Marinduque Loop

Marinduque Loop (Counter Clockwise)

Marinduque Loop (Counter Clockwise)

I won’t bore you with an elaborate intro. If you want to know about Marinduque, google it or read here. But if you want to know how to survive the “Marinduque Loop” on a bike, read on (refer to the map above).

  • Mission: To finish the Marinduque Loop in 3 days.
  • Route: (Counter Clockwise) Mogpog – Boac – Gasan – Buenavista – Torrijos – Santa Cruz – Mogpog
  • Itinerary: Day 1 Mogpog to Torrijos (83 kms), Day 2 Torrijos to Maniwaya Island in Santa Cruz (33 kms), Day 3 Santa Cruz back to Mogpog (34kms).
  • Cash in hand: P3,000
  • Gears: Surly Troll, Larga handle bar bag, Vedas rear rack bag by Yadu, 2 water bottles.
STRAVA: Marinduque Loop

STRAVA: Marinduque Loop

I. April 08, Day 0: Point A to Point B (Manila to Lucena Dalahican Port)

  • 08:30PM – Assembly at JAC Liner, Cubao Station
  • 09:30PM – Departure Manila
  • 01:30AM – Arrival Dalahican Port, Lucena

Expenses:

  • P227.50 – Bus Fare
  • P100.00 – Bike Fee

Notes:

  • The bus leaves hourly with alternating destination, Lucena Grand Central Station and Lucena Dalahican Port.
  • JAC Liner does not allow seat reservations
  • Detach all your packs and gears from your bike, park it near the loading area of the bus, then fall in line. You will be asked to pay for your ticket on board.
  • If you’re bringing a folding bike, just fold and load.
  • If you’re bringing a full size bike, remove front wheel and load.
  • Be sure to bring a bungee cord to secure your bike to the bus compartment.
  • Before loading your bike, rush up to the bus and save yourself a spot by placing all your bags on one of the seats.
Boarding the RORO

Boarding the RORO

II. Point B to Point C (Lucena Dalahican Port to Balanacan Port, Marinduque)

  • 02:30AM – Departure Starhorse Shipping Line RORO (Regular schedule: 2:30AM, 10:30AM, 3:30PM, 11:30PM)
  • 06:30AM – Arrival at Balanacan Port, Marinduque

Expenses:

  • P260.00 – Starhorse Shipping Line (RORO)
  • P30        – Dalahican Port terminal fee

Notes:

  • RORO travel time is 3-4 hours. What takes a long time is the loading and unloading of vehicles.
  • Bring a jacket and an inflatable pillow on board. It gets really cold and the pillow will allow you to get a more relaxed sleeping position.
  • Force yourself to sleep during the bus and RORO ride, you’re going to need it.
Inside the RORO

Inside the RORO

III. April 09, Day 1: Point C to D (Balanacan Port to Torrijos)

  • 07:30AM – Ride Out to Mogpog (9.5 kms); Photo op at the “Santa Cruz x Boac” street sign
  • 08:30AM – Arrival at Boac Town Proper (6 kms), photo op at Boac Municipal Hall, breakfast at Kusina Sa Plaza (special thanks to Rommel), change outfit, visit Boac Cathedral.
  • 12:00PM – Lunch at Curba Grill in Buenavista, siesta time, bonding time.
  • 03:00PM – Ride Out to Torrijos
  • 05:30PM – Arrival at Torrijos town proper where we got our food and water supply
  • 06:00PM – Arrival Villa Briones (0999-765-7054 Eleanor Briones), White Beach, Torrijos (68 kms)
  • 10:00PM – End of day 1

Ride Notes:

  • Balanacan port to Mogpog – 40% flat, 60% ascending and descending
  • Mogpog to Boac – 90% flat, 10% ascending and descending
  • Boac to Gasan – 100% flat
  • Gasan to Buenavista – 60% flat, 40% ascending and descending
  • Buenavista to Torrijos – 60% flat, 40% ascending and descending
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Kusina sa Plaza

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Boac Cathedral

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Boac Municipal Hall

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Locally grown pakwan. P100 each.

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60% coastal view

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Curba Grill at Buenavista

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A bahay kubo with the grand view of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa.

