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sakay. takbo. lipad. (ride. run. fly.)

May 23, 2011

Here’s a nice Filipino poem forwarded to me by Uriel.  It’s written by Ron Magbuhos, a Vespa rider he met at the 5th Angono Round-Up.  I’ve been told that Ron wrote this paean for riding after the ride to Angono.  ‘steeg! 🙂

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Nag-anyaya ang hangin na ako'y sumabay
Sa kanyang paglipad, atubili akong nagpa-unlak
Nag-aalalang hindi maka-agapay sa kanyang pag-indak;
Hinawakan nya ang aking kamay at kami ay pumailanlang.

Sabay kaming sumayaw sa saliw ng awit ng kalikasan
Sa bandang sinkupado at pagaspas ng dahon at kawayan,
Sumisikad ang binti, tatadyak ang paa at kakalabit ang daliri
ang kamay ay pipiga, sisisid ang mukha at matinis siyang titili;

Nakipag-ulayaw sa ispontayong kalsadang kukurba-aahon
Sinalat ng talampakan ang nagbabaga nitong sementadong daan
At doon ay lumikha ang aming mga puso ng mga palatandaan

Humalo ang amoy ng 2T at petrolyo sa aming hinahabol na hininga
Pinadulas ng tumatagaktak na pawis ang humahalinhing na makina
Lipad, sige pa, lipad, at sabay rumurok ang aming pinag-isang silakbo.


A Rider’s Playlist (a collection of songs for riding)

April 5, 2011

a compilation of 14 tracks - including two written by me 😉

Angkas na! (Join me for the ride!)

I’ve been meaning to make a CD compilation of all the songs that I have featured in this blog. A playlist that any rider could simply load in his iPod and listen to while riding.  Well that plan has long been in the back-burner until this song, which I blogged just recently, came up.

This week, I’m rushing everything (re-mastering, replication, and packaging) before I switch on my vacation mode with my family by weekend. Special thanks to Mark Laccay for taking care of re-mastering all the tracks.  Mark & I even had to rebuild one track from the ground up, just to make it sound good for this album.  I plan have only limited copies made to give away to friends, especially those who are into riding.  The CD sleeve was designed by me (layouts) and my ever-supportive wife, Benz (packaging), and it’s currently in the press for printing and die-cutting to make it to our deadline.

This collection is dedicated to:
all my buddies whom I had the pleasure of riding with in-and-around the country
the men & woman (hi Kat!) of Vespa Club Pilipinas
all my readers in
our listeners in Pinoy Scooter Podcast (PSP)

If you happen to receive a copy soon, happy listening! 🙂

Noah & Laya: Future Vespistis

April 1, 2011
Vespa Onsies
Vespa Onsies

Yesterday, my wife Benz bought these two Vespa onesies. I think these were displayed at the boy’s side of the infant section but she bought the while one for our daughter, nevertheless. With the discount she’ll get if she gets two items, she bought the other color (blue) with the intention of giving it to a baby boy named Noah.

Noah Laccay (born August 2010) w/ daddy-o

Noah is the third and the youngest child of my neighbor and Pinoy Scooter Podcast (PSP) partner, Mark Laccay (No, they didn’t name him after Santino’s character in another teleserye). By virtue of being the unico hijo, it is safe to assume that this lucky boy will be the future heir to his dad’s Vespa.

Laya Rana (born March 2010)

Born five month ahead of Noah is my youngest daughter, Laya.  Here she is doing her “balancing act” on Pyke.  I was actually behind her & the scoot ready to catch her as Benz took this shot, but she didn’t budge from where she was seated.

Daddy-O Ride (August 2010)

On the same month Noah was born, our friends from Vespa Club organized the “Daddy-O Ride” for me, Mark, and Joseph (another member with a new baby). It was actually my first out-of-town ride after my long hiatus. That was also my first time riding with Mark. Looking back, that ride was sort of the trigger that got me back into riding.

first meeting: Noah & Laya (with my eldest daughter, Kite) at the Laccay’s Residence

But I digress. As for Pyke’s future caretaker, my eldest daughter Kite agreed to give way to his little sister as the rightful heir of my Vespa as long as we buy her a car.  What a caring big sister. 😉

These two babies could be future members of Vespa Club of the Philippines.  And who knows, maybe they’ll be a good tandem in continuing what we started in PSP.  We’ll see. 😉

“Motorcycle Emptiness” by Manic Street Preachers (music & lyrics)

March 30, 2011

I like listening to music during long rides.  But don’t worry.  My music is not loud enough to drown the ambient noise in my surroundings while riding. Besides, my earphones serve as my headset/mouthpiece so I can freely receive calls from fellow riders, especially when they’re by their lonesome, ahead or trailing the pack.  It’s also handy during emergencies like when a fellow rider needs direction or to announce an unplanned emergency stop because of engine trouble.

