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frontRUNNER's Trail Running Lectures

Last October 8, I had a chance to attend FrontRUNNER’s free lecture about Trail Running and Leave No Trace (LNT) at Galileia Events Place at Bonifacio Global City. Barefootrunner Mommy Eve and I arrived a bit late at the venue but we’re still lucky to get seats at the back. We got some freebies upon registration: FrontRUNNER Magazine, 2 sachets of Milo R2 and a bottle of Pocari Sweat.


The first speaker was Koi Grey, a veterann ultra trail runner and he tackled about Leave No Trace (LNT).  This is new to me. Of course, I’m not really familiar on most terms used in trail running as I only ran two (2) trail races in the past and I barely finished my first (hopefully not the last!) climb at Mt. Maculot.  LNT is simple to understand/follow but often neglected by many trail runners. I took notes so I can share it with my readers, however below are just the important points. 
Leave No Trace (LNT)

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Stay on trail
  • Dispose waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors/runners
I really love the quote at the end of Mr. Grey’s presentation: “Take nothing but pictures; Kill nothing but time; Leave nothing but footprints.”

Mark Bryan Grey aka Koi Grey on LNT (Photo Credit: Jonel Mendoza)

The next topic, Trail Running What? Why? How?, was discussed by Atty. Jonnifer Lacanlale who is also a veteran ultra trail runner. His talk is longer than the first one and he covered a lot of things on the subject:

  • Running Techniques on uphill and downhill
  • Challenges
  • Differences of Road vs Trail running
  • Pre-race preparation
  • Nutrition
  • Proper Training
  • Apparels/Gears
  • Proper Feet Adaptation
  • Chaffing problems
  • Post-race practices
  • Weather conditions
  • Race day do’s and don’ts
Atty. Jon Lacanlale (Photo Credit: Jonel Mendoza)

As I mentioned, I only had a couple of experiences on trails.  I had a hard time finishing these races because I’m too afraid to trip and fall.  Trails doesn’t excite me at all but after listening to these two inspiring ultra trail runners and Hardcore Hundred Miles pioneers, I decided to give it a second chance.  Maybe I just needed a really good trail race.

Thank you Sir Jonel Mendoza of frontRUNNER Magazine for making this possible.  I love free lectures!  I hope you’ll have more in the future.  More power!

I apologize that I am lacking on the information about the two speakers.  You can read more about them here and here.

If anyone’s interested for my complete notes just comment below and I will send you a copy.

Happy TRAIL running!!!

A Fashion & Beauty Weekend

One of my interests is makeups. Aside from watching makeup tutorials, I always wanted to do make-overs.  I'm not a professional makeup artist, but I believe my creative side can execute a simple makeover to friends or family members.

Later this evening, my parents will be attending a formal event with Rotary Club.  My Mudra asked me if I can do her hair and makeup, of course I gladly agreed. I excitedly packed some of my makeup kits and tools and brought them in Laguna yesterday.

Some of my makeups, tools, and nail polishes

Yesterday, we decided to practice.  I previously have done makeups of some ex-officemates, but I had a hard time putting makeup to Mudra.  I have not anticipated that it will be this challenging because of her loose skin and wrinkles.  Sorry, we were not able to take some pictures of her finished look.

While I was doing Mudra's makeup, my sister Doc Thea has been asking a lot of questions: how to put a particular product, what does it do, what colors should match a certain skin color, etc. Of course I answered all her queries, feeling proud and very professional.

When I finished Mudra's face, I told my sis I also wanted to practice on her. Please take a look of her pictures :)

Doc Thea, front view

Doc Thea, side view
(I apologize for the poor quality of the pics, I don't know much on how to adjust the camera's settings.)

As you can see, I have not done anything on her eyebrows.  I'm not good at it, so I advised her to go the a brow salon for one-time threading and later maintain it by herself.  I love the outcome of the colors on her eyes.  It's more vibrant in person. I used all the blues in my Nyx "All I've Ever Wanted" Palette.

