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Monday, March 17, 2014

Paces & Places: 6:15 P.M. Breakwater

Paces & Places: 6:15 P.M. Breakwater at Manila Bay

Seagulls frolic along the breakwater at Manila Bay. It would have been cliche, had they been lovebirds. ;)

So, where did you run today?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Yamashita Happens

Has this ever happened to you? 
Pocket Money. Literally!
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One time, I found 1,800 Baht in the secret pockets of my surf shorts... 2 years after my trip to Thailand! All that time I kept thinking where I spent my money on, when all I splurged on was parasailing. So much for my accounting skills. :P

If I go through all the pockets and shoes in my closet, I'd probably amass enough fortune to buy a new pair of running shoes. haha

Hope your day will be filled with awesome surprises too! ;)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Oodles & Doodles of Dogs @ Doggie Run 2014

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Your favorite four-legged race is up and running! On March 15, 2014 (Saturday), 1000 doggie runners and their humans will take the streets of SM Mall of Asia at the Pet Express Doggie Run 2014. Participants may chose from the 1.5K, 3K, or 5K race categories.

Runners' race kits include an event running shirt and race bib, while the doggie runners get a doggie bandana and doggie race bib they can personalize. All canine registrants who crosses the finish line gets their very own doggie finisher medal and loot bag.

This year, we've collaborated with doodle art group, Wee Will Doodle for a special spin on the Doggie Run. Run in style with your very own Wee Will Doodle human and doggie race bibs. Race to own a limited edition sport water bottle featuring their signature artwork with any P500 purchase in Pet Express.

Run for fun, and for a cause. A portion of the proceeds of the Doggie Run 2014 will be donated to PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society). Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the sponsor game booths, souvenir photos, and raffle prizes that are up for grabs.

This event is made possible with the support of Science Diet, Holistic Recipe, Beef Meal, Four Paws, Hartz, Pedigree, Cesar, Nutrience, Wahl, Royal Canine, Good Boy, Ezydog, Sergeant's, Kong, Frontline, Heartgard, Bayer Advocate, Bayopet, Vibrac Effipro, Canidae, Doggyman, NutriPet, Gut & Gunstig, Edeka, Cosi, Pampered Pooch, Play Pets, Pawsh Couture and Toy Kingdom.

For more Doggie Run 2014 details, visit the Pet Express Facebook page here.

- Greenhills 705-1176
- SM City Masinag 477-8659
- SM City North Edsa 921-9442,
- SM Cubao 912-5924
- SM Hypermarket Makati 843-7174
- SM Mall of Asia 836-8955

Doggie Run 2014 Shirt Design

Doggie Run 2014 Race Bib Design

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Box, A Dream, & A Wonderful Wish

"If there is one thing you could give to the Philippines, what is that gift?"

Now, my Ms. Universe answer would be 'World Peace', but then, I'm no Ms. Universe. Instead, I'm an artsy-fartsy-craftsy, tree-huggin', shoe-lovin' kind of girl with a bit of time on my hands.

So, if there was one thing I can give to my country, it would be to grant a lil' old box a wish. 

(Uh, say what?)

Yep, you read right. I would like to grant a box a wish

Now, this box is no ordinary box (well, actually, it used to be). This box has extraordinary dreams. It dreams of going to faraway places and putting smiles into people's faces. 

He is The Happy Kahon

And this is how The Happy Kahon came to be...

Once there was a little box,
With a pair of friends (and sometimes a sock).
His friends, Mr. Left & Mrs. Right, would often leave for hours. Or days. Or even a week or two.
They would always come home with tales that would make him go "Oooh".
Alas, after a few years or so,
This pair, his friends, they had to go.
For after much treading that caused turmoil to Mrs. Right,
Mr. Left just couldn't survive from her plight.
And so the little box was left all alone,
Tucked away in a dusty, old corner at home.
He thought to himself, "What am I to do? This void, this emptiness that I feel?
Is this the end? Is this for real?"
Months did pass with only dust mites as company,
He was sad. Forlorn. And as grumpy as can be.
For this little box missed all the stories, you see,
Of how big, how wonderful this world could be.
Then one day, he felt all the cobwebs scatter,
"What now?", he wondered, his heart all aflutter.
A hand dusted off the dirt on his head,
"You'll do just fine, you will", and off they sped.
The next thing he knew, as he felt a tickle on his head,
Little hands were carefully brushing-- something glittery, something red.
Fluffy pompoms adorned what was once a plain lid,
Polka dotted and cheery, he felt like a kid!
Then after some time, as he laid out to dry,
He met some new friends who came to say "Hi".
How exciting, he thought, wishes DO come true,
A toy, a pencil, a cookie, just to name a few.
"Well, hello there", they called, all cramped to the hip,
"Are you ready to go on this wonderful trip?"
A trip? A trip!!! Then the box realized,
Maybe that's why I am dressed to the nines!
So after a prayer, a song and a dance,
Two grubby tiny hands had gotten their chance.
"Salamat po!", he heard a grateful voice say,
And those two simple words just completed his day.
For the little empty box, once a desolate soul,
Is now a fulfilled and proud Happy Kahon. :)

