Jesus Sells His Old VW


Our neighbor, Jesus, a carpenter,  recently sold his old VW. it was a dull black VW that barely ran. His rooster used to perch on top of the ancient Beetle and crow every morning around 4 am. Doesn't crow any more. I think he has become someone's dinner. I honestly don't miss the crowing or the battered vehicle that used to sit in front of our property. DSC

With the old beater, construction material and general mess in front of our house, it brought back found memories of an old trailer park I lived in for a year back in the States. The junk certainly was an eyesore, and I was glad when our landlord had a little talk with Jesus about the mess.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I  did not want any trouble with our new neighbor. He supplies our drinking water for us, and I feel it is wise to stay on good terms with someone who provides such a valuable service. I didn't want our tubig to get spiked; we have to boil it anyway for me to drink it without any side effects as it is.  He's a friendly guy anyway, but I doubted that he would take action on our landlord's request. But I was wrong.

Couple days after our property owner's discussion with Jesus, my asawa and I saw his construction crew starting hauling away some of the old lumber and material sitting on the street by our home. I was pleased to see that and was amused when one of the workers carried a load of lumber in his arms as his co-worker zoomed him away on a motorcycle. Try doing that in America, my friends!

But the old VW still remained. An ugly sight. Though I do confess I have fond memories of riding in a Beetle a senior friend of mine had back in high school. A friend and I, both juniors, used to occasionally snag rides from our upper classmate and thus getting to avoid riding the school bus home. We certainly felt like a couple of "big shots" riding around in Steve's black VW. Those were the days.

But much to my surprise the next day I heard a loud racket outside our home. Jesus and his guys were outside firing up the old VW, and it was actually running, though wheezing and coughing like (well, like me, after I've made the 30-minute walk to our subdivision's main entrance to catch a jeepney.)  DSC

One of the crew circled around the block a few times and parked the car across the street from us in front of another neighbor's house. Since the home was occupied (we have a load of vacant residences in our subdivision outside of Iloilo City), I imagined those property owners would not be too thrilled about an ancient black VW parked in front of their home. But at least is was gone from our house, I thought. (Now come on, honestly, wouldn't you think the same thing?)

About an hour later the racket started up again. A group of young Filipinos had gathered around the old VW and cranked it up. Coughing and sputtering again, this time like an old blue-haired lady at a Vegas casino smoking a cigarette while playing the slots and hooked up to an oxygen tank (don't laugh; I've witness that numerous times.)

I thought the guys were just starting up the vehicle to move it again, but no, it actually looked like Jesus was showing the faded black VW to a potential buyer. The young man looking at the machine definitely had a gleam in his eyes. He was probably thinking of all the cute Filipinas he could impress as he slowly circled SM City in his new set of wheels. Teen-aged guys. Doesn't matter what country they live in. Their hormones are racing faster than the car they're speeding around in with the boom box stereo cranked up listening to old Run D.M.C. rap songs.

After a few laps around our block, the young buyer closed the deal with Jesus. No longer do we see the old VW parked in front of our home in our subdivision outside of Iloilo City. It's just as well, that was the rooster's favorite perch, but now the rooster is gone, too. The place won't be the same without either of them.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

29 thoughts on “Jesus Sells His Old VW

  1. Maybe you should have bought the bug and made it your fix er up project. Will always be able to find parts. Can cruise around reliving old memories. But I cant ride in a car with no a/c. As if its not hot enough, the exhaust from buses would kill me.

    1. Don, my father was a mechanic for over 30 years. I inherited none of his ability. That’s why Dad told me in high school that I better make a living with my brains because I could never make a living with my hands. He was right. My asawa has more mechanical ability than me.

      But no a/c in the vehicle? You get used to it. I ride around in jeepneys all the time, and the only air con are the open windows. I always carry that “sweat towel,” with me, however. It’s a necessity. 🙂

      1. Actually, would be ok with the heat and humidity. But in Manila, its the exhaust from buses. Need a gas mask. In the countryside, you have fresh air.

        1. You are absolutely correct, Don. I was in Manila this past May with my asawa to get my 13a Permanent Visa and took several jeepneys in Manila. The fumes can get to you, no doubt about that. The area that we live in is surrounded by some nice countryside and a mix of businesses but nothing that even comes close to the nasty pollution in the Metro Manila area.

  2. Hi Dave,

    I have been having a bout of back pain so my sleep pattern is somewhat screwed up due to the medication. Since I ended up sleeping from 3pm till 6pm yesterday I could not manage to go to bed at a normal time. The result of my sleeplessness was that I started a website as per your suggestion. I will provide the link so you can take a look. Be aware that it is still in its infacancy. But also be aware that since you made the suggestion you are partly responsible. May God have mercy on your soul for your crimes against humanity!

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your first post, Tom. You’re off to a great start. I added your link to the blogroll on my front page, and encourage all of my readers to check out your new site. What’s really good about your new website, is that it gives future expats and those like you and I that already live in the Philippines another unique perspective on living in the Philippines. I enjoy reading your informative and humorous comments on my website and looking forward to your next post. Just a word of advice. If it ever feels like “work,” just forget it. I need an occasional break (been doing this for over two years now), but if it ever got to the point where I didn’t enjoy doing it, I would close shop in a heartbeat.

