PAL HAS NEW FLIGHT

https://www.thepinaysolobackpacker.com/catanduanes-unseen-beaches-virac/

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started flights three times a week to from Clark to Catanduanes, a very beautiful location with many beaches to explore.  The above link will give you a good idea of why it is appealing to many tourists.  Now, when visiting Angeles City PAL offers easy access to this location.  If I was a bit younger and my legs worked a bit better I sure would book a flight to explore the Island.  I am sure backpackers and surfers have already discovered the place.

If only PAL or Cebu Pacific would offer flights from Clark to Bangkok.  It is a pain in the butt to have to get to Manila for this flight.

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WISDOM

It has been a while since I passed on a bit of humor but when my friend Dave C sent it to me I thought it contained very good medical advice. Read and enjoy:

Pauline, a local Angeles City lady boy goes into the doctor’s office and has some tests run. 

The doctor comes back and says, ‘Pauline, I’m not going to beat around the bush. You have AIDS.’ 
Pauline is devastated. ‘Doc, what can I do?’

‘Eat 1 curry sausage, 
1 head of Cabbage, 
20 unpeeled carrots drenched in hot sauce, 
10 Jalapeno Peppers, 
40 walnuts and 40 peanuts, 
1/2 box Of All Bran, 
And top it off with a litre of prune juice..’ 
Pauline asks bewildered, ‘Will that cure me, Doc?’ 
Doc says ‘No, but it should leave you with a better understanding of what your ARSE is for.’

(See, I told you, words of wisdom)

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COOL STUFF

For this old fart, one not having a Smart phone, I think these two items I am going to mention is cool.  The first one is GRAB CAR.  When you get to Angeles City, or land at Clark Airport, get you smart phone and add the app “grab car” and then if you have not arranged transportation to your AC hotel or house, contact Grab Car and you will be told how long it will be for them to pick you up, how long to your destination and the price.  In fact there is a Grab Car booth outside the airport or in the terminal, not sure of that.  Even in town use this service on a daily basis.  travel in comfort instead of trying to squeeze into a tricycle and having to pay more than you should.  I have a dumb phone so I can’t get any apps but many locals and tourists have told me how great this service is; of course the tricycle drivers are not happy.  Man, I might have to buy a smart phone and then take lessons on how to use it.

Oh yes, #2, at the Clark Airport they now have contracted with the Genesis Bus Company to have bus service  leaving Clark and going to the Manila airport for P350.  You can get the schedule at the airport when you land.  The plans are to keep adding more routes to include Subic and other destinations in Manila.

When you get to Clark try to get a feel for the place and see how much construction is taking place within Clark.  It is mind boggling.  Oh, wait, one other tidbit I picked up is that the  Philippine Air Force will be moving out by 2010 and that will free up a whole bunch of prime real estate.

That’s it for now, just finished watching a great Tina Turner concert on my TV and time for bed.  Vina, Mrs Horse, has told me we will be going to the farm tomorrow so have to get up early.  By the way, I am still recovering from my knee replacement surgery and taking physical therapy at Clark Medical City.  I also use the Kandi Tower gym which is fantastic.  It is located on the 11th floor and the view is spectacular.  Membership is P2,500 and personal trainers are available.  Check it out.  Construction of a final tower is in progress and I hear many of the units are already reserved.  If you are interested in retiring or spending a lot of time here, you can’t go wrong with Kandi Suites.  Look it up!

Good night!!

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THE BALMER MURDER CASE

Time for me to go back a few years to bring up a bit of an update on the David Balmer murder case.  I have just received information that John Santos was finally sentenced to 8 years in jail.  Who is John Santos?  He was the Filipino who drove the car for murder suspects Tim Kaufman and Joe Tramatano.  He ended up being a key witness in the case for the Prosecution.  Unfortunately, there was never a prosecution.  Tim Kaufman (American) was extradited from the US and put in the City jail awaiting trial.  Regretfully he died in jail by taking taking some sort of medicine that he had put together himself.  He claimed he was innocent of the crime but never made it to trial.  His accomplice, Joe (American) was able to skip the country after attending the funeral of Balmer and his girlfriend.  The were both shot to death as they were sleeping at David’s house early in the morning.  It was a horrible murder and many questions as to motive and who else was involved still exist.  Joe has been reported to have been seen in Thailand and Cambodia over the years but the trail has gone cold.  He is wanted by the FBI and Interpol but by now no agency appears to be actively searching for him.  We can only hope that he might make a mistake some time in the future and will be caught.  It will be a shame if John Santos is the only person paying the price for this murder.  It is also a shame that Tim Kaufman never went to trial and could not defend himself.  Too many questions.

