Bicol Ride captured with GoPro

Posted by raredog in Bidyoko, Bike, Motor... | 02.26.2015 - 2:40 pm

Here’s a short clip from Viajista’s ride in Bicol, and my last ride with Ozzy! The whole ride was phenomenal and I can’t wait to do it again. My only regrets are the water spots on my GoPro lens during rainy moments. Pede kaya yung mga rain guards for cars dito?

 

Locations: Eme Road/Bitukang Manok/Quezon National Park, CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC), Plaza Rizal, Naga City


Viajista Bicol Ride Adventure 2015

Posted by raredog in Bidyoko, Bike, Motor... | 02.21.2015 - 4:31 pm

My Bicol ride finally came into reality. Well not exactly Matnog or Sorsogon but only in Naga City. At least it’s still part of Bicol Region and also popularly known as the Queen City of the province.

Noon ko pa talaga gusto mag ride pa Bicol kaso lang walang makasama. The farthest place I rode in the South was in Atimonan, Quezon and I did it twice already.

So I rooted for a Bicol ride to my co-riders at Viajista as soon as there’ll be a long holiday. They all agreed! And soon the coming of Pope Francis in Manila gave us that go-signal kase long holiday, but still too bad at hindi pa rin nakasama lahat. Bale 4 riders and 1 pillion lang kaming lahat namely Eric, Jay-R and wifey AC, my son Kevin and me, all Yamaha. 2 Mio Amore, 1 Mio MX and 1 Sniper.

At Shell C5, groupie muna

We’re all GOOD TO GO that morning of January 16, 2015, that not even the news of Typhoon  Amang will stop us from going to Albay. BTW Albay was our real target destination, of course to see the majestic Mayon volcano personally and para na din makapag photo ops dun. But unfortunately, we got stranded nga sa Naga City because of bad weather, grrrrrr!

at Quezon National Park or Eme Road or Bitukang Manok

jumpshot at bitukang manok

We start our route from C5 Shell Station at around 6:00am na siguro nun – going to Bicutan service road – Sucat – Alabang – Muntinlupa – then Cabuyao – Sto Tomas Batangas – Alaminos – San Pablo – Tiaong – Candelaria – Sariaya – Lucena – Pagbilao – Atimonan – Gumaca – Lopez – Calauag – to the long, scary and dark road of Tagkawayan hanggang Naga City. Pabalik naman binaybay namin ang Tayabas – Lucena – Cavinti – Pagsanjan – Pakil – Pangil – Paete – Siniloan – Mabitac – Pililla – Jalajala – Tanay – Baras – Morong – Teresa – Antipolo at naghiwalay na kami sa Taytay, Rizal

stopover at Mcdonalds, limot ko na kung anong town, but its in Quezon Province na

at the Gateway to Bicolandia arch in Camarines Norte

The weather was good along the way, until we reached the welcome arch along the Maharlika Highway, Camarines Norte. Dun na nagsimulang umambon. We got a tip from our fellow Viajista na taga Bicol na hindi namin kasama sa ride na kakanan daw kami sa Rolando R. Andaya Highway dahil shortcut daw yun. Since its about 5pm, he insist na bilisan na namin kase mejo mahirap yung road condition dun sa dadaanan naming shortcut. Hindi naman ganun kalakas yung ambon so we moved on after a short yosi break, at siempre knowing shortcut yung dadaanan namin, in-assume namin na malapit lang ito, not knowing na its more than 130 kilometers din pala ito hanggang Naga City at dito na pala mag start ang horrifying adventure ride namin lahat haha!

our first taste of Kinalas, a Bicol delicacy like Gotong Batangas, masarap sya!

the day after our ride, still maulan pa rin, kita nyo naman yung dagat sa likod namin, bukirin yun pero puno na ng tubig hehe

We all fill up one liter gas on our motorcycles dun sa nadaanan namin kubo along the road na me tindang bote-bote ng gasoline, kase nalaman namin na bihira na daw gas station sa dadaanan namin at wala daw masyado ilaw sa daan (as in yung mga headlights lang talaga namin ang ilaw). It starts to get dark na rin kaya takbo na kami. Dun na namin na discover na mostly rough road yung daraanan namin kase maraming part na under construction pa lang yung daan, almost an hour pass when we saw a gas station. Nagtanong kami kung gaano pa kalayo ang Naga City, sagot sa amin “sir mga 2-3 hours pa po” OMG! Lahat tuloy kami nagpa full-tank hehe.

