Saturday, April 19, 2014

EarthDay Jam 2014

My daughter Kyle who just graduated from college told me that she wanted to watch a free concert at BGC next Friday, the 25th. She added she had planned on going the minute the event has been posted on facebook and that there will be lots of bands playing from 6pm till early morning. I have to admit that I cannot help but feel a little bit envious because I have work on the said date plus the fact that I cannot recall the last time that I had watched a live concert. Since it was already too late for me to file for a leave I just decided to write about this awesome event , hoping that next time I will be there with my kids to witness it.


I am referring to the EarthDay Jam 2014 concert this coming April 25, 2014 at Bonifacio Global City. See the line up of artists performing on that day ?

Le sigh.

Anyway, for those of you who are lucky to watch this concert on Friday, (that includes my kids ), make sure to follow and like EarthDay Jam Foundation's  facebook page at facebook.com/EarthdayJamFoundation for updates. I will try my best not to let my mind drift while at work, pretending I am there with my kids, joining the crowd singing and having a great time. 








Saturday, April 12, 2014

How Your Foodless Plate Can Help Someone In Need

Food. One of man's basic needs. Along with shelter, clothing and water these are also the things that need urgent attention especially during times of catastrophes. But whether it is a case of emergency or not, the stress of urgency cannot be under estimated when it comes to food because hunger and its consequence is one universal call that touches everyone, whether well fed or not. Such issue is very close to my heart because my children and I had personally came to a point in our lives when we almost had nothing on our table except " lugaw, " which is boiled rice with a pinch of salt to add more taste in it. It may have happened ages ago and now part of a memory better left behind but that sensitive chord still gets triggered each and every time I see people with  leftovers on their plates or worst food being thrown in the garbage due to spoilage. Though I try not to be preachy in reminding them that food wasted is not just money down the drain just like what I usually tell my kids, the fact that a lot of people die because of hunger cannot be easily ignored.

When I read about Healthy Options  program on how you can help someone in need by simply not leaving any left overs on your plate, I immediately became interested and was even inspired to write a post about it. The idea that you can lessen hunger by simply not throwing away food had again touched that chord and I cannot help but be part of such noteworthy cause which does not really take that much to join .





A foodless plate. A photo. A chance to help diminish hunger and make a difference. That's all it take to feed a less fortunate kid or nourish even a starving community. In joining this cause I have come to realize that my kids and I are such fortunate souls, that despite the fact that we had experienced hunger and deprivation, we had learned that we can turn things around and give back by loving our food and not throwing it away.



My autistic son's plate is always spotless after every meal 

For more updates, visit the Healthy Options website at www.healthyoptions.com.ph. You can also find them at https://www.facebook.com/HealthyOptionsPhilippines or follow them @ twitter.com/_HealthyOptions.









Monday, March 31, 2014

NatGeo2014 Runners Get A Chance For An Overnight Stay At F1 Hotel Manila

I had been joining fun runs for almost two years now and though I do not have the means to do it every month, still every experience is different and worth the time , money and effort that I have put on it. It does not only make me young, vibrant and alive each time I join but also make want to run again , this time for a farther distance. In fact, the minute I finished a run , a sense of accomplishment and pride is felt that only one would understand once they take the plunge and tried it.

Every one has their own reasons why they join fun runs. Some join to loose weight, others to test their endurance , break their records and ultimately win the prize money while others just want to bond with their families and friends, getting swayed by them even without the right preparation. Although injuries and learning are all part of the challenge, one must never underestimate the importance of a good night sleep before the run.

Coincidentally, F1 Hotel Manila has an ongoing giveaway intended for the participants of the NatGeoRun 2014 this coming April 27, 2014. 






The mechanics are simple :


*  Share this post with your singlet #.

*  The winner will be announced on April 21, 2014.


And that's how easy it is. 

For those who are not yet updated, F1 Hotel Manila  is the first hotel to open at the dynamic Bonifacio Global City, a distinction synonymous to upscale accommodation and the highest standard of services, facilities and amenities to its distinguished clientele. Located on 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and just behind St Luke's Medical Center, F1 Hotel Manila puts you at the center of where the action is whether for business or for pleasure. In fact there is always something to celebrate about life be it weddings, debuts, corporate function and even small, intimate gatherings. In short , F1 Hotel Manila is not just your perfect place to stay at BGC. It is your home of happy experiences .


