Friday, September 19, 2014

STEPTEMBER 2014: DAY 18

One of the reasons why I haven't been regularly updating my blog is because --- you got it right (because it's everyone else's reason apart from being lazy), I am busy.  I was tasked to be the Singapore branch representative/project manager for Steptember, a 4-week event organized by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia.

During Steptember, participants are committed to walking at least 10,000 steps, promoting healthy lifestyle among employees and at the same time raising funds to assist children with cerebral palsy.

Just a little trivia on this -- do you know that an average office worker takes just about 3,000 steps a day? No wonder many of us aren't as fit as we'd like to be. It's pretty hard to get in shape sitting down all day.. so there, Steptember challenged us to take 10,000 steps a day for the whole month of Steptember.

Aside from my main recruiting and systems training/SME responsibilities, I got so busy with this project. I've been coordinating with the project team across all branches in Asia and Australia; keeping track of team performance, providing updates/reminders, spearheading activities for the branch, etc. Also, since I find it really challenging, I started running/working out regularly (it's not only the steps that count, all other physical activities can also be converted into steps by logging in to Steptember site) that's been eating up big chunk of my time. In addition, every weekend I go on nature tripping slash trekking with my friends so I can register more steps. By the way, we are using a pedometer to record our steps. Outside of exercising, I am personally raising funds from my friends to donate to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance so my hands are really full these days.

Note: Please continue to support this event by donating to Cerebral Palsy Alliance through our team. Click HERE to go to my fundraising page. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will surely make a difference in someone else's life. :)

Sharing with you some photos I took as a way to document this project. :)











We are already on the 16th day and so far I've been enjoying it. I feel lighter, better, and sexier (chos! hahaha) because of regular exercise. And although Steptember is already concluding in a few days' time, I am certain I'd still continue doing this to stay fit. Walking a lot (and sometimes working out) has become integral (wow deep haha) part of my life now and I am grateful to this event for pushing me beyond what I thought was my limit.

Great event, isn't it? It would be best though if you can donate too. HAHAHAHA.

Stay fit and healthy, everyone! :)





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BELLS OF HAPPINESS


"If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more..."


Okay, I'm such an emo here. I just wanted to have some quotes that could well define what "love forever" is (or loving forever, or forever loving, or forever love.. whatsoever). HAHA.


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Took a long walk at the Southern Ridges last weekend (about 4hours) and I passed by these bells adorning the fences of a restaurant somewhere on Faber Peak. The concept is a lot like the infamous 'love locks', except that instead of padlocks people write their wishes on a bell. 



If I may add, the path leading to this was so colorful I had my photo taken there. :)



Indeed, the journey to happiness could be so colorful. :)


WOW CHEESY. HAHAHA. :P





Sunday, September 14, 2014

THE HAPPIEST 5K

As requested by one of my loyal readers here, Diane (1 of the 3, actually), I am writing an entry about the recent run I joined in Singapore. I am not the athletic type so I don't really join serious runs/marathon (except for the Great Eastern women's run I am gearing for 2 months from now) but I love fun runs. I had fun when I joined the Foam Run a few months back and I thought that was the coolest run ever, but this "happiest 5K on the planet" proved me wrong. It's called The Color Run.

So what happens on a Color Run day?




Looks really fun, isn't it? I personally liked the after party, the DJs and presenters were really cool (and hot, too! hahah)



But what really is the Color Run?

"The Color Run, also known as the happiest 5K on the planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality." 

If I get it right, Color Run started in the US. The event is happening in many cities all year round (depends on the weather/season, I guess). The one here in Singapore is just one of the many Asian franchises of the same event. I've seen on my Facebook feeds some posts about a Manila run with the same theme, except that it happened at night and that it wasn't so good. I presumed it was not the same thing. 

The event was fun because everyone can join. I saw kids running together with their parents, even babies on a stroller and some handicapped people. I also came across a guy with an artificial leg running and it melted my heart cos I knew he was enjoying the moment as a normal person. I don't have his photos cos I didn't want to interrupt him having fun. :)

Another fun fact about this event - you can dress up, put on as much accessories as you want. My friends were in tutu and colorful socks. They even brought one spare tutu for me to wear but I declined.. it's so girly for me. Hahah.



Some even wore wigs and other colorful stuff.


Color Run is not a timed event. Everyone is encouraged to just have fun out there and not being conscious about how fast they could reach the finish line. It took me (and my friends) more than an hour, just because we took loads of pictures, videos and played with colors together with co-runners. 

Here is a video I took of my friends while approaching the 4th km (red zone). 


Our fellow runners were all cool we had so much fun together. All of us were photobombing other groups, too and no one really cared. Our friends and I took a 'selfie' and this guy from behind spoke, "one more, one more!" and there he was in our picture. Hahah. 



How does the Color Run work?

We all started clean. 





As the race starts you will be showered with colored powder. By the way, the color is basically some kind of food coloring. Very very safe (just take care of your eye). My friends were asked to roll on a floor of powder and I was kind of jealous coz I wanted to do the same but never really had the chance.



