Published By Margarita Station
Shorter newsletter this month since I just returned from vacation. Possible interim newsletter if warranted.
The rain has to be the biggest story this month. For the first time in almost 11 years we are getting a WET rainy season like I remember from the 80's & early 90's. The rains were so hard a few nights ago that it took us over four hours to get from the airport to Angeles City (mostly due to flooding over the toll way). I used this as a good chance to check out the video CD system in our new van and I'm happy to report that it was a good way to kill the time stuck in traffic (more about the new van below). Unfortunately, the rains are forecast to continue for about another week.
Around Balibago: Wow, I returned from a month in Thailand to find this place converted into "The City of Rumors." I guess with the lack of tourists this month the guys need something to talk about. Here are a few of the hottest rumors I have heard since I got back, time will tell which are true:
Club News: If you are looking for crowd, then this isn't the right time for your visit. This is the slowest I have seen Angeles City since the year after Mt. Pinatubo erupted. I did a bar hop the other night and I was the sole customer in about half the clubs I visited. In the past I have found this to be an advantage because the girls get "hungry" for attention, but the other night I had trouble getting the empty clubs into the party spirit. Hopefully when I go back out this week with a sack of bar toys from Bangkok I'll be able to have some fun. The good news is there are probably even vacancies at the Orchid Inn this week.
Margarita Station: Our new van has passed the break-in period, so the driver can pick up the speed to the flow of traffic, unfortunately that flow has often been less than 60 kph due to heavy rains and slippery conditions. These road conditions can increase the trip from a normal of 2 hours to four or more hours. The following VCD's will be in the van at all times (Shanghai Noon, The Art of War, Shawshank Redemption, Erin Brockovich, The Fan, Rising Sun, Swagman 2002 Wet t-shirt Contest). Hopefully within a few weeks we will have a copy of Angeles Before Dark from Rick's Cafe. This movie shows what you can do & see in the areas around Angeles during the daytime. It is currently available in VHS format, but will soon be available in VCD also. I have placed a rough draft list of other movies available on out website under the Toyota van at http://www.margarita-station.com/oets.html This movie list will change almost weekly as I tend to buy the latest releases (master copies are almost $3 each here and the illegal street copies are only $1.25).
We will also maintain a good selection of homemade music CD's in the van ranging current rock, love songs, instrumentals, jazz, C&W, and Oldies.
UPS & Asia Spirit are putting their hubs on Clark. Additionally a company has signed a contract to build a Theme Park/Country Club on Clark.