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On a recent trip to the Philippines I have met and fell in love with a very sweet filipina girl (well they are all sweet really) and have decided to relocate to bacolod to spend a few years with her and her children . Moving her 2 children who are very young could be a traumatic experience to kids that young . But what an exciting opportunity to live and work part time in the Philippines and experience the culture first hand . While Manila can be a vibrant and exciting city , I find capital cities to be somewhat phoney and way too overpriced .What better way to experience the culture and people first hand than in the provinces.
So my question to the forum members is . Does anyone have any insight on Bacolod city . Tips for survival and all that . I have lived in a few areas of south east asia and some of them extremely poor and that does not bother me in the least .Sometimes that how you meet the best people I find anyways. So if anyone has ever lived there or visited i would greatly appreciate some tips

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We found it useful to be within half an hour or an hours drive to the big city or to our son's school when we were in the 'Pines. I am from Iloilo which is a boat's ride from Bacolod City so will obviously say go across and live in Iloilo!

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On a recent trip to the Philippines I have met and fell in love with a very sweet filipina girl (well they are all sweet really) and have decided to relocate to bacolod to spend a few years with her and her children . Moving her 2 children who are very young could be a traumatic experience to kids that young . But what an exciting opportunity to live and work part time in the Philippines and experience the culture first hand . While Manila can be a vibrant and exciting city , I find capital cities to be somewhat phoney and way too overpriced .What better way to experience the culture and people first hand than in the provinces.
So my question to the forum members is . Does anyone have any insight on Bacolod city . Tips for survival and all that . I have lived in a few areas of south east asia and some of them extremely poor and that does not bother me in the least .Sometimes that how you meet the best people I find anyways. So if anyone has ever lived there or visited i would greatly appreciate some tips

Welcome to Bacolod City

The Cleanest and Greenest and the Most Livable City in the Philippines. The capital of the Province of Negros Occidental which is the Sugarbowl of the Philippines. Bacolod City serves as the entrance of the sugar-rich cities and towns of the Province. Visitor’s facilities abound, modern means of in-land transport can take guests for business or leisure to any point in the island of Negros.
Bacolod will charm you with the genuine warmth and hospitality of her people in harmony with their lilting melodious accent. The Bacoleños will delight you with food and cuisine that is as vigorous yet as subtle as the legendary Ilonggo gentility and taste for the good life.

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I found everyone to be friendly, even when I went to some tiny villages close to E.B. Magalona on my own.......I never felt unsafe, quite the contrary, total strangers invited me to have food with them etc.....
The only problem I had in 4 visits to the area was with a store that sold large outdoor water tanks. My advice to you is inspect everything you are about to buy because I some vendors think that because you are an expat you can be scammed. Luckily I did inspect the goods prior to purchase, and yes they really tried to scam me by trying to give me a dented up unit in place of the one I had been sold.
Smiling a lot really opens doors there, so try to relax and take things easy when you find that things are not happening as fast as you would have expected back home.

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Thanks for all the great replies guys and gals . I can say I have already secured a place to live in the city as it is close to my fiancees work and her childrens schools . What I have read about Bacolod is that it is a very quiet place to live . Without the hustle and bustle of the big city I can say when i lived in jakarta I always felt safe . Even walking out at 3 am to get a bite to eat I never felt in danger . I cannot say the same about manila however . Maybe it is the zillion guns stores around . Thought I was in Texas there for a bit haha . I have been told Bacolod is a very green place and welcoming to foreigners and is the head of call center and language education in the Philippines .My fiancee says there are as many koreans there as in korea , so at least there will be somewhat of an international flavor there .
As for buying anything @ martin. I will most liekly let my fiancee make most of our major purchases and negotiate on my behalf so i can get a hometown discount so to say . At least in phils i can negotiate in english compared to Indonesia where few speak english and buying a soda even can be a hair pulling experience.

