For Those Visiting or Living in the Philippines From UK

I fully realize that Americans are not the only expats living in the Philippines and Americans are not the only foreigners visiting the Philippines. The US State Department statistics indicate that 300,000 US citizens live in the Philippines and I would imagine many of them are Filipino-Americans, who retired to their homeland. There are SSA and VA Reps in Manila to provide services to American citizens. Now, to our UK friends.

I have never seen Marmite in Bacolod City but I buy Vegemite at Bob’s Deli. Metro Supermarket sometimes has Vegemite in stock but not all the time.

The Ploughman’s Lunch is right up my alley and it is something I enjoy eating, midday. Buttered Bread, Sliced Cheese, various Pickles and Beer. Most often, I add Cold Cuts of Meat and Boiled Eggs.

Bryan Reano, from England, was a Bacolod fixture, together with his wife, Rosalinda, selling Lumpia and Banana Turon all over the city. Their varieties of Lumpia were a big hit, which included Spicy Beef, Spicy Seafood, Chicken Curry and Hungarian Sausage. Their Turon included sliced Banana and Jam made with Mango, Jackfruit, Pineapple or Lychee. Sadly, Bryan passed away in December, 2015. He is still missed in the community, a very friendly guy with a big smile and who greatly enjoyed talking to local people.

Commercial Food From UK

Sometimes, you can hear everything but the wind blow. I was recently told that the British Silver & Plum Restaurant and Pub, located at Sorrento Plaza in Bacolod on Lacson Street, no longer promotes British Food. I have not been there lately, so I cannot confirm it. They do not open until 4pm but I plan to check them out in the near future.

When Silver & Plum first opened in 2014, their signature menu included…British Chips, English Steak, Bangers & Mash and Lamb Steak & Mash. A jar of Colman’s Original English Mustard sat on every table.

The Market Pub, located behind the New Govt Center on Circumferential Road, is an English style Pub in Bacolod. I have not been there since they first opened, so I cannot comment on their new menu, at this time.

Last Saturday, I enjoyed a great St Patrick’s Day with my family and friends in Sipalay, Negros Occidental, on the beach.

Last Week, I noticed that Cafe Bob’s Deli had about a dozen bottles of Heinz Malt Vinegar for P170 each and I picked up another bottle for my stock.Always great on Fish & Chips. I go to Bob’s Deli 2 X most weeks to look around at new arrivals, to buy a few things and to drink a Negros Pale Ale..or 2.

A good Deli in various locations in the Philippines, with a grocery section of imported food products, is a good place to check for Malt Vinegar and other hard to find imported food products. Bob’s Deli usually has Heinz Beanz in stock.

I worked with several teaching colleagues in China, who were from England, and I learned a few new things about Food. Heinz Beanz on Toast is one, which I enjoy. You gotta use the Heinz Beans sold in UK and not the local Pork n’ Beans because it is not near as good. It is not good at all to me. I stick with Heinz Beanz, which are sold in the UK.

Another tip I learned is the Chip Butty. For my American readers and others, it is basically a French Fries Sandwich, on Buttered Bread. I like Malt Vinegar on the Chip Butty I make, which is so EZ to make. Ketchup and HP Sauce on the Chip Butty are also good, as I have tried both and both are available in my area of the Philippines.

Colman’s Original Mustard from UK is available at Bob’s Deli, Beer and Ale from UK are available in cities around the Philippines, including in Bacolod City. In the Supermarkets, you can buy Cream Dory Fish Fillets, which make very good Fish & Chips.

I am not from the UK but it is my Heritage, Ireland, which I am proud to say. Guinness Stout and Jameson Irish Whiskey are available in Bacolod City.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~


Sipalay Revisited

We spent the weekend in Sipalay, Negros Occidental, leaving out Saturday morning around 415am in our Isuzu MU-X. It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive by private vehicle and it is approximately 165 km from Bacolod to Sipalay. Once you get to Kabankanlan, you are about halfway to Sipalay.

For a lack of a better place, we stopped at Jollebee in Kabankalan for breakfast at 6am. I ordered the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Pancake Sandwich, similar to an Egg McMuffin, and it was much better than I thought it would be.

This is our second trip to Sipalay during the past two years, so we are somewhat familiar with the city, which is a small city indeed.

