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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. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

#betterforit


Finisher's necklace dipped in 21K blood, sweat, and tears! ;) 

Congrats to all the ladies who conquered the half marathon at the Nike Women's Victory Tour 2016!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Good Kick

Coffee Bean GK Cup (Summer 2016)

Some of my favorite things in the world, all together in one glorious afternoon... Coffee, Football, and GK. Now this is what a good kick looks like! :)

Oh, if only I was 10-12 years old! (Yes, I would sneak a sip of coffee from my mom's mug even at that age! haha)

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Score a Goal for Social Development!

We're capping off the summer season with a MINI FOOTBALL CUP on May 28 for the kids of Gawad Kalinga's SipaG Program! 

Invite your child, nephew, niece, or sibling to join and compete! Coffee Bean Kids go against GK kids for this game of camaraderie and friendly competition! 

Gawad Kalinga's SipaG Program is a youth and sports initiative which uses football as a tool for inclusive social development, so the kids get to do be active and do something fun while at the same time contribute to the advocacy! 

Open only to kids 10-12 years old! 25 slots available. 

RSVP by sharing the poster on your Facebook or Instagram and sharing us a screenshot or link to your post via caringcup@coffeebean.com.ph. Deadline is on May 23!

#CoffeeBeanGKCup #CaringCup

Monday, April 25, 2016

Minimalist Shoe-oops!

Insta Minimalist Shoe? :(

Soooo, I went trekking over the weekend and wore my trusty old running shoes (instead of investing in trail appropriate footwear), and this happened. :( Yikes, how embarrassing. 

The trail was a bit rocky, but good thing the ground was dry, so that saved me from a dangerous situation of slipping on the rocks. Our guide was ready to patch it up with duct tape, but I insisted that I was fine. Since the shoe was sewn as a whole, it just felt like a bootie once the sole fell off. It helped that I had insoles as well, so that cushioned the walk. 

I wasn't so bad, I guess. I had a glimpse of how barefoot running must feel like. In fact, I kind of like the feeling of having a constant foot acupressure every time I landed on a rock. The little pebble-sized ones hurt though.

Tell you all about the trail soon! That part was fun. :)

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