Politics: Everyone Does Not Play Fairly


It is the agenda of the Intellectual Idiots, in millions of dollars orchestrated effort, to shut up every Conservative in America. There are also Tools, a minority, in the Republican Party elite who are just as bad! However, the Red Line has been drawn and Conservatives will no longer tolerate Slander and Libel.

I vote in all the Florida State, County and American National Elections from the Philippines via Absentee Ballot. I take my voting right seriously.


Michelle Malkin, a Filipino-Amercian, whose parents legally immigrated to America, was born in Philadelphia, PA. Her dad is a MD and her mom is a Teacher, both proclaiming to be…Reagan Republicans. Michelle Malkin is one of my favorites on Conservative Talk Radio and on Fox News, as a regular contributor. She is great and a Rising Star! Even greater than ever. I watched Michelle Malkin on Hannity, Fox New last night, in Bacolod City and her comments about the Progressive Left in America were Riveting and right on Target!

In the Philippines, Freedom of Speech is well respected and is well protected because during Martial Law, it was taken away from Filipinos. Never again…will always be remembered in the Philippines. Opposing Views may not be liked but they are not silenced in the press and in other media. There are special interest people in the Shadows, who will try to destroy a candidate with black propaganda and the same happens in America. However both Libel and Slander are crimes in the Philippines. If convicted, the offender can go to prison! I support this kind of Law 100% and I hope to see it in America as well. It seems the current law, which is a Civil Offense, has no bite.


I do not recall anyone going off the deep end when Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968. He won and both parties went to work in the American Legislative Chambers for America’s best interests.

The rage began on election night in America, last November, when the Democratic Party realized they lost the Election. Hillary Clinton did not Shatter the Glass Ceiling, she was Shattered! In 30 of the 50 States. They rejected her TRAPO Platform. The platform of a Traditional Politician.

Progressive today?! I’m afraid I got some bad news. It is Regressive! Beyond any recognition and American voters rejected the Progressive Platform last November.


I have been a fan of Philippine Politics since I first lived here in Manila for one year, 1986-1987. However, as a foreigner, I never involve myself in Philippine Politics but I enjoy reading about it…every single day. I know what is happening in the Philippines, day to day.


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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

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 ~

Eating Korean Food In The Philippines

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A new Korean restaurant opened at Golden Field in Bacolod and the name is Hanok. I have been hearing a lot of talk about how great the Korean food is at Hanok. Of course, if you already know you do not like Korean food, no need to go there, as that is all they serve. Some of the dishes, you can cook at your table. There are many dishes that are prepared in their kitchen by an actual chef, so you do not have to cook!

A friend contacted me and told me that there is a Korean owner and a Korean chef at Hanok and he knows I know Korean food very well. I ate Korean and Thai food 4 or 5 times each week when I lived in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. A Korean friend owned my favorite restaurant/watering hole/karaoke bar in the Florida Panhandle. Mary Esther, Florida.

Korean Dining Experience

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Four of us dined at Hanok last evening and even our 11 year old son raved about their food! We could not eat all the food, of course, as each dish is for 3-4 people, depending on appetites. It is about social, getting together, ordering 4 or 5 dishes, sharing and having a few drinks. We ordered 5 dishes, a pitcher of house blend cold tea without ice and a couple of beers for my friend and I. My wife and I were the only ones who could use chopsticks and Korean chopsticks are normally metal, not wooden. Do not worry, as they have regular eating utensils as well at Hanok. The fare was exactly P1500 and we had a ton of leftovers to bring home.

For brunch today, I had leftover Korean Green Onion Pancakes and Cheese Egg Rolls. These egg rolls are not like Filipino Lumpia or Chinese Egg Rolls. No, no, no. They are actually eggs, rolled up and stuffed with wonderful cheese.

Finding an Excellent Korean Restaurant

I will be the first to tell you, finding an excellent Korean restaurant in Bacolod and even in Cebu is hit or miss. Mostly Miss from my experience. I have eaten at 2 different Korean restaurants in Cebu City and both were not good at all. Not authentic. Hanok is the only authentic Korean restaurant we have found in Bacolod. The only one!

A good tip for ya. See which restaurant has many Korean patrons eating there. If they eat in a Korean restaurant that is crap, they will not go back again. If you find a Korean restaurant with many Korean patrons, I think you have found the gem. Word of mouth spreads. “Don’t go to _____(fill in the blank.) No good!”

