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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My first "Bambike" experience in Intramuros (plus meeting a cute guy)

My first "Bambike" experience in Intramuros was also my very first experience in riding a bike. I never learned how to ride a bike before when I was a kid and I never even rode one. That's why I was so more than surprised on that one Saturday afternoon when I had my first "Bambike" experience.

I didn't know that you could actually learn how to ride a bike in a matter of minutes!

Or maybe it's also just part of being an adult. The older you get, the quicker it is for you to learn those things that you were supposed to have already learned when you were still a kid. LOLZ!

I'm a late bloomer. I know.

Anyhow, lemme just share with you some photos that I took when I went to Intramuros on a humid Saturday afternoon to try out "Bambike." And I'm telling you...I had so much fun! I also met a cute guy. CHOZ!

Bambike is located at Casa Manila in Intramuros while the Bambike Ecotours that I had is located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St. cor. General Luna St. I'm not really sure about the spatial location of these two but I believe they're in the same vicinity. LOLZ!
The whole place itself is actually a museum.
I decided to check out the area first before I challenged myself to go biking for the very first time afterwards. I loved how friendly the people there were to all of their guests.
I like visiting old places because they have this kinda history in them. Kinda eerie but I love revisiting the past from time to time. See that? This so reminded me of the Spanish era. I so loved it.
And this was the bike that I used. It has a bamboo frame, thus, I believe, the name "Bambike."
Our first stop was an old historic church nearby.
Foreigners as well as some locals were my companions during that afternoon.
They all knew how to ride a bike.
Except for me.
I was always almost left behind but good thing that there were 2 other guides aside from the main tour guide that was leading our tour so I still felt really safe.
Just a humid Saturday afternoon to enjoy nature.
And the beauty of the walled city of Manila, Intramuros.
As well as the couples doing PDA here and there.
And this golf course over here.
And that cute German guy over there (on the left). LOL. Our tour guide is the one wearing a wooden hat (a salakot I guess?).
I wouldn't mind going back to Intramuros again someday.
That building over there (beside Mapua) is a pivotal location in Intramuros and in the entire Manila. Our tour guide said that if you go on the rooftop, you'll get to see a perfect 360-degree view of he entire Manila. Sans the photobomber building near the Rizal Shrine probably.
The floors were wet.
I believe that's the Comelec building in Manila?
And this one over here is the iconic Manila Cathedral.
It was my first time to go there so I went inside to pray and make a wish. I wished for true love and a a Caucasian boyfriend. Serious.
But I guess God already answered my prayer right away because he showed me that guy over there wearing a black top, a pair of black shorts and neon green rubber shoes. The sad thing about this, though, is that I never got to see him again. *sigh*
Nonetheless, I had so much fun! I recommend this "Bambike" tour to anyone who wants to experience a combination of historical, cultural immersion with the thrill of riding a bike with a bamboo frame!

BAMBIKE (Bamb EcoLogical Technology Inc.) is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Our Bambike builders come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty. We are also working on a bamboo nursery for reforestation and have plans for a reef rehabilitation project. Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.

Bambike Ecotours Intramuros is an exciting and educational ecotourism activity in the heart of Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros. Guests will be riding through the streets on bamboo bikes that have been handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers here in the Philippines. Tourists will be led around the area, getting to cover more ground than if on a walking tour and having a more interesting experience than if going around on a calesa.This ecotour will both teach visitors about Philippine history and make them feel like kids again.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday
9 am - 6pm

Tour times: 10 am and 3 pm
(Please arrive 30 min before tour departure.)
Trip Duration: about 2.5 hours
Price per person: PHP 1200 (includes Bambike and helmet rental, entrance fees, and a bottle of water).

1 hour custom tours are available
Choose your own adventure
Price starts at PHP 600 per person
Please inquire for details and reservations

Places of interest include:
Plaza San Luis Complex
San Agustine Church
Baluarte de San Diego Gardens (entrance fee included)
Puerta Real Gardens
Escuella Taller
Baluarte de Dilao
- A trip up on the Wall
Puerta del Parian
Intendencia Ruins
Puerta Almacenes/Maestranza
Plaza Roma
Manila Cathedral
Fort Santiago (entrance fee included)
Rizal Shrine
We then ride outside the Walls to see:
Jose Rizal's final footsteps
Legazpi-Urdaneta Monument
Cardinal Sin Monument
Cory and Ninoy Aquino Monuments
Juan Luna Monument

Call them at +63 (2) 525 8289 or email them at ecotours@bambike.com for bookings.

For more information, visit Bambike and Bambike Ecotours on Facebook.



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