Wednesday, August 13, 2014


For those who will be doing the 200km Audax Brevet Ride on October 4, please see details below:

4:00am - onsite registration (lobby of Mango Valley 1 along Dewey St.)
5:00am - start of the 200km ride
8:35am - close of the 1st checkpoint (yellow station at Cabangan)
11:58am - close of the 2nd checkpoint (turnaround point at Total Station in Masinloc)
3:21pm - close of the 3rd checkpoint (yellow gas station at Cabangan)
6:30pm - close of the 200km Audax Ride

Things to do prior to the ride:
1) Read the Audax Ride Rules.
2) Have the proper bike lighting just in case you're still pedalling in the dark
3) Ensure you can be self-sufficient on the road with enough cash, your mobile phone, route map, cue sheet, inner tubes, repair kit, pump, food, energy bars, etc.
4) Take note of the cut-off time for each checkpoint.  We will be very strict about this.  All control point vehicles will return to Subic after the cut-off times.
5) Relax and get plenty of rest

For your guidance, please see cue sheet and google earth map photo. I will NOT be distributing copies of these 2 documents prior to the ride anymore to save on paper (we need to do our share for the environment). If you need a copy of the cue sheet, please let me know in advance so we can provide you one. 

Please see the registration form for those who wish to submit prior to the ride via email (highly recommended). Please ensure you sign the document. There is a registration fee of Php 500 for the preparation costs, brevet cards and accreditation dues for Audax Club Parisien (ACP).  For those who wish to register in advance, you can email your accomplished registration form and the scanned deposit slip of your registration fee to  You can deposit the registration fee to the following account: Account Name - Carmela Patricia S. Pearson; BPI Account #: 0420-0051-05.  Once acknowledged, all you have to do is show up before the ride and get your brevet card in the morning of the ride.  

This is a non-profit ride with an unrestricted pace. You can go and ride at your own pace but be reminded that this is NOT A RACE. The important thing is to finish before the 13.5-hour cut-off (6:30pm). Try to find a group with a speed that you're comfortable with for the entire duration of the ride.

For those who will be in Subic the night before the ride, I will be at the lobby of Mango Valley hotel from 7pm-8pm on Friday for registration and any questions. Please take note of my mobile number for questions or any emergencies during the ride - 09175279732 (Mela Pearson).

Visit this site: for more information

Firefly Brigade

The Firefly Brigade ups the ante by doing a calamity awareness challenge in the style of the Amazing Race!

Be at Tiendesitas at 7:30 am on the 17th of August and be part of history in the making.

Use your navigational, portage, and road riding skills to complete assigned tasks or simply ride along with the participants as a spectator.

Where: Tiendesitas, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
When: August 17, 2014
Meet up: 7:30 am
What: Utility (Cargo) Bike Challenge

Travel Advisory: MRT Train Derails at Taft Avenue

A Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) train was derailed at the Taft Avenue Station in Pasay City on Wednesday afternoon, injuring some of the passengers.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kayak at Taal Lake Conservation Center

About Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is a highly active volcano at the heart of a larger protected area established in 1996. The Taal Volcano Protected Landscape is composed of over 65,000 hectares in 13 towns and 3 cities, including Lipa City, Tanauan City and Tagaytay. The entire area is a land of mystery and shrouded in myths. Most of the tourism is concentrated on Tagaytay Ridge and the shoreline of Talisay town. There are, however, other entry points to the crater as well as other attractions that a visitor would find interesting. Pusod offers a glimpse of the ancient past of the region, debunking myths told about this mysterious caldera, exploring the archeological and biological mysteries from the viewpoint of scientists themselves all from the gentler side of the lake where the Tagalog culture is still most evident. Pusod is primarily an environmental education NGO. We start with a short briefing on a 3D map and a timeline of Taal’s eruption history. No other tour can offer the wealth of information on the lake basin that Pusod can, as we were instrumental in all the 16 consultations undertaken for the management plan of the lake basin. Our tours also ensure as little economic leakage as possible, ensuring that local businesses are patronized and accredited guides regale you with the lake’s legends and the culture in the heartland of the BatangueƱos. Experts on Taal: a biologist, a geophysicist and an archeologist/journalist will also be guiding you by audio (on an MP3 we will loan you). Paddles up, while resting for about 5 hours non stop paddling along the coastal area of taal lake.


6:00 AM At Trek Quirino taft, Manila meeting place
7:00 AM meet and breakfast at Petron SLEX
10:00 AM Early lunch at carinderia along Mataas na kahoy, Batangas
11:00 AM Start Briefing and instruction for safety paddling
01:00 PM Snack binatog alng the shore line last concrete road dead end.
02:00 PM Turn around
04:00 PM Socials, beer at

8:00 PM Manila

If you want to try Kayak at Taal Volcano please comment on my blog
For more Details please contact me E: or CP: 0922.885.3070

If you want to try Kayak at Taal Volcano please comment on my blog For more Details please contact me E: or CP: 0922.885.3070

Monday, August 4, 2014

Silag Festival San Fernando La Union
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