Epic Ride to Lucban – Tayabas

Epic Ride to Lucban – Tayabas
By The Pinoy Rider

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It was a cold uneventful day and I wanted to eat something fresh seafood for a change. I’ve been to Real previously where I immensely enjoyed their fresh catch but I didn’t want to go to the beach again so I researched and ended up choosing this popular yet quiet restaurant in Tayabas – Lucban road in Quezon.

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Epic Ride: Balibago Food Trip

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Some of you might be thinking why bring a very small scooter on a long ride but don’t let the small gas tank fool you though. In spite of the small 4.4 liter capacity, the Zoomer X will bring you a long way, as what I experienced during my most recent gastronomic trip to Angeles, Pampanga. Manila to Angeles via Mc Arthur Highway is about 110 kilometers one way, and believe it or not, I only had to gas up once in this long ride. It seemed like the scooter isn’t consuming any gas at all as the fuel gauge appeared to be stuck at times, only it wasn’t.

The handling of the scooter proved to be the best part of my riding experience as in spite of the different road conditions I experienced, the bike never wavered a bit.

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Real, Quezon – Seafoods and the sea!

I will be taking you guys to the coastal town of Brgy. Tignaoan, Real, Quezon. Instead of just riding around on a weekend, I decided to go on a food trip ride. I was already getting tired of eating the usual fastfood meals that I have everyday and I wanted to give my body a break as well so I decided to try something else on a weekend. Previously, If I wanted to just go out on a relaxing ride to a not so far away place from the Metro, my 2-wheeled companion would either take me to Tagaytay or to Marilaque in Rizal. That’s alright with me as I definitely enjoy riding whether it’s near or far however, I would almost always end up eating bulalo at Mang Vic’s in Antipolo or in Mahogany Market in Tagaytay. Although not fastfood, it is still not at all healthy for me, as bulalo would be your best source of cholesterol and fat, with all the sebo you want included hehe.

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Rainy ride to Marilaque

Rainy trip…but who cares? 4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul.

Best time to ride here is on a Monday. No Racing kolokoys, only disciplined riders.

Sharing photos from my refreshing trip (both literally and figuratively!). I also had the privilege of testing out the new Honda Click 125i and Kymco Grand Dink 300i

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So blessed to experience this everytime I ride. Thank you Jesus.

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Biyaheng Sagada

Biyaheng Sagada
by The Pinoy Rider

The Pinoy Rider

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The perils of long distance riding

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Amadeo, Cavite – The Coffee Capital of the Philippines

As I’ve always been saying, safety is my top priority when riding. No matter how experienced of a rider you are, when an accident comes, you better be prepared. Thanks to Motoworld Philippines, I used one of their high end helmets for this trip – the LS2 FF393 convert. I’ve always had this thing for modular helmets since they are very convenient for the long distance traveler like me – I can easily lift up the visor if needed, or do with a full face helmet while moving. The thing I liked the most about FF393 is that it won’t be an added distraction to me in case I want to lift the visor up as it goes all the way to the back of the helmet, as compared to the others wherein it will only go up as far as the top most part of the helmet. Because of that, there is no risk of the lifted visor going down all of a sudden during the ride. I also wore a leather jacket to make sure I am covered completely. We all know the usual stuff we have to bring on a long ride – extra money, spark plug, tools, cellphone with load, etc. so I made sure not to skip those.
I took off a little after 8 am since the destination isn’t exactly near. The bike that I used would be one of Kymco Philippines’s latest offerings – the Kymco KTR 125. It is an underbone so this got me excited as I haven’t ridden a small bike in years! The last underbone I had was a Honda Wave 100 and I had that bike more than 6 years ago already.

It is also interesting to note that this would be my first time to ride an underbone that is seemingly built for both on and off road – a dual sport motorcycle. It will take some adjusting to use the knobby tires but knowing Kymco’s track record in providing quality motorcycles over the years (and my previous scooter was a Kymco Super 8), it was time to put some miles into this brand new motorcycle. I would also be reviewing the Kymco KTR 125 for Inside Racing and it will come out in one of the future issues very soon. Anyway, I’m sure it would be a fun experience being on a long ride on a small bike because for me it was never the type of being. I’m always for the experience of riding.

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Amadeo – The Coffee Capital of the Philippines

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Mt. Samat – Dambana ng Kagitingan

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Being a person that value Philippine History a lot, I recognize the importance of important historic events and places that we have. One of those that symbolize it and is a bitter mark in Philippine history is none other than The Shrine of Valor, or Dambana ng Kagitingan. Located in Pilar, Bataan, Mt. Samat hosts this popular historic site. Situated on top of the mountain, the huge cross that can be seen from miles away represents the valor shown by our World War II heroes, as they defended our country from foreign oppressors. I have been there several times so let me share with you how beautiful and historical that place is. It is highly recommended for everyone, including children, for them to know the sacrifices of our forefathers for them to enjoy the freedom that they have today.
The Shrine of Valor in Mt. Samat, Bataan is considered to be one of the most significant spots in the northern part of the country. Locals and tourists visit here to learn about the fallen Filipino and American heroes who fought for freedom during the Second World War.
This shrine was made to honor and give tribute to the heroic struggles and sacrifices of World War II heroes who fought and died in that historic stronghold of freedom. The soldiers died fighting and protecting the country against the Japanese invasion. They gave up their lives in war so that the next generations (that’s us) would have a country to call their own.

