Panagbenga 2013 – “Session Road in Bloom”

Experience Session Road at its busiest time of the year.

Showcasing different regional products on display, as well as thousands and thousands of people converging at Baguio City’s famous Session Road. This is “Session Road in Bloom.”

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Paranaque PNP shootout with a notorious Bikenapper

I’m posting this as a warning to everyone to please please take care and be vigilant.

This one’s just today in West Service Road in Paranaque, just before Sun Valley Subd (southbound)

The guy lying on the ground is a notorious bikenapper in Paranaque according to the policeman I talked to.

1 down.

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Day 1 route

Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Day 1 route:

Manila to Batangas Port (106 kms – land); Batangas Port to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (barge – 2 hours); Calapan to Danay Port, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro (148 kms – land); Roxas, Oriental Mindoro to Caticlan, Aklan (barge – 5 hours); Caticlan to Iloilo via Antique National Hi-Way (225.8 km)

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Final Itinerary

I guess this is it. This will be my final itinerary so if you guys will be in the area, I would like to meet some, if not all of you.

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Mindanao Tour update: Gear Preparation

Preparing for my longest ride ever. My draft itinerary puts this ride somewhere between the vicinity of 4500 – 5500 kms, solo.
Gear: Waterproof Motorcycle Boots

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Excited…Anxious…

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider

Photoshoot with pro photographer KenjiroX

Recently, I was contacted by Paul “KenjiroX” Soliman of http://kenjirox.tumblr.com/ saying he wanted to do a photoshoot with me in Batangas. It could be because he saw how ugly the pictures I took were (just kidding). I know myself that I just use a point and shoot (and shoot hurriedly) whenever I do travel, so I really appreciate this opportunity.

Check out his beautiful work here.

I’d have to say that I was definitely impressed with the result.

Thanks again!

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao Loop

Tentative Date: December 21, 2012 – January 2, 2013.

I’ve been to Luzon and Visayas via motorbike. How about Mindanao this time?

The Pinoy Rider

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider

Motorsiklo Xklusibo – Atin ito.

Most of the time, whenever we hear stories or news about motorcycles in our local media, it would almost be a certainty that the topic would be negative – criminals in motorcycles (more popularly known, and incorrectly tagged as “riding in tandem”), motorcycle accidents, rider violations, and the like.

Motorsiklo Xklusibo or MX will surely be a breath of fresh air.

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Where to eat in Laoag: Johnny Moon Cafe

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I recently did my Extreme Northern Luzon Loop and as always, part of my trip would be a gastronomic tour. I stayed in Laoag City (and toured the nearby towns) for 3 days and experienced a lot of food. While doing my day tour photowalk, I came upon this nice, steady spot located right smack at the middle of the city. It was actually one of the recommendations when I was looking for one as I checked out FourSquare. And so, one of the places that gave me an unforgettable experience would be Johnny Moon Cafe.

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Photomap: The Extreme Northern Luzon Loop in a nutshell

This image sums up my entire trip…well, not quite. 😉

Just so you’ll have an idea.

This one took 1900 kms to complete, and I had the time of my life.

The Philippines is truly a beautiful country.

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The Extreme Northern Loop (Part 4 of 4)

About to enter Aritao, one of my dream roads. Stories from my rider friends have only made me more eager to go up. Seemingly endless twisties, coupled with the fact that you’re going up to 5000 ft., really made me all the more excited.

One last stopover in Petron Aritao. Was supposed to be here a few months ago, but unfortunately my scooter broke down so I ended up with a DNF.

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Sharing some pictures from my Aritao-Baguio road experience

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The Extreme Northern Loop (Part 3 of 4)

On my previous Northern Loop, my only goal was to complete it, which I did in four days. Right now, I’m already on my 4th day and yet I’m not even half-way through. I’ve learned that to really enjoy this, one has to spend time, real time. My previous goal was just to complete the North Loop, now it is to explore and journey.

I’ve always wanted to visit Apayao ever since I started riding. The proximity proved to be a challenge. It’s on top of the Luzon Map and yet It’s not within the main roads (McArthur/Manila North), and one has to take a long turn in Cagayan incase you wanna visit it. Typically, if one is doing the Northern Loop, Apayao isn’t part of the itinerary, basically because it’s out of the way.

Not for me this time.

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The Province of Apayao

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The Extreme Northern Loop (Part 1 of 4)

1900+ kms, 14 provinces, while traveling alone for 9 days.

It would have been very easy to do this by backpacking, but I figured, why not take it a notch higher?

Easily one of my favorite trips so far in my riding career.

Truly one of the more breathtaking trips you could ever take would be the Northern Luzon Loop. From fields to mountains, to beaches, to breathtaking sceneries from 7000 ft., the experience it will give you would definitely be one you’ll never forget. I had the time of my life in this trip. 9 days away from everything, and everyone. Just me and my bike.

I actually went here with no real purpose in mind as I consider myself simply as a person with an ardor for riding.

Join me in discovering the beautiful spots our very own Northern Luzon has to offer through this blog.

Day 1

Our of pure excitement, I was not able to sleep (I woke up 8 am the previous day), but I took it upon myself to go on with the trip, no matter what since it was delayed a couple of times already.

Since I had my full-tank of gas last night (13++ liters) and with all my bags packed and ready as far as 2 weeks ago (there was a recent typhoon), and with everyone else still sleeping, I left the house at 4 am, August 20th, 2012.

I took the South Super Hi-Way – Nagtahan – C3 – Monumento route to get out of Manila in a hurry since I wanted to end up in Laoag City before the day ends.

Breezed through the province of Bulacan and after some 80+ kms, I had my first stop somewhere between San Fernando and Angeles in Pampanga.

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It wasn’t smooth sailing though as due to the heavy rains the past few days, some roads were flooded.

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A Message from one of my readers

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Thanks for the motivation sir.

The reason I keep doing what I do is to inspire others and to promote the beauty of our country, hence PinoyRider.

Live Free…

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider

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