Instead of taking the Korean to jail, the policemen took him to a safe house. They demanded P1 million but the Korean managed to give only P200,000,” Santos said.

He said improved coordination with the Korean community in Angeles City helped free the victim and arrest the suspects as they tried to collect the balance of P800,000.  The policemen are in the custody of the CIDG, as of this posting.

“We are weeding out police scalawags victimizing foreigners [in Angeles City],” Santos said, referring to a campaign that began in December 2014.  (One question, did the Korean get his P200,000 back?)

 

It is a lovely day outside.  A sunny warm afternoon and yearn to be outside, even though it is nearly 5 PM already.  My fingers are typing away on the keyboard as I look at the window and yearn for the fresh air.  I look at my surveillance camera and see my old mate George Brown in the bar with his friends and I yearn for a bit of a drink with them.  So, with so much yearning I say enough is enough, my aching fingers and sore arms have had enough for this month.  Pop around on 25 Feb, my birthday and share a bit of grog with me.  Youngsters not allowed, only fellow old horses like me, but if you have a young female partner with ya, well then, exceptions can be made.  Good day to you, one and all and by golly, be kind to horses!

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE

How stupid – students at Smith all girls college in the US raising $10,000 to give an Illegal alien (female) a scholarship

How Stupid – 10 States now issue driving licenses to illegal aliens.  These are people who drive without car insurance and will try to use those licenses to vote illegally.

How stupid – One Mexican immigration activist stating on TV that there are no Illegal Aliens only undocumented humans.  Hello, stupid person, they came here and continue to come here illegally and break our laws.  Why can’t more Americans understand the word “Illegal” and get off this Political Correctness that is killing our country.

How stupid – Huckabee entering the Presidential race again.  Nice guy but LOSER before and he will be wasting his money again.  He is too weak on important issues.

How Stupid = Mayor (jerk off) Blasio of New York now issues free ID’s to anybody in New York.  Can New York official residents gain their senses and make this guy

“There is a reason why in NY harbor there is a Statue of Liberty, not a Statue of Equality” — Charles Krauthammer

A 94-year-old Prophecy is Fulfilled.  H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat.  He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.  On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”  —H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.
So it was written, and so it has come to pass.  (submitted by Don T.)

 

THIS MAN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM… REALLY?

Iranian “refugee”, Manteghi Bourjerdi (AKA Sheik Man Haron Monis, pictured), walked free on bail into the Lindt cafe and left his filthy, indelible mark on Australia.

Last year Penrith Local Court Magistrate, Darryl Pearce, gave the unhinged Iranian cleric, along with his accomplice, bail despite being charged with accessory to the murder of his ex wife and setting her on fire, hand delivering filthy letters to widows of fallen Australian soldiers and 40 counts of sexual assault.

If you’re a mad Muslim supporting ISIS and Al Queda and up on the most heinous of multiple charges it appears that Australia is the place to be.

The Left leaning judiciary can claim responsibility for almost forty murders committed since 1980 by people either set free on bail, given ridiculously low sentences or where parole boards had released those deemed “likely to re-offend” back into the community.

Australia not only offers free money and a wonderful lifestyle to its Islamic refugees, it offers them freedom to molest Aussie women and children, freedom to threaten our lives, freedom to give comfort to our enemies and free legal aid to keep them out of jail.

The “sheik’s” offer was one freed hostage in return for an ISIS flag and five freed hostages for a chat with Tony Abbott (Tony should feel chuffed about that). The offers of course were refused.

Islamic leaders rushed to condemn the “sheik”, after all, this was more of a personal matter, but when it involves the despicable teachings of the Koran, the silence is deafening.

The rare Muslim leader who denounces the vile prophecy of Islam lives in fear for his life.

Media’s Left will try to distance this atrocity from Islam. Just watch, they will talk of an isolated incident from a “lone wolf”, a one-off madman who has no connection to Islam and they will thank the Islamic community for their sympathy and go their merry way.

But it wasn’t a Baptist incident and it wasn’t a Buddhist or Presbyterian incident, no… it was yet another in an endless line of Islamic incidents that end in lost lives of non-Muslims. How many more “isolated” incidents will it take before we condemn them as “Islamic atrocities”?

This Islamic activist went into that coffee shop in the full knowledge he was about to die and he was determined to take Australian lives with him.

Muslims don’t place the same value on life that we do. They live in an ethereal world of after-life rewards for martyrdom, where decapitating non-Muslims and debasing women is honorable, where raping young girls is lawful.

If Aussies want to feel safe when going for a coffee in future then the Islamic scourge must be faced, named, dealt with and eradicated. It is so alien to our way of life it can never fit in, we can never be their friends. Assimilation of Muslims, like everywhere else in the West, is an impossibility.

We are at war with Islam, yet neither the Premier nor the Prime Minister, nor even the Police Commissioner, could bring themselves to utter the words “terrorism” or “Islam”.  (It is so refreshing to see so many articles being written now that duplicate the words that I have been writing for years now.  Islam is evil and the whole world must wake up to this fact before it is too late)

Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.

Dennis W. forwarded this to me with the following comment:

“Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.”

Charlie Hebdo: Radical cleric Anjem Choudary calls cover depicting Mohamed an ‘act of war’ London-based preacher said Sharia court would punish the drawing with death.
The cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since the massacre has been described as an “act of war” by a London-based Islamist cleric.   The cover depicts the Prophet with a tear falling down his cheek, holding a sign reading “je suis Charlie”, replicating the phrase used on banners, stickers, clothes and social media as a show of solidarity in the wake of last week’s attacks.

But radical preacher Anjem Choudary said “ridiculing” Mohamed is attacking his personality, calling the latest cartoon “extremely serious”.  To depict Mohamed in this way is “attacking the honour of the Prophet” as most Muslims do not draw or depict him in any way because it is deemed to be sacrilegious, Mr Choudary said.  He added that if the “act of war” was tried in a Sharia court it would carry capital punishment.  The 47-year-old, who lectures in Sharia law, was arrested in September as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism but later bailed.  Mr Choudary described Charlie Hebdo’s cover as a “blatant provocation” and claimed insulting Islam and Muslims is “part of the war that is taking place”.

People should be “sensible and sensitive to the emotions and the feelings of the Muslims”, he added, accusing authorities of refusing to “nip it in the bud”. Immediately after the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week, Mr Choudary wrote an open letter entitled “People know the consequences” where he argued that “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression” because they submit to the commands of Allah alone.

The radical preacher founded the banned al-Muhajiroun network, which was classified as a terrorist organisation by the British government and has been linked to extremists including Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby.  Mr Choudary previously protested against cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed carried in Danish publications outside the country’s embassy in London and was fined £500 for organizing the illegal gathering.  In January 2010, shortly before he become Prime Minister, David Cameron said Mr Choudary needed “to be looked at seriously” because he strays “extremely close to the line of encouraging hatred, extremism and violence”.  Last year, he claimed he would renounce his British citizenship to go and live under Isis rule in Syria but could not leave the country because his passport has been seized by anti-terror police.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, responded: “If he wants to go, he should be allowed to go. I think that would be a much better scenario than having him stay…people would like to see the back of him.”  (I agree with this as well and any American radical Muslims who feel the same way. I could care less if any of these ass wipes are insulted)

 

 
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JOE TRAMONTANO

Posted by admin on January 22, 2015 in Breaking News
Hi Harry!
I have heard a rumor from two different sources that Joe Tramontano was captured in Cambodia. Do you have information?  Please let me know!  Mike W. Subic Bay
Mike, I am researching it to see if any truth in this rumor.  As of right now I have a source checking with Interpol.  I do not, at this time, have confirmation on that rumor.  But, I have heard that authorities have an idea of where he is.
This is a correction to my earlier comment.

 
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CRAZY PETE’S DINER

Posted by admin on January 22, 2015 in Breaking News

 

This is a new Diner on Clark located between the Northwalk and the Binulo restaurant.  It is due to open any day now but when I stopped by, owner Camile Miranda and Architect Ric were still in the process of putting the finishing touches on the building and landscaping.  No menu was available yet but Camile told me that her and her boyfriend partner got their ideas for a diner in the US and the menu will feature some great dishes at a reasonable price.  She got a bit of help from her mother who owns the nearby Binulo restaurant.  Nothing like having Mom close by.

The interior is bright, clean and very inviting.  The staff that were still in training looked very keen on getting the operation underway.  There is plenty of parking and the location is very convenient.  One of my favorite places to eat breakfast in Las Vegas is the 50′s diner.  I hope this will be a close second.

As soon as it opens I will be there to sample the food, service and prices and provide a more detailed review.  Right now I just want to give my readers a heads up that what appears to be a very interesting new eatery will be opening something this month.  Camile told me she will notify me when the official opening date is determined.  I will pass that info on here.

 

                

 
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4 US Contractor Jobs in Philippines Available

Posted by admin on January 21, 2015 in Breaking News

4 US Contractor Jobs in Philippines – Supply Services for US Navy Construction Ops

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Edgar LaBenne <ed.melben@gmail.com>

3:36 PM (6 hours ago)

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Everyone – Anyone

I am assisting an US company who has a Global Contingency Support.  In this case the US Navy Sea Bees for specific sites and multiple exercises over the the next 2 years here in the Philippines.  See job descriptions below. These would be US wages.  If you or you know anyone interested, I need to know ASAP.  Send me name, contact info and resume.
PM – based probably in Manila.
Site Mgr 1 – Cebu
Site Mgr 2 – Palawan
Site Safety Officer – probably in Cebu (could be local national)
Thanks
Edgar LaBenne

1.       Positions Discussed (4 Positions as follows):

a.       Project Manager (PM) (1 position) – Needs to be a U.S. Citizen Possessing at least a Confidential Clearance; Have at least five years relevant experience at a comparable level of responsibility in projects of similar size, scope and complexity.  At least two years of experience shall be as an independent field manager. Experience in a management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable.  Education: The PM shall have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business Administration, Management or Engineering from a US accredited 4 year college/university or equivalent institution; At least two years of experience shall be as an independent field Quality Manager. Experience in a quality management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable; A minimum of two (2) years’ experience/training in supply services.

b.      Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) (1 position) – The SSHO shall have completed five years of satisfactory experience in preparing and enforcing safety programs on contracts of similar size and complexity in the past, and have completed the OSHA 30-hour construction safety class or equivalent within the last five years and an average of at least 24 hours of safety training per year for the past five years.  Position can be a local national that reads, writes and speaks English.

c.      Site Manager (SM) (2 positions)– NEED for each Location (island).  Needs to be able to communicate (speak, read, write and translate) in both English and Tagalog(or other local dialect, i.e. Cebuano, as appropriate to site location). College degree (Bachelor or equivalent level); desired but not mandatory; At least two years of experience as an independent field Manager and/or Quality Manager, in a quality management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable; a minimum of two (2) years’ experience/training in supply services; have completed the OSHA 30-hour construction safety class or equivalent within the last five years and an average of at least 24 hours of safety training per year for the past five years. Positions can be a local national that reads, writes and speaks English.

 
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HOWARD MCKAY PLAY DATE CHANGE

Posted by admin on January 17, 2015 in Breaking News

 

Howard McKay will be performing at the Blue Boar Inn (Stable) on Thursday night, 7 PM, 29 January instead of the 27th.

Change necessary as the RC Clark Centennial will be meeting on Tuesday evenings at the Stable, a recent change from meeting weekly in the afternoon time slot.

 

Howard is a very talented singer and guitarist who has a large following in AC.  It is one of the best free shows in town and all seats are filled quickly so get there a bit early.

 

 
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ANOTHER TERRIBLE MURDER IN AC

Posted by admin on January 11, 2015 in Breaking News

 

I received this message yesterday.  No further information at this time.  The police from Station 3 have been going around talking to various Expats that might be able to give information.  So far, a day later, no further details available.  It seems to be another sad story in this town of sad stories and not a good way to start off the New Year.

          

 

To all the friends of Ghiline De Villar and Robin Potter. Their bodies were found today. The murders are under investigation at this time.  They were found stabbed in  their House in Don Bonifacio.

2nd Report:
here we go again, another brutal killing of a foreigner this time its a disabled Vietnam vet. named Robin & his long time girl friend. I believe the location of his home  was in MountainView. Neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from his apartment. The vet & his girlfriend were found bound with their hands behind their back and each had mutable stab wounds.
I hope the police can catch these killers, i will be rethinking how much time i spend in the Philippines. Mike

3rd Report:

Hi Harry, Just dropping you a note to let you know that Peter Brook (Yorkshire Peter) also died yesterday, January 10 about 7:15am of a suspected heart attack at Vistillana.  Also a double murder was discovered in Don Bonifacio of Robin, an American expat and his wife. They had been dead for about two days and were hogtied like Doggy Dave had been. I hope this is not a first example of 2015 in Balibago for foreigners.

 

Also, sadly, I have to report the passing of Colin Sexton on 13 Dec at the age of 44.  He leaves behind his wife, Jona and his 3 year old son, C.J.  Colin worked in the Eruptions Bar for 2 years and then the Emotions Bar for 3 years, prior to working recently for the Kandi Realty Group.

It appears he died from liver failure.  A wake was held for Colin at the Night Moves Bar on Friday, 9 Jan.

 

 
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KEN GRAHAM HAS PASSED AWAY (updated)

Posted by admin on January 10, 2015 in Breaking News

 

 

Hi Harry, I hope that you are well.  Sad news:  I received this news earlier today from his brother Robert.
“Dear friends,
I would like to inform you that my brother, Ken Graham, passed away this
morning,  10th January, at the OMA Hospital in Angeles City.
A lot of you have known he has been quite ill lately but it is very sad to
see him go.  We expect the funeral to held this Thursday or Friday in Angeles City. I
will be leaving  Brisbane for Manila on Tuesday morning.”
Regards, Rockin Dave

I am shocked.  I visited him on Christmas Eve and he was fully dressed and able to sit up and talk to me though he said he was in pain.  I took him a couple of books and left a bit of cash.  Please note that at the time he had been held for 2.5 years.    

He died in hospital (ONA), imagine how much quicker he would have died if the judge had succeeded in returning him to the horrible conditions of the City Jail (174).  The man never had a decent chance to prove his innocence or guilt.  He has now joined his wife who passed away not too long before he was arrested after a raid on his bar.  He was never convicted of any crime yet he received a death sentence.  He fought a long hard battle with the justice system as well as his health.  Finally he has the freedom the courts never gave him.  

 

Message from his daughter Kristina:

Hello friends of my Father Ken.

This is probably one of the hardest emails I will ever write.

He has now gone to meet our Great Creator on January 10, at 10.05 am Manila time.

Most of you who knew him very well would know how great of a man he was.

He was the most kind hearted person I ever met and I am not being biaist,  you know how he cared for his family and friends  so dearly.

I am asking for you to come and see him and pay your last respects to him where he will be buried at Holy Mary Memorial in Angeles City.

In this time I request to notify everyone that knew him of where his remains will lie.

We will be burying him on Friday, 16th January at 9 am.

Iam also pledging help if they can to make sure that we (the children) are able to give him a proper burial, as we want to give him what he deserves. His last hoorah!

Many thanks to the love and care you have shown my father.

“God has you in his arms now Daddy, but I will always have you in my heart”

 

 
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PERMANENT RESIDENTS ANNUAL REGISTRATION

Posted by admin on January 9, 2015 in Breaking News

 

Annually, those folks with permanent resident ACR cards have to register at the Immigration office.  It was easy to do until last year when we had a mess trying to fill out those 4 page forms, getting pictures and finger prints.

This year the forst I heard was that we had to fill out those forms again and you had to do it online.  That upset me but when I went on line , pulled up the form the first thing I saw was that only those who did not fill out the forms last year had to fill out the 2015 form.  OK, the next day I sent the Mrs to Marquee Mall to check this out.  An official there told her that we all had to fill it out, whether we did so last year or not.

Next morning, two friends came in the stable and told me that it was a piece of cake, just show your ACR and the transaction was completed in minutes.  The computer showed that their forms were completed last year.  Hey, great, back to the way it used to be.

Next day, I went with the Mrs, got our number, when called she went to the window.  Oh, oh, I saw her talking to the official and saw him giving her a form.  I struggled out of my seat ready to go to war.  Turns out the computer showed my 2014 payment but not the info from the 4 page form.  I am upset but the official was super nice and said that some clerk must have not coded it correctly last year.  So, we sat down and filled out the form, real easy and quick, returned it, cleared and paid the fee.  Believe it or not, today I took my son to register and same situation but the official remembered me and he filled out the form for us.

BOTTOM LINE:  just take you ACR card and as long as you filled out the form last year, it is routine.  But, if it was not recorded, be prepared to fill out the one page form.  Take your passport with you just in case as that is the info they are asking for. You have no idea what to expect until you get there.  

The Immigration office is open until 1730 hrs. 

On-line address is:  http://vua.immigration.gov.ph/

jd

 
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January 2015

Posted by admin on December 31, 2014 in 2015 Monthly Newsletters

 

Another Christmas has passed and as I have done for many years now I became Santa for the month of December.  I appeared at a number of schools and three days at Nepo Mall, downtown Angeles City.  Those appearances were fun but also used to raise funds for our yearly charity.  Appearing at the schools were a pleasure as the young children in pre-school, kinder, 1st grade were all at the age were they believe in Santa and their various expressions are priceless.  At Nepo I dealt with the very young, teenagers and adults and the spirit of Christmas was so evident.  Unlike the US where so many people want to delete the word “Christmas” and don’t really fuss over Santa, here in the PI Christmas and Santa is alive and well.

At Nepo Mall I had two great assistants, one was “Trixie” who helped me last year and is so cheerful and full of the Christmas spirit.  Then I had the “Elevator girl” Mira, sitting next to me who stood and greeted customers, helped take pictures and did not waiver the whole three days she was there.  Her normal job at the Mall is running the elevator, hence the name of “elevator girl”.  Her real name is Mira and she is a single 24 year old woman who is charming, good looking, and carries a very nice figure.  She is an only child and works hard to support her mother who has a small store in Manila.  Mira, like most young women, has dreams but hers is quite simple and unusual.  She would like to live on a farm or on a mountain where she could lead a peaceful life, away from crowds.  Her tastes are simple, not extravagant.  Needless to say, I was impressed with her.  She started off working as a janitor, then worked in the food court and now runs the elevator.  None of these is high paying jobs and do not offer any chance for advancement to a better paying job.  But she is still happy and I can’t help that someday she will be in a much better job.  Anyway, if anyone wishes to communicate with Mira contact her at:  mhira_rhain12@yahoo.com or take a ride on the elevator at Nepo Mall and say hello to her.  You will witness a smile that will brighten up your day.

 

Now, I have to mention the names of some of the many people that donated funds and goods to Santa this year.  Ready?  Here goes:  Tony Power, Cliff Wilsey, Charly Wohner (from Thailand), James Winterbottom (Las Vegas), Bob Chesko, David Dew, Sean Connally, Gerard Heinen, Karel Heinen, Damien King, Dr. Tey Bondoc, Mark Broom, John Roberts, Claire Gauthier (Stuffed Toys and assorted toys), John McCulley,  David Fraser, Russ Yates (Toys and candies), Dennis Shimabuku (T-shirts and crayons), Fred (Fred’s Pies and his special cakes he made for the kids) and the wonderful customers in my bar who put various sums of money in collection jar on my bar counter.  A special thanks also go out to the owner of Phillie’s Sports Grill who contributed apples, Tess from Brass Knob for oranges and also oranges from Derek, Kokomo’s.  The Aeta children could not wait to start eating those delicacies.  A special thanks to Lisa Mapua, owner of Nepo Mall for taking such good care of Santa for three days and Denise, marketing, I did not forget you.

                

                

My dear friends, one and all, thank you for staying with me for another year and I hope all of you have a Happy New Year and welcome to the year 2015.  Please come on over to AC for a visit, all is well and the weather is perfect.

 

 

FEED BAG

Harry, The examples in your November newsletter of how the “police” are here is spot on. I put police in quotes because there are no police here, just thieves in uniform. Whether it be for the brake light out, or having a piece of clear plastic on your MC license plate…both costing 5000 Pesos. Or worse, and all too common, when we have a friend dies and the “police” line up outside to rob the place..oops…I mean “inventory’. These people in uniform are pathetic excuses for humans.

Well, three of us have decided these people can have it. I was late onto this bus…the other two have already sold their stuff and have tickets in hand. Each of us, like many here, are on good pensions, and drop 3-4 thouand USD here every month. Well people….go to the Koreans and get it from them now…until you run them out of the country as well.

The everyday Filipino may now actively be corrupt, but they allow these idiot cops and politicians to be on their offices. Like I said to many before, if the Filipino had a brain, this place would look like Bangkok and Hong Kong. The only people that can be even semi-trusted to run this country is the military.

I am going to take a page out of the inner-city playbook when it comes to dealing with local ‘leadership’. If I walked by and saw some Abu Sayyef planning to attack the police and political offices….I would keep on walking and not ‘see’ anything. In fact, good luck boys!  Bob Smith Jones.  (Bob, seems to me you are fed up with the place and ready to hitch up and head out.  Where do you plan to move to?)

Yes Sir Harry!!! Very well fed up with idiocracy dito. Got all my VA done, so I can comfortably move on. Only issue that I am attached at the hip with my girl that has been with me for 4+ years. After so many horror stories I have witnessed in the military and here, I am dead set against the ‘institution of marriage’.  Alaska gives some excellent state level benefits to veterans and especially disabled vets. A 25% discount on some state land is too good to pass up. Two issues…..1. My girl is more than willing to go, but I do not think her 34kg will handle the cold very well. 2. The visa issue for her. The fiance visa is only good for 90 days, so the govt is forcing people to marry. A tourist visa for her is quite a high hurdle to clear. Could just tell her to claim she is Mexican and she could get amnesty, a credit card, and probably favorable terms on a mortgage (probably only a slight exaggeration with Obama in office).

Being originally from Jersey, Alaska is quite a change, but I have lived outside the US since 1992. Looking at the lower 48, I don’t fit in….being a single white Christian straight Conservative male…..and I do not and will not speak Spanish in MY country. Ok, I vented and feel a bit better….just a bit though ;)  (Dave, do not blame you but the GF is a problem. Believe me, you will miss her in Alaska where some of the women are good looking but hard to get and no young ones would be interested in you.
You would be surprised at how quickly the ladies here adjust. I think the first thing they do is check out the location of divorce lawyers, just in case.  Guess you could come back here once a year to visit and enjoy a month or two of good companionship. I can understand your reluctance to get married but after 4 years of being together maybe she is a keeper or at least a good bed warmer.)

