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There are times when I reflect back to my Catholic School training and Catechism Class, Sister Mary Parvel told up about this guy in the Bible named “Job” and the crap that befell him, and yet he never wavered as he stuck to the plan and all ended up well. Or as well as it got back then.

Hey it was 60 years ago when she told me that, so I’m paraphrasing her story.

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But over the few years I’ve been writing for LiP I feel that the story of “Job” was a parallel to mine here in the Philippines. They are constantly trying to sway my faith, testing me, or if Bob would let me say it; “They are ______ (Messing) with me.”Next question we could ask is, who the hell are “THEY” is it one person or collectively a hidden cabal that is out to get me? Remember even paranoids can have real enemies (Could the NSA be the one to be the one?)

What am I doing wrong, have I offended a hoard of Dewende’s, some minor Demigods, or whomever? I am ready to dash up to the roof patio to stand in the thunder and lightning rain and hold my hands on high and shout; “Al Gore: Why hast thou forsaken me?”

As your hand moves slowly up to your head for a major, major power head scratch, wondering if Paul has well and truly lost it this time.

My accursed Globe Dongle, that on again off again scourge or bane of my otherwise idealistic Philippine life. Throw the typhoons at me, I’ll smile and just shake my fist. Plague me with money requests from my wife’s relatives, but that’s like water off a ducks backside. I can handle it. I’ve been tested, and I can only hope I’ve been proved worthy over the last 20 years.

It’s 5AM; do you know where your internet is? For over two weeks the internet connections just shuts down at 5 am Not 4:59 or 5:01 5Am on the dot, set your Rolex or Timex by it, it is going to happen just as sure as my wife will ask me; “Do you want a cup of coffee, Honey ko?” A question to which I’ve never responded in the negative, it’s is going to happen as sure as I’ll have a beer this afternoon.

I have normally awoke early for most of my life, shipboard life will train you to do that, what could be better than a cup of coffee on main deck watching the sun come up in whatever sea or ocean you are on that day.

Besides my father told me when I was younger that is just something old people do. They get up early.

4AM on Facebook, and my Canadian Friend will ask why I’m up so early, forgetting that he also lives in the same time zone in the Philippines as I do. I’m sorry John I had to mention that (LOL).

But it is the right time to chat with my friends and family in the Boston area of space ship earth. I’m not going to ask Globe for a solution as the Navy taught me to never attempt to urinate up a ship’s mooring line. I already know that Sun and Smart both have a weaker signal in my neck of the woods. There is no cure or solution. But sometimes I just want to rant or vent. And I know LiP readers are tough and can handle it, or ignore it more than likely. Whereas my grandson would just give me an odd look, my wife would walk away asking if I wanted another cup of coffee, and my daughter would have her feelings hurt. (She’s sensitive that way)

I carried the offending dongle to the Globe Office in town, it was poked and prodded and deems a fully functioning dongle. I accepted that, and watched them blanch when I asked for a key to their office since it seems that is the only place that it works. I didn’t get the key. But I have one more plan. I will transfer what I need from my main computer to my android every morning then walk to the end of the road and flag down a Victory Liner with free Wi-Fi, ride it until I’ve sent and received what I needed to and get off and then catch the next one coming home. One of the many things about the Philippines that I love is that if you think about it for a minute or two, there is always another option.

Wow I do feel better now, thank you all for your help. See ya next week (Maybe) and forgive me my trespasses… as I forgive Globe, who hast trespassed against me.

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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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MindanaoBob
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Hi Paul – Why not try the Smart LTE like what I have. It is really great, and I am sure that there must be LTE available in your area.

MindanaoBob
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I see, Paul! Sorry to hear that!

Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Great article! Yeah Bob! I love my signal. Thanks for all your help!

