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Chopsuey

Hi !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here , hello !  * waves *

 

I’m calling this post chopsuey because I have nothing specific in mind…… just a mixed bag of  stuff  that’s on my mind at the moment. So , here goes….

 

I went to a 99 cents store to buy kitchen rags and sponges and my favorite scented soap, Palmolive. Of course, we inevitably get to buy other things that do not have to be expensive, such as seasonal Holloween decorations. Then, I saw this……..

 

It is  furniture polish wipes,  but its Warning  states ” Do not use on furniture “, or as personal hygiene , such as  “baby wipes.” Made in China.  I hurriedly left the store. Goshdarnit.  I’m assuming some people over there use this as baby wipes, hence , the warning.

 

The dairy plant where I work is huge. Employees have to drive through 3 gates ( using a remote control ) with road spikes to stop illegal entry. We do allow a few visitors to get in, like the one I encountered at the parking lot.  Please watch video down below ( I’ve done everything to post this video  on its proper place, but it seems it always goes down below. The old WordPress features were easier  to work with. I don’t even have a Preview now. So , yeah, I just   gave up fixing this. )  Anyway, the video shows a light brown fox  near where I parked my car.

 

I finally met a person (  a co-worker ) who thinks he had been abducted by aliens. He acts normal, though….. just don’t let him talk about his alien abduction experience.

 

I’ve been watching on You Tube anything on North Korea for over a year now. To me, the worst thing that these dictators’ family has done is to make zombies and robots out of  their people . Zombies are the undead. They may look human, but they don’t act like one. And the children …..  The way the children smile and act is uniform and robotic. . They look so creepy.  So, Ren, what exactly is your point in saying all these  ?  I won’t tell because you’ll hate me if I do.

 

There is a North Korean video of New York City in nuclear ruins , with the song ” We Are the World ” playing in the backround,….. and North Korean audience applauding gleefully as they watch the video.

” Ah, I love the smell of napalm in the morning. ”

 

And with this, I say, adieu, sweet dreams, and peace and goodwill to all men.

 

Check out my anime/manga/video games blogsite at http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filipino Cuisine atbp.

Hello !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

Ah, Philippine  cuisine  !  Where do I even begin ?  Last week,  a friend of mine  ” ordered ”  lumpia  (  meat eggrolls ) from yours truly, good for 20 people.  She’s  Guatemalan.  The truth is,  friends and co-workers have been ordering  trays of food from me for several years now, including 2 Persian friends whom I have been cooking for, for  their Thanksgiving, and believe it or not , Christmas parties.  The Persians  usually order  fried , vegetable rolls, beef stew ( caldereta ) ,  chicken adobo, leche flan ( egg custard ) and  a few desserts and salads.   It’s my underground business, but I don’t think  the government will be interested  in taxing  my  $ 75 earnings.  I do it as a favor. In fact, I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s labor intensive,  And if it’s just one tray of dish,  forget it.  I mean, after deductions, I get  what, a $ 5 profit ?     I    loath myself  when that happens.

 

Oh, wait, before anything else , here’s a video that I hope you can watch. I find it funny because I noticed it too when I was in the Philippines.  Just 3 minutes, folks, so please click, and be educated.

 

 

Compress ! !  I often heard that word in the Philippines. Ha ha ha !

Anyway, this is not what this post is all about. It’s Filipino cuisine.  Again, where do I begin ?

 

To start off……. I’ve been wondering why there are so few  Filipino restaurants  here in the US.  Filipinos are the second largest immigrant minority group in California,( after the Mexicans,)  and the third largest in the US, so where are the restaurants ?  My mother and I  have been discussing  the possible reasons and have come up with 1 million reasons for this anomaly.

