Monday, May 07, 2007

Back to Valencia

If I haven't written anything the past few days, it's because I'm back in Dumaguete. Friday, I was in transit from Davao to Cebu, and Saturday from Cebu to Dumaguete.

And Sunday? Well, Dumaguete welcomed me back with open arms and a scheduled eight-hour citywide power failure. I feel home.

To put all that behind me, today
I went up to Valencia via my old biking paths. I made it within my usual time with not much difficulty. The good news is that I haven't really gotten worse; the bad news is that I haven't gotten much better, either.

Still it was good to be back in the saddle again. I went through Daro, Camanjac, and Pulantubig. A lot of road-cementing going on, so some of the old trails have disappeared. All this ostensibly in time for elections.

I passed by the old riverbed in Valencia, and saw the usual sights. Nostalgia crept up on me. I hadn't been on this path since June of last year. Just to round out the experience, I passed by a carabao cart on the way up.

And as I was going up, who should I meet along the way but my old biking buddies Alex and Kevin. We stopped for coffee at our suking tindahan, now in a new location.

It's good to be back.


  1. eight hours? isn't that enough to, i don't know, sue somebody? :)

    di yan pwede dito sa makati business district. maraming mahihimatay sa heatstroke :D

  2. Hi, Rins: it's a variation on the old Nazi atrocity -- "Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth."

    In the Philippines, it's "Screw the people long enough and they'll think it's normal."

  3. Hi Dom,I miss your posts when you take off a few days.Too bad we missed each other in Dumaguete.(I was there 3 weeks with no brown that a record?)