H-a-p-p-y T-w-e-n-t-y S-i-x-t-e-e-n!
‘Twas the mess before Christmas, outside the mall…..
On December 24th a rookie police officer from Oriental Mindoro was involved in an alleged motorcycle theft on Clark.
Security chased him from near Jollibee in the Berthaphil complex - where, after unsuccessfully trying to flee on a motorbike, he commandeered a white Mitsubishi L300 from a local catering service. Of all the places, the incident finished off in front of SM.
The suspect was seen running past several restaurants that line the front of the mall with CDC police and SM mall guards following close, guns out, shooting at him from behind. Reports say he was carrying a gun as well, though this detail has not been confirmed simply because no gun has been found. All in all he sustained 5 gun shot wounds and bled out heavily in the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance around 3:30 PM.
Authorities closed the front of the mall for 1-2 hours while investigators handled the area. The suspect was left bleeding behind the vehicles parked closest to the door between Pizza Hut and the French Baker. After arriving at the hospital, he succumbed to his wounds and passed away.
A lot of Filipino Facebook chatter suggests that this was not the actual suspect to an attempted robbery, but instead was a case of mistaken identity. Station 4 and CDC police are conducting an investigation and the details online are muddled so for now, it is what it is.
Local security acted without hesitation and a few other foreigners at the mall commended the men on their conduct with regards to the incident. One British man was with his wife’s family of twelve inside Fortune Restaurant and watched the entire thing unfold through the glass façade. Patrons of Pizza Hut also had a front row seat, and were told to get away from the windows to avoid getting injured. Luckily, no one else was harmed – not by bullets anyway.
…meanwhile, inside the mall….
The stores closed their metal gates until the “all clear” was given, and most if not all stores did just that – you wouldn’t expect such proficiency from them given the nature of, well, “The Philippines.” However, they did a terrific job and you could tell some training was recalled - as if this had been orchestrated and practiced before.
Just imagine how many people would be in the mall the day before Christmas doing their last minute shopping, and the tremendous amount of chaos this all caused. If you had been having a coffee in Starbucks near the back of the mall and not know what had happened, you might have just gone about your day. The only problem was that once you entered the mall after the shooting – you would find a lot of people milling around with 95% of the stores closed.
Some security guards had the moxey to approach people and ask them to delete pictures or videos they had taken on their phones. Several other people had no idea a shooting had even taken place and were angered by their inability to shop, shouting at security to open doors. Some people were quick to overreact, suggesting this was ISIS or some act of Abu Sayyaf terrorism. Typical over exaggeration if there has ever been one.
At the SM Department store’s lower level, herd mentality struck when the shooting occurred. One moment people were calmly coming down the escalators and shopping around, and the next; screams could be heard and panic swept through the floor. Mind you, the SM Department store is a good 200+ meters from where the shooting took place.
From the entrance to the mall on the opposite side of the store all the way to the other side by the shoe department every person was caught up in the panic as if a zombie invasion was taking place. Once one person started screaming and running it caused a tidal wave of people all running away from something. The only problem was, no one knew what they were running from! Had anyone stopped to look for a gun or machete, they might have prevented the stampede.
At the doorway from the department store leading to the east parking lot of SM, people tried to cram themselves through the entrance side-door creating a bottleneck, where dozens of people were trampled while people scurried as if they were escaping a fire.
Sadly enough, it was this hysteria that caused people to fall down and get injured. Ironically the exit side door (entrance side and exit side), which was no more than 1-2 meters away from the entrance door, was completely unoccupied and myself along with a few others were able to slip out while carrying so much stuff that it made it almost impossible to maneuver around. First rule: don’t panic.
Hundreds of people tried to force themselves out an exit door not 2-meters wide, and security was trying to hold people back and lift people out simultaneously during the ordeal. What a day!
On to the next!
On December 29th, a hostage situation took place at the Chowking near main gate. The suspect grabbed a child and threatened to stick a fork in his eye before the man was shot in the shoulder. The child got away with a few bruises, lucky kid!
Read more about said hostage situation and see the (grainy mobile) YouTube videos here.
If you act like an idiot in the bars, you will end up as an idiot behind bars…
A few days before Christmas at Baby Doll’s Bar on Perimeter road, a very unruly (shabu riddled) Australian customer took it upon himself to berate the midday staff and call them all names, stirring up such a ruckus that in his wisdom he felt it would be smart to go door-to-door in the Baby Doll’s hotel looking for the owner.
Keith, who was sleeping at the time, awoke to the guy beating down his door – practically taking it off the hinges. In his rage the guy stomped back to the bar as Keith pursued, arguing along the hallway. Continuing his onslaught on the girls, and becoming more and more belligerent, he tried – very foolishly mind you, to get physical with Keith. Anyone who knows Keith knows he’s probably not the first bar owner to have to take matters in to his own hands (that, and he just looks like a tough guy too). A broken beer bottle over the head later, and a few minutes of wrestling, and the police arrived to subdue the bloodied party animal.
From there, the guy tried to grab the gun of one of the policemen, and proceeded to hit one of the officers from Station 4 during a scrum. Probably not the best way to start out an evening. During his arrest, he somehow gained control of the steering wheel of the vehicle and forced the police car they were transporting him in to veer off the road and cause a collision before arriving at the station.
The cherry on this sundae was that, due to the holidays approaching, even though he was able to make bail – he was kept behind bars for 7-days (sounds like 6-extra days for good measure). Meanwhile, his picture has now been spread about and he has been banned from many of the bars in the area.
From the Horse’s Mouth:
Happy New Year to one and all. I am so glad to still be around to greet all of you and I hope Justin will continue to allow my little input each month. I might miss a month or two if I get around to taking a holiday to the US or some other location. Priscilla tells me I no longer can use this column as an excuse since Justin has taken over. It is hard to give up a 13-year old excuse but what the hell, ain’t life great!
Finally, after laying vacant for well over a year, the old Midnight Rodeo building across from Tequila Reef has been demolished and the sounds of great country music and dancing are only a distant memory. Old timers passing by and seeing the rubble that exists now can stop and search their memory banks to remember what used to be. This is the story of the entertainment district of Fields Ave and Perimeter road as the old days vanish from memory with each demolition of a building to be replaced by a modern edifice with no character at all.
The new buildings have no personality, just the look of big money in action. That is the result of progress and certainly the entertainment area reflects this progress so well. All is not lost though, as the old Midnight Rodeo country sounds can still be found at their new location at 1-D Raymond St., close to the Orchid Inn.
Tourist of the Month:
What is happiness? Being 66 years old, single, in Angeles City (AC). That is why Digby Clidaras, from Nigel South Africa, was so happy when he stopped by my stable at the Blue Boar Inn. I was happy as well since it was only the second time I had a visitor from South Africa. There is a bit of unhappiness as he still has to work to save up for his annual trip to this appealing, restful environment; after all, the shopping is great! Favorite hotel – the Walk-a-Bout at the end of Fields Ave. Great choice!
Favorite bar – The Blue Boar Inn, good food and drink at reasonable prices.