Last evening, there were two lovely young Korean ladies dining there and each had a full bottle of Soju. They are a better man than I am if they can drink a bottle of Soju! Perhaps they were drinking the 18% ABV Soju? I have only tried the 45% ABV Soju in the past and I already knew if I messed around drinking much of it, it would knock my socks off! I found it to be a hard drink.

No thanks! Just give me an ice cold OB, a Korean Beer. There is a joke that OB is Oriental Budweiser Beer. It is good beer.

I had not eaten an authentic Korean Green Onion Pancake since 1995. I am very happy I found them again at Hanok.

If you want to enjoy excellent authentic Korean Cuisine in Bacolod City, I highly recommend Hanok in Golden Field.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Daddy’s Pizza: Best Doggone Pizza in Cebu City!

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If you want the best doggone pizza in Cebu City, which I have found during the last 2 years, go to Daddy’s Pizza. You may ask yourself, “well, how do I get there?” I am going to tell you the man to see and I will tell you right where to go! Edmund Samuel Comaling is the owner of Daddy’s Pizza and let me tell ya, Edmund has the best American English of any Filipino living in the Philippines, who I have met during the past 30 years. And you can believe that!

Go see Edmund at Daddy’s Pizza, located across Guadalajara Street on V. Rama Avenue, Guadalupe, Cebu City. You will not only get a fabulous pizza but you will not take a hit in your wallet! Very affordable for a top of the line, quality pizza. Everyone I told about Daddy’s Pizza agrees with me on that! You will as well.

You will find Daddy’s Pizza on Facebook. Check them out!

I love Pizza!

The first time I had pizza was way back in 1960 in Middletown, Rhode Island, when my dad was still in the World’s Greatest Navy. The pizza joint was a Mom & Pop Pizzeria, owned by a middle aged Portuguese couple. Their pizza is the pizza I always set the bar that I judge other pizza by. Edmund’s Pizza at Daddy’s Pizza in Cebu City measures up. Hands down!

I am not a fan of the national and international chain pizza restaurants and Daddy’s Pizza is not that type place.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod. However, I may see you one day in 2017 ay Daddy’s Pizza in Cebu City. I hope I do and so does Edmund.

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 ~

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 ~

Recipes Expats Should Know In The Philippines

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How about an EZ noodle dish?

I still have most of the contents of the package of Ma Mon Luk Chinese Egg Noodles. Product of Quezon City. Today, I was looking online for a new recipe. Not much luck with anything earth shattering but I put together a few ideas from what I read. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and that’s no lie! I may have come up with the Perfect Fried Chinese Egg Noodle dish. Well, maybe not a Monster Recipe.

I learned the recommended way to prepare Chinese Egg Noodles from Sun Ting Wong. No joke! It is best to boil the noodles until they are halfway done. Drain the noodles, set aside and toss with a little olive/peanut/vegetable oil to prevent sticking. You choose the oil of your choice. Next, the fun begins, as you get creative. There are really hundreds of ways to go next. There is a sign post ahead and you may be entering the Twilight Zone. Or the No Spin Zone. Regardless, have fun!

I decided to go with shredded pork, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, yellow onion and beaten eggs. I thought about shredded chicken but I do not ever eat scrambled eggs and chicken. Or any kind of eggs and chicken. No Bola Bola Chicken Sio Pao for me, thank you. I enjoy scrambled eggs in most of my noodle dishes.

I prefer stir fried pork with noodles. BBQ pork is also good with noodles.

Take It To The Limit…One More Time

It does not matter if you are listening to the music of the Eagles or listening to the Flying Burrito Brothers, you can do this! The Sky is the limit with your seasoning, herbs and spices. I like ginger, garlic, fish sauce and soy sauce. Stir fry the noodles and add the rest of your ingredients. For kicking it up and turning up the heat, I prefer Kweichow Chili Garlic Sauce from Taiwan. Sriracha will work and so will Red Pepper Flakes. As well as whole Chili Peppers and Jalapeno Peppers. All are available to buy in Bacolod City.  If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! Joke only. Everyone does not like hot & spicy, so forget about it…if that is you.

Nutz! What are the best nuts to add to the noodle dish? I like cashews and fried garlic peanuts. I think just about any nut would work but maybe not redskin peanuts. Beer Nuts are always great! You could also make your own peanut sauce and leave off the whole nuts.

Have fun with your noodles.

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 ~

While I Was Away

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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.

New Articles

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.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~