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Old 08-10-2012, 06:33 PM   #1051
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Just moved to Manila

Hello everyone. My move has finally happened and I just landed in Manila in time for the horrible weather. It is hard to think about riding when most of the streets are submerged.

I was lucky enough to meet Herc when I came here for my interview in May. He let me use his Suzuki and I rode with the Ducati group so I got my first taste of riding in Manila. I definitely can't wait to get out and explore even more of the Philippines.

I left my BMW F650GS behind in the US and I am now based in Manila for the next 3 years. My riding gear should arrive in about 4 weeks. I am hoping to meet other riders and find a new motorcycle. By chance, are there any other female riders in this area?

I look forward to hearing from others and becoming a part of the local riding community.

Thanks,
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:56 PM   #1052
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JP. My wife and I have been watching the devestation on TV Patrol. A few more San Miguels, HMMMMM, that will just add to the water already there. My wife and I were into the PNB in Winnipeg for a donation. Last we saw on TV Patrol was another low possibly moving in. Take care JP and stay on high ground. Get out for a ride when the water recedes. Doug in Manitoba
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:04 PM   #1053
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A big thank you to all who helped the recent flood victims. Hope the upcoming bad weather wouldn't be as harsh. But no bad weather would dampen the spirits of Pinoys
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #1054
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Just sharing. Wonder what went on during the Bourne Legacy shoot here in the Philippines? My mechanic Coy did the conditioning and modifying of the bikes used in the film. Here's a few shots taken by him on a cellphone cam.






Stunt was performed by the legendary JP Goy


Bikes prepped for stunt rehearsals


Jeremy Renner coached by JP Goy on stunt riding


Ever wonder what's that Jeepney powered with?




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Old 08-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #1055
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Re V8 motor in Jeepney

Possibly a V8 out of Toyota Lexus with covers off it. Or an earlier model Toyota Windom
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #1056
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Wicked Two ADV Riders at Bantayan Island



It wasnt hard to pick Ray riding off the Roro from Hagnaya



First stop was at HR Bar to get myself a hire bike off Jimmy for the day 400p



Jimmy is usually there after lunch , but if hes not there one off the lovely local girls will be



I think Rays an old Bob Marley and Steve Ray Vaughn Fan



This Island had not seen a bike like this be for



Me riding more sedately on the Yammy



Local girl and little kid having a morning bath at the well



I always buy a packet of veges from this old lady when I see her



The road thru Marakaban is always kept so tidy by the locals
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:43 PM   #1057
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Wicked Two ADV Riders at Bantayan Island



I love the Nipa huts here



One of the local men collecting Tuba ( coconut wine )



These guys are very fit



This was our 1st rest stop



Very peacefull place



Omagieca



Where ever we stopped the Husky had some one to look at it



Going into Bantayan Town is this sign



I went for a cool drink while Ray made enquiries if he could ship the bike over to Negros at a later date on a Banka boat



The old Church at Bantayan Town Plaza

Thats the south coast part of the ride , next the ride up the coast to Madridejos ( Mad ride joes ) if your spanish is as good as mine
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #1058
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Wicked Two ADV Riders at Bantayan Island



Fishing boats and Island off Bantayan Town



Fishing boat



After leaving Bantayan Town I got miss mothered from Ray so sent him a TXT and told him we would meet at Kota Park at Madridejos . This is the best preserved historic site on Bantayan Island


Kota Park is where all the young lovers go to hold hands , I had a talk with these two for 15mins then Ray arrived .



The Husky had a miss so Ray took off the spark plug cap then forgot where he put it .



Inside Kota Park

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:11 AM   #1059
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Thanks for posting hondav2 . . . . . .

Beautiful part of the world - where you're at . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Enjoying the tropical pix . . . . .
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:48 AM   #1060
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Leisure adventure - Daet Bicol Camarines Norte

It's been a couple of years since I last visited Daet. I thought I'd give the XR200 it's first 700Km round trip. Together with 3 of my scooter pals, we took off 10:00PM.

First stop, Mc Donald's Villa Escudero. The sandman seems to be working his magic, time for a cup of coffee.


Eme National Park entrance


Gumaca Quezon seaside road


Eerie welcome sign


Daet bound




High visibily, it's a must when riding at night in the Philippines, passenger buses travelling to and from the provinces own the road.


Daet by day break



Arrival at Bagasbas beach, Daet Bicol would always gives me good vibes. Riding along the road leading to the beach, you would encounter locals jogging along the road with friends or families, as you reach the beach there would be a mix of people either exercising or having their breakfast. Bagasbas is a surfer's beach as it's connected to the Pacific ocean (It's where I learned to surf years ago) although this would be the first time I saw the sea this calm. I was amazed about the transformation of bagasbas beach with the newly cemented seaside roads, clean surroundings and the presence of friendly tourist police. My brother in law who used to be one of the mayor in one of the small town told me the governor is planning to develop Bagasbas soon which, in turn gave me mixed emotions whether I'd like it or not. I do hope development doesn't mean traffic and become overcrowded with tourists. It's not that I'd like to share the beach with others but this place's serenity, rustic image, and local vibes makes it special for me to visit over and over. Moreover, I prefer trees instead of towering hotels.




