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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Early Morning Visual Food Trip

When I am able to drag myself out of bed early in the morning – that’s before 5:00 a.m., I ralk. That’s my term for the kind of exercise I do – a bit of running and lots of walking! I used to like running on the pavement but I grew tired of it. Now I only want to do runs in the mountains or do a lot of hiking.

This morning, I was able to run at the the Maysilo circle in Mandaluyong where a lot of runners, joggers and walkers converge on a daily basis. I chose this area solely for its accessibility but it’s not my favorite place to have a relaxing run because of this one major detail. There’s too much food establishments along this route that a foodie like me find it very difficult to concentrate! I almost collided with another runner and in another instance against a tree because I kept looking at all the restaurants across the street. Though majority of them were still close, the signages and pictures fronting these establishments taunted the foodie in me. I was both perspiring from the run and drooling inside – imagining all the great food these places could offer. They also have interesting names like Momsy’s or Mama Atay’s. There’s also Soms Noodle House, Little Ongpin, Kazam’s Kebab, Kowloon West, Pan De Manila, Senior Pedro, Andok’s, Baliwag, this other chicken house which I forgot the name, Tapa King, a 24-Hour Shakey’s and MORE! You can spend an entire day along this area eating and still miss out a lot. There are also several spas and a 24 hour Thai Massage within the vicinity, plus a dozen popular fast food chains.

I only ran for a few minutes. I tried to regain focus by running after this guy in red like a bull. I think he may have slightly noticed I was chasing him but as long as he doesn't report me to the nearest police station, I don't care. I have no idea who he is or what he looks like. He was running faster than the others and I thought I could overtake him. I almost did but I felt myself giving up my little race. I was out of shape. I walked a bit and started feeling dizzy. I tried to regain my composure. There is no way I am fainting on this pavement surrounded with strangers. I began to feel normal after a few more minutes of walking.

I was able to do only 30 minutes of my so-called morning exercise which took away the stress I’m feeling on my back. I returned home feeling rejuvenated yet very much famished. Who wouldn’t be, the names of these restaurants were enough to spark my stomach into a feeding frenzy. I can sense a food expedition coming in the next couple of weeks. :P

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