Yesterday, we spent the morning in Olangapo picking up a few odds and ends but mostly checking out the local scene. The hunt for the Post Office continued in earnest. Again after multiple enquiries and much shaking of heads, we were directed to the ramshackle building on a narrow back street, pictured above. Up a narrow flight of stairs, we were rewarded with stamps to the US for 30 pesos, about .60 USD.
Afterwards, we cruised through the open air markets picking out plastic wares, buying fresh sea salt by the kilo and munching fried bananas. We finished off by jamming into a two person trike and riding through the windy narrow streets chocked full of people, dogs, and other two stroke whining trikes.
Today our frustration is waiting for our replacement Mareton unit. Seahorse Marine and Bill Kimley came through like champs and immediately sent the unit from Zhuhai via DHL. The unit arrived in Manila yesterday morning. We found out today that customs has put a delay on the unit and it has been sitting there for the past 36 hours. When John found out, he started making calls and “putting on the bubba”; all the Texans will know this term and the rest of you can imagine. Dealing with the Filipinos on these bureaucratic matters is the height of frustration, they move no faster than they will move, followed by many “thank you,sirs”, “god bless, sir”, “god speed, sir”. Speed, yes, that is what we want. What can we say? We are hoping for tomorrow. Until then we continue to tweak our gear and enjoy the sunsets from the flybridge. Ciao. Kathleen