Saturday, April 30, 2011

Janadriyah Annual Heritage and Cultural Festival 2011

Last April 28th I, together with my colleagues at work signed up for the trip to Janadriyah---one of the social/recreational activities offered by our Employee Social Club.

We have been a witness to the festive mood of the Saudis as they celebrate the Janadriyah Annual Heritage and Cultural Festival here in Janadriyah, Riyadh City district. The event started last 21st of April until the 29th.

The festival was inaugurated by the late King Fahad Ibn Abdul Aziz in the year 1985 making this year the 26th Janadriyah Festival.

The celebration showcases the rich culture and heritage of the past and present Saudi Arabia. The festival's kick off is a camel race (which we failed to see). The festival includes displays of regional architecture, crafts, dances, markets for perfumes, spices, native delicacies and folklores.

I took a lot of photos during the event and I wanted to share some with you. It is during this rare occasion that photography is not forbidden (except on the female section) in the Kingdom. Sharing this to the world will help others to have a glimpse and appreciate the rich culture, tradition and the excellent craftsmanship of the Saudis.

Old Saudi Coins

Saudi Currencies

1st bicycle used by a mailman in the kingdom. Displayed at the booth of Saudi Posts.

1st mailbox

1st uniform ever worn by a mailman in the kingdom =)


Colorful Hand-painted Vases  on one of the stalls

Traditional crockery in vibrant colors

I wonder if they still have a living room like this... most folks here have big houses and western furnitures nowadays.

Traditional sword dance

The Art of Weaving (me included in the photo. haha!)

The Art of Pottery

Pottery crafts for sale

Embellished Horse Saddles seen at the booth of the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center

Adorned camel parading through the crowd. Wish I was a kiddo so that I could ride this Camel. =)

The traditional way of irrigation with the help of a camel is depicted here. The water is drawn using a bucket or DALOW from a deep well or AL-SAWANY.

Friday, April 22, 2011


I saw this from the New Balance Running UK page on facebook:

Here is the caption of this photo:

Become a running royal with New Balance!

If you’re a couple named Will and Kate (or Catherine, Katie, William, or any other valid derivative!), you can mark the marriage of your royal namesakes on Friday 29th April by winning a money-can’t-buy pair of personalised commemorative trainers.

All you have to do is upload a photograph of yourselves to the New Balance Running UK Facebook page, and you’ll be in the running to become one of the ten couples to win the strictly limited edition New Balance 576 shoes which have been produced to coincide with the celebrations.

If you’re among the ten winning couples, you will each receive a pair of trainers, made to your own specific size and width for optimum comfort. You will even be able to choose how you would prefer your name to be embroidered on the shoe!

The closing date for entries is Thursday 28th April 2011, and entries received after this time will not be accepted. The winning couples will announced on Friday 29th April.

For the Terms and Conditions, CLICK HERE:

It sure does look hot! I wonder who would be the "lucky ones" to own a pair of those shoes. Unluckily, I automatically don't qualify from the competition since I am not a United Kingdom resident; my name is not Kate or Katie (or any of its derivative) and don't even have a partner. =)

For all those eligible candidates out there, be fast to upload your photos on the New Balance FB page!

I'm sure I'll be dreaming to own a pair of those "Royalty" shoes! ;)

The Rexona Run 2010

Another 5K running event that I joined was the Rexona run 2010 held on August 1, 2010 at SM Mall of Asia---a well-organized running event by RunRio, Inc. We arrived at the starting line at 5:30 am. The gun start was at 5:45. We have no more time to do a proper warm-up but nevertheless, we enjoyed the run even if we were all sweaty, huffy and puffy.

I was with my brother and two colleagues at work, Lui and Carla, during the race. Eventually, they have become my running companions during races and running/jogging sessions.

The Rexona run was a memorable race for us. It was during this time, as we were sitting on the gutter watching the 10k and 21k finishers pass us by, that the idea of putting up a fan page in Facebook for Nurses (nursing students, registered nurses or not) who have the same passion on running like us, was conceptualized.

The term: Running Nurses was coined by Maria Luisa Lasquite (my fellow pediatric nurse in SLMC and running buddy) in which the initials of the 2 words were the same with the acronym of Registered Nurse--RN thus, our fan page RN : Running Nurses was conceived. This was also the time I was contemplating on "taking it up a notch" on my running category. I was running for some time and been practicing a lot but I was a bit hesitant to join 10k runs, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

To view the race result, click here:

To view the Running Nurses fan page, click here:

Feel free to like us on Facebook and suggest the page to friends too! (Nurses, running enthusiasts or not!) =D

Our gutter moment =D

Moi, Lui Lasquite & Carla Faraon-RNs

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I did running in the rain a couple of times after the Rock and Run Race that turned into "ROCK, RUN & RAIN" incident (view my prevoius blog: Rock and Run 2010---I ROCKED running in the rain!). Here are some tips when running in the rain:

1.    Make sure your wearing a polyester (dri fit/climacool) fabric which will wick water and sweat away from your body. Cotton shirts are a big no-no. This will absorb water and will weigh you down as you run. Wearing layers of clothing wouldn't help to keep you dry (unless you are running with an umbrella over your head). Dress as if it is a dry day.

