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My Daughter YoHanna May and her husband Chris are one day apart for their May 2nd and 3rd Birthday. After Sunday Breakfast I took them to the Mall and let them both pick out a nice watch. Then back to our house and a party commenced, the whole family was there and a good time was had by all. (I bailed at 22:30 and took a well earned rest)

I had promised my grandson a trip to Ocean Adventure to see the whales and Dolphins (No one knew what a porpoise was.) and then I had the “GREAT”” idea to make it a family happening, and throw in a resort and swimming before the theme park. Planning ahead we would go to the resort on Sunday and Ocean Adventure on Monday.

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You might be thinking that is an odd choice of days, but Sunday afternoon the hoards from Manila migrate back home and peace returns to our little corner of the world. Oh and the room rates are cheaper too. (Like that had anything to do with my decision)

The resort is on Subic Freeport called the CasaBlanca we will check in and swim all afternoon and into the evening, great restaurants at the resort and close by, is Vasco’s or Magellan’s Pub is a two minute walk away, and they have great chow.

So a good time will be had by the family.

But as this was a “Family” deal so Paul put’s his beer and cocktail consuming are on hold for the duration of the trip, nothing but Ice Tea for me. Well then we check in to the resort and head for the pool. Hot day cool water. The night swimming I passed on as night sleeping appealed more to me.

Let me explain my logic, I promised the kids we would spend the day at Ocean Adventure, My granddaughter is still on school vacation, my grandson is, well he’s two years old and calendars mean nothing to him. Plus I’m retired and all my days are a day off. So with the absences of tourists Monday at the Park will go smoother without the crowd. There were a lot of visitors there with tour bus after tour bus lining up to discharge the merrymakers. But it was not overcrowded

Quick funny story, I stopped to buy a bottle of water, when a large group of folks from India came by and stopped. One guy asked if he could take a picture with me, I said only if you also use my camera too and take one for me. I never found out why, until; later at the Sea Lion arena, where my new “Photo Buddy” explained it was because of my large mustachio, which 99% of all Indian men wear, and a few women also. We bumped into each other around the park and had some good laughs together. As I say, there are no strangers in my life, just people I’ve not met yet!

Why was he wearing that jacket, (See Photo) was it that cold and I didn’t notice?

Now to the complaints about the park, there were none! It is well maintained, clean as a pin, plenty to see and do, plus helpful employees about every 20 feet. All shows are announced in English, and if you start at 10:00 (AM) the shows flow to where by 14:00 (PM) you have seen them all. Very well planned and set up.

PNP 500.00 per adults and PNP 450.00 for children and children fewer than 30 inches short are free. As My grandson was removed from his perambulator and measured, and found to be 31 inches high. Snacks’ and souvenirs were reasonably priced and they didn’t gouge you when they’ve got you trapped inside, like they do at Disney Parks and 7-11’s

So all the May Birthdays are over and we did enjoy them all very much, there is so much to do and see here on our Islands if we stop grousing and get out there, and the best part is that so much of it is absolutely free, for the most part.

But you will be buying the family food three or four times a day.

But Paul, where is the normal mishap and the adventure that makes your life fun. Oh ye of little faith

So there I was driving back from Ocean Adventure late Monday afternoon. I was behind some guy that for some reason could not get his car over 30 KPH At a stop sign I shot out and passed him with a base police sitting right there (Of course I didn’t see him)

Sir you have 2 violations, not stopping at the sign and illegal overtaking. Yes sir I did that, but only because he was driving in front of me for 20 Clicks counting every monkey in the rain forest.

May I see your driver’s license; I forgot to bring it with me (Liar, liar pants on fire). Mr. Thompson that is now 3 violations, Do you have any ID with you? I did and of course it was expired.

I put out my hands and said Sir, with a smile; please cuff me now before I have anymore violations.

When he started laughing I knew it was over, and he warned me to not to ever do that again, and to have a nice day. Being polite never fails (Most of the time.)

Then Mayang started, saying I was speeding, wrong honey, stuck behind a slow car prevented my speeding, please chew my ass about the proper infraction. Mahal,BTW; “Did I get a ticket?”

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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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James Speight
James Speight
7 years ago

Wow Paul you got out of those infractions with out even making a “Donation” that is pretty good. Sounds like a great Holiday.

Bill
7 years ago

Paul,

I’ve been reading your articles (stories) and truly enjoy them. Thanks for providing me a good laugh! I’m glad everything worked-out in your favor!

I hope you ran out and immediately bought a lottery ticket or do they have those over there? haha

Happy Travels!

Bill

Bill Asberry
7 years ago

Bob – so far this is the chuckle of my day! Other than trying to wake you up! haha

Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul,

I haven’t arrive there YET! That day is nearing quickly! I hope I come fully loaded with laughter! haha

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul, I can picture you in that very Filipino pose of sitting on your haunches in front of the sari sari store by the side of the dusty road at day’s end, shooting the breeze with Pinoys who are likewise seated on their haunches in sando and tsinelas, some stroking the feathers of a favorite fighting rooster. This is but a microcosm of the sweet life there that I will be experiencing soon.

Bob Martin
7 years ago

Ha ha… Paul’s articles seem to do that to people, Bill.

Bill Asberry
7 years ago

Yeah, he’s pretty colorful! 🙂 I got a good laugh over it.

John Reyes
7 years ago

Paul, I think most people know that just being polite and friendly to the police officer during a traffic stop could mean the difference between getting a ticket and getting just a warning, unless elither the motorist committed an egregious violation, or, is being combative. I get pulled over, oh, maybe once every 3 years, the last one occuring coincidentally just the other night as I was returning home to Delaware from northern Virginia. I saw the state trooper parked on the side of the road a distance away, and I immediately slammed on the brakes to slow down but… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

You’re right, Paul, hiding behind the “nepotism” card is shameful, but only IF you abuse the privelege. In my case, though, note that I said I get stopped once every three years or so. Once in 3 years. I think that that is not only an excellent driving record, but it also shows that I am not in the habit of breaking traffic laws with the smug confidence that I would get away with it just by showing Officer Laurie Reyes’ business card to the police officer. Here is the police officer who kept me from getting a speeding ticket… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Thanks, Paul. I will tell Laurie what you said.

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Hi John,

God bless Officer Reyes for what she is doing for people with Autism!

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Thanks, Jay. I will tell Laurie what you said.

papaduck
papaduck
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John,
I watched that race the Monday after it. Laurie should be commended for her involvement with Autism.

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  papaduck

Thanks, Randy. I’ll pass your comment along to Laurie. You want to see something funny? At 5:12 of the same video above, while Joe Gibbs was taking questions, a kid in the audience asked, “When is the next time the Redskins are going to the Super Bowl?” LOL That kid was Ty – Laurie’s and Tarik’s youngest son. Tarik is, of course, my eldest son, the one taking the video.

Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

That is funny! Yup! Sometimes it’s best friends don’t try to help! haha

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Hi Paul,

I enjoyed your article and pictures. For some reason your article reminded me of the Monty Python movie “Life of Brian” where they were singing, “Always look on the bright side of life!” while being crucified.

Take care!

Jay

James Monson
7 years ago

My Birthday as well. Birthdays are or can be a lot of fun here in the PI. From what I remember…I enjoyed mine…

Paul Thompson
7 years ago

So there I was answering these comments on LiP when I realized…

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