Up next, the nails.  I asked my Mudra to do her nails as usual and I will be in charge of her polish.  I pick the color combination that will complement her evening dress for the event: Revlon Shara Gold 08 and Color Trends Tamarind Sherbet.  It was my first time to try Ombre style on her nails.  Thanks to Shayne for her tutorial. If anyone's interested on how to do it, here's the link: DIY: Gradient Ombre Nail Art.

Gradient Ombre Nail Art

Revlon Sahara Gold 08 and Color Trends Tamarind Sherbet

Thanks for reading! I will do a separate post for my Mudra's complete look for the event. Bye for now :)


Mudra just came back from her 3-week vacation in Europe. Aside from the endless stories about her stay there, I'm also looking forward to her pasalubong. :p I only asked for one item, a nice leather sling bag.  But like other moms, you ask them for one thing and they will tend to give you more.

I've learned that she has not gone to a lot of shopping sprees.  She just bought pasalubongs for us.  Some of the chocolates, cheeses and other food items were given to her by Tita Gina and Lola Goya (friend and aunt working in Italy).

Moving forward, I'm really glad she bought a bag for me. I really love it! It's a 2-in-1 sling/clutch bag. :)

Mudra has taste! LOL

So, what else were her pasalubongs? A couple of shirts/blouses, tote bag, another sling bag, scarf, 2 dresses from Lola Goya, and black sling bag and a reversible skinny jeans (a favorite!) from Tita Gina. Thank you po!!!

from Europe with love

I hope I can also travel to Europe someday, and I won't surely miss to go to The City of Love & Lights, Paris. Whew, another item was added to my bucket list!

Related post: A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

Last August 6, my Mudra (Mother) has earned another citizenship: Senior Citizenship. LOL She celebrated her 60th birthday. Unlike my Fudra (Father) who had a surprise 60th birthday celebration, she chose to pursue one of her dreams: A vacation in Europe. She's been saving her money for this, so last August 8 she went on a solo trip to Italy. Her aunt, Lola Goya, is working there and luckily her employer allowed my Mudra to stay with them for a couple of days. My Mudra has not spent any money for her accommodation, her friend Tita Gina was very hospitable and also made her stay at her house for a few days.

I am very happy for my Mudra, she really enjoyed her stay in Italy. She and her friends went to different tourist spots and even went to France and Switzerland.

Louvre Museum in Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre in Rome, Italy

La Villa Parco Ciani in Lugano, Switzerland

On her flight back to the Philippines, she met Jose Mari Chan who toured Spain with his family...Mudra, IKAW NA!!!

Mudra with Jose Mari Chan at Dubai International Airport

I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to Lola Goya and Tita Gina (and her family) for making my Mudra's 60th birthday a memorable one.

Lola Goya, Mudra and Tita Gina at Restorante Wok 668 in Como, Italy
Ciao for now!

Welcome back, Me!!!

So this is it.  I finally decided to blog again. Way back in 2007, I owned a blog site named Fashion Meets The Geek. I published blogs 2-3 times a week but I stopped when I became busy with work in 2008. It made me sad when I heard the news that they will shutdown the Multiply Site.  Aside from my blog posts, I was not able to retrieve my old pictures too.

Moving forward, I felt that I wanted to write again.  I don't have a particular "theme" in mind but I think I will be writing on anything I feel worth writing about even if it means nothing to some readers.  The most important thing is, I will be expressing myself on my future posts. :)

I'm still thinking what will be my first choice of topic.  Right now, I have been busy applying for a new job. I resigned from my previous company where I worked for almost 5 years.  Hopefully I'll get this job that I really wanted, my next interview with them will be on Monday, September 2. Please pray for me and wish me luck!

It is hard to make plans for the next couple of months while I am still unemployed. I felt that I can't do anything. :( Aside from that, I haven't been running/swimming/working out for more than a month now.  I have been an anti-social too, I deactivated my Facebook account and even stopped tweeting.  I don't see my friends and I don't attend the weekly trainings. I don't go out unless I have an interview. 

Finally, last August 26, I decided to meet my friends again.  I missed them so much and glad to know they missed me too. I'll be returning to my activities as well. So...welcome back, Me!!!

Sole Sisters at Espressamente Illy in EDSA Shangri-la

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