Bacolod Jazz Fest 2017

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I send this out to all you folks in Bacolod City, the City of Smiles, and to all you folks in Negros Occidental. Some of you expats are mean little bastardos but we can’t do without you! Also to those of you who may be visiting soon, I have something for ya.

The annual Bacolod Jazz Fest will be at the L’ Fisher Hotel La Proa Grand Ball Room on Friday, February 17th, with warm up jam session beginning at 6pm. Tickets are now on sale at the hotel and they are selling quickly.

Anders Paulsson, recognized as one of the world’s best saxophonists today, is the headliner. Kat Agarrado and her band, Manila Blues Experience, will also be one of the headliners. Working Stiff, Manila’s Premier Jazz Fusion Band will perform, as will AMP Nonet.

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Classical Jazz, New Age Jazz, Latino Jazz, Reggae Jazz, Fusion Jazz and All That Jazz will be featured by a number of Jazz Stylists. Get ready, it’s gonna be Awesome!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

A Basket of Deplorables Propel Donald Trump To the White House

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In my article today, the cover photo is of several different baskets of design, colors and size. I did this for a reason. Diversity!

Last September, Hillary Clinton stated that half of Donald Trump supporters were a Basket of Deplorables. She went on to say we were racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islmaphobic. I’m afraid I got some bad news for Hillary. Her comments were part of the reason she lost the election. Hillary’s words propelled Donald Trumps to turn out at the polls and vote for Donald Trump as the next President of the United States of America.

Hypocrisy At The Highest Level

You see, the Democratic Party prides themselves in being Liberals and Progressives. Same Sex Marriage, Abortion, LGBT Rights, Civil Rights, Unisex Public Restrooms, Beholders of Atheists, Socialism are part of the party platform. However, if you do not support their agenda, you are a basket of deplorables. That is not democracy and  it is actually un-American.

The Republican Legislators in the 1960s are the ones who voted to push passage of the Civil Rights Act. Many Democrats were Segregationists and Racists, who voted against the Act. Fact Check it!

Look at the Inner Cities of America. With the first Black American President in office for the past 8 years, why are there still Ghettos? Hell holes in reality. With prostitutes and drug dealers on almost every street corner and where gangs control the turf. With unemployment among Black American and Latino males pushing 60%. Something is wrong with that picture. Democratic Party Mayors have ruled Chicago my entire lifetime! Same as in other large cities with large Black American and Latino populations. Time to change that and President Donald Trump will change it. It is one of his priorities. The Democrats want to keep Black Americans and Latinos down at the bottom so they will depend on them for Social Welfare and thus keep voting for the failed Democratic Party Ideology.

President Donald J.Trump will drain the swamp in taking on the Washington Cartel.. It is time for real change and no longer hoping you will have a little bit of change…in your pocket. Dream Big! Your future is only limited by your imagination. America will be great again! Americans will be proud again! America will be safe again!

Myths About Republicans

We are not all racists but racism exists within both parties. I lived in Alabama and attended high school 1968-1972 there. A number of my male classmates were racists. One of my female classmates was a very beautiful Black American. I liked her and talked to her a few times. I was confronted and threatened if I continued talking to her. I could not take on the KKK, so, I stopped talking to her and avoided her. As I look back, I realize, it was a form of Domestic Terrorism!

One of my friends in Cebu City, Trish, refers to herself as “the most beautiful Lady Boy in Cebu.” Her orientation does not cause me to not like her. I enjoy her company and even enjoy lunch with her from time to time. I am not ashamed to be seen in public with her, however, some people talk bad about me. I am not concerned about them, their misconceptions or their thoughts. I am a Maverick. If I like certain people, I like them and no one can tell me otherwise. It is my decision alone.

I have no problem with the religion of Islam. There are 2 Mosques in Bacolod City, where I live. The Muslims in our city are not Radical Islamic Terrorists. They are business people for the most part, who play a large role in community building and in nation building. God bless them!

I have far more Filipino friends than I have American or other expat friends in Bacolod City. I did not move to the Philippines to hobnob with foreigners. My Filipino friends are in all walks of life. Vendors, employees, farmers and in Govt. I never think of their status other than they are my friends. And you can believe that!

I have been a Born Again Christian since 1972, however, it is not my job to condemn anyone. If I like ya, I will be with ya. If I do not like ya, I will not come around ya!

In the meantime, I hope to see ya one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

The Contract With America

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Donald Trump pulled off the biggest political upset in history. I am reading all the sad comments and actual comments of hatred online toward Donald Trump since the US November 8 Election. Time to move on folks and accept Democracy in Action.

