Margarita Station News
Station News: We
are happy to have Tom Donnley join our staff as our relief manager. He
hit the ground running and was in training just a few days after his
return from the USA.
The other major activity has been the shuffle of the security boxes blocking our parking spaces out in front of the building. Just when one agency of the city approves the location, another wants them moved further from the street until they have reached the point where we have people trying to park between them & the street. We are also still in negotiation with the CDC for a fenced in parking area just across the street near the jeepney parking area.
Our new menu was ready to go to the printers several weeks ago and within a few days four more local businesses asked if it was too late to advertise in the menu. Since the advertisement offsets the high expense of these menus, I've delayed production until late next month so we can adjust the layout. Look for these new menus to be on the table by May or early June.
On another note, I feel I should make a comment about a recent post on one of the Angeles internet bulletin boards. An individual complained that one of our managers asked him to tone things down when the guys companion climbed into his lap in the dining room and became a little to frisky for even an open air restaurant & bar on Fields Ave. His post on the bulletin board said the manager was out of line and then went on to say two of his friends had gotten food poisoning by eating here. I was amazed at the feedback we received about this silly post. First, although we are not exactly a fine dining establishment, we have some rules too! Please keep it clean until you get back to your room. :-) Second, with the volume of food we sell, if we ever had a problem there would be no question that it came from our kitchen because it wouldn't be two individuals, it would be lots of people. And imagine the coincidence that the only two individuals that supposedly got sick were friends of this guy that can't tell a restaurant booth from a hotel room.
To that end, our entire kitchen staff is trained using USA food sanitation videos. All of our kitchen refrigeration is proper commercial refrigeration designed to maintain internal temperatures in the "safe" range despite frequent openings in the tropical heat. All food items in our walk-in refrigerator & freezer are dated and checked several times a day by supervisors. Our kitchen is open so that our customers can look in and see how we operate. Look in other kitchens in town and if they have standard household refrigerators and a low volume of meals, you should think twice about how long those ingredients have been in the refrigerator.
ANOTHER FUN PLACE: Jhun Longhair is now settled into Blueberry Hill (formerly Exotica) after a short stint in the Pick Up. There are a handful of clubs in town that recognize that the majority of their customers are well past their loud music days and "techno" and "rap" is definitely not our thing. Unfortunately, way too many clubs cater their music to the dancers or whatever the DJ decides to play. But, when you have had too much Rap & Techno, I suggest a stop in Blueberry Hill for a couple of relaxing drinks and some good oldies sung by Jhun or his brother Alex. Sorry for the quality of the last picture, I think my camera had one too many rum & cokes. Oh, BTW, they have a small staff of dancers, but they are friendly & cute.
The Apartelle Royal is about ready to open above the Camelot Club. The rooms are some of the best that I've seen in town and the price is right. For a long stay I think I might get tired of all the stairs, but the Jacuzzi room is nice and the rooms with the kitchens are sure to be in demand. For more information, see their website at: http://www.champagne-angeles.com/apartelle/default.htm
Got this email from one of our subscribers and thought I'd pass it on since there was some question about the future of the Bonanza Hotel when the previous owner ran off a few months ago:
NEW BEER: San Miguel Light has been so popular that Asia Beer just introduced Lone Star Light. Too early to say how popular it will be, but we have it in stock at regular local beer prices.
Here is a link to a good story about current conditions on the former Subic NAS: http://www.escapeartist.com/OREQ5/Philippines.html
FLIGHTS FROM CLARK: SEAIR & Asian Spirit both have flights from Clark.
WANT TO BUY A BAR?:
CLEOPATRA’S is for sale for
US$80,000 OBO (10 year lease)
TAPS: Sadly, this month we again report the loss of a long time expat, Bob Gilbert, from heart failure in late January. I first met Bob in about 12 or 13 years ago when I was interviewing civilian secretaries on Clark. The personnel office sent me about 10 young Filipino cuties & Bob Gilbert. In his interview with me he told me he was pretty old, but he never missed work. His paperwork showed he had previously held a much higher paying position in the housing office on Guam. When I asked him about that, he said it was simple, it wasn't worth a higher pay to live on Guam when his heart was in the Philippines. Well, much to the disappointment of my young male troops, I hired Bob and he proved to be an extremely efficient "secretary." The troops quickly nicknamed him Mr. Bob, and true to his word, he never missed a day of work. After the based closed, he stayed in Angeles and became very active in the Disabled Veterans Association (DAV). RIP Mr. Bob.