A Visit to Museo Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is a province rich in Philippine History and old-style culture. Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City holds many remnants of that authentic Filipino lifestyle.

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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

Northern Luzon Loop – First Timer – Solo Ride – Signal No. 2 – 1291 km

I’ve always been intrigued by the North Loop, based on the posts I’ve seen in the internet that is why I have long been planning to do a Loop around the Northern part of Luzon.

Took off at July 30, 4 AM. Plan was to take the counter-clockwise route passing through Bulacan then Nueva Ecija. I have previewed it before by going as far as Ilagan, Isabela so I knew what to expect until that point, since the ideal 1st night is to be spent in Tuguegarao, which was ‘only’ 90 kms away from Ilagan.

Spectacular scenery definitely. The ride started to get exciting once I got past San Jose in Nueva Ecija (maybe 150 kms into the trip).

Spectacular sceneries indeed… would have been a much much enjoyable and safer trip if not for the Tropical Storm Jolina heading my way. I have traveled a lot in the past solo, but doing a North loop right in the eye of the storm truly made this expirience one of my most memorable ones, in terms of motorcycle riding.

Allow me to share some of my pictures from my recent trip – July 30 to August 2, 2009. I don’t know where to start since I have a lot of pictures to share (pasensya na, consider this as my North Loop blog), so I’ll go through the story per province.

As I’ve said, left Villamor Airbase close to 4 pm and arrived in Gapan a little past 6 am.

NUEVA ECIJA

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Nueva Ecija arc

NUEVA VIZCAYA

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Nueva Vizcaya Arc

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Daang Maharlika Highway Boundary

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