Weekend Hits: Art in the Park

First stop for my Go Biking Project was at an annual gathering of artists, craftsmen, art galleries, and aficionados none other than Art in the Park. First time to visit here last year and I was left in awe. Good thing Jordan and I both got ourselves bikes beforehand and some friends from Talahib Peoplesmusic invited us for a ride. Since they are also inclined in arts and crafts, I suggested to drop by the event that one fine Sunday afternoon. We rode from Paco, Manila to Salcedo Park, Makati.

art latagan


storage gone cute


I was busy snapping and rubbing elbows with acquaintances, I forgot to take note of the artists. Next time, yes!



Some of the locally renowned galleries who were present in the event were: Neo-Angono Artists CollectiveBlanc GalleryResurrection Furniture and Found Objects GallerySecret FreshVinyl on Vinyl, FEU and TUP Fine Arts, and many more.

I learned how to ride a bicycle when I was in grade school. I’m a self-taught and I had too many bruises and scratches before I finally made it. Though I took a break from it and I had to start all over again. This time on the open road. Considering limited bike lanes and some arrogant motorists in the metro, you can imagine how shaky I am. I’m trying to overcome being submissive on the road. My instinct, of course, tells me safety first but there are times you have think quick before situations get worse.

Back to this ride, I was not confident with my jap bike so I asked Jec to lend me her spare one. Therefore, I rode her mini velo with coaster brake and it’s new to me so we had to get along for a time. Though it didn’t let me down. I was too anxious I was checking the brake all the time. After Art in the Park, we headed for Mall of Asia for dinner then went back to Paco via Roxas Boulevard (there’s a bike lane along the bay, wee). I believed my mental awareness moved to the next level haha. It was a thrilling ride. I was with experienced bikers, they were good in maneuvering. I got inspired and decided to get myself at mini velo, too. You will see it on my next posts. My new buddy.


(Weekend Hits is a compilation of my biking adventures. I ride a bike on weekends and take snaps of fascinating things from my city (and hopefully other destinations, too). Follow my adventures here or on Instragram.)



Liwliwa Surf

There’s a light that never goes out


Make a friend


Bunk beds





We own the sea


Surfing chicks


Second surfing trip with these girls after Baler. It’s more of beach bumming in fact because there was no swell. We just enjoyed the sea and hostel because we arrived before anyone else.

Liwliwa, Zambales

Jan.30, 2014






In the Pines

For the second time around, I capped the (previous) year in a place where the cold wind blows, where the smell of pines is typical, and your hips might complain for non-stop hiking.

Original plan was to head for Kalinga and visit Fang-Od (the last mambabatok) to have fertility ring etched on my skin in a traditional way of tattooing. Sadly, the allotted days were not enough so we decided to stay in Baguio instead.

It was too quick that all we did was to visit the parks which are less crowded, stare at the pines (or more appropriately sniff its scent), pick some fallen pine cones and twigs, and Ukay raid, of course.

We should have gone to Tam-awan Village and Bencab Museum, I know. I save it when we come back.

Hence, here are some snaps from wandering and wondering around the City of Pines!

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along the Eco trail2013-12-30-13-50-29_photoIMG_20131230_134615 bookshop on the clouds .. err mountainsIMG_20131230_144536 Rizal Day commemoration at Oh My GulayIMG_20131230_161937IMG_20131230_162833 Spazzkid in the pinesIMG_20131230_140820It’s always a nice way to bid farewell to a challenging but pleasant year (2013). May we all carry new hopes and become more productive and make life a lot meaningful this new year.


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Buksan ang summer (Baler Trip)

I’m soooo lazy for posting this late! And even lazier for not giving much details. That’s for my next post, I promise. Haha! It’s just too hot these days plus I was caught between my desk job and Monsterella! But one thing’s for sure. It’s beach season so everyone can’t wait to hit the waves. Let me share some photos of my Baler experience like a couple of months ago. Hehe. I truly want to go back because of the awesomeness of this place.

After taking the 2am Five Star Bus (from Pasay), we arrived in Cabanatuan City before 4am. A UV express van was waiting and we had no choice but to take it because the public bus starts at 7am. We woke up (if ever we really had a sleep) to a wonderful view of some dams in Pantabangan (halfway to Baler). But I forgot to take some photos. Boo!

Good morning, Baler! 

