Monday, September 17, 2012

Run United 3 2012: Conquering The Afroman Distance


My first attempt to do the Afroman distance.

And this is my story...

Assembly Time: 0230 am

Gun Start: 0300 am

It is with too much trepidation and excitement that I head over the starting line of the Run United 3 32K category at the 28th St. of BGC albeit the rain that never shows any sign of stopping. Up until now I can still feel the soreness in my legs but it’s the kind of pain that reminds you of your triumph over something as big a challenge such as running a long distance like this. Although it’s not yet a marathon distance, it is such a bittersweet, humbling experience for me.

There were an estimate of 3000 32K registered runners during the Unilab Run United 3 and despite the heavy downpour, those 3000 runners did not waver on their desire to conquer the distance. 

My brother was my sole companion/cheerer/photographer during the race. We made it just on time for the assembly time of 0230. I was overwhelmed by the big crowd of runners, exhilarated even. Imagine my joy upon seeing a sea of running enthusiasts! 

**Now that I am working (and running) in Riyadh, a big crowd for a race consists merely of 150 runners. So when I saw that the Run United 3 will be held in time for my vacation leave, I asked my brother to immediately sign me in for the said race.

I was determined to run rain or shine. I only had my hydration belt, a regular waterproof watch and my running shoes in tow bearing in mind that I will just enjoy the moment and run in a pace I am comfortable with. With 30 minutes before gun time, I had just enough time to do my warm-up and down on my energy gel before joining the throng of runners--most of them are like me, 1st timers for the said distance.

When the gun starts, I reminded myself to run slow for the 1st 10 minutes. I don’t want to start fast and deplete my energy before I even finished the race. Eventually, I picked up my pace and settled in on my rhythm. The rain gets heavier as the distance gets longer. We were all soaking wet up to our knickers and my pace is getting slower due to my already soaked getting-heavy-by-the-minute running shoes but I did not waver on my goal to finish the afroman distance. Psyching myself that I will finish the race no matter what, placing one foot in front of the other and repeating this mantra: “just keep running, keep on running” (just like Dory on the animation “Finding Nemo”) on my mind, helped me to push my limit and continue running. 

When I passed by the 16 km mark, I checked my watch and noted that I’ve been running for about 1:55 hour. I’ve been running too slowly so I picked up my speed a little bit. It is on kilometre 20 (an estimation since I don’t have a gps on hand) that I started feeling a bit sore on my thighs but I continued nonetheless. By this time, I stopped or slowed down on every hydration station that I passed by even if I have my hydration belt with me, either to grab a banana, a sponge, a sports drink to refill my already depleted canteen or just to walk and stretch my already aching calves and thighs.

I finished the race with an unofficial time of 03:59, 1 minute before my self-imposed cut-off of 4 hours. It was such a joyous moment for me. I was beaming with pride and grinning from ear to ear when I was able to cross the finish line and for a moment, I was teary eyed! 

I saw this on Runner’s World's facebook wall:

“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You Choose.” 

I choose the former. 

No regrets.

=)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Bucket List

My Bucket List written on my iPhone's Notes



105 days ago (to be exact), I made a list of things I wanted to do in my life time before well, I "kick the bucket". I don't know if I would be able to do all these things but I am certainly hoping that I would.


So here goes…


1. Travel one country alone. This would belong in my "do-it-later" list since financial wise, I am not yet ready.


2. Conquer Heights. I am thinking of Sky Diving or Bunjee Jumping. Knee-buckling eh?


3. Tour one European Country. Or more.


4. Let's go Batanes! This is a local province in the Philippines that I would want to visit someday.


5. Randomly have a feeding program for street children. This I'm thinking to do really soon…


6. Shop til you Drop! I have to get rich soon! Haha


7. To finish a Marathon. I'm still practicing though. I still need to work on my endurance.


8. Attend a Woodstock Concert. 2019 would be the 50th year of the 1st Woodstock concert and I am really, really hoping it would push through.