Harry, Not sure about the God Father role….better just stick with grandfather! David Albright.  (Darn, and I thought I had a chance)

ART BENJAMIN UPDATE:  Howdy! Figured i would bring the world up to speed on my travesty. To start, I could not attend my hearing this month. The Bureau of Immigration decided that despite their escorts reporting last month the details of my pending hearing, they require a subpoena from the court. I understand that but it has not been a requirement in the past.

Emy contacted the courthouse on Tuesday morning to confirm mailing of the subpeona since BI had not yet received it. They claimed it was mailed last week. That afternoon an Atty contact we have there checked and found that it was mailed just that day! No way it could possibly make it to manila in time… Either the court is incompetent (this is not the first time they did not send the subpoena) or the prosecution paid them (again?) to not mail. A typical tactic here.

Bottom line is I did not attend the hearing. My Atty decided to not cross examine in my absence as they would simply have taken his questions home and prepared scripted responses. It appears i am expected to be present for this part to get live responses. No more hearing dates possible this year (holidays), and no hearings scheduled in January (the entire month is set aside for the court folks to take vacations and billed as an inventory month), so… Looks like my next hearing is the first friday in February.  Its more fun in the Philippines, right? Gotta love it…

So no updates for a bit. Little break from my pity party for a couple months!  Sorry. My mood could use some adjusting. Will write again once I know what’s happening, like that will happen any time soon!  On a more positive note, the family is hanging tough. They understand the nature of the beast better than I could have hoped for. Be good. Art Benjamin

Art, I thank you for writing again. Can you tell me the name of the place you are being held? You are going on two years there now, am I correct? I had a reader ask about you recently but I was not able to give an up to date report. You are not forgotten.

I know the frustration of the justice system here,  getting regular court dates is hell. i have known Expats held in the City Jail here that have suffered so many resets for one reason or another, Inventory, judge on vacation, prosecutor on vacation, prosecutor attending a seminar, prosecutor attending a birthday party, judge attending a seminar and on and on. Last Dec 2013 prosecutor not available so next court date Mar 2014. Just this week same thing, prosecutor attending a seminar, next court date Mar. It is a disgrace. I spoke to a judge recently and he claims lack of budget and lack of judges to handle the case loads.

I suspect you yourself do not have access to a computer so whoever receives this for you I hope he or she passes it on.

I would wish you a Merry Christmas but I do not think that would be appropriate. Let me just say that I hope in 2015 you will see the gates open and shower you with the gift of freedom once again.  I will post your update in my Jan column.  Cheers, Harry the Horse.

Hi there, my name is Brock, I’m 36, from the USA (California) and now living/working in Thailand. I have been to Angeles on two occasions (both in 2014, last time being the end of August/beginning of September) and love it there. In fact I would place it above Thailand to the point that I’d move there if there was work. Both times I have stayed at the little hotels on Real Street (the names are escaping me at the moment, but they were both 950/night). I would say my favorite bar is Angel Witch. They tend to play the most Rock and OK, there are some lookers there to boot. That being said, the Perimeter Road joints are great fun at happy hour. I have only been reading your website for about two months, I believe Stickman’s site is where I saw a link.

Anyways, the first thing I knew about Angeles before going there were the pool parties that I saw on YouTube. I’m a very single guy and these things look like they could be a blast. BOTH times I’ve been to Angeles there was a pool party taking place a week AFTER my stay, of course. My question is do you keep track and announce when these pool parties are gonna happen on your website? If not, is there a site that does?  Maybe they aren’t as fun as they look on YouTube, but I want to at least hit one up just to see for myself. If only Pattaya had them too!  thanks, Brock
(Thanks for writing Brock.  I agree with you, Angeles City is a great place to visit and live.  Thailand is pretty good as well but won’t get into the comparison game.  I am glad you noted that the Perimeter Road bars are more fun to visit.  They are more laid back than the bars on Fields Ave and less expensive.  But, after 10 PM or so, you need to head for Fields Ave where the action is all night.   

 

Ah pool parties.  They are not that frequent and yes, I do try to announce them.  The best of the lot are at the ABC Hotel but that is only twice a year.  Once in a while a bar or hotel with a swimming pool will have a pool party.  It is an easy way to meet some lovely ladies and some look mighty good in those bathing suits.  Regretfully, the bars do not notify me of their events and sometimes when I find out it is too late to put in my column.  Just keep checking my column and quite often I have to announce them in my breaking news.  Stop by my stable on your next visit and I will shout a drink for you)

Hey Harry,  Well, I just received some rather sad news but not really that surprised as how I have conducted myself in Angeles and Manila over the past 10 or so years. I was feeling really tired and run down all the time. I’ll make this as simple as possible and come right out and say I was informed last week after a visit to the doc’s office and having an HIV test. It came back positive so I took another and it was confirmed.

I have partied like a rock star and slept with many bargirls without protection now I must pay the ultimate price. I keep thinking it would never happen to me and wish it was a bad dream but its not. Now I have to think about how many girls I may have infected. I hope none but I am sure there may be some, Wish I had a better Christmas to look forward to. This is no joke. Please inform your readers to always wear their raincoats. Hope you and your family are blessed in the New Year. You may print this but PLEASE do not use my last name. I probably will not return this year as I have to think about my health first. Take good care,  Marcos  (That is a bit heavy Marcos.  Your warning about the “raincoats” is well taken but I think a lot of guys would like to know your favorite bars in Angeles City and when was the last time you were here.  We could advise the owners to have their girls double checked.  I can understand why you will not make a return visit here in 2015.  I have read that the medical care for your problem has improved dramatically over the years so you should be OK)

 

Harry, I toured the new Clark Field Medical City Hospital today along with some other veterans. I thought all the veteran groups would send representatives, but they didn’t.  The new hospital is almost unbelievable, compared to any other hospital I’ve been in here in the PI. It is VA certified and should be Tricare certified soon, if ISOS doesn’t screw it up. You have to see it to believe it! They may be open by end of Jan 15′, or soon after that. There’s still some major equipment being installed. The rooms are larger than any room I’ve seen in a hospital over here. Plenty of elevators throughout all the floors. First escalator I’ve seen in a PI hospital.  Rhett, DAV, Chapter 3.  (Thanks Rhett, I wanted to tour the place today but had Santa duties all day from morning to evening.  Was hoping to get a report from someone.  I got to see the ground floor a few months ago and was impressed.  Agree that it won’t be fully open until Jan or Feb.  First thing I will do is head for the Physical Therapy clinic there.  I am afraid that 1SOS will screw things up for us)

Hi Harry,I have booked a trip to SEA in Feb. I have several friends living in Pattaya that I am going to see, a couple NGO friends in Phnom Penh and a long time friend in Singapore. Hopefully I will be able to see all of them during the 7 weeks I am in SEA. I MAY have time to fly over to the P.I. Just don’t know right now. If I can work it out, I will come up to AC and see you and what all the guys are talking about.  (Mike Riley, from Las Vegas NV,  is seen here pictured with his Mom who sadly passed away at 93 years of age last Nov.  Mike took care of her for years so this is a sad Christmas for him.  (Picture from 2013).  But now, he has time to travel again and I am hoping he makes it here to AC so he can see the changes taking place and share a drink with me in my Stable) 

 

TIDBITS

I wish Jan Morgan a very happy New Year.  She is the great gal who declared her shooting range in Hot Springs, Ark a “Muslim Free Zone”.  Too bad she has more “balls” than our spineless politicians, from the top down.

RESUMPTION OF BURIALS AT CLARK = We were informed the evening of 4 December that Burials at Clark Veterans Cemetery may resume. The three Burial requests previously submitted to ABMC have been approved and Burials may be scheduled.

Please provide required documentation and a family contact for other requests which may be pending to either Carl Burke, Neil McAuliffe, or myself. We’ll process the request with ABMC and schedule Burial as before.

Our thanks to all who raised the visibility of this issue, which I’m sure facilitated resolution.  John Gilbert, VFW Post 2485.

Humor - We had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop,TV, DVD, iPad, ham radio & my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was dead, and to top that off it was raining outside, so I couldn’t play golf.  I went into the kitchen to make coffee, and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a few hours.  ”She seems like a very nice person!”  (submitted by Allen Huber)

Superstitious Women in the Philippines: I have lived, worked and enjoyed myself here in the Philippines, specifically Angeles City, for many years.  This a country in which the people, especially the women from the provinces, believe in many different superstitions or beliefs.  One of which I came across recently in a personal experience.  One lady that I know firmly believes in what we in the US call “Voodoo” but here it is called “kulam” which is supposed to mean a “witch curse”.  She believes that once you have Kulam, if you go to a doctor and get an injection, then you will die.  Let me call this lady Anna, not her real name, of course.  She explained that she got this curse from a woman she met in the province who took a piece of her hair and an a piece of her clothes.   She found that had “Koto” which is lice in her hair.  She developed a severe rash over her entire body and she was scratching herself so severely that she developed some sores as well.  She believed that the “witch” put rotten fish in her body.  She was given money to see a doctor but refused to do so out of fear that the doctor would give her an injection and it would kill her.  Instead she went to a local faith healer near where she lived.  The faith healer told her to get a piece of clothing or anything from the witch which she was able to do.  Then the faith healer started a series of rituals to include boiling the item from the witch.

 

Now, here is the hard part.  Her close friend swore to me that she saw, during the ritual, flying cockroaches exit from the sores on Anna’s arms and legs.  Naturally I laughed but the friend was dead serious and she believed in both Kulam and Barang as well as the faith healer.  So, when you meet some of these ladies in the Clubs here, especially if they are from Samar and other distant provinces, do not be surprised if one day you find out about some of the superstitious beliefs they have. Don’t bother arguing with them either or trying to change them.  No matter what they will continue to believe in those that can cast an evil spell over them and the faith they have in those men or women you and I will call quack quack doctors who can dispel evil spells and cure all sorts of ailments.  Sure would be interesting to know if any of you who have been coming to the PI for many years have met with any ladies with these beliefs.

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS IN CONFINEMENT FOR KEN GRAHAM:  The court system is not being very kind to Ken Graham with Prosecutor Haban definitely trying to make his life miserable.  So far, he is succeeding.  But then, there are a lot of prisoners in the overcrowded confines of the City Jail who are in the same boat.  At least, for now, Ken is a bit more comfortable in the hospital though not doing well physically. Following is his latest update and appeal for funds:

Harry, Hope you have a great Christmas emphasizing Christ.  Ken Graham

We appear to get good news followed by bad news. That’s what happened at the last hearing on November 26th. The bad news!

The last hearing was highlighted by the government Prosecutor Haban again demanding that I be sent to jail and that Angelina Bagson be cross-examined.  In respect to the first request Judge Erum recommended that I be referred to the Regional Hospital for a third opinion at San Fernando. The second opinion at the main Government Hospital , Philippine General, in Manila, had confirmed that I was too sick to go to jail but under pressure  of prosecution Judge Erum asked that one final examination be made at the Regional Hospital. Examinations and tests have now been made  and we will await results.

In Angelina Bagson’s case, Angelina had given favorable evidence in that the International Justice Mission had tried to bribe her and that she said I had nothing to do with management Angelina was unable to attend because she did not have sufficient funds to pay for her transportation to the court hearing. She was subpoenaed for the Nov. 26th. But failed to attend.  The next hearing is Feb 4th. 2015 and we hope that money can be raised for her transportation.
As a result of continued hospitalization, medication, doctor’s fees and legal fees I am totally in debt and there is so much pressure from the hospital, doctor and lawyer to pay up. My family are helping me as much as they can but they have families too. I know Xmas puts so many of us under pressure but ask you once more if you can spare any amount small or great to help me get out of my financial woes. Warm regards and merry Xmas. Ken
My Philippine Bank Account, PNB Savings : Name: Kenneth J Graham  Account no 371014300019, Branch: SSS Diliman. Metro Manila, Australian Bank Account
ANZ Savings : Name: Kenneth J Graham.  BSB no 014 249, Account no 516035132.  Swift: ANZBAU3M  (I was able to visit Ken on Christmas Eve while I was visiting patients as Santa.  He is in a small private room with a/c but no TV.  I delivered a couple of books and a small amount of cash.  He was able to sit up and chat with me but it was obvious that he is not in good health)
Anyone wanting to visit Tim Kaufman in the City Jail only has to give his name at the gate and you will be directed to cell #12.  I am sure he can use some reading books and even some money.  He remains innocent until a trial finds otherwise and without funds life in the City jail is nearly intolerant.
An interesting story.  Is this man being persecuted unfairly or is he living freely on borrowed time?
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-paedophile-builds-house-next-4858209
I see that “Palito”, owner of Palitos Music Bar and Restaurant is looking for a partner in his business.  I saw his ad in the “Test.It! magazine and it read:  ”50% Shares available takeover the whole Bar within 3 to 5 years.”  I am just wondering how many 50% shares Palito is trying to sell.  Maybe the ad should have referred that a 50% Share is available.  Anyway, if you want to get your share before anyone else contact Palito at balitodarkwinoldcastle@yahoo.com.  Website:  Palitosbar.com.  It is a nice little bar but the upstairs needs a lot of work.  Oh, you can or text as well:  0910 978 2781.  It is located on McArthur Highway, AC, across the street from the Fortune Hong Kong Restaurant.
A number of Expats and one Filipina witness informed me that an American changing money at Norma’s money changer was shot and killed shortly after finishing the transaction.  He had walked about one block away when he was attacked.  Supposedly the thieves got away with $200 and a watch.  This is not the first time that customers at this money changer have been attacked and robbed after walking away.  I often change money at Norma’s but I do not do so alone.  Due care must be taken when using any money changer in this town.  If possible have someone with you or have transportation waiting for you especially if you are dealing in large amounts of cash.
ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) CONFERENCE:  So many people here in AC are amazed at the on-going work by the Mayor to beautify parts of the City to include causing massive jams as he busily is laying out a new traffic scheme at the Bayanihan park and the circle leading to the park on MacArthur Hi-way.  The reason for all this is the forthcoming APEC and the Mayor is desperate to make his City look good before 26 Jan.  This is when the 1700 participants of the conference are scheduled to start arriving at Clark.  They will remain until 10 Feb but their presence will not be felt by many in local businesses as they will be staying at the Fontana and Holiday Inn hotels in the Freeport Zone.  Other members will be spread all over the country.  is scheduled to start  SENIOR ECONOMIsome 1,700 participants, including senior economic ministers, in the Asia-Pacific  Economic Cooperation (APEC) conferenceto  be hosted here from Jan. 26 to Feb. 10.
here is the official schedule of meetings for APEC. For Clark it’s on Jan. 26 – Feb 10, 2015
You can bet that nearly the entire police force of the City will be assigned to the protection of APEC attendees but according to an article in the Punto newspaper, 4 Dec, our City Director has promised police protection for us ordinary folks will still be adequate.  This is the Punto article:
“Angeles police director Senior Supt. Eden Ugale said that his entire police force would take turns to ensure daily, 24-hour security for the APEC. “We are now organizing reaction teams for APEC.  We are prepared even for the expected protest actions of militants who are known to hold rallies in APEC gatherings even in other countries,” he said. Ugale stressed, however, that the focus on APEC at Clark would lead to police shortcomings in the rest of Angeles.
“There will be enough policemen in the rest of the city to maintain peace and order,” he said. He noted that apart from the Angeles police, cops from other provinces of Central Luzon are also expected to help augment security personnel for the APEC delegates.  (Gee, first he says there will be police shortcomings and then adds that there will be enough cops to keep us safe.  That does not give me a warm fussy feeling) Ugale could not immediately provide more details on security plans for the APEC, saying that the only information officially relayed to him as of the time of the press conference was the date for the APEC meet at Clark. But Ugale said that the decline in the number of crimes in Angeles in the recent months augured well for the APECevent.  “Despite the sensational cases in the recent weeks, the peace and order in the city is now very manageable,” he said. “There has been a downtrend in crimes in fhe past three weeks after we studied the crime situation so as to redeploy our personnel accordingly. We assess the situation weekly,” he said.  
(I guess APEC members will not be changing money at Norma’s money changer)Ugale also reported in decrease of crimes committed by motorcycle riding-in-tandem criminals after well trained policemen on motorcycles were deployed against them. “Our motorcycle-riding cops have been very effective, especially in zeroing down on illegal drug suspects carrying out their trade also on motorbikes,” he noted.”  (This could be good news in the fact that some law enforcement agencies will be too busy to raid the bars and for sure they do not want any bad publicity during this time.  This could either be a good time or a bad time for tourists, I simply have no idea which.  I kind of think it would be a good time as with all the police in the vicinity of Clark and the tourist area it should be safer.  It should be an interesting time.  I wonder if the Mrs and I will still be able to dine at the Holiday Inn during this time frame?)
Looking for a nice new Vietnamese Restaurant?  Check out the Cafe Halong Bay featuring original Vietnamese Coffee & Style.  It is spacious, clean and offers VIP rooms.  They have a catering service as well offering Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese and Chinese selections.  The wife and I wanted Vietnamese beef noodle soup one night and when we went to the small Vietnamese eatery on Perimeter Road they were out of stock on that item.  I mentioned that I had seen a sign on Friendship Highway, Korea Town announcing a Vietnamese restaurant.  So we decided to check it out and were very happy we did so.  The Reception desk number is 0999 328 0555 and catering service is 0914 492 4111 or 0915 312 4111.
Danish Embassy- The Danish government is set to formally reopen its embassy in the Philippines in January as it looks to strengthen its ties with the country.Ambassador Jan Top Christensen told reporters that the new embassy would be located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.  While construction for the permanent premises is ongoing, the embassy is temporarily holding office at the Philamlife Tower in Makati City.The embassy started the reopening process in August this year after having been closed since 2002.  The Danish embassy in the Philippines was closed along with some of its embassies in other countries to cut costs.  Christensen said the reopening of the embassy here is part of Denmark’s interest to broaden and deepen its relations with the Philippines amid impressive gains.
 “Within the last four years, we’ve seen very important political reforms and economic reforms,” he said.Among the reforms are the administration’s thrust to fight corruption, the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro seen as a step to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao, the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, and efforts to improve ease of doing business in the country.  “These things are very important from outside. Not only for Denmark but also for other countries. That makes us decide to come back because we see a positive element in this country,” Christensen said.  He also said a trade delegation composed of 17 to 18 companies from Denmark would be arriving in the country during the formal opening of the embassy’s permanent premises next month to check out opportunities in the Philippines.  The companies come from various sectors such as food, agriculture, energy and pharmaceuticals.  “Definitely, we see potential in all sectors,” Christensen said.

JANUARY EVENTS

23 Jan – Howard McKay at Barbarino’s, Zeppelin St., 7 PM.

27 Jan – Howard McKay at the Blue Boar Inn Stable, 7 PM.

TAPS

Harry, Coach Dick Thornton lost his battle with lung cancer the Fri before Xmas . He was in AC a lot, lived on Burgos St. in Makati for yrs . He was a storied professional football player for the Canadian Football league.  I thought he said him and his wife Lhyn had talked to you in the last few months.

Anyways .. he was known to many people in the Phils and all over the world.  He was a great guy to party with and was always willing to help out if you needed something.  It’s hard to imagine a world without Coach.  He may be gone but his legend lives on thru all of his friends around the world.  Regards, Bruce Cripps

 

 

Following is an article by Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun, 30 Dec 2014

Dick Thornton, like Pat Burns, should have been in the Hall of Fame when he was still alive, before cancer took him. And that would have meant so much to him.  He was an obvious choice that somehow got passed over year after year for reasons still unexplained. Thornton was a throwback, the kind of football player we don’t see anymore, the kind of quirky character we don’t hear much about — the kind of larger-than-life figure who lived larger than life, and was adored for the panache he brought to the game.

Thornton played defensive back for the Argos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but that wasn’t all he played. He played football. If you needed a quarterback, he’d throw the ball. If you needed a running back, he’d run the ball. If you needed, a punter, he’d kick the ball. If you needed someone to make a catch, he’d catch it.  He scored in the CFL like no one since, by intercepting the ball, catching it, running it from scrimmage, throwing it, returning a fumble, returning a blocked kick. Who does all that? Tricky Dicky did. When he left the Argos in 1973, he had the pro football record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown. To put that into context, and considering how pass-happy football has become, it took almost 40 years for someone (Byron Parker) to break that CFL record.

Over the years, I tried to keep in touch with Thornton. He wasn’t just a fascinating player — he was a fascinating man. “When a team goes on the road for an away game, most players call their girlfriends. Richard Quincy Thornton always called the local sportswriters and broadcasters,” the late Dick Beddoes once wrote. And the media-savvy Thornton once wrote a column for this newspaper. All that seems so long ago.  When last I heard from him, on the final day of October, he wrote by email: “Thanks so much for the thoughts and words of encouragement. It means a lot … You know me. I’m fighting the best I can.”  Dick Thornton was 75 years old when lung cancer took him.

95 year old Van T. Barfoot died on 17 Dec 2014.  He was the medal of honor recipient from World War II who refused to take his flag pole down and the large American flag on it when ordered to do so by some assholes in his community Home Owners Association.  This took place in Virginia where patriots USED to live.  This why in the US we should have mandatory 2 year military draft in the Army for 18 to 25 year olds to teach them what Van Barfoot fought for.