For every km reached there's a "coloring station" where a bunch of guys would throw powder at you. The amount of color you would depends on which side you take, if you run far away from the staff of course you wouldn't get as much color. Since we wanted to be 'colorful' we always offered ourselves to be showered with colors (and literally begged for more.. haha!).







By the time we reached the finish line we were already 'colorful' (and dirty). :)





Like I said, the party at the finish line made this event even more fun. All runners gathered together by the stage, singing and dancing while throwing colored powder up in the air. I really enjoyed this part, especially the act of 'bullying' by pouring powder over my friends' head (and even strangers'). Hoho.





Are you convinced now that it was fun? Yes? Then sign up for the next Color Run next year! Let's run together, my friends! :)

Have a colorful Sunday, everyone!!! :)




Saturday, August 30, 2014

WEEKEND IN PH

I haven't been updating this blog lately and I apologize to my beloved readers, all 3 of them. Hahah. Anyway, there's just a lot of things happening in my life right now that I can barely bring myself to compose even a single decent sentence. So I'll just share with you some photos from my quick weekend trip to Manila last week.

My parents were also in town so I basically spent most of my time with my family and managed to squeezed in meet ups with friends.

Went pampering with my mom and had our nails done, dined out with the whole family and killed time (window) shopping.


KathNiel of the 80s
"Piktyuran mo nga kami ni Coco Martin", sabi ng nanay ko sabay pose
My dad surprisingly smiled

Played with my nieces.

Ate Cailah does her homework while Scarlett looks on..


Scarlett

Cailah, Chelsea & Scarlett

Chika with friends over lunch, coffee and dinner.


Casa Verde, UP Town Center
playing dama with our little boy, Fonzy




.. then capped the night off by watching my boys' stand up comedy show at Route 196 along Katipunan. (Shameless plug: Catch Comedy Manila perform at different bars around the metro, visit their FB page for schedule.)

Eri Neeman hosting the show (picture grabbed from Comedy Manila)

Victor Anastacio headlining the show (picture grabbed from Comedy Manila)



I was only there for 4 days (or 3 and a half.. haha!) but every single minute was well spent. 

Short but sweet, isn't it? :)


PS: Next time I hope to see you all blog friends! :)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

STEPTEMBER 2014 (PLEASE HELP!!!)

Hello hello!

My company has joined an exciting event and my team is participating. The event is called Steptember, a 4-week challenge in September where employees commit to walking approximately 10,000 steps daily, benefiting health and well-being and also supporting a good cause – the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

As such, I am seeking your help in raising funds for this cause. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go a loooong way. Note that it is only through our generous support that Cerebral Palsy Alliance can provide services, equipment, respite and therapy for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy.

Make a difference to someone’s life today. Donate to my team! J

For donations, please visit this website:
https://event.steptember.org.au/donate/onbehalfof?id=20840138-8f5c-4d2e-9420-ba6a1cd0c547#.U-ryTXhG4VY.email

Pretty please??? J


For more details, you may visit: http://www.steptember.org.au/

By the way, I am the Project Lead for our Singapore office so effort na effort ako talaga. Kaya wag na kayo kuripot, help me? HAHAHAHA.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I'D BE HAVING THE MOST BORING BIRTHDAY EVER...

.. my flatmate (Nheng) actually planned for a house party for me. Sure, I thought of preparing something at home the weekend of my birthday (just because it has always been 'mandatory' at our place to hold a small party to celebrate each flatmate's party) but I never thought I'd be having something extraordinary without my knowledge. All I had in mind was an intimate gathering with a handful of guests over finger food and (overflowing) booze but what she (and the rest of the people at home) arranged was a 'debut' or a sweet sixteen party which I never had when I turned 18.

I woke up to this:


I heard from one of my flatmates that Nheng stayed up all night just to do this and put up on the wall.

She even decorated our place with pastel colors to add up to the teenage party vibe at home. My friends all know I hate pink but I almost changed my preference that night. Hahaha.



I prepared most of the food while she took care of the desserts.



The highlight of this was the birthday cake which Nheng secretly made while I was at work. She is no expert when it comes to baking so it really meant a lot to me. She even took a day's off from work just to prepare stuff for my party. She is the sweetest, isn't she?




She also made some puto in colorful cups (in lieu of cupcakes which she tried baking but ended up a failure..awww) and the whole gang ordered lollicakes (or whatever they are called) from a friend who bakes cake.



What made me really happy was the thought of her bringing together all my friends to party with us. I found out she even contacted everyone and sent an invite.


I loved it, because most of them really came wearing the required colors. Too bad some came from other engagements prior to coming to my place so they were wearing different colors. It's alright though, I was more than happy to see them all. :)










It was a fun night of eating, drinking, chatting, hula hoop challenge, picking on each other and everything that involves fun. I loved it. I am blessed with wonderful people around me. I was so happy it made me think, "Am I that good to deserve these amazing friends?" What do you think? :)

It was indeed a happy 30th birthday for me.








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