May 15, 2011 § 2 Comments
I had read a bit about Cebu City. if you want a “directory” style review of all the nightlife, I found a great site – http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/ — The only thing I wish is that this guy made it easier to see what he really likes to do… You basically have to look through all the entries to figure out which spots might be ok.
When I first looked at that site, I thought Mango Road was going to be something like a mini- Angeles City or even P. Burgeous street. But… It’s not. For a beach town though, it was a pretty fun little place.
I only had one night there so we basically bounced up and down the street peeking into each spot. For the most part, they are all about the same. The only bad experience we had was at a place called Love City. I was reading the review on it here just now and it cracked me up… He said “The clientele is mostly Japanese and Korean, you don’t see a whole lot of foreigners in there.” Last I checked we were in the Philippines so that would make Japanese and Koreans foreigners…
Anyway. The KTV at Love City probably would have been fun, the girls were cute, seemed pretty cool and the price wasn’t too bad. Keep in mind, Cebu is pretty cheap, so when you read other reviews, they probably consider a $100 tab expensive when, for me and two other guys, we still consider that cheap… Problem here though is they try to rip you off… They told us there was a bar minimum of about $50… Bottle was about $50 so we said sure. But then, they wanted to tack on another $40 for girls drinks even though they drank out of the bottle. I was pretty lit already so we just took the bottle and left. I had to take a leak real bad, couldn’t find the bathroom so I just relieved myself in one of their many VIP rooms! I figured my overpriced bar tab could cover their cleaning fees!
Now… onto the good! We had some awesome Italian food, and a real good time at Sisters, Eric the Red, and Vikings. By the time we ended up bar fining some girls, I was so wasted that i can’t even remember which one of the above it was from. The consistent thing i found was that it was pretty cheap (bar fines were 1800 pesos or about $40), drink prices weren’t bad and the girls were pretty friendly everywhere. Being based out of Saigon and having spent a lot of time in Manila, I’d say these girls were average at best. Coming from a guy that has had many hot girls, I’ll take average with fun personalities any day of the week.
We got out of the bar with two girls each at about 3am. One of the girls mentioned clubbing and for some god-forsaken reason, i thought it to be a good idea. We crossed the street over to Mango square and went to the first club we found. They hooked us up with this cool balcony VIP area for 1500 pesos $35 US (1 bottle). We partied with our six girls, taking turns getting lap dances and regular dances with all the girls. They were fun… One of my two gave me a hand job while the other one fed me appetizers!
My boy 69 (he’s 6’9) and I decided to go up onto the elevated dance floor and dance with some of the civilians in the joint… at one point it was just the two of us and about 15 girls (literally) alternating grinding on us. It was fun… So fun that when we finally left the sun was out. I’m not talking about red sky sunrise, i’m talking about all out bright sun was up! Red Bull and Vodka makes me sin!
Turned out one of my girls was bi-sexual which was the first time I’ve had a threesome with that added benefit…. I HIGHLY recommend it!
May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve decided that work really is not worth me neglecting my beloved blog… URL might be moving soon, but will keep you all posted on that.
What’s amazing about Asia to me is you can go to the quietest town with a population of 2 and still manage to have a damn good time…
Over the last few months I’ve had an interesting phenomenon occur. Business is going ok, I’ve got some great managers in place now, so I’ve found myself with a ton of time… I started using my time to work out more then screwed up my shoulder so for the last few weeks I’ve just been feenin things to do. It seems like a great problem to have but i realized it can get quite boring when you’re friends are all working!
Three days ago I got a call from my homie from Korea. He found out he had a couple extra weeks vacation and decided that since there was a direct flight from Seoul, a Cebu trip was in order… I looked at it, decided since Pacquiao was fighting, the NBA playoffs was on (the PI has a 24 hour basketball channel) and I love the beach, I might as well just join him!
One thing I really hope to do with this blog is remember my experiences and point you in the direction of places that don’t suck. I say that because my buddy was reading up on Maolboal and some blogger wrote it’s the spot to drink – dive – relax – in that order… Well, if you’re thoughts around drinking are sitting around 4 small bars listening to drunk expats tell stories about how facebook, twitter and microsoft are all branches of the CIA (this is no fucking joke! I listened to this guy swear he can produce proof that CIA operatives run each company and he proceeded to liken Bill Gates to a figurehead along the same lines as Ronald McDonald).