 

FROM BIRDS OF PARADISE TO SYDNEY AND FEAR FOR HER LIFE

A Sunshine Coast family is breathing a sigh of relief after their daughter escaped from Martin Place’s Lindt Chocolat Cafe after being held hostage during the Sydney siege.  Harriette Denny, 30, was one of the people who ran from the cafe moments before the siege ended in gunfire early on Tuesday. Ms Denny was an employee at Lindt and had worked at the chocolate store for about a year.  She was one of the hostages filmed putting her hands against the shop’s front glass window shortly after the siege began.  Father Robert Denny said on Tuesday his daughter was not physically harmed, but was traumatised.
(A lot of the old timers here in AC remember Rob (Kalbo) as the owner of the old “Birds of Paradise” bar (BOP) where many of us played many games of darts.  Rob was also the head Hash House Harrier for many years here and the BOP was also the home of the AC Hash House Harriers.  Rob split him time between BOP and also working in PNG as an accountant.  Though quite busy he still managed to have six kids with wife Rose, Anna, Rose, Harriette, Lancelot, Victoria and Bobby.  Rob and Rose now live in Maroochydore, not far from their restaurant in Moolooloobar.  Rob retired from his job in PNG.  Rob and the BOP are part of the history of AC and both are missed a great deal)

I WOULD IF I COULD

Ailene Cudiamat is only 18 years of age and already has a beautiful mature look that will catch your eye anywhere that she may be.  She is from Quezon City, Manila, has a high school education.  She stands 5’6″ and is so very easy to talk to.  She has 2 sisters and 1 brother.  At the time of this writing she had been working only for 2 weeks at the Centauro Club (previously Carousal).  Before starting work she had been helping her mother at their store but decided she wanted to earn her own money.  That led her to Angeles City.  She likes to dance and also loves window shopping, I guess dreaming of the many items she would like to buy as she earns her own money.  She would like to be able to travel in the future. Her preferred age for anyone opting to court her would be between 25 to 40 years of age.  That seems reasonable to me and I kind of feel she would be a good woman to get to know.  If interested you can reach her at rencedee17@yahoo.com.

 

 

CITY OF DREAMS

It was not until 14 Dec that I came across this article announcing an enormous new project in Manila.  This so reminds me of Las Vegas and leads me to believe that money is still flowing into the Philippines, at least in Manila.

City of Dreams Manila slated to open on Sunday (14 Dec 2014)
By Jenniffer B. Austria | Dec. 10, 2014 at 11:30pm

City of Dreams Manila, the $1.3-billion integrated casino and resort facility of Melco Crown Philippines Corp., is opening its doors to the public on Sunday, becoming the second operational project in Entertainment City.

Melco said in a disclosure to the stock exchange it received the notice to commence casino operations from state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

City of Dreams Manila will be the second integrated casino resort to open in government-sponsored Entertainment City in Parañaque City, after Solaire Resort and Casino of Bloomberry Resorts Corp.  “City of Dreams Manila will commence operations on 14 December 2014, with a grand opening of the integrated resort planned before Chinese New Year in 2015,” Melco Crown said.

City of Dreams Manila vice president Charisse Chuidian said in an e-mail message some components of the casino project would be opened during the soft opening. “The hotel restaurants will be available at the preview, the mass gaming area and some food outlets adjacent to it, some retail shops, one of the nightclubs,” Chuidian said.  The $1.3-billion project, once completed, will have six hotel towers including the 260-room Crown Towers hotel, 321-room Nobu Hotel Manila and Hyatt Hotel as well as restaurants, bars, gaming facilities and a multi-level car park.

City of Dreams Manila will also feature three distinct entertainment venues, including Manila’s first family entertainment center, a live performance central lounge, inside the casino and night club situated at the fortune egg, a dome-like structure that will be centerpiece of the whole complex.

 

 

TOLL ROAD THRU MANILA TO AIRPORT

Currently the are building fast an above tollway on the roads next to the airport in Manila. It will go from the entertainment city/Roxas to termininal 1 and 2 to be completed by next June and to terminal three to be completed by November 2015 with the continuation to the current completed south skyway.

The 14 kilometer tollway (skyway 3) thru Manila is being built in 4 sections. Section 1 and 3 will be done by December 2016 and Section 2 and 4 will be done by December 2017. This tollway will connect the north tollway to the southern tollway. Which means it will take 15 minutes to drive thru Manila.  (This I have to live to see) So you will drive the whole way to the airport by tollway. There is currently a exit on the south skyway I think it is called stage. Go off stage and enter the NAIA tollway.

San Miguel Beer is building both tollways. (I don’t think they will provide pit stops serving cold beers) They are also building the tollway to La Union. 99 kilometer. Suppose to cut down a 4 hour trip to one hour. That tollway will be 4 lanes to Urdantes. Two lanes the rest of the way until more traffic. Part of the road is completed (like 40 kilometer?)and another big section will be open in February. Two more years to finish the whole project.  I am guessing that when the NAIA tollway is completed next year they will shift all the workers to the skyway in Manila. If you want information and pictures. Go to skyscraper.com. Then Philippines. Then infrastructure. Then roads and highway.  (Good luck, I never succeeded in seeing any pictures)

THE LONDON PUB

It has been a year or so since I last visited the London Pub on Clark, a few meters past the Holiday Inn.  I used to play dart matches there.  I do not have a good excuse for not visiting in such a long time other than it location.  But I was reminded recently that it is a wonderful venue to visit and to also book private parties.  What reminded me is the information text I received which reads as follows:

“Looking for a nice place to have a party with friends or venue for corporate event in Pampanga Clark Freeport? The London Pub is now accepting bookings for parties and events for 20 to 60 persons. There can be more than just beers, cocktails and liquor. We can do a delicious buffet spread with a choice of local cuisine, continental or the popular choice British Gastro pub Grub. Located inside Mimosa, this pub which is home to the famous vintage beers brings you the English lifestyle and that laid back British ambiance. Don’t be surprised how good pub food has become.

The London Pub - Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport, Pampanga
Tel: 0927-418-4096, In Manila (02) 633-1566, http://www.LondonPubClark.com
email: Manager@LondonPubClark.com”

Guess it is time for me to visit the “Pub” again and introduce myself to management. Additionally, I will also visit “Yats Wine Club” as well as I have not been there since Chef Phillip left.

LHANI RETURNS AFTER SIX YEARS

This is a first for me.  Lhani was featured in my June 2009 blog and I went back to look at the write-up.  She was cute and only 4′ll” and was a working student.  A few days ago I received an Email from her greeting me and asking the following:  ”Hi do u still remember me? i was working @ orchid inn resort 2009 and you posted about me on june 2009.  see the picture in red attached.  The other pictures are of me now, a few years later. Can you post on your website again all about me? i am looking for a very nice guy, hehe..  My email address is lhanie.cidro@yahoo.com.pls.  let me know if you agreed to do it so that i will check on ur website.thanks a lot!”
Of course I was happy to oblige.  I did write back asking for a few more details which she replied:    ”I was just turned 29 yrs.old last august 2014.  when i left orchid Inn last 2009, i meet a filipino guy and we lived together without marriage.  we got a daughter now 4 years old.  i went to abu dhabi last march 2013 to april 2014 as a cleaner but i went home after 1 yr. coz my salary was just too small.  when i was in abu dhabi my live in partner cheated on me until now. so now i am looking for a nice guy who can love me and cares for me even if i already have a child.”  Her updated photos follow:

            

 

Pfc. JOSEPH SCOTT PEMBERTON UPDATE

After being charged earlier this month with murdering transgender Filipina national Jennifer Laude, U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton knew the days before he would face a Philippine court were few — too few, according to the 19-year-old alleged killer.

This month, Pemberton filed a motion with the Department of Justice to defer his trial proceedings for 60 days so that he and his counsel could review his murder indictment, reports the Turkish Press. On Thursday he learned that, much to the ire of the slain 26-year-old woman’s family and loved ones, his request was granted.  The Philippine government, however, remains sure that justice for Laude will ultimately be reached.

“We have to follow it because it’s the legal process and the process is one of the rights of the accused,” spokesperson Herminio Coloma Jr. explained to Filipino news outlet Philstar. “It’s the intention of this government to ensure that justice is served and within the timeframe set under the [Visiting Forces Agreement].”

The trial suspension may be an attempt by Pemberton’s counsel to delay the trial past its one-year expiration date, which has been set by the Visiting Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Philippine military forces. This, along with a lack of clarity over whether the U.S. or the Philippines should retain custody of Pemberton, has placed pressure on officials to review the agreement’s terms.

The VFA, signed earlier this year, allows for the increased rotations of troops, ships, and other U.S. military assets through bases in the Philippines. However, when Laude was found October 11, strangled in an Olangapo City hotel room shortly after Pemberton — who was stationed with the U.S. Marines for military training exercises — was allegedly seen entering with her and leaving alone shortly thereafter, advocates began calling for the VFA to be cancelled.

At the same time, Pemberton was quickly charged with murder by U.S. officials, but Phillipine authorities demanded he be turned over to their custody. After initially refusing, in late October the U.S. agreed to have Pemberton held in the Phillipines under joint custody in a modfied shipping container on a military base in Manila, guarded by both Phillipine and U.S. sentries.

 

 

Many Philippine advocates have argued that the Visiting Forces Agreement, as well as the U.S.’s continued involvement in Pemberton’s custody, is not in the best interest of Filipino citizens, but rather is meant to protect the U.S.’s military goals. Phlippine president Benigno Aquino III, however, has lauded the U.S. for its conduct in the Pemberton case, telling the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. has “respond[ed] to our needs and our sensitivities.”

But as Pemberton’s case carries on, the Philippine government has faced increased pressure and need to review the terms of the VFA. This week, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima came forward to say that there are “vague provisions” in the VFA that make Pemberton’s case an “inevitable and recurring problem” if they are not addressed, particularly in relation to custody and detention.

“One of the problems is until now, the implementing guidelines have not been completed,” she explained to the Manila Standard, referring to negotiations begun prior to Laude’s murder. “We tried working on it for two years or more, but there are certain aspects where both sides couldn’t agree.”

Currently, Philippine authorities are arguing that under Article V Paragraph 6 of the VFA, the “extraordinary circumstances” of Laude’s murder justify Pemberton remaining in Philippine custody. But the VFA’s vagueness, Lima admits, ultimately means that the U.S. is not beholden to cede Pemberton to Philippine authority, despite the fact that he is awaiting trial in a Manila court.  (Story copied from the internet, “Advocate.Com”.  I researched the story today after talking to an Expat who told me that his trial had been postponed.  This person also felt that Joseph was innocent because he had learned that Jennifer, that day, had received from Western Union P50,000 from her boyfriend and she was out spending some of that money with her friends.  This I had never heard of and cannot find any mention of it anywhere.  He also added that no fingerprints from Joseph had been found in the room and the condom did not have his DNA. The last two I had read about before. Of course, as I predicted this trial will, if it ever takes place, will drag on and will have interesting ramifications.  I do not agree that the VFA between the US and the Philippines should be scrapped but I do agree with Justice Secretary de Lima that certain vague portions of the agreement need further clarification so we do not have to go on this Merry-Go-Round every time there is an incident involving a US Active Duty Military person on Philippine soil)

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

This is a man that knows how to enjoy life.  I guess that coming from Boulder, Colorado that would come naturally to him.  His name is Bruce Thorne, 62 years of age and happily single.  He is a retired engineer/programmer.  He spends 6 months in Boulder and then 6 months traveling throughout SEA and this time he decided to spend a bit of time checking out Angeles City.  He was in the Navy and in the earl7 70′s was able to check out Subic when it was one hell of a fun place. After getting out of the Navy he started touring SEA in 1974 and has not stopped since.  Now that he is getting a bit older and has experience AC, he is beginning to think of maybe spending a bit more time here.  I was happy to stay at the La Casa and found him to be a great conversationalist.  He enjoyed himself and told me he felt right at home here.  That is something we try to impress upon our visitors, be casual and become one of the family.  He also enjoyed his stays at El Nido, Palawan and Kampot, Cambodia both amazingly beautiful locations to visit.  He gave me some of the famous black pepper of Kanpot.    Bruce, a great tourist and a great new friend.

THE CLARK MEDICAL CITY HOSPITAL

A report by Tony Grimm - Jimmy, here are some photos from the tour of Medical City Clark. In my opinion from what I have been told the standard of care will be as good as what one would receive in the US. Two examples of why I say that is first in regards to the Emergency Room. The Doctor in charge specialty is Emergency Medicine. The Ambulances will be staffed with EMT’s who will be trained and certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support and Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support. All medical records will be in digital format, which means if seen in another Medical City facility they will have access to an individual’s Medical data. Lastly Medical City Clark will be getting Joint Accreditation of Health Care organizations International accreditation which means they will have to provide the same level of care as an accredited Hospital delivers.  (I wanted to go on this tour but it was on the first day of my Santa appearance at Nepo Mall.  Many Expats are looking forward to the completion of this hospital)

                

ANAPUL BAMBAN SANTA GIFT GIVING  

Phase 1 of Santa’s annual gift giving took place at his farm in Anapul, Bamban Tarlac where 142 less privileged children from an area called the “Bunk Houses” were invited to a day of games, prizes, lunch, presents from Santa and finally, a coin toss.  The ages of the children received gifts by name were 3 to 12.  In attendance were also the mothers, aunts and grandmothers as well as children younger and older than the 3 to 12 selections.  Close to 300 were in attendance.                 

                

CHRISTMAS EVE HOSPITAL VISITS

Project 2 was our annual visit to two hospitals on Christmas Eve afternoon.  The first is the Mabalacat General Hospital and secondly is the Lazatin General Hospital (ONA).  We visit the general wards for sick children and adults.  Each patient receives a food basket, candy and a new P100 bill for good luck.  The children also receive a stuffed toy.  This year we gave gifts to 94 patients total.

                

SAPANGBATO AETA GIFT GIVING

Phase 3 was a visit to Sapangbato where we gave out packages of clothes, food and fruits to 100 Aeta adults and 150 children.  This year I did not have enough clothes to give to the adults and kids, especially the children.  In 2015 I hope to be able to collect more second hand clothes for men, women, girls and boys.  The kids from age 2 to 12.  These people appreciate any clothes given to them.  It was a very successful day.

                

                

CLARK DEV’T PLAN DRAWS ASIAN DEVELOPERS

The plan by the Philippines to develop the former Clark Air Base has drawn interest from Asian developers, who may join a Black Eyed Peas rapper in promoting an alternative urban center to the country’s congested capital.

Taiwan’s Farglory Land Development Co. and the property arm of Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. are among foreign companies that may be keen on the project, joining local developers such as Ayala Land, Inc., said Arnel Casanova, president and chief executive of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority or BCDA, the state manager of former military properties.

Earlier this year, Casanova recruited Allan Pineda, a member of hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas, to promote the site to relieve congestion in Manila, one of the world’s most overcrowded cities. Pineda, whose American father was an airman at the former Clark Air Base, is a citizen of both the US and the Philippines.

“We need to ease the pressure of migration into Manila by creating another metropolis,” Casanova said in an interview in Manila on Dec. 18.

The BCDA plans to sell joint development rights to local and foreign companies interested in developing a 9,450-hectare (95 square kilometer) area of land at the former Clark base, which was used by US forces during World War II and the Vietnam War, and was handed back to the Philippine government in 1991.

It wants to develop a mix of housing, shops and manufacturing facilities on part of the 35,000-hectare site, which is about half the size of Singapore. That will relieve some of the pressure on the overcrowded capital, which lies about 70 kilometers to the south.

Ayala Land, Robinsons Land Corp. and Century Properties Group, Inc. are among half a dozen local companies talking to BCDA about developing the so-called Clark city, Casanova said.

Manila is home to 22 million people who share only 620 square kilometers of space, already one of the highest population densities in the world. The population will rise to 30 million by 2025, making it the world’s third-largest urban area after Tokyo and Jakarta, according to forecasts by Belleville, Illinois-based Demographia.

President Benigno Aquino has promoted the Clark city project as part of plans to spread wealth outside the capital, which accounts for more than a third of the country’s gross domestic product of $272 billion. The BCDA is hoping to sign the first development contract during the first quarter of 2015, Casanova said.

Pineda, popularly known as Apl.de.Ap, has been meeting companies interested in Clark city, and helped organize a forum in Singapore on the project last month. He said in a Twitter post he will promote the area as “a technology hub for Southeast Asia.” He couldn’t be reached for comment.

When the US military left, parts of Clark Air Base were used as an economic zone, which included an international airport, though most of the area remains undeveloped.

The new Clark city will eventually create about 1 million jobs, mostly in outsourcing and manufacturing, and generate about $36 billion worth in economic activity from industrial parks, education and recreation centers which are planned over the next 30 years, Casanova said. The BCDA has approached colleges, such as the University of the Philippines, to set up campuses.

Developers are being offered similar terms to those used at Fort Bonifacio, a former army base which is now one of the fastest-growing districts in the capital, Casanova said. A group led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. partnered with BCDA to develop Bonifacio city, though it subsequently sold its development rights to Ayala Land and Evergreen Holdings, Inc.

The terms for developing Fort Bonifacio will probably work for Clark city as well, said Astro del Castillo, managing director of First Grade Finance, Inc. in Manila, an investment company. “Any government project or any project of such magnitude tends to attract a lot of interest from investors,” he said.

Farglory said in an e-mail that it’s assessing the Clark city project without giving further details, while Sumitomo’s spokeswoman Miyuki Egusa said talks are still at an early stages with “no concrete move” having taken place.

Ayala Land “would be interested” in the development, said Bobby Dy, president of the Philippine builder, while Robinsons Land President Frederick Go is “waiting for terms of reference to come out.” For Century Properties, Clark city is “one of the many new opportunities” the group is looking at, it said.

Development work at Clark city will take several years, meaning much of the work will be left to subsequent governments, said Casanova, whose term at BCDA ends at the same time that President Aquino leaves office in June, 2016.

“We plant the seed, we break the ground then let the succeeding leader implement the vision,” he said.  (I had never heard of this before but I would like to see how much of this idea becomes a reality.  It bodes well for the economy of Angeles City if any part of it is developed.  I wonder if this would be positive or negative for the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA).  One of the positives about the CIA is the open space surrounding it but now they want to build a City at Clark.  The future growth of this area can only bring more and more investments to Angeles City.  It is amazing how far Clark and AC has come since the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the closing of the Air Base)

A VERY SPECIAL SCHOOL 

There is one school that I try to visit annually as Santa that is extremely personal.  In fact, even if Santa had to visit this school in a wheel chair I would make this visit.  Only if it became physically impossible would I stop.  It is the Angeles City Special Education Center where children, and even some adults come under the care of some very dedicated teachers and loving, patient parents.  Here you will find children who are blind, deaf and other characteristics that require their attendance at this center.  They are so excited to see, hear, and touch Santa during his visit. They simply want to hug Santa and I am grateful for the big beard I wear and wig so that no one can notice a few tears that always seem to drop from my eye.  There is usually a sponsor who provides money for the teachers to buy gifts for this event. This year it was Remy Suarez who has moved here from Las Vegas.  If there is a year with no sponsor then I will cover that myself.

                

A NEW PARK

This is another ongoing project by the Mayor to clean up an area that was looking pretty shabby.  I call it the Checkpoint little park but I am not sure what it will feature when completed.  It is located a bit pass the Checkpoint at the location where some structures were removed to make room for the proposed railroad from Manila.  Now the City has removed the temporary shacks that were in front and installed a nice walking area and some nice looking light posts.  As soon as it is finished I will be able to see what it will be used for.  One thing you can bank on, it does not look like any railroad will be coming through any time too soon.

That brings this months column to a close.  December was a very tiring month for me and wife Vina as well.  Without her running the show none of the Charity work we are involved with would continue.  She does ALL the organizing and even helping to dress Santa.  I also am lucky to have her family members helping with putting the packages together, organizing the food for the kids, putting all the candy in packages and so much more.  Again, I am so grateful to all the people that donate and send boxes of stuffed toys and clothes for our project.  I started this in 1985 and from the beginning until now good people have helped me.  Thank you one and all.  With that I now head to bed and hope everyone remembers to be kind to horses. Happy New Year!!

HTH POLITICAL RANTINGS – STOP HERE

        

 

Spare a few minutes and listen to a man making common sense.

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/11/29/bar-none-the-most-powerful-speech-by-an-israeli-at-the-united-nations-ever-this-is-riveting/

I wonder if there is a garbage can big enough to put Al Sharpton in.  Of course you would have to pry him away from underneath the arm of Pres. Obama.  Following is an interesting article on the NYPD Garner arrest:

“Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, is dead. This is a tragedy, regardless of the circumstances. We rightly mourn with his wife and children. They will never see their husband and father again, and that should break everyone’s heart.

When we witness a gut-rending tragedy like this, we want to know who is responsible. Who is to blame for depriving this family of its husband and father? As the facts emerge, it becomes increasingly clear that, as tragic as this situation is, in the end the culpability for Eric Garner’s death rests with Eric Garner.

To put it as simply as possible, if Mr. Garner had not broken the law and then resisted arrest, he would be alive today.

While protesters are trying to make this about race, it must be noted that the police showed up in response to complaints from black business owners. The arrest was ordered by a black officer, and the arrest itself was supervised by a black officer, a female sergeant.

A crackdown on the sale of illegal, untaxed cigarettes – called “loosies” since they are sold in singles rather than in packs – had been ordered just days before Garner’s arrest by the highest ranking black police officer in the NYPD, Philip Banks.

So a black officer ordered the crackdown, black business owners called for the arrest, a black officer ordered the arrest, and a black officer supervised the arrest itself. It’s also worth noting that the 23-member grand jury which refused to indict the arresting officer included nine non-white members. Ask yourself how many of those facts you have heard from any member of the race-obsessed, low-information media.

Garner had been arrested 31 times, and eight of those had been for selling loosies. His rap sheet goes back decades and includes arrests for assault and grand larceny.

At the time of his death, Garner was out on bail after being charged with multiple offenses, including illegal sale of cigarettes, marijuana possession, false impersonation and driving without a license.

So he certainly knew the law, knew he was in violation, and knew doing it again would likely lead to his arrest, a drill he’d been through dozens of times before.

There were 228,000 misdemeanor arrests in New York City in 2013, the last year for which figures are available. All of them put together led to precisely zero deaths.

Garner, all six-foot, three inches and 350 pounds of him, clearly resisted arrest, swatting away the arresting officer’s hands while loudly exclaiming, “Don’t touch me!” After he was taken to the ground, he growled, “This ends here!” That could be taken any number of ways, but in the heat of the moment it certainly could be read reasonably as a declaration that he was going to fight arrest until he was subdued by compelling force.

The patrolman who wrestled Garner to the ground, Daniel Pantaleo, did it by the book, using a takedown maneuver every policeman is taught at the academy. He did not, in fact, use a chokehold, which is defined by the NYPD as “any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.” Now Garner was clearly able to breathe, since that’s the only way he could repeatedly say, “I can’t breathe.”

