Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nomnomnom Happy Food!

I was eating alone in my flat today, trying to eat healthily by skipping the rice, eating chopsuey (sauted mixed veggies), tofu sisig and steamed carrots in small servings while drinking ruby red grapefruit. 

Then I remembered (and misses...sniff!) Nomnomnom---one of our favorite resto that serves good food. Nomnomnom Happy Food is located at 1 Tomas Morato corner E. Rodriguez, Quezon City, a jeepney ride away from my previous work. That is why whenever we had a "toxic" duty, we will reward ourselves by eating at Nomnomnom after and drink a couple bottle of beer while recapping the events during our duty (chismis kumabaga! hahaha! but not regarding our patients---patient's confidentiality, IKR).

Nomnomnom--- where yummy and healthy go together. 

Yes, they really lived out to their tagline. Not only do they serve yummy food that would satisfy your gastronomic appetite but it is healthy as well as evidenced by no pork or beef in the menu---an influence of having a vegetarian owner (one of). 

You might think you won't frequent the place but once you've tasted the variety of food in their menu, you might find yourself coming back for more. You would even forget that you are eating good food because they are sinfully delicious. This hole-in-the-wall resto is a good place for barkada gimiks and for date nights.

We love to munch on their yummy popcorn with hemp seed (the organic ones!) while waiting for our orders.The owner has a quirky way of naming the menu list too. Here's the list of my MUST TRY:

> Talong and Lasting Love--- eggplant, kesong puti and mozarella in tomato sauce pizza.

> Malinomnom Pizza--- tinapa flakes, salted duck eggs and kesong puti

The Good Sisig--- good for vegans. This is a dish of tofu placed on top of a rice crater with nori bits mixed into it. The hint of sisig taste is just enough. You would actually believe there's pork on it.

> Four Play--- consists of pita chips served with hommus, mottabal, salsa and garlic.

Photo credit: Erik Liongoren taken from Nomnomnom's Facebook page  
> Prom Pasta--- a tomato based pasta with hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, capers and my favorite- basil. This is not your ordinary pasta! =)

Photo credit: Erik Liongoren. Taken from Nomnomnom's facebook page

> Happy Hemp Pesto--- pasta in pesto sauce. With hemp seeds. =)

> Nomnomnom's version of Mozarella sticks--- delicioso!

> Fried Ravioli--- crispy fried ravioli stuffed with cheesy kangkong and mushroom.

There are still lots of food from their menu that you must try (seafood cartocchio, aglio e olio, vst, tokwa't tokwa, pizza bomba and their Iced tea with different flavors). Visit them if you have time and I know you will enjoy it like I did. Try to look out for events happening in nomnomnom. Past events includes cook outs, acoustic nights and they do even have movie nights! I'm sure you and your friends will have a blast. Indulge. Without the guilt feeling.

This is one place I will visit when I go home 7 months from now.

Happy nomnomnom!!! 

winding out after a tiring duty with my colleagues

Something good always happens--- love it! can't deny that I am from post duty. oily skin and all that... hehehe

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Runner's Wedding Dress

The month of June is (nearly) just around the corner and we all know that there are lots of couple out there who plans to get married this coming June and a lot of women wishes to be a June bride. But what makes June special? Well, the story goes that June was derived from the word Juno, a Roman goddess of fertility and marriage. So for those who will be married on June, they will be blessed with a blissful marriage.

Anyhoo, I found this video from Runner's World and I find it quite interesting. This video is for the women runners who plan to tie the knot in the future and wants to make running as a theme for that special day of exchanging sweet I DOs and actually wants to don on a RUNNING WEDDING DRESS and RUN A RACE ON HER WEDDING DAY---good idea eh? 

Standing Core Workout


Standing core workout from Runner's World

Friday, May 13, 2011


It's getting hot in here!!! And I am finding it hard to constantly run with this kind of weather. I love running outdoors. I love running free. I love running and looking past sceneries. But with the temperature hitting up until 42 degrees Celsius (and getting hotter by the minute), it leaves me no choice but to hit the mill. I know treadmill runs are boring and monotonous that is why I always have my trusty iPod as my companion. It keeps my sanity in check, keeps me from constantly looking at my watch, and distracts me from the noise of the treadmill or the clanking of weights… 

Here is a Playlist of some of my favorite work-out and running songs. You might not like my choice of songs or you might wonder why I like it. Some of the songs I like because it pushes me to run---helps to motivate me. Others I like because of the beat---it sets my running pace.

