Rock to Daranak

“Falls alarm! Akala ko ok tayo, ang lamig po pala. Awts”

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Matagal-tagal na rin mula nang huli kong long ride, at masasabi kong sobra kong na-miss! Sa sobrang na-miss ko nga, halos umuwi na akong lumpo. Ang sakit lang, bes. Bawing-bawi talaga ang matagal na hiatus.

So here’s my entry sa recent escapade ng tropa:

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Initially we’re planning to bike all the way to the Windmills of Pililia, Rizal. Medyo matindi-tindi ang sinapit ng mga kasama ko the last time they went there kaya medyo hesitant din kami na dun nga tumuloy lalo pa’t matagal-tagal kaming napahinga. So we pursued Tanay, Rizal instead. Along the way na lang namin napag-desisyunan na mag-Daranak.

Call time namin ay 5:30am pero kumain muna kami ng lugaw sa Riverpark. Kaya naman ang naging actual ride out namin ay naging 7am na halos.

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Smooth na smooth ang byahe, at maliwanag na rin. Walang babaan, wala ring inom-inom ng tubig! Para sa mga non-pro bikers kagaya namin, isang malaking feat na ang umabot sa Angono, Rizal para sa unang stopover para bumili ng inumin. Ang saya walang baong tubig. Hahaha!

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Sinalubong kami ng parade!

After a few minutes, padyak ulit! With occasional stops para maghabol ng hininga, uminom ng tubig at kumbinsihin ang sarili na nasa tamang katinuan pa ako sa kabila ng lahat ng ginagawa kong pagpapagod. Haha!

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Isa sa mga best part ng long rides namin sa Rizal ay ang mga luscious green na mga palayan. Yes, luscious talaga kasi ang sarap sarap pagmasdan. Kaya syempre, bike selfie taken from Morong rice fields! 🙂

Pagdating sa Morong town proper, sinalubong kami ng isang mahabang funeral march. Medyo matinding pagsingit-singit at pakikibaka sa mga nagbubuhol-buhol na sasakyan. The best part riding a bike is that you can always squeeze yourself into traffic jams!

Unti-unti nang tumitindi ang init, kumakalam na rin ang sikmura; on top of that, namamanhid na ang mga hita ko kakapadyak! Mabuti na lang talaga may province-feels dahil sa mga bigas na nakalatag sa mga gilid ng kalsada na winawalis-walis pa! Nakaka-relax! Ayun, kahit na G na G pa ang mga kasama ko, nakiusap na akong magpahinga muna sandali sa lilim ng mga puno c/o Baras, Rizal.

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Haha! Huli ka Henry!

After a few minutes, pagkakain ng Beng-Beng padyak kami ulit with the idea na wala nang 10kms nasa Tanay town proper na kami. My goodness, sobrang sakit na talaga ng mga binti at hita ko, pero ilang sandal na lang makakarating na kami ng Tanay… humihingi na talaga ako ng sorry sa katawan kong pinahihirapan ko nang sobra. Haha!

6Pampalubag-loob, sobrang naaliw lang ako sa overarching leaves ala UP on the way to Tanay, Rizal. Sobrang cool!

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Ilang ahon, hingal at pagdadalawang-isip na umuwi ang lumipas, finally nakakakita na kami ng signages leading us to Daranak Falls. Ayun, may destination na kaming pupuntahan. Thinking na malapit na lang na paghihirap ang kailangan naming suungin, medyo na-excite na kami. Pero sa mga signages na nakita ko, isa ito sa mga kinatutuwaan ko… wala lang, siguro kung malakas-lakas lang resistensya namin, baka kayanin namin padyakin hanggang Laguna hanggang sa dumilim.

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Eto na nga, binagtas namin ang kalsadang magiging akala namin magiging friendly sa amin. We just thought na kahit paunti-unti lang, maaabot na namin ang inaasam-asam naming rest sa Daranak in a few minute ride. Pero puputok na lang ang mga paa namin at dadanak ang dugo kakapadyak, kakatulak sa mga ahon, dagdagan mo pa ng gutom at galit na galit na sikat ng araw, di pa namin natatanaw ni katiting na tubig ng Daranak. ayun sumuko na lang kami. Napatawag kami ng tricycle para i-rescue kami. At pinagdudahan pa namin na overcharged masyado ang singil sa amin, pero along the way sooooobrang layo pa pala talaga, at puro ahon pa! Good decision. As in. We were charged 50php each, kasama na ng bike. Oohh, the beauty and benefit of a folding bike.

