Someone left a comment on a recent video stating I should lose the bandanna, going on to offhandedly note that I looked like an old guy trying to look young. I responded to his comment by saying that I had had it on as a cushioning under my helmet (the helmet leaves temporary red spots on my dome if I don’t) and then I thought, “Why the hell am I rationalizing wearing a bandanna in the Philippines?”
This isn’t the first time YouTubers have made comments about people’s appearance in the videos that I have taken during my time in the Philippines. A few other people had recently commented on a gentleman sporting a moderate Mohawk and mullet in one of the Atong Kamalig weekly wrap up videos, noting that they wouldn’t be caught dead rocking such a look. And who can forget the comments received about Ron having his shirt unbuttoned in our Halloween part video last year? A whole bunch of folks got upset over that, stating that old guys shouldn’t be walking around with their bellies exposed.
Even when it’s hot.
And it’s his own frikken house.
I’ve repeatedly stated that of the (many) things that I love about the Philippines is the freedom one experiences here. Usually, readers will assume that I am alluding to freedom from rules and regulations, the actual enforcement of which seems to be the foundation for the insidious Western “Nanny State.” Truth be told, that’s not what I am referring to – I actually believe that some law enforcement (helmet, littering, drunk driving, noise, emissions, burning stuff, etc.) would benefit the Philippines immensely, especially in how it is perceived by foreign tourists who invariably complain about how grimy it can be (especially in urban areas). So, no – I am not taking about that sort of freedom. Instead, I am usually referring to the freedom to be the man (or woman) that you want to be without being publicly judged by others – especially when it comes to appearance and age! So, if you are an older guy (or gal) and want to wear a mullet, get tattoos or body piercings (or both), walk around barefoot, take up modern dance or rock a Mohawk, have at it brother! Not too many guys here are going to take exception to what you do or how you look. Long-term Philippines expats are a rather independent and unconventional lot – you kind of need to be to live here, so I rarely hear someone say, “Hey there’s so-and-so going around not acting his age again…….”
Yeah, that kind of freedom.
And since we are on the topic of fashion…..
Starman passed away today after a reported 18 month battle with cancer. A really cool guy and a fantastic musician, my two favorite songs of his happen to be “Ashes to Ashes” and – believe it or not – “Fashion.” As you may have noticed, I don’t give a rat’s ass for fashion and really haven’t ever seeing his Fashion video on MTV (linked below). Bowie was also a pretty good actor. Most people haven’t heard of the movie, but the Thin, White Duke had a very funny part in Monty Python’s Yellowbeard, which is hand’s down one of my favorite comedies of all time. (“Arggh! Come on, lads – there’s pirarting to be done!!!) Bowie was also cool because he used to tour with my favorite guitarist of all time, Adrian Belew. I had a few chances to see them tour but never made one performance. Yet, another regret……
I am not sure if Sir David ever made it to the Philippines, but I did come across a photo of him in a traditional Filipino barong.
We don’t need no stinking fashion!
I finally got around to ordering a Shad bracket so I can mount a “top box” (storage box) on the tail of the Rouser. Although I typically think rather highly of my attempts to simplify my life, I am fairly certain that the reason that I have put off mounting a box on the bike was because it just wouldn’t look sexy. The Rouser 200NS is a pretty good looking bike, and after seeing a photo of what it would look like with the box I was rather heartbroken….
On a final note, I just wanted to add that I am very happy with the Rouser. I have gotten used to the different riding position and short turning radius over the last few months and am REALLY appreciating the extra power (150 percent more horsepower than a 125 cc bike and 200 percent more torque!) and – more importantly – the excellent brakes. I am still concerned about the long-term reliability of the Kawasaki-badged but actually Indian-produced (Bajaj) motor-steed, but I guess only time will tell.
Michell is celebrating her 29th birthday tomorrow, and for the life of me, I haven’t prepared a thing in the way of birthday festivities – no card, no gift and no real plans. And while realizing that I am the greatest gift that any human being could possibly receive not matter what, I probably should try to line something up. We are going out tonight for her birthday dinner and seeing Star Wars tomorrow at Robinson’s but….
Argh – I’m not good at this stuff!
Then again, since Filipinos typically pay for and arrange their own birthday parties, maybe I could somehow shift the onus of responsibility onto her. Bwahahaha – that’s the ticket! So, tonight I will ask her, “So hun, what have you got planned for us on your birthday?”
That should work, right?