Philippines Travel Stories, Page 7

Egotistical People are Better Looking

Egotistical People are Better Looking
“The more egotistical the better you think you look.”
- Chris of Hot Springs Freak on a Skype.com call September 17, 2009

I was explaining how I saw a man extremely fat enter the swimming pool yesterday, I said,
“How does a man like this walk around in a swimming suit?”
Chris says,
“The more egotistical, the better you think you look.”

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Friday, September 18, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.

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“The more egotistical, the better you think you look.”

I finally understand some of these men around me…

Egotistical People are Better Looking


Ultrasound in Philippines for 12 Dollars

Ultrasound in Philippines for 12 Dollars
Yesterday, Doctor Rana at the Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando did an ultrasound of the lump in my back for 12 U.S. Dollars.



There are two ultrasound graphics here, Doctor Rana had a very difficult time getting the mass to show up in the ultrasound he was moving it around for a long time. He needed to keep finding it with his fingers, then trying again, this baby is small.

His report says,

SONOGRAM OF LEFT LOWER LUMBAR AREA

Superficial sonogram of the left lower lumbar region, show no definite solid or cystic nodule nor calcifications. The skin is not thickened. The underlying musculo-fascial structures appear intact.

IMPRESSION

Unremarkable study

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Friday, September 18, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.

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This the close up of the area that we feel is causing me pain, his comment to me while in the office getting the ultrasound was,
“You lift heavy?”

His English was horrible, but I asked specific questions.

Do I have a cyst?
No

Is this nerves?
We cannot see nerves.

Is this muscles?
Yes

I am reasonable confident today that I injured an oblique muscle while doing 200 twists with bottles of water in my hands eight months ago. These muscles formed some type of fibrosis mass that simulates or appears the same as cyst or nodule. A muscle bundle is there and has been continually inflamed and re-injured for the last eight months. Although it is gradually repairing itself, and the pain is slowly subsiding, it will take another six months to one year to stop hurting.

When I lift my two 25-30 pound backpacks, use any form of twisting motion as I walk, as the packs swing from side to side. These actions put too much force on the oblique muscles and re-injure.

Solution, I must not lift or twist while carrying heavy objects, more or less I need wheels for my backpacks.

I also have a loose hip joint, I need to do many type of exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joint.

I also have sciatica, or maybe Priformis Syndrome, I must do many type of stretches and exercise.

Bottom line, I must not lift too much, I must lose weight, exercise and stretch and life will go on.

I will go to more doctors along the path, I will keep reviewing this problem, it is 90 percent an educational problem, I need to learn how what variable cause problems and which variable solve the problems.

Note, none of the Doctors here recommended an ultrasound, I had to tell them I wanted one. The MRI shows this area, however the techs did not print the plates to this area. I found the proper plates yesterday.

Andy is Healthy for Travel

To watch many videos showing stretches and exercises for Sciatica, lower back pain, shooting pain or Piriformis Syndrome, please look at this link where I am collecting information videos and information:
Sciatica

Ultrasound in Philippines for 12 Dollars


Somebody Read a Doug Lansky Book

Somebody Read a Doug Lansky Book
I am a traveler, I cannot purchase specific books, I am endless doomed to reading books I find along my path. However, I happened on a couple of quotes that that tell me this guy may have a clue, or a great publicist and editor.

He said,
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he comes to see.”

And

“According to Lansky the difference between a tourist and traveler is not the guidebooks, cameras or goofy hats and tacky outfits: “The traveler is the one who constantly pushes themselves out of their comfort zone as often as humanly possible.””

I found both of the quotes on this review, that looks like a well-written press release to me:

Get Lost

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.

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I think the two quotes are good, who knows who said them, maybe it was Katie Lovett interpretation of Doug Lansky that was intuitive. I know some readers may know me better than me, and can explain me clearly.

Well, whatever, these two quotes above are insightful, something that would lead me to buy a book I would never read. I suppose I should put one or more of his books into my Amazon.com sales page, but I have not read, so I am not recommending his books or selling them. I am just saying, somebody who does not travel should read and tell a true traveler about the books… hehehe

Carrying around books all over planet earth is a heavy task, not a good idea, most of the books I read cost one dollars or are free, to pay more than 2 dollars is outside my desire to be entertained.

