Monday, September 26, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Theatrical Trailer


The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the Part 1 of Breaking Dawn (the fourth installment on the Twilight Saga) was officially released. I know some of you are really excited about this. I for one am dying to hear the songs included in the OST but for now, all I can share is the list.

1. The Joy Formidable: END TAPES
2. Angus and Julia Stone: LOVE WILL TAKE YOU
3. Bruno Mars: IT WILL RAIN
4. Sleeping at Last: TURNING PAGE
5. The Features: From Now On
6. Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
7. Theophilus London: NEIGHBORS
8. The Belle Brigade: I DIDN'T MEAN IT
9. Noisettes: SISTER ROSETTA (2011 VERSION)
10. Cider Sky: NORTHERN LIGHTS
11. Iron & Wine: FLIGHTLESS BIRD, AMERICAN MOUTH (WEDDING VERSION)
12. Imperial Mammoth: REQUIEM ON WATER
13. Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz: COLD
14. Mia Maestro: LLOVERA
15. Carter Burwell: LOVE DEATH BIRTH

I was expecting a song from Muse in the soundtrack (Newborn maybe) and from Paramore too. I love Bruno Mars…but on the playlist of Breaking Dawn? I don't know… Let's see… =)


Monday, September 19, 2011

FARTLEK RUNNING




I was out for my running workout today. And part of my workout was to do a fartlek.

Nope. I did not fart while I was doing it! haha!

But what is Fartlek by the way?

Fartlek, which means "speed play" in Swedish is a form of interval training that can be effective in improving your speed and endurance. Fartlek running involves varying your pace throughout your run, alternating between fast run and slow jogs. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed can be varied and work-rest intervals can be based on how the body feels. 

Most fartlek sessions last a minimum of 45 minutes and can vary from aerobic walking to anaerobic sprinting. Fartlek training is generally associated with running, but can include almost any kind of exercise.

Here is an example of a Fartlek Session that I have read in Runner's World:

Block Party: 

In your city, neighborhood, or office park, use blocks as your "track." You can go around the block or do an out-and-back. Start at a slow pace for five to 10 steps, then gradually increase the pace for 20 to 50 steps, then run at race pace (but not all out) for one full block. Start with two or three fartlek segments and build to six. Walk for one or two minutes between each faster section. 

Running Landmark: 

Pick a telephone pole, mailbox, stop sign, or anything up ahead and run to it. You can choose one item (all telephone poles, for example) or multiple landmarks to create varying lengths of speed segments. On each segment, gradually pick up the pace until you're running fast but not all out. For the last 20 steps, hold the pace, but focus on relaxing your body and allowing momentum to take over. Walk or jog for half the distance of your repeat, then spot your next landmark and take off again. Continue for a total of 10 to 15 minutes, before running an easy five to 10 minutes to cool down.

Fartlek training puts a little extra stress on your system, eventually leading to faster speeds and improving your anaerobic threshold.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Amore Italian Cuisine--- Mi Amore!


Last September 7, I treated my Mom for her 56th Birthday at Amore Italian Cuisine, an Italian resto along Thalia St. here in Riyadh. It's actually my first time there and only found out about the resto by searching it online. There were good reviews about the resto on TripAdvisor so I was thinking to myself then maybe it was worth a try.

Upon entering the resto the first thing you would notice would be the red brick oven that hides the Male section of the restaurant. The family section is located at the 2nd floor. I asked the waiter what is his recommended dish since I told him I'll be treating my Mom because it's her birthday. 

We settled for:   


Rigatoni Alla Genovese
Rigatoni pasta with caramelized onion and shredded meat served in a parmesan cheese basket.

Frutti di Mare 
Pizza with mixed seafood, fresh mozzarella and fresh tomato.

For our dessert, I asked Kuya Joseph, the waiter, who is a kabayan by the way for his opinion on what to order. When I told him I would get exactly what he choose for us, he whispered to me saying: "Tapos lagyan natin ng happy birthday!" I immediately agreed on his suggestion. This is his recommend: 

Profitteroles Norvegese (the other one, i forgot the name!)
Cream puff stuffed with ice cream and hot chocolate fudge & Vanilla Ice cream.