The Jamont Hotel is the best place to lodge in Sipalay, if you want a good hotel. The room we rented, to sleep 4 people, was P1,800 per night. Across a small street from the Jamont Hotel is a beach and swimming is allowed. In 2016, we grilled on that beach one evening but we were told this year that grilling on the beach is now prohibited. Sipalay is known for their excellent Fish and we were looking forward to grilling Fish on the beach for supper that evening. I had also brought along Johnsonville Smoked Brats and Swiss-German-Hungarian Debreziner Sausage for grilling.

The Jamont Hotel, at least in the room where we stayed during both trips, has kicking air con, which actually gets the room cold! Cignal Satellite TV is available, the shower is hot with strong water pressure and there is a large swimming pool for hotel guests. The Veranda is the in house restaurant at The Jamont Hotel but they are not open 24 hours, so I am suggesting ordering no later than 9pm or plan on dining out elsewhere, some place along the actual touristic beach area.

We were allowed to check in the hotel at 9am on Saturday and check out was 12pm on Sunday.

The actual tourist area of the beach near the Jamont Hotel is within about a 2 block walk from the hotel. Impossible to miss.

Best Food

For foreigners, the best restaurant you will find is in that particular beach area and The Mixed Food Restaurant is the place to go. You cannot miss it, as there is a scaled down bamboo structure of the Eiffel Tower out front. The food is French Fusion, the food is great with small prices. They have cold Beer as well. This was our 2nd time to dine at Mixed Food Restaurant, which is operated by a French guy and his wife, both of whom are very friendly. We enjoyed the food we ordered both experiences.

Most every Friday and Saturday night, a live band performs across the road from The Mixed Food Restaurant, on the beach.

Let The Music Play

The touristic beach area was jumping with live music when we went for supper around 930pm on Saturday. We chose a BBQ restaurant, JJ’s Bacolod Chicken Inasal Restaurant and the owners are from Bacolod City. Super nice folks, to say the least. We told them that we are from Bacolod. The Grill Master gladly grilled my Debreziner Sausages, as the other 3 in our group ordered their food for grilling. Chicken and Squid with Rice and Drinks. Beer is ice cold and P50 per bottle. Pilsen, San Mig Light, San Miguel Apple Beer and Red Horse.

The Fish Market, located in the area of the Public Market, is a great place to buy Fish for taking home to prepare. Of course, we had an ice chest with us. We bought a good size whole Tuna for P330 last Sunday morning at The Fish Market.

There are several Diving Resorts in Sipalay, Boat Rentals and Boat Tours. Sugar Beach seems to be a popular spot but not for us! In 2016, the owner of a Sugar Beach Resort, a German National, met me outside his restaurant with lodging and told me very frankly…my place is not for Filipinos! That year, there were 42 in our group, 41 Filipinos and me!

After leaving that Resort, we walked a short distance, all 42 of us, and went to Big Bamboo Beach Resort. The owner, from the Middle East, does not have restrictions on Filipinos, and how could he..legally? The Manager of Big Bamboo welcomed us…very happily. How many establishments have 42 people drop in for lunch and for drinks? In one group?

This trip, we did not go to Sugar Beach. We had plenty of fun with it.

We had planned singing karaoke during our first night in Sipalay, however, we decided to take in the band that performed on the beach. They were very good and they had a small horn section included. They performed a number of Bob Marley and other Reggae songs, together with other pop songs. All in English.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Armour Star Meats in the Philippines

SM Supermarket has the largest selection of Armour Star Meats in Bacolod City. During the past week, SM has new stock of Armour Star Smoked Vienna Sausage, Barbecue Flavored Vienna Sausage, Chicken Vienna Sausage, Jalapeno Vienna Sausage, Treet Spiced Luncheon Meat and Potted Meat.

I am not complaining but it would be nice to also see Armour Star Chili, Hash, Roast Beef and Sliced Dried Beef. I would also like to find Armour Star packaged, not canned, Hot Dogs.

Armour Star had long been one of the leading Meat Packing Companies in America, since right after the Civil War. Nowadays, it is not only Armour Star but several other companies are part owners of Armour Star Meats. Pinnacle Foods, Smithfield Foods of Virginia and Eckrich Sausage are involved in Armour Star.