a)  Filipinos who come to the US are not risk takers.  They do not come here to the US to open restaurants, in the first place.  I can say with almost 99 % certainty that Filipinos who come here are mostly professionals and college educated……. doctors, nurses, engineers, accountants, healthcare professionals, chemists,  etc.  Filipinos do not consider being  a ” chef ” as a career or a profession. Besides that, even with considerable savings at their disposal, Filipinos do not like to lose it all  on a venture that has a short lifespan,  5 years at most , if you’re lucky.  It’s preferable to toil away at a safe 9 to 5 job for a house, 2 cars, the kids’ education,  maybe for some rest and recreation in Rome and Paris , and a lifetime pension where they can spend the rest of their lives  smelling  roses ………….instead of worrying  about their restaurants  going under,  for  the rest  of their lives.  Filipinos are what my mother calls ” segurista ” ,meaning a person who makes sure things happen according to plan………… which is, oddly enough, the complete opposite of  the more common trait of Filipinos, the ” bahala na ” attitude, which means, whatever, come what may, if it will happen, it will happen.  (  this comes from Filipinos ‘ response to numerous  yearly natural disasters….. volcanic eruptions, eathquakes,  off- the- chart typhoons, floodings, dictators, colonizers, (  Spain and US ) you name it, Filipinos get it.   It’s fatalistic, but at the same time, having a positive attitude. Filipinos do not mope ! I guess Filipinos accept events that they cannot control….. but segurista for things they can .

 

Where was I ?  Oh, yeah, Filipino food…..

 

b)    Filipino food sucks.   Not true, not true at all.  Filipino food can be a bit funky,  but  oh, so flavorful and savory , umami ! !  The taste is bold and  audacious.  Example :  Chocolate soup, or blood soup.  I mean, who will order that in a restaurant, besides Filipinos ?  Filipinos eat that with  gusto, with, of course, rice or , believe it or not, bread . They dunk the bread in the soup, folks.  Oh, do I hear , Eeeeeew !   My breakfast in England for 3 days included  blood sausage,  and in Spain,  morcilla  .  In Romania, they also have blood soup, just like in the Philippines which  Bizzare Foods show’s Andrew Zimmern duly noted. Oh, wait,  they eat  blood in Romania ?  Just kidding.  Thumbs up to you, Romanians.

 

c)    Filipinos prefer to cook at home, and family home-style cooking.   Why will they go to a restaurant to eat food they  cook at home , everyday, and swearing, their moms cook it better, anyways ? They prefer to eat something different.  Don’t get me wrong…. Filipinos love dining out…. in fact , in the Philippines, restaurants are always full,  diners wait to get seated, or  they just make reservations ( 2 weeks at Vikings ) if they don’t want to wait.. Food courts are everywhere,  not to mention, the ubiquitous  street food , and numerous ” carinderias “. ( Carinderias are low – tiered eateries , usually located  at  low- income areas , schools and universities,  where customers point at the food they want to eat. They also call them ” turo – turo“……… turo means point, so it’s point-point . ( Have I mentioned Filipinos like to repeat words ? ) Unfortunately,  most Filipino restaurants here in the US are turo-turo style, with food Filipinos cook at home,  and  to be honest,  they don’t look appetizing , especially to non – Filipinos.  Blood soup, anyone ?  What in the world , is that mud-looking dish ?

 

Below is a carinderia in the Philippines. Not much to look at, but the food is soooooooo delicious ( and cheap !!!!!!! )

 

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842 words…… time to sign off, and to be continued …… 9, 997 reasons to go.

And please check out my anime/manga/video games blogsite @ http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/    I have new entry, a review of RWBY, an anime created by an American developer, Rooster Teeth.  Yay, homegrown.

 

Thanks for reading. Peace.

 

 

 

 

Answer to puzzle and other stuff

Hello ! Renxkyoko  Iglesias  here .

Something’s wrong with me.  It’s just 3  days since my last post, and before that, 2 days.  And here I am again !

 

The reason I’m posting again is ….. well, I want to give the  answer to the puzzle  that I posted  last time.  I don’t want to keep some people hanging. Heh.  ^^

So, anyway, here’s  the answer.  Where’s the iPhone ?

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It took a lot of time to draw it, y’know.  My masterpiece.  Check out the original photo.  It’s easy to see coz it’s waving at you.

