Kwebang Lampas Weekend

Kwebang Lampas, Pagbilao Quezon, Philippines.

Kwebang Lampas, Pagbilao Quezon, Philippines.

Simplified beach life at Kwebang Lampas. No electricity, no amenities.

  • We took the bus from Manila to Lucena Grand Terminal via JAC Liner.
  • P209.00 / head (one way)
  • No stop over
  • 3-4 hours road trip

Buy everything you need at Pamilihang Bayan ng Pagbilao (Local market). Include these:

  • Three 5 gallons of water
  • A styro ice box
  • Food + Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Ponkan Ponkan Ponkan (an ideal beach snack)
  • Native fan (pamaypay)
Eat where the locals eat.

Eat where the locals eat.

  • Puto – P20.00 for 5 pcs.
  • Biko – P15.00 each
  • 7Up – P8.00
  • Cassava Cake – P35 / box

Getting there:

  • Rented jeep – P1,700 (good for 20pax)
  • Boat ride to Kwebang Lampas – P100.00 (inclusive of entrance fee)
  • Trek duration – 10mins.

Pack light. Bring only what you need. Must have:

  • Your own tent
  • Tissue paper
  • Black trash bag
  • Lots of drinking water
  • Hammok
  • Sarong
  • Travel towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Shads + Cap
  • Power bank for your gadgets
  • Flashlight
  • Camp Kitchen (knife, paper plates, chopsticks, can opener, etc.)
  • Air pillow
  • Aqua shoes
  • Action camera (GoPro w/ extra batteries)

Simple amenities on the island:

  • Water for bathing (5galons) = P50.00
  • Drinking water (small bottle) = P40.00
  • Ice (nawasa) = P20 – P50.00
  • Weewee = P1.00
  • No.2 P5.00

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Bring aqua shoes! If you want to enter the cave, wear slippers or aqua shoes. You’ll thank me for it!

My home for the night. A very good purchase indeed. Coleman's Peak1 tent (good for 2 pax) proved to be a good tent during this trip. Waterproof, good ventilation, and spacious!

My home for the night. A very good purchase indeed. Coleman’s Peak1 tent (good for 2 pax) proved to be a good investment during this trip. Waterproof, good ventilation, and spacious!

The campsite

The campsite

Morning dip!

Morning dip!

Island hopping cost – P3,500 / roundtrip (good for 25pax). We visited Borawan but it was too crowded. We decided to skip Dampalitan too because it would be the same case. So manong Edwin took us to a sand bar. It was perfect! Just us and a place where we could swim privately.

Read with your feet, travel!

Read with your feet, travel!

Thank you #mamech!

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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

CMR January

This year’s first CMR by Firefly Brigade was a success. It was nice to see old-timer and new bikers again after the Holidays. I believe it was well attended because everybody missed everybody and maybe also because a lot of new riders made it their New Year’s resolution to be more active and healthier this year. It was a great start. Hopefully we continue to see this kind of number every month. The more the merrier. (CMR Schedule)

Assembly point. Greenhills Shopping Centre.

Assembly point. Greenhills Shopping Centre.

At 7am, Jeans and I arrived at the assembly point. During the assembly, Tina DC, the Firefly Brigade President made some announcements and gave an orientation on road safety and road ethics. Shortly after that, the ride commenced.

(Photo by Al Castillo)

(Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

During CMRs, women are encouraged to stay in front to pace the peloton. (Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

Doc Arman and Stephen on their folding bikes. (Photo by Al Castillo)

Emergency

Emergency

During the ride, Tina’s fender encountered a problem, thankfully many bikers were more than willing to help.

CMR January 2013

It was a perfect bike weather. (Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

On our way to Binondo, Manila. (Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

(Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

Waiting for the peloton to regroup on the bridge. (Photo by Al Castillo)

Streets of Manila.

Streets of Manila.

Passing by Luneta

Passing by Luneta

Marshals on duty.

Marshals on duty.

What I admire most about the Firefly Brigade’s monthly CMR is that they have very committed marshals who make sure that all riders are safe and that no one is left behind.

CMR January 2013

The photographer, Al Castillo.

