The SM Mall of Asia Expat Experience

sm mall of asia

I’ve been writing a blog for almost seven years now. Over in Guimaras, the island province we call home, there is nothing that even remotely resembles a large super mall. We do have the Chavez Building. You could call that place a  strip mall if you’ve consumed too many bottles of Red Horse.

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Desperately Dodging Dinagyang

iloilos premier festival

After a recent trip to Bacolod, we arrived in Iloilo on our way back home to our home base,  the island province of Guimaras. We were desperately dodging Dinagyang , the annual Festival which recently plowed into Iloilo City with the force of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. There is absolutely no way we wanted to be in town when the event hit.

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Upcoming Return Visit to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South”

cebu city port

A recent comment from Gezel, over in Bacolod, got me to thinking, something I’m not prone to do a lot of. I thought I would broadcast an upcoming return visit to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South,” something my asawa and I have planned for months now.

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Does BDO Belong in the Philippines’ Top Ten Bank List?

Christmas tree Philppines

Does BDO belong in the Philippines’ Top Ten Banks List? That’s a question I asked myself repeatedly this past Friday as I inquired on a transfer of funds we have been waiting on since late November. Our local SM Shopping Mall, where our Banco de Oro branch is located,  was filled to the gills with Filipinos fishing for last minute Christmas bargains. I like Christmas but I hate the crowds it brings. Yes, even in the Philippines, which is over 80% Catholic and virtually shuts down on Christmas week for Baby Jesus’ birthday, is becoming increasingly commercialized. More and more people are buying gifts, much to the delight of SM and all other merchants, and potbellied Santa’s litter the landscape everywhere you go. 

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Best Shopping Malls in Bacolod City, the Philippines

my asawa shopping for shoes at sm city in bacolod

To celebrate my asawa’s upcoming birthday, I had decided we should take a trip and visit some of the best shopping malls in Bacolod City, the Philippines. Now, other than working in our yard and tenderly caring for her beloved plants and flowers, my spouse also loves to shop. What better way for my beloved wife to celebrate than to go bargain hunting and picking up a new pair of shoes…or two.

my asawa shopping for shoes at sm city in bacolod

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An Evening in Guimaras with the Ladyboys

Until my lovely asawa and I moved to the Philippines over four years ago to live in her home province of Guimaras, I did not realize the proliferation of ladyboys in the Philippines until I made my first trip to a SM Mall in the big city of Iloilo.  I never suspected at that time that I would be spending an evening with the ladyboys in Guimaras in the future.Dave and Melinda

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