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They Who Paint Our Roof White: The Price of Cheap Labor

Looking back on this journal entry as a reminder to give thanks to our everyday heroes ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yesterday upon waking up, I headed straight to our garage to jog on the treadmill a bit. Not so much of a routine; just something I thought of doing since I havenโ€™t done it for a while. The unbearable heat tempted me in every way to go inside our room again and enjoy the air conditioner, but somebody suddenly caught my attention.
โ€œRaceโ€
I looked around: only Chippy, the family dog, was beside me.
โ€œRaceโ€
I looked around the second time, then a drop of white paint fell innocently on my right armโ€”I looked up.
โ€œUy, Mang Temmy, andyan ka pala!โ€
I seemed surprised but really, I was more afraid of the unaccountable calls earlier on.
โ€œAng hirap dito sa taas, ang init! Pero mas matangkad na โ€˜ko sa โ€˜yo!โ€
I just smiled, then laughed, not knowing what to say. As muchโ€ฆ

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Birthday Treat from Healthy Options

Healthy Options, the “first and largest all-natural products store in the Philippines,” is giving away a PHP 50 rebate for every PHP 1,000 single-receipt purchase on any of its in-store products.

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To redeem: Quote my name “Raizel Albano” when making your purchase.

Also, download the Healthy Options app to gain access to exclusive deals:

Thank you, Healthy Options, for the birthday treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Birthday Treat from Italki

Italki, one of the best sites to learn and brush up on your language skills online, is now giving away 50 ITC (Italki points) for every student referral.

Here is the promo code: ItalkiAnthro

Promo is only valid for today, August 1st.

*Nice to know: How to say “Happy birthday” in Korean?

์ƒ์ผ ์ถ•ํ•˜ํ•ด (Saeng-il chu-ka-hae) – In friendly language (to friend or younger person)

์ƒ์ผ ์ถ•ํ•˜๋“œ๋ ค์š” (Saeng-il chu-ka-d-ryeo-yo) – In polite language (to older person)

Thank you, Italki, for the birthday treat!

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Salomon Xtrail Run 2017 Review

After five years since my last race… Finally! And now, with a new addition to my weekend run trips from this day forth:

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On our first trail run together

R and I haven’t been to Subic for x years now, and signing up for this race has not only been a good motivation for us to pick up running again but also as a willing excuse to take a weekend trip to celebrate our anniversary!

For the event details:

Name of event: Salomon Xtrail Run 2017

Date: July 23, 2017

Main organizers: Salomon and eXtribe

Venue: El Kabayo Stables (start and finish line), Subic Bay, Olongapo City

Trail run categories: 32K, 24K, 12K, and 6K

Average elevation: 48.33%- 46.67% (downhill- uphill ratio)

Run route (6K): from El Kabayo Stables, you run along the concrete path towards Mt. Maritan, then back towards the stables.

Registration fee: PHP 950 per person (additional 5% if paying via PayPal) inclusive of technical jersey, post-race meal, and giveaways

Impressions:

  • The race was well-organized with strategically stationed race marshalls along the route.
  • Unlimited refills of sports drinks before and after the race, and water during the race, provided that you bring your own water container. I personally prefer bringing my water bottle even during races as I can afford to do so because I do not run competitively ๐Ÿ˜› Plus, I feel bad about wasting heaps of water.
  • Lots of goodies for worn-out runners after the race, something that is quite uncommon in the Philippine scene.
  • The only thing that could be better next time would be their race kit pick-up arrangement. All participants were required to pick up their race kits at extremely slim date windows (July 14-15 for registrants before July 10, and July 20-21 for registrants after July 10), and only at Salomon stores in Manila which happen to be in SM Aura, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, and Glorietta 3. The inconvenience of picking the race kits for participants coming from areas in and around Subic might have contributed to the lack of local support. It felt like an event catered for those from Manila.
  • Why I’m joining again: Despite the race kit hassle, I will definitely join again because I felt so safe despite the event being a trail race! I actually felt so much safer here than in other road races, thanks to the many professional and supportive marshalls present all through the race. The event being in Subic, it is also a destination in itself. Check out Subic Bay’s official tourism website for local travel advice.
  • And at par with my usual travel advice: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesnโ€™t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafรฉs | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut โค

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Indonesia

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Representing 99% of my travel photos for this trip ๐Ÿ˜›

It is such a shame that I only got to visit Jakarta when I went to this beautiful country. The travel was for my brother’s tournament and I accompanied him throughout his game. I’ve never been a big fan of golf, but it was a great chance to meet golfers from all around the world. I would never have thought being part of the gallery for five days could actually be fun!

I will only give travel tips for Jakarta since I only got to visit this city. I hope to get the chance to update the list in time.

Some Tips on Visiting Indonesia (with a focus on Jakarta):

  • Philippine tourists are allowed, visa-free, for up to 30 days in Indonesia. You are required to apply for a visa if you are visiting relatives and social organizations, doing exchange visits, and if you work as a seafarer transiting to another country.
  • It is generally affordable to stay in Jakarta, with hostel and hotel rates almost comparable to Manila. My brother and I stayed at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club where the tournament was held. Lucky that my brother’s trip was sponsored, and I got to tag along to his free accommodation ๐Ÿ˜›
  • I’ve always loved Indonesian food because it is much like Filipino food but a bit spicier, less oily, and more generous on vegetables. My favorites are lontong, gado-gado, soto, nasi campur, nasi goreng, pecel, pempek, soto ayam, bubur kacang hijau (the best dessert!)… Okay, I love Indonesian food! The best I’ve tried are those sold in local food joints. Probably I just didn’t fancy the fusion kind of stuff that they did in restaurants.
  • I didn’t get to travel around much during my stay so I tried as many cafรฉs and street foods while I was in Jakarta. And it was the best decision I made! I did not only get to sample local treats; I also had the chance to meet locals and to practice my (very!) basic Indonesian.
  • Why I want to go back: five days for Jakarta– let alone Indonesia– is definitely not enough.
  • As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesnโ€™t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafรฉs | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut โค