Pure Gold Duty Free Shopping at SBMA

Pure Gold is my favorite place to shop in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It’s a very large warehouse style store that carries the largest assortment of groceries in the area. I tried to get some pictures of the interior of the store, but I guess my stealth mode is malfunctioning. Evidently, the management has […]

Shopping at SBMA in Olongapo

I live in the Baloy Beach area of Barrio Barretto, Olongapo. We have a small market area that has great fresh vegetables, rice, and some very basic home goods. There is also a small grocery store with basic food items, and there is also a 7-11 store. We have several pharmacies, and there are numerous […]

Aliwan – the Mother of All Philippine Festivals

One of the nicest things about living in Subic is that you are centrally located on the big island of Luzon. There is easy access to the freeway system (which has been greatly upgraded since I was here in the 80’s). I like to travel and take photographs, so I was pretty happy when I […]

Boracay Voted #2 Beach in the World

It’s about time! The Philippine Islands has the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in the world, and it’s finally time that someone noticed. The premier travel site, TripAdvisor.com, recently announced the Traveler’s Choice 2011 Best Beaches awards. Boracay took the Number 2 position just after Providenciales Island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Boracay is a […]

Subic Bay Freeport and SBMA

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is the organization that took over the Subic Bay Naval Station in 1992, after the US 7th Fleet left the Subic Bay Naval Station and turned it over to the Philippines. The old navy base is now called the Subic Bay Freeport. From the SBMA Website: The Subic Bay Metropolitan […]

Welcome to Subic Bay Living

Welcome to Subic Bay Living! This blog will relate my experiences living in Subic Bay, Philippines. I hope to portray the area honestly and openly. I’ll be writing about day to day living, what kinds of problems you can expect to encounter, and how I got around or solved those problems, or if I was […]