I must mention that this was Digby’s 5th trip and yet, no special lady in his life but as long as his brother Graham gives him time off each year I am sure he will meet his match one year. His brother owns Precision Components Services and Digby enjoys his job, enough so, he has no immediate plans for retirement. When asked if he would be returning next year, Digby said “yes, if he could save enough empty coke bottles.” Hey, Graham, give your brother a pay raise! Only kidding but I will tell you this, I think it would be great to visit South Africa and I will start saving my own empty coke bottles.
Innocent man suffers in prison:
I have been following the case of Torgeir Hoverstad (Norwegian) for quite a while. His case is an illustration of how easy it is to be caught up in, what at times, is a very questionable legal system in the Philippines. Foreigners are easy targets. Torgeir’s friend Mike Solo keeps me up to date on this sad story.
Harry, Thank you for your interest. The next hearing in Olongapo will be January 22nd. Judge Bautista of Branch 73 has excused himself from all of his cases due to poor health. That throws the whole system into chaos, not that the whole charade is not already chaos. Mr. Torgeir Hoverstad was granted speedy trial some time ago and then:
This event contributed to the case overload of Judge Bautista in Branch 73 who only presides on Fridays and effectively destroyed any chance for speedy trial. In fact most of Torgeir’s hearings are rescheduled. That means no progress. I have another friend, a Swiss National whose name is Frank (also innocent and victimized by criminal cops) that suffers the same calamity. I contacted Ramon Tulfo and in early October his team produced an article. See below.
Torgeir Hoverstad, 63, a Norwegian photographer and cameraman who sells his documentary films about the beauty of the Philippines in Europe, has been in jail in Olongapo City for more than a year. All the charges against him—child abuse, child porn production and human trafficking—are trumped up. Hoverstad is the victim of a syndicate that preys on foreigners in Olongapo City, filing false charges against them so they will be forced to settle with their “victims” and pay them huge amounts.
Hoverstad didn’t commit any of the crimes imputed to him.
Apparently bothered by her conscience, the 15-year-old girl (now 17), the subject of nude photos allegedly taken by the Norwegian, admitted she was hired by a syndicate to make false accusations against him. The girl came to my office on Wednesday accompanied by two adults. She said she had never met Hoverstad before she was made to testify against him in two courts—in Balanga, Bataan province, and in Olongapo City, Zambales province. Different courts, same case.
She said the syndicate coached her on what to tell the court.
However, she took pity on the foreigner who had done her no wrong.
The nude pictures presented in court were taken by the syndicate, not by Hoverstad.
But when she recently made the confession and retraction in open court, Olongapo Judge Jose Bautista Jr. didn’t drop the case outright.
The government prosecutor, Ria Nina Sususco, got angry with the girl and allegedly threatened her. “Hindi mo ako kilala, bata ka. Baka mapasama ka sa ginawa mo (You don’t know me, girl. You might get into trouble)!” the girl quoted Sususco as telling her.
Why didn’t the judge dismiss the case against Hoverstad after the girl’s retraction? Why was the prosecutor fuming at the girl’s retraction? Are they part of the syndicate?
Harry, it is worth noting that the day after the article appeared in the Examiner, and before court was in session Judge Bautista joked that he better retire before Tulfo comes to investigate HIM to uproarious nervous laughter by the attorneys gathered there.
When the court went in session, Judge Bautista proceeded to take an hour explaining and repeating HIS problems and all of his accomplishments. How he has improved the Olongapo court and he was satisfied with his contributions. He did that for an hour. At the end of the day Judge Bautista repeated his woes wasting another 30 minutes of court time or 1 ½ hours total. At that time he announced he would not be hearing any more cases that a new judge would be selected after December. He then set the new hearings to January 22nd. I think he was scared or pissed or both.
Beginning: This all started with an Email sent to me by Mike on 6 Aug which read as follows–
I am sending you this six-page hand written letter from my Friend Torn, who was kidnapped by the police in Subic Crown Point at his apartment in June of last year and arrested a day later. He was subsequently incarcerated and his belongings were removed (most of them stolen) from his apartment by the police. The items include a big screen TV, motorbike, various cameras, video equipment, musical instruments clothing and various house hold items. His debit/credit cards were cloned and his accounts depleted.
Torn was told by the police that if he gave them his debit and credit cards with the pin number they would withdraw enough cash to pay off his complainant and he would be released immediately. Torn was desperate and he believed the police officers.
One of the so-called complainants has testified. She is under age. She testified that the police threatened her with guns and incarceration if she did not sign a complaint against Torn. She never met Torn she did not know who he was. She was afraid for her life and did not want to go to jail so she signed an affidavit the police concocted. After the testimony of the complainant (please see testimony page 5-6) the case was not dismissed. There are no witnesses against Torn nor is there any evidence. Torn's attorney is less than effective as he is paid for every appearance in court.
Torn wanted to expose this criminal corruption by contacting Mr. Tuflo the Philippine investigative reporter. He fears retaliation while in jail. Is there a way to get some attention paid to this matter? Thank you, Michael Soto
(Hopefully, I will get an update after the 22 Jan court hearing)
Medicare Part G:
Say you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need Long-Term Care, but the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you. So, what do you do?
You opt for Medicare Part G.
The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You are allowed to shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, a library, and all the health care you need. Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That's great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!
As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!
And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can't afford for you to go into a nursing home. and you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it. And now, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any more income taxes!
Is this a great country or what? (Not a bad idea!)
The Green Bottle:
Elmar, the cranky old owner of the Green Bottle, despite reservations, declared that he wanted to wish one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I like the Green Bottle and not because it is just a few meters from my place and easy to get to. It is because it is fun to deal with Elmar, a retired Air Force man who spent some time at Clark AFB and decided to stick around. His bar has great music and it is played at a reasonable sound level. He also has a few good looking, friendly ladies on board who remember your name when you enter the bar.
Elmar is also a member of the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial as am I and we both hope that more expats will think of joining our Club and help us with our community projects. Stop by the Green Bottle and give Elmar a “high five” for the New Year.
Dave and his Buccaneer Ladies:
Now for the King of Barrio Barretto entertainment, Dave Fisher and his Buccaneer ladies, all wish one and all a Merry Christmas. Dave Fisher has been part of the bar scene in both Angeles City and Barrio Barretto for many years. Here in Angeles City he was very successful as a Bar owner and an overall businessman. He also spent a lot of time advising and helping many people in their businesses and personal lives. He dug deep into his pockets many times to help employees when in need or sick in hospital. A few years ago, he decided he had enough of Angeles City and Derek Hewitt of Kokomo’s fame stepped into his shoes here.
Meanwhile Dave moved to Olongapo and in a very short time established himself as a local leader and acquired multiple properties. For the last couple of years he has told me he was going to retire but right now he does not show any time of doing so. I am one of his fans so yes, as he wishes us all a Merry Christmas, I also take this time to wish him continues success, good health and a very Merry Christmas. Of course, that includes all the beautiful ladies he has working for him.
