Just got back from a very short 8 day trip to the Philippines. Basically wanted to go back and celebrate my Grandmother's 90th birthday with my family there, and it would be my wife's first time visiting the motherland. The weather was great considering how hot it could get there...I guess it's the rainy season right now and we got to witness some flash flooding in Manila following some heavy bursts of moonsoon rain. Managed to talk to Drexx on the cell phone once...unfortunately, he was headed to a famous resort that was well out of my way while I was there, so we didn't get to hook up. Sorry Drexx, it was great to hear your voice, though. My wife and I will definitely be back for a much longer visit in about 1.5 years when she finishes her Masters program. Well, there were lots of cool Cruisers in the Philippines, many of them diesels. Saw plenty of 80 and 40 series around, but there were very few 70 series. Saw about 5 70 series in total (didn't really have the camera handy to capture many of them), but there was an HZJ78 pickup, an HZJ73, a BJ(or maybe HZJ)70, and a couple of cool looking LJ78 Prados. Here's a shot of the 70: A couple of nice diesel 80s: A couple of nice diesel 40s: And a cool armored 40 series diesel: The Philippines is generally fairly poor, so many people drive around these "home-made" Jeep things that look really funny. They're stretched a little and ride kind of low to the ground. Ugly things...but gets them from point a to point b I guess. And something for TB...there were plenty of these LWB Samurais kicking around in Bacolod City, many of them well built up. And a little something for you gun freaks...it's been a while since I've pulled a trigger, but one of my uncles took us to a firing range one day. This is an M16A1 full auto: My grouping: A Victor 9mm semi-auto: It was an awesome trip, and got to see a lot of family that I haven't seen in 18 years. Will definitely be back more often, but I'm glad to be home where 25*C is considered hot and the water is safe to drink from the tap. And I'm even more glad to be back behind the wheel of my BJ74. Cheers.