I cannot say everyone but for me, I still enjoy eating food that I grew up eating. I have always enjoyed a Vienna Sausage Sandwich with Mustard, ever since I can remember and I still do. However, I eat Vienna Sausage Sandwiches less often these days than I did in my younger days. Yet, I still always have several cans of Armour Vienna Sausage on hand for when I want to eat it.

Libby’s Vienna Sausage is alright, too, and it is also available in Bacolod City.

Less often but still liking it, I will make an Armour Potted Meat Sandwich with Mustard.

One time, I bought a Philippines brand Vienna Sausage just to try it and it was terrible. I did not finish eating even one of these Vienna Sausages. Tasha, our dog, ate them. I have only tried one Philippines brand of Vienna Sausage.

At one of the Delis in Bacolod, Metro, I bought the original style Vienna Sausage, imported from Europe and which is not canned, and it is very good but due to its length, probably best eaten on a long bun. Or adding it with cooked Cabbage and Potatoes. Also very good.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

What Do You Miss? Revisited

Not much, do I miss seeing in the Philippines but there are a few things.

A Southern Style Bait and Tackle Shop is one that I would like to see. Crickets chirping up a storm, Minnows swimming in tanks, barrels filled with moist dirt and thousands of worms, Artificial Bait and Lures, Rods & Reels, Cane Poles, Bobbers, Hooks and an old chest type cooler loaded with ice cold Beer, Coca Cola and Buffalo Rock. Coke, no Pepsi!

Do not forget the snacks. Cans of Possum Sardines, cans of Libby’s & Armour Vienna Sausage, cans of Armour Potted Meat, cans of Libby’s Corned Beef, boxes of Saltine Crackers, loaves of Merita Sandwich Bread, packages of Lance Cheese Crackers, packages of Lance Peanut Butter Crackers, bags of Golden Flake Potato Chips, Lance Red Skin Peanuts, Fritos, packages of Slim Jim and jars on the counter with Pickled Eggs, Pickled Sausage and Pickled Pig Feet. I am ready now to go fishing.

The Bait and Tackle Shops in the Southern USA were not only places to buy your fishing needs but it was a meeting up place to shoot the breeze. To get the latest low down, latest gossip, talking sports, chewing tobacco together and spitting into that brass spittoon, talking about the new sexy lady who moved to town and plain ole story telling. There was always a pot of coffee sitting on top of the pot belly wood stove when the weather was cold. Help yo self. During the hot weather, it was Pop a Top time and have a cold Beer. Falstaff was the House Beer but other brands were available, including Sterling, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life.

The radio was not played loud but you could hear the songs of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy, Loretta and the other popular C&W singers of the day.

I do not miss the old time Bait and Tackle Shops that much but it would be nice to revisit one. Will have to wait until my next trip to rural Florida, whenever that is. However, I realize that it will never be the same, so no need to really miss something that no longer exists! All those good singers, except Loretta Lynn, are now in Hillbilly Heaven. So are Billy Bob, Jimmy Ray and Slick Jackson, the boyz at the Tackle Shop. I miss them most of all.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Four More Weeks of Christmas in the Philippines

It all began on September 1, the beginning of the Christmas Celebration in the Philippines. For some Filipinos, the last day of the Christmas Celebration is on Three Kings Day, each January 6. However, it is not over til it’s over! For other Filipinos…

Christmas continues with the Feast of the Black Nazarene coming up on Monday, January 9 this year. That is not the end. Feast of the Santo Nino is the 3rd Sunday in January, 21st this year.

For Filipinos in Jaro, Iloilo and in Candelaria, Quezon, the final day of the Christmas Celebration is the Feast of Our Lady of the Candles on February 2.

For my family, Three Kings Day on Saturday wraps of our Christmas Celebration. Why not have one more Traditional Christmas Meal?

What do Filipinos eat on Three Kings Day? I do not know what Filipinos eat on Three Kings Day, as we have not met up with others, that I recall, as we eat at home or eat out.

Lechon Asado sounds good to me, which is basically Pork Roast and not a whole roasted pig. I’ve tried the Chinese-Filipinos Lechon Asado and it is basically Char Siu Pork. That is not what I want! Cubans in South Florida make fabulous Lechon Asado and I am not sure I can duplicate their version but I will enjoy giving it my best shot. I have the authentic Cuban Recipe for Lechon Asado.

