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

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

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 

Bike To Work

Bike to work with my folding bike.

I did it! For the first time I biked to work using my Dahon folding bike. A total of 4KM from home to office. In summary:

Pros

  • Good for the earth
  • Good for the health
  • Good for the skin
  • Less traveling time
  • Less stress
  • Energized

Cons and solutions

  • Sweaty upon arrival – Just bring extra clothes, a small damp towel (or wet wipes) to wipe your body and face; don’t pedal too fast.
  • Pollution – Just wear a face mask.

BIKE TO WORK FACTS
(Source: http://www.green-traveler.org/documents/BiketoWorkFactsheet.pdf)
HEALTH:

  • An adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average. (Paffenbarger, R., et al., 1986., and Department for Transport, 2007)
  • 80% of people who switch from sedentary commuting to cycling improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels greatly in 6-8 weeks, so they get sick much less often. (Bike league)
  • Cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work through illness. (CTC)
  • The health benefits of cycling outweigh the safety risks by a factor of 20 to one. (Hillman, M., 1992 )
  • Active commuting that incorporates cycling and walking is associated with an overall 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk. (Hamer, M., and Y. Chida, 2007 )
  • Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour. (de Geus, B., et al., 2007)
  • For a 180 pound man, a 10 mile round trip bike commute burns 400 calories. For a 130-pound woman this same commute burns 300 calories. (Bike league)

ENVIRONMENT:

  • When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere. (Bike league)
  • On the same urban route, car drivers were exposed to more airborne pollution than cyclists, despite the cyclists’ higher respiration rates. (Rank, J., et al., 2001)
  • Autos are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips.ECONOMICS:
  • Ten bikes can park in the space used by a single motor vehicle. (Bike league)
  • The bicycle industry is estimated to support 1.1 million jobs and generate nearly $18 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. (Outdoor Industry Foundation, 2006)
  • More than one-fifth (21%) of Americans say they have changed the way they commute to work because of the recession. (IBM Corporation, 2009)

MISC:

  • In 2009, 1% of all U.S. trips were made by bicycle, an increase of 25% from 2001. (U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, 2009)
  • The number of Americans who commuted to work primarily by bike in 2008 increased 14 percent from 2007, 36 percent since 2005, and 43 percent since 2000. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009)
  • In the US, there are 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers. (Brown, L., 2010)
  • The majority of trips to work in Tulsa take between 15 and 24 minutes. (US Census Bureau, 2000)
  • Hundreds of U.S. cities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuters by offering enticements on Bike to Work Day. (Bike League)