Thursday, July 8, 2010

Robinson's Fit&Fun Wellness Buddy Run 2010

This coming Sunday, my buddy Albet and I are joining the Robinson's Buddy Run 10K event which starts @ 05:45 AM commencing from Fort Bonifacio towards Makati and back.

We've been actually looking forward to this event for quite some time now but this afternoon, it finally hit me. The race is in less than five (5) days from now and so far, I have only managed to run a distance of 3.5K for an hour.

Well, what I know is that when certain situations call for faster speed and higher endurance, your body will most of the time answer to it and perform at it's best. And I think having a buddy to run with is more than enough reason for me to keep my ass moving on Sunday! Most especially when you've got a running buddy like mine, who would even dare push me just to keep me moving, no matter how much I'd beg off! Hahaha!

Well, all I can say now is... Bring it on, 10K! I'm going to conquer you this Sunday! :)

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Ongpin-Quiapo Adventure...

First things first... To all my friends and loved ones in the US, Happy 4th of July! :)

Anyhow, It's been a while since I last posted on my blogsite but my Saturday was too much fun that it would be selfish of me not to share! So here goes what happened...

Went for an hour run in the morning, covering 3.5K! I know, it's not that much! But hey, considering that I've been super lazy when it comes to running ever since I got back home from Dubai, 3.5K is already an achievement! But yesterday was an exception, for I was more determined than ever to keep my ass moving for at least an hour! Of course, I gotta hand it to my buddy Albet for keeping me going, no matter how much I begged him off! This is one situation I'm glad I can't charm my way out of... Haha!

Then, of course, after sweating it all out in the gym, I was able to convince myself and Albet that we deserved to treat ourselves out for lunch. We drove from Mandaluyong to Makati to pick up Ice, then headed to UST for Laurice. Once everyone was on board, we were back on the road heading straight to Ongpin to abate my cravings for authentic Chinese cuisine!

We decided to park the car in SM Quiapo, where it's safer and more convenient. Then decided to get on a trike to Ongpin. I so wanted to get on a "kalesa", as I've never been on one, but Albet was not up for it so... Our trike driver was driving like a mad man, overtaking cars and trucks alike! And the worst part of it, everytime he squeezes for more power and speed from his bike, I felt like the whole trike was going to break into pieces! It created such loud noise, almost like shouting "I can't do it anymore, I give up!" But he managed to drop us off at Tomas Pinpin Street, close enough to Ongpin Street.

We walked the streets of China town in search for a restaurant that I've been to, with some friends and had a great experience in, but can't seem to remember the name. All I remember is its great service, yummiest/ most authentic dishes, and that it starts with the word Golden. We had to ask a couple of people, Chinese and Indios alike, for directions to a Golden resto! We even invented some names like "Golden Buddha Restaurant" and "Golden Dragon Restaurant". It was supposed to be a fun experience, walking through China town, but the heat and hunger made it an excruciating and a painful one!

Till we finally found it... Alas, the GOLDEN FORTUNE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT! This time, I made sure of noting down the name in case I come back for more of their dumplings. We started with their best selling Seafood Soup, then worked our ways into consuming the Shark's fin Dumplings and Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings), then Ice got her chopsticks digging into the Century Eggs with Jellyfish Salad... We were not such big fans of the eggs but I had to have one and some salad... We also had to order the Seafood Hofan Noodles, which looked so yummy in the menu, and the HongKong style White Chicken with ginger sauce (the best sauce ever!)... Unfortunately, no food pics were taken as we were much more enthusiastic in eating them rather than photographing them. Halfway through the Hofan, we were all filled... That was it for lunch, until dessert was brought up. As I always say, there's always room for dessert. Damn!

Upon leaving the Chinese resto, we were on a mission to find this little Japanese resto, with the word Yum in it's name, where we agreed to have our dessert: Fried Ice Cream! It was more like a quest than a walk, for we didn't know where to find it. I was lucky to have asked my friend, Abi, for directions in getting there. She didn't remember the name either but at least she knew what Street it was on. We found it after walking 2 blocks and lots of asking. Haha!

SUSHI YUM, that's the name! Oh my goodness, how dare us not remember?! We remembered Yum but not Sushi?! I felt stupid upon seeing it, but glad at the same time. Finally, Fried Ice Cream!!! SUSHI YUMmy!!! We ordered one of each flavor, choco and strawberry. It was delish! Then, off we went again on a quest to find this shop that sells TABLEAS (100% cocoa tablets). I remember walking from Sushi Yum to this shop before so I figured, it's not that far. And I was right, it was just a stone's throw away.

These are Us (Laurice, Ice, and Myself) on Ongpin Street and Albet and Laurice...

This is Me pointing at where you can find the Tableas; Us, 3 girls next to a pole; and Monkey-Me in Ongpin!


 After I got my TABLEAS, and have convinced Ice to get some as well, we were off to the real reason why we were in the area... Hidalgo, where all photography pofessionals, students, enthusiasts, and wanna be's meet. My buddy, Albet, has asked us to help him in getting a good deal for a digital SLR camera. And so I did! I was able to get him a great D-SLR/tripod package deal... I think it shows in the next photos that he was happy about it, and so was I! Glad to have put my bargaining/negotiating skills into good use in helping out my friend! Besides, this camera is to my benefit as well. Since we've agreed on always taking road trips and travels together with our other friends, I'll be using this D-SLR myself! (Just kidding, Bet!) But seriously, I was glad to have saved Albet a couple of bucks, more free movies for me and Roslyn! Haha! :))


After closing this great deal, we were set to head home and bid Manila farewell... Drove back to Makati to drop my friends off (yes, I was the designated driver for the day!) and found my way through SLEX to get home...I had such tiring but fun-filled Saturday. A new week is just about to start but can no longer wait for the next weekend's adeventure...