Time to unpack our stuff. My brother in law offered us to stay at the governor's old house, it was for free so we gladly accepted.



It was about 7:00AM when we reached Bagasbas. Travel time clocked at 8hrs with a lot of stop over for photo ops especially for the 2 who rode here for the first time. A 2 hour nap would suffice for the exhaustion before heading to the local wet market. Just like a typical wet market in the Philippines, it is crowded. Only difference between the market here and in manila is of the produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables lying on the street side and also heaps of fresh fish, a lot of varieties which I'm not familiar with.



I love cooking and so did I upon returning. Grilled fish, chicken and squid would be on the menu today. Did some grilling on the garden.

He isn't talking to his feet, he stepped on a thorn



The beach low tide

Photo of the watch tower from the shore


All along the watch tower.


Local surf shop. You can buy or rent surf boards here and other stuff and get surfing lessons as well.



A beautiful sight of a family spending their weekend on the beach. A couple with their baby, a dog, and their family motorcycle.


Brought the motorcycle to shore and rode along the long shoreline. It's time to play

Will post a video of this soon.

All play and no beer makes a dull boy.


Day 2 - Mananap River San Vicente, Daet Bicol
Managed to wake up at 9AM, went to the wet market to buy what we need for our riverside picnic.


Way to San Vicente starts here, roadside rice field.





2 means of economical transportation


Rambutan season is near. It's sort of lychee like fruit.


Mananap River










Time to prepare our lunch. We had to make use of what's available in our surroundings. Fish and pork chop in rock grill.


No plate, no problem. Of course pineapple would be included as we're in pineapple country.
I also brought some soy sauce and wasabe and made some sushi.




After lunch, I did a little short exploration myself as the other scooters would have a hard time with the terrain. Other documentation would be in video format. I'll try to post it soon.






Time to unwind

I am not feeling cold, I am trying to conceal my flabby tummy and man boobs

Drink and be merry


We find this the most useful feature of a top luggage.


It was about 4:00 in the afternoon when we decided to go back to the beach and grab more booze just before it gets dark.
Time for bar hopping.

Our first watering hole


View while downing a bottle.




And more beer-different places, same beer Last day, party like a rockstar!



Time to go home
Brunch before hitting the road.


Eme national park by day on the way home.





Photo ops at the rest area


Steep tight turns




Gumaca roadside by day





Travel time going back clocked 8hrs. We arrived home safe and trouble free except for a small puncture in the rear tubeless tire in one of the scoots which was easily plugged by a road side vulcanizing shop. The leisure ride was greatly appreciated by everyone especially the first timers and will surely look forward to another adventure ride in the near future. In the meantime, it's back to reality
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #1061
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Beautiful country

Looks like you had a wonderful ride and time. Wish I had time for a trip this year. Doug and Jazzy
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:05 PM   #1062
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Hello everyone. My move has finally happened and I just landed in Manila in time for the horrible weather. It is hard to think about riding when most of the streets are submerged.

I was lucky enough to meet Herc when I came here for my interview in May. He let me use his Suzuki and I rode with the Ducati group so I got my first taste of riding in Manila. I definitely can't wait to get out and explore even more of the Philippines.

I left my BMW F650GS behind in the US and I am now based in Manila for the next 3 years. My riding gear should arrive in about 4 weeks. I am hoping to meet other riders and find a new motorcycle. By chance, are there any other female riders in this area?

I look forward to hearing from others and becoming a part of the local riding community.

Thanks,
Frances Fierst
Welcome to the Philippines. I like your taste in motorcycles. I ride a BMW F650GS Dakar here. It's a great bike for this area. I guess you will be looking for a bike. BMW, Ducati, KTM, Royal Enfield all have a presence here as well as other brands. Calookan Sales is a good source also. If you haven't checked already, second hand bikes can be found in the www.motorcyclephilippines.com classified section. You shouldn't have to much trouble finding people to ride with as there are many, many riding clubs here. I have seen women riders here, but I don't know any personally.

The Philippines is a great place to ride. The best riding, in my opinion, is out of the city in the rural provincial roads. The NLEX and SLEX expressways can get you quickly out of the city. They are linked by EDSA, a main throughfare through Manila. Watch out for the buses. They can be kind of dangerous in the way they drive. The Marcos Highway starting in Marikina is also a gateway to some good riding and popular with Manila riders especially on weekends.

Ride safe. Have fun.

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #1063
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that is a beautiful picture, you can really see the devastation caused by the typhoon they had in 2007 I think, I went thru there just after it happened, nature's force is awesome, there were people camping in tents at the local schools where they had been evacucated

this image couldn't have been far from where you were here


this is the other side of the Mayon Volcano
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #1064
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NIce RR ! ! !

Thanks Carlos for the well done RR - Great pictures ! ! !

Looks like everyone had fun ! ! ! . . . . . .

Cheers.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:46 AM   #1065
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Wicked Two ADV Riders at Bantayan Island



The kids here are special , so different to spoilt western kids .



Coconuts being prepared in dryer or smoker ??



Typical road here



We had a quick stop on the way home to have a cold San Mig at Tickety Boo with Wild Billy



We spent the evening at my office The Cou Cou Bar



Elvie , Danni , and Mariel gave us great service
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