9. Scuba Diving with Sharks. I still need to work on my courage…


10. Learn how to surf. I tried 2 times already but still…


11. To be a Photo pro. 


12. To own a house by the beach.


13. To climb 10 mountains in my lifetime. 9 more to go...


14. Learn 1 foreign language.


15. To donate to a good cause.


16. Travel on a Cruise Ship.


17. Climb the steps to Macchu Picchu.


18. To do an ultra-marathon. Would be my dream…











30 Things Every Woman Should Know About Running


***(This is a repost from an article in Runner's World, 2002)

Knowledge is power, in running as in any other pursuit. The more you know about training, nutrition and health, the better you’ll be at getting the most from your running, whether that means fitness, weight loss, great race performances or just plain fun. In this article, you’ll find loads of useful information to help you reach your goals.

These facts and tips cover health, psychology, weight loss, pregnancy and motherhood, training, racing and more. Some apply to all runners, but most address the specific needs of women. You may find things you already know, but we’re sure you’ll discover new ideas that can help you to become the runner you want to be.

1. Running is a state of mind. The only thing that determines your success, or lack of success, is the way you think about your running. If it works for you – if it relieves stress, burns calories, gives you time to yourself, enhances your self-esteem – then it doesn’t matter what any other person or any stopwatch says about your running.

2. For female runners, controlled anaerobic training – intervals, hill reps, fartlek training – may lead to gains in strength and speed similar to those produced by steroids, but without the noxious side effects. Why? High-intensity anaerobic running is one of the most potent stimulators of natural human growth hormones – those that contribute to stronger muscles and, ultimately, enhanced performance.

3. Running with headphones outdoors is a safety hazard in more ways than one. You won’t be able to hear cars, cyclists or someone approaching who intends to do you harm. Attackers will always pick a victim who looks vulnerable. When you have headphones on, that means you.

4. Fast running burns more calories than slow running, but slow running burns more calories than just about any other activity. In short, nothing will help you to lose weight, and then keep it off, the way running does.

5. Doctors consider that moderate exercise during a normal pregnancy is completely safe for the baby. Running should cause no problems in the first trimester and it should be fine for most people in the second trimester. Few women would run in their final three months, however. The most important precaution is to avoid getting overheated; a core body temperature above 101°F could increase the risk of birth defects. So make sure you’re staying cool enough, and if in doubt, take your temperature after a run. If it’s over 100°F, you’re probably overdoing it. Also, skip that post-run soak in a hot bath.

6. You don’t have to be the competitive type to enter a race every now and then. You’ll find that lots of other racers aren’t overly competitive, either. They’re out there because it’s fun and social, and it motivates them to keep on running.

7. Women generally have narrower feet than men, so when you’re buying running shoes, your best bet will probably be a pair designed specifically for women. But everyone’s different; if your feet are wide, you may actually feel more comfortable in shoes designed for men. The bottom line: buy the shoe that fits your feet. If there is any question – or if you suffer blisters or injuries because of ill-fitting shoes – consult a podiatrist who specialises in treating runners.

8. An American study found that running women produce a less potent form of oestrogen than their sedentary counterparts. As a result, female runners cut by half their risks of developing breast and uterine cancer, and by two thirds their risk of contracting the form of diabetes that most commonly plagues women.

9. Having another woman or a group of women to run with on a regular basis will help to keep you motivated and ensure your safety. It’s also a lot more fun than running alone. Women runners become more than training partners; they’re confidantes, counsellors and coaches, too.

10. Women who run for weight control may lose perspective on what is an appropriate body size. A recent survey of thousands of women found that while 44 per cent of respondents were overweight, 73 per cent thought they were.