posing at the Porta Mariae arch in Naga City, pasyal mode na kami kahit umuulan, no choice hehe

Yun na, after that gas station dun na nag start talaga ang adventure moments namin dahil mas malakas na sa ambon yung ulan, we had to wear na our baon rain gears. Sakto naman na walang visor yung dala kong helmet so pasok sa mukha ko yung patak ng ulan, tapos dagdag pa yung cold wind was blowing toward our direction, the feeling is similar to like when you place your face infront of an aircondition, ganun kalamig grabeh! Alam mo yung eksena ng nae-engkanto na it seems paikot-ikot lang kayo sa dinadaanan nyo at hindi kayo makarating sa pupuntahan nyo, ganun mismo naramdaman namin kase the road and the surroundings looks the same. Andilim pa kaya para ka tuloy nananaginip lang haha! Hindi rin kami makahataw kase nga mejo slippery dahil sa minsan maputik dadaanan tapos siempre baka mabulaga lang kami ng bangin na pala hehe. We’re all very tired, hungry and chilling that night but we have no options to make a stopover kase wala kang makitang bahay o establishment along the way. Me nadaanan kami mga maliliit na tindahan bandang Sipocot na yata yun kaso its past 9pm na nun at wala kami nakita carinderia na pedeng kainan so nagtuloy na lang kami. By that time me malalakas na ring hampas ng hangin sa amin kaya tuloy mas lalo kaming bumagal. Siguro another hour have passed when we reached Pamplona. Dito na kami me nakainan at napag-pahingahan. As in parang ayaw na naming umalis duon haha!

jumpshot at Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

We reached Naga City at 11pm na din. Biruin mo yung travel namin dun sa pagliko namin ng Tagkawayan umabot ng 5 hours na kung tutuusin eh 2 hours lang kung daylight at good weather condition haha! Well at least adventure hanap namin and so adventure we got hehe.

a visit at CamSur Watersports Complex, lahat kami gusto mag wakeboard, problema ayaw ng management at malakas daw hangin wahhhhh nganga! groupie na lang

We stayed for 2 night and 2 days at the house of “Morris” the officemate of my co-riders in Naga and one night naman sa friend kong di “Deo” sa mismong City. Na stranded na kase kami kaya ayun overstaying nangyari. Gustuhin man namin umuwi eh mas malakas na ang ulan at hangin, nag landfall na talaga si Typhoon Amang. Dun na lang kami naglaboy sa City at sa CamSur Watersports Complex.

pasyal mode with my son Kevin at the Uragon Monument

 

the famous Sili Ice Cream courtesy of my friend Deo

 

sarap-anghang grabe hehe, with beggars at the back haha!

 

sayang nde ko na try wakeboarding, there’ll always be next time hehe

By the way, nakapag sidetrip pa kami sa Kamay ni Hesus on our way home. The photo below was taken at Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon. Sad face ako jan kase magkakahiwalay na kami ni “Ozzy” ko, my scooter for almost 4 years din. :(

 

my last ride with Ozzy (my scooter), diniretso ko na sya sa bago nyang owner after the ride (bayad na kase bago pa kami nag byahe hehe)

Odometer Reading

42747 Shell C5 / 43153 Naga City / 43627 Fairview QC

Total Kilometers Run – 880kms

Total Gasoline Filled – 16.95 liters

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Going Loco with GoPro

Posted by raredog in Bidyoko, Bike, Motor... | 01.10.2015 - 7:31 pm

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Its easy to get loco with this cute camera because even at its small size it has lots of features to offer! Its also handy and can shoot to almost any angle you can think of. You just have to be creative because this camera has gone where every other cameras have not. :D

gopro diy lens hood

 

I just did a DIY LENS HOOD out of a rubber bushing which I found on my neighbor’s auto shop. The diameter is much bigger than the GoPro lens, so I cut a small portion, then glued both ends to fit well into the GoPro lens. The lens hood not only protects the lens from sudden camera drop but also produces a beautiful vignette on my photos as you can see below. But of course I can easily removed it if I wanted to. :D

 

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One of the great features of GoPro that I have found out recently was the BURST MODE. Now shooting a jump shot (above photo) can be done in just one click, no more mistakes haha! My settings here is 12MP – 10/1 Wide – Remote Shutter

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This shot I made (from my mobile phone) when I stopped at a crossing while filming the video below.

My very first long video using my GoPro happened last December, during our barkada’s reunion.

and my latest wacky video of myself while driving and singing “Bring that Booty” by my rap duo idols, MastaPlann :D

 

 


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