I digress — So to put it in a the proper perspective, Moalboal is a place to DIVE – RELAX – DRINK. The diving is awesome, it’s a beautiful place to relax, and you can have some drinks at the bar.
With that said, I have had a blast for four reasons:
1. I’m here with one of my best friends in the world. We don’t see each other much and this place has given us a lot of time to chill all the way back, have some drinks and talk shit… The 2nd day here we started out for lunch at the 7 Sins bar. After our lunch, my buddy’s dad showed up and ordered as well. One thing to keep in mind about this place is it moves SLOW. If you are from NYC and expect fast service, I suggest putting in a mouthpiece to keep from biting your tongue as it’s not gonna happen here. Pop’s lunch took about an hour to arrive. 2 hours later, we were still at 7 Sins, shooting pool, talking shit, and one bottle drunker!
2. There is something to be said for small town fun. I think there are 4 bars here, maybe 5. The Beach Bar, 7 Sins, Chili Bar and Pacitas. Each bar will have 2-3 average girls and, possibly one above average girl working. Each place we hopped into on Friday had a fun, chill vibe. By the end of the night, we’d met every diver in town who likes to drink, we met every girl in town who works at the bars, every bar owner, and we managed to meet a group of nurses who popped in from Cebu city. The common denominator with EVERY person we met is they asked us, are you going to the disco tomorrow!
On Saturday night, Pacitas does the “disco”. It’s literally a one night a week club night. spectacle. It’s actually a decent (for small town standards) club night with two rooms, DJ and beautiful deck overlooking the water. So we checked it out and EVERYBODY was there… There is something to be said for a town that’s like a family. How many places will you go in your life where the owners extend tabs to strangers and offer to go out and change your money for you?
3. Everybody needs to relax. If you are one of those types who are running on 90% most of the time, take 2-3 days and come to a place like this. The water crashes up against the side of the hotel room, there are no cars, the food is excellent, and there are hardly any TV’s in town.
4. No matter where you go in Asia, you’ll always find some girls 🙂 Now, I can’t claim that a bagged a Jessica Alba look alike, but, I can say, if you want to get a little something something, it’s there for the taking. You’ve got two choices, game up a cute nice girl who works behind one of the 4 bars and take advantage of the fact she’s hoping for marriage (not my favorite thing to do for morality purposes — yes, those of you who don’t like prostitution should really evaluate your other options for one night stands as it’s not often you meet girls who are simply down for that without carrying other hopes and dreams) , or… Wander around late at night (watch out for the lady boys) and magically, they appear! The first night I was so hammered that I barely remember how it all went down… But, basically a tranny was trying to pick me up, I said no thanks, asked for a girl, and there she was… She wanted me to go back to some room but I refused as even in a place like this you never know. So we went to my hotel (Sevedra Beach Resort, no TV as an FYI, 1800 Pesos a nigth, oceanside), had a little fun, and she was on her way…She asked me how much, I suggested 2,000 pesos and she was happy as could be.
The next night was even worse than the first from an alcohol perspective. We took down a bottle of $5 rum, had a grip of vodka red bull, tequila, jaeger, and then some Apple Rum at the DISCO! whoo hoo… man from what i remember it was off the chain (mild sarcasm). But, on the real, it was pretty fun. We met up with our diver homies, saw the nurses, met some girls from Denmark, made out with one of the girls from the bar, hung with a family, i mean literally, everyone was there. By the end of the night, my buddy had a plateful of pork skewers and i was hemmed up by this girl I’d been dancing with for an hour. She wanted to go back to my room so I obliged….
FULL DISCLOSURE, my recollection of her was that she was NOT cute… When all was said and done, she was ready to go, i was damn near passed out and she asked me to give her some money. Two problems with this, one, I had to lecture her on the business ethics of full disclosure. Two, I had no money! One thing to know about Moalboal is that there are NO ATMs within 1 hour of the town. Only the hotel takes credit cards. Being the sweetheart she was, she offered to extend me a line of credit for 1000 pesos. (this made me realize i was far too generous the night before with the other girl)
Sunday came and it was the Pacquiao fight. Worst fight I’ve ever seen due to Mosley running around the ring the whole time. If you come to the PI, keep in mind two things, they are very religious so Sunday is a quiet day unless you’re somewhere like Angeles City. When Pacquiao fights, it’s like a national holiday… So, we couldn’t even get a car to go get money from the ATM! Sunday afternoon, the restaurants kindly extended us a line of credit and we will be sending money back with the driver…
What a place…. I love it, and am also glad I’m leaving after 3 days as I’m a city boy at heart!
