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Friday, November 24, 2017

Taiwanna Work & Work Out

Riding Taipei's YouBike bike-share program.
One of the things I liked when I visited Taipei, are their bike-sharing programs. Imagine getting to sneak in an enjoyable activity and a work out in your daily commute at the same time! My younger brother, who worked in Taipei for a while, had gotten super fit from walking and biking to get around the city. While this isn't available in [my part] of the shores yet, the good news is, the area I work at is actually conducive of biking! So, maybe just getting my own folding bike would even be better than a rental. With a plethora of innovative products to choose from, there's no room for excuses anymore. :)

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Time to work and play with Taiwan Excellence

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported last March that eight million Filipinos are overworked. They work well beyond the required 48 hours per weekequivalent to one additional day, which inhibits quality time with family, adequate sleep, and general well-being. These statistics suggest that Filipinos should take a step back and strive to strike a balance between their professional and personal lives.

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is pleased to present innovative products that have been developed to help achieve a better work-life balance. Through its Taiwan Excellence campaign, TAITRA introduces wonderful products that boost quality of life.

Every day is an opportunity to get active
Our daily commute can consume so much of our time. Consider switching up your mode of transportation.

Check out Tern’s Verge X10, a portable bike that disassembles in just 10 seconds. Its wheels are ultra-light, giving city riders a great biking experience. If you’re traveling long distances, try Heartway’s lightweight and compact S21 EasyMove Scooter. It can travel as fast as 4 miles per hour, and is easily transportable through its remote-controlled folding feature. It comes with a travel case so you can take it with you on your next trips.
Tern's Verge X10
S21 EasyMove Scooter

Learn something new
Weekends are a good time to reward yourself for the week’s accomplishments and to reenergize for what’s ahead. However, this doesn’t mean cozying yourself up at home to sleep, reading or binge-watching your favorite TV shows. Discover new, relaxing, and revitalizing hobbies to enjoy on your days off. 

Test your athletic abilities and push yourself physically by joining a triathlon. And make sure you have essential gear like the Revolution Tri-Max Fabric from AROPEC Sports’ Triathlon Compression Lycra Suit. It’s made with a special super-stretch fiber that supports muscles and keeps you comfortable during and after cycling to optimize performance.

AROPEC Sports' Triathlon Compression Suit
If you prefer stress-relieving activities, golf is a great alternative. Hono’s The Best Caddie Putter can help you master the game faster. It has a built-in Slope Detector to improve your aim and a non-slip rubber grip to enhance your comfort. Or bring the Step2Gold’s Ta-Da Chair on your next trip to the golf course. It transforms a walking stick into a chair in just a few steps and enables a convenient way to get a breather on busy days. 
Hono's The Best Caddie Putter

Step2Gold's Ta-Da Chair

Find time to de-stress
Unwinding is crucial and allows you to boost energy levels for your next activity.
Photowalking is a physically less demanding hobby and the PaperShoot Hinoki Digital Camera is a great companion. A first-of-its-kind, this digital camera is made of wood, uses a one-button system for hassle-free control, and comes with wide-angle and fisheye lenses, a micro USB port for effortless exporting, and a 5 MP CMOS image sensor.

PaperShoot Hinoki Digital Camera
It’s easier to achieve a work-life balance with these Taiwan Excellence-approved products. For more information on Taiwan Excellence accredited products, visit the interactive Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 3 at the Glorietta Activity Center on November 24 to 26. The three-day event is lined up with exciting activities such as product showcase, mini concerts, booth navigation tours, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws. You can also log on to and like Taiwan Excellence on Facebook.

About Taiwan Excellence
The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products, which provide tremendous value to users worldwide. Products bearing this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards, based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries.
BFT logo
Organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA
The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position have been adapted regularly to meet the needs of the ever-changing international economic and trade environments. BOFT guides and works with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities, both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for several decades, BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade, and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.
Implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, quasi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers in strengthening their international competitiveness and in dealing with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

On Your Mark (OYM Trilogy Breakthrough Run 2017)

Posting (and posing) for posterity! It's good to be back in the race. ;) 

Nice, cloudy day for a longer than expected run at the OYM Trilogy Breakthrough Run 2017 held in BGC this morning. Dennis, Per, and I signed up for the 10K category, but ended up officially running around 12K from the route. No worries, as that meant we could eat more servings for breakfast after. Haha

Have a good Sunday, people! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Running Easter Egg in Saving Sally Film

Any of you caught the "indie" MMFF this year? If you did, and this movie happened to be Saving Sally, then you probably saw a familiar character zooming in and out the screen.