Yesterday, I watched the live speeches of both Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Both said the same thing. Americans and the world owe Donald Trump the opportunity to be a good President and keep an open mind. Thank you both for your kind words! Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is a happy camper. The relationship between Israel and the USA had deteriorated over the past 8 years due to the White House Agenda. Shame on them!

President Duterte of the Philippines congratulated President Donald Trump yesterday. Rody said he looks forward to an enhanced relationship with America, with mutual respect. Rody did not seem to like Obama! He and Trump will get along fine. I really do Bo-Lieve!

There was a big change during the last two weeks of the hard fought Presidential Election. Donald put it all together in his Contract with America and it was one reason the course of the election changed…if you believed the polls. I never believed the polls because they are corrupt and slanted in favor of the Democratic Party. This was to discourage people from voting for Donald Trump and “wasting” their vote.

Contract With America

I will outline President Donald Trump’s Contract with America. With a majority in the House and the Senate, President Trump has the perfect Mandate of the American People. All in!

Building a Wall to secure America’s southern border and Mexico will pay for it! Illegal aliens who are felons will be deported. Hundreds of Americans have been killed by illegal alien criminals in the United States. Illegal Drugs flow freely across the American Border to poison Americans and destroy their lives. Immigrants will be welcome, as long as they follow the lawful process to obtain a Visa. Sanctuary Cities, which harbor illegal aliens, will have Federal Funds cut off.. Hear that, San Francisco?

Obama Care will be repealed and replaced with a Health Care Program that is affordable and no one will lose their health insurance. The Affordable Health Care under Obama is not affordable. Who can afford a monthly premium of $1.400 per month?

The EPA Regulations will be abolished and President Trump will put Coal Miners and Steel Workers back to work again. Shale, oil, natural gas and coal will once again be developed from America’s own natural resources. Thank God!

The US Military has been depleted in terms of number of forces, ships, planes and other equipment. President Trump will restore the American Military to greatness once again. America’s adversaries will respect us once again and America’s friends and allies around the world will trust us once again.

The US Veterans have been mistreated, abused and neglected. President Trump will ensure the Vets receive the medical treatment and medical care they deserve. If a VA Hospital is too busy, the Vets will be able to go to any private medical health care facility or doctor for the care they deserve. No more waiting days for treatment. Hip, Hip Hooray!

Term Limits will be placed on politicians. No more fat cats sitting on their fat azz and doing nothing in the Senate or Congress for decades. All some are doing is collecting a paycheck! More great news.

Only Judges who will defend and honor the US Constitution will be appointed to the Supreme Court. No more Judges who vote on issues along Democratic Party lines to distort the Constitution. Many military have given the ultimate sacrifice in foreign wars to protect the Constitution. Too many policemen have been killed in America for doing their duty of protecting citizens and protecting human rights under the Constitution.

Trade deals will be re-negotiated or torn up, if not fair. This includes NAFTA.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal will be voided and harsh economic sanctions will once again be placed on Iran, with their assets frozen. Iran is the largest supporter of Radical Islamic Terrorism around the world. Including in the Philippines and in the USA.

Social Security and Medicare Benefits will not be cut and the programs will be secured in funding.

Personal Income Tax will be cut and Tax Regulations that strangle business will be lowered. This will create millions of jobs across the land!

ISIS will be destroyed once and for all. The Generals and the Admirals hands will no longer be handcuffed to a failed White House Narrative. America will win again!

Blue Lives Matter. Law Enforcement Officers will once again be 100% supported and not branded as Racists due to the actions of only a few rogue cops. Those cops will be prosecuted if they break the law but Law Enforcement will no longer be Bastardized by politicians with a leftist and liberal ideology.

The Democrats have abused Black Americans and Latinos in the Inner Cities for decades. The Democrats only want their votes and never do anything to get them out of the hell holes they live in, aka Ghettos! Donald Trump will rebuilt the Inner Cities, creating jobs, opportunities will abound, schools will be good again and crime will decrease.

There are more items in the Contract with America but I will stop for now.

Surrogate for Donald Trump

As a foreigner living in the Philippines, I am not allowed to meddle in Philippines politics, although I read about it everyday and know what is happening. Hello Senator Antonio Trillanes! How ya doing?

For the past year, I have been an active surrogate for Donald Trump, online and among expat communities in Asia. Donald Trump has the Mission, the Vision and the Ability to make America Great Again!

President Donald Trump overcame all odds to win! A biased media, Democrats, old guard Republican politicians who wanted Jeb Bush to be the nominee, hired thugs to disrupt his rallies, hired women to tell lies about him, demonstrators who wanted to shut him up, a rigged Washington system, rigged polls and the devil himself.

