A quick dayhike on Mt. Makiling with my Swiss friend! The nature reserve is an ASEAN Heritage park and is open to the public for a forestry fee of PHP 10.00. Definitely coming back!
First thing's first: anything with confetti is bound to be a fun event and, well, The Music Run definitely did not disappoint.
Last month, I went on my very first trail run and I had the time of my life. Although running usually bored me, the forest trail was a fun experience and I told myself I'd give running another chance. Fast forward to last week - I found myself at the Manila leg of The Music Run and I must admit that I was unclear as to what a 'music run' was but I figured, what the hell, it should be fun, right?
Well, it was (because omg look at all that confetti!!!). Basically, the event was a marriage between two things I hold very important in my life right now - fitness and partying (#priorities, guys hahaha).
The run, which featured different music genres for different legs of the race, was held in McKinley. I don't know if it were the party vibe, or just the music blaring all throughout the run but I was pretty pumped and I ended up finishing the 5k in 35 minutes.
Now I know, I know. To some a 5k does not seem like a big deal but for someone like me who swore off running at some point in her life, it's a pretty big achievement! Personally, I find it hard to reach my fitness goals (and this now involves running and maybe my dream of one day running a marathon! pero parang too much yun for me right now) because of nothing other than my own self doubt. It takes a little prodding (and a lot of self pep talks, but that's a story for another time) for me to get off my butt but here are some things that helped me finally get through this city run milestone:
Tip 1: Decide that you're finishing the race!
It all starts with your mindset. Once you decide you're going to finish the run, you will do it because IT'S WHAT YOU SAID YOU'D DO (okay, or not, but do not be that flaky person naman). Deciding on anything less than finishing is just giving yourself an excuse to reach only before that finish line. So motivate yourself, tell yourself you need to do it, tell yourself that magiging kayo nang crush mo if you finish the race, tell yourself what you need to tell yourself to get it done. And then, do it!
Tip 2: Make sure you get enough rest the night before
Of course, deciding on getting something done is one part, but physically preparing yourself is another. Make sure you get enough sleep or rest before the run. If you're young and your body is a well oiled machine, you can probably run 5k without any hitch even after a sleepless night, but let's not abuse our bodies that way. I tell you, even as I'm just in my late twenties, a good night's sleep is something that makes a world of difference. Your body will thank you eventually.
Tip 3: Go at your own pace
Going on your first ever run can be very daunting, especially if there are a lot of veteran runners who are part of the event. But remember, there is no shame in being a beginner! We all have to start somewhere and what's important is that you're trying. Push yourself but also make sure to listen to your body - if you need to slow down, take a rest, walk, take a short break. Remember that all those strong runners overtaking you also went through the first timer phase & it gets better from there.
Tip 4: Find ways to amuse yourself
Like I've mentioned before, my main issue with running is that I get bored - I keep focusing on how long I need to be running and how much time I've spent running and I just get impatient (I know, it's weird). During the forest trail, the beautiful view distracted me and helped me enjoy the time spent on the track. This time around, there was not much nature to enjoy but it was the music & the different displays throughout the track that helped me get through each kilometer.
Remember to enjoy the run. If you stop focusing on the time and/or distance you need to go, you'll actually realize that running, in itself, is a calming activity (yep, still working on this!).
Tip 5: Celebrate the victories, no matter how small
Okay, so you've finished the run, what now? Well, celebrate it! Hooray! This may be a small thing for for others but it is, nevertheless, an achievement. It is not just one small run, this is a victory against self doubt and a step towards bigger, grander fitness goals! Remember this moment and look back at it when you need motivation for loftier goals.
Tip 6: Live a fitter, more active lifestyle
Okay, okay, I get it. This seems like such a tall order if the goal is just to run a 5k but trust me this will redound to your benefit in more ways than just being able to finish a run. If someone told me for years ago that I'd voluntarily be going to runs, I'd laugh at that person's face with fervid disbelief - also because I was so unfit, I probably wouldn't last ten minutes running. Fast forward to a few years and a conscious decision to live a fitter lifestyle later, I can now run without sensations of dying, and I even do so voluntarily! I can easily ascribe my not dying to having a gym/exercise habit. The more you make exercise part of your routine, the easier it will be for you to try different physical activities such as this.
I know I still have a long way to go but, LET ME SAVOR THIS MOMENTOUS LIFE EVENT because guys, I really, really was unfit and this is a big deal for me. On to more fitness milestones! #PlsLordPahingiNgAbs
The Music Run culminated with DJ Sam Withers playing an awesome set to runners who, surprisingly, still had energy for the concert after doing the run.
And, of course, I found a way to get on the stage with the man meat DJ (see Tip 1&4 as hot international DJ also qualifies as motivation/amusement to finish run).
The whole run was worth it because I may have been tired and smelly but I met this cutie (and by 'met' I mean I asked him to take a photo with me #motivation #WIMHarot). Joke lang, worth it talaga to run because of #FitnessGoals and not just because of the DJ (hahaha #HalfJoke).
