Sunday, September 29, 2013

Random Thoughts: Marley and Me

It's a lazy Sunday. I turned my laptop on and watch Marley and Me. It was a fun movie focusing on a couple who just started their marriage life. They decided to get a puppy. Marley, the labrador dog, became part of the Grogan family. He grows up with them. But it left me heartbroken when Marley passed away.

I had a fair share of sad moment like this. I was in high school when our dog, Exerion, gave birth to a number of puppies. The white-coated one with black-colored circles around the eyes was mine. I named him Yankee. He was a sickly puppy but I became responsible and he was well-taken care of. I feed him before I eat, give him a bath before I do, pet him before I go to school and soon after I get home. He has grown stronger and healthier. 

Until one day, I saw him lying outside the house. I came from school and was so ecstatic to play with him. I run towards him thinking he was just sleeping but he didn't respond. He wasn't moving a bit and when I knew he was breathless, I burst into tears and cried confusedly. When I calmed down,  mom told me he got out of the gate that morning when Im off to school and he was accidentally hit by a tricycle. It really broke my heart that up to this day, I don't own a pet.

I also remember when my sister's love dog, Munchies, died. It was a mournful moment. It was hard to look when she was trying to revive the dog telling her how sorry she was for taking her for granted for the last several days because of her busy schedule. I just can't erase that scene when she was cuddling that lovely mini pinscher in her arms, saying her last words to her until its last breath.
I feel for my sister, munchies was a sweet, lovely dog and it's just so heartbreaking to let go of a pet that's already a part of the family.

In remembering all of our pets that brought us joy and gave us all their love, loyalty, and companionship, I dedicate this quote from the movie Marley and Me:
"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see."
— John Grogan

Monday, September 16, 2013

Random Thoughts: A beginner's Half-Marathon

On October 6, we are set to run our first ever half-marathon. Are we ready? I was running for about 6 years now and been running 10km since last year. But how ready am I? How ready are we, MSI Runners Club? Our guys were fuelling up for 42k marathon and most of us girls for 21. HP run was our last event prior to this. It's been raining and a typhoon is coming. We haven't have enough time for practice. No, we have to find time. We have to, even if the field is wet and heavy.

Challenge Accepted!

Early this morning, we decided to brave the cold, cloudy weather. We jog at Club Manila East, but with just 2kms of jogging, the rain fell, showing no mercy to me and my running buddy. Well, we have to stop and just go home, we don't want to catch a cold.

I'm just going to pray for a focused mind and healthy body especially our knees. We have to be at least in great shape to achieve this new goal, a very ambitious one. 

I ask God's grace and guidance, prior, during, and after the run. May we all cross the finish line with a satisfied heart. Go for the Finisher Shirt errr.. Medal!  ;D

I'll update you soon!

Random Thoughts: A friend's Birthday

Celebrating Marco's birthday at Sambo Kojin Eastwood on July 2013. 
Although he's a blabbermouth and a jerk at times, he's a guy you could easily get comfortable with. Cheers, my friend! 

We wish you a Happy