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Expat In Bacolod

Stephen Bentley - Writer


About Stephen Bentley – Writer, Blogger and Published Author


Hi! I am Stephen Bentley, a freelance writer, author and Huffington Post UK blogger.


It is also permissible for me to add I am now a bestselling author on Amazon UK in two separate categories. Below is a link to the book that enables me to say that:

I am from the UK, and a former barrister (trial attorney – nothing to do with coffee!),  police detective, sales manager, truck driver, motorcycle courier, etc., etc. It follows that I have many stories to tell owing to my varied work and life experiences.

If you like to read memoirs, true crime, detective stories or drug culture back in the 1970s then you have found the right place.

Indeed, if you like travel books, Asia, the Philippines and “hairy driving” then you are also in the right place.

My Blog at Expat in Bacolod

My musings can be found here on this blog. It is a collection of articles about the many things in in life that interest me. It is a veritable potpourri! On average I post three articles a week. They cover many topics including sport, particularly my love of Liverpool Football Club, the beaches and food of the Philippines and has regular weekly features including Word Wednesday. There is a Weekly Newsletter that acts a a digest of the week’s posts and has a growing list of subscribers.

The Weekly Newsletter has now amalgamated the subscriber lists here, on my author website and through Gumroad.

My Writing

Since my retirement to the Philippines, I have been able to concentrate 100% on writing. My memoir with the title “Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story” was published on September 14, 2016 and is available in both paperback and Kindle. It is a true story of my undercover days posing as a hippie to infiltrate the world’s largest LSD manufacturing and distribution networks.

Not only did I accomplish that successfully but also unearthed a massive plot to import huge quantities of cocaine into the UK.  It is a story that involves drugs, some sex and a little rock n’ roll!

I am also heavily involved in a project combining my former detective skills and writing experience in an investigative journalism role.  For the obvious reasons, I am unable to reveal details at this stage.

I am currently working on two books, one is my first novel. It is based on my real life undercover cop days.

I am also writing a book about my paternal grandfather, a rating in the British Royal Navy. Able Seaman Frederick Bentley joined the Navy as a “boy sailor” in 1916 at the age of 17. He was on the Prince of Wales in 1941 when that ship was sunk by the Japanese in the South China Sea. He survived and remained in the Navy until 1945.

I would like you to know that I will donate a portion of all book sales royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK registered charity.

My first book “How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod – An Expat’s Experiences of Driving in the Philippines and How to Survive” is now available on Amazon in Kindle format.


I was educated at Prescot Grammar School, Merseyside, England leaving school at 17 years, and returned to education in 1993 at the now London Metropolitan University and was awarded a law degree LLB (2:1 Honors).

My police service was in both the Lancashire and Hampshire forces from 1966 to 1980 when I resigned with the rank of Detective Sergeant.

Between 1980 and 1993, I worked in a variety of jobs as a sales manager, truck driver and instructor. While reading law full time between 1993 and 1996 I also worked as a hospital night security porter, a London motorcycle courier and chilled food delivery driver to fund my studies.

From 1996 to 1997 I qualified as a barrister at the famous Inns of Court School of Law, London. From 1997 to 2011 I practised law  as a criminal barrister defending in cases of murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, firearms possession and supplying drugs including cases at the famous Old Bailey and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).


From 2013,  I traveled in South East Asia including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. I also spent some time in Australia riding a Harley motorcycle. I have chosen to make the Philippines my permanent home with my partner, Zabrina.

Social Media & Contact

My Amazon Author Page is  The Stephen Bentley.

My social media links to Twitter and Facebook are shown in the sidebar if you wish to follow me there.


Email Me

I can be contacted at admin@expatinbacolod.com

You may wish to know that I am donating a portion of all my royalties from book sales to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK registered Charity. Click on the link below to find out more.

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This website is independently owned and operated by Stephen Bentley. As such, the small amounts of affiliate commission payments help to offset the site’s running costs.


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    • Thanks Tony – it’s always good to hear feedback especially when it is as positive as yours! Let me know when you get here and we can hook up over a beer and talk all things LFC! #YNWA

  2. Enjoyed your post on the vitriolic Facebook commenter. I love FB, but sometimes it irritates me to no end. You have said what I often think when I see such “feedback.”

    I have added a link to your site so I can follow you in my reader. Found your post on Blogging 201, and look forward to meeting many of my classmates.

  3. Well, well, Stevie B the writer. who’d have thought it. I’ll follow with interest.
    Take care.

  4. Its really quite rare that you meet UK guys out here so its comforting to know that you are here with some sound advice. I Live at hillside on the other side of town 🙂
    Great site Steve 😉

    • Thanks Matthew! There are more of us than you perhaps think. But I know what you mean as I would wager that most foreigners in the Phils are American.

      • Oh really?
        I`ve been here for 3+ years and only met a handful of actual UK guys. If I`m honest though I do seem to mingle with the locals more so maybe I`ve been a bit insulated.
        Matt 🙂

        • Insulation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most of the time (99.9%) I am in the company of Filipinos. I enjoy that. I’m not one of those expats that have to seek out expat hangouts. Funnily enough there are no real expat hangouts here in Bacolod. Especially compared to say Thailand where there are loads of expat bars. I guess it’s mainly through this blog that I have got to meet (mostly in the virtual sense) other UK expats in Bacolod. Sometimes it does make a change to have a natter in Brit English with a compatriot.

  5. Kyle McCormack

    May 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Great to read some of your stories. Contact me and I can tell you
    a bar or 2 in Bacolod I visit where some of my British, Australian,
    New Zealand and South Africans visit. I have been here since June 2010.
    Kyle from Texas

    • Hi Kyle it’s good to meet you. I will email you. Thanks for the shout out 🙂

    • Hi Kyle. We have relocated to Bacolod and would be grateful for contacts and any info to get to know other expats and hear about their experiences. My wife and I have strong Irish roots but have lived most our lives in Africa and have two daughters. I started my contract here last September but rest of the family only been here since January. Many thanks. Rodney

      • Hi Rodney, Kyle has nothing to do with this blog. There is an expat meeting at Natures Village Resort, Talisay, on the first Saturday of every month and starts about 11 am. Hope that helps.

  6. Pleased to meet you, Steve. You must be a good undercover cop, to still be with us today, but a smart businessman. This promotion should generate quite a few new readers for you, plus get your name out there.
    Best of luck !

  7. Interesting life Stephen. Look forward to reading some of your posts. Glad to see from the archives that they are not just about football!

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