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On a recent trip to the Philippines I have met and fell in love with a very sweet filipina girl (well they are all sweet really) and have decided to relocate to bacolod to spend a few years with her and her children . Moving her 2 children who are very young could be a traumatic experience to kids that young . But what an exciting opportunity to live and work part time in the Philippines and experience the culture first hand . While Manila can be a vibrant and exciting city , I find capital cities to be somewhat phoney and way too overpriced .What better way to experience the culture and people first hand than in the provinces.
So my question to the forum members is . Does anyone have any insight on Bacolod city . Tips for survival and all that . I have lived in a few areas of south east asia and some of them extremely poor and that does not bother me in the least .Sometimes that how you meet the best people I find anyways. So if anyone has ever lived there or visited i would greatly appreciate some tips
i have visited manila long time ago. i visited my friend there. Filipinos are know for being hospitable so living there is not that hard. You must choose who to make friends with because some of them are liars. I just called my friend before arriving there because some places there are really hard to figure out.

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Good luck Chewy, I won't be able to retire to the Bacolod area for another year or two. Stay in touch with the forum as you learn things as I will be watching for tips and will probably have more questions as the time gets nearer.

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Welcome to Bacolod City

The Cleanest and Greenest and the Most Livable City in the Philippines. The capital of the Province of Negros Occidental which is the Sugarbowl of the Philippines. Bacolod City serves as the entrance of the sugar-rich cities and towns of the Province. Visitor’s facilities abound, modern means of in-land transport can take guests for business or leisure to any point in the island of Negros.
Bacolod will charm you with the genuine warmth and hospitality of her people in harmony with their lilting melodious accent. The Bacoleños will delight you with food and cuisine that is as vigorous yet as subtle as the legendary Ilonggo gentility and taste for the good life.
Wow..."Skeptics" Bacolod needs to hire you as their PR guy!! That's a great sales pitch on Bacolod. Actually I will be visiting Bacolod with my wife, who is Filipina, in May & we are going to take a serious look at living there. After reading this response I am even more excited about the prospect. I would like to buy a place near the ocean but not in an area that is too populated or too "big city". Any advice on that?

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Wow..."Skeptics" Bacolod needs to hire you as their PR guy!! That's a great sales pitch on Bacolod. Actually I will be visiting Bacolod with my wife, who is Filipina, in May & we are going to take a serious look at living there. After reading this response I am even more excited about the prospect. I would like to buy a place near the ocean but not in an area that is too populated or too "big city". Any advice on that?

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Many years ago when I was first looking and the Philippines as a place to live, my first pen-pal was from there. Never had a chance to see the place. So how bout it guys?--- --- Anyone living or going there be sure to post some photos of the place. I'd love to see the area.

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HI Folks - I have been coming to and working in the Philippines since 1975, when we floated in from Vietnam with shiploads of ARVN families to Subic. My great Uncle was in the Army during the Insurrection in 1900 and built schools in Eastern Mindanao, my Dad (also in the Army) located the Casisang POW camp in Bukidnon in 1942, and I worked as young Marine in Northwestern Mindanao advising the Philippine Marine Brigade on how to handle the Moros from 75' - 76'. Today I operate a charitable foundation that supplies educational equipment, food and clothing to government elementary schools, starting on Mindanao. So, the Philippines is in my family blood.

As my own son will be headed for college next year, I have been planning on relocating permanently to "somewhere" there in country directly thereafter. Interestingly, the only area I have never been to is Negros, which, from what I am now being told, is potentially a "garden spot" amidst all the chaos. I know Davao, CDO, Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, Baguio, and Cebu very, very well, to the point where I rent cars and drive myself without maps, and have freinds spread out all over the archipelago. Bacolod is completely new territory for me, however.

I'm an entrepreneur with 3 successful companies that I operate from wherever I happen to be in the world via the internet. Profits from those firms are dedicated to my foundation, where I put them to use when in the Philippines, which is usually 3 - 4 times a year, for 1 or 2 months during each stay. Although most of the work I do is on Mindanao, I didn't necessarily want to be right on the island, as white guys tend to attract too much attention there lately, a' la NPA, AS, etc.

Am planning on making my first trip there in late June / early July. Anyone have any suggestions on who I should contact to show me around?
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