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Race To Which Mountain

Updated on March 24, 2013

Sharing you this one funny true story about a friend's first mountain hiking.

This is a story I once heard
About a group of people who were all unheard
They were invited for a climb
On a mountain far behind.


It’s just a one-hour walk, their friend had said
My grandma used to go there on its peak
So the group was very pleased
They would climb the mountain with ease.


So one beautiful morning their journey had begun
Along the way, they had so much fun
But not after when they felt the hot blow from the sun
Too tired to go on, they rested and ate some ham.


Then suddenly one man just noticed the time
They’ve been walking for almost 2 hours on the line
And not still on the halfway of the climb
They started to doubt the word that doesn’t rhyme.


You said your grandma climb this mountain till its peak
And she just needs an hour to reach
What is she, a witch?
Can we just get a broom to pitch?


Their friend started to argue
She said it was just an hour to reach the top view
But how will I ever know?
I never really experienced it too!


On the middle of their discussion
A habal-habal passed by without hesitation
Everybody was speechless and were all hooked
Their eyes were all kept on the habal-habal's outlook.


They burst out laughing until tears were on their eyes
The one-hour time is for a habal-habal ride
So no need for a broom to rise
Well, in the end, they've reach the peak and got their price.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

Different types of Habal-Habal

A Habal-Habal (or Skylab, in other word) is a motorcycle that has been modified with a seat extension so as the driver can carry more than three person (most probably 4 to 6 passengers) at a time.

This type of transportation is popular on provinces, especially on mountains where no jeepneys or any bus can enter due to steep slopes and narrow trails and lanes.

Have you seen or ridden a Habal-habal before?

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    • unknown spy profile image
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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much sir Richard!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I liked the whimsical quality of this well-written poem.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Aubrey. Thank you much :)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Fun stuff, Unknown. :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yeah, it's a fun way to ride. Thank you Rosemay and glad you came by :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I have never seen a habal-habal before it looks like a fun way ride

      Loved the fun poem and loved the photos too.

      Thank you for the smiles.voted up and awesome

      P.S Just carching up I have been away from HP for a while

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      James, I'm so glad you enjoyed the habal-habal ride too. Some people here cannot afford to buy a side car for their motorcycle..so as to maximize the use, they just put extensions so that more people can get in.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      heheh thank you sir noel. yep, skylab (at first i wonder why, is it because the main purpose of this transpo is for mountain reaching the skies?..i thought skylab is only the term for cable cars..Now i know, skylab came from the word "sakay na lab" meaning "get on, love."

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      Thank you for taking me on a great ride M, your story was brilliant and fun to read. I haven't heard of this method of transport, very interesting hub. Voted up, awesome, useful, beautiful, and interesting. Engaging work as always :)

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      noel autor 5 years ago

      I can't help but appreciate this funny poem. I shared it in my Facebook. By, the way the transport depicted in picture at the bottom in which people are on seats attached to the sides of motorcycle is also called "sky lab". He he. People who rode on it coined that word. I was then in the hinterlands of Davao. That was a long time ago.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      TT, thank you much.. I suggest you give it a try!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A very interesting tale, Spy! Not sure I want to experience one of these habal-habal rides tho. :) VUM.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Tammy, Deb, Nell... I thank you all for joining our little mountain trip :)..and glad to know you enjoyed it!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      What a great poem! lol! I have never heard of it either, but it looks like a great way to travel, loved it! cheers nell

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was so enjoyable and uplifting. Great job!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting. I have seen these before on television but I didn't know what their names were. Looks fun!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Mhatter, thank you :)

      Lyricwriter, thank you too.. try it sometime :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I have never rode one before, but I have seen them from time to time. Thought this was pretty cool:)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      very entertaining, than you.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Kashmir, wow, thanks! glad you enjoyed this short mountain trip!

      Ruby, thanks dear.. im always thankful for your comments. You should try it someday when you see one.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      :P it'z okay J..atleast you remember now. lol :P

      Yeah, I really think that you'll love this habal-habal!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you Peggy, you made me smile :)

      It is really scary but it is fun when you're with a group..especially if your destination is on mountain top.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The habal-habal is new to me too. Fun poem..Enjoyed..

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. Great fun poem really enjoyed the adventure you took me on !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      M,

      Sorry, I bookmarked your hub right when you published it but forgot to come by! Shame on me! :) I am usually one of your first commenters :( LOL Back to the hub, another awesome poem, I think I need to ride one of these things for sure! :) Thanks M for sharing and have a great day!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was an engaging story and I really liked your personal photos. I have never seen a habal-habel except in photos. Looks a bit scary but probably also fun. Eye-catching graphic at the top and bottom of this hub!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Snow, thank you.

      Lesley, hehehe yeah, it's great way to travel but its kinda scary.

      Sir Noel, i cannot agree more with you, you are right, fun but scary since habal-habal here is mainly use for mountain ride.. hehehe. very nice.. thank you for stopping by.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Annie, oh dear.thank you for the message. Yeah, a friend who told me that story really laughed so hard. they we're close to each other..

      All my thanks Annie for appreciating.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Kumar, thank you for stopping by. yeah, i've seen too in pics that these are popular on your place..wow, right..

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Excellent Poem. It was fun and engaging not to mention an adventure. Thanks.

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      noel autor 5 years ago

      Lol. Habal-habal is really fun and enjoyable to ride on. But it's scary if the slope of the terrain is steep and the road is rocky. People from other country might not understand what a habal-habal is. If they just look at the picture, then they can see what you have mentioned.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never seen a habal-habal before - a great way to travel!

      What a fun poem and loved the photos too - voted up and awesome, thank you!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      cool. love the look! :)

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      An enjoyable journey, I love the chatter of the people, their bickering and how they laughed when they saw that they were duped!!! The habel-habel is the way to go, I have not seen motorcycles modified like this. I love your story and your photography also, especially of the valley through the branches of the tree and the family of seven on a motorcycle. Thank you for sharing, Unknown Spy, my votes and best wishes to you.

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      kumar24894 5 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

      I have seen habal-habal hundred times. It is seen many times in India anywhere we will go.

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