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Vice Mayor’s Cup: The 50km Golden Race

Last Saturday, I woke up early and went to town before day light to help in the bike marathon sponsored by VM in celebration of his 50th birthday.  It was a 50km bike race with five (5) categories; they were based on age group.

My office mates and I has their own designation in the marathon, I was assigned at the registration of the younger bikers (19 below) together with an older office mate.  We started the registration as soon we’ve done setting-up the tables and canopies. As expected from the pre-registration done a week ago, 19 below has more joiners,  I think we have around 45 young bikers.

Well, the bikers left five (5) minutes apart by category, and when everyone left to race we move our tables to the finished line, and since we still have ample time left before the bikers returned some of us went to the office to have a breakfast (a cup of coffee and pandesal with peanut butter) courtesy of an older office mate. The bikers returned early than expected, I had a trouble recording some of the bikers time in my category, not because they are too many, but because some bikers lost their numbers and it was hard to know who they are. You know what, I have raised this problem at the orientation asking if it is possible the bikers will also have number at their back, but we are told it will not be a problem because the bikers group will be there to help us, they will announced the number of approaching biker so we can hear and your guess is right as mine, it never happened when some bikers number were lost along the way.

There was instance I have to kneel just to see the number of approaching biker, that’s how hard to get the bikers numbers. Well, don’t ask for my partner because she is doing her own thing. Initially, she told me that she will record or video everything, but in one minute we all saw her becoming a medic, someone’s assistant and a caterer eerrr server, giving snacks to the bikers.

Anyway, the marathon ended well. We had a group picture, and when I returned to the table where left my documents they were nowhere to be found and then I overheard one of my office mate saying all the folders were keep in the container. The inner me is saying to check if my folder was there, but I am too tired to be bothered.

Monday came, and I was asked for my records as there are some bikers wanted to know their travel time, it turns it wasn’t in the container. Yep, it was missing and nowhere to be found. I already asked everyone, but no one is voicing out. It was a good thing, I have the habit of taking pictures of every important files. It was late in the afternoon when I was called by an older office mate, it turns out he has my folder, maybe he accidentally took it.

Mistaken to be Younger than My Age

Aging is a natural part of life for both men and women, but that doesn’t mean it’s always pleasant. That’s why today there are a lot of anti-aging creams and supplements in the market. Yes, age is just a number but there are times I am thinking what would my life will be when my age is already out of the calendar. Anyway, one of the young sales lady who’s maybe in her 20’s asked what’s my eye grade when we went to town not a long ago, I was wearing an eye glasses that time and then it came to the age thingy. She mistaken me younger than my age and she genuinely thought my younger sister was my older sister which made everyone laughed, my sister blurted how old is she going to be if I was mistaken to be in my early 20’s when I am almost 30’s. My sister felt slighted because it wasn’t the first time she is mistaken to be older than me, the worst once she was mistaken to be a married woman with a child when she is still single and five years younger than me. My mother told her many times to lose weight and put her hair back to black but it looks like losing weight is very hard for her since she ate a lot.

To be mistaken younger than my sister once is a mistake but to be mistaken younger many times  I guess that’s already a fact (lol). Yes, it isn’t the first time that I was mistaken younger than my age and to my sister and what happened today gives me hope that I am not too old yet and age is just a number.

Honestly, I have been looking in the mirror sometimes looking how I age and trying to figure out how I am going to look younger because I already felt very old. Besides from being mistaken younger on my age, some people will always take notice my simplicity especially my older cousins. They sometimes wondered why I don’t dress so well and why I am not so vain like other women especially they know that other women who were married to power ranger dressed well and adorned their selves with jewelries from head to foot and paint their face with colorful makeups. Well, I told them it isn’t me and  I am different but lately I am considering a change while I am still younger rather than do a change when I am already in my 50’s, right?

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5 Fun Ways to Get in Shape

Transforming your body into the best shape possible doesn’t have to be boring. Sure, you can spend countless hours lifting weights, walking on the treadmill, or counting every calorie that you put in your mouth and get really good results. But if you are looking for a way to give you plenty of motivation to roll out of bed bright and early to knock out the day’s workout, then look no further than these fun classes, workouts, or exercises. You will surely want to lace up your gym shoes if you know that you’ll have fun at the same time.


