5 things motorcycling has taught me about life

Five days and 815 kilometres around South Central Mindanao was the longest time and route I have taken since I first rode a motorcycle. It was not exactly what I had in mind to do on the first week of May. But since Wrangler Philippines announced that I was among the top 10 finalists for their True Wanderer adventure ride contest, I gave in to the call of the open road. 

The five-day ride was over. It was a tough journey considering the weather and other unexpected things in between. I’ve survived not only the road but also myself. The Wrangler True Wanderer challenge made me love the misunderstood Island of Mindanao more. I was also able to see that there’s more to riding than just the concrete and the challenging roads. I’m back home. But riding had since changed me. 

Here are the 5 things I learned from motorcycling and romancing the open road:

1. In riding/life, “you don’t necessarily need to be strong, but to feel strong” 
The playful roads connecting Maguindanao and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

The unforgiving sun, fatigue, thirst, seemingly endless roads, unpleasant encounters with strangers, motorcycle problems–the list goes on. Riding for the long hauls may seem all adventurously romantic but in reality, it’s not. Time will come you will be left on your own to solve life’s puzzles.

In life in general, to cope with all the dramas, the mind should do the works first. Tell yourself you are your own superhero on the road and in every beautiful day with challenges!

Asik-asik Falls, Alamada,  North Cotabato

2.Kindness is basic

Aling Tata of Sitio Dado, Alamada
In Maguindanao the people that facilitated my visit in Datu Saudi Ampatuan are the same people misjudged & discriminated for many reasons. In Asik-asik Falls,I was offered water & a place to rest by Aling Tata (in photo) who saw me panting like a dog! While watching the MayPac bout I was offered a seat by a stranger. While having a hard time starting the engine in Gensan, two security guards came to my rescue. 

I believe in the inner kindness of people. I believe that kindness is present even in places (and people) you don’t expect.

The cool Tboli kids of Hedak Falls, Tboli, South Cotabato

3. Fixed plans are never fixed

Pensive in Alabel, Sarangani

I change plans all the time during my travels. Fixed means there’s less to anticipate. Almost boring. One thing I learned from this trip is that you don’t always need a fixed plan or a plan at all. As I said, sometimes you just have to let things be and see what happens. You’ll see things better. You’ll feel more alive.


4. "If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride"

Enjoying the rain as I pass by at the foot of Mt. Matutum in Tupi, South Cotabato
Rain is my daily companion on the road during this trip. It’s an average ride if you don’t get under the rain and battered in the face with the downpour.

In life, you can’t say you’ve survived the worst trials until you have no other choice but to trudge forward even if you feel naked and moving a bit seems impossible. 

5. Home is more important than the road

We may establish a love affair with our motorcycles and find freedom in the open road but home will always call us back. Sometimes we will consider the road as our home. But we will soon find out that the people we left behind matters more than our mission. Their love will call us back. In the end, you’ll commend yourself for listening to the call of home.


Special thanks to Wrangler Philippines for the opportunity to join the #WranglerTrueWanderer adventure ride contest. The adventure never ends here... And I'm aiming for that KTM Duke 390cc for the grand prize! Fingers-crossed.

* This post is the blog version of my entry for #WranglerTrueWanderer contest of Wrangler Clothing Philippines. To read more about my 8 entries, visit the Wrangler Microsite.

Peace and Light!


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