Lubbock, TX, USA

November 10, 2021


The Doctor

I absolutely love Lubbock, Texas, because of the University of Texas A&M, and the gorgeous, friendly girls that go to school there. Campus is huge, so good luck hoofing it in the hot Texas sun around campus. There are a few student bars just adjacent to campus where you can meet the ladies much more easily. Cricket and Chimy are my two favorite bars here.

The rest of this town has a few other cool pockets of activity: Old City, Depot District, and Center City. Here are some of the cooler bars and clubs in these other sections of town in no particular order: Public House, Ladder 15, Blue MartiniContinental, Red Rooster, Buck Wild, Graham Central Station, McFaddens, Cadillac Bar and Grill, Tin Roof, and Deja Vu.

The Hooters here is really good. Get to know some of the girls and see if you can get them to show you around.

Manila, Philippines

November 10, 2021


The Doctor

Let me say first off that I have bought my last three tickets to Bangkok (and Manila) through Mango Tours, so I would recommend including their website in your airfare search.

The flight to this part of the world takes FOREVER, so this is what I bring: For the flight, I recommend noise-canceling headphones, a wrap-around memory foam neck pillow, and a memory foam sleep mask. I usually take a Benadryl after getting on the plane and keep some Tylenol, ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, Immodium, wet naps, and kleenex handy. After catching URIs after a couple of long flights, I have also started bringing on board Bacitracin ointment to dab on my nostrils, Listerine antiseptic mouthwash to use every couple of hours, and Purell hand sanitizer, to use periodically, especially before eating. It seems to be working. The only liquids I trust drinking on board are those coming straight from a newly opened can or bottle into my cup, i.e., nothing from a pitcher or coffee pot. I also bring my own liter of water, since they never serve enough. When not bringing gifts for my GF's there, I only travel by carry-on, and take only quick-drying lightweight synthetics; no cotton. I usually wash everything in the sink or tub a couple of times during the trip, hang dry it, and it is all ready to wear by the next day. 

In addition to what you are wearing, including good lightweight walking shoes, bring four or five shirts (go through two a day in that humidity; half should be long-sleeved, to avoid sun burn in the day), one or two pairs of pants, four or five boxers, 2-3 pairs of socks, swim trunks, good pair of sandals (what you'll wear except clubbing at night), a broad-brimmed packable lightweight hat, a pocket-size rain jacket, sunglasses, your camera, an unlocked cell phone (local sim cards are $4, and you will want one), and your laptop (most hotels have WiFi, more convenient than an internet cafe). A small combination lock to keep all your bigger stuff safely locked away in your pack while you are away or entertaining company is also a good idea. Rooms will have safes for passports, cash, camera, and smaller items. Shorts and t-shirts or tank tops are optional, but please don't plan on wearing those to the clubs. Too many tourists/expats do that already, and trust me when I say that you do not want to be grouped with them in any girl's mind.

After getting ripped off by the charges of my bank, the local Philippines bank, and the less-than-ideal exchange rate for every ATM transaction I have made, totaling about $9 for every $230 withdrawal (10,000 pesos, the usual maximum), I now just take what I need with me in cash (new looking hundred dollar bills; worn ones are frequently not accepted). Find a good leather money belt if you need one.

Lonely Planet Philippines (10th Ed., 2009) and Philippines Travel Guide by Jens Peters (3rd Ed., 2009) are the two tour guides I recommend.

Staying in Manila, Angeles City, and Subic
In Manila, it has to be the Copacabana Hotel. I recommend the one-bedroom suite, but the standard rooms are good enough for 1-2 nights. Ask for a room high up, preferably not facing EDSA (the main highway, and very noisy at all hours). Totally guest-friendly. It is right across the street, via a walking bridge from the EDSA complex, a group of seven go-go bars all housed in the same building, that you can wander between for the evening. If it is early in the evening, I'll take the bridge and walk, and spend $2 on a taxi to take me and any company back to the hotel later at night; avoid getting mugged.

There are no cover charges, but if don't order a drink when you enter a bar and a waiter asks what you want to drink, you will be asked to leave. I stick with Coke Zeros for most of the evening, unless I intend to stay in a place for a while, then switch to San Miguel or San Miguel light.

Makati City in Manila is a good place to hang out as well. The bars clubs and restaurants here are a little more expensive, as they are full of more professional types.

The Heritage Hotel, right next door, is also a slightly more expensive alternative. Ritzy looking. Very nice rooms. The pool is nothing special. I stayed there once with a girlfriend, so I don't know what the reaction would be to bringing a new friend back there at 2 AM. You might get charged extra for the extra guest.

In Subic, stay at Sheavens Resort. I recommend a deluxe room on the third or fourth floor, which is high enough above the surrounding trees to give a nice panoramic view of the bay from the front window and front terrace of these units. At a little over $50 a night, these rooms overlooking the bay are steals. Totally guest-friendly. The open-air patio restaurant overlooking the bay has very good items, although the selection is very limited. There's good Thai food in the bar/restaurant right next door. A nearby acceptable alternative would be the Superior Beachfront rooms (choose #34, 35, or 36, which have an unobstructed view of the water) at Blue Rock Resort - totally guest-friendly. I stayed there on my last trip. The rooms are a little bigger, more run down, and more expensive than Sheavens. The restaurant is bigger, livelier, and has a more extensive menu. I personally prefer the smaller, but newer and nicer, rooms at Sheavens, as well as the more tranquil atmosphere. I can wander over to Blue Rock's floating bar if I want to be at a party. 

