The Viajista’s scheduled a quick ride at Jariel’s Peak last Sunday. Roughly around 80 kilometers from Shell Gas Station, Marcos Highway and almost three-quarters of the route are twisties.
Its some kind of a tune-up ride for those old motorcycles that we have and a break-in ride for the new ones! Four brand new rides and 5 old ones are present during this ride. The new ones are the two from Keeway, one is the RKS 150 and the other is the Superlight 200, then one from Yamaha, the new Mio Soul-I and and the last one is the Honda Click. (although the latter was already tested for long ride on our previous North Loop).
The ride was a breeze not until we’re caught in a crossfire at KM48 between armed mob and some Masungi rangers. Nung una akala ko talaga shooting lang ng pelikula, nung nagputukan na pagdaan namin dun namin nalaman na totoo pala ng nataranta na mga tao sa paligid hehe.
We have reached our target at around 10am, sarap ng hangin, ang lamig, para kang nasa Tagaytay o mas malamig pa! At siempre, lots of bikers, its the usual atmosphere during weekend there. One of the highlight of this ride is that I brought along Cheerare (my Cheerson CX20 quadcopter). Para bang 2 birds in one stone. Nakapag-ride na ako, nakapag-palipad pa ako ng drone ko.
The problem was the wind! Sobrang lakas! Just like sir Itchie says, the place wasn’t drone friendly, fly at your own risk or not a place for the weak hearts pilots haha! Kase naman talagang matatakot ka, just like what I’ve experienced. My drone was uncontrollable the first time it was launched, natangay agad sa malayo ng hangin. The gyro just like what’s inside a dynaflex pro was somehow going nuts! It become stable but only for a few seconds, just enough to have some aerial shots for our group. Tapos the landing too was rough, actually its a semi-crash haha! Our second flight attempt was much more intense as the drone flew far from us and into the nearby ravines. I quickly set the mode to RTH or Return To Home, but the drone wasn’t responding at all to the command and instead flew farther haha! I lose hope and passed the remote to my son Kevin to the piloting. Parang nakikinita ko nang maghahanap kami ng drone sa kakahuyan haha! Good thing the gusty wind stops for awhile at dun naka-recover si kevin and my drone. He immediatly commands it to go back to our location at sumunod naman, yun nga lang bumalik ulit yung malakas na hangin but this time our drone is on landing stage na, hindi pa rin ganun kadali mag landing kaya ayun semi-crashed pa rin but at least hindi sya bumagsak sa bangin hehe.
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Observance of Holy Week is usually on my birth month of March, and this year my birthday happens to be on a Maundy Thursday, March 24. Originally, I was born on a Good Friday, but it’s up to you to find out what year it was haha!
And yes I did celebrate it together with my family and Boogie (my shaved dog), although without liquor and meat as penitence for that day and supposedly for the whole week (hopefully). I just cooked pancit bihon with tinapa as an alternative to pork, grilled some tilapia and made a tomato and cucumber salad. Then off we go to the Visitation of Our Lady Parish in Sacred Heart Village where we did a picnic near their mini-garden then afterwards we pray the Way of the Cross just outside the chapel.
We rest for awhile there while taking some souvenir photos, then afterwards go to a nearby flying field to fly my drone with the rest of the family. Everyone had fun, lalo na yung mother ko na sumisigaw pa pag nilalapit yung drone sa kanya haha! What a simple yet marvelous way to celebrate my birthday! Before the day ends, I was even surprised naubos yung 1 kilo na pancit na niluto ko even though its my first time to cook one haha! Thank God for all these blessings!!!