1. Let's Get it Started: Black Eyed Peas 
"Keep running, running and running, running…" makes this an ideal starting song to keep you motivated and pumped up for your run.  
2. Knock You Down: Keri Hilson, Kanye West and Ne-Yo 
"Just get back up when it knocks you down…" ---never mind if it's referring to love. This song is nice for work-outs too.  
3. Party in the USA: Miley Cyrus 
Admit it. Much as you don't like Miley Cyrus, you can't help to like the upbeat, catchy tone. "Got my hands up, they're playin' my song, and now I'm gonna be okay. Yeah! It's a party in the USA!" =D  
4. See You Again: Another song from Miley Cyrus 
It's upbeat and fun. period.  
5. Dog Days are Over: Florence & the Machine 
"Run fast for your mother, Run fast for your father, Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers…" keeps me motivated as I run. Mantra. Mantra.  =) 
6. Firework: Katy Perry 
"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, Just own the night like the 4th of July…" – a pick-me-up song. Love it! 
7. Hot N' Cold: Katy Perry 
Like the beat! Catchy and Fun! 
8. Bass Down Low: Dev feat. The Cataracts 
"If you wanna get with me, there's some things you gotta know. I like my beats fast, And my bass down low…" ---recommended by my brother. I love it! 
9. Just Dance: Lady Gaga feat. Colby O'Donis 
The fantastic beat will motivate you to keep running. I often replace the word "dance" with "run" as I mentally sing this song when I run. 
10. Don't Stop Believing: Journey/Glee 
This is one upbeat, motivating song rolled into one. Just when you wanted to give up running, browse for this song and hit the "play" button. =) 
11. Heart of a Champion: Nelly 
The title speaks for itself. =D 
12. Beautiful Day: U2 
This is the perfect  song when running during a breezy, sunny morning.  Or play this song when the weather is not ideal for running to keep you motivated as you run. 
13. Sweat: David Guetta remix/Snoop Dogg 
"I just wanna make you sweat…" Great beat. 
14. Smile: Lily Allen 
I really like this song especially during slow paced run. Never mind the lyrics. Hahaha! 
15. Thnks fr the Mmrs: Fall Out Boy 
This is one angry running song. I like it, hell yeah! =D 
16. Rolling in the Deep: Adele 
I just like this song. =D

DISCLAIMER: It is not a safe practice to run outside while wearing headphones and listening to music. The music can block the noise coming from oncoming vehicles, cyclists, other runners and unfriendly dogs. One of the etiquette rules of running is that you must hear and be aware of fellow runners so that you can move out of the way or stop when necessary.

If you really need music for motivation follow this simple rule:

Lower down the volume, or with one earphone out, so that you can still hear what is going on around you.

Try listening to music ONLY when the running gets tough to keep you motivated. 
Listen to music when you are running on a treadmill---it is perfectly safe to do that.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!!! What a nice way to welcome and celebrate Mother's day by running (though the temperature here is a whopping 40 degrees Celsius!). Keep yourself hydrated ladies.

In line with celebrating Mother's Day today (I have to synchronize my time to Philippine time so it's officially a SUNDAY today and IS officially Mother's Day), and because RUNNING is what I love to do, there are three books that is (quite) a must-read. It is also a perfect Mother's Day gift for the athletic/sporty women in your life. ehem! =D

Run Like a Mother is a book written by Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea offering inspirational advices and strategies from their own personal experiences to help keep a wife-mother-working woman from lacing up her shoes and make running a part of their busy lives. The book includes practical tips on shoes, nutrition, training, racing and preventing injury.

Because of the growing number of women runners, Dagny Scott Barrios and the experts from Runner's World created this book that will guide women to discover how to train for a race---from a 5k to a marathon, how to lose weight permanently, eat nutritiously and for maximum energy, prevent and treat injury that women are most likely to encounter, run during pregnancy and through menopause, how to run safely anywhere and to choose the best clothes and running accessories.

Kara Groucher's Running for Women is an ultimate guide to running for women who want to train for the gold or simply discover their personal best. It contains her expertise, tips and tricks targeted specifically for female runners to help you become a better, happier, healthier and more fulfilled runner.

So there you are... the three running books that I wanted to read. If you are reading this blog and you have read any of these books, please post a review on the comment post. Which book do you like best? Which is the most helpful and informative?

Before signing out, let me just once again greet a


Friday, May 6, 2011


2 months ago, Nike released the Nike Free Run +2. 

The Nike Free Run +2 women's running shoe is designed to maximize the foot's natural range of motion while providing protection and cushioning.

It is designed to keep the foot in place without restricting movement, is lightweight and flexible with inner sleeve to provide a snug feel but is enough to allow the natural motion of the foot.

Deep flex grooves along the outsole allow the foot to move naturally in multiple directions. The heel features a “center of pressure” design for extra cushioning on contact, maximizing overall flexibility.

The Nike Free Run+ 2 Shoe also delivers a plush, cushioned ride. With its Phylite material seamlessly fused on the midsole with the outsole, it creates a one-piece design that is resilient and durable. The molded sockliner mimics the curves of the foot for a comfortable, supportive fit.

I fell in love with the Bright Cerise/White-Anthracite-Volt color. Cerise is a bright pinkish red tone while volt is more like a neon green hue. 

