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My parents just sent out  the last mortgage payment on our house this week.  They’re  ecstatic. They now truly own the house, and there will be extra cash in their bank account  from now on.  However, there’s still another house they’re paying for, but no problem…. it’s being rented out  and therefore, it’s paying for itself.

 

I had an enlightening conversation with a co-worker from Afghanistan.  He said he had a hard time finding a job here in the US ( he used to work as an airplane mechanic at a US air base in Afghanistan ). He felt  that because he was a Muslim he was always viewed  as  potential terrorist.  He also joked about him coming from a  sh*thole country.  I blurted out , ”  Me, too ! ”  Then, I suddenly had a mental image of the city where I was born.  Hmmm,  is it really a sh*thole, or just a sh*thouse ?

 

Here’ s a video of  the capital city of  Manila, Philippines .  It doesn’t really look like a sh*thole , does it ?  But then, that’s just my humble opinion.

 

 

And why did HE build a Trump Tower in Manila , and plan to build another one at Clark City, Angeles, Pampanga,  about 4 hours from the metropolis , if he now thinks immigrants from terrorist countries, like the Philippines  are ” animals” ?  Yep, he did mention  the Philippines as one of the   terrorist countries.  Ha Ha Ha !   Who gave him that idiotic,  ridiculous  information ?

 

Below is the Trump Tower in Manila ( the one on the right )

 

 

About Clark City….. it used to be US’s Clark Air Force Base.  It was on lease from the Philippine government  for 99 years, the largest US base /territory outside of the US. When Mt. Pinatubo erupted, the whole base was covered with ash, and since the US was then downsizing all its  military bases outside the US,  the US government  decided to just  bail ,  without renewing the lease which was about to expire , instead of spending billions of dollars to clean up the base .  Now that the Philippine government  has started the conversion of the base to  a  modern, futuristic, green, city ,  we were all surprised to learn  that piece of US property was about 1/2 the size of Metro-Manila. They will also build an international airport to relieve the one in Manila which is already bursting at the seams.  In fact, there’s already an existing excellent international airport at Clark….. it was a US  airforce base, for Pete’s sake. The runway is so long and so well-made that it is actually an alternative landing runway for a space shuttle.

 

Now, for a bit of fun…..

 

There’s a town in Angeles near Clark  base named Sexmoan, I kid you not. Well, you know, where there are US soldiers  =  Red light district, strip bars, etc. You know what I mean.  But, that’s been its name for hundreds of years, Spanish colonial era, and it’s pronounced  Ses-mo-wan.  I’m guessing the origin is from Bilbao, Spain. When I was in Bilbao, I saw a lot of letter X in signboards over there.  ( Here I go again, I’m making theories,  he he he , but it makes sense, yeah ? Besides, the Philippines favorite chorizo/sausage is Chorizo de Bilbao…so,  there you go. ) ~_~

 

Okay, this is it for now.

 

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Bye ! Thanks for reading. Peace.

 

 

65 responses to this post.

  1. Congrats to your parents, and thanks for the information about U.S. properties overseas.

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  2. Congratulations! And that’s a funny name… ses mo wan~

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  3. Wow. Congratulations to your parents. That’s a nice place! :O

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  4. wow! some day I won ‘t have a mortgage payment too. congrats to Mom & Dad.

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  5. Congratulations!! It was an informative post..
    Loved your blog

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  6. Congratulations 😁

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  7. I think the town has now been officially called Sasmoan!

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  8. This was a great post! And of course congratulations for your parents! That’s awesome 😊😊

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  9. Congrats to your parents! I have…29
    years to go myself, haha, after moving recently so I’m anticipating that same feeling, longgg from now!

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  10. I’m really pleased about the mortgage payments finishing: that’s a very nice place to be. With regard to the man in the White House: he and his opinions are beyond depressing on every subject at every level, You are one of the sunniest loveliest people I have connected with in Blogland and to have you or your country described in that manner beggars belief. As a matter of interest, my Dad worked In the Philippines when he was a young man!

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    • Whoa, Peter Wells ! Your dad worked in the Philippines ? Was it an American company or British ?

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      • I think it was a British company, might be a bank but I’m not absolutely sure. What I am sure about is he would have been appalled at the views expressed about yours and other countries by a certain gentleman!!

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        • I was appalled… and I think most Filipinos too. It was so preposterous that we couldn’t believe he’d say that in public so casually. I know there are some terrorists in southern Philippines ( just spitting distance form Borneo,) but it’s domestic civil unrest that only affected that part of the Philippines) …. the rest of the country are peaceful . Some Filipino lawmakers were angry at the irresponsible statements of this man. Of course, nobody would believe this person. Anything that comes out of this man is pure garbage.

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  11. Congrats for your parents. Interesting post tyo read. Sexmoan. The name sounds wonderful. lol

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  12. Congrats…..

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  13. I started learning tagalog…amazing language ☺

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    • No kidding ! Really? So, what do you think, difficult ? I think it’s very easy . Let me know how you’re doing.

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      • I think it’s really difficult. So many words are used to explain just a small phrase. I just love the culture and people because they are warm and so hospitable. I am going to enjoy this bilingual journey.

