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Why? (One could ask!) Would any human being desire a trip to Mega Manila? I’d sooner drive a Peterbilt 18 wheeler through New York City at 5pm rush hour, or accept a sharp stick in my eye, so I hired a driver! Four hours from my house in Dinalupihan Bataan to the Philippine Capital or NCR.  What does the “MEGA” in Mega Manila mean? (Oh, I know, mega problems), the reason for the trip was that I came to renew my un-expired Retired Military ID card as requested by letter from some very high placed government official. I arrived at the location designated in a most official letter I had received from The U.S. Government asking me to visit them at a hotel in Manila. Very Nice Hotel on the U.S. Taxpayers dime I might add.

I told the driver to park and I entered the hotel to find the visiting ID card people. Four Minutes later I’m seated in front of a computer station and the young lady from the States is proving to the computer that I am indeed me. Three minutes later I process a new and updated Military ID card and had time to chat. The reason that I was there, I discovered, was because retirees in the P.I. seem to live an extraordinary long time, Spanish American War Veterans were still collecting their checks. And for some reason the Government had serious doubts that this could be true. I told them I felt it was more than likely true.

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You see in 1997 I pulled into Manila Harbor onboard the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-99) and noticed while boarding the liberty boat, that there was not one Pinoy from the ship with gray hair, whereas, the day before there was. This could only bring me to the conclusion that the waters of Manila Bay must contain magical properties, or at best be the true Fountain of Youth!

I told the young lady a story on how this longevity occurs. A Local Bank in Olongapo City in the 1970’s told the Filipina wife, she could not pick up her husband’s money without his thumb print. He had lost both legs to diabetes after retiring from a base Civil Service job, and she had to load him into the car once a month and take him to the bank. After he passed she never notified the U.S. Government and still went to the Bank every month to collect his (her?) money, but now she only had to take his frozen thumb in a cooler.

The young ID card lady from Washington seemed to view that with much humor, and went to explain my theory of Philippine Longevity to her fellow workers, who stopped working and started laughing. I departed, thinking, “What do they know?” I choose to live here, and am kinda’ glad I do, as I want to live forever also!

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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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John Reyes
11 years ago

I couldn’t figure that one out either, Paul. Maybe the U.S. Government figured that, instead of sending a team out there to confirm a person’s identity like they did with you face to face, they could do some age progression techniques on the retired Pinoy vet’s picture taken when he joined the Philippine Scouts some 70 years ago and compare it with the current picture of him reading a newspaper to see if he MIGHT be the same person he claims he is. Hahaha You know, sometimes the U.S. Government could be so naive and clueless as they are being… Read more »

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi John – You can let me have your share of that money. I know a needy couple out in the province! 😆

Toting
Toting
11 years ago

Hi Paul,

Sad but true! Frozen thumb is macabre but kind of there is truth in there!!

Somehow it made LMAO!!

Enjoy the Philippines and hope you will have a REAL LONG and HAPPY LIFE!!

Toting

John Reyes
11 years ago

Hi, Paul, Ilocana bakets are known to keep their piggy banks hidden in bamboo tubes that serve as trusses for their nipa huts, but since your house is neither nipa nor hut, I don’t know what else to tell you. 🙂

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hudson;
That comment was on the mark, I like to laugh too! Thanks.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Thank you Toting;
And may I wish you the same!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Gentlemen; (both John and Paul K.)
May I suggest hiding the money under Paul’s new mango tree; I’ve heard urban legends that years ago that was a habit here in the Philippines to bury gold there? I have a large Mango tree in my front yard, and while consuming ice cold beverages, I thought about chopping it down and seeing if it’s true. Luckily I get sleepy prior to taking action. Beer is good in so many ways!

Ed Griffin
Ed Griffin
11 years ago

Yeah, John, I was hoping for at least a $200 raise from Social Security and VA disability, combined. Boo-hoo! I guess I’ll pay off a bill and take that as a raise.

don m
11 years ago

put it in Tuba or a bottle of san migual.

hudson
hudson
11 years ago

Hey Paul,
This adds a whole new twist to survivor benifets lol

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