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Hi Bruce

Hi Bruce

I’m not talking about eating Wheaties with Bruce Jenner on the box; General Mills is considering putting the 65 year old Caitlyn on an upcoming box a picture of him in a dress using the ladies Tee during a golf game with his buddies (Sounds like last month’s rant). Remember Kellogg still makes cereal, so we only have to boycott General Mills.

Tagalog Buddy
Always beside my love.

Always beside my love.

I’m referring to gathering up the family and going to a place where they feed you a big breakfast at a reasonable price. Luckily in the Olongapo area we have a few great breakfast places. This week we went on base to the Extremely Espresso restaurant which BTW is great for lunch and supper also, and anytime you just want a great cup of coffee without standing in line at Starbucks and shelling out $5.00 a cup.

There is something great about sitting outside on a beautiful day eating Al Fresco with the people you love. It started easy enough, I woke up Sunday morning and was hungry and the Idea hit me to go out for breakfast. Of course I ran the suggestion past “Commander of the house; Mayang” and she agreed, but now the problem of moving my daughter and her husband Chris, plus the two teenagers Shay (Niece)  and granddaughter Colleen) That is normally like herding cats, to get them moving and not have breakfast turn into lunch.

Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

The stars must have been aligned as by 9am we were parked and seated. Normally on Sunday morning the place is usually chock-a-block full with our weekend visitors with NCR on their auto tag, yes the important people from the National Capital Region or Manila.  So we were informed the seating inside was a 40 minute wait. But at 9am, we didn’t need air/con so along with quite a few others we settled for Al Fresco dining.

Let's order

Let’s order

The only fault I can find with the restaurant is they serve the fluffiest pancakes but have no maple syrup to put on it. They have a Kero type of syrup, but I’m from New England, and like our faithful Canadian friends to the north, we don’t accept any product that doesn’t at least say; “Made with 10% pure maple syrup.”  At the house I use 100% maple Syrup, even if it costs as much as a tank of gas. My parents and then the Navy only served pure Maple syrup, so after 50% of my life that is what I’m used to. It’s the same story with butter, I never eat margarine either.

Funny story, in my neighborhood we had one of the first TV’s in the 1950’s, so my buddy Skipper (Larry) would come over on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. My mother made us all buttered toast as a snack, and Skipper told me our butter had a funny taste. I asked my mom and she explained that his family used only margarine, and this was his first time eating butter. Blame my parents for the way I am!

Back to breakfast, we passed on pancakes as I forgot to bring my syrup, but the “Good Morning” breakfast comes with a foot long, garlic spiced sausage, a rash of bacon and a slice of ham (the ham is local) two eggs anyway you like them, toast and a cup of Kano styled great coffee all for P 200.00 (Coffee is P50.00 extra)

Filipino Breakfast also

Filipino Breakfast also

Now I know I promised that I would not become a one trick pony, and only talk about medical, but to justify my new found love of eating the reason is, they won’t let me drive my car, or enjoy a cocktail, four months without a cigarette (Surprisingly I don’t miss them, except with that morning coffee.) But my doctor wants my weight back up to 150 lbs. I have averaged a 10 pound gain every 15 days, I’m 142 lbs now and I will be sewn back to normal when I reach that 150 lbs goal. I’m hungry now! The silly doctor thought it would take four months to gain the weight, but Mayang lets me eat Ice Cream any time I want. And if it is at home or on the road I start everyday with the “Breakfast of Champions”. But not made by General Mills Cereal Company.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
5 years ago

Glad you are doing better. Hang in there Buddy. Know what I miss? Cream of wheat. Haven’t found that in the Philippines. I guess the maple syrup shortage is common in the Philippines. If I find a place that serves it, it is usually a spoonful. Keep up the good work.

Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I’m from the south. Grits are grits. The only real grits are the “not instant” kind. Made from Hamony. Doubt you know what that is, unless you spent a lot of time in the south. But cream of wheat (Uncles Bens Cream of wheat) with butter and sugar that is a good breakfast. We used to eat shrimp an grits. that is delicious! Again……it’s a southern thang.
Might be just what you need to get your strength back?

Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Sounds like you know what to eat to regain your strength and weight.

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago

Wow! P250 for full breakfast!
That’s international prices creeping in.

Emmanuel Tolentino
5 years ago

Is Kanye West after Caitlyn?

bigp
bigp
5 years ago

International prices creeping in !! Here in the US you may get a piece of toast and Coffee for that. Coffee is generally at least $1.50.

bigp
bigp
5 years ago

Correction on my part. It says P2.50; I was thinking 2.50 Dollar. Still it is cheaper in the PI. Glad to see you looking good in the pictures Paul.

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul
Since I am flat broke as of spring of this year and living only on pension money, I can hardly afford those prices.
I am like a marathon runner, training for months for the coming ‘Pension-Ponziconomics’ ultimate destination.

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago
Reply to  PalawanBob

Just a reminder; the Ponzieconomics Monopoly game is still breathing… blood pressure dropping, heart rate dropping as well.
Skin turning dark grey.
Not dead yet!

Luke Tynan
Luke Tynan
5 years ago

Glad to hear you are feeling better and the weight is coming back.I know couple of years ago I sent time in the hospital and my weight dropped, but I did not need to put it back on as I am by nature overweight. But it is creeping back. take care

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