Philippines Travel Stories, Page 36

Subic and Angeles is Sodom and Gomorrah

Subic and Angeles is Sodom and Gomorrah

I think I have figured it out. I am in Sodom and Gomorrah area of the planet and I am worried. I keep getting this feeling of imminent doom. Sodom and Gomorrah according to the bible was:

- destroyed by a rain of brimstone, perhaps accompanied by an earthquake, because of the wickedness of their inhabitants. - (2)

I hoped to feel a separate feeling when I came to Subic Area; I was hoping to find a place to make backpacks.  A more easy way to understand this part of the planet would be to say,
- I am living in a Whorehouse -

There is a phrase in the Lord Prayer that says,
- Lead us not into temptation -

I believe that temptation is a powerful force, and a wise many recognizes that nothing good comes by hanging around with temptation.

I have a person writing me, and will show me around the Angeles and whatever Pampanga is�? (There is a river Pampanga.) He works in Lubao and Floridablanca up on the map that is shown.

The bottom line is I am not going to make Backpacks in the Subic Bay area; therefore, I have no reason to be here. I suppose the Volcano is on the list, but I see no roads leading to the Volcano that are easy and the transportation in Philippines is huge fight with Taxi drivers.

The man put a - God Bless you - on the end of his email.

Heads I stay, tails I leave. Nope, I leave; I have no desire to hang around more than 4 days in this area of the planet. I have been fair, nothing I need to learn about in this lifetime here. There are many lives, and contrary to what anyone would think or feel. There are almost zero good reasons to travel. It is just a plain selfish thing to do, I am endlessly curious and for me it is a never-ending change of things to be curious about, however spending time learning about the fantasies of the dark side is not the best idea.

A person becomes what they think about all day. I did not flip the coin; I knew what the answer was before it landed. I am off to Manila, I can go walk around Robinson Mall.

Thanks to the man who invited me to visit and show me around. This was a kind act and I do like to visit readers. However, I am only in the Philippines for 12 days and 4 are gone, I want to go to Manila any place but here more.

- God Bless -

Subic and Angeles is Sodom and Gomorrah

Hotel California you can never leave

Hotel California
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'

There is a song by the Rock Group - The Eagles - who sang.

I really like this song, I will admit, I have no clue what the lyrics are trying to tell me, nevertheless, I do get a feeling there are Hotel CaliforniaS on the planet.

They were a little post Vietnam era, a little acid casualty era. It was a time of Salvador Dali, strange ideas and when a separate reality was sought. Imagine a bunch of Post Vietnam Hippies Veterans coming to an area of the Philippines and starting Hotels.... What would you want or what you do, how would you make a hotel in a place where nobody at home would ever come and look. Vietnam, WW II, these worlds will make anyone a little crazy.

The world is NORMAL, anything and everything is NORMAL.

"Hotel California"

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
'This could be Heaven or this could be Hell'
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
'Please bring me my wine'
He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine'
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice suprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'

Hotel California

Olongapo Barrio Barretto Baloy Beach

Olongapo Barrio Barretto Baloy Beach
This is the skinny on travel to beach. Get off plane at Clark, pay a taxi 150-200 Pesos to go to Bus Stop in Angeles City. Take a bus for 108 or more Pesos to the city of Olangapoe. Pay a trike motorcycle Taxi 150 pesos and go to Baloy Beach,
The Lagoon Hotel across from Johans Hotel has 24 hour FREE WIFI, that seem to work in room 1 or 2, after that I doubt it. The concrete walls will stop the Internet. I am in room 1, therefore somehow it is going through the wall.
The cost of the room is 1000 Pesos, my change seasonally. I pay between 500 and 700 for a room in Manila, so this is about 10 Dollars per night to have 24 hour Internet access. The cost is 50 pesos, so if want to use for 6 hours it would be 300 pesos. I need the speed of convenience.
What to do here, the beach is empty. I think if I had a girlfriend that would lay in the sun, life could be excellent. Note, a Philippine girl will not lie in the sun,
Sort of like living in a Sports Bar here, with a beach to make the view better.

Clark Airport - Say Bus Stop 150 Pesos
Bus Stop - Say - Bus to Olaogapo - 108 and up.
Olongapo- Say to trike 150 Baloy Beach - Lagoon or Johans.
NOTE: Barrio Barretto is a Little town next to Baloy Beach.
I am putting these directions up, I would love to have this with landmarks. To ask a taxi to go to some unknown beach is difficult, they need a landmark. When I go to Olangapo, I say - Olongapoe Bus Stop 150 - and they will take me from the Lagoon Hotel to the Olangapo bus stop easy, then I can walk.
Olongapo Barrio Barretto Baloy Beach

Donating to People

Donating to People
330 days per year, I live for sure outside the USA for 330 days per year, now I know because this is a requirement by the USA tax system that allows me to earn up to 80,000 dollars and not pay taxes.
I think 90 percent of these days a person walks up to me and ask for a donation, maybe this is begging. I decided I wanted to slice and dice the meaning of what is happening to me daily.
There are three words that I quickly find.