The autopsy explicitly declares that there was no injury to Garner’s windpipe or to his neck bones. This was a wrestler’s headlock, not a chokehold. (As a sidenote, chokeholds, while contrary to police policy, are not in fact illegal in the state of New York when an officer uses one to restrain a resisting subject. They are not even illegal in New York City, at the insistence of liberal mayor Bill DeBlasio.) Patrolman Pantaleo was not indicted for the simple reason that he did nothing wrong.

Garner’s death likely should be attributed to the fact that he himself suffered from severe asthma, something the arresting officers had no reason to know. According to Garner’s friends, his asthma was severe enough that he was forced to quit his job as horticulturist for the city. He wheezed when he talked and could not walk so much as a city block without having to stop to rest. Garner “couldn’t breathe” because of his asthma, not because of a chokehold.

In addition, he suffered from heart disease, advanced diabetes, hypertension, obesity and sleep apnea. Contrary to public perception, he did not die on site, nor did he die of asphyxiation. He suffered cardiac arrest in the ambulance and was declared dead about an hour later at the hospital.

So it turns out that almost everything bleated out by the race-mongers and the low-information media has turned out to be wrong. As the wisest man who ever lived wrote 3,000 years ago, “The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17).

Eric Garner and Michael Brown both fought the law, and the law won. In the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.

New York Post columnist Bob McMcanus concluded his column on Eric Garner this way:

“There are many New Yorkers – politicians, activists, trial lawyers, all the usual suspects – who will now seek to profit from a tragedy that wouldn’t have happened had Eric Garner made a different decision.  ”He was a victim of himself. It’s just that simple.”  (I recognize that he was breaking the law and that black business owners wanted him arrested but I doubt that they wanted him killed.  Unlike the Ferguson case I had my doubts here.  What happened to those taser guns that could take someone down with killing him?  I think this one should have gone to trial so at least there would have been more transparency.  But, in no way do I support violence and the call to kill policemen.  That in itself is criminal.  When I was a kid I was brought up to respect the police but that is no longer the case anymore and that is a damn shame)

Hello Don’t recognize me?  That’s OK; I understand.

My name was Antonio West.  I was the 13-month old child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot.  I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared.  A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick , Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty. Too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money they demanded.  See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder wasn’t ruled a ‘hate crime’.  Oh, and President Obama didn’t take a single moment to acknowledge my murder.  Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t come into town and start a Federal investigation.  Neither one have any children who could possibly look like me – so why should they care?

I’m one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media didn’t care to cover the story of my being killed in cold blood.  There isn’t a white equivalent of Al Sharpton, because if there was he would be branded a ‘racist’.  So no one’s rushing to Brunswick , Georgia to demonstrate and demand ‘justice’ for me.  There’s no ‘White Panther’ party, either, to put a bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me.  I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller I no longer have my life.  Isn’t this a great country?  So while you’re out seeking ‘justice for Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown’, please remember to seek ‘justice’ for me.  Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee-shirts with my face on them, and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon and Brown.  I won’t hold my breath.  I don’t have to anymore.  (Of course there were no whites demonstrating and breaking into stores and stealing liquor, food and luxury items and laughing about it.  Yes folks, racism is not just a “white thing”, a lot of folks better wake up to that fact and find the voice to shout it out loud and clear)

 

 

 

 
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December 2014

Posted by admin on November 30, 2014 in 2014 Monthly Newsletters

 

Hey, I hear that they are going to make another God Father movie.  I am working on the audition.  I figure I have to kill a few people to get in character.  Ah, too old for that stuff, instead I will just take this time to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks to all who stuck by me this year and for that I will try one more year.
Look, this is the time to get over here.  Why do you want to put up with all that bad weather, better to sweat then freeze.  Dec, time for me to do my Santa thing.  Check me out at Nepo Mall on 19-21 Dec.  Bring the rugrat and a gift  and Santa can give it to him or her.  Make sure they are young enough to still believe in Santa.
I’m tired, it is 0730, 30 Nov and I ain’t been to bed yet trying to finish this in time to get out on the 1st.  I don’t know whether to eat breakfast or just go to bed.  Right now the bed looks good.  Hell, 2015 is nearly here, how come it arrives so quickly now.  Gotta go now and what about it, you think I could get that God Father part?

THE FEEDBAG

Greetings Harry from Canada. Regarding the above subject. According to the Philippine Enquirer newspaper here in Canada, Pfc Pemberton is in Camp Aguinaldo, and detained in an air-conditioned container van with grilled windows, guarded by US Marines all surrounded by a ring of Filipino Military Police. Hope this fills in the missing info in your November news letter. Derek.. (TY Derek, it helps.  Hard to get info as the Military likes to keep a lid on this type of incident hoping the hoopla will die down.  This scenario sounds so familiar.  Reminds me of when an accused Military rapist was held in the American Embassy on alleged rape charges.  The female victim ended up getting a free trip to the States and got married.  I think this incident is a bit more serious but he is not in a Filipino jail like so many innocent expats find themselves in this town.  They receive very little, if any, support from our US Embassy)

Harry, Just a quick line to ask you to inform your readers that the LTO are imposing strict interpretation of the new rules and regulations.

Coming from Angeles to Subic my driver was stopped at the Toll Gate (Subic) He was given a ticket because we had a brake light out. He was made to remove the light assembly for what reason I do not know, then given a citation and told he must go to Quezon City to recover his licence. When he got there he received a fine of P5000. They used the clause:
4. Motor Vehicle Operating Without or With Defective/Improper/Unauthorized Accessories, Devices, Equipment and Parts – Payment of a fine of PhP 5,000.00 in addition to the penalties herein prescribed. See the following for full details of the new fines

http://dailyservingoflegalmatters.blogspot.com/2014/06/from-lto-revised-schedule-of-fines-and.html

When you consider that the filament in a bulb can blow at any time I think this fine is totally out of proportion to the offence.  Regards Tony F.  (That fine does seem a bit excessive.  In the US a warning would have been issued, not a ticket.  Shows you how desperate they are for money here, especially Christmas time)

Hi Harry, just wanted to let you know that I once again enjoyed my stay at La Casa. Room was well taken care of, and the girls in the Blue Boar Inn are always friendly, makes me feel at home. I didn’t get much time to talk to you this trip because of your schedule, but Monique filled in for you. I know the newsletter is sometimes difficult for you, but keep trying, because for many of us, it is our only connection to Angeles and what’s happening.  Thanks again, Larry Lind.  (Why thank you Larry and I just had to add your comment so I can get a bit of advertising in for my wonderful, little, 10 room stable, with low rates, good food and down home fun.  Ya all come now, here me!)

Good morning Harry, I have met you a few times whilst I have been enjoying a cold beer, and checking on your girls, and the passing parade whilst seated at the front window at Phillies.  Harry I am a very frequent visitor to Angeles, and in particular to Phillies ( I have already been 6 times in 2014) and will be returning on December 30, for another 3-4 weeks. I always stay at the Walkabout Hotel, and visit Phillies at 8pm every night.  Harry, what I would like to ask you is, “what date/s in January will Howard McKay be appearing at your Stable”. I have only ever been to the Stable on one occasion, when there was the 2 performers entertaining a full house of appreciating customers. Now I understand why there is only one entertainer, but I would like to take a good Aussie friend of mine, to see him in January, 2015.  I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU, to you, for all the time you spend on your monthly publication, and you can be assured that it is well read, and thoroughly enjoyed, by a great number of residents, in my country.  Keep up the good work with your Newsletter, as it is informing all of us, of the happenings, and possible dangers, in City of Angeles.  I hope Santa finds you in a few weeks’ time.  Kind regards and best wishes for a long, happy and healthy life.  Your friend in Oz., Darryl McMahon.  (Darryl, thank you for your kind words about my column and I am very happy that you are a steady customer at Phillie’s. Sadly I must inform you that Howard performs once ever two months and he is appearing on 2 Dec which means he will not perform again until Feb. I have included Howard on this reply so he can appreciate that he has another fan. Hopefully, one of your visits in the future will coincide with his appearance in my Stable)

TIDBITS

STATUS OF MARINE SUSPECT JEFFREY LAUDE:  Quite a few readers have written to ask me what has happened with the Marine who is accused of killing a Billy Boy in a hotel room.  He is currently being held in an air-conditioned trailer at Camp Aquinaldo in Manila.  There is a double ring of guards, one with Philippine guards and the other with US Marine guards.  The Philippine legal process, which naturally, is quite slow is underway.  Is Jeffrey in deep trouble, you better believe it but he is being treated as well as anyone could be and all legalities are being observed.  He will be tried under Philippine law and there are a few things that could happen.  Be advised that this is conjecture on my part so forgive me if I am on a wrong track here.

A nice story sent to me by Dennis Wright – my pleasure to share with my readers and a tribute to all servicemen, past and present.

 

HOUSE FOR SALE

 

“This brand new, modern bungalow has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a maid’s room with bathroom. With a land area of 350sqm and house area of 300sqm, the property is situated in a subdivision less than 5 minutes drive from Clark Freeport Zone and SM Clark.  There is an attractive landscaped garden with a very nice water fountain, has Gazibo (nepa hut) at the back of the house and two carports. The property is fully furnished and with chandeliers in the spacious living and dining areas. The kitchen has fitted hanging cabinets, a breakfast counter and there are tiled floors throughout the property.  All furnitures are expensive and customized, specially curtains, and appliances are all new..A new bungalow completely ready for you to move in.  You Must see in person..”

PRICE: Before: 8 Million Pesos Now: 7.5 Million Pesos It will be better if U.S Dollars

Owner: Aijeleth Gomez Abocado Contact no. +63909-954-7324  Email Address: aijelethgomez@yahoo.com or aijelethgomez@gmail.com

GOOD IDEA? - SECURITY – My neighbor says a friend of his canceled his security system. He’s now flying a big ISIS flag instead.  The CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security, State Police, County Sheriff, and local Police are now watching his house 24 hours a day and it isn’t costing him a cent!  He just may be on to something… (submitted by Richard Rehm, LV, NV).

This can be an interesting read.  Those that have lived in the PI for a few years can relate to his story about Thailand.  But, our situation here is not near what he has described in Thailand.  I do believe that he has taken an extreme view of Thailand and I wonder how long the Thai’s will welcome his presence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2833369/Thailand-one-dangerous-tourist-destinations-Earth-Ex-pat-investigation-lifts-lid-dark-Land-Smiles.html

Johnny Tango, the man who never disappears, has returned to Angeles City to manage the “Barhoppin Bar.  Stop in and have a drink with him.

Monday night at 7 PM is a great time for those who love “Killer Pool” to stop in at Phillie’s Sports Grill for some challenging games.  The winner of each round gets a free local drink.

I had the pleasure of meeting Attorney Emigdio Tanjuatco, the new President and CEO of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) at a recent Hotel and Restaurant Association (HARP) general meeting and found him to be accessible and easy to talk to.  In the near future I hope to be able to obtain a sit down interview with him.  One of the items mentioned during his talk that caught my interest was that a new 1.2 billion Peso terminal will be built and that the bidding process for the project will take place by mid-year 2015.  The budget has been approved and hopefully this will offset the rumors of a new International airport being constructed in another location.  I will try to be more specific whenever I am able to get the interview with Attorney Tanjuatco.

JOKE FOR THIS MONTH:  So I asked my Doctor, “Doctor, what are we going to do about this dangerous virus from Africa?”  And he said, “I don’t know, he still has two more years in office.”

MARK (HOLLYWOOD) HILL UPDATE:  I had the opportunity to visit with Mark at the City Jail and I can report that he is doing as well as can be expected.  I have a relative who is incarcerated there as well and visited him for his birthday.  We took cake and food and while there was able to invite Mark over for a visit and to share in the food and cake.  It was so good to see and talk to him and also to have the opportunity to visit with a few other expats as well.  Mark explained the circumstances of his arrest and it confirmed what I have written before in that Mark is completely innocent of the charges against him.  But, it is no surprise that at least 60% of those incarcerated are innocent victims.  The problem is that the justice system is so f—cked up here that it takes months and years to plead your case in court.  All too often one appears at court only to find out that the judge or prosecutor has decided to be absent for one reason or another.  Additionally, the absence of the complainant adds to a new date as well.  What makes it very unfair is that a new court appearance date could take one to three months, sometimes longer.  In the case of my relative, he has had six delays which has caused him to be in jail for two years without a settlement of his case one way or another.  This is with his own attorney, imagine the poor souls that must put up with a court appointed lawyer who in one morning will be assigned as many as 10 new cases and this in only one day.  The living conditions in the prison are, of course, very overcrowded and hardly bearable for a foreigner but they do learn to adjust to the situation.  If you have money, you can pay for more comfort and privileges and eat decently as well.  Without money or outside help from family or friends life can be very tedious.  Each and every prisoner cherishes visitors as it breaks up the routine, brings information from outside and quite often some good food.

I will see Mark again and it would be nice if those who know him will take the time to visit him, it would mean a lot to him.  On the day I was there he had a couple of expat friends visiting and I enjoy chatting with them as well as with a few of the other detainees.  It is safe to visit and all the prisoners are very helpful and friendly. One should carry a bit of change when visiting so you can give a bit of money to those that are helpful.  When standing talking a couple of prisoners stood by fanning me and the others and I found myself without coins.  Any  amount of money is so helpful to these men.  It allows them to buy extra food from the canteen, a cold drink or cigarettes.  After you visit, as soon as you exit the prison you appreciate your freedom so much more than before the visit.  Give Mark a visit and anyone else you might know who is there.  Think of them during this Christmas season.

A perfect example of a broken Philippine Justice System – Five years after the Maguindanao massacre where 58 men and women including many reporters were killed and buried in a mass grave not one of the killers have faced trial and 200 accused can still give the Philippine Government the “finger”.  Where is the Justice? What is the Government afraid of?  Does it surprise you that the people responsible are Muslims?  Does it surprise you that it was political?  Does it surprise you that a Governor and a Mayor were involved?  Can you believe that the three primary accused killers Andal Ampatuan Jr, his father Andal Sr and brother Zaldy have filed petitions for bail?  Now, you can see why, if an expat is jailed and lands in the “system” he can rot there for a hell of a long time.  Hell, they can’t do anything with mass murderers so what can they do with a simple Expat who is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or a Filipino who has been set up by the police. Now you know why bar owners would rather pay then not and why raiding bars can be a lucrative business for many.

The White Wave bar on Fields Ave was raided on 19 Nov at 11 PM.  All the girls taken to Camp Olivas.  The manager of the bar, fortunately had the night off.  A Korean asset was used.  As usual, he paid for a bar fine with marked money.  I thought most of the bars were smarter than that by now.  Allegedly $17,000 was asked for the release of the girls.  They were kept for a couple of days and then released.  As of Saturday, 22 Nov the Club was still closed (It has opened again).  The previous name of this bar was the Spearmint and and it has only been open for two months.  I think the extortionists are going after the new bars hoping the new owners/managers are not as smart as the old timers.

Angeles City keeps changing and some of the old sites and businesses drop out and are replaced.  For many years many of us enjoyed “Rick’s Cafe” and the originality of Rick himself.  That closed but Rick still hung in there with his mail order gift shop where the guys could order candy and flowers to be delivered to their sweet hearts.  No doubt some of those ladies got flowers from 4 or 6 guys at a time. Now, Rick has given that up as well and is just about to drop out of sight and sound. I heard he might be heading for the States, leaving his many friends here behind. Will have to contact him to see if this is just a rumor.

In October of 2014 Rick announced on his website, www.rickcafe.com, that he was closing his gift delivery business and retiring. He invited any interested party to contact him with regards to taking over what he had spent many years developing. His offer was taken up by one of his old drinking and carousing buddys, Morley, and www.g4yg.com (gifts for your girl) came to be.

A few changes have been made, mostly graphics and the new name of course, but it’s basically business as usual and anyone who used Rick’s gift delivery service will be pleased to know it’s still here and going strong. One advent, in keeping with the tech times is the introduction of a return video once the delivery has been made. Rick’s return photo’s were very popular with gift senders but a video takes it to a whole new level. It’s the 2nd best thing to being here.  Good luck Morley and the gifts for your girl crew.

Motorcycle Blues – This is a warning for newbies to town, especially for those who have never been to the Philippines before.  I had one American who came to me with a sad story about how he learned the hard way about getting a newly purchased motorcycle registered.  He bought a new motorcycle from the Dau Honda Dealer and only received limited information about the registration trap the police love to use here.  The info sheet he received from the dealer explained: “120 to 240 working days releasing photo copy of registration cash/installment basis.  Plate number will depend upon the availability at the LTO.  Original OR/CR comes with the plate.”
This is all well and good and they claim that they told him about the “no plate no drive law” for vehicles.  Now, most people do not pay attention to that because who wants to buy a new motorcycle or car and not be able to drive it for months.  They just drive off and drive happily until the registration and plates finally arrive.  That is, as long as they do not mess up and get a violation for some other offense.
This young man had a girlfriend from Bohol, one who had no idea what life was like here in AC or what you should or should not do when riding on a motorcycle.  The American knew enough to have two helmets and a proper driving license.  One day, when preparing to ride around his girlfriend refuses to use the helmet because she did not want to mess up her hair.  Needless to say they were stopped and a ticket issued and license confiscated.  He goes to LTO to pay a simple fine of P500 and then finds out that the fine is going to be around P22,500 because of the lack of registration.  The LTO tells him you can only drive for 7 days with a receipt of purchase.  He runs to the Honda dealer and a representative goes to LTO and spends 8 hrs getting a registration.  He goes to pay his P500 fine and the clerk tells him, sorry, you have to pay the additional fee because the ticket was issued on 4 Nov and your registration was issued on the 5th.  The last I saw of the foreigner he was trying very hard to get a reduction on the fine.  I do not know if he succeeded or not. Lesson to learn – if you are riding a motorcycle with all the proper paperwork, make sure you are in compliance with all other laws, like wearing a proper helmet, not riding with sandals, have a copy of of the receipt with your driving license and for sure, don’t listen to your lady when she refused to put the helmet on.

UPDATE ON THE MEDICAL CITY HOSPITAL ON CLARK –  A grand opening is expected in Dec but it is expected that it will not be fully operational until around Feb or Mar 2015 as it will take that long to get the certifications for all the equipment installed in the facility.
You might ask what about the Global City (GGLC) and Peregrine?  It remains a political, legal complicated mess.  For those of you that are wondering why there was not as much construction of building as expected it is because from the beginning the project was underfunded by the main company.  Peregrine was doing their job and have the paperwork to prove it to include monthly progress reports and monthly audits.  How can you complete a project that was subscribed for 500 million dollars and only 183 million was committed.  This squabble is between Dennis Wright (Peregrine) and Mark Williams (GGDC) and everyone would like to see a settlement rather than delay everything for years with this legal crap headed by an American in Manila.  This delay is adversely hurting so many people who were depending on the jobs becoming available and the growth of Clark.  You would think that two Americans would be able to sit down and work out a suitable solution for all.  I know Dennis is willing but what about Mark Williams of GGDC?  It appears he has the money to hire a professional PR firm (Stratbase.com) to slant the news in his favor but no one wants to look at the Peregrine side.  It takes two to tango and right now Mark Williams is going solo.  I guess we have to wait and see what happens in Singapore.

New Asset training course? – The PNP put this notice on the Phillie’s Bulletin Board announcing that they are now hiring None Uniformed Personnel (NUF).  Applicants can apply at the Angeles City Police Office.  I wonder if they are looking for more Koreans, Australians, Canadians and Americans to train as CIDG assets?  They are making so much money out of the “set up the bars” business that they can hire more foreigners.

BRITANNIA CLARK MEDICAL CENTER - I have noted that many patients of Dr. Brian Tan still think that he is associated with the Britannia located at the Enclave location.  This has not been true for quite some time now.  Those seeking appointments with Dr. Tan should call 0925-861-2748 or 0917-799-8948.  The location is Clark Haus Bldg., M.A. Roxas Ave., Balibago, AC.  Email address is:  info@britannia.ph.   www.britannia.ph.

QUEST PHIL DIAGNOSTICS - is rapidly becoming the one-stop medical service you can depend on.  It is located beside Robinson’s Mall and next to Chua Eye Clinic It is expected that their second floor will be completed by Feb or Mar next year.  Right now they have a ambulatory surgical unit to handle out-patient surgery, endoscopy, colonoscopy,  blood testing lab, etc.  Soon they will offer 2d echo, ultrasound and right now X-Ray services.  Feeling sick, need medical services, think Quest.  Check them out on www.questphil.com.ph.

KILLER POOL - Pool players – are you up to the challenge?  Are you good enough? Visit Phillie’s Sports Grill every Monday evening at 7 PM to see how long you can stay on the table.  The winner of each round gets a free drink and bragging rights.

DEC  EVENTS 

US EMBASSY OUTREACH DATES AND LOCATIONS:  Angeles City – 10 Dec, 0800-1100 hrs, Holiday Inn;  Olongapo City – 11 Dec, 0800-1100 hrs, The Grand Harbour Hotel.

HOWARD MCKAY’S MUSICAL NIGHT:  2 Dec, 1900 hrs, Blue Boar Inn’s Stable Room

31 Dec – ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Helipad.  (See poster for details)

TAPS

Tonight, 11 PM, 26 Nov, I received the sad news that a friend, Bob Lowe, passed away in a hospital in Arizona.  Bob had been fighting cancer for a number of years and kept going back and forth from the US for treatment and his home here in the Philippines, where he and his wife ran a Security Agency.  He was planning to return to the Philippines in December for another break from his treatment. Shockingly, the cancer did not take his life but a blood infection did. From what I understand he suffered a colon leakage and his white blood cells increased to a dangerous level and when he informed the doctors they brushed it off as not serious.  Naturally, he rapidly came down with a severe infection, became feverish and very weak.  He was rushed to the hospital where he passed away from an infection caused by a hole in his colorectal wall.  His brave long fight with cancer was over.  Bob retired from the USAF after 22 years of service.  He was 57 years old, born in California.  He passed away in Arizona where he was being treated for his cancer.  He leaves behind wife Liberty (Libby) S. Lowe, children Leveriza, Steven and Stacie Lowe.  Plans are to bring his ashes back to the Philippines for burial.  Regretfully, at this time burials are being withheld at the Clark Cemetery with no solution to a political ploy by the BCDA in sight.  Bob’s many friends send their condolences to Libby and family.  For those who wish to pass on their respects to the family, Libby will be returning to their home at 17 Manuela Compound, Balibago in the near future.