Park Inn by Radisson:
This is the newest hotel to open and it is located at the back of SM Clark Mall. I was very surprised to see the construction of a hotel at this location and now, it is open for business. I have not explored the premises yet but intend to do so soon. Guess I will have to user my walker and Priscilla the Horse to assist me. I especially want to see what the restaurant looks like. I am also interested in the price listing.
It was described as one of the only properties in the city managed by an international hotel chain. There are 154 rooms and suites with LED televisions and an outdoor pool.
Would you believe there is another Hotel soon to open on Clark and also in the near future a 200-room Merriott Hotel. With all this hotel growth on and off base maybe, just maybe the politicians here will get off their collective asses and get this Clark International Airport up and running like a true international airport. Enough damn time has been wasted. Get the railroad construction started. Solve the traffic congestion at Friendship and on Perimeter Road.
Aeropark Phase I:
A couple of days each week for a few months I had a view of the vacant lot enclosed by a fence while having my physical therapy sessions and we always wondered what would be built there. Finally, the sign was erected and our questions were answered.
An Aeropark that would see new buildings as described on the sign but we won’t see much until 2017. Is this finally the first step in the grand design of the Global City? Has the flow of investment money finally begun? For me, sadly, all it will accomplish is blocking the great view I enjoyed while working on my physical exercises.
On 16 Dec I was invited by my friend Remee Suarez to appear as Santa at the Children’s Home of Eucharistic Love and Kindness. This is a home for abused and abandoned children. I was happy to comply as it gave me a chance to donate some of the stuffed toys that were donated to me. It was a wonderful experience and the girls were so happy and pleased to see Santa. They were so excited. There 19 of them who entertained us with song and dance. It was very touching. I told them I had to walk with a cane because “Rudolph” kicked my leg by accident and it was too far to go back to the North Pole.
3 nuns run this home, one of who is 90 years old and is a retired nun from Australia. She told us that in the 70’s she rode a Greyhound bus from State to State visiting churches to raise funds for her project. The home she built is beautiful but regretfully funds are short. She receives no financial help from any church or the Government. She wants to hire a housemother to watch over the kids but lacks the funds. Some of the children were at school and missed the event. They live at the home from early age to 18 and then sent to college but still live at the home until they finish college and go off to work.
Remee and her friends provided food on this night, catered by a local restaurant. Remee is very active in charitable projects. Her energy is endless.
Munting Tahana Ng Nazareth:
I think that Remee was testing my energy and weak legs as she also invited me to be Santa at the above named home for abandoned boys who were physically handicapped and mentally handicapped. This home is located in Dau and is overseen by a priest and nuns. It is a very emotional place to visit and like the home for abandoned girls it was my very first visit. I was surprised to see an old friend there named “Joey” who was a resident at the Bahay Bata Street Children’s Center for a number of years.
I had lost track of him after he was moved from the Center as he needed more professional care than we could provide. He was happy to see me and was the one who sang a couple of Christmas songs for us. Santa was not allowed to give any stuffed toys here because of the Children’s condition in that they would not handle them properly.
Here again Remee and her friends helped to feed the children. When I asked what they needed in the form of help I was given a list of grocery items that included tooth paste, diapers, toilet paper, and so on. The boys were wearing shirts donated by the ABC Hotel and I was impressed with that.
Tomorrow I will be Santa at the Angeles City SPED school. This will be my 4th year. These children are a mix of deaf, blind and mentally challenged. This is where I cannot keep tears dripping from my eyes. The children are so loving.
There is more I will do before the season ends and I can only reach out to so many because of donations from various local people. Next month, as usual, I will list those who helped this year.
Top Reader Submissions for the month:
Me, Me, Me…..
Good on you for taking over the mantle of composing the newsletter and remodelling the site! I would guess that you are not going to get rich from your goodwill of taking on this enormous task. This is just a note to let you know my observations of your writing style; way too many "I" "I've" "I'm" and it distorts the perspective your reader should be given. Leave these out by trying to write from another narrative please. You are clearly capable of scribing and I won't speculate on your habit of writing like this but if you leave out the "I' this and "I" that out it will sound less like a testimonial and/or personal justification of whatever point you’re trying to make.
There's no need to publish my email and you can just forget my message if I'm on the "outer edge"of your reader feedback. I'm really only trying to help you as sometimes reading your articles becomes somewhat tedious.
Malice nor insult intended, only constructive comment hopefully and honestly.
No malice taken Bill. There’s no such thing as the outer edge and the criticism is appreciated.
Last month something got under my skin and it came out in a more personal tone than anticipated – you’re not the only one who noticed. Count the I’s, I’ves, and I’ms in this one…let me know what you think.
Reading another great month of info, thanks!
I haven't finished yet but wanted to comment on the debit card fees. You
can open a Chase Sapphire for no fees (credit card) or Charles Schwab
checking account and they'll reimburse all your fees regardless. This
includes ATM charges from foreign banks. It's the best option period.
Good to know.
Also would like to know if the new club Patches is a Rock n Roll club. I notice
a very cute girl posting on DateinAsia from the bar and it looks like a biker/rock
bar from the photos.
Patches is a biker bar, so yes, you’ll find rock n’ roll playing. The word “patch” is the insignia the bikers wear on their leathers to show which group they belong to when they ride…
Best served with a grain of salt…
G/day Justin, i am writing in regards to the complaints in the latest news letter
about late pick ups at the airport, slow service, girl problems etc. We all hear these complaints continually, usually from people that have been coming to the Philippines for years. My standard answer is YOU chose to come to the Philippines no one forced you to leave your country.
Justin keep up the good work and don’t let the knockers get to you. I wonder if the knockers realise how difficult the task you have taken on is. All the very best for Christmas.
Alan from Australia
My motto is that you always have to take the good with the bad. Trade-offs are made in every situation, everywhere, every day.
The Jockey Club Recruit…
Like you, I am also in my 30s, which makes me a youngster by Angeles standards. I think the Jockey Club idea is great. I often find it hard to meet other expats when visiting AC. Don't get me wrong, I think the girls can make great company, but its also great to shoot the sh*t with the guys.....while the women are there to entertain (imagine if I said that openly in states). In fact, I the only establishments where Ive had lengthy conversations with other guys is at the short time shack/bars (dont judge, lol).
I dont live in AC, but I do live close (Shenzhen, China) and I will certainly spend my all of 23 day vacation in February between Subic and AC......ok like 90% of it will be in AC. I will definitely show for February's Jockey Club.
As far as the page goes, the only thing that annoys me is that it takes longer to load (at least for me), Chinese internet speed is notoriously slow though. I do love that Jimmy is still in the picture. I thought the page's content was great the way it was, but things do change and at least this time its for the better.
That slow internet is the Chinese Gov’t watching everything you’re doing. Haha, just kidding….maybe! Sorry for those long load times, the new HTH is picture heavy.
Look forward to meeting you in February and Happy New Year.
