I recently ran 5k in the Men’s Health Miracle Run. It was my first ever, and I am really glad I did it. Now, I have been training diligently, and it will continue until before the Nike+ Human Race 10k Run. This is one of the instances that I’ve really committed myself in doing something like this. I am actually happy to be doing this. Thanks to Achi Michelle and Best Bud, now running mate (na rin) Tiffy, I think I’m hooked in running.

Earlier, I ran the academic oval with Yao. While we were running, I saw Coach Rio with Karen Davila and Anthony Pangilinan (Brother of Senator Kiko); they were also running. And so after I ran and went back to NCPAG for my class, I texted Karen — and then she called me. We talked for a while. Unfortunately, she isn’t gunning for the Nike 10k, I hope she goes to the other upcoming runs.

*Oh, I still have to get myself a Nike+ Sportband to be able to participate in the Nike+ Run. Boo! I hope I can buy this weekend.

These are the upcoming runs — I really really hope you guys would join us! :D

AUGUST

  • 3: Milo Manila Eliminations, Luneta Grandstand, 3k/ 5k/ 10k/ 42k. Reg fee: P100 (5k/ 10k) and P200 (42k). Call Mr. Biscocho (727.9987). Registration is ongoing at Vasquez Madrigal Bldg. 51 Annapolis St. Greenhills. Open on weekdays 7 to 5 and weekends 8 to 4. Bring 300g wrapper of Milo.
  • 17: Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run, Fort Bonifacio Global City, 5k team/10k individual. Reg fee: P350. Register at Summit Media at 6/F Robinsons Cybergate 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City, All Powerbooks outlets, R.O.X. at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, All-Terra Bike Shop at Club 650, Libis, Quezon City. Visit site to download reg form.
  • 31: Nike+ Human Race, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, 10k. Race is exclusive to Nike+ Kit and Nike+ SportsBand users. Registration Procedure: 1) Log on to www.nikeplus.com 2) Register for the Human Race 3) Make sure to Register under TEAM PHILIPPINES (You have the option of making your own team) 4) Sign-up at Nike Park, Bonifacio High Street and claim your race bib. Registration open from Aug. 18 to 30, 4pm to 9pm only. Click here for more details.

SEPTEMBER

  • 7: Adidas Run for Love, 3k/ 5k/ 10k. Details to follow.
  • 28: Adidas King of the Road, 5k/ 10k/ 21k. Details to follow.

OCTOBER

  • 26: The 4th Octoberun Festival @ The Fort, 3k/ 5k/ 10k. Free DVD featuring a 6 week training program for beginners and advanced runners. Proceeds go to Real Life Foundation, scholarships to underprivileged youth. Call Norman (0918.911.1180), Jaja (0917.898.0769), Rico (0917.857.1224) or Elsie (896.1954). Email: fortstridersclub@yahoo.com. Click here to visit website.

NOVEMBER

  • 15: New Balance Power Race, Clark, Pampanga, 3k/ 5k. Visit website.
  • 16: New Balance Power Race, Clark, Pampanga, 10k/ 25k. Visit website.
  • 30: Milo National Finals 3k/ 5k/ 21k/ 42k

DECEMBER

  • 14: Laiya Beach Marathon, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. Click here to visit site.

Last Saturday, Belo Medical Group, through Mica’s imagination, ingenuity and hardwork, opened its doors in Timog branch to bloggers for a night of experiencing physical beauty, as well as beauty within.

Dr. Hayden Kho talked about Beauty 101 - what constitute a beautiful person, at least from the world’s perspective, where these rationalizations come from, etc. He also talked about the products and services of the Belo Medical Group, and the positive effects it brings to people who’ve tried and tested them.

Famed Dra. Vicki Belo made an appearance and discussed and retold her inspiring life story. Ultimately, the purpose of the blogger event was to launch their foundation. Ike and Nena Belo Foundation, which aims to help people with physical deformities (cleft palate and burned victims), to sponsor scholars in their education, and to promote environmental awareness.

Dra. Vicki Belo asked the bloggers who were present what comes to their minds when they hear the name “Belo”? I guess a lot of you would agree with me when I answer “surgery, beauty, face and body enhancement, liposuction, etc.” I can list a lot of things on top of my head, but I wouldn’t because I would only bore you.

The bloggers were treated to some of the different services offered by the BMG. Personally, I tried the Rays of Inara and the Power Peel. It really felt great! Others tried the Tenor, a non-invasive fat burning and body sculpting device, and the Ice Mask.

With the current situation and environment where we live in now, which looks at the physical appearance of people, it is engraved that people look at the appearance and consider it more than who and what the person truly is.

