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Zardoz comes back to say hello

Discussion in 'Mini Lounge' started by zardoz, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. zardoz

    zardoz Member

    Hi folks...it's been a long long time since I've stopped in. I just wanted to come by and see who was still here from the "old guard" I don't have crunchy frog anymore and I don't live in Canada anymore.

    Since I last spoke to any of you I got back into bikes...had a great time for about three years. That is until I met a hydro pole doing about 85 Mph on my mint 77 cb750.

    Long story later...I'm living in paradise now over in the philipines.

    Anybody here remember me?
  2. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    There are a few of us in the Philippines. I Moved to Iloilo from Ariz, USA in 2014, bought a Suzuki Carryvan & joined this group.

  3. spaner

    spaner Well-Known Member

    Hey, hey buddy.. ;)

    Of Course you are remembered, and welcomed. You are in the perfect location to get a molested free unit that will do your daily needs, and more; perhaps a KIA... "Kia Bongo/Frontier".
    OR, going all out,

    [The Bongo III was exclusively available in the Philippines as the K2700 variant, since 2006.

    A coachvan version of the Bongo III is still in production in Indonesia, where it is sold as the Kia Travello.

    European sales of Kia K-Series (with the exception of Russia and Turkey) has been discontinued in late 2007.

    Kia Bongo new 2014, with new gearbox 6-speed engine with much more efficient Euro IV standards, new body design that includes front and grill tires ring 15’’, the K2500,K2700 and K3000S have either a 2.5 litre turbocharged engine that delivers just 130 hp, or an optional 2.7 litre engine delivers just 80 hp and another 3.0 liter it adds five more horsepower from the 2.7 litre. It provides all the sufficient loading capabilities, also they have three cab options super, standard and double cabin. There is another model, which is called the K400S and K4000G, which is the bigger van version of the K2500, the K2700 and the K3000S]

    I always thought that the K2700-4WD-dump box option-1-ton,
    Met ALL of the minitruck lovers' dreams in one small package.

    You can get that unit there, next door, at you leasure, and then ship it to me, for a tidy profit... ;)

    OR, hell, I'd just love to hear about the women...
    The sun,
    The Rum,
    The fun,

    and the women of course.
    Not sure about you but, I lost my taste for North American woman some time ago.

    Give e'm a new Jag, a half a million home and a new Vacum Cleaner...
    and they have the balls to ask you for a gas card and, by the way "when does the maid start?"

    The wife got a cousin? 30ish...

    ;) ;) ;)

    Nice to see you back buddy...

  4. zardoz

    zardoz Member

    Hi Fred nice to make your acquaintance! I've only been here since last December I'm in silay. Sadly my sweetheart HATES "mini" anything (except luckily skirts) maybe because she's all of 4ft9...I've been expressly forbidden to buy another truck (or van) she says they are "ugly"???

    I've been hoping to find a Datsun 510 but don't think they were ever sold here plus the whole vintage vehicle scene here is kinda messed up with the LTO policy....
  5. spaner

    spaner Well-Known Member

    I just assumed that we were talking Filipina,

    You sir, had best not even answer, unless to state just how great such and such IS even though surounded BY...

    Good luck, but let us talk about trucks, even pics. I'm sure that you are alowed, would love to see some K2700 from down the street, may even let you/us take a ride ;)
    Pricing? Even in Peso would give our members a good idea, from first quotation; we could work it out...

  6. zardoz

    zardoz Member

    Hey spanner! How you doing buddy? I gotta look up your supercharger thread and catch up
    I'm going to have to look into the KIA Bongo...my new wife don't like the mini trucks.
    I LOVE living here! The weather here is amazing! A 750ml of good sugar cane rum is only a little less than 3 bucks cdn
    The women...they are beautiful and plentiful lol Sorry brother my gal doesn't have a sister but you won't have any trouble finding a wonderful girl here
    We go to the beach pretty often...found a really nice beach nearby almost always have it to ourselves when we go.

    I had a bad bike wreck two years ago...nearly lost both legs. Three days before I got out of the hospital my wife of 27 years left me...YAYYY!!!!! Life is so much BETTER!
  7. Tony Evers

    Tony Evers Active Member

    Hello zardoz, I have only been here for 2 years so I do not know you until now. I have been looking at the Philippines for some time now. just on the PC. Could you tell me about the economy there. would I need to open a business there to maintain a nice life style. what are the medical facilities like. Not that I'm sick but if I hurt is there a good hospital ?
    what are land prices like say for 10 acres farm land.
    Thanks Tony
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016
  8. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Next Island over is that near Bacolod? I owned a 1968 Datsun 510 at one time bought it from the dealer in Culver City. Seems that the only vehicles I've noticed around here of that vintage are Mitsubishis.

  9. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Just stumbled back on this thread & realized that Tony had asked some questions. First off the Philippine Govt is very protective of their citizens work status and very unfriendly to Foreigners working a job here or owning a business. A foreigner is not allowed to own but 40% of a business, the 60% has to be owned by a Philippine Citizen. You asked about land - a foreigner is not allowed to own land here. The land I built my house on is registered to my Asawa(Wife) cause she is a Philippine Citizen as I can own a house but not the land it sits on. Most of the Expats living here have some sort of income from somewhere else. The redeeming parts are the Ladies, the weather, and the cheap living.