2.    A cap would come in handy. It will keep the rain off your face.

3.    Since running in the rain often means poor visibility, select an outer layer that has reflective strips on it. You can also wear bright colored outfits.

4.    If you have to wait outside in the rain before the start of a race, a big trash bag with armholes and a neck hole cut out can help you stay dry. You can take it off and throw it to the side once you get moving.

5.    If you are running a race, keep your race shoes and socks in a plastic bag while waiting at the start. You can put on your race shoes and socks right before you head to the starting line. If it has stopped raining by then, you'll be able to run the race in dry shoes and socks.

6.    If you are running long, you can apply Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters -- such as your feet, inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines (women), and nipples (men).

7.    Store electronics, such as your cell phone and iPod, in a ziplock bag or a water-proof carrier.

8.    When you get back from a wet run, take off your running shoes and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape, and the paper draws moisture away from the shoes.

Photo credit:

Remember that the hardest part of running in the rain is often just getting you started. But once you started running and you were able to warm up, you will find yourself enjoying it. Running in the rain will also help you prepare in case you have to run a race in the rain.

Rock and Run 2010---I ROCKED running in the rain!

Rock and Run was the coolest running event I joined! Literally and figuratively. I was with my brother Boks and my colleague at work, Lui during that time and we all joined the 5 km category. Rock and Run was organized by JCI Manila for the benefit of Republikha--an NGO dedicated to producing educational children's music. This should have been the first Run and Rock concert-for-a-cause if not for the heavy downpour that started right before the start of the race. Rock bands were to perform before the start of the race and 3 concert stages were set up strategically along the race course but have been canceled due to the issue of safety. But amidst the heavy rain, most of the runners were still waiting enthusiastically for the gun start and upon seeing it, we eventually followed suit. We were all chanting “RUN! RUN! RUN!” in the rain as we waited for the gun start. Some were dancing and some were still in their rock costume (there was a special prize for the best rock costume!). I remember this one runner beside me in a KISS costume complete with a replica of KISS’ guitar told me that he was relieved he used water-proof makeup because if he didn’t, his makeup would have been washed up by the rain by then. I wonder if he took home the price though…=)

I finished the race at 29 minutes and 53 sec. 131st among 804 5K runners. To view the race result click here:

Running in the rain was surely a one of a kind experience I will never forget. Some didn't like it. Others liked it but didn't like the effect after (some got the flu that is. boohoo!). Personally, I had so much fun. It was one hell of an adventurous run. I don't need to be dreading the run while looking forward to a water station to hydrate myself. I just looked up to the heavens; open my mouth wide and tada!--free hydration! For me, I ROCKED running in the rain!

This is our warm up. haha! just kidding.

starting to look gloomy...

Brigada's Rain song =D

Runners never quit!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Takbo PAA 2010

Takbo PAA was a fun run organized by the Pediatric Alumni Association (PAA) of St. Luke’s Medical Center held at Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig City. The race aims to promote the advocacy of PAA in promoting the welfare of the children in the community. And since I was working as a pediatric nurse in SLMC that time, I together with my colleagues at work joined the said event without hesitation to show our support to our beloved Doctors. This was my first race to have an uphill and downhill route and boy, was I exhausted and sore!

But I was happy because I hit my personal best during this race finishing it at 28 minutes and 54 seconds, 7th among the women runners and 38th among the overall 5K participants (running hills has its own perks!).

For the race result, please click here:

Takbo PAA 2010 Race Result

Posing with the dear Doctors who organized the Run

Here are some useful tips when running hills:

1. Try running hills in a slower pace. A common mistake made by runners (I'm guilty of this too!) is to run fast on uphill, wasting energy and ends up out of breath at the top of the hill.

2. As you approach an uphill, make sure you have a good running form. That is, your back should be straight and erect; arms should be at a 90 degree angle and should be moving forward and back (not swaying side to side); your back should be straight and erect. You can lean very slightly from the hips but make sure you are not hunched over.

 Improving your running form can help you run faster, more efficiently, and with less stress on your body.

3. Swing your arms lower and shorter. By keeping your arm swing lower and quicker, your legs will stay lower to the ground -- resulting in a short, quick stride.

4. You can begin your normal stride once you reach the top of the hill. If you ran the hill properly, you will be able to pass runners who end up exhausted from spending too much energy from running fast on the uphill.

