Pokemon Go in the Philippines, Nope!

I Shall Return!

Okay, I should have made that proclamation before I left, but I really didn’t go anywhere. Maybe my readers think I have been all wrapped up playing Pokemon Go here in the Philippines. Nope!  (Rumor has it that servers here in the Philippines have been all but shut-down because of the Pokemon Go phenom.) I just fell in love with my camera… again, and I have been neglecting my blogging. Truth be told, I have discovered film-making. Not like HBO or anything… I re-discovered making videos for YouTube. I’ve had a YouTube channel (Retired in Samar) for several years but I have never really been that active at it. In years past, I might have posted 3 or 4 videos a year. Just this last March, I began to notice my computer was running really slow. As it turned out, my computer’s memory was so booked up, there was little room left to run some of my resident programs. Upon digging into my files folders, I realized that I have been collecting thousands of mb’s of photos and videos and my computer was suffering from an overloaded memory, and that was putting a lot of strain on my computer’s processor. So, I did some reallocation of internal memory but as it turned out, I just had too many files on my system.

A Discovery of a Different Kind.

I decided to start deleting older pictures that I thought were not worthy of storing… you know, kind of like all the crap stored in that “black hole” that some people refer to as a closet. Much of it is put there and is never to be used or seen again. Pictures on a computer are no different from the stuff in the closet. Then I got into my video files. Wow! I had collected more videos than all the trash in Manila Bay. Okay, that’s not a fair analogy, but seemingly accurate. I had to get rid of some of the video, but how? I could just move it to my external hard drive… the one I have loaded with movies, but I quickly discovered that there wasn’t much space there either. I deleted about a dozen old  movies to create some space, but it was not even close to the storage I needed. Then I thought maybe I could put it on a cloud somewhere. But most cloud services will charge money when you reach certain limits. Then I realized I could use “YouTube!” I could store my video footage on my YouTube channel. But first, I would need to put them in the right format. I would need to edit my videos, export them to MP4 format, then upload them. So that is what I started doing. Shortly thereafter, I began to realized that people were liking my videos. I threw in some creativity and before I could even take a break, I noticed my viewing rates began climbing higher and higher. Then my subscription rate began climbing.  And I got even more busy doing videos. I’m still doing it! I have managed to clear out a lot of files and opened up a lot of computer memory and I am at the point where my computer is needing to be upgraded. I also noticed that I haven’t been spending any time on my blog either.

Back to Basics.

I suppose some people are like me. We get excited about something, we go full speed ahead, then slowly take our foot off the accelerator, and, some of us even come to a complete stop. These days I may slow down and roll through a stop sign, but I don’t stop (nobody does here!). So, back to the which has suffered neglect at the hand of YouTube, sucking up all my energies. I just need to find a good balance between the two. They both seem to provide my audience with something they like. Some people have come to depend on my blog to help guide them in their decision-making process of expatriation, or not. Videos provide a more visual look at how life in the Philippines might affect somebody going forward. Videos also provide the opportunity for many to simply reminisce. In any case, I shall continue to provide both… as long as the support for each continues. I just have to find that happy balance.

A Reason To Celebrate!

Today, I am happy to announce that my YouTube channel has surpassed 500 Subscribers. It may not sound like a lot, but considering just a few short weeks ago I had only 42 subscriptions, that is quite an accomplishment considering it has all been organically achieved. I still have a lot of video to edit and with all the positive comments I get on a daily basis, it keeps me driven to produce more.  As far as neglecting my blog – the blog should not feel bad. I’ve been neglecting my motorcycle, bicycle, kayak, tennis racket, and the swimming pool next door too! I really need to find balance for those things also.

Visit my YouTube channel to see what I have been up to. And don’t forget to Like, Comment, Share, and SUBSCRIBE to my channel to show your support. Without all the support I receive, I just might have to take my kayak out of mothballs!

27 thoughts on “Pokemon Go in the Philippines, Nope!