Cheryl  Wright  has sent me a set of questions ( Liebster Award ) and I’ve decided to answer them here. Thanks, Cheryl !

What inspired the name of your blog ?

Renxkyoko’s  Space…… Ren and Kyoko are the names of the main protagonists of what used to be my favorite manga, Skip Beat.

How long does it usually take you to write a blog post ?

Depends…….  if there are photos, it takes a few hours. Otherwise, 2 to 3 hours, with long breaks in between.

Can you write anytime or do you need to be in the mood.

I need to be in the mood.

What Social Media platforms do you use to promote your blog post ?

Just one……. WordPress

What punctuation mark best describes you ?

[  ………  ]   dot, dot, dot, dot

Do you have more than one blog ?  List below.

YES ! ! My manga/anime/video games blog,  HERE   ! !

Do you see the glass half full or half empty ?

Half – full

If there were no Internet, would you still be writing ?

No,  I’d be reading instead…… not just manga….. you’d be surprised at what books I read. I’m a freakin’ walking encyclopedia, so much so that I can give correct Jeopardy  answers  90% of the time.  ( I’m bad at questions about old, old American TV shows. I don’t even watch the current ones. )  I read books on Archaelogy,  History, and currently reading Calculus for Idiots.

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter ?

Last Christmas, I sent out  real Christmas cards to relatives and friends, with short handwritten notes.

Have you ever met in person a blogger that you are following ?

Uhm……..   When I was on vacation in the Philippines in 2010,  I wanted to meet this Filipino blogger……… he declined.   It was clear I was totally rejected,  ~_~  .     Oh, well, his loss.  T.T

Okay , this is all for now.   And check out my  manga/anime blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

Amusing Musings

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Hi there !

Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard  of  this Miss Universe fiasco already.  I’m surprised  the media had taken notice of this  inane and anachronistic  event  * sings and dances *  I feel pretty , oh so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty and gay,  And I pity any  girl who isn’t me today, lalala….,  but  hey,  we do need to lighten up, right ? Well, I have to be honest and say it got me interested , too, because,  *  cough , cough * the new Ms.U  is from the Philippines.  Not that it’s such an earth- shaking event  to me, or to the Philippines,  for that matter. After all,   she’s  now the Philippines’ 4th Ms. Universe.  The Philippines has been winning  at most of  these international beauty pageants, big and small… in fact, some  complain that  it seems   Ms. Phil is automatically included in top 10, top 5 , or the runner -up.

So what exactly was the brouhaha all about ?  The host, Steve Harvey announced the wrong  girl, Ms. Columbia. They handed her the bouquet of flowers, placed the crown on her head, she started waving, then Boom !  You ain’t the winner, Ms.  It’s Ms. Philippines.  Wait, what, waaaaaaa !   Yikes !  Stupid host…..

You’d think the Phiippines would  feel  pretty blasé about this  kind of thing already, right ? .  Well……. no, not really . I’m sure they’re jumping for joy.   Filipinos love beauty pageants. There’s this Miss Barrio San Jose,  Ms.  Del Monte Street,  Ms. Boracay, Ms. Manila…. yep, there’s a Miss for every freakin’ occasion and place.  Oh, there’s a Miss  Gay Philippines, too.  Do you know  the Philippines is among the top 10 most accepting, gay -friendly countries  in the world ?  # 9, but would rank higher  if the strict Catholic country would allow same- sex marriage.” Oh, you’re gay ?  Let’s open a beauty parlor.  ”  Aunty,  not all gays go into beauty business.  I’m in college and majoring in Computer Science. Perish that stereo type. ”  This dialogue really happened.

So, where was I…….

By the way,  the very first Miss Philippines was my mother’s aunt.

I also need to mention my new Manga/Anime blogsite  Here.

This is also one of those posts that I wish I hadn’t written, ha ha…. Better get this published pronto before I change my mind.

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays to you all, and Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

Woohoo ! I’m in the Philippines ! !

