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Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene

January 12, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

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Filipino Flashback Manila Bar SceneJeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II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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Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

October 1, 2014 by David Herd

Private box at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney was my entertainment before flying to Brazil. The entertainment was so good I missed my plane & had to book for the day after. My old friend Peter Hesky owns the Freeway hotel & like myself is a fanatical AFL Sydney Swans fan. He shuns publicity so I’m sure when one of his whistle blowing friends sees this post they will alert him & I will get an e-mail requesting changes. My message is don’t waste your time, this is my life history & it stays. 🙂

However being a generous man I have included links back to the Freeway Hotel to help his traffic. 🙂

As you will see towards the end of this post we have had some great private functions at Peter’s hotel & the food provided is absolutely the very best as was the service.

Here is the man himself

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Peter Hesky & Joyce Weir, I first met Joyce in 1981 & Peter in 1976.

Long time friend now living in Adelaide Roger Williams.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Roger & I had some very wild times knocking around Sydney for a decade or so from the late 70s, he also moved to QLD a little after I in 1987.

Roger Williams Anne Lacey & Warwick Robinson

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I have known Roger & Warwick for 30 years & Anne for 20.

I’m with Steve Bates & Peter Hesky

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

All rugged up for the footy.

What a fabulous city

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I was born & raised in the beautiful city & still get goose bumps every time I fly back over Sydney.

Jock Granger with one of his fine collection.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Jock is a retired Qantas flight attendant who’s passion is collecting beautiful motor vehicles.

Another incredibly busy year for travel including Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon , Fortaleza on the north coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio & another great trip to Tuscany & Portofino.

Two trips to Sydney including a wedding & terrific family Xmas plus one trip to Melbourne for an AFL weekend. Yes, 2006 was another great year.

 Sea Treasure Chinese restaurant at Crows Nest

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sea Treasure is one of my favourite restaurant on the north side of the harbor.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Check out the Lobster mornay at the Freeway, lobster, I don’t see any lobster. 🙂

What about the prime rib of beef?

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

As I said earlier the food we had at the freeway hotel restaurant was absolutely fantastic.

The view at the Freeway is fantastic.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

The food was so good extreme measures were used at the Freeway hotel restaurant to take our mind off eating. 🙂

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney, we love the Eye candy

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I’m with Peter Hobbs & one of the cute waitresses at the Freeway Hotel restaurant.

 Jock Granger & Warwick Robinson at the Freeway Hotel

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Two very happy guys looking forward to the food and wine.

Steve Bates can’t handle the pressure

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

It seems like the wonderful rack of lamb was a bridge too far for Steve Bates.

Do you like my tattoo Peter?

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Tattoo, what tattoo? I can’t get my eyes off your knockers. 🙂

Drop your arms for the camera dear.

sexy babe freeway hotel restaurantWarwick is doing a reasonable impersonation of Dr Evil.

What a shame I’m flying to Brazil tomorrow.

fantasy freeway hotel restaurantOtherwise we could have spent the night together, got up early for breakfast, then begin looking for furniture for our new apartment before visiting a jeweler to buy an expensive ring for you.  (A guy can dream can’t he?)

Oooh! it’s so hot in here.

freeway hotel restaurantHer name was Lola she was a showgirl, does that line sound familiar?

David Herd Peter Hesky Steve Bates & Warwick Robinson.

David Herd Freeway Hotel restaurant

As you can see we had a great time at the Freeway Hotel restaurant  & Peter Hesky was the perfect host. Check out the slideshow for a little more exposure.

RIP Denny Collins.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel SydneyWe were mates since the late 60s, he loved to have a good time, RIP.

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Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel SydneyAnd yes, like Denny I also enjoy a good time. Many thanks to the lovely Lola, and did I mention I’m flying to Rio tomorrow for carnival. 🙂



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Seven sexy American restaurants

August 1, 2014 by David Herd

Seven sexy American restaurants is the first time I have done a post using material & photos that are not mine. Why not take a different path if it is an interesting journey. 🙂

You gotta love Hooters

Seven sexy American restaurants

There are more than 460 Hooters throughout the United States and many others all over the world. Hooters to me is the quintessential sexy American restaurant.

