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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.

Hanging at the Mall in Manila

Hanging at the Mall in Manila

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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.

End of Part two;

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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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Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy
4 years ago

There is a good Mexican restaurant called Agave in Eastwood. Wish I could find another one in Manila. A good steak would be nice too.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

Alex:
A good steak would be the Outback Steak House at Eastwood, this is not a sizzlers type of place. I have four great places in Subic Area for Mexican food, which I also love.

Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Guess it’s time to get a MetroDeal coupon for the Outback Steak House. We need more Mexican restaurants here, they all seem to be in Subic 😉

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

Alex;
My friend Orlando, came to America from Mexico legally, did 23 years in the Navy and retired here in the Philippines (His restaurant had the best Mexican food) But here is the funny part, he overstayed 19 years here in the Philippines, and his family could not bring his body home without paying all the back money owed the RP. They cremated him and shipped the ashes air freight and the RP government is still looking for him. The place is still open owned by a former cook and employee and the food is still as good!

Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul ~ The former cook is key. Agave in Eastwood looks like it’s failing but the food is still good. I assume your friends place is in Subic. I think the Government probably stopped looking for him by now 😉

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

Alex;
When we go to the BI office on Gordon Ave. they still ask about him, but they took his picture down I’m sad to say. (LOL)

Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Chili’s in MOA charged $7.00 for a 50 cent can of chili.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

Alex;
I buy Hormel can chili Beans or without at Royal or Pure Gold and they are reasonable. I don’t know what a MOA is.

Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul ~ MOA is the Mall Of Asia.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

Alex;
We countrified folks out in Podunk Philippines didn’t know that, so thank you! (LOL) (I’m joking)

Don Nishimoto
Don Nishimoto
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Kennedy

There is an Agave in BGC. Better yet is Oracel (sp?) in the Fort Strip. Only place I have found that makes real corn tortillas made on site.

Don Nishimoto
Don Nishimoto
4 years ago
Reply to  Don Nishimoto

And I forgot about El Chupacabra. Makes great tacos, not hard shell type. In Makati across for H&J, close to handlebar.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Don Nishimoto

Don,
I prefer hard shell Tacos over soft ones, It must be all those trips to TJ
for the weekend when my ships were in San Diego.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Don Nishimoto

Don;
Do they have a real Chupacabra. on display?

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Don Nishimoto

Don;
Here in the Subic area we have no chain Mexican restaurants, I don’t know where they get the corn tortillas, but they are good. I’ll try the Agave it sounds good. And they do use the Agave Cactus to make tequila.

Tom Nixon
Tom Nixon
4 years ago

Hi, Paul. Is it not possible to get an x-ray done in Subic? Or is it some specialized piece of equipment?

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Nixon

Tom;
I was wondering the same thing during my 12 hour ride! It was a contract with the VA is the best I came up with! (LOL)

Tom Nixon
Tom Nixon
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Sadly, you are likely correct (but I did like the emailing them a map of the Philippines).

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Nixon

Tom;
It is our duty to help others when we can, and I felt that a map would satisfy that need. But I honestly feel that they could hire that young unemployed Filipino lad there in Houston to explain what a archipelagoes is. (LOL)

hgb
hgb
4 years ago

Great article. Pancake House, etc is something I remember visiting in the States. However, where I live the local attraction is Dunkin Donuts.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  hgb

Hgb;
The Pancake House Mentioned is a wholly owned Philippine company, and not connected with the similar name in the USA, But being a lad originally from Dorchester (Boston) MA Dunkin Donuts was from my hometown and I love their coffee. The great cake donuts and crullers are not available here in the Philippines only the donuts loaded with sugar.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
4 years ago

Paul,
We go to Alabang at least monthly to visit S&R. They have a very good mall there right down from S&R called Alabang Town Center. There is a French Baker there and they usually have English muffins in stock. The Town Center Mall also has a Tony Roma’s, Chili’s and TGIF’s along with a Taco Bell. So if you have to make another trip there. Also Eastwood has a Hooter’s and also a TGIF’s.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

PapaDuck;
I thought Hooters would not work in the Philippines because of bra sizes? We have a TGIF here in Subic but the price will keep most people out of there. Hooters; that is funny! But Alabang seemed like a nice place if you must be in Manila.

Jo Ess
Jo Ess
4 years ago

Good day to you there in DinBat, Mr. Paul T. I am glad you know about the legendary “Chupacabra”. You did really hang out in PR 🙂 By the way, I like Tony Roma’s place in Alabang.

Jose

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Jo Ess

Jose;
I first went to a Tony Roma’s in Guam, and found it to be very good, but the fact it was a two minute walk from the bar my ship hung around in might also have something to do with it. I have found that “Strong Drink” will cause sighting of the famous “Chupacabra”, whereas sobriety will cause the sightings to decrease. BUT!!! There has been no scientific study held on this matter! BTW with almost all having a camera attached to their phone, there should be many more photos of the Chupacabra, Big-Foot and UFO’s!

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