One of our LiP readers named Randy Landis and his wife Teri, contacted me through Face Book and requested we “Do Lunch” on Subic Freeport, since one of my greatest pleasures is meeting LiP readers (No, I’m not talking about those who are hearing impaired) we decided to meet at Texas Joe’s for lunch, a week ago last Saturday.
Randy is a fellow shipmate (retired Navy) and was in the area visiting his wife’s family and enjoying the many sights the Philippines has to offer. We had a lot in common and our special ladies did also, they were both from Samar and spoke Waray. Randy had a few relatives with him and they also seemed to enjoy the lunch. Hey! Everyone likes “BBQUED RIBS”. This was Teri’s Bataan side of her family, the rest live in Samar, where the Landis’ are building their retirement home.
We moved outside to the Patio area after eating and were enjoying some conversation and adult beverages. The ladies and the family took off to explore the beach and more shopping and left us two shipmates to discuses lofty subjects like the Brown Fox Bar in Olongapo back in olden times and other matters such as that. Since Randy was the smart one and brought his camera I stole some of his photos off face book to use here.
My thanks to the Landis family, as it was a pleasure to meet you all, and I had a great day, and hope to do it again.
On the way down to Subic I heard a noise from under the hood (Bonnet for our Brit friends) and noticed that my air/con was now blowing warm air, vice the refreshing cold air from a few moments ago. Ah the joy of owning my New Old Honda. Later while at lunch I noticed “No Batt” on my cella phone, no big deal as I was happy talking to the people who were there with me.
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Our enjoyable lunch was ending, but I now knew how I’d be spending the following Monday. It seems that the battery in the cella phone was fine, it was the phone it’s self that was the problem. Two valid reasons to go to town, car, plus broken cella phone!
We bid our goodbyes to Randy and Teri as they were flying out in a couple of days to the U.S. of A.
I began my Monday trip to town, first to Mark’s Air/Con service shop in Olongapo City. As I pull up to the shop with all my windows down, I asked Mark, if he could figure out why I was there? He smiled and replied; “Your power windows don’t work?” Okay, he got me and we started out with a smile. I explained that for a couple of years my system has had a slow leak and every six to seven months it would go empty and that I was destroying the Ozone Level and in violation of Al Gore’s Prime Directive.
He stated with a firm resolve that he would find and repair the problem once and for all. “Please wait Sir”, as it will take two to three hours to fix it. I told him that we were going to have breakfast and would come back when he called us. After breakfast it was time to repair my old but well loved Nokia cella phone. A couple of months ago it had to be repaired because of a software problem, this time it was a hardware problem, and might not be resurrected from its premature death.
While the Nokia was being operated on, I asked the salesman about what phones he had that were just a basic phone that I could call and text on, as I required it to do no more than that. He broke out every high priced phone he had, all loaded with every bell and whistle that he had. He failed to realize that I was not interested in any of those; “BASIC Na Lang” I said, was my dominant buying motive.
I remembered the Wil Fone (Cherry Mobile) that I heard about on my last trip there, and asked about those, the salesman lost interest and moved on to another customer. Was I upset? Nope; I just turned around moved two feet to the next booth and the saleslady, had the phone on the counter and was glad to explain it to me. She had overheard my request.
It was simple and easy to use, it did all I wanted it to do which was not much, and I purchased the Cherry Mobile (Wil Fone) Model D11 for the grand sum of P1, 200.00 (Approx $27.00) that was out the door, no sales tax or Vat. I moved my Sim card to it, and because all my contacts are stored on the Sim, I was good to go. My Nokia phone was given a semi-private room in the cella phone hospital, and we would find out the next day if the hardware operation was a success. But no matter if it lived or died, I was, someday soon going to have to replace it, and I already did.
Next I went back to Mark’s Air/Con, as he called and said the New Old Honda was well again. P 2,500.00 (Approx $58.00) and I was ready to go, Mark was explaining to me all that was done to fix the Air/Con, but truthfully the only thing I heard was that it was working and the car was cold inside.
I looked at my bride and said; “Our work here is done, we’ll check on the Nokia in the morning.
0900 the following morning, the bad news was not so gently given to me, “Sir, nothing can be done, the cella phone has breathed its last.” But they were willing to insure it would be recycled properly if I left it with them. Did I just fall off the turnip truck, was there a lollypop glued to my forehead or did I just look easy? I took my old friend, put it in my pocket and left. As Globe Phone Center really does have a recycling drop off box, and I’ll place it carefully there and pay my last respects to a phone that had served me long and well.
My simple Wil Fone (Cherry Mobile N11) was in my other pocket, fully charged and ready to go. Humans sure are fickle. Well, I had met new friends on Saturday, enjoyed a nice lunch with them, bought a new cella phone, and got my car repaired on Monday and its only Tuesday afternoon and I’m done for the week. I think I’ll enjoy an ice cold adult beverage in my man cave and ponder my life in the Philippines. I deem it; to be a good life!
Randy and Teri had a safe trip home as I learned from Face Book, and we look forward to their return.