The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

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Part of my personal online photo albums, as opposed to my FiveStarVagabond travel blog.

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene started for me way back in 1980 as you can see from the above photo. I returned in 1987 & 1997 but have not been back there since.

Manilas’s famous Jeepneys

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneJeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II

The Duterte administration is demanding that any jeepneys in violation of updated regulations — including those built more than 15 years ago — are taken off the roads by Jan. 1, 2018. New rules on size, accessibility and engine quality could take thousands of vehicles out of service, as well as potentially endangering the livelihoods of drivers and others in the jeepney industry. The changes could also effectively mean the end of a Filipino design icon.

CNN November 2017.

It will be sad to see them go.

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene 

Known in the Philippines as the “King of the Road,” jeepneys are also renowned for having designs as loud as their roaring engines. Embracing a “more is better” philosophy, owners use vibrant colors and busy ornamentation to decorate their vehicles.

On the bus to Angeles City.

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneAccompanied by two Adelaide lads, Ron Gillette & Jim Cox. Jim eventually moved from Australia to Angeles City but I lost track of him 20 years ago.

Recovering at the beach

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

Just a small hangover to deal with.

Here is the cure

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene A Margarita & a fresh coconut. 🙂

 Doug Ritchies & Jim Cox

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneTwo old friends of mine from when I was living in Adelaide from 1972 to 1974.

Found myself a friend in Angeles City

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneThese Filipino girls speak perfect English & really know how to look after you. 🙂

OK, back to Manila.

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneOutside nearly every shop lurks an armed guard, obviously there is a reason for this. 🙂

The Firehouse in 1987

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneI can’t believe 31 years have flashed by.

After all this time I understand the Firehouse is still going, and so am I. 🙂

What time can I start having fun?

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

And yes, I did take her home with me. 🙂

Can you blame me?

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

Absolutely gorgeous.

Am I missing work?

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

No way Jose.

Take a closer look at her hair

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene Very curly indeed, her father was a U.S. marine. (what a great face she has)

Can’t help being popular. 🙂

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

Is is me or the Pesos they are after? Remembering of course in those days I was a bit of a chick magnet. 🙂

 Jump forward 10 years to 1997

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

Doug Ritchies at Brisbane airport Doug was a very tough Cockney.

Our first night in Manila

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneLet the games begin. 🙂

That’s Doug in the middle being swamped & I’m with Simone who was a friend of mine from the Gold Coast.

I told you we were friends. 🙂

Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene A hot spa with some Stolichnaya.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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