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IMMIGRATION ISSUES

Posted by admin on May 1, 2012 in Breaking News

Updated information pertaining to the harassment of Filipina tourists wanting to exit the country from the DMIA.  The actions of the Immigration officials at the DMIA are beginning to draw the attention of various government agencies.  We hope that anyone who has been denied travel out of the DMIA because of profiling please provide the dates and details to Harry the Horse.  The following was provided by the Regional Director of Tourism, Central Luzon.

Harry, Upon interview with a BID immigration officer and based on my research work (www.dfa.gov.ph and cfo.gov.ph), here is one particular provision in the immigration law that subjects Filipino tourists / temporary visitor’s visa to PRIMARY and SECONDARY inspection. The conduct of secondary inspection makes it difficult for Filipino tourists (especially women) to clear immigration lines. The reason? It’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. Please take note of the provisions on “partners or spouses / fiancees” meeting their spouse abroad” (CFO clearance) and “tourists / temporary visitors” (capacity to travel / affidavit of support).
Here it is:

GUIDELINES ON DEPARTURE FORMALITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL-BOUND PASSENGERS IN ALL AIRPORTS AND SEAPORTS IN THE COUNTRY

        Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003”, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, Republic Act No. 8042, otherwise known as the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995”, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022 and other related laws, the following guidelines, providing for definite parameters in the strict enforcement of immigration departure formalities intended for the prevention of trafficking in persons, illegal recruitment, and other related offenses, are hereby promulgated for strict implementation/compliance by all concerned:

  • I. TOURIST TRAVELERS

       A traveler intending to go abroad with a tourist/temporary visitor’s visa shall be subjected to:

1. Primary Inspection

During primary inspection, the following documents shall be required from a traveler:

  • a)  Passport
  • b)  Visa when required
  • c)  Roundtrip Ticket

2. Secondary Inspection

2.1 The Bureau of Immigration shall conduct a secondary inspection of a traveler, when deemed necessary, for the purpose of protecting vulnerable victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment and other related offenses, through the assessment of the following circumstances:

  • a)  Age
  • b)  Educational attainment
  • c)  Financial capability to travel
  • i. If not financially capable to travel, an authenticated affidavit of support, indicating therein the relationship within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, together with the supporting documents, may be entertained; and
  • ii. An affidavit of undertaking/ guaranty may likewise be entertained.

2.2 Any passenger/traveler who will be subjected for secondary inspection shall be required to accomplish the Bureau of Immigration Border Control Questionnaire (BCQ) to be furnished by the Immigration Officer.

2.3 However, the following shall automatically be subjected to secondary inspection:

  • a) Travelers without financial capacity to travel escorted/accompanied by a foreigner who is not related;
  • b) Minor traveling alone or unaccompanied by either parent or legal guardian without the required travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
  • c) Repatriated irregular workers, in which case, travel may not be allowed without the clearance from the IACAT (generate data);
  • d) Partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry his/her fiancé without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate;
  • e) Passengers traveling to counties with existing deployment bans, alert levels and travel advisories and those in possession of a visas to the said countries; and
  • f) Passengers who stayed abroad for more than one (1) year during a previous departure from the country as a tourist/temporary visitor, intending to depart for the second and/or subsequent time.

2.4 Clarificatory questions may be propounded relating to the above-mentioned documents/purpose by the Bureau of Immigration.
2.5 A traveler found to be misrepresenting the purpose of his/her travel as tourist shall not be cleared for departure.

 

 

Ronaldo “Ronnie” Tiotuico
Regional Director
Department of Tourism – Central Luzon
Paskuhan Village, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

 

Prisca,

Based on the reporting of Jim D, the issue on profiling / offloading by the Bureau of Immigration is beginning to be a pain in the neck. The same issue will have an adverse impact on your operation as travel agents. Imagine a tour operator issuing tickets to passengers only to find out they are offloaded at the airport under the pretext of protecting the rights of women against human rights violations(human trafficking, abuse, etc).

Under the law, all contract workers are to show overseas employment certificate from POEA. BUT if an individual is on a VISIT or FIANCEE / DEPENDENT / SPOUSE status (or training, foreign residence, student and business), he or she is required to register with the Commission on Filipino Overseas and attend a 2-hour pre-departure orientation seminar.

And so, I have decided to call a meeting of key members of PATS and ATTAP on May 14, 2012, 4:00 p.m. at Marlim Mansions Hotel (coffee shop) to thresh out these issues on profiling and offloading. May I advise the two presidents (Prica and Gilda) to advise their members to come to the meeting. I will try to invite the Immigration officer in Clark to this meeting.

Regards,

Dir T
cc: Jim D / PATS / ATTAP

Ronaldo “Ronnie” Tiotuico
Regional Director
Department of Tourism – Central Luzon

 
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May 2012

Posted by admin on April 30, 2012 in 2012 Monthly Newsletters


Hi folks, welcome to the month of May.  Here we are again where we have to mark 13 May on our calendars denoting Mother’s Day.  If we forget that special day we are in deep poo-poo.  Even Dindo, pictured here is probably planning a special day for his Mrs.  You are probably wondering why I am starting off with this photo.  Well, Dindo and his wife have been supplying the Clubs with beer and soft drinks for many, many years now.  His business has grown with the town.  Not too long ago he suffered a stroke and is slowly recovering.  I stopped by to see him and he is still sitting in his favorite chair at the entrance to their warehouse, keeping an eye on everything and still supervising a bit.  I use to see him on a daily basis until my wife’s nephew took over the daily task of ordering and picking up supplies.  Dindo is an icon here in AC and I am so glad to see him recuperating so well.  He is staying alert and active and that is the path to complete recovery.
It is my pleasure to still be around to greet you on this first, hot day of May and I hope that wherever you are, plans are being made to visit us here where the weather and the action is still hot and my Yankees are still hanging in there.  Go Derek Jeter, did he take a youth pill or something?

HOLD THE PRESSES – LATE NEWS:  Hi Harry, A well known retired-American that has been hanging out at Margarita Station probably since its inception has come under the curse of having too much fun in Angeles City. He forgot that the human body has limits on how far you can push it. I have known a few good men who have accomplished so much in their lives prior to retiring here but then when they are as free as a bird and they can do whatever they want, they tend to go overboard and their bodies can’t take it anymore. James C. Williams is the latest victim and right now he is holding on by a thread at Sacred Heart Hospital. He goes by the name J.C. Until a couple months ago he was a big strapping guy that played billiards almost everyday at Margarita Station always having kind words to say to anyone who would listen to him. He is somewhat of an Icon here because he has a sandwich on the menu named after him and I am sure there are other things about him that make him so well known. He has countless friends and acquaintances. When I first came in town in 1999 he offered his friendship right off the bat and listened to me when I had some personal problems and gave me his advice on how to overcome them. Thanks J.C. On Sunday April 29th I dropped by Sacred Heart Hospital in the early evening to pay my last respects to him. I thought he was on his way out. His nurse gave me the rundown on his situation and she felt confident he was going to recover. When I was in his room he mustered enough strength to lift up his hand and I shook it. I said “fight on man” and looked at him astonished how far he had fallen. After I left the hospital I had some time to kill and I drove my motorbike to a Perimeter road bar, ordered a San Miguel beer and was happy I could still drink one of those. There are times when I have gone overboard on my favorite drink, I can only hope I temper my love for that before its too late. Martin B.

THE FEEDBAG

Harry, I just returned from S&R and was really disappointed at the checkout counter as I had to have the manager come over three times and turn back a couple of products. They over charged on many items and refused to honor prices on signs and in some instances prices plainly marked on the item. I kept myself from being over charged P1,500 on a bill of P8,000. While in line I heard Filipinos and foreigners complain while the manager made it all seem like it was the customers fault. I was waiting for them to claim it was all Bush’s fault. I am willing to admit that some of the confusion was caused by failure of store employees to remove signs and to relabel sale products. I did not attend their overcrowded sale and had no reason to be aware of what was on sale. Wrong prices were coming up on a lot of scanned items. I was used to accepting this as foolproof and I ended up the fool. It would be great if you could warn shoppers of the situation and warn them to closely monitor  the register at check out. Normally my total is in the range of P12,000 and I hate to think how much they have scammed me for at the checkout counter.  John Casey.

Response:  (Thanks for the heads up John.  The Mrs and I shop there quite often but I am guilty of never paying attention at the cash register.  Guess I will have to be more careful.  Priscilla does pay close attention so they can cheat me but not her)

Comments and Remarks: Dear Harry. Thanks for your informative reply to my recent blog. As you know I love reading your monthly newsletter and may they long continue. As you well know the Philippines is a potentially rich country its just badly governed. Corruption is out of control and has destroyed the infrastructure of the country.  In my province the main road going to Manila is just like a ploughed field. The road building work was skimped and the saved money went into the pockets of wealthy officials, we all know who they are. The political system stinks!  Where else do you find blatant vote buying?  Most of the Filipino politicians would be in jail in a civilized country. Every educated Pinoy knows what is going on but lacks the backbone to do anything about the ills that are killing the country.  Stephen B.

(Stephen, Yes, we do have a bit of corruption here, but so does many other countries, and even America is not squeaky clean, i.e., Chicago.  Oh yes, blatant vote buying, guess what, think Chicago again.  Taking shortcuts on road building and pocket the money that should have gone into the construction, oh yes, that happens in so many countries, and yes, even the US back when the Mafia was in its hey day.  Pinoy’s lacking the backbone to do something?  My goodness, how many of us lack that backbone?  How many of us are willing to stand up to a society that is embedded with a certain power base that has existed for generations?  The Filipino’s know that drastic changes are needed but this is their country and those changes will be made in due time, but we won’t be around to see it.  Many of us expats live here because we are not completely happy with living in America, or Australia, Canada, wherever but we are still proud of our countries.  We are still very Nationalistic, despite those faults we are very aware of.  So are the Filipinos, they are proud and aware and they have a nature that is patient and adaptable, but man, don’t piss them off for then you will see that back bone.  So, when they get pissed off enough they will stand up and change things. When that happens, we expats will have to move for we won’t be able to afford the place.  Love this country!)

First and Last Name: Ted “SNAKE” Walsh
Comments and Remarks: Harry, being with my asawa for 25 years & doing a 5 week holiday every year to the P.I.  I now find that to venture out of a day onto the strip, called walking st. the beggars are becoming unbearable, and you have to run the gauntlet every time you go out from your hotel.  The worst ones are the groups of young girls around about 11 or 12 yrs. old.  Surely Major Tan or his officers can do something about this harassment of tourists.  We are thinking of trying another overseas venue if this cannot be resolved.    These young people are taking the pesos away from the real needy beggars.  Dont get me wrong we love Angeles & the great nightlife it provides, & have for years.   Thank you for your consideration in this matter & all the best to you & your asawa.”SNAKE”.

(Just like you can’t get rid of rats, ants and cockroaches, you can’t get rid of those little beggars.  Over the years they have been rounded up many times without any great success.  Yes, their numbers can be reduced dramatically if the will to do so was there.  Neither Maj Tan or the City Government has that will.  Those of us who have lived here for many years do not pay attention to it as we are used to them.  We tend to forget how annoying the little shits are.  I have read that it is worse in some parts of Italy and India and I am sure, elsewhere.  Don’t give up on us “Snake” just duck into the bars a bit quicker and stay longer so you can avoid them) 

Harry, When I first moved to the PI about 9 years ago ( 2002 ) there was all sorts of talk about a train system being built from Manila to points north in Luzon, to Pampanga, Subic,  Baguio etc. All the VFW experts said it was imminent. My most recent visit, about 2 years ago , I heard the same thing from some bar owners. The cho cho train is coming, any day, great.  It is needed.  Most other Oriental countries make extensive use of trains.  Have for years.  Very useful but, so far, nothing for the Philippines except for a small system in Manila which hasn’t been paid for yet according to Pres. Aquino.  He was quite blunt about it on the PI Channel in the US.  He admitted that It was bad for Manila’s credit rating and future serious investments.  But, on any future train system who would move the squatters off the tracks?  What if the locals steal the steel rails which they have done before and the cho cho train derails?  Anyway, the next time I visit, I plan on taking the train from Manila to Fields Ave.  Joe W.

(Hey Joe, I guess you do not plan on visiting us here for at least another ten years)

I received a message from someone calling himself the “Cebu Sandman”  He passed on info about two subjects, the price of alcohol in the Philippines and Human Trafficking, particularly the over use of the word “rescued”.   The latter has been discussed and written about extensively but the article on the American influence on why locally made alcoholic prices will increase was new to me, to include the WTO and some European countries.  Here, you can read it and form your own opinions.

“refer to this article which i am really really pissed at the American government.

http://cebusandman.typepad.com/philippines_travel_news/2012/04/alcohol-prices-in-the-philippines-beer-and-spirit-prices-in-the-philippines-rising.html

The US government has been targeting the Philippines for its low tariffs through the WTO.  You can search online.  The sin tax bill is therefore a way of rebalancing this indifference in pricing that exists between the local products and imported products.  The cost of alcohol will increase as the Philippines has an “order” on them by the WTO to comply, all bought about by the US and in some parts some European countries.”

Harry, the police raid on Coyote Ugly must have caught you as your newsletter was hitting the printing press as it was only a brief mention. I don’t know whether others see it the way I do but Angeles City is under siege. It’s like the frog that doesn’t realize it is being boiled because the water temperature starts out cold. The NGO IJM has done some wonderful things in Cambodia by making a huge impact on pedophilia there but after living in AC for 10 years I have never witnessed anything like that, at least not in Pampanga. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen if everyone turned a blind eye, but I don’t think the Filipinos would put up with such garbage. I believe Filipinos would hang pedophiles and no one would care. IJM is now firmly established in the P.I. but their strategy and methods are the same as they were in Cambodia. Police bribes, applying pressure at the international level by threatening to withhold aid money, while at the front line in a crusade against all forms of prostitution, using decoys and plants to build a case against bar owners before the police raid ever takes place. In just one decade Christian NGOs have managed to lump adult mutual consent prostitution together with what they are now calling “Human Trafficking.” This will end AC as an entertainment zone and most of the places adult males and females get together for mutually consenting affairs but it will not end prostitution. It will only drive it underground where health issues will become catastrophic and where real Human Trafficking will burgeon. If one thinks police corruption is bad now, imagine what it will be like when prostitution no longer officially exists. I remember clearly how president Obama publicly threatened the Philippine government that unless they got Human Trafficking under control the Philippines status would be reduced and aid money shut off. Not long after president Obama’s well publicized visit to Manila three different police organizations along with Cox’s army of NGO’s hit the place and forcefully rescued dozens of girls who didn’t want to be rescued, especially the one who was taken from a police bus and raped by a policeman in exchange for her freedom. Today it has become apparent that a shameful hypocrisy is unfolding. President Obama wants to clean up the Philippines while he is obviously unable to keep prostitutes away from his own immediate subordinates in the Secret Service. Scott Grant.

(The International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights organization that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and oppression.  All too often an NGO like the IJM can be overzealous in their efforts to make a name for themselves.)

First and Last Name: Phillip Williams, Email Address: pfw72@hotmail.com
Comments and Remarks: Good morning Harry. I am here to decide if I wish to settle here. One activity I am interested in is an Aikido Dojo. Can you point me in that direction. I have looked and asked everywhere I can think of. Thanks, Phillip.  (Phillip, I have no idea where an Aikido Dojo is located here.  Somehow I think that some of the readers of this column will know where one is located.  Hopefully they will drop you a line or at least let me know.  I will continue to ask around myself)

Comments and Remarks: A friend from the Gym is asking if anyone has heard of a problem with re-registering a bike.. He bought a new Honda 125 four years ago and got new tags every year after but then ran into a problem when he tried to get the tags this year. The people at LTO say that he cannot get new taggs becaause he was seen someplace riding without a helmet and would need to go to manila to get that sorted out before he could get new tags for this year. The LTO woman could not tell him who reported him for not using a helmet or where it was supposedly seen. My friend has an extreme phobia and fear of riding with no helmet. He says that it is completely impossible that he would have been seen on a public road with no helmet as he won’t even move the bike in the driveway without a helmet. Does anyone know anything about this? thanks I enjoy your site Jeff

(Jeff, this is a new one, never heard of such a thing before.  I do not have time to check with the LTO before this column comes out but will certainly put it on my list of things to do.  Meanwhile, if any reader happens to know anything about this, please drop me a line)

Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry, just saw your MOJO recipe & was that different from my day! I was on the MIDWAY fm ’73-’75 & the Subic mix then was 1 pint of rum, 2 (cans) of coke, 2 (cans) of beer, & fruit punch to taste. From there you can add anything from the bar that you like; but the base is more than enough to sneak up and get you! CHEERS!  Mike McGuire

( Hi Mike, question –  with you guys drinking all that MOJO how did you avoid grounding the ship?)

TIDBITS

Boeing has been preparing a 1000 passenger jet that could reshape the Air travel industry for the next 100 years. The radical Blended Wing design has been developed by Boeing in cooperation with the NASA Langley Research Center. The mammoth plane will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to the 747’s 211 feet, and is designed to fit within the newly created terminals used for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is 262 feet wide. The new 797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380 which has racked up159 orders, but has not yet flown any passengers.

There are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most important being the lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an amazing 50%, with overall weight reduced by 25%, making it an estimated 33% more efficient than the A380, and making Airbus’s ! $13 billion dollar investment look pretty shaky. High body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft, it reduces turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 8800 nautical mile range with its 1000 passengers flying comfortably at mach .88 or 654 mph cruising speed (another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed A380’s 570 mph).  

(This is what upsets me about getting old.  I am beginning to see some futuristic designs that I may not live to actually see or be too old to enjoy.  Does this mean that one could fly from the US to the Philippines non-stop?  That would be interesting.  There is no date established for this plane to be in service but I hope they don’t wait too damn long)

Hi Harry, I read with interest the stories of people being robbed on jeepneys, there is a simple solution, buy a wallet with a chain that attaches to your trouser belt loop, they cost from as little as p150 and are available from the stalls opposite the Swiss Chalet here in Angeles.  They have Velcro fastening with plenty of room inside for notes, coins, credit cards and Id.  Having lived here for 6 months of the year since 2006 and travelled on jeepneys late at night, usually the worse for wear, once the robbers catch sight of the chained wallet you are left well alone! Love the column, cheers Graham.

(Good suggestion Graham, might buy one myself)

This is long, but important to one and all.  It is also a coincidence that it came to me at this time, I will explain at the end of the article.

Johns Hopkins Update
This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it.
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body.. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients  that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet
 to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size.  However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

*CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful
. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the  gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus.. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
diet
 is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,  EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body,and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.   Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper, the dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

(A few days before I received this information, which I have read in bits and pieces from earlier articles, a guest at our Rotary meeting named Sifu Jen Sam spoke to us.  He called himself a “Barefoot Healer”  and runs the International Shaolin Yau Kung Mun Foundation, Philippines. He deals with acupuncture, bone setting, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy and detoxification.  In other words, alternative medicine in dealing with many medical problems, especially cancer.  I cannot relate all of what he said because I did not take notes and it would be too long but, in much more detail, he echoed what I present above by the John Hopkins Update.  Additionally, I have been perusing a book written by Suzanne Somers titled “Knockout” Interviews with doctors who are curing cancer and how to prevent getting it in the first place.  In this book she interviews 11 different “alternative” doctors who treat cancer victims.  I am beginning to believe in the many reports I have read in which American Medical Association medical Doctors inadvertently align themselves with the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical Industry who really do not want to support cures in which there is no money to be gained.  It is something to look into but one problem that I see is that these treatments are not covered by insurance and most of us are too scared to try something so radically different from what we have been told.  But, on 21 April I will be meeting with Sam again and try his treatments.  I am not so sure that I can change my life style and diet that radically but if it helps my circulation problem as well as other ailments then it is worth a try.  I will try to let you know how it goes)   

3J’s got robbed Tuesday night (10 Apr). They kicked the bottom of the door in and had the smallest crawl through and unlock the door. They took the computer, all the frozen food even the ice cream, all the American Steel t-shirts and everything else they could carry.

(This is not headline news but it is a bit disturbing.  3J’s is a small store/bar located in Villa Sol.  It is kind of isolated, awkward to get to but it is a gathering place for the neighborhood guys and they have their own familiar clique of drinkers.  It has been a long time since I dropped by there.  It sounds like teenagers might have been the thieves, man, it is pretty bad when you have to take frozen food and ice-cream.  Why take all the American Steel T-shirts?  The American Steel is a motorcycle club in which I believe everyone has to be at least 250 lbs and at least 6 ft. so the thieves should have left the XXL, XXXL and XXXXL shirts behind)

This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.This happens Once every 823 years.This is called money bags. (I wonder what the world will look like in 823 more years?)

