Ride the Philippines Largest Castle

The Final season of Game of Thrones is finally happening in 2019 (thank God) but ever fancy what it's like being in Westeros for real? Travelling 85km+/- from Manila to Lemery may get you to live out that Game of Thrones fantasy with friends.

Instead of blowing a couple of hundred grand flying to Europe for an authentic experience, grab your motorbike, tag along 10 friends and get inside the massive never been opened Castle theme park for P1,000 bucks.

Getting in solo or as a couple will still set you back P1,000, silly really but you can actually wait by the main entrance and grab strangers who might be interested getting in so you only pay but P100 per pax, and for P100, it's totally worth it.

Fantasy World is huge, such a shame it never opened but despite having nothing in it, the abandoned Castle theme park is the closest thing you'll get to a Westeros like experience.

Grab some ride buddies, ride as a group of 10 and enjoy the cool air and the medieval view. For me, …

Ride and Camp Lobo with Kawasaki Versys Pilipinas/Pinoy Ninja (289km route)

Was fortunate to have been able to join the Ride and Camp Lobo Adventure with Kawasaki Versys Pilipinas through Albert Mungcal who I rode with on and off for about two years now (ever since I was learning how to really ride a motorbike.) 

Being a Versys owner, I was delighted to have joined the dream ride and it was a totally awesome experience riding with the Kawasaki Versys Pilipinas/Pinoy Ninja team

As an outsider prior joining the ride, I saw the KVP/Pinoy Ninja group of something like a pseudo secret society (unlike other motor groups, their group page was closed to the public). I could share though after spending a night and a ride with them, everyone is actually super down to earth, a bit crazy and collectively was a fun accommodating bunch of gentlemen.  (babala: highly skilled and fast riders)

I wasn't able to join their initial morning run to Lobo as I was in Anilao covering the 2018 International Coastal cleanup event of Pier Uno Anilao... headed my way to Ride camp on…

Photo Ride: TAAL Lake Loop (Motorbike Museum, Fantasy World, Bauan Divers Sanctuary Ride- 300km scenic loop)

Sep 8-10, 2018, The Taal Lake Loop is a wonderful scenic route filled with must do stop overs such as a Motorbike Museum in Lemery (Casa Corazon), a quick pass at Fantasy World just right after Tagaytay and gingerly crawl coastal roads and take shots of the milky way and star trails amidst an epic ocean view back drop.

The Trip was actually two trips collapsed into one since both were back to back dive trips (my main line) and my second return got me exploring the backroads of Batangas and Lemery.

Roadside Falls nearby Jariel's Peak

There are actually three waterfalls you can get to via motorbike, two roadside, one tiny 20 footer and another 40 footer  to the left heading out to Quezon from Tanay and finally one at 150+/- feet to the broken bridge to your right which is accessible by a short 10 minute trek

The second fall is a tiny 20 footer, just 1km past the 40 footer, lovely for group shots and bike with falls opportunities
Finally, around 6+/- kilometers more, there's a 150 foot+/- fall to the right of the bridge being constructed. You can view it from the temporary bridge but a short 10-15 minute trek will take you closer, making you appreciate the beauty of the last and final waterfall

Next time you want to enjoy some waterfall photography, a 100km+ ride along Marilaque hiway will yield three fun falls, literally in small, medium and large size. 

Ride Anilao's Highest Peak, Mt. Gulugod baboy

Thursday, August 23, Gage Veridiano sent a late message the day before for a quick ride to Gulugod Baboy, it's the highest point in Anilao Mabini and the 250km round trip quickie ride was definitely one for the books.

I've always heard about Gulugod baboy which was frequented by millenial day trippers and hikers. The road en route to the short summit from Manila requires a pass at slex then star toll and through Batangas and after several towns, you find yourself playing in the twisties with magnificent sea views as you climb up to Gulugod Baboy.

From Manila, we arrived at around 1000am, leaving Petron slex at around 800am. Traffic was as usual crowded in the towns, we could have been there in a little over an hour

To wrap things up, the ride to Gulugod Baboy is an intermediate 250km round trip run from Manila which will treat you to coastal seaviews and cool air once you hit the summit. It's a complete ride, hataw ka na sa Startoll, banking ka pa sa may Mabini, lupet pa …