Unfortunately, I was not able to register on time for the NatGeoRun2014 because all race categories are now closed except for the 3K slot.  I was planning to run my second 10K for this year but I guess that will not push thru plus the fact that I will not get the chance of winning this awesome giveaway specifically intended for the NatGeo runners for this year. But who knows? There might be other upcoming contests and giveaways especially F1 Hotel Manila just celebrated its birthday last March 21st. 


For more updates please visit their website at  http://f1hotelmanila.com. You can also follow them at facebook.com/f1hotelmanila or @https://twitter.com/F1HotelManila




Saturday, March 22, 2014

Run Your Heart Away, Sidney


"Do you want to join a Fun Run ?" I asked my 14 year old daughter, Sidney. Being her Mom, I already knew the answer even before I asked though I have to admit I was not really prepared financially for it. When she immediately said yes and added  "running shoes Ma, running shoes" and "Ipod, Ma," that there was no turning back and it was imperative I keep my word or the outcome will not be very good. Words can make or break one's world especially to my free spirited, youngest daughter and that is because she has autism. She has this rebellious streak that when things are too much for her, she has the tendency to leave the house unnoticed despite locked doors and keys being hidden in the most unexpected places, passing thru windows no matter how bad the weather is, only to return once she had grown tired of the outdoors.


My free spirited daughter, Sidney who has autism

" My hair is fine, Ma ."
I really could not recall when or how it started. At two years old, we knew she was different based on how fast she had learned how to read and talk in English even before she went to school. She also had a way of leaving the house unnoticed even during rainy days while the whole family was having their afternoon nap. We will just learn that a kind neighbor had brought her back, all drenched in rain. I thought then she was just like other kids who loved playing outdoors, rain or shine. Until one day I decided to work in the city with two of her sisters, leaving the other four kids to my Mom. Perhaps she  had been greatly affected by the move and the separation, the knowledge that she needed to go to school and adjust with the city life. I had to admit that it was a stage that all of us had to adjust since I will be coming back to work after 13 years in a fast paced industry that had all been very alien to me. Or perhaps I had gotten busy being more of a career woman than as a mom to all of my kids. It was all but natural not to feel guilty especially if you have one kid who goes astray every now and then, who chose not to go to school because she found the lessons too ordinary and boring and chose to be outdoors where she was free, not just literally but figuratively as well.

Through the years, we had learn to accept the fact that Sidney will be leaving home every now and then. We all had learned to create masks and pretend that everything was normal yet it had never been easy especially to her older siblings when they share their stories, especially to the authorities, DSWD centers, internet cafe owners and kind hearted people who call her  Dad so we can pick her up. On my part it was twice painful that I have to continue working and set aside my personal issues when I am at work because of the other six kids who depend on me for everything, my Mom included. Some colleagues and bosses knew my story since day one who were sympathetic enough to understand why I needed to keep going and continue masking my pain because they knew that asking help from foundations or even sending letters of financial assistance had been futile and worthless.

I do not know what had gotten into me when I asked her to join the fun run. Since she practically grew up on the streets and walked more than she stayed at home, she might find the experience challenging and might even be the start of motivating her to go back to school. Not only that, since I had started my journey to fitness, enjoy running and plan to finish even a half marathon before I hit my golden years, it will be a great way to bond not just with her but with her other siblings as well. And so when I  received my salary last Valentine's Day, she knew that we were going to register for the UNILAB RUN UNITED on March 16, 2014. We went to Riovana  in BGC where we got our shirts and the prepaid cards so we can register online. We also bought our running shoes together where she got to choose the purple ones. She also tracked on the number of days remaining before the fun run and we even got to test run her shoes four days before the event in SM MOA where it will be held. When we got our race kits a day before the run, she fell in line with me together with the other runners. After that we went to buy new running socks, a pair of running shorts for her as well as a sports bra from BENCH which she has chosen herself. And even if we were so tired we still bought a loaf of bread so we can at least eat a light breakfast  the next day. We also slept early because we needed to be awake at 3 AM for my 10K run starts at 5AM whereas Sidney's 5K run will be thirty minutes later.


Excited for her first Fun Run
At exactly 3 AM last Sunday, Sidney woke up without difficulty. Together with her eldest sister who will be taking our pictures, we had a very light breakfast and she even ate the banana I gave her without any qualms. We also made sure the Ipod that I had won from a giveaway a year ago was fully charged and even if it was still dark we went ahead to start our day.