Last month was a time to remember Deery, past owner of the Thi-Hi on the 1st anniversary of his death.  His employees and many friends visited his grave-site at the Clark cemetery and left a few mementos there then made it back to the Thi-Hi where drinks and finger foods were available.  I do believe Deery would have approved and been quite touched by such a display of employee loyalty and the outpouring of friendship.  He is still missed by many and Josie is still keeping the place going.  That year sure did pass quickly.

The 19 Apr issue of the Sun Star newspaper featured the headline “Disneyland at Clark Eyed”.  My first reaction was “Holy Shit, you have to be kidding me” then as I read the details it described how this was an idea by 1st District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin who feels that the Clark Freeport Zone is an ideal spot for a Disneyland theme park.  He has written a letter to Thomas Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to offer the area within the Freeport for their next Disneyland location.  He pointed out that the Clark Freeport Zone offers tax free privileges to locators.  I have the greatest respect for Lazatin, one of the finest Mayors this town has ever had and he is fully supportive of Angeles City and Pampanga and it sure would be great to have his offer seriously considered by Mr. Staggs but I wonder what the odds are for his offer to be considered.  For years I have hoped that there would be more family entertainment within Clark but the emphasis has always been focused on locators and not entertainment, other than Casinos.  The one point he made that I have a bit of trouble with is referring to the Clark International Airport (CIA) as a “World Class Airport”.  I sort of think that the CIA (or DMIA if you wish) has a long way to go before it would qualify as a “world class” airport.  It certainly has the potential to enter that category and there are plans to do just that but for now, well, it is a decent airport with a future.  For now Lazatin has a dream and I sure would like to see it come true.  If anybody could turn a dream into a reality it would be the grand old man, the “Tarzan” of Angeles City.

The solution to the negative image of Fields Ave will be resolved by 2050.  No longer will there be a problem with underage girls.  If a robot is made to look like a 15 year old then there is no breaking of the law.  How about Angelina Jolie look a likes?  Men could live out fantasies.  One problem, if these ladies are built, then women will be looking for male counterparts.  Husbands or boyfriends cannot be jealous as the women are not messing around, same for men with the women.  Wow, no more divorces for cheating.  The price could be a problem.  I think I would rather have a robot maid that I could trade in every two years.  Check this out:  http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/robot-prostitutes-the-future-of-sex-tourism-20120419-1x8eq.html

The new Kalaklan gate at Subic is great and wisely, they put a traffic light at the main road going to the Barrio Barretto to avoid accidents.  But, it is out of order and here is where you get one of those only in the Philippines situation.  SBMA built it but they say the town should patrol it since it is on the highway, and of course, the town police say, SBMA built it, so they should patrol it.  Result – Stalemate!

The Coyote Ugly story - I have had people writing to me asking why I did not write more details about the closure of Coyote Ugly and the arrest of Ken Graham.  Mainly because I wanted to wait until things settled down, find out the facts and give a status report.  First off, Ken Graham, Joyce Pungos and Rose (Mommie Rose) Craste are now confined at the Angeles City jail after being transferred from Camp Olivas in Manila.  They are charged with human trafficking and Prostitution.  Jocelyn Ordinario, the registered owner of the Coyote Ugly Bar was not at the Club and escaped arrest.

How did all this come about?  The following information is from the statements of the ladies taken during the investigation and of course, does not prove guilt or innocence until the judicial process is completed.  Supposedly Mommie Rose recruited 16 ladies from Tacloban City and picked them up in Pasay City on 23 Feb. The girls were brought to Angeles City and put to work right away without any ID or permits.  One girl, 14 years old was alleged to have serviced four customers at different times during that night and two of the girls, 16 and 17 were also with customers.  They said they were forced to work.  Some of the girls were left at the Coyote Ugly and others taken to the Coyote Ugly Hotel in Dau.  Over time three of the girls that were used as door ladies outside the Club befriended a Mamasan from a neighboring Club.  This Mamasan assisted the girls in escaping from the Club.  She had attended Balibago Barangay Captain Tony Mamac’s PEACE meetings at the Barangay Hall and was well aware of his no tolerance approach to underage girls in the Clubs.  PEACE is an approved SEC organization called “Pro-active Entertainment Association of Concerned Establishments, Inc.” established last year which is slowly gaining in membership.  She took the three ladies to Tony Mamac and he secured them for ten days.  He then requested assistance from General Ladao, Regional Director of PNP, Region 3, Camp Olivas.  He was directed to take the girls to Camp Olivas and report to Col Jacky Puapo, head of the Women’s desk at Camp Olivas.  All three girls were underage.  After statements were taken from the three girls with lawyers present, DSWD assistance and representatives from NGO Visayan Forum requests for two search warrants was requested from a Judge in Manila.  The reason for using a Manila Judge instead of one in  Angeles City was to avoid any chance of leakage of information.

Saturday, 31 Mar - Two teams were formed, Tony Mamac provided marked money.  Col Jacky, Women’s Desk, acted as a girlfriend of an American asset in the company of another American asset.  They entered the Coyote Ugly Club as customers with the knowledge of the name of an underage girl working there.  The name was provided in the statements of the three girls mentioned above.  With this knowledge the American called over Mommie Rose and asked for the girl by name. The girl was brought over and stood next to Rose.  the marked money was used to consummate the transaction for the girl to leave and when Rose took the money a signal was given to those waiting outside and they entered the club to serve the search warrant and rescue.  Capt Mamac was standing by in his office.  At a planning meeting, prior to going to the Club, Tony insisted that no customers in the bar will be detained or harassed in any way.  His wishes were carried out as all customers were allowed to exit the Club peacefully.  The second team was notified that they could proceed with serving the search warrant at the Coyote Hotel.  When they entered and presented themselves to Ken Graham he kind of had an Asthma attack or something, ran to his room and locked himself in.  It took them 30 minutes to coax him out of his room.  He, along with 37 ladies from the bar were taken to Camp Olivas.

Sunday, 1 Apr - Barangay Capt Tony Mamac drove to Camp Olivas to seek the release of the girls that were not underage and not directly involved with the human trafficking charge.  He did not want them kept longer than necessary.  He brought them food and drink from Jolly Bee.  He could not get them released that day as they were all undergoing medical examinations so he had to wait until Monday.  On Monday he sent two vehicles to pick up the 23 staff that were innocent and not underage.  Fourteen were kept by the Visayan Forum for coordination with the parents and to secure NSO certified birth certificates.  That is what Tony did with the original three girls that escaped from the Club, one of whom was 16 and was still bleeding one month after she was roughly treated by a 6′ 2″ tall foreigner.  The 23 staff were brought to the Barangay Hall, LACEM leader Cel Paran was contacted to come and assist them which she did, even assisting a few with transportation expenses.

What now - Ken, Rose, and Joyce have been transferred to the Angeles City Jail and await trial.  No bail is allowed.  Ken might be able to work something out in court on a technical point in that Jocelyn is the registered owner and there is no paperwork connecting him with the Coyote Ugly.  One thing is for sure, he will have to find one hell of a good lawyer to head up his defense.  I was told that there have been various well known people contacting Tony to offer “incentives” for reduction of charges or even more.  Tony Mamac says absolutely not!  Everything was done legally, according to law and he does not condone the presence of underage girls being employed in the entertainment zone.  Those members of “PEACE” understand this from the meetings they have attended and know that as long as they comply with Philippine law and directives from the Mayor’s office that PEACE will be available to assist and advise them as needed.  Fourteen underage girls employed in one bar can cause adverse affects to all Clubs in the Entertainment Zone, forget 14, even one is too much.

Once again, dear Club owners, keep an eye on your Mamasan’s and floor managers, they can get you in deep shit.   Plus one bad Mamasan can cast a shadow on all Mamasans and that is not fair to the many that are loyal, good and honest at their jobs.  So, that is the story, remember, these people are innocent until a Judge decides otherwise.  Regretfully, the process will take a very long time.

This is Ken Graham of formerly Coyote Ugly Bar and Coyote Bar.

You have probably heard that we were unfortunately closed by local government at Coyote Ugly Bar and had to close Coyote Hotel when a lot of our hotel material was seized after a raid by Department of Justice.

As a result we have a very nice near new Pepe Damien pool table 9 foot by 5 foot with top class pool balls and light shade. We paid 60,000 pesos for everything about a year ago from the now RSL Treasurer Ron Parrott.

We now wish to sell the item as we have no where to put it and we need the money (I’m still in jail).  We will accept 40,000 pesos. This table new can cost around 200,000 and its hardly used.  yours sincerely.

(I wonder what items had to be seized and why?  I asked Tony Mamac if he knew and his reply was: “I dont know about materials seize cos i was not given a copy of the list of items taken into custody by the team which are subject of the search warrant.” Why was it necessary to remove materials when the objective was to remove any underage girls and to detain Ken?  It would be interesting to know what materials were removed and why?)

Treasure Island – has relocated and reopened.  You can find this very popular club directly across the street from the Wild Orchid Resort.  Scott, long time popular manager is on board to make sure you are well looked after. The hours of operation are 5pm -2am, Regular prices are 75p Local Drinks, 150p ladies drinks.  Happy Hour 5-7pm Local Drinks 55p, Ladies Drinks 135p.  I hope that I can make it there to take some pictures but I am getting close to dead line time.  Will do my best.

(Darn, I did not make it.  Will get pictures this month)

I am sorry to report that Douglas (Dougie) Frost and his girlfriend, Grace, were involved in a serious car accident last Sunday, 22 Apr.  Initial police report indicates that he was driving too fast and hit a steel post on Ma.Roxas Boulevard.  They have both undergone surgery for head injuries. Douglas also has a broken arm and broken leg and although conscious has not spoken yet.  They are at the Angeles University Foundation Hospital (AUF).  Dougie is the owner of the Hang-out bar onPerimeter Road, between the Thi-Hi and Honey Ko’s clubs.  Doug is a long time ex-pat resident ofAngelesCityand his many friends here will be praying for his complete recovery and also Grace.  This news was a bit of a shock to all of us.  Update:  Grace has been released from the hospital (26 Apr), Doug will be confined longer.  His arm is broken in three places, but does not have a broken leg.  Instead, they are looking at his hip as despite extensive pain killers he still has a great deal of pain in that area.  More X-Rays are needed.  He has someone watching him and he is able to talk but is in and out of sleep and wakefulness.  Additionally, he wants out of the hospital and he has mood shifts.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Begich (D-AK) recently introduced legislation aimed at restoring the Clark Veterans Cemetery, which is the final resting place in the Philippines for more than 8,300 United States service members and their dependents.  The “Remembering America’s Forgotten Veterans Cemetery Act” would require the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to restore, operate, and maintain Clark Veterans Cemetery to honor the courageous Americans buried there.

(This is very good news. Finally, it appears that our cemetery here is beginning to get its deserved recognition)

The Mark Dizon trial dates are scheduled for 8 May and 26 Jun at 1330 hrs.  I hope to be at both hearings.  This is for the Mitchell complainant.  The other two murder cases have separate dates.  The good news is that Trial Court 58 has moved into the new Justice building which is much more comfortable and convenient than the old location.  What a great renovation project for the Justice building.  What a remarkable transformation from the old building.  Now, if they could only find more spaces for parking everything would be perfect.

ANGELES SPORTS AND COUNTRY CLUB GOLF NEWS:  Jimmy Allen updated the following event on “ASCC” site. Here are the details:

Event:

Four Person Player/Caddie Best Ball Tournament

Date/Time:

May 12, 2012 8:00am to 12:00pm

Notes:

Please sign in no later than 8:00 am. Tourney starts at 8:30 am.

 

GRANDVIEW TOWER:  I stopped in there last week and was surprised to learn that they will be selling the hotel room units, just like condos, with title and will be managed by them.  Good investment opportunity?  I don’t know.  Those rooms not sold after a certain length of time will be rented out as regular hotel rooms.  I was also told that the offer to buy from well known businessman Noel “Toti” Carino was turned down as the bid was too low.  Right now, there are no plans to sell the GrandView as they feel so much work and drama have taken place over the years that they are determined to finish the project and establish it as one of the prestige addresses in Angeles City.  Work on the pool is nearing completion and I should be able to get a picture next week.  I asked the Promo lady “Kitty” to send me the pricing details on the hotel room sales but despite her promise I have not received anything yet.

Look up Ann Barnhardt on Google.  A very interesting lady.  She has a few strong words about different subjects.  Not bad looking either.

At last a direct European, USA & Australia flight to Clark (via Hong Kong), on one ticket, coming up… Direct transfer at Hong Kong, bags checked straight thru and no HK immigration requirements, also at 10am arrival into Clark.
Dragonair starting 29MAY12 is launching HongKong – Clark service,on board mono-class Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline will be the 4th carrier offering service on this route. Overall service on this route will raise from20 to 27 weekly.
Reservation is available, however this route remains subject to government approval:

KA375 HKG 0755 – 1005CRK 320 234 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
KA376 CRK 1055 – 1250HKG 320 234 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
and
KA373 HKG 0800 – 1010CRK 320 157 Monday Friday Sunday
KA374 CRK 1110 – 1305HKG 320 157 Monday Friday Sunday

KA service is currently scheduled to operate until 27OCT12,  (have heard it was extended to Dec 2012) but may extend to year-round at later date
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His name is Bong Bandada and I see this face all over the Club scene, year after year.  Every time I see him I give the same greeting “you again”.  Then he gives me that big Bong smile and says yes.  This man has to be the king of Club design as every time I attend an opening of a new bar or walk into one newly renovated I see Bong.  He is a very talented man who is well known by bar owners and is in great demand.  He is the designer, builder, innovator, the man that brings that special look to a bar.  He is reliable, honest and just one hell of a nice guy.  I saw him at the opening of the One-Eyed Wench and even in the company of others at Honey-Ko’s.  He is talented and fair with his pricing and in all the years I have known this man I have never heard any negative comments about his work.  That makes him kind of special in my book.  He can be reached at cell phone number 0927 219 2010.  For sure that is one number you want to keep on file.

Thai Horror Story – This is long and I did not bother trying to correct spelling, punctuation or sentence structure.  I can only hope the cops here in AC never try to copy this procedure.  If you like visiting Pattaya, be advised, do not drink and drive!

WARNING - DRINKING AND DRIVING IN PATTAYA - Beware.  This was written by a Pattaya resident and happened recently.  Be warned.  Best regards and Happy  Songkran.  Ted.

A word of warning for those farang who may occasionally have a drink or two, and then drive a motorbike or car in Pattaya.

As of Friday 13th April Pattaya Police are actively using breath testing to test for people over the drink driving limit of 0.05. They have digital breath testing units they can setup and will stop all traffic, as they do when they have a blitz on.

On Friday 13th April at 2am until about 5am they setup on the corner of 2nd Road and Pattaya Thai (Pattaya South Road), where they often sit looking for people not wearing a helmet. They were stopping all bikes (didn’t see any cars but they were on the road blocking most traffic) farang and Thai. They were breath testing all – not sobriety test, straight onto the digital breath testing units. The units have a digital display and a printer. Once you blow if the reading is about 0.050 then they print out the reading and you are arrested on the spot. You will then be taken to the Pattay Soi 9 watchhouse and locked up in the holding cells.

Your phone will be confiscated and you are not allowed a phone call or to contact anyone. Farang’s are locked up with Thai’s (men and women) in the one lockup in the police station. Not air conditioned, very basic, no seats, just concrete floors, the toilet is behind a waist high concrete barrier and is a bowl with no seat, just a hose and a bucket. This doubles as the shower area, if you were so inclined or happened to be locked up for many days like some of the farang over stay people in there. No water or food is provided, you need someone on the outside to bring you that – and they are generally allowed to hand it through to you. On Friday about 18 farangs were detained (Australians, Americans, Italians, Iran, Israel, India, Swiss – holiday makers and long stayers) and 10+ thai’s for drink driving and other offences. If you don’t have your passport – it’s more difficult – they need to be able to positively ID you to begin processing the paperwork. You are generally not told what will happen or what the process is – if you have someone on the outside then they can get some of the story and relay it, but generally you do not know what will happen or when. And if you are told – it’s likely to change, and of course “just wait 10 minutes” really means 2+ hours at least.

Once they have processed all the paperwork, and you have signed some documents in Thai (no translation available, no legal advice, just “is this you? sign here), you will be finger printed (in the cells, Thai long stay prisoners do the finger printing). This took from 5am until midday of waiting in the holding cells at the watch house. Then when everyone is processed you are ready to be moved to the Privincial Court House at Jomtien. To move you all the prisoners (Farang and Thai) are handcuffed and chained together in one long line. Then marched down to a paddy wagon, all squeezed in, some standing for the drive from Soi 9 to the court house at Jomtien. You are then unloaded into the holding area in the court house. The holding area is under the building, not air conditoned, You are unshackled, you have to take your shoes off and sit on the concrete floor. No seating, no smoking, no standing. Sit on the floor with all the other Thai’s waiting to be processed. The only toilet available is very bad, there are rubber boots outside that you need to wear because the floor is 1cm deep in urine and the smell is so bad you have to hold your breath (it makes the toilet in the watch house look luxurious). The whole area wreaks of urine as the other holding cells (for those Thai’s being held for more serious crimes) just has open urinals. During this process – no communication, no advice, no phone calls allowed, you are told “just wait” … if you have someone on the outside who knows where you are they can bring you water and snacks, you can also buy some thai food that is sold by a local kitchen. The farangs were processed in the last court sitting of the day, after sitting on the floor from midday until 6pm, signing various court documents during the afternoon.

No translation is provided into any language, all documents are in Thai, no legal advice provided, no explanations – very little english spoken, only enough to get you to sign documents and tell you “sit down”, “stand up”, “come here”. If you dont sign the document you will not be processed – there is no option. In the court room there is no visitor gallery, no visitors allowed, no legal representation, no translation available. About 40 people are processed at the same time, sitting on wooden benches or on the floor. The judge (a woman in this case) speaks NO english (she even had to get help from someone to read out the amounts of the fines in English). Each person with a related charge has their name read out in turn, then stands, the judge then addresses everyone in Thai, then decides on a penalty and reads that out in Thai. For drink driving a motorbike you can expect a fine of 2500 to 2700 baht … Thai and farang the same. There was no discrimination, positive or negative – you get treated like a Thai. Once all have been sentenced you have to pay the fine to the clerk of the court, on the spot. If you couldn’t pay you would be locked up again until you can pay. If you have someone on the outside you are permitted to liaise with them for them to get you the money. You may also be escorted to your accommodation to get money as a last resort.

You will now be relieved that it is all over and ready to walk free, as you have been watching all the Thai’s do once they are sentenced … but wait, there is more!!

If you are a farang you now need to have your passport checked for any possible visa violations – overstay’s, back to back tourist visa’s etc. However at 6pm on a Saturday night (even worse on a Songkran long weekend) there are no immigration officials available to check your passports. So it’s back to the Soi 9 lockup. The trip back to the lockup is sitting packed into the back of a police utility truck, all sitting around the edge packed into the open tray (interesting lack of safety concern given you have just been booked for an equally dangerous driving offence). You will then be locked up again until the police can arrange for immigration to check your passport. None of this is told to you in advance, you are told as it happens, and after thinking you are processed and free, being put back into the holding cells at Soi 9 is a shock – particularly then being told it’s likely you will be held until the next day (which is a Sunday – so perhaps 2 days, but Monday is a public holiday in Thailand – so perhaps 3 days). Fortunately through some furious negotiations by some Thai supporters of some of the farangs how had been assisting, those farangs who had been able to provide a passport to police were advised they would be let out immediately, and then return at a later date for the immigration check (the police will hold your passport). This was at 11:00pm (after returning from the court about 9pm), the farangs with the passports were then called out and released from the cells one at a time. The group being released is then detained further in an office while the head of police decides how to handle the processing, you then have your passport photocopied (main page and visa page), you were given the copy and asked to return to the police station the following week to meet immigration, and collect you phone, passport and motorbike at that time (assuming no immigration violations). Only then, after the 18 hour ordeal are you free to leave.

NO “tourist police” were present or available at any time during this process (not that I believe they would be able to help anyway – but interesting in their absence the entire time considering how high profile they like to be on walking st).

Also – don’t think you can flash a few baht and get let off. I’m aware of a number if discreet attempts directed to the police at the testing station of amounts up to 3k baht which were politely returned.

This story if from my personal experience, I was riding a scooter. I have lived in Thailand for 5+ years, I speak reasonable Thai, I have a Thai drivers license, I had 10k baht in cash on me, I had Thai helpers on the outside who know police and were able to plead my case to all levels of police. None of this helped me get processed any faster or dealt with any better. Not that would expect it too – but just as advice for those farang who think they are “special”.