There are two ways of donating. The most common is someone enters my world and asks or makes me feel, then I give. Second is I see a situation and somehow feel impelled to help.
Begging or Donating is to me the same, both wish me to feel sorrow or sadness and give money. I do give maybe one dollar U.S. per day to people who are missing legs, hands, etc or sometimes extremely old persons, and not so often, but children. Normally I do not give to children, only in extreme cases.
In the USA, I am happy to say, it is very easy to avoid these guilt extortions of money. The USA has easier ways of them receiving money; therefore, they do not go right to the source. My taxes pay for it.
I do not volunteer, I do not donate, and I do not give to beggars, none of this I donate easily. I will not help to remove pride from a person; I especially will not pay to help remove the pride from a person. I wrote one of my better thoughts about the Enslaved by love bunch in Niger.

I am here in Subic Bay Philippines or on this beach, looking for a place to manufacture backpacks. It is not going good, in fact sometimes the Philippines is more like talking to con men, then talking to normal people.

I have the opportunity to choose a location; I am hoping to give three people a job, or more. The same goes for me finding PHP workers or webmasters to help, writers and all the other a sundry people needed to make a web site.

Donate or Job, contribute or enable beggars to thrive, or maybe in a nice way create employment. I do not think they willing want employment; the world really wants something for nothing.
A gift is something for nothing, I produced a newsletter for years asking for donations, however I was selling entertainment, however I needed to use the word donation or they would think I am crazy.
Today three things happened.
1. A person from Bangladesh applied to be a data entry person. I do not try to get people from Bangladesh. I am not advertising in Bangladesh.
2. A Hotel in Manila wrote and said 11-12 people came to their Hotel because of me blogging about the Hotel.
3. Comments on Volunteer, donations, etc.
Volunteering and Donating is painful.

I have told or said to people, to give to people that need your help is painful, it is not fun to see death, orphans are easy to see compared to malnutrition children. The more the need the more the emotional pain or the more a person has to pay with their feelings. Money is easy; looking in the eyes of person with no fingers in India with leprosy is not easy.
However… I can try to manufacture backpacks in a place where life is not easy for me, where it is difficult, or I can go to an easy places. The Philippines has severe poverty, sometime the same as India. It is easy to avoid, however I can see it everywhere. The culture stops many from succeeding; they can be the most difficult and sometimes lazy people on the planet. In addition, there is an every present scam going on, this is a problem.
Indonesia is in pretty good shape, Nepal is a beautiful country, and living there is nice. Thailand is on the way, Cambodia needs help and so does Peru or Ecuador, Africa is a basket case, needs more help than the French took…
There is an idea called Micro Financing. This is a good idea, however the problem is the Entrepreneurs do not know what the world need. What they do is finance an already existing type of business. One starts or does well, one has an internet then the whole city is littered with Internet Cafes. Funding trinket making is not very productive; I tried to tell a woman in La Paz, Bolivia. Why do you not make sweaters that would sell in the USA? She thought she was, she was making sweaters for Bolivia and tourist purchased, however only at the Ski Slope was it possible to wear.
I think good Entrepreneurial ideas need sent to the underdeveloped nations, then co-partnered with the locals. Nevertheless, to me choosing a place that needs the jobs not where it would be easy to do.
The bottom line is this; I would do about anything to stop the enslavement of cultures by the NGOs. I think it would be better to choose locations that need help and not what is easy.
1.  provision of help: the voluntary provision of money, materials, or help to people in need 
2.  material help: money, materials, or help voluntarily given to people in need 
3.  organization providing charity: an organization that collects money and other voluntary contributions of help for people in need 
4.  tolerant attitude: the willingness to judge people in a tolerant or favorable way 
5.  impartial love: the impartial love of other people 

1.  ask with emotion: to ask somebody for something in a very intense, humble, or even humiliating way 
2.  ask for charity: to ask people for gifts of money or food, especially in the street .

1.  something given to somebody: something that is given to somebody, usually to give pleasure or to show gratitude
a birthday gift

Marketers are fond of the expression free gift, if the frequency with which they use it is any indication. But because any gift worthy of its name is free, the result of using the two words together is both illogical and exaggerated. The phrase free gift should be avoided.

