Jan 30, 2011

Run United I 2011: Registration Details

2010 run united photo

My husband had taken to running lately. He'd been on several runs last 2010 and wants to continue joining some in 2011. He had so much fun in the last events with his co-employees that I'm bound to support him on his new found love. 

Speaking of which, let me share registration details for the  next Run United 1 2011, sponsored by Unilab Active Health. 

You can check out more details at the Unilab Active Health Facebook account. Happy running!



REGISTRATION VENUES
Online registration period is from January 31, 2011 to February 21, 2011 only. Delivery of race kits will start on February 5, 2011.
 Regular In-store registration period is from January 31, 2011 to February 13, 2011 only at the following venues:
• RUNNR – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn - 8pm,Tel # 4031787) 
• R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm, Tel # 8564638)
• Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila (12nn–8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
• Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)
• Planet Sports Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 8422886)
• Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 9167451)
• The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)
Late registration period is from February 14 – 26, 2011 at the following venues: 
RUNNR, Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia and The Athletes foot, Robinsons Galleria. 

Jan 24, 2011

Zoobic Safari Adventure


Last Friday, Basti and I went to Zoobic Safari for his annual school field trip. Zoobic Safari is located at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Traveling to Subic was a breeze. Having born, raised and traveled mostly South, I don't know what's the traffic situation at any given day going North but I marveled at how fast we were able to get to Subic that Friday morning. We went through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and the Tipo-Subic Expressway. Thank God for all these expressways, haha. 

Basti had a great time. He said that there were so animals that he haven't seen before (and he's had his share of zoos and seen more than I have in my lifetime). The highlight of the trip, of course, was the close encounter with the tigers.  All in all, it was a great experience. Basti said he was happy and his classmates seemed happy too, although tired from walking and trekking.

Truth to tell, I had more fun than Basti had. I just wish that we had more time. Our guide seemed to be in a little bit of a hurry -- just a little bit. :) I don't know if the experience would have been different if we didn't have our own bus or if we were not on a field trip. We were not able to ride the trains because those were for walk-in customers only. We traveled from camp to camp with our bus so I don't know how long walk-in guests wait before they can ride a train. We had to wait for more than 30 minutes for our Tiger Safari ride and spent our time either inside the bus or buying souvenirs. The only thing that I was disappointed about was that we did not visit the Butterfly Farm, because it's not part of the package. 

So here are some of the photos of the trip. Photos are mostly of the animals found there. Basti refused to have his picture taken so I took pictures of some animals instead.

MORONG GATE

We stopped by Morong Gate and got settled in the cottages among the bamboos and tall trees for an early lunch.


INSIDE ZOOBIC 

Waiting for the walking tour to begin

camels


Preserved ostrich and egss at The Forbidden Cave
The Zoobic Cave, there's a short man-made hanging bridge inside. Fun!

White Tiger


TIGER SAFARI RIDE

Tiger Safari ride
where we fed chicken meat to the tiger.
Cost of chicken is P200 but you can chip in amongst yourselves. 
This is about the time everyone shrieked and scream.
AETAS TRAIL
The aetas trail 

Our native Aeta brother danced the Dragonfly dance
Arrow shooting. Basti loved this! P10 a try. Not bad eh, for the experience. 

CROCO LOCO 

Croco Loco, imagine falling into that pool of crocodiles. yikes!!!

Notice the timeframe? We were heading out of Morong gate at 11:00 going to Subic. Last shot was taken at  14:47, (2:47pm). After that 2:47 shot we went through the breeding ground, the Savannah, to see ostriches and other animals. We can't get out of the bus because the guide said the ostriches are kinda hostile. 

So our Zoobic adventure trip took us around 3 to 4 hours, with all the trekking, walking, and waiting in between. Out trip going there and coming back to Manila took longer. But it is definitely worth it, especially for someone like me, who only have Manila Zoo to compare it with. LOL! Love it!

Jan 10, 2011

Minute Maid: Pulpy Orange Goodness In A Bottle!