I have no complaints – I was guilty. In future I will be catching a taxi.
There is a new police chief in town – and he is cracking down on drink driving.   Be warned!!!  (TY Rupert for sending this to me)

Frank Drakopolous – It was Nov 2010, Frank had his operation at the 1230 Pizza on Fields Ave.  I am sure many will remember him or at least his name.  Life was good for Frank until he was accused of raping 15 year old Cristina B.  That is when his life changed dramatically and he was able to leave the country before being arrested. According to Frank and Sean he was assisted by Steve (in Black) Hidosan.  Charges were filed and many people who knew Frank at that time did not believe he would do such a thing and that he was somehow, set up.  For 18 months Frank led a quiet life in Australia.  He was able to make contact with a man here named “Sean” (Expat) who does investigative work and agreed to work on his case since he believed that Frank was innocent.  Sean is an Australian and had already known Frank from a time that they met in Australia.  After an extensive investigation one Riza Maglaqui Y Sambile, 21 years old submitted a statement to Assistant City Prosecutor Mark Oliver C. Sison on 2 Apr 2012 clearing the name of Frank.  In the statement she indicated that “after we have been to City Hall, we left and while we were outside the City Hall, Christina B. told us the truth that she was not raped by Frank Drakopolous.  And she told us that her Korean boyfriend was the one that had her and not Frank Drakopolous.”  There is more to the statement but the Prosecutor had enough to where any charges against Frank will be dropped and Frank can now walk the streets with his head held high in that the truth has finally come out, and he is vindicated.  Frank has returned to Angeles City for a short visit but will be returning to Australia with Sean to clear up personal items there in preparation for a return to Angeles City.  Plans are for him to join with Sean in his investigation company.  I and many others will be wishing Frank good luck in his future endeavors.  Sean can be reached at:  0915-404-6766 or G0D_sean@yahoo.com.  That is the #0 not the letter o.

TAPS

John Amos, 75 years old, an American expat that has lived in Angeles City for many years passed away on 9 Apr.  He is survived by his wife of 8 yrs, Nereza.  He was bedridden for the past 2 yrs, had tests which showed he had lung cancer.  He was buried in Samar.

DICK CLARK, 82 YEARS OLD – THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Yes, once again I happened to be in the Thi-Hi after an absence of two weeks and in walked Charles Wills with a big happy smile on his face.  The man was so happy to be in Angeles City that he could have been a poster boy for the Dept. of Tourism.  He was in the company of best friend Keith Carpenter who has been visiting Angeles City for many years as has Charles.  His first visit was ten years ago but has been back 5 or 6 times since then.  He is from Charleston West Virginia but is now a semi-retired music teacher, specializing in brass instruments.  He taught school in Ohio but also in many different countries like Ethiopia (his favorite was there for 15 years), Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Bahrain.  I was surprised when he said Ethiopia was his favorite place until he showed me some pictures of the ladies he knew there. I believe I would enjoy being a teacher there as well.  He always stays at the Central Park Hotel because of the relaxing atmosphere.  His favorite bar is “Just My Luck” and he made special mention of Jessica and Jocelyn, Twin ladies working there who he has known for a long time.  He also likes “Barhoppin” and “Strawberry Fields”.  He is still single and is a youthful 62 years of age.  I had him pose with one of the Thi-Hi dancers so his friends back in the US could see what they are missing.  Keep that smile Charles, it was a pleasure to meet you.  Update:  You interviewed me about tourist of the month in Thi Hi last week. I would like to change one thing. My new favorite bar is The One Eyed Wench because that is where the twins, Jessica and Jocellyn are working now. Also there are many attractive, very friendly girls working there. Chuck  (This is a first for me, an update from a tourist of the month before it was printed.  Now I have to go to the One Eyed Wench and get a picture of the twins – Ah hah, I did go on the night of 14 Apr and to my surprise it was the official opening of the new One Eyed Wench.  Now you have to read further down for more details on that)

NEWBIES AT THE THI-H

Yes, of course whenever Josie brings on any new ladies at the Thi-Hi I have to post their picture here. You better believe that some are better looking than others but you can pretty well depend on them looking pretty good and also being very friendly.  Now, if Mouse will let me, I would sure be happy to pop into Honey-Ko’s and see how the line-up of dancers looks lately.  For no logical reason I have not visited the place in a while.  I guess because Des is no longer there and Damien doesn’t stick around as much as he used to.  Mouse is doing a great job holding things together and keeping the ladies on their toes.  I don’t want the readers thinking that Thi-Hi is the only Club I visit.  I have heard some good words on the Candy Bar so I have that place on my list as well.  OK, the two ladies, oh boy, I nearly forgot the details.  On the left is Rose, 22 years old, 2 kids, hails from Binan, Laguna.  Email: rose_annlascano@yahoo.com.   The lady in white is Michelle, 27 years old, also with two children and she is from Olongapo.  Email address:  jmgambal16@yahoo.com.

PROFILING PROBLEMS AT THE DMIA

I have received, in the last few months, complaints from foreigners about their girlfriends being stopped at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) by Immigration officials and not allowed to travel because of some agents interpretation of profiling rules that appear to be confusing.  The Immigration Chief in Manila admits to the use of profiling but denies any abuse of policy.  If a single Filipina woman is traveling by herself she is targeted and subjected to intensive questioning.  All too often this leads to being refused admittance to the scheduled aircraft.  This results in loss of money as her ticket is non-refundable.  Naturally, the excuse used is to eliminate human trafficking.  Usually I receive complaints via Email but this time one lady came to my stable, nearly in tears to seek assistance.  Her name is Ms. Lilybeth T. Bernabe.  Her boyfriend of 10 years is Arne Robert Hansen, a ship’s Captain of many years and long time visitor to the Philippines.   Robert had a break from his ship duties and was in Thailand.  He asked Lilybeth to join him there for a little over a month.  He wrote her a letter of invitation providing all the details to include the hotel name, address and telephone numbers.  Lilybeth had her old and new passport which showed her previous trips outside of the country, even to Egypt.  The agent at DMIA was extremely sarcastic in his questioning of Lilybeth and no matter how specific she was in answering his questions, it appeared that this agent’s only objective was to dismiss anything she said.   Be advised, this is not a single incident, many foreigners, accompanied by girlfriends, have had their ladies denied the right to board.  How many of these incidents go unreported?  Lilybeth will purchase another ticket and try again.  This time I have asked for the assistance of a government official to assist lilybeth in her second attempt to board her flight to Bangkok in two days time.  Even if she does succeed in her travel plans, she has agreed to submit a formal complaint upon her return.  Update 1.  No matter what, she was required to attend a seminar in Manila for two or three hours and obtain a certificate of attendance.  This seminar is normally for OFW’s and ladies getting married to foreigners.  My question is this.
If this is a government requirement for single ladies traveling abroad to meet a foreigner for a short vacation or to accompany a foreigner, then why not publicize this and why doesn’t every travel agent know this so they can advise their clients before they purchase a ticket? Saturday, 21Apr – Finally, Lilybeth was able to board a plane at the CIA/DMIA to join Captain Robert.  I hope they have a fine holiday, but Robert, do not feed her too much, she needs to get her figure back.

I had another visitor yesterday, an American who wanted to travel with his live in girlfriend of five years.  He went through an intensive process at CIA as well.  He had gone through Immigration but they held his girlfriend.  The agent told the girl to go to a different area.  When the guy went with her and sat next to her he was told that he could not sit there.  He got up, moved away but still had eye contact with his lady.  He was told he could not be there and they made him move out to where he could not see her.  After five minutes or so, she came out and said they refused to let her fly. The guy asked the agent why not and was told it was the head agent inside that said no.  He asked why?  The reasons, one at a time were:
She has nothing to prove she is coming back.  American – She has a round trip ticket, she is with me, this is only a four day trip.
She has no income, how will she pay?  American – We have lived together for five years, I support her, she has money from me, I am responsible for her.
She was not able to convince the head agent – American – She is from the Province, not well educated, you have uniforms, she is scared and nervous.  You give her a harsh third degree – what do you expect?
Sorry, she can’t go.  American – OK, then give me my money back as I am not going either.  Oh Sir, you won’t go?  No, she is with me and I won’t leave her.
They finally let her go on the flight.
Bottom line -
The current Immigration rules make it difficult to travel with girlfriends and sometimes wives, out of the country.  Domestic travel is OK.  This requirement to go to Manila for a seminar that is geared towards OFW’s and ladies marrying foreigners usually comes as a surprise to travelers, especially foreigners and their reactions do not go over well with the Immigration folks.  Why do the travel agents not know about this policy?  I checked with one travel and they were not aware of it.
ANOTHER INCIDENT AT THE DMIA:  I just had an incident at Clark airport with immigration yesterday. They refused my girlfriend to travel to hong kong despite the fact that she was travelling with me and we had a round trip ticket. What’s worse is that we have traveled to Singapore, flying out of Clark, 3 times in the last 6 months together and have no problems. The immigration official at the counter asked her a bunch of personal questions about how long we have been dating, were we living together, how long, have we traveled together before, how many times. They stamped, signed, and approved her passport but when I started asking the guy why he asked her so many personal questions he got mad and said she was not able to go now and had to do a secondary screening. I was told that I had to go to the departure area and wait until they were finished with her. She called me 20 minutes later to tell me that they denied her. So I went back to immigration and tried to speak with someone about what happened. No one would explain what happened or why she was denied and the actual officer who made the decision went on break and left. Obviously I was angry having just wasted $450 dollars on the plane tickets and also missing a boxing match we were going to Hong Kong to see. When I finally got someone to explain what the rationale was for denying her they said she didn’t have a certificate of Filipinos Overseas document called Guidance and Counseling. It made no sense that she required this form, especially since all the other times we have traveled out of Clark together they never asked for it. Even worse, they didn’t ask her about that at the counter when they initially approved her to travel and stamped her passport. This was done purposely and I think to try and teach me a lesson for speaking up and asking questions. I’ve already brought this to the attention of CIAC and plan to get this in the press and try to meet with other government officials in Manila. If anyone else has similar stories can they please share. I want to build a case showing that the immigration officials at Clark are corrupt and should be fired. The officials my incident involved were Omar Yunus, Jeffrey PinPin, and Zoneida Cruz. (Folks, whenever you experience this problem at the airport, please get the names of the officials. Send me the information, I am forwarding each complaint to the Dept of Tourism in the hopes that the confusion connected with these human trafficking checks and profiling can be resolved and clearer guidelines published)

Harry, Here is what I found in the DFA website (www.dfa.gov.ph). Pls check this out:
Under the law, all contract workers are to show overseas employment certificate from POEA. BUT if an individual is on a VISIT or FIANCEE / DEPENDENT / SPOUSE status (or training, foreign residence, student and business), he or she is required to register with the Commission on Filipino Overseas and attend a 2-hour pre-departure orientation seminar. If you read the provision, it only refers to Filipinos traveling to Korea! Why apply the law to everyone? They say it is meant to protect Filipinos from threats like human trafficking, from potential abuse, etc).
Please review this link:
http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=239&Itemid=37
And here is the link to the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO):
http://www.cfo.gov.ph/pdos.htm.
It contains the Presidential Decree that requires your friend to undergo these “harassment” at the airport. 

Fiancee, Spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals

What you need to know…

As Filipinos going abroad as fiancé(e)s, spouses or other partners of foreign nationals, you are required to attend the CFO’s guidance and counseling session in order to secure the Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) and theCFO sticker. You need this certificate to renew or apply for a new passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (per Department of Foreign Affairs Order Nos. 11-97 Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act 8239, “Philippine Passport Act” and 28-94). You will also need to present this certificate together with your spouse/partner visa, at the Immigration office at the international airport on your day of departure.

To attend the seminar, you may proceed to either two of CFO’s service providers: the St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation-Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW) or the People’s Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization, Inc. (PRISM).

You will have to bring with you the required documents to be accommodated in the counseling seminar. The counseling session runs for a minimum of two hours and is meant to provide you with adequate information regarding inter-marriage and migration, the cultural and social realities abroad as well as available support networks for women in distress, among others.

After you comply with all the requirements and finish the counseling session, you will be given the Certificate of Attendance by SMEF-COW or PRISM which you will have to bring along with other pertinent documents, to the CFO, for registration. Once you already have your valid passport and spouse/partner visa, then you have to register with the CFO. You will then be issued the GCC as well as the CFO Sticker.

Important Notes:

  • The CFO and SMEF-COW have offices in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. PRISM is in Metro Manila only. Visit the offices where it is most convenient.
  • Please check the schedule of the counseling session before proceeding to SMEF-COW or PRISM because it is country-specific and the slots are only limited. It is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • You may avail of the Guidance and Counseling Session even while you are still processing or waiting for your visa. If such is the case, you will only be issued the GCC. Once your visa is released, you will return to CFO to continue with your registration. The CFO sticker will then be affixed on your passport.
  • You will pay a fee totaling PhP 650.00. The PhP 250.00 is paid as counseling fee at SMEF-COW or PRISM while the PhP 400.00 is for registration at the CFO.

(I think that the Immigration folks at DMIA, in some cases, have mis-interpreted these directives or not made them clear to the traveler in a manner in which the lady is not embarrassed or become fearful.  and are simply using them to harass Filipinas.  Some have felt that they were verbally abused.    

I have had a lot of back and forth communication with DOT on this and now we hope to have the President of the Philippine Travel Agents address this issue. Meanwhile, do not stay with your girlfriend when wanting to travel together.  Give her money, tickets, go to the airport and have her pretend she is traveling alone, strictly as a tourist.  Do not tell anyone at the airport you are going to meet a foreigner.  Meanwhile, I am sure clear advice will be forthcoming and all travel agents will be able to give specific instructions when one is purchasing a ticked to travel out of the country.) 

 

 

 

 

 

The three pictures above is my style of motorcycle.  In fact I am thinking of ordering this sort of limo to compete with the Lewis Grand Hotel’s stretch limo, eat your heart out James.  This is an attention getter.  To find the right driver I interviewed the five members of the Outlander Motorcycle Club who visited my humble hotel last month.  As you can see, they all fit the right size and weight for motorcycle aficionados.  I am not sure of the delivery date for my special “Limo” but a case

Yeah, I know, this ain’t the best picture to promote a Club that just opened but, hell, that is the best I could do.  Scott had his reopening of Treasure Island at the new location, opposite the Wild Orchid on 26 Apr which is my dart night.  Additionally, I do not go out that close to when I have to finish up my column.  So, better pictures will have to be taken this month.  The main objective is to let you know that it is open and I am sure will be offering up the “treasures” that make this bar so popular at its old location.  For sure I will be heading there to get more details and to let Scott buy me a drink.  I bet you I can find my “I would if I could” lady there for June.   The door was open and I was going to peek in and take a picture but could not find anything to hold onto for me to get up that high step to the sidewalk.

THE ONE EYED WENCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, nine pictures taken at the opening of the super renovation of the one eyed wench.  The first picture highlights a few beauties along with Manager Alan.  I was surprised to see Gordy in attendance (Picture 4) as he is calling Thailand his home.  He is working hard at a language school but told me of some of the benefits of being in Thailand where the rental costs are lower and most definitely, electricity bills are not heart breaking like here.  Food is better as most of us know but then, he has to admit the drinks cost less here and yes, the women here are much easier to get along with.  The last picture features one of the twins (Jessica) that Chuck (TOM) likes so much.  Her sister was not present so I guess I could have taken her picture twice to make up for the absence.  She admitted that she met Chuck 10 years ago and man, that is a long time to stay friends with one, eh, I mean two ladies.  She named the many clubs she has worked in over that period of time.  She is 29 years old but if you would like to communicate with Jessica and be added to her “friends” list then drop a line to jessica.porras33@yahoo.com.
What did I think of the new look?  Great but when crowded it is difficult to maneuver from the entrance to the back because of the narrow aisle.  Hell, only old guys like me would find it difficult.  I do agree with Chuck, there were plenty of cute ladies on hand.  I am not sure the pool table is necessary as players disturb customers sitting along the one side wall near the table.  But, I suspect that on most nights it is not quite that crowded.  The face lift was successful, Bong did his magic once again.   This was a small club, made bigger and when you enter, the atmosphere grabs you by the ass with the lighting, the decor, the happy ladies and well, doggone it, it is a happy place and the customers mirrored that happy mood.  It made you want to stay, and I did stay stay longer than I had intended.  You can keep those big clubs with the big prices and ladies on stage so far away that you can hardly see them. Give me the One Eyed Wench where all your eyes glow with the light of anticipated pleasures.

THREE LADS FROM ADELAIDE

These three energetic folks took the time to stop by my stable for a chat and they were so happy to be here in Angeles City that I had to take their picture so those folks who have never been here might consider a first visit.  Going from left to right we have Kieran Owens who has been coming here since 1985.  Kym Leak since 1994 and David Morgan only goes back five years to 2007.  Naturally Kieran and I told stories of how great it used to be prior to Mt. Pinatubo.  Kym and David kind of wished they could travel back in time to see what it was like.  Kieran is an accountant, Kym runs a Bistro at the Racquets SA Club in Adelaide and David is semi-retired.  They all stayed at the Sunset Gardens and have done so for many years.  Kieran is sort of a matchmaker as he has convinced a few lads to visit here and many have been married off to some local ladies, eh, a few not successfully but enough on the positive side to keep his good reputation.  The Clubs that met their fancy were the Thi-Hi, T & A, Sunshine bar and Dirty Duck.  Naturally I agreed with all of them, especially the Thi-Hi.  These are three fine representatives of Adelaide, in South Australia and for sure, I know I will see all three again in the near future.

I WOULD IF I COULD 

This young lady of 28 years is employed at Honey Ko’s as a waitress.  She has only worked there for 7 months and in that time has developed a very nice personality.  She is a high school graduate who likes to read and exercise, especially swimming.  Guess that is why she has such a nice figure.  She hails from Leyte, has 2 brothers and 1 sister.  Yes, she also has one child, a 6 year old boy.  Naturally, she would like to meet that special guy who would love and respect her and does not have to be rich.  She just wants to meet that guy with a good heart who is kind.  Ah, now the age preference – how about 45 to 75!  I think she said 75 after I told her I was 74.  Her Email address is:  myrna@yahoo.com.  If that Email address does not work, let me know because I think she might have left something out.

GASTHOF CAFE DELI

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want some great salads?  How about German sausages?  Do you yearn for terrific baby back ribs?  These and many other delicious meals await you at the Gasthof Cafe Deli.  I attended a Hotel and Restaurant Association luncheon at this establishment located at A-Line Bldg, Ramon Tang Ave, McArthur Hi-way, Balibago, AC (across the street from Pure Gold Jr.) and everyone was very impressed with the food and the owner Bot Gersbach.  Bot was married to a German chef for 20 years and while in Germany owned an authentic German restaurant in Frankfurt.  From Germany they moved to Angeles City and opened a Gasthof in Mimosa from 1996 to 2000.  According to Bot, when the “invasion” began they moved to Boracay where they opened what became a very popular, famous Gasthof which, after 10 years was sold as a franchise.  A second franchise was opened in Legaspi City and also Naga City.  This tireless woman then opened her restaurant in Makati which became popular and after she sold it, made her final move back to Angeles City on 4 Dec.  Wow, what a lady and thank goodness she has brought her talents back here so that her talent can be shared with all of us here.  She has 2 daughters and one son.  Sadly, her daughter, Melody, was the beauty queen that was killed in an auto accident on the Expressway 2 years ago.  I remember the story and it was tragic.  But, Bot has overcome her grief and you can’t help but enjoy talking to her.  Her specialty is Baby Back Ribs and for sure I will be taking Priscilla the horse there very soon as she loves ribs.  By the way, they cater events as well and you can call 624-0097 or 0927 508 1975.  The Email address is:  sanktadelheid@yahoo.com.

ROCKIN HORSE RIDES AGAIN

Thanks to an Englishman and an American with a talent for Italian cooking the Rockin Horse Bar is back with us.  It has been closed for a few months after Tim sold out (have no idea why since he appeared to be doing a good business) and after some very decent renovations we now have another small, cozy, friendly bar to cool off in on these very hot days of summer.  I noticed on the signboard that it is also named “Zarducci’s Cocktail Lounge” but Rockin Horse is a lot easier to say.  Once again you can say that this is the very first bar you come to on Perimeter Road, or the very last.  Depends on whether you are exiting Clark from the Friendship gate or driving from Fields Ave.  Makes it kind of unique.  The decor is well done.  When you enter you immediately feel welcome and a festive mood hits you.  The colors are bright, the staff are friendly and the dancers are very happy to see you.  Right now they are a little short of dancers because of vacations, days off and of course, those that just decide not to bother going to work. That is a problem easily resolved and the very nice manageress, Rosel, will take care of that.  She used to be the manager of Club 68 on Fields Ave before it was sold to Koreans.  They are open from 1 to 11 PM.  Happy Hour is 1 to 5 PM where local drinks are only P45.  Regular price is P60.  Ladies drinks are P120, but they do have those darn double drinks which are P200 so be careful when ordering.