11. Unfortunately, men and women will never be equals in the urination department. Men are in and out of public toilets in a flash, while women stand in long, slow queues. And when it comes to running, men enjoy the ultimate convenience. But a female runner doesn’t have to be a prisoner of her anatomy. Simply find a private place behind a tree or dense shrubbery, squat and pull the lining of your shorts over to one side. Just beware of using unfamiliar leaves as toilet paper.

12. The two minerals that women runners need to pay the most attention to are calcium and iron. (Iron is especially important for menstruating women.) Good sources of calcium are dairy products, dark leafy vegetables, broccoli, canned sardines and salmon, while foods high in iron include liver, fortified dry cereals, beef and spinach.

13. Note: women who train intensively, have been pregnant in the past two years or consume fewer than 2500 calories a day should get more than routine blood tests for iron status, since these test only for anaemia, the final stage of iron deficiency. Instead, ask for more revealing tests, including those for serum ferritin, transferrin saturation and total iron-building capacity.

14. Running with a dog gives you the best of both worlds – you get to run alone, but with a friend. A dog is both a faithful companion who will go anywhere, any time, and a loyal guardian who’ll discourage anyone from harming you. The optimal running dog is medium-sized, with a bloodline bred for endurance. An easy rule of thumb: hunting breeds make the best runners.

15. There’s no need to miss a run or a race just because you’re having your period. If you’re suffering from cramps, running will often alleviate the pain, thanks to the release during exercise of pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Speedwork and hill sessions can be especially effective. To guard against leakage, try using a tampon and a towel for extra protection.

16. Running helps to produce healthy skin. According to dermatologists, running stimulates circulation, transports nutrients and flushes out waste products. All of this leads to a reduction in subcutaneous fat, making skin clearer and facial features more distinct.

17. It may not be much consolation, but men are sometimes verbally harassed and occasionally threatened on the run, just as women are. Be sensible when you run, but don’t let insignificant taunting limit your freedom.

18. If you run so much that your periods become light or non-existent, you may be endangering your bones. Amenorrhoea (lack of a monthly period) means that little or no oestrogen, essential for the replacement of bone minerals, is circulating in your body. Amenhorroeic women can stop, but not reverse, the damage by taking oestrogen and getting plenty of calcium. If your periods are infrequent or absent, consult a gynaecologist, preferably one sensitive to the needs of runners.

19. If you were a regular runner before you became pregnant, you might have a bigger baby – good news, since, up to a point, larger infants tend to be stronger and weather physical adversity better. Researchers in the US found that women who burned up to 1000 calories per week through exercise gave birth to babies weighing five per cent more than the offspring of inactive mums. Those who burned 2000 calories per week delivered babies weighing 10 per cent more.

20. Women who run alone should take precautions. Leave a note at home stating when you left, where you’ll be running and when you expect to return. Carry a personal attack alarm. Stick to well-populated areas, and don’t always run the same predictable route. Avoid running at night and don’t wear jewellery. Pay attention to your surroundings. Carry identification, but include only your name and an emergency phone number.

21. No matter what your size, it’s a good idea to wear a sports bra when you run. By controlling breast motion, it will make you feel more comfortable. Look for one that stretches horizontally but not vertically. Most importantly, try before you buy. A sports bra should fit snugly, yet not feel too constrictive. Run or jump on the spot to see if it gives you the support you need.

22. If you ran early in your pregnancy, you might want to try switching to a lower-impact exercise during the latter stages and after delivery. Because of the release of the hormone relaxin during pregnancy, some ligaments and tendons might soften. This will make you more vulnerable to injury, especially around your pelvis. Walking, swimming, stationary cycling and aquarunning (you’ll be even more buoyant than usual) are good choices.

23. Trying to lose fat by eating less and less and running more and more doesn’t work. The more you exercise and the less you eat, the more likely your body is to ‘hibernate’. That is, you’ll conserve calories and thwart your efforts to lose fat. The better bet is to exercise reasonably and increase your food intake early in the day to fuel your training. Eat breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Then eat lightly at dinner and afterwards.