Reliable transportation service in Angeles?....
hi justin, i hope you are well, my name is alan, i am from australia, we met when you were at grand central.
i love the new HTH, your doing a great job, rather you than me the headaches you must have, putting it all together, to keep readers informed, and trying to keep them happy, i dont understand how people can be negative about the new format, its fantastic, no dis respect to the old format either, its just changing with the times, just like my lack of hair as i get older,ahaha.
i hope you can help me, my lady and myself arrive back in the philippines, from australia on dec 12, and we need to rent a van with driver to go to beach resort near subic, have tried margarita station they carnt help, and our old van rental person, (june),( regino marges ) tried to rip me off 100k peso on a rental property, so i wont use him.we have about 12 people, this includes 4 children. any help would be appreciated, thanks.
wishing you a great new year and christmas as well justin, and congrats on the new look HTH, love it, thanks.
Happy Holidays, Alan. Hopefully the service that was referred to you came through. Let me know how it worked out.
Does anyone else have a service they would like to refer?
Whatever you do, avoid getting the shaft by former owner of Otakato Car and Van Rentals, previously run by a guy name Jun (Alfonso was his real first name, but he went by Jun or June). He stole a car from Kandi Realty, and borrowed money from everyone in his network so that he could support his gambling habit only to leave them all hanging when they came to collect.
The Angeles City House of Cards…
This was on the front page of the Volume 1, HTH Print that was distributed on December 31st and carrying over to the New Year. Part 2 follows this – turns out it was a con artist living in Angeles City who scammed a ton of people.
(The name and source from this submission have been edited from its original format to protect the identity of the person involved.)
Hello Mr. J, I have a story for you. You may want to edit or alter my story in any way you need for the readers. I apologize for my grammar as I am not a good writer but I hope you can take from this and use what you can. Be sure to spellcheck me first mate........let me start by saying that greed will imprison us all. Greed ruins everything....Everyone wants more and all these greedy people need to understand there will be a time to pay for their greed. It is ok to put meat on the table for your family but sometimes that sacrifice is steep and people on the other side of the table pay for it. This is something too many people ignore...People often lose their moral compass when they do business in Asia.
Beyond all these blinking gogo lights in mainstream Asia there is an undertow of corruption and violence...It resonates in many of the businesses operating in Asia whether powerful people own them or not....People without power are the ones paying the people with power to conduct their business to begin with.
This takes place in all of Asia but is so well hidden that tourists do not catch these glimpses during their trips....Not just tourists but local guys living here who don’t even know any better. People in my background understand this because it is a part of our way of life. Bad things happen to good people, and worse things happen to bad people,,,.
I would say that with the exception of Singapore, the most organized crime free place though not completely, in Asia lots of corruption is taking place. Emphasis on the word LOTS....Many but not all politicians are on the take. Kidnap for ransom exists, trafficking of illicit goods, pirated items, selling of exotic or rare animals, humans, weapons, drugs, money, whatever the case it is taking place right in our neighborhoods beyond closed doors and we just don’t see it or hear of it.....
For every story you are told or see on your TV there are hundreds maybe thousands of others that go unreported. You might not see it or hear it, as most people are not made aware of this kind of activity, trust me it is there.One day eventually it will come to light that there have been a lot of empty promises made in Angeles by one person... Foolish of me to say because of course empty promises have been made every day for a hundred years but this time it is different. People will not have seen this one coming.There is one person who took advantage of several others.... This person made deals using the hard earned money of others.... But in the background he did things that were illegal and got people in trouble. He did things that karma would consider to be bad. Karmas a ************* **tch and Im not afraid to say it.....-People are dead, jailed, or financially strapped because of him and no one knows it yet.
Given your position, you might be a person who has the inside track on information good or bad happening in Angeles. Chances are that you know who XX is already that much I am sure of....You know.... Police know..... The Boogeyman know.... Wait and see..... You may want to change the name or pull it out whatever you can need. Always remember that there is a fish bigger than you out there. When you think you are bigger than your promises, the stakes will mount and eventually things will fall apart. I apologize for being so mum, you just don’t have any idea what all transpired recently....
No response from this guy, until part 2 rolled into my inbox. My only response was something like this, a tad more verbose:
This is a pretty detailed and twisted account of what’s happening in Asia – as distorted as it may sound. Some people would probably think that you’re in too deep with whatever it is you are dealing with or perhaps you just see the worst in things. Not sure how you’ve been affected but life moves on. As you said, “wait and see.” Vendettas usually lead nowhere and cause several degrees of stress.
PS: Various agencies are full of the most corrupt human beings in the world. This is the reason they run the systems and we all march like sheep to the slaughterhouse.
Part 2: Angeles City House of Cards…
Hello again mate, I told you that karma would catch up with this fellow XX. Been watching the news lately? Of course you haven’t, you probably wouldn’t be able to find this on the news anyway because as I said nothing good ever makes it to the news to begin with....We only see what they want us to see.
Good things happen with positive thinking..... I knew this bloody wanker was going to cop a plea but the authories nabbed him up didn’t they and hauled him off and away seized his passport and all.
That American bloke who stole from all those poor souls....He was trying to move that money right here in town and got messed up in the process. Good on the authorities for not giving up. Hope finds a way mate!.
Cheers to you mate and luck on the new year....
Again, very vague information…. When an attempt was made to contact this individual, the email bounced back as if the account had been closed down – that or yahoo and gmail were having issues again.
Some of this information was followed up. For the record: The only person that has been arrested recently is an American whose initials are "BB", which was edited out from the original story. Sources indicate he lived in a condo in AC and is most likely the person being referred to.
He was caught stealing from U.S. charities and moving money through Asia in the process (laundering unconfirmed by any sources except word of mouth, although this email rant seems to indicate otherwise). Not even sure how that relates to anyone else in Angeles City from what GH wrote in part 1, but it seems like for sure there’s a chance that people would have been financially drained had they fell for whatever the con was.
Since responding is not an option, let's assume “GH” is someone who was involved in the scam and maybe got burned - as in, scammed by the scammer himself. Seems logical. There was recently a (non-headlines story) about boiler room operation busted up in Manila with Swedish guys operating out of Angeles, and some people say that the same guy that was running that operation was connected to some American guys who were at the helm of a charity scheme. Long story short – there’s likely a connection between these players. The boiler room was probably used to pump legitimate U.S. Charities in a fraudulent manner. Maybe they were phishing some money using bogus websites and credentials? Rob people of their hard earned money? Who knows.
Strange as it seems, part 2 would have been published in the paper newsletter had it been received in time, but due to the holidays the print had to go in around December 20th and this email didn’t arrive until the 23rd….….such a shame to put part one out there without the ending, it really spoiled the suspense.
Another contribution from Mr. Worm:
I know where to go to find out what is happening in infrastructure and peoples opinion. If you want to delete that is okay. But I thought people might want the info that will happen in the next five years. I put in when they said the projects would be completed and my predictions. Maybe you could run it in two parts.
Airports Manila: Japan just finished feasibility of the former United States military navy/air force base (Sangley) jutting out in the water off Cavite. This would be another 20 minutes south of Manila airport. They would have to do reclamation and fill from the ocean to create the two runways. 10 to 12 billion dollars. 10 to 12 years.