It is sort of like the many questions about what happened to Lewis, the owner of the Lewis Grand Hotel.  Just like magic, he disappeared, never to be seen again.  Lots of theories, lots of questions.  The local police never exerted too much effort on this case.  His name crops up off and on in local conversation from those who knew him and the question is always the same “Gee, what happened to Lewis”, a question never to be answered??

 

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EATING OUT

The Crown Thai Restaurant – Located on Perimeter Road not far from the new middle entrance to Clark.  It has a large interior that not too long ago hosted a Japanese restaurant.  For history buffs this building was occupied by Marylou’s beauty salon when the US Air Force Base was located at Clark.  For the record I am a big fan of Thai food having served in Thailand for 5 years and have eaten in various Thai restaurants in Angeles City over the long years I have resided here.  Needless to say I was excited to learn that a new Thai restaurant had opened within s short distance of our residence and a few days ago accompanied Mrs Horse and our son for what we hoped would be a great Thai feast.  Sadly, our experience was less than satisfying no doubt because we might have chosen a few items from the menu that were not to our taste.  One was the soup and the other was the Papaya salad.  The Thai fried rice was excellent and the Thai noodle dish was good.  The cook is Filipino so maybe he like to deviate from the Thai recipe and be a bit creative.  If we were to go back I would order the Papaya salad without the addition of tiny pieces of shrimp as it gave the salad a very strong fish taste, so strong we could not eat it.  The spicy Thai shrimp soup came with noodles in it which is the first time I have seen this in any Thai restaurant.  For now, we will stick with the more traditional Thai restaurants here such as the Siam, the Chiang Mai and the Purple Pad Thai.

 

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PORKY’S UPDATE

Porky’s – I can’t figure out what is going on with Porky’s.  I was hoping to get by and see the new owner but was informed that it was closed and now it looks like it is under renovation.  What is interesting is that
they just opened a restaurant above Mischief, same menu and cooks as Porky’s, and girls from Porky’s are now working in the restaurant above Mischief. there are 2 stairways to access, but the outside one outside is a bit sketchy. They have the Porky’s menu, very limited seating, and a pool table. Probably better to sit in 1st floor Mischief and order the food from upstairs. Porky’s has a sign up that they are remodeling, and all their old kitchen stuff is on the curb.  I sure hope I can get more accurate details soon.
Station 4 – Commander’s seem to change on a frequent rotational basis at this Post.  The newest is a Major Mercado who was assigned there once before.  I guess he misses all of us residing here and no doubt, even the innocent tourists.  I think all foreigners visiting Angeles City should be required to receive a briefing at Station 4 so they can learn how to avoid encounters of 3rd kind.
FAKE NEW HITS ANGELES CITY– Recently I read the following:  INFO:  From the office of the Angeles City Hall, at this moment please avoid staying at any malls, bars, sidewalks or parks due to the investigation of the higher authorities they occurred.  They identified a group of Muslims here in Bargy Pampang from San Isidro Magalang.  Please be safe anyone.  Thank you.  After reading this I figured all the Muslim vendors hanging around the Fields Ave area were being recruited to attack all those Expats and tourists drinking and lusting for women in all the bars in the entertainment area.  Naturally I jumped into my motorized wheelchair with cane in hand and camera to catch all the action.  Of course, I went to the bars, malls, sidewalks and parks.  I figured I would find empty venues!  Nope, it was business as usual like it always is in Angeles City.  This morning I pick up the Sun-Star paper and read the headline that “Pamintuan orders probe on “fake terror warning”.  The mayor appealed to the public to verify reports first before sending or posting it on the social media as it will cause panic among the people.  I bet you someone will blame Pres. Trump for this and say he sent out a 4 AM tweet by mistake.  Mayor Ed went on to say “We appeal to the public not to believe rumors on security and safety circulating through text messages and Facebook allegedly from city hall.  Any such announcements will be done through official channels and Facebook accounts as well as the city government’s website.”  Pamintuan added “NO SUCH THINGS EMANATED FROM ME, CITY HALL OR ANYONE FROM US IN ANGELES.  I will be conducting an investigation on this fake warning.”  (This info obtained from the Sun-Star 10 June newspaper).
This Horse believes that this terror business is not something to joke about or to print any mis-information.  I certainly hope that the Mayor’s investigation will have positive results.  For me, the most tragic event I witnessed today was Golden State Warriors getting their ass kicked in game four.  Shades of last year?
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ANGELES CITY UPDATE