5. When running downhill, the best way to do it is to lean forward slightly and take short, quick strides. Don't lean back and try to brake yourself. Let gravity pull you as you run downhill. Try to keep your shoulders just slightly in front of you and your hips under you. DO NOT over stride. Avoid taking huge leaping steps to reduce the pounding on your legs leaving it sore for a long time.
"Running downhill requires the muscles to lengthen, or make eccentric muscle contractions, which can cause microscopic tears in the muscle fibers and generate more force than when you're running uphill or on flat ground. To make matters worse: It's easy to hit top speed on a steep descent—and the faster you move, the harder each foot strikes the ground, and the more pounding the muscles endure."- Jason Karp, Ph.D., May 2009 issue of the Runner's world.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Earth Run 2010

Earth Run 2010 was the 2nd running event that I joined. It was held on April 18, 2010 at the Fort.

It's a run for a cause that aims to benefit Greenpeace, an international organization dedicated in protecting and conserving the environment. There were about 7,000 runners that signed up for the run, 4,000 of which were in the 5K category that I was in. But this time around, I am much prepared. I trained for alternate days in Amoranto stadium, running at least 3 kilometers at a time. Also, I was able to purchase and use my first running shoes: a Nike Dart 7. I know it wasn’t the best running shoes that time, but it was all that I can afford and better than my old trainers. =)

I finished the race at 32 minutes and 29 seconds. Shaving 2 minutes and 28 seconds from my first 5K run.

To view race result click the link here:

Globe Run for Home 2010

I am missing the running community and the running events in the Philippines. Though I am constantly running here during my free time, nothing beats running in a race. It helps you gauge your running limits and unleashes the competitive side of you.

I wrote about my running events and races in my previous blogs. But this time, I want to edit them and make each running event a separate blog. That's how much I missed running in the Philippines! =)

Let's start with: 

March 21
(5k, 34:57)

A charity fun run by Globe and Ayala land aiming to raise funds for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity. This was the first running event that I joined. My sister, Czarina Joy Bongon, was one of the people who introduced me to running and registered me to my first running event—the Globe Run for Home 2010. I finished the run at 34 minutes and 57 secs.

Click this link to view my runpix:
That time, I don’t have a proper running shoes yet. I used my old, reliable trainers during the run and thank God I made it! I even finished first than my sister. ;)

with Czarina Joy- the sister who introduced me to running, Czar Christian-the brother who eventually became my running buddy

circumoral cyanosis... hahaha!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PRICE TAG---> Jessie J feat. B.o.B.

"It's not about the money, money, money | We don't need your money, money, money | We just wanna make the world dance, | Forget about the Price Tag | Ain't about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching | Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling | Wanna make the world dance, | Forget about the Price Tag."

I am sooooo loving this song AND the singer! ---From the upbeat tune to the quirky video. (I know, mababaw lang kaligayahan ko. ha ha!) I find Jessie J's music and style as Pink, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga-ish. But you can't deny that she have her own musical prowess and maybe she'll be the next big thing. ;)

Anyhoo, PRICE TAG is a song by Jessie J, a 23 year old English singer and songwriter (real name: Jessica Ellen Cornish). This song went straight to #1 for two exclusive weeks in the UK. Her debut album, WHO YOU ARE was released on February 25, 2011 and charted at #2 on the UK Albums Chart.

She first saw fame when she began writing tracks for Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus. The most successful track she co-wrote was Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" which gained platinum certification in many countries. Last February 2011, she received Critics' Choice at the 2011 BRIT Awards.
To know more about Jessie J (facts like, she suffered a minor stroke 3 years ago which prevents her to drink, smoke, touch drugs and take anything with caffeine) check this link:


Lubusin na natin eto!


Okay, Coconut man, Moon Heads and Pea
You ready
Seems like everybody's got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the sale comes first,
And the truth comes second,
Just stop, for a minute and
Why is everybody so serious
Acting so damn mysterious
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can't even have a good time
Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (ha)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We're paying with love tonight
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain't about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.
We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite
And it wasn't low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired
Why is everybody so obsessed
Money can't buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we'll be feeling Alright.
Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (ha)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We're paying with love tonight
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain't about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.
Yeah yeah
Well, keep the price tag
And take the cash back
Just give me six strings and a half stACK.
And you can keep the cars
Leave me the garage
And all I..
Yes all I need are keys and guitars
And its with in 30 seconds I'm leaving to Mars
Yeah we leaping across these undefeatable odds
Its like this man, you can't put a price on the life
We do this for the love so we fight and sacrifice everynight
So we aint gon stumble and fall never
Waiting to see this in the sign of defeat uh uh
So we gon keep everyone moving their feet
So bring back the beat and then everyone sing
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain't about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain't about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.
[Jessie J -Outro]
Yeah, yeah
Forget about the price tag.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Love Your Body | The Body Shop

Last night, my mom and I joined the shopping trip going to Panorama mall. We were resolved just to window shop (since it wasn't "SALE" yet) and to buy some items from the groceries.