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Yun na, nakarating rin kami sa Daranak Falls! Gutom na gutom na kami kaya after magparada ng mga bikes, for 20php each bike, hanap kami agad ng makakainan. Bago ka pumasok ng entrance, may mga nagtitinda ng mga noodles, inihaw na liempo, tilapia, mga de lata etc. We bought inihaw na tilapia for 150php each, malaki siya and good for 3-4 persons na and additional rice for 10php each. Ok na rin para sa mga gutom at pagod na kagaya namin. We could have added more sa pagkain kaso medyo limited lang ang budget namin. Salamat talaga kay Kuya Benjie. Haha!

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Daranak Falls is a haven for nature lovers. Marami-rami rin ang mga bikers and motorcycle riders na dumadayo dito. Bukod sa Falls na talaga namang nakaka-fall in love, may Calinawan Cave pa na pwedeng pasukin. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get through the cave. Masyado kasi kaming na-fall sa paliligo sa falls.

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11The entrance fee is at 50php each. Open din for photoshoots and prenuptials for 1500php. No pets and alcoholic beverages allowed. May mga picnic sheds din na pwedeng rentahan for 300php and picnic tables for 200php each.

21After considerable time na makapagpahinga, talo-talo na!

“Sa sobrang ganda mo, hindi ko maiwasang hindi ma-fall sayo”

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“Gusto sanang mahulog sayo, kaso natatakot akong baka wala kang intensyong saluhin ako”

Joke lang, di lang ako marunong lumangoy.

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“Falls alarm! Akala ko ok tayo, ang lamig po pala. Awts”

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Nag-decide kaming itigil na ang kasiyahan bandang 4pm at mag-asikaso na pauwi. Akala ko nung una, since ayaw ko sa malamig [na tubig], hindi ko masyadong magugustuhan, pero iba rin kapag nahulog ka na. Haha!

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Ayun, bye Daranak!

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Ordeal pa rin ang pag-uwi pero the best part ay kung saan kami idinaan ng tricycle paakyat, siya rin ang dinaanan ng mga bike namin pababa. Heavenlies! Sobrang saya ng ilang kilometrong downhill! 🙂

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Pero kahit gaano pa kasaya ang lahat, kailangan pa rin naming harapin ang katotohanang gumagabi na at kailangan nang makauwi agad sa aming mga mahal sa buhay dahil may church service pa kinabukasan. Bukod pa dun, halos wala na rin kaming energy. Nagdecide na kami ni Henry na mag-bimodal pero si Kuya Benjie nag-insist na pumadyak pa ulit pauwi through Teresa, Rizal. So we parted ways. I arrived home ng mga 8:30pm.

At ang kinabukasan ay napuno ng limping and agonizing pain sa paglalakad. Para na rin akong nabugbog sa pagod at sakit ng hita, binti at tuhod.

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Until next time! At mukhang marami-rami pang pwedeng mapuntahan sa Tanay, Rizal. 🙂

Train of Thanks 14-15

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Wow, another two weeks passed and before all things pile up before me, I would like to catch up with my train of thanksgivings. If you are like me who is not good at remembering dates, occasions and names, keeping things at hand and jotting them down is very practical and helpful. Let me share my notes these past few days:

  1. February marks the start of the Foursquare Bible College Extension class openings! Since I now have time to spare for night classes, I grabbed all four subjects offered, three of which I currently take in Marikina extension and the other one I decided to take in Sauyo. Though attending the Sauyo class is more tiresome and challenging, I opted to do such so I can free myself from Saturday classes. No Saturday class means extra time for rest or recreation!
  2. I am thankful for my weekend biking sessions this past two weeks. Two Sundays ago we went to Antipolo to visit Bongbong (and eat Nanay Mely’s palabok and turon extraordinaire) and just yesterday we went to SM Center Angono, Rizal to, mind you, buy Gatorade (and take pictures, syempre). Haha!12697305_1195651783787990_2770984481242465982_o
  3. Last Friday I went to Marikina Sports Park alone to do a few rounds of jogging (and more of walking). That was my first time after long period of hiatus so I find myself still adjusting to it. Hopefully I will able to continue this routine, even at least once a week. Onto a physically fit figure!
  4. I was tasked to take over the preaching duty for Tumana Foursquare Gospel Church since their pastor is still in the hospital. It was a nice experience though, sharing the Word of God in a different environment. I talked about God’s Kind of Love.
  5. I really appreciate our Love Day topic on God’s Love shown in the lives of Hosea and Gomer. In spite of all our unfaithfulness and waywardness, it is comforting to realize that the Lord still welcomes us with open arms, longing for us to come back to His loving embrace. In comparison to God’s love, ours is but a mist, a dew in the morning, easily dissolved in the heat of the day. Yet God’s love is everlasting, it will never ever change.12698590_10207560863452135_4174585667346761112_o
  6. I challenged myself for a Love Month series where I will be posting FB notes on a daily basis about God’s love notes to us. I find that this is such a huge task to do, and I often see myself working late nights just to finish one post. In fact I failed to write for certain dates. But by faith, I will be able to finish this challenge by the end of the month. First day’s post is about “God Says You Are… Privileged”
  7. I am trying to be more of a morning person since lately I find myself rushing up every morning so I wouldn’t be late for work. Now that gravity has heavier pull in the morning (not a scientific truth anyway), I really need to work hard on this area. To my consolation, waking up early in the morning is a refreshing experience, but makes me very sleepy on my night classes.
  8. For the first time this year, I was able to return to my favorite spot in Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain! It is really nice to unload all your emotional baggage and future plans before the Lord and find times of refreshing from His word. I see myself as a kid who runs to his Father, crying without the need to explain anything, just enjoying the embrace of his beloved Father. It was such a nice moment indeed.12697343_10207554291687845_4072237667328547596_o
  9. I survived Mt. Pico de Loro! Details soon. Na naman.
  10. I thank the Lord for gift of friendship. I am glad to have friends whom I can share my frustrations and aspirations in life, and who challenges me to “just be me”. Priceless blessing from the heavens.

There you go, my thanksgivings for the past two weeks. How about you? What are you thankful for?

Train of Thanks 10

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

To those who made a commitment to their New Year’s resolutions, this first week is usually filled with strongest drive to push through certain goals. Be it a fitness goal, financial goal or notching one’s bucket list, don’t give up! This week’s a jumpstart!

  1. One of my goals for this year is to read a lot of books, and I don’t want to limit myself with self-help, practical Christian living books and books about faith and theology, but I will relive the joy of reading locally published selections. I am glad to have read (and re-read) Bob Ong books since Christmas and just this week I have finished Lumayo ka nga sa Akin and ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!, 12th anniversary edition. It has amused me, as always – Bob Ong’s wit and way of writing. But more than just giving me a good laugh, he made me think hard of his life choices. He chose to go against the flow, against the norms of writing conventions. Of course, he got flak at first, but his counter-culture desire to voice himself indeed made a difference. I feel thankful for his testimony, that in order to make a difference, you sometimes need to be different.image
  2. I was invited to write a guest post! Unfortunately, I haven’t started yet and I am still praying about what I’m going to write about.
  3. I bought a new bike saddle to help myself from long, painful rides.
  4. My new saddle’s first duty was when our expanding team of bikers went as far as Morong, Rizal to eat Again, I am no food blogger but I do love to eat. Budbod House’s specialty, offers interesting menu (which I failed to even take note or take a picture of) only budbod tapsilog, and the one I ordered – Budbod Rice Special a yang chow of sort with lechon kawali, salted egg and a few slices of fresh tomato.

     

  5. My Christian Worker’s license under Church of the Foursquare Gospel in the Philippines is again officially renewed. Held at Max’s Restaurant, QC Circle, I joined almost 150 pastors and church workers to renew commitment to the ministry of Christ through the church. While the program is nowhere near perfection – there were couple of bloopers and miscoordination, but what matters is how we value what was given us, what’s the ultimate reason behind the program. To those who attended, it is about the cause of Christ of bringing the good news of the gospel to every home in every community.

