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I think you need to make your vote collection area to where ANDY goes next a little more in BOLD colored and different font letters and some how let it hit every page including the HOBOHideout.
Also a Million Zimbabwean dollars to all voters would be a great incentive.
Then you can gather all your votes and not just count on the readers of comments.
Brazilian beaches where the eye candy will soothe your soul and the sun and life on the beach may help heal your sciatica. On the contrary I doubt your readers are the ones experiencing rumbling and disgust as no matter where you are and how long you stay there your daily experiences and what you choose to write and which images you decide to post will continue to satisfy their needs to know what "life on the road" is in REALITY. Sounds like you are the one feeling like moving on and for the reasons you have stated many times already NEED to leave the Philippines. To each their own, at the moment I would fit into the category or an expat resident keeping himself busy as ever with daily details and living a life full of action. In the next few months or next year should the idea of opening or operating a hostel somewhere in the world ( maybe even the Philippines ) cross your mind again keep in touch and you are most welcome to "pick my brains" about such, not that you'd need to of course.
I have zero plans of ever doing anything permanent in the Philippines or marrying a Filipino girl. This country is fun, it is an incredibly cultural experience. The country is a never-ending soap opera on steroid with grown up as children as the actors. All is great as long as I play, anything serious is a nightmare.
I have had four readers write personal emails, they are also making little comments that they would be happy if I never came to Thailand or the Philippines.
From me, the quality of the people reading the Travel Journal when I am in Thailand or the Philippines is annoying. The people searching the Internet who want to come to these two countries as at the bottom of the barrel of quality control rejects.
But as a good soap opera, this place is full of the wanted and unwanted. I was at San Juan beach, two old drunk surfers were there, they said,
"Do not take our photos, we are wanted in the USA."
Too funny, a true soap opera and the best reason to come to the Philippines, if you want to hear really crazy stories, not repeatable on this page, then come here.
I love the Philippines because of the never-ending soap opera, but it is not real life, even the Filipino people are begging to leave.
Have you ever seen the site thetimelessridehome.com , he travels on a motorcycle all over the world.
He is currently in Russia, and areas around there. It could be an interesting journey for you up that way.
Scenery is wonderful.
Not sure about eye candy for you. But culterally very different. The people seem friendly from what Hubert says.