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Have you ever imagined yourself fly above with 10,000 baloons?

 

The Movie Poster
The Movie Poster Source: Wikipedia

I always believe that animated films would give you a lesson that you could actually incorporate in your daily lives; however, I never thought that the movie “UP” that I just seen recently would give me a euphoric experience.  It’s so cheesy to mention it but my tears could almost fell (and i’m biting my lips not to)  as I see the whole story.  It was a story of love, of dreams and of respect to the people who are a lot older than us. 

Mr Carl Fredricksen an old man who happens to lose her wife Ellie shared a dream of going into a Long Lost paradise somewhere in South America (It looks like Angel falls to me) ever since they were young.    Russel a self proclaimed wilderness explorer tried chasing the old man in an attempt to own a badge that would complete his merit badge.  It was remarkable how each character was presented.  The 10000 balloons, though undeniably impossible amused me.  It was a total nostalgia that I once wanted to do it when I was a kid. 

Over-all the story is so astonishing and timeless for me.  I love it!

Just Playing Around (Levis Fun Run)

I just love to capture moments!

Wait for me Mommy!!!!
Wait for me Mommy!!!!

It was late Saturday night when I decided I’ll attend the Levi’s Fun Run.  I have no intentions of running on this event not even as a bandit but because i have other plans.  I am just thinking of going there just to take pictures.  I may not be able to run but at least I have once again practiced my other passion.  Photography.

 

Ready, Get Set, Go!!!
Ready, Get Set, Go!!!

I arrived at the site at 6AM. and the race has not yet started.  All of them are just having a little excercise to at least wake up their yet, sleepy muscles.  I saw a few takbo.ph members like Pat, Chris, Yan, Earl, Art, Jake, Doc Eire , Bryan and others. I was even surprised to see Glen again on the road.   Once again the old trio of Pat Glen and I are complete.

look how pretty the sky is!
look how pretty the sky is!

But wait! I was surprised that Marvin was prensent on this event.  Both of us have the same thinking of just taking pictures instead of running since both of us were not able to register. 

Oh no! He wouldn't really miss anything....
Oh no! He wouldn't really miss anything....

 

The race are divided in three categories. The 1.5Km, 3Km and 5Km race.  I am not sure what category my running friends registered but it was Doc Eire that I noticed immeditely who ran for 1.5Km because she was the first I saw.  To our surprise, the lady doctor placed 2nd in women’s category making us all proud for her. Chris was the next guy I saw who just ran for 3Km.  Pat was next and then Glen and the rest followed. 

 

Doc Eye in her finishing move!
Doc Eye in her finishing move!
Chris almost made it to the top three...
Chris almost made it to the top three...
Pat on the run finishing his 5K
Pat on the run finishing his 5K
Lynnie's graceful exit
Lynnie's graceful exit
Earl and Yan pacing each other
Earl and Yan pacing each other

It was indeed a fun run for the ambience was light and happy.  No sweat! Everyone got their freebies that could almost equal the registration that they had paid for (Too bad I failed to register in this event).  We had our class picture taken afterwards and immiditely moved to our next desitination.  The takbo.ph Feed and Give Project.

And who will ever miss the class picture using Pat as our Banner.

Class Picture taken by Marvin
Class Picture taken by Marvin

The Photofinish

I’ll never ever, ever wear a short shorts with a high knee socks ever again…

Results are out in the last Urbanite Run as well as the Photovendo pictures.

Here is the result of my effort. I love how it was presented.

Where I am!
Where I am!

I am top 117th out of 1899 runners making this race my best to date. Top 1% of the total population of the racers.

See the Red Spot Beside the Green and The Yello Spot
See the Red Spot Beside the Green and The Yellow Spot
Basically I am the Green spot there, there red spot beside me is Edu that I beat by a second. LOL! and Ellen is the Yellow spot. well, she still beat me and edu in the net time if that will be the basis.
The Photofinish
The Photofinish
The phenomenal statement, Di ako papayag! Did I mention Edu and I are pushing each other to the finish? LOL! Though I came in first in the finish line in this picture, I still hate this because of how I look (hindi talaga bagay sa akin ang high-knee socks na yan!!! Sino ba ang nagplano nyan??? ang malupit pa nito, pumayag ako sa gusto nila!!!) I’ll never ever try wearing a high knee socks again with the short shorts. I just feel it made me look like one of the japanese high-school girls… Darn!!!
Thanks photovendo for the picture.

