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Bisita Iglesia with Ventus – My Holy Week Bike Pilgrimage

Most Filipinos i know are planning to hit the beaches, resorts, or any other vacation hotspot this coming holy week. there are a few that wants to take this opportunity to catch up on sleep and rest.

I, on the other hand would want to journey with my Ventus and do a Bisita Iglesia whilst riding a bike. it has been done before, and i have been reading some bike blogs just to study their route, and get tips on how to go about this bike pilgrimage.

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 Many of you know that i have started biking last october, and have taken it seriously than i anticipated. i currently bike to work and back, or bike to some malls and to my friends’ places when we meet for socials or dinner. during the coming holy days, i am very much dedicated to bike and visit several churches down south.

here are some of the churches that i plan to visit this thursday (the list is still growing. i plan to visit 7-9 churches!)

1. St. Joseph Parish – Las Pinas – Home of the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ

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2. Mary Immaculate Parish – Las Pinas – Natures Church

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3. St Mary Magdalene Church – Laguna

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any more suggestions on churches down south?  i dont think i can go as far as batangas.

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2012 in Retrospect

this time, no fancy banners shall accompany this flashback entry. 2012 has been really cruel to me (well especially the first half). i started the year wrong, i started it with a notion that i can be happy with an emotion that wasn’t in place (yeah cupid, this shits on you!), i also met the year with a very long fight between people i really care about – and in the end, ended up taking one side when i attempted to stay in the middle the entire time. and ALL of this issues happened in the first couple of months! sad, i know.

but slowly, things were picking up, and i was starting to see something i couldn’t see before, – hope! my birth month always brings me happiness, and that was when i found spyder (or when spyder found me). i started working, taking my mind of things that shouldn’t even be consuming my time in the first place.

First event with Spyder Phils with new office friends!

Spyder not only gave me work, it gave me new friends, new insights, and a brand new outlook towards myself.  It also got me biking, and running, and aiming to be better physically. the opportunity was probably what i needed at that time.

aside from work, this year, despite its flaws, dramas, and trials proved to be worth it because of friends that i met, and those that are constantly there when pickles manifest. i hate dealing with things alone, and true friends always are there whenever you need them. it makes going through all those shit easier because of those clowns i usually call on when i am down, and for that i am truly grateful!

a lot of lesson were learned during the last year, a lot of adventures happened (some of them will be put into writing soon. i promise!), a lot of love was shared (mostly friendship), and a lot of experiences that i can never un-experience (whether i like it or not). all in all, it was a rough year for me, but several people made it easier to traverse the everyday. i feel 2013 is a good year, and i plan to keep it that way! here’s to a great 2013!!

YEAR HIGHLIGHTS! :

with Rona and Abby, two of my most loved!

Cycling with office mates!

Team London 2015 plus the binder! haha

i was bald, and i played a gay headmaster in a play called “AVSVME : A Very Snape Valentines Musical Extravaganza”

Went to galera for the First time with my Bestest Girl Friend 🙂 Love you forever frond!

became a dad for a day! and a volunteer at the same time!

Helios will always be part of my life!

my 2012 may have been a disaster, but in the end, events like these made it worthwhile!

The Adventure continues! hello 2013!

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Chapter XIII : Adrenaline Rush

It has been a very busy past few weeks for me. my work schedule has gone berserk, and to top that off, my War on Fat has commenced (yet again! – and you heard that right.. the WAR on Fat has recommenced!). to ensure i win this very hard battle, i made it a point to push myself to the limits. to train both in running and in cycling (preparing for duathlons next year!).

last week alone has been stressful in terms of training for the back to back sporting events for the weekend. i started biking solo (yeah, just me and ventus) to condition and make sure my legs are familiar with the pain and stress that comes with cycling. i started biking to work nearly everyday, and biking home as well. (hello devotion!)

Last Saturday, our team (Team Spyder) attended the event of Celebrity runner Bearwin Meily. i joined the race and finished the 10km within my expected time (i guess my training finally paid off!).

The next day, our team (again) was present to participate in the 14th Tour of the Fireflies. a cycling event geared to raise environmental awareness through bi-pedal means of transportation. this was the first time i joined such a well attended event (in terms of participants – the event was boasting about 15k cyclists). i biked from our office in shaw to our area in tiendesitas for the assembly, nearly all of my team mates were already there, and all of us were quite excited with the prospect of dominating some of Manila’s main roads (Tiendesitas -> Marikina via C5 -> Marcos Highway -> Katipunan QC -> UP Diliman -> East Ave. -> Timog -> E Rod -> Gilmore -> San Juan -> Greenhills -> Ortigas Center -> J. Vargas -> Tiendesitas)

Before riding out. notice the awesome Team Spyder tent at the back?

 take a look at some of the many cyclists present during ride day!

Before heading out!

Part of the thrill of this activity was the experience to travel to some parts of the metro without having to worry about super fast vehicles that might kill you. it was also an opportunity to show the country how united and solid the cycling community is. the tour of the firefly is a yearly event! and rest assured, this is the first of so many more tours that i will join!

until next year FIREFLY!

 Flyover from C5 to Marcos Highway

cruisin along marcos highway

 Team Spyder at the finish line

Me and Ventus at the 14th Tour of the Fireflies finish line!

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Chapter XII : Ventus

two to three months ago, after the Spyder Surge, my wish to own a bike has intensified. i have always liked biking, i remember owning a mountain bike before when i was in high school, but it was stolen from the flat that we lived in at muscat.

Three days ago, my new mountain bike (which i call Ventus) has arrived. it is a 26er Cannondale Trail 5 – and i simply love it!
i took it out for a test ride with my officemates around kapitolyo and back, then brought it home.