24. Morning is the best time for women to run, for lots of reasons. First, it’s the safest time; statistics show that women are more likely to be attacked late in the day. Second, studies have shown that morning exercisers are more likely to stick with it, because what you do first thing gets done. Third, it saves you a round of dressing, undressing and showering at lunchtime or later. Fourth, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment, which is a great mental and physical start to the day.

25. Exploring your competitive side can offer benefits beyond running. Racing can help you tap into a goal-setting, assertive and self-disciplined side of your personality. Channelled correctly, these attributes can boost your success in other parts of your life, such as in the workplace.

26. ‘That time of the month’ (or even the few days preceding it) is not the time when women run their worst. The hardest time for women to run fast is about a week before menstruation begins (a week after ovulation). That’s when levels of the key hormone progesterone peak, inducing a much-higher-than-normal breathing rate during exercise. The excess ventilation tends to make running feel more difficult.

27. Just because you’re married and have young children and a job doesn’t mean you don’t have time to run. Running is time-efficient and the best stress-reducer on the market. You need this time. Taking it for yourself (by letting your husband baby-sit while you run, for instance) will benefit the whole family.

28. Babies dislike the taste of post- exercise breast milk, which is high in lactic acid and imparts a sour flavour. One study found that nursing mums who logged 35 minutes on the treadmill had to cope with grimacing, reluctant infants if they nursed too soon afterwards. Researchers recommend that you either collect milk for later feeding, or breast-feed before running.

29. Women sweat less than men. However, contrary to popular belief, women dissipate heat as well as men. The reason: women are smaller and have a higher body-surface-to-volume ratio, which means that although their evaporative cooling is less efficient, they need less of it to achieve the same result. Nonetheless, be sure to drink plenty of water (until your urine runs clear) to offset the effects of sweating and prevent dehydration.

30. While no one has ever proved the old theory that women are better marathoners than men (because they have more body fat to burn), you never hear anyone argue the opposite. Men tend to use their strength to push ahead in short races, but this can backfire in a marathon. Women seem perfectly content to find a comfort zone and stay there. This makes them ideally suited for the marathon – the ultimate keep-your-cool and keep-your-pace distance. So why not be bold and set your sights on a marathon?

Monday, July 9, 2012


"Running strips me off of all my inhibitions. For a moment, it gives me a carefree attitude. No worries. No woes. It's just me and the ground where I run and everything else is a blur…"




Tour de Trail 2010, MacRitchie's Reservoir, Singapore









Thursday, June 14, 2012

Running Procrastination


I've been procrastinating too much from my running. I've only been running once or twice a week. So this time, I forced myself to get up from my cozy bed at 5 am to run. But guess what? I procrastinated some more. I drank my coffee like a queen, put on my running outfit like a zombie, stretch a bit and found myself in the running track at 6. By this time, the Saudi sun is beating hard on my skin. Nevertheless, I was able to finish my running workout for the day with a slightly tanned complexion---and YES! I never put on sunblock or any lotion with sun protection factor.

Do you find yourself feeling lazy from your workout too? 

Here are simple tips (and when I say simple, it really is simple!) on how to stop procrastinating when you should have been running your butt off in the morning:

Sleep early the night before your run. 8 hours of sleep is enough to make you feel rejuvenated and well-rested before a morning run.

Set your alarm at least an hour before your intended time to run to allow for morning rituals and preparation.

Keep your alarm clock at least a meter away from your bed so you have to get up to turn it off. Maximum volume would be better so that you don't have an excuse of not hearing it go off. And please! Don't ever think of going back to bed. =)

Washing your face or taking a bath will help to wake yourself up.

A light breakfast like a cold cereal with fruits, a glass of orange juice or a granola bar will help you fuel your body before a run. If you prefer not to eat early in the morning try a glass of orange juice, a smoothie or sports drink instead. After a night of sleep, your body might be partially depleted of fluids, and when you exercise, fluid is lost through sweat. 