      1. Actually it felt like work last night when I was trying to figure things out. I will definately limit my time. It would be a shame to miss out on the nice life I have here. Thank you for adding me. I aspire to write this blog as a form of entertainment. If useful information creeps in there that would be cool too.Just like you I plan to keep it real. My only concern about this is avoiding sounding like I am bragging. I am honestly humbled by what a nice life that I have and grateful for the way things have turned out so far. I am a little different than the normal person who moves here because of my age and a few other factors. I will probably point that out in future postings. After that I will probably regale my reader or hopefully readers with accounts of my mundane existance.

        1. Tom, I’ve been at this since August 2009, and I’m still trying to figure things out. Just takes time, but it’s been fun most of the time. Command Central here at has just got a tremendous upgrade. I have a new computer desk and an actual comfortable chair that my asawa bought me as an early Christmas gift. However, that doesn’t mean I’ll be doing more “work.”

          I know I would like to hear your story, Tom, as I’m sure most of my readers would. It’s always good to get a different perspective from the various expats living in the Philippines. But getting started on a new site can be very frustrating at times. My best friend was “Google.” Looking forward to your future posts. Don’t worry about mundane. That’s what I post most of the time. 🙂

      2. Thanks John for the words of encouragement and for adding me. I usually stay pretty busy but lately I have had some reoccuring backpain. After a lecture from the boss about how iI am getting old and shouldn’t have unloaded a truckload of cement at our hardware; I finally went to the doctor. He gave me some oxycodiene which really makes you feel worse in so many ways. I think it is not possible to get addicted to oxycodiene unless puking and dizziness is your idea of a good time. The involuntary downtime has given me some time to write. See you at the Pulitzer award ceremonies.

        1. Hope you get to feeling better, Tom. I’m up at three to four am now “working” on my site. Without a TV and along with my advancing age, I go to bed really early now. Hope I get an invite to your Pulitzer Prize Award ceremonies.

      3. Dave,

        That VW is a classic. Just needs some TLC. I remember when i was in high school in Ohio. Our Principal drove a blue VW. Well we had a big snowstorm. So we were going to play a joke on the Principal. We made a huge snowball and packed it hard. Rolled it over by the Principals VW. Several of us lifted the front end up and placed it on the snowball and left it there until the Principal went to leave. Needless to say he wasn’t too happy. Glad to see you and your asawa were finally settling in. Hopefully no more problems. Have a nice day.

        1. Great story, Papa Duck. For some reason I didn’t get into any trouble at high school. I left that up to my two younger brothers who between the both of them, one took a car off the school parking lot that didn’t belong to him and crashed it, AND, the other brother got arrested for attempted murder (but was released from jail.) I decided to play it cool and just study.

          Everything is going great at the new place. Bought a new mattress (no frame or headboard yet, that will come later) and a new computer desk and chair. Life is good.

      4. Good advice, John. Yep, I used to post on a daily basis, but if you’re the main author of most of your material, as you and I are John, there’s only so much about the Philippines that you can write about. Just have to write as often as you’re comfortable, and again, if it feels like you’re working too much, take a break and regroup. I’ve been at this for over two years and finally have some income coming in from the website. I’m not getting rich, but it does pay for a bottle or two of San Miguel Pale Pilsen occasionally.

        1. Thanks Dave,

          I appreciate the advice. Of course you and John are invited to my Pulitzer award ceremony if those fine folks choose to recognize real talent. haha. If I wasn;t retired already I would have invited you guys to the ceremony when I recieved the golden boner award. Aaaah but that was a different time and place so long ago……..

          1. Sorry I missed out on the Golden Boner Award, Tom. Well, in honor of that, I’ll be joining Paul from Iloilo today for a “working lunch.” We’ll be “working”at seeing how many bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen we can down. 🙂

  3. Dave,

    I have many fond memories of the old yellow VW that I had in college. Being 6’5″, there was a spot on the dashboard that was worned out. It was a minor inconvience since it had great head room. During the summer, the starter went out and I didn’t have money to repair it so I parked it on a top of the hill so I could pop the clutch to get it to run. The best memory was going swimming at the rock quarry with 5 of us in the car with a big dog.

    1. Being 6’5″ tall and riding around in that little yellow VW gave you some good practice for riding around in jeepneys, Jack. I’m only 6′, but I’m still bumping my head and scraping my back on the roof when I get out of those things. Sounds like you have some fond memories of your classic. The rich kids at our high school were driving the “muscle cars” like the GTO and HemiCudas but I was happy just to snag that occasional ride in my classmate’s VW. 🙂

    1. Thank You Sir!

      It is very flattering to hear that from you. I have always seen you as the voice of logic and reason on LIP. Feel free to add either one of those things as they may be lacking by my own hands. haha! Take care.

  4. There are some things in life that are better left unsaid. I can tell you that when a VW bug is in the water that you can turn the steering wheel full to the left or full to the right and nothing happens…NOTHING…it just keeps going!

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