Bad News: Retiring to the Philippines Website

If you see books written by me on a website, Retiring to the Philippines, please do not buy them. I am the writer of these books and I am receiving zero compensation for my written works.

I will not go into the long story but the short story is, I have no longer given anyone *verbal* permission to sell my books. I have never signed a written contract for anyone to represent me or to be my agent for marketing anything about the Philippines that I have produced. That’s the bottom line!

The verbal permission was based on my duly earned commission but since that has been off the table for 2 months, I will put it bluntly. I am being ripped off!

Friends in Low Places

I have written many articles in the past about how foreigners in the Philippines will stab you in the back. Every expat in the Philippines is not your friend. In fact, many are your worst enemy. Even your own Kabayan, or countrymen, cannot always be trusted. Allow them to earn your trust.

I had heard over the years about Crab Mentality in the Philippines. During my 29 years experience in the country, it is not Filipinos with the worse cases of Crab Mentality, it is foreigners. Many of them have personal issues. They cannot maintain a personal relationship with anyone, male or female. They are unhappy and they cannot tolerate seeing others happy. They want to rain on your parade and put crap in your stew…if they can. They don’t even like themselves very much.

I have 2 degrees in Mental Health. One in Mental Health Technology and the other degree in Psychology. I worked 30 years in the USA in Mental Health and in Law Enforcement. I think I can evaluate people pretty well, although I am not judgmental upon first impression. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt…in the beginning.

A Great Life

I suggest that if you think you will be happy in the Philippines only if you are surrounded by a wonderful group of expats, think more about this!

By far, most of my friends and acquaintances in the Bacolod Area are Filipinos and Filipinas. No, not foreigners. Honestly, I can take them or leave them and lately, I am mostly leaving them! I have a core group of foreign friends in the Bacolod Area and we have been friends for 5 years or longer. However, I am not going out of my way to make new foreign friends. If it happens, it happens. If not, that is fine as well.

I have a great life in Negros Occidental. I did not move here to hob knob with foreigners. I am not anti-foreigners in the Philippines but in all honesty, a number of them have created problems. I wish those particular ones would get on the next plane out and go home! Stay there once you get there and don’t let the door hit you in the rear end on the way out! Hasta la bye bye!

There you have it. Do not trust people in the Philippines just because they are foreigners. A number of them are also grifters, hackers, scammers and schemers. Never give out your personal information to anyone.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Disclaimer and Public Notice

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Disclaimer and Public Notice

I, Gary McMurrain, have not been affiliated with Steve Fleming or the website, Retiring to the Philippines since September 20, 2015. For almost 3 years, I wrote many nice and positive articles about the Philippines on Retiring to the Philippines website and it was not for a salary. It was my personal effort to promote the Philippines as an excellent country for foreigners to retire.

Steve Fleming is the Administrator of Retiring to the Philippines website. He can edit my previous articles in any manner he wishes and re-publish them to reflect me, Gary McMurrain, in a bad light. I have no authority on Retiring to the Philippines to prevent such actions. I was told from Day One that I was the co-owner of Retiring to the Philippines, however, Steve Fleming changed my password and I no longer have access to the website in any official capacity.

I disclaim on this date in Bacolod City Philippines, September 28, 2015, the accuracy of any information bearing my name, which appears on Retiring to the Philippines. I disclaim any information which appears on the website Retiring to the Philippines.

I remain the co-owner of Retiring to the Philippines, yet I am not responsible for that site under its present conditions and management by Steve Fleming, a UK national, according to him.

~ Gary McMurrain ~
Bacolod City Philippines

Living in the Philippines


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.

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:

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 ~

Let The Music Play

Farmers Market Musicians
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.

Negros Weekend Farmers Market
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.

AmeriSub Food Corner

Are you looking for an American-style sandwich in Bacolod City for P60 or less? AmeriSub is the place to go. Where is it? I thought you would want to know. It is located inside Terra Plaza, on the corner of Rizal and Gatuslao Streets.

You will find AmeriSub at this food cart inside Terra Plaza.

I started out with a ham sandwich, which had lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise. These were the condiments I chose but you can order your sandwich the way you like it.

This doesn’t look like your common hot dog does it? It is actually New Yorker brand hot dog, sliced and served on a sandwich roll.

Due to the lighting in Terra Plaza, this is the best shot I could get with my camera. For sure, you can see the prices. Whichever sandwich you order, the price is P35 for the small and P60 for the large. Sound great to you?

Do you like ice cold beer? I’ve got some good news for you! In Terra Plaza, there are several vendors on site who you can buy a bucket of beer from. Six bottles in the bucket for only P180. Now, is that a deal or what? Red Horse, San Miguel Pilsen or San Mig Light. Or mix and match your 6 bottles.

The next time you want an American style sandwich, drop by AmeriSub Food Corner and Ron will fix you up.

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

2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I would like to thank everyone for reading All Around Bacolod. I wish all of you a very health and prosperous 2015. I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.


Philippine Ghost Stories

After interviewing Filipinos and writing for more than 6 months, my new book is now launched. “Philippine Ghost Stories.” My book is not your ordinary ghost stories, as they are all first hand experiences in the Philippines. From Luzon to the Western Visayas.

To show my appreciation to my All Around Bacolod friends, readers and followers, for the next 30 hours, I am giving you my new book for free. It is easy for you to receive and you will be reading my book right away. Just click on the link below and download my new book.

I am wishing you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Merry Christmas! 

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

Allo Allo Bistro

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Are you ready for a fabulous international dining experience in Bacolod City? I am going to tell you who to see and tell you right where to go! Run, don’t walk, to Allo Allo Bistro. This dining gem in Bacolod is found at the Hi Strip 4 Building on Circumferential Road, across from Panasiatic. You will find diverse Continental Food and Beverages at Allo Allo.

We dined at Allo Allo this evening and ordered two pizzas and drinks. Let me tell ya! Allo Allo has made it on our very own Top 3 Pizza List in all of Bacolod. It is awesome!

Sherree is the chef at Allo Allo and Larry is her husband. Both are super nice people and I know you will enjoy talking to them. We found the service and the atmosphere to be excellent at Allo Allo.

I will have several actual food photos to post soon, as we will be returning to Allo Allo very soon and we will sample other delicious items from their diverse menu.

If you want to try a new excellent dining experience in Bacolod, you gotta head on over to Allo Allo!

Do you enjoy reading interesting stories about the Philippines? Please check out my latest article on retiring to the Philippines.

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

Shaun’s Diners

We planned going to the Indian Restaurant Spice n’Bites several Sundays ago but they are no longer in business, however, Shaun’s Diners is now in the same location. You will find Shaun’s Diners on the 2nd floor of Automobili Dettaglia in Barangay Mandalagan on Lacson Street and next to Convergys.

They were not yet open, so we went back soon afterward, one Friday evening. There was a live 2 piece band performing lounge music around 7pm. Nice music but we came to eat!

Lasagna! I had a man size task to eat all this and I could only eat half! The rest was take out.

Grilled Fish
Grilled Fish!

Complimentary Kimchi! Yes, there are several Korean dishes on Shaun’s Menu.

Seafood Platter
Seafood Platter! Crab, Prawns and Fish. Yummy!

The Hungry Fisherman! Our friend, Randy.

If you want to listen to lounge lizard music, knock back a few ice cold San Miguel and eat good food, check out Shaun’s Diners! I think you will like them and they will like you. Please say hello to Manager Mardz for me, will ya?