Kids Sports Day at Ayala Triangle

•April 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Since I joined running this year, I’m also longing for a sport event the would include my three-year old son, King.  Eventually, my wife, who is working at BPI, found out about Kids Sports Day by the Ayala Land.  Upon learning about the event, we decided to register our son to it considering that he enjoyed watching me in the BSP sportsfest. 

Ayala Triangle

Event day is 25 April 2010 at Ayala Triangle.  We arrived quarter to seven in the morning and secured my son’s running shirt and bib no.  We waited almost 20 minutes before the race started.

The race started with stretching exercises.  Kids 3-6 years old were segragated from kids 7-10 years old. 

King’s is timid around the other kids.  He did not even followed the stretching exercises.  Maybe he is not used to be with a lot of kids.

I’m worried that he may not enjoyed the event but when the race started my apprehension was gone. 

I ran with King at his pace then he suddenly stopped and said “Pagod na”.  We walked a while and he ran again and he stopped again and said “Tama na!” he he.  We walked again and ran again toward the finish line.

The ran is very very short and just enough to make my kid sweating.  After the run King played on the inflatables.  The event was fun and I’m looking forward on another one.  Kudos to the Ayala Group of Companies for doing this one!

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One Tagaytay Place (Holy Week Getaway)

•April 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Early this February, I decided to spend holy week with my family at Tagaytay.  I remembered I heard two djs talked about their very nice experience in this new hotel in Tagaytay  named One Tagaytay Place.

One Tagaytay Place

I searched their website and I was happy with what I saw thus I immediately reserved online using my credit card a deluxe room for April 1, 2010

It was a hot maundy thursday afternoon when we drove toward Tagaytay via Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  Traffic is kind of heavy with lot of people going to Tagaytay to spend the holy week.  Upon arrival, I checked in and ensured that all the amenities I saw in the website would be provided including the much needed spa massage.  Accommodation is very nice and fast.  The receptionist is very courteous.  We went to our room and immediately took pictures.

inside the deluxe room of One Tagaytay Place

After we unpacked our things, we immediately went to the penthouse to swim.

in the coldest swimming pool i've been to

Despite the cold, we stayed their for more than an hour before we went bank to our room.  After we took a bath, I checked and updated my facebook.  The hotel has a wifi which is free for the first four hours of use.  Around 7pm we went down to get our complementary dinner.

Waiting for dinner at the Azura Resto . .

They gave us soup for the appetizer and breaded chicken for the main course.  Just for comment, I did not like the chicken.  After dinner, we went outside and took pictures at the driveway.

at the driveway

We went back to the lobby and also took some pictures there.

at the hotel lobby . . .

We went back to our room and rest for a while.  I opened my laptop and noticed that I forgot to sign out the wi-fi connection.  I called the receptionist to asked if I still have time left on the free wifi.  Unfortunately, it was already consumed but the good receptionist gave me unlimited access without me asking for it.  After an hour in the net, I went down to reserve the spa massage for me and my wife.  We planned to have it alternately so someone will be left with King.  Only one of us can be accommodated during that time and none in the next hour because of previous reservations.  I let my wife have the massage that night and I settled for tomorrow morning.  I just told them that in case there would be a slot the next hour, just inform me.  I went back to our room and told my wife to get the massage instead and I just watched cable.  After an hour she went back and the phone rang.  The spa receptionist told me that I can now go down for my massage and so I did.

The next morning, we got our breakfast and went to a church to pay respect to God in the observance of the holy week.

Simbahan ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo

alay ng kandila . .

We went back to the hotel to pack our things and have our last round of pictures before going home.

All in all, I was satisfied with the hotel.  I was just surprised the spa massage which is the main reason I reserved in the hotel, was excluded in our package but nevertheless the receptionist was able to work it out.  Other than that and the breaded chicken, I really enjoyed our stay at One Tagaytay place.  The ambiance, the amenities, the massage and the people their are great.

King’s 3rd Birthday at Green Nature Resort (San Mateo, Rizal)

•March 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My wife and I do not have plans to celebrate our first son’s 3rd birthday but the summer heat gave us a good reason to do so.  Last year, we celebrated it at 9 waves resort in San Mateo, Rizal and this year we wanted to do it in another resort.  I was looking for a resort that is relaxing, affordable and most importantly, customers are allowed to bring their own food.  I searched the internet to find a resort in the Metro but I didn’t find any that fits my requirements.  Fortunately, my wife found one through the yellow pages.  The name of the resort is Green Nature  Resort also located in San Mateo, Rizal.  I searched it in the net and I liked it the pictures I saw.  We went there on a Saturday just to see the place.  I was very happy with it and I immediately reserve a gazebo.