  1. I’ve been thinking “Randy’s video’s have gotten quite good” lately :-).

      • Seriously, I’m sure especially the hotel reviews have been helpful for people I know I’ll be staying at the Ciriaco in the near future and learned about it through your video. Why not go check out Padre Burgos for me soon :-).

        • Padre Burgos Castle resort. It’s in/close to Sogod in So. Leyte. We pretty definite on going there end of Jan after Fiesta in Guintarcan. Will be ready for some AC and peace and quiet on the beach after that.

        • Oh yes, now I remember. That is a full days travel from Calbayog. I think I have a friend who might be headed that way soon. I’ll look into it.

        • Our plan now is to spend 1-2 nights in Tacloban (after fiesta) and they will pick us up from the hotel. We’ve been through Tacloban many times but never seen much there. Thought we’d at least go see the MacCarther site, etc…….and enjoy the AC.

        • I’ve been to Tacloban a dozen times… never visited the MacArther site. Always put it off until next trip! he he

        • Whats the MacArthur site?
          I;ve been to Mount Samat in Bataan and that was worth it but didn’t realise there was something closer to home.

          Not much in Tacloban for my liking. Only reason to go is the airport and it sux. Its overburdened for the size so they keep you outside in the heat until closer to you flight time then allow you in. The have a terminal or departure fee and AirAsia in particular are always delayed but they compensate with a free meal.

          We’ve been from Calbayog to Tacloban by van (Grand Tours) and once we got off at Catbalogan and we enjoyed that more, plus you can go to Buri Island from there.

          But from Calbayog if you go in other direction towards Allen you can stop at Victoria port and get a boat to San Antonio island for a day. We actually sleep over night even they only have electricity 6hrs a day. Boat is 80pp if you wait for full boat or you just pay more for the empty seats. Island has 15p enviro fee. Hotels are mostly native style for around 1t/night but they were waterfront and had floating pontoons.

          In Calbayog itself we like Marju Krisel resort. Nice kids pool. Larger adults pool. Videoke area. Reasonably priced food to eat inside or poolside. Haven’t tried the accomodation though.

        • I prefer Catbalogan over Tacloban. Tacloban would be nothin without the airport and even that is disgraceful leaving you out in the heat until close to boarding time because the waiting area is too small. And charging you a fee for the pleasure.

        • Where is the MacArthur site in Tacloban anyway? I’ve only been to the Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan. Is there much to see?

          If you drive to Tacloban from Calbayog I’d rather stop in Catbologan and maybe do a trip to Buri island. Better still instead of going that directin better head towards Allen port and just short of that is Victoria port. Get a boat there and go to San Antonio island. Cheap boat ride and cheap environmental dee on arrival. Good for day trip or overnight. Island only has electricty 6hrs a day though. Peaceful as.

  2. Hopfully this Pokemon go craze will die out soon.
    We are in the final stage of our move.

      • Final stage… Closing on are house next Friday then get the dog paperwork stamped at the consulate on the 9th. Then we will drive to oak harbor Washington to visit her sister. And catch a flight from Vancouver on the 26th of August.