SHAME ON THE BCDA

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:02 AM, A L Post 123 <alpost123pi@yahoo.com> wrote:

A unique interpretation of a 2013 memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and a Filipino government agency has led to a controversial suspension of burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) in Angeles City.

The cemetery is located on the now-closed Clark Air Base and is the resting place for more than 8,600 U.S. military veterans and dependents.

Although the U.S. government allocated $5 million to maintain the cemetery, Arnel Casonova – head of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Philippine agency with jurisdiction on the matter – stopped accepting burials because “guidelines on the maintenance and use of CVC have to first be made.” Casonova would not elaborate how long the suspension will be in effect, but the policy has left American Legion family members and U.S. government officials fuming.

“Veterans, like other members of any society, cannot suspend death while politicians prepare a restoration plan,” Edward J. Craft wrote to American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm. “There are cases where families are incurring huge financial debts, preserving loved ones bodies at funeral homes or making decisions against family wishes to cremate remains of veterans while these agencies prepare their ‘restoration plans.’ This is not the way to treat a veteran, who has given so much for his country.”

Helm was clearly moved by the plight of these veterans. “This has gone on entirely too long,” he said. “Grieving families need closure, and these delays must end now. The U.S. government must use every diplomatic tool at its disposal to convince the Philippine government to lift the suspension.”

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg shares the Legion’s concerns. He told Craft the situation is not due to any decision by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) or his office. “It is due solely to BCDA deciding unilaterally to reinterpret a signed agreement between the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines…The United States Embassy is making every effort to rectify this unjust situation as soon as possible,” said Goldberg.

Goldberg believes Casonova is the chief cause of the problem. Casanova, he said, “has interpreted the agreement, which he himself signed on behalf of the government of the Philippines, in a manner wholly inconsistent with both the purpose and intent of the document, and at odds with the intent of the United States Congress when they appropriated $5 million to restore and maintain Clark Cemetery. The Embassy has made its dissatisfaction with the actions of Mr. Casanova clear to him both in writing and in person as well as with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, and I have raised this issue personally with various government officials. Furthermore, the United States Department of State in Washington has also registered its concern with the Embassy of the Philippines to honor the agreement of Clark Veterans Cemetery and we continue to call for the resumption of burials immediately.”

The agreement, Goldberg told Craft, “explicitly calls for Clark to be an ‘open cemetery,’ that continues to conduct new burials for those who qualify through honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or through prior service in the Philippine Scouts.”

Meanwhile, deceased veterans like John Fortune must wait to have their remains interred. “This is an absolute disgrace,” said American Legion Department of the Philippines Commander Gordon G. Grubb. “John Fortune’s son, Army Sgt. Maurice Fortune, died in Iraq in 2004. He is the only Iraq War veteran buried at the cemetery. Now, his dad, a Vietnam veteran, cannot join him. His ashes remain on hold until they settle this thing.”

The cemetery’s superintendent, Larry Atkison, works for the ABMC and assured The American Legion that his office is doing everything it can to resume burials. “The effort to get the suspension lifted is still being worked,” he said. “We are continuing to engage the Philippine government at different levels. Hopefully soon, I will have good news for you.”

Note:  There was never any problems with the cemetery until  the sum of five million dollars became part of the equation.  Could Casonova and the BCDA Board be looking for a piece of the pie?

I WOULD IF I COULD 

Rosanna May Perez, a lovely name and a charming young lady.  When I met her in the Thi-Hi club she had been working only about a week.  I think she was only 24 years old (yep, forgot to ask her age or better still, I forget to write it down)  but as happens to many, was supporting 2 children, a boy and a girl.  She is a high school graduate and is very computer literate.  Her hobby is singing and volleyball.  In response to my question of the age of men she would enjoy meeting the range was from 32 to 60.  I think that is a decent spread and leaves the door open for many suitors to contact her.  Rosanna was raised in an area many of us here in AC are very familiar with, Olongapo City, Subic Bay.  I do not expect this woman to be working very long at the Thi-Hi as her demeanor and ease of speaking made her stand out from others.  She has a future and will make some lucky man a very decent partner.  She has two Email addresses:  rosannamayperez@yahoo.com and also gmail.com.

TIM KAUFMAN IS RETURNED TO THE PHILIPPINES

After a very long wait I have received information that Tim Kaufman, the alleged murderer of David Balmer and his girlfriend, 26 year old Elmer De Guia, has boarded a plane at LAX and is in flight to Manila as I write this.  He is being escorted by Philippine law enforcement officials.  At this time we do not know where he will be incarcerated.  This will be updated as further information is received.  No doubt the local news media will be all over this when he arrives in country.  Tim has been claiming his innocence since day one so now he will have a chance to prove his innocence.  I wrote this in my breaking news at 10 PM, Thursday, 13 Nov.  Additional information will be added here as it is received.

Update –  Upon arrival he was detained in a jail in Manila.  On Wednesday, 26 Nov Dave Mason and myself attended his arraignment at the Angeles City court of Judge Viola where he entered a pleas of NOT Guilty which was expected.  He has now been transferred to the AC City Jail 174 where he will be in the company of other expats residing there.
His next court dates are:  18 Mar, 8 Apr, 3 Jun and 5 Aug. They will be held in Branch 57, Judge Viola presiding. Tim’s lawyer is from Manila, Attorney Modesto A. Ticman.  It is hoped that the many questions about this case will be answered during these court dates.  Tim claims he was set up.  If this is true, will he name names?  Tim is also a member of the local AC VFW of which the current Commander is offering the support of that organization.

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH 

I believe this will be the first time I have written about a tourist without taking their picture.  But these days, some tourists, like so many people, are paranoid about having their picture connected with visiting Angeles City because of our so called “Sin City” reputation.  They feel it will hurt them back in their job, especially if they work in a school or local Government.  I realize that AC is not known for its churches but I feel such a reputation is not deserved;  years ago maybe, but certainly not now. Regardless, it is something I have to live with when writing this column and meeting various people. I was so impressed with the young man who stopped in to visit me at my stable that I had to mention him, with or without a picture.  He is a 36 year old, single, Korean/Australian (born in Australia) who told me he has been reading my column for 9 years and still enjoys doing so.  That certainly impressed me, all that reading and still wanted to meet me.  His initials are J.K and I guess that should suffice to keep his reputation in tact.  He was here for only a one week holiday and intended to visit various Clubs on Fields Ave and Perimeter Rd and try to get a feel for the difference in the two locations.  He was staying at the Infinity building for only P1,600 a day which is a very reasonable rate (It appears that the Infinity is a decent place for rental stays) .  When he saw me he was on his third day and had experienced a couple of procedures used by Clubs for obtaining the company of someone (female) who would be allowed to assist him with his tour of the City.  The first place immediately said no one available and then later on relented.  A second Club required the purchase of a bottle of wine (not very tasty) and of course, he found out that procedures were not as open as in past years.  All in all he appeared to be enjoying himself and finding that visiting the bigger clubs was entertaining and experiencing the many different types of restaurants here was so much better than a few years ago.  This is something that critics of AC seem to overlook in their reporting.  He did find Perimeter Rd bars to be friendlier and less expensive but finding companionship did cause him a few frustrating attempts in his companion search.  By the way, he did work in the local Government and no doubt was surrounded by various narrow minded men and women.  I certainly hope to be able to meet J.K. again and my staff in the restaurant were impressed with him as well.

ANNUAL PICTURE FOR EVELYN - 

Yes dear readers, it is time for me to send Evelyn Davis, the wife responsible for killing her husband, Steve Davis my annual wish for a miserable Christmas.  Evelyn had Steve killed way back in 2002 and thanks to the dedication of his Mother, Margaret, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to “reclusion  perpetual” a life sentence meaning she will be in prison for 40 years, no parole no remission. As usual I have included the updated picture of her children that she will never again hold in her arms, children that will never love her and only remember her as the greedy bitch that killed him for money and to be with her Filipino boyfriend.  Like I wrote every year, I never know if she ever sees this message, I can only hope that someone gets it to her each year.  The following is a message from Margaret and her husband Allan.

“The kids are doing very well, Jessica is in the final year in high school and is looking to go to university to do business studies and sociology.  Joshua is in the 2nd year in high school and wants to become a computer programmer. Wonder where he gets that from?  They are very good and stable kids, and we are so proud of them both…”

 

This also from friend Eric – Hello again Harry,  I have an update on my last communication with you about the Stephen Davis murder.  I told you that I had the mother’s book on my dropbox if anybody wanted to get it free.  But I’ve recently learned that the video (one hour from a UK tv channel) can be seen here:  http://vimeo.com/9536341.

If you wish to offer Margaret Davis’ book to your readers I have it on my dropbox file:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5329774/For%20the%20Love%20of%20My%20Son%20-%20Davis%2C%20Margaret.txt  I will leave it there until the end of the year in case any of your readers are interested in reading it.

NOBLESSE CHARITY CHALLENGE FUN RUN

Noblesse International School will be hosting the Noblesse Charity Challenge Fun Run-

Race to One Million Pesos on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Noblesse International School, Barangay CutCut, Angeles City, Pampanga. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the Gift of Life Program, which provides free surgery to children who have congenital heart defects, Bahay Bata Orphanage, Duyan Ni Maria Orphanage, and the indigent citizens of Barangay Cutcut. The event will also include a challenge to all public and private schools in Pampanga that awards P25,000 Pesos to the school with the most participants.

 

We are in urgent need of sponsors for this event. All sponsors will be recognized on signage and other types of advertisements at the level at which they choose to participate. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the local community. Thank you in advance for your support! Please contact:  Robert F. Hartzell, Community Service Coordinator, Noblesse International School, Cel #: 09175222449, robert.hartzell@nis.com.ph.  (Note from Harry the Horse –  This is a very worthy project and I sure hope some sponsors will step up to the plate and hit a home run for this event.  Robert mentioned the “Gift of Life program (GOL)” which is a worthy project sponsored by the RC of Mabalacat and supported by RC Clark Centennial as well.  This project has saved the life of many young children with severe heart problems where they are sent to India for open heart surgery provided free to the patients.  Without this surgery the children would die withing a short period of time.  It is indeed a “Gift of Life”.  We thank Noblesse and Robert Hartzell for including this project in their fund raising Fun Run)

 

Dear Harry the Horse fans,  We would like to inform you that Angeles Beach Club Hotel (ABC) is now on its 4th year of celebrating its year-end Helipad Party on December 31, 2014.  This years New Year’s Eve Dance Helipad party is in partnership with Moet-Hennessy Philippines.  Expect overflowing Moet and Chandon champagne, great entertainment and spectacular fireworks display.

Entrance Fee:  Male – 1,000.00p, Female – Php500.00p *Inclusive of (1) glass of Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial and (1) local drink.  VIP tables are also open for reservation, Php17,000 good for 6 people with 1 bottle of Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial.  Limited seats only!  Gate opens at 7PM and party starts at 8:00PM onwards.

For reservations, please contact Sales and Marketing office at:  Landline: 045-892-2222/625-6256 loc 513, Mobile: +63917-511-8685, Or Email us at info@angelesbeachclubhotel.com.  You’re most welcome to join us in the most glorious New Years Eve Dance Party of the year!  Best regards, Ilene Marcos.

IMEREX HOTEL

This new hotel is located close to downtown Angeles.  I found out about it when Ma. Gemini S. Alfonso attended the Nov Hotel and Restaurant Association General Meeting.  Maria was so personable and a few of the member spoke highly of the Hotel that I had to visit it right away.  Two nights later the wife and I were parking

across the street from the Hotel.  It is located at 361B Miranda St., Sto. Rosario, Angeles City.  As we were parking I saw this very old house standing empty and it fascinated me.  It was gray wood against the darkness of the night and as I stood and gazed at it I felt the history of it enveloping me.  I so wished the building could talk to me but most of all, I wished I could have walked through it when it was occupied.  I was told that the owners of the Hotel will rehabilitate it and turn it into a restaurant as well.  That I would really love to see as I felt so connected to that house.  Maybe it is because I am old and worn down a bit as well.

Sorry, my mission was to introduce the IMEREX Hotel and after eating in the dining area and exploring the roof top area I must say that I was not disappointed in taking

the time to visit.  It helped that we had the perfect guide in Donna Ong, Marketing Consultant.  What a wonderful personality she has.  The food was absolutely delicious but for me and Vina, the portions were quite small.  Vina had the Scaloppine for P380 and I guess it was just enough to take her hunger away without over eating.  She followed up with a snack at home.  I had the spicy Gambas with rice for P300 and the taste was wonder and was enough of a portion to fill me up.  The menu offers up Pizza, Paella and a large variety

of Italian selections.  All prices were reasonable.  You must, after dining, visit the roof top lounge which allows comfortable seating in a subdued setting.  A very nice place to enjoy the view and enjoy the company of the person with you.  Gosh, I nearly forgot to mention the rooms.  Of course, very nice and the price is right.  Standard room, P1,500, Deluxe P2,000 and Executive only P2,500.  The Email address is:  geminii@imerexplazahotel.com and for more info go to www.imerexplazahotel.com.  We look forward to a return visit.

            

            

TREE OF HOPE AT HOLIDAY INN

                

Holiday Inn Clark and World Vision launched the Tree of Hope on 14 November.  World Vision is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization, which provides emergency assistance to children and families affected by disasters and sends underprivileged children to school.  The tree in the lobby of Holiday Inn was nearly empty of ornaments when I attended the launch and the idea is to make the Christmas tree come alive by having each guest choose a colorful ball which will have a peso equivalent.  Each donation given will be dropped in the box located beside the tree.  The ball will become a part of the Christmas decor.  All proceeds of the Tree of Hope will go directly to the projects of World Vision.
The project was initiated by the personable F&B Director, Ms. Thelma Valdepenas. Thelma stated that “By the end of this project, we expect that our Christmas tree will be alive and full of color and of course, our partner, World Vision will be very happy with the help extended by our guests and fellow employees.”
Mr. Michael Melzer, the General Manager of Holiday Inn Clark said, this is the firt time that we are launching an activity like this.  We are very excited that World Vision partnered with us on this endeavor.  This reinforces our commitment to be a company that is not only concerned of profits, but also on our Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mrs Horse and I were so pleased to be invited to the launching of this wonderful project and to be one of the first to add a couple of decorations to the tree.  I hope many more will do the same.  I plan to visit the lobby prior to Christmas to see what I hope will be a well decorated tree and get a report on how much money was raised. Good idea Thelma and additionally, the new desserts created by the Chef were fantastic.

MIDNIGHT ROCK

                

I have to report that Rockin Dave is still alive and well and keeping the music alive at the Midnight Rock on Perimeter Road.  On the night we visited the Imerex Plaza Hotel on the way home I realized that it was Thursday night.  I told the Mrs that we will stop by and shock the hell out of Dave with my visit.  Sure enough he was surprised as I do not get there as often as I would like.  I saw a special on TV with FOX reporter Rivera presenting a special on the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley.  It made me think of Rockin Dave who is still a LIVING legend.  He doesn’t have that long black hair anymore, and is a bit thicker around the waist but the man still has the energy.  He still plays a mean piano and sings well enough to get by.  He is a pure entertainer and Rock and Roll is still alive every Thursday night at Dave’s bar.  I’m not exaggerating, the man is a wizard on the piano.  I do not know why he is not on the “oldies circuit” making a few bucks touring.  Dave is really quite famous and has performed all over the world and played on stage with a lot of the famous singers and bands of old.  He is a true performer and his Midnight Rock should be on the tourist map of Angeles City.  I would love to see him play some serious musical numbers on the piano, maybe on nights other than Thursdays.  I want to see the full extent of his talents on the piano.  When you hit town stop by and see Dave, maybe even buy one of his CD’s.

HARP ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

 

Last month the Hotel and Restaurant Association in Pampanga, Inc. (HARP) held their annual election and President Mitch Otsuro will be passing her gavel over to incoming President Sol Simon, General Manager, Maharajah Hotel.  Pictured at the left are the new board members.  Some of them, like Joey Moster have been around for a long time.  The new board members will be sworn in by Region III DOT Director Ronnie Tiotuico this month.
The HARP is the only officially recognized incorporated Association in Angeles that represents the Hotels and Restaurants in Angeles City and beyond and is recognized by the Region III Dept of Tourism.  HARP has been serving its members and supporting the City since 1994 and is recognized as an NGO.  Membership in HARP continues to grow with each passing year and under the leadership of Ms. Sol Simon that growth is expected to continue under her leadership.  HARP has their general membership every third Wednesday of the month and extends an invitation to every Hotel and Restaurant to visit and consider membership in this dynamic organization.

NEW GYM IN TOWN

This new gym, named “Fitness Hub” is at the 3rd floor of the GR Bank Building, Friendship Hi-Way, Korean Town.  It is directly across the street from the building that housed the now closed AC 1 Gym.  Their monthly fee is P1,500 and the maximum payment in advance is three months.  The manager is a Filipino, Randy, who is very fit himself, friendly and helpful.  The owner is a Filipina married to a Kiwi, named Angie and I was told she is a body builder that competes.  So you have an owner that knows what the body builders need and can give advice on fitness to beginners or just old guys like me that can exercise without breaking any bones.
The gym is air-conditioned, very clean and has all new weight equipment, machines and free weights.  More equipment is on order but delivery has been held up by the back log of container trucks.  On the 4th floor are the bathrooms and a suana/steam room.  They even have a jacuzzi.  A very elegant bar for nutritional needs and relaxation is available and free consultations for your health fitness endeavors.  Hey, they offer Zuma as well and that is becoming very popular.  So, the price is right, parking is easy, equipment is excellent and the place is just plain quality.  I am sure the membership will grow very quickly.

I would have liked to join myself but regretfully the stairs are too much for me.  I had a very difficult time getting to that 3rd floor.  Maybe when my legs get stronger I can join up.  I was determined to get up there so I could let everyone know that there is another gym available and it is a very nice one.  Give my regards to Randy.  Maybe some day I will meet Angie as well.

                

That’s it.  I don’t have anymore words left in me.  What happened to the Melbourne Dogs, I waited all month to see them and they were no shows.  It is time to dust off my Santa suit and hope that I can stay awake when I am doing my Santa thing.  It’s hard to ho, ho, ho with the kids during my nap time.  Word of advice guys, if you live here do not volunteer to be Ninong to the kids.  Sometimes you can end up being ninong to 20 kids and then on New Years Day they come out of the woodwork looking for money.  Good night, eh, good morning, whatever, remember, be kind to Horses, see ya next year.

 

 

 

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE

i met Don Clark briefly and was found him to be an impressive individual.  I did not get to know him to a point where I can comment on his politics.  He sent me the below article and I think it deserves to be shared.  I do not agree with it 100% but it merits some very serious thought.

“ISIS is not our CRISIS” 

Preposterous! The President, members of the House and Senate, and senior military leaders who see ISIS as a US crisis are suffering from short-term memory loss. Despite the mantra senior government and military leaders continued to chant for the duration, OIF was far from a coalition building success story. We cannot afford to re-learn our misguided lessons from Iraq. ISIS is NOT a “threat to the homeland.” This argument for US involvement has about as much merit as Saddam and WMD. Yet, our political and military leaders used this lame excuse and launched this campaign. Now we have another concocted, repeat version of a “Coalition of the Willing,” more accurately a “Coalition of the Coerced” and headed for an inexcusable, tragic failure. The Iraqis had over 10 years of a fully committed US military with skilled advisors who trained them to be a capable force. But they demonstrated no will and showed their true colors at first contact with ISIS in Mosul. They refused to fight for their own country and ran – no sectarian excuses. Now 1,500 US military advisors are on the way rushing to failure again. ISIS exposed the futility of our past engagement. Cliché but “you can’t help those who don’t want to help themselves.” The Iraqis will never fight when the US always rushes to the front first. Not one more drop of US blood should be shed. Why should more Americans die for an ungrateful country? Yes, ISIS is a threat to Iraq and neighboring countries. The Iraqis and their neighbors need to take their own stand – alone. The US should stay out of this conflict. Our absence would force Iraq or some other Arab nation to take the lead. The Arabs need to build a legitimate, Arab-led “Coalition of the Willing.” Their lives and countries are at stake, not ours. Let the Arab-led Coalition take their fight to ISIS. Even if the US put 100,000 troops on the ground and launched a full scale, ground offensive similar to the start of OIF it would fail. The US cannot win this war. You can’t kill a jihadist ideology with combat forces. We need to cease involvement in this sectarian conflict that has raged since the 7th century. As a Nation we have 4,931 reminders why we shouldn’t be involved in this conflict. 32,021 came home from Iraq still coping with the scars they brought home – and for what? We are already being foolishly led into another war and playing right into ISIS’ hands.