(Photo by Tina DC)

(Photo by Tina DC)

Kalesas roaming the streets of Old Manila.

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Binondo, the final destination.

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Folding bikes.

Advocafe, a new vegetarian and bike-friendly cafe in Manila.

Advocafe, a new vegetarian and bike-friendly cafe in Manila.

After the CMR, we had lunch at this new cafe near Roxas. Check out Advocafe.

FACTS ABOUT CMR:

  • CMR means Critical Mass Ride
  • Organized by the Firefly Brigade
  • It’s FREE, no registration fee.
  • Wearing a helmet is highly encouraged
  • Open to all kinds of bikers (newbies or oldies)
  • Usually 20km – 25km distance
  • Slow and easy pace
  • Mostly flat roads
  • Very few inclines

See you again fireflies. Ride safe. Cheers to a healthier lifestyle.

CMR November 2012

Last Sunday, November 25, I attended the monthly CMR (Critical Mass Ride) organized by the Firefly Brigade. The meet up was at Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was attended by over 200 cyclists. We rode from Pasig City to Ayala Triangle, Makati City. It was not a long route, in fact it was too short a ride. Usually a CMR would be at least 25KM but this was I think less than 12KM. But it was ok because it was also the same day that Makati was promoting their own Carless Sundays program around Ayala Triangle. So it was still nice.

After the ride, some of my biker girl friends, dubbed as #Mamech rode to Legaspi Market to grab some grub. After eating lunch we decided to ride some more. In summary we biked to shop, to buy some bread, to look at bike shops, to eat some more, and to hangout, and I got home around 11pm. It was epic! Rides are definitely more fun with #Mamech.

Carless Sundays along Emerald Ave. Ortigas Pasig City

Meeting place just infront of STRATA 100 along Emerald Ave. Ortigas Center Pasig City.

Along Ayala Ave. Makati city

Along Shaw Blvd. about to cross EDSA.

First stop after riding out from Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

#Mamech

Enjoying the ride along Ayala Ave. with Papa Dens.

All girls, all stars!

We didn’t plan this. It just happened. I swear it!

#Mamech. Oh girls just wanna have fu-un.

With the #Mamech: Jeans, Mel, Tina, Cayoi, Ruth, and Mia.

Enjoying the Carless Sunday Program of Makati. Tested the non-motorized trike. (Photo by Papa Dennis)

Bike hunting in Paco Manila.

One of our stops was at this local bike shop in Paco Manila. They were selling all types of 2nd hand bikes.

See you at the next CMR! Ride safe.

Ride for Robredo

Robredo Ride 2012

Jesus “Jesse” Manalastas RobredoPLH (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012) was a Chinese Filipino statesman who served as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government in the administration of President Benigno Aquino IIIfrom 2010 to until his death in 2012.[6] Robredo was a member of the Liberal Party.

Beginning in 1988, Robredo served six terms as Mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur. In recognition of his achievements as Naga City mayor, Robredo was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, the first Filipino mayor so honored. He was appointed to the Cabinet of President Aquino in July 2010.[6]

On August 18, 2012, the Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I aircraft carrying Secretary Robredo crashed off the shore of Masbate Island.[7][8][9][10] He was scheduled to go home and watch his daughter’s swimming competition in Naga City. The Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government said that the pilot sent a distress call to the Masbate airport requesting an emergency landing. The airplane never made it to the airport and crashed in the sea.[11][12] Robredo’s body was retrieved three days later, August 21, 800 meters from the shore and 180 feet below sea level. [13] – WIKIPEDIA

La Lost in Laiya

Umbrella trees.

Umbrella trees.

An amazing weekend with the #Mamech! Bus, bike, and beach. From Manila we took a bus to Lipa, then biked our way to Laiya, a total 0f 59.3KM. Stayed the night then went bimodal back to Manila.

Notes:

  • Bus ride from Manila (Buendia Station) to Lipa is P124.00
  • Jam Liner offers free wifi.
  • Folding bikes can easily fit under the bus’ compartment, however if you wish to bring a regular sized bike, you can also do so just detach both wheels from the frame.
  • Distance from Lipa Jam Liner station to La Luz Laiya is exactly 59.3KM.
  • Batangas in general is not a vegetarian friendly city, however you can request some carinderia to cook a simple vegetable meal for you, just ask what vegetables they have in their pantry.
  • Transient style accommodations in Laiya is offered by many locals, you just need to ask around. Camping on the beach is not encouraged.