After a while, as I was chatting with my Mom, the lights suddenly went off. And we suddenly heard voices singing the Happy Birthday song. It turns out, 3 of the waiters (2 kabayans and 1 from a foreign land) had conspired (conspired talaga eh no? hahaha!) to make my mom's birthday a special one without me  telling them to do so.  I was even left speechless! (Ako may birthday teh?! hehe...) They've done very well on plating the dessert and as Kuya Joseph promised, there was a Happy Birthday message written on the plate with matching candle light pa! hehehe... The local patrons even clapped their hands after the waiter finished singing and some of them greeted my mom a happy birthday (some even peeked out of their booths with smiling faces). =)


All in all, Amore Italian Cuisine is something I would recommend my friends to try out. The ambiance is good. The family section has an open space for families who want to dine out without being confined in small booths (***usually, resto here has booths for family dining since Saudi women are very private). But then, the booths are not that confined and has a nice interior. The bread and breadsticks for starters tastes good. The food I ordered is very much Italian indeed and passed my standard of Italian taste. hehehe... =D


                            




A BIG plus factor is the service they give their patrons. I hope it wasn't only during that time. I wish when I go back there (even on a plain day). I would receive the same service I have during my Mom's birthday.


At dahil pinasaya niyo kami ng Mommy ko, I'll give this resto 5 stars! ***wink!





Sunday, September 4, 2011

A fitness challenge with a twist---Hejaz Railway Fitness Challenge


After a week of no run, I'm baaaack! Yes, I'm back to my running workout. I have been following a personal running workout at Adidas miCoach site for over a month now and I kept a log of my workout history on that site too. I also downloaded the Adidas miCoach application on my iphone and I used it on my running workouts by way of GPS (Global Positioning System). GPS enables your speed, distance, calories and location data when using miCoach mobile outdoors as it works best when you have a clear view of the sky (with matching voice coaching too!).

sample running workout


Today is ALSO the start of the fitness challenge that was organized by the Nursing Department of the hospital that I'm working with.

The Hejaz Railway fitness challenge is an 8 weeks fitness challenge designed to promote a healthier lifestyle and nurture teamwork within the different nursing discipline. Each team is comprised of 4 members and the objective of the challenge is to complete 1,302 kilometers---YES! You read it right. We had to accomplish a total of 1,302 kilometers for the 8 weeks or 41 kilometers each member for a week in 8 weeks' time which is equivalent to the total distance of the Hejaz Railway that ran from Damascus to Medina! A big challenge eh? Imagine my dismay upon knowing about it. By that time, my head nurse had already signed me in on the challenge and just informed me when he already submitted my name (same goes with my other teammates). hahaha!

I was a bit relieved upon knowing the mechanics of the challenge was that a certain exercise or activity has a corresponding number of kilometers--- which means, we don't really need to run the whole 1,302 kilometers! Whew!

Anyways, here is some of the sample Kilometer-earning Activities:

Sit-ups/Crunches         100= 1 km
Abs training 15 mins= 1 km
Hash/Hike         1 km= 2 kms
Push-ups         40= 1 km
Pull-ups         5= 1 km
Run/Jog 1 km=3 km
Walk         1 km=1 km
Swimming         1 km (40 lengths)=4 km
Sports (Tennis, Soccer etc) 30 mins of play=1 km
Pilates/Yoga 30 min= 2 km
Aerobics         1 hour= 4 km
Weight training 30 mins of activity=2 km
Stepper/Elliptical         15 min= 1 km
Cycling         1 km= 1 km

So I guess I have to stick on what I do best---RUNNING! Even if I run only 5 kilometers on alternating days (3-4 times a week) I would meet the 41 km/week challenge! Plus, bonus kilometer is added if you accomplished the bonus points given weekly (this week's bonus point is: 2 pieces of fruit per day for the entire week is equivalent to 2 bonus kilometers).