What could be more fun than shaking your money maker for an hour with some fun, interesting people? That is what Zumba offers that many other workouts are lacking. This dance work out uses the most popular music of the day combined with simple choreography to melt fat and burn calories all while feeling like you are at a big dance party. Many people are intimidated by the thought of dancing in front of other people, but once you try Zumba and realize that everyone else is dancing just like you, you will forget to be embarrassed and have a great time.

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CrossFit has seen a huge increase in popularity over the last few years. Aside from the fact that many people are seeing great results and realizing that they have more strength than they even knew, there is a community aspect of Santa Barbara cross fit that many participants enjoy. This weight-lifting, cardio-blasting combination fitness program is performed in a gym that is called “the box.” For many who do CrossFit, their box can become a second home. Everyone encourages each other to reach their fullest potential and move above and beyond the limits that they put on themselves.

Hula Hooping

Once a common playground toy, the hula hoop is making a comeback at gyms everywhere. With classes specific to hula hooping, many people are jumping on board the trend and having a lot of fun doing it. The hula hoops used for working out are often weighted, making them a great tool to help improve balance and strengthen the abdominal muscles, back, and legs at the same time. Don’t be fooled, though. Hula hooping isn’t all fun and games. Performing this workout can burn upwards of 400 calories in only one hour.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Perhaps you have seen photos of celebrities standing on what look like surfboards, paddling around in exotic locations. Stand up paddle boarding has moved from the resorts of the Caribbean to the main land and plenty of people are jumping at the chance to try it out. Because of the paddling motion that you have to perform in order to move your board around, you will feel the burn in your arms, shoulders, and obliques. Plus, you’ll get to practice a lot of balance trying to stay out of the water.


Strapping on your hiking boots and climbing up the mountain not only gets you out of the gym, but it gives you the chance to appreciate nature at the same time. Try adding a hiking pack full of snacks and water and you will get a strength training workout as well without having to lift a single dumbbell.

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Moving to M2 Gym in Shinha-ri

It was almost two months since we moved in Shinha-ri from Icheon downtown and it was been two months since we are working out in this new gym.  Yeah, right before we moved here we surely check if there’s a  gym nearby so when our membership ended on Life Change gym we didn’t renew anymore, it was good too because when the new owner told us that there is no gym in Shinha-ri we know that there’s one.

Life Change Gym in Icheon

You heard it right, Life Change has new owner since last year when we returned from vacation on Chuseok the gym has new owner already, we said it has a new owner not just because of the new guy but also because all of those plants you can see in the gym adorned by colorful sash. Probably the old owner sold the gym.

Anyway  we signed up for six months membership in M2 Gym in Shinha-ri, the first week is life changing I mean we are still looking for the comfort of Life Change, the familiar faces and working equipments.  We worked out in Life Change for almost three years and surely we established a bond with the equipments, haha joke!

Gym in Shinha-ri

M2 Gym is just few steps away from our apartment building which make it convenient for us, I would say they have more equipment but they only have few heavy plates, and most of their gym equipment are older than those in Life Change.  The good thing is M2 gym has a separate rooms for aerobic class if you want to attend one unlike in Life Change there’s none but they have small space for fitness enthusiast to do the stretching and etc.,

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Night Walking Without a Winter Jacket

I have decided to wash my winter jacket the other day because it was been a long time since I washed it and  it is quite dirty already since I took it with me when we travel outside Korea.

When my husband and I will have a short walk he left me at home and told me to follow because I am busy tinkering something in front of my laptop so when I am done with it I immediately run to our closet to look for my jacket, yeah right I forgot that I just washed it that day. Thinking my husband will be angry if I didn’t follow him I just wore my normal sweater and long pants and run so I can tag along with him beyond the cold weather. As I know it is impossible to catch him I took a short cut and I am able to see him after a long run, the coldness I felt was gone.

My husband laugh at me when he saw me as I am panting very hard, and even tell me why I follow when I have no winter jacket to wear. Well if I just knew he won’t be angry probably I will stay at home. And I think winter jacket is not need anymore as I didn’t feel cold after running like crazy.

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Gyms in Icheon

We are working out in the gym 4 days a week and we are member of Life Change gym for almost three years now. When we first arrived here in Icheon there’s only one gym and this is Life Change but since this year 2012 two more new gym recently opened the first one is the RAON Fitness located in RAON palace which is just few meters away from the bus terminal and the second one is M Kick and Fitness which is just a distance from Life Change it is located in the 5th floor of Home Depot.