Here’s my typical riding ritual.  Put my iPod on shuffle and any random song comes up from my playlist.  But the song below urged me to make a specific playlist that I can tune into during rides.  It’s currently on repeat mode in my iTunes. And now I’m even blogging about it.

It’s a a single by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers, released in 1992.  It reached #17 in the UK Singles Chart, but it’s the first time I’ve heard of it today. I blame my limited exposure to American Top 40s. 😛

It’s not a happy-happy kind of song, but I feel it’s a good song to listen to while riding. 😉

by Manic Street Preachers

Culture sucks down words
Itemize loathing and feed yourself smiles
Organize your safe tribal war
Hurt, maim, kill, and enslave the ghetto

Each day living out a lie
Life sold cheaply forever, ever, ever

Under neon loneliness, motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness, motorcycle emptiness

Life lies a slow suicide
Orthodox dreams and symbolic myths
From feudal serf to spender
This wonderful world of purchase power

Just like lungs sucking on air
Survivals natural as sorrow, sorrow, sorrow

Under neon loneliness, motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness, motorcycle emptiness

All we want from you are the kicks you've given us
All we want from you are the kicks you've given us
All we want from you are the kicks you've given us
All we want from you are the kicks you've given us

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Drive away and it's the same
Everywhere death row, everyone's a victim
Your joys are counterfeit
This happiness corrupt political shit

Living life like a comatose
Ego loaded and swallow, swallow, swallow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness everlasting nothingness

Dear Laya Rana,

March 29, 2011

A very happy, happy birthday to you, Siobe!

You don’t know how your arrival in the family made me, Mimma & Achi so much happier.

It’s your birthday today although you didn’t get to have a big birthday party like Achi’s. But that doesn’t mean our celebration with you was less special. Mimma & I decided to forgo the party so we could save up for our family holiday to visit your cousins’ family (Achi collectively calls them “The Sudarios”) in Australia for summer 2011.  It’s gonna be their first time to see you since you were born and they are all excited!  🙂

Anyway, what we had was a birthday shoot to celebrate your 1st Birthday.  Here’s a souvenir sot of both us looking great together. 😉

father & daughter

I actually have planned on bringing my scooter for your birthday photos. I think Pyke would’ve been perfect with the vintage feel of the shoot. But Mimma needed me to drive the car to bring the family and some props to the set-up.  I know you would agree that a Vespa would’ve been perfect somewhere in this picnic shot:

birthday picnic

Oh well, maybe some other time. 🙂

Anyway here’s a special music video for your birthday.  I specifically requested for this song which I especially dedicate to you (and Achi too!).  I love you, babe!



P.S. I hope you get to stumble upon this post in the future while searching for your name in Google (or whatever popular search engine the time you find this).

[My heartfelt gratitude to all the people who helped in this photoshoot.  Full credits listed here. ~Abet]

me & my neighbor Mark Laccay for Pinoy Scooter Podcast (PSP)

March 28, 2011

September of last year, me and my neighbor and fellow Vespa Club Pilipinas member, Mark Laccay, embarked on a project we could do together during our free time.  Him being a sound engineer, and me as a webmaster, Mark proposed that we make a podcast (a fusion of web & sound) for Filipino scooter enthusiasts.  We wanted an entertaining audio discussions about the Filipino scootering lifestyle. We call the show “Pinoy Scooter Podcast” or PSP in short.

click to PSP via iTunes

PSP logo by the creative roshipotoshi (Mark's lovely wife)

For the past six months or so, Mark & I managed to come up with 10 episodes featuring various rides and personalities.

Get to know Mark & me through this short video clip:

Listen to past PSP episodes via
or our FB page:
Subscribe for FREE via PSP in iTunes.

VESPINAS (a student documentary)

March 12, 2011

My nephew, Earl (second from right) contacted me that he wanted to make a Filipino documentary for his school project.  He wanted to interview me with two of my riding buddies about Vespa and how it acts as a lens in seeing the country. I invited Mark Laccay (my neighbor and co-host in Pinoy Scooter Podcast – subscribe via iTunes), and Uriel Protomartir (2011 President, Vespa Club of the Philippines) to join me and they willing agreed.

Apologies to my non-Filipino readers as the soundbites in the clip are mostly in the vernacular.