In Angeles City, check out Pacific Breeze Hotel. I always ask for the Executive Plus or Executive Room, facing away from the main road and away from construction, with one large bed, not two smaller beds, nonsmoking. Beyond totally guest-friendly. It has a bar/restaurant with decent food and a good atmosphere, next to a pool which is big enough to swim laps in. The hotel is one block away from ground zero (Fields Avenue) which is about as close as you would want to get. Any closer and you'd be hearing it through your window all night long. This is always where I stay now. They don't require a deposit, only an email confirmation of your reservation. You can always call and cancel out the first day or two if you need to, without penalty. This place does get fully booked frequently.

If Pacific Breeze is booked, a block away is nearby Valentino's which is OK. Guest-friendly, as I would imagine any hotel in this part of AC is. I stayed there, once. The rooms are very nice, but it does not have a pool or a restaurant (the website says it has a bar, but I don't remember ever seeing it), or even a very big lobby, so there is nowhere to hang out except your room, which makes the transition of moving a new friend from the bar to your place a bit more abrupt and potentially awkward. I always like using a stop at the restaurant or pool back at the Pacific Breeze to have a drink and/or appetizer as a nice icebreaker, which usually improves the remainder of the evening.

Check out Makati City in Manila for more professional type women. It's more expensive than other parts of Manila but really worth it for the hotter girls that you can find here.

Arhus, Denmark

October 29, 2021


The Doctor

I think Arhus is much better than Copenhagen as far as the girls are concerned. It's a big university town, so the women are young, pretty and easier to get along with.

All the nocturnal action is concentrated in one area downtown. The best places to go on the weekends are Sherlock Holmes Pub, Waxies, and Alberts. There's a beach close by to boot. Score!

Keep in mind, this place is as dead as a graveyard from Sunday to Wednesday, so you should definitely plan on coming during the weekend.

Check out Aarhus University during the day, and pretend to look lost (whether or not that's the case) and get a pretty coed to show you around, take you to lunch in the university cafeteria, or buy you a beer (preferably a Carlsberg or Tuborg) in a cafe or bar downtown.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

November 12, 2021


The Doctor

Rotterdam is a much more laid-back place than Amsterdam. People here like to hang out, listen to live music, kick back with a beer, and chill.

This used to be a large port town. These days the biggest imports tend to be drugs like heroin or ecstasy. I was walking along the pier one night and saw a bunch of people trying to step around this guy lying face down on the pavement, whacked out of his mind on drugs. I decided to play doctor and went over to see if I could help out. His sister was standing over him trying to revive him. An ambulance came. I got an IV started and gave him a shot of naloxone, and he perked right up. His sister thanked me, gave me her number, and we spent the rest of the weekend together!

Check out Oude Haven and Nieuwe Binnenweg and walk the streets in search of your very own Dutch goddess in the stores, restaurants, and cafes so numerous in these areas. Head to Westerpaviljoen on Matheneserlaan, Night Town on West Kruiskade, or Beat Corner on Gravendijkwal - you won't be disappointed.

Jersey Shore, NJ, USA

November 9, 2021


The Doctor

If you're in New Jersey during the summertime, check out the beaches at Belmar, Long Beach Island, and Wildwood. There are always girls there on the weekends when the weather's hot. Belmar has the beautiful, guido-loving, collegiate types from North Jersey, while Wildwood and its infamous boardwalk tends to cater more towards families and a younger crowd.

All you men take note - all of the bars on the Jersey shore are cheesy as hell. So if you shave your chest, drive an "I-Roc", wear gold chains and call yourself "Vito", you will feel right at home.

Generally, the further south you go on the shore the less cheesy it becomes, but lately, the cheese has been spilling out as far south as Long Beach Island. The Shell on Engleside or the Katch are the only two places to really meet girls in Long Beach on summer weekends.

Newport Beach, CA, USA

November 11, 2021


The Doctor

These are a couple of suburbs just south of LA just off of the 405 and right by John Wayne Airport. Super small, but there are some quality women here, ranging from the relatively young professional female with her own money, to the young, pretty daughter of the rich local businessman, to divorced MILF's, to jail bait - you name it.

Taleo in Newport is a cool, hip, Mexican fusion restaurant and bar with a great happy hour during the week. If you get bored, check out The Daily Dose (or Double D, as the locals call it) - it's right across the way from Taleo. Afterward, head to La Cave in Costa Mesa. As the name implies, it is underground. It's a restaurant by day and a bar/lounge/dance club by night.

Why would you love this place? Well, it's easy. The women here appreciate older, successful, educated men since this town is full of them. Her father probably is, and you know how girls always go for guys like their fathers. So she will totally dig that Harvard ring and that degree behind your name. Happy smooching.

Stay at the Island Hotel - an oasis/paradise a short cab ride away. It's sure to impress the ladies. Really close to the Island Hotel is an area called Fashion Island with a lot of shops and restaurants. You can walk there in 8 minutes from the hotel. There you will find the rich wives, ex-wives, and daughters of the guys in this town who are totally LOADED. Find that trust fund baby and have her pay for drinks for a change. There is a Yard House here as well as an R & D Kitchen. Outside, between the big, retail clothing stores, there are great places to lounge about and people watch the passersby by with their new stuff, bought and paid for by whatever man is sponsoring their shopping spree that day.

Nearby in Irvine, CA, check out a section of town called The District which has loads of bars, restaurants, and places to hang out. If you are here in the early fall, the Taste of Newport Festival is always a good time. All the big restaurants and bars have a booth there. There is live music and beautiful girls all about, mostly working there in the booths. It's perfect.