Monday, March 17, 2014

Music + Fashion, Are They for Real?

I always wondered if fashion can be inspired by music too as fashion may be inspired by nature among others, and my search ain't vain as indeed fashion  artists have used music ranging from music equipment and gadget  to music genre and generations  to create magnificent masterpieces.

We won't miss of course, the fashion style of music artists like Madonna or Lady Gaga. And, for music fanatics, they just adore their artists genre and style along with their fashion taste.

Are there clear rules about fashion? I guess none!

Xterra 2014 Triathlon Hype

Just recently, my fellow triathletes from Tri-Generals hailed mainly from General Santos City had joined the much coveted trail triathlon from Vaseline Xterra recently concluded from Liloan, Cebu.  I can't help but just be proud of all the participants as they hurdled a very technical terrain.

General Santos City's Tri-Generals Xterra Warriors - Winners

Last year, a fellow comrade who joined the Xterra Lite of shorter distance had a bike mishap cutting his knee and endured it until the end of the race.
Vaseline Xterra 2014; photo source: Xterra Philippines

This year, my lady comrade had her bike steer cut in two while another fellow had a bike trouble too along the trail. But, all ended well as some of my teammates even made it to the podium and won!  Now, that is something to brag out!

Triathlon is a multi - sport event covering swimming, biking and running done successively. This is a highly strenuous event that requires strong discipline, budget and training programs that cover practically the entire week.

The Xterra Triathlon has long started late 1990's in Hawaii and has gained so much popularity that it conquered other parts of the globe including New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and Philippines among others.

This year, Dan Hugo of South Africa and Renata Bucher head the Xterra Philippines 2014. For race results, click here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Spot Fake Sports Shoes

There are simply a good number of shoes may it be for running or otherwise. But, what can be more distressful is to find out that your best buy of shoes can be your nightmare as well.

Different runners may recommend different brands for running. My personal list would include a Reebok, Nike, Sketchers, Adidas, Merrel, and New Balance.

VFF shoes being sold online
By far, my personal favorite would be New Balance and Merrel  as they endured over six  months to one year.

I have my Merrel shoes for trail runs and New Balance for road runs. So, how do we really spot the fakes? While there are different brands to compare with, the fakes would normally show distinct features.

  1. Price. Check the official websites of the brand to compare the price. If the gap is way too far, then, you have a fake on hand. This is also true for other shoppings made like if we need music gadget or equipment or simply buy apparel online or from local stores  among others;
  2. Materials.  Expensive shoes go through quality standards, so, check if the materials show inferiority.
  3. Labels. Compare your purchased shoes from the outlet and see if labels are practically the same. Sometimes, they are misspelled or produced from elsewhere. Before you complain of the difference, check the website first if they have production elsewhere.
  4. Reviews. Blessed is the internet for customer reviews as they become benchmark for our buying. Normally, they provide other information for some products and with this knowledge, you can compare whether the quality the customers speak about is true in your case.
  5. Source.  Should you  just buy from non - legitimate sellers, assess the whole package first. 

What to Wear During Trail Run Plus More

trail running on Tampakan Trail
Trail running is more fun than road runs as you get to enjoy the view while not minding the time or fatigue. If you are lucky, you can run on a clean trail, however, since trails can be tough, we need to at least wear the basic accessories and essentials, so, we can enjoy our trail run to the fullest.

The following are the essentials:

  1. Running cap. protect your vision from heat or run or other elements.
  2. Running top with sleeves and long leggings. If you expect  a trail with not - so - good elements. 
  3. Running shoes with spike. While road shoes can fine, the trail can be difficult especially if they are ascent or descent or if muddy. 
    my  Team Matutum  after completing The North Face Trail Race
  4. Hydration. It would be wise to know the estimated end for run because your water and / or food supply can be compromised. For long or difficult trail, you can have hydration bags instead with liters of water and other food to keep.
  5. First aid. Bring at least antiseptic, bandage, anti - sting or other medical essentials should untoward incident may happen.
  6. Whistle (and cellphone). One can get lost especially if you go through deep forest for a trail run. Use a whistle ( call if signal permits) should need to call help.
  7. Trail  signs. Learn to read trail signs because they may save you time and probably your life.
  8. Contact. Make sure that you inform your loved ones / friends of your whereabouts just in case you need their help. 
  9. Delight. Enjoy trail running at its fullest!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Top Summer Philippine Escapades

The first quarter of the year means summer time too in the tropical countries like the Philippines. And with the hot – humid air, we could only want to unwind in beaches, cool places like Baguio or outside the country, or simply do mall hopping.

