In 1999 when we moved into the house upon the mountain we did have electricity, but no land line for telephones, no city water and no cable TV. So answers were needed. Cell phones were one solution, sinking a 300 foot well solved the water problem. And the TV was an antenna on a 40 bamboo pole. That to me was no answer at all, a few days later while riding down the Zig Zag to Olongapo City I saw a house with a new shiny Satellite Dish attached to the roof. I turned my owner jeep around and went back and asked the home owner where they got that. They explained it was a new company in the Philippines and the man kindly gave me the business address.
We went straight there and met Anna, the local representative for Dream Satellite TV, She explained it all to me and the following day she and her minion were at my house hooking everything up. There were only 50 channels but that was better than the two we received by the bamboo pole system. Another problem solved. Next were brownouts that occurred for what seemed like no particular reason. The Honda Generator fixed that. Since I was still working as a Merchant Seaman, I found that all problems could be solved if you just threw enough money at it. Now that I’m retired I have become more inventive in my solutions.
Time went on when a year later Anna called and said for just a few dollars extra they were running a promo and I could avail of a second Dream System for a song. They came the next day. Now it came with an extra dish, but the hook-it up guy said I should just store the extra dish as a splitter could be used to send the signal to both converter boxes upstairs and down. A good plan, until eight years later Anna called again to inform us that Dream Company was swapping out all their converter boxes for a new ones. Mayang and Anna saw each other all the time and had become buddies but she was not involved in the switching deal. But she did warned us that shady contractors were involved
The swap out was being done out of “HQ” Manila so one day a Dream Company stranger came to the gate and had the two new boxes. All went well until he needed to go to the roof and adjust the old dish. Shock rained down on my house, how could I possibly be using two boxes with only one dish? I gave him the Pinoy shoulder shrug He would have to report me and discontinue our service. But he could sell me a new dish and install it now. Ah you little shit from Manila, you be trying to scam the Kano. In flash I left and returned with that extra dish I’d been storing for low those many years. I smiled and said go ahead and install it. Now he scratched his head and tried to back out, reverse gears, extricate himself from the extra work he now had to do for “FREE”
I was just angry enough to make him remove the splitter, and climb up on the roof in the hot sun and install the extra dish. And he did because I explained that I surely didn’t want my service disconnected. Boy that made me feel good. (There is a dash of evil flowing through my bones.)
Now for the famous 16 July typhoon I wrote about a few weeks ago, one dish ran away from home, flew the coop never to work again. Anna and our Satellite TV “Guy” arrived to fix the system on Sunday 20 July. He started laughing and asked how long I’d lived here, after he saw the repair job I did on the remaining dish, the clear plastic cap had broken off, so I cut a plastic sandwich bag and duct taped it over the opening. He said he could sell me a new receiver head for P1, 400.00 or I could just leave it the way it was. I took; “the way it was” option. He said that my way was the way he would have fixed his own. I was quite proud of my jury-rig so all he had to do was remove the broken stand for the missing dish and install a new splitter to put everything back to right once more.
Except the satellite reception during any rain, will cause the TV signal to cut off. But I can fix that (See Photo) also my daughter is hooked up to the old fashion antenna so they can see “Eat Bulaga” Me I’ve downloaded season one to twenty of “Gunsmoke” and watch an episode when the satellite goes out. I was out to sea when it originally showed so I never saw it before.
Before he left, my satellite “GUY “told me to rain proof the new splitter on the wall, and then he smiled and said he knew I could handle that. Hell yeah, bubble wrap and more duct tape and the signal was flowing. Anna asked me to see her if I ever needed to work again, but our “Guy” already had an assistant and I’d not want to kick over the kids rice bowl.
So as it was in the beginning now it is once more, one dish and one splitter, and my friend from Manila can pack sand for I be a Satellite dish repairing kind of guy.