Running | My 1st 21km at the Banaue Batad Marathon 2014

Very scenic route ont he Banaue Batad Marathon 2014
Very scenic route ont he Banaue Batad Marathon 2014

I wanted to push myself further. I wanted to see if I could run the 21km distance after running many 10km already. When I read that there would be a road-trail marathon in one of my favorite places in the country, the Cordilleras, my eyes lit up and the thought of running in the mountains amidst rice terraces and catching the sunrise on the trail made me excited. With a little more prodding from friends like Christine of JovialWanderer who also signed up for the Banaue Batad Marathon, I thought, hey now I got a companion for the race there’s no reason not to go. Whatever happens on this race, my main goal was to finish the half-marathon as an added experience. Little did I know I would be exceeding my expectations in this event.

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Running | R3Run for Sustainability 2014

R3Run at Roxas Boulevard
R3Run at Roxas Boulevard

It was Quanta Paper Corporation‘s first foray in organizing a fun run. Known mostly for their eco-friendly hygienic products like tissue rolls, papers, diapers and sanitary pads, their fun run’s main advocacy is “Sustainability” thus the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for the title R3Run. The R3Run for Sustainability attracted quite an attention for its very affordable price of Php 250 in all categories (1k, 4k, 8k and 12k). The starting venue is Blue Bay Walk Pasay. The run would mainly go along Roxas Boulevard and since I can’t remember the last time I ran there, I got excited and registered for 12k since I was at Toby’s Shangri-la already.

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Sea to Summit | Travelling Light: Toiletry Bag, Laundry Bag and Document Pouch

Sea to Summit Travelling Light accessories
Sea to Summit Travelling Light accessories

In the Philippines, Sea to Summit brand is mostly known for its quick-dry microfiber towels and sturdy line of dry bags. Well, Sea to Summit has other range of products geared for travel. The Travelling Light series of accessories are light, compact and durable. This is made possible by the tightly-woven Cordura Fabric which is thin yet tough and resistant to light rain. Here are some of the products I have used from the Travelling Light line – the Hanging Toiletry Bag, Laundry Bag and Document Pouch.

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Eddie Bauer Officially Lands on the Philippine Shores

Spring Collection Fashion Show to launch Eddie Bauer int he Philippines
Spring Collection Fashion Show to launch Eddie Bauer int he Philippines

Whenever relatives from US and Canada would send me outdoor apparel and gear, the name Eddie Bauer seemed to pop up frequently. I get flash lights and even shirts as I grow up with the brand. Eddie Bauer is already a household name there having been a pioneer outdoor lifestyle wear since 1920. He was also the guy who designed flight suits for the American Airforce, patented the shuttle cock birdie and outfitted Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt Everest just to name a few of his milestones. Adding to this milestone is the opening of its first two stores in Southeast Asia, here in the Philippines.

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Running | Energen Healthy Run 2014 (Manila Leg)

Running at the Kalayaan-Buendia Flyover for Energen Healthy Run 2014
Running at the Kalayaan-Buendia Flyover for Energen Healthy Run 2014

It was the cheap price that attracted me to this fun run. Nowadays in the time when fun runs would charge about Php 500 up, it would let people think twice on joining. The Energen Healthy Run 2014 only cost Php 400 for a 10k run. It’s quite a rarity so I decided to sign in since the run would be at BGC in Taguig which is close to my place, and I was near the registration area which is the Reebok store in Megamall. I got race kit immediately after registration. Simply the race singlet, only free-size available, and the race bib. The singlet was just okay in quality though but since it’s just Php 400, I just shrugged it off, what’s important is it fits fine.

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Nokia Lumia 630 Review | A Budget Dual Sim with Windows Phone 8.1

The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim

It’s been more than a month since I got the Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim phone. I was fortunate enough to be one of the first owners of the unit even before it was released in the market. I shared the main specs on the Lumia 630 here when it was launched sporting the new Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan OS upon release its release. These latest line of Lumias is kind of a bittersweet for Nokia as it would be the last few handsets sporting its label after Microsoft has fully acquired its phone division. Whether its legacy would live on in a different brand, that we have to see but for now these latest handsets is Nokia’s last hurray. Excellent hardware has always been the strength of Nokia and will the new Windows Phone 8.1 finally strike the right balance between its feature and performance in the budget range?

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Team Tuklas as the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2014 Grand Winner

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Team Tuklas with Coach Paolo Abrera and Candice Iyog

After nine epic days of traveling to six cities – Kuala Lumpur, Bacolod, Cebu, Camiguin, Cagayan de Oro and Manila – and facing challenges that would test their physical fortitude and mentally strength while at the same time having fun, the five teams are back to culminate the exciting Juan For Fun Backpacking Challenge this 2014. Aside from travelling for free for nine days and using items from major sponsore, the teams get to take home special prizes depending on their rankings. And here are the winners.

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