Last Friday my asawa and I had the pleasure of meeting this site's Webmaster Supreme, Rich Pawly, who also has his own website, Philippines or Bust. We also met Rich's asawa, Vanessa, along with son, Rich, plus Blogger Supreme Bob H. from My Philippine Life and his wife, Carol. We had a buffet lunch at The Promenade restaurant at the Day's Hotel in Iloilo City and Vanessa and Rich graciously picked up the tab.
First off, a BIG THANKS to Vanessa and Rich for the lunch. The food and the company were great. And thanks to Rich for hosting my website and for being the Webmaster Supreme. Just move your mouse over the pic to get everyone's name. We did have some photos with yours truly in them, but Rich's son, Rich, had his face partially blocked in those, so I went with the picture above.
If this website goes down, all I have to do is pick up my magicJack (though Rich prefers Skype) and dial him up over in Houston. He's always there to help a computer-challenged guy. And thanks to Bob who suggested the restaurant. I'm on a McDonalds/ KFC budget and this fancy place was a welcome change.
While waiting for the group to arrive, The Sainted Patient Wife and I hung out at the lobby as I chatted with some of the staff pictured above. Nice group of ladies. You could tell this was a first-class operation. I haven't been at such a fancy joint since dining at our local Mang Inasal.
An employee standing nearby, Robert, offered to take a picture of my asawa and me. That's Robert in the photo following ours. Friendly guy. His English is very good and I'm sure that proves very useful on his job. In the 30 minutes we waited in the lobby, we saw dozens of foreigners wandering around.
If you would like to check out the rates for the Days Hotel in Iloilo City, here's a LINK to their website. It's not cheap, but it's a first rate operation. Conveniently located in the Atrium Mall which features the only two-story McDonald's in Iloilo if you're cheap like me.
We enjoyed a great meal with some of the best desserts in Iloilo. Check out this photo spread at The Foodie's Choice.com to see some great pictures of the food. I was too busy eating to take any myself. We hadn't been to a buffet in over three years, so dining at The Promenade was a special treat.
We ate and chatted for a couple of hours. Rich and crew had visited some of the nightspots in Iloilo over in the Smallville complex, the entertainment center of Iloilo City. No, you won't see Superboy there, but I thought we could join them later that evening since my asawa loves to go dancing and I've heard there's plenty of venues there to party.
Rich contacted me via text later but I had to pass. My bed time is around 9 o'clock, Don't forget I'm a 60-year-old geezer. Rich is a young pup at 40 and son Rich is about half that age. I asked my asawa what she wanted to do: "It's up to you," her standard reply that drives me up the wall. So we stayed home. We lead a boring life.
Check out Rich and Bob's websites for some of the most detailed information you can find on building a house in the Philippines. You'll find step-by-step information that you honestly cannot find anywhere else on the web.
Thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone and hope to see Rich again whenever he makes a return visit. Bob invited my asawa and me over to visit sometime and we'll have to take him up on that offer as long as it's before my bedtime. Remember, I'm an old geezer.