ANGELES CITY – BUSINESS AS USUAL – Despite the imposition of Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao while the Government military forces are battling terrorist gunmen belonging to the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group who have besieged the predominantly Muslim City of Marawi, in Angeles City we enjoy peaceful days.
Additionally the lone gunman attack today at the Resorts World Manila has not affected everyday events in Angeles City.  The Philippine Government has declared this was not a terrorist attack and it would be nice if CNN got their facts right.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 9:55 AM, VA Manila (RO&OPC) <VAManila@va.gov> wrote:
Security Notice: 
Visitor Laptops and Larger Electrical/Electronic Devices Are Now Prohibited into the Mission Facilities including VA Manila.  The security personnel is not authorized to store any of these devices while you complete your VA appointment.
This VA Manila notice was posted after the Resorts World Manila incident which indicates a bit more security procedures at this facility.  Over reaction?  Maybe, but what the hell, easy enough to comply with.
The reason I am posting these comments tonight is so I can assure those many tourists that have already booked tickets to travel to Angeles City through Manila that there is no reason to be concerned with your safety.  These incidents in Manila and Mindanao go nearly unnoticed in Angeles City..  There is great distance between the two locations mentioned.

 

 

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NEW MANAGEMENT

PORKY’S BAR – Has added a bit of Irish to this popular watering hole as the new management is a happy Irishman and his lovely Filipina partner.  I hope I can get there to take a picture and see what changes, if any, are planned.

PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL AND BAR – Will see two Australians, Joe and Phillip, take over ownership on 1 Jun.  These are two great guys who will not be making any immediate changes but once they get their feet wet, stand by for news.

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Always Remember, be kind to Horses!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Greetings dear readers, old and new. You might remember me as “Harry the Horse” and know that Jason Collins took over the newsletter from me a couple of years ago. He purchased the domain names Harry The Horse.com and .asia. Regretfully, he ran into a bit of bad luck personally and financially and had to give up the on-line edition and the newspaper. There is a good chance he may be able to recover and return to the printed page again. I could not use those domain names again and I wondered what I could name my new venture. Many people know me as Harry, Jimmy D and yes, even “Asshole”. I answered to all, after all I was the President of the Asshole Club for 7 years. Over 500 people will remember the 1st Saturday of each month during that time. I thought about it and thought of JimmyDHorse, I kind of liked it, and well, here is my first attempt at returning to my keyboard, again writing about the City I love, Angeles City and the foreigners who visit and live here. As usual I will write about the good, bad and ugly.

I am not physically able to write a monthly blog so this new format will allow me to write something whenever I want and people who register will be able to see whenever I write something new. Yes, my political rants will continue, I just can’t help myself. I can no longer drive or walk that well but I will try to get around to bars with no stairs so I can meet the owners/managers and give them a bit of publicity. What amazes me is how many new names have cropped up, for example, Fire Pit has change their name to Diamond Bar and I suspect I will try to visit them first. I will also depend on friends who will feed me some information and keep me up to date. Folks, the bars and Clubs played a big part in bringing tourists to this City and they deserve to be recognized, despite efforts by many officials who think differently. Yes, Korean ownership of establishments are spreading from Friendship to Fields Avenue and beyond. That is a reality and it sure as hell is not going to change.

Who knows, President Duterte might open the door to Russian tourists and hell yes, Chinese too. Will Americans still be welcome? Good question.

That is my long intro, give me time to get used to this new format and I will get help from my friends Alex and Chuck, maybe even Detroit Al. I have missed my many readers, local and worldwide, and I know I will not please everyone but hell, I just like writing to whoever takes the time to read this, even if I am the only one to do so.

Alex will help me fact check some of my political rants so Bill Campbell gets off my ass for not doing so.

HONEY-KO’S BAR CLOSED – I was saddened to learn of this closure. It has only been a few months that the previous owner, Damien, sold his interest and new owner Mark spent a bit of money making interior improvements that improved the ambiance. He was looking forward to a long lease and to settle down to enjoy his years here. This all ended when certain law enforcement personnel visited him and made him realize that it would be better to close shop rather than risk a raid and get him and his wife arrested for some trumped up charges.

It is rumored that the owner of Josie-Hi was also approached and a sum of money was discussed. The owner, truthfully, advised these personnel that her establishment did not have any funds to spare. This was truthful for this bar is operating on a shoe string, especially now during the slow season.

This Horse is happy that the bar remains open as it is one of my favorite watering holes in town.