Will keep you posted! ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sitti en Juris...

Fall in love with...
Sitti en Juris
Metro Concert Bar, QC 

It was one chillaxing Wednesday night @ Metro Concert Bar...

We started the night on a bad note, arriving 30 minutes late! But that was not too bad, considering the fact that we drove from all the way down South (Alabang) to up North (QC)! We had a bit of difficulty finding a parking spot, even Valet was not available anymore! What a way to start the night, right?

When we got inside the venue, I could hear people laughing... I thought to myself, "Is this a concert or a stand-up comedy show?" Little did I know that we were going to be treated to both that night. :)

First, we were entertained by three stand-up comedians with their hilarious jokes... Then, Juris serenaded us with her lovely voice... And lastly, Sitti brought back old memories with Classic love songs that made some of us teary-eyed while singing along... All these while indulging ourselves into Pork Sisig, Liempo, Mini Pizzas, Mushroom Steak, Gambas and many more pica picas...

It turned out to be one lovely night after all the mishaps early in the evening, made new friends and had fun...

good food + good music + good company = GOOD VIBES! :D

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sono un certificato Bella...

Yes, that's right! Thanks to BDJ, I am now a certified Bella... ;)

I used to find planners and organizers very plain, boring and stiff until I've gotten hold of this 2010 Power Planner...

Its cover design depicts class and sophistication while maintaining that girly touch, specially crafted for fashionable women who are always on- the- go.

And what better way to start the year than setting your goals for 2010, right?

In addition to your personal goals, this planner has a 2010 checklist of the things you'd like to do for the entire year. Everything on the list seemed so interesting to do that I almost ticked all of them, so much for my bucket. However, my personal favorite out of the 100 was #8, quite impossible to accomplish but must try doing. ;)

Every page inside makes planning so much easier and much more fun to do. Its flexible layout gives you the option to plan for your activities on an hourly/ daily/ weekly/ monthly basis, making it more personalized. I have opted to make use of the hourly layout as my schedule demands just that and I'm telling you guys, it has been a breeze planning for my daily activities since then. I feel more organized and structured in completing all my tasks and to-do lists.

Aside from being just a daily organizer, my BDJ has also become a useful reading material featuring articles concerning women (love, relationships, fashion, health, etc.). It's a great tool to escape your boring meetings and avoid dozing off during conferences. And I can attest to this. LOL.

Also, attached inside are numerous discount coupons for several establishments which I think is so cool and have yet to make use of especially during these times of economic crisis.

What more can you ask for? A planner/ organizer/ book/ discount coupons booklet: All- in- One fashion item! I am loving every bit of it...

On Feb10, I'll be joining a friend and a bunch of interesting characters for a pre- Valentine concert. Amazingly, Darlyn, the woman behind BDJ's creation will be one of them. I guess it'll be one interesting night then. Can't wait!

So to every woman out there, grab yourself a copy of this fabulous power planner and plan away while it's not too late.

Gustare pianificazione Bellas! ;)


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Superbods Run 2010

My goal for 2010 is to stay healthy and get more fit... Not that I've been unhealthy and unfit the past years of my life, not at all (with a lil bit of hesitation).

I may only have stepped into the gym once my whole life, but I do enjoy running the track (thanks to a friend who influenced me into liking it). It was my outlet in relieving stress from work, and a way to stay in shape. I also love going to the saunas and having steam bath. Throughout the flying days of my life, I’ve had the privilege to enjoy going to 5-star hotel saunas and steam baths... First thing I used to do whenever I got to the hotel coming from a flight: ask the receptionist until what time their fitness centre is open, ‘coz sometimes we reach the hotel around midnight local time while my body clock says it’s 6PM. Due to my addiction to spas and saunas, I sometimes wake up after just 5 hours of sleep just so I can have my dose of the heat. If there is such thing as Sauna Addiction, I guess I’m guilty of it and it’s something that I won’t stop doing.

Since I already started reminiscing, I thought it would be fun sharing one shocking experience I had in Munich. After a swim, I decided to sweat out even more by going to the steam bath. I was soaking in sweat and moisture of the searing cubicle when all of a sudden, two steaming guys entered the cubicle NAKED. I didn’t know what to do at the time; neither did I know which direction to look. I decided to leave right away and head back to my room. I still can’t believe I was embarrassed more than those lads, crazy Germans! No offense meant to my good friends from Deutschland, you know I love you guys! Oh, how I enjoyed layovers for those steam baths and breakfast buffets. Hahaha!

Anyways going back to the real subject of my first ever blog, which is staying healthy and getting more fit for 2010... With this goal in mind, I decided to register on a 10K Run to be held on February 21 at Bonifacio Global City. Looking forward to this day...

Started gearing up for the event since I registered last January 21, thinking that one month is more than enough to prepare for it. I just hope I’m right about this otherwise I’ll be the last one to finish the race or even worse, not finish at all.

But I’m determined to do well and start my year right! So to those of you who would like to do the same, click on this link to register:

See you on the 21st, fellow Superbods! ;)