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Home Sick

Today, I missed work. All the parties and traveling I did this December have taken its toll on me. While it's nice to sleep for as long as I want, I don't feel good about taking a sick leave. This is the first time I skipped work due to fever and colds, wah! Fever and colds are among the ailments which I do not consider as enough reason for me not to work but I have just succumbed to them. I don't really avail of sick leaves unless I am physically incapable of working. Today is such day. I woke up feeling hot, swollen tonsils, headache and a running nose. There was just no way I could work without messing up. I'd probably just spend the day sleeping on my desk and ignoring everyone so it's really not a good idea. I did take some meds and applied Katinco on myself before sleeping last night. I slept at around 8pm. I know that's pretty early and should have given me some time to recover, but I do not feel any better. Anyway, I would like to remain positive and …

A Frap from God

I’ve been trying to be frugal over the past couple of weeks and that means – refraining from spending on food, athletic gear, plane tickets, travels , my favorite coffee frap, basically anything that is not essential. I really couldn’t afford to spend anyway. But you know, God has been so good as I’ve been getting some amazing freebies – like a free trip to Bicol, a part –time job, free meals, soups, early birthday gifts, etc. My birthday is next month but I’ve been bugging/coercing some nice people in my life into giving me presents and they’ve been so understanding, thus my early birthday treats. Hehehe!
Yesterday morning, I found myself craving for an Espresso frap from Starbucks. I know I should not spend on one and so I found myself whispering to God for a free frap as I was preparing for work and guess what?! A few hours later, someone from work approached me and told me I just saved his ass. I was so surprised. I had no idea what he was talking about. I asked him what I did and…

A Time For Giving Back – SYOUT’s Jollibee Adventure

It was another Sykes Outdoor (SYOUT) activity, but instead of our usual escapade of exploring mountains, running on races or what other sweat-inducing activity our imaginative minds can conjure, we convened for a different purpose. This time around, we set off to another unfamiliar terrain to show our gratitude for a wonderful and adventure-filled year.
Our goal, just as tricky as planning for a climb - was to bring joy to the children who live in the reclamation area in Pasig city. The mechanic was to drop-by their area one morning and randomly pick-up kids ages 5-7 and surprise them with a Jollibee Kiddie party. It was what our group had unanimously agreed upon due to the limited time and conflicting schedules we had. This concept was pretty similar to what Oprah did in her show in which she performed random acts of kindness to complete strangers.
The only nagging question in our minds was – how do we go about walking into their territory and convince the little ones and their parent…

My Wishlist

If you plan to give me something for my birthday, Christmas or anything, strain your brain no more. Just check out the list of my favorite things in random order! :) Hehe! I don't like surprises anyway. Oh, I am not so materialistic, you can just give me a hug or big smile. 

Anything from Nike
Anything from Deuter
Anything green
Anything from Eagle Creek or Pacsafe
Anything football related - jersey, hanky, pillow, (don't give me the soccer ball stuffed toy, I have a lot of those na..hehehe)
Waterproof pouch
AAA Thunder batteries from Handyman in Robinson's Pioneer
Anything I can use for mountain climbing, running
Starbucks GC
Powerbooks GC
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mrs. Field or Starbucks
Milk Chocolate Digestives from Marks and Spencer
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Original DVD ng Goal 2
Cristiano Ronaldo poster
Lotion - mahilig ako sa lotion! hehehe
Dark chocolates
Magnets
Ballpen - black - fine point - any brand
External Hardrive
Anything about sharks
Duct Tape - p…

Encounter with Giddy Girl

As I was about to leave the office pantry after devouring my enjoyable solo lunch, I ran into a girl who looked so excited, it sparked my curiosity. She asked the lady at the counter where I bought my food about a certain package that was left for her. At first I thought it was just an Avon product she bought from someone but she acted so excited about it, I knew it had to be more than that.
And so, I decided to stay a bit and eavesdrop.
The lady brought out this huge box wrapped in glittery red paper and handed it to the giddy girl. Ohhh, a present! Giddy girl started ripping off the paper and was giggling while doing it. I felt myself gravitate towards her huge present as I can’t stand unopened gifts. Nonchalantly, I asked giddy girl if it was her birthday and was it a present from a friend? Despite her intense enthusiasm over her present, she managed to blurt out a single word that was enough to make me feel as giddy as she felt. – “Monthsary!”, was the word that escaped her lips. I…

