Monday, April 16, 2012

Cool Half - Marathon Singlets for World Water

the impending half - marathon re - slated on May 3, 2012 at 4pm

race singlets

Come May 3, 2012, I shall be running my 2nd half - marathon race. And, although I was supposed to head to my family in another city for a long vacation, I have to keep it at bay to give way to my passion for running.

So, join us in this very rare half - marathon organized by the General Santos City Police Office along with its partners.

If you are a visiting runner, any of the cool gps tracking devices can be a big help or you can ask assistance from the running clubs in the area for support. If you are lucky, your friend based in General Santos City can help you with the route.

With two weeks left for practice, I hope to maximize it for less cumbersome run.

The Wild Eye Makeup Test

You Are Intense

You see beauty everywhere, and you like to share your inner world with others.

You are strong and dominant. You are used to getting your way.

You are truly original - with a creative approach to life and a very sharp mind.

Being stubborn is both your best and worst quality. It's hard for you to be swayed.

Kreativ Boutique Store Website

As my next website project, I wanted to complete the Kreativ Boutique website before I leave for a long vacation and start with the new school year come June.

However, unlike the other sites that I have done, I have to work with new pictures and that I come short.

And since my partner - photographer has left for his out - of - town gig, I have to endure using a low - end camera. I hope the quality won't be too compromised.

I aim to finish the project before April ends. Wish me good luck!

Injury Support Accessories for Running

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From an old foot injury, I oftentimes feel the pressure on my ankle and knee that I had to see an orthopedic with his fancy tools on mobile computer carts to make sure that my regular running won't aggravate my condition.

I was consequently advised to put on an ankle support by wrapping a bandage on a distinct style. Further, having a muscle tape can further help me from my injury.

For serious runners who have acquired injuries from their passion or otherwise, it is smart that we consult our doctors for advice. And, good news, treatment can come handy now; we just have to find the means.

How to Spot a Fake Longchamp Bag?

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Managing a boutique is not an easy job because of the challenge is to sell only the authentic products. And, bag is one of the highly forfeited items that clients are quite conscious with.

Unfortunately, Longchamp bags are not at all exempted from counterfeiting. You can try the following basic criteria to assess the authenticity of your Longchamp bags:

Price. Because of the detailed craftsmanship on Longchamp bags, it is not surprising that they can be pricey. So, if a Longchamp is sold at much cheaper price, be more cautious.

Material. From the Longchamp official website, check out the their collections and colors among others. A fake Les Pliage is usually shiny and thick in material with a stiff and rough leather handles. An authentic Les Pliage has a matte finish and is lightweight and crisp with a smooth and soft leather handles.

Logo. The jockey - on - the - horse logo must be embossed centered above the snap. It's outline must be pressed on the leather. This logo is similarly seen on the button and on the zipper's circle.

Model Name. A fake typically has no model name, however, you have to assess whether the model name matches the actual bag. Your bag shall have any of the following model type:
sac a dos - backpack
type L - large tote, short handles
type M - medium-large tote, short handles
type S - small tote
"shopping" - large tote, long handles; medium tote long handles
cabas - rectangular, no zipper

Serial Number. The serial number in the bag must match the covers on the new Longchamp bags. Your tag should be marked as any of "AA" (Made in France), "AE" (Made in China) or "AB" (Made in Tunisia).

These are only from the readings I have made, but, the idea is to be vigilant when buying Longchamp bags. Buy only from legitimate outlets and positively reputed seller.

For more of the original features, read on the following references:

How to Spot an Authentic Longchamp

How do I Tell a Fake Longchamp?

How to Spot Fake Longchamp "Les Pliages" : eBay Guides

Why Go For Barefoot Running Shoes

Along with 5 other running enthusiasts, I joined the training for barefoot running. I oftentimes endure blisters from long running and from wrong choice of socks or failing to put on petroleum jelly, but I know that midfoot strike shall make my performance better compared to my natural heel strike.

While there are no current scientific evidence to prove that heel strike may cause injuries, experts however say that heel strike shall acquire greater impact compared to midfoot or forefoot stances. While there are shoes to reduce impact still the chances of high injury
are still higher.

When kids run on bare feet, they drop on their forefoot or midfoot. Thus, it is smarter that we run on barefoot or minimalist shoes. It is shall be a challenge to change our running strikes but with training and practice, we can comfortably shift to forefoot or midfoot. However, increase only your mileage by 10% and learn to listen to your body for complaints.

