adidas FOCUSBREATHIN Run: Run to Reconnect

Taal Volcano explosion, bushfire in Australia, the worsening traffic of Metro Manila due to the construction of MRT7 and Skyway Stage 3, and the Coronavirus outbreak are three of the most stressful events in January.

People wanted to start the month of February by refocusing, reconnecting to nature, and moving forward. As a solution, adidas Runners Manila organized an event to reconnect with nature and experience the benefits of mindful outdoor running.

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Five Ways to Get Back in Running Shape After the Holidays

“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.”
— Peter A. Cohen (American investment banker)

Many of us here are struggling to get back in shape after the holidays, including yours truly. Some of us are still enjoying our respective off-season break after participating in grueling races such as the Singapore Marathon last November 30, the Cebu Marathon on January 12, and the Milo Marathon National Finals on January 19. As a result, we become guilty of procrastinating and overeating until we become out of shape.

Shredding the excess baggage until we become in great shape again is impossible in a short period. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and consistency before we achieve our desired goals.

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Singapore Marathon 2019: In the Heat of the Night

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), usually held every first Sunday morning of December, had its first ever night run this year. So was it better? Read to find out.

Considered as one of the most prestigious races in Asia, it has a Gold Race certification by the World Athletics (formerly IAAF) and is also bidding to become part of the World Marathon Majors by 2021.

Aside from the marathon last Saturday, November 30, other categories that transpired during the weekend included the kids’ dash, the half marathon, Toyota Ekiden, wheelchair elite marathon, and the 10k category.

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Holiday Gift Guide for The Modern Pinoy Men

It’s 25 days before Christmas! Especially here in the Philippines, shopping malls and fast-food chains are relentlessly playing Christmas songs once the – Ber months started.

11-11 shopping day has passed but there’s still Black Friday and the 12.12 shopping day. You can take advantage of these sales to buy gifts for the important men in your life while avoiding the holiday traffic in the metro.

Of course, men would always love to have a brand-new Honda Civic or Suzuki Jimny, his dream DLSR camera, and a custom-made suit for Christmas. However, we are not all multi-millionaires so we have to be creative in choosing the best gifts within our limited budget.

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Manila Pen Show 2019

Last Christmas, I bought a limited edition Lamy Safari fountain pen, followed by a Pilot Cocoon and a few samples of inks from friends. I got hooked and started writing on fountain pens 80% of the time. Since I missed the first-ever Manila Pen Show, I told myself that I have to attend my first ever Pen Show after getting “pen-abled.”

The Manila Pen Show held its 2nd show from November 16 to 17 at the Holiday Inn Makati. This two-day event was participated by established manufacturers and retailers and up-and-coming artisans from the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. It was an intimate yet jam-packed affair where both new and experienced fountain pen enthusiasts gathered, socialized, and purchased their haul. Entrance is pegged at PHP200.

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Seiko 5 SNKE87: After One Year of Wear

Seiko 5 is the budget line of Seiko watches. Despite its affordability, Seiko 5 is well-known for its reliability which has been well-loved by both new and experienced watch enthusiasts for many years.

Since I have a limited budget and unable to carry a Swiss-made automatic watches to avoid street criminals such as holdapers (they rob you at either knife or gunpoint) and mandurokot (pickpockets), I started to look for a pair of a Japanese automatic watch with not more than $250 (at least P13,000 as of August 2018)  in value, a bezel not more than 40mm in diameter, and preferably with 20mm lug width.

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Manila WordPress Meetup

I’ve been blogging on and off for the past 15 years. Now that I’m getting more serious, it’s time to learn the technical side of blogging. So, I decided to join and attend the Manila WordPress Meetup, a monthly talk held by a group of local WordPress developers last September 7, 2019.

It was a fun-filled five-hour event brought to us by the event sponsor Recruitday.com where fellow and aspiring bloggers listened to the speakers, mingled, get inspired, and my favorite part, enjoy free caffè latte.

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How to Clean Running Shoes

It’s monsoon season again here in Manila! Yet many of us here are training hard for our respective races by the end of the year.

Despite the inclement weather, we are still more than happy to run on wet roads than to get bored running on treadmills. As a result, our running shoes get drenched in rainwater and become stinky the next morning.

Our running shoes need TLC such as regular cleaning especially if we are short in budget and have only one pair.

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Running Shoe Review: New Balance 860V9

I have been a New Balance customer for ten years. It all started from the discounted pair I bought when I started running, which was a funky gold pair of New Balance 749. I tried a couple of direct competitors in between but I had to size up to fit my overpronating duck-wide feet. Those pairs didn’t last either. So, I kept on coming back to New Balance and never looked back.

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Dapper Without A Suit

“Comfort and simplicity are two keys that I follow when it comes to fashion.” —- Fawad Khan (Pakistani actor)

I have a confession to all of you: Despite that, I call myself The Dapper Runner even if I don’t even own a single suit. I don’t have a plan of getting one at this time.

Yes, that is right!

The main reason for not owning a suit is the hot and humid weather in Metro Manila. I can’t stand wearing layers and layers of clothing on my daily commute simply because I sweat profusely even during the cool northeast breeze of January. I just bring an extra shirt in my bag instead. Also, I don’t attend parties and formal events.

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