 What are the things you are thankful for this week?

Train of Thanks 09

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

It’s 2016! Yuhuu!

I am writing this post in pain due to migraine. I have the option to allow this blog post to pass, but I say ‘NO!’ When it comes to giving back my thanksgiving to the Lord, I desire not to stay silent. I want to practice giving credit and thanks to whom gratitude is due.

  1. Vineyard Workers’ Appreciation Day. It is an encouragement to be reminded that I am serving the King of Kings alongside people who love the Lord like me. It feels more uplifting knowing that your family members are also actively involved in their respective ministries. This coming year, the church is again challenged to answer the call for ministry. Until know I am praying for exactly where the Lord wants me to focus into but my answer will be, “count me in!”image
  2. Binangonan bike tour and the best tasting tapsilog. I think I have tasted the best tapsilog in town – or should I say out of town! If you happen to visit Michelle’s Kitchenette along Manila East Road, Binangonan Rizal, don’t leave without ever trying their tapsilog. Served in a very presentable wooden plate, you will definitely have a taste of province’s authentic palate. On our return to conquer Cardona and Morong the next time, we’ll definitely return to the place and satisfy our tapsi-craving.

     

  3. Marikina City Grand Fireworks Display. It has been a tradition among my best buddies to witness the annual fireworks display sponsored by the city government of Marikina. Thousands of people jammed with Parokya ni Edgar, among other guests, eventually resulting to flying plastic bottles and tin cans. It was fun and scary at the same time. But more than the guest artists, it is awesome to behold the dancing lights in the sky with your friends. I was even able to write a poem in reference to the fireworks. In my honest assessment though, this years’ presentation is a little less spectacular compared to previous years.
  4. FSY PASasalamat KO. Before the year ends, we have managed to push through with our Christmas fellowship and mini-reunion. We’re reminded to be grateful for everything, because first and foremost, this is the will of God for us as Christians.
  5. Mother’s recovery. We celebrated Christmas and New Year with my mother suffering from pain on her hip, which was eventually diagnosed as UTI. Her blood pressure also dropped low, and her body temperature went up. Thankfully, my titas were present to help us attend to my mother and do the festivity preparations. As of writing, my mother is already feeling well. Praise be to God!

This year has a lot of things in store for us. Are you ready for your blessings?

Train of Thanks 06

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Another fruitful week has passed! Grabe, sobrang bilis, in just a matter of two weeks as of writing this post, Christmas time na naman! This Christmas may be a lot different than last year, but praise be to God, He never ceases to be the reason for the Christmas season! And before I fully embrace Payday Tuesday tomorrow, allow me to thank the Lord for the things He has done for me the past week. Let’s get it on!

  1. Tour de Manila – from Marikina to Pasig – Makati – Manila – Mandaluyong – San Juan – Quezon City, then back to Marikina – our Tour de Manila was such a huge feat for me and my biking friends (Kuya Benj, Jem and Henry, sayang lang wala si Bongbong). We started off as early as 6am last Saturday after a hearty goto at Kalumpang, then went our way to routes we are not even familiar with. It was such a wonderful experience and never have we imagined our bikes and our strength would allow us to keep on pedalling for 12 hours straight, not including our occasional stops and rest. Except for Jem, the rest of us have not pedalled yet as far as Manila, so we’re all overwhelmed with our accomplishment! We arrived home around 8pm.

I wasn’t able to bring a better camera phone but good thing, Kuya Benj is always ready with his digicam and selfie stick. We had shots taken at Guadalupe bridge with AlDub’s split-billboard concept, of course with Rizal Shrine, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Intramuros.

Next time, we’re planning to conquer BGC, the CaMaNaVa area, or the Rizal areas. Padyak pa more.

  1. I am very much thankful with my MMND family for this:image
  2. I thank the Lord for guarding my heart and giving me peace that surpasses all understanding. Some heart issues happen as a result of outright disobedience to Him, but when you yield to His will, no matter how painful it is, He provides even the strength and peace to carry you through. #hugot
  3. Been looking for a good pair of sneakers this past few weeks and I am glad to finally make a decision. Sana lang tumagal siya. I was able to buy a pair of biking shorts! Ayun, ubos ang 13th Haha!
  4. Christmas gifts are coming! Yay!

