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Pampanga Food Street

Clark Freeport now has its very own genuine Food Street to sample the best cuisine of Pampanga. Created by the Clark Development Corporation ánd located on Cardinal Santos Street, next the grounds currently hosting the Rugby portion of the SEA Games. The street, which has been open since late 2018 has cuisines from across Asia, as well as Filipino favourites like Inihaw, lechon, and everyone’s favourite desert halo-halo. Inihaw at Pampanga Food Street Alas getting to Pampanga Food Street will require you having your own vehicle, as taxis and trikes are not allowed in the grounds. During the current south-east Asian Games there is also a fair, and live music on most nights. A very pleasant addition to the Angeles City restaurant and food scene. I

Shooterz Bar – Angeles City

One of the longest running and most iconic bars of Walking Street, Shooterz has been a favourite of tourists and expats alike for a long time. Shooterz was formerly known as the DMZ Bar, but in its current incarnation is part of the “Wolfpack” Group, hence why it is one of the best. It’s located about halfway down walking street, and is unmissable due to its large neon sign, and the pretty stationed outside to pull the punters in. Shooterz Bar - Fields Avenue The bar itself is relatively small, but by placing the stage dead center, and surrounding it with stools, you are right in the thick of the action. The stage fits about 6-8 pretty dancers 👯‍♀️ on it, who are a little more animated that some other establishments. Prices here are extremely reasonable, with a happy hour local drink setting you back PHP 75, a girly drink 225,

Tickets for SEA Games now free

Credit where credit is due! After the shit show that was the start of the 30th SEA Games (see here) President Duterte has now announced tickets for the 56 events will now be free of charge. Tickets for Philippines football and basketball matches have already run out, and will not be reimbursed. Amazingly 10,000 tickets to the closing ceremony will be given our freely to the masses, as well as 15,000 to volunteers. Hopefully it doesn’t just become a huge rxercise in scalping... Alas tickets for the opening ceremony are already sold out. How said free tickets will be distributed is anyone’s guess, but officially at least priority will be given to educational facilities. And who said there was no such thing as a free lunch!

South-East Asian games officially not going great

Organisers of the 30th South-East Asian games have officially apologised after football teams were made to sleep on the floor, lack of halal food, and athletes going hungry. Alan Cayetano, chair of the games tried to remedy the situation by saying “sorry”. Alas without offering any concrete plans on how to fix anything. Half of all local netizens have been slamming the organisation, whilst the other accuse them of not being unpatriotic. Singapore’s chief mission, Juliana Seow basically released a statement saying “sort your shit out”, with Vietnam piping in by complaining about the tiny food portions. To add insult to injury no one knows the score of the opening football match between Burma and Malaysia, as there wasn’t even a scoreboard. President Duterte has distanced himself from the chaos and instead placed the blame squarely at the feet of Cayetano. Rumours of drug pushers, and users of e-cigarettes also being blamed

Freelancers rescued in Angeles City

“Personnel of Angeles City Tourism Auxiliary and Angeles City Police Office inspect Fields Avenue on November 23, rescuing some freelance entertainers. This is part of Angeles City Mayor/Major Carmelo 'Pogi' Lazatin Jr.'s campaign to end prostitution in the City. ---Photos by Mike Lising” Freelancers in Ángeles Freelancers in Ángeles Freelancers in Ángeles I’ll mostly just leave this here.... But a few points, the major would like to end prostitution in Ángeles City. Well there’s a huge place called Fields Avenue. Freelancers have been arrested. I assume freelancers (which by very definition means no boss), don’t give money to bars, who don’t give money to the government. Call it what it is, tax Dodgers arrested.

Wan Chai Sunday

Good old Honkers might be up in flames every other day, but in Wan Chai the party never stops, particularly on a Sunday. Heading to Wan Chai If you’ve never been to Hong Kong (or indeed Wan Chai), I’ll give the quick skinny. Hong Kong might be a city of many a bar, but the sleazy party place is Wan Chai. Wan Chai is a place with sports bars, strip joints, glorious street food, and indeed where no gentleman need ever go lonely. Many a Filipino, Indonesian, or various flavour of African “freelancer” plies their trade in and around the bars of Wan Chai. And then there’s the legend that is the Wan Chai Sunday. Hong Kong is a city state of domestic workers, usually from Indonesia and The Philippines. They get one day off (not night). That day is Sunday. Domestic Helper day off in Hong Kong Many of these ladies are

Islands for sale – Malaipo Island Palawan

For over a year I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take trips around the planet to look at islands. The boat to Malaipo The short answer to why I’m doing this is that I head an investment group called IBG Inc. our MO being to buy an island, and to run it as a business. Without wanting to stare the obvious, The Philippines got a lot of islands, so inevitably our paths would cross. Palawan is regularly voted the best island in the world, so a great place to start looking. I hit up some contacts, and was eventually led to Malaipo Island. House on Malaipo Island It is located in Palawan, around halfway between El Nido, and Puerto Princessa, and my word is it big. Unlike the many tiny islands we’d looked at, Malaipo was big enough for serious infrastructure, probably a football field, and already had two dwellings on

Dengue can be sexually transmitted

If the recent outbreak of Dengue fever has not been enough to worry you, apparently you can now catch it from sex as well as mosquito bites. GMA news of Spain recently reported that dengue fever remains in the blood and urine for 23 days, but in male semen for up to 37 days. The Spanish citizen was allegedly infected by his male Cuban lover, despite not being exposed directly to the dengue virus. Whilst this is the first confirmed case of the fever being transmitted through sex, with the increasing rise of the HIV virus in the Philippines, it is another clear reason to be vigilant with sexual partners. Whether the Philippines managed to get the dengue level down through keeping the environment clean, or managed to halt the spread of AIDS, safe sex is still the best guard against STDs and unwanted pregnancies. In this case, might be best to

Clark International Airport Lounge

When Duterte first began his reign of terror against the smokers of the Philippines I assumed airports would be an obvious choice. In fact most airports still have smoking areas, although you have to pay in some form or another. There are two smoking areas at Clark International, both of which are to the right as you reach the second floor via the escalators. The “smoking room” has an entrance of 500 PHP, or there’s the lounge, which is free to Priority Pass members, or you can enter for about 1000 PHP on the day. Priority pass lounge at Clark International Airport The lounge is fairly funny as lounges go. There’s a smoking area which is 2/3 larger than actual lounge, and a lounge with food, coke, and SM light. Food at Clark International Food is simple, to say the least and very Filipino in style. Drinks wise you’re only supposed to

5 Uniquely Filipino Foods

The Philippines might not be famous for its cuisine, but there are at least a few delicacies that are very unique to the country. Some will become firm favourites, whilst others, slightly less so. Here’s our top 5 must try foods of the Philippines 5) Calamansi I have no idea why this amazing fruit isn’t known outside of the country. It’s basically a tiny lime that is awesome with EVERYTHING. Fish, meat, and don’t even get me started on Gin. They also make a very decent soft drink from it. 4) Jolibee Jolibee is an institution and is by far the biggest fast-food restaurant in the country. McDonalds even copies them. Try their spaghetti, it’s not exactly Italian style... 3) Tamilok The Tamilok challenge Ok, so this is woodworm, and yes it tastes as bad as it looks. This dish is famous in Palawan, and like everything “good for the man”. A must try, but