Outsourcing of ladies will run you P1300.  Every Sunday from 4 to 5 PM snacks will be on hand for you and starting in May, food can be ordered to eat in or take out.  The Italian stallion will be whipping up some spareribs, chicken cordon bleu,  burritos, lasagna and I am sure, a few more items.  What I like about this bar is the location, plenty of space to park which is convenient for those of us with cars but they are a bit off the barhopping zone.  This is one of those bars that will start off slowly and gradually build up a steady fan base.  Will it succeed?  It will be up to the two owners as their presence and personalities will be of utmost importance.  One of the two will have to be there at all times.  Don’t leave it to the Filipino staff to bring in the customers, it won’t work.  I wanted to mention their names but the Englishman said no.  I don’t know why since the last name of one of them is already on the signboard and he is well known in town anyway.  I look forward to seeing them both and getting a taste of some good lasagna.

Saint George’s Day - 

is the feast day of Saint George. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, 23 April corresponds to 6 May on the Gregorian calendar.  April 23 is also the anniversary of the St George Dragons Rugby League Football Club. The St George club coincidentally played their inaugural NSWRL first grade match on St George’s Day, April 23, 1921 at the Sydney Sports Ground in Australia.

There,  you have the meaning of St. George’s Day.  Now, here are a few pictures taken at Honey Ko’s of the dedicated Subic Crusaders, led by Tony Strokers, who started celebrating on 22 and 23 Apr, took a day off to rest and then finished in Angeles City on 25 Apr.  By the time I saw them at Honey Ko’s they were still up beat and partying hard.  I must say I have never seen a happier group of inebriated, saintly Crusaders.

CLARK ODE COUNTY

For us old timers that have been here in Angeles City for 20 or more years we have seen a lot of changes.  I am always sentimental about the Clark Air Base (Freeport Zone) and how much it has changed since the US Military left.  We got used to the Duty Free Stores, McDonalds, hotels, 7-Elevens, a University, and so much more.  But, now look at this fantastic new Condo complex put up by the Korean Dongwang Clark Corporation named the Clark Ode County (DCC).  440 condo units are available and underground parking for 440 vehicles.  It will house a casino, restaurant, shopping arcade, gym, coffee shop, spa, pool and even its own duty free store.  Already 41% of its units have been sold. They are leased for 50 years plus 25and they offer an in-house property management service.  You can choose from studio units to 1, 2 and 3 at prices ranging from $84,400 to $196,000 which is a healthy amount of money.  
Don’t forget the maintenance fees which range from P3,200 to P8,500 a month.  The sales staff are all Korean with a fairly good grasp of English.  I did not tour the place as the folks there kind of lost interest in me once they realized I was not there to purchase a unit.  Needless to say they never heard of “Harry the Horse”.  It is a beautiful complex, very secure and I was fascinated by the underground garage.  But, you are still living within the Freeport zone, on the main street surrounded by Duty Free Stores and not the best view in the world.  Good investment?  Maybe, especially if the Philippine Government ever gets moving on developing the Airport.  By the way, this same company is currently developing a 304-hectare area into a tourism, recreational and leisure estate, including the construction of a new golf course at the former True North inside the Clark Freeport Zone.  This True North area has had its ups and downs over the last few years as one company after the other bid, bowed out fought with CDC officials.  I guess, this time, enough folks made enough money to finally get it off the ground.  Should be nice, but no doubt, exclusive.  If you would like to contact a salesperson directly drop Jay Kim a message at kimkihyung@hotmail.com.  Try the website at www.clarkodecounty.com.  Oh, before I forget, you can rent units on a yearly or monthly (six months) contract.  Prices are not bad, studio P24,000 a month.  It sure is a nice looking building, impressive as hell.

DENNIS, PETER AND JOHN 

There is not much to say about these three lads.  The one on the far right, John, is married to my wife’s best friend.  They knew each other here in Angeles City from their school days. John does not get over here that often and I have never put his picture in this column.  This time he and his two mates consumed enough beer in my stable to justify an honorable mention.  John has been a bit sick with a serious foot problem that kept him in bed for some time and now his wife has a few problems that prevents her from traveling.  He was in good company this trip as all three of them come from Sydney, Australia.  I asked my staff to pose with them as I felt the picture needed a bit of a dressing up.

THE BLISS HOTEL

 

 

 

 

 

I know that most of you would wonder why the hell I am writing about a hotel that is well off the radar for tourists to Angeles City.  Your curiosity would be justified.  The Bliss is located at 17-22 Lazatin Blvd., City of San Fernando.  Lazatin Blvd. is that bypass road you take off of McArthur Hi-way when driving to San Fernando to avoid the main congested intersection with the overpass.  OK already, I am sort of taking editorial freedom here because I think one of the best hotel general managers I have ever met is the head man at the Bliss.  His name is Noli T. B. Reyes who used to be the General Manager at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club on Clark and is also the past President of the Hotels and Restaurant Association in Pampanga (HARP).  The Bliss Hotel is lucky to have Noli as General Manager and I am highlighting him this month in case some big Hotel in town or anywhere in the Philippines is looking for a good manager.  Additionally you never know when you might have a need to look for a hotel in the San Fernando area.  If you are on your way to the SM Mall in San Fernando, Robinsons or S & R stop by and have lunch at the Bliss and look for Noli. The Hotel has 19 rooms plus 38 in the drive-in area (3 hrs only P416).  The hotel rate is P2,500 featuring twin or king size beds.  The have a bistro offering a full menu.  I like the Chef’s special menu offering 6 choices ranging from P250 to P350.
I would suggest you hang around the front desk and talk to Jhaylin, 20 years old, working college student who is “very much single”.  She is majoring in tourism, graduating in Oct.  Her Email address is:  maylyn_manalili@yahoo.com.  I have a bit of a problem here, there are two ladies pictured above, one is Nancy and the other is Jhaylyn and I have no idea where to place the names.  I forgot!  I think Jhaylyn is the one on the right and I have a 50-50 chance of being right.  Noli, I’ll be up for lunch one of these days, see ya!  (www.blisshotelsanfernando.com)

WHY THE LOCALS LOVE CONG. LAZATIN

 

 

 

 

 

From the time he was the Mayor of Angeles City and now Congressman his popularity has never never slipped, in fact, he is like the father of Angeles City and his heart is in Pampanga.  He may be getting a bit old but he remains a sly, wise, energetic politician, one in which you never know what he will do next.  His latest idea is to bring Disneyland to the Clark Freeport and why not?  It may or may not become a reality but if anyone can get it on the drawing board, he can.  They don’t call him “Tarzan” for nothing.  That road construction pictured above is a major project and will certainly help move traffic along the circumferential road but it is only one of many projects that have been completed and more in the planning stage.  Lets hope “Tarzan” keeps on swinging and has no ideas of retiring just yet. Angeles City needs him!

It is time for me to sneak on out of here. My feet are swollen, back is sore and my fingers protesting.  Plus Priscilla keeps asking me “are you finished yet”.  Maybe she wants me to take her to dinner.  It has been one dry, very hot month and May should be the same.  Thank goodness for air-conditioning.  Many thanks to Howard McKay and Doggie Dave for another fine evening of great music.  They seem to get better with age.  I also thank all the visitors that popped in to see me last month, it is always such a pleasure to greet you, and of course, get a picture or two.  That’s it folks, remember, be kind to old horses.

POLITICAL RANTINGS SKIP THIS PART

ATTENTION – YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbMnA3uO9As

Dear Americans, Canadians, Australians, read this and believe in what you see.  It is nearly too late for Britain, France, Spain and England to stand up for a Christian, Democratic way of life.  How many videos do we have to watch before we realize that what this Muslim man says is true?  All, and I mean all Muslims come under the influence of Sharia law.  Many might talk a different line but they are powerless to stop the insidious spread of this law, which, believe me is not good.  Call me whatever you want folks but our lawmakers and citizens better wake up.  I am old now and will not live to see this transformation take root but regretfully, I will live long enough to see the seeds that are being planted today take root and start to grow.  With our current President, current political leaders and extremist left wing groups who are more intent on political correctness rather than protecting our country.  We are heading down the path to a loss of our basic freedoms!  How many times do we need to be slapped in the face by illegal aliens, New Black Panther groups and now radical Muslims who are intent on degrading America?  Maybe someone should organize a “White Tiger Party” that would be a bit more aggressive than the “Tea Party”.  America has a history, not always perfect, but by golly, we stood together and grew great.  We had democracy, but now I wonder how much of that democracy we still have left.  With the advent of “Super Pacs”, “Czars”, “Lobbyists” and “Super Delegates” how much of an individual vote do we have?  Do we really still need the electoral college?  How about the Supreme Court and appointing judges based on their ideology instead of their mission to support our constitution?  Why do we have a President that attacks the Supreme court because he does not like anyone going against his will?  Why do we allow our history books to be rewritten in such a way to distort our history?  At one time I remember the use of the words “silent majority” but now that group is no longer a majority.  They are sleeping, trying to survive under the pressure of a government that is intent on promoting class warfare and rewarding those who do not work but want free handouts.  America is in decline and our present leadership will try to finish what one inept peanut farmer tried to do in the past.  The first battle to be fought is this year, at the voting booth. There are various organizations organizing voters among various ethnic groups, getting them to register and get them to the voting stations, but who is organizing the “silent, used to be majority”?  The tea party?  Yes, to a certain degree, but those Americans for America have to wake up and get off their collective fat asses and register and fight the war at the 2012 election.  This is a war folks, and the freedoms of Americans are at stake.  If you do not believe me then listen to some of the rhetoric coming from members of the New Black Panther party. When words such as “we will have the red sea of blood” and “suit up and boot up” are used, those folks are not talking about peace.  This is the speech and organization that Obama condones and supports.   Use the privilege of that vote in 2012 , do it now before even that is taken away from you.

Subject: OBAMA DID IT ~ BY EXECUTIVE ORDER!> TRUE http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/dreamact.asp

Obama passes “amnesty” act by Executive Order..
Let’s move this forward and fast.
He’ll do whatever it take to get the votes…Be sure that you send this to everyone you know!
Obama passes amnesty by executive order.  Written by Gil Guignat, Border & Immigration, Breaking News.
Last Friday, with no fanfare, no press coverage, and with every effort made to hide his actions from the American people, President Obama enacted the DREAM Act by executive order.
Opposed by a majority of the American people and twice defeated in Congress, the DREAM Act grants amnesty to any illegal alien residing in the United States if they agree to enlist in the U.S. Military or enter college.  (OK, this was sent to me and I did read the Executive order and the Snopes report.  There is room for various interpretations of what is intended here.  He did not pass amnesty, per se, but he sure does come close.  The Dream Act by Senator Durbin has NOT been acted on yet but it is obvious that Obama and the Justice department are not waiting for a vote and very sneakily enacting some of its provisions in the way Obama likes to act, by saying “screw you Americans” I am not waiting for a vote, it is my way or the highway.  This man wants to be a dictator and he will do anything he can to bring in more votes for the Democrats.  He is slipping in a policy of “Amnesty” without even using the word.)  

One misguided Latino appears on TV demanding the the “I” in Illegal be removed as it is racist against Latino’s.  Hello, wake up lady.  If you cross our border illegally, you are in the US ILLEGALLY.  It is not applicable only to Latinos but every nationality that decides to sneak into the United States.  Boy or boy, why is that so hard to understand?

 

 
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SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT

Posted by admin on April 25, 2012 in Breaking News

I am sorry to report that Douglas (Dougie) Frost and his girlfriend, Grace, were involved in a serious car accident last Sunday, 22 Apr.  Initial police report indicates that he was driving too fast and hit a steel post on Ma.Roxas Boulevard.  They have both undergone surgery for head injuries. Douglasalso has a broken arm and broken leg and although conscious has not spoken yet.  They are at the Angeles University Foundation Hospital (AUF).  Dougie is the owner of the Hang-out bar onPerimeter Road, between the Thi-Hi and Honey Ko’s clubs.  Doug is a long time ex-pat resident ofAngelesCityand his many friends here will be praying for his complete recovery and also Grace.  This news was a bit of a shock to all of us.

Photo from the Punto newspaper, photographer Joey Aquilar.

Thank you Victor Dufort for forwarding me the information.

 
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TREASURE ISLAND GRAND OPENING

Posted by admin on April 24, 2012 in Breaking News

FIRST THE GRAND OPENING AND NOW THE GRAND OPENING ON THURSDAY.  DARN, I HAVE DART LEAGUE THAT NIGHT.  WILL HAVE TO TAKE SOME PICTURES THE NEXT NIGHT, I STILL NEED MY “I WOULD IF i COULD LADY” FOR MAY.

 

 
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NEW TREASURE ISLAND OPENING

Posted by admin on April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Check it out folks and say hello to Scott for me, the hard working popular manager.

 

 
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LOVE IT OR HATE IT

Posted by admin on April 13, 2012 in Breaking News

Here is something that might have you scratching your head.  Is it ridiculous?  Is it evil?  Is it a joke? Is it true?  Does it give you pause or does it piss you off.  Depending on which side of the political fence you are sitting on I am sure it will elicit some strong opinions.

Check it out and then open for discussion.

 

This just broke. Share quickly as YouTube may scrub it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jhx_2TqffE

 
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FORBIDDEN CITY FOR SALE

Posted by admin on April 13, 2012 in Breaking News

THIS IS A GREAT REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY.  I HAVE SPOKEN WITH ATTORNEY FLORES WHO GAVE ME PERMISSION TO PRINT THIS AD.  BEING A FREEHOLD PROPERTY RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF FIELDS AVE MAKES THIS ONE HELL OF A HOT PROPERTY.  I WISH I HAD THE BIG BUCKS TO BUY IT.  

 

Price: - Size: 295 sqm
Type: Commercial Properties
Title type: Freehold

 

Currently for sale, 10-11 Fields Avenue (plot of land known as Forbidden City). A 295 sqm., three story turnkey club operation for sale in the middle of the Fields Avenue Entertainment District.

Inquiries or those interested, please contact Noel Flores at: 0453235195 (Office); 09175101170 (Cell). Anyone wishing to tour the premises, please contact Noel for arrangement. Please do not disturb the current occupiers of the premises.

 
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COYOTE UGLY BAR RAIDED

Posted by admin on March 31, 2012 in Breaking News

Here i was, pleased to tell folks that all was well in town, no raids for a couple of months.  But, last night around 11 PM, the Coyote Ugly Bar was raided but the good news is that the customers were allowed to leave.  Early reports reaching me is that the reason for the raid was the employment of underage girl.    At this time I do not know if it was the NBI or the CIDG or if any of the ladies were carted off. I am sure there will be more details forthcoming later today and since I do not know anymore details, at this time, 2430 hrs, I will head to bed.

 
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April 2012

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

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

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

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

THE FEEDBAG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

“Good Afternoon,

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

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

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

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

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

NEW CONTEXT

Empower’s survey has determined that:

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

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

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

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

Nighlife’s tapestry

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

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

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

“Monday, March 19, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOUSE FOR RENT 

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

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

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

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

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

TAPS

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

APRIL EVENTS

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

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

TONGUE CONTEST?

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

FIELDS AVE

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

BALI TRIP REPORT - by Travis

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

S&R NEW YORK PIZZA

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

I WOULD IF I COULD

 

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

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

THE ALASKA CLUB 

 

 

 

 

 

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

BRASS KNOB

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

 

 

 

 

 

ACBL LUNCHEON 

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

PURPLE PAD THAI RESTAURANT

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

 

 

 

 

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

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

EASY RIDERS

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

THE ORCHID INN

 

 

 

 

 

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

NEW BANK AT THE CHECKPOINT

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

A VERY SPECIAL EVENT

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 


 

 
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GRANDVIEW TOWER GRAND CAFE

Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 in Breaking News

Greetings!

Grand Café Dining Experience with
New Executive Chef David Griffiths

BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE 

GrandviewTowerinvites you to Bring Your Own Bottle on March 31, 2012 at the Grand Café. The first B.Y.O.B. inAngelesCityaims to gather wine enthusiasts in the region to enjoy a night filled with good wines and good food. For a modest fee, the Grand Café invites you to come over at their restaurant at 7 pm with your own favorite bottle of wine. For a price of one, diners will get to enjoy a sumptuous Steak Dinner prepared byGrandviewTower’s new executive chef – Chef David Griffiths. Complimentary drinks are to be served at the Tavern Music Lounge after dinner.

*For reservations, call 892.0103 or 09175016190 today. Reservation period ends on March 24, 2012.

 
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O Negative Blood

Posted by admin on March 6, 2012 in Breaking News
Ex-pat Murray Mezzabotta needs O Negative blood. Anyone willing to donate, please go to Angeles University Foundation Hospital.
Theodore B. House Memorial
DAV Chapter 3
315 Pinatubo St., Room 101
Angeles City, Philippines 2009
Tel: {63) 045 892-6374
E-Mail:
 dav_chapter3@yahoo.com
              dav3ac@comclark.com
“Veterans Helping Veterans”

 
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NEW FIELDS AVE DRAINAGE SYSTEM

Posted by admin on February 22, 2012 in Breaking News

I attended a briefing recently in which, at long last, a new drainage system will be constructed from MacArthur to the end of the walking street, just pass the Carousel Club.  The construction will be on the left side of the street starting at the Genesis club, to Kokomo’s, further to the Carousel and end at the entrance of the walking street.  It will be a bit of a mess as the sidewalks will be removed and replaced and the businesses along the strip will be responsible for personal expenses expended in finishing off the new sidewalks.  This is phase one, the other side will experience the same procedure at a later date.  We were told that construction should have started already so I expect to see a start by the beginning of March, if not earlier.  We were told it will be fast tracked so that the disruption to vehicle and foot traffic is short lived.

Oops, I forgot to mention there will be 14 manholes installed and businesses will not be allowed to extend their drainage systems to the actual pipes but will have to connect with the manholes.

 
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HEART ATTACK – JIM SEBREE

Posted by admin on February 21, 2012 in Breaking News

Jim Sebree, owner of Cottage Kitchen, a Mason and Rotary Member has suffered another heart attack but is recovering in AUF Hospital.  Recently, he traveled to Alaska for his mother’s funeral, returned and then found out his sister-in-law passed away as well.  Between the traveling, the sad news and his busy schedule here he believes that it was just a bit too much for his body.

A full recovery is expected and no doubt he will heed this latest warning and cut down on his schedule.  All members of the Clark Centennial Rotary wish him a speedy recovery and for sure, all his many friends feel the same way.

 
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UPDATE ON TWO DEATHS

Posted by admin on February 15, 2012 in Breaking News

Good old Maj Tan, Station Four let me down on these.  I requested updates but did not hear from him.  I found the following information in the 14 Feb edition of the Philippine Inquirer, reported by Jun Malig, Inquirer Central Luzon.
“Deadly heart attack – A Canadian tourist died from an apparent heart attack inside a night bar on Fields Ave, here on Friday, three days after an Austrian leapt from the rooftop of a seven story hotel in Malabanias village, also in this city. (pictures and story were posted in my “breaking news”).  Stephen Edward Dooley, 53, was accompanied by a woman to the Road House Bar at 6:40 P.M. when he collapsed, police said.  He was brought to Angeles University Foundation Medical Center where he died (in my opinion AUF is the worse place to take someone having a heart attack)
Police identified the Austrian tourist who jumped to his death on Feb 7 as Norbert Walser, 75, who used the name “Tom Miller” when he registered at Grand View Tower Hotel.  Walser used his true identity when he booked at the nearby Clarkton Hotel.  The hotel staff told the police that they were looking for the Austrian when he failed to return to his room for two days”.

 
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March 2012

Posted by admin on February 10, 2012 in 2012 Monthly Newsletters

The “Ides of March” are upon us.  I always wanted to write that, whatever the hell it means.  I believe it came from Shakespeare himself, something I was not keen on reading in high school.  I keep trying to think if there is anything significant about March.  Lets see, the Vietnam war began Mar 65, daylight savings time begins on 11 Mar in the US, Spring begins on 20 Mar, Operation Iraqi Freedom began 19 Mar 2003 and best of all, St. Patricks Day comes about on 17 Mar and I can wear my green shirt again.  But now, let me insert a picture of four lovely ladies serving up the food at Texas Joe’s, Subic Freeport.  I went there last month to watch the men’s singles dart competition at the Alley Cats bar in the Barrio.  It was part of the Annual Beach Bash there.  More details and pictures later on.  Now, the ladies — from left to right:  Aisa (24 – aisagirl11@yahoo.com), Ria (30), Karen (25 – karhen_cute18@yahoo.com) and Jinky (23 – jinky_javillonar@yahoo.com).  That should be a good way to start off the month of March.  Four lovely ladies and three Email addresses.  The rest is up to you.  They all had great personalities and along with the good food made me more than happy that we stopped there for lunch.  The good, not too hot weather will stay with us in March and no rain as well.  What a great time to be here.

FEEDBAG

Comments and Remarks: Harry, Forever, that’s’ how long you will be my friend if you can get the names and e-mail address of those four attractive ladies whose picture is at the beginning of your February column.  Owen Parker.  (Owen, you have given me an impossible task.  That was a spur of the moment picture.  Did not take names or Email addresses even though I knew there would be people like you asking me for them.  Afterwards I kind of thought I should talk to them longer and get more info but everyone was just too busy at the time.  They are kind of cute though and if I had been single, I would have done more (smile).

