Macho Man Gets Manicure & Pedicure at Posh Nails SM Seaside Cebu

I was in my early 40’s before I went to my first nail salon. A Vietnamese family operated the clip joint at a strip mall in Springfield, Illinois.  A female co-worker who was always stylishly dressed and immaculately groomed recommended the establishment to me. Now when a “macho man” gets a manicure and pedicure for the first time in his life, that’s a big event. But the Central Illinois outlet I went to certainly wasn’t as high-class as the Posh Nails at SM Seaside Cebu that my asawa and I recently visited.

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RACKS! Best Ribs in Town & the Philippines

RACKS’ (Real American Country Kitchen Style) slogan is that they’re the Best Ribs in Town. I’m here to tell you that I believe RACKS has the best ribs in the Philippines and some of the best ribs I have ever tasted. My asawa and I had one of the gastronomic highlights of our lives when we visited the newly-opened rib joint at

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SM Seaside Cebu: An Amazing Adventure in Shopping

My asawa and I recently visited the “Queen City of the South” and visited the new SM Seaside Cebu. It was an amazing adventure in shopping. This Super Mall, the 3rd largest mall in the Philippines and 8th largest in the world, opened last November. Though all the retail outlets are not open yet, over 250 out of 447 stores are in operation,  making it a tourist destination I highly recommend.

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Corrupt Cebu City Cabbies

I’ve praised taxi drivers in the “Queen City of the South” on this website in the past. I’m sorry that I now feel compelled to post this next story: “Corrupt Cebu City Cabbies,” but regulars readers of “Philippines Plus” know I always try to tell you the positives and negatives about living in the Philippines. 

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Best Way to Get to Cebu from Iloilo City

What is the best way to get to Cebu from Iloilo City? There are several options available to travelers such as taking a flight on local airlines, boarding a bus, or taking a vessel from a shipping line. Travel to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South” depends on your budget and how much travel time you have available.

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Adventures in Cebu City & Chocolate Hills in Bohol

I haven’t done much of anything since retiring to the Philippines over six years ago with my lovely asawa, The Sainted Patient Wife. I’ve been on a perpetual vacation for years but my hardworking spouse never takes a break. That’s why I decided she deserved some adventures in Cebu City, like shopping at the new SM Seaside Mall, the fourth largest SM in the Philippines. My wife also expressed a desire to visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, someplace neither one of us has been.

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You Can’t Be a True Filipino if You Don’t Sing Karaoke

You can’t be a true Filipino if you don’t sing karaoke. Pinoys and Pinays take their singing seriously to the extent that people have even been murdered for butchering Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in their local establishments.

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Philippines Has 5th Highest Cost of Electricity in the World

Twenty more turbines will be put up at the wind farm in the municipality of Sibunag in Guimaras. Construction starts next month. With each new turbine generating 2 megawatts (MW), 40 MW will be added to the wind farm’s 54-MW capacity. Despite the building of new windmills in our home province and throughout the archipelago, why does the Philippines have the 5th highest cost of electricity in the world?

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My ACR Card Renewal in the Philippines

I’ve had my 13a Permanent Visa for almost five years. While the visa itself is permanent, it was time for my ACR card renewal in the Philippines. With a 13a Immigrant Visa your Alien Certificate Registration, or I-Card, is good for five years. My current card expires at the end of May.

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Manila Relatives Hit Beach Resorts in Guimaras & Boracay

We recently entertained a gaggle of  Manila relatives who visited us at our new home in the Philippines and hit beach resorts in Guimaras, our island province home, and Boracay. Sister Emily and husband Joe, along with their six children celebrated Holy Week with us.

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Will San Miguel Corp Become the 3rd Major Telecommunications Player in Philippines?

Will San Miguel Corp, SMC, become the 3rd major telecommunications player in the Philippines and break the stranglehold of the Globe/PLDT  duopoly? After suffering as a subscriber to Globe’s internet “service” for almost two years now, I certainly hope so.

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Severe Water Rationing in the Philippines: Our New Well Runs Dry

Our new well in the Philippines runs dry. We have eight visitors from Manila staying at our new home in the Philippines for Holy Week along with four other local relatives from Guimaras, our island province home. That brings a total of 18 people putting a strain on our existing water shortage on the island and has resulted in some severe water rationing.

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El Niño Savages Guimaras, La Niña May Follow with More Rainfall, Floods and Typhoons

The island province we  call home, Guimaras,  is officially in a “state of calamity” due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. El Niño is a large-scale meteorological phenomenon that develops in the Pacific Ocean. It is commonly associated with drought in the Philippines.  The Provincial Board of Guimaras issued the declaration of the state of calamity based on studies showing that the phenomenon has caused some damages worth P91 million, USD 19.6 million, mostly in rice crops, in the province.

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The Return of the American Ambassador to the Philippines

“The Return of the American Ambassador to the Philippines” again drew the attention of a moderator at a local school event in Guimaras.  Our niece and nephew were going to participate in an all-day event at their elementary school and though I tried to keep a low profile, my presence at the event did not go unnoticed.

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Pool Project Progresses in the Philippines

Our pool project progresses in the Philippines. It’s been a month since I first gave an update on this major undertaking at our new home in the Philippines. Our five-man construction crew has been working hard under a torrid summer sun with temperatures now approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer has hit our mango island province of Guimaras but the humidity thus far only stands at 59%. The average humidity for the island province we call home is 86%.

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