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        • You just have to learn some quirks in Tagalog sentence construction. These quirks make the language seem difficult.

          For example : Your house.

          This can be translated to ” Ang iyong bahay. ” Roughly, ang means ‘the ” ,and iyong ( or iyo ) means your, yours .

          Or, it can be translated to ” Ang bahay mo. ” This translation is more commom and simpler, though its rough translation in English is less common, which is,” the house of yours . ” iyo becomes mo if it follows a verb or a noun.

          Don’t worry , though. Even Filipinos themselves are not fluent in Tagalog, ha ha ha. They speak TAGLISH.

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  14. Nice article.. Ate…salamat for you Time.. Good luck all the best

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  15. Ren! I really enjoy these slice of life commentaries from you; just a picture into your world. I think the place you are from is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on your parents paying off their house! Also, being Muslim myself, I hope your co-worker continues to work hard. There are so many wonderful people in this world to combat all the negativity and hate.

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  16. Newbie here ….and just visited your blogs and wanna let you know that you are amazing and your blogs are simple yet amazing .You dont use fancy words that helps me understand even more .Hoping to read more from you 🙂

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  17. Trump is a complete nut. His understanding of politics, social mechanisms and history is 0,00
    Take the case of Norway. When there were immigrants from Norway to the US (~100 ago) Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe. It had the lowest income in Scandinavia, was ridden by diseases, famine, poor education. Immigration to the US was a way of giving the children some hope of a better future (same as the dreamers from South America today). Now Norway is the country with a world leading living standard, stable economy, good educational system, social security. Why should anybody from Norway now go to the US ? If you want to have immigrants who contribute to the countries wealth in 100 years, you have to invite them today when they are desperate to flee their countries that are currently ridden by violence, corruption and economic failure.

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  18. The shit hole executive, who’s morals are the same as a sewer rat.

    On another note, I loved your analysis on Spanish influence. It’s very similar to questions I have, being Mexican and colonized by the Spaniards, I get that at my core, along with a hate for colonization.

    Also, congratulations to your parents that is such a huge thing to accomplish.

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    • The Philippines and Mexico have almost identical culture. That also makes the Philippines stick out like sore thumb in Asia, ha ha. In fact, at one point, the Philippines was considered a province of Mexico, because the authority did not come from Spain, but from Mexico….. then, there was this Manila-Acapulco galleon trade that lasted for , I guess, 2oo years, or until Mexico became independent.

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  19. Congrats to your parents

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  20. Great post — one of your very best. Too bad Trump will never see it — not that it would cause him to have second thoughts (about what he said) for one second.

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    • They finished the Trump Tower in the Philippines in 2016. He said the animal/terrorist country thing in 2017. He can say anything, or do anything, as long as he doesn’t hit the nuclear button. But, who knows ? This guy is mental.

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  21. My stepfather, a really good man who has long passed away, was from Hernani, Samar. He said that pigs and chickens sometimes lived in his house. But he was proud of his home environment. We are who we are. Peace.

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    • We once visited a relative’s house in a small town near Manila. There was a nice garden with lots of fruit trees, flowering plants, and yes, chickens, ducks, goats, and pigs running loose and free at their backyard, though there was a confined space ( pig sty ? ) for the pigs where they slept and ate. I loved it there.

      Samar is in the Visayas region, a group of islands south of Manila.

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  22. I love reading your thoughts on Trump (well, you mention him almost in every alternate post)! along with the many funny tweets I get to read about him on twitter. I saw a picture where people projected the word Sh*thole on one of his towers I guess…
    Btw, Congratulations to your parents!

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    • Much as I want to deny his existence, I can’t…. he’s so……. aaaargh ! ! I can’t believe he’s the President of the United States of America. Unbelievable. Maybe he was elected as a lesson to all Americans…. somebody like him will never get elected ,ever.

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      • hahaha… I don’t understand Presidential form of government quite well, as we have a parliamentary system here so I can’t comment on how he got elected in the first place. I can’t imagine the mental state of people who were foolish enough to elect a person like Trump to lead them. He makes a mockery of your country every place he visits. He was literally booed over at the recent Davos summit. He is an Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist “person”.

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  23. Posted by Franchesca on February 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Yey for your parents!! 💙

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  24. Kudos to your parents! It feels great achieving a certain milestone in life like owning a house. =) It’s my first time to visit your blog. I guess I have something to read from here on. =)

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  25. It’s a good feeling to pay off something especially something as big as a house! And my brother was stationed at Clark AFB 🙂

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  26. Congratulations to your parents on the mortgage feet. Thanks to you too for the insights on your home country.

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  27. Congratulations to your parents being mortgage free ! As for that other character who shall remain nameless – he will say and do anything and deny it a moment later. He has no morals. He will take your money and make you and us his victims.

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  28. Congratulations, félicitations, felicidades on the mortgage. It always is a relief. And the other house? It pays itself. 🙂 Mark Twain once said: “Buy land. They ain’t making it anymore.”
    😉
    Have a nice week-end.

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  29. You seem to be just great, confident

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