First Trail Run Attempt in Pico De Loro

When I told my mom I was going "jogging" in Cavite at 4:30am on a Saturday morning, she wailed. She thinks my legs are too big and muscular already for me and my 4’11 height and that I may not get a boyfriend in this lifetime because certain parts of me are bigger than that of a normal guy’s. I don’t blame her for being so concerned. Since I was in high school, she’s seen me go home with blood on my clothes, wounds on my legs, bruises everywhere. There were times that I couldn’t even walk normally due to extreme body pain brought by football and mountain climbing. I thought she would have gotten used to it by now but apparently, mothers never really get over this sort of thing.


I tried to console her by telling her that exercise is good and that I’m going to be with  friends from college who are also my backpacking and mountaineering companions. There’s something about my friend Jules that radiates a sense of responsibility that most parents would trust their children with h…

Rustic Paco Park

Stepping inside Paco Park is similar to falling into a rabbit hole like what happened to Alice in Wonderland. I can’t believe it’s only a couple of blocks away from the UN Ave. LRT station along Taft Avenue which is always filled with vehicles and people.

The park grounds are filled with different species of flowers and trees. Here, the sound of the city is muffled by its stone walls which would make it a great place for romantic talks or meditation. It was an old cemetery which was converted into a park and has a chapel that can be used for weddings - which is also the main reason why me and my friends were there Saturday afternoon.


Me and Glee arrived 45 minutes before the wedding started which gave us plenty of time to explore. It’s one of those places that make you go “oh” and “ah” while walking. Paco Park is just peacefully beautiful, if that makes any sense.


Again, thanks to Gaye, the bride and our friend for introducing us to another wonderful destination. What’s great about it…

A Dream Destination Fulfilled : Enchanted River

Me and my good friend Jules left the lodge around 6:00 am on a drizzling Saturday. We hopped on an ordinary bus marked Mangagoy from the Butuan bus terminal and traveled  four hours towards the municipality of Hinatuan. The ride with amazing mountain views for entertainment costs 163 pesos/head.

Upon arrival at the terminal near the public market in Mangagoy, we headed straight towards the first eatery we saw. It was only a few steps from where the bus stopped. For 30 pesos, I was able to order a big serving of octopus which was more than I can consume but since it was so cheap I couldn’t afford any of it to go to waste and so I committed myself into finishing everything. We were traveling on a tight schedule. Who knows when we can eat again properly?

During lunch, Jules asked the lady at the eatery where we can hire a habal-habal to take us to Enchanted River. Since she’s the only one who can speak Bisaya fluently and an expert on bargaining, I let her do most of the talking. She can…

Can't Travel Without These

While I am currently in the quest in becoming a fashionable adventurer (effect of watching too many America's Next Top Model episodes on cable!),  I always bring the following essentials when packing for a long trip, well, aside from cash and my mobile phone.  Happy Traveling!


1. First Aid Kit - It's for you and for others who might need your help. Prior to an incident on the road ,I don't bring first aid kits because I didn't think I'd need it.  One time, on my way home from Baler, we chanced on a collision between a van and a truck. The public van I rode was several vehicles behind and no one could pass through because the truck had blocked the entire road. We were also in an area that had no cellphone signal. Several people were shaken and injured. I remember one lady who was a bit in shock and had a deep punctured wound in her leg. Luckily, I had a first aid kit at that time and I was able to give her Betadine and bandage.

I also had a rock climbing accident wh…

The New Philtranco Website

It's new, it's hip. The new Philtranco website seems to be targeting the young and not-so young Pinoy backpackers. The website even comes with a Slide application that plays "This Kiss". It also contains travel information on several destinations around the Philippines that are plied by the Philtranco buses.

