A short story of bad decisions

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It started as a small drip

under the sink

which an incompetent “plumber” sent by the Village maintenance head turned to a warzone slash swimming-pool

always get a certified plumber

good thing my wife knows some good plumber sub-contracting for their company. The plumber was able to figure out that it was the Malunggay tree roots in front of the house that blocked the drainage pipe

so the tree had to go

bye-bye tree

And now our indoor sink is back to normal. Well it still needs a coat of paint but at least the sink is now usable. 🙂

Morals of the story:

  • Always get a certified plumber to diagnose and fix leaks and blockages.
  • Always get commitment that the plumber can put back whatever they demolish.
  • Dont plant a shrub or tree on top of your drainage pipe.

Starting the journey with airport food

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My wife and I embarks in our first out of town trip today for the last 3 years.  Our plane leaves at 730 so we were at the airport by 5am to avoid any checking hassle.  It was a good thing as the group of passengers ahead of our queue took a while as the counter crew, to their much chagrin, tried to explain to them the concept of “allowable hand luggage”.

We were done with the checking procedures by 545am. With stomachs grumbling,  we scouted the food stalls and the choices were a bit meager: a rice/noodle vendor, go nuts donuts,  Krispy Kreme donuts,  Mrs fields cookies,  chaikofi cafe,  and two kiosks of a sandwich vendor. The rice-chowing Asian in me made the choices clear: rice toppings for me.

The pickings were limited as most of the menu items are not available. I settled for chicken asado toppings with coke in can,  and my wife ordered the two pieces of siopao (asado and bola-bola)  with bottled water.  The bill was Php310. Pretty steep price so my expectations already rose up. 

The food came in quickly. The asado came with 3 quarter inch slices of chicken with asado sauce and spring onion bits. The siopao were the size of teacups. 

The food fare was,  for lack of a more positive adjective,  “geared towards the international palate”.  The chicken was butter soft.  Oh wait that was the plastic spoon and fork that came with the meal.  You have heard the joke about siopao being made from cat meat?  Well this is different as the siopao feels as hot as a cat’s nose. My wife’s first bite was a smorgasbord of flavor: she couldn’t identify the flavor.  She ended up not finishing the second siopao so it was up to me to get our money’s worth. I am grateful for the Chili oil in the table because I don’t know if I would have done without it.

What’s good with the food?  The coke in can was cold,  and the Chili oil has the right spiciness and bite.

What was bad?  Everything else.  Next time you are in the area,  choose the branded franchises as you would know what to expect. And don’t listen to the instincts of a hungry stomach.

The kiosk’s name is “Let’s Chow”  with the tag line “mapapa-chow ka”  (i think a weak play on the wow expression).  All I can say on that is “pu-chow naman o”  (my play on a local curse phrase).  If I paid thrice the amount of a similar fate from 7-11 then I expect the flavor to be as good.

Something is not “right” with this house

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Since we moved to Pasig to cut down our daily commute time we have decided to offer our house in Binangonan for rent. Most if not all who inquires keeps on asking if we want to sell it instead.


My wife says its the aura. Some houses have this light and welcoming aura while some would imbibe a dark and heavy feeling. Ours belong to the first category but I think it also has something to do with the people who live there. 🙂

More “as-is” pictures here.