It was a warm Wednesday morning last week, I was basking in the glory of accomplishing so much the week before (Paul’s Very Taxing Week) that I thought I could try to relive those heady times and do some more things this week’
I took two pair of glasses and was going to the Vision Center at the mall and upgrade my spectacles. Both my regular and my reading glasses were out of date and I needed a refraction to update my prescription.
(BAD JOKE TIME) A man fell into a glass grinding machine and made a spectacle of himself. Permission to groan has been granted.
On the way down the hill to town I noted my air con was not blowing very cold air, so since Mayang had driven the New Ole Honda the last few times she might be able to shed some light on the situation. No she just nodded and agreed, so I took it a step further and asked if it was like this the last time she drove the car? It was, she agreed and instead of delving further into it I returned her nod and said; “Oh”
Modifications one and first change to my plan. I’ll stop by Marks AirCon shop and have him fix the problem. So instead of driving to the Barrio I’ll ride the blue Jeepney there, as I needed to mail this “Where in the hell do you live?” paper that the Social Security Administration sends me every few months. This particular time I had three of their forms stuffed into one envelope (Saving Postage) and trying to annoy them. It wasn’t a wasted trip because I had a nice French toast breakfast at Sit-N’-Bulls that is sure to cheer me up.
Mark called the car was not ready yet, but he relayed technical information to me on what was required to fix it. So, I made interested grunts into the phone thinking, “Call me when it’s done.”
Jeepney ride back to the Subic Freeport gate and a five minute walk to the mall.
On the way we hear our named being called from a passing car and it was our darling daughter YoHanna May, requesting Mayang (Her Mother) call her. (Always better if we pay for the call.) Why we are in a Jeepney, where are we going, is lunch involved? We explained the reasons, plus we were almost at the Freeport no food was involved so off she went.
Buying glasses in the Philippines is truly an enlightening experience. The Optometrist puts me behind a strange machine and I look at a dirt road and a colorful balloon floating above it. I have no idea why but the Lady Doctor seemed to be satisfied with the results’ next I’m moved into an exam room to look through the giant glasses at the big letter E and a bunch of blurry stuff below it. Can you read the bottom line? Sweetheart if I could, do you think I’d even be here today?
Testing done on my regular vision glasses, many changes in my vision, it seems I’m almost blind in one eye and I don’t see that well with the other and don’t really care with either. Which is fairly normal for me and no shock to at all? I’ve been wearing glasses since I was two years old.
I was told that it would be PNP 18,578.00 for a pair of super dupper frames and lenses, so while still smiling I said; “You didn’t listen to me when I came in I just want basic single vision glasses to wear around the house, as I already own two $800.00 sets of the Super Dupper glasses that I wear when I go out” Yes I received the shrug but without the accompanying head scratch.
The Revised price of the glasses was PNP 4,800.00.
The reading glasses were such a slight change she told me to keep my pair until I broke them. Phone call from Mark, the car is blowing cold air once more.
On the way out I pass by Handy City Hardware and ended up buying a new Power Washer for the house, plus hoses’ and fittings to make it hook up to the faucet with no extra effort from me. I will always take a pass on anything requiring extra effort.
Can you guess what I’ll be writing about next week?
After paying for my purchase it dawned on me that my car was far, far away, and the stuff I’d bought, I’d have to hump through town on a Jeepney. No No that will not happen, there must be a better way! A young employee intervenes and suggested that we leave my stuff there and go get my car, and when I returned he’d load it in to the car for me. I’m tipping this Youngman!
The New Ole’ Honda was waiting and was very cool inside, I paid a modest price for the repair and now Mayang and I while both smiling we tipped the guys that did the work and drove in cool comfort back to the mall.
The young man who waited on me at Handy City Hardware, loaded out treasures into the trunk of the Honda, and polity refused the PNP 100.00 tip I tried to give him. Hmmm were we on CCTV? So I explained I found the money on the ground, and would he please turn it in to the Lost & Found section of the mall for me. A wink and a nod later we were off on our way to Casa Mayang on a mountain top in Bataan.
I know I never write about important geopolitical topics or step by step instructions on how to do things, I prefer to write about the mundane day to day things that are unique to living here in the Philippines, true they could happen in Podunk or any other town on earth, but never with the same results or the humor that that occurs here and only here. Keep smiling or head to the airport, as this is where we live (Or will soon), and it doesn’t get any better than living with the tropical sun and gracious hosts who have welcomed us to their country..