Happy Three Kings Day!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Luckenbach, Philippines

There was a research article a couple of years back, which was posted about on LinP3. In conclusion, Filipinos are among the happiest people in the world.

We have friends and relatives who many foreigners would deem as being poor. However, these Filipinos do not consider themselves poor at all. It is basically a family commune with a number of relatives living on the same land, sharing for the good of everyone.

They live in rural areas that are not overcrowded, not polluted and a chicken being stolen is considered the major crime of the week. Seriously.

Fishing in the pristine mountain springs & mountain streams, in nearby rivers provide sustenance. Several types of Perch and Eels are usually the Catch of the Day. The people grow a little Rice, Corn, various other Vegetables, Coffee and Fruit trees are abundant. There are yard chickens running around, free range, and there is always a pig or 2 being raised. Large amounts of money are not required and everyone is happy everyday. One relative visited us last year and it was the first time he had been to Bacolod in well over half a decade, by his own choice. My mother in law is not happy in the city. After a one day or two day visit, she is antsy getting back on the family farm in the countryside.

Living a laid back, slow paced life without stress is something more foreigners could learn and appreciate. That was my lifestyle in Southern America.

In some respects, a number of areas in the Philippines can be compared favorably to Disneyland. In a different sort of way but with similar themes.

We spent the night down at the farm last night and much of the day on Thursday. One of my favorite cousins had a wedding planned. I do not show favoritism but Liezel has gone above and beyond being friendly with me and making me feel welcome in the family. She is a fabulous singer who can easily sing in professional bands.

The night before Thursday’s wedding, I made a large pot of Chili. We have a home Karaoke System and it was used until after Midnight.

The wedding was held in a not so far away town in an Independent Catholic Church…Iglesia Filipina Independiente. The Wedding Reception was held at the family compound, where 4 or 5 families in that particular clan live. Before the reception kicked off, two different relatives proudly took us on a tour of their new houses. Both houses are concrete and one house in particular was very impressive, built for around P600,000.

Family raised goats, ducks and a pig were the main fare in the Wedding Reception and all were excellent. BBQ Duck, Goat Caldereta and Lechon. I only eat the Lechon Ribs and that is the part of the Pig I received.

The Uncle of the Bride tends our cattle and we recently added two white Brahman Cows to the herd. They are not scrawny, looking very good, and the Uncle has taken very good care of our cattle for over 9 years.

Appearance can often be very misleading. Down in the boondocks rural areas and simple houses may appear to be the grounds of people living in poverty, however, our relatives consider themselves extremely blessed and well off in Life. In reality, they certainly are!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

The Positives of Aging

The US State Dept reports that there are more than 300,000 US citizens living in the Philippines. Many, if not most, are retirees. Being a Senior Citizen does not require a negative stereotype. Many never made it to your age and they are no longer on the planet but you are still alive and kicking!

In Manila, there is a US Social Security office, there is a US VA Clinic and the Philippine Retirement Authority offers the SRRV, Special Resident’s Retiree Visa.

Power of Positive Thinking

During my mid 20s, I discovered the Power of Positive Thinking. It has ever since gone hand in hand with my Faith. Fear and Doubt counters Faith. Negative Thinking counters all things Positive. I know there are limitations as we get older but there does not have to be many automatic limitations. We should do what remains within our comfort zone. It does not mean to take to a rocking chair and wait around to die!

I often wondered why many Senior Citizens remain very active into their 90s and others seem to shut down in their 60s and early 70s?

They Take a Licking and Keep On Ticking

In both the Philippines and in America, there are many senior citizen politicians, with some being around in office for more than 40-50 years. There are term limits in the Philippines but not in America, however, in the Philippines, many keep coming back to office when allowed to run for office again.

Fidel Ramos Photo

Juan Ponce Enrile termed out last year as a Philippine Senator at age 92. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is 80. Former President Fidel Ramos is 89 and he was on the campaign trail last year, campaigning for Duterte. Imelda Marcos is 88 and is a current Congresswoman of Ilocos Norte.

Recently watching a Tennessee Titans NFL game, I saw Dick LaBeau walking the sidelines of the Titans with a head set and holding a play chart. Dick LaBeau is the Defensive Coordinator and the Assistant Coach of the Tennessee Titans. Dick LaBeau was born in 1937 and he is 80 years of age.