However, God has Blessed America Again! Hallelujah!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

It’s A New Day

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Americans kicked over the table, stood up against the biased media, against both Party’s elite and they elected Donald Trump as the next President of the United States of America. Mike Pence is the Vice President of the United States.

I advised people weeks ago not to call the election yet for Hillary and the rigged system. Americans abolished the rigging. There is a real Patriotic Movement in America and America will be great again! Americans told the establishment, the special interest groups and the corrupt politicians that they are sick of them and they took their country and the White House back. God bless America! God bless Americans!

The Domestic Policies and the Foreign Policies of a Republican President and a Republican majority in the House and Senate will affect expats living in the Philippines. Donald Trump has the Trifecta! The perfect Mandate of the people. We The People!

Time to drain the swamp and build the wall!

Donald Trump’s Policies with the Philippines will affect the country, regardless of who likes it. There is a new Boss, who will be in the White House in January. Donald does not take crap from anyone!

Why Donald Trump Won

I have Filipino friends in the Philippines, who are journalists. I told them for months that Hillary Clinton will not win. Why?

Hillary’s Middle East policy while she was Secretary of State, set the Middle East on fire. Libya, Iraq, Syria and she supported the Iran Nuclear Deal, giving Iran nuclear weapons in 10 years.

Hillary Clinton ignored 600 email from Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, asking for more security. What happened? Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed by terrorists, including 2 Navy Seals. Hillary Clinton lied to the American people, including the family of the murdered Americans, by blaming the death of the Americans on a You Tube Video. Why? Hillary and Obama said Libya was a success and there were not any terrorists in Libya. Four Americans being murdered by terrorists in Libya did not fit the White House narrative, so initially, there was an attempt to cover it up. A Congressional investigation uncovered the truth.

Hillary Clinton received a subpoena from the US Congress to turn over all her email, which were on an illegal private server, not  a dot Gov email address as well. What did she do? Hillary deleted all her email and used Bleach Bit to erase any trace of the email. Hillary’s aides took hammers to multiple Blackberry’s to destroy them. All that is Obstruction of Justice.

While under an FBI investigation, Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, met privately on a plane with DOJ Secretary Loretta Lynch. Bribe? More Obstruction of Justice in the very least.

Hillary lied to the American People. She lied to Congress and she lied to the FBI. Perjury!

Donald Trump will make America great again. All the criminal politicians will be held accountable by the new Admin Attorney General.

The majority of Americans are not as stupid as the Democratic Party thinks they are. I hope all the celebrities keep their word and move from the USA if Donald Trump is elected. Good riddance and do not let the door hit you in the azz on your way out! Donald Trump is indeed elected as new President.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

It’s My Life: Philippines

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I really do not have any major regrets in my lifetime. I experienced disappoints, had a few heartbreaks when I was younger, made some mistakes along the way but I would not want to go back and do anything differently. I would not be willing trading all the blessings in my life that I have experienced to try to re-plan my life on my own. Everything has worked out for almost 62 years and will continue on that path.

God Has Made a Way

I am not religious but I am a Born Again Christian. Since 1972, I have been on a Purpose Driven Life, with Faith in my Divine Life Plan. When I look back on the disappointments, the few heartbreaks and the mistakes, I realize those were all stepping stones to get me to the right place in Life, where I am destined to be. At that very moment in time. Otherwise, I would have missed the boat or missed my last flight out of Miami. Many times, we have to be at the right place at the right time. If we are not, it can often be a life changing event, which influences our future greatly.

That is the way I see my personal life since 1972. Before that, my parents directed my life and made most of the decisions for me. They did not do badly, either!

My Philippines Connection

I would not trade my life in the Philippines over the past 30 years for all the tea in China or for silver and gold. My experiences are priceless. From Luzon, to Negros Occidental, to Panay Island to Cebu, I’ve had a wonderful life in the Philippines. Yes, I love this life!

Everyday, I engage in discussions about the Philippines on LivinginthePhilippines3 Yahoo Group and in person. Please feel free to join us and post questions about the Philippines. Join us in our daily, lively discussions about this wonderful country with beautiful people.

I think I have several more decades in life and I look forward to seeing what God is going to do for me.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Expat Complaints: Angry White Guys

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Over the years, I’ve heard many expat complaints from guys who are living in the Philippines. Sometimes, they have a valid point and a complaint of merit. Sometimes, their complaint is about something that really bothers them but other times, they seem to be on a witch hunt. Other times, I have wondered if they ever spent any quality amount of time here before making the move. If they had, they would know what they were getting into. No surprises!

