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        Ninong Ry reminisces about delivering products with his trusty work scooter

        He had it restored earlier this year
        by John Paulo Aguilera Sep 8, 2021
        PHOTO: Ninong Ry Facebook

        When you talk about Ryan ‘Ninong Ry’ Reyes, his yellow Vespa is almost synonymous with his cooking.

        The chef-slash-content creator has gone on food trips and group rides with his iconic scooter; had it repainted and some of the parts replaced; and even received a toy Vespa from his friend.

        But did you know that there is another scoot that he holds dearer to his heart?

        In the latest episode of the Spotify podcast Superhuman with Wil Dasovich, Reyes recalled his life before he rose to social media stardom. He had taken over their family business (involving chicken products and his famed oil of choice), which blew up shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

        Reyes shared, “Dumating nga sa point na sobrang taas ng demand, ako na mismo nagde-deliver. Like, eight hours akong nasa motor, kakargahan ko yan ng 50-70kgs ng kung anu-anong produkto. Dadalhin ko, babayaran nila ko.

        The workhorse that he’s referring to is a white Yamaha Fino:

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        Ang laki na ng kinita niyan,” he added. “Pero loaded talaga, ang bigat talaga. Buti nga di ako nahuli, bawal yun eh, overloading.

        Ninong Ry eventually sent the dilapidated scooter for some much-needed restoration work, which according to him costed almost double the Finos original price. He didn’t mind the price tag, and even told the mechanic that he wants to use his trusty scoot for 10 years more.

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        Fortunately for Reyes, Pateros-based automotive customization shop Tokwa Party Garage was up for the task. He related, “Sabi niya, ‘Kayang-kaya, maganda pa yung kondisyon ng makina.’ Sabi ko, ‘Talaga, kahit inabuso ko siya nang matindi before? Sabi niya, ‘Oo, maganda to.’ Jusko, lahat talaga ng aspeto ng buhay ko dumikit yang motor na yan. Dumikit talaga yan, so mahalaga sakin yang bagay na yan.”

        Just like with his trending dishes, were excited for the finished product.

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        PHOTO: Ninong Ry Facebook

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