I highlight my concerns from a position of experience in military engagement and coalition building within these countries. After 32+ years of combined Air Force enlisted and active, commissioned Army service, I retired MAR 2010. My last assignment was as a commander within the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Fort Bragg, NC, from NOV 2006 – DEC 2009. During this time my command directly supported foreign military sales and training to 31 different countries. For three years, I travelled extensively to Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, and Kuwait. My command supported these countries with US trainers, advisers, and equipment.  Colonel (R) Don Clarke

 

 
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VFW POST 9892 23RD ANUAL CHILI COOK OFF

Posted by admin on November 23, 2014 in Breaking News

 

 

23′RD CHILI COOK OFF, BRING THE HEAT

 
  Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Col. B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892
Km 264 Natl. Hwy., #473 Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union, 2501 Philippines
June 20, 2014
Greetings Chili Fans,
On Saturday, November 29, 2014, the members of Colonel B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 will be gathering at the Bali Hai Beach Resort, in Bauang, La Union for our Colonel B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 23rd Annual “Chili Cook Off.”  Our theme this year will be“SEABEES CHILI—WE BUILD WE FIGHT” All Chili aficionados are invited to join us for a day of fun in the sun.
The US Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees) earned its reputation in blood and sweat in WWII and continues to support the military and humanitarian missions of America and her allies to this very day.  Seabees cut a mountain in half to make way for a nearly two-mile long runway.  Cubi Point turned out to be one of the largest earthmoving projects in the world, equivalent to the construction of the Panama Canal.  The $100 million facility was commissioned on July 25, 1956 and comprised an air station and an adjacent pier that was capable of docking the Navy’s largest carriers. NAS CUBI POINT was named in honor of Construction Unit Battalion One.  The Seabees were also instrumental in the restoration of base utilities, clean-up of ash, and assisting the local community during and after the Mount Pinatubo eruption of June 15, 1991.   It was at Dong Xoai, Vietnam that CM3 Marvin G. Shields was awarded the Seabees’ first and only Medal of Honor.   USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066) was named after him.
 The festivities will start at 8:30 a.m., when the Chili cookers crank up their fires, and commence their individual efforts to show all and sundry just what is simply the best Chili.  It won’t take long before the aromas alone make you happy you came.  The specific objective of course is to determine which team cooks the best pot of Chili, judged solely on quality.  An exquisitely carved wooden trophy goes to the winner, with plaques for the next two places.  There is also a “Commander’s Plaque” awarded to the best decorated cooking booth, and team attire, as judged solely by the Post Commander.
We also attempt to fill the time between the actual cooking, and the completion of the judging by conducting a “Miss Chili Pepper” bikini contest.  This is a favorite of all the admirers of the female form, and the young ladies are only required to wear street wear, and participate in a bikini contest.  They are judged solely on their appearance.  Cash prizes are awarded, as well as a Plaque for the Winner.  There is no additional fee for entry into this contest.
 For planning purposes early entries are encouraged.  Get your team info and fee, P3000.00, to us by the end of October to insure proper shirt sizes on the day of the Cook Off.  That being said entries will be accepted up until the Team Captain’s Meeting at noon on the preceding Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at the VFW Post 9892 Canteen “La Cantina”.
NOTE:  No beverages or food (except Chili ingredients) may be brought on the premises.  You will find food and beverage prices are very reasonable.  All proceeds gained from food and beverage sales go towards our Community Projects in support of Bauang, and its residents.  Help us as we help them.
 Sincerely yours,
Rhett Webber
Commander
COL BJ Smith VFW Post 9892

 
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TIM KAUFMAN PICTURES AT LAX AND ON PAL FLT

Posted by admin on November 17, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Depicted here are pictures of Tim Kaufman being escorted by Law Enforcement personnel at the Los Angeles International Airport and seated on the PAL flight that is bringing him to the Philippines.

              

At this time we do not know where he is being held for the forthcoming trial but I am sure that this will be revealed in the near future.  At this time the Clerk at RTC 58 and the City Prosecutors Office are prepping for his arrival.  I am sure there will be plenty of news coverage on this story.

I have been told that he is being held at a secret location at this time.

UPDATE:  kAUFMAN WILL APPEAR IN JUDGE VIOLA’S COURT, RTC 58 ON WEDNESDAY, 26 NOV IN THE AFTERNOON.

AT THIS TIME HE STILL DOES NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR AT LEAST HAS NOT ANNOUNCED WHO IT IS

IT TOOK THE SUN STAR PAPER UNTIL 23 NOV TO REPORT ON kAUFMAN’S EXTRADITION.  

 

 

 

 
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TIM KAUFMAN RETURNING TO PHILIPPINES

Posted by admin on November 13, 2014 in Breaking News

After a very long wait I have received information that Tim Kaufman, the alleged murderer of David Balmer and his girlfriend has boarded a plane at LAX and is in flight to Manila as I write this.  He is being escorted by Philippine law enforcement officials.  At this time we do not know where he will be incarcerated.  This will be updated as further information is received.  No doubt the local news media will be all over this when he arrives in country.

Tim has been claiming his innocence since day one so it now appears that he will have his day in court to plead his case.

 

UPDATE FROM A SOURCE:

TK was transferred earlier into a facility in LA.  Now that the escorting party is in LA the marshal’s service brought him to LAX for the PAL flight to MNL.  There would be no announcements of this by the US Marshal’s Service or INTERPOL or PAL for security concerns.  Ditto for the arrival in MNL they would keep things quiet until he is safely in a holding cell somewhere.  My two guesses are Camp Aguinaldo or Camp Crame.

Well, for all I know he might be here already but information is difficult to obtain.  Guess we have to be patient.

 
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November 2014

Posted by admin on October 31, 2014 in 2014 Monthly Newsletters

SEE MY BREAKING NEWS FOR INFO AND PICTURES ON THE EXTRADITION OF TIM KAUFMAN – THE MAN SUSPECTED OF BEING INVOLVED WITH THE MURDER OF DAVID BALMER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND

Nov 2014 – a very important month for Americans.  We vote this month.  The future of our country is at stake.  Everyone must get out to vote, especially our military men and women, active duty or retired.  We must look at our politicians, those we put in office.  We need men and women leaders who have the guts to lead and forget POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!  Whether Democrat or Republican, vote for the people who love America, those who can forget their personal desires to make money, forget their individual ambitions and work to make America strong again.  Impossible?  God, I hope not, our country is being destroyed by gutless politicians from the TOP down and super pacs who buy control of our politicians.  Billionaires are running our country, not the people.  We have to wake up and get our own people power.  Get rid of these people, at least through the voting booth.  GET OUT AND VOTE!

FEEDBAG 

Hey Harry, I’ve just read your Sept. & Oct. Newsletters and the extreme events discussed put my recent experience at “Mirrors” into perspective. I’ve been in AC for over ten years and every time I think I’ve “seen it all,” the Philippine government outdoes themselves. Now that I’m running 70, I don’t go to the bars to find my amorous companions as I have my own stable but the other night I was bar hopping with a new guy and since I hadn’t been at “Mirrors” for a long time I asked the waitress what was the Bar Fine and I was told that don’t have bar fine there. I asked for mama and she came and told me I had to negotiate directly with the girls. I was astounded. When we left and headed toward fields the situation became clear, ALL perimeter bars were closed at 11pm, streets cleaned up, trees trimmed, street widened for blocks near checkpoint, pot holes filled, stalls removed. They have even doubled the staff at Hypermarket and are totally remodeling the facade of SM. The place is (on the surface, at least) beginning to look like the debutant going to the ball or the pig going to the party. I dropped my friend at Clark Airport and holy sheet, In just a few months it has been turned into (on the outside) a first class International Airport. The entrance mimics the arc d triumph, with decorative spot lights and all, new concrete entry and exit roads (I mean gorgeous). Oh and lets not forget the widening and repair of McArthur Blvd. Hard to believe but then I remembered Top Politicos of 17 Nations are coming to a conference here early next year and AC and the Philippines MUST at least LOOK like a first class country. Behind the scenes they are surely preparing the tarmac for dozens of pvt and military aircraft. What was it that they said, “If you want a revolution you must first kill all the lawyers” or if in AC you want to look 1st Class, get rid of all the whores. It looks like the best tourist season will become the worst tourist season. Surely others have seen this in their own AC neighborhood. Keep up the good work Harry, AC needs you. regards, E.D.  (Yes, many have noticed this sudden burst of money spending, beautification and whatever to prepare for this big even in Jan and Feb 2015.  Of course some of these “improvements” were promised years ago and it would help if they added the promised lighting on Perimeter road as well.  I wonder what will happen next year after all these VIP visitors depart and every thing returns to normal.  I wonder if the traffic lights will be fixed in Mabalacat and at the Porac intersection?  I hope that the characters who were in charge of fixing the walking street on Fields Ave get fired as they certainly screwed that up.  Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the effort being made by the Mayor, I just am not confident that what is happening is good construction or just window dressing that will start to fall apart in Mar 2015)

Hello Harry! I am just now planning my vacations for 2015, where to go and when. Or trying to plan. One question on my mind is – what is Balibago like in June-July? That’s the rainy season, I presume. Which sounds different but maybe also interesting. It does however depend on your assesment of this: What is the bar scene like in June in Angeles? Are there any girls to meet? Or do they leave for want of bar patrons? Anything else I should keep in mind concerning Angeles in the summer time? How would you describe it? – Yours Jerry.

(Jeremy,nothing changes in Angeles City no matter the season. Now, Christmas, New Years and All Saints Day (31 Oct) are about the only time the girls tend to go home to the Provinces. In summer you just learn to carry and umbrella in case you are caught out in a short down pour. Most just stay in the bar until the rain stops. In June and July it is still hot and humid but cools off a bit when it rains.  The only thing to be aware of is that you might run into a 3 or 4 days of heavy wind and rain if you happen to be here when a typhoon is passing through but that still does not slow down all the action.  The best time of the year here is Jan through Mar. Perfect weather)

Harry, I wish I knew which Senator or Congressman to contact to try to address the discrepancies in service that we veterans experience as a result of our choice to reside in the Philippines. Many, if not all of us, are damned tired of not being able to receive treatment for non-service connected medical conditions. It’s high time for the VFW, American Legion, DAV and we, the local veteran community, get off our collective asses and DEMAND equal and fair treatment – no better and no worse than our brother and sister veterans receive at US-based facilities.

In my not so humble opinion, there seems to be a long standing practice within the slowly rotating leadership of the above named service organizations to not make waves and go with the flow and grovel at the feet of Manila VA. I once told a veterans service officer of my opinion and he scolded me and told me to “never complain to congress” for fear that they would shut down Manila VA altogether. It seems to me that they are so concerned with squabbling for the scraps at Manila VA’s food table, that they have forgotten their mission and why they exist in the first place.  All the best, Tim R.  (Tim, admittedly, things could be a bit better and do not pay attention to some service officer telling you not to complain.  But if you do complain to a Senator make sure you have a very legitimate complaint and have addressed your problem to the VA officials here first.  I kind of feel that if all the Filipino veterans die off the Clinic would close down as they are not all that concerned about the Americans that have decided to settle down here.  As an example look at the cemetery for AF and Filipino Veterans  on Clark)

This was sent to me by Jeff Pitman.  It is long and it came from some on line Forum, I do not know which one.  I am printing it here for two reasons:  1)  Because it confirms what I have said and written for years.  Once a man, young, middle age or old comes to AC he catches the AC virus, which is incurable.  The life style and the women attack your immune system.  No cure in sight.  2) I could have put this in my Aug column but held it for Nov because I knew I would be in the US for the whole month of Oct and needed material for this month’s column.
The comments that followed this man’s story were interesting.  Many were negative towards the man, a few positive and some were just “what the hell?.  One has to have one hell of a strong marriage in the US to survive a trip to Angeles City.  When the US Air Base was here many men came with their wives and ended their marriages here. They met some young loving ladies they could not resist.  Heck, some even retired and stayed here while the wives went home to become “Ex-Wives”.  Truer words were never spoken then “No man can understand the lure of Angeles City unless you come here”.  Even today, with all the restrictions and “G” rated entertainment, one will still catch the “virus”.  Read on and recognize a very familiar sequence of events experienced by one man.

“Here’s a trip report, emailed around, about an older guy, who’s lost himself to the Philippines. For me, I do not believe in the expression, hindsight is 20/20. For me, it’s more that that person’s foresight was negligent. When I’m in my late 40s, I would not have gone through a similar crisis.”  (Before some of you write to me and say it is a fictional story, I say, if so, so what.  It does describe real life here in AC.)

Traveler: “I’m 47 years old and in good health.  I’m not struggling with a mid-life crisis. Everything is, or was, going well for me.  I was satisfied with my life. I was happy and content, or I thought I was. So what the hell happened to me?

I have a good job. I was satisfied with it. I have a great wife, we almost never argue. We have two fine children, a boy and a girl, both in college. I make good money with cash in the bank. We have a nice house and a summer place on the beach. Even the pets, two cats and a dog, get along well together.  I went fishing to Canada once a year with my buddies, played tennis almost every weekend, golfed occasionally, movies with the family sometimes, cards with other couples once in a while, poker with the boys a couple of times a month, a night out with the guys once every blue moon, and sex with the wife once every two weeks or so.  Now I don’t give a damn about my current life. So what could have possibly turned my world upside-down? I went to Angeles City in the Philippines.

My downfall started several years ago when the three friends I go fishing with to Canada every year decided instead to go to Angeles City. They said they’d heard the streets were lined with sexy, young, and beautiful women, that all you had to do was show up with some cash in your pocket.  I’d heard those stories about other places in the world but I discounted them. I told them that was just a tall tale, but they insisted they were going. I couldn’t persuade them to change their minds. They attempted to convince me to go also but I wasn’t interested.

Their first trip was June 2001. They left grown men and returned little kids. They walked around most of the time with silly grins on their faces, and acted like they had a big secret they were just itching to tell everyone but couldn’t. When they were alone with the other guys, all they talked about was Angeles City. They told the wildest stories I’d ever heard. I quite frankly thought they had lost their minds, relating outrageous tales that couldn’t possibly be true.

One night my wife asked me if I had noticed anything different about my friends. When I told her I hadn’t, she said that my friends’ wives, all friends of hers, had told her their husbands had been acting a little strange ever since they returned from the last fishing trip.  I had lied to her. Of course I knew why they had been behaving strangely. The Philippines had done it to them. My friends were ten years old again, always carrying that goofy grin on their faces. I couldn’t understand how one trip to that place could cause so many changes in them.

They went the next year too, in June 2002. This time they returned with photographs. They had shots with two or three girls in the pool at their hotel, in restaurants, even in their rooms. The girls were gorgeous, sexy and young. They weren’t lying about that.Those photographs were their prized possession. They would excitedly jab a finger at one of the pictures and their voices would jump an octave while they related one of their stories. It was really strange behavior for normally mature men in their forties.  They described sex acts with those girls that I had only dreamed about, things that I couldn’t even mention to my wife. She would have left me instantly if I had even remotely suggested it might be fun to have a threesome with another female. I can just about guarantee you those kinds of subjects are never broached with a white, middle-class, Baptist wife.

Despite their photos, the vivid descriptions and graphic details of their latest adventures, I didn’t entirely believe their stories. I told them those things just don’t happen. I admitted they probably had sex with those girls, but I said I just didn’t believe they had two or three of those girls in the bed and had sex with them all at the same time.

My buddies lost interest in everything except talking about Angeles City and planning their next trip. My wife noticed the changes too, asking why I wasn’t playing tennis or golfing with the guys anymore. I just told her that they had gotten busy doing other things lately. She gave me one of those “Oh yeah?” looks. She knew something was awry but since normalcy was still the standard in our house, she didn’t push me on the subject.

It was a few months after their second trip to the Philippines that the guy that worked in the same company with me, separated from his wife. He was the first one.I was shocked when my wife told me about it. His wife had been over to my house, crying on my wife’s shoulder, really balling her eyes out my wife said. She told my wife she didn’t understand her husband anymore, they hadn’t had sex in months, he had been really weird and that she had no idea why he wanted to leave her.  My friend refused to explain anything to his wife. He wouldn’t discuss it with his two kids who were already grown and out of the house. He just took off, leaving his wife alone.

I wondered if the Philippines had pushed him over the edge. I talked to him, asking him if he was sick or something. He replied that he didn’t want to be married anymore. I told him it was those trips to the Philippines that had screwed him up. I remember his response clearly to this day,  “You don’t understand. You just don’t understand. You have to go there to understand”.  Shortly thereafter he filed for divorce. I talked to him again, telling him he was stupid for throwing away everything he had worked for the last twenty-five years or so. He just sat there with a hang-dog look, slowly nodding his head back and forth. He acted like he was being coerced to do something against his will, yet in his next breath when he mentioned Angeles City, he was instantly transformed, happy and grinning again.

I thought he was just a weak individual with no self-control or self-discipline. I told him bluntly he was just letting the little head do the thinking for the big head and that he should grow up and get over it. He told me that wasn’t it and repeated that I just had to go there to understand. It was all completely beyond my comprehension.They made their third trip to Angeles City in June 2003. When they returned, all they talked about was going again. All they cared about was getting back to Angeles City. It was their sole topic every time I saw them. Their behavior and attitudes were totally alien to me.  The guy that worked in the company with me was now divorced. Within two weeks of returning from their third trip, another one of the guys left his wife. My wife began wondering out loud about those fishing trips to Canada but she never confronted me directly.

In February of this year, my company sent a team of us to Japan on business. The friend that was now divorced was a member. We had planned to spend two weeks in Japan. As it turned out, we finished in a week. My friend suggested we take a jaunt down to the Philippines. I told him I wasn’t interested but he persisted until I relented.  I wasn’t concerned in the least about what the Philippines might do to me. What had happened to my friends wouldn’t happen to me. So what if there are young sexy girls in the Philippines? So what if I could have sex with them? I wasn’t worried. I wasn’t going to Angeles to have sex with those women. Some of those girls in Angeles were my daughter’s age. I couldn’t have sex with women that young, no way! I couldn’t even imagine having sex with women that young. I was going to merely see what all the fuss was about.

So now I have been back from Angeles City almost three months. I thought a trip to the Philippines wouldn’t phase me. I was wrong. I thought I could return to my normal life without any disruptions. I was wrong. I assumed when I returned home, the memories of the trip would fade. I was wrong. I thought I would be able to deal with whatever Angeles City threw at me. I was totally wrong!  I understand my friends now. Everything they told me is true. When we get together, we howl and laugh and slap each other on the back. We tell the same stories over and over. We are closer friends now than ever before, almost brothers. We are members of a special group, for we have been to Angeles City!!!!

My friend took me to the Champagne Club first. He was well known there, several girls squealing, laughing, grabbing him and greeting us as we walked in the door. In no time at all he had introduced me to four or five stunning beauties; and I could take one, two or all of them home with me? It was something I’d never thought possible. Within five minutes of entering the Champagne Club, I had succumbed to the charms of Angeles City. I didn’t realize it then but I was already lost forever.  All I want now is to go again. I dream of the first night in Angeles City that changed my life forever. I had two gorgeous, sweet girls, naked with me in the hotel swimming pool, taking showers with me, all three of us nude in the bed, doing things I had hardly even read about in racy novels.

Or I dream of the time I stayed with Maricel, only twenty years old with a soft, sexy, purring voice that will melt you like an ice cube in the hot Philippino sun. She has a body and face that would win beauty contests in the United States.We were together four glorious days and nights. We spend most of the days around the hotel pool, swimming, throwing the beach ball back and forth and splashing water. She would wrap her legs around my waist and her arms around my neck and pull me close while we were lounging in the water. Sitting by the pool she was always near me, touching me or holding my hand. Frequently she crawled up in my lap, playing with my ears or hair and kissing me on the neck, face and lips.

She was the most loving, affectionate and accommodating woman I’d ever met in my life. My wish was her command. She would run get my cigars, go to the store to pick up snacks for the room and take the dirty clothes to the laundry. You name it, she did it for me. She never complained about anything, not once in four days.We made love in the morning when we woke up. Usually in the late afternoon we’d make love again. At night we’d go out to eat and then go bar hopping. Afterwards we’d return to the hotel and make love again. She always wanted to sleep close to me, throwing an arm and a leg over my body. Sometimes I would just lay there listening to her soft breathing next to my ear while she slept. It was heaven!

She wasn’t jealous either. When we were in the clubs, I could call other girls over, buy them drinks and talk to them. She would sit close, always touching me while she joined in the conversations. She even told me it was ok if I wanted to take another girl with us.  Can you imagine a white woman volunteering to bring another chick home for sex? I thought I was dreaming. This couldn’t be happening. This young beautiful lady was willing to share me with another girl, at the same time? I told her “No” because I was so enraptured of her, I didn’t want to share her with anyone, not even another girl.  We were making love three times a day, sometimes more. During the day she would sometimes whisper in my ear, “Honey, let’s go inside.” We did it everywhere imaginable in the room, on the desk, on the floor, sitting on the couch, in the shower, everywhere! We even did it in the hotel pool late one night.

Any kind of sex I wanted was OK with her. In fact she showed me some things I’d never done before. If you can imagine it, I think we did it. Our love-making was indescribable!Never in my life had I felt like this. I had boundless energy the entire trip, even though I was sleeping only three or four hours a night. I feel twenty years younger now. I am full in spirit. I am alive!!!

Angeles City is amazing. Everyone smiles and greets you wherever you go, even the girls on the street. They hooted and hollered when I walked into the clubs where I was known. The guys living there were friendly. You could easily meet them anywhere, in the clubs, outdoor bars, Kokomo’s and other restaurants. They would spend time drinking a beer, chatting and relating their life experiences with you. I wanted to be like them. I wanted to live their lives.When I was in Angeles City, I was a new person. The world as I knew it had ceased to exist. I could speak freely. I didn’t have to modify my behavior for fear of repercussions. People left me alone. I could do just about anything I wanted and wouldn’t be criticized – there was no politically-correct bullshit in Angeles City.

I didn’t have to get up early and drag myself to work every day. I didn’t have a demanding boss looking over my shoulder. I didn’t have those relentless monthly bills that are unavoidable at home. I didn’t have to worry about changing the oil in the cars, cutting the grass, fixing the roof or catering to the wife’s needs. Hell, I didn’t even have to take out the garbage.I had miraculously escaped the rat race and the suffocating restrictions American society imposes on all of us.

Angles City!!!! This is the way it is supposed to be! I am free! I control my destiny!So after one trip to Angeles City, I found I was locked into my life at home, a life I didn’t want anymore. I thought I had lost my mind. My behavior changed, just as my friends’ did. My wife started asking me what was wrong with me. I could see the worried look on her face. She was concerned for my mental health. I wouldn’t, couldn’t explain anything to her. She suggested I see a psychiatrist. I did, explaining in much greater detail than here.While I talked for over an hour, the doc sat there with this incredulous look on his face. I wondered if he was deciding if I was a complete lunatic or planning his first trip to the Philippines.  He told me I wasn’t crazy, advising me to grow up, get over it and get on with my life, the same thing I had told my friends. Ironically I found myself repeating, just as my friends had to me, “You don’t understand. You just don’t understand. You have to go there to understand”.  Going to the doctor didn’t do much good. I did decide I hadn’t totally lost my marbles, but I had lost interest in everything I had held dear before.

The job? The hell with it. I don’t care anymore. I still go to work because I have to. Believe me, if it wasn’t required, I wouldn’t set foot in the office another day. I have another 15 years to work before I’m eligible to retire. I don’t think I can last that long. Physically I’m ok. Mentally, I shudder to think I have to work another fifteen years before I can retire to the Philippines.  My hobbies? Tennis anyone? Screw it, I never play the game anymore. Fishing? I’ll give you my rods and reels, just drop by the house some afternoon. Golf? My clubs can turn to rust for all I care. Playing cards with the wife and friends? No thanks, it’s boring. Poker with the guys? Yeah but we just drink and talk about the Philippines. I seldom see a movie and I never watch TV anymore.

