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I can’t explain the why, but a couple of years ago Ayala Corp and SM Corp (Someone told me they were the same, but what do I know) built two new malls here in Olongapo for our shopping pleasure, and no doubt to make a few Pesos, on the positive side they brought a lot of employment to our fair city and the restaurants and other stores in the area also benefit from those malls. Prior to this from Iba (Our Capital City) across Zambales and Bataan to Pampanga and the City of San Fernando, the SM mall in Pampanga for years was our only Mall, but no longer is that the case. (Or is it?)

Mall Shopping lunch break

Mall Shopping lunch break

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So this past Tuesday my Daughter, her husband (Chris) and my queen of the world Granddaughter Colleen (That’s three) show up at my door to pick up my wife and her twin sister Clara my two nieces and my cute little grand niece. (That’s 5) remember this is an Inova they are driving, not a Victory Liner. And off they go on a day of Christmas Shopping (Bob and the new US Government both allow the use of the term Christmas again, Oh Joy!) I can’t go, first because of my travel problems and second no more room in the Toyota unless you also hire a truck or not buy anything. The old never try putting 50 kilos of rice in a 5 kilo sack rule does not apply.

They are going to the SM mall over in San Fernando, why? Because the two new malls here in Olongapo for reasons not explained are not as good. Because the Payless shoes there is far better than the Payless store here! Hell everybody knows that.

SM Mall Olongapo City

SM Mall Olongapo City

Whatever the reason really is, here is what I know, they were all extremely happy, the same amount of money was spent, a great lunch was had, and they all returned both safe and happy. Only an old fool would open his mouth and interfere with that. That night they went until 1: AM wrapping presents and putting them under the tree.

Exxon's bad day. Don't drive drunk!

Exxon’s bad day. Don’t drive drunk!

Now my shopping, Mayang picked up her brand new Samsung Smart Phone while at the Mall (Gift from me) I got the make, model and style 100% correct as I told her to put it on her Visa and I’d pay it off in the morning online. This is how my other shopping will go on 17 December. at the mall, Paul will go to each store get in and out in the shortest time possible having asked each one of my family what they wanted (Why try and guess when they already know.) My Granddaughter figured this out about me years ago so she has pictures, the name of the store and color options all written down for Lolo Daddy Paul knowing that will insure a perfect Christmas morning. Next I transit to the booth that wraps presents for cash, and also has someone to carry it all to my car. Last year when cocktails were still available to me I would have Mrs. Thompson drive me to a watering hole where I’d wait until she came to get me. I will never move a car if I’ve had any adult beverages. Because even old retired Merchant Marines know that one DUI anywhere on earth and you never sail again (Exxon Valdez is the reason for that)

What all this is Proving to me once more, that Christmas shopping is only as stressful as you allow it to be. With me it is always chill.

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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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5 years ago

Hi Paul

Why would a woman take the easy option when there is a more difficult one?

As for the shopping, mine was completed in 15 minutes. No one is getting presents this year except my daughter and my grandson due to cost cuts in the household! Sounds mean but I have to be practical.



5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson


I hope my comment didn’t cause offence. The quip I made is a standing joke in my family and was not intended to cause offence in any way.

Perhaps one more cup of coffee before I write anything in future.


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