Hooters at the beach

Seven sexy American restaurants

breastaurant is a restaurant that has sexual undertones, most commonly in the form of large-breasted, skimpily-dressed waitresses and barmaids and double-entendre brand name. The term dates from at least the early 1990s, around the time that the restaurant chain Hooters became popular in America It has since been copied by other restaurants offering similar services, such as Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (dubbed “Hooters goes to Scotland”), Twin Peaks, Bombshells, Bone Daddy’s, Ojos Locos, Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, Show-Me’s, Brick House Tavern, Mugs & Jugs and Heart Attack Grill.

Tilted Kilt

Seven sexy American restaurants

Based in Tempe, AZ, Tilted Kilt first opened in 2003 as a contemporary Celtic-themed sports pub. Its tagline: “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.” With 90 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, the chain serves fish & chips and shepherd’s pie as well as burgers; it has 44 beers on tap. Servers wear mini-kilts made of an original tartan plaid and the Tilted Kilt is now recruiting male bartenders. In 2011 the chain had annual sales of $124 million, reflecting growth of 33 percent, according to Technomic. 

  Twin Peaks

Seven sexy American restaurants

With servers who show a “hint of sass” and a “girl-next-door image,” Twin Peaks sprang up in 2005 in Texas and now has 23 locations. The award-winning chain in 2011 was named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association and stresses its “hearty made-from-scratch comfort food.” It plans to open 25 franchised and corporate locations in 2014.

Twin peaks are also in my home town Sydney Australia

Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

Seven sexy American restaurants

With 6 locations in Texas, this chain boldly claims that its food, including its juke joint-sliced brisket and its “smokin’ pulled pork,” is “the other reason you’re here.” Bone Daddy’s restaurants made an average of $5 million each in sales in 2011 and are company-owned, with no plans to franchise. Originally calling itself “the Hooters of barbecue,” it was recently named one of the 100 best barbecue restaurants in the U.S. Personally I love this shot, these beautiful girls look far more natural than the Hooters air brushed specials. 🙂

Cowgirls Espresso

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And still there’s more. 🙂

Another sexy American

Seven sexy American restaurants

Photobucket sets itself up as a censor and has removed this rather tame photo that was here. So I have replaced it with two. Also below is one of my favourite videos called “Show them to me”.

Show them to me from Marc (MyNutZak) on Vimeo.

Cowgirls Espresso


Who said breastaurants serve only red meat? Launched in 2002, Cowgirls Espresso, with 15 locations in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, serves lattes, mochas, and its “famous 32-ounce Buckin’ Bronco” (4 espresso shots in 32 ounces of a cold beverage), which is “guaranteed to put the starch back in the ol’ blue jeans.” The restaurant dishes out pastries and treats, too, and, in summertime, iced Italian soda. 

Mugs ‘n Jugs Sports Bar & Grill

Seven sexy American restaurants

Located in Clearwater, Florida, Mugs ‘N Jugs says its claim to fame is its “huge award-winning wings” and its other great sports bar fare. It offers karaoke most nights, while sports occupy its flatscreen TVs; a game room offers another entertainment outlet. Here’s a surprise: Tuesday night is family night; kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of a $6.99 adult entree.

Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

Seven sexy American restaurants

Last bit not least in our Seven sexy American restaurants segment. The Lone Star State is home to Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, begun in 2006 and owned by Austin-based ATX Brands. “I’m very optimistic about the segment,” CEO Doug Guller told Nation’s Restaurant News last year. “There’s a lot of competition as the breastaurant industry has seen success over the last 5 to 10 years. It’s a somewhat recession-resilient industry. I don’t think food, booze, sports or sex are going to die anytime soon.” The chain trademarked the “breastaurant” term and a couple of years ago bought a ghost town not far from Austin, boldly renaming it “Bikinis, Texas.”

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Check out one of Bangkok’s sexiest streets

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