So yeah, I'm pretty much feeling all sorts of being a bad ass right now and am thinking of doing a longer run next time.
Until then, we'll see where this burst of endorphins will take me next!
Okay. Honestly, I do not do fashion well. I am the laziest dresser and I'd wear pantulog out (and really, sometimes I do, ask my friends!) if it would be considered decent. Although I have my own (vague) idea of what does and what does not look well on me (although s r s l y who has the patience to figure that sht out) these days, I would much rather be comfortable. This is how the whole 'gym-clothes-in-non-gym-places-movement' came about. I resisted lure of comfy joggers & rubber shoes until I could no longer! Finally, my tita self gave in and here we are: with a blog and somehow justifying that athleisure wear is a thing with #ootds.
These days, I find myself running around with Happy Mabee (in between study sessions), snapping away at whatever lazy ensemble we have on and all of a sudden I have a fashion purpose! Gasp!
Haha! Okay, no not really but this blog does legitimize our kikay tita whims and little by little I'm even getting Mabee to do more 'shoots' with me. Here she is looking less juvenile and more merienda-sa-Mary-Grace chic than yours truly (as always).
So, yun na nga. TL;DR: This is not really a fashion blog but a justification of my (probably?) sloppy fashion choices because
I DO WHAT I W A N T !
And guys, 'gym-clothes-in-non-gym-places-movement' is so, totally, gonna happen.
After a quick exercise of my constitutional right to peacefully assemble -
Hello, mga ka DDS!
Of course, the mural's theme is about being a Filipino and uniting for change. How apt.
(Special thanks to my friend Enzo who took these photos. I promise to support you the next time we see Ping Medina and you insist that we run after him to take a photo.)
On a final note, let it be said: the children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way.
Call us temperamental brats, or whatever you like but we will continue to make funny signs, fight for what we know, and take #ootds.
Also, I bet you sang The Greatest Love Of All in your head when you read that.
Lest week I got flown to Dumaguete City to cover the annual Sandurot Festival. My third time in DGTE and I fell in love with the place all over again (plus I crashed a parade while there but that is a story for another time, though you can watch that whole thing go down HERE.)
A quick look at photos of this sleepy city will show you just why people the world over decide to spend the rest of their lives here. Dubbed as one of the famous retirement spots in the country, Dumaguete's allure is its laid back environment, the beautiful ocean view, and the very friendly locals.
There's nothing quite like feeling the fresh ocean breeze as you walk through the streets of this busy city. In the evening, the city comes alive with a steady party scene. The Hayahay Bar, which is across the street from Rizal Boulevard is a must visit.
I checked into the Sta. Monica Beach Resort and it was an equally beautiful experience. They put me in a Family room which consisted of two floors with three beds. I had so much space! And although all the empty beds just emphasized my lonesomeness, it was great stay (and, well, I got my Dumaguete friends to stay over so no more lonely me!).
That's me and my friend Tish (who I tricked into staying with me) half drunkenly posing outside of my resort room (I have no idea why).
Sta. Monica offers a great view of the ocean, a pool, a dive resort, and a breakfast buffet.
And speaking of food:
Carb party! The famous local Bud bud and an assortment of suman from the Painitan Market.
Restaurants like Gabby's Bistro, La Bella, and Kri serve awesome food!
Dumaguete is definitely an unexplored gem. This wasn't my first time here but I realized that I never really explored the City until last week. I learned so much about the place's history and culture via my wonderful guide Ms. Pearl (who happen to be my ex's gradeschool teacher! Ang small world, okay).
My titaness even brought me to the produce market where I walked around and pretended to shop for edibles/know what exactly I was doing in a market like a full fledged tita.
Someone was even selling organic honey for cheap but since naturally sweet na ako, I didn't get any.
This Dumaguete trip was definitely one of many firsts. It's not every day you get to lead a parade (accidentally!) and meet so many wonderful characters in the process. On my third visit, I feel like I learned so much about what the City has to offer. Truly, the best adventures are those hiding in plain view.
Until next time, city of gentle people! I promise to visit again. Maybe then that gentleness will rub off on me!
Until next time!
Dagit means 'to take'.
Years back, moro pirates came from the sea to the land we now know as Dumaguete and took people to be sold as slaves. In an effort to protect themselves, bell towers were built to watch out for the arrival of these pirates - the bells served as alarms to sound off the coming of impending danger. Only one of these towers remain standing in the City today.
Decades have passed and Dumaguete has now become the city by the ocean loved by many. Dumaguete attracts people from all over the world as the 'city of gentle' people offers a lifestyle very different from the very hectic life in the metro.
These days there are no more moro pirates, only the beauty of the City of Dumaguete which continues to capture people the world over.
And that is how the name of this City came to be: Dagit - dumaguet - Dumaguete.
It gets increasingly hard to leave this place every time I visit! Like countless others, na-dagit ako ng Dumaguete!
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