Is this all marketing or is there real meat to the text, I

Somebody Read a Doug Lansky Book


Medical Tourism Hospitals in Big Cities

Medical Tourism Hospitals in Big Cities
I am here in San Fernando, La Union the Philippines visiting small Doctors in small Hospitals. It is sad and frustrating; I talked with a great Doctor by the name of Neil Ambasing in Bethany Hospital. He specializes in Neurological Medicine. He is telling I need to go to St. Lukes Hospital in Manila, or more correctly in Quezon City to diagnose what type of nodule or cyst is on my back. The small hospital does not have the proper medical equipment.

My father is in the USA, now making trips from Orland, Indiana to either Fort Wayne, or Indianapolis for his cancer.

50 Miles to Fort Wayne
150 Miles to Indianapolis

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.

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Doctor Ambasing wants me to get a MRI with a machine that is greater than .2, or as he wrote it >.2

I am a free man, I can live anywhere in any country on the planet, I have no reason to go home, because I have no home. My father has a house; he is tied to this house and feels obligated to return to his home. About one year ago, he and my mother moved to Fort Wayne for one month and paid and outrageous amount of rent to live there so they could get cancer treatment.

Sadly, it appears in any country on the planet, a person must somehow travel to the largest cities to get the best Medical Treatment because of equipment. I am not worried about the cost of the Medical treatment I am know it cost a small fortune to live in Manila. I need to pay 25 Dollars per night, and still I need to take a taxi for 2-3 hours per day to make it to Quezon City.

As I wrote this, I thought to myself, I am planning on going to Lima, Peru. I can go live there a better room cheaper. Then go to what I believe may well be better Hospital in Peru. The cost of living in Lima is about one-fifth the cost of living in Manila and the daily quality of life is twice as good.

I speak Spanish Fluently; this makes Lima, Peru and option.

However, as a Medical Tourist, I am realizing, you may as well forget the small cities, the same as the USA, they all point you to the largest of the large. In addition, trust me Manila is outrageously congested, polluted and annoying, with a few great perks, generally one of the worst cities on the planet.

I will go again today and talk with Neil Ambasing in Bethany Hospital, I am going to ask him to call Angeles City and ask about the MRI machines there. Angeles City is half the price of Manila, and the quality of life there is better. It cost 5 dollars per meeting with Doctor Ambasing, or 250 Pesos.

I already got one MRI of my lower lumbar or spine, I now need to get one of my hip joint, or where the nodule is, I point a the nodule and everyone points somewhere else. It cost 150 Dollars to get an MRI here in the Philippine and as best, I understand about 4000 Dollars in the USA.

What an amazing difference in price to turn on a machine.

I am leaning towards flying to the USA, saying hello to my parents, then flying to Lima, Peru where I sense the Doctors are better. I was there a year ago and visited a Hospital, the clarity of the how to diagnose this problem was much better, or felt more honest.

On the Human Development Index Peru is rated 79, while the Philippines is rated 102, Thailand is rated 81, does this mean anything, I would say yes, it is the overall cultural development that sets the mean level of care.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index

Medical Tourism Hospitals in Big Cities


Challenges of Travel in Philippines

Challenges of Travel in Philippines
Living in the Philippines is great, traveling in the Philippines is a war story full of ungodly challenges. This is country that is 1 percent extremely modern, surrounded by 99 primitive situations.

Travel can be a challenge, while a vacation should be relaxing, re-creative, restorative, and re-energizing. The prime directive of travel is to enjoy yourself.

Sadly when readers discover this travel journal, they do not find a guidebook, there are NOT endless stories about beautiful locations for vacations. Instead they find a traveler, who has daily challenges, and who is not on vacation, who is exploring the world and has adventures, and almost refused to explain the cliche world of travel.
(Note, I came to the Philippines ONLY for Vacation.)

