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7 Best Places to Retire in the Philippines

7 Best Places to Retire in the Philippines

First of all, please note that many expats recommend checking out your future retirement home in the Philippines and live there from 3-6 months. As a result, you’ll have a better feel for the place. When my lovely asawa and I retired to the Philippines over nine years ago, Guimaras was our first choice. Due to the fact that my wife grew up in Guimaras and already had a house there, it made sense for us to move there. However, maybe you don’t have a concrete notion of where in the Philippines you would like to retire. Thus this post: “7 Best Places to Retire in the Philippines.”

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Bacolod City: Cybersex Hotspot?

city of smiles

Remember this story I did back in May about a 62-year-old geezer that was filming his own sex videos and posting them online? The American expat was living in Bacolod City, “The City of Smiles,” at the time and was arrested. With the American’s arrest and the recent raids on alleged cybersex dens in Bacolod the past few months, one has to wonder if this post’s topic, “Bacolod City: Cybersex Hotspot?” might not be appropriate.

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62-Yr-Old American Nabbed in Bacolod for Uploading His Own Sex Videos

American in Bacolod nabbed for uploading sex video

“62-Yr-Old American Nabbed in Bacolod for Uploading His Sex Videos.” In the “City of Smiles”, Bacolod,  an American was arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents at his home in Barangay Taculing last Friday, May 12, 2017.  The American national, Lee David Colglazier, 62,  was allegedly uploading internet sex videos of him and his multiple partners, both female and male.

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The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines

old fart relaxing in boracay

Crusty Old Expat. The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines. Both of those monikers, and others, apply to me. Regular readers of Philippines Plus might have noticed that comments have been closed for recent posts. I have a shot of myself relaxing in Boracay at the end of each post stating that.

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Man Overboard! Our 2Go Cruise Manila/Iloilo

man overboard go manila to bacolod

Our recent trip from Manila was marred by tragedy: “Man Overboard! Our 2Go Cruise Manila/Iloilo.” Nine and 1/2 hours  in to our 22-hour cruise back home, my wife suddenly called out to me: “Someone has jumped overboard!”

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Best Way to Get to Cebu from Iloilo City

traveling to cebu from iloilo via ship

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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Never Buy Your Asawa Clothes for Christmas

I love santas helpers

Lead Photo from Imgur  

Never buy your asawa clothes for Christmas. If she’s anything like my wife, you’ll end up going to a SM City Mall the day after Jesus’ birthday celebration and face massive mobs that rival the hordes of Hade. I kid you not. I would (almost) rather have each of my fingernails and toenails pulled out then encounter the crowds that my spouse and I had to deal with.  I had to navigate the crowded mall filled with morons that hypnotically gazed downward at their cell phones as they checked their latest asinine Facebook message and never watched where they were going. Crowded eateries that reduced us to eating at Pizza Hut (at Robinsons, our first stop) which is never packed out.

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Scammers and Would-Be Thieves in Bacolod City

bacolod sincere drug store

During a recent shopping sojourn to Bacolod City, the “City of Smiles,” my asawa and I were impressed by several things. The friendly people and the stores that actually hired more mature workers, impressed me. The public transportation system was cheap and easy to use. The cab drivers were honest. The Check Inn Pension House where we stayed was affordable and centrally located and had a decent restaurant where we had a couple of meals. But two incidents during our three day stay are worth noting, especially to any expats that might be planning to visit Bacolod. masskara festival in bacolod city

 

The City of Smiles is known for its annual MassKara Festival held every October

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Best Shopping Malls in Bacolod City, A Visit to Robinsons Place

robinsons place in bacolod city

robinsons place in bacolod city

 

My asawa and I had visited Bacolod City as I treated my wife to a shopping trip in the “City of Smiles.” We had already visited SM City, and the new Ayala Mall and were headed on a jeepney to Robinsons Place. That’s my sparkling spouse posing in front of the shopping mall before we entered to hunt for more bargains. I was ready to find some lunch but the mall was crowded that Sunday afternoon. It seems that people on Bacolod like to shop just like the residents of Iloilo City, whose major shopping venues are also jam-packed on the weekends.

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