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Stuff just lasts a long time at “Casa Mayang” (My wife’s nickname) in 1998 we went to Ocampo’s Dept. Store in beautiful Downtown Olongapo here in Zambales Province, on the Island of Luzon. By the way, as it happens worldwide, with the advent of two new malls it was the death null for this very old store.
My wife had never seen any freezer other than the ones she saw in the Super Market placed on the fringe of the Public Wet Market. Mahal, she asked: “Why do we need that, are we going to sell Ice Candy and Halo (ICE tubes)? I answered: “My Sweet, it is so we don’t have to go to the store every day to shop.”
It was a new concept to her and I explained that if you see something frozen you like, you should stock up or it will be NIS (Not in Stock) the following week, and you might never see that item again. So we bought it a spanking new General Electric Freezer. And have used it every day since that then. (Yes I recommend you own a generator to go along with a freezer.)
But a major mistake was made, that only I am 100% responsible for. You see the year was “1998” not 1972, that it would be FROST FREE was just assumed by me, so I never asked, who would have thunk that they still made that old fashion type. (Do you see my error? Never ASSUME or it will make an ASS of U and ME.)
So then every two months for the next sixteen years, coolers are filled with meat and frozen food (We have quite a few) buckets and fans are broken out and the defrosting begins. The surprising part about it is my wife never got angry with me. Because she had no idea was frost free was, and I damn sure didn’t bring it up. But she did notice the ref freezer didn’t frost up, again “I know nothing!”
Now in 2018, we are still defrosting.
Please note that both our refrigerators over the years were frost free, even the beer ref. defrosts itself. So why does our freezer not defrost Mrs. Thompson asked? I have no answer except to mention that the door of the freezer now needs a new gasket and frosts up twice as often. And because of its advanced age, it is not or ever was energy efficient, whereas the new models are. Mayang do you think we should replace it?
So it has decided with the absolute approval of the ladies who do the defrosting (Better known as the Adobo twins) to seek out and purchase a replacement frost free unit.
The old machine, I was informed will pass to her eldest brother Juhn for his Sari-Sari store, Ahh. recycling is such a good thing and will help stop Global Raining within our purok.
The shopping trip began early one morning in August but first, we had breakfast at the 1925 Gastro Pub (Now open early) This fairly new place is across the street from the Spanish Gate, and they are very accommodating there; the Filipino breakfast has all that my wife and her sister desire. The British breakfast comes with items that I don’t want like beans, but it appeals to our British friends, just not me. And the American breakfast comes with poached eggs? In my life, I’ve never even seen poached eggs on a menu that should let you know the classy joints I hang around at.
So I said Miss, may I have 2 eggs over easy, well-done bacon and toast and butter. (Note all these items were on the menu, but not listed together) She smiled a bright smile and said; “Of course you may, sir.” I scratched my head in surprise and returned her smile, and said; “I’ll be back here often!” (I have)
After breakfast, we went to Saver’s Mart on the Freeport which has an excellent appliance section. These are my requirements to them if they want to sell me their product. It must be an upright freezer. It must be FROST FREE or self-defrosting whichever is this week’s politically correct term. And a third condition: Instead of me transferring in the money needed to pay for it I will use my Visa Platinum Card. But I will not pay the extra 6% often required on international cards.
All requirements were met, and a funny one presented to me. Sir, if you use a credit card you may not avail of our in-store 10% cash discount. Would that be because I’m not using cash? Yes, sir! Thank you, I think I understand.
Sir we will have to order it as we don’t stock it here and it will arrive within three weeks from Manila.
Let me explain what I have learned in over a quieter century of living here on these enchanted islands. I was told three weeks, as it will please me if it only takes one or two weeks. I know that ploy and accept it as part of life here. BTW it arrived the following week.
I was asked that day for a deposit on the item and handed them my credit card. Sir, we can’t use a card for deposit the company requires cash. With a grin, I pointed out that negates my reason for using the credit card, and now we are at an impasse. Never let your temper overrule your thought process or you will just frustrate yourself and do without a new freezer. A toaster you will find in many other stores, but an upright freezer, you will not (Except in that perfect place in the Philippines where unicorns frolic on the town plaza)
The manager looked at me and said: Sir we will call you and you can come to the store and pay with your card. This young man violated company policy for my benefit, and only a sad human being would fail to cover his part of our contract. One week later he called, one hour later I arrived and the following day it was delivered. All because a young man bucked the system he knew was flawed. Three O’clock (1500 hours) the truck arrived, offloaded and set up the new unit, neighbors arrived to gawk and discuss something new in the purok.
Mayang had to wait until the following day prior to turning it on to allow the gas to settle. By Six O’clock AM (0600 hours it was on, and all items transferred to the new unit. When I came down for coffee all was set up, the old unit removed and now located at her brothers Sari-sari.
I nodded, and enjoyed the coffee and thought, “That’s just how it’s supposed to be, isn’t it?
After moving all items to the new freezer it was found it is much larger than the old one. Time to go shopping and stock up.