Yes there is breaking NEWS about my New Old Honda that has been in the shop receiving bypass surgery at Doctor Kuya Greg’s shop for over a month.
It’s not even close to being done.
On the glass half full side, it’s cost me nothing so far, and I’ve not had to buy gas in over a month. Wait I did purchase some for a couple of brown outs when I used the very old HONDA generator.
But a new tradition has been born out of the car troubles, I’ve mentioned in the past some very funny experiences I’ve encountered when visiting movie houses here in the Philippines. The funniest one was about 15 years ago in Manila I took my family to see a Jacky Chan movie at the Ali Mall. It was my first Jacky Chan movie but the ladies seemed to know who the guy was. It started out badly at the concession stand where I was going to purchase popcorn for everyone. I could see the machine full of those golden popped colonels of corn, with that wonderful smell whiffing into our nostrils only to be told by the young girl that I could not have any, as they had no containers or bags to serve it in. Before you go off on a tangent onto how this could be, that they didn’t order bags first ask yourself; “Knowing this, why did they bother to pop the corn in the first place? Had it been me working under those same constraints I would have told everyone that the machine was down for repair. BTW I found that I liked Jacky Chan, and stores close by will sell me a plastic bag for popcorn.
Now for my general complaints, the theaters stunk, I mean the CR smelled better then at my seat., the place was as black as a coal mine with no power, my eyes has not yet adjusted to night vision mode as it was afternoon outside and I’d just been under the warm tropical Philippine sun, besides standing in front of the popcorn machine which was also brightly lighted, did I mention they had a ½ horsepower A/C stuck into one wall, that brought the temp way down to the low 90’s.
Now back then, cell phones were just catching on, and the people that had one, wanted everyone else to know, that they had it, so they were on them through the entire movie. Oh besides the play by play critique of the movie to their friends, I also learned that Doo-dong was dating Smiley Apple Pie (That was the girls name; call her parents if you don’t believe me.) Well those first few visits put me off going to the movies for many years, I’d buy the movie at the market and still got the experience of people talking and not staying in their seats, but there was enough light at my house to find my way to the head, and I had containers for my pop corn.
Time marches on, then in 2012 and the girls drag me kicking and screaming to the new SM Mall in Olongapo, to a movie and Pizza Hut after. Mmmm Pizza.
I deemed it a pleasant experience, well lit, clean and fresh, comfortable seating, but most importantly bags for the popcorn. There was a change in the customers around me, who were quite except when laughing at the funny parts of the movie. Also they had an usher (Not the Rap guy) to quell unauthorized cell phone usage. I wish he had been at the church with me last week at the wedding. So all in all, I’ll go to movies again.
As a matter of fact, Mayang and I are going to the Harbor Point Mall today (May 30th) to have lunch and catch a matinee at 15; 05 she wanted to see Star Trek #45 (Kirk is reborn as a Klingon or something like that)
This day is just about her and me, a little alone time. But I know I’ll be pulled through the mall to look and touch the many items for sale that will be on display. Hey, it’s her day, no beer for me and I’m good with that!
How do you find out what movies are showing? What time are they showing? This is where the interweb thingy comes into play; they now have a theater web site that gives you all this pertinent information right from the comfort of your home via your Puter. And I’m still impressed by sliced bread!
Now for how it really happened, we took a mini-bus to the big PO then went (by foot power) to the Ayala Harbor Point mall. Decided we would have lunch at the California Café, our first time there. I ordered an Ice Tea, yes just a simple Ice Tea, but no I received a fancy-dancy Lychee stuff with honey Iced Tea, by all that’s right and just no one should have to drink that. I switched it for a coke as the coke was sealed in a can and they couldn’t mess that up.
Be afraid, Paul; be very afraid as I had ordered a Cheese steak sandwich with mushrooms and Mozzarella, then I thought about the Ice Tea hoping they knew more about sandwiches , but was very presently surprised as it was beyond good. Mayang had the seafood pasta that she absolutely loved. I’ll go there again, but I’ll pass on the ice tea.
Next we go to purchase the tickets to see Star Trek number 32 (Kirk collects social security) I order the ticket and the nice lady informs me that it was not on the menu, silly me for going to their web site how could I have made such a dumb mistake as that?.The menu listed the new Obama movie Fast and Furious #6, Epic (A cartoon), The Hangover part III (Hell I’ve lived that so I didn’t need to see it), or Now You See Me these were the movies for that day…
Well do I go angry Kano, or do I pick another movie? “Now You See Me” has Morgan Freeman staring in it and…Wait, Morgan Freeman? Has that man ever been in a bad movie? I think not. So that’s the one we saw. (I liked it, but then that just me)
Into every life some humour must fall, Remember I fed my wife downstairs at the California Café? The credits are rolling and she’s asleep, when it’s nap time, don’t fight it, just take the nap. Oh and we took a taxi home as it was getting late (Read Paul was tired now)
The next day I downloaded Iron Man III and put it on a USB, then gave it to Mayang and foolishly said; “Watch this for a really great nap!” Don’t send flowers I’ll be home soon.
So someday in a future far, far away, my New Old Honda will be “On the Road Again” but by then we’ll have a colony on Mars, and after the Constitutional change Obama will be on his fourth term. Haiti will be sending aid to the people in the United States, and I’ll be so old I’ll have to hire a driver. But I’ll still be on a mountain in Bataan, quaffing a cold SMB and wondering if I really do deserve this great life I’ve got, all the while still owning the New Old Honda.
Golly Sir Bob this is another long winded article, what about that day off? (lol)
[Note from Bob: Paul, you already get 6 days per week off… you only have one article out of 7 days! Now get to work!!!]