I am listing here the places I loved so much and I am sure you too would enjoy.

If you happen to be in Manila, include Baguio in your best picks.  We happened to be coming from Pangasinan, so, we took the ride from Alaminos, Pangasinan and took another bus to Baguio. The 2 – 3 hour ride from Alaminos can be fun with all the scenery to watch for.

In Baguio, scout for budget – friendly rooms.  It would be smart if you have rooms with heater because the weather can really be cold and drop to  unwanted temperature.

at Camp John Hay, PMA grounds, Baguio

We visited the PMA grounds, Mine’s View Park, Burnham Park and took our meals wherever we had the chance.

Of course, we could only savor their local delicacies including Strawberry – flavored taho, jams, and fresh  strawberries among others.

Fail not to visit their night markets for some  “wagwagan” or thrift clothes for best picks.

Samal Islands, Davao

If you are just around Davao City, fail not to visit Samal Islands. It is just  15 – 30 minute boat ride from Davao City wharf.  There are several resorts in Samal Islands and if you are lucky, there are pick – up points from Davao City that shall transport you to the island. The last time we went to Samal Island, we headed to Blue Jazz. They have the usual resort amenities – rooms, pools, slides, short cable zipline, and resto – bar.

Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City is an old Spanish – inspired city. Fail not to visit the city’s landmarks including Pasonanca Park, Paseo del Mar, Fort Pilar, and Abong – Abong Peak.

But, one of the best places I love and Zambonaga city’s pride is Sta Cruz Island. With a minimum group of  5- 10 guests, you can go at Paseo del Mar’s Tourism Office for 100.00 – 200.00 and the boat’s fee.
It would be smart to visit the place in the morning where the water can be serene and once at the island, enjoy the pristine white sand beach and clear waters.  Unfortunately, Sta Cruz Island is only for daytime stay.
The locals do sell cultured pearls and other water – inspired accessories at very minimal fee. So, grab these accessories for your souvenirs.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro
Sometime in 2010, we had the chance to visit Puerto Galera through Batangas Port. The  boat ride  was a bit tough from the strong current.

But, the  clear  water and beautiful scenery along Puerto Galera key resorts are all worth the trouble and trip. We tried fish feeding,  snorkeling and of course party in the evenings. One can wear their best swimwear including their fancy lingerie as the place is packed with foreign and Filipino tourists. You  can buy erotic lingerie for your best finds.

Good thing that there are rooms for budget – constrained tourists like us and their food  and souvenirs are budget – friendly too.

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

If  you want to like to commune more with nature, fail not to visit Lake Sebu for their various dishes of Tilapia, zipline to see the magnificent falls of Lake Sebu and the cool souvenirs from the T’boli locals.
The resorts  are situated along Lake Sebu and with the cool weather and nice sight of this one large lake, your stay here can be quite fun and reflecting.

Glan, Sarangani

Of course, I wont miss to include the beautiful beaches of Glan. With clear waters and white sand, summer escapades can be fun in this south – side of the area. With one hour ride from General Santos City, you can check – in to strings  of resorts but for  SarBay Fest week, sometime in May, better book ahead because
fine and white beach of Gumasa, Glan

Glan is simply full – packed of beach goers for a lot of beach activities including night concerts, beach games and more.

Barefoot Fashion Accessories

 I miss running barefoot, so, I can't help but post my collection of barefoot accessories from loose shoe laces and beads.

You too can create your DIY barefoot accessories. Find the design you like!