I had recently purchased Merrell trail shoes but to aid me in my road runs and practices for marathon, I wish to buy this Merrell barefoot glove to help me with my strike.

Merrell Road Glove Barefoot Shoes

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Trail Running Clothing Essentials

trail runners of Tampakan and General Santos City

When you choose to become a serious runner, you practically follow a training program. And normally, this includes hill runs.

If you are lucky, you can explore your area for some trails that provide opportunity for hill training.

So, when you go for a long and comfortable trail run, make sure that you have following trail run clothing essentials:

  • fast - wicking apparel for a cooler feeling;
  • arm sleeves if you wear tee top;
  • dry - fit cap;
  • running sunglasses;
  • utility belt with your water bottles and energy bars / gels or a hydra pack;
There are ways to keep these running essentials in better shape, so, go for maintenance kit that may be available commercially like how we do with our leather apparel using a leather repair kits.

Remember though that trail run can be fun but your safety may be at risk, so, remember to buzz your family if you go for a trail run. Run with your cellphone or if this is not possible, at least, run with buddies.

Home Decor Project

My younger sibling is expecting a baby and while marriage is still a remote idea, they consider having their own place first for a start.

So, the search for an ideal house within their means is on and finding it in a highly urban area can be finding a needle in a haystack.

Their selection criteria include:budget - wise;

  • space for the baby and guests;
  • well furnished including cost - effective wall light fixtures;
  • accessibility to major establishments like market, church, mall, and office;
  • safety;
  • garage;
We can only wish my sibling well and we hope that they can a find a new home before the baby comes out.

Home Remedies for Hair Dryness

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It is summer time and while we dip in clear beach waters to cool us off, we wish that our hair can be of moisture - lock too.

Hair dryness is attributed to various reasons and as follows:

  • harsh chemicals from hair treatment;
  • shampooing frequently;
  • chlorine from swimming pool;
  • sun and wind exposure;
  • high - temperature blow drier;
  • nutrition deficiency;
  • prolonged illness;
  • medicines like antibiotics;
So, anyone can have a bad hair day, but, we can remedy this from staying off from what seems to be obvious and to taking prevention or correction home remedies like the following:

  • Drink plenty of water at least 8 glasses a day;
  • Mix 2 eggs with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and olive oil. Apply this mixture on hair and scalp. Gently massage your scalp and leave this treatment for 1.5 hours, then, rinse well with water.
  • Mix equal parts of aloe vera juice and curd and leave this on the hair and scalp for an hour. Do this twice a week.
  • Heat 1/2 cup of mayo up until it becomes oily. Apply this on your hair. Leave this for at least 15 minutes covered in plastic cap. Rinse well.
  • Apply any of jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil before bedtime. Wrap your hair and rinse the following day with a mild shampoo.
For more home remedy tips on hair dryness, check out this article.

Binibining Pilipinas 2012 - Crowned

Miss Universe runner - ups, Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup are country's pride for their distinct beauty and intelligence. And, this year's bet was finally crowned as three (3) beautiful women bagged the titles Bb Pilipinas - Universe, Bb Pilipinas - Tourism, Bb Pilipinas - International.

The coronation night was held April 15, 2012 at Smart Araneta Coliseum with hundreds of spectators. And, the social media didn't fall behind as they cheered for their personal favorites.

We highly anticipate that this year's beauty queens shall bring home international prestige and recognition.

Binibining Pilipinas 2012 Beauty titlists
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The complete list of winners from the Binibining Pilipinas official website.

Janine Tugonon
Miss Universe Philippines

Nicole Schmitz
Bb. Pilipinas- International 2012

Katrina Dimaranan
Bb. Pilipinas - Tourism 2012

Elaine Kay Moll
1st Runner-Up

Annalie Forbes
2nd Runner-Up

Special Awards:

Best in National Costume – Nicole Shmitz
Miss Friendship – Chloe Zanardi
Miss Talent – Katrina Jayne Dimaranan
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice – Roxanne Tadique
Nestle Fitnesse Best in Swimsuit – Nicole Schmitz
People’s Binibini 2012 – Giselle Angelica Muñoz
Miss Photogenic – Karen Gallman
Miss Philippine Airlines – Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Avon - Mary Jean Lastimosa
Best in Long Gown – Angelee Claudett delos Reyes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Christmas holidays and the list can continue when we are faced with the dilemma of finding the gifts for our loved ones and friends.