What Dra. Vicki Belo wants is to level the playing field for everyone. Don’t get her wrong; it doesn’t mean she wants people to put more value on looks than a person’s character, the bottom line is that she wants to help and inform people of a way or a method wherein they can show what they truly are by being at par with others with the physical aspect first*. (*Dra. Belo says that as statistics show, during job applications, given one honor student with not so good looks and another person with an average grade but has the advantage with looks, the latter always gets the job)

After trying out some of the services offered by the BMG, we went to Packo’s Bar and Grill for dinner and more bonding sessions with the Belo Marketing staff and Dr. Hayden Kho. :)

Me, Tita Jane, Dr. Hayden


Me trying the Rays of Inara (Photo by Jonel Uy of letsgosago.net)

Alliance of Filipino Chinese Students’ representatives and organization leaders from UP, DLSU, ADMU, UA&P and UST left one weekend of last month for Batangas for a team building.

We did some activities, talked most of the time, enjoyed ourselves with the company of each other, in a scenic and fresh escape from the busy and hassle of Metro Manila and academic stuff.

After the weekend off, I would say our ties became stronger, and it not only benefited each and everyone who went, but ultimately our friendships extended within and among different college organizations - making AFICS even stronger.

On another note, of course, with any gathering or any activity, there must always be food to satisfy and re-energize the people, right? And so, these are the food pictures I took from the Batangas trip. Obviously, I am trying to make you hungry :P Well, I hope you enjoy! :)






Leslie’s Restaurant pics are from Gwen. You can visit Manila Foodistas for our Leslie’s Restaurant post. :) Other pictures are taken by the author and others from  Larraine

Blanch, Reg and I recently met up and ate at Chocolate Kiss in UP. We caught up with one another, especially with Blanch, who is now in a far-flung college because she already shifted, if you don’t know that little fact yet. (traitor! ahem :P)

While Reg got the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Blanch and I ordered the Red Pesto, something new on the menu. It is made up of fettuccine tossed with Spanish pimenton, fresh tomatoes, green olives, garlic, basil and Parmesan cheese simmered in olive oil. We had ours with grilled fish. (P198.00).

Also, we got the all-time-favorite chicken dish called Chix in a Basket. It is made up of sticks of chicken breast breaded and fried until golden and crispy. Served with French fries and barbecue or honey mustard sauce. (P198.00)

One evident detail which we noticed when we ate there was that the relative change in prices and the new menu. Though the prices of their dishes have gone a lot up , I still think that it is one of the better, if not the best, food establishment in UP.

Back from her recent trip, Kim, brought me back some Beijing Coke cans! They’re really nice!

Admit it… you run either to stay fit or to win. Now, it’s time to put your money where your foot is… This August, make a difference! Lace up your running shoes and be counted! Tiffy and I are going to face the challenge; the question is, ARE YOU UP FOR IT?

The Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run
is a unique event that will gather all sorts of runners—those who run to compete or simply those who want to push their limits. This time, they’re all running for those who can’t.

Be part of this unique running event where finishing first or last doesn’t matter at all.

Be one of more than 1,000 runners who will run a 10km. course (OR a cumulative total distance of 10,000 km.) for the benefit of those who can’t.

Now you won’t just be cheering for the first ones to finish!


What’s at stake?
There are no losers in this event. Everyone who signs up is already a winner. For every finisher, Men’s Health will donate P200 to GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. If all runners finish the course, the event will donate a minimum of P200,000!

http://www.menshealth.com.ph/miraclerun/

Triple Chocolate Banana Oreo Pancakes :)

Last week, to get out from all the hassle and to take off stress from all the academic and org stuff I had, I made some pancakes for Barbie, Kent, Reg, Rog and Tenai. The day before this, we were also talking about/ planning (a month in advance) of having a Japanese themed cook-out at Reg’s house. Ah, but I digress.

Triple Choco Banana Oreo Pancake really sounds yummy. But it doesn’t just sound yummy, it tastes even better. And so I experimented with what I had at home. I took 250g of Pancake mix, added 3/4 cup milk, 1 whole egg, 3 tablespoons of Hersheys chocolate syrup, 1/2 bar of crushed Swiss milk chocolate, 3 whole bananas mashed by fork, 2 pieces of Oreos crushed, 2 tablespoons of oil, and presto, you have a winner! :) (You might want to add in some Vanilla — as suggested by Rog) They all loved it. It was gone in an instant!

A few days ago, I made pancakes again. This time, for Tiffy and my buddy Delaney. It was just Hersheys and Bananas in the bater. It was simple yet it still tasted really yummy. I also experimented on a chocolate syrup which you can put on top of the pancakes. Awesomeness!

Asian Dragon celebrated their latest issue by having a themed fashion show and an exclusive The Mummy screening last Aug 1, in TriNoma. With an effort to bring TriNoma closer to the Chinese-Filipino crowd, they partnered with the mall and its various shops in making the event possible.

And finally, with more or less two weeks in advance of planning, BFFL was complete. First time? :P Also, Delaney and I did some buddy activities :) Go buddy!

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