Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Pic A Day IV...

Somewhere in Ilocos

I looked to my left
and the brightest white and vivid blue
took my breath away

I stopped
captured the scene
and just sat on my bicycle
taking it all in.

it was worth it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Pic A Day III...

Underneath the Light Rail Train elevated tracks in Manila
the way i ride...

what is the point of speed,

if you don't have time to enjoy the journey

or to stop and soak in the view.

slow down.

life is not always a race to the graveyard.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Biking Around Marikina

I spent my Sunday today (9/27/15) taking a leisurely ride around my neighborhood in Marikina City, Philippines.

Marikina is one of the cities that make up Metropolitan Manila. It probably has a population of more or less 500,000 inhabitants by now. It is a more bike-friendly town as opposed to its surrounding cities, with bike lanes available along most of the major roads.I particularly like biking along the Marikina River, and I make it a point to take the scenic river side bike path when going to work in the morning. 

Here's a compilation of pics and clips I took earlier this afternoon. Enjoy!






Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Pic A Day II

if you can...

get out...see the world outside the four corners of your concrete slab of every day life...

because there is so much to experience

let your feet touch unfamiliar ground,

you've come this far...keep going.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Down by the river...

There's this cycling path right along the Marikina river that I take when I bike commute to work. 

It's a quiet, cool, scenic route away from the scorching hot, gas-guzzling, traffic-clogged main road to my right.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Pic A Day...

Somewhere in Mindoro
alone...but not so lonely.

after awhile, the body just does what it needs to do, and no further encouragement is necessary

and it gives you enough freedom for your mind to wander

to think about other things...and people

and places, memories, good and bad

cherish them all. it's who you are.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A 48 kilometer kind of work day

Selfie - I'm starting to burn off fat, and my
double chin is beginning to disappear.
I gotta watch my diet and remain active.
So, I had to go on a work-related errand this morning. I decided to bike to my destination since I was 99% certain that I would get there faster rather than taking the cab. Turns out I was right. Traffic was slow going to virtual stand still.

I enjoyed the ride so much, I made a wrong turn somewhere so I had to back track. I eventually arrived at McKinley Hills where I had to file some paper work.

If you're curious to know the route I took on this ride this morning, check out my STRAVA route here.

I got the job done, biked my way back to our office, and around 2 hours later, I headed out again on yet another errand, this time at Quezon City Hall. But, I took a cab this time.

While I was there, I saw this guy on a wierd-looking motorbike pass by. When he got off the trike, I saw him grab crutches and limped his way towards a building. The guy suffered from polio.

Anyway, it looks like he took a motorcycle, chopped it in half, rammed a sidecar into the innards of the rear half of the bike, and jammed the front half of the motorbike including the handlebars onto the sidecar. To top it all off, he decided to throw a plastic chair into this monstrosity.

LOL. I was impressed. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lifting my bike over my head was a ritual

Lifting my bike during my Laguna Bay loop

Before my all-steel, heavy-as-a-sack-of-cement touring bike, I rode around with this nimble, dirt jump Felt mountain bike.

I hit upon this idea of lifting my MTB over my head and getting my picture taken in the act of hurling it down some ravine! Unfortunately, the prospect of attempting that stunt now with my Surly Troll with all the gear attached to my steel horse would, I fear, cause me bodily injury.

But it's fun to reminisce. Check out my bike-lifting feats of strength!

Me about to hurl my bike at the lake during my
Jala Jala, Laguna ride

Lifting my bike during my bike ride to Kaybiang Tunnel

This was taken on a different Kaybiang Tunnel ride

There were locals in a tricycle who saw me doing this and
thought I was going insane and about
to throw 
my bicycle in the water!

During my bike trip to Puray Falls

Another bike throwing stunt at Tagaytay

When we rode to Thunderbird Resort

Sacrificing my bike to the gods of pavement and trail -
during another trip to Thunderbird Resort

Monday, September 21, 2015

Into the Unknown

The roads are endless, but there is
always a destination.
So I'm off to another journey into the unknown.

I just recently handed in my resignation letter from my job and it's the scariest thing I have ever done in a long while. Scary in the sense that I'm not exactly sure what the future holds for me.

Then again, I guess life in general is like riding a bicycle.

I could spend countless hours and days planning my next adventure - and get stuck second-guessing myself, doubting my preparations, paralyzing myself brooding over worst case scenarios.  Eventually, I step back, take a deep breath, and simply tell myself, "Just do it."

Not everything goes according to plan.
Fix it. Keep pedaling.
It took me a long while to just do it, and now that I have, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. The prospect of impending unemployment, limited job opportunities, and the fear of not knowing what's around the next corner is both unnerving and exhilarating. Kind of similar to what I experience on the road. You know, something like cycling in the dark in unfamiliar territory, harboring thoughts of impending danger, limited options for help or rescue, and the fear of not knowing if that next switchback leads to your destination or several more miles of pavement. But I keep pedaling, because stopping is not an option. Don't stop. Keep going. I can do it.

And so I do the same in real life. Keep going, Jay. Don't stop. You can do it. You have no other option but to keep going forward.

Reassess your desires, passions, priorities, goals. Make do with what you have. Shed everything that you don't need. Live within your means. Treasure the few friends and loved ones in your life. Take care of your health. Be thankful for everything that has happened in your life. No regrets. You probably have a little over 2 decades left in your life if you play your cards right. Live the rest of your days the best way you know how. Be true to your yourself and others. Don't be miserable. Know who you are and what you are capable of. Don't try to change what you know are the best things about you.

Sweat, aches and pains - and then I look up
and around, and I realize how amazing
it is to be alive.
I don't know how my actions are going to play out. But like I always scream to myself in the middle of a hellish climb in the middle of the dark with the next town still hours away..."Keep pedaling damn it." And then I let out a laugh under my breath, and manage a faint smile.

I'll be alright, man. I'll be alright.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Biking Around Laguna de Bay, Philippines

Here's a video of my friends and I going on a day-long bicycle ride around Laguna de Bay, Philippines.
It was a 195-km ride, and it was truly a challenge trying to keep up with my stronger companions. Eventually, I had to settle down and maintain my own slower, touring pace if I wanted to survive the journey.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My band The Insektlife Cycle performing "Purpledrank"

Joy, me, Nal, Nel of The Insektlife Cycle

When I'm not out cycling, I play guitar for instrumental music band The Insektlife Cycle.

Here's us performing live at Archipelago 7107 in the Philippines...

"Purpledrank" by Insektlife Cycle

Check out the
Insektlife Cycle YouTube Channel
for more videos of us!