I am wondering where the hell I will get one here in Riyadh. If you know of a Nike store that has one, please let me know right away! I will be forever greatful! =)


An evidence for my love for color! I bought this Nike Free HyperTR September of last year. And though not specifically a running shoes (I have a Dart7 and an Adidas Stability Response), I used to wear them during some of my races. I actually wear them during my Half-marathon for the Quezon City International Marathon or QCIM 2 and it was comfortable and it feels so natural to run when I am in them. REALLY! =)


I attended a Maasallamah (farewell) dinner of a relative who will be going home (for good) next week- a nephew that is older than me. Haha! The Maasallamah was held at Villa Restaurant, a resto serving Thai, Filipino cuisines located at Al Aruba road---must have: tom yang, hor mok and buttered fish . It was just a small gathering. The group is comprised of the host of the dinner and his wife, me and my mom and a couple with their son as attendees. Everybody was chatting in between the meal and got so engrossed that we were able to finish our dinner at a quarter before 10 in the evening. The TOPIC:  Oldies relieving their childhood experiences and everyone was talking animatedly (you know how much they got excited when sharing their childhood experiences)   =) 

Anyway, I had my moment of “FIRST” when we were going home---home, meaning the flat of my Mom where I am staying for the weekend. We were all waiting to hail for a taxi outside the restaurant and had difficulty in getting one. Obviously due to our number, we need two taxis to take us home. The restaurant actually is just near the Hospital and the housing compound my mom and the rest of the group is working and staying but the problem is we have to cross the street. And if there is anything that you should know about drivers here in the kingdom is their love for speed and their recklessness. So there we were waiting to flag down a cab when a car slowed down and someone peeked at the passenger side (a muttawa I think) and was instructing us to cover our heads (or to that effect) in Arabic so we hastily put on our Tarha (veil). Still, no cab… One from the group was calling the Hala limousine---the official cab transport of most of the hospital here and the most trusted, but no one was picking up our call. 

We had no choice but to walk home. The idea excites me. A lot. Haha! 

It would be my first time to cross a highway in the middle of the night and to walk the streets of Riyadh--- a thing that you won’t dare do here if you are alone and you are a woman. But because I am accompanied by several RESPONSIBLE adults (me not included. haha!), it would be fun and a good way to burn some of the calories we indulgently ingested from the dinner we had earlier.  

So there we were at the sidewalk, getting ready for our battle with the fast cars, standing side by side, and fingers interlaced as we wait for our cue to cross the 6 or 8 (?)  lane street. When the stoplight from the distance turned red, we started running as we cross the street as if we were running for our lives! Drivers here are not good on following traffic rules; there would always be one car that would think the red light means “GO”. =) We were all laughing and giggling when we successfully crossed the street unscathed and with some shout of encouragement from some locals who clapped their hands when we were able to reach the other side of the road. 

Then we started walking our way back home. We passed by some establishments: food chains, grocery, laundry shop, barber shops... And there is one thing you'll find in common: Not one local woman was on sight---only Saudi men who stared at us as we walk. But I am completely feeling at ease knowing I am walking with a group and we were behaving ourselves well completely.  

It was another adventure in the kingdom. If it were in the Philippines, it would be just another ordinary night (Oh, how I miss the busy streets of Manila!).

Sometimes, I would just pretend I am a student from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (no disrespect intended) when I am wearing my Abaya on and try to remember the spells cast by Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest to keep me entertained. =)

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Journey to the Edge of the World

When I first went here to Riyadh, I thought all I would do was to work, work and work. I never thought that I would have the time or the opportunity to explore the scenic places that Saudi Arabia could offer.  Well, actually I still haven't. hahaha! Not yet. I am hoping that the coming months I will be able to do so. Suggestions please, anyone?

Anyhoo, I wanted to share one of the places I have been to on my over 2 months of staying here in the Kingdom--- The Edge of the World.

The Edge of the World (as what the locals call it) is one of the points of Tuwaiq Escarpment located 96 kilometers northwest of Riyadh (on the way going to Sadous). This trip is not for people who doesn't want long, bumpy ride. Choice of transport: 4 X 4. Travel time: 2-3 hours. We have seen some people tried to get their car running on the rough terrain but to no avail. Good thing they were able to hitch a ride and leave their car in a nearby house.

Rough terrain it is!


This iron fence will lead you to the edge of the world 22 kilometers heading towards west. Just follow any convenient track you will find. It isn't hard to miss. But mind you, watch the ditch! 'Coz there is a lot. And you don't want to be stranded in the middle of the desert, right? =)

It is better to go there in a group and since it is the EDGE of the world, I highly recommend that you bring lots of water, food and a first aid kit (you will never know when you will need one).The best time to visit would be October thru March.

Jump Craze!

Groups enjoyed walking the edge of the cliff going to the heads of the twin rock

The people below looks miniscule compared to my shoes. haha! Some people went down the cliff to walk or run. As for me, I just enjoyed my spot on this cliff pocket contemplating about life... =)

one might think that this is a part of the Grand Canyon...

It's still cold here during the month of March. Just be sure to don on your sunglasses to avoid the glare of the sun. Wear sunblock too!

Panoramic view of the plains below. What a sight indeed! When it rains, they say that those winding lines turn into streams...