Paul Thompson

SFO to Manila on PAL

No Jet Lag Coming To the Philippines

By Paul Thompson | July 23, 2018 | 22

There is another way to get here aside from flying, as a matter of fact, my first seven visits to the RP in the early 1970’s was by sea. Yes, it takes a bit longer, but great meals and a good night sleep every night, and if there was a layover it lasted for a few days in Thailand, Hong Kong or on the Island of Borneo. Next, there was the anticipation of the first…

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The New Watch

A Random Day in the Philippines “July”

By Paul Thompson | July 16, 2018 | 7

Compilation of My Days Drinking Coffee Sitting at the Mall on Subic Freeport at the Coffee Bean (And Tea Leaf Store) 20 meters across is a Starbucks doing a banner business with a line outside the door. I shun Starbucks as they require a 10-minute thesis just to order a cup of coffee. At the Bean, I just smile and say “Kano Coffee”  and the size I want and I receive a black coffee that…

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Fear of Friday the thirteenth

By Paul Thompson | July 9, 2018 | 16

Fear of Friday the thirteenth or Paraskevidekatriaphobia oh hell it applies to me and I can’t pronounce it either. What does this tongue in cheek story have to do with the Philippines? First, the Philippines has as many Friday the 13th’s as any other country, they even have a July 4th albeit June 12th is their Independence Day. Besides, I legally have lived here since 1994 which means absolutely nothing. But first the History of…

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But Not Every Day

By Paul Thompson | July 2, 2018 | 62

I was born and raised in an Irish Catholic section of Boston called Dorchester; the other major section for the Irish is called Southie (South Boston) where many of my cousins lived. An old joke about us Irish; “Do you know what a seven-course dinner in Ireland is, Six pints of beer and a potato.” My wife has asked me why I don’t like rice. There is no good answer to that because I really…

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It’s Just Nature Isn’t It?

By Paul Thompson | June 25, 2018 | 11

In 2001 my wife wanted a fish pond; of course, I told her to get a fish pond but mentioned that aquariums are really nice. She hired the neighborhood guys to dig the hole and using waterproof cement that is mixed with Sahara magic powder and topping it off they used vinyl (Water Proof?) roof paint. Basically the same way we waterproofed our slab roof. But it leaked (Not the roof), so it was all…

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Cross country, fly instede

The warranty is null and void

By Paul Thompson | June 18, 2018 | 17

Four years ago we bought a new car here in the Philippines; I was busy at the time looking for a previously owned car; as 1978 was the last time I purchased a new car. My reasoning was simple, I was a sailor who was at sea for months at a time and had to store my cars and motorcycles while I was working. A new car that you only drive a few months a…

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