Monday, January 30, 2012

More Challenges at the Baguio Ride

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Some good news. 

Peter Anonuevo took some 225 pictures and published them on the facebook. They say that Diego took more pictures.  I do not know how to pick up picture from FB to be blogged.

The son of Netoy merely l2 years old was a superb biker and survived the 200 km + journey.

The 2nd day ride up to Baguio was a non event;  except for:

l.  Gerry broke his chain near the Lion's head.  Anyway, since 3 weeks ago, his BB had difficulties.

2.  7 day's hanger broke  of all places on the way up Kenno Rd.

3.  Richard s flat was a blow out and did not have spare exterior with them.  That is why I now have two folding reserve

Well mishaps like these are great teacher

Baguio Ride 2012

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As I was not able to join the Baguio ride, I could only do a hearsay blog;  there is no first hand personal knowledge of the ride (some learning from the impeachment trial of the CJ)

l.  First day ride took more than 8 hours (total riding time?) at an average speed of 23+ kmh for 206 km distance to Urdaneta.  They reached Urdaneta at about 6:30

     Some interesting news:

           l.  The team vehicle got lost and went to Nueva Ecija instead;  so the guys had to buy their own food at about l:30.  They were still at Angeles City by that time.

           2. Diego and Richard got flat tires.  Richard's tire tormentor was a key

           3.  Allan crashed and had scratches when his bike slipped on sandy road shoulders (Beware of riding on the road shoulder)

           4.  Secx was a DNF;  he had cramps at 94 km

2.  The second day ride was uneventful;   everything went smoothly.  They were at Rosario junction by 9 am;   at Lions Head by 11 and were at Baguio city proper past l2.

Congratulations to our strong Recyclists Riders and thanks to the support team led by VM.  For those who were not able to join, better luck next time!!

This was last year's Baguio ride:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

From FB, Sent by Richard - Rizal Eco Cyclists] PADYAK ALL THE WAY FROM ANGONO TO...

Subject: [ReCyclists - Rizal Eco Cyclists] PADYAK ALL THE WAY FROM ANGONO TO...
To: ReCyclists - Rizal Eco Cyclists <>

Richard Ang 5:40pm Jan 29

January 27, 2012 ( Friday )
5:40 am... take off time
6:15 am... arrived at Santolan Church ( tnx po sa safe ride)
8:20 am... SM Marilao...pit stop
9:00 am... Diego got a flat tire somewhere in Apalit
9:20 am... Team Vehicle got lost and end up going to Nueva Ecija ( hehehe )
10:45 am... San Fernando Pampanga Pit Stop ( Petron )
10:46 am... Sec Noe had a cramps ( abandon the ride ) ( 94 Km from Angono )
11:45 am... Angeles Pampanga Pit stop
1:30 pm... Pit stop at Mabalac at Pampanga...lunch break...have to buy our lunch coz the team vehicle got lost
2:00 pm ... continue the ride
3:00 pm... Richard got a busted rear tire ( napako ng susi heheheh ) and have to wait for the team vehicle and borrowed one of Mang Tito's Spare Tire
3:30pn.... continue the ride
4:20 pm... an accident happened involving Alan....( dumulas sa buhangin ...sugat sa tuhod at balikat )
6:15 pm ... pit stop at SM Rosales
6:53 pm ... end off day 1 ride ( Urdaneta Pangasinan ) at Five Star Apartelle

January 28, 2012 ( Saturday )
6:30 am ... Take off time
8:30 am ... arrived at Shell Rosario La Union
9:00 am ... Start of Baguio attacked via kenon road
10:30 am... Pit stop at Camp 6
11:15 am ... Lion's Head...picture taking
11:45 am... Kennon Road View Deck
12:15 pm... Panagbenga Park Baguio City
1:15 pm ... arrived at the final destination...

Some comments:

l.  The ride to Urdaneta seemed to have been slowed down by accidents and flats.  When we and Val rode to Baguio, we rested at Bamban by 12:00  They were only in Angeles by l00 o clock.  The service vechicle losing its way to Nueva Ecija contributed a lot to the delay. The assault to Baguio was on time.