Even if you do not feel like running force yourself to do it, after another 10 minutes you'll love it and wonder why you didn't want to run.


Click this link to view my running work out this morning on Adidas micoach.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Full Marathon this 2012--- an item to cross in my bucket list



With my work as a nurse, it's hard for me to follow a strict marathon training schedule---YES. I AM PREPARING FOR A MARATHON. It's one of the things I want to cross out on my bucket list this year. *fingers crossed!

Training for a Marathon is difficult especially when your work demands rigorous physical activities most of the time--- running from one patient to another to attend on their needs, preparing for their medication and giving them on time, doing vitals and if you're having a bad hair day, responding to a CODE. After a work's day you'll find yourself bone tired from all the work and find yourself skipping on your scheduled workout. To make things worse, if you are working in a country such as Saudi Arabia, you will not be able to run outside in your regular running clothes especially if you are a woman. Remember, women here wear Abaya, a black outer garment that looks more like a black cloak to keep women's figure and faces hidden especially from males unrelated to them by blood or marriage. Lucky for me, my housing compound has a 1 km running path. I still can run even if I'd just go round and round…  It's better than to have none.

It's good that there are running sites that I can look into the net (Runner's World is such a big help!). From there, I pick some tips and suggestions on how to prepare and train for any run. Be it a 5k, a Pikermi or a Full Mary. I try to follow their tips on good nutrition, proper hydration, shoes & gears, cross training and exercises that may help in my training and in preventing injury while training.

For those Running Nurses who were able to do a full Mary, what are your suggestions and tips for me? Feel free to post. It would be my pleasure and it will surely be a very big HELP.

Help me cross out one item in my bucket list! =)

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."

-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon Co-founder 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Korean Palace






Part of my pre-birthday celebration was dining at Korean Palace (Bee Won) located at Takhasussi Road near Euromarche.

My roommate suggested this place since she was a patron of the resto when its location was still along King Fahd Road.

The food, serving and the service is fantastic. Even the cost of each dish is not that pricey.  


Let the photos speak for itself:




Eating at a Korean resto is not complete without trying Jjampong- a spicy seafood noodle soup. One mistake we made was asking for it to be extra spicy (though the 3 of us hail from Bicolandia). Tulo uhog to the max ang emote!


Bulgogi Dolsot Jungshik- Soy bean sprout and vegetable and marinated sauteed beef, served with side dish, rice, spiced soy sauce and topped with egg. The taste is more like bibimbap.
U.S. Beef Kalbigooi- Beef short ribs broiled on a sizzling plate. Tender and cooked to a T


A dine out in an Asian resto is not complete without a sauteed mixed vegetables as a part of the course.


A variety of side dishes is served before the start of the meal. From the famous Kimchi, pickled cucumbers to bean sprouts and steamed squash.


We asked for some service tea which really is good. What I did was squeezed the kiat kiat (see photo below) on the tea which was given after the course. I actually asked for more!
Kiat Kiat or Mandarin Orange- tiny as they are, they're actually sweet and delicious! Its tiny profile is accentuated by my silver bangle ( a gift to self that I can't help to show off! hahaha!)
The Birthday Girl- Moi


The Birthday girl with the owner


These Masks hanging above the wall near the counter is used during the Mask festival that fall on the Autumn season. The owner said that a part of a tradition in the southern part of Korea is that after the men harvested their crops, they would drink until they get drunk and would put on masks and dance as freely as they want. Sometimes they would wear these masks to perform and it gave them the opportunity to mock those in authority without them giving their identity.


Friday, March 9, 2012

30 going on 13


These days I am confused.

I want the time to fly fast when I'm at work but at the end of the day I want it to move so slow.