Two private proposals are also out there. One from San Miguel beer that would do reclamation in Manila Bay under the current flight pattern. 2 runways. 8-10 billion dollars. 10 years. Plus another company that also wants to put it in Manila Bay close to the San Miguel. Hopefully San Miguel will beat everyone. (They are doing three or four big road projects current and just got pick to do another light rail project.Decision to build will be made next year hopefully by the new President election in May. Prediction if San Miguel get contract 2026 opening. Other companies 2030.
Manila lands only 40 planes an hour on there one runway. Three years ago they were told they could increase to 55-60 per hour. They need to construct 3 or 4 cutoff to get off the main runway. Nothing has been done.
Clark as the international airport: Might have happen in 1995. But now all the business people do not want to drive all the way up to AC. So they are fighting against Clark. Bullet train was going to cost at least 750 million dollars and lose money big time because of not that many customers. Also Clark in the past three years have gone from 1.3 million passenger down to 850,000. It was being used mainly because there were no landing slots in Manila. Somehow AirAsia found slots and one of the Middle Eastern plan found slot. Lost AC to Bangkok.
Train to AC:
Not going to happen. The latest in train track is suppose to construct from Manila to Malolos 2017-2020. Which is basically halfway beween AC and Manila. Somehow Japan is going to loan 2 billion dollars for construction. No guess.
Tarlac to Rosario, La Union: 99km. 60 miles. Was going to be 1/3 four lane the rest two lanes until more traffic. Thank goodness. It will be 4 lanes. 66km is completed and open. The remaining 33 will be done in March 2017. But a problem. Now all the politician are trying to get the route changed. Where have they been for five years. Developer San Miguel beer is not happy because the new proposed route would take away a lot of people coming in from Baguio. Plus they have not acquired all the right of way on the old design. My guess they will keep the original design (or the government pays a lot and I mean a lot to change) Completion June 2017 no change of alignment.
Manila Airport: Above ground tollway . Going from Entertainment city/Roxas Blvd. to the tollway Skyway. 4 lanes. San Miguel beer again is building. They bid something like $250 million for the rights(not sure) the second company like 25 million to control the road for 30 /35 years. Somebody screwed up. With off/on ramp to terminal 1,2,3. Ramps will dump you off the main road onto the light traffic. Completion they say April 2016. My prediction October 2016.
Now the big one called Skyway 3. You will be able to drive above ground on mostly a 6 lane road from north to south thru Manila. in 15 minutes. It will also connect with the airport tollway. Two builders. Again San Miguel will build Section 1(south part by airport), Section 2 and the other builder section 3 and 4. (north part). Suppose to be all completed in April 2018. I am guessing 2020.
They are going good on Section one. That will definitely be done by April 2018. Section 2 no work. I am thinking the Airport people will go there. Section three is also going good. They also will be done in April 2018. Section 4 is being worked on. I found last week that entering Manila at 4 pmis not good because they have reduce the three lanes to two Added an extra 40 minutes. Why they need to block off block, block after block, after block. Do one block at a time.
Only in the Philippines would you have zero north/south above ground tollway and the same year you will have two. Probably 2020. Currently along the coast there is another one being built. 25% is completed and open. Another 25% is under construction and will be completed in two years. The remaining needs to go out to bid. One company wants to build now but the government said they have to open the bidding to every buddy. That was a year ago. The road will start along the coast then the last 15% will join up with the Skyway 3 tollway in the south.
Thanks for this input Worm. There are a lot of things happening in the infrastructure of this area, specifically with regards to Clark. One Australian group and another group from Hong Kong have each put in a total of $200M. There was an article that the new Clark Green City would be a refuge for the President of the Philippines, should a calamity ever take place in Manila. (As in, whenever Yolanda happens in Manila and not the Visayas).
Nothing will happen over night, but my opinion is that the people who are betting long on Angeles will most likely reap the reward of having enough patience to ride all the waves out.
Rockin’ Dave update:
I went out for my usual morning constitution, having been discharged from Mt. Carmel Hospital some several weeks earlier. Ultimately,I ended up at Midnight Rock for my morning water. (Nothing alcoholic had passed my lips for a good few months now.) I conversed with an old friend of mine, Harris, and nothing seemed untoward in any respect, except for the fact that I felt tired. I made my excuses and left for home and rest.
I laid down at home, where apparently I remained for two days. No eating, no internet, no TV. Nothing -dead to the world - if you pardon the expression. Stella, understandably, was concerned. She didn’t know if I was just tired from many sleepless nights, or what. My manageress also called in to check the situation.
Apparently, I was confused and dizzy. Stella thought that maybe I had had a minor stroke. Dr. Tan referred me back to Mt. Carmel Hospital. The doctor on duty asked my name, age and if I knew where I was. I managed to answer all the questions, but not necessarily in the right order, not even in the order that they were asked. I did not know my name, or where I was, and I had lost some 30 years off my age. He should have asked the nurses, they all knew me by name, and that I was a pianist at Midnight Rock – which, eventually, he did do! Notwithstanding that, I was admitted to the intensive care unit, where I was connected to more devices than are housed at the NASA control centre.
The crux of my problem this time was Bilirubin, the yellow breakdown product of normal heme catabolism, caused by the body's clearance of aged red blood cells, which contain hemoglobin. It would appear that my departed red blood cells, whilst I am sorry to see them go, in fact, didn’t. This strange set of events is usually carried out the without the person’s knowledge, by their liver, within the process called the autonomic nervous system. In my case, as my liver was impaired, this relatively ubiquitous task went unnoticed by me. Until, that is, it manifested itself by way of an extremely confused and agitated personality.
I had no idea what was happening until I was once again taken back to hospital and full day had passed. One good thing about this condition is that bilirubin is degraded by light. Dr. Tan did point this out to me some weeks ago - however, the significance of this escaped me at the time. So I was discharged four days later, when I had to make sure that I adhered to my newly-found facts. Unfortunately, all this was affecting my Midnight Rock bar. My performances had remained on the back shelf all this while, as I was, for the first time in my life, unable to bear the strength incumbent with my extrovert shows.
So, for now, apart from my normal medicines, I have also affiliated the latter character from the 1931 song by the flamboyant English songwriter, Sir Noël Coward - the Englishman part, not the mad dogs part. Although, undoubtedly, there are some out there who would categorise me under both characters.
My last blog concerning my newly-discovered medical indisposition was entitled ‘Ghosts, Globulins and Campanology’. In this thrilling installment, I can add to those words the apothegm ‘Goblin’, better known as a grotesque sprite, or elf, that is mischievous or malicious toward people. In my opinion, sprite has always been a word associated with grotesque, hence my present predicament. And what has Goblin got to do with this narrative? Well, all is about to be revealed (although, not to the extent of the all-pervading sponge bath).