I love it! Link : http://www.philtranco.co.cc/

Romantic Get-away Suggestion

My younger brother enjoys out of town trips with his girlfriend and though he is fully aware that I’ve never had any romance in my life and that I prefer remote destinations with not a lot of amenities, he never fails to bug me for suggestions where they can go.

He even asked me to browse a certain resort once. It’s called Acuatico and is located in San Juan, Batangas. I’ve been here before. It’s the jump-off to Mt. Daguldol, a popular hiking destination here in the Philippines. The base of the mountain is near several resorts. The water is clean and very blue way back in 2006. I haven’t returned here since so I can’t vouch on its quality now.

I found the website of Acuatico and was amazed by the pictures I saw of its infinity pool. It looks really romantic and I wouldn’t mind spending days here – if it’s free. The price range of the accommodations here is around 5,000 to 21,000 pesos depending on the number of heads and the type of room. That’s enough to cause a heart attack for a back…

Odd Venture : My Experience as a Race Marshall

Saturday evening, I got an ambiguous text message from a friend of mine asking me for a callback regarding a marathon.

Curious, I decided to give him a call but the line was unclear. He called back a few minutes later. He said something about a run, seconds into the conversation later, I landed a new part-time job as race marshall for the Philippine International Marathon. It’s a benefit run for the Pasig river. I will be handing out the race markers – red strings for the 2.5KM mark for the 5KM run.

The run was held yesterday in Manila and what a fun experience it was! I encountered lots of types of runners. Most are polite – those who said thank you after I gave them the string while some are just too tired to care, some are overeager – people who hoard over the race marshalls for the string. Some are newbies, those who have no idea what a race marker is or where to put it. Some are just there to make pa-cute. Being a football player was an advantage. I'm used to defending my turf …

My Video and Picture Gallery

Just click on the photos and videos if you want to see more of my adventures :

PHOTOS: http://soccerprincess.multiply.com/photos

VIDEOS: http://soccerprincess.multiply.com/video


My Multiply blog contains a lot of random babbling so if you think you have the patient to read all about me and all the other troubles I get myself into, feel free to browse through it. You have been warned.

7 Days in Borneo : Best Vacation So Far

This is my second time in the Malaysian part of Borneo. I first came here last March ‘09 with another friend and we had a blast wandering around Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan which is nearer to Mindanao.

The cheap food and accommodation, warm and hospitable people and the nature are the main reason why I love this place very much.

I will try not to be too talkative. Here are the highlights of our trip.

October 22, 2009 Day 1 : Arrival in KK
With very minimal budget, we initially planned on taking the public bus with a terminal that is a few minutes away from the airport (after exiting the airport doors, walk straight ahead, cross the street and walk towards your right side. Bus stop is a couple of blocks away). After waiting for about 15 minutes and no signs of the bus, we decided to walk all the way to the city center. We figured it was good training for the upcoming climbathon. We didn’t know exactly how to get there because the directions I have were for taking the public bus. It was a…

Sharing the Love : Travel Information on Borneo and Brunei

Hi!

Just want to share some information on traveling in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sandakan and Brunei since a lot of people are asking me about it. Information are based from what I've researched from the web and the actual expenses we incurred.

AIRLINES TO KK FROM THE PHILIPPINES:
You can fly from Manila to KK via Cebu Pacific
Or Clark to KK via Air Asia or Cebu Pacific.
If you fly via Air Asia, rates are normally at 5,000 pesos round trip. Do watch out for seat sales which Air Asia regularly does.

Airline Websites:
www.airasia.com
www.cebupacificair.com

ACCOMMODATIONS (where we stayed)
Near KK City Center
Lavender Lodge
Address: No.6 Jalan Laiman Diki, Kg. Air, sabah. Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu
Website : http://www.lavenderlodge.com.my/
Booked Via Hostel World, see rates here:
http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Lavender-Lodge-Kota-Kinabalu/Kota-Kinabalu/29655

In Kundasang Area (Not so near the Kinabalu Park)
Summer’s Mountain Lodge
Address: Kampung Tinompok, Kundasang, Kota Kinabalu
Webs…

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Surviving the 23rd Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon 2009

Banking on sheer gut and years of scaling mountains, me and my good friend Jules decided to join the 23rd Climbathon in Mt. Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo. It’s a sport that combines running and hiking under a specific amount of time and is dubbed as the World's Toughest Mountain Race.  We finalized our plans 12 days before the event. That’s pretty crazy :P!