The reason being that…

In two days' time another year will be added to my age. I will be turning 30. Yes. It's inevitable but thinking about it makes me cringe at my seat. I would always think in an animated way that the day I will turn 30 I will turn into an aged lady. Wrinkles would line up my forehead, crow's feet will appear on my eyes, a few strands (or maybe a lot!) of gray hair will show on my crown, bones will get brittle and joints would turn stiff.

Contrary to the movie 13 going on 30, I would like it to be the other way around. If I could just relive the days of my youth I would want to trade a day or few…

The days wherein the biggest dilemma you are facing is when you forgot to make the assignment your teacher had given you the day before, petty quarrels between you and your best friend, household chores you didn't do because you were busy playing outside with the neighbors, white lies you have to concoct just to avoid a great old scolding from your mom…

OR

The days you collect stationeries (Sanrio would be preferable) and trade them with your friends, owning a Jansport bag or a trapper keeper is a must, owning Doc Martens shoes is a fad, listening to Gin Blossoms, Cranberries, Eraserheads makes you feel cool, dancing to Backstreet boys or even Hansons were all the rave...

Oh how I missed the carefree days of my youth! But then again, looking back on those days I was wishing it to be the other way around.

Yes, I am an adult now. Hell! I've been an adult a very long time ago but when you're in your 20's you don't think about it that much. But when you already lived 3 decades of your lifetime you feel you're too old. Or maybe it's just me thinking that way…

But nevertheless, I am thankful for those 29 years and 363 wonderful days of my life. Every struggle, every triumph, every smile and worries, every flaw and mistakes, even the love lost and gained along the way helped to mold me as to what I am today. I may not be perfect--- I'm way too far from being one but those imperfections served as a reminder for me to improve and prove myself which I hope would always be for the better.

Every year I always have the same wish.

HEALTH- a healthy life for me and my family.

WEALTH- financial wealth and to be abundant with true friends and people who cares and I care about.

LOVE- that our family will continue to love one another, that I would continue to love all the things I do and the things I believe in and most specially, SELF-LOVE (thanks by the way Whitney Houston!).

And like any beauty queen (though I'm a far cry from being one), I wish for

WORLD PEACE!

Pagbiyan nyo na ko. Magbe-Birthday na naman ako eh! =p


Friday, March 2, 2012

Aubergine Parmigiana Pasta


My very own Aubergine Parmigiana Pasta

Every Friday, my coworkers (including their family) and I, usually held a sports fest of some sort. We would play tennis, badminton and our newest craze  which is the Frisbee. Some of the girls would walk around the walking path for 5 laps or would run if the weather permits.

After that we will enjoy a potluck meal. Today, Amang, as we fondly call the husband of our colleague at work cooked for us kare-kare, ginataang bilo bilo and a sponge cake. Another co-worker baked for us brownies and another one took charge of cooking rice.

Earlier in the morning, I was thinking of doing another PACHAM (patsamba) that I could bring for our little gathering. The fridge is like a jungle of edible things that doesn't match up for any decent dish. Or so I think. I am not a good cook but there are some dishes that I have perfected cooking but you'll get tired of it if I were your friend and that is what I always prepare for you to eat.

My eyes zeroed in on the large aubergines (or eggplants as we fondly called it) lying in the bottom drawer of the fridge. A light bulb flashes above my head so to speak.

I would like to share with you my own version of Aubergine Parmigiana Pasta--- the way I cooked it today with the ingredients that I only have in my fridge and in my cupboard. 

Earlier on the day I post a picture of it in FB and some friends were asking for the recipe so I decided to make it as a food blog. This version of mine is actually a cross between an Aubergine Parmigiana and a tomato based pasta. So, here it is!