Cocos nucifera is the scientific name of the common coconut. And cocos means "spectre goblin". The hollow at the center of the coconut is filled with a thin, slightly sweet liquid, that can be used as a beverage. People of the Philippines call coconuts by a variety of names, which reflect its usefulness to societies - Tree of Life, Tree of Abundance, Tree of Heaven. Almost every part of a coconut palm is used. It is a primary source of food, water, drink, purifier, fluid re-hydration, isotonic, energy, tonic, fuel, soil rejuvenator from the fiber, animal feed, and shelter. Nature has provided us with a tree that produces the world’s best water. Some other adjectives are often called into play, especially when one is attempting to crack open the damn thing! Of course, Filipinos have no problem with this mundane task, and much enjoyment is acquired by watching the inexperienced lose a digit here and there in the process. I am now a coconut water junkie.
Let us return to the relative safety of the hospital, back in ICU. Along with the cocktail of other drugs that were administered, I was also given another blood transfusion, due to my now congenital anaemia -decrease of the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. Around 20 milliliters of blood is taken during every blood test that I participated in. This happens between once a day to 6 or 7 times a week, which works out at around to 140 ml a week. That’s almost half a pint! So, to my reckoning, they take out roughly half a pint a week. I’m no Einstein, but without replacing the missing milliliters, at half a pint a week, I’d soon be empty! Even the legendary Tony Hancock picked up on this when he went to donate a pint of blood: When the doctor tells him it was only a test smear, and that he must donate a pint of blood, Hancock protests, "I don't mind giving a reasonable amount, but a pint!? That's very nearly an armful, I’m not walking around with an empty arm for anybody!”
When I was bored in hospital, I looked at the various signs around my room. I noticed on the patient's door, next to mine, the warning: 'Needle prick aversion'. Ah, so I wasn't the only person scared of needles and such like. I checked my door to see if I had a similar notice. I needn't have worried. It was there in all its glory, adorned for all to observe. There was just one minor glitch. When they left the door of my room open, the first word of the 'needle prick aversion' notice was covered from sight, leaving the salutation: 'Prick aversion'. Still, better safe than sorry, that's what I say. That also brings me to another dilemma; why is it that we sit 'up' at night and sit 'down' during the day?
All this talk of globulins and goblins reminds me, that all I'm missing is a hob. (That's a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings - not the kind you cook on). When I was a kid and in bed alone, if I got scared (or got the heebie-jeebies, to paraphrase Little Richard), I would hide under the bed, where, invariably,I’d fall asleep. I soon grew out of that when people referred to me as ‘a little potty’.
Anyway, no chance of being alone in hospitals here. There is always someone coming in and out, checking blood pressure, temperature and fluids (in and out). Then, when you are just dropping off, a kindly nurse wakes you up and gives you something to make you sleep. Still, it all goes to make the day go faster. If it wasn’t for the injections, etc., I still say that the hospital would make a lovely hotel.
Still, they all did a sterling job to get me out of there, and I was discharged after 4 days. My only regret was that when my feet and ankles swelled up, prior to going to hospital (because of the lack of Albumen in my system), I thought that my feet were just getting bigger due to the heat, and so I bought a new pair of slippers. Once Dr. Tan had corrected my Albumen deficiency and I was discharged, my new shoes were too big for me. Why is life so complicated?!
I came to the Philippines (for the second time) in 2008, my first adventure having taken place in 1985. I left the UK, my place of birth, in 1975, playing shows around the world. Everywhere I performed I was met by tens of thousands of screaming girls – nevertheless, I would always go on stage! This continued from thence on, in a downward fashion. I have lived in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, Portugal, Macao, Japan, USSR, and many other places too difficult to spell. In short, I have always been a troubadour, a wanderer. That is the reason that I would now like to stay here in the Philippines, if at all possible. And here I'll stay, even if it kills me. For now, I'm not in too much pain, but depression clouds the issue.
© Rockin Dave
Dave, thank you for taking the time to fill us in on your health. Your witty personality still shines through the keyboard despite the various inputs and outputs you referred to. It would be an absolute pleasure to see you behind the ivories again so everyone is pulling for you.
If it would make you feel better, a few of the local lads could probably chip in and bring a small Yamaha keyboard to your (hotel room, bed room, hospital room) and we could have a chat while you do a good rendition of chopsticks or something. Give me a shout and let’s make it happen.
Dave’s bar, Midnight Rock, is located between Fire Pit and Porky’s on Perimeter Road. It’s a cozy venue with good music and a lot of memorabilia from Dave’s adventures. Best wishes Dave, and keep us in the loop.
HTH Word on the Street Images and Links:
For those of you not living in Angeles or Subic, here is a copy of the image files from HTH Word on the Street: Volume 1 – Printed for January 2016. 5000 copies of this 18" x 24" print are made with a distribution ratio of 3500 copies for Angeles and 1500 for Subic. Volume 0 was a 1-pager, Volume 1 is 2-pages total. A lot of this information can be found on this website by following the links below these images, and the calendar of events is enlarged at the bottom of this page so you can check out all the January bar parties.
There is an intentional effort to keep the content in the print separate from what is here on this online newsletter. The only duplicate content here (from the print) is the Reader Submission section part 1 and 2 for Angeles City House of Cards.
If you are reading this you should be aware that this is an extremely difficult task – basically coming up with double the content. The paper newsletter is set to grow by eight A4 sections, while limiting the amount of reading you have to make here especially if you’ve already seen the paper and are now online. At some point in time everything will balance, for now, expect things to tilt a little.
Local expats have already given a lot of feedback – everyone likes the paper newsletter, but they also do not want to be reading the same thing twice. For you locals, just skip over the links that are mentioned below unless you are looking for the articles that have additional pictures of the ladies attached to it (noted below)
For those stories listed in the print, separate articles have been made here on HTH.com and they have been linked for your perusal OR to skip over them if you’ve already seen them. If you’ve read the printed newsletter, no need to visit these links. If you are not in the Philippines, click these links to get caught up on this months reviews:
January 2016 Jockey Club Gathering:
Texas Hold ‘Em and a Wine Tasting
The second meeting of the Jockey Club will take place at 4 PM at Honey Ko’s Bar on Don Juico Avenue on Tuesday, January 19th. For those who cannot make 4 PM, around 5 PM we will walk around the corner and down the way to play Texas Hold ‘Em and sample some wines at Harry’s Stable – also known as the Blue Boar Inn. See the Jockey Club Tab at the top of the page for a refresher should you forget between January 1st and January 19th.
The buy in will be P800 which includes 3 local drinks while you’re playing, catered food, and your stake money. Depending on the turn out we will be giving cash prizes to the top 2 or 3 players.
This is a men’s only meet up. Come get to know a few other local guys, network, and have some fun. Welcome to tourists and local expats. We’ll see you there!
Angel's Baby Dolls Bar Christmas Party:
Had the chance to get in for the Christmas Party and grab some pictures of the ladies in Baby Dolls bar, one of our featured bars in this months print edition.
Baby Dolls is hands down one of the best bars right now on Perimeter Road. Get in early because the stage can be picked over by early evening. Their hours are 1 PM to 10 PM. Read more about them on Page 3 of the print (image is shown above) or click the link above to read the article from the print directly.
The bar has a hotel in the same building - usually with about 5 rooms available. After the Christmas break a lot of new dancers showed up on the scene. The girl in the white flowered dress (far left) just started - turned 18-years old in the second week of December....