Urbanite Run Collection

This is it! Pictures Pictures Pictures. These are what I have for now and will post the others by tomorrow.

Marvin's Strong Finish!
Marvin's Strong Finish!

 Doc Marvin, the youngest running doctor in our group seemed to enjoy the race!

The Ninja and the Lass
The Ninja and the Lass

A healthy competition occured between the two. Sam the running Ninja and Riezl who will not let him outrun her.

The Jazzrunner's finish
The Jazzrunner's finish

 A strong finish also for Jazzrunner as he saw the light.

The Running Doctor
The Running Doctor

You really would not like to see him like this…

 

Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson

The Host of this event. What more could I say.

More Pictures with Mark Nelson and The Gang

RHYTHM OF THE NITE (Urbanite Run ’09)

Going down the slope was fun… But not going up. I rest my case.

 

The 5K finisher!
The 5K finisher!

 

It was indeed a remarkable event.  Kenny Roger’s Urbanite Run ’09 was a blast to most of us (except the singlet claiming). A race happened at night here in the Manila.

I arrived at 8:30 looking for the takbo.ph peeps. They told me that it should be a requirement that we would wear those freaky grotesque high knee socks which I complied.  It was hilarious how I look then with my new short shorts on with the socks, but I didn’t bother… At least I witnessed others who are wearing the same. 

At the marker, I was amazed seeing an immense pack for 5Km.  I tried to place myself in the front but I was not able too. There are just too many people and I could no longer fit myself in until the gunshot. I am not sure at what time I stepped on that mat to acknowledge that I already start the race. It was such a really big crowd that I had a hard time looking for some space as I run. I turned right… I turned left… until there was already a free running space.  I feel fast… I just said I feel fast… lol!  It was probably because I am aiming for a sub 30 minutes this time as my previous 5Km races were void ( I void it myself:  The Happy Run and The Reach Fun Run)  I didn’t bring my ever-reliable phone for timer this time so I just have to rely with my instinct. 

 

The McKinley Hills

Going down the slope was fun… But not going up. I rest my case. Dennis overtook me at this point and seeing other takbo.ph peeps as I went up.  I could feel the frustration at this point because my legs were getting limp (need more hills training).  Had a 20 second walk break because of this and then go back to run. 

To the Finish

I overtook Edu. He was already walking. I told myself that this is my chance (hahahah!).  I tried slowing down a few meter away from the finish line not until I saw a girl wearing this orange takbo.ph singlet. Darn! It’s Ellen! I sprinted the last few meters and I shouted Hindi ako Papayag! (No, I won’t lose against you!)  Then I noticed Edu running beside me and yelled “Ako rin! (Me too!)  It’s like the two us were sprinting and trying to outrun each other until we made it to the finish line. 

Official Clock time : 30:16

I will just have to wait on the results to check for my net time! Neat!

We shook hands after as a sign of sportsmanship. Those made me feel like a winner sprinting at the finish line! It was fun! 

Grabbed my camera after and took a few pictures. Eat Lechon afterwards courtesy of Carlo. Oh Man! Another race to be proud of!

Pictures to follow at my Multiply site.

Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

DSC_7749How do you measure a year in your life…

Last July 2009, I just reach my first pit stop for my 1000 Km  goal. 500,625 meters as my mileage, but have you ever wondered why I made my goal  pitstop into something like this?  Well, it actually has something to do with the number of minutes in a year. Yes. That is correct. 500, 625 minutes is equal to one year.

Seasons of Love, was the song playing in my ears when I reached my first 500, 625 meters of running… It’s like I am being asked about how do I really measure a year… (I’m really getting EMO here, haha!)

With this I’ve realized that it’s like I’m running at a pace of 1minute/meter.  It’s really remarkable when you measure your progress.  I can see how far I am now and how near I am to my goal of 1000 Km.  I’m glad knowing where I am right now, and I strongly believe that I can achive my goal this year.

Time to run for now…

Photo of the Week: Bonifacio High Street

Isn't it a good place to run at night?
Isn't it a good place to run at night?

 

Bonifacio High Street, The Fort.  A place that’s just probably 5 minutes away from Makati and is located in the heart of Taguig.  A common place where races take place.  Even at night, it’s also swarmed by runners.  A runner can select which loop they want to run. A small loop is 800 meters while the bigger loop is 1200 meters.  This area also has lots of sports stores so you would run out of reason why not do drop by in this place. 

