I must seem to some of you on the outside looking in that my like here in the Philippines is nothing but tax issues, making money online, government office issues, retirement panning, Social Security dealings and that old bugaboo everyone loves to talk about … health insurance. Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. Here’s tow of the things I spend a lot of my time with … my nephews, Sami (on the left) and Mazen. Yesterday (Monday) dawned cloudy and undecided about promising rain or sunshine, so I made a command decision to bundle the boys (and Mita and the boys mom and Mita’s dad) into the car and head up north, east of Angeles City, to check out a place I had hard about for years but never visited … the Angeles City Flying Club. Flying Club? Yep, famous around the world for their international ultra light aircraft activities. I’ve seen club members from time to time flying demonstrations at various shows and events and I wanted to see just what was there at their site at the foot of Mount Arrayat, aside from a neatly trimmed grass runway (like the one I earned my pilot’s license on, lo those many years ago). Well, it turns out there is a LOT more than a runway there. A compete ‘fixed base operation” (FBO) as we’d call it in the US. Aircraft for rent, fuel, repairs, flight instructors and a complete flight training program, hangar space if you want to store your own aircraft and much more important to the boys … a complete little cafe with a view overlooking the runway and all the flying activity, overnight room for guests who want to come by and spend a few days dying, and a great kid and adult and bahay kubo complex. The boys loved their lunch … lots of German delicacies as well as American and Filipino favorites (pleasant, friendly staff and very economical pricing .. the exact opposite of the food facilities at most tourist destinations), but they really liked going swimming in the afternoon. We stopped by just to see what it was all about and wound up spending three plus fun-filled couple hours there … a great place to visit. (Oh, and memo to other tourist destinations … the restrooms have toilets that flush with a handle, not a bucket, seats on the toilets!, a bidet WITH SOAP and even hand towels (real, made from cloth) at the sinks … an exceptional Philippine find, believe me) If you want to learn more about the club or want to get the low-down on ultra light aviation in the Philippines (no license required, by the way), visit the club’s excellent website here (another plus factor many tourist sites have yet to catch onto). A thoroughly enjoyable day, no work involved … after all, I am allegedly retired, you know.
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