Mischief Bar Christmas Party:
A hop, skip, and a jump from Ice and Baby Dolls and you’ll find Mischief Bar. If you’ve ever been to Amor’e Mio restaurant you’re knocking up against the Mischief wall probably.
This is such a great spot with a number of cuties, AND one of the best-kept secrets in town is found upstairs. Mischief is home to the only shuffleboard in Angeles City. The game room has a nice billiards table, a professional style dartboard, and the aforementioned shuffleboard. It is the perfect spot to get acquainted with some friendly competition – and who knows what you’d be willing to wager...
The girls don’t know much about shuffleboarding but it was a lot of fun to take a handful of them up there for a couple rounds. We bet ladies drinks on the winners, and wouldn’t you know, a couple of cherry girls ended up taking the cake. Must be that additional hand-eye coordination they have honed, haha.
Owner Jeff has done a great job making this place run like a Swiss watch. It’s a small bar but the atmosphere is top notch and the interior is well maintained. Stop in when you’re down that way, grab a drink and a girl to chat with.
Ice Bar’s Pre-New Years Pop-in:
Still loving on Ice Bar. After an hour for the Jockey Club, and now with Christmas having finally past, the flock of girls have flown back to work for their Pre-New Years collections. There were 20-25 dancers on the stage by opening time Wednesday, December 30th, and that’s a pretty small stage to begin with.
Luckily a few of them were camera friendly. Read more about Ice Bar in this months HTH Word on the Street Volume 1.
Mutya Ning Kapampangan Beauty Pageant:
Not to say that “all” the girls wouldn’t make good housewives but something about these pageants reeks of....“Betty Crockerism?” The girls must be such and such tall, without children, fluent in English, with so much education. IMO, beauty isn’t about how well connected you are or what answer you give some judge. You could be dumb as rocks and still be beautiful - just look at every blonde celebrity in the U.S...
This reminds me, did you happen to hear about the Miss Universe Pageant? Who says there can’t be a bit of drama in these gigs!
Miss Colombia was crowned for all of two minutes when the host, American Stand-up Comic slash Gameshow host Steve Harvey, announced that it was his mistake for not knowing the difference between the first runner up (Miss Colombia) and the winner (Miss Philippines).
Had this been anything to do with soccer/football, there would have been a lot more riding on it. Anyone recall the Colombian player who, in the 1994 World Cup, accidentally scored a goal for the U.S. team? He was shot a week or so later after returning home.
Free HTH Classifieds coming soon:
HTH will be bringing a savvy classified section to the website in the near future. For now, if you’re looking for some stuff, have a look at angelesclassified.com
One individual listing this month from an avid HTH reader named Mike:
This 14-month old house situated in the secure, child-friendly subdivision of Pulu Amsic consists of 300 sqm floor space in a land area of 240sqm. The house is 2 stories.
It has five  spacious bedrooms with furnishings. There are 2 Master bedrooms...one upstairs and one downstairs. There are four  bathrooms and an additional library/office room with built-in book shelves.
The living room has cove lighting and luxurious sofa set and granite flooring which extends through the property, extending into the fitted kitchen.
The house is network-ready with Cat6 networking cable throughout the house and a central network cabinet for all Cable TV, fiber, and RJ-45 internet connections. Converge Fiber Optic has been installed in the house, and we use CIGNAL Satellite TV service..
A new five burner Electrolux gas stove, a new inverter-type LG two door refrigerator with built-in ice dispenser, separate Whirlpool washer and dryer. 4 Multi-point water heaters included.
There is a separate maid's room with its own bathroom.
The property is equipped with seven  LG inverter split type air-condition units and all lights are low electrical consumption LED.
There is a two car covered garage which completes this house.
Contact Mike if you're interested - his email address is [email protected]
Angeles City and Balibago.com updates:
Off the beaten track:
Puning Hot Spring – Pampanga’s Hidden Wellness Center
Experience relaxation, culture, and landscape Less than 25-minutes away along the lahar covered foothills just beside the Sacobia riverbed there’s a hidden paradise ideal for those who are seeking some adventure and relaxation.
Puning Hot Spring is a wellness and spa facility that was developed to match the surrounding landscape. Specifically, the design is that of the Aeta lineage - the first tribal people of the Philippines. Puning happens to be where the Aetas Village and natives reside nearby. You will often see them in the area and if you have time you can catch one of their cultural performances.
The resorts facilities are divided into 3 areas – the first area, where you will be received, is known as the base camp. The second area, 2nd Station, is where they have their Hot Sand facility. Lastly, the third area, 3rd Station, is where the hot spring pools are located.
In order to get to the facility, you will take a drive (or arrange transportation) to go past Sapang Bato gate on Clark Freeport. Puning is located at 1st Station, Sitio Target, Sapang Bato, Angeles City – although it is listed as Porac it butts up against Angeles.
Upon reaching the resort’s camp, you will be offered a lunch buffet before your hot spring experience. Should you use to eat after the hot springs, that too is acceptable. Once the adventure is underway, you will ride in a 4x4 around the rocky river bed, going past several stretches of lahar fields, and through the mountains.
From the base camp, it is a further 10 or 20 minutes to reach 2nd or 3rd station respectively. Most people are encouraged to go directly to 3rd station where you exit the vehicle and traverse by foot to one of their 11 pools. After a much-needed soak, you would return to 2nd station where you will be buried from neck to toe in hot sand. The custom heating system will help your circulation and may even relieve some joint pain, while you relax for anywhere between 15-30 minutes. After this is complete, you will be given the opportunity to be covered in mud from the erupted Mt Pinatubo lahar. The mudpack is said to help with allergies, and promote healthy skin.
For more information contact them at 0919.339.2795 or email [email protected] - prices range from P1800 for groups of 5 people, transportation to and from the site can be arranged. They have some additional services from P300-P400 that you can purchase on site.
Schedule of January Events:
An older HTH newsletter was mentioned in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 23rd, 2015 - directed to HTH himself. The jist of the story is that Angeles City is a "boring place" since raids came along and that tourism is off because of this, that, and the other. Raids aren't even the norm these days. Strangely enough, Koreans are pouring in by the thousands so - things have changed, they haven't fallen off completely.
Since it can be hard to find online, here it is transcribed for you:
TO BLOGGER “Harry the Horse,” as he is known to his co-expatriates in and around the entertainment district of Balibago and Malabanias villages in Angeles City, “bars were more fun” on Fields Avenue several years ago than in the last two years that saw the increase of police raids.
“Back then, there was no International Justice Mission (IJM) trying to justify their reason for being by seeking out publicity through questionable raids of bars conducted under the umbrella of various police agencies,” the foreigner said in one of his blogs.
He was referring to the Washington D.C.-based global anti-human trafficking organization that set up an office in the nearby City of San Fernando in August 2012, as its third field office in the Philippines to focus on sex trafficking. Two other IJM offices are in Manila and Cebu.
Rescue underage workers, fight ‘bar fine’
The organization, which spends some $40 million for its worldwide operations every year, has been leading the raids on bars and similar entertainment establishments in Angeles City, with law enforcers and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat).