Since we were there to mainly have fun, we figured that we'd do our best and not get ourselves killed. Mt. Kinabalu is higher than Mt. Apo and usually requires  1.5 days to reach the summit and about half a day to descend. For the women's division, we were only given 3.5 hours to get to the summit starting from the Timpohon gate and 2 hours to go down. That's 21KM of steep terrain. Pretty crazy, especially if you're not much of a runner. I definitely wasn't. We only joined because the reg fee for the race was a fraction of what we need to pay for a hiking package. We paid less than 2,000 Pesos f…

Adventure Unexpected – Am I Really Tough Enough?

I drooled the very first time I saw pictures of Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo.
I must admit it was erased from my must see places for 2009 because of two things :


1. Too many people go there.
2. It’s a bit costly to be able to climb this mountain which is higher than Mt. Apo. You’d have to pay for park entrances, guides, climbing permits, insurances, etc.. That's on top of your round trip air fare to Kota Kinabalu.
See Itinerary and Expense Details Here:
http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2008/09/mt-kinabalu-4095.html


These setbacks however does not skew the fact that Mt. Kinabalu is a beautiful mountain. My heart still skips a beat every time I see pictures of it.



Last Friday, I ran into the Calendar of Events in Kota Kinabalu.


Incidentally, the toughest mountain race in the world is occurring October 24-25, 2009 – same dates I would be there.


My heart pounded. This could not just be a coincidence.


This morning, after talking to my good old reliable sexy trusted friend of 11 years who will b…

How I Amused Myself One Dark Saturday Night

Oh no, you pervert!

Not that kind of amusement!

Around 11am of Saturday, at the height of Typhoon Ondoy, the electricity went off and after eating, napping, practically draining my cellphone battery texting people and straining my eyes trying to read an old book about a tragic Mt. Everest expedition in 1996, I was left with nothing to do but explore the ideas in my head. It was only past 8pm then.
Argh. I cannot bear not moving. Suddenly, a brilliant idea struck me!

How about if give "teleportation" a shot?

I shared the idea to my younger sister – she’s an adult too by the way and I believe she has kept her insanity intact despite sharing a roof with me for over 20 years. Of course, that’s what I’d like to believe. She’s family, and like any normal supportive family member, she agreed to try it with me. The thing was, we have very different personalities so she went to the mall and watched a movie while I went to Santiago De Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. It’s the football s…

An Easy Way to Help the Victims of Typhoon Ondoy

Reposting:

Let us all pray and extend help to those victims of the tropical storm ONDOY.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Donate to the Red Cross Rescue & Relief Operations - Send RED...AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) and 4483 (Smart). **The service only accepts the following amoun...ts: 10, 25, 50 and 100 (Pesos)OTHER WAYS to DONATE: Visit this link to see where you can drop-off your donations.http://spreadsheets.google.com/lv?key=tohu9kthNU6anlf21Low08g&f=true&gid=3

Repost : How To Help Typhoon Ondoy Victims

Source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/gma/20090926/tph-3-drop-off-areas-designated-for-ondo-d6cd5cf.html"The government designated three drop-off points for relief goods intended for typhoon Ondoy's victims, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said in a dzBB report.These drop-off points are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) center at the Batasan complex in Quezon City, the DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) Office in Quiapo, Manila, and the DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City, said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro who also heads the NDCC.DSWD in Batasan can be reached through phone numbers +632 951 7119 and +63918 421 9780, the DSWD NCR through +632 734 8634 to 35 and +63915 291 3722, and the DSWD National Resource Operations Center through +632 852 8081 and +632 734 8622.These drop-off points were designated to make donations more "systematic," Teodoro said, adding that bottled water, clothes, blanket, and food wi…