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The Harbor Point Mall on Subic Freeport now has a New Pancake House, Mayang and I both like it as they cater to both the Filipino and American tastes in breakfast and the service is great. (This advertisement is over)
Well not for everybody is happy with it, in a nearly empty restaurant (It just opened) the man from Missouri and what I thought was his granddaughter sat at the next table. (No that comment was mean spirited) Mayang and I were chatting about something that happened over the weekend and we were laughing about it.
Mr. Missouri man, commented to us that it seemed we had been together quite a while and seemed very happy. I thanked him and explained that indeed we had, and yes we still joked and enjoyed each other’s company. He then informed me that he was visiting from Missouri, so I thanked him because the KC Royals had just spanked the NY Mets in the World Series. I explained that albeit I’m not a Royals fan, I liked any team that thumped any New York team any time. A Red Sox fan has no greater joy than the humiliation of all things New York.
Very pleasant conversation so far, but I noticed his lady was very shy and never looked up. He went on to tell me this was his first trip to the Philippines and he came to meet this Province Princess from a town so small out by Eba Zambales In fact a burg so small that they never named it. The people in that town knew that the road through town led to a place where you dropped off the edge of the world, because those that went down that road never returned.
Ah it clicked in my brain and I figured out “Mail Order Bride”. Or in today’s lexicon a “Internet Relationship” Not for one millisecond is PAUL besmirching or condemning that type of relationship, as I’ve seen it work so many times and have a few dear friends who met that way and are still together doing great.
But I’ll explain my reservations of seeing any great lasting outcome with this match. He liked absolutely nothing about what he’s experienced in the Philippines so far. I mean he even found fault with warm weather, how backwards the people were and the country. Can you see my jaw tighten?
And further did I know how long it took for him to fly here? (I guess no one put any bullets in his luggage) I sure do, I told him, because as was a former merchant seaman I had flew in and out of Manila 2 times a year for 15 years. Maybe he thought I was teleported here. But I did smile and explain that coming here by ship was really pleasant but really, really slow. He didn’t catch on!
Then he said the waiter was useless and his food was cold, now I did point out that he picked the seat directly under the Air/Con vent. Plus I knew the waiter from another restaurant, and found him to be pleasant and concerned about providing good service.
Mrs. Thompson has the ability to tell when I’m ready to shift into my nasty sarcastic mode. Her hand reached out to touch mine and gave me a knowing glance. My first thoughts were for the uniformed little lady sitting beside Mr. Ugly and what her life would be like on some small farm in Bugtussle Missouri with his most pleasant attitude.
But the Royals just did thrash the Mets in their hometown. So I quashed my shift into the “Popeye Factor Mode” (Where that’s all I can stands and I can’t stands no more) and reverted back to nice Paul.
But when he asked me why I lived here and not the states? I felt maybe I could get my point across. I explained that as a seaman I was on ships for 4-6 months and then on vacation for 2-3 months. And If I took my bride to a large and strange land (The US of A) and plopped her in a strange domicile by herself and went back out to sea and she had to fend on her own, the odds on our having a long lasting relationship diminished exponentially. Because I would not be there to guide her like the folks that lived and worked in the states instead of flying off to a ship
Some of these guys think that they can go back to spending all their time drinking beer with their buddies and pursuing their hobbies of hunting or fishing trips and that pretty Filipina wife at home will be there when they return. Well I’ve seen that go south quickly also.
So I told him that for Mayang and me, it was far better to leave her close to her family and all that she knew here in the Philippines and I’d adjust to her way of life which is easier for me to do, as I’ve lived all over the world anyway?
If my wife had told me she wanted to live in Podunk Samar (Where her family is Originally from) taking me away from what I was used to and the Kano style food in Olongapo, I believe I would wander away and have been back here in Olongapo within a few months.
But I have an odd feeling about Mr. Missouri man, as he collects cars (Yes he had all the pictures on his smart phone) and is a member of a few car clubs, plus having been a bachelor his entire life but at his age (Mid 50’s) he seemed pretty well set in his ways.
If he is looking for arm candy he might be disappointed, but if he takes the time to teach her about old Detroit Iron and include her in his hobbies, as I’ve seen before, those shy ladies blossom and fit right in. I sincerely hope I’m wrong in my judgment of this man and that the relationship works out well, as the countless ones we’ve all seen succeed here. But I’m reasonably sure he won’t be moving here. Only time will tell.