Let me think, let me empathized, an overstressed person starts searching on the Internet for vacation trips. They stumble up this travel journal, they see it the top this, the top that, the 10 best, the 10 that, so they subscribe. Oops, they goofed up, they wanted a no-challenge vacation, not real life, they want fantasy, they want a reprieve from real life, nothing serious.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Monday, September 14, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.

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I suppose I have goofed up also, I have not warned them, I am just not sure of the one-liner motto that will make them bounce faster. A vacation should not be a challenge, I think the word vacation means to stop.

VACATION DEFINED
1. break from work: a period of time devoted to rest, travel, or recreation

2. fixed holiday period: a scheduled period during which the activities of courts, schools, or other regular businesses are suspended .

In this definition you can see, there is nothing talking about a challenge, it should be rest, and I want you to only have a challenge in a premeditated way.

I just came from East Africa, I think traveling in the Philippines is more challenging. Living in the Philippine is a lot easier than East Africa, however traveling in the Philippines is torture, you do not see me moving much do you, it is difficult.

What are the challenges of travel in Philippines?

1. Money - Expensive, incredibly expensive compared to other countries that give me the same level of quality of life. This place is crowded, it should be one-third the price for what I get, value is terrible.

2. Travel Time - A bus travels in the Philippine about 30-40 kilometers per hour, the normal bus on planet earth in poor countries goes about 50-60 kilometers per hour. This is half as fast, travel is double.

3. Noise - Finding a quiet room in the Philippine is annoyingly difficult, I have to jump three budget grades to find a quiet room here. The trikes, the jeepneys, the karaoke, the bars, the etc. While in Thailand I can find quiet for 5-10 dollars, I have to jump to 20-30 in the Philippines or stay in one location and not move.

4. Expats do not Travel they Live - The advice for travel in the Philippines comes from people who do not travel, they are not tourist, they are living in the Philippines with their small wife they often rented with an option to buy.

5. No City Separation - The cities in the Philippines never end, the density of human population is about 310.8 and rated number 26.

The USA is 33.2 people per square kilometer and rated 141 out of a 192 countries listed. This makes the world angry, they know we have a lot of space, and I believe crowds make people crazy.



Key in on this human density, it is the factor that makes the Philippines an extreme challenge for MOVING. Staying in one location like the majority of Expats is easy, the slower you move, the cheaper travel is, if you read about my 5-7 trips to the Philippines, you will notice I do not move much. This trip had Baguio, Vigan, Laoag, Pagudpud, Bauang, Manila, Angeles City and San Fernando in the Hopper, that is about double the normal person around me right now. They do not stray far from the base, and here this means military base.

Challenges of Travel
Wayfinding Maps

Planning for Population Density, - Population Density of Burkina Faso, - Population Density Map

Challenges of Travel in Philippines


Call a Foreign Doctor Today

Call a Foreign Doctor Today
The Hospital Culture in the Philippines is intriguing. I have been to the Lorma Hospital here in San Fernando, La Union Philippines maybe 10 times. I have been to the Bethany Hospital in San Fernando two times. I have been to the Ilocos Regional Hospital four times.

1. I have learned an extremely important lesson, do not just walk in and take the first Doctor they point you at.
2. Just because they have horrible manners, do not think they are stupid.
3. Get a list of all the Doctors in the specialty needed, truly, you can interview all of them, and it cost 300-500 Pesos per visit or about 6-10 U.S. Dollars.

This is a horrible place for a hypochondriac, or maybe heaven.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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This is the nurse’s station on the second floor somewhere in the Lorma Hospital in San Fernando. I walked up here, asked a few questions, sat in front of a door, waited, then eventually talked to a Doctor. It was funny, two people cut in front of me, and they will open the doctor’s door and enter his office, just rude, but fun to watch.



I went over to see this other Private Hospital in San Fernando; many of the exact same Doctors also work there. Ilocos is the cheap hospital, so if you know they are in Lorma, you can also often find them in Ilocos Regional for 2/3 the price.

