The holidays are upon us and
the town is full. If you are planning on visiting
Angeles in the coming weeks and you don't have
reservations, the pickings are slim. Almost every hotel
room is fully booked through mid-January.
Margarita Station will be
closed from 8am until 5 pm on the 17th for our employees
This is an abbreviated
newsletter for several reasons. First there is some
information that I need to get out. And second, because the
last newsletter contained almost 200 new photos and it
received almost no response. Not sure our readers want
lengthy newsletters any more.
WHAT'S HOT IN THE CLUBS:
|The clubs are
full for the holidays. If you like the big
clubs, be sure to check out Blue Nile, Nero's,
and Camelot. My favorite smaller clubs on
Fields Avenue are La Bamba, Typhoon, Bedrock and
Insomnia. And lots of great clubs on
Perimeter Road to include Fire & Ice, Stargate,
Honey Ko's, and Lost In Asia.
As usual for this time of year,
a number of new clubs have recently opened:
BODY SHOP, ERUPTIONS, TARTZ, STARGATE, & THE CRAZY HORSE
November brought a few
more raids on the bars of Balibago. The most serious
was in the Alaska Club.
The Alaska Club was
raided during a semi-private party. As a
result of the raid the bar was closed for about
1 month. It was allowed to reopen with the
same name after the owner paid some
semi-significant fines for several violations.
||ANGELS & EMOTIONS:
Were both reported to
have been raided/"inspected", but by the next day both were
We were all quite shocked in early December when
we received word that Mark had suffered a
"massive heart attack." Rumors were flying
for almost a day and then I head through Chris
at C'Italian that he was fighting with his
nurses because he wanted a cigarette. At
that point I realized he wasn't going to give up
Fortunately the doctors in the Philippine Heart
Center in Manila performed a successful
angioplasty and he was back in Angeles in just
three days. He did miss the
Roadhouse's 14th anniversary party, but Kim and Jung
stepped in and supervised the event.
Some day he will tell us what was worse, the bar
bill from Kim & Jung's "on-the-house" or the
shave the nurses gave him in the heart center.
something that hasn't been tried before.
We have a fully furnished house that is for rent
on a weekly basis (or longer). We just
listed it a few days ago and already have
several bookings so it may catch on. There
is only one house, so it's strictly first come
a Cheap Charlie town any more! A few years
ago the Orchid Inn set a new standard in hotel
rooms and they were immediately fully booked.
They expanded and then other hotels aimed at the
upscale market, most notable was the Wild
Orchid. But, when the ABC opened many
people said it just wouldn't work. For the
last several months the hotel has been fully
booked every weekend and often runs 90 to 95%
booked during the week. This includes the
two top suites that is only $385 per day.
ONLY IN THE PI:
This story was kind of buried in the last
newsletter, but worth of bring to the front page.
A few months back a 4 to 5 star hotel named
opened on Clark. This hotel is named after the
original US Army post that preceded Clark Field. The Army
post was named after a WWI US Calvary officer. When I
saw the spelling of
the hotel I was pretty sure they had spelled the name wrong!
I contacted the ultimate authority on Clark history,
I asked him about the correct spelling and he replied
"According to Col. C.R. Andergee, who did
the Ash Warrior book for the USAF History
office it is: Stotsenburg." So, only
in the PI would someone invest over US one million dollars
and then spell the name of the hotel wrong!!
We seem to go through bad
cycles from time to time and the last few months
haven't been very good to the EXPAT community
|Dan Stevens, a regular Margarita
Station customer, had a growth on his neck. He had
it removed here and after the biopsy he went to
Hawaii. Sadly, he died within two weeks. He is
survived by his wife and two daughters.
|James "Charlie" Long, a 43 year old
American was living at Villa Modesto when he went
into a coma and died from cirrhosis of the liver.
|Digger, a 70 year old retired Las
Vegas dealer was found dead in the American Hotel
from an apparent heart attack.
Smith, a long term EXPAT died on October
Ron was well known for cashing peoples
checks and lending money for homes and
cars. He always had a smile on his
face when he was seen around the bars on
had been in Angeles city for many years.
He was formerly of the HANGOUT, which he
sold early in 2007. He was in Subic for
a while, but I believe he was back in
New Zealand when he passed away on Oct
|Clay from Dollhouse
died in a hospital in Hawaii where he was being
treated for heart disease.
|Wilma Meyers, the
co-owner of Mango's in Subic died of a heart attack at the
age of 42. She is survived by her husband Tom and
This one is
older, but I never had a confirmation on
his death until now. Richard "Doc"
Connelly was a frequent Margarita
Station customer when he was in Angeles.
He passed away after a long and brave
struggle with Kidney Disease. He is
survived by his wife Grace and her son,
Richard's son, 1 daughter and 8
grandchildren. Richard had a long and
distinguished Military career, serving
in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He
was the recipient of the Bronze Star,
Silver Star and a Purple Heart for brave
and distinguished service.
Richard was interred at
Arlington Cemetery in
Arlington Virginia in a private
family service. He will be missed by
many friends and colleagues around the