On our way to SM MOA
We arrived at BLOCK 16 in SM MOA's ACTIVE HEALTH VILLAGE at 4:30AM. We managed to do some warm ups and took some picture shots. A few minutes later, the 10K runners were told to assemble at the starting line and before I separated with my two daughters, I gave them my final instructions. I also told Sidney the things that had been told to her since she decided to join. I told her to wait for the gun shot, to stay at the right side, not to cheat on her run and that I will see her later. I even kissed her on the cheek where a mark was left which made me smile. And since my race was about to start, I went ahead and joined the other 10K runners.


She complied with our mandatory warm ups to prevent possible injuries
To say that the crowd was enormous was an understatement. Marshals, photographers, runners from all walks of life including the media, sports enthusiasts and family members were all there to witness the first leg of RUN UNITED TRILOGY events for this year. Ambulances, portalets for male and female runners can be found in certain locations so as water stations where you could also find GATORADE in paper cups, bananas and sponges for the 10k and 21K runners on their way back to the finish line. There were also a lot of trash from paper cups, banana peels scattered and thrown carelessly that there was this sudden worry for my daughter who was also running her own race. But then again that was over powered by such trust that she was old enough to take care of herself and that she will be able to make it safe until the finish line.


She was little bit lost among the many 5K runners

I finished my 10K run  in 1 hour and 41 minutes. Not bad for my first run after almost a year when I joined my first 5K run at the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING FUN RUN . As I went to look for my girls, I heard a familiar laugh that came from my eldest daughter. She knew that I was kind of lost because of the huge crowd and that they will be the first to find me. She told me that Sidney finished her 5K run in 32 minutes and 40 seconds based on her Ipod which was captured in film .


Her sister, Sam found her , all flushed and hot after her run

I was so proud of her and tried my best not to be emotional so as not to create a scene.  It was her first time to join such a big event yet she run her heart away and finished what she started all because I kept my word. I knew it was such a risky thing letting her join a fun run among the many runners and walkers, all of them strangers but she was able to pull it through despite her autism.


No sweat !

She said she would run again for 10K the next time

Looking back at that historical event in my daughter's life, I realized that we all have our own races to run and to finish. Sadly we will not be always there to guide our kids and decide for themselves in every hurdle that they face. There will be days that they have to learn on their own and rely on themselves. Such a harsh reality but then again, trust is such a powerful thing, and so is love, patience and understanding. At the end of the day our trust that they know what they're doing, despite the many detours and obstacles along the way will be enough to pull them through. And that among the many races they will run in this life, they will eventually learn how to deal with them, run on their own until they make it to the finish line.


She wrote,  "Im  a 5K Runner, " omitting the apostrophe before the letter m 

Let's go home, Sidney.










Thursday, February 20, 2014

How To Keep The Frizz Away


People love curly hair. When you are able to properly style and maintain your healthy and curly hair, the world seems to be your stage. But when those frizzies come in, you would rather not step foot outside for any reason. Hair is complex, but when you think about what causes frizz, it actually seems pretty simple. Your hair’s outer layer looks a bit like a shingled roof. When your hair is smooth and healthy, these shingles will lie flat, but when your hair is dry and you run a brush through it, then the shingles will lift up. There are many tools like the no frizz hair gloves from DevaCurl that you can use in your routine, but if you are looking for further tips, you found the right place.


Don’t ever brush your hair when it is dry. You can ask any expert about it and they will tell you the same thing. You can brush it when it’s wet, but don’t ever brush it after it has dried. Brushing disrupts the hair’s cuticle, stretches your hair, and leads to serious breakage. Instead, you should towel-dry your hair after you shower, and comb, brush, or just finger-comb, your hair. Then add some anti-frizz product or your favorite conditioner.


When your hair is dry and it needs to be combed, just use your fingers. When things get really humid or the weather makes your hair a crazy mess, running your fingers through it is the best option. Water is also very important. Your hair will get frizzy when it’s dry, so adding some water to the situation should help you out. Wet your fingers and then start finger-combing to tame the tangles and tackle the frizz.





The drier your hair is, the frizzier it is going to be. The key is for you to always keep your hair as moisturized as possible. Use natural oil, conditioner, or just frizz cream to keep the moisture locked in for as long as possible. Use tools like the no frizz hair gloves from DevaCurl to prevent any moisture from leaving. Try your best to avoid synthetic silicone moisturizers that will only put weight on your hair and make it look dirty.