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While my friend, here in the Olongapo City area, was taking a prescribed medicine, he was informed by his Doctor that for the next thirty days he had to be “Cocktail Free”, a time out from consuming those wonderful beers and rum and cokes? Shock, was the only way to describe my reaction to that very sad news. So in simpatico I decided to join him in this month long cocktail fast!

We still got together for lunch and things, but it was Ice Tea’s instead of the normal libations. Two weeks into this self imposed fast I came to the conclusion that, this was not one of my better ideas. What was I thinking? My liver functions were good, I only shook a little in the morning, and I went to AA meeting’s and refused to tell them my name, remaining true to the program.  I had traded in a perfectly good car for one with an automatic transaxle (front wheel drive) so my wife could drive me home after Cocktails. This fast was defeating the reason for the new car. (See how my mind works?) With two weeks left on this dumb idea I broke the cocktail fast.

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When a plan is bad, it’s just plain bad, so that day I had a rum and coke, and found it was a good thing I broke the fast, and was glad I did because,  after just that one cocktail, all was right with the world again!

If my liver does act up I’ll rip it out and hit spin cycle on my Maytag washer. Being retired and gainfully unemployed, I’ve earned the right to consume when desired. This is one of the reasons I inhabit these 7,000 plus Islands, I can think of one other, and they have brown eyes.

Those back in the good old U.S. of A. please don’t get the impression that we drink every day, for that is not true. Just the days we want to. Now I do tend to imbibe on days when I listen to Country Music. The trouble is I have 500 plus Country Albums on my computer (even more Rock & Roll). I download 100 albums to a flash drive (USB) plug it in to my Stereo hit random and can play Country Music for four days straight.

Then I remembered that relating our experiences to friends after interacting with our hosts can be fun. Unusual things happen here, bazaar even, even while just staying at home. As a dear departed friend Charlie always said; “We choose to live here! If you don’t like it, the airports in Manila, need a ride?”

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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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Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hi Brian;
I will take your words to heart. It will never happen again, I swear!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Paul;
For years it said “DRINK MORE SMB” under every bottle cap, I thought it was a lawful order! I said “Aye Aye sir” and opened the next one.

mike
mike
11 years ago

I couldn’t handle not drinking san miguel and tanduay if i was in P.I, mix in some chichiarones and thats all i need and maybe some shade and a fan also and i am good to go!!!!!!!!

John in Austria
11 years ago

Hello Paul, Glad to see you have found retirement enjoyable as I have. Wish I was sitting under that Mango tree with you right now. Days here in Austria are getting a bit cool, but the beer is still good, albeit a bit more expensive than down there! I’ll be back! 🙂

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Paul – Nothing adds sparkle and life to Merienda like San Magoo!
Well, maybe two San Magoos. Or, three. Or . . . .

brian
brian
11 years ago

WHAT THE HELL WHERE YOU THINKING PAUL???? FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GO DRY !!!!

Toting
Toting
11 years ago

Hi Paul,

LMAO!! Short article but very funny!! I guess its Brian who is the one that is not supposed to drink, judging from his comment. Correct me if I am wrong.

I like the term SAN MAGOO and you are well acquinted with tanduay now!! Try Lambanog next time.

Toting

Gattone
Gattone
11 years ago

If i remember it correctly, in my despedida party in Manila we “filtered” some 150 liters of beer (San Miguel, San Mig Light and Red Horse).
There was a special patrol of friends (or cousins of friends?) buying all the cold bottles from each and every sari-sari store in the barangay.
Wow, Pinoy surely can drink a glass or two…
Cheers, Paul!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hello Toting;
Re-read Brian’s comment again, I feel he’s quick to have a San Magoo.
I first had a San Miguel Beer in Spain around 1965, pure dish water. So when I got here a few years later I did not want to drink it again. I was so wrong about that, because the Philippines unlike Spain knows how to brew good beer! I tried the Lambanog just once, I just don’t remember doing it. Thanks for you comments!

Peter
11 years ago

God Bless You, Paul, you’ve brought up a subject near to my heart. It has been a few years since our last trip to the Philippines, but I’ve read that San Miguel has changed the recipe for the Pale Pilsen. Is it still just as good? A friend who spends summers doing research in Manila and the rest of the year teaching in Georgia mailed me a new San Miguel, the All Malt – apparently a Philippine beer that follows the old reinheitsgebot. The price sticker on the can of All Malt was 46.50 pesos. Is the Pale Pilsen still… Read more »

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