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Day Walker 12th December 2010 11:42 AM

it depends in what barangay you are in and who you know i have had no problemsne as when i am with my wife and daughter i borrow one of her cusins motor bikes and i find it easy riding a motor bike than driving

one of my friends got into a similar experiance he is from america got into an acident had a choice hit an on comming truck or a guy on a motor bike his brakes failed him as it was a second hand car he had brought lucky for my friend his father in law is the local councilor and it only ended up costing him $10,000 pesos

i never were a helmet have not been pulled over as i know the local police officers and one of my mother in laws cusins has just retired from the police force

i would not drive in manila though as what i see they dont stick to the rules

what bugs me the drivers hav to stop on crossings and give way to the pedestrians in the philippines this does not happen which blew me away i hav not seen any road rage as i am use to when driving in sydney or canberra
i have seen the od punch ups


but the advice given is spot on you dont need to drive you can hire a driver at a good price or catch the public trans port

i dont mind catching the jepnee to bacolod as my brother in law is a driver and so are some of his friends


sound advice if your going to buy a second hand car go over it first


happy christmas and a happy new year i am not going to get the chance to respond as i wil be spending christmas and new years eve with my wife and daughter i take off on the 13 of dec

was lucky to get a seat on PAL philippine air lines for short

robbiemarshall 12th December 2010 09:42 PM

rod
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gene and Viol (Post 384650)
Hi and welcome to the site,

Driving here is nothing less than insanity on wheels! However, I should also state that there are many of us expats that manage to get by with little or no problems.
If you live in a gated subdivision owning a car or van is not bad as you have a protected area to park at night. Other areas would be a bit risky for car theft and kids scratching or marking it up.

Since you are from Australia, perhaps you know Rod Hegerty, owner of the Swagman Hotel in Manila and Broadwater Marine.
He's been living in and driving all over the Philippines for more years than you could imagine. He has had very few problems and still going strong.
So it may just depend on the person and also a little bit of luck too.


Gene...

thank you i have not had the pleasure of meeting rod i have heard of the swagman it had been mentioned to me by several people it is i beleive in central manila and in a very good location close to the bus depots i was pointed to go the by the now philippine consulate representative in victoria australia gigig to get my visa extentions

Asian Spirit 13th December 2010 01:50 AM

Manila
 
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Originally Posted by robbiemarshall (Post 420699)
thank you i have not had the pleasure of meeting rod i have heard of the swagman it had been mentioned to me by several people it is i beleive in central manila and in a very good location close to the bus depots i was pointed to go the by the now philippine consulate representative in victoria australia gigig to get my visa extentions

I only mentioned the Swag because even as an American, it was the only hotel Iwould consider staying in. This is not an advertisment for the hotel in any way as I know there are many fine Hotels in the city. I just have a close emotional attachment to the place as I met my wife in the elevator there when she was employed by Rod.
Yea, its located almost across the street from the American embassy in Ermita. Another good hotel is the Bayview Park Hotel. It sits next to the Swagman and faces the embassy. Its much larger with nicer rooms. Cost is higher and the food is not very good at Bayview.

I've helped Rod run the Swag a few times as he has become a good family friend. But unless he askes me to do that again I'm afraid my days of staying in Manila or hotels anywhere are over-hahaha.


Gene...

AsiaBill 13th December 2010 02:18 AM

Gene, did you receive a warning for your post mentioning the Swagman Hotel? I just asking because I received a warning about my recent post and noticed it was removed as it was also considered an advertisement. The trouble with some travel and expat forums is that they restrict us expats with the MOST experience and able to post the MOST content by not allowing us to share our personal lifestyle with the members because mentioning our livelihood is NOT allowed. "CONTENT" answering questions FREE is the name of the game to popularize any website on the internet so looks like I'll not be frequenting this one much. Such is life, Time will tell! Bill aka AsiaBill

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Originally Posted by Gene and Viol (Post 420766)
I only mentioned the Swag because even as an American, it was the only hotel Iwould consider staying in. This is not an advertisment for the hotel in any way as I know there are many fine Hotels in the city. I just have a close emotional attachment to the place as I met my wife in the elevator there when she was employed by Rod.
Yea, its located almost across the street from the American embassy in Ermita. Another good hotel is the Bayview Park Hotel. It sits next to the Swagman and faces the embassy. Its much larger with nicer rooms. Cost is higher and the food is not very good at Bayview.

I've helped Rod run the Swag a few times as he has become a good family friend. But unless he askes me to do that again I'm afraid my days of staying in Manila or hotels anywhere are over-hahaha.


Gene...


Asian Spirit 13th December 2010 02:37 AM

Advretising
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AsiaBill (Post 420770)
Gene, did you receive a warning for your post mentioning the Swagman Hotel? I just asking because I received a warning about my recent post and noticed it was removed as it was also considered an advertisement. The trouble with some travel and expat forums is that they restrict us expats with the MOST experience and able to post the MOST content by not allowing us to share our personal lifestyle with the members because mentioning our livelihood is NOT allowed. "CONTENT" answering questions FREE is the name of the game to popularize any website on the internet so looks like I'll not be frequenting this one much. Such is life, Time will tell! Bill aka AsiaBill

Hi Bill,

No, I didnt get a warning as its just a general exchange of info. Also no offer of further info or contact details etc.

Yea this site is pretty tight on moderation and I keep my finger on the warning button most of the time-hahaha. But it keeps it as a pretty good site and does not have the ads and political junk that the others have.

Have a good one,

Gene

PS. Where are you from in the states? I grew up in North Hollywood Cal.

AsiaBill 13th December 2010 05:17 AM

Born in San Diego kidnapped back to Des Moines Iowa when I was 4 months old until I took off the summer after high school graduation. After living in Tucson AZ and Marathon Florida Keys took off to Europe in 77 and haven't looked back since.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gene and Viol (Post 420774)
Hi Bill,

No, I didnt get a warning as its just a general exchange of info. Also no offer of further info or contact details etc.

Yea this site is pretty tight on moderation and I keep my finger on the warning button most of the time-hahaha. But it keeps it as a pretty good site and does not have the ads and political junk that the others have.

Have a good one,

Gene

PS. Where are you from in the states? I grew up in North Hollywood Cal.


Asian Spirit 13th December 2010 05:46 AM

Van Nuys Blvd
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AsiaBill (Post 420798)
Born in San Diego kidnapped back to Des Moines Iowa when I was 4 months old until I took off the summer after high school graduation. After living in Tucson AZ and Marathon Florida Keys took off to Europe in 77 and haven't looked back since.

Cool! Sounds like you really got around. I stayed in Calif till about 25yrs old and headed out looking for greener pastures. Lived in Utah, Idaho, and the last three years that I was in the states lived in Nebraska. Life is or seems much better here in the Philippines so got married and stayed. Naturally its a lot less expensive living here but a lot more interesting as well. So now I'm a full time husband and daddy and enjoying every minute of it.
Seems like with the world financial situation the way it is that there are many more westerners moving here and to other parts of Asia. So many even in our small town that the Barangay Police use me more for foreign relations tasks the the regular law enforcement these days.


Gene...




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