Harry, I recently broke my hip and required orthopaedic surgery. A metal prosthetic device was inserted from hip to knee. 4 hour surgery,  painful recovery, 4 days at Baptist Medical Center, 30 more days in the Skilled Nursing recovery hospital. I May never recover completely Dr. says due to the nature of the break plus age. But, I am grateful   Insurance covered it.  2. The home therapist visiting my house was a Philippino guy named Oscar from Bicol.  He Spent much training in Manila, 5 years of education in PI.  2 years in States on work visa and had to take a strict test to get it. Many flunk he said.  Anyway, he said to get the same ortho surgery I got, in the PI it can only be done at St. Lukes and MakatI Ortho Hospital at enormous expense and you better have the dinero up front. Transport from Pampanga (AngelesCity), is a factor as well.  There will also be months of recovery.  3.  What would an old fuck like me do in the PI with a broken hip and no money and can’t walk?  Can you get on an airplane on a stretcher? Sort of scares me when I think about it.  At least Harry the Horse had the common sense to seek out proper care in Vegas. But, he could walk. What the fuck do you do with a broken hip? I still can’t hardly walk and may never completely. I think age and health are something all guys 70 plus should ponder when living in the PI. I do! Even my Pinoy wife does in my situation and age.  Later, Joe Walker.  (Joe, your point is well taken and I have advised many people considering retirement here to take into account their health.  Hospital costs are less expensive here than in the US but it is a cash up front policy. If you are living on a shoestring budget with no money in the bank you better pray for good health.  I went to the States for the better care, yes, but primarily, td be covered by Medicare and Tri-Care.  It was so comforting not to have to pay anything up front or afterwards.  The doctors were wonderful, the Clinic staff were super nice and helpful, very professional and understanding.  Every place was so clean and well lighted, waiting time was minimal.  Not having to worry about the cost was such a blessing.  Two cards were all I needed, my Social Security card and my military retired ID card.  I was so glad I opted to sign up for part “D” on my social security benefits.  If you do not do that you will not get Tri-Care for Life benefits here in the PI.  Sorry for long comment here but folks, I am serious, no matter what age you are, if you decided to live in the Philippines, make sure you have enough money coming in to prepare for medical emergencies).  

Mr Horse, A friend recently turned me on to your website, damn you do good work. This site is great, thank you. I’m planning my first trip to AC in April; I’ll try to look you up to say hello. And if you don’t mind I’d really enjoy picking your brain for good where to go advice. I have a million friends that offer their sage experience to me, but I think I’m more interested in what you have to offer. Take care, and thanks for the great website. Tks, Donnie.  (Donnie, At the very bottom of my column, after my infamous “Political Rants” you will find a map showing where my “stable” is located.  Copy that and bring with you.  The number at my guest house is 322-7984 so call ahead to make sure I am home.  Thank you so much for writing and I hope you continue to enjoy my column) 

Harry, Here’s an item for March’s Harry the Horse, if you deem it acceptable. About three months ago my woman purchased a bamboo couch, one of them that has a headrest on one end and other end is flat. The place of business is on McArthur next to BPI in Samsonville Subdivision, catty corner from McDonald’s, named A.T.F. Bamboo.  The owner’s name is Myra and her phone is:  09477799608.  After a few days, my lady noticed droppings like sawdust on the floor. This continued until the one side caved in. We contacted the business but they would not give her a new one and not even a discount on another item.  She wired it together but who knows how long that will last. A person came and looked at the bamboo and said they couldn’t fix it. She told him she wouldn’t buy anything again from them and texted the owner who has not answered. This was bought in October I believe and I left for the US Nov 15th and just got back Sunday. The owner said we should have taken it there when we first saw the droppings. It’s in the front part of apartment, garage area, and can be used bcoz it’s held together with twine at the damaged area. You would think that the owner would’ve offered another piece of furniture at a discount. Dave Dudkewicz.  (Dave, this Myra lady does not seem to be very nice.  Obviously, they did not care that they sold your woman a piece of bamboo furniture that had not been properly treated.  That is the problem with buying rattan or bamboo furniture for all too often they have not been treated properly.  I agree, Myra should have replaced that piece of furniture or given you your money back.  For me, the A.T.F. Bamboo store is one establishment I will not be shopping at, but to tell the truth, I don’t think Myra will give a damn one way or the other – UPDATE – After a lot of phone calls and frustration, the owner did respond, sent someone to check out the couch and finally a replacement was provided but Dave was still charged P400 pesos.  The replacement was treated and varnish applied.  Personally, I feel that the couch should have been replaced at no cost to Dave.  But, he was happy to finally get some consideration from the owner). 

Harry, I read the article about me and Jennifer getting married and I thank you for it. However, the article about the Snooker table in Blind Beggar is TOTALLY WRONG. I, ME, Vegas Dave, bought the table from AKI not Bill. I have a signed document both as a Deed Of Sale from AKI and a notarized document signed by Bill stating the table belongs to ME. Therefore, if Bill gave you the information as you have written, he is wrong. I would appreciate it if you can do a retraction next month in your March issue for legal reasons on my behalf. If you wish to see the documents signed that I spoke of, I will show them to you. I will talk with Bill soon to ask him why he stated to you he bought the table. I will stop by the hotel soon to discuss this matter more. Tks, Vegas Dave Hamilton. (Dave, thanks for the update.  Maybe I misunderstood Big Bill so no problem.  I will also try to stop by and see Bill before he sells the place and heads back to England for medical treatment)

Harry, I’ve enjoyed reading your web newsletters over the past couple of years. Thanks very much for the fun and informative website. I know that it takes you substantial time and effort to do this. It is much appreciated. You are to the Phils what stickman is to Thailand(and then some). I have a specific question. I am a single white guy, US citizen, in my late 30s. I was an expat in Singapore 2003-2007 and traveled to almost every other SEAsian country during that time, both for fun (normal tourism) and for pleasure. Have not been to the Philippines. I think I know SEAsia somewhat well and have at least a bit of common sense (never got into any trouble in Thailand, Indonesia etc). Am back in USA now but I am going on vacation this month and would like to visit Angeles for two days. Is it a good idea? Or do the recent murders mean no-go to AC for first-time-in-Phils folks? (I already have an airline biz/1st class award USA-Manila-Bangkok-Yangon-USA, can’t decide on whether to spend my four days in Manila or even Cebu vs. AC) Wayne.

(Wayne, do not even consider Manila, it is far too expensive unless you will skip the Clubs and do some sightseeing.  Two or four days in AC will be just fine for you.  If you notice you will see that most of the murders have been against long time residents or folks who have become involved with the wrong woman.  Believe me, you will be OK here and will no doubt want to plan a return trip.)

HEY THERE HARRY, DID YOU EVER RECIEVE THE CHILLI SAUCE I SENT YOU IN JANUARY, IF NOT I WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT IT AT A AUSTRALIA POST.  JUST READ YOUR COLUMN AND ENJOYED IT AS USUAL, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, AND STAY HEALTHY. Cheers, Bluey Hobbs.  (Yep, got it, added to my collection.  Sometimes I forget to send out acknowledgements.  How could I forget a man named “Bluey”) Harry, I have been in Manila for years, mostly in Makati but do visit Angeles often and follow your news letter. Two years ago just before Xmas a good friend of mine vanished. He was well know in the Makati and Angeles bar scene. He was also named in a gun smuggling operation in Subic of which the Captain of the ship was murdered in AC. His name is Dave Smith he was a Britt but also carried a US passport, I believe. I am wondering if any of your readers might have any idea what happened to him, he has wives, children and friends looking for him. Rumor has it that he was also murdered but has really vanished with no trace. I would like to keep my name and email out of this due to the nature of his business and business contacts but would love to know anything so I could pass it on to those that are interested. Thanks if you can help. “M”  (The name is familiar to me but can’t remember why.  I will publish in my Breaking News in case there is someone around with a better memory than me – If anyone is familiar with this guy please Email me at jimharryhorse@gmail.com.  I will forward to “M”)

Harry, If you could do me a favor and remove the picture and story about a lady I got involved with.  We are no longer together, actually the guy who contacted you about wanting to find me had an on- going relationship with her via dating site Cupid and was only interested in obtaining info about her. In two weeks time she faked a pregnancy, found small reasons to force a break up with me, and now has been receiving support from this guy 43 years her senior. I even warned this guy, and he’s still going forward, wish someone warned me about her and I wouldn’t have taken the plunge. Anyway, if you would remove it as a favor because I am kind of embarressed to have a picture of me with her on this site. I also don’t want any others contacting me once she dumps this guy. Yes its a terrible shame! thought she was a good girl. She is a “foreigner guy vacation escort” really a hooker, though she has a sophistication about her, she acts different from the typical “bar girl” though her take is better. She got me for new lap-top, clothes, gold earrings, and engagement ring. She even made a bootleg e-mail acct. supposedly her manager write me a letter telling me she was cleared for a one month furlough to be with me, all bogus. I am in the process of trying to get my ring back, though if not successful would you be interested in posting nude pictures she authorized me to take? My god, this Norman must have rocks in his head. If she did this to me, what do you think she’ll do to this guy. He just got done being scammed from one last year in Samar for almost the same items I gave this lady. I now realize my mistake, believing her and not listening to many others who knew her type. Though unlike this gentleman, I never had first hand knowledge of her game. Though I have nothing to show for it, had a lot of sex with her, she looks better than her sex was, haha.
Never again an internet girl! (Like I have written many times, many of these ladies you meet here or on the internet are conniving, dishonest wenches.  Don’t get me wrong, there are so many that can bring you so much happiness, just be so very careful.  You can be lucky and man, you can be very unhappy.  These dating sites like “Cupid” , if used are like gambling, you win some and you lose some.)

Hi Harry, Reading your nostalgic comments on the old Clark Air Force base made me remember that about two years ago I threw out the stereo and speakers I bought on the Clark Air Force base in May of 1979.   A Sansui G9000DB receiver and giant Kenwood speakers.  I still have the turntable but don’t know why I’m keeping it?  That stereo alone weighed 66 lbs. l can’t remember where I stored that equipment on the boat for the trip back toPearl Harbor? Attached are a few pictures ofSubicfrom my days in May of 1979. Take care,  NavyTom, Tom from Chicago, and just plain old “Tom”.  (Thanks Tom, always a pleasure to be able to post pictures from the old days. It brings back memories to a lot of the old timers that loved Subic and Angeles City – was happy to remove your last name – now, send more pictures.)      

Harry, I have been reading your newsletter for some time now having stumbled upon it on the web. I do find it quite informative in many respects but have recently started to notice that a lot of the content is based on gossip and unsubstantiated rumours and in the case of some contributors recently it may even have malicious intent. An example of this is the recent attacks on a certain establishment in Subic Bay. To me these attacks appear to be coordinated and probably coming from somebody with rival business interests. This kind of behavior is not uncommon in the Philippines. You should try to put yourself in the shoes of the proprietor in such a case. This should not too difficult as you are in a similar line of business and then think about how you would feel. (Not an attack, the person was legit in his complaint.  I like the place mentioned but for now I would be careful what I eat there.  It is a warning I appreciated and passed on. Those folks are more than welcome to respond, more so than they did to the person who became sick.  You see Mark, in my eatery, I would be extremely concerned and would certainly respond to a complainant in a more concerned manner and do my best to correct the problem – p.S. while visiting the Barrio recently I did meet a few locals that agreed the food in that establishment could be much better)
You seem to have developed a habit of believing everything you are told. You praise Louis Tan. I find this astonishing as I have had many contacts with this man and he is a prime example of everything that is wrong in the Philippines. (Many of us long time residents of AC know Maj Tan quite well.  There have been many times in the past where I have been critical of his activities but, when he does get something right, I do report accordingly.  At other times, you just have to read in-between the lines of what I write.  Louis Tan would make a great subject to be injected into a book about Angeles City, in a fictional sort of way, of course.  By the way, the next time you have contact with Maj Tan, please let him know how you feel.)
You
have similar praise for certain foreign personalities who are nothing more than glorified pimps. Well coming from Las Vegas I can see that you may not find much wrong with criminal activities, unless of course it effects you. (who are you to be so righteous – yes, it is true that every bar owner who employs dancers, GRO’s etc., could be called “pimps” by those narrow minded enough to do so. That is the nature of the business in this town, someday it may change, but for now, it is a fact of life.  I do not know if you live here in AC or not but I am acquainted with many of the bar owners and some are my friends.  Additionally, there are many different categories of criminals in this area and the Club owners are the least of my worries.  No doubt you must be one of the few foreigners that do not go to any of the clubs or associate with any of the girls here or anywhere else.  Good for you) Your recent article trying to find the wherabouts of somebody who was charged in a known criminal activity proves your naievety. Hasn’t it occurred to you that this person probably fled in fear of his life and those looking for him might have the intent to end his life? In a strange sort of way that makes you complicit Mr Horse. (that is an area you know little about Mark.  Arrest warrants have been issued for Santos, Joe and Tim.  Maybe they will be found and then maybe innocence or guilt can be finally determined.  David Balmer was a personal friend of mine and for sure, I want any suspects apprehended who can help solve the case and reveal the motive for such a horrible deed.  If that makes me “complicit” then I am quite happy to be so labeled) 
You could improve your newsletter considerably by sticking to fact not fiction. If there was a properly functioning legal system in the Philippines you could be sued for libel and slander, but unfortunately there is not. (There is a system for both libel and slander.  Go for it)
As for your claims that you are not or at least some of your views are not racist then I suggest you look up a definition of racism and then read back through some of the things that you have published.  It is not just a case of Black and White !  (As usual, most liberals and left wing thinkers love to use the race card.  I have very conservative views that I will continue to espouse, especially when it comes to illegal aliens and how to deal with them.  Most who read my column and my “opinions” agree and those who do not, I print their comments as well.  Hence, your comments will be published)

So take those “Blinkers” off Mr Horse and you will be surpised what you see in your peripheral vision, and a long hard look in the mirror may help also. (Maybe if I had two good eyes instead of only one, it might help but regretfully, the poor vision in one eye is not correctable, even with glasses and I am at that age where looking in the mirror depresses me) Stay well, Mark Middlestone (hopefully I will but age is rapidly taking its toll, but shucks, life is so very good while it lasts.  Now I must go visit one of my “pimp” friends.  Thank you for your in depth analysis of my writings)

HELLO HARRY, HAPPY TO CHECK YOUR SITE AND SEE YOU ALIVE AND THE LA CASA DOORS  OPEN. ITS GREAT YOU HAVE THE TIME AND AMBITION TO KEEP THE HORSE GOING AS IM SURE A MULTITUDE OF PI FANATICS STAY TUNED. IM AT THE 30 YEAR POINT IN MY HISTORY WITH THEPHILIPPINES AND ANGELES. FIRST ARRIVING INCLARK BY PLANE – SO MANY YEARS AGO. WHAT A CONTRAST TO THE ANGELES WE SEE NOW. IT’S A WHOLE NEW BREED OF TOURIST FILLING THE HOTELS IN 2012. OR AT LEAST THAT’S MY MEASURE OF IT. A FAR MORE WELL HEELED GROUP FINDS YOUR LITTLE TOWN ATTRACTIVE. CONSIDERING ALL THE STORIES OF THE SCAMS AND ROBBERIES AND MURDERS THAT IVE HEARD I HAVE TO SAY: I BELIEVE THAT HAS ALOT TO DO WITH THE MONEY BEING DUMPED IN BALIBAGO. THE CRIMES SEEM MORE BRAZEN AND BRUTAL AND FREQUENT. IM SURE YOU HAVE SEEN IT ALL OVER THE YEARS. MY LAST FEW VISITS OF LATE CONFIRMED A SERIOUS DETERIORATION OF THE QUALITY OF THE BARS. IT’S BEEN GRADUAL BUT CONSISTENT IN THE LAST 7 OR 8 YEARS ESPECIALLY. I AM AMAZED AT HOW WELL ANGELES IS KNOWN AND I EXPECT THAT HAS ALOT TO DO WITH THE INTERNET. IM NOT SURE THE ATTENTION BRINGS A LOT OF GOOD OVERALL.  IF YOU LIVE THERE IT’S NOW POSSIBLE TO HAVE ALL THE CONVENIENCES AND COMFORTS NOT PRESENT 15 OR MORE YEARS AGO LIKE THE SM MALL, PURIFIED WATER, WESTERN FOODS AND QUALITY HOTELS. I SEE IT AS AN UP ON ONE END AND DOWN ON THE OTHER.  THE POPULARITY IS GOOD FOR THE BUSINESS PEOPLE BUT LOWERS THE QUALITY AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE CORRUPTION. YOU CAN STILL SCRATCH AROUND AND FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR BUT ITS NOT A BUFFET FEAST LIKE IT WAS IN THE EARLY YEARS, NOT AS FREE WHEELING AND LET IT RIP. IT’S AMAZING HOW THE NEW BREED- CANNOT BE SCARED OFF. NOT EVEN BY ALL THE TOO FREQUENT BAR BUSTS-YOUNG GIRL SCAMS- ROBBERIES- RIPOFFS-MURDERS-ETC ETC. FOR MYSELF-THE REWARDS OF A FEW RISKS -YEARS AGO- FAR OUT WEIGHED THE DANGERS. I HAD FEW REAL PROBLEMS IN 30 YEARS OF VISITS AND RECKLESS BARHOPPING. I WISH WE COULD TURN THE CLOCK BACK ABOUT 10 OR 20 YEARS BUT IT COULD JUST BE MY AGE. ONE MAN ASKED – IF YOU THOUGHT ANGELES WOULD SURVIVE? WELL- ID SAY- YES OF COURSE- IT SURVIVED THE PINATUBO ERUPTION-BUT WILL WE SURVIVE? – CERTAINLY THE FOREIGNER IS DRAWN LIKE A MOTH TO THE FLAME- FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. IM SURPRISED YOU HAVENT WRITTEN A BOOK-  IT WOULD BE A KILLER.THANKS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ANGELES AND THE SERVICE GIVEN ALL EXPATS. RAY NATERLIN.

(Ray, I do not have to say more.  Your words echo my sentiments.  I have just viewed some pictures of the bars located in Angeles back in the 60′s and I kick myself for not having taken and saved photos from when I first came here in 1977.  Even now, I plan to start taking pictures of the fronts of all bars that exist now, if I can get my lazy ass out to do it.  I anticipate a gradual change of Fields Ave over the next five to 10 years.  Angeles will always survive but the view will be ever changing. Thanks for writing)

First and Last Name: Nick Comments and Remarks: Hi. Harry. I have loved visiting your blog every month for a long time. While I read your new writings on every month I feel as if I were there, Fields Ave. That is the reason I am your big fan. I went there alone about seven years ago to enjoy my winter vacation. I stayed my favorite hotel; SunsetGarden for around one month.. After the vacation there, I had tried to find chances to go there back again. I am sure you already know the reason. Next winter I went there to attend an ESL Course at AU. English is a foreign language to me. It is a little difficult to write this letter in English. Anyway I have visited there several times and I am going to go there if I can. I am a 52 year old Korean man. I have read your articles about Koreans in AC and the changes Koreans have caused. I am sorry about that. There are lots of reasons we Koreans in AC have been mentioned to raise the prices and be rude. I am very sorry not to have English ability enough to explain that. Anyway I miss those days when I went there first. By the way I would like to explain the sentence you mentioned opposite the Dirty Duck. When I read your article about that sentence, I didn’t understand what the meaning was. After I saw the photo you posted beside the article, I realized what made you angry. Let me explain the sentence. Between the national flags, ‘Dokdo is KoreanTerritory!’ The subject of the sentence; Dokdo is the Korean island located in EastSea betweenKorea and Japan. Liancourt is another name in French. Japan has argued that the island belongs to Japan not to Korea. I don’t know why they argued that. We have lived the island for about two thousand years and guarded Dokdo by Korean Police. Koreans are eager to explain the situation by that slogan. Last year I read the slogan in New York Times. Apart from distressing situation caused by Koreans in AC, please get rid of misunderstanding about the slogan opposite Dirty Duck. I hope that I have a lucky chance to buy you a beer on my next visit as your blog fan. – Nick (Ah Nick, you are the second person to send me the explanation, but, regretfully, the perception remains, regardless of the history. It is good to know why they wrote that but because of their short negative history here in AC, it was taken in the wrong way and no doubt will continue to be so but your explanation will go a long way is correcting that misunderstanding.  I appreciate your taking the time to write and I am honored to have you as a fan of this column.  I hope you will come here again and take the time to visit me at my stable.  Maybe you can educate me a bit more in Korean traditions of which I admit ignorance.  By the way your English writing is more concise than many Emails I get from English speaking correspondents)I Google searched “Dokdo Island” and found the results to be interesting.  It had maps and pictures.  Here is a small portion of what I read:

The Dokdo Island Dispute Continues To This Day

At the time of this writing, Dokdo Island remains a point of heated contention, alongside other Japan–Korea disputes. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers its position “inalterable”. When Japan’s Shimane prefecture announced a “Takeshima Day” in 2005, ( see link ) Koreans reacted with demonstrations and protests throughout the country, extreme examples of which included a mother and son slicing off their own fingers, and a man who self-immolated. In 2006, five Korean “Dokdo Riders” embarked on a world tour to raise international awareness of the dispute. Another notable protest featured South Koreans decapitating pheasants in front of the Japanese Embassy. Although claimed by both Korea and Japan, Dokdo Island is currently administered by the Republic of Korea. Both nations’ claims extend back at least several hundred years. Significant arguments supported by a variety of historical evidence have been presented by both parties, which have been challenged by counter-arguments with varying degrees of success. North Korea supports South Korea’s claim.