Not finding a plumber or an electrician, who measures up to their expat standards, is one common complaint I hear. We have not had any plumbing problems to speak of during the past 7 years, other than an occasional clogged drain, which was easily fixed. We have not had any electrical problems in our houses. Occasional brownouts don’t count, as there is nothing we can do about those and most of us know there are brownouts in the Philippines.

Noise

I learned long ago about the Art of Making Noise in the Philippines. Whether you live in the city or in the countryside, there will be noise at one time or another. In some locations, there is constant noise! We are blessed in that there is not normally loud, disturbing noise in the Bacolod subdivision where we live. We know during the Festivals, we will hear music in the distance but it is not disturbing to us.

Even though I have not lived at the farm full time in 5 years, the crowing of roosters do not disturb me. For others, it may well be a disturbance. Chickens are most everywhere, even in some city subdivisions.

Get With The Program

Some complaints are attempts to change the Filipino Culture to suit the expat and that’s not realistically going to happen. At least not over the long haul. Such complaints will often fuel ill feelings and resentment from our Filipino family and friends. I am not here to change anyone and Filipinos are not trying to change me. We have mutual respect. They have their way of doing things and I have my way of doing things. Both sides with mutual respect.

Some expats do not know the taboos in Filipino Culture and some Filipinos do not know the taboos of various Western Cultures. I think for those living in the Philippines, it should be asked about, after all…this is the Philippines. Even if our wives never lived in our home countries, those who have been married to us for some time know about our Cultures. My wife has spoken up several times and said, “Don’t ask him that. It’s not polite.”

Just sharing recent and long time expat complaints I have heard. Some expat complaints are the same as they were 30 years ago. “Why are they speaking their language?”

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Best Recipes from GGG Hacienda

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As I have written many times, if you live in a mid-size city or a large city, you can prepare most all of your favorite dishes in the Philippines. In Bacolod, SM, Metro, Lopues Mandalagan and Robinsons are well stocked with ingredients you will need for cooking at home.

Today for an early lunch, it was fried Lison, one of my favorite deep sea fish. It is common around Negros Occidental and Panay Island. Elsewhere in English, it is known as Whitefin Trevally. It is very popular in Japan and it is a wonderful table fish. In Japan, Lison is known as Kaiwari and trawlers go out to catch it.

The way I enjoy Lison is very simple. Lightly dust the whole fish, head, body and tail, in flour but do not dredge and cover so much. Deep fry golden brown. It is not a bony fish and is easy for foreigners to eat. Great taste as well. I don’t even dip it in tartar sauce. If I want a dipping sauce, I use Sinamak, the local version of spiced vinegar.

Mexican Inspired

Burritos with a twist. Spanish Rice and Shredded Chicken Burritos. You can stuff your tortillas with Spanish rice and shredded chicken, then roll em’ up.

You will need flour or corn tortillas. I buy those at SM, Mega Mexicana brand and made in the Philippines.

If you can only find taco shells, the recipe will work. Sometimes, I eat a chili with beans taco.

La Victoria Taco Sauce is what I keep on hand and I buy it at Metro. It works on burritos and enchiladas as well. I actually prefer enchiladas.

Refried beans are available in Bacolod and I can do a lot with those!

Asian Fusion

Pad Thai Noodles is one of my all time favorite dishes. Real Thai brand Rice Stick Noodles are sold at SM. Instead of grinding peanuts, I use Jif Peanut Butter. Hey, I want to eat soon! I also use Marca Pina Patis, aka fish sauce, as one of the ingredients when I make Pad Thai. I also add both shrimp and shredded chicken when I make Pad Thai. You will also need fresh chili peppers, green onions, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, lime juice and lime wedges. Wow! I can already taste it.

Pork Kilawin is a local Filipino dish which I really enjoy.

You can choose the pork you like. Pork belly is a popular choice in our area. Pork with some fat on it is preferred but it is up to you. You boil the pork in water and salt according to taste, for 15-20 minutes; or until the pork is soft and tender. Slice the pork into bite size pieces while still hot.

Next, you place the pork in a bowl. Add vinegar, a little soy sauce is optional and not required. Add chopped onion and the chopped chili peppers. Serve.

I don’t plan on writing a cookbook but I wanted to share a couple of my favorites.

Country Cooking at its Best

I love the smell of hash browns cooking in the morning. Smothered with onions, covered with melted cheese, chunked with ham, diced with tomatoes, peppered with chili peppers or jalapenos, capped with mushrooms and topped with chili con carne. The perfect breakfast!

Biscuits and gravy. Biscuits made from scratch with Bisquick. White gravy with or without ground pork sausage. I like them both but not at the same time.