What is hoot, I though I only talked to the only Neurology and Orthopedic Doctors, I had not found many, the staff acted as if there was only one choice, and I accepted this. Funny stuff and enjoyable, but also annoying, the culture here does not allow a person to say something is bad, they can say it is good, but to criticize is rare. If they point you to talk with one Doctor, all other Doctors are ignored and it feels as if they do not exist.

I am leaning toward India now for better Doctors, mainly because I believe, the only way to learn is to criticize, to be criticized, to be extremely judgmental and push a Doctor to learn. I just wish the India culture washed and showered, I am not sure; Thailand is about the same as the Philippines. However, with the invention of Skype.com, a person can call the Doctors and ask questions.

CALL UP SOME FOREIGN DOCTORS TODAY
See who has the best marketing plan, and who sucks up the best. I would try this; ask the cost of the exact same procedure, try to learn if transparent or full of normal Doctor double talk.

Here is a list of Doctors from the Lorma Private Hospital, call up one and understand the culture of Doctors in the Philippines.
http://lmc.lorma.org/physicians.htm

Saint Lukes in Manila, Philippines
http://www.stluke.com.ph/index.php?page=parent&pageID=74&parentID=74


Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand, call a Doctor up, relieve the pressure in your brain, and learn…
http://www.bumrungrad.com/overseas-medical-care/plan-your-visit/search-for-a-doctor.aspx

I suspect you will learn, this is a Charlie Foxtrot, truly a pain in the butt and only the last solution when you have given up on the USA or Europe.

Note, I truly believe getting Plastic Surgery and especially Breast Implants has to be a great idea. I would venture to guess there are more Breast Implants given in Thailand than any other country on the planet. It is amazing the percentage of the population that is homosexual and the number of men dress or trying to become female, Thailand is the gay capital of the planet, and probably the cheap champion of breast implants, just too funny.


A couple of fun things to think about, a great marketing plan is not needed by a great Doctor. A great place to meet women is in a country where all the men are turning gay.

Placebo or Strong Suggestion is a Doctors best friend, sort of like a hypnotist. You will pay a lot of money, they have to cure you, you paid a lot, they must be good, they charge a lot, too silly of argument to carry on further. Everyone says they are good, therefore they are good, it is the one Doctor that is important, not the group, do not do a groupthink think escape the herd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo

Call a Foreign Doctor Today


70 Dollars for Travel Shoes

70 Dollars for Travel Shoes
30 dollars to buy the Reeboks, 40 dollars to have them sent by normal post to the Philippines, a wait of 16 days for delivery, I have new shoes, I am happy.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses

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My old and new Reebok Travel Shoes, one pair will last about one year. I have gone through about 10 pairs of the exact same style of shoes in my 11 years of travel. I was home one time to visit, purchased about four pairs and had them ready to use or be sent to me, It is time to buy some more, I am thinking about 10 pairs this time.



I paid 40 dollars to have a pair of 30 dollars Reebok shoes sent to me, I guess I paid 70 dollars for one pair of shoes. I think this is the most I ever paid for a pair of shoes. My Mother put the underwear on top of the shoes, so in the event someone opened, they would maybe pause before they went farther.



These are secret pockets; I will have two pockets sown into a new pair of shorts here in the Philippines. The little plastic bags have one-cup water heaters, they break easy, and I need about five to last one year. I sometimes use them to heat water for dip showers.

Buy these Reebok Shoes on Amazon.com

When I typed in this comment, I took a pause and thought about it.
“I paid 70 dollars for one pair of shoes. I think this is the most I ever paid for a pair of shoes.”

I almost left this out, but this was my true thought, unedited, not attempt to glamorize me. I know this comment makes me a target for criticism. Generally, people will berate and belittle people they consider cheap. There is stupid cheap, there is frugal or wise cheap. However, the way this plays out, I know the average person is not cheap, frugal or even wise about their purchases. They buy items spontaneously providing they have the money in their pocket. And credit cards are amazingly leading the world to economic devastation.

I will have people say something is a good value, normally when I hear this comment, I believe the person does not consider price a variable to consider. Normally their math skills are bad, they cannot do the math in their head, and they cannot remember the prices and generally the person just to justify their temptation purchases.

