Paul Thompson

"Why is it that way?”

By Paul Thompson | October 13, 2009 | 37

Jeepneys: Why is it that all the passengers will insist on handing the driver the fare, while the driver is in the middle of a hairpin turn at forty miles an hour? Is it some form of test? Also, why can’t the next two boarding passengers stand beside each other, so the driver does not have to drive the next 15 feet to pick up the second one? Also, just for fun, ask the capacity…

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I need a COCKTAIL!

By Paul Thompson | September 29, 2009 | 32

While my friend, here in the Olongapo City area, was taking a prescribed medicine, he was informed by his Doctor that for the next thirty days he had to be “Cocktail Free”, a time out from consuming those wonderful beers and rum and cokes? Shock, was the only way to describe my reaction to that very sad news. So in simpatico I decided to join him in this month long cocktail fast! We still got…

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Let’s Pass a Law!

By Paul Thompson | September 22, 2009 | 11

Ten years ago, here in Paradise, a law was passed and it declared that all Stainless Steel Jeepneys and Owner Jeeps must be painted so the reflection from the stainless steel will not blind the other drivers. Yes I owned one at that time, and I know people who ran out and had their jeeps painted Ricky tic. I thought, since I was on vacation at that time, and I was only home in the…

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You’re Welcome To Visit…

By Paul Thompson | September 15, 2009 | 13

We’ve all met them, the bad guest, hell you or I could be one, and I would just hope, that’s not the case. In my whole barangay there were only two of us Kano. And the problem was guilt by association, whenever the other Kano causes an upheaval in the purok; I am the one who has to hear about it and try to quell the bad feelings. I tried to explain to him that…

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Need a Hobby?

By Paul Thompson | September 8, 2009 | 19

I’m not sure that going to your favorite watering hole or bar every day is classified as a hobby, yet I feel it could be. And watching the dancing girls in the Barrio here on the Island of Luzon, I know is a hobby, and a good one at that. Yet both can be very costly, in money, health, and of course a very angry wife. So let’s move on to a list that might…

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Weather Reports/Earthquakes and other Calamities

By Paul Thompson | September 1, 2009 | 12

The rainy season, two weeks into it I was consuming cocktails at a friend’s restaurant, when it was pointed out that so far it had been a fairly dry rainy season (isn’t that an oxymoron?) anyway I did tend to agree. Then it started, and the rain came down, my fishpond that would normally have 4 inches of water in it, now had 26 inches. Three days later we had two earth tremors up on…

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