It may make the ordeal less cumbersome if we know what our loved ones like but if they seem to have them all, we can only look for other stuffs to express our love.

You can try the following gift ideas:

  • new novels or classic ones if these interest your loved one(s);
  • fashion accessories like pandora bracelet, necklace, friendship or sibling bond accessories;
  • personally crafted projects like scrapbooks of pictures together;
  • blog documenting your memories together;
  • apparel;
  • messaged embroidered apparel or alike;
  • dinner / morning / lunch dates;
  • vacation escapade;
Good luck to your gift finding!

Why Stainless Jewelry Are Better

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When silver accessories were on their hype, I was one of the silver jewelry fanatic. But, then, because of skin acidity, and open exposure to other elements, the silver jewelry began the typical staining and discoloration. So, goodbye to silver accessories and hello to stainless jewelry.

It helps that stainless jewelry is priced lower than silver counterparts. And, with the former's metal components, it is less prone to staining. Consequently, it is not surprising that stainless jewelry fanatics are increasing in number.

If you want your accessories to last longer, give stainless jewelry a try.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Swimming Trunks for Kids

I finally brought my son to his dad's hometown for a long summer vacation. And, to make his stay worthwhile and fun, we decided to enroll him in a swimming program come May 2012. It follows then that we have to buy him some good pair of swimming goggles and quality trunks.

So, before I leave him behind, I have to buy his needed stuffs and pack our kitchen cupboard and refrigerator his diet food, some eggs on egg crate mattress pad and alike.

We had however, harder time finding the right swimming trunk for him because of his overweight size. We don't want to restrict his movement with a badly chosen trunks.

So, if your kids into swimming too, choose the right swimming apparel for them for fashion and convenience.

Cool Summer Mix - and - Match Apparel

bags, accessories, and apparel from Kreativ Boutique

Now that the heat is on we can only rack through our closet and get the best mix and match apparel to cool the sweat off and to appear stylish and fun.

So, if you have some spare clothes like the ones above, try them with a denim shorts and presto, you are at your best this summer.

What to Wear When Running?

Authored by: Anthony Karl F. Gaspar
Human Resource Manager/Runner
(as posted on

Hey hardcore GRC Trail runners, since I recently “ripped” my shorts this topic is very timely -
“Should I wear Short shorts or long shorts?”

There are 3 things to consider here: Functionality, fashion and finances. When I started running I simply wore long cotton ones the kind you can buy at “3 for P100”. They reached up to my knees and had no moisture-wicking capability whatsoever. Sure I didn’t look cool, but who cares? All I wanted to do was run. Once you decide and can afford to buy real running shorts, you can choose from a wide variety of designs and lengths.

wear dry - cool running apparel for performance and convenience

Some experts give their advice:

Cebu-based Physician, Internist & PT:
“Split shorts do not limit range of motion at the hips and are therefore more appropriate when stretching, doing strides or track workouts. However, regular running shorts may be more appropriate when doing LSD runs (Long Slow Distance) or easy runs along city streets”

PT & MD in PE:
“ Wear short shorts. You’re a runner- not a basketball player of hip-hop artist”

“Split shorts are much better than long shorts because they don’t obstruct the movement of your hips and knees”

Ergo, shorter is better if you want to improve your performance and get that serious runner look. But it also means that more your legs will be exposed for everyone to see. If you’re fine with showing them off….THEN GO FOR IT!!!! Cheers!

Mother's Day Gift Choices

Mother's Day is quite celebrated in most parts of the world and while we have various dates to commemorate the big day of our moms and of being moms, the common ground is that we give extra honor and appreciation to the women of our lives. And, there is no other way to express our love and gratefulness through giving out a gift or treat.

So, we are quite tight in budget, we can consider the following gift ideas for our beloved moms or mom - friends:

  • personally arranged flowers from your very own backyard or bought from a flower shop;
  • hand-crafted cards, scrapbooks or notes with our sincere words of love and pride;
  • personally baked goodies;
  • service coupons to any special treat like a body massage, parlor hours, or sauna time;
  • gadgets like a brand new cellphone or netbook if you must;
  • accessories including monogrammed mothers day gifts ;
  • personally - made quilt or embroidered apparel with sweet words for your mom.
Regardless of your gift choice, remember that your mom would love any day and any time and any gift that you give is only an added bonus.