2.  I thought I was sloppy because in ride to Calauag, I got flats and crashed at Gumaca.

3.  When we biked to Caliraya I had cramps.  So I thought we were bad at the Cavinti Caliraya ride.

That means we had to train more and do more strengthening.

While we did not have plenty of picture, I was able to gather plenty of videos of other riders

Ordinary Sunday Rides

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Bike Rides to Bugarin, Cavinti and Caliraya


Other Local Cycling Videos

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Pilipinas Cycling League Video

711 Team In Malaysia led by Bong Sual

LPGMA Cycling Finals

Padyak Pinoy

CamSur Ironman

Negros Occidental Bikers

Other Video of Other Bike Climbs/Rides Philippines

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Tour of Batangas Video

LBC Ronda

Ronda Pilipinas Uphill

LPGMA Tour of Luzon Elimination

Awesome Snapshots from YahooNews

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Most bikers I know take pictures.  Here is an outstanding collection of snapshots from YahooNews which could inspire all to take better pictures and/or appreciate good pictures.  It should stimulate more of our right brain thinking

Here is the link:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Recyclists_2010, 15 in all ride to Baguio Today

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I woke up early and met, to send off the fellow bikers start their ride to Baguio.  I was there at 4:30 am, later than the agreed 4:00 assembly time to take their pictures and send them off.  Surprisingly, there were l5 in all despite the absence of Luis, Joel, Ben,  and Smith.

Those who were at the starting line this morning were Chito Francisco, Tito, Master Edwin, Angel, Allan, Gerry Cataps, Nolite, Master Edwin, Armin, Richard, Peter Anonuevo (new) son of Netoy,  7 days, Secx, Diego (sumuko ka na) and VM.  Wow that is a great number.

They said a little prayer, and will be at Santolan church shortly.  They took off at 5:40, ten minutes behind schedule.

They were advised to have buddies, ride as a group and as a peloton.  They were suggested to stick to the Tullahan Tandang Sora route for safety (avoid Edsa).

They were encouraging me to load my bike so that I will be forced to go to Villasis tonight and ride with them tomorrow.  I said we will see.

    Paying for the Damage/Dues to Richard (blue Jersey):  son of Netoy, Gerry, Angel, Allan, Edwin,  VM, Diego, Nolitem /back of 7 days (Giant orange jersey)  The mit guy back to camera is Chito

                        Son of Netoy, Gerry and the bikes in front of Jollibee Unishoppe

            Peter Anonuevo leading the group in prayer before the start of the ride

                            Allan, Son of Netoy, Nolite, Angel and back of Edwin

                               The bikes taking a breather before the long ride

                        Tito, Secx, Allan, Diego and Angel (sitting)

P.S. You have to excuse the shot because the flash is malfunctioning

Latest update:   From what I heard, they were in Angeles by l2:00.  Somebody got a flat tire and the supply vehicle got lost and found its way to Nueva Ecija (Gapan?  They must have failed to make a u turn in San Fernando Pampanga at the Flyover?)

Updates:   The 206 km ride took them 8+ hours or average of 23. kmh yesterday.

Today, they were at Rosario La Union  by 9 am.  They rode from Urdaneta to Baguio.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It is all Go Go Go for Baguio Ride Tomorrow+Video of Other Baguio Rides

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The Recyclists_20l0 will all be Go Go Go Go for Baguio ride tomorrow.  It is all systems go although some will not be there:   Joel, Smith, Luis (because his sister died) and myself (there are lot of things to be solved in the office)   They will meet at Unishoppe tomorrow at 4:00 am and leave for Baguio by 5 am.  They will pass via Katipunan, Tandang Sora, Tullahan, Valenzuela and then to MacArthur Hiway up to Villasis ( about l88 km)

They will stay at Villasis overnight tomorrow.  And from there go to Baguio (about 80 km)  The ascent part will only be 30+ km.