Stay tuned – We’ve got a big night planned in Cebu City tonight!
October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
I went back to the states for a month and I think that’s what got me in a writing funk as there is next to nothing to do in my hometown. I happened to see Coolio at my buddy’s bar and that was probably the most god-awful thing i’ve ever seen. Well, until I went to Shampoo in Manila last weekend. I did take a trip to Vegas and the Rehab party at the Hard Rock was cool but it’s so far lost in my drunken memory that i can’t write much on it. I have started collecting business cards as I figure a scanned version would be a nice touch for you guys to download and give to cabs. I will get an admin to work on this and will get them all scanned in once I figure out how best to organize.
Since my last post I went to:
Hua Hin – Thailand — this place is quiet. A few bars, some really nice (but not cute girls) and one amazing Italian restaurant called Lo Stivale located at 132 Naresdamri Rd right across from the Hilton. I can’t say enough about this place, old skool Italian guy cooking up a storm. If you want a relaxing trip with a decent beach and a little fun to be had, Hua Hin is not a bad place to go. Bar fines are really cheap and it’s just real laid back and friendly.
Vung Tau – Vietnam — If you want to hit up a local style beach and have a lot of bars to party and find girls, Vung Tao is the place. It’s a quick 1.5 hour boat ride from Saigon so you can easily bolt over and do 1-2 nights. If you want a decent cheap hotel, check out Vitamin C located at 18 Nguyen Truong To Street – The number is (+064) 3553 738. There is a wild karaoke / massage place called the Pacific Club located at 4 Ly Tu Trong street. You can get a karaoke room, get wasted, then go over to massage and, well, you know… I didn’t think too highly of any of the bars. They were ok, but all pretty much the same, fun, drunk nights with decent girls. Good place to party, not a place to find top talent
Bangkok — Hung out on Soi Cowboy a bit as well as Soy 33. BKK is, well, BKK. Found an awesome bar called Mojos on Soi 33. — http://www.mojosbangkok.com — girls were smoking, food was good, live band, not a bad combo. I also highly recommend the IStyle Trend hotel which you can book on agoda.com. Top notch and i paid < $50 a night.
Angeles City — Ah, yes, i went back with my boy Big Mal and his even bigger boy, E. 3 nights there almost killed me. I pretty much stuck with a few spots again, Atlantis, Forbidden City, Genesis, and few others i can’t remember. This trip caused me to want to change the name of my blog as my new motto is Two Bitches and a Bottle — And it’s affordable in Angeles! I stayed at the Wild Orchid because everything was sold out and it was weak. For $100 a night the only good part was the pool. The service sucked, food sucked, and they are putting additional floors on the building so it was extremely loud from noon til 10pm. My sleeping hours!
My boys are in Pattaya now so I”ll try to get a guest post out of them. Next month i’m headed to Guangzhou for the Asia games and possibly Bali so I’ll be sure to get more posts going. I have a lot of pages to update in my business section so I”ll be primarily working on that until November.
peace love and happiness will all happen if you get out of the US
June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
I really wanted to meet normal girls, other than my hot ass receptionist from the hotel named Jewel, so we hit the hot spot known as the Fort which is home to a few high end hot spots like the Embassy night club. On a Monday night though it was like crickets over there. We did stop and get a quick drink and some dessert at Cafe Puccini which is some awesome food. I’d been to the Fort a few times before but it had always been on the weekend and always was pleasing to the eye. Sadly, that was before my blogging ambitions so I don’t have much about those nights documented.
Figuring there was no chance to meet a good girl on Monday night, we decided to head out to Asian Entertainment. Of course, taxi drivers are the ONLY people who can’t really speak much English in Manila so we ended up at the wrong place! Being the easy going guys we are we decided to try out this Edsa International Entertainment Complex. For those who have been to Thailand or Singapore, Edsa is very similar to Nana Plaza or Orchard Towers (fondly known as the four floors of whores). Edsa is a nicer version of the “gogo bar” / mall concept. Three years ago I was so shocked when I first laid eyes on Nana Plaza. Now, it just all seems normal. Being my last night in Manila, I definitely wanted to throw down so I started doing double Vodka Soda drinks with two little cuties named Rose and Rita. We popped into 6 or 7 spots and they all are really about the same. Music is a little different, some are slightly themed, some bigger than others, but at the end of the day, this was really nothing special. If you want to see a write up on all the bars, this guy seems to have done a pretty good job here.
