Monday, February 11, 2019

A Neglected Lime Green Beetle

As I've mentioned before, on days when my son is in school, I'll drive into Dumaguete long before time for him to be let out of class,so that I might find a suitable parking spot along Hibbard Ave. near the gate where he exits. I'll spend the time roaming around the city on foot. Most of the time I head south towards Lee Plaza or McDonald's, but this afternoon I went north in the direction of the Coco Grande Hotel.

I don't often walk in that direction, but I had an urge to do so today.

Just before reaching the Coco Grande, I noticed a little side street between the hotel and a section of the high school. I call this a side street because it's paved, though I could tell it wasn't open to traffic. Continuing to follow my hunch, I walked down the little street.

It actually winds down around the high school, but I didn't go that far. It was on this little street that I came upon this lime green VW Beetle.

When I came upon the Maslog VW on Sunday, I opened the back to see if there was an engine. I didn't do that with this lime green Beetle, but it's obvious that it hasn't moved in a long time.

Street Photograper

Now that Google+ is soon to bite the dust, I'll be posting some of my random street photos onto this blog.

I saw this young lady taking photos along Perdices St. just in front of Lee's Plaza here in Dumaguete. I have no idea what it was that caught her attention, though she seems to be engrossed in whatever it is she's photographing.

Random Bits

Weather permitting, I usually take a morning walk. On most days, I will walk along the road leading from our apartment to the public market in Sibulan, although I will occasionally join friends in their walk along the boulevard in Dumaguete.

It's been a while since I last took my morning walk along the beach, and I thought I'd do that this morning.

These photos are of random bits of coral and shells found along the beach.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Maslog VW Beetle

Pulling out onto the National Highway in Maslog this morning headed to church, I spotted this pitiful VW Beetle on the side of the road. Naturally, I parked my car and walked over to the VW for close up photos.

I don't recall seeing the VW there the day before, so obviously it was brought to that spot some time Saturday. It's also obvious that it won't be moving under it's own power any time in the near future.

I've Christened this one number 59 in my collection of VW Beetle photos. I thought that perhaps it might have been the Beetle I spotted in Amlan 2 years ago, but after looking through my photos, I'm sure this one is entirely new to me.

I'm curious to see if this VW will be hauled off to the VW graveyard. I can't imagine this one being fit for anything.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Chin Loong Mango Shake

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was headed along the boulevard this afternoon to try a mango shake from a Chinese restaurant called Chin Loong, when I was sidetracked by a voice calling my name. As I wrote in that earlier post, the voice belonged to an American I knew, who had stopped at a place called Why Not? to get something to eat. While seated with him, I had a mango shake - which I reviewed in the earlier post.

Being a bit disappointed the shake from Why Not?, I continued my walk to Chin Loong in search of a better shake.

The mango shake from Chin Loong was pleasant enough; very different from the type served at Why Not? Although different, it could also be classified as average in taste. Nice enough I suppose, but nowhere near the best in Dumaguete. On the positive side, however, this shake was priced at only 50 pesos. It was certainly as good as some I've found for 65.

With all that said, if I were to find myself along the boulevard in need of another mango shake, I would choose Chin Loong over Why Not? or the Gabby's located nearby.

A Mango Shake? Why Not?

Whenever I fetch my son from school, I usually go early in order to find a decent parking place along Hibbard Ave. That's exactly what I did this afternoon, and with lot's of time to kill, I thought I'd go in search of a mango shake to review for this blog.

A friend had told me of the shakes at Chin Loong Chinese restaurant located on the boulevard. I was headed that way when I heard someone calling my name as I passed a place called Why Not? It was another American I knew who was about to grab a bite to eat. Not wanting to appear rude, I decided to sit with him for a bit. I mentioned that I was on my way to get a mango shake, when he told me that Why Not? also had shakes.

I was already seated, so I thought I'd go ahead and try one.

As can be seen in the photo, the shakes there come topped with a little Filipino flag, a cherry and another piece of fruit which I could not identify. I didn't view the decorations as a good sign. It's a pretty good indication that the shake will be over-priced.

I was right, of course.

The unnamed fruit was extremely sour - like a very tart, green apple. I didn't like it one bit. The shake was ok, but nothing to write home about, as we used to say.

This mango shake was priced at 120 pesos. This is the second highest priced mango shake I've come across in Dumaguete - the highest priced being the one I bought at Chapters Cafe.

There is absolutely no way I'll ever get another mango shake at Why Not? The taste was about average - not the best in town, but not the worst either - the thought of paying almost twice as much as 90% of the shakes found elsewhere is ridiculous. I left feeling as if I had been robbed.