Friday, April 30, 2010

A long run and a quick shoot!

April 25, 2010- Mizuno, Tagaytay Highland's fun run challenge. My lone race schedule for April. Yeah, I had a long vacation from running because of my allergy cough! sigh! and as of this writing I am still suffering from this cough that wanted to embed in my identity grrrr and it stuck with me for a month.
In fact, I wonder how it will affect my TBR dream marathon performance. But I swear, I will join the bull session's long run- with or without cough hehehe.

I was so excited with the Highland's race for several reasons and here are some:
1. It's less than 2-hr drive from home. We leave home by 4:30 AM- and were still early...did some photo shoot.

2. It's Tagaytay highlands- home of the rich and exclusive subdivision, opened to the runners for hmmm viewing. Plus! it's my first time to get inside this exclusive village.

3. It's a combination of road and trail run. 5K Road & 5K trail....hmmmm some peeps who didn't make it to TNF 100- Baguio like me opted to run this race- it's much easier hehehe. Actually I saw some runners who according to them also run the greenfields race.

4. I was thinking am gonna complete the race by 1 hr and 30 minutes- suits my scheduled 90 minutes long run training (benchmark from the TNF Nuvali 11K).
But it turns out- finish time is 1:07, somehow I cheated from my training because I lack 23 minutes. Don't think I run fast- the race course was much easier compared to TNF Nuvali and shorter by 700m based from my Garmin total distance is 9.3K. In other words, I am slow of my typical 10K pace, the trail dirt and dust affected me so much....actually I almost DNF this race because I have difficulty breathing at km 8. Yah, I guees the good doctor is right running a trail run- dusty condition is bad for my allergy cough. But the stubborn me reigned- I was just thinking that definitely this race should not be a DNF race....what happened to my 21K experience waaaaah! and it kept me goin' before I knew it we were back on the road. Good thing hubby didn't leave me behind, he paced with me all throughout the finishline.

5. A lot of colleagues are running this race....imagine goin' to the race-with relax atmosphere because a lot of familiar faces are there (hmmmm some of them may not admit it...but they give in  by my constant invitation and nudging to try running).

6. The registration fee includes breakfast....hmmmm excited to have a healthy breakfast post run- and they did provide a good one.

7. The chance of winning priced mizuno hot items- my favorite brand hehehe because it was an intimate race with limited number of participants. Unfortunately, I didn't get any- but I am happy to report that the major prize went to one of my colleague including a lot of minor prizes- I would say maybe 50% of the raffle items were bagged by colleague. Of course, I am happy about it. An additional motivation to keep them running.

8. Tagaytay is a great place to study landscape photograpy....and I guess I took some lessons and let's see if it fits! Life is good- I got a race and a shoot!

Overall- the race was great! If there is another edition next year- count me in!
I just hope that in the future they incorporate longer distance say 21K, I think the road from highlands to midlands is an opportunity to a better route of hills.

Congratulations to Mizuno, Belle corporation and Tagaytay highlands- the race was a success!

Some of my running pix:

Some of my practice shot- landscape

Superb lunch- post Highlands....still on my quick practice shoot!

The flowers of Tagaytay...grabbed a few seconds for a snapshot before finally going home. What a great day.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photo Blog #18: R & R....hello spring time!

September last year, my sister and I decided to draft a vacation in Hongkong.
April is just right because it's spring time in HK - it's like escaping the heat of Manila.
The vacation is our gift to the kids for their effort during the previous school year.
Here are some of my favorite shots.

Family pix at the Peak
Matti while waiting for the Tram
View at the peak

Hubby and Michelle Yeoh....hmmm am jealous! nyahahahaha

We caught sight of the star cruises....oh! I hope to board this ship someday.

At the avenue of stars! Oh...the Run Run word- I missed running.

Capturing Matti's excitement of the disney!

Our little angels-the big boy is my nephew.

Giggling TJ with Mickey

3 Buddha and 3 kids at the NP Village

I love this character- the colors....I think this one captures me at the NP village

At the cable car on our way back....I hope to comeback so I can run on the trails to NP village....I heard it was a 3 hour trek....hmmmm must be 1 hr 30 mins run or more????

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Photo Blog #17: Sun, Mountain, Sea, Cavite- our home province

Years back I have only known the province of Cavite as heavily traffic jammed province.
In fact I am not surprised when the Aguinaldo hi-way is labeled as the killer hi-way.
Maybe accidents happen because it's narrow and always packed with speeding vehicle.
But living here for almost 12 years- which is equivalent to my years of being married to a wonderful guy....I started to love the place.
Yes, I love being an adopted's like our province in CamSur.
During the summer- you can enjoy the mountain, the sea, the rivers.....oh! I just have to get to know this province....get lost to its beauty and locales. Here's a trivia- almost all the sitios, municipality and baranggays have paved, cemented road. The roads are networked- awaiting to be discovered....I am amazed at how easy it is to navigate in and out of this province.

So for the holiday my feet itch for some road trip in our very own province.
We nearly lost to Mendez when trying to evade the traffic jammed Tagaytay on our way home from Calaruega....driving the stretch of Mendez hiway to Indang is a little scary- but we managed to come out in one piece. Honestly, I  believe its very safe- and the hi-way under utilized. I think everyone wanted to squeezed in the narrow Aguinaldo hiway. But there is a lot of alternative have to remind yourself that when you are in Cavite.
 Then the next day, armed with instant foodie and floaters, even if I have cough and colds (and slight fever) we trod to Puerto Azul's Paniman beach- whew! my feet itch for a run....rolling terrain of Puerto Azul- it will be a good practice run for my tbr marathon. And I promised myself that on our next trip.
 I just love to do some more-but  I need to control myself or else recovery will be very difficult.

Here are some of the pix no photoshop edits here (so some of the exposure weren't corrected). These are straight from camera uploads.

First stop: Calaruega, maundy thursday

Paniman-Puerto Azul -Basking in the sun! Its good friday!
Paniman beach is now managed by Fridays Boracay.
Hmmm I guess they are still in transition period. You have to bring food and drinks-they have no kitchen to serve food for guest. They allow bringing of cooking paraphernalia. For overnights, one must bring a tent-because there are no rooms to lodge.

Staff are friendly and accomodating.
The CR-is not so comforting.
Entrance fee is 300 per head and the cottage fee is arleady included.
The  best of all- it is just a one and a half hour drive from home.

P.S. All shots in 50 mm, 1.4