Hi Harry, The “Korean Territory!!” sign on Fields is a clear message for the future of the area. My problem with the Korean’s who visit here; they are racist and want to exterminate all westerners.  They seem to have the money and power and are slowly going to accomplish this.  Its great to see the city grow, but it sickens me to see the price being paid. Barry W.  (Barry, “exterminate” might be a bit too strong.  I believe that they have an objective to dominate the business picture in the entertainment zone and they have the cash and resources to succeed.  Every time they get wind of a bar up for sale or land they are quick to try and snap it up.  Big Bill told me he was approached by a Korean to purchase the Blind Beggar and a deposit was made.  The Korean did not fulfill the requirements and wanted it at a reduced price and the deal fell through.  I have heard that the piece of land next to my “stable” was either sold or rented by a Korean.  I am not happy with that news.  The Koreans are not Muslims who do want to exterminate Westerners, instead, they just want control and cater to Korean customers only.  The problem is that the Filipinos own the buildings, not the Westerners, and the real estate prices have risen dramatically in the last year.  You can expect to see those owners taking advantage of the opportunities to grab those big bucks being offered by the Koreans.  I guess someday I will have to add Kimshee burgers to my menu)

 Hi Harry, The man you have ID’and pictured in your column is back at it again.   I was walking in front of Doll House when I heard, “Hey can you help out a fellow American?”  I looked up and there he was with his usual week old beard.  I kept walking since I have tried to have him arrested twice with enough evidence of his fraud to no avail and the last time he threatened me with physical harm.   He said he’s been in jail here before and has no trouble getting out. Duke  (funny, I was just thinking about this low life and wondering if he was still around.  I have not heard anything about him for a while until I received this Email.  Needless to say, do not have any dealings with this guy, he is working a con on unsuspecting tourists) 

hi Harry, im darren who comes from Wollongong in australia. Over the past 9 months ive been living between Angeles and cebu city,  ive got a little story to tell about the American beggar, i struck him 3 times one night as he was very abrupt in asking 4 money,  im always helping people in this lovely country, but on the 4th occasion when he asked 4 money out the front of kokomos, i was fed up, i went to throw a punch at him and tripped on the sidewalk, he got me with 2 great rights that shook me up,  Anyway i started to get the better of him when the tourist police broke it up. he ran up fields. i was asked if i wanted to press charges but I didnt fancy a trip down station 4 so i promptly declined.  Its funny, ive been coming and going for the last 6 months since that happened and i havn’t seen him, maybe they did get rid of him in the end.  Anyway, cheers Harry. P.S.  in no way am i trying to degrade Americans here by stating that he is one, the thing is we both know he is,  All of my American mates r the first to say that he should be deported and blacklisted.  Thanks Harry, Darren Walsh.

(Darren, regretfully this low life has, like a bad penny, showed up again recently.  Could you take him on again and give him a good bashing?  Contact me first so I can take some good pictures)

Comments and Remarks: Dear Harry, What is the update on Mark Dizon? Do we have to wait till July? I hope he tries to escape!!!! I will be waiting for him..with both barrels!!! It is really sad that the justice system cannot put him away forever with such strong evidence that he commited 9 murders!! I live in Oasis hotel Apartments (next to where Abby was murdered July 2010) and have been there full time since 2007. A regualr visitor to Makati and Ermita since 1988 and of course the Blue Boar inn in recent times. I really aprereciate this newsletter! Look forward to catching up and very glad that you are able to continue this newsletter. best regards Dave M.

Dear Harry, As a keen follower of your blogs – living in the UK I am interested to find out how the trial of Mark Dizon is progressing or not. One of the victims of this alleged killer was Jim Bolton, my best friend for 20 years and also murdered was Melissa Madarang. Both families of the two murdered are still bereft – even more so in that Melissa’s brother, who never really came to terms with the loss of his sister, recently committed suicide in Pangasinan. I would be keen to have any updates…but for obvious reasons I would like you to keep our identities and email address confidential. Look forward to hearing from you and good luck and congrats on your excellent articles and comments. (I will check to see what hearings are scheduled at Regional Court 58.  Regretfully, any legal procedures here move at a snails pace and I have not taken the time to check the trial dates.  I will get back on it this month.  Once out of the news people tend to forget that the pain of relatives and close friends remain, even more so when a killer or killers remain unpunished and express no remorse at all.  It is also annoying that the news media here never bother with follow-up stories on major crimes, especially those involving foreigners)
Greetings Harry, just sitting here reading the Feb newsletter.  For starters I am really amazed at how much the P.I. is/has changed (in some ways) from when I first put a foot on the Islands way back in 1968.  Over all the years it seem pretty much the same, many years go by without progress!!.  Then after the U.S. left I noticed the Russians were trying to get a foot in the door down in the Subic area but that was replaced by the Japanese for a few years and now all I see is a massive overtaking of about everything by the Koreans which I do not see as changing at anytime in the future.  About five years ago I noticed that they were changing the outlook of Clark but on my last visit last year it was really disturbing to me.  One example was I stopped in to a little Korean Restaurant up around the Seoul Hotel on Perimeter road.  I was the only American or foreigner in the place and was actually treated like an outcast.  I had to ask for a menu, no refills on the Ice Tea and pretty much a blank stare from the waitresses.  The side rooms were naturally filled with Korean’s and their girlfriends having a large dinner party.  I experienced the same service in a couple of small bars in which the majority of the customers were Korean/Japanese.  Basically what I am saying is that it was nothing that I have ever experienced in my 40 plus years of visiting the P.I.  I naturally am very experienced in playing the bar scenes, am a average looking guy and always tip well as have a jovial personality and treat the girls with great respect. (Rod, just stay away from the Korean establishments, they really do not want our business) I am having some very serious health issues at this time and it will be my last visit to the P.I. unfortunately but with that said if I had additional years I probably would not come back again after my next visit which is scheduled in early March (Rod has been battling cancer for a few years now and the doctors have told him that his condition is terminal).  Many people say the P.I. is still cheap which I would have to argue that statement.  When one counts up all the costs of an average afternoon (say a couple of hours) in a small bar with a few girls at your table, buying four or five lady drinks for two or three girls, a little food and possibly an EWR or bar fine—its easy to leave a $100 bill there.  One can do the same in a good club in the USA with the exception you don’t have the variety to choose from as well as no bar in the world can replace the attitudes and personalities of the P.I. girls.  That is impossible to do and would argue that with anyone.  I guess that is what I enjoy the most when I come to the P.I. (No argument from me on that Rod) Anyway bottom line is that “it is what it is”.  How are you doing these days Harry?  Are you having many bad effects from what you recently went through in the USA(I lost my singing voice which was never good to begin with, am now waiting to audition for the Godfather 4 movie)?  I will be arriving late night on the 2nd  of March.  Was going to stay at the Lewis Grand Hotel (LGH) as James gave me some decent rates but have decided on staying at a new hotel down by the Check Point called the Devera Hotel.  They gave me the promotional rates for the executive room which are most reasonable and thus far the Airport pickup as well as the communication exchange between their reservationists has been outstanding.  I still like staying up on the Perimeter road area but it doesn’t seem too safe walking the side streets at night.  Will have to see how it goes and will let you know.  Let me know when it’s a good time to stop by the stable to spend some P’s with the girls at your bar,  Also going to have some follow up dental work completed with Dr. Tey (Smile Makeover Dental Clinic).. We are getting some welcome rain here today in West Texas.  We are in rough times out here these past few years and as of now we have less than two years of water supply here at this time.  Pretty soon water will be more valuable than oil!!  But give Obama four more years and we won’t be able to afford to live the American lifestyle anyway. All for now Harry, look forward to hearing from you.  Will bring you some more of that “No Name West Texas Seasoning” with me again this time.  Semper fi rod. (I hope I can help in making your last trip here a memorable one.  You are one hell of a tough Marine and I want to take you to visit Garfields where you can meet some other great veterans) UPDATE 1 MAR:  Regretfully, Rod became too sick to make the trip.  He had to cancel his hotel reservation and his flight.  He does not expect to recover enough to make that one last trip back to the PI)

Harry I like your newsletter, but your Barack bashing really sucks.  Can you at least air another opinion (political) besides your own.  I know its your newsletter but isn’t one of the goals of journalism (objectivity)?  Your goal too.   You take a perfectly good newsletter and hose it up with your Barack bashing.  Do you think  George Bush was great?  If you do then I am wasting my time goodbye! Jeff (George was not great but, yes, you are wasting your time, goodbye!)

Greetings to Scott and Jackie Grant who will be moving to Angeles City in the near future from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Scott has had two hip replacements and some cancer treatment on his leg.  I figure we can spend a lot of time together discussing our mutual aches and pains.

Hi Harry….glad you are doing so well vs. the cancer.  Hang tough and lick it!  You’ve licked worse things!  (ha ha..like some of those “should have, if I could have” babes..)  just joking..I don”t wanna get you in the “doghouse” here!  Sorry to read about all the crime, “set-ups”, greedy cops, Raids on bars, Koreans trying to “take over” everything, etc.  Sounds like the END of the WORLD, as WE knew it. Sounds like Perimeter Rd. is the place to go, now.  (I agree Danny.  The bars are less expensive and friendlier but the action stops early and then it is Fields Ave time). Fields Ave. is risky “R & R” nowadays!   And I read that even Bikini’s were “OFF LIMITS”… Wow…that really SUCKS!! Things haven’t been this bad since 1972 when we had to stay ON BASE during the first few weeks of Martial Law.  Actually, things were better then, in some ways! As much as I would love to book my flight to Manila, or Clark….I am booking my 2 month vacation to Pattaya, Thailand, this time, Harry. I want the Bozo’s at City Hall and Police HQ, to READ this and see all the money they WON’T be GETTING!!! (They don’t care as they still make their money one way or the other).  As much as I love Angeles, and dropping by your stable, I am downright AFRAID to come!  AND I am an OLD COWBOY..  FROM WAY BACK!  I know all the hustles, CONS, tricks, and rip-offs, but I have read about too many murders, and friends going to JAIL.  Not my idea of a Pleasure TRIP!!! All my best to you and the Stable, Harry. (I hate to see you give up on us completely.  We have our ups and downs here but we still have fun but probably not as much as you can find in Pattaya) God Bless you for all your fine work with the Poor Kids, Hungry folks, Sick and Under-Privileged.  Amazing!  You and Mrs. Horse are HERO’S! THANKS! DANNY LONG, Clearwater, Florida (Thanks Danny but we don’t do it alone.  There are folks here who each year help us financially and with donations of clothes, candy and toys which allow us to reach out to more people). 

Harry, I went out to AC last night with my nephew. The first spot we hit was Dunk Shot (That was a mistake, this bar caters to Koreans and rich Filipinos.  You are asking to be hustled going into a place like that.  But it seems like you paid P150 each for the drinks which is not totally unreasonable.  Your mistake was buying the ladies drink which I bet she gulped down in record time), which shocked me quite a bit with a 360 peso price tag for a drink for a lady who was literally forced on me. It was about 95% full of Koreans when we got there, so I guess they can afford that amount, but we finished our mandatory 2-drink minimum, while watching robot-looking girls with no apparent pleasure in their work take to the stage one after the other, and took off. For 4 drinks for us and 1 for the lady, we were out almost 1000 pesos,

including tips (within a 30-minute time frame). We then headed to Fields and decided to chill out at Tropix. The mamasan there is our friend, and the place was OK. I noticed that the ladies’ drinks there cost 250 pesos; nothing to spit at, but still a bargain compared to Dunk Shot. All in all, for some reason, it was definitely not as much fun as we’ve become used to since I first got here in 2004. Or it could be that in 2004 I was 40, and now I’m 48 :)  (Yep, inflation is a killer and the prices will keep on rising as long as the Club owners keep getting the customers willing to pay)

Harry, Last night I went to about 8 bars in the fields area. Only 2 of them had what I would consider a decent line-up and only one line-up was making an effort to get the customers walking through the door to feel welcome. I was shocked at how many customers were walking into the bar, standing around for a few minutes and then walking back out without buying a drink. I’ve never been a fan of this behavior and have never done this before except for a bar with zero dancers however I think I’m starting to change my view on this. Nowadays we are talking 70 or 80 pesos for a drink in happy hour and around 100 a beer outside of that. If you can’t get at least a smile, hello or even eye contact from any of the girls then should you stay? More than a few times last night I visited bars that had few customers and maybe over 50 girls and yet customers would enter and get zero attention. After about a minute of surveying the bar the customers walked back out again. I’m coming around to understanding this approach with choosing bars to have a drink in, especially for those guys on limited time or limited budgets. Maybe walking out of bar where the customer doesn’t get any contact at all when entering a bar will help send the right message to the bar and girls? Or is this too harsh? Bender.  (Nothing wrong with pick and choose.  Why waste even the price of one drink if the place is not friendly)

TIDBITS

The Balmer case was raffled to Judge Philbert Iturralde who is also the judge in the Mark Dizon trial.  The City prosecutor will be Junnie Esplana.  The warrants of arrest were issued on January 24, 2012.  There are actually two cases.  One case for David Balmer and one for Elma DeGuia.  Both warrants list all three suspects.  This was a very long time in coming and many will wonder if the two American suspects, Tim Kaufman and Joe Tramontano will ever be brought back here to answer the charges and defend themselves.  I have to find out how this system works now, for example, is there a process for extradition and what kind of coordination is there with the US and the Philippines.  I suspect we will never see them here and I also suspect that there are more people involved with this murder who do not want them back here.

Once again we have words of wisdom and predictions from the notorious “Road Slut” otherwise known as Neil, previous owner of Roadies.  Neil refers to his four different contacts in AC that have told him “there has been a hit list put together by a group within city hall in conjunction with a small group of station 3 and 4 PNP … something as was apparent several years ago calling themselves the JOJO gorup.  The hit list has been compiled with assistance from city treasury on overdue on non payment of correct taxes…this list out of city treasury has come about due to recent audits ordered on several local tax accountants that handle the bars BIR and Tax accounting each month.  This city is bankrupt and with a looming election due next year many want to go out with huge pensions…this has been confirmed by my contact within city hall who states he has not been paid his normal salary since November 2011 and was not paid his Christmas bonus and 13th month salary…This is the reasoning behind establishing a kind of HIT SQUAD under the guise of human trafficking and underage employees…I’m also led to believe negotiations between this newly formed group and othere NGOs have been taking place just tdhis past week.  Im also informed this group has recruited foreigners as set up agents…already confirmed by my contact in city hall is there is 1 Asian American guy and 2 Malaysians and 1 korean that are to be used in sting operations…I have been forwarded the hitd list and it includes 9 Fields ave bars and 3 perimeter rd bars.”  So, there you have it.  Neil (Road Slut) has put out his warning for one and all  and to quote Neil once again “just take care out there guys…it’s going to get rough…in my opinion”. 

Last month there was a request to assist in contacting a Bevelyn Ward and her daughter Kaylene.  I was provided an address and was able to find the house.  Bevelyn and her daughter are now living in the Netherlands and Rodney K, who asked for assistance was able to find out the contact information and provided the data to the executor of the estate.  I was happy to have played a small part in locating the where-a-bouts of Bevelyn.

AMBUSH BRIT FIGHTS FOR LIFE 

For sure, there has been a rash of murders, robberies and crime in general against foreigners here in Angeles City of late, but in the resort town of Hua Hin,Thailand it appears to be much scarier.  I might enjoy visiting this place as a tourist but as far as retiring there or going into business —- forget it!  It does appear that their police attitude towards killings of foreigners appears to be similar to what we have here, but this is what you learn to live with once you decide to live in a foreign country.  The alternative is to jump on that plane back to your home country.  I hope that will never enter my mind unless it is for medical reasons. Story credit to: A ‘Flying Sporran Inquiry’ Hua Hin, February 1 2012.
Justine Ayling and her husband Paul took their 12-yr-old son to Thailand for a new life and to be close to Paul’s retired parents.  They designed and built their own luxury home and enjoyed the balmy weather and beautiful beaches of Hua Hin, 160 miles south of Bangkok. Close by were Paul’s parents Anita and Michael, and Paul’s brother Stephen also ran a successful building business there. But what they did not know was that in this Royal city, where the revered King of Thailand Bumiphol Adulyadej keeps his Summer Palace called ‘Far from worries’ murders and attacks on foreigners are far from rare, particularly when business is involved.

But in keeping with the city’s royal image, it is claimed, the authorities have not exactly been pulling out all stops investigating some horrific attacks in the town. Today Paul Ayling, 48, a carpenter and kitchen fitter is in a coma from which he may never recover. Justine is trying sell their £430,000 pool villa to get back home. Her memories are bitter. The family are divided. Paul and Justine were already planning their return home last December.  Paul had decided Hua Hin was a place for retirees, not for him. Having sold his car Paul and Justine had just taken their Scott to private school on their small step-through Honda Fina motorbike last November 21st and were returning home when two men stepped out into the road, one with a wooden club. The first went behind Paul’s bike. The second wielded his club crashing Mr. Ayling’s skull. Paul and Ayling went veering off the road covered in blood and with Paul’s brains spilling out, and the two men casually wandered off dropping the wooden club in the middle of the road. Why? Paul’s father Michael Ayling, 69, from Canvey Island, put out a reward. Within five days he had been told the names of the attackers and who had hired them.  He is convinced it was just a warning. He is convinced the information he has been given is true. In fact he believes many people know. Paul had been in dispute with a Thai company who had just completed a decorating contract on his house. He withheld £400 complaining of shoddy workman ship. Being in the trade himself he used a few expletives to describe their work – not an advisable move anywhere, but especially not in Thailand. Said Justine,42 :  “The wallpaper had to be painted over because each roll was a different shade, and they left paint everywhere.  The carpenter also botched the job in the kitchen and Paul had to fix it himself. My husband is a carpenter and kitchen fitter himself and is meticulous about his work.  He withheld part of the payment, about £400, about one third, and had referred the matter to lawyers.” But then she said they received an email unusually in word perfect English from the Thai contractor. “It would be better for you to pay us and have this finished once and for all. If you refuse to pay us we have other means to make you pay but let us do the best and soft way first. Please also pay the carpenters as they don’t know how to play soft”. She added: “I held Paul in my arms. He was covered in blood. His brain was spilled out. It is difficult to believe someone would do something like this for the equivalent of £400”. Michael Ayling passed the information on to police but he claims they seemed uninterested.  Police never did forensics at the scene of the crime. In fact they never even set up a crime scene. According to Justine:  “After the attack I saw the man who hit Paul just throw the piece of the wood down in the road.  When police came to investigate they picked up, but did not wrap it up, and the last time I saw it, it was leaned against a cupboard in the police station. They never cordoned off the area to check whether either or both of these two men had been smoking or drinking while they waited.” All this comes as little surprise to expatriates living in Hua Hin, one of whom refers to the town jokingly as ‘Hua Hit Man’. But without exception they will only talk off the record about local police and politics. Justine wrote to her local paper wishing to pay for an advertisement for witnesses to the incident.  She was quickly turned down. This is the reply she got from the Editor, Gerard Mosselman who refused her advertisment: “Writing critically about crime does not help Hua Hin.  A former local foreign newspaper was closed because they criticised local developers and Thai Police. We are a foreign News Media who have permission to make local and international tourist , real estate, events and other news except ..criminal and political news.“In addition, last week, an editor of a newspaper in Phuket was shot to death because he criticised publicly certain things he did not agree with. I hope you understand our situation. Publicising the deeds on your husband will, unfortunately, not reverse the brutal attack.” There are of course no laws preventing the reporting of crime, but police in Thailand control the newspaper licenses. Upset the police and editors can possibly lose their newspapers. That may be why the following attacks on Britons and other foreigners in the resort got little local play in the press.