Last Christmas, armed with glue, paint, and a bunch or arts & craft materials, my friends and I were able to grant The Happy Kahon's wish and made a few little kids (and big-hearted kids) mighty proud and crafty with backyard arts and crafts sessions. These boxes were filled with essentials like toothbrushes, towels, school supplies, and goodies like snacks and small toys. Then we trooped over to Concordia Children's Services orphanage and made even more kids happier by gifting them with these awesome Happy Kahons! (Actually, truth be told, it was the kids from Concordia who gave us the bigger dose of holiday happiness.)

Have a Jolly, Crafty Christmas

Starting 'em young! Crafting a Happy Kahon for a cause.

Happy Kahons all in a row. Ready to spread the love!

The Happy Kahons putting big smiles on these kids' faces
during the Christmas party and turnover to the kids from Concordia Children's Services.

This year though, The Happy Kahon is dreaming big! It wants to hold a bigger arts & crafts session with more friends, friends of friends, and soon-to-be friends alike. With rows and rows of shoe boxes and craft materials to keep busy with for hours of bonding fun, serenaded with live music to keep everyone in high spirits (and maybe a refreshing mojito or two. haha. Kidding, that's just me!). Then it wants to travel all the way to typhoon-ravaged Tacloban or Ormoc in Leyte to make even more kids happier. Or maybe the kids from hard hit Bohol might need some too. A new school year is coming up, and hundreds of Happy Kahons filled with school supplies and yummy snacks would be great! 

Oh, Happy Kahon, what big dreams you have! But with the help of #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014, maybe, just maybe, this dream of yours can come true.

What about you? Do you have any dreams for the Philippines this 2014? Drop me a line in the comments below, and who knows, your dream might just come true! Or maybe just get a super nice surprise! ;)

P.S. Dear Universe, I'll be crossing my fingers and toes for good measure!
P.P.S. Add The Happy Kahon on Facebook for updates! Click here.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Care For A Smile? :)

Simple things and small gestures mean a lot. 

This is a shout-out to all those who have donated their time, effort, resources, and prayers to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Every little thing counts.

To those who wish to do more, check out these "runs for a cause" that's happening tomorrow.

P.S. Nice ad. ;)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

3 Runs, 1 Day, 1 Mission: Charity Runs for Typhoon Yolanda Victims (Updated)

The aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda is devastating beyond words. I can only imagine what the victims, along with their loved ones, went/are going through. Every article or news bit I see about Yolanda is just heartbreaking and frustrating. But even if we cannot physically be there, we can always do something for them. You can donate, volunteer, spread the word, just do whatever you can to help in your own little way. 

And as every runner's mantra would say: Everything seems better after a good run. 

To our brothers and sisters in the South. You are in our thoughts and prayers. These runs are for you. 

Greentenial Rescue Run 2013

Greentenial Rescue Run 2013

Distance: 5K or 10K
Date: November 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Time: 5:30 A.M. 
Registration Fee: P150 minimum for a Race Bib (you can donate more if you want to)
Registration Sites: 
-Secondwind Running Store (Ortigas Home Depot branch, Greenhills G-Strip branch, Teacher's Village QC branch)
-A Runner's Circle Manila (ARC)
Note: Bring your own hydration 

Click here for more details.

Pinoy Fitness + Pepsquad Events- Charity Run Meet 2013

Pinoy Fitness Charity Run for Yolanda Victims

Distance: 10K
Date: November 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: SM Mall of Asia
Time: 5:30 A.M.
Registration Fee: None (Just show up with your legs and your generous heart.)
Registration Site: On-site registration

Note: Bring your own hydration 

Click here for more details.

One Run: A Run for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda

Distance: 30 minutes to 2 hours (It's up to you!)
Date: November 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: Track 30th, Bonifacio Global City
Time: 5:30 A.M. 
Registration Fee: P100 (or more) or bring bottled water, canned goods (those that can be opened without a can opener), usable singlets and shirts, and slippers or shoes
Registration Site: On-site registration
Note: Bring your own hydration 

Click here for more details.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

What I Think About When I Think About Running

How was your run today? ;) 

P.S. This little runner is still on vacation mode. Will blog soon...

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Capped off my Friday with a bit of delightful news from Runnr.

I posted an old throwback run photo waaaaay back from 1988 (can you count how many redundancies I just did there? haha) and won in their Instagram contest. How fun is that?!!

Add @runnrph on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter) for more updates and giveaways. Now, off to shop for new running shorts... for my dad! ;)



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