This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but more of my experience during my most recent visit to UP Diliman. I am someone that comes from the south of the metro so by the time I arrived in UP Diliman, I was already tired, hungry, and thirsty. The steed that I brought this time around was my favorite scooter of all time – the Kymco Super 8 150 now with a new red color. I say favorite because I have been fortunate enough to own not 1 but 2 previous versions, the Orange Super 8 125 and the Blue Super 8 125. It was a Sunday morning when I started my weekend ride and since I had a scheduled photoshoot somewhere in QC, I think it would be a nice way to spend my Sunday by roaming around State U. I was not just in it for the clear roads and nice view of trees and people as I also wanted to go back to my favorite food street in Quezon City. No it is not the famous Maginhawa, but the relatively obscure J.P. Laurel street in UP Diliman. There are several small diners lined up, with some dating back to the 70’s and 80’s. There is a coffee shop, longganisa shop, Japanese restaurant, pandesal store, your regular turo-turo, shawarma stand and even a fruit shake stand.
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.
Relaxing Tagaytay couple ride with John and Joyce. Ride was also almost traffic free as we passed through the Amadeo Route. Good food and good times with good friends. Enjoyed the food at Boutique Bed and Breakfast Hawaiian BBQ.
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.
During one of my most recent roadtrips, I encountered a roadside restaurant in Bacoor, Cavite…it looked interesting enough to merit a second look. There was a huge poster at the entrance describing what the dining experience inside is. The concept was strikingly familiar to the original Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas, Quezon.
I figured that since it got a 2nd look from me, it probably deserved a visit sometime very soon.