Keith Burbage, 48, from Kensington, a former director of The Stationery Office, (once Her Majesty’s Stationery Office) fled to live in South America after almost being clubbed to death in a dispute with a housing developer in Hua Hin, whom he claimed cheated him out of £40,000. He was ambushed in the dark after a night out with friends and beaten to the ground with wooden clubs. He says today: “There is a lot aboutThailandthey do not tell you in the brochures.  I did not feel safe in Hua Hin. If you fight the cheats you can die. There was no investigation into the attack on me.” Former garage proprietor Raymond Hind, 68, fromCheshunt, was not so lucky. He was stabbed and clubbed to death in his retirement home in Hua Hin in 2010. Expatriate friends were so angered at the lack of police action that they started their own ‘fighting fund’ to bring the culprits to justice and raised £11,000. But even though police announced the arrests of the murderers, Hind’s Thai wife, Fon, now 40, and her brother, Pomgrit. The brother has since fled and the wife has been released without charge. Said one of the fund raisers, aged 72: “We are trying to bring a private case. But his wife has announced that she has over 70 million baht (£1.4 million) at her disposal.” Former US Marine Donald Whiting, 67, is paralysed from the waist down. First his car was firebombed. Then he was shot four times at his front door.  Donald Whiting was in a business dispute over bills relating to the house he has bought from Briton Darren Oxley from Sheffield. The gunman has confessed and testified in court that he was paid 200,000 Thai baht (£4000) by Janpen Oxley, 38, Darren Oxley’s Thai wife, to carry out the fire-bombing and finally shooting. But, despite that and a record of a bank transaction, Mrs. Oxley is out on bail and lives in one of the biggest mansions in the resort where Oxley hosts party bashes inviting local police and town officials. Said Mr. Whiting: “My argument was with Darren Oxley. But he has not been touched, and even if his wife is found guilty she will appeal, and then she will appeal again to the Supreme Court. The whole process could take ten years. I may not be around.” Nevertheless the Aylings plan to continue to fight for justice for Paul. Added Michael Ayling: “We are concerned because the person, whom we are told paid them, has a lot of influence in the area and has boasted to us that a close relative is a local judge.” Michael Aylng is determined his son’s attackers will be brought to justice. The family had been split he said. Paul’s brother Stephen had not been to visit in hospital.  This may have something to do with his running a building business in the resort town and just not wanting to get involved, he added. But Stephen has put up a 200,000 (4,000 pounds) baht reward for information.

No doubt there are some folks around town that remember the name “Johnny Angeles”.  He used to spend a lot of time here in AC, especially, I believe, at the Ponderosa.  Johnny is an ex-fireman from good old Darwin, Australia and there he still lives, though not as comfortably as he would like.  Johnny sends his regards to his old mates here and everywhere from the Darwin Correctional Center where he has a reserved cell to himself for the next 20 years.  The population of this facility I have learned is about 70% Aborigines who enjoy a drink or two.  They are usually in for three to six months at a time, released and then return again after partying too hard.  So, Johnny has plenty of company but I suspect he might be missing his trips to Angeles City.

Greetings to Lee Wilson, from Anchorage, Alaska, who stopped by to see me but had to leave a note since I was out.  Thanks for stopping by my stable and I am happy that you enjoy this column.  I am feeling quite well but am continuing follow-up exams to make sure that all remains well.  Hope we get to meet on your next trip here.

This 16 year old young man would like to meet his father. The father he last saw 12 years ago.  He is hoping that someone will know Raymond (Ray) Donald Patrick Lawrence. Ray was married to one Marina Lawrence and living in the Philippines when their son Matthew Raymond Lawrence was born.  Ray was quite proud of this boy and spent many hours with him but regretfully, the marriage did not work out and Ray left the country, initially, to return to England (year 2000).  At one time he was employed by Kay International plc, Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers, at Langham House, 29/30 Margaret St., London.  Regretfully, since his departure he has not communicated with his family here.  Ray was a great guy, a hell of a good dart player, and a good father.  It is not uncommon for families to break up but the one to suffer is, most often, the children.  Matthew, at 16, has the natural desire to know his father.  He is a scholar at school and has already been awarded a scholarship to college.  Matt was a spoiled little monster when he was younger but he has not grown into a son that any Dad would be proud of.  Ray, if you get to read this, drop your son a line at:  matthew.lawrence18@yahoo.com.

New Airline starts up in Clark, Air Phil Express with destinations to Davao, Cebu, Puerto Princessa and Kalibo.  Cheap seats available now, but not for long.  This is good news as there is more competition and more flights out of Clark (DMIA).  For more info check out http://www.airphilexpress.com/ 

Notice:  Robert Morrow, currently living in Baguio, please get in touch with Ronald Benbow in Angeles City, regarding a one year old debt incurred by you for medical care at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Ronald fronted you the money as a loan and he is still waiting for repayment after one year.  Maybe you forgot??

Detroit Al is one of the best website developers in Angeles City and works for Bastogne Consulting Inc.  He developed the Yufuin website and had this to say about it:   “I think it is the best restaurant website in Angeles City.  (and I’m not just saying that because I built it).  Check it out here: http://yufuin-ph.com.  The Yufuin is a first class Japanese restaurant located on first street. Allen Konkolesky

(I wonder what that Tempura ice-cream desert tastes like?  Guess I will have to give it a try)

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – With the name of former President Diosdado Macapagal now relegated only to the passenger terminal, the rechristened Clark International Airport (CIA) here will get a P1 billion loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for upgrading works. “I will sign the loan agreement on Feb. 21 and this loan manifests confidence in the progress now happening at the airport,” said Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano. This, even as Luciano debunked speculations that the renaming of the 2,400 aviation complex under the CIAC was politically motivated. “Pres. Aquino had nothing to do with it. It’s just that the (CIAC) board thought old name Clark is most pragmatic since the name has been known internationally through almost a century of its being a part of the US military base,” he explained in a press briefing here. Luciano said no board resolution was needed for the shift to the name Clark since the board resolution done in 2000 that honored former President Diosdado Macapagal, father of detained ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo actually referred only to the terminal and not to the entire aviation complex. “We are just refocusing the name of the complex since it was the name that was there from the start even after the terminal was named after Macapagal,” he added. Luciano said that the P1 billion LBP loan is expected to help the CIA cope with the increasing number of passengers. “We are looking at a 10 million capacity per year,” he said, noting that the present terminal, which had undergone a series of expansions since the Americans officially abandoned Clark in 1992, can accommodate only about 2.5 million passengers annually. Initially, however, a new “budget terminal” that could accommodate five million passengers annually is being eyed for completion in 2015. “It takes about three years for such a terminal to be finished,” Luciano noted. Apart from foreigners landing here, the CIA is also capturing the potential market covering some 25 million residents of regions north of Metro Manila. “They don’t have to go to Manila to go abroad or reach other parts of the country,” Luciano said.  He also said he expected the CIA to process some 1.2 million passengers this year on the premise of even just 50 percent filled capacity of aircraft. He said bidding for the terminal expansion project will be held on March 5 so that the project could be started by early next year. “At present, Thailand is regarded by Europeans as their gateway to Asia. With more international and domestic flights coming into Clark, we can shift this perspective as Europeans would be interested to see what they have not yet seen here,” he said. Foreigners landing at Clark would now be able to reach other tourism destinations in the country amid the slated regular daily flights of Air Philippines, AirAsia, SeaAir and Cebu Pacific to more destinations in the country.

<http://www.philstar.com/ArticleListByAuthorName.aspx?AuthorName=Ding+Cervan tes> By Ding Cervantes (The Philippine Star) Updated February 20, 2012 12:00 (Personally I could care less if this name change was political or not!  I am so very happy to see the airport renamed as the (Clark International Airport, CIA) as it was a pain in the butt to write out what DMIA was short for.  I agree with Victor Luciano that the CIA reflects the long standing history of Clark as the former US Air Force Base.  Clark International Airport sounds great now, please, build that new terminal and get those damn international flights here at CIA, I am running out of time and Mr. Luciano promised me, publicly, that I would live to see those flights here.  Somehow, if I do, I think I might be so old they will have to carry me onto the plane)

I attended a briefing recently in which, at long last, it was announced that a new drainage system will be constructed from MacArthur to the end of the walking street, just pass the Carousel Club.  The construction will be on the left side of the street starting at the Genesis club, to Kokomo’s, further to the Carousel and end at the entrance of the walking street.  It will be a bit of a mess as the sidewalks will be removed and replaced and the businesses along the strip will be responsible for personal expenses expended in finishing off the new sidewalks.  This is phase one, the other side will experience the same procedure at a later date.  We were told that construction should have started already so I expect to see a start by the beginning of March, if not earlier. There will be 14 manholes installed and businesses will not be allowed to extend their drainage systems to the actual pipes but will have to connect with the manholes.  We were told it will be fast tracked so that the disruption to vehicle and foot traffic is short lived.

HOT AIR BALLOONS UP CLOSE

After viewing the Hot Air Balloon festival so many times over the years I decided to give it a pass this time.  The traffic getting there is a pain in the ass, the parking is a hassle with the dust and parking fee and then the walk to the entrance and a longer walk to the exhibits is more than my old legs like.  Additionally, it is nearly the same each year so I leave it to the younger folks and the newbies.  Another reason is that I can see the balloons taking off early in the morning from the terrace of our guest house, but I only got up early to do this one time.  Then, one day, unexpectedly, me and some customers at the Hang Out got a surprise close up view as some balloons were filled up with air and took off nearly across the street from us.  My goodness, it was great and it even caused the temporary cessation of conversation and consumption of cold beers.  This is the first time such a close up view was available to those of us enjoying an early evening on Perimeter road.  I wonder if they could do that again next year.

Clive Pollington, the long time owner of what was “Roy’s Pub”, suffered a mild stroke which has affected his ability to walk.  At this time he is mobile but must use a walker.  He has declared that he will return to work at the Bourbon Street condo’s on A. Santos Street.  Clive is well known for his gentlemanly ways and is quite popular. We all wish him a speedy complete recovery from this minor setback to his health.

Condolences to Ken Graham of Coyote Ugly fame on the passing of his wife, Lydia.  She had a stroke and was recovering but two weeks after the stroke died of a massive heart attack.  Shortly after the wake at the Coyote Hotel, Ken, after consuming a few drinks fell down a flight of stairs at the hotel but is recovering nicely.

Word has reached me that construction on a new Condo complex situated on the property adjacent to the Silly Hat and what used to be the location of the “Big Hits” Club will begin on 1 March.  It will be a 10 story building featuring 140 condo units for sale. This will be a very large scale project and the the first of four buildings to be constructed on the property that stretches from the Silly Hat Club to the corner and also the back lots as well.  This is a massive undertaking by PROJEXASIA (The picture depicts one of the buildings for phase one.  It is a beauty). Incidentally, I was told that the “Galleon” has NOT been sold but supposedly the PROJEXASIA Company has the 1st option to buy when the Laperal family, in Manila, decide to negotiate a sale.  My goodness, I hope it will happen soon as this has been an eyesore for many years now.  When I first arrived here in 1977 it housed a rattan factory and I witnessed a rather big fire within the premises one night.  Prior to the Pinatubo a Robert Sullivan and company were transforming the place into a viable business project but the eruption put a halt to that.  Then, for years afterward, Robert kept coming up with various grandiose plans that never seemed to get off the ground.  This was followed by a legal conflict between the Laperal family and Sullivan which was ongoing for quite some time.

The Galleon was also used to house, temporarily, locals who lost their homes as a result of the volcano.  This is one building that has a long history from when it was first conceived to be a hotel until now when it stands as one ugly shell of a building.

The GrandView Tower
project is nearing completion.  The roof top pool has been partially filled with water and is undergoing a 30 day test for leakage before it is drained and properly filled.  The Condo units are going quickly and at this time only nine units are left for sale.  By the way, not only does the architecture of the building look quite handsome, especially the lobby, but I am including a picture of the very beautiful staff waiting to serve you.  They told me that they are all single but I kind of think a few of them might be spoken for already.

In the near future construction will be started on a 250 hotel to be built on Clark. More details to follow as I learn them.

BIRTHDAY GREETERS:  I have to thank the many readers of my column and friends that sent me happy birthday greetings by Email and by Facebook.  My goodness, it took me forever to answer each one of the Facebook notices.  I am not that proficient in the use of this medium but I did get a taste of how many people do use it.  Thank goodness I have no idea how to use Twitter.  I will insert three pictures of a few lads that came by to share a few drinks with me.  No names necessary, they all know who they are.  I did not have a party but did take the family to MacDonald s on Sunday afternoon.  I had all these discount coupons that were to expire on 29 Feb so I figured this was a good way to use them up.  We went to the one on Clark and the manager there was great.  It was the best time to go, not many people there and we got to use the party room.  Mrs. Horse treated me to the buffet at Holiday Inn the night before and we got a free cake from them which we used on Sunday.  It was FUN!  My 85th birthday, will be a bit more grander of which each and everyone of you are invited, make your plans now.

MIMOSA GOLF COURSE – For the last year or so I have received many notes of discontent with the operation of this golf course on Clark.  Not being a member and especially, not very interested in golf I could only listen and commiserate with those that had spent a lot of money on memberships but felt unhappy about recent policies.  It is my intention to visit the Golf Course management and see if I can get some comments regarding their feelings about recent complaints, especially as to the new policy regarding Corporate memberships.

HOUSE FOR RENT

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

House & Lot 150 sqm, House area 100sqm, Fully furnished, Located in the rual setting behind the LivingStoneInternationalSchool, B-69-A Marlim Extention Pulung Maragul Ageles City Pampanga Philippines.
Situated 5 minutes from Fields Avenue & 5 minutes from Marquee Mall
Features,
2 Bathrooms, 1 with Hot Water.
2 Bedrooms, 1 Romp room
Lounge, Dinning room & standard kitchen.
Unlimited Internet connection, Sat TV,
46in LED TV, DVD, 100W IPOD Speakers.
Main Bedroom airconed.
Lounge & Dinning area airconed with 3 hp unit.
Anything can be arranged, Maids, Airport Pick up/drop off, 24hr Trike, Vehicles, Tours ect.
House is Avaliable for weekly or Monthly rental, please contact Mr Brian Nolan via email for further information. briannolan86@hotmail.com

 

MARCH EVENTS

2-4 March – Oh boy, this will be great!  I received this message recently:  Harry, Ive read your newsletter quite a few times over the years and its always been a good read. If you weren’t already aware, I just wanted to inform you that the annual Pangaea Cup Slo Pitch Softball Tournament that is normally held in Manila every year, has changed venues to the Parade Grounds inside Clark. The dates are March 2,3,4. The tournaments on the Slopitch circuit around Asiaare always a good time and this promises to be a great venue. (Man, this will bring back memories of when the AF base was here and we got to watch some great softball tournaments.  For sure I will be out to see the action.  I will bring my own hot dogs) Phillie’s Sports Grill – Beginning 1 Marthey will present the Phillie’s “Weigh-Out” buffet from 1100 – 1400 hrs.  You will pay P10 for every 30 grams of food.  Hot and cold items will be offered, such as roast port, chicken, pizza, salad bar, veggies and fresh fruit.

TAPS

Good old Maj Tan, Station Four let me down on these.  I requested updates but did not hear from him.  I found the following information in the 14 Feb edition of the Philippine Inquirer, reported by Jun Malig, Inquirer Central Luzon. “Deadly heart attack – A Canadian tourist died from an apparent heart attack inside a night bar on Fields Ave, here on Friday, three days after an Austrian leapt from the rooftop of a seven story hotel in Malabanias village, also in this city. (pictures and story were posted in my “breaking news”). Stephen Edward Dooley, 53, was accompanied by a woman to the Road House Bar at 6:40 P.M. when he collapsed, police said.  He was brought to Angeles University Foundation Medical Center where he died (in my opinion AUF is the worse place to take someone having a heart attack) Police identified the Austrian tourist who jumped to his death on Feb 7 as Norbert Walser, 75,who used the name “Tom Miller” when he registered at Grand View Tower Hotel.  Walser used his true identity when he booked at the nearby Clarkton Hotel.  The hotel staff told the police that they were looking for the Austrian when he failed to return to his room for two days”.

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Michael Manzig has the distinction of being the perfect tourist for the ladies here in Angeles City.  He is divorced, still at an acceptable age, no kids, is doing well financially as a commodities investor and plans to spend more of his time here.  He is also a very interesting man whose parents came from the Ukraine/Poland.  They were World War 2 migrants that the Germans used for forced labor.  In 1951 they found themselves in a displaced persons camp.  They eventually made their way to Perth, Australia where Michael still lives.  He first came to the Philippines in 2000 and has made four more trips since then.  He likes to spend his time here when during the Perth winter season.  He also likes to stay in Barrio Barretto, Subic as he likes the ocean.  When in the Barrio he stays at the Sheaven’s Hotel and when visiting Angeles City, enjoys the comfort of the Wild Orchid Hotel.  I was impressed with Michael and found talking to him to be very interesting.  He is quiet and very serious.  He does not plan to live here permanently as he likes his life in Perth too much to give that up.  I have often written that men who are widowed, divorced and without any serious attachments should visit Angeles City at least once.  Michael is one who appreciates the merit of that advice.

A SPECIAL LADY

Whenever possible I like to feature a lady who does not work in the bars, has an education, is good looking, has personality and who I think would make someone one hell of a good wife.  Of course, a bit of formal courtship would be required but if all goes well, the effort would be worthwhile.  When I attended the surprise birthday party for Dennis Wright last month my wife and I had the enjoyable experience of meeting NT Reality Employee Fatimar Genonangan, 24 years old.  She is a graduate of Holy Angel University with a HRM degree.  She hails from Biliran Island.  Her previous work experience was with a Marriott Hotel in Singapore and as a waitress with the Clarkton hotel for 8 months.  She likes swimming, scuba and snorkeling.  There is no boyfriend in her life at this time.  This lady has personality plus who is able to carry on a lively conversation and be very entertaining.  Needless to say, I was impressed with her and folks, she does have nice legs.  Her Email address is:  fatn_genngan@yahoo.com.  She even provided a phone number:  +63926-624-9089.

BARRIO BARRETTO NEWS

I wish I could get there more often as I do miss seeing the many dart players in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo but for now I am just happy to have been able to check out the singles dart match during the 20th Annual Barrio Barretto Beach Bash celebration on 8 Feb. It was held at the Alley Cats bar where our favorite character, Billy, was in charge.  She did a bang up job but regretfully, only 8 contestants were on hand to participate (The next day at least 20 women showed up to compete in their singles competition). Congrats to John Marszal who won all the marbles after a well fought battle with runner-up Paul Southgate both of whom play for Johans Dart Team. I believe it was Stu who got the third position.  We all missed seeing J T play.           After the darts and after my short trip to Kinky’s my next stop was Mango’s Restaurant as I wanted to see my good friend Ron and Elsa and also the dynamic “Monkey Feet”.  Elsa heads up a group of close friends that gather at Mango’s nearly every day and enjoy playing cards and chit chatting.  One of their friends is a fun lady who I started calling “Monkey Feet” because of her ability to pick up things with her toes and can also pinch the hell out of you.  The nickname is all in fun, she has a good sense of humor and now we even have a picture of her famous toes. Another reason for the visit was to see what changes were made since the owners of the Bunny Ranch in Angeles City took the place over.  Of particular interest was the bar, now called Bunny Ranch Subic.  I was impressed.  The restaurant looks better, the layout is much nicer and the bar, wow, what a great renovation.  It is much more roomier, streamlined and much more comfortable than before.  It was a bit early when we visited so there were not many people on board but the dancers and staff were great and we had a good time.  I found myself talking to the cashier, Analiza and decided she was personable enough to be my I WOULD IF I COULD lady FOR Mar.  Yeah, I know, she did not have on a costume or even a short skirt but I feel she is worth knowing.  She is 29 years old, a high school graduate and had been working at the Bunny Ranch Subic only three months.  She is only 4’11″ and yes, I have a soft spot for short, cute ladies.  She is from Davao City and you can Email her at analiza_cansing@yahoo.com.  By the way, she likes men 40 and older. Naturally I know that you guys would like to see some ladies in a bit more sexy attire so I did manage to take a picture of some of the dancers and also some of the door girls.  I can understand the desire to see more ladies, especially if you are pounding the sand in Afghanistan and dream of making it here to Angeles City.  These ladies are waiting for you.. We wanted to stay longer but had to hit the road to get back to Angeles City.  It was certainly a fun day of darts and entertainment.  I wanted to get over to Treasure Island and see if Mo was on board but did not have time to do so.  It would have been nice to stop by the Arizona Hotel as well but doggone it, there were just not enough hours in the day to spare for all that.  Next time.

