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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.



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.


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!


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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