All For One: United Colors of 88 Run

Date: November 10, 2012

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Another run without Meeks. Sad. 😦  Anyway, I had a new running buddy with me, so it’s fine. Lol.

It was just a simple fun run… with lots of people from different participating schools. (I even saw Robi Domingo, hehehe) I totally like the singlet because it’s black (you know, hides all unwanted bulge… kidding!) and guess what? For the second time, I got a finisher’s medal at the end of the run. 🙂

I know the medal doesn’t mean that I was one of the top finishers, but for me, it meant something more. You see, being able to finish a 5-kilometer sprint from BGC to EDSA-Buendia then back again to BGC is already an achievement for us beginners. We may not be able to run as fast and as skilled as those who chose to take the 10K or 21K barefoot, but we know that we have already conquered a fairly-long distance.

(Finished another 5K… awesome!)

By the way, the freebies were fantastic. 😉  Ice cream, coffee, donuts… we even got a burlap-like backpack from Puma. Yay!

(Guys, meet Mad, my running buddy for this one :P)

All in all, the run was splendid. The important thing is we got to sweat out really good. The loot bags and other cool stuff were just bonuses. 🙂

(This run was organized by Greentennial.)

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SWEAT RATING:

THREE SWEATS! NOT BAD!

“Really brings out a good sweat while enjoying a beautiful morning view from BGC. ;)” –Lexy

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More posts this February!

Yay! 🙂  So far, I’ve managed to post three late updates this month despite my busy college schedule (har-di-har-har). Not bad, not bad. *Obama meme*

But I still have a lot of pending posts here in my laptop (and brain), so watch out for them this coming month of hearts!

I really hope I can squeeze some time to share these fun stories with you guys. They’re really awesome. 😉  So don’t give up on us and hang on real tight!

♥ Lexy

Taste of Yesteryears: Pan de Manila

 

(Photo: citydelivery.ph)

Pan de Manila, with over 30 branches nationwide. (Website: http://www.pandemanila.com.ph)

***SPECIAL PALATE EXPERIENCE***

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Ever since my dad bought us our first ever pandesal from Pan de Manila, I’ve always craved for it. It was love at first sight, first sniff, first touch, and first taste. I’ve always been amazed by how large and chewy every pandesal is, and although my first encounter with this awesome bread was so long ago, I can still remember the satisfaction I got when I took my first bite.

And recently (uhm, late 2012?), I discovered something as amazing as the bread itself: their Spanish style chocolate mix, the Chocolate con Leche.

Ever since I had my first authentic hot cocoa drink in 2011, I’ve always adored hot chocolate drinks, especially the bitter ones. When I tasted my first Tsoko.Nut Batirol drink (if you want to read my post about that, click here), it strengthened my desire for cocoa. And now that I’ve discovered this, my pandesal moments will surely be more awesome!

As you can see, it has another variant: the Chocolate Blanco or the Spanish style white chocolate mix. I’ve tried it, and it’s just as good as the Chocolate con Leche. 🙂 *thumbs up*

But the star of the show (or post) here is the pure chocolate drink. 🙂  I’m just a sucker for smoking hot chocolate drinks. I’ve loved Milo as a kid (until now, actually), and my favorites as of the present time are Starbucks’ Signature Hot Chocolate (with lots and lots of chocolate sprinkles on top), Beanhoppers Coffee’s Hot Chocolate with marshmallows (looooove!), Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Hot Double Chocolate, of course Tsoko.Nut Batirol’s Tsokolate Ah, and Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate & Dark Chocolate mixes. My quest for my next favorite hot choco drink is not over, though. 😉

Guys, try Pan de Manila’s Chocolate on Leche now and I guarantee you, you will be transported to the awesome era of 1800s to 1900s! 🙂  Its rich aroma and authentic flavor are enough reasons for you to fall in love with it, too.

And oh, for those who are always on-the-go, they have it in cups! Just add hot water and voila! You now have yourself a really classic chocolate-y drink while in your car or everywhere!

If you want to take a break from your usual coffee beverage, give Chocolate con Leche a sip and let’s see if you don’t buy another one afterwards. 😉

P.S.: Pan de Manila also has a 3-in-1 coffee mix! Check out one of their branches to discover more of their offerings!)

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SPOON RATING:

FOUR SPOONS! YAY!

“Really, every purchase at Pan de Manila just takes me back to the old years. :)” – Lexy

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It is ON!

At last, Meeka and I finally got the chance to bond over food, laughs, and a hearty chat! 🙂  I think the last time we ate together for this blog (and our friendship, of course, LOL) was at KXP last September 2012! Gosh, we surely missed out on a LOT of potential times to share grubs together!

Anyway, we’re back on track, and we’re planning to try to keep it this way. 😉

(A big and resounding “Holla!” from Meeka and Lexy! :*)

As you all know, we ate a LOT when we had our comeback bonding this year. Do you all know what this means? 🙂

That’s right; we have yummy posts in store for ya! 😀  So stay tuned, okay? For the meantime, I’m going to finish updating my late posts.

Watch out for these food stories! 😉

♥ Lexy

Just Like Zombieland: Outbreak EK

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(Photo: Outbreak Manila)

Date: October 31, 2012

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As you can see, guys, this is a late update also. Again, my apologies. 🙂

Anyway, I’m so glad to share my 2nd experience with “zombies” with you, people (even if it’s almost two months to late). 🙂  Last time, I was able to run for my life because I won a free race kit from Gala magazine. This time, I sort of covered the whole event. Pretty awesome, huh? Thanks so much, Gala!