Oh , my gosh ! !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here !

I’m in the Philippines !   We left good ol’ USA on June 21 , 10:30 PM, and arrived in the Philippines 0n June 23 at 4:30 AM. It was a 14 hour flight. It wasn’t a smooth ride, there was too much turbulence from get go,  and I was so scared I almost cried.  It didn’t help that I actually have plane phobia. I didn’t get to sleep at all. Instead I watched  5  movies. (  Frozen, Transfomers, X-Men, The Hobbit,  The Conjuring. ) The only good thing about the flight was the food. Philippine Airlines was quite generous . Dinner was delicious, we had sandwiches and muffins and juice/coffee in between , then breakfast.  I’m sorry I can’t post any pictures as yet because I’m using a teeny weeny notebook, and it isn’t mine.

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Today is July 25. I’m back home, yay, California ! !  We left the Philippines on July 21, 10:30 PM and  arrived here in California , also  on July 21 , 8 P.M.

It’s been a week since then, but I have not done anything  here, no reading, no writing. I’ve been busy at work.  I’m even afraid to check out my emails.  I’m sure I already have thousands of thousands of unread emails.

Oh, well, I have to start writing , anyway, so here I am. Bear with me, please. I think I left my enthusiasm in the Philippines.  So, where do I begin?

Do you guys remember this picture? I posted this in Novemeber. That’s how our vacation house in Boracay, Island in the Philippines looked in November last year, 2013.

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Here is how it looks now. It’s 99% finished, except for a few paintings here and there…. and the house is empty, no furniture, and just 2 beds.

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DSCN0084.It looks like it has 3 floors, but actually, there’s a 4th floor , which is the rooftop.  I love the view from the rooftop.

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It was such a hectic and busy one month vacation in the Philippines.   The bulk of our vacation was spent  checking out the  huge shopping malls in the city. Do you know 3 of the top 10 biggest malls in the world are in Manila, Philippines?  Mall of Asia, North EDSA/Trinoma, and EDSAMegaMall. . They  were so huge that  just walking around and window shopping  at these places  overwhelmed and exhausted us.   And then there are smaller ones, but still  3x bigger than the shopping mall here in our city in the US..  Even  the friendly neighborhood mall at the subdivision where we live in the Philippines is 2x bigger… 4 floors and 2 buildings connected by a bridge.  It’s insane. The Philippines is supposed to be a Thirld World country,  but shopping malls are full, people are actually shopping and  we always have to wait a bit at restaurants to be seated.

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Above pic is one 0f a smaller malls. I like the interior architecture of this one.

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Our vacation was mostly   food  tripping, too. The price of food over there is ridiculously low.
For example, the takoyaki is $0.50 and  shawarma  is $1.50. Takoyaki is Japanese octopus balls.

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We arrived at 4 AM at the airport. By 12 noon, we were already at the neighborhood mall , shopping for walking shoes and flipflops. We sure didn’t waste any time.

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.That’s yours truly in the photo.

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The next day, it was again another shopping spree, this time for real pearls. There’s a mall there ( Greehhills ) with seemingly endless stalls of pearls. It was a sight to behold.

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DSCN0019Eh. I’ve been found out. I’m the one wearing  white shirt, and wearing glasses ! He he. he. I’m near  sighted.

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That’s the food court at nearby mall ( SM MegaMall ) where we had lunch after the pearl shopping.  SM MegaMall is one of the largest in the world.

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Different kinds of food from different countries to choose from.

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Check out the prices. At Philippine peso 43.50 to a dollar, that PhP 87 on the menu board is only $ 2.00.

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My $2 lunch…. fried rice, pork bbq, chowmein, and fruit dessert. I bought the cheapest.

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That’s Korean rice. Yep, it was hot.

It was raining heavily when we came home. Traffic was horrendous.

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On the way home, I saw these  showrooms.

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I don’t know if you can read what’s in that building. Well, it’s Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Audi.