We were so adamant with our resolution that even my friends ZARA, Bershka, H&M and Terranova were not able to convince us to shop. Ha ha! Just when I was congratulating myself for a job well done, my eyes were fixated to this green store that says "The Body Shop". The next thing I know, I was inside and was eyeing the cosmetics. Every girl, kikay or not, should have a set of beauty products, RIGHT? Hehe…  I was convincing myself that it is not a matter of luxury but more of a basic necessity… Am I right again, girls?
Anyways, what was particularly on my mind when I went inside the store is to buy myself a blush-on. It is the only item that is lacking on my "kikay-kit" (I have to thank my mom for supplying me with what I need). =)

As usual, I end up buying more than what I intended to buy. haha!

Brush on Perles de Soleil Bronze

Cheek Colour #04

Also bought this Blusher Brush! =)

This mirror pouch is a freebie!  ♥♥♥

Back in the Philippines, my sister and I were patrons of The Body Shop. We soooo love their body washes, lotions, body oils and scrubs! Though it's a bit pricey, we love The Body Shop because of their commitment in protecting the planet by only using natural ingredients, reducing their environmental impact by using recycled materials from the bottles, plastics and paper bags they use and by saying no to animal testing---the more reason I patronize their products!

Their Value:

"We believe there is only one way to be beautiful, nature's way."

And we all agree...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

HP Pavilion dv6 with Beats audio

My first acquisition from my first full paycheck on my new work is an HP Pavilion dv6 with Beats Audio. It was love at first sight! ♥♥♥ And my frequent trip to Jarir Bookstore made me love it even more (ha ha!).

With its 15.6" display, metal finish and Intel core i5 processor, it is truly a delight for users who wants to experience out of the box multimedia and gaming. What makes it more enticing to buy is the Beats Audio incorporated in it. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine (creator of Beats) collaborated with HP and applied the signature Beats sound profile to provide the optimal sound experience the way artists and users wanted their music to be heard may it be through headphones or external speakers. It also boasts of quad speakers to fill out your on-the-go entertaining (two at the front and two near the hinge).

The Pavilion dv6 also has an integrated Blu-ray disc player and a built-in HP TrueVision HD Webcam that offers crisp, clear video chatting even in low-light conditions.It also include a USB 3.0 for faster sharing and transferring of files and offer ample multimedia storage with up to 1 terabyte (TB) of storage.

To protect personal information and simplify password management, the Pavilion dv6 include HP SimplePass, which provides enhanced security for access to online accounts (eg., yahoomail, facebook, twitter, blogger) and passwords with the swipe of a finger. In addition, all HP Pavilion dv-series notebooks feature HP ProtectSmart, which locks the hard drive to protect photos, music and memories in case the notebook is accidentally dropped.

The unboxing of HP Pavilion dv6 with Beats Audio =)

***For those who have HP lappies with beats audio in them and doesn't know how to turn on and off the beats speaker, just press on:

fn + b

fn is located at the bottom part, second to the far left side of your keyboard.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Today was the second night I am running for the wrong reasons. I am running not because of the sheer joy I found in running but because I want to release the pent up emotions that is building inside me.


I was running with so much anger, I found myself clenching and unclenching my fist as I run. The upbeat, happy song I was listening in my Ipod doesn’t even help to sizzle the anger I felt. All for just some stupid news shoved at my face concerning a person that belongs to my past.

I don’t wanna be this kind of running monster. I always wanted to be the happy runner. I don’t want to associate running with negative emotions but rather with happy, positive thoughts.

Tomorrow is another day. And I firmly resolve that I will run with just happy thoughts in my mind. I will refrain from running with so much negativity in me.

I LOVE RUNNING. I don’t want it to be a part of my defense mechanism when my life isn’t in order.





Friday, April 1, 2011


Today turned out to be a stressful day due to some news delivered to me. I know I shouldn't feel affected because it was a thing of the past but then again, emotions overflowed and  it rubbed on the scar deep turning it into a fresh painful wound...

So, I'll put on my trainers. Be out on this chilly night and RUN, RUN and RUN as far and as long as my feet would take me. I hate this feeling of being vulnerable. It brings me back to the time when I was barely hanging in a thread... It's a good thing I found my Salvation in RUNNING. In running, I don't feel that I am such a weak, emotional wreck. I don't feel vulnerable....

In running, I feel strong, fast and feel that I could outrun and forget all my worries and woes....

I need my dose of adrenaline-pumping RUN now!!!