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Paoay Church – A marvel in itself

The Paoay Church is beautiful, certainly one of the finest Ilocos has to offer

I am very much amazed by the sheer number of old-churches the Philippines has. I have been to many, and as a matter of fact, I make sure that whenever I go to any road trip that I get to visit at least one of them at my destination. Of the hundreds of old-style churches that we have here, only four of them are recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization: an agency of the United Nations that promotes education and communication and the arts) as World Heritage Sites.

Located in the sleepy town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, the San Agustin church boasts of high and thick walls serving as its fortress. With a beautiful structure to die for, visiting this one is a must. Your trip to Ilocos wouldn’t be complete without visiting the marvelous Paoay Church.

I’ve been to the Northern part of Luzon a couple of times in the past – one during my 2009 Northern Luzon Loop, and another one on a booked van tour 8 years ago. I did enjoy both trips although I felt there was something missing and they were somewhat rushed. Maybe the missing thing is visiting one of the most beautiful churches we have here in the Philippines. And that is the Paoay Church – officially named The Church of Saint Augustine. I have always been fascinated by old churches but visiting a church that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site makes it even more special, as we only have four in the Philippines.

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The long hard road to Aurora

The long hard road to Aurora
By The Pinoy Rider

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If there is one thing I long for, but at the same time try to avoid in doing my epic rides, it would be to put myself in difficult situations. You might be actually saying how weird that statement is, but the fact of the matter is sometimes we all tend to do boring, routing stuff so a little adventure once in a while might actually be good. But oh boy, what adventure I got in this Epic Ride.
For those who have been following my journey, you should know that I’ve been to all 30 provinces in the island of Luzon, save for one – Aurora. From Matnog, Sorsogon all the way to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Countless trips going up north, doing the Northern Luzon Loop several times – there is always one destination missing and the only one I haven’t crossed out in my Luzon island bucket list – and that is the province of Aurora. I always seem to sort of skip one particular province for one reason or another. But now that I have a chance, I made sure I would conquer Aurora.
One boring Sunday afternoon, and that’s what I thought. I didn’t know that a routine ride would be a trip of a lifetime for me.

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No destination, just a direction. A solo ride from Manila to Cebu City via Bicol – Samar – Leyte

The Pinoy Rider: No destination, just a direction.

This article will be extra special to me. Going towards the end of this year, I was looking for something new to experience. I’ve basically been to all the provinces in Luzon Island, and I was looking for something new to discover. As the title states – no destination, just a direction. As some of you may know, I live in Manila and have been riding all over the country for some time now. I wanted to try out something different, instead of going to a certain destination and then go back home after a few days… I decided it might be high time to immerse myself in their culture. And by immersion I mean not staying there for just a week or two.

I’ve set my sights on Central Visayas.

Why Cebu?

Cebu is very similar to Manila in terms of urban living, but on the other hand, it still has that old school vibe that is deeply rooted into the Cebuano people. Also, since it is located in Central Visayas, I could easily go to the nearby provinces, or even to Mindanao (from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro) to explore further the rich beauty our country possesses.

Goodbye Manila.

I loaded up on my bike with 95 octane fuel as my final full tank of gas before leaving Manila. So I guess this is a goodbye for me.
I left home at 4 am with a heavy heart. Belle bid me goodbye, and although I had a lot of apprehensions (I will be gone a long time) I knew it was time to go. I prepared so hard for this trip, so I guess there would be no stopping me anymore. I could see the stars shining as I left my Paranaque home but I don’t know if it’s a sign of something – the rain poured hard just a few minutes after I left home. I quickly parked my bike under a gas station right before the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna. I wanted to just go back home and maybe leave another day, or cancel this trip altogether. I figured that since I have made all the necessary preparations, I might as well go for it. I said to myself, “This has the potential to be a ride of a lifetime!”

Even though it was raining hard at some points, the non-existent traffic helped me push my fast pace. I breezed through the whole of Laguna and Batangas until Tiaong, Quezon where I took the bypass road going to the National Highway towards Bicol. I was in Lucena, Quezon for my first stopover. Time to stretch after 120 kilometers straight. Target for the day is to end up either in Legazpi City, Albay or Sorsogon City by 5 pm.

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Finally. Aurora.

Finally. AURORA – The last province in Luzon Island I haven’t reached (and not without incident). I feel so blessed now that I am able to say that I have visited ALL of the 29 provinces in Luzon island, all on a motorcycle, and all of them solo.Thank you for everyone’s support. Live Free…

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Kaybiang Tunnel the second time around – ride with Northgate Riders Club

Kaybiang Tunnel ride with Northgate Riders

Good Times with good friends. Enjoyed the backroads, good views and the open highways.

Destination: Kaybiang Tunnel – the country’s longest underground highway tunnel

Route: Muntinlupa – Bacoor – Imus – Dasmarinas – Trece Martires – Naic – Maragondon – Ternate – Nasugbu (Batangas) – Tagaytay – Amadeo – General Trias – Dasmarinas – Imus – Bacoor – Muntinlupa – Las Pinas – Paranaque (220 kms)

I enjoyed it more the second time around with the company of good friends. The last time I was here, everything was still under construction, although the good people let me pass through to the other side. Now it’s open to the public. This tunnel connects Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas – reducing the usual 4 hour travel time to 1 hour only.

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