A day or so ago, I saw author Mary Higgins Clark on Fox News, promoting her new book. Ms Clark was born in 1927 and she will turn 90 on Christmas Eve this year. Despite battling arthritis in her hands, Mary Higgins Clark is still writing.

One of my favorite Baseball personalities is Trader Jack McKeon. At age 72, Trader Jack won a World Series while managing the Florida Marlins. Trader Jack retired from Managing 2 years later but remained a Consultant in Baseball Operations. Six years later, at age nearing 78, Trader Jack returned to the dugout to manage the Florida Marlins just one more time. He said he did not need the job but he loves managing. Trader Jack McKeon will turn 87 this month, he is still following the game of baseball and he is still smoking his cigars. He is now retired in North Carolina.

There are many more examples of people being productive and active from ages 70+ to 100. A number of them have 3 or more chronic medical conditions but they do not let those derail them.

There are some negatives in aging but some can be turned into positives. There is no Fountain of Youth but positives can outweigh the negatives if the person makes that decision.

Many Filipinas often say…Age is only a number and there is much truth in their statement! You are as young as you feel.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

All Around Bacolod: Sharing the Grandeur of the Philippines

February 2018 will mark the 6th year I have been publishing articles about the Philippines on my website, All Around Bacolod. My Vision and my Mission have always remained to share the Grandeur of the Philippines, especially about the Bacolod Area.

Who Reads All Around Bacolod?

Word Press has daily statistics that I can refer to as to where my readers and followers are actually located. Today, thus far to this moment, people reading All Around Bacolod are located in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. Yesterday, Russia and Australia made the list together with the mentioned 5 countries.

There are many people around the world who have not yet visited the Philippines. There are many others who have visited the Philippines, some have visited many times, and they have plans to live in the Philippines during their retirement years.

I do not mind expats living in Bacolod reading my articles, however, they are certainly not the base or core of my followers and readers. They are already here and if they get out of their houses, they should already know much about Bacolod City and about the surrounding areas.

The Bacolod Area is not the only location in the Philippines but it has been my home since June 2009. From 1986-2000, I lived in Metro Manila 2 times and I most annually visited, sometimes 2-3 times during the year. However, my experience in Manila is highly outdated and is no longer accurate.

More Than Beaches

Many beaches in the Philippines are very beautiful, however, not everyone likes the beach. Some expats prefer life in the rural mountain areas of the Philippines. Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto are the two mountain areas I am most familiar with in the Bacolod Area.

All expats do not like the beaches or the mountain areas and they prefer living in a large city in the Philippines. Some prefer many more choices to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, many more choices for great dining and many more choices to enjoy great shopping. The city lifestyle is for them!

Why I Chose to Live in the Bacolod Area

My wife is from the Bacolod Area, however, she did not pressure me to live here if I did not like it. After 3 extended visits to the Bacolod Area, 6 weeks each time, I decided that this is the area where I wanted to retire to and live in the Philippines. I have never regretted my decision!

Bacolod City was named this year by a panel of experts as The Model City in the Philippines. Previously, Bacolod City has been awarded as the Greenest, Cleanest and Most Livable City in the Philippines…several times.

In Bacolod City, there is great dining, with many choices of Cuisine and there is also great shopping. Education from K-University is excellent…if the right educational institution is chosen for attending. There are 5 Private Hospitals in Bacolod City. Overall, based upon the words of Filipino family and friends, the Medical Care in Bacolod City is very good to excellent, depending upon the Hospital and their personal MD.

Currently, there are 8 Shopping Malls in the Bacolod Area, which also includes Talisay City. A new larger Ayala Mall is under construction as I write.

Compared to the well known large cities in the Philippines, Bacolod does not have the traffic, crime or pollution problems. Bacolod is a mid-sized city and we feel it is a great place to raise our son.

The City of Smiles

Bacolod City lives up their reputation of The City of Smiles. The vast majority of the Filipinos who are friends, family acquaintances and among those I newly meet are very nice, extremely friendly and are eager to be helpful if needed.

