It’s my first time to have my wife as a pillion passenger outside our immediate vicinity. I asked her to docu our mini-adventure Vespa Ride to UP. She recounts her ride experience below with pics and captions.
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I was told yesterday we are going to meet Cox today and ride daw kami sa Vespa. Taka ako why? Wala daw para ready daw kami if we go Europe haha taray diba? And then I found out may Valentine Irog Ride and Vespa Club… hmm set up yata ako. Well whatever the reason is, I did have fun and it’s another thing we get to do together since there are now little stuff we do since the kids came. Actually year before Laya came, we started to have a couple’s life na tapos nagka Laya so you can imagine. hahaha. Til the next ride Didda!
More of her Vespa/ride kwento in her blog.
Above is my own scoot inspired by the Philippine flag, I searched thru my harddrive and Google images for other custom painjobs inspired by flags of other countries. Here’s what I’ve found so far . . .
If you know of any other flag-themed Vespa, post it on the wall of Who rides a Vespa? in Facebook and I’ll add them in our gallery there. For obvious reasons, that page is updated more frequently than this blog.
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See you there!
The Department of Tourism in the Philippines has just launched a new campaign slogan and logo via itsmorefuninthephilippines.com. At the center of this tourism campaign are the Filipino people who makes the visit of any tourist in these islands. The tagline is simple and pretty straightforward. But when it is paired an action + an image of sights in the country, it does it’s magic!
Consider these images found it the tourism website . . .
Inspired by the new campaign, I did this layout to drive across the point that a fun way to see the beauty of the country is by riding a Vespa.
I’ve been wanting to ride a Vespa in another country.
Maybe in Rome or in Tuscany where Vespa Tours are readily available. I’d also like to ride in Pontedera, Italy to visit The Piaggio Museum and see the birthplace of the very first Vespa. But traveling to Europe isn’t in the immediate plans.
But in January 2009, I got to see Top Gear – Vietnam Special where Jeremy Clarkson rode a vintage Vespa from Saigon to Halong Bay. I said to myself, “I could do that too!”
By June 2009, a Vespa buddy (Aries Guinto) posted an FB link to Vietnam Vespa Adventures (VVA), and my wife & I got interested immediately. I also learned from Aries that there’s an existing Vietnam Vespa Tour thread in Vespinoy where interested riders could sign up. So I did. But my wife Benz & I agreed that if the Vespinoy initiative doesn’t push through within the year, she’d join me on the pillion just so I’d have company. She already sent our queries and got the rates. Until she got pregnant with our second daughter. All our travel plans for that year and the next (2010) went on hold.
But my dream to ride in Vietnam lingered. This picture/ad of riders scooting by the Red Dunes of Mui Ne made me want to go there all the more!
Fast forward to 2011.
I brought the idea of doing the Vietnam Ride as an official ride of Vespa Club of the Philippines. Good thing our current president (Uriel) was also one who’s eager to ride abroad. Initially, a good number of our members were also interested to join. But taking a week-long leave from work isn’t that easy to sort out. Plus the tour rates aren’t exactly peanuts. But Uriel & I agreed that we’ll still push through with the ride even if it’s just the two of us representing the club.
So we set the date: November 07-14, 2011. The very first International Ride for Vespa Club Pilipinas. We booked the tour and our flights. I even designed legshield banners to put around our rented Vespas in Saigon.
VVA even posted a countdown in it’s blog of our club’s arrival. Another club member (Tim) had also booked and was suppose to join us, but had to cancel a month into our flight due to changes in his work schedule as a airline pilot.
But Uriel & I still got to Saigon alright. Aside for the paid tour with VVA, we also got to rent a couple of vintage Vespas for a self-guided city tour of HCMC. (Special thanks to Hil – a Filipino expat in Saigon who’s also into Vespa –who hooked us up with the right people.)
Thru Hil, we also got to meet-up with local Vespa riders in Saigon to join them for a night ride of fun & food!
There are tons of pictures documenting our seven-day, fun & exciting Vietnam riding adventure, but only 200 images can be posted in an album in Facebook. I posted them chronologically with captions so you could virtually take this adventure with us.
DEC 10, 2011
MORNING CITY RIDE
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Meet up at HOTROCKS LIBIS
(Route will be posted later)
Leg shield banners and Button Pins will be distributed to all participants
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch at MOA area by the Bay
5:30 pm on wards
Salo-salo at HOTROCKS LIBIS
As suggested, lets make this as OUR Vespinoy “Ves-Mas” Party
Everyone is encourage to bring their Exchange Gifts worth 300 pesos.
Drinks and Food KKB
Yesterday, while celebrating my wife’s birthday in a Chinese restaurant, an idea of a Chinese pin up girl on a Vespa came to mind. I have seen vintage ads from China before so I knew what keywords to search for in Google images.
I was hoping I’d finish the deconstructed artwork before her birthday ended, but it wasn’t meant to be. I finished around 2AM the next day and pleased how it looked like:
The image above is a composite of five (5) other artworks that I put together much like the technique I used in the Pinay Vespa Pin Up. I specifically used for Chinese paintings for the background to give the “feel” I wanted. Here they are:
I do hope to make other Asian Vespa pin ups when inspiration strikes me.
In the 50s or 60s, Vespa released pin up calendars with images of women in different parts of the world. I have seen a number of scoots with pinup-girls stuck on the legshield or the glovebox cover.
The thumbnails below are just but a few examples. But the one in the middle (the Filipina farm girl with the Mayon Volcano as backdrop) “my” rendition of a Pinay Vespa Pin-Up. Since I got zero talent in drawing, I relied on a Filipino master (National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo) for inspiration and creativity.I used bits & pieces from Amorsolo’s four paintings to bring the image together. Here’s how the original arworks look:
With the help of Photoshop, I traced (and flipped when necessary) the body parts or landscape I needed to complete the vision I had. The scooter artwork was lifted from one of the pre-existing Vespa pin-ups. Here’s how the finished product looked (postcard layout) without the clutter.
Now, this Filipina pin-up girl would look good on my scoot. Gotta have my own sticker made soon.