About the photo below, what the heck does that mean ? LOL

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So, this is it…. 2 days into my one month vacation in the Philippines.

Good day and PEACE.

 

 

Boracay Island, Philippines & other stuff

Hi, there ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here !

My father arrived from Manila , Philippines , Friday evening . He has tons of stories to tell because he was right there in the Visayas islands in the Philippines  when the super storm happened.  Fortunately, Boracay Island wasn;t  hit hard. For a few hours though , it felt like the end of the world , Dad said.

My regular readers know we are building a vacation house in Boracay. A fellow blogger friend, Dead AnarchistPhil  had asked about the house… was it damaged or not?  Luckily, no. And here are some pics of the house, nothing much as you can see.

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.It looks like a building but when it’s done, there’s going to be a nice roof, French windows and doors, verandas, etc.  It’s  3 floors with a roof garden, 7 bedrooms,  4 t/b.  It ‘s gonna look like a house, not a building.LOL ( We were disappointed too when we saw the pictures. )

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Heh , There’s dad in yellow striped shirt.

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That’s the back of the house… Dad going up the hill. Landscaping is part of the contract , so , I guess  they’ll make the backyard nice too. It does look like a jungle.

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.A relative’s restaurant, beachfront.  The whole place was blown away by the storm, except the flooring.  Our  cousin managed to take out all the  restaurant stuff before the storm… to be honest, I hope he left those pink heart thingies hanging from the ceiling. Ugh.  The place needed a serious make-over, anyway. Just kidding !!!   I love the open space, bamboo materials, and thatched roof !

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Dad at the beach., 2 days before the super storm.

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.Tourists unaware a super storm was coming.

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.Those structures were blown away, too, Dad said.

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.Such blue sky ! Who would have thought…….

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/Nightlife at the beach.  This is the ” busy ” part of the island. Ours is very quite and private, which I think is nicer, imo.  Tourists can go to that place at night  if they want fun.

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Dad safe at our house in Manila, the capital city, far from the storm devastation.

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You can see the French door on the left. We’re going to install exactly the same thing at Boracay, but the squares will be made of  steel, not wood.  Oh, do you notice the unusual shape of the window ? It’s a quarter moon, and it’s repeated outside , at the main entrance. Neighbors say it reminds them of The House at Elm Street. he he he

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There you go… the other window.  Outside.  And that’s my aunt…. and what the heck , why is there a mirror outside?

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.Okay, this is the French door I’m talking about. It’s on the second floor, and that’s the veranda. The house at Boracay will have verandas all over. Oooh, that’s my bedroom door.

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.I’m showing you the water tank. Now I understand  why we have it.  We’d have water , just in case.  When we were there 2 years ago, there was a huge storm, too, and there was no power for  3 days.  In our subdivision, no power=no water.  It was fun at night, though.. We had candle lit dinners, and a few childhood friends would come over, brought snacks,  and  talked about ghosts…….. and how our house was called a haunted house for several years when we immigrated to the US. You see, nobody lived in our house for 5 years  (until my aunt who was a Singaporean resident retired and  is now living in our house.) Anyway,  we only had a caretaker who came in 3x a week to clean  and water the plants.  Some neighbors swore they would sometimes see a woman walking around in the house at night. No, not the caretaker. She didn’t have the key. Our relatives, who live next door, had the keys. And it wasn’t our relatives, either. After listening  to these  stories, I slept with Mom through the remainder of our vacation. LOL  I’m a scaredy cat.

Speaking of which….. I post 2x a month, that’s all I can manage…. I’m too busy, especially these past few weeks, and these coming few days before Thanksgiving Day.  We’ll have exams just before Thanksgiving vacation.  But, guess what,  I found time to guest post here.  C’mon, click this , guys. I won’t tell ya what it’s all about, but it’s a true story.  He he… Oh, it’s not political ! =_=”

another pic …

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.A small nice backyard.

So, that’s it for now. It’s a tour of our house in the Philippines, and an update on construction of our vacation house at Boracay Island.