How about you? What are you thankful for this week?

Pagsuway at Pag-alalay

May hugot din pala talaga sa biking.

Pagsuway at Pag-alalayLast Saturday, my friends and I went biking along the hustle and bustle of Pasig City. It took us almost eight hours of pedaling through occasional humps, bumps and rough road.

Ang masakit, nung pauwi na, habang dumadaan sa C5, bigla na lang napatid ang pagpedal ko. Since I am yet to learn how to discover what’s wrong with my bike, much more fix my bike, medyo nagpanic lang ako ng konti. Masyado pang malayo sa bahay. Halos parating pa lang kami ng Tiendesitas! Aakayin ko ba ang bike ko pauwi ng Marikina? Sasakay ng taxi?

Good thing, naisipan ni Jem na itali ang mga bike namin gamit ang mga bike chains. Kaya from C5 to Marikina, hila hila niya ako – dala ang bigat at pag-alalay kung paano kami makakauwi ng matiwasay.

Kagaya ng sinabi ko last post, may natutunan ako sa episode na yun ng buhay ko:

Inaalalayan tayo ng Dios, kailangan lang natin siyang pagkatiwalaan

Medyo tinamaan ako ng konting hiya nang mga sandaling hinihila ang bike ko. Ayoko kasi ng masyadong dependent sa iba, yung masyadong umaasa sa tulong ng iba. Pero that time, helpless na halos ako. Kaya kailangan kong magtiwala na magiging ok lang kami.

Kagaya din ng ating relasyon sa Dios. Minsan naiisip natin na kaya na natin. Nahihiya kasi tayo sa Kanya, na parang isang malaking kahinaan ang pagkapit sa Kanya. Pero in the first place, helpless naman talaga tayo kung wala Siya!

One thing I appreciate with my friends is their willingness to help me at the cost of their inconvenience. That’s what friendship is made up nga naman. But the Lord is a Friend as well, and more than a friend actually. Kaya kung pinagkakatiwalaan natin ang ating mga kaibigan na di tayo iiwanan, how much more can we trust the Lord?

Mas mabagal at delikado ang takbo kapag may attitude of resistance

Habang hila-hila ako at ang bike ko, may mga pagkakataon na ako ang nagpipilit magdikta sa magiging takbo namin. Kakabig ako pakaliwa, o pakanan; o kaya naman ay biglang preno.

When we resist God’s plan in our lives, tendecy is either we’ll delay our progress or worse, endanger our lives. Minsan kasi nagmamarunong tayo e.

Pero along the way, narealize ko na kung ako na dependent ay mag-iinsist ng gusto kong mangyari, possible na instead makauwi kami agad, mas bumagal pa kami or mailagay ko sa mas delikadong sitwasyon ang takbo namin. We are trudging C5 at hindi yun biro!

When we resist God’s plan in our lives, tendecy is either we’ll delay our progress or worse, endanger our lives. Minsan kasi nagmamarunong tayo e. We tend to think that we know how to direct life better than God, where in fact we are just mere passengers in His vehicle.

Kapag masyado akong nagpabigat habang hila ako, mas bumabagal ang takbo. Kapag tumigil ako, titigil din siya, pero may choice siyang iwanan ako. Hindi ko hawak ang pacing ng byahe namin, at lalong hindi ko desisyon na tulungan ako. Likewise, resistance to the Lord is futile, because we will always end up disadvantaged.

Kahit sa gitna ng iyong kalituhan, mayroon pa ring kapahingahan

Sa tagal ng pagpadyak namin, talagang inabutan ako ng pagod. Hindi biro ang halos walong oras na pagpedal a! Mula pa man ng pag-alis ko sa bahay at habang binabagtas namin ang mga kalsada, I keep on uttering prayers of guidance and protection, maging yung mga bisikleta namin ay wag nawang masira.