I had never spent a lot of time on the computer at home before I went to Angeles City but I do now, always checking the bulletin boards. I crave any information at all about the place. I cruise the Angeles City and bar web sites, looking at all the photos and devouring any news about the town. When the wife’s out of the house or sleeping, I chat with the girls I know there.I haven’t had sex with my wife since I returned from the Philippines. I’m not interested in sex with her anymore. We don’t even sleep in the same bedroom now. My wife has done nothing wrong but she’s losing me, 27 years of marriage down the toilet. She’s aware it’s happening but doesn’t understand why or how to stop it.

I am thrown into depression and despair when I hear her crying and sobbing through the wall at night, yet at the same time I’m wishing she would finally go to sleep so I can sneak off to the computer and chat with the girls in Angeles City. We are on the road to divorce and like my friends before me, it’s entirely my fault, yet I am powerless to change anything.

I know I can not go back to being the man I was previously. I admit to you I don’t even want to go back to my prior life, for I have been to the Elysian Fields. I am obsessed with returning. The desire to be on the streets, and in the bars in Angeles City is an overpowering drug I can not control. I can’t wait until I get on the plane again. It’s all I dream of.  I dislike myself though, for not being strong enough to resist the siren call of Angeles City. I abhor the thoughts, emotions and desires that lure me back to Fields Avenue, yet in the next second, my spirit soars and I am smiling again as I think of my next trip, but I hate myself for ruining my family’s lives. Sometimes I cry too, knowing what I will ultimately do to them.  Yet my thoughts about Angeles City never dissipate. I care to talk only of my experiences there. I am irresistibly drawn to Fields Avenue just as lemmings are to the sea. All I want is to get back to what was heaven on earth for me. It is the sole reason for my existence anymore.

If you are happy now, don’t go to Angeles City. Angeles City will destroy your life. Once you have visited that town, you will lose interest in everything and everyone at home. Every waking hour you will spend plotting to return again, and again, and again, and again.  I am an Angeles City junkie now, addicted until I die.  Don’t go to Angeles City. Don’t ruin your life as I have done. ”  (one last note.  Even if you stay married, stay in your home country, raise your kids, keep your job, retire – believe me, you will still remember those sweet days in AC, Subic or Barrio Barretto.  I get Emails from some of them)

Hi Harry, For the life of me I cannot see why anyone wants to go back to the Philippines today. I first arrived as a surfin-diving tourist in 1987 and it was a wild and crazy place full of fun. Ermita was in full swing and the bars were a blast just to see the openness of it all and the live and let live atmosphere. I went up north to La Union to surf and hit A.C. around 1988 while the bases were still active. It was also a wild and crazy place in a safe and fun way….no real worries and very little crime beyond pick-pockets and the usual non-violent stuff with a rare violent occurrence here and there, but not often……visited MANY times ever after and even lived in A.C. in the 1990s. But around 2000 EVERYTHING started to change and today it is a complete nightmare and endless crime-fest with deadly violence ready to explode at any give moment….. I lived and traveled all over Asia and the P.I. now is a place I NEVER want to set foot in again. Vietnam and Thailand are not perfect but light years safer than the P.I.,and the officials actually WANT you to come and enjoy yourself and spend your cash as long as you like..The smug, arrogant and insulting ways a foreigner is treated by “officials” in the P.I. is appalling and demeaning and often infuriating and pisses one off to the point of hating the place…..it turned into a.very sad state of affairs there now….a place to avoid if you value your LIFE… Roger Ramjett  (Ouch, that hurts Roger.  You are right that things are different and that in Thailand the tourists are treated a bit better than in AC.  The Tricycle drivers, street urchins and the police are not all that kind here but that is not applicable to the rest of the Philippines.  Even AC still has some good points and tourists are still coming here and having a good time.  They are just being a bit more careful and conscious the traps they could fall into if not careful.  Now, instead of just wild sex you have a more sedate bar scene, better hotels, Malls, many restaurants offering a variety of cuisine delights.  Very few get killed visiting here, they like to kill us old expats living here instead) 

Hi Harry, I’d like to bring something to your attention which I think a lot of people reading your website should be aware of. As you may already be aware, every year hundreds of convicted sex offenders enter(or as of late, attempt to enter) the Philippines. Angeles city without a doubt is a popular destination for sex offenders world-wide.The Bureau of Immigration has begun a crackdown on denying entry to the majority of sex offenders that attempt to enter the Philippines. BI, by obtaining information from various law enforcement agencies, is able to obtain names of sex offenders who have a pending arrival into the Philippines.

Sex offenders from the United States that are thinking of travelling to the Philippines to meet a prospective wife/girlfriend/fiancée that they may have met through an online romance should also be aware of section 402 of the Adam Walsh act of 2006. This act amended section 204 of the Immigration and Nationality act to prohibit US citizens and lawful permanent resident aliens who have been convicted of any “specified offense against a minor” from filing a family-based immigrant petition on behalf of any beneficiary, unless the Secretary of Homeland Security determines in his sole and unreviewable discretion that the petitioner poses no risk to the beneficiary. Section 402 of the Adam Walsh act also prohibits US citizens convicted of these offenses from filing a fiancée petition for a K-1 nonimmigrant status(fiancée visa).

“Specified offense against a minor” involves crimes of any of the following offenses:

(A) An offense (unless committed by a parent or guardian) involving kidnapping.

(B) An offense (unless committed by a parent or guardian) involving false imprisonment.

(C) Solicitation to engage in sexual conduct.

(D) Use in a sexual performance

(E) Solicitation to practice prostitution

(F) Video voyeurism as described in section 1801 of title 18, United States Code.

(G) Possession, production, or distribution of child pornography

(H) Criminal sexual conduct involving a minor, or the use of the Internet to facilitate or attempt such conduct.

What are ramifications for U.S. citizen sex offenders that contemplating travel to the Philippines for their sex-holiday or to meet up with a prospective Filipina wife/fiancée they met online? Basically they are screwed – first of all they will almost surely be denied entry into the Philippines, secondly they will not be allowed to petition for a spouse/fiancée anyway, if their sex offense involved a minor. Sadly Harry, I can tell you that quite a few of these sex offenders from the U.S. have been convicted of a crime involving a minor. I think you would agree with me also, that allowing sex offenders to come to Angeles city would only endanger the many Filipina friends and family members that we both have here. I hope that any sex-offenders contemplating coming to the Philippines will stay put. It is not worth flying for almost one whole day to the Philippines only to be given the grim news that you will be waiting for another day at Ninoy Aquino International Airport before being sent back to the United States! Regards, Brian P.  (Brian, I hope this works as we have witnessed the presence of a few sex offenders that slipped through and live here in AC)

Harry, got a question for you about SBP that you might not know the answer to but maybe some old US military retiree might know.  I have taken out SBP (Survivor Benefit Plan) that military people can take out so their wife gets a payment at the end of each month after the military member dies)  Anyway they got out that some of the countries charge 30% from it and some do not charge that.  I have contacted the SBP Office and they say they didn’t have anything on it and that would fall under the Interna Revenus Office.  The Internal Revenue will not give a straight answer.  Would you put it in your paper and see if some retiree may know the answer? Dave K. (Dave, your are right, I do not have an answer.  Lets see if someone can provide the answer.  So far I have never heard of such a tax)

hi Harry, is uber in angels city yet???uber is ride share service…..thanks…
(Stephen You have to be kidding, no way will Uber reach AC. No one has heard of it there. I am in Vegas now and just read in the local paper that there is a big battle between Uber and the taxi association and there is a court hearing today. Personally I like the idea of Uber and think it is necessary.  Maybe someone will set up a Uber tricycle service)

Hello Harry, I am now living in La Union, enjoying the quiet life.  I took the family to Subic for a couple of days over the weekend, but we had to stay in Angeles for a night on the way back. I was doing a little bar hop on my own, and happened to pass Candy Bar as it was being raided on Tuesday night.  I saw the girls holding hands as they were taken out and put on 2 private jeepneys and taken away. So sad for them, knowing how badly they get treated.  So, if you’re waiting for further confirmation, this is it. I nearly went in there myself just before that.  Regards, Peter
(Thanks Peter, I did not have any info on this raid and I am very sad to hear about this.  How many times do they have to pick on this club?  What excuse did they use this time?  Received additional information from a source indicating that the Candy Bar management paid money to whoever and reopened the next night.  Hence, the motive for the raids. I was told that a second bar was raided the same night, the Centaro (sp?) previously known as the Carousel.

Harry, Wanted to let readers know motorista honda dealership in olongapo is ridiculous. bought new bike for cash and asked if it could be ready in hr,,they said yes. After 1.5 i asked whats prob? they said no mechanic on site. Took 3 hrs and had to ride home in rain with wife and baby. Took it back for oil change and tuneup at 500 km. WAs advised no mechanic on site. Tld them i want to speak to manager. Was told not on site. I said i want complaint form,,they said none available. I told them ok ill go to mayors office and complain,,they called mechanic in did oil but no tuneup and never gave me the service form. will contact honda regional…what a joke,,just a heads up to readers,,steve snyder castillejos zambales

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Manila police on Sunday warned the public of a taxi driver who attempted to immobilize a female passenger by spraying chemicals on Friday.

Jemimah Cristel Umengan, 19, student, and a Pasay City resident told investigators that she boarded a cab with plate number TXD-102 at Robinson’s Place in Ermita around 6:30 p.m.  Upon reaching Malate, she noticed the driver had sprayed an unidentified compound, which caused her to feel dizzy.  Despite feeling weak, Umengan was able to open the door of the taxi and safely alighted from it.  The taxi sped away immediately.  The victim said nothing was taken from her.

Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Rolando Asuncion had directed SPO2 John Cayetano of the General Assignment Section to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTRRB) to probe the operator of the involved taxi and find out the identity of the driver.  The spraying of sleep-inducing chemicals is a new modus operandi to make female passengers drowsy, making it easier to rob or abduct the passenger.

Similar cases earlier were reported to the LTFRB. A taxi franchise was earlier meted with a 30-day suspension, pending the completion of an investigation involving the same modus operandi.  At least eleven taxis were accused of resorting to chemical spraying since October last year.  NOTE:  Be advised that this could  happen to men as well, especially elderly men who would be easy victims.  

 

If you have been to the Marquee Mall since the Oct 27 then you already know they they started charging for parking. This has to be one of the worst laid out malls for parking anywhere in the Philippines. They should have shuttle buses from the parking lot to the nearest door.

 

A bit of humor – Siamese twin men walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a bar stool. One of them says to the bartender, “Don’t mind us; we’re joined at the hip. I’m John, he’s Jim.  Two Molson Canadian beers, draft please.”  The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers. “Been on holiday yet, guys?”  “Off to England next month,” says John. “We go to England every year, rent a car and drive for miles. Don’t we, Jim?”  Jim agrees.  “Ah, England!” says the bartender. “Wonderful country… the history,the beer, the culture…”  “Nah, we don’t like that British baloney,” says John.  “Hamburgers and Molson’s beer, that’s us, eh Jim? And we can’t stand the English food and warm beer. Plus they’re so arrogant and rude to the colonials.”  “So why keep going to England?” asks the bartender.  “It’s the only chance Jim gets to drive.”  (Extracted from the Stockholm Absolut Hash Trash magazine, July issue)

WARNING – You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room).  You go to your room and settle in. All is good.  The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.  The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.’ Not thinking anything is wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk, you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random roomnumber, then ask you for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem.  If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.  This was sent by someone who has been duped……..and is still cleaning up the mess.  ANYONE travelling should be aware of this one…….and also, always ensure your credit card is in sight!! (Since I am traveling this month I certainly heed this warning)

InterAksyon.com means BUSINESS - 

MANILA – The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia’s largest budget airline plans to revive operations in Clark once the connector road linking the south and north of Manila are completed in 2016.  In a press briefing last Friday, AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes said Air Asia Philippines would return to Clark once the connector road is built, cutting the travel time from Makati City to Clark to only 45 minutes.  ”Secretary [Rogelio] Singson mentioned to me that it would be ready by 2016. If we get that by 2016, we will go back. We like Clark ,” Fernandes said, referring to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) chief.

Manila North Tollways Corp (MNTC) is building the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road project, which is Segment 10.2 of the North Luzon Expressway — an eight-kilometer road from C3 in Caloocan City to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila.  Citra Central Expressway Corp, on the other hand, is constructing the P26.7 billion Skyway Stage 3 project, a 14.8-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway that will connect the end of the Skyway in Buendia to Balintawak.  These two expressways are projected to be completed by 2016.

In September last year, AirAsia Philippines announced the suspension of its operation in Clark due to commercial reasons.  ”It’s been a rough ride. It’s been hard because Clark did not work. We thought Clark will be easier but the market was not prepared to go that far,” Fernandes said.  He however remains optimistic about the Philippine market as only three airlines are left to compete.  ”There is a big potential here. The market is big,” he said, adding that the airline is focusing international destinations like Japan, China and Korea.

AirAsia Philippines last March forged a partnership with Zest Air, allowing the former, which operates out of Clark, to gain access to the latter’s slots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  AirAsia Philippines holds an 85 percent economic stake and a 49 percent voting stake in Zest Air while the latter owns a 15 percent stake in the former.  AirAsia Group owns 40 percent of Philippines AirAsia. The remaining 60 percent is held by Hontiveros, Michael Romero, Antonio Cojuangco and Alfredo Yao.

At present, AirAsia Zest flies to China and South Korea and serves domestic destinations like Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Tacloban and Tagbilaran from its hub at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA 4). The airline has 16 aircraft.  (This is interesting and could really shorten the travel from and to the Airport (Clark and NAIA.  Buendia is in Makati and the article indicates that the Skyway Stage 3 will connect to the end of the skyway at Buendia.  I wonder if one can enter the skyway near the airport in order to start the trip to Balintawak?  Sadly, I do not see anything about getting from Roxas to any of these new roadways.  Reducing the travel time from Manila to Clark from 2 to 3 hours to 45 minutes does not seem like a realistic objective.  But, if it means bypassing any of the traffic in Manila that is great.  Anyone taking any bets on a completion date of 2016?)

REMEMBERING MT. PINATUBO ERUPTION - 

FYI,

         This is a good documentary of what we endured some 23 years ago.  (Many Expats living here remember this very well) 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=232828656736475

JOKE OF THE MONTH:  Penis van Lesbian

A good looking man walked into an agent’s office in Hollywood and
said, “I want to be a movie star.”
Tall, handsome, and with experience on Broadway, he had the right credentials. The agent asked, “What’s your  name?”
The guy said, “My name is Penis van Lesbian.”
The agent said, “Sir, I hate to tell you, but in order to get into Hollywood, you are going to have to change your name.”
“I will NOT change my name! The van Lesbian name is centuries old,
I will not disrespect my grandfather by changing my name. Not ever.”

The agent said, “Sir, I have worked in Hollywood for years… you
will  NEVER go far in Hollywood with a name like Penis van Lesbian ! I’m
telling you, you will HAVE TO change your name or I will not be able to represent you.”

“So be it! I guess we will not do business together,” the guy said and
he left the agent’s office.
FIVE YEARS LATER… The agent opens an envelope sent to his office.
Inside the envelope is a letter and a check for $50,000.  The
agent is awe-struck, who would possibly send him $50,000? He reads the letter enclosed…
Dear Sir,
Five years ago, I came into your office wanting to become an actor in Hollywood, you told me I needed to change my name. Determined to make it with my God-given birth name, I refused. You told me I would never make it in Hollywood with a name like Penis
van Lesbian… After I left your office, I thought about what you said. I decided you were right. I had to change my name.  I had too much pride to return to your office, so I signed with another agent. I would never have made it without changing my name, so the enclosed check is a token of my appreciation.
Thank you for your advice.

Sincerely,

Dick van Dyke

NEW REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGNERS STAYING LONGER THAN 59 DAYS IN THE PI.

The US Embassy wishes to alert US citizens in the Philippines about a new program for the registration of most foreigners in the Philippines that was recently announced by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have launched the new registration system called the “Alien Registration Program (ARP)” which intends to update and document all foreigners in the Philippines. The registration involves capturing finger print biometrics and digital photos for automatic facial recognition of foreign registrants.

The new program was launched on October 1, 2014 and runs through September 30, 2015. According to BI, most foreigners are required to participate in the ARP, and those who do not register run the risk of accumulating fines of 200 pesos per month. Based on the BI web site, the following individuals are exempted from participation in the ARP:

· Holders of a valid ACR-I card (except tourist ACR-I cards)

· Tourists whose stay does not exceed 59 days

· Other aliens who are exempted from registration pursuant to law

All foreigners who register under the ARP will be issued a permanent Special Security Registration (SSR) number which will be imprinted on an ACR-I card with a micro-chip. This SSR number will be the permanent identification number of the foreigner, and the issued card will be the basis for the foreigner to transact any business with the BI.

For a complete description of the program, including exceptions to registration, benefits of the program, locations where registration may be accomplished, and other details related to the program, please visit the Bureau of Immigration web site, http://www.immigration.gov.ph/.

This Philippine Immigration bureaucracy is really becoming a pain in the ass.  Now my travel guru HOWARD sent me the following message:  Immigration now require SIX 2” x 2” photos for exit clearance, and suggest applying 2 weeks before departure.

OLONGAPO THEN AND NOW:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z48XUrr2-hA

How one Hash father advised his daughter – Daughter asked her dad, “Dad, there is something that my boyfriend said to me, that I didn’t understand — He said I have a beautiful chasis, 2 lovely airbags and a fantastic bumper.”

Dad said, “You tell your boyfriend that if he opens your bonnet and pulls out his dipstick to check the oil,  I will give him such a servicing that his motor will cease functioning and his ball bearings will fall off!”

You can read about the Marine who murdered a Billy Boy in Subic last month in my breaking news but since then there has been little news.  The last I heard he was transferred to a military base and was under guard by Americans and  Filipinos.  Naturally protesters are having a field day.  My source was not able to get the location of the base.  It appears there is a bit of  a news black out on  the status of this very foolish soldier.

I received this bit of wisdom from Dennis Wright, read, enjoy and LEARN!  

Don’t you love it when a complicated situation can be explained in such simple terms?

THE DEBT CEILING

* Democrats don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING

* Republicans don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING

* Liberals don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING

* NO ONE understands THE DEBT CEILING

* SO – Allow me to explain.

Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood.  Your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.  What do you think you should do –  raise the ceiling or pump out the shit?  Your choice is coming in November.

This was sent to me by the “bug man” (Mike Cain) and obviously I need more details but for now we have to live with this advance notice.
“Pls inform all your readers that effective nov 10 any car with old plates will be impounded and no drive no new plate, they have new plates and want old 1s exchanged, we are doing check on requirements now and also where we saw that, same with all motorcycles”.

So now we have the continuing drama of Tim Kaufman who is accused of being one of the killers of David Balmer and his GF.  I already announced in my breaking news that his extradition to the Philippines was approved and Philippine authorities will be sent to the US to collect him.  I was in receipt of a copy of his 8 page letter in Facebook  and see that he does not like me of Dave Mason.  In fact he had one page filled with negative comments about me?  Not at all!  Likewise for Dave, in fact his comment was:

“It seems that Kaufman and his supporters (they donated $55,000 to him so far) expect us expats to support him because #1) he’s an American, #2) he’s a former US Marine and war veteran, #3) he’s a VFW post 2485 member.  I can’t support him on that basis alone.  I need to know his alibi for the night of the murders and why he fled so quickly and why he has remained mum for 3 years.  Dave”  I certainly agree with Dave, there are questions to be answered and if Tim is brought back here he might be able to contribute information that will help to find the evil people who shot two innocent people to death in their bed, that is of course, if Tim himself is innocent.  I guess it is time for that question to be answered once and for all.  Tim claims innocence so now he can prove it one way or another.  Many of us look forward to that.
If a bill being discussed in Ireland passes there will be a lot of horny men going up the wall there.  More business for AC?
“MLAs have been debating the latest stage of a bill that tightens the law in relation to human trafficking.  The bill, drawn up by the DUP peer Lord Morrow, contains a clause that would make it a crime for anyone to pay for sex.”  When will Governments realize that paying for a piece of ass is NOT human trafficking but a business that should be legalized and taxed.
Lets see, Obama can’t get retired marine Andrew Tahmooresi out of a Mexican jail. What a shame but I would not be surprised if he was released a day before the upcoming election.  Me, I would have closed the gate to and out of Mexico to all travelers until he was released.  That would be interesting.

EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

Howard McKay trivia Quiz on 18 Nov at the Blue Boar Inn.

2 Dec, yes, advance notice, Howard McKay musical gig at the Blue Boar Inn (stable).  Yep, early to avoid conflict with Christmas activities.

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

His name is Peter McLean and he caught the AC Virus in 2011 when he made his first visit here.  His hometown is Gosford, N.S.W, Australia.  Since that first trip he has returned many times and has no intention of stopping his visits.  Maybe someday retire here?  I have already asked him to join my Rotary Club since he has been a Rotarian.  Before I get into a few details let me relate a story he told me.  ”Harry, in my many visits I kept meeting these beautiful women from Samar.  So many were there that I figured I should visit Samar and see all these beautiful ladies in their home town.  I was sure I would be surrounded by all these ladies, one more beautiful than the other, all anxious to know me.  When I got there and visited the local bars I found the ladies to be not so good looking.  After visiting three or four bars I finally asked one owner “I saw so many beautiful women in Angeles City that I came here to see in their home environment but no matter where I go I don’t see them, where are they?  He looked at me and simply said, they all left for Angeles City already!”  Peter learned a lesson, don’t go searching far away for what is already here for the picking.  At this time, after all these visits, he still has not settled for one special lady yet.  He prefers to stay single and carefree.  At 59 years old and single he is a popular man here.  He has two sone, 26 and 38 back in Gosford and he is a grandfather.  He is semi-retired working as a Human Resources contractor.   He said he has never visited Thailand and may take a stab at that during his next visit.  On this trip he was staying at the Pacific Breeze and really liked it there.  His favorite bars were the Champagne and the Doll House.  He gave high praise to the Mamasan’s there.  Needless to say, Peter is one happy visitor to this land of hospitality and he will be enjoy the fruits of joy for many more years.

VETERANS RUMBLE, VOTE STORM, WASHINGTON D.C. !!!