PS… The engineer and the 13 workers are all from Tacloban City, the center of  typhoon Haiyan’s destruction . The engineers house is gone, but thankfully, his father managed to secure all his stuff, especially his 50 inch Sony TV, his prized possession. 0_0 ” All the rest of the workers had damaged homes…. but they all came back to Boracay . They say now is the time to work. They need money. In fact, some people there are begging to be taken in and work there, too.  The engineer has enough workers, sadly.

Have a good day, folks !  Next will be my Paris tour.  Aaargh, I know…..

Is All……. o_O”

Hello !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

This is my second post this month. I wish I could post more but.. oh well.

My father’s in the Philippines.  He left last week. It wasn’t a sudden trip, though. He had been planning this for months, but we were nevertheless  surprised  to see him packing Thursday night, and we were like, When are you leaving? … Tomorrow.  What ! ! ”  My sister goes to San Francisco twice a month to be with her boyfriend . (  He now works in Frisco ). She is supposed to go there this coming Saturday, and take Dad to the airport, but her BF called to tell her he bought tickets to a Friday night  game, (  baseball or football, I don;t know), so Dad just decided  to leave one week earlier. San Francisco is  a 2 hour drive from our house, and he doesn’t want Mom to go on long drives anymore.

So, anyway, I wrote  about a  beach  house we’re constructing in Boracay Island, Philippines, didn’t I ?  The plan was originally a duplex, one unit  for the family, and the other one for rent to tourists. Then it was changed to a 2 floor house , 6 bedrooms, 3 toilets/baths…. then 3 weeks ago, we learned that my aunt changed it again to 2 1/2 floors, 7 bedrooms, 5 t/b with a rooftop garden. What the heck ! !  Well, it is my aunt’s and my parents’ joint venture, but this is getting out of control.  My aunt assured us  all additional expenses would be on her.  Oh–kay …… still……..

Anyway, that’s the reason why dad ‘s in the Philippines now…… to check out what the heck’s going on with  with on – going construction….. and to ask the architect about the changes, although we learned it was due to the site’s topography. It’s hilly, so the architect changed the plan based on the layout of the land.  The architect assured  us the view would be spectacular…. though our property is not beachfront… it’s  a mere  5 to 10 minute walk to the beach, so that view from the hillside will be spectacular, indeed.

So, to my readers from the Philippines,  watch out for my ” promotional plugging”, ha ha.  Our  problem now is , this is not a simple vacation house anymore that we’ll  be renting out when not in use by the owner.  We’re figuring out how to run this……… now how do we classify this ? An inn?    Also, to my non- Filipino readers who want to go on tropical vacation, we’ll advertise this on VRBO.com * Vacation Rental By Owner ” . Hopefully, we’ll be ready by February , 2014.

Oh, by the way, I bought a published book by a fellow WordPress blogger.  Uhm, Mr. Conley ? I haven’t read it, but I promise to read it soon, and hopefully, write a review.

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Hey, I’m not going to be political on this post, even though my mouth is itching to say something.  One thing though…. the total non-empathy and  non- compassion of the Teabagger Republicans  for the needy   are stunning.  And to think their base constituents from Red states *  (Democrats’ are BLue states *  )are poorer than Blue states’.  ALL … I repeat, ALL,  Red states, except Texas , get more federal welfare than they give to the government. The rich Blue States, like New York, California, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland,  etc. heavily   subsidize these Red States.  Oh, the irony ! ! !  Hey,  teabaggers !. See that poor,  homeless- hippy  looking  beggar  listening in to your tirades againts those lazy poor and the sick – if – you- can ‘t afford it- just die folks  ? He  could be Jesus -come- down – to- earth. And His eyes are glazing over as He listens to people like you. The shamelessness and meanness are breathtaking.

So, I went political.  Again.  Couldn’t help it. * walks off, mumbling. *

* turns around *

My Paris tour next post….. Louvre, specifically.  And countdown to our Asian tour in June, 2014….. 7 1/2 months.  Good day and  Peace.