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As you can remember, I donned my comfiest pair of pajamas (complete with hair rollers and a pillow) in the last Outbreak. Well, this time, I dressed up as a newscaster “who was doing a coverage when the zombies suddenly showed up.”

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Why? I don’t know. Hahaha! No seriously, I was running out of ideas for my costume and the reporter thing seemed like a pretty neat idea, since I’m a Journalism student, after all. 😉

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(Just us, doing an “interview” 😛  Meet my very good friend, Cindy!)

Anyway, the 5K zombie-infested run was super cool, like my past Outbreak experience. I got to escape some zombies with my friend Cindy and her high school buddies Ken, Pauli, and Razaele, who won the Best in Costume award for Wave 15 with his attention-grabbing Slenderman getup. (He was practically one of the most famous runners that night, lol.)

image(Me and Cindy posing with her HS friends Pauli, Razaele and Ken)

Adding up to the awesomeness of the zombie run was the fact that it was held at Enchanted Kingdom, which is probably one of the most-loved amusement park in the country. I mean, who could’ve thought of holding a 5K sprint inside a park full of ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and other rides? It was just like the movie Zombieland… and it was so lifelike because when zombies get the chance conquer the world, no place will be spared.

image(With the super creepy and silent zombie nun 😛  Photo: Kenneth Velasquez)

image(Just us, taking a quick break from all the running and posing for a photo op! Photo: Kenneth Velasquez)

image(Yay! We’re “Champion Survivors!” LOL. Photo: Booster C)

All in all, it was just mind-blowing. I didn’t mind the wounds and bruises that I got when a group of people behind me got excited and accidentally pushed me to the ground (those wounds lasted for weeks and left some scars, ugh!). I also didn’t care about the fact that, because of my injury, I wasn’t able to run and protect my flags… so when I came across a bunch of zombies near Harry Houdini’s shop, these ruthless rotting humans gladly took all my flags. I was left with zero flags, two bruises and three wounds.

But, even though I came out of EK “dead,” I still emerged sweaty and energetic, which were more important to me than having my flags intact. Because this is, after all, a 5K run.

And oh, let’s not forget the medal!

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Yea, I know they’re just for finishers and were given to ALL runners (with flags or no flags), but it’s still a symbol that I was part of this historic run and something to remind me that “I survived the Outbreak— again!”

image(Yours truly with Cindy and Pauli (and Slenderman creeping from behind, haha)… and our medals, of course! 😀  Photo: Kenneth Velasquez)

I would love to survive another zombie apocalypse soon! 🙂  Well, after they’re done with Cebu, I hope they can conduct another night run here in Manila… or somewhere nearer. Great job, organizers of Outbreak Manila! You’ve done it again! 😉

P.S.: Before I move on to my Sweat Rating, please grab a copy of Gala magazine’s December-January 2013 ish, with Vice Ganda on the cover. If you want tips on how to survive the next zombie run, read the article (Outbreak EK: Survival of the Fastest, the Fittest, the Most Vigilant… and the Most Creative) written by yours truly. 😉  Thanks!

(Photo: Gala magazine)

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SWEAT RATING:

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FOUR SWEATS! SU-WEET!

“Well, what more can I say? Outbreak EK was the bomb! I am sooo looking forward to the next zombie run!” – Lexy

Sunny, Simple Sunday Sprint (4S): InsuRUNce 2012

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(photo: pinoyfitness.com)

Date: October 14, 2012

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Whew! This event was supposed to be posted months ago! My apologies for the delay, guys. 🙂

Anyhoo, I will just make this post short and simple, okay? Just like the run itself, which was kind of short (yea for me, because I only ran 3K for a change) and super simple… but was still warmly accepted by amateur and professional runners alike, as well as parents who just wanted to bond with their kids under a lovely Sunday sun.

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Unfortunately, I participated in this fun run ALONE due to some last minute changes involving my ‘supposed-to-be’ running buddy. But it was still awesome, nonetheless. 🙂  I opted to run 3K this time to see if 5K was really that long… because when I started my “The Running Project” last July 2012 with the Manila Bay Cleanup Run, I signed up for a 5K route and I really thought I made a mistake because it was very long! Well, that was before I got used to running (and walking) 5K distances, and now I feel good. 🙂

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(photos: Vertical Finisher)

Turns out, 3K was super short! I got so bitin that, after the run, I walked from BGC to Glorietta 5… and ended up with really sore legs for 2-3 days. 🙂  But the pain was so worth it! I got to sweat a few more while walking the streets of BGC— and a little sight-seeing didn’t hurt. 😉

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Like I said, the run was very simple. The freebies were reasonable (thanks for the hygiene stuff inside a hygiene kit, Pru Like UK!) and hey, we had free Gatorade drinks! 🙂  LOL.

I hope there’ll be more run like this in the future— simple and no fuss at all, also less people and more space to run on.

Meh. But then again, that’s just me. 😉

(This run was organized by Without Limits.)

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SWEAT RATING:

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THREE SWEATS! NOT BAD!

 “Not bad. Not bad at all. :)” –Lexy

Long due posts… comin’ this January!

Okay, I know I told you guys that I will make some kwento about my running adventures last month, but as you can see, I became pretty busy (and still am) so… there. My long-due posts got more stuck in my laptop.

Anyway, expect these great stories to be posted on January next year!

See? I have so many things to tell you guys so don’t go anywhere, okay? 🙂  Mark the date: JANUARY 2013!

♥ Lexy