Bill

Hey Joe
8 years ago

I must say Paul, that it is about the same on the southern end of the Philippine Islands. I use mart but only during the hours from 2 am til 8 am. The remainder of the day it just don’t work even though there is plenty of signal. Like you, the shipboard life has made me an early riser and before I do anything else , I put on a pot of coffee. I Like mine Brewed, Black and sweet so everyone else in the house drinks the local San Mig 3 in 1 instant coffee. The coffee will hold… Read more »

Brenton Butler
Brenton Butler
8 years ago

Hi Paul – Have you seen the movie Bruce Almighty. Better words according to Bruce might be “Smite me oh mighty smiter”

John Weeks
John Weeks
8 years ago
Bob New York
Bob New York
8 years ago
Reply to  John Weeks

Thanks for posting that John, it could be just what Paul needs. The only time I use a Dongle or a cell phone myself is when I vacation in The Philippines and where I go signals are not a problem. Your link is the first I have heard of cell phone repeaters for individual use and I am glad to now know about them for future reference. I have owned and operated VHF and UHF repeaters but this is the first I have heard about them for Cell Phones.

John Weeks
John Weeks
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

You can also buy LTE routers (as suggested by Bob’s article) that use a directional antenna IF you have LTE service relatively close to your location (but not strong enough to receive on your phone or dongle). This will allow you have your whole household on a wifi connection that shares the signal. Be sure though, to get an antenna array that’s compatible with your provider (Globe was 900/2100 Mhz for 3G and 1800 Mhz for LTE – if I recall correctly) I spend a lot of undue time stressing out over the unreliability of our cable internet provider in… Read more »

Tony
Tony
8 years ago

The Philippines has worked hard to earn the title of worst internet service in Asia, it’s easy to see they are striving to retain the title.

MindanaoBob
8 years ago
Reply to  Tony

I don’t know, Tony…. I would wager that I am getting faster internet than 75% of all Americans, and I live in the Philippines. And, I am paying less than $25 per month for it.

MindanaoBob
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Yes, I understand that. I was really replying to Tony, because he said that the entire country internet service is terrible. But, there are parts of the country that have great internet. Unfortunately, that is not where you live, which I understand, but that is not what I was commenting about. Sorry for any confusion.

Bob New York
Bob New York
8 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Looks like you have yourself a real bargain there Bob. I am paying $50 USD for broadband cable internet and my average speeds ate 10 to 15 down ( depending where I am bouncing the signal from and other internet conditions ) and about 5 Up. What I have is enough for me. I think I could get higher speeds if I pay more but for what I do it is satisfactory. I can tell if my internet is ” normal ” or not in the amount of time it takes for web pages to flip on sites I use… Read more »

Tony
Tony
8 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Actually Bob I was referring to this survey. You may however be right about the pricing.
http://wereblog.com/worst-internet-speed-in-southeast-asia

MindanaoBob
8 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Hi Tony – Yeah, I am familiar with that survey. Overall, the internet here is terrible. But, if a person wants good internet it is available, unless you are in an area where there is no coverage. One thing I recommend is that if Internet is important to you, choose where to live based on what type of Internet is available. It is important enough to me that I always do that when choosing a place to move to.

Paul
Paul
8 years ago

You know, Paul, it might just be a case of making bad choices. Next time a decision looms, make your choice and then do the opposite. Results can’t be any worse, Dwendes aside. 😆

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
8 years ago

Paul,
It took us over 2 weeks to get our internet back after the typhoon. Our friends in the same subdivision still don’t have there internet back yet. Customer Service at Smart has no clue what’s going on. Smart LTE is only in 1 Barangay here in Lipa. Globe advertises LTE in there store, but its not even in Lipa period and they have no idea when it will come. Why they advertise it, who knows. We just have to be happy with what we have.

Luke Tynan
8 years ago

Paul, that was great I even feel better now. LOL

Bob New York
Bob New York
8 years ago

Hi Paul, The part about you loosing your internet at exactly 5 AM may indicate it is not necessarily a problem of not enough signal. It could be that Globe or wherever you are getting your signal from such as the nearest cell phone tower, is changing to alternate equipment at that time every day. It could also be something that is happening between you and wherever you get your signal from at 5 AM. Something else could be generating a signal that interferes with your signal. How long does your outage last ? Try to think of what may… Read more »

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