Subic Update from Ron Chesley – Well, a few things have changed at SBMA, or at least we thought they were going to!! A few weeks ago, there was a sign on the kalaklan gate that all vehicles needed to get a SBMA decal.  
So elsa took her car down to SBMA (I didnt go cause it was a dart day!), and got a base i.d. and decal for her car.  The next day, we took my SUV down there, and she turned in the paperwork and they put a decal on it.  We were told that vehicles that didn’t have a decal could not enter SBMA after February 15th unless they paid a toll fee, regardless of what gate you come in.  Even people from Manila and Angeles coming in the Tipo Gate would pay the P22 to enter SBMA, and another toll at the next gate a couple miles down the road.  We got the decals because our kids go to school at SBMA. Well, just as the expiration date neared, the sign came down, and all vehicles are being let in SBMA, regardless if they have a decal or not. As a matter of fact, they ran out of decals a couple weeks ago.  I am not going to be surprised that, when least expected, they will somehow enforce the aforementioned toll fees, etc., so don’t be surprised when it happens.  (Those greedy people! They want people to visit the SBMA and you have to pay enough tolls to get there and now the idea of charging a double toll just to get into the base is deplorable. You are probably right, they probably screwed up some administrative procedure and once corrected will enforce the tolls.  They must think the SBMA is Disneyland).

CD’S LOUNGE LAS VEGAS

          Please allow me to take you back to Las Vegas again.  I still have a few places to mention, one of which is CD’s Lounge.  For years this has been one of my favorite places to hang out and play darts or chat with the long time bartender.  Naturally I forgot her name but don’t tell her that.  If I don’t write the name down I will forget it and if I do write it down, I always lose that too.  Oh well, just take my word that she is a great gal and has worked there so long she should be a partner in the business. (Thank you Richard Rehm for reminding me that her name is DOREEN) It is located on Desert Inn Road, not far from Boulder Station, right across the street from the 50′s Diner, another favorite place of mine for breakfast.  They have an open draw doubles dart tournament every Saturday night and I get the chance to meet up with some familiar faces as well as meeting some new folks.  That is the place I know I can meet up with super darter Richard Rehm.  You can see from the picture that it is an ideal setting for darts and right next door is a fantastic pizza parlor.  You don’t have to leave CD’s to order, there is a connecting window between the eatery and the bar.  Wish I could remember that name, maybe it is Karen???  Anyway, I am planning to be there in late Sept as I have to renew my Nevada driving licence, can’t do it by mail this time.  It will also be time for me to see my Oncologist again and arrange for a PET scan. As much as I like Vegas and the CD Lounge I have to admit that no bar in Vegas has a lady like Angela working there who will sit and have a very nice chat with you.  She is the newest addition to the Thi-Hi line-up, a sweet 23 years old.  She hails from Bulacan and had only been working for two weeks when I took this picture.  If you would like to write to Angela her Email address is:  sheryllaurel@yahoo.com.  To tell the truth, she definitely qualifies as my “I Would If I Could” and I do not have to drive to Subic.  UPDATE:  I was able to speak with Angela again and found out how special she is.  After high school she attended a culinary school for a year and a half in Laguna and obtained a completion certificate.  She showed me the recipe book that covered every facet of cooking, from bakery products to full meals and so many items in-between.  I wish I could get her to work for me in our guest house as a cook/baker.  Whoever latches on to this young lady is in for a treat but be careful, you could be in for one hell of a weight gain.  The lads pictured here were not interested in anything other than cold beer and conversation along with a bit of bar hopping.  The thi-hi was not their first nor their last stop on that day.

DENIAL OR UNFOUNDED SUSPICIONS

Letter to the Editor Walser’s no suicide Feb 23, 2012  Thank you very much for your questions that you put in your report  “Grand view to a ‘suicide’” (Punto, Vol. V. No. 116) The Family of Norbert Walser never believed he committed suicide: We’ve  always thought his death must have been by accident. This, even as the police would make us believe that it was a case of suicide. So what’s the matter with this hotel, what will happen if the investigation will  clearly show that Norbert’s death was accidental? We would like to ask you if you could try to get photos of the roof and the stairs of the Grandview Hotel, where he definitely must have slipped and fell down, and send me the pictures. They also told us, that he logged in at the hotel as “Tom Miller.” We know that he always used a name like “Tom” or “Tim” because no one understood “Norbert.”  But anyway, we do not believe that he logged in at the hotel because he visited with his friend a lot of hotels and they never had to log in. So maybe you could send us some facts or photos so that we could, maybe, change the entered cause of his death in the death certificate. Finally, may we repeat that Norbert Walser was definitely a man who would never decide on suicide to end his life. Thanks very much for your help. Walser’s son in law, Dr. Peter Larcher 6410 Telfs, Austria 0699.10571415 The first story written by the Punto reporter was so misleading that it is no wonder that Dr. Larcher was led to question the suicide of Norbert.  Today, 24 Feb, I spoke with Station Four Commander Maj Tan who confirmed the finding, beyond any doubt that the incident was a suicide.  I also interviewed the owner of the Grandview Tower.  He also confirmed that it was suicide and also gave a few more details.  Norbert entered the Grandview, the guard wrote down his name as “Tim Miller”.  He went to the coffee shop, ordered coffee and also paid for it.  While in the coffee shop he behaved erratically, removing items from the counter and keeping them but the staff were able to retrieve them.  He exited the coffee shop and went in the lobby towards the elevator.  The guard approached him as visitors are not allowed to roam around the lobby.  The guard is instructed to escort any visitor to the particular office he or she has business with.  That is how I am treated anytime that I visit the Marketing office, the guard asks me where I am going  and escorts me there.  The guard asked Norbert if he was looking for.  Norbert said that he wanted to take a look at the upper floors.  The guard said he would take him to the office so someone there could escort him.  As the guard started to walk to the office Norbert did not follow, instead, the elevator arrived and he got in before anyone could stop him.  He went to the roof, got off and went to the back which had no entry signs and had items blocking entry to the edge of the roof. The construction workers at the roof of the Tune Hotel saw him walk to the edge, look, then walk away from the edge, turn and run to the edge and jump with his arms spread wide.  This from the eye witnesses and also footprints in the dust of the roof appeared to confirm this as well.  A sad case, absolutely.  It does seem, that for whatever reason, Norbert Walser did choose to commit suicide and only he knows the reason why.  Sure, one can conjecture and guess at the motive or listen to gossip but suicides are not uncommon here.  At this time there is no further investigation and the finding remains “suicide”.

A BIT OF MUSICAL FUN WITH HOWARD

McKay and Doggie Dave.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, 34 jolly folks gathered at Harry the Horse’s Stable on the night of 21 Feb for wine, women (wives and girlfriends) and song.  Until they get tired of the venue their appearance is guaranteed every two months.  Doggie Dave keeps asking for more publicity and more attendees but I do believe that with 34 on board this time, my smallish “stable” can only fit in around 6 more people.  If the popularity of this strange match up of vocal talents continues to grow they might have to move to the ball room of the Lewis Grand Hotel.  Until that happens I do hope that the attendance will increase to 40 devoted fans on their next date of sometime in April.  I do try to have a few raffle prizes to be presented during one of the intermissions at a very low cost to me, of course.  I am quite prepared to give up my own reserved seat, though quite reluctantly, so that no one can be turned away from this raucous event taking place from 1900 to 2200 hours. I am including pictures of some of the happy, slightly tipsy but well fed lads and lasses who understand the the words of the lyrics coming out of Doggie Dave’s mouth far better than I.  It is a damn jolly evening at low cost to one and all.          

THE PUB

After attending the surprise birthday party for Dennis Wright last month, while driving home we did not feel like ending the evening.  We both felt like finding a place to relax, have a coffee or even a drink or two at a quiet place with a bit of soft music.  We were driving up Perimeter Road and had no idea where to go to match the mood we were in.  Some might suggest getting to bed right away which would have been appropriate 20 years ago but, well, you understand.  We were at a loss where to go until we approached the Oasis Hotel and we both said, lets see if the Pub is still open.  We had not been there in years.  Folks, it was perfect!  Exactly what we were looking for.  Soft lights, comfortable seating and a very nice singer with piano accompaniment as well.  Two very nice people.  They were called the Chanteuse Duo and play there every Mon and Wed night.  Thank goodness, by chance, we picked the right night.  We even tried two Singapore Slings, stayed through two sets, went home and then tried to relive twenty years ago.

THE TUNE HOTEL

It did not take long for this new addition to Perimeter Road to be built and opened to the public.   It is a neat looking hotel under the banners of the Red Planet and also Air Asia.  I was able to attend their official ribbon cutting last month but missed out on the press package that would provide me a few details to refer to.  Instead I will have to rely on a few notes, which I did not lose this time, and my memory, which is terrible.  They opened with 45 rooms completed but will eventually have 165 rooms to offer.  They have a 2 PM check in and 11 AM check out policy and I wish I could give you an exact rate for their rooms but that is where the unusual policy comes to play.  The lady at the desk told me that the rates change all the time depending on occupancy.  Then she went on to tell me that whatever the rate, it is for the room and bed and bathroom only.  Everything else is an add on cost.  You will pay extra for the towel, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, and maybe even the air you breathe, I don’t know.  I ran out of space in my note book.  Only kidding, it was just unusual for me.  Some people told me that this is normal for that chain of hotels, I just never ran into it before.  No doubt you can get away cheaply if you do not shave, look at TV, use a lap top, do not wash, and for sure do not drink anything from the refrigerator, oops, that is extra too.  They told me that early on-line check-ins will get you an even cheaper rate and they do have an executive package at P420 which gets you some of the goodies for no extra charge.  I guess the best thing you should do is go on Google and look up this hotel and get the details.  I am still confused.  Oh yes, the rooms are small, but neat and very clean.  The wheel chair friendly rooms are bigger but they do not have many of those.  They plan to have a restaurant, bar and convenience on the premises in the near future as construction continues.  I have to take a second look at this place.

UPDATE – HANS SIEPKAMP MURDER– According to his partner,the situation is still not good.  As I reported in my breaking news, they did capture one suspect and held him in jail.  He confessed that he was present at the compound, however, he does not admit that he went in the house. He stated that he was only the look out. Meanwhile the girlfriend is also missing since the police found out she was selling some of the items of Hans.  There are still 2 suspects at large and the wive’s/girlfriends of the suspects are also missing. By the way the suspect that was apprehended was already wanted for the murder of 2 other people. This kind of makes you think he was more than a “lookout”.  Now the police have to look for those other 2 guys, but it will be hard to track them, especially if they still have money in their pockets. They can be hiding anywhere and supposedly, one of them is from Samar, the other originally fromManila.  Do I have any faith in the police making a concerted effort to locate and apprehend them?  Not really and that is why Corne and Han’s brother will be hiring some private detectives to trace and locate the suspects.  This is a smart move because I firmly believe this is the only way that they will be caught.  It reminds me of when murder victim Steve Davis’s mother came to the Philippines and spent the necessary money to find and prosecute the murderers of her son.  If not for this determined mother, his wife and boyfriend would have gotten away with murder. Corne said “maybe it works maybe not, but it is always better then waiting and ending up with nothing. We filed a case in court the other day for the guy they catch, but how long this will take and how it ends I do not know. I wish I had better news, but we don’t give up”.  Corne, no matter how long it takes, I will continue to report on it here.  It was a terrible crime and the local press have already forgotten about it.  There are 3  suspects: 1: JOMER E. OCAYA (in custody), 2: WILBERT CORRE SENO @ PWET  (at large), 3: FRANCIS URBANO Y ESTOR ( at large).  The wife of Jomer Ocaya was selling some stolen things like the Rolex and other things. Her name is Trixie Patricio (Also disappear)

DAVID BALMER MURDER UPDATE:

There are three people that continually try to keep the pressure on the authorities to continue investigating this murder, one, Richard Agnew, two, David Mason (a concerned citizen, active airline pilot) and three, Nolly Bautista, an NBI investigator.  In a small way I try to help by providing updates on any progress or lack thereof.  David is very active and his latest report is quite interesting. “I had a meeting today at the FBI HQ to brief them on the Balmer case.  They still know nothing about it.  The case is still very slowly working its way through the Philippine justice system.  Nolly Bautista took the case file to the NBI-INTERPOL section where its currently sitting.  Next step will be for the NBI to brief the Phil DOJ and have them officially request US assistance thru the US State Department. The head of the FBI office at the US Embassy-MNL is Jim Windsor and he is aware of the case and hooked me up with the agents here in DC.  He said there would be no harm in me at least briefing the FBI-DC on the case and at least make them aware of the two suspects.  In fact he said that if I had credible information that two US citizens murdered someone in the PI I should report it to the FBI immediately.  Here it is 5 months down the road and NOBODY told them yet. I jokingly replied “don’t you read Harry the Horse”.  They said “who’s that?  (Darn, and here I thought they read my column) Of course they made no promises to me that they can do anything until the PI government asks for US assistance.  Who knows how long that will take. (If the example set by the slowness of the AC prosecutors office is any example, I suspect years) One BIG factor in this case is where is David Balmers family in all of this?  I mean Richard and I are “just” friends of David Balmer.  The NBI and FBI are asking me where are his relatives?  Usually it is the family of the victim that is driving the case.  I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer for that question. They have no conception of the PI.  Someone should confer/contact them and clue them in. (That is true, the family should be very much involved in putting the pressure on the Philippine authorities to pursue this case.  I believe Richard Agnew is in touch with them)  Before I left AC I had a meeting with NBI agent Nolly Bautista and discussed the numerous developments he was working on, i.e.,  there is a key witness for the prosecution reported that two men in a tan car were following her around.  Nolly hired some of his confidential informants to try and find out who they are, but no luck yet.  He thinks they were scared off. John Santos’ attorney filed a motion to have the Fiscal and Judge re-consider the charges against his client.  But Garcia and Judge Philbert Iturralde said no.  Attorney Basil now wants to negotiate a plea bargain with the court.  But the Clerk of the Court said the judge would probably not allow that.  The only thing the Judge would take into consideration is if Santos voluntarily turns himself in and willingly testifies against the two Americans. (Good for the Judge, that is good news).

NEW ON LINE RADIO STATION

I tried to access this new radio station coming out of Subic but it did not work for me.  It looks good though, maybe my computer is not advanced enough for it. Harry, This is Mike Weening-Matthews from Subic Bay. I’ve been meaning to write to you for sometime regarding a new Angeles City/Subic Bay internet radio station which can be heard by visiting our website at: www.PI-ROCKS.com. We have been on line since last September but began advertising on December 1, 2012. Out current client includes Wild Orchid in Angeles and Subic, Orchid Inn, Arizona Resort, Blue Rock Resort and Treasure Island. We will be adding a number of other resorts, restaurant, travel agents and airlines in the future. PI ROCKS.com is a professionally programmed internet music station featuring classic rock hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s all in high definition (HQ) digital stereo. In Addition to the Classic Rock Hits music, we offer news, weather and other important information related to Angeles City and Subic Bay as well as other Philippines destinations. The overall sound of PI Rocks.com is likely similar to a top 40 radio station that you may have listened to during the 1960’s and 70’s. Wherefore consistent with the demographic popularity of the high quality classic rock hits format and related programming, our target audience is 40 to 65 year old males that travel to the Philippines. There will be other age groups that listen as well because everyone likes oldies but goodies! In support of our listeners and prospective advertisers we have constructed a first class studio and production facility comparable to any major market radio station in the US, Australia or England. The Station Play Lists software was developed in New Zealand and used by hundreds of stations worldwide. The production software used for recording was developed in Sydney Australia and the sounds effects package and music beds were produced by the BBC in London. The jingles are from TM productions in Dallas, Texas and the broadcast equipment was shipped in from Broadcast supply in Seattle, Washington. In short, Quality was our number one goal and quality is exactly what we achieved. Just as classic rock and roll is universal in appeal, the building of PI Rocks.com was truly a worldwide wide effort. PI ROCKS.com is committed to providing advertising opportunities for businesses in Angeles City, Subic Bay and other PI destinations whose primary goal is converting the target audience (40 to 65 year old males) into customers. This can be done through the DIRECT CONNECTION contact. Unlike a standard broadcast station where it is unknown who is really listening or if the people listening will need (buy)  your product, PI ROCKS.com has an exclusive built in audience of men that travel in and around the Philippines, specifically Angeles City and Subic Bay. We already know who they are and that they ARE coming to Angeles City and Subic Bay this week, this month, this year! The goal is to connect AC/Subic businesses with those planning trip to the PI. I am including an audio presentation to help acquaint you with the station. Finally, (last but not least) I have been reading your column for many years and have found it very informative. I have also been following your medical progress on your knee replacement and throat cancer and hope you continue to get back to 100%. Sincerely, Mike Weening-Matthews PS. I have also recently purchased SUBIC ROCKS.com and have added Harry the Horse to the site.

VISITORS

          I do believe I am finally getting to the end of this months column and it has been a busy time for me.  I am quite happy to highlight some great people that came to visit me and even though I nearly misplaced the notes for one picture I am happy to say I am right on this time.  Going from left to right, let me start with picture #1:  We have Bill (eye patch), Jerry and Dick from Walonia, Minnesota.  They are all ex-Navy lads and try to return to the Philippines once a year.  Bill is divorced (happily), Jerry (Married, still happily) and Dick is a widower (recovering).  They all stayed at the Pacific Breeze Hotel and when visiting Barrio Barretto, Olongapo, stayed at the Dreamland Hotel.  They used to stay at the Wild Orchid but indicated it became a bit too expensive for them.  Between them they have a lot of history to relate in their visits here over the years. Picture #2:  Dan, Jr, and Tim showed up on my birthday, 25 Feb, unexpectedly and by coincidence brought me a couple of great gifts.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but there were 8 boxes of Good and Plenty candy (which I am eating while typing this and messing up my appetite for dinner) and a 3 bottle pack of hot sauce.  Dan, who delivered the candy hails from Warner Robins, Georgia, Jr, in the middle has lived in AC for 8 years, and Tim comes to AC from Shreveport, Louisiana which is a spicy place to live so he brought the hot sauce. It was great timing and I sure appreciated the visit and those Good and Plenty candies are absolutely delicious.  I can’t stop eating the damn things.  So much for losing weight. Speaking of weight, this now brings me to picture 3 and Mr. Samm (M&M) Washington and his wife Glenai.  This is a second visit to my stable by this great couple, previously visiting me in Oct 2010.  They live in San Diego, CA, a place I would sure like to visit again.  Sadly this was not a vacation for them as they had to be here to spend some time with Glenae’s mother who is seriously ill with a liver problem.  They were staying at the Clarkton Hotel which afforded them plenty of room and great access to the pool.  They flew via Eva air, an airline I enjoyed on one of my trips to the US many years ago.  I really enjoyed their visit and M&M has a great personality to match that of his wife.  I am sure we will meet again and I sincerely hope that “Mom” will recover from her medical problem.

Whew, that is it.  2100 hrs, 28 Feb and I can now relax.  Priscilla keeps coming in my office asking “are you finished yet?”  She is pretty patient near crunch time but she complains that she can’t talk to me too much during the two days prior to getting ready for publication.  Now I can relax for a couple of days.  In March there are at least three restaurants I have to check out.  One is a new Italian restaurant at EuroAsia that I have heard about.  I think they are having a special concert or something on 10 Mar, some Italian singer.  I did not see any notice but a couple of folks told me about it.  I have to see the renovation results at the “Firkin” Pub, that is one crazy name and there is a new Thai Restaurant on MacArthur Ave that I have seen but not visited yet.  It is fun to check out the restaurants but it makes me gain weight and reduces the weight in my wallet.  I do have a bit if Scotch/Irish in me so I will bid you a happy St. Patty’s Day and for goodness sake, be very kind to old horses.

POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART

“Hillary Clinton says she plans to step-down soon as Secretary of State. Hmm…let’s see, Mexico is run by drug cartels, the Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt, and Iran is about to have a nuclear bomb…guess her work is done.” -Jodi Miller Comments and Remarks: In response to Dr. Walter Williams”No Matter What”..Who ever runs against him all they have to do is keep on bringing up the NDAA that he passed..The NDAA killed the BILL OF RIGHTS..When the sleeping American people realize it he is done. 2. Read on what the Judge in Georgia is doing.  http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/georgia-court-told-obama-slam-dunk-disqualified/ Then u have sheriff Joe Arpaio “Cold Case Posse” I can go on.  Jack L.  (Jack, that web site was very interesting.  It was a different approach from what I have read before) Hey Jeff, here is some more “Obama Bashing”.  Read this and then look at the video from this Canadian Broadcaster.  Form your own opinion, mine remains the same.

Existing U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Network 
Subject: Canadian Talk Show Host Destroys Obama Over Keystone Decision. This is regarding the extent of Obama’s lies to get into office and how he is force feeding socialism to U S citizens like geese for foie gras. Ezra Levant hosts a show,The Source, for Canada’s Sun News. In a very well-researched presentation, he takes a comprehensive look at Obama’s idiocy over the Keystone Pipeline. Be sure to watch the whole thing and pay particular attention to the map of the alleged “pristine, environmentally sensitive area” through which the pipeline will pass. There is over 25,000 miles of buried pipeline just in Nebraska already. I don’t know who this guy is, but he certainly did his homework. http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/01/video-canadian-talk-show-host-destroys-obama-over-keystone-decision.html

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