  3. As a subscriber, perhaps you would like to know why I subscribed to your youTube.
    I especially like your everyday scenes, not so much as what your saying but what is in the background. For example the photo above I see the remote beach, the boat similar to the one I owned, it’s construction, the size and color of the sand grains, and the plants growing in the back ground. Your house, in the background of the video, is like so many I have seen before. I especially like the molding work, and the paint job that helps the craftsmanship stand out.
    If you were to produce another video, I would like to see you traveling. Not the place you went but the dock you carried your bags over, the interaction with porters and ticket salesmen, the lines you stood in, the look of the water and people around the ship, the signs and why those signs are there. If you go to a tourist place, walk 50 meters from the front entrance and visit with those near the resort and learn their attitudes, see their house (inside if you can), what they grow in their yard and WHY.
    Missing form some of your videos is the sound of the place, the chickens, the bikes, the singing, the sound of rapid fire foreign language (with translation), traffic, and the sounds inside stores.
    I would like you to walk to a native market, not just the market inside but the walk to it, the look of the sidewalk, the market workers, the disposal system, the toilets, the kids, the venders and unusual foods.
    Sit at a carenderia and video patrons and passers by as you drink coffee, show the floor, the pots (what is in them) the prices, the parking, the houses across the street, walk behind the store and see what is there.
    Stop and share a beer with strangers on the sidewalk.
    Set a 5 gallon paint bucket out in a tropical storm and show what hard rain really looks like.
    Hire a child to take you up a hillside and show you editable berries, try some.
    Go to a squatter village at 6AM and eat street food, show the houses and people going to work and school (HAVE FUN).
    Buy fish from fishermen on the beach, show their boats, their build (fishermen and boat), their catch, their prices, the look of the beach, the houses on that beach, the transportation to that beach.
    Go to a fiesta where you know nobody, get invited to a free meal. See who eats where, first, and what is served. Conduct an on the street interview with passers by. Go to a carnival, and a disco.
    Film a beauty pageant, not the contestants especially but the process and the crowd out front and the politicians.
    I re live my time there watching your work. I see things that are completely different but so common that most just ignore it. I thank you for reviving my memories.

      • Where is the MacArthur site in Tacloban anyway? I’ve only been to the Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan. Is there much to see?

        If you drive to Tacloban from Calbayog I’d rather stop in Catbologan and maybe do a trip to Buri island. Better still instead of going that directin better head towards Allen port and just short of that is Victoria port. Get a boat there and go to San Antonio island. Cheap boat ride and cheap environmental dee on arrival. Good for day trip or overnight. Island only has electricty 6hrs a day though. Peaceful as.

  4. Where is the MacArthur site in Tacloban anyway? I’ve only been to the Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan. Is there much to see?

    If you drive to Tacloban from Calbayog I’d rather stop in Catbologan and maybe do a trip to Buri island. Better still instead of going that directin better head towards Allen port and just short of that is Victoria port. Get a boat there and go to San Antonio island. Cheap boat ride and cheap environmental dee on arrival. Good for day trip or overnight. Island only has electricty 6hrs a day though. Peaceful as.

  5. Where is the MacArthur site in Tacloban anyway? I’ve only been to the Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan. Is there much to see?

    If you drive to Tacloban from Calbayog I’d rather stop in Catbologan and maybe do a trip to Buri island. Better still instead of going that directin better head towards Allen port and just short of that is Victoria port. Get a boat there and go to San Antonio island. Cheap boat ride and cheap environmental dee on arrival. Good for day trip or overnight. Island only has electricty 6hrs a day though. Peaceful as.

    • The MacArthur site is south of Tacloban. I haven’t been there either. I will make it a point next trip down because I’m missing out on the photo op! Not much on San Antonio Island. Biri Island would be a much more enjoyable trip.

    • What’s in Catbalogan? I’ve been there quite a few times and haven’t found anything there. Not even real decent hotel, store or restaurant. What am I missing?

      • You are not missing anything! Catbalogan is experiencing restricted growth due to limitations of geography. It is surrounded by ocean on one side, and by mountains on all others, with no viable place to expand or build. The new Regional BIR building is being built in Calbayog City, possibly as a result of this growth limitation. There used to be a couple good restaurants, i.e., The Flaming Hat, but have closed down.

    • I have been at the landing site. It is a fairly nice beach, no fee when I was there. Take a jeepney/multicab (P15) to the Mac Arthur park, or Pawing from just about anyplace in tacloban. Several statues bigger than life representing the main figures imitating the famous photo.

  6. Where is the MacArthur site in Tacloban anyway? I’ve only been to the Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan. Is there much to see?

    If you drive to Tacloban from Calbayog I’d rather stop in Catbologan and maybe do a trip to Buri island. Better still instead of going that direction better head towards Allen port and just short of that is Victoria port. Get a boat there and go to San Antonio island. Cheap boat ride and cheap environmental dee on arrival. Good for day trip or overnight. Island only has electricty 6hrs a day though. Peaceful as.

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