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 ~

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Actually Living in the Philippines

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One of our late American friends made a comment about me and another good American friend, Bob from Texas, several years ago. We have both lived in the Bacolod area for 7 years. Our late friend said, “those 2 guys are so laid back, they have to lean forward to walk!”

That is one of the keys to our success and happiness in our area of the Philippines. No, we do not see 3rd World where we live, either!

While others are banging their heads against a wall and crying out for other expats to get on their soap box, we are enjoying life in the Philippines. Bob and I are also still alive. Stress kills. Too many expats put life sapping stress on themselves. Over trivial things. Over nit picking things and about things which do not amount to a hill of beans. Yet, they make it out to be a life ending crisis. There may be inconveniences but nothing life threatening.

Don’t Change A Thing

Some of the same people who complain about immigrants going to the USA and trying to change the very fabric of American Culture fit the same mold here in the Philippines.They want to teach Filipinos how to do things correctly! Some foreigners say they feel like strangers in their own country due to the influx of refugees or other immigrants and their way of doing things differently from the American way, or the UK way or the Australian way, etc. Then, why come to the Philippines and try to make Filipinos feel like strangers in their own country?

I agree 100% with my best foreign friend in the Philippines, Don. He has lived here 25 years. “Learn how to learn from your hosts, not teach them.”

Keep On Rollin’ With The Flow

Despite the current advice we often give nowadays, I did not have any real experience or quality time in the Philippines before I moved here for one year in 1986. There was no internet in the those days, no Yahoo Groups or Forums about the Philippines. I left my American logic back in the States and I enjoyed my new life in the Philippines very well. I was not looking to find Monday Night Football, Budweiser, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Krystal Hamburgers, Waffle House or the other things commonly found in the USA. I had that much figured out before I arrived. I was not going to find it and I had already accepted that aspect of life in the Philippines. I was not even looking for those things, as I was on a new adventure in life. I enjoyed every second of it!

In 2016, it is a great bonus that I can buy Louisiana Hot Sauce, Heinz Chili Sauce, Horseradish and many other food products that I enjoy in Bacolod. However, I lived here and enjoyed life very much before any of those were available. I was still happy in the Philippines. Of course, I am happy that I can buy things in our area of the Philippines that I enjoyed in the States but my happiness is not based upon that. My happiness does not revolve around trying to find America in the Philippines.

In the land of the blind, even a one eyed man is King. An old saying. Well, I have 2 eyes and I can see clearly. It seems there are some in the expat community in the Philippines who are blind. They haven’t actually seen and fully realized where they are. They are now in the Philippines. I do not think anyone put a gun to their heads and made them move here, di ba?

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

PS I still plan to post the article soon about Day 2 in Sipalay City.

 

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 ~