24
Dec

Fill Er’ Up! Don’t Need Need a Gas Station Credit Card, Fleet Gas Card, or Gas Credit Cards Here!

Don' t need a gas station credit card, fleet gas card, or any kind of gas credit cards here! I bet you have not seen any gas station pictures like the one I have on the left, unless you are from the Philippines or have visited here. Those bottles are filled with gasoline and not soda, so please don't drink from them!DSC
 
I ran across this "gas station" in front of a sari sari store the other day when The Sainted Patient Wife and I visited the Trappist Monastery, and the Valle Verde Mountain Spring Resort which one of SPW's relatives owns. We were on our way to the Pit Stop at the Old Site near our home for a lunch break, and our driver needed some fuel.
 
My Father used to operate service stations when I was growing up, and I never have seen any gas station pictures like this one; not even ones from way back when I was a kid, plus I am so old that the service stations my Father owned and operated were full service stations, which they still have in the Philippines.
 
My Dad had a booming business;  he had one of his stations just off a main interstate, and had a lot of companies that used a fleet gas card because they had multiple vehicles, and the gas station credit card was run through one of those old manual machines, nothing electronic. I know because I used to work for my Dad sometimes. Woe to me if I forgot to give someone the customer copy of  their gas credit card.My Dad would have a fit!  I used to wait on Senator Richard Durbin from Illinois at the station, and he was always pleasant to my Father and I.  I never forgot to give him his receipt!
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But as you can see by the photo I have posted, this is not a full service place, but a self service operation. You go into the sari sari store where the "gas pumps" are located next to,  pay for your bottle of gas, and then fill 'er yourself.
 
Our driver did not waste one drop of his precious fuel, and we were soon on our way to the Pit Stop Pizza. We also have a Pit Stop Car Wash near us that I did a story on quite a while ago called "Whose Brainstorm Was This?" 
I have seen some cars being washed over there, so it looks like they are getting some business. 

The Sainted Patient Wife, and I, along with our 16 year old twin nieces, Michelle and April, arrived at the pizza joint just a little after 12 noon. It is located at the Old Site Market area just about a ten minute walk from our home at "The Compound." The restaurant, as do all the businesses along the road behind the Old Site, open up in the back facing the street so you get a view of the nearby "Crossing" traffic and the people shopping at the vegetable stands.
 
There were only two other people eating at the pizza place, which is not a good sign to me since I'm thinking it should have more customers at lunch time. The twins inform us that one of the teachers at their high school owns the place. We place our order up front, and get the family special, which is a large pizza, with four drinks, and two side orders of spaghetti for around $6.40. This was the most expensive family meal deal they had listed. I get an extra spaghetti because I know my wife and the twins like it for lunch, but I am just going for the pizza.
 
There is something unnatural to me about eating a spaghetti dish with pizza. Well, I did want some french fries instead of spaghetti, but they were out, so the pizza will do. OK, I know french fries really do not go with pizza, but we haven't been to McDonald's for almost three weeks so I had a craving for them.

Our lunch arrives, and the pizza is OK, not at all crisp like SPW and I like it, but I haven't had any for awhile and don't have a problem devouring it. We have found that Shakey's Pizza in Iloilo City has the best pizza around. Very tasty with plenty of cheese, and baked to perfection.
 
There used to be another pizza joint in our little town, but it has already closed. They prepared their pizza the same way as the Pit Stop. Not done. Not crispy. And both places put pineapple on the pizza. Now I love pineapple, have been eating some fresh pineapple we bought for 50 cents each from the Old Site the other day. But I just don't like it on top of my pizza. It's almost a sin, just like putting chicken or spinach or something else healthy on a pizza.
 
Next time we go shopping at SM City I will get everything I need for some homemade pan pizza. And I guarantee you it will not have anything on it that faintly resembles something that is good for me.

As we are finishing our meal, Moises, the Smart Bro tech who installed our 60 ft. Broad ban tower walks by;  we wave at him, and he says he needs to return the DVD's he borrowed from us. "No problem," I said. "Whenever you get done with them" (They were some kids DVD's that I don't care about anyway so I made the grand gesture of "oh, no big deal".)  Moises nods his head and goes on. 
 
Big Spender Bonehead tips our waitress a 20 peso note (about 40 cents), and we walk back to "The Compound."  It was a day filled with firsts. First visit to the Trappist Monastery. First visit to the Valle Verde Mountain Spring Resort. First visit to Pit Stop Pizza. And of course, my first visit to a self service gas station in the Philippines. This was an exclusive from "The Rooster Crows at 4am!: "Fill Er' Up! Don't Need Need a Gas Station Credit Card, Fleet Gas Card, or Gas Credit Cards Here!

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11 Comments

  • EJ says:

    It’s always the adults fault.

    Growing up in Bohol, we used to store gasoline on these bottles for our gasoline powered lantern and we also stored water in the same looking bottles. Murphy’s Law – it did happen to my 6-year old niece. Had to rush her to a hospital. She made it through but it was a painful remainder to the parents to keep gasoline and water separate. I mean, mother nature even made it obvious, try mixing water and gasoline.

    EJ (Houston, Texas)

  • Grace Mason says:

    How do you pay for the fuel?

  • David DeWall says:

    Hi EJ, Wow! Glad your niece recovered. Every time I turn around I see something else here that amazes me, but that's what makes it an adventure for me. Thanks for your comment, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • David DeWall says:

    Hi Grace, Sorry, should have mentioned that you go into the sari sari store that the gasoline rack is located next to. You pay for the gas at the sari sari store and then get your gasoline. I'll add that to the store, thanks. And thanks for the comment.

  • Vernz says:

    Hi Dave, It's been days … but dropping by to say Merry Christmas filled with many impressions (hahaha!) from my family.

    Oh, the above post… if I may say that's one perk of living a laid back life …hahaha! But filling soda bottles with petrol is actually strictly prohibited by the bottling companies (that if they have people to monitor) hahah!

  • David DeWall says:

    Hi Vernz, Merry Christmas to you and your family, hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    Yes, I don't think the bottling companies would be too pleased seeing how their product is being used, but like you say that is one of the perks here. We can pretty much do what we like. Thanks for the comment, Vernz.

  • Femmepower says:

    I grew up in the province so I know these bottled gasoline.Must have shocked you, lol! Interesting to know about your dad too. =)

  • David DeWall says:

    Hi rochelle, aka Femmepower, yes, I was quite surprised to see the bottles, but it just makes life for me here more interesting. Thanks for the comment about my Dad, I appreciate it, and have a great Christmas.

  • Sandi Postle says:

    Merry Christmas to you Dave and your family. I enjoy reading such interesting posts. Always something new to learn. I'm also glad you are out walking about and not just sitting at your computer all day! Thanks so much for your blog. I think we can all learn to put the simple life back in our busy schedules–even back here in USA! Happy New Year too!

  • David DeWall says:

    Hi Sandi, thank you for your kind comments, and your support. It is readers like you that make this blog fun to write when I get such encouragement as yours.

    Yes, we sure have a laid back lifestyle here, no doubt about that. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family, also.

  • Dave says:

    Yep, John, I’ve never seen the gas in Pepsi bottles, only Coke. You’d think they would explode when it gets so hot here, but I guess they don’t. Don’t want to be around if they do!

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