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Villa Briones, White Beach, Torrijos

IV. April 10, Day 2: Point D to E (Torrijos to Santa Cruz to Maniwaya Island)

  • 05:30AM – Wake up
  • 06:30AM – Breakfast, coffee time, bonding time
  • 08:30AM – Ride back to Torrijos town proper (2.5 kms)
  • 08:45AM – 2nd Breakfast, Carinderia, Torrijos town proper
  • 09:30AM – Ride out to Santa Cruz port (38 kms)
  • 12:30PM – Arrival at Santa Cruz port, leave bikes inside a port storage
  • 02:30PM – Departure of passenger boat to Maniwaya
    (Regular schedule is 11:30am, our ride was a special trip because there were a lot of passengers. Exclusive boat rental roundtrip is 2,500)
  • 03:00PM – Arrival Maniwaya Island
  • 05:30PM – Sunset swimming
  • 07:00PM – Downtime, dinner, bonding time, free time.
  • 08:30PM – Check in at Residencia De Palo Maria Beach Resort and Hotel (0921-2118211/ 0998-5394726)
  • 09:00PM – Night pool swimming
  • 10:00PM – End of day 2

Expenses: 

  • P70.00 – Passenger boat fare (one way)
  • P300.00 – Overnight bike port storage (can fit up to 12 full size bikes)
  • P1,500.00 – Bahay kubo (fan only)
  • P1,800.00 – Paluto lunch and dinner (good for 8 pax)

Notes:

  • We were lucky to catch a boat in the afternoon. If you really want to get to Maniwaya Island, be sure to be at the port before 11:30am
  • We saw an open port storage and asked the guard if we could leave our bikes there. He charged us P300 for overnight and then locked and secured the storage.
  • Residencia De Palo Maria Beach Resort and Hotel accommodations:
    • P1,500 kubo (fan only) – good for 2 max of 4; P100/head for extra pax
    • P3,000 private (aircon) – good for 4 max of 8; P100/head for extra pax
    • P100 – Entrance fee to use pool, bathroom, and other amenities

Ride Notes:

  • Torrijos to Santa Cruz – 40% flat, 60% ascending and descending
  • Be sure to stay hydrated
  • Use petroleum jelly between thighs to avoid burns
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#CoffeeOutside

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Finally a group shot. 4 ladies, 4 gentlemen.

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2nd Breakfast at a local carinderia.

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Team Brompton.

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Maniwaya Island boat ride.

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Paluto with the locals.

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Residencia De Palo Maria Beach Resort and Hotel

V. Point E – F (Maniwaya Island, Santa Cruz to Balanacan Port)

  • 06:00AM – Wake up
  • 07:00AM – Depart Maniwaya Island
  • 07:30AM – Arrive Santa Cruz Port
  • 08:00AM – Breakfast at Santa Cruz Port Carinderia, get and set bikes
  • 09:00AM – Ride out to Mogpog
  • 12:00PM – Arrive at Mogpog, lunch, siesta
  • 01:30PM – Ride out to Balanacan Port
  • 03:00PM – Arrive at Bulanacan Port (39 kms), refresh, repack gears and bikes
  • 04:00PM – Depart Bulanacan Port
    End of day 3 and Marinduque Loop

Expenses:

  • P100.00 – Special boat ride back to Santa Cruz Port
  • P50.00 – Breakfast Carinderia (Fresh cucumber with “Camp Vibes” spice and fried rice)
  • P50.00 – Lunch Carinderia (Fried tofu, rice, and bottled soda)
  • P260.00 – Montenegro Shipping Line
    (Montenegro regular schedule: 2:30PM and 4:00PM)
    (Starhorse regular schedule: 6:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM, 07:30PM)
  • P22.00 – Balanacan Port terminal fee

Notes:

  • When you arrive at Bulanacan Port on day 1, be sure to check the schedule for your trip back home.
  • Surprisingly, local carinderias also serve vegetarian food like fried tofu and lumpiang gulay.

Ride Notes:

  • Santa Cruz to Mogpog – 50% flat, 50% ascending and descending
  • Mogpog to Balanacan Port – 40% flat, 60% ascending and descending
  • By this time, your body is already exhausted. Just take it easy and keep yourself hydrated. Don’t forget to stop for breakfast, lunch, and merienda to boost your energy.
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7:00am boat ride back to Santa Cruz Port.

