A couple of weeks ago, my friend Marga sent out an open invitation to ride with her and her bike Sixto from Manila to Tagaytay on her birthday.
As much as I wanted to do it, I had one big problem. My road bike happened to be in parts lying in my bedroom.
Well, no time like the present to build a bike I thought. So I packed up all that bike stuff, cleaned out my bank account and headed to All Terra. Couple of hours later... the world met Frank.
Yeah, he name is Frank, anyone got a problem with that? Its the perfect foil to my prissy MTB Lady Patricia.
Birthday ride time. Marga and I started of from AlabangWestgate. Unfortunately, the idea of a big riotous group ride boiled down two hard headed individuals who would not let the idea of searing heat and traffic ruin our best laid plans.
We made our way down DaangHari and made our first rest stop at a Shell station somewhere past the Camella Homes property.
While Marga and I got re hydrated, Frank and Sixto too the time to get to know each other.
I think they'll be good friends.
We set off again for Tagaytay. But of course, being Pinoy, we couldn't resist stopping to take the occasional picture. Like this one of Marga and the Giant coffee cup of Amadeo.
A few more on the road pics while we rested...
And we finally made it to Tagaytay, where the initial problem of where to have lunch was quickly solved by the choice of my favorite Greek restaurant.
Where we quickly devoured everything in sight.
But of course, no birthday ride would be complete without cake! So off to Starbucks we went for some cheese cake.
Happy Birthday Again Marga. See you again next year!
One beautiful place that I found in Puerto Princesa to run is the Ramon Mitra Jr. Sports Complex.
It has a regulation rubberized track which was recently refurbished for use during last year's Palarong Pambansa. This track is comparable or even better to the one at Philsports in Ultra. According to the caretakers, the track is free for use to individuals who just want to get in a bit of training. Although large groups will have to ask permission from the city mayor.
If running on the track is not your style, you can also try running on the roads which lop around the 16 hectare sports complex. To my untrained eye they seem like asphalt and there really isn't that much traffic.
Also swimmers and triathletes rejoice, there is also a 50 Meter pool for use. Though the water color seems to show that the maintenance may leave a bit to be desired.