Green Nature Resort and Leisure Park is a hide away nestled in the city of San Mateo, Rizal. Having been privately owned for over 10 years and recently opened to the public, the resort has been well maintained and continues by keeping the place clean and adding trees to enhance its tranquility.

For only 45 minutes from Manila, you can now delight your senses in the beauty of this haven. This 1 Hectare resort offers a lot of amenities for the recreation of the whole family and even for your whole group of friends.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can have a peaceful time with friends. Take a dip in the pool or jacuzzi and enjoy the mini waterfalls in between the two. Have an adrenaline to our slide. Have a picnic with your family. There is a basketball court, beach volleyball, table tennis, billiards and football available to suit any sports fan needs. But this place is not just for the family. Retreats and team building activities can also be held at our function room. The cottages can accommodate as much as 100 people all in all.

So relieve yourself from stress. Relax and take joy in the scenery Green Nature Resort and Leisure Park has to offer. It is truly a place for different activities, for everyone to enjoy!  – Green Nature Resort

We live at Cubao and going to the resort is just less than an hour via Batasan.  After we passed through the San Mateo Chapel, we looked for the Seaoil gas station and turned right.  We traveled approximately 2km of rough road.  Resort signage guided us toward the place.  The resort is very affordable.   Below is the resort price list.

We almost canceled the celebration because my two sons, their lola and yaya have cough and cold the entire week but miracles do happens on the day itself.  They eventually got well and the celebration went as planned.

King blowing the birthday candles

We went there on a sunday and we were amazed with the number of people who went there.  It was jammed and we’re glad we did a reservation a week before.  Nevertheless, my family enjoyed the swimming pools especially the one near to our gazebo.

Lola Zion, King, Manay and Macel at the Main Pool

tin-tin, garfield (at the back), ohmz, ivan and mommy

My son King really have fun and we made sure that he experience all the resort would offer.  The resort do not have waves but the play ground on the pool surely made kids happy.

King enjoying the slide

Beside the swimming pool, there are other things you can do there.  There is a colorful train that both adult and children can ride on for just P40.

Thomas and his fwends . .

There is also a hanging bridge and a real playground.

ivan, king and lola zion at the bridge . .

For me, green nature resort is almost a complete package.  They also have amenities other than those I mentioned above such as covered basketball court, volleyball court (on a sand),  and a billiard table for those who love sports.  Just be sure to look on the directions so you wont get lost.

san ba ko pupunta?

So let us now get back to our gazebo.  After all the praises I mentioned about the resort.  There is one thing I noticed that I got a little irritated.  Ang daming langaw!  The good thing is that the gazebo has nets to protect us from the flies so we can continue our videoke singing.

videoke gazebo covered with netz . . malangaw eh . .akala tae kami

The place is really cool and relaxing.  Most importantly, my wife and I are very happy to see King enjoyed his birthday.   This may be not planned and budgeted but seeing your child experiencing this with his immediate family is priceless.

missed . . .

I am always thankful for having King as my son.  For all the gods out there, again thank you!  Happy birthday son!

Best picture of King on his 3rd birthday!

Sabi nga ni king, D end!

My Real First 10K Run! Unilab Run United for Wellness (March 7, 2010, Bonifacio High Street)

•March 11, 2010 • 3 Comments

The Century tuna superbods run is supposed to be my first 10k run but because the 10k run started earlier than scheduled and the traffic built up in the venue, I wasn’t able to run the full 1ok.  Nevertheless, I run the 5k track and finished it with a time of 39 minutes.

Now my real first ever 10k run happenend last March 7, 2010 for the Unilab Run United for Wellness.  But first of all, I want to thank my good friend and fellow co-worker and runner, Mr. Alden Ferreras for waking me up on that morning.  If not for your call, there would be no 10k run for me again.

I got to the starting line about 10 minutes before gun start sporting a pair of shades, long socks and basketball shoes which is not advisable since it is heavier than a running shoes which  I have but unfortunately left it in the CR near our office gym (but no worries, I got it back) the friday before run day.  The 10k run started a quarter to 6 am.  My first 2 kilometers is alright but after that my lungs started to run out of air.  When I reached the 5th kilometer, my feet got tired and heavy so I started to mentally motivate my self that I can finish the run without walking.   But before the 6th kilometer, I really need to rest so I looked for a drinking station and when I found one, I walked and got myself a drink.  After the 6th kilometer, i stopped to walk and drink every time I passed by a drinking station.  In the 8th kilometer, I walked for 1 to 2 minutes because I am really tired.  Half kilometer before the 9th I run again but before crossing the finish line, I made sure that I would pose for the photovendo.ph pics.  Huwag palinlang, pagod na talaga ako niyan!