  10. Tony Evers

    Tony Evers Active Member

    Thanks Fred, I was looking at land online and thought the prices were fare. But now that you stated rules regarding ownership It makes me rethink. Never in a million years would I allow my wife to have ownership of something I paid for. LOL I have been burned a few times. Maybe I'll start with a vacation to look at things. Hay is cut and baled. 3'rd week of July might work
  11. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Tony, There are a lot of pro's & Con's about living here in the Philipines. In most ways it is very good, but then there are some bad parts too. Just get a ticket to fly here & you will be granted a 30 day visa at the Airport. This is in most ways a beautiful country and lots of things to see and places to visit. Don't even consider visiting or living in the large southern Island of Mindaniao as it is mostly populated by Muslims who feel they should be a separate entity from the rest of the Phils. The Abu Sayef is active in that region especially the western part along with the Sulo/Julo Island and the chain., their main revenue source seems to be kidnapping foreigners and demanding ransom. If not paid, they get beheaded. There have been a couple Canadian Citizens beheaded in the last few months, the last one just last week. Too bad as there is some beautiful country on that Island but there is no tourism because of the danger. Most anywhere north of there is good although there are pockets of rebels here & there in several different parts of the country. Not really sure if the Philippine Army has it under control yet but they are trying. My Wife & I live in Iloilo City on the Island of Panay and it is a good place to live. We go about our daily lives as most anywhere in the states. I drive anywhere and everywhere I wish to go without any problems although it does get a bit wild now and then as the drivers here are rather undisiplined and more or less do what they feel like when they feel like. I mentioned before that most all here have some other of income rather than a job as the pay is very low here and there is no way a person could live except to have an outside source. Sorry I can't really give a glowing rosy picture, This place is what I would imagine the western US was like back in the last part of the 18th century, kind of Wild West experience.

  12. Tony Evers

    Tony Evers Active Member

    Thanks for taking the time to explain, I saw how my fellow Canadians were held for ransom ultimately killed. unfortunate . It makes me mad just thinking about these Muslim fuckers. Maybe I'll bring a few rifles and do some hunting while I'm down there. Start the crusades again. all kidding aside Thanks for the advise. it seam Cebu is easiest to fly into. From there I will make plans to travel.
  13. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Cebu is a good starting point with a decent airport, so much better than Manila as the capital is so overcrowded. Some years back I spent some time in the Cebu area mostly in Cebu City, MacTan Island, & in the smaller Cities and Villages to the north up to Sogood. Particularly found Danao City a good place to visit and possibly put down roots. There are quite a few foreigners living in Dumaguette which is at the southern end of Negros (next Island to the west) and in Bacolod which is kind of kitty-corner from dumaguette on the same Island and then the next Island to the west is Panay where I am at in Iloilo City. There are quite a few Americans & Canadians along with Brits, Aussies, Germans, Swiss, Poles, and most any other country in the world living all over this country except for the southern Islands. I don't know anything about north of Manila as I have not been there, but to the southeast there are some good places too such as Sorsegon , Lucena, Lipa, and Batangas. I did live in Lucina for a very short time when I visited here some years ago and it seemed to be a nice place.

    ZARDOZ, Sorry, We kind of hijacked your thread.

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  14. Tony Evers

    Tony Evers Active Member

    thanks for all the info. I am going to look at these places you write about. One question though. Do I use puddle jumpers between islands ,ferries,canoe. Should I rent a motor bike or car. I'll pack light. just a few pairs of everything and a shaver. So I would prefer a bike. But if you think a car would be better I book one before I go. and holy smokes the ticket to get there is not cheap. $2600 CDN
  15. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Quite a few of the Kano's(short for Americano, which is what most all foreigners are referred to as) ride bikes. I quit riding in 1971 when a friend got hurt pretty bad. My transportation is my 2002 Suzuki CarryVan. A bike is a lot easier to get around on and much easier to find parking space when you get where you are going. There are Ferry boats between most of the Islands and they run kind of a schedule. For short distances there is the Bancas (small boat with outriggers) but they usually only carry passengers & small amount of freight but not vehicles of any sort. There is also the RORO(RollOnRollOff) system whereby you can go from most any road to ferry to road (different Island) and go from one end of the country to the other, mostly following the National Highway System. You have to purchase a round trip ticket or at least a ticket out of the phils or you will not be allowed to board an aircraft bound for the phils. Go to Kayak and you should be able to find cheaper tickets than that. You can do a lot of searching on the sites that come up with quite a bit of difference in prices, depending on day of the week and even time of day differences. If you do come to visit, be prepared for quite a bit of cultural shock and keep a very open mind as this country is completely different than anything in the States or Canada.

  16. Tony Evers

    Tony Evers Active Member

    Thanks Fred, Boy have we ever left the forum in the dust. So sorry, everyone for writing about something not relevant to KIA vehicles. Fred I'm not expat but have lived by the the old testament my whole life. From Detroit to Calgary I have given as much as I get. I mention this because I am totally disgusted with my and your government's . My mom was born in Michigan My Dad immigrated to Ontario. So I bounced between both countries my whole life. I currently have a 1000 acre ranch in British Columbia. My point is this.
    When some of our people are held hostage. Why isn't our military special forces doing a retrieval ? Like I watched Rambo 30 times . Laughing--- really could you shed some light on that.
    Thanks --Tony
  17. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    There has been quite a bit of back & forth on the thorny issue of the rebels for a lot of years now as I understand. There are supposedly some US 'advisors' working with parts of the Philippine Army but somehow they don't seem to get a handle on the situation. Mostly the expats here just stay away from the area.

    You mentioned about our Govts - one of the reasons I am living here. Seems as if they are going downhill fast with no brakes.


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