I just drank a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy. They say it’s got ‘no preservatives added’. Aw, c’mon…It’s bottled juice. Is that even possible? So I thought maybe... it's just a gimmick. It can't be all that fresh! Kinda impossible, hmmm.  But I must say, it really tastes delicious!

I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it’s got no preservatives added.  So I read the ingredients (even the fine print) and everything checked out! It really has NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED!  That means it doesn’t have ingredients that may turn out to be allergens, or worse...carcinogens!  Whew! Now that’s healthy goodness that tastes so good, I... now have an alternative to all the sodas that I have been drinking all these years.


So okay, it’s got no preservatives added. That’s really good, right?  Not just because it doesn’t have those icky, harmful ingredients, but it also means... it's fresh juice in a bottle. Good for my kids and for me as well.

So far anyone who still has a hard time believing that Minute Maid has got no preservatives added - meaning it's THAT natural, it's almost like it's plucked straight from the tree, it's just as Mother Nature wanted your orange juice to be, it's got nothing but the good stuff yes, none of those potentially toxic stuff that can harm your brain, kidneys, heart; cause tumors aargh- the list of preservatives' bad effects just go on!!! Anyway, just to prove a point on just how good Minute Maid Pulpy is 'cause it's got NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED, I'm gonna add it on my grocery list from now on. My boys will love it!

Feels good to know about the real pulpy deal, right? C’mon show me a smile on the comment box, and you might win yourself a Really Pulpy Deal! (That’s a chance to win a Minute Maid gift pack simply by commenting. Sweet! C'mon you just might be picked as the lucky 'commentor'!)

Love,

Mai and the Three Boys

For more pulpy goodness, visit Minute Maid on Facebook 

Jan 7, 2011

Mommy Moments: New Goals

mommy moments

What are my new goals for 2011? Let me see... There are so many but I'll just start with the most important ones. 

Let's start with the boys :
  • Spend more time with my boys outdoors. 
  • Travel with them. Go out of town. Go to home province. I have always been envious of moms and dads who can travel and take their kids with them, no matter how many and no matter how far the travel is. I can only take the boys on short trips within the Metro. Should be pretty easier for me and hubby now, now that the kids are older. 
  • Focus on Sam. This year, I want to take Sam to a EENT specialist, or a speech therapist. Might even consider looking for a development pediatrician. Sam has speech delay. Financial constraint, other work matters, and the erroneous thinking that he's still young and will get there in time hindered me from concentrating on this aspect of his development. I felt I've been such a bad mom. There, I've said it. SIGH. If you can recommend anyone whose services are affordable on the pocket, that would be a great help to me. 
For the blogger in me: 
  • Work on getting my own domain name and hosting service. I really don't know where to start. I am clueless, as in clueless. All I know is that I can get a domain name from GoDaddy.com and that's about it. So help, anyone? 
  • Work on my other blog. I have a personal blog that's out on Wordpress. Everything I can't write here (haha) I write there.
And some other personal stuff:
  • Do something about SSS and PAG-IBIG contributions. (Social Secuirty and Home Development Fund) Like Chris, I need to start sending contributions and paying unpaid loans that was left hanging when I resigned from work. 
  • Do a major, major spring-cleaning and de-cluttering. I have a room full of boxes and old things that need to be either thrown away, given away, or just be kept in proper places. The major problem is that I am such a hoarder. It's really hard for me to let go of things especially those with sentimental values. 
These are some of the more important ones that come to mind right now. Most of them require a lot of money, so on top of that, one other goal is to WORK REALLY HARD this year. No more procrastinating, no more sleeping while on the job. Easier said than done, hahaha. I hope at the end of 2011, I'll be able to tick each one off with a check and say "Done! Done! Done!"

Check out more MOMMY GOALS here. 

Jan 6, 2011

Blowing Bubbles

For this year, 2011, I promised myself that my kids will have more sunshine and fun. They had been staying too much indoors watching TV or playing video games and missing out on active play outdoors. 

It's a good thing sister dear gave Simon a head start on that. She spent a few hours yesterday with Simon outdoors and taught him how to blow bubbles. What fun it was for the two of  them! I took some time off from my laundry and managed to take some pics. It was a clear and sunny day. Perfect!