THE GREEN BOTTLE CLOSED – Located along Perimeter road in the Clarkview area regretfully closed its door because of the serious illness of popular owner Elmar. He is presently confined in a hospital in Okinawa. For a long time he was trying to sell the bar so he could move to Okinawa. I hated to see the closure as it was located just a short distance from my “Stable”

PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL and BAR This remains one of the more popular establishments in town with 24 hour sports coverage, great food and nice viewing areas. Every Friday night they host a Joker-Poker drawing as well as 4 to 5 raffle draws. Recently a young lady was overwhelmed with happiness as she won a jackpot of P300,000. Needless to say the house was filled to capacity. The jackpot now stands at P105,000 and P5,000 will be added each week until a customer finds the elusive but not hard to find Joker. Starting at 7:30 PM each Friday for every drink purchased one ticket is given and for a meal 2 tickets are added.

TAPS

Just last night (Tuesday) after a rather long absence I decided to treat my wife and son to a nice Indian meal. Of course an excellent establishment for this is the Risoi Authentic Indian Restaurant in Hensonville. The owner is Richard, an excellent cook of this exotic cuisine who I had known for 21 years. I first met him when he was working in a bar at the old Clark Terminal building near the Checkpoint. His right hand waitress was Lisa who now, so many years later was still working for him at his Hensonville restaurant. It had been a year since I visited Richard so I looked forward to seeing him again. After the meal I asked Lisa if Richard was in the back cooking. To my utter shock and sadness she informed me that he had passed away in March this year. I don’t know if the tear in my eye came from this news or the Vindaloo dish I had just consumed. I sat there in disbelief. He had suffered from lung cancer and had gone back to India twice for treatment. After the second time he returned to tell everyone he had been cured. That was not true. Over the years Richard became known to many expats in this town. He and his food will be remembered. His stepson is cooking now and the restaurant remains open in his memory. Stop by for a great meal and say hello to Lisa. I was not able to meet his stepson. He was busy, maybe next time.

DENNIS MITCHELLpassed away this month after a long illness. He was a dear friend to many, well respected and one hell of a good Club manager. During the years I wrote “Harry the Horse” I could always go to Dennis for advice and to get tips as to what was going on in the bar scene. I had not seen him for months and did not realize he was ailing. I received an Email from John C. (Margarita Station) and could not believe the words I was reading. He will be missed and I pass on my condolences to his wife, his hard working partner who stood by his side for so many years. I wrote the following words about Dennis in my Dec 2000 HTH newsletter. Believe me, he earned that respect and kept it to his last day with us.

Last month Dennis Mitchell left employment at Kokomo’s and moved over to the German connection at the Volcano.  I predicted that he would return to Kokomo’s but was assured that this would not happen.  Upon returning from Vegas I was very pleased to see that, indeed, Dennis has returned to Kokomo’s where his many friends felt he never should have left in the first place.  Dennis indicated that money is not everything and that peace of mind and respect counts for a lot.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

For the first time in years I had to undergo root canal treatment for one tooth. I damn sure did not look forward to it even though I had complete faith in the dentists at Smile Makeover. I did not get to use Doctor Tey this time but, instead, the always smiling Dr. Irene. All went well the first day of treatment but on the second day it was found that my tooth was not going to cooperate, things got difficult as one canal or nerve was curved and not easy to deal with. On my 4th appointment, Monday, I was being treated, had my pain killer shots in my mouth, temporary cap removed, Doc Irene working away with some kind of file in my tooth and I was trying to watch the overhead movie. Suddenly, no electricity, brown out! They got me out of the chair to sit in the waiting area but, no luck the juice was not coming back on. Back in the chair, fill in the tooth, put cap back on and make an appointment for the next day. Everyone laughing, joking around, including me except that I wished it had happened before the shots.

Next day, 11 AM appointment, made me miss the rest of the Golden State basketball game. Got there on time but informed Dr. Irene had an unplanned patient with an emergency. Could I wait? How long? Unknown! Told them I would go to Phillie’s Sports Grill and have a cup of coffee. Call me when ready. Got a call, return at 12:30. No problem. Got in chair, got the shots again, cap off, fill in tooth again, different movie. Then the damn electricity went off again. Did not get out of the chair this time; we knew the routine except this time I uttered the polite word “shit, not again, what are the odds”, two unfinished movies! Wednesday, I have an appointment for 4 PM. Will it happen again, stand by for news!  UPDATE:  The 4 PM visit went well.  The bad news is that I still face at least 2 more appointments to finish up (hopefully).  Oh yes, I was able to finish the movie.

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