1.  gift or contribution: a gift or contribution, especially a sum of money given to a charity 
2.  act of giving: the act of giving something, especially money to a charity

Donating to People

Bataan Death March

Bataan Death March
I was on a bus between Angeles City or Clark Airport, I was on the way to Olangapo, Philippines when I spotted these markers along side the road. The seem to be about one kilometer apart. Very difficult to time it correctly to take a photo from a moving bus, however I would count off a minute and then turn on the camera. This is a blow up of an even worst photo, but a great benefit of a digital camera, I can choose a photo inside a photo and manipulate the picture.

(2) Bataan Death March

-- Homma, Masaharu (1888-1946), Japanese lieutenant general in World War II (1939-1945), who was responsible for the Bataan Death March. Thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were abused and killed during the 101-km (63-mi) forced march. Homma was born in Niigata Prefecture. He served as commander in chief of the Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines until August 1942. On April 9, 1942, soldiers under Homma’s command forced American and Filipino prisoners of war to walk from the Bataan Peninsula to the city of San Fernando. Many were mutilated, beaten, and bayoneted by their captors along the way. The prisoners were taken by railroad to Capas, and forced to walk to imprisonment at Camp O’Donnell. Of the 70,000 prisoners who began the journey, only 54,000 arrived at Camp O’Donnell. After Japan surrendered, Homma was found responsible for the Bataan Death March by a U.S. commission and executed by a firing squad in 1946. --
I tried to imagine this walk, this to me looks like swamp, yes there is a road now, there is a way to travel, however in 1942..., I am not sure what existed. I believe these Soldiers were trudging in a swamp. I think of the Iraq War, although very serious, it is hard to imagine the sacrifice of WW II, over 15,000 people died on a March, over 50 Million people died in WW II.
I wonder if sometime people try, do they try to feel.
Bataan Death March


Andy of
Daily Diary or Travel Journal

Olongapo Philippines Perfect For

Olongapo Philippines Perfect For...
Everyone is different, everyone has a perfect place.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.
I first said that on December 24, 2000 in a newsletter:
I have now said this 172 times in 172 newsletters.
Olongapo is not my perfect place, but it the perfect place for...
I am at the beach of Olangapo.

1. A person that wants to go to a sports bar.

2. A person that speaks English and wants to speak English.
3. A person that wants to make love with a beautiful girl for a cost of under 30 U.S. Dollars.
4. Ex Military
5. A person that wants to drink a lots of beer.
This is not Paradise for me, and I will leave tomorrow, however it is a normal place, all places are normal.

I have been thinking too much as normal, it is so easy to say why I do not like a place, it would be good if I only looked at the positive. Impossible to do, but it would be nice. I can however try to describe who would be perfect to go to a place.

Olangapo Philippines Perfect For

Occam's Razor

Occam's Razor

I am in Olangapo, Philippines, a very strange place to say the least. It is my first inclination to say the whole area around here is crazy. The world is a little astray here, however it is also ok. I have a natural tendency to want to say things are wrong. Or maybe I dream of a perfect world.
I was looking the other day as two Chinese females in the airport hug and cuddles in an obvious way. They were lesbian lovers, my natural tendency is to say, this is not right.
That is a complicated answer.
I watched this movie on HBO called - Contact -. It is from a book by Carl Sagan explaining faith and other ideas. However it refers to an idea called Occam's Razor. Briefly and easy to understand is that it says this,
- The simplest answer is usually the correct answer.-

Wiki has a lot more to say,'s_Razor
However.. the two girls in the airport, the many strange and unusual beliefs on the planet, the world of terrorist and what we do not wish to exist. I can get complicated or I can say.
It is normal. What exist on the planet is normal, nothing more is needed, unless you want to have some confusing conversation for the sake of something to do.
The world is perfect, and life is good.

Occam's Razor

Making Money with Hotel

Making Money with Hotel
Saturday, June 17, 2006

The man Henry in the Dili, East Timor Backpacker Hotel told me it was easy to have a Hostel, he said,
- You need to have clean bathrooms. -

I am guessing this is 80 percent true, on the other hand, I wanted to tell him, Henry, you also need to check them… his were in need.
Maintenance Man
I believe what is needed the most in Hotels is maintenance people. I left the water on too long her in the Thunder Hotel and it turned very hot. There is only one faucet; I assumed they had disconnected the hot to save on money as is normal. Nope, they had one broken, and it just does not work. I wanted to brush my teeth; hot water is not the way I do this.

Maintenance is more difficult than beauty, you can get a person to make a lush garden, however to have them fix the wiring or TV connections is difficult, it take more brains.
Cleaning the toilets and painting. Yes, it is true; the world needs someone to clean the toilets. My room is great, then you walk into the toilet and you say, what happened.
It is easy to make money with a Hotel, clean it and fix it. This is very rare. The pay in the world is about 10 dollars per day per person.
Making Money with Hotel