It was windy outside and the bubbles just whizzed by, but I managed to capture some bubbles on cam. 


And this is my favorite shot of all, 


Looking forward to more fun-filled activities outdoors. 

Jan 2, 2011

Mommy Moment: Most Memorable Mommy Moment of 2010 :)

mommy moments

Memorable Moments of 2010. Wow, when I read that this is going to be the Mommy Moment topic for the last day of 2010, I suddenly found myself staring in space. Not because nothing comes to mind, or because I have nothing to write about, but because I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotions and memories of the year that was. Then I read it back again, and I must have misunderstood, because it really read Most Memorable Mommy Moment of 2010. But since I already started going down memory lane and is already wrapped with nostalgia, let me carry on.

But first, let me share my favorite Mommy Moment Theme of 2010, and that is Our Love Languages in February of 2010. You can read the post HERE

So let me share with you my thoughts. 2010 was like one of those years that I would forever remember. This was the year that I was able to let go of some fears, and finally able to stand by what I wanted to do for so many years, and that is to be a stay at home mom. And it felt so good to finally be able to do that.. Some people thought (and is still thinking, a-huh) that I'm selfish for wanting to stay at home and leaving my work and letting my husband provide for our needs alone. I can't blame them because we are not financially well-off. Selfish or not, I shut my mind off from those thoughts and words of well-meaning people because I know if there was one thing that I needed to do for my self and for my boys, this is it. (This is really, really it - sabi nga ni AiAi sa Tanging Ina). I'm not closing my doors and turning my back on working outside the comforts of my home. That day will come again, when Simon is older, maybe. Sam and Simon are still in their formative years. Maybe when they don't need me anymore that much. SIGH.

I have to thank my husband and give him credit for his patience and for really working hard to provide for the family. It had been difficult for him but he managed to pull it off. Thanks to my sister also who introduced me to the world of earning a  living online. I would be forever grateful to her for that and I really wouldn't have made it through this year without the possibility of earning a living on the side. She'd been a big help to me both on my online work and on taking care of the kids. I don't know if I'd still be sane today writing this Mommy Moment post if not for her. Try being in a room full of three hyper-active boys on your own while trying to meet your deadline. It's crazy. :) 

There are so many memorable moments in 2010. Basti had his First Confession and his First Communion. I can't forget the moment when I was sitting there inside the church and waiting for him as he go through his First Confession. It was also the year of letting go and giving my eldest more freedom. Basti demanded to go school on his own. He asked me not to bring and pick him up from school anymore. He also begun asking if he could go to a classmate to "do some assignments" and then after, play PSP. He had long since asked me to stop calling him "beh", short for baby and asked if he could watch a movie alone, haha.

Sam went to school early September of 2010. I am so proud of my little boy. He had learned a lot of things at school and is always ready to show off. His speech considerably improved too and he can now express himself more clearly. Kudos to his teacher who is very patient and knows how to bring out the best in him. I have to thank also my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law for taking care of Sam during the weekdays. 

Simon had so many milestones in 2010 and I'm glad I was there to witness each one of them. I now understand what people mean when they say "Terrible Two". He thinks he's an adult already. He's very active and loves to do things his way. His favorite expression is "Oh, man!" when he sees something extraordinary. He's almost potty-trained also which good. Diapers will be totally crossed out of our grocery list pretty soon. 

So it had been pretty much a very good "mommy" year for me. It was an exhausting year, full of challenges financially, but emotionally, it was very fulfilling. I had learned so much. My kids love testing the limits of my patience. I shrieked and screamed and even cried in frustration and exasperation, and slept like a log due to exhaustion ( I slept more when I was a call center agent.) But I also laughed and cried in happiness many times, had been battered and bruised from rough play of three little boys, had been hugged, kissed and poked in the face so many times, whispered and shouted at during play, and most of all slept with a smile on my face on many nights. So at the end of it all, at the end of the year, at the end of each day, I have so much to be thankful for, and I wouldn't have it any other way.