The vast majority of the Filipinos in my circle and the ones I know on a more casual basis are originally from Negros Occidental. Not being critical of other Regions and the people from those Regions, I have found the Filipinos in Negros Occidental to have a very gentle character and a laid back lifestyle. I lived in the Southern USA most of my life and the Filipinos and their hospitality in our area reminds me very much of the people in both Alabama and in Northern Florida. The elderly are respected, God, Family, Flag and Country are loved and people are neighborly.

I have many wonderful Filipino friends in the Bacolod Area. People should do what they need to be happy and having many foreign friends is not a requirement for my happiness. There are only two foreigners living in the subdivision where we live…me and another American. We have not even seen one another since last year.

Moving to the Bacolod Area is the best move I have made.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

What Do You Miss in the Philippines?

While living in the Philippines, there is not much that I miss from the Southern USA. For the most part, items I cannot actually store buy, I can make at home.

If imported Grits are not available, I can buy White Corn and take it to the grinder to run it through several times to get the texture I like to make Grits. Imported Grits are not available year round in Bacolod and I have not seen the boxed Albers Grits in more than one full year.

Moon Pies! I have not had a Moon Pie in 17 years. Unless S&R in Iloilo sells Moon Pies, I doubt I will ever eat one in our area of the Philippines.

Slim Jim is another product I would enjoy but I have never seen them in the Visayan areas of Philippines where I have been.

Licorice is not available year round in our area.

On the social scene, I do miss going to a Honky Tonk with a live C&W Band and seeing Stetsons, Tony Lama Boots and the Honky Tonk Angels/Redneck Cowgirls with their names on the back of their belts, waiting to be asked to cut a rug out on the dance floor. However, I know those days are long gone and my Dance Card has done been punched.

I am not complaining because, overall, there is very little that I miss from the South, which I cannot get or see in the Bacolod Area. I see many similarities here compared to where I am from. There are many Filipinos here who love God, Family, Country and Flag. Many Filipinos still respect the elderly, they are friendly and neighborly. The Filipino Hospitality is much like Southern Hospitality.

I do not remember ever encountering many people in the Southern USA who are so unhappy, mean and ornery like I have met among the expat crowd in Bacolod. There are some nice expats here but there are also a number of crabby, grumpy, grouchy, ill-tempered and down right vicious expats in the City of Smiles. That is why I avoid most of them. Over time, even some of the expats I thought were nice could only put up a front for so long and out came their real characters and personalities.

Overall, I am certainly blessed and who could not love living among wonderful Filipinos in the City of Smiles?

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Bringing To Life American Classic Meals: Philippines

I enjoy variety in my daily meals and I do not normally like eating the same thing twice during the same day.

A Fish Po Boy with Cole Slaw, Italian Spaghetti, Chili Dogs, Sloppy Joe, Buffalo Wings, Southern Fried Chicken are meals I had at home over the past week. Those are dishes I eat on a regular basis but not daily.

Awhile back, an American friend in Baguio, Harold, reminded me about Chicken a la King, so I made that a couple of times. A month or so ago, I made Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Napa Cabbage, Ground Round Beef and Brown Rice.

Today, I was thinking about bringing back a number of American Meals that I enjoyed in years past. All the ingredients are available in the Bacolod Area in local supermarkets. Hey, you can cook your favorites in Bacolod City!

A Few American Classic Meals

Homemade Hamburger Helper and Tuna Helper are EZ to make without spending P200 for a box of imported Hamburger Helper. Macaroni to make the Helper Meals, Hamburger and Tuna, is very inexpensive. Tuna Casserole with Egg Noodles are also easily made.

Locally sourced Bell Peppers are readily available and a great idea for me is to make Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak are American Classics to eat.

I do not care much for Filipino Chop Suey but I enjoy Chinese-American Chop Suey, served with Chow Mein Noodles.

Chicken & Rice, cooked together in one pot, remains one of my all time favorites. Another good dish is Shredded Chicken with Egg Noodles.

More recently, my wife made Chicken and Dumplings for he first time. She did an excellent job! She used boxed Bisquick to make the Dumplings.

My wife makes great Shepherd’s Pie and I will remember to ask her to prepare it soon.

We have not made Meatloaf in awhile, so I plan to bring that recipe back in the near future, with Mashed Potatoes. In Alabama, making a sandwich with leftover Meatloaf was always a treat.

I think I have just planned some of my meals in the days ahead.

It is time to get busy in the kitchen! Which meal should I prepare first?

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~