Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some Vacation Pictures

Brought enough running clothes for me to run every day, but guess what, ran 3 times in 12 days, total mileage - no more than 25 k.

It was nice to have a vacation in countries with the same tropical climate as the Philippines. Some of them beaches remind me of our beaches, except ours are more pristine and beautiful specially the white sands of Boracay. Missed fixing the date on my camera though, it was more than 2 weeks behind (the date).

The hot and humid air always reminded me of the home country. I used to avoid the sun and opted to stay in the shade back then, but now, I relish the warmth of the sun, even only for a week or so, knowing that winter weather here in Ontario does not end till April.

Did snorkeling in deep water ( 20-25 feet deep)for the first time. Never thought that my "langoy aso" swimming style would work until I was thrown into the water and had no choice but to try to stay afloat.

My friend and his loving wife feeling the heat of the sun, I started with 2 friends, ended with more than a dozen, including Filipino workers and crew. I always get excited meeting fellow Pinoys and I took the initiative (as I always do in all my vacations) trying to be friendly with them, whether they're vacationers like us or workers/crew/entertainers. Love to hear their stories, about their families back home they support, their dreams and hopes, the same ones I (and millions of other Filipinos working outside the home country)nurtured when I was younger and trying to make it in a foreign land.

My Runningroom watch was just perfect for swimming, snorkeling as it is water proof. The Garmin is supposed to be waterproof too, but it's too much of a risk to use it underwater.

Tanned , looking more Pinoy than Chinese again, a few pounds heavier, it's time to get back to my old running routine (better said than done). With the snow , rain , the cold temperature, and slippery roads we're having here in Ontario, I would have to rely on my old but reliable treadmill instead of running outdoors, until the roads are clear of snow and ice and safe enough to run on.


  1. Happy holidays Bong, and to the beautiful family as well. Magaling na 'yung langoy aso, kesa sa takbong aso (LOL).

  2. Welcome back, Bong! Email me if you plan to run this coming Sun. I have not been running much myself..... :)
    - Nette

  3. welcome back to blogland, and welcome home to winter wonderland.

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

  4. Happy New Year Bong

  5. Happy New Year Bong! Wonderful vacation photos!

  6. How are you Bong? Where are you? This post is more than 2 months old (parang blog ko din hehe...)

    Anyway, just to update you: I ran my first 21k last Feb 7 passing thru the Kalayaan Flyover and the Skyway! Dont ask anymore about my time (basta sub-3hr hah hah . . . )

    Also, I will attempt to run my first marathon this May 22 (yehey!). Dapat, pag 55 na ako, pero napaaga kasi nag-organize si Jaymie ng TBR Dream Marathon -- a magical one. It's too good to be missed.

    Hope you're OK. When are you visiting us?

  7. Nice to hear from you again Bong. You can always go back to running, slowly at first and short distance only. Remember not to increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% to avoid injury. At our age, this is our ultimate goal: to run injury-free. Kaya kahit 2:55 time ko sa Condura, haping happy na ako.

    I hope you can come and visit and we can run together the full 42.195K.

    Take care, Bong!