Good luck for the wheels! Surprised re the railway here in Lima, there's very left in the way of functioning railways here! Can you say which one they were asking about?
Owners Engineer for Lima Metro Line 3
Well, the wheels are in the country! Got a call from TNT last night to ask if I'd, confirm payment of customs charges. The estimate is...
280 Great British Pounds, so a fair bit less than the on-line estimator but still a good chunk. Anyway, delivery on Monday and I checked yesterday with the tyre depot that the new Yokohamas have arrived as well, so all systems go for early next week.
Good stuff! Nice when that happens (re the duty!). I had one delivery here that came in under the duty that I was expecting, and another way over (with wishbones, bushes, EPB module, brakes, service bits etc)...
Well, having finally just about given up yesterday and retired hurt for a cold one, the phone rang and it was that nice Mr. TNT calling from outside my apartment. It could only mean one thing!
So, arranging carefully for my beer to be kept in the fridge, I jumped into one of these
Not this one obviously, this is ours and ply's the wide, leafy boulevards of Tondo, but something similar.
Having had Peso 21,000 surgically removed without anesthetic, five boxes were loaded onto a trolley and deposited in my lounge. And these contained, TA DAA.
We got wheels, we got appropriate nuts, tyres are waiting but...unfortunately, Tuesday is the only day I need to work in an office at the moment, so I'll have to wait until later today before I can get round to the tyre depot for fitting. Damn!
Must say I'm impressed with the finish on the wheels, it's perfect. Can't wait to get them on.
Last night saw me hotfoot down the tyre shop to get the wheels sorted. For a couple of seconds one of the guys had a head scratching moment when he looked from the 19" wheels on the car to the 16" tyres awaiting fitting. But as soon as I started to unload, the cloud over his head lifted!
Anyway, enough of this, it's picky time. Ok, so not yet a palm fringed beach, but a tyre depot's yard is a good start.
So, from this...
To this - Drug dealer begone!
To say I'm chuffed is a huge understatement. They look just how I imagined them and I love the contrast with the wheel nuts and LR badges, which I was worried about. Having plenty of rubber as well has transformed the whole driving experience. It doesn't shudder at every pothole or try to follow every deviation and camber in the road. It's lovely now.
I'd like to lose the sidesteps as well but as 3/4 of the family are Filipina with an average height of 2'6" it may be a better idea to keep them!
Just put another order into Rimmer Bros as well this morning, over six hundred quids worth of cooling, service and brake parts. Ouch! So in an attempt to recoup some of this we loaded the old wheels and tyres into Madam's Fortuner this morning and they are now winging there way over to Tondo where, she assures me, there's a ready buyer. Now where, in an area of Manila where the major form of transport is Shank's Pony or an clapped out bicycle if you're rich, she's going to find a punter for 19" Range Rover wheels is a mystery to me but, "ours is not to reason, etc". If you can choose to be right or choose to be happy, Put me in the happy camp every time!
Madam's Fortuner refers to my other half's conveyance as in, Crappy Toyota Fortuner.
As to cathouses, here in Malate we are surrounded by them and the missus refers to them as "many, many girl no panty" bars. And no, I'm not allowed in! Beware though, some are not all they seem. A nightclub up the road called called "Mr Woman" give any clues? You have been warned.
I can't contribute anything technical or interesting, but I would like thank you for an excellent, well written thread which has kept me entertained when I should be doing some work...
Wheels look ace by the way.
Glad to hear it entertains some. Anything that keeps the dreaded "w" word at bay has to be a good thing, right?
On another issue, I may need to take a Philippine driving test. The way it works here is that you get 90 days to convert your license from your foreign one to a Philippine one and of course, I never bothered and it's been six months since my last visa run as I've just renewed at immigration. So I have two choices. Do another visa trip, in which case the 90 days starts again, or do the test.
So I asked Madam, who did hers last year, what she'd done. "Oh, I go in room and have exam" was the response. "And then?" "they give me license". That was it. 20 questions, no driving and she's fully legal. That would explain a lot! I may just do it for a lark.
One of my favourite threads on here - really well written and the new wheels look great to boot.
I'd love the chance to live somewhere like that
Glad you're enjoying it!
On living in Asia, if you get the chance, I can heartily recommend it and I think the Phils is about my favorite place here. I've worked a lot in Thailand and Indonesia, lived in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur but Manila is brilliant.
Singapore I always refer to as "Asia Lite" in that it's all plastiky, very clean, very safe and very dull. KL is all fur coat and no knickers, trying to portray Malaysia as a first world country when in reality it's a grade A1 industrial dump ruled by an "elite" who believe their own hype and blatantly practice apartheid over the rest of the population. Put it this way, the ones cleaning the toilets should be in government and those in power should be cleaning the toilets. They despise foreigners despite the fact that if they weren't there, the country would quickly grind to a halt. Not a nice place at all.
Philippines on the other hand is full on Asia. In your face, like it or lump it, what you see is what you get. Huge extremes of wealth and poverty living cheek by jowl, dirty, noisy, manic, sometimes dark and dangerous, beautiful and as corrupt as hell. Fantastic! If you're prepared to muck in though and get out of the ex-pat enclaves, the Philippines is remarkably welcoming to foreigners as well and doing business and meeting people is very easy here. After meeting Madam around seven years ago, it's taken a while to get here with work but now we've arrived, I love it and can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. Having come here as a consultant, I've just been offered the position of Operations Director for an existing mass transit line that we're about to extend by 11km, so I'm all set now and that'll see me through until I call it a day. Lovely.
Oh, and talking of driving licenses reminds me. I downloaded the appropriate form some weeks ago and can anyone explain this to me?
On the form it’s got boxes asking the reason for the application. Some are perfectly reasonable, like First License, Replacement License, Change of Surname, Lost or Stolen and for me, Conversion of Foreign License, etc., but please, under what circumstances would you tick the box titled “Change Date of Birth”?