After a grueling 1 hour and 10 minutes of running, I crossed the finish line.

I was gunning for the 982nd place pero si kuya fitness first ayaw magpatalo, kaya 983rd place lang ako (based on runpix.com).

I realized that playing basketball and running are two different things.  I could play basketball continuously on the court for one hour but I never got exhausted but in running I can feel the exhaustion in 30 minutes of continuous doing it.  Nevertheless,  I am still motivated to run more because for me it’s not an exercise, it’s freedom.

Overall, the run is well organized.  A lot of race martials, drinking stations and the number of participants are limited.  Race signs are big enough to direct the runners on their respective tracks.  Except for one instance that we have to stop running to accommodate crossing vehicles, the rest of the run was smooth.  Other than the run, there are other events sponsored by different unilab products and the photo booths are the most famous of all.

(alden, ohmz and mico aka the RunBO)

Review on the event from its organizers can be read on this site.

Again, I enjoyed this event which was organized by finishline headed by Coach Rio.  I hope I can see you in the next runs! bye!

The Man behind D Afro: Coach Rio De la Cruz

•March 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I joined running because I want to find a new sport to indulge in besides basketball.  I didn’t know that in this new sport I’ll find my new inspiration, Coach Rio.

I first heard his name when I saw the commercial for the Century Tuna Superbods Run.  Akala ko fil-am siya lalo na nung nakita ko yung afro hair niya pero even at that time di naman ako interesado to know him.  Not until my second 10k run at the Unilab Run United for Wellness, when he passed by me.  There’s a dude na feeling close sa kanya na binati siya and Rio never hesitated to answer back with glee.    Alam niyo yung pakiramdam toward isang tao na alam mo he is someone great.  Yap naramdaman ko yun nung dumaan siya.  Call it cheesy pero ganun eh.  After that event, sinearch ko ung site nya (www.runrio.com) just for the race result and there i discovered his story na ika nga niya ay pang maalaala mo kaya.  From a broken family, difficult childhood, being an NPA (no permanent address), a running prodigy, a champion school varsity, a coach, and an event organiser.  He managed to overcome adversities thru sheer patience, determination and confidence.   Pero still he is humble and sensible after all his accomplishments (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/237643/coach-rio-dela-cruz) .

After reading these stuff about him, I am left in awe and felt pure admiration for the guy.  I hope he’ll continue to inspire a lot of people.  Run Rio Run!

Pati sa opisina ramdam na ang El Niño

•March 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Talagang hindi na mapagkakaila ang tindi ng epekto ng El Niño.  Maraming mga sakahan na ang natutuyot.  Ramdam na rin ang init kahit sa gabi.  Ngayon naman pati sa opisina wala na rin tubig. tsk tsk tsk . .

My first 10K Run – Century Superbods

•March 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Century Superbods is a very big event in running.  Almost 10 thousand runners participated.   I was not able to anticipate the traffic which caused me to miss the 10k run.  Anyways, I was still able to run on the 5k track which I finished in one hour according to the official timer of the race.   I was happy that I did not run the full 10k track because my legs already felt heavy and got exhausted after my 5k run so what happened to me is all good.  Here’s my picture while running.  Thank you to photovendo.ph for this one.

You noticed the PSP I’m holding?   I’m comfortable running with music as it gives me more energy pero I still have no ipod or any mp3 player so i have no choice but to bring my psp while running.

After the run, I looked for my friends and after an hour of looking for them ( I left my cellphone in my car), I found them in the photo booth.  So here is one of our pictures in the photobooth.

The only thing I was not able to do here is to have pictures with celebrities.  I’m just not into bothering celebrities and ask for their pictures.  It’s just not my specialty but I am willing to do one someday.  By the way, I saw Georgina Wilson, at isang lang masasabi ko Hanep talaga!  Kapag nakita ko uli siya, I would not hesitate to have one with her.

We finished our day with a breakfast at Contis.  I ended up with two slices of mang0 bravo for take out for my wifey and kids.

The whole experience is memorable being my first 10k run and with so many people participating.  Sabi nga nila, the more the merrier.  It’s always motivating to see other people do their best to finish the race despite the exhaustion.  As to my running which is my main purpose I joined this event, there is still a lot to improve.  My friends and I plan to run 21K by the end of the year so we believe we have to run more races and more training.