Monday, December 18th, 2017

Should you Stay in Manila or Makati ?  There’s lots to see in the Ermita-Malate area and many hotels, but we prefer to stay in Makati. The Ayala-developed area of Makati is a little island of relative gentility in the madness of Manila.  In Makati, there are

Manila Bookstores.  We live in the provinces where it’s practically impossible to buy books, unless you’re looking for a review book for a nursing board exam.  Iloilo is a city of nearly 400,000 souls, a good percentage of them going to the city’s numerous colleges, but we’ve never found a decent bookstore.  (But, there are some good college libraries in Iloilo.) The National Bookstore branches at SM City and Robinson’s mainly have…

Our personal reviews and recommendations on Manila and Makati hotels including those in the Greenbelt and Glorietta …

Cathay Pacific Iloilo, Manila, Philippines.  We’re delighted that Cathay Pacific Airways has opened a ticket office in Iloilo City.  It’s located on General …

When we moved to the Philippines from the U.S. we shipped some of our household goods, including some antique table lamps.  We threw out the lamp shades thinking it would be easy to buy new ones in the Philippines. We ended up settling in Iloilo City.  We looked everywhere trying to buy new lamp shades in Iloilo.  It seems that table lamps are not used so much in the Philippines.  The only way we could buy a shade would be to buy a lamp and …

This is a eye-opening, real-life account of the stabbing of a foreigner’s driver and his wife in Manila.  The foreigner-employer happens to write one of the best expat blogs about the Philippines.  In this post he describes the attack and subsequent events and misadventures; medical care at Makati Medical Center and attempts to get the police interested in investigating the crime.  While you’re at the “Torn and Frayed” blog, look over the blog archives.  It’s a favorite of mine. http://tornandfrayed.typepad.com/tornandfrayed/2008/10/stabbing-in-taguig.html