It doesn’t matter to me if you are a veteran or not. Please read and forward this to all your e-mail buddies. It needs to go viral.  If you are not interested in this message, simply delete it, If you are not a veteran send this to those that you know who are, or to those who may know veterans.

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. Get out and VOTE!!!!)

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014.. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us. The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training, either.

Now, the President wants the US to sign on to the UNs International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UN’s ICC to arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal. The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power.  If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger.

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. —

More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the five years before that. Many have died since August. During the last six month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a “force for good in Afghanistan.”

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed. There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 5 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president’s party. Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November 2014 mid-term election, if they all respond.

 

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turnout to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

CLARK GREEN CITY RECEIVES P5 BILLION INVESTMENT

This is a very ambitious project and this old horse would love to at least see shovel to ground start up of actual construction.  I do not want to just see a fancy ground breaking ceremony and no follow up construction.  I also hope all the bidding by investors is on the up and up.

“Last week, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced their P5 billion investment in Clark Green City, an upcoming development in Central Luzon. Located, jointly, in Pampanga and Tarlac, nestled within the northern sector of the Sacobia reservation, and spanning 35,000 hectares, Clark Green City is envisioned to be a modern eco city that is environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive, culturally relevant, and technologically integrated.

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova issued that the P5 billion, an incremental figure, would see to basic infrastructure and utilities. The sum was drawn from BCDAs funds.  We will provide the basics to make the site accessible to investors who then would do the rest. I expect the private sector to spend about P59 billion to put up needed infrastructure in the rest of the Clark Green City, Casanova stated in an interview with the Philippine Star.

A state-owned firm, the BCDA redevelops former military bases into business and commercial centers in partnership with the private sector.  Casanova stated, however, that Clark Green City wont be receiving any funding from the state. We do not get funds from the government. We remit funds to the government, he said, citing that infrastructure projects are poised to be bid out to contractors by the third quarter.  Scheduled to be launched in 2015, Phase 1 of the city spans some 1,300 hectares. Its master development plan segregates the area into five districts, namely for government, business, academic, agri-forestry research and development, and wellness and eco-tourism.  Once completed, Clark Green City is projected to create up to 925,000 jobs, generating P1.57 trillion per year to the economy, according to Casanova.”

Ladyboy found dead in Olongapo Hotel Room. Foreigner seen leaving.

 

Details are still sketchy, but it appears a Sailor or Marine left a room at a downtown hotel, and a ladyboy was found dead There is a chance that it’s an accident, but it is way too early to tell. The US has restricted all personnel’s movements. I’m told everyone at Clark will be confined to the Base as well.  The local authorities are waiting for Embassy personnel (including NCIS) to arrive to conduct a full investigation.  There are already protests in Olongapo.  One has to wonder what this will do to the ongoing military cooperation between the US and the Philippines?  Our sympathies to the family of the victim.

THIS COULD BE ONE ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS.  ALL IT TAKES IS ONE INCIDENT TO RUIN EVERYTHING FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE LOCALS AND RESTRICTING THE MILITARY TO THE BASE HURTS ALL BUSINESSES IN AC AND OLONGAPO.  LETS HOPE THERE IS NO MILITARY INVOLVEMENT BECAUSE THE PROTESTERS WILL GO APE SHIT.  

 

I WOULD IF I COULD

This lady is a charmer.  She has a lovely face, is petite and also a bit shy.  She is only 5’2′ and has such a pleasing personality.  19 years old and comes from Bamban, Tarlac not far from where my farm is located.  She has graduated from high school, has one brother and two sisters.  No boyfriend and no children, at least at the time of this writing. She likes traveling.  When I interviewed her in late August she was working at a Korean Bar named “Girl Generation”.  I must admit that one of my customers introduced her to me as he had met her on a jeepney.  Yes, he is a smooth talker but in this case he did meet a very nice gal.  So nice in fact that I would like to meet her again to see if she is still working in the same bar.  I have no idea where this bar is located as I do not frequent Korean bars. I did realize something and that is I am not keeping up with progress.  It seems that more and more ladies are using Facebook for communicating rather than Emails.  Aiko had no idea what I was asking when I asked for her Email address.  She looked at me like the old man I am and said “I use FACEBOOK!”  OK fine, I am barely FACEBOOK proficient.  Her name on FB is aikovalasque.  I guess you search for that name and then ask to be a friend.  I still prefer Emails.  (Warning – do not be disappointed if she cannot be contacted.  All too often lately these ladies give false contact information)

SOMETHING FOR MY AUSTRALIAN READERS

Recently Australia Post which is totally government owned and has been for 200 years, announced the loss of 900 jobs, being part of a cut back program. This is due to the decline in letters beings sent and that’s true as email has further reduced letter writing and in many ways understandably. A hand written letter is a wonderful thing and contains the hand writing of a friend or loved one and that’s a blessing plus the effort required to put pen to paper and then to post it. However a lot of mail is not so endearing and can be emailed and gets to its destination anywhere in the world almost instantly. No postage and no paper and no fuel used to drive to the mail box to post the letter. From this view point I think technology has delivered a wonderful option with email. However there is more to the Post Office game than just this.

The CEO of Australia Post is Ahmed Fahour who was born in Lebanon and came to Australia in 1970. In 2009 he was made Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post. His salary package was estimated to be worth $4.8 million last year. Of this he donated about $2 million to the Islamic Museum of Australia located in Melbourne. I have a big problem with this fellow’s salary package and so let’s get some perspective here. The top ten executives in Australia Post combined earn around $20 million each year. That’s simply immoral and clearly the CEO can afford to give away nearly half his takings to an Islamic museum so he doesn’t need it and surprise, surprise, its tax deductable.

The founder and director of the museum is former Macquarie Bank executive Moustafa Fahour – Ahmed Fahour’s brother. Moustafa’s wife, Maysaa, is the chairwoman and director. The Fahours’ sister, Samira El Khafir, is head chef and manages the restaurant on site. How can the CEO of the Post Office earn so much especially when the postal service is bleeding money from letter delivery. No employee is worth 5 million a year and especially not from a government owned business.

The top federal public servants in Australia have salaries of between $665,600 and $844,800 so how does the bloke in charge of the Post Office received $4.8 million? The Prime Minister of Australia earns a modest $507,000 considering the real burdens of office while the CEO of the Gold Coast Council earning slightly less and that’s patently out of kilter with the PM’s package. The Mayor of GCCC brings in $225,000 so how on earth can the Post Office justify the massive pay of their CEO?.

Let’s look further; the head of the US postal service with 19 times more staff and 11 times more revenue than Australia Post receives $550,000. In France the head of their post office was paid $1.1 million with a staff compliment of 268,000 employees. What a country full of mugs we are to sit by and let all this happen. I would have run the big game of Post Office for a lot less and still done a reasonable job and in fact if the best of we seniors applied ourselves we could run the damn post office better and for nothing except a kiss and a free lunch now and again. You had better believe it too.

There is an unpleasant and some would say sinister unbalanced agenda in Australia which in the end preys on the average citizen, we the people. We are no longer the lucky country and we are no longer wealthy and this particular game of Post Office reveals major fractures and faults on a number fronts in our society and culture. Who is running the country, who is pulling the levers and who is going to win? We the Mugs need to know.

Until next time this is Kent Bayley On 3 Jul 2014, at 3:53 pm, Jim Gundry <hombre@netconnect.com.au> wrote: This is what can happen when C.E.Os. are paid obscenely excessive salaries.  If you can see any sense in this, please tell me. (Jim, I am not in to “income re-distribution” but we do have a bit of high salaries for many of our CEO’s as well.  Wish I was smart enough to be one of them)

This is interesting. I have written about the ambition of Muslims to gain control of Brussels in the near future simply by their large birthrate. Could the Belgiums finally be waking up?

One hopes that Western governments would be as bold and brave as the Belgians are.  FAT chance!

PORK IN SCHOOL CANTEENS - A REAL MAYOR WHO REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM THE MENUS IN SCHOOL CANTEENS – AND EXPLAINS WHY:  Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of Ath in Belgium. Marc Duvivier, the Mayor of Ath, has refused and the Town Clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why.

“Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Belgium, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate to.

They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Belgium.

They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Belgians who so generously welcomed them.

They must understand that the Athois are neither racist nor xenophobic, they accepted many immigrants before Muslims (whereas the reverse is not true; Muslims do not accept non-Muslim foreigners on their soil).

That no more than other nations, the Belgians are not willing to give up their identity, their culture and if Belgium is a land of welcome, it is not I, as the Mayor of Ath, who welcomes foreigners, but the Belgian people as a whole.

Finally, they must understand that in Belgium with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain. The Municipality of Ath was right to refuse any concession to Islam and Sharia Law.

For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Belgium, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open arms in accordance with Shariah Law. If you left your country for Belgium and not for other Muslim countries it is because you have considered that life is better in Belgium than elsewhere.

Ask yourself this question, just once:  Why is it better here in Belgium than where you come from?  A canteen with pork is part of the answer.”  THERE SHOULD BE MORE OF THIS.  (Absolutely)

 His name is Dick Corni and he is now a young 92 year old ex horseshoe champion and of course a US Vet going all the way back to active duty in 1941-45 in the Army-Air Force.  He left the service in 1945 only to be called back in 1950 for the Korean War.  This time he stayed in for 20 years before retiring as a SMSgt.  Not content to take it easy he went to work with GE and stayed with them for 17 years.  GE sent him to San Antonio, Zambales to work at a radar site.  That is when he fell in love with the Philippines.  During all his years in the service he never got injured but a tri-cycle hit him while he was crossing the street at night and he ended up with a fractured Tibia.  The on lookers took him to AUF Hospital (Bad News there) where they put him in a corner, inserted a IV and then forgot about him.  Mike Sculley (Puzzles Rest) and Dennis Williams went to AUF to check on him and were able to get him some needed attention.  They saw his stomach was swollen  and instructed the doctors, nurses to take care of him.  They saw that the care was below standards and got him transferred to St. Lukes in Manila.  Finally, a hospital where the staff were much more proficient and, according to Dick, did a super job on him.  He then, with the help of Marine Steve, made it to the States, entered a hospital and finished up with some great treatment.  When I saw him he was walking without a cane and looked like a man in his late 70′s instead of 92.  He is pretty active with the local ladies and is damn proud of it.  Sadly, he had to give up horseshoe playing when he hit 90 years of age then very reluctantly.

Dick is an example of vets helping vets and also shows the benefit of belonging to a fairly large Expat community where he is a popular member.  Dick has a certain secret method of how he keeps all the ladies he dates happy.  When you see him , stop and chat and ask him about it.  He is quite proud about his method and will easily share the information with you.  Dick Corni, a remarkable man and a remarkable US Veteran.

THE AZZURRO HOTEL

Pictured to the left are the newly renovated Azzurro Hotel previously known as the “MINT”.  Also show is one of the most professional, successful General Managers in Pampanga, Mr. Noli Reyes.

The Assurro has had a bit of a shaky start in that while under the name of the MINT the owner turned the management of it over to a local Filipino businessman who was not able to achieve the objectives of the owner for the two years that it was under his control.  Finally, when the rent was past due and no improvements had been made the owner took possession again and wisely, hired Noli Reyes as the GM with full power to get the job done without any interference.

The first order of business was to change the name and then draw up the plans and get the ball rolling.  When you enter you are greeted with the sight of the entire lobby under construction and when finished restaurant/bar will be the featured attraction.

Rooms, presently 52 rooms are available but on the 4th through 6th floors 66 rooms will be added.  On the 3rd floor a large function room will be created with capacity for 300 to 400 guests.  Wait, not finished yet, how about the top 9th floor?  Hold your breath, this will see another restaurant and bar featuring a drop dead view of the City and Mt. Arryat plus a very large Jacuzzi pool and a medium size gym. How about underground parking with plenty of additional parking space in the front and back of the building.

All this taking place within months of GM Noli taking over after two year of stagnation under the old management.  That is why Noli is in demand for his services.  He was for many years the manager of the Mimosa Resort on Clark, then the Grace Hotel in San Fernando and most recently asked to be the GM of a new hotel being build on Subic Base.  Fortunately for us construction slowed down to a point where Noli felt he did not have enough to do and made himself available for employment elsewhere.  Happily he is now back in Angeles City where he had already established himself as a leader in the community.

The room range in price from P3,500, 4,500 and P7,500 (Executive Suites).  I won’t go into details on the rooms as you can look that up via a Google search.  I did not get a chance to visit the rooms as our interview was interrupted by City Hall officials.  Darn, and I wanted to ride the elevator!  Oh well, guess I’ll wait for that 9th floor view.

Former cop Glen Hulley reveals the eye-opening truth about tracking sex offenders in Southeast Asia,

  • DEBRA KILLALEA NEWS.COM.AU, OCTOBER 17, 2014 7:04PM
Former cop on a mission to stop child exploitation.

A FOREIGN man stands with his arm around a young girl.  On another corner, a sex worker is waiting for a client. It’s appears obvious what is going on — but proving it is another matter.  But helping stop child sex tourism and the illegal sex trade is exactly what Victorian policeman Glen Hulley packed up his life and moved to Southeast Asia for.  Some of the things the 39-year-old has already seen in this time has shocked him.  The father-of-two took up his new role with Terre Des Hommes Southeast Asia — a Dutch organisation aimed at supporting children through healthcare and child protection — earlier this month.

His job, heading up Project WATCH, sees him oversee 10 investigation and support teams based in locations deemed as ‘hot spots’ for travelling and expatriate child sex predators as well as high incidents local offenders in Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, India and Cambodia.  The donation funded, three-year project also sees him train and enhance the investigative skills and evidence gathering techniques of local private investigators and educators.

Recently his team filmed in a red light area in Indonesia as part of one its many surveillance operations.  Their footage shows very young sex workers on the hunt for work. There are also watchers on every corner and girls at the front of massage parlours and bars.  Some will likely be offering sex to the hundreds of foreigners who visit the area, but trying to stop it is a totally different matter.  In another clip, foreign men are seen walking the streets, one with his hand on what appears to be the back of a young sex worker.  The team will use this all information and pass it onto police.

 

Victorian man Glen Hulley is a former cop on a mission to stop child exploitation.

Victorian man Glen Hulley is a former cop on a mission to stop child exploitation.

In addition to collecting footage, Mr Hulley and his team also took part in a rescue raid assisting local police in busting a brothel which was illegally using underage and teenage girls.  The raid was a culmination of months of investigation by Project WATCH and then executed under a search warrant in cooperation with local police.The Indonesian woman in the video, who owned the business, was charged with human trafficking and supplying child prostitution, and was recently sentenced to five years in prison by an Indonesian court.  “The children rescued ranged from 14 to 16 years old, and all are receiving counselling and rehabilitation via welfare support and education by one of our partner charity providers,” Mr Hulley said.

“I have a monumental task ahead of me in dealing with language, cultural, legal and political challenges between five different countries plus dealing with multiple foreign embassies and international police in handling their citizens committing offences abroad.  “It is exhaustive so far but as the results are beginning to come. It is also extremely rewarding and the support I have received from both Australia and overseas in terms of donations, offers of resource assistance and messages of appreciation has been overwhelming.”

 

Glen Hulley was visiting South-East Asia in July last year when he saw things that made h

Glen Hulley was visiting South-East Asia in July last year when he saw things that made him question his life comfortable life in Australia.

Mr Hulley’s job with Project WATCH, which pays him a tenth of what he earned in Australia, may be enough to live off in South-East Asia, but he said it wasn’t enough to ensure he could travel home to see his children and partner, so he created a gofundme page to help make that a reality.  The work is also dangerous. “Corruption is a systemic problem in Southeast Asia and our activities disrupt a very complex crime system that involves kidnapping, slavery and prostitution,” he said. “The corrupt police do not wish to lose their secondary incomes, the local pimp gangs and organised crime groups don’t want to lose their trade and local drug syndicates can mistake our investigators for anti narcotics agents.”  Mr Hulley said the work was also challenging as cases of tourist and expatriates “grooming” victims and acting alone outside the services provided by gangs are often on the move, making it difficult to conduct any lengthy investigations.  But it’s a challenge he is so far relishing.  “I am now currently conducting an intensive tour of each location and visiting with each of my investigation teams to assess their experience, knowledge, competencies and resources in order to develop a training package to roll out by early next year to begin building capacity in terms of effectiveness and the quality evidence gathering,” he said.  “In the meantime I am mentoring the teams in case management, surveillance techniques, intelligence analysis and informer management as well as network building with community and government stakeholders in their areas.”  (I am including this article so that we have another name and picture of another foreigner who will be working with the police  to set up bars in AC for alleged underage girls and for going out for sexual favors.  You will note that he mentioned how corrupt the police can be.  I wonder how long it will be before we encounter Mr. Hulley in AC Clubs?)

LAS VEGAS TRIP 

I was going to write about my trip and add pictures but ran out of time so will do  that in  that in my Dec column.  I would like to take this time to thank James Winterbottom for all the help he extended to me in spending a whole day introducing me to the VA system here in Las Vegas.  He drove me to a clinic and also to the main VA.  Additionally he gave me a tour of Summerlin and the Lakes area which was very impressive.  I was impressed with the VA system here and the four clinics in various key locations within Las Vegas.  I visited the South West Clinic on Buffalo and Warm Springs road and it was fantastic, I wish we had something like that in Manila.

I was not able to visit the old gang in the BX like in previous years but I did run into Jim Truman at the BX one afternoon.  I met with Richard Wooten who was a neighbor in AC before moving to Las Vegas.  It was a pleasure to share some coffee at the South Point Hotel.  Had dinner with retired Navy Seal Nick Teta and his wife and that was special as on previous visits he was always out of town.

I wanted to do more but because of the many different doctors I had to see my time was cut down but all went well.  OK, enough for now.  I have run out of time and have to close out now.

This has been a bit difficult for me this month because of being out of country and also having my lap top go down with a virus that was very inconvenient.  But, happy days, I was able to finish and have one last day here to completely relax.  Wait, only half a day.  My only problem is that my son Jason, would like to stay here and even Mrs Horse would like to stay longer.  Oh, before I go, I have to thank my son Jim for the wonderful gift he gave us, a four day cruise on the Carnival cruise ship.  It was something we will never forget.  Now the bad side is that the wife wants to go on another one and so does Jason.  I am hoping that they forget about that.  With that i will close and prepare for a long plane ride back to the Philippines.  I thank the many people I have met here that remembered to be kind to horses, especially this one.

 

POLITICAL RANTS BY HARRY – READ NO MORE

 

This is the only item I will add this month.  In this election month it is too important to omit.  It has been going around a long time and many have read it.  It is worth repeating until America wakes up.  Japan and Russia have already woken up to the evil of Islam and the radicals who practice only death to Christians and Jews.  I don’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican please vote for the people strong enough to recognize this threat to America and the World.

FOR THIS TO COME TO PASS ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS NOTHING

20 years frominow, I will be in Heaven –bye !!This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.. Make sure you read the paragraph (in red) towards the end.

Joys of Muslim Women

By Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the Western World ( Canada, Australia, United States and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened Canadian, Australians, American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza ….

When he died, he was considered a “shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society..

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing.. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping shariah law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Shariah teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Shariah encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others..

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Shariah advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism

It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Britain To elect the heads of Government by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. Is one and there are others….) ( Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Great Britain Should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion.While Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on North America, Australia and Britain ……

For me, if the police cannot police a Muslim neighborhood out of fear then send in the military to clean it up.  No American neighborhood should be an entity to itself and refuse to accept American law or our culture.  What a shame that we Americans allow it to happen.  Soon it will be too late to wake up.

Sorry, I wrote no more, but I have to add this.  

Look who’s in the White House!

Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser

Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

Salam al-Marayati, Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director

Imam Mohamed Magid-Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America

Eboo Patel- Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

This is flat-out scary!!!  The foxes are now officially living in the hen house…Now ask me why I am very concerned!!!  Do you feel OK with this???  How can this happen, and when will we wake up???  We are quiet while our Country is being drastically changed!!!

(This is a President with a Muslim background that has put these Muslims into the White House.  I have heard about putting your enemies close but this is a bit too much.  Sleep on America, political correctness has a very ugly head) 

YES DEAR AMERICANS, THE TRAINING GROUNDS FOR TERRORISTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HOME GROWN TERRORISTS ARE SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE US.  IF YOU THINK THESE IMANS ARE PREACHING LOVE OF AMERICA YOU WILL BELIEVE IN THE TOOTH FAIRY.

THIS NOV, THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU VOTE.  

 

This is a little long and convoluted but certainly worth the time spent reading it. It puts a whole new perspective on worldwide events. It seems that destabilization of the US Dollar and actually creating a new money system when trading for oil is the major cause of worldwide hostility. When our enemy’s, Russia, China begin trading oil in a currency other than the US Dollar then that leads to an ultimate collapse of the world’s goods and services traded in dollars. Russia and China over the last ten years have been building tremendous war machines. It’s possible world domination by the United States is imminently coming to an end. They are going to break us financially and militarily.  Owen

The Geopolitics of World War III | SCG News

According to Morris and McGann, Obama has promulgated his plan by:

Implementing the biggest power grab of all, ObamaCare — one that creates a new, permanent dependency class

Pushing for “immigration reform” that will quickly tip the delicate balance of power in favor of Democrats, giving them a permanent lock on the White House

Pushing “red” states aside by gaining federal control over state-run education systems using the Common Core curriculum

Asserting more control over private business by granting the EPA global governance in the name of climate change, affecting every aspect of our lives

Blocking energy independence, thereby slowing economic growth and breeding more dependency

Gutting welfare reform and keeping millions on the dole

Turning over regulation of the Internet to the United Nations

The authors write: “Obama is a left-wing president who is desperately determined to impose his radical agenda to transform our democratic government and free market economy into his socialist-style ideal before leaving office in 2016. He’s a president who is obsessively fixated on keeping the left in permanent power by turning our two-party system into a one-party monopoly.”

Only 19 seconds long. PLEASE WATCH. Not reported by US media — the German Press had to do it. The German caption reads: “Obama declares the New World Order”.
OH.  MY.  GOD !!!!  God help us!  (I hope he  did not really say this.  Maybe it is a doctored tape.  If he did say it then it confirms my view that this man is out to destroy  the America we know and try to be a dictator.  This world order idea has been floating around for many years and promoted by billionaires and the big banks.  Obama is their puppet.)

 

 

 

 

 

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