Then they will spend Saturday evening there, sleep, probably look for Alak, and go back by bus on Sunday.

I wish I would be able to go but I cant


Condolence to the Sister of our President Luis

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Last night, the Recyclists 2010 members went to the wake of the sister of Luis G, our president at Holy Gardens Memorial Park chapel.  She died last Monday, Jan 23 of breast cancer.  The week before, Luis said they were at Pasig for the biopsy of the mass taken from her sister.

We condole and pray for the repose of his sister's soul.

Members talked excitedly about the forthcoming ride to Baguio this Friday.  But the VMs brother who has cancer was reported to be at TMC ICU.

Therefore posts for health at this blog are relevant and should be read by the members.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi Yesterday.

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sorry I was not able to greet yesterday.  was on the road

Monday, January 23, 2012

Maybe we can Ride up Dalton Pass? (to be Renamed Balete Pass?)

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Yesterday and today, I was not able to ride because I had a business trip to Solano Nueva Vizcaya.  I welcomed the opportunity to survey Dalton Pass.  It does not look bad to climb after all.  I think they are of the same difficulty as Atimonan long route.  The roads, just like in Atimonan, are undergoing construction.  If we have done Atimonan, Real, Cavinti and Caliraya, then we can climb Dalton Pass.

There is a pending news that Dalton Pass will be renamed Balete pass, in honor of the Battle of Balete that took place there.

The pass, the only access to Nueva Vizcaya, and the boundary between Nueva Ecija and Vizcaya, was named after Gen James, assistant commander of 25th ID who was pursuing Yamashita... Dalton,  was felled  by Japanese sniper shot performing that mission.

Here is the link to the news:

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fwd:" It's more fun in the Philippines" New DOT Ad Campaign (Its a Prima Facial Evidence Hahaha)

"IT'S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES" goes the new tourism slogan. How true it is.....Read on...  Let us support DOT.  It is a great campayn,....Hehehe