The raids were focused on rescuing underage sex workers and fighting “bar fine,” the fee paid to the bar to take a female entertainer out for sex.
In a blog, titled “Why are the Angeles City bars being raided and why there are no more bar fines available,” the foreigner summed up his observation of the sex tourism in this city: “Angeles City is over as a mongering destination.”
The blogger, referring to the IJM, told his social media followers that the American NGO and the police have been rescuing girls and arresting bar owners and managers, charging them with human trafficking.
“My advice would be to forget Angeles City. It’s over! The good news is that there are hundreds of other destinations all over the world to enjoy ourselves with young honeys,” he said.
An online post by a foreigner several months ago at happierabroad.com forum said:
“Me and Billy went for a walk on Fields Avenue in AC (Angeles City) a few days ago. Man, Angeles City sucks now. The girls aren’t as hot and the blow row bars no longer have rooms for sex upstairs. That sucks. The choices suck now too. The hot ones look snooty and standoffish. They are always with Korean guys. Mr S says AC was much better before 2010.”
“It’s due to constant raid on bars by [IJM] from America that has ruined AC. There are frequent raids in AC nowadays, due to which many bars have closed and girls moved to other places. You can Google ‘IJM Angeles City raids’ for more info but don’t fall for the CON words like women ‘saved’ (or) ‘rescued’… It’s a million dollar charity scam of saving poor girls from Third World countries,” another foreigner replied to the post.
In its report on its operation in Pampanga in 2014, the IJM said it rescued some 150 people, including minors, from sex trafficking, and helped the government close 11 bars and entertainment establishments.
The website of Margarita Station, a 24-hour pool bar-restaurant on Fields Avenue, documented 47 raids and bar closures since 2012 in Angeles
Some of the raids were undertaken through the efforts of the IJM.
The last raid led by the IJM and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) was on a bar on Fields Avenue on March 6 this year. Two foreigners belonging to the IJM acted as customers and paid bar fines to a pimp to take out two young women entertainers for sex.
A German suspected to be connected with the bar was arrested and 141 female entertainers were rescued, 13 of them were found to be below 18 years old.
A drug mule caught with P6.6M worth of cocaine pellets in his stomach at Manila Airport. Read here.
Emirates Airline to begin flying Dubai - Cebu - Clark triangular route. Read here.
There has been a lot of information regarding the forthcoming presidential election and Clark, so much so that it has been difficult to keep up with. One thing is for certain, Clark hasn't been talked about this much since the Pinatubo eruption....
Other Useful Information:
WeChat – Super Low Hanging Fruit:
One major aspect that differentiates WeChat from the others is that you can open your discovery preferences and set your requests such as distance, gender, etc….and you’re in an open network with a lot of ladies who are looking for company. A word of caution: Most of the ladies involved are unaffiliated and therefore there are no take backs. Also, watch out for aggressive lady boys who will beat down more than your hotel door to get with you.
WeChat is an easier way to go that Tinder (if you haven’t read the article, Low Hanging Fruit Part 1 and 2 can be found under the Popular tab on this website.) Tinder allows you to match with people before you engage in conversation; however many profiles have contact numbers and Facebook accounts listed directly so you can get around it. WeChat is, for lack of a better word, for people who aren’t really looking for the GFE – if you catch my drift.
To test it out, my WeChat was activated on a Tuesday night after 2 AM. As you can see, there are several active members who also have opened their discovery preference within the vicinity.
Give it a go if you’re bored.
Sandy "Sandman" to provide pictures for a Sandman Girl of the Month:
Sandman happened to be darting through Mischief bar when the Jockey Club had a chance to get a word with him. Since August, there has been talk about joining forces so that Sandman could share some of his pictures with the HTH Audience. Awesome!
We look forward to what 2016 brings - Sandman is a heck of a photographer and you the viewer should be in for a treat. Stay tuned.
Eruptions Bar Update:
Richard has relinquished control and turned Eruptions back over to the original owner, for reasons unknown.
Word around is that he is setting up shop at the former Nasty Duck Bar in the next month or two, located between Ice Bar and the Fire Pit on Perimeter Road.
Sign a petition for Henry Hicks (read the details in the image below and follow this link):
Expect some pictures from the ABC Hotel NYE Rooftop party in the coming days. Be kind to horses and stay safe.
Stop reading here if you don't want to read the political rants....
“On Tuesday, the White House condemned Trump's view on Muslims, with press secretary Josh Earnest telling reporters the real estate tycoon's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. for the time being disqualifies him from running for president.”
I hate to tell you this Josh but Donald Trump is the only Presidential candidate that has the balls to say what has to be said. Whatever the outcome of this Republican Circus is what is true that our current President has no backbone whatsoever and very few politicians have the strength to speak out as well. Say or think what you may, but we do have a very serious Muslim problem and Islam is not a religion of peace.
I am fairly sure that Trump will not be the next US President, but God help us if we elect a President who can only follow in his foul footsteps.
This is an example of the stupid wartime policies of Obama. The soldiers who fought and died in World War 2 would roll over in their graves if they could see how this President is “protecting” America. What a shame.
Passed to me from a retired Air Force Colonel who flew F-16’s and a guy I respect a lot.
This is a note from an A-10 pilot currently deployed and involved in the "fight" against ISIS.
"The squadron is doing fine. Everybody is happy to be here and we are doing some good work. The A-10s are holding up well and the technology we have on the jets now (targeting pods, GPS guided bombs, laser guided bombs, laser guided missiles, tactical data link, satellite comms), and of course the gun, make the A-10 ideal for this conflict.
We are killing off as many ISIS as we can, mostly in ones and twos, working with the hand we are dealt. I've never been more convinced in my career that we're facing an enemy that needs to be eradicated.
With that being said... I've never been more frustrated in my career. After 13-years of the mind-numbing low intensity conflict in Afghanistan, I've never seen the knife more dull. All the hard lessons learned in Vietnam, and fixed during the first Gulf War, have been unlearned again.
The level of centralized execution, bureaucracy, and politics is staggering.
I basically do not have any decision-making authority in my cockpit. It sucks.
In most cases, unless a general officer can look at a video picture from a UAV over a satellite link, I cannot get authority to engage. I've spent many hours staring through a targeting pod screen in my own cockpit, watching ISIS shitheads perpetrate their acts until my eyes bleed, without being able to do anything about it. The institutional fear of making a mistake that has crept into the central mindset of the military leadership, is endemic.
We have not taken the fight to these guys. We haven't targeted their centers of gravity in Raqqa. All the roads between Syria and Iraq are still intact with trucks flowing freely.
The other night I watched a couple hundred small tanker trucks lined up at an oilfield in ISIS-held northeast Syria, presumably filling up with oil to be traded on the black market, go unfettered. It's not uncommon to wait several hours overhead a suspected target for someone to make a decision to engage or not. It feels like we are simply using the constructs built up in Afghanistan, which was a very limited fight, in the same way here against ISIS, which is a much more sophisticated and numerically greater foe. It's embarrassing.
Be assured that the Hawg drivers are doing their best."
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