Pero nangyari nga ang di inaasahan. Kaya di ko maiwasang magtanong kung bakit kahit anong panalangin ko, namgyari pa rin. Ngunit sa gitna ng kalituhan, naroon ang kapahingahan. Umupo lang ako sa bike ko habang hila-hila ng bisikleta sa harap ko, at ang iba naming kasama ay nakaalalay. Napahinga ang mga paa kong napagod na sa byahe.

Likewise, God’s ways are puzzling. Mahirap intindihin kung minsan. Pero what’s best about it is hindi mo naman kailangang intindihin ang lahat sa Kanya. He is infinite, eternal and incomprehensible in the first place.

At mas ramdam ko ang daluyong ng malamig hangin at mga matatayog na istruktura sa Eastwood. Nakauwi ako, with less padyak and more pahinga (than the rest of my peers. Haha!)

Likewise, God’s ways are puzzling. Mahirap intindihin kung minsan. Pero what’s best about it is hindi mo naman kailangang intindihin ang lahat sa Kanya. He is infinite, eternal and incomprehensible in the first place. Yet when we trust His sovereignty over our lives, mas maaappreciate mo ang bawat himaymay ng wonderful plans Niya sa buhay mo. It is better to rest in Him than to be restless, stressing yourself.

May hugot din pala talaga sa biking. 🙂

Padyak, Papak sa mga Gabing Maliwanag

“At isa pang narealize ko, sobrang ganda pala talaga ng Marikina.”

Sa nakalipas na dalawang magkasunod na Sabado, nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataong makaikot sa ilang lugar kasama ng aking mga kaibigan. Bitbit ng aming mga bisikleta, tinahak namin kilo-kilometrong kalsada upang balikan ang mga bagay na matagal na naming hindi nagagawa ng magkakasama. Tumatanda na nga yata kami, nag-iiba na rin halos ng mga prayoridad sa buhay. Pero naisip ko lang, panahon lang naman ang lumilipas, petsa lang naman ang nag-iiba, pero ang pagkakaibigan ay mananatili lalo na kung ito ay inaalagaan. Pero bago pa man maging tunog-anime ang post na ito, bago maging madrama, hayaan niyo na lang akong magkwento.

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October 20. Birthday ng Supremo. Masaya pala ang night biking. Dahil gabi, mas presko, lalo na at sinasalubong ka ng malamig na hangin. Na-realize namin ito ni Henry nung lumabas kami para bumili sa Riverbanks. And it was my first time na dumaan sa Marcos Highway! Sa pagkakatanda ko, dun pa lang ako nakaramdam na kinikilabutan ka habang nagpepedal! Pero with that, we both agreed na sa susunod na mga lakad, mas maganda talaga kung night biking ang gagawin namin.

At isa pang narealize ko, sobrang ganda pala talaga ng Marikina. Maganda kasi sobrang bike-friendly ng mga kalsada. Lalo na kung magbibisikleta ka sa Riverbanks or sa Riverpark, sobrang maeenjoy mo ang nature. Walkable city talaga! Sana nga lang maibalik ulit yung dating sigla, pero salamat na rin kasi yung investments sa mga bikelanes at maaayos na kalsada, sobrang nakaka-appreciate. Kumpara sa ibang lugar, I can say mas hindi nakakatakot mag-ikot-ikot sa gabi.

October 24. Lilac St. Escapade. Oo madaming pagkain, at madaming makakainan. Sa sobrang dami, muntikan na kaming mauwi sa 7-11. Ginusto kong bilangin kung ilan lahat ng pwede mong makainan dun, pero di na rin ako nag-abala. Ang dami e! At kung gustuhin man naming lima na matikman lahat ng specialty nila, mukhang magsasawa na muna kami kakapadyak sa kalsada ng Lilac bago pa man kami mangalahati. At syempre, kailangan pa ng maraming pera!

Pero dahil napagod kami kakabagtas sa bikelane dividing Cainta, Antipolo at Marikina, kailangan na naming magdecide. And we ended up sa Concho’s Home of Sisig Goodness. Isang malaking factor talaga kapag napi-feature sa Kris TV (at sa PopTalk or KMJS dahil Kapuso ako) ang isang resto. Mas mae-enganyo kang puntahan. Isa pa, hands-on owner nito si Kean Cipriano, sayang nga lang wala siya nung nagpunta kami.
imageSince di naman talaga ako food blogger, mag-iiwan na lang ako ng pictures ng link sa kanilang Facebook account. Pero in fairness naman, presko ang pwesto nila dahil sa open veranda style, at masarap ang sisig nila kahit hindi talaga crunchy, pero walang taba at litid! Sobrang malaman!