> It is the only place on earth where...
> 1. Every street has a basketball court.
> 2. Even doctors, lawyers and engineers are unemployed.
> 3. Doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad.
> 4. Students pay more money than they will earn afterwards.
> 5. School is considered the second home and the mall considered the third.
> 6. Call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses.
> 7. Everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition.
> 8. Mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places.
> 9. Everything can be forged!
> 10. Almost all kinds of animals are edible.
> 11. Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas.
> 12. Driving 4 kms can take as much as four hours.
> 13. Fly-overs bring you from the freeway to the side streets.
> 14. Crossing the street involves running for your dear life!
> 15. The personal computer is mainly used for games and Facebook.
> 16. Where colonial mentality is dishonestly denied!
> 17. Where 4 AM is not even considered bedtime yet.
> 18. People can pay to defy the law.
> 19. Everything and everyone is spoofed.
> 20. Where even the poverty-stricken get to wear Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger(fake)!
> 21. The honking of car horns is a way of life.
> 22. Being called a bum is never offensive.
> 23. Floodwaters take up more than 90 percent of the streets during the rainy season.
> 24. Where everyone has a relative abroad who keeps them alive.
> 25. Where wearing your national colors make you baduy.
> 26. Where even the poverty-stricken have the latest cell phones.(GSM - Galing Sa Magnanakaw) 27. Where insurance does not work.
> 28. Where water can only be classified as tap and dirty.
> 29. Clean water is for sale (P35/gallon) .
> 30. Where the government makes the people pray for miracles(Amen to that!).
> 31. Where University of the Philippines is where all the weird people go.
> 32. Ateneo is where all the nerds go.
> 33. La Salle is where all the Chinese go.
> 35. University of Asia and the Pacific is where all the irrelevantly rich people go.
> 36. Fast food is a diet meal.
> 37. Traffic signs are merely suggestions, not regulations.
> 38. Where being mugged is normal and it happens to everyone.
> 39. Rodents are normal house pets.
> 40.. The definition of traffic is the 'non-movement' of vehicles.
> 41. Where the fighter planes of the 1940s are used for military engagements and; 42. The new fighter planes are displayed in museums.
> 43. Where cigarettes and alcohol are a necessity, and where the lottery is a commodity.
> 44. Where soap operas tell the realities of life and where the news provides the drama.
> 45. Where actors make the rules and where politicians provide the entertainment.
> 46. People can get away with stealing trillions of pesos but not a thousand.
> 47. Where being an hour late is still considered punctual (Grabe talaga 'to!).
> 48. Where the squatters have more to complain (even if they do not pay their tax) - than those employed and have their tax automatically deducted from their salaries.
> 49. And where everyone wants to leave the country!
> 1. The sign in a flower shop in Diliman called Petal Attraction.
> 2. Anita Bakery.
> 3. A 24-hour restaurant called Doris Day & Night 4. Barber shop called Felix The Cut;
> 5. A bakery named Bread Pitt 6. Fast-food place selling 'maruya' (banana fritters) called Maruya Carey.
> 7. Then, there was Christopher Plumbing.
> 8. A boutique called The Way We Wear.
> 10. A restaurant in Cainta district of Rizal called Caintacky Fried Chicken.
> 11. A local burger restaurant called Mang Donald's.
> 12. A doughnut shop called MacDonuts.
> 13. A shop selling 'lumpia' (egg roll) in Makati called Wrap and Roll.
> 14. And two butcher shops called Meating Place and Meatropolis.
> Smart travelers can decipher what may look like baffling signs to unaccustomed foreigners by simply sounding out the 'Taglish' (The Philippine version of English words spelled and pronounced with a heavy Filipino accent)such as:
> 15. At a restaurant menu in Cebu:"We hab sopdrink in can an in batol" [translation: We have soft drinks in can and in bottle].
> 16. Then, there is a sewing accessories shop called "Bids And Pises" - [translation: Beads and Pieces--or-- Bits and Pieces]
> There are also many signs with either badly chosen or misspelled words but they are usually so entertaining that it would be a mistake to 'correct' them like....
> 17. In a restaurant in Baguio City,the 'summer capital' of the Philippines: "Wanted: Boy Waitress"
> 18. On a highway in Pampanga: "We Make Modern Antique Furniture"
> 19. On the window of a photography shop in Cabanatuan: "We Shoot You While You Wait!"
> 20. And on the glass front of a cafe in Panay Avenue in Manila: "Wanted: Waiter, Cashier, Washier".
> Some of the notices can even give a wrong impression such as:
> 21. A shoe store in Pangasinan which has a sign saying: "We Sell Imported Robber Shoes" (these could be the 'sneakiest' sneakers); 22. A rental property sign in Jaro reads: "House For Rent, Fully Furnaced" (it must really be hot inside)!
> 23. Occasionally, one could come across signs that are truly unique - if not altogether odd. A city in southern Philippines which said: "Adults: 1 peso; Child: 50 centavos; Cadavers: fare subject to negotiation" .
> 24. European tourists may also be intrigued to discover two competing shops selling hopia (a Chinese pastry) called Holland Hopia and Poland Hopia - which are owned and operated by two local Chinese entrepreneurs, Mr. Ho and Mr. Po respectively - (believe it or not)!
> 25. Some folks also 'creatively' redesign English to be more efficient. The creative confusion between language and culture leads to more than just simple unintentional errors in syntax,but in the adoption of new words,says reader Robert Goodfellow who came across a sign... "House Fersallarend" (house for sale or rent). Why use five words when two will do?
> 26. According to Manila businessman, Tonyboy Ongsiako,there is so much wit in the Philippines because we are a country where a good sense of humor is needed to survive. We have a 24-hour comedy show here called the government and a huge reserve of comedians made up mostly of politicians and bad actors.

    > 27. De Generis made it to the impeachment trial

   >  28.  Even facials made it to the impeachment trial as " prima facial evidence"
> Now I ask you...where else in the world would one want to live?<x-msg://48/u>
Are you convinced?