Life Change has a lot of trainer when we first enrolled for membership it has four or five but today the gym owner is the only one left. We’ve seen one of the old trainer in RAON Fitness dunno where the other went.

Originally posted on 2012-05-18 17:24:49
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Life Change Gym is Temporarily Closed

Early this evening we went to gym for our work-out schedule, when we reached the second floor we smell a strong chemical and the two restaurants are closed. When we reached the third floor where the gym is located the door is open but it is very silent, when we came inside the gym is empty nobody is working out.

We found in the information that gym is closed because of the strong smell, the lady owner told us that there’s fire yesterday at one of the restaurant in the second floor, she apologized but we said no need because we understand. So no choice we left after asking  when will the gym will be open again, she said after two days.

We tried to peep inside the closed restaurant if how big is the damage but we can’t see it, we are in that situation when the guy owner of the gym found us, we greeted each other and asked if we are looking at the right restaurant.

Anyway I don’t know what to say but having fire in the building already crossed on my mind, it is not the first time that something crossed on my mind and it happens.

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Yoghurt as Part of My New Diet

I’ve changed my diet few weeks ago and yoghurt is part of my new diet. It has a lot of benefits,  yoghurt helped us in our gastrointestinal troubles, it is due to its active bacterial cultures. It is used in  constipation, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, inflammatory bowel disorders, stomach ulcers, reduces incidence of colon cancer. The benefits are attributed due to changes in the bacterial flora and enhancing the immune system yogurt makes when consumed.

Yoghurt is is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yoghurt are known as “yoghurt cultures”. Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yoghurt its texture and its characteristic tang.

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Short Walk at the Evening of Chuseok

Yesterday is Chuseok here in Korea,  a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar so most of the establishment are closed aside from the 24 hours convenient store. Instead of feasting with food I am starving for food because of the juice fasting.

Anyway my husband and I decided to take a short walk to energize and let our blood circulate, the more we walk the more hungry I felt seeing food stores and restaurant.


Dunkin Donuts is among one of the open store which I am surprised because before the donut shop is already closed at ten o’clock in the evening but as of last night it is quite full. Most of the people I’ve seen walking around is family., maybe they’re visiting their parents and grandparents. I have seen a mother and her daughter walking, I have thought the child has a white puppy with her on leashed but when I look carefully she has no white puppy with her. Did I just see a white puppy ghost?

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Back in Korea After Trekking in Mongolia

We arrived yesterday and a rainy day welcomed us when our plane landed on the run way.  After three hour bus ride we finally reached home, the first thing I did was to work with water filter to make sure we have water to drink then cooked rice, do the laundry and cooked the chicken.

I am little worried last night because Pookie bear is not feeling well, he throw  up early this morning dunno I guess his stomach gets upset upon eating three quarter pound burger from McDonalds, and ice cream as well, despite of feeling sick he needs to go to school to teach, he won’t like eating anything even I told him to drink hot water or coffee as we are out of milk and didn’t shop yet since we arrived. I wonder why didn’t I take those online nursing classes or get that online nutrition degree  so he would believed me,   he always thought that my findings and inputs when he feels sick are ridiculous.

Well he ate a little a while ago he said his stomach don’t upset him anymore but he feels very tired and feel some body pain which I felt too, maybe carrying a big heavy back pack for me. What I noticed is I can’t eat the same food I ate anymore before we left dunno if I am just use having fresh salad on my plate or my stomach feels so tired eating meat. I also wake up early in the morning today which disturbs me because I don’t usually do it, anyway Pookie bear says he won’t eat McDonald’s again because it makes him sick, like what I experienced when I ate burger. I’ve missed a lot of things online, my inbox is full of spams especially my blogs. So it would take time before I segregate valid emails from friends as too busy to do marathon reading on what is happening, news reading.

Somehow a thread caught my attention about DTI permits for bloggers I am so confused about it as I am just away for more than one week and there’s already thing like that,  as I believed you don’t need DTI permits if you are just giving away small stuff without sponsors, does the raffle during Christmas party has DTI permit too? I mean small giveaway among group of people not those raffle contest that you need to purchase tickets to be enable to win.

Anyway didn’t read the DTI rules so I am out of it (lol) plus  I am not in the Philippines and  I seldom or I hosted only one giveaway, so I guess I’ll just wait and see on what will happened, if it is really needed or not by small time syndicate errr bloggers.

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