I want a pair of quality shoes, I do not believe I can guarantee the quality of shoes in the Philippines; therefore I paid 40 dollars to get a 30 dollar pair of shoes sent to me. I want my standard of quality, not your standard.

This all seems like noise to you, but think about this, I have came through this economic situation unscathed. It almost did not change my life, a little, but not really. The primary reason for the economic situation is because the world buys 150-dollar shoes instead of 30 dollars shoes. They purchased a house that cost too much, paid too much, they were greedy, they wanted something that was stupid, and they were slaves to their temptations.

Anybody can be self-employed, anybody can travel the world, however if they are a slave to consumerism, it is hopeless. I do not earn my way to travel; I have saved my way to travel. I am frugal with my money, I am shamelessly cheap, I just refuse to care about my neighbor’s needs, wants or dreams. I dream my own dreams.

By the way, a huge factor in buying these shoes is I know they do not stink when they get wet. I live in one room; the last thing I want to live with is a pair of stinky shoes.

Read about some really crap and stinking Teva Sandals I encountered in the Caribbean and not a good value, and stupid comments and justificaitons, truly readers being anal.

Stinky Teva Sandals in Caribbean

Craig admitting his sandals stinks.
Stinky Teva Sandals

The travel missive here is this, a person must continually, consistently optimize their decisions, if you feel I am cheap, and cannot see the plot, better to stay home, spend your money and bring us out of a recession. I am here enjoying myself, you are there working for a reason, it just makes sense.

70 Dollars for Travel Shoes


Canteen Restaurant in Philippines

Canteen Restaurant in Philippines
A cheap place to eat, a great place to meet people is in a Canteen in the Philippines. I have found many in the north of Luzon Island. This country is huge with the 7000 plus islands, however I hope they are in the whole country to help make my life simpler here.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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This is called a Canteen, maybe it comes from military terminology, however I do not know. This one is in front of a small nursing school next to the Bethany Hospital, East of the square or behind it in the city of San Fernando, La Union province, the Philippines.

Maybe this Google Map with embed and make my life easier, technology is a lottery, who knows what works, we just persist in trying to use it, sometimes more of a headache than a help.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&ie=UTF8&q=bethany+hospital+san+fernando+philippines&fb=1&split=1&cid=0,0,10920461749609862288&ei=WS-oSve9DomIsgOcqfXJBQ&ll=16.61594,120.317566&spn=0.007957,0.019205&z=16



I now have my eyes trained looking for Canteens as I travel from Bauang to San Fernando, La Union in a jeepney. There are many on this 10-kilometer stretch.

I am targeting ones close to Universities or Schools, hoping a few of the older faculty people hanging out in them. I have yet to discover which times of the day are busy. I want at 7:30 in the morning by accident and there were many students and friendly staff. I tend to believe that noon is the time to visit.

Finding friends when traveling is easy for drinkers, they just waddle up or saddle up on the bar stool and they got a friend. For us non-drinker it become more work, I normally will stop in the small restaurants until I have became a regular friend. In the immediate area around the Bali Hai East Resort or the VFW there are very few small restaurants, small bars yes, but small family feeling restaurants no. There are many tourist restaurants, but I do not want to meet Filipino tourist, that is about the same type of people as the VFW. I hope to find young executive types. Somebody close with same interest, education level and comparable cash.

I am thinking about looking for coffee shops, there may be a couple in San Fernando, where Filipina Yuppies hang out.

Most of the food in a Canteen is Filipino food; however, I am slowly finding some foods that I can understand.

Friendship is about repetition, the more times you run into a person, the better your friendships, until you decide to arrange to meet, and then you have a friend.

Here they exchange telephone number and you can receive a never-ending text message from friends. A great way to meet, but be judicious with the phone, you may find they text more than you can handle.

I am feeling very old with my expat friends, I want to feel younger, I hope to work my way up to the Surfer Beaches of San Juan to see if there is ONE surfer. I make a joke, maybe there are three…

Use this site to find surfers, than you will find better beaches, truly a hunt in the Philippines.

Surfing in the World

Canteen Restaurant in Philippines