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Temporary bike storage

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We did it!

We did it!

VI. Marinduque to Manila

  • 07:30PM – Arrive Lucena Dalahican Port
  • 08:00PM – Depart Lucena Dalahican Port, JAC Liner Bus Cubao bound (hourly schedule)
  • 12:00AM – Arrive Cubao JAC Liner, bike to house
  • 12:30AM – Home safe and sound.
    End of Marinduque adventure

Expenses: 

  • P227.50 – Bus Fare
  • P100.00 – Bike Fee

FAQ:

  1. Do I need to bring a tent?
    A: No need. There are hotels / pension homes in all major towns around Marinduque. Price range 1,500 – 2,500 (good for 4 pax usually)
  2. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
    A: No need. But I would recommend you to bring a malong/sarong to protect you from the cold during the bus and boat ride, and this can also serve as an extra blanket when you get cold in the night.
  3. How much cash should I bring?
    A: Be sure to bring cash to the Island. Bring loose change too. I recommend you bring 3,500 – 5,000 pesos good for 3 to 4 days.
  4. Do I need to bring a raincoat?
    A: Yes! Always bring a raincoat when bike touring in Marinduque. Weather can be unpredictable. At one point, we experienced light rain shower.
  5. Will there be sari-sari stores along the way?
    A: Yes! There are plenty of sari-sari stores along the main road, at least 5-7 kms apart where you can get drinking water, soft drinks, and other power drinks.
  6. Are the roads hilly?
    A: About 50% of the roads are ascending and descending. But don’t worry, there are recovery points where you can rest. It’s doable.
  7. I’m a newbie rider, can I finish the loop?
    A: Yes! Just be prepared mentally. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. Take your time. Even stop and take pictures.
  8. Is the road paved or rough?
    A: Yes! The entire loop is paved. Some parts are rough damaged by heavy trucks but manageable.
  9. Do I need to bring my DSLR camera?
    A: If you can take photos using just your camera phone, that would be ideal. But if you can’t live without your DSLR, then bring it. The goal when bike packing is to pack light. The space that your DSLR will occupy can already be space for your food supply for 3 days.
  10. Do I need to bring night lights, blinkers, and head lights?
    A: Yes! Be sure to bring lights. On our first day, we ended at 5:30PM, unlike in the city, highways in the province are not lit. So you have to depend on your bike lights.

Mission accomplished! Thank you to the gentle and generous people of Marinduque, and special thanks to my bike buddies Miko Aguilar, Tina DC, Mich Rama, Jeremy, Aubs Rodriguez, new found friend, Dennis Salvador, and bike guru and striker Lucio Binalla for the great company! I wouldn’t have done this without you guys! Until our next tour. Safe winds!

We did it!

We did it! L-R: Dennis, Mich, Aubs, Jeremy, Tina, Lucio, Miko, and Me!

View more PHOTOS here.

Cambodia Discovered

Whether locally or internationally, the point is, travel. This year’s destination was Siem Reap, Cambodia. Discovering the city on wheels, setting foot on ancient temples, waking up for sunrise, chasing the sunset, hunting for good Khmer vegetarian food, getting lost, and finding our way back home.

When: February 13 – 17, 2014
Where: Angkor Friendship Inn
How: Cebu Pacific promo fair

More photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/lilafairblog

Pusakalye Race Experience

Pusakalye Race 7

Pusakalye Race is the first alley cat race in Manila. With the members of Manila Fixed Gear growing, Rodel Guinto and friends decided to organize this race to further strengthen the bond between members. With the help of local bike shops and subculture stores, the first race was held April 22, 2012, with over 50 participants. (From Pusakalye Page)

Yesterday was my first Pusakalye experience to show my support to my sister, Devaki and brother-in-law, Rodel Guinto, the power couple behind the race. If I were going to describe it, it’s definitely one big Testosterone Festival! You have to witness it to understand it.

I’m definitely going back!

 

More photos here

My Fresh Lumpia Addiction

Fresh Lumpia

Almost every Sunday morning, I ride to The Legaspi Sunday Market just to get a bite on my favorite fresh lumpia by Yan Ching. For only P60 you get a fat fresh lumpia filled with lettuce, sweet and salty ground nuts, mixed veggies with toge, fresh wansoy (cilantro), seaweed budbod, and garlic, served with their special sweet and salty brown sauce. The best part about it is that it’s vegetarian friendly!  At a nearby stall, I buy my freshly squeezed dalandan drink (p30) to partner with my fresh lumpia. Simply amazing!