(c) Concho’s Home of Sisig Goodness FB Page
(02) 7883668
Second Floor, RAL Building, 48 Lilac Street, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Operating hours: 11:30 AM to 11 PM

At muli naming binagtas ang bikelane pauwi sa kanya-kanya naming tahanan.

October 31. Pamatay na pagpadyak. Eto na yata ang araw (o gabi) na sobrang ikinapagod ko. We met sa Riverpark ng 4pm at nagsimulang tumungo sa Eastwood thru Ligaya, supposedly. Pero pasado 5pm pa lang nasa Eastwood na kami at maliwanag pa, kaya we decided na pumunta na lang kung saan kami aabutan ng pagod. Sa pagkakaalala ko, walang eksaktong destinasyon kaming napag-usapan pero hinayaan namin si Jeremiah to lead the way.

And off we go! Una muna papuntang Manggahan. Sobrang haba palang bagtasin nun! Paikot-ikot sa Pasig na ang tanging naaalala ko lang ay dumaan kami sa C. Raymundo, tapos nakarating kami sa Pinagbuhatan. Umabot kami sa boundary ng Cainta at Pasig hanggang sa may C6. Ang tanging consolation namin ay nang matanawan na naming ang Laguna de Bay, at nakikita na naming ang mga karatulang nagsasabing “This Way to Taytay”. Buti na lang di na natuloy na pumunta pa kami sa Market! Market! na 30 minutes na lang daw ang layo.

Pagbalik, minabuti na naming punan ang mga gutom naming sikmura. Mang Inasal talaga habol namin para makabawi man lang sa extra rice at chicken oil. Paikot-ikot ulit sa napaka-mataong lugar ng Pasig hanggang sa makarating sa Kapitolyo. Sa wakas, naipahinga rin ang mga pagod na paa.
image Pauwi, dumaan kami sa C5 dahil gusto na namin yung pinakamabilis na ruta. Dahil na-orient naman na ako sa Marcos Highway kahit paano, medyo kaya naman na ang C5. Buti na lang din halos walang sasakyan, siguro kasi nasa sementeryo at nagtitirik ng kandila. Smooth na sana ang takbo e, kung di lang ako nasiraan! Biglang hindi na gumana ang pedal ko at approaching Tiendesitas pa lang kami!

Naisip ko bigla: maglalakad ba ako pauwi akay ang bike ko? Medyo natakot ako syempre. Ang layo kaya nun! O kaya mag-taxi na kaya ako pauwi? Nagtanong-tanong pa kami ng bukas na bike shop pero 11pm na kaya malabo na. May nadaanan kaming magbabalot at nanghiram ng gamit, sinubukang ayusin pero wala na talagang pag-asa. Wala rin kasi sa amin ang marunong! Haha!

Buti na lang naisip nilang pagdugtungin ang mga bike chain naming at itali sa bike namin ni Jeremiah. In short, hinila niya ang bike ko from C5 Tiendesitas hanggang sa Riverbanks (stop-over) hanggang sa makauwi ng bahay. Malaking pasalamat ko kasi inalalayan nila ako hanggang makauwi ng bahay. Props din kay Wilson ng The Call Worship Center, na nakakwentuhan pa namin sandali at pinagpray pa kami ng mapadaan kami sa Eastwood habang naghihilahan kami ng bisikleta.

Sobrang nakakapagod ang gabi na yun na namaga ang kanang paa ko, until as of this writing. Imagine, kung nagsimula kaming magbike ng 3:30 pm at nakauwi ng 12:30 am, halos isang shift sa trabaho kaming nagpapapadyak! Pero the experience is so worth it! Na-enjoy ko talaga.

Actually may hugot lessons ako sa moment na yun kaya lang sa separate post na lang. Masyado na itong mahaba.

Until next post!