Earlier today, i brought Ventus to the Fort to test his mettle. it was a fun ride amidst all the ascents from signal to heritage up until fort bonifacio. it was a steady ride even though cars have been hastily passing by. i even had an encounter wherein a truck passed by so fast, that i felt i was given a pull towards my descend to mckinley.

after the many roads traveled at Fort, i decided to go to the office, since our team has work today (FUN!). but somewhere along the san joaquin and pasig bridge – my right pedal detached from my entire bike – making me fall (for the very first time) to the pavement. i obtained a small scratch on my left leg, and my head would have hit the pavement had it not been for my mtb helmet Aero. * i swear, as soon as i recovered from the fall, a fast car rushed through almost instantly. – which led me to think what could have happened if i had not recovered fast.*

after arriving to the office (scarred, tired, and a bit miffed!), i decided to bring the bike to All Terra-Libis to have it fixed! their crew was so helpful that they did everything they can to ensure that i’ll be able to bike tonight with my officemates. they even went the extra mile by giving me water while i wait, and hailing a cab for my return trip back to the office.

now my bike, ventus, is as good as new, thanks to the awesome guys at All Terra! we are all set to go for the night ride later on!

Here’s to many more adventures with you Ventus!

—- Behind Thick Framed Notes
1. All my Cycling Apparel and Gear are from Spyder Philippines (Like them now, and follow them (@teamspyder) for awesome product infos, and promos.)

2. Like All Terra for bikes, and parts that you may need to enhance your biking performance.

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Chapter V : Reawakening and the Surge of the Spyder

After a significant amount of down time, i have decided to continue my self proclaimed quest. i have said farewell to my usual companions and would start to fulfill my adventure on my own (maybe this could lead to me meeting more adventurers and possible companions in the future).  this adventurer has awakened from the slumber and is determined to finish the quest!

A request for Adventure was found on one of the boards in the web. an establishment called Spyder set out a call to adventurers for a one day skirmish in the river city of Marikina. This group wants several adventurers to try their new gears and see how they fare in action. but would also want to instill a different philosophy and mantra on how adventurers go about their daily lives (a fit and healthy lifestyle, if you will!)

Team Spyder Surge

The call to adventure was heeded by several experienced and neophyte adventurers. the goal was to go around the city of marikina in bikes, clad in spyder outfits and gear. the kit given by the company consists of a chest piece (Cycling Jersey), a visor (performance eyewear), and a helmet.

The adventure started at dawn of the 4th of august. spyder was there early, and adventurers were slowly assembling in front of the Marikina Bikeways office in marikina. Marikina is known to be the first (and only – for now) city that has bike lanes all throughout their road system. Marikina has been advocating a strong cycling community to minimize traffic congestion and pollution. Spyder also teamed-up with the Firefly Brigade in support of their advocacy of a healthier environment brought about by cycling.

The Event is dubbed “Spyder Surge: Answering the Call to Adventure”. it is a series of mini events hosted by Spyder Philippines to have individuals/bloggers/enthusiasts test their products and gears, and be part of an active lifestyle community. Spyder’s VP for marketing said that surges will feature different sports from time to time, and they plan to conduct it monthly or once every two months.  and that they plan to keep each event small so that they could promote the interaction between participants and hosts.

Awesome In-Action shot by Nikk Victoriano

Group shot at SM Marikina

each adventurer was outfitted with an eyewear , a cycling jersey, and a helmet. the goal of the event was to show how resilient, durable and stylish Spyder products are, but also trying to change mindsets from being couch potatoes to becoming health and exercise junkies. everyone was looking sharp, and we were having a lot of heads turning as the entire spyder surge team passed by.  the cycling went on for an hour and a half before we reached this awesome lunch stop.

Pan De-Amerikana has a very hogwartsy feel (kara santos and i agree on this!). there were giant chess pieces, vines hanging from the ceiling and furniture made of old wood (exudes the nature feel, and has a very earthy tone!). brunch was served (food was excellent!) and mingling occurred (one of spyder’s primary goal), several photo opportunities were also done.

Pan De Amerikana – Marikina Exterior

Great Hall look and feel!

Team Spyder Surge I : Cycling

Aris Suarez – Karyl Moral – Francis – Riel Pinones

Team PTB Bagets

after the lunch, the team went for another 10 min bike ride to where we started. there we bade each other goodbye, exchanged contact infos and had that notion of adventuring together sometime.

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Spyder provided the following:

with Kara Santos, and Karyl Moral (wearing my mercury helmet)

Cycling Helmet – the Helmet that i used the is called the Spyder Mercury (a helmet created for the road). it was very light, and had well placed vents to allow the passage of the wind as you speed along the pavement. due to the excessive vents, there are no wind resistance. making it possible to speed up with ease.

Spyder Sequel and Cycling Jersey

Performance Eyewear –  the Eyewear that i got from Spyder is called the Sequel. it is a performance type of eyewear primarily developed for cyclists and runners. my sequel came with another set of lens that can be changed to fit the nature of the activity. the lenses are also polarized. the frame is made of lightweight plastic flexible material, not being an added “pagod” factor during activities.

Dry-Fit Cycling Jersey –  The Jersey that i got was extremely eye catching. it has three rear pockets (which i found out to be extremely useful – i tried putting my ipad there, and it fit! giving me many ideas on its other usage!).  the ride was extremely comfortable because wind was passing through this jersey as well. ill try to use this for jogging and running soon!

at the end of the ride – i learned many things. 1. how fun activities like these can change one’s mindset towards the active living/ 2. how it is always fun to do tiring activities with friends, and view it as a bonding activity / 3. i am now in love with cycling.

Thank you Spyder Philippines!

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Photos grabbed from Spyder Philippines and Nikk Victoriano

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