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January of the New Year in the Philippines the list of things to do, stretch’s in front of you like a trip around the world, but I’m not going anywhere. How bad can it be if you just accomplish one or two things a day? Why does it always sound simple when you write it down? Do I forget where I live, and how things work? Last July I applied for a new driver’s license, which was simple, quick and easy! But I’m still waiting for my license but I have a receipt to prove I’m legal.
First on the list is to renew my tags on the car because my tag ends in the number one so January it is, please don’t ask if the tag ends in, Nov, or Dec because that has never happened to me I was curious so I went and checked the computer.
1 – January, 2 – February, 3 – March, 4 – April, 5 – May 6 – June, 7 – July,, 8 – August, 9 – September, 0 – October This is taken from the LTO WEB Site and they also have nothing for November or December. I’m stumped!
The renewal should be three simple steps…smog test the car, (If that Jeepney in front just passed I’m golden.) pay for the Philippine Auto Insurance, not to be confused with real auto insurance, then enter the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to pay the fees receive the new stickers and motor on down the road. Not this time, because after 30 years this was not so simple anymore. Remember my years of driving new old cars? Then I foolishly bought a brandy spanking new car in 2014, and the registration is for three years vice the normal one year. I should have seen the danger lurking over my head. Normally I would have prepared for it, but this time I was caught flat footed with my shorts around my ankles. I’ll blame it on my medical “Troubles “from last year.
LTO’s main man Boo-Boy who is Mayang’s HS batch mate has been assisting us since our first car in 1998. He informed us we had the wrong tag on our car, the tag we had (For three years) we were informed by our friend belonged to a Futon in Cebu. My-my now that is a pickle, do I have to go to Cebu or does he have to come to Luzon, or like two ships passing in the night do we both go to each other? I lift my hand up and said;” Whoa Nellie the dealership for Mitsubishi must somehow be involved! Paul got stubborn, take me to Car World!!! On the way I noticed a notation on the paperwork written by Boo-Boy when he entered my tag in the computer he wrote ABB-##51, I smiled because my tag number was AAB-##51, when at Car World I pointed out the error but because of my Kano-ness my I was ignored. Ahh fresh coffee, I might as well have a cup! I went outside took a picture of my tag, put it on top of the paperworks with the wrong tag number, did not say a word and pointed from one to the other. The pretty secretary, followed my pointy finger, smiled, then nodded to me and the problem was solved. (Almost) I sent the picture to Boo-Boy, and he replied asking us to bring the car back in the morning so he could check it. Of course we can. I’m thirty years older and so is he, assume mistakes will happen. If only the guy in CEBU knew the crap storm this old Kano had just saved him. The next morning at the LTO, I made it seem that Boo-Boy was the reason the problem got solved, 30 years of friendship, it was the right thing to do to save face for him. We’ll take him to lunch soon… We that live here know why, those moving here soon will, write this lesson down and make your life easy in the future.
So my friends, I still have a long list to take care of, so there will be a Part two of Volume 1 Change 2 mod 5, it’s where I want to live and it’s worth it.
Next week Part two…