You'll need:

3 large aubergines, thinly sliced
Fusilli pasta (400 grams)
2-3 cans of Peeled Tomato (400 grams)
2 packs of grated Mozzarella cheese (200 grams)
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 can tuna in vegetable oil or the hot & spicy one
Olive oil
Small can of all-purpose cream (optional)
1 bulb of garlic, minced
1 medium sized red onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
Dried or Fresh Basil leaves
2 tsp sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste

How To Do It:

Ø  Bring water into a boil. Add 2 tbsp. of cooking oil & a dash of salt. Add on the fusilli (I prefer penne better, but it's what I have on my cupboard). Lessen the cooking time that is written on the packet instruction for at least 4 minutes. You don't want your pasta to be over-cooked after baking it. 
Ø  Place the aubergine slices in a colander, sprinkle with a little salt evenly, let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse under cold running water and pat dry on a paper towel.
Ø  Pre-heat the oven on 350 F. On a non-stick baking sheet place on the aubergines and brush the top with olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
Ø  Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat 3 tbsp. of olive oil in a pan. Add on the garlic & onion. Slowly add on the red bell pepper, dried basil, mushroom, can of tuna & chopped parsley while stirring occasionally. Add on the canned tomatoes, sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil & let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add on the all-purpose cream while stirring or you can skip it all together.
Ø  Add the fusilli to the sauce and mix evenly.
Ø  Grease a baking pan and pour on the pasta. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated mozzarella cheese. Place on top the aubergines. Sprinkle a generous amount of parmesan cheese and top it with mozzarella cheese.
Ø  Bake it for about 15-20 minutes or until its golden brown or bubbling.

Enjoy! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Calaguas Island Experience



Mahabang Buhangin--- a view from the top of the hill.



During my 6 weeks vacay in the Philippines, one place I had to re-visit was Calaguas Island located at Vinzons, Camarines Norte.

The first time I've been to this majestic island was on 2010. I hailed from Camarines Sur, Bicol but I have no idea that a secluded island somewhere in Vinzons, Camarines Norte will take away my breath if not for my colleague at work who ask me to join her on her Calaguas trip.

On both occasions I have availed the package tour of Mr. Melvic Brinas- the man who I may say place Calaguas Island in the list of places to visit in the Philippines.

Back in 2010, I have to pay only Php 3,000 for the whole package. After 2 years, a package tour costs Php 3,200--- a very reasonable price for a tour package I may say. The package includes a round trip ticket from Manila-Daet and vice versa, Boat transfers and buffet meals. Tents are provided and set up upon arrival.

Going There

From Cubao Bus station, we took the Amihan Bus provided by the organizer going to Daet proper. From Daet proper, the bus took us to the pier where a 2 hours boat ride will lead us to Mahabang Buhangin--- one of the islands from the Calaguas group of island. Brace yourself from the big waves during the 2 hours boat ride that will leave you soaking wet so better keep your valuables in a sealed and water proof pouch or bag. That is why big plastic bags are provided too for all your belongings.

Mahabang Buhangin

Mahabang Buhangin will take your breath away. From its white sand, pristine beach, rolling hills and peaceful atmosphere, it's the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It's the best way too to be at peace with yourself and to commune with nature. 



                         



A photo of our camp. The tents will serve as our home for our over night camp.
                       
A photo taken from my 2010 Calaguas Island Adventure 

What to Expect

There is no electricity in the island so better be prepared by having all your electronics fully charged before going to the island. Spare batteries are a must-have for shutter bugs. There is no signal for cellular phones unless you climb the hill nearby which is by the way a nice way to view the island from above. Bring mosquito repellant to protect yourself from mosquito and other insect bites.

For more info regarding the island and to avail of the tour package, click this link below:







Friday, February 17, 2012





This is my longest hiatus from blogging to date.

Aside from going to vacay for 6 weeks (which kept me really busy), I've been lazy lately to do some writing. I had lots to share--- adventures and road trips I had during my stay in the Philippines but as soon as I get back here, work sucks the life out of me plus TEMPLE RUN kept my fingers busy (aside from putting me at risk for CTS!) haha!

I want to get back on track… Guys, do you have any suggestions for me?

Hmmm?