November 24th, 2009         Posted by admin         9 Comments »

Protected: The final chapter

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Some leave their heart in San Francisco. In The Philippines, I abandoned my bike in San Francisco. It’s about as far away from cack hole Manilla, as you can fly, ferry, and ride, in a few days visit.pa160325.JPG

I had no preconceived ideas about the Philippines beyond the usual stereotypes. The reality of some of the stereotypes hit me barrage of guns, blood and sex.pa160328.JPG

It’s not a pretty sight, Manilla, even for the most hardened of travellers, like myself after 350 days on the road. But kind like the kids swimming in sea water and shit that stinks from 400m back, I could find some entertainment in Manilla. Remind me to make any yachting stay over at Manila yacht club as brief as possible,pa190333.JPG for fear of death from (04) 1832-4874aromatic fecal poisoning. Sure to form, the US has left its imperialist calling card in Manilla, with rampant prostitution, gun mad mentality, and a rich, corrupt and permanent rulership, that serves its self lavishly, whilst impoverishing its populace. The Economic Hitmen like Perkins sure did a masterful job in fucking the poor Philippines. I have a social theory, now well developed after months in impoverished countries, that goes like this>> The more evil, greedy and corrupt the governance, the more tolerant, shiny and lovely the people. The Philippines is a classic example.

Sure, especially after Thailand, the Filipinos can’t cook, but hey, they can sing…in fact they are the most musical mob I’ve met. If you can’t sing, or play a musical instrument in the Philippines, you are a foreigner.pa190334.JPG

And you ain’t experienced the Philippines, as Lonely Planet suggests, unless you have drunk the cheap local suds, and slaughtered a tune or two at the local karaoke bar. I complied. But I went one further. I did the Sound of Music in helmets. What the?…you may ask.pa190335.JPG

Well, a cute singing and dance instructor called Ella Marie decided to hijack my life for a few days, and off we sailed, by scooter, to a few hundred beachside miles, of Gloria Gaynor hits, like, ‘You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off’ a you…”.

I, on the other hand, could take my eyes off the road, even though I was theoretically driving. You don’t have a back seat on bike as far away from the handlebars as you may pa190336.JPGthink. And as Ella could ride as well as sing, and, well, ah, she just took over the driving (and singing ) bit, from the back seat.pa190341.JPG Technical types might note…. the scooter had no foot pedals, it was automatic. So down the coconut lined villages of southern Cebu and Negros we rode, half the time me driving, half the time the back seat in control, hands under my arms, and much of the time, singing along like right idiots, in helmets. Or one helmet, at least.

I might add, Ella certainly did not slaughter a song. Infact, at any of the several karaoke bars we dropped in at, Ella slaughtered only competing singers. She was a pro. And, added to that, as a dance instructor,was given to 3 second pole dancing hints, that showed who was in charge. Read the rest of this entry »

October 22nd, 2009         Posted by admin         7 Comments »

Protected: East and West of the MEKONG… Thailand and Laos

Fullmoon parties, pool parties, foam parties, black moon and half moon parties, reggae parties….anyone would think Koh Phangan in Thailand had something to do with parties. They have a beach party on the fullmoon each month, that is indeed a bit of an international phenomena, and at the same time, same, same. By coincidence, it [...]

September 30th, 2009         Posted by admin         3 Comments »

Protected: w.w.double you > DUBAI.

wwdouble you DUBAI. It’s a phenomenon of the times. It’s extraordinary in the extremes of all that is good, and all that is bad. It’s Dubai, or more accurately, it’s the UAE. 40C to 50C of camel depressing desert, which back in the ‘60s, hosted a few Arabs in boats, when up from the depths [...]

August 29th, 2009         Posted by admin         14 Comments »

Protected: DRYCLEANING THE IRON CURTAIN, with Greece stains, mit Deutchland, a Turkey, and and Ostricha.

So, what else can you find in the world, since the Berlin wall came down? They say you can island hop from Greece to Turkey. So I caught the ferry from Mykonos to Samos, a Greek island, just 3k from Turkey. The Greeks have virtual ocean liners for ferries, most ‘70′s relics, from days before [...]

July 31st, 2009         Posted by admin         No Comments »

Protected: WESTERN EUROPE…Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite?

June 26th, 2009         Posted by admin         12 Comments »

Protected: Ireland

The LUCK OF THE IRISH …is contagious The ferry that takes you from Wales to Ireland is kind of like a giant cafeteria bedeck with flatscreens and lower decks. All my preconceived ideas about the ferocioty of the Fastnet killing Irish sea, were laid to waste as the 3 hour crossing could have been across [...]

June 8th, 2009         Posted by admin         5 Comments »

Protected: ENGLAND…an’ me mota.

‘God save the Queen, Its a fascist regime’ S. Vicious. The Sex Pistols 1975 ‘Evening Sar…a, copy of the Daily Tele by any chance?’, twipped the ever so sweet, British Airways hostess, as I settled into a part of the jumbo I hadn’t paid for. A tip here. Always be the last one onboard, and [...]

May 20th, 2009         Posted by admin         5 Comments »

Protected: News of New York and Newport…

The Disunited States of America I’ve wondered, once personally settling on the analogy that LA is the mouth piece of America, what then, is the equivalent body part for New York? Is it the brains, or the sphincter? Maybe it’s the pineal, but with a bad blockage? I ain’t figured it. New Yorkers see it, [...]

May 7th, 2009         Posted by admin         1 Comment »

Protected: Viva Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico…. from the Caribbean to the Andes, from cockpit, to handlebars.

March 11th, 2009         Posted by admin         11 Comments »

Protected: WASHED UP IN COLUMBIA.. chapta 5

I’ve never been to South America before. Most people enter a new country through an airport ramp. I swam. Infact I almost made a habit of it. My tales of the happy shiny San Blas, are those below, but with some Laurence of Arabia script writing, let’s shift the end of this story to the [...]