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The Legaspi Sunday Market is open every Sunday from 7am to 3pm. Cheers to a healthy lifestyle!

 

 

 

Conquering Valencia

May 07, 2013, Valencia, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. An adventure  like no other with cycling buddy, Tina dela Cruz. Highlights were visiting the market, breakfast at the boulevard, bathing in the river, and conquering Valencia.

Buying breakfast and souvenir at the Dumaguete Public Market

Buying breakfast and souvenir at the Dumaguete Public Market

Looking for local breakfast

Looking for local breakfast

Tina having some local breakfast made.

Tina having some local sandwich made.

Riding with my bayong and boom box

Riding with my bayong and boom box

On our way out, this "ATM" machine made us very happy.

On our way out, this “ATM” machine made us very happy.

Going local is always the best.

For me and Tina, going local is always the best way to go.

Breakfast at the boulevard

Breakfast at the boulevard

A morning to behold

A morning to behold

Immediately after breakfast, we pedaled our way to Mt. Valencia

Immediately after breakfast, we pedaled our way to Mt. Valencia

The road ahead

The road ahead

On our way to Valencia, we passed by this river/stream

On our way to Valencia, we passed by this river/stream

We crossed the bridge and took a dip

We crossed the bridge and took a dip

The water was too beautiful to ignore.

The water was too beautiful to ignore.

The water was cold and clean. First time river bathers. What an experience!

The water was cold and clean. First time river bathers. What an experience!

A few meters from us were local women washing their clothes and bathing their children.

A few meters from us were local women washing their clothes and bathing their children.

Up up we go

Up up we go

Bike weather

Surrounded by green.

Meeting an american cyclist on the road. Tim has lived in Dumaguete for 25 years and has a Filipina wife.

Meeting an american cyclist on the road. Tim has lived in Dumaguete for 25 years and has a Filipina wife.

When we got hungry or thirsty, we stopped. There was no rushing. We made sure we tasted and experienced local delights on our journey.

When we got hungry or thirsty, we stopped. There was no rushing. We made sure we tasted and experienced local delights on our journey.

I got too tired so we hitched a ride to Valencia town proper.

I got too tired so we hitched a ride to Valencia town proper.

Thank you Manong! Apparently, the muti-cab we rode was the property of Valencia municipality. So we got a free ride!

Thank you Manong! Apparently, the muti-cab we rode was the property of Valencia municipality. So we got a free ride!

Here was where we left our bikes. A carinderia just in front of the plaza. We just knew that our bikes would be safe here.

Here was where we left our bikes. A carinderia just in front of the plaza. We just knew that our bikes would be safe here.

The road to the Writer's Village was not going to be flat and smooth so we were advised to take the habal habal.

The road to the Writer’s Village was not going to be flat and smooth so we were advised to take the habal habal.

The road to the Writer's Village was misty and cold, they call this place the little Baguio of Dumaguete City.

The road to the Writer’s Village was misty and cold, they call this place the little Baguio of Dumaguete City.

Finally, after about 15kms of habal habal ride, we arrived at the Writer's Village.

Finally, after about 15kms of habal habal ride, we arrived at the Writer’s Village.

the Writer's Village

The Writer’s Village

The Writer's Village

The Writer’s Village

Meeting up with Tracy.

Meeting up with Tracy.

Then it was time to say goodbye.

Then it was time to say goodbye.

We took a habal habal back to Valencia town proper, and of course our bikes were still there. Had lunch at a local carinderia, then pedaled our way back to Dumaguete City, about 12kms of downhill. Fun! Thank you Tina for the unforgettable experience.

We took a habal habal back to Valencia town proper, and of course our bikes were still there. Had lunch at a local carinderia, then pedaled our way back to Dumaguete City, about 12kms of downhill. Fun! Thank you Tina for the unforgettable experience.

Thank you to the gentle people of Dumaguete city. We shall return for sure! More PHOTOS.

Escolta 98B

Bike date today with Miko Pepito from Mandaluyong – Makati – Quiapo – Escolta – Binondo – then back to Mandaluyong. Highlight of the day was at Saturday Market X Future Market at ESCOLTA.

