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A nice trip to Tarlac then two weeks later they did send me to a Manila clinic in Alabang City, a six-hour drive from Bataan. For some strange reason my daughter and her husband wanted to come along once more, and with my Granddaughter also joined us, I was pleased. It was miserable, 6 hours of driving to get only two chests X-rays and I was in and out of that clinic within 15 minutes. But there was a Pancake House a three-minute walk away, but we also have a Pancake House on Subic, breakfast is nice but that is a long way to go. Oh and Alabang City was a very nice area of the city, If I had to live in “Mega Manila, this is the part I’d want to live.
Well, we’re now ready for that long drive home. Then I remembered the fabulous LiP readers who told me I could get a Gyro’s Sandwich at the Cyma Restaurant at Eastwood mall in Mania. So we went there and it was good, the trip to Manila now had a reason and I gave my Granddaughter Colleen P.5, 000.00 for mall shopping in Manila. Albeit she was not fond of Greek food, but shopping took the edge off of that. If I can’t spoil her, what is the purpose of being a grandfather? We got home after dark, but the lunch and shopping took the extra time. Got Lemons…make lemonade!!!
Saturday morning the following day; another e-mail sending me back to Manila for a hearing test the next week… Paul go to Mandaluyong” (?) Market on General Kalentong Street somewhere in Mega Manila and following a series of pictures Houston sent to help me find the hidden clinic in the maze known as Manila. Angry to be heading back to the “City” Oh goodness yes, my x-rays last week took ten minutes, I could have Ziggy Na’d over and had this hearing test the same damn day, I had the time and guess what? I was already in Manila. Oh well!
Last trip I found the Cyma Greek Place and had a Gyro’s and a beer, because I’m a glass half full kinda guy, (Also if my glass does get half empty, I’m smart enough to fill it back up.) I was looking at the pictures Mayang took of me on the Greek restaurant’s balcony and when I zoomed in. There in the picture was the Tampa Florida Based Restaurant called “The Outback Steakhouse”
Another flash from my past, eateries I like! BTW, it is an American Chain not Australian. Sorry mates! But during my many trips to Australia I found some of the best Steak Houses in the world and priced so that you could go every night, and sometimes the crew of my ship did. I will tell you the steaks were huge and wonderful too? I always looked forward to our trips down under while working with and alongside the Australian Navy.
So I’ve found one more reason to get into a car, with no lower intestines and only half a colon and take a 12 hour round trip to Manila, A great steak! The joy of it all is without end!
The hearing test was administrated within a Nail Pallor and I got a manicure while waiting. The manicure took longer than the hearing test. On the road again!
I wrote a livid E-mail to my new found friends at the Veterans Evaluation Service in Houston Texas and enclosed a map of the Philippine Islands in case they try and send me to Cebu!
BTW due to time and distance the Outback Steak House lunch was tabled, so we drove home and ate at Texas Joe’s House of Ribs on Subic Freeport. Just as well and just as good.
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