A little time has passed since my last article but I have not forgotten about you. I have not left the Philippines but I had to take 2 trips within the Philippines.
If you live outside Metro Manila, there will be times you must travel to other areas of the Philippines. Especially when dealing with government agencies, such as BI, Bureau of Immigration. Within the Philippines, I normally fly Cebu Pacific Airlines and they still use prop planes on shorter trips within the country.
Life is still great in the Bacolod area! My family and I are in great health and everyday still unfolds a new adventure in the Philippine.
Traveling for Fun and Business
My first recent trip was to Cebu City to visit an American friend. Cebu City has a vibrant nightlife and great shopping but the city traffic is getting to be a real nightmare. There is also a large expat community in Cebu City. The flight from Bacolod to Cebu City is only a 25 minute flight, even though it is listed a little longer on the Cebu Pacific Airlines website. If you watch the promos on their website and book your ticket online, you can buy a RT ticket for as little as P994. Even without a promo, a flight from Bacolod City to Cebu City is about P2,300 on average, if you book online.
I had to travel to Iloilo to renew my 13a Visa ACR I-Card but that was a day trip. I had a little time to kill before I returned to Bacolod City that afternoon. I decided to hang out at Robinsons Mall until time to return home.
At Robinsons Mall, I did not see too many interesting places to eat but I decided upon lunch at Irish Potatoes. I ordered the Irish Potatoes with Chili and Sour Cream. I also ordered an ice cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen. Total cost was less than P130.
I was unable to access the other photos from our trip to Sipalay, so I am unable to write another article about our trip there in March 2016.
I will be writing more interesting articles in June and moving forward. Our son will soon be back in school and I will have more free time to write more.
Until then…I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.
~ Gary ~
Whoever heard of going to a farmers market to listen to excellent music? Well, let me tell you something, brothers and sisters. If you go to the Negros Weekend Farmers Market on Saturday morning, you may just catch two great musicians performing. They don’t sing but they sure can play the fiddle and the acoustic guitar!
Who are these guys? Nimrod Villamarzo and Ashley Ledesma. I doubt many call a violin a fiddle in this area but that is what I call it. I was really intrigued with this stylist playing of the fiddle and this young man really puts his heart into playing.
If you are looking for instrumentalist song stylists to play at your private celebration or fiesta, these two young men are available. Just go to the Negros Weekend Farmers Market and contact them. If they are not there, someone can give you their contact information.
Since you will already be at the Negros Weekend Farmers Market, why not browse around all the fruits, vegetables and local food products. I am sure you will find something you like, di ba?
The Negros Weekend Farmers Market food court has expanded and you should be able to find something you like eating.
Please check out my latest article on Retiring to the Philippines. My article is about our fun-filled activities in the Bacolod Area.
I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take care! I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.