Tennessee Pride and Jimmy Dean style pork sausage breakfast patties. I can make those! All I need is ground pork, sage, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, parsley, thyme and red pepper flakes. This breakfast is the pride of Tennessee!

My wife makes cracklin’ cornbread. I always have grits on hand, good for breakfast or with fried fish day or night!

I think I’ve made your belly growl enough for one day. I wasn’t hungry before this article but I am now!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Living in the Philippines

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Living in the Philippines is the original site and list, not one of the many knockoffs, so please don’t get confused. Living in the Philippines has been around for 15 years and is by far #1 on the Internet. You are rest assured that you will receive the most accurate and up to date information you will ever find on the Internet about the Philippines. Some of our members have up to 40 years of great experience in and out of the islands and in actually living here.

About Us

Don Herrington, my best foreign friend in the Philippines, had the vision and mission to create Living in the Philippines many years ago. He is the owner of the name, Living in the Philippines, and let us please make no mistake about that. Every single day, we discuss hot topics and issues about the Philippines on the lively list and forum, which has more than 18,000 plus new every week joined members. Retirement, cost of living, where to shop, the best locations for you to live, the best restaurants, travel, medical care, introduction to the vibrant Filipino Culture, relationships, how to engage in business, the best businesses, how to get a Philippine drivers license and many more topics. We provide you with the information you want and need about the Philippines.

We are not a dating site, so please do not ask for personal introductions. Living in the Philippines is strictly moderated. We do not allow Filipino bashing, Philippines bashing, off topic posts not about the Philippines and it is family oriented. Members are protected and we never allow any of the members to attack, inflame, threaten, ridicule or embarrass others.

I studied at the University of the Philippines in the mid 1980s. I lived in Metro Manila two different times for a total of 3 years, although I knew those were not permanent moves at the time. Overall, I have 29 years of wonderful and exciting experience living in the Philippines and spending quality time here during annual visits. For the past 6 years, I have lived with my lovely wife and our son in the Bacolod Area of Negros Occidental.

I am currently the Administrator of the List, Living in the Philippines3. We have a lively and sometimes robust discussion every single day about the Philippines. Hundreds of topics are discussed each and every month.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LivingInThePhilippines3/info

Mission and Vision

Don Herrington had the mission and vision more than 20 years ago to provide a venue, which promotes the Philippines. That’s what we do! If you have never been to the Philippines but are interested, our group members and knowledgeable forum members will help introduce you to this wonderful country and the beautiful people, The Filipino.

There is never a fee on Living in the Philippines and our information is 100% free. I, as well as a few other well informed members, have written what many have reviewed as very entertaining, informative and interesting books about our long experience in the Philippines. You are never obligated to spend one centavo, however, if you want to read one of our books, you can order here:

http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/

I would like to personally thank the List Guides/Moderators of Living in the Philppines3 for their great assistance to me as the Admin. Gerlie, Peter, Warren and Roy. Jack is still around as well. They ensure that the list runs smoothly and timely for your convenience. I can never say enough good things about them. They are all my amigos and amigas, as well as yours!

This is my initial article about Livining in Philippines and Living in the Philippines3. We all look forward hearing from you!

Take care and we hope to meet you one day, somewhere all around the Philippines. Hasta la bye bye for now. See ya soon.

~ Gary McMurrain ~

Merry Christmas from Bacolod City

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My family and I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. May your days be merry and bright and may your table be laden with fabulous food.

If you are traveling, have a safe trip.

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Merry Christmas!

Maybe I will see you one day this holiday season, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

 

Needful Things

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Some days, I just want to bang on the drum all day! It is so great being retired to the Philippines and I can’t think of a better place than the Bacolod area.

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I know several places to find the Cheeseburger in Paradise. I recently posted about Gunny’s All American Burger in Bacolod. Well, Buckaroos, you can add one more excellent burger to your list. Das Burgery. You can check their Facebook to get their schedule, as they are not a restaurant in a building. They are traveling burgers. Das Burgery is at Ayala District Mall one or two weekends each month.

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Hey! That’s me with a 101 Das Burger and an ice cold SMB.

It is impossible to be bored in the Bacolod area. There is something to do for most everyone. Unless you are a hunter. Wildlife is protected in the Philippines and foreigners cannot own firearms.

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It’s time to bang on the drums again. I am excited to play Conga! I have my own Latin Percussion Timbales drums at home. Remember Tito Puente?

Please check out my latest article about Thanksgiving in Bacolod on Retiring to the Philippines.

http://retiringtothephilippines.com/living-in-the-philippines/thanksgiving-bacolod/

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