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Personalized Update 1.11.16 Bandannas, Captivating Bikes and One Lady’s Birthday


-Rama Drama
Someone left a comment on a modern online video stating I should lose the bandanna, heading on to offhandedly take note that I seemed like an outdated guy hoping to glance younger.  I responded to his remark by stating that I had experienced it on as a cushioning underneath my helmet (the helmet leaves temporary purple spots on my dome if I do not) and then I assumed, “Why the hell am I rationalizing wearing a bandanna in the Philippines?”
This isn’t the 1st time YouTubers have designed responses about people’s appearance in the films that I have taken during my time in the Philippines.  A few other men and women experienced not long ago commented on a gentleman sporting a reasonable Mohawk and mullet in 1 of the Atong Kamalig weekly wrap up videos, noting that they wouldn’t be caught useless rocking these a seem.  And who can neglect the comments gained about Ron owning his shirt unbuttoned in our Halloween part video clip last 12 months?  A complete bunch of individuals bought upset more than that, stating that aged fellas shouldn’t be walking about with their bellies uncovered. 

Even when it is very hot. 

And it’s his possess frikken house.

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Time to get rid of the bandanna, Willie.

I’ve repeatedly said that of the (several) things that I adore about the Philippines is the independence one particular activities listed here.  Generally, visitors will assume that I am alluding to independence from principles and restrictions, the actual enforcement of which looks to be the basis for the insidious Western “Nanny State.”  Truth be told, which is not what I am referring to – I truly believe that some legislation enforcement (helmet, littering, drunk driving, sound, emissions, burning stuff, etcetera.) would benefit the Philippines immensely, particularly in how it is perceived by overseas tourists who invariably complain about how dirty it can be (particularly in city places).  So, no – I am not using about that kind of freedom.  Instead, I am normally referring to the flexibility to be the man (or girl) that you want to be devoid of currently being publicly judged by other people – specifically when it comes to look and age!  So, if you are an more mature male (or gal) and want to use a mullet, get tattoos or overall body piercings (or equally), stroll all over barefoot, get up modern dance or rock a Mohawk, have at it brother!  Not as well a lot of fellas listed here are likely to get exception to what you do or how you glance.  Long-phrase Philippines expats are a alternatively independent and unconventional whole lot – you form of need to be to stay right here, so I almost never hear an individual say, “Hey there is so-and-so heading all-around not acting his age again…….”

Yeah, that kind of flexibility.

And since we are on the subject matter of fashion…..

David Bowie
Starman passed absent nowadays immediately after a claimed 18 month fight with most cancers.  A definitely great man and a great musician, my two favorite music of his materialize to be “Ashes to Ashes” and – think it or not – “Fashion.”  As you may have seen, I really do not give a rat’s ass for style and seriously haven’t at any time viewing his Fashion movie on MTV (linked beneath).  Bowie was also a quite fantastic actor.  Most persons haven’t heard of the movie, but the Skinny, White Duke had a very funny element in Monty Python’s Yellowbeard, which is hand’s down just one of my favorite comedies of all time.  (“Arggh!  Come on, lads – there’s pirarting to be done!!!)  Bowie was also amazing since he used to tour with my most loved guitarist of all time, Adrian Belew.  I experienced a handful of possibilities to see them tour but under no circumstances made a single functionality.  Nonetheless, another regret…… 

I am not sure if Sir David at any time made it to the Philippines, but I did occur across a photograph of him in a conventional Filipino barong. 

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David Bowie rocking a Filipion barong

We never need no stinking trend!


Rouser Report
I eventually got all-around to buying a Shad bracket so I can mount a “top box” (storage box) on the tail of the Rouser.  Although I normally consider relatively highly of my makes an attempt to simplify my existence, I am quite selected that the motive that I have set off mounting a box on the bicycle was because it just wouldn’t search alluring.  The Rouser 200NS is a quite good hunting bike, and just after observing a image of what it would glimpse like with the box I was fairly heartbroken….

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The Box just ain’t sexxay….

On a last observe, I just desired to add that I am pretty pleased with the Rouser.  I have gotten made use of to the different driving posture and brief turning radius in excess of the final several months and am Actually appreciating the excess ability (150 per cent additional horsepower than a 125 cc bike and 200 % much more torque!) and – additional importantly – the outstanding brakes.  I am even now anxious about the extensive-time period reliability of the Kawasaki-badged but in fact Indian-developed (Bajaj) motor-steed, but I guess only time will tell.


Sara’s Birthday
Sara is celebrating her 29th birthday tomorrow, and for the life of me, I haven’t prepared a factor in the way of birthday festivities – no card, no present and no actual programs.  And when acknowledging that I am the best reward that any human currently being could probably acquire not make a difference what, I almost certainly must try to line one thing up.  We are going out tonight for her birthday evening meal and viewing Star Wars tomorrow at Robinson’s but….

Argh – I’m not very good at this stuff!

Then all over again, given that Filipinos usually pay for and prepare their very own birthday functions, probably I could somehow change the onus of responsibility onto her.  Bwahahaha – that is the ticket!  So, tonight I will question her, “So hun, what have you acquired planned for us on your birthday?”

That should really get the job done, appropriate?