Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just haven't gotten around to photographing myself riding the machine 

Life is a Joyride!

. . . if it isn't, then it should be.  Happy New Year to All!  The rainy season in 2011 has been unusually long, with rain showers occurring regularly right up to December. I had a steam roller smoothen the airstrip in December, when I thought there was (a) still enough moisture in the soil to massage the hoof marks and creases out of the earth and (b) little chance of additional precipitation that would muddy the airstrip again. You guessed it!  It rained after the steam rolling was done. Fortunately, the airstrip held up and it's probably in the best condition it has been ever been. Still far from the condition I would like it to be but it'll have to wait until we have funds to spare! In the meantime, I've been getting plenty of traction on my Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Special Edition (flat black) going to and from the farm.  It's been a joyride!

In a recent trip, I decided to take a detour to Sibul Springs and, after taking a long and leisurely dip (I thought, much like Mom and her siblings during their summer excursions to Sibul Springs way back before World War 2), proceeded to Biak na Bato National Park--both located in San Miguel, Bulacan.

"To give you a little historical background, Biak na Bato had once been the headquarters of the Philippine Revolution. Its numerous caves and springs made it the perfect hideout for the rebel groups. It was here that Emilio Aguinaldo established the short-lived Biak-na-Bato Republic. It's a little-known fact that this place was once declared as the country's capital by Aguinaldo's proclamation when he established the first Philippine Republic."

After a simple mid-afternoon lunch of tinolang manok, adobong pusit and rice at a local eatery beside the road and a lengthy conversation with the head of the local guides, I decided to go on my way and reserve another trip to explore the trails and caves of Biak na Bato.

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