Time for an update. Although admittedly things are getting a little fuzzy.
I’ll just slap up some pictures and hopefully things will get a little clearer. Not going to even attempt to stay chronological. Instead I’ll categorize. Sound like fun? Let’s roll!
Let’s start with the housing situation. Too soon to actually make a commitment, it was more about seeing what was out there and assessing the the viability of me wanting to live in a particular location. There is only one neighborhood on the old Navy base I’d like to call home, and whether anything might be available when I’m ready to move (and whether it is within my budget ($1000.00 a month max) remains to be seen.
Now, most of the expats or soon to be expats I’ve talked with this week are renting places for under $500, but I’ve not given up on finding something clean and nice with a view even if it comes with a premium price tag. Maybe I’m a dreamer.
Now, here’s a funny story for you. See the road behind the sign in the picture above. Well, that’s the National Highway that runs through Barrio Baretto. It can be a real bitch to cross. So, the other day right after taking that picture I made my dash for the other side. I looked to left and saw a gap sufficiently large to make it across. I looked to the right and observed a smaller gap, but doable if I hustled. So hustle I did. And half way across I came within inches of running into a motorcycle that must have been in my blind spot on the left. And meanwhile a second motorbike had to slam on his breaks to keep from hitting me. If dirty looks could kill I’d be a dead man. Anyway, lesson learned. My future plans do not include being a pedestrian statistic. The best advice I received in that regard was to wait and cross with the Filipinos. They have a knack for getting it done alive.
On the medical scene, I had the opportunity to visit the local hospital.
Also located two other hospitals in Olongapo, one that even takes my insurance. On my to-do list is to make sure I’ve made arrangements for some form of pre-payment. They won’t treat you until you pay. And if they do treat you, you can’t leave until you do pay.
On the dart scene, I played in a second tourney on Thursday night and pulled out a victory there as well. 2 for 2, maybe I should quit while I’m ahead?
And now for a change of scenery…
Some of the food I’ve enjoyed this weekend…
And I spent some time in the bars as well…
A new night, a new bar. This time for the “bar olympics.” And once again, I was asked to perform the duties of sitting in judgement.
And that was the highlights of the weekend in Baretto…
Anyway, I fly out tomorrow. Overall, I’d rate this the best trip I’ve had to the PI. I’ll elaborate in a future post when I’ve had more time to digest what I’ve learned.
Thanks for coming along!