Of course I had one made.

Share The Road bike plate by Mang Tony.

Arriving at Escolta, Manila

Arriving at Escolta, Manila

CREATIVES meet VINTAGE! Imagine artworks and antiques all housed in one charming relic from our past! The place to find these treasures is at the former location of the Berg’s Department Store. If you love artist-made merchandise, DIY stuff, independent labels, limited-edition handmade crafts and works of art, If you like hunting for dated accessories, old-fashioned clothes, period posters or period pieces… this is for you!

CREATIVES meet VINTAGE! Imagine artworks and antiques all housed in one charming relic from our past! The place to find these treasures is at the former location of the Berg’s Department Store. If you love artist-made merchandise, DIY stuff, independent labels, limited-edition handmade crafts and works of art, If you like hunting for dated accessories, old-fashioned clothes, period posters or period pieces… this is for you! (from 98B)

Not Made In China. This one was my favorite booth.

Not Made In China. This one was my favorite booth.

Live performance art by the group Sipatlawin (I think)

Live performance art by the group Sipat.

Artworks by Street Children

Sharing art with street children

Installation Art

Installation Art

Escolta is the new Mall

“Manila is my space”

Here was where I found myself.

“Find Myself”

For the love of art!

For the love of art, just buy anything. Support Local Artists.

Or we could just hang out too.

Or we could just hang out too.

Photographing and Framing Manila.

Photographing and Framing Manila.

Organic

Organic

Postcards

Postcards

For more information on Escolta Artisan Market, please go to https://www.facebook.com/98Bcollaboratory

Nueva Ecija

Last April 14, 2013, I had the privilege to visit Nueva Ecija city for a Music Video shoot on Dakila’s campaign on Food Justice. We stayed at the Ladies Dorm inside the campus of Central Luzon State University. As usual, I brought my folding bike with me. So during my free time, I took that opportunity to bike around the campus.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki) The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki)
The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal Statue in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

 

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

 

Basically, everywhere is GREEN. Such is campus life inside CLSU, it’s green, simple, and quiet.

Kagitingan Ride

Thank you to my biking buddies Jeans, Ruth, Bingle, Tonnette, Papa Dennis, and Joey Tan who rode with me today to pay tribute to our World War II veterans. Until our next ride kabikekadas!

Riding out from Greenhills

Riding out from Greenhills

#CycleChicPhilippines

#CycleChicPhilippines

Picked up Tonnette on our way to UP

Picked up Tonnette on our way to UP

Picked up Tonnette on our way to UP

And we’re finally complete!

Passing by BIKE FIX on our way to UP. They have a very cool vintage collection. They do a job restoring bikes too.

Passing by BIKE FIX on our way to UP. They have a very cool vintage collection. They do a good job restoring bikes too.

My white stallion is tired.

My white stallion is tired.

Just hanging out. Bonding moments.

Just hanging out. Bonding moments.

Today, we pay tribute to the courage and heroism of our World War II veterans as we observe “Araw ng Kagitingan.” Also known as “Bataan Day, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) is a national public holiday in the Philippines.

On this day in 1942, Allied Forces fought the invading armies in Bataan, upsetting the latter’s timetable and affording the Allied Forces time to prepare for the long fight ahead. Depleted food and supplies, medicines and ammunitions, however, compelled around 76,000 Filipinos, Chinese-Filipinos, and Americans to surrender on this day, which came to be called “The Fall of Bataan.”

The prisoners of war were forced to endure the infamous march from Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga, where they were transported by train to Camp O’Donnell, Tarlac, which is known today as Capas National Shrine. Thousands perished due to dehydration, heat stroke, starvation, and diseases. This event came to be known as the Bataan March.

Source: Yahoo!News Philippines

Freedom Ride Nationwide

After a successful FREEDOM RIDE in Taguig City last Saturday, March 09, 2013, we are off to Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, and Dumaguete City.

Stop Look Listen is a campaign of Dakila, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), against human trafficking and modern day slavery.

This summer, choose your own adventure! Cycling is more fun with Freedom Warriors. Please help spread the word.

Freedom Ride Nationwide

Choose your own adventure!

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride leg in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Call 1343

Call 1343

(More details to follow)