Eight shots in I was pretty lit and having a good time with my two new friends who, surprise surprise were professing their love to me. My doubles were running 360 pesos ($7.50 USD) and the girls drinks were 190 Pesos ($4 USD) so my bill was going up pretty quick. Typically when buzzed i like to talk business so I had my little cutie told me some of their economics:
- Girls make $150 a month salary
- Girls keep 50 Pesos per drink ($1)
- Typical tip is about 100 Pesos ($2.50) — I never tip less than $5 an hour personally…
My boys were both bored so we decided to seek out our original destination. Turns out it was only a few minutes away so our cabby made out with the 100 pesos he was asking for. The first thing that struck me about Asian Entertainment is they were VERY serious about cameras, taking not only my camera, but all of our cel phones as well. The mommy seemed really friendly at first explaining the various fees, showing us some girls, talking up a storm. That quickly went south though as after we ordered a bottle and had our first drinks they brought us receipts to sign, one being for 1950 Pesos for a cover charge, which, they neglected to tell us about. At first I was a bit heated and wasted 7 minutes of my life lecturing the mommy on customer service and full disclosure… TIA though (this is asia) and, at the end of the day, there is little to no service, they are out for the moment not long term business relationships so, you just have to throw your hands up, realize they have you by the balls and you’re about to get fucked.
So, I did what the 48 Laws of Power author Robert Greene recommended, turn your enemy into your ally. Realizing we were pot committed having opened the bottle already, I pulled the mommy aside, gave her a 500 peso ($10 USD) tip and told her that I understood what she was going through and that I hoped she understood me. It worked like a charm. One of my friends was too irritated and went home, 1 bottle later, my other boy and I were lit and mommy was bringing over some of the hottest girls in the place. Since they took credit cards, it was on… 2 hours, $300 and 1 karaoke room later I was banging this dime and loving every minute of my decision to befriend mommy. We closed the joint down and mommy (Julie Chavez is her name) hooked us up with her personal cabby who ended up taking care of us through til our 7am flight.
I HIGHLY recommend Asian Entertainment if you have the money to spend there. The service was amazing. With a dime on each arm, I didn’t even mind the guy massaging my shoulders then asking for some tip later.
The night ended with me first trying to get a mobile unit from P Burgos to give me a blow job in the cab on the way to the airport. She agreed for 1000 Pesos ($22 USD) but the cabby was a bit hesitant as it was light out and the cops were out! I was totally lit still when we rolled into the airport, hitting on custom officials and fellow passengers with no discrimination for age or beauty.
June 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
Got to the Hotel Royal Amsterdam, checked in pretty quick, them met up with a buddy who traveled separately at a bar called Insomnia. It was a smaller, gogo style bar. Drinks were 95 Pesos ($2 USD). My boy was into throwing the ping pong balls at the girls. Same little dealio they do in Bangkok where the girls get a little bit of money if they catch them. I don’t know, not my favorite thing to do especially when the bill on that came to 400 pesos ($8). I’d rather just tip out girls I like. After Insomnia, we bounced to a few bars, which were not worth mentioning, before we ended up atAtlantis. Atlantis is a NICE bar, huge at that. It is two levels and lays claims to over 100 girls. Two of my boys ended up taking girls home at a 1500 Pesos ($32 USD) bar fine. Tips were about 1000 Pesos ($21). The girls typically keep half the bar fine from what i understand. My final stop of the night (after hopping about 15 bars) was the Forbidden City. This is one of the newer bars in town with a very Chinese like theme as the name would state. The girls were really friendly and not push at all about money which is something I really like about the PI and Cambodia vs. say Vietnam. I ended up taking this little cutie named Linh home and man, it was good… Bar fine here was a bit more though, 2500 Pesos ($54 USD) and i tipped 1000 Pesos ($21). She stayed the night, seemed to really like sex and I took her to SM Mall the next day for some food and a little Filipino Idol…