So there, I have 2 purposes for my running workout. I will keep a log of my workout in my Adidas miCoach application because I wanted to be as honest as I can be on my workout challenge since they said that they wouldn't provide us with the GPS enabled sports watch ( I am not sure about this) until next week. It's also a good thing that the challenge is not a "Biggest-Loser-kind-of" challenge because I'm pretty sure I will be of no use for my team since I don't loose weight even if I run 10 kilometers a day (I got stuck on my 47-48 kgs weight with or without training).

Anyway, today I logged in 6.1 kilometers---which is equivalent to 18 kilometers for the fitness challenge. A nice way to start the week! Hopefully I would be able to blog my everyday fitness challenge (if time permits!). 
   
Wish me luck and the rest of my team for this Hejaz Railway Fitness Challenge! =D




Saturday, September 3, 2011

AL-KHOBAR GETAWAY!


We had our weekend getaway last August 31 to September 2. Our destination: AL-KHOBAR! 

It's my first out-of-town trip so I guess I was way too excited for the trip. As usual, I over-packed again. I always bring with me extra clothes. Who knows what might come up during the trip that needs dressing up! hahaha! I thought I was the ultimate mother packer but two of my colleagues have bigger luggage---enough clothes to last them for a week! hehehe…=D

It took us roughly 6 hours to reach Al-Khobar. And in between the road trip I would fall into sleep and wake up feeling sore then fall asleep again… We had one stop-over to have our dinner and to empty our bladder and we're back on the road again. We reach our destination at around 11 in the evening and having hyper-active colleagues, rest wasn't a part of their vocabulary. And being the Pinoy that we are, Videoke session is our way of relaxing. =)

Off we went to Baher Villas in the morning. In Riyadh, all we got to swim on is our compound's pool so everybody was stoked on having to swim on the beach! Entrance fee: SR 75.




Baher Villas is a resort that they said were off limits to Saudis. Maybe that is why most expats came here to swim, to have a bit of privacy away from the disapproving looks of Saudi men. You can even wear your bikini if you like. 

Even if it's too hot to swim, we cannot contain ourselves not to have a dip on the beach. IT'S THE SOLE PURPOSE OF OUR AL-KHOBAR TRIP ANYWAY. hehe… The resort also has 4 small pools for the children and adults alike so that if you find it too hot to go for a swim on the beach, pool dipping would be a good alternative. There is also a mini restaurant to order food from and enough changing rooms for the resort patrons.



The beach wasn't that exceptional, but hey! Who are we to complain? As long as there is Sea, Sun and Sand, we'll be having fun! =D

The wall that keeps Baher Villas private

ROXY IS ♥!


After a few weeks of blogging hiatus, I'm back! Sorry guys. I'm feeling a bit lazy here. =)

Anyways, I've been to the Faisaliyah Mall last week. Actually it's my first time there (I know I'm such a loser! Hahaha!), and lo! I found a Quicksilver store on the 3rd floor which is by the way, the home of Roxy and DC shoes too! 

One of my favorite brand is Roxy. I'm a beach lover (though not a good swimmer) and when I need beach-related stuff, I buy at Roxy. I like Billabong and RipCurl too! I am not even a surfer girl. I tried surfing once in Bagasbas beach in Camarines Norte but I can't even keep my balance for 10 seconds! Hahaha! Maybe, I'll try to put it in my Bucket list--- LEARN HOW TO SURF! =)

I feast my eyes on the Roxy swimwears, beach dresses, slippers, caps, bags and other accessories that are found in the Quicksilver store. I fought the urge to buy because at this point in time, I don't really need to buy beach related stuff since I still had one and beach tripping here would be occasional. 

Instead, I get myself this:

a casual shoulder bag and a luggage =) I guess I'm getting ready to go home in the Philippines! =)

These is how the store looks like in Faisaliyah Mall:

store's facade

Quicksilver is for men
while:



Roxy is for women

                           



                         


My Roxy ♥!


Roxy swimwear from Singapore; The rest from Quicksilver-Roxy store in Trinoma, Philippines (level 2)