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!

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 currently working on a number of books.

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 below in the social media buttons if you wish to follow me there.

This page and some other posts and pages on this site contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small amount of commission if you make a purchase using these links. You pay the same price even if you don’t use my links. The commission is not added to the price you pay at checkout.

All opinions expressed about a product or service are my own. I have received no free products or services. I only promote brands that I have full confidence in.

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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  1. TONY BUSHELL - September 13, 2015 @ 2:54 am



    • Stephen Bentley - September 13, 2015 @ 8:57 am

      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. photobyjohnbo - September 14, 2015 @ 10:50 pm

    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.

    • Stephen Bentley - September 15, 2015 @ 12:01 am

      Thanks for the kind comments. See you in 201 🙂 Steve

  3. Jack - October 5, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

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

  4. Matthew - May 18, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

    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 😉

    • Stephen Bentley - May 18, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

      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.

      • Matthew - May 19, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

        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 🙂

        • Stephen Bentley - May 20, 2016 @ 10:01 am

          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 @ 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

    • Stephen Bentley - May 25, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

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

    • Rodney Beckley - August 22, 2017 @ 8:13 am

      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

      • Stephen Bentley - August 25, 2017 @ 8:54 am

        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. GP Cox - August 29, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    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 !

    • Stephen Bentley - August 29, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

      Thank you! I did enjoy your site and I will be a regular visitor as I marked your blog with a ‘Follow’ in the WP Reader.

  7. ladycee - December 16, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

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

    • Stephen Bentley - December 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

      Life? Some would say many lives 🙂 Football is only one of my passions and it does not dominate my life. Thank you so much Carol for coming here and commenting. It is really appreciated!

      • ladycee - December 16, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

        Many adventures yes – but one life obviously lived to the max! ?

        • Stephen Bentley - December 17, 2016 @ 10:36 am

          I guess that sums it up 🙂

  8. Antonio - January 31, 2020 @ 6:23 pm

    Very interesting to join your “expat” group of friends. I am a local guy from Bacolod. And I came across your blog by accident. Very interesting.

    • Stephen Bentley - January 31, 2020 @ 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Antonio. I have replied to your email. Thanks for getting in touch.

  9. Jeffrey c dickenson - April 7, 2020 @ 10:16 am

    I am an American (Philippine permanent resident). My Filipina wife and I will be traveling from the USA to Bacolod on April 15th. Will we be allowed to transfer planes in Manila or will we face mandatory quarantine? Assume neither of us have fever or showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

    • Stephen Bentley - April 7, 2020 @ 10:26 am

      The first thing I would do is call the US Embassy and ask them. My understanding is once you disembark in Manila, you will both be in lockdown, effectively quarantined. There are no domestic flights in or out of Manila and all travel between provinces has ceased. That includes Bacolod and the rest of the province. We, in Bacolod, are currently on emergency quarantine with only one person per household permitted to go out to buy essentials – foods, medicine etc. My fear is once you reach Manila, you will both have to remain there for the unforeseeable future.

    • Stephen Bentley - April 7, 2020 @ 11:07 am

      I have also just learned that Enhanced Community Quarantine is now extended to midnight April 30 for the whole of Luzon.

  10. Ray - May 2, 2020 @ 4:29 pm

    Hi Steve

    Fellow Scouser here but now living over the water in Iloilo since November last year. Some helpful information and good stories on the site so has helped to keep me entertained while on lockdown so thanks for that..

    Sometimes go over to Bacolod for a change of scenery if you fancy a jar some time, Probably won’t be soon given the current ECQ situation, but hopefully things will start to relax soon.

    • Stephen Bentley - May 2, 2020 @ 4:45 pm

      Hi Ray! Nice to hear from a fellow Scouser. I guess you must be a red, seeing I got no abuse lol. As you say, it’s impossible to make any plans until ECQ is lifted but I do enjoy a jar or three, so why not?

  11. Ray - May 3, 2020 @ 1:24 pm

    You are right about being a red, used to stand on the Kop for all the home games but haven’t been for about 35 years.

    If you send me an email I will contact you when we can finally escape.

    • Stephen Bentley - May 3, 2020 @ 3:50 pm

      Good man! I started going around 1960, before we got promoted to the old First Division. Then, it was the boy’s pen before the Kop. After that, anywhere I could get a ticket. Last time I was at Anfield must have been around 2010. I’ll email you.

  12. John - May 29, 2020 @ 1:25 pm

    Found your post on “Life certificate” Mine arrived in the Philippines in February and just arrived at my house today, so fingers crossed when I call them this afternoon. Thanks John.

    • Stephen Bentley - May 30, 2020 @ 8:07 am

      Glad to be of help, John. Also good to hear PhilPost is operating once more if you can truly say they ever do “operate.” Lol.

  13. Ray - June 26, 2020 @ 10:04 am

    Thought you would have had your Champions banner up by now. Thirty years, the wait is over! YNWA

    • Stephen Bentley - June 26, 2020 @ 10:18 am

      Hahaha! Long wait, indeed. Cheers, Ray YNWA!

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