But wait there’s more!  The area is packed with restaurants and bars and is a perfect place to socialize.  Fitness First is also not far from here and the Market Market Mall. 

Well, your verdict if you want to see it or not.

The Yellow Badge of Courage

Yellow: A sign of Valor
Yellow: A sign of Valor

It was long time ago when I heard that yellow became a symbol of valor.  I couldn’t reckon any single detail of it, but everything just came out from my mother’s mouth and others I got from different pages of books. I was a little over two years old when everything happened. A woman, a mother, a widower, came out to the street to express her rights from tyranny and her rights to be free. Yellow was the paint she chose to be the sign of her strength and to be the sign of unison. It was such an astonishing event that still made me shiver every time that mere tale flashes in my mind…

Yellow: For Hope
Yellow: For Hope

The woman became the leader and an instant mother of our land. Her household chores were never the same again after. I know that it takes everything to be a leader and with the great power that she once had, came a great responsibility. There may be others who did not agree on all of her ideals… others who were not contented on some her actions during her regime… but I strongly believe that she had done her best… and had given her finest… Like a mother, who always wants the best for her children.

The Runners and The FlowerNow that she has laid to rest. I’d like to take this opportunity to pay final respect for her. Together with my friends, every step I’d take is dedicated for her.

We started at UP oval. Probably at least 2.5 rounds of it was what some of us did before proceeding to the Times Street.  Drizzle of rain was what we faced but that would not even stop us  due to our passion for running plus our dedication for Cory.

It was fun running with you guys again and it was nice bringing back again the yellow badge of courage.

More Pictures at my Multiply Site

The Runners for Cory
The Runners for Cory
I ran for Cory
I ran for Cory
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Tagaytay by Foot

Distance makes things more sweet

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Pitstop somewhere in Dasmariñas, Cavite

Km0 to Km 56. Manila to Tagaytay. Most of us would always and will always do this by riding a vehicle; but probably not with the weird people I know. A number of takbo.ph friends thought of doing this and held last Aug 2. They started 30 minutes past midnight and typhoon named Jolina was totally not an issue with them. In fact, they even thought it would be even fun to run under it. I am not sure what had happened way back from Km 0 because I just joined them together with my brother at Km 24 somewhere in Imus, Cavite probably around 5 in the morning. We wre thinking of just joining them in their next pitstop which is Dasmariñas, Cavite but decided to join them when I saw their blinking lights and decided to alight from the jeepney we’re riding due to excitement. To my surprise, it was still 7Km far from the pitstop.

I know that some of them were already tired, but it seems that their spirits are still alive and kicking! I paced with the Jazzrunner Rene before arriving to our pitstop and had conversation while running to escape from boredom.

At last, we arrived at Km 31 and the second batch of runners were already there. We had a little bit of picture taking and at the same time, reload and replenish our previously lost energy.

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2nd Leg – Dasmariñas to Tagaytay

The second leg seemed to be more fun because our number increased. Most of us are wearing I am Ninoy Shirt as a Tribute for Cory Aquino who just died last Aug 1 due to Colon Cancer. A sign of honoring the late president.

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Going to Tagaytay

Km 31, 32, 33… Everything passed as if nothing happened, but I’m not really sure to others who have started from Km0. It must have been really hard for them because the distance that they have covered was indeed no longer a total joke. A distance that all of us should have respected.
Km 40, 41, 42… It was getting steeper and our elevation had increased. I was amused at how my brother runs now. It seems that he’s having more practice as much as I do (he was having an OJT in Subic).

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Somewhere in Silang, Cavite

Km 49. I had my final pitstop. My brother who complains of fatigue and me complaining about time due to the other commitment that I had. My work. I bid goodbye to them at 9:45 AM. Too bad I was not able to finish the last 7Km. I was not even able to take good photos of Taal Volcano and to make it worse, I was not able to give justice on Doc Eire’s treat of Coconut Pie and Tsampordo (sigh!).
Well, I could always even have next time…

and by then, maybe I’ll try to conquer from end to end…

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Argonaut at the last pitstop… Silang Boundary

Congratulations on those who were able to finish Km 0 to Km 56 and also to those who ran and joined this event!
‘Till our next run!