SEXY Vegetarian

Photo by Noel Abelardo. Press Release by Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.

Photo by Noel Abelardo. Press Release by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.

Most people are going green and healthy, but for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, it is not just about becoming healthy but mainly being compassionate to our fellow earthlings, the animals, by establishing and respecting their rights. PETA Asia Pacific has released its list of nominees for this year’s sexiest vegetarian celebrity.

Nityalila Saulo, a Filipina singer-songwriter, is one of the hundred celebrities across Asia Pacific who was chosen to vie for the sexiest vegetarian celebrity of 2012. Nityalila, the daughter of eco-friendly lifestyle bag owner Yadu Saulo, was born and raised vegetarian. As a musician, she was nominated for Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist at the 2008 Awit Awards and has performed in various International Music Festivals. She was recently invited to hold music workshops and performances in Taiwan.

Nityalila is not only a vegetarian and PETA activist but also one of the artists of Dakila – Philippine Collective Modern Heroism, a group of Filipino artists, musicians and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation through creative platforms. One of her advocacies in the group is Tik Tok Pilipinas Campaign for Climate Action. She is also a proud member and volunteer of Yabang Pinoy, a campaign that hopes to unite Filipinos in believing in Filipino products, in themselves and in fellow Filipinos. Nityalila is also the founder and producer of Flippyknows, a community where Filipinos all over the world converge to share creativity and technology with each other.

A healthy lifestyle advocate, Nityalila regularly bikes with her peers Mamech (A group of women cyclists in Metro Manila) and the Firefly Brigade, and run with her friends from the Greenhills Running Club 1502. She spearheads projects for Dakila such as the Ride and Rock Relief Drive for victims of Typhoon Sendong. She also leads Dakila’s latest advocacy on food justice by promoting the consumption of organic Brown Rice. Nityalila is truly an example of a true advocate who practices what she preaches and uses her talents to promote her advocacies.

Among other Filipino vegetarian-hotties nominated in the search are international multi-awarded director, Lav Diaz; actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez; Sandra Seifert, Geneva Cruz, Isabel Roces and RJ Ledesma to name a few. Alongside these Filipino prides are international stars and politicians Natalie Portman, Jason Mraz, Anne Hathaway, Jared Letto, Lea Michele, Russel Brand and former US President, Bill Clinton.

“PETA will decide the winner based on four factors with equal consideration: the celebrity’s commitment to vegetarianism, PETA’s assessment of the celebrities’ attractiveness, media-friendliness of each celeb’s personality and number of votes received online” said PETA.

To make Filipinos the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2012 cast your votes now! Online voting is until May 15, 2012.

Click on the link below and follow the 4 easy steps:

http://www.petaasiapacific.com/featureSexiestVegCeleb2012-Eng.asp 

  1. In the boxes, write down your: First Name, Last Name, Email Address and Choose Country.
  2. On the WOMEN’s List: Click on the Name Nityalila Saulo. (It’s in Alphabetical order)
  3. On the MEN’s LIST: (You have to choose a Men Celebrity too) Click on whoever you want. 🙂
  4. Click on the SUBMIT button.

and Voila! Thank you for Voting! 😀

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Credits:
Photo by Noel Abelardo
Press Release by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism 

Bicycling Girls in the City

There’s nothing like spending an entire day with good friends, good food, and lots of fun activities. This was another fun #mamech ride.

BIKING GIRLS in the CITY

BIKING GIRLS in the CITY

Hippie Birthday

So apparently, my #mamech have been planning this surprise birthday brunch party for a month with my #papech Miko. It was a big success! I love you girls! Thank you very much for a memorable birthday.

So apparently, my #mamech have been planning this surprise birthday brunch party for a month with my #papech Miko. It was a big success! I love you girls! Thank you very much for a memorable birthday.

With Bilog, Ruth, Tina, Jeans, and Mel. I love my #mamech!