Oh, yes, the beloved masked running man from U.P. (or rather, a character in his likeness) was one of the Easter eggs in the movie. How cool is that?!?! :) 

Click here for more Saving Sally factoids!

Oh, and Happy New Year!!! :) 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Manila Bay 3-Day Clean Up Marathon

This is merely .01% of the trash that was collected from the shoreline at the Manila Bay Clean Up Marathon this morning. Total number of trash collected was 100 sacks.
This morning, I went for a light run and then proceeded to join the beach clean-up drive along the Manila Bay shoreline. 

The Manila Bay 3-Day Clean Up Marathon was organized by non-profit indie Plastic Free Philippines (A.K.A. Anna Dawson). Anna, who hails from New Zealand, cycles along the Philippine coastline and makes it her mission to reduce the plastic in our oceans via beach clean-ups.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you'd know that I hold Manila Bay pretty close to my heart as it is one of the places I regularly run in. Aside from the cleaner streets, the sidewalks have vastly improved to accommodate pedestrians, runners, and even bikers too! That's why when I heard about the attempt to clean up Manila Bay, I immediately knew I wanted to volunteer.

I got to the meeting area, a tent set-up near U.S. Embassy, a little after 7:00 A.M. Anna and the Philippine Coast Guards were there to welcome the volunteers and give a few basic instructions for the beach clean-up. Basically, it's pick up the plastics and other trash, and collect the glass and/or aluminum for recycling. 

This wasn't my first beach clean-up, but it was my first time to do Manila Bay. And wow, what an eye opener it was! 

In less than an hour, I've already managed to fill 3/4 of a large sack with assorted trash. Most of the trash I've collected were plastic bags, styrofoam cups, candy wrappers, plastic straws, disposable lighters, and toothbrushes. Unmentionables like sanitary pads and human feces were present too. It was pretty disgusting, really. 

Oh, our dear Manila... ~sigh~

Greening 'em young.
School kids participated at the Manila Bay Clean Up Marathon too!
There's Anna Dawson of Plastic Free Philippines (in black) at the back.

However, at the other end of the bay, there were cheers and chants and pledges from school children to keep our city, our country, our Earth, a cleaner and greener place. And then you think, Hell yeah, we can do this! Baby steps. One plastic bag at a time. 

Kudos to the teachers who decided to let their class join this clean-up. What a wonderful way to teach and inspire.

I'm really glad I decided to join the clean-up today. I usually bring my own reusable bag, water bottle, and coffee tumbler, but I guess they're not enough. Just this past week, I had 3 glasses of juice in paper cups and plastic straws. Notably, it's the number of straws I collected today that made me realize just how much we take for granted the things we consume daily. 

It's time to be more conscious and reduce our trash. And this beach clean-up marathon is just a step closer to doing more. 

The Manila Bay 3-Day Clean Up Marathon was held from November 23-25, 2016. If you want to know more or when the next Manila Bay Clean Up Marathon will be, just follow Plastic Free Philippines on Facebook here for more updates.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

But Wait, There's More... #betterforit

What's the surprise? :)

Hello, victorious ladies! Hope you didn't throw away that little white card that came with your Nike Women Victory Tour 2016 race kits, because these are the stuff you can get as a half mary finisher. Woot!

Post-Nike Half Marathon Freebies

A pack of candy (motivation to burn off those sweets. Haha), neon pink laces, and a shoe ID (in either silver or gold color) with WMN engraved! So you'll always be reminded of your aewsome run along the coastline. You go, girl! ;) 

Oh, and wear your Nikes when you pass by to claim them. Commonwealth is giving your hardworking shoes a good shampoo scrub on-the-spot! Too bad I wasn't wearing one.

Been There, Done That? 

If you weren't able to see your name (or even the wall) at the Nike Race Village last Sunday, you can try looking for them here if you want. :)

Commonwealth Sneaker Studio is located at the Ground Floor of SM Aura Premier, Taguig. 


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