Just before 9am, we reached Baler and hurriedly checked in at a beachfront lodging house and had breakfast at the “Rolling stores.” We were eager beavers to start our day trip, we had some troubles with the tricycle drivers. Note: Tricycle is the means of transportation in Baler since you won’t see any public jeepneys there. A tricycle driver serves as your guide. (More stories about the tricycle drivers and the owner of our lodging house in my next post. Yeah. It’s complicated like that.)

What to do in Baler (2 day trip)?

1. Have breakfast in Rolling stores.– Some typical carinderia that serves several dishes, name it they have it but don’t expect too much with the taste.

4/5 casts

4/5 casts

Balete tree

2. Climb up and take a pose on the 600-year-old Baler Tree. Some kids are waiting to guide you upon climbing it. They are experienced photographers, too. They know the right angle!


600-year-old Balete tree

2. River trekking to Mother Falls- Another part of the eco-trail. Tricycle drivers/guides will take you here right after dropping by Balete tree. In less than 45 minutes, you will be at the jump off to start the river crossing and hiking. We’re failed to reach the Mother falls at first try due to strong current. Yet we tried again the next day and everything was so worth it when you finally reached the grandiose falls. There’s also a small hydro power plant near the jump off site and the guides said it supplies electricity to a barangay nearby.

Mother falls

River trekking to Mother falls

Photo by Annie

Photo by Annie

4. Take some shots of the scenic view of Baler Bay before heading for Diguisit Beach.

Baler Bay

Baler Bay

5. Enjoy the splashing Diguisit Water Falls.

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls

6. Picture taking and take a dip at Lukso-lukso Islets and Diguisit Beach. Feel the serene beach life here.

Lukso lukso beach and islets

Diguisit beach and Lukso lukso islets



7. Another Part of History-eco Trail is the Ermita Hill where you can find statues of one of the 7 families who survived a huge tidal waves in December of 1735. You can find the historical tunnel as well where it is believed many townsmen used it to escape the raids of the Moros and so on.


Ermita Hill


Have yourself a reward of picturesque views of the Baler bay from this hill.

Top- Cemento beachbottom- Sabang beach

Top- Cemento beach
bottom- Sabang beach


8. SURF!

At first, surfing didn’t cross my mind (and my budget) as I underestimated myself (I’m pessimistic like that). I was afraid to fall off the surfboard and get drowned haha. But when I saw all the pro and amateur surfers even my friends nailing it, I felt regretful. After a while, Teacher Candy allowed me to try it while she was taking a rest. Her trainer was a 15-year-old boy with six packs (take note haha). As expected, I couldn’t actually make it after few attempts but Angel (trainer) gave me a heads up. I couldn’t believe my eyes that I made to stand up on the board with a less than 10 minute practice. I promised myself that I shall return and do it all over again. It’s a lesson learned to me. Never underestimate yourself even if you know it’s hard but then after few (or more) attempts, you shall conquer that fear.

Surfing at Sabang Beach

Sarping pose! (I'm the apparition. hee)

Sarping (surfing) pose! (I’m the apparition. hee)

Sarping (surfing) chicks

Sarping chicks


Candy and her 15-year-old trainer, Angel (Whatta abs!)

me surf


9. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn

Second day was to enjoy the breakfast at Bay’s Inn, visit Ampere beach, and most of all, conquering the Mother falls. We were not able to cross the river on day 1 due to strong current so we decided to go back on the next day and our efforts were all worth it when we reached the majestic falls. The view was breathtaking. It’s my first time to see raging water falls like that. The water was so cold and refreshing. Too bad we had to hurriedly go back to our lodge to check out. We weren’t able to do the historical sites but that’s another reason to go back aside from surfing. Hehe. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn We started day 2 by eating breakfast at Bay’s Inn. They offer buffet that costs around 150php/person but we opted to share some meals since we wanted to taste home-cooked soup and vegetables. We ordered blue marlin sinigang, Pinakbet, and yangchow rice. We had no regrets because they all tasted so good. You will love it, too. Moreover, nothing’s more fun than to eat breakfast watching people playing with the waves. bays inn 10. Ampere beach. Unlike the other shores along Baler bay, this one is full of small and big stones, those our moms and grannys use to rub on their skin. haha! SAMSUNG

Ampere beach

Ampere beach

boy/girl band

boyband, yes?

(to be continued…)

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Ola! It’s been a while since my last post. Hiking stories are still nestling in my drafts. I could only do quick posts for now since I’ve been a busy bee for the next 10a Alabama Craft Fair. These are some Instagram photos I took during travels. Have a good week ahead!

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