Windows 7: I wanted more reliable, now it's more reliable. Wow!

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Findings on How to Reduce Weight

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Some bikers who merely want to lose weight might find benefits from this new news on how to reduce weight and even find biking irrelevant to their health objectives.

What is the new method of reducing weight?  This recent news tells that reducing the size of tableware can reduce food intake up to 3l%.  However, the paper is not clear on the outcome:  how much is the resulting loss of weight.  There seem to be holes in the report.

Here is the link to the news:   lose-weight-using-tableware-study-

However, there are added benefits to biking:   finding new friends, new scenery, physical fitness which can not be had from buying smaller and cuter tableware.

Great new business for table ware businessmen.  Expect new positioning from them:   "Weight reducing tableware"     or "Lightwares"

Monday, January 16, 2012

At Cavinti and Lake Caliraya

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These are some more pictures at Cavinti, and Japanese Garden.  For all of us, it was the first time to climb Caliraya from Cavinti,  Most of the time, we climb from Lumban to Caliraya, the shorter but steeper climb.  I do not know which one is kinder???

By the bridge

                           Look at the nice stream below:  used to be a road?

                                        Joel Javier, soon to celebrate birthday

                                         7 days with a very nice view

                                        Angel and Weng



At the Japanese Garden

                              VM and Luis planned and executed this:  thank you

                                       Tito talking about near hit with Chito

                              Nice Dog waiting for his morsel

                                  Listening to Smiths Kuwento

                                          Luis relaxing

Bikes Resting

Nice Bike Pose

Jestoni Waited for Us

                              Jestoni Should have Joined Us?!

            Allan, Tito and Jestoni at Pisong Kape

Photos of JorgeusBiker at Cavinti Caliraya Ride

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We were lucky that there was a support vehicle.  Very rarely can we have guys from the Team Vehicle take our pictures while we ride.  Most of our pictures are when we eat or rest.  And for this ride, there were pictures of myself on the bike.

Here are some of the pictures:

Self praise:  Looking Jorgeus!?

                                            Still with Peloton at Bugarin

                       Riding up at Cavinti, as a sweeper.

                      Still Strong as A Senior

                             Drinking Minute Maid at Manay while talking to Maids

                 Posing by the Bridge, from Cavinti to Caliraya.

Chronology of our Bike Ride to Cavinti and Caliraya

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We started assembly at 5:00 am.  We departed at 5:30 and then went to Sacred Heart Parish in Tayuman to say a little prayer.

            The early birds:   Joel J, VM, Luis, Armin, Smith and Allan.  Note the time

          JorgeusBiker, Joel, VM, Luis, Armin and Allan

On the way I got  two flat tires in Cardona.  Armin, Luis, Joel waited and assisted me.  Luis lent me his Kenda spare folding. We went straight to Pililla, Pisong Kape.  Our batch was there at 7+.  Edgar Weng and Angel have joined us.

                                    Nagkape, at naglugaw sa Pisong Kape

                                        At Pisong Kape, Pililla

Climbing Bugarin

                          The Recylists_2010 Riding in a Behaved Manner SIMPLY AWESOME!

                                          Tito Showing the WAY (Tamang Daan)

          That is Jorgeusbiker at the Peloton

We were at the Bugarin summit by 8:l5.  However, I lost the peloton at Bugarin downhill when I avoided the big bikes who whizzed by very closely

Snacks at Manay by 9:15

                              Who are offering scholarships?

Going Uphill at Kalayaan

                                        We cant identify their butts
Uphill at Cavinti

                                         Smith, Armin and Smith

                                        VM, Diego and Gerry

                                         Chito and Gerry Cataps

                                         Gerry Cataps

                                         Weng Looks Like a Lady

At Cavinti stop

                                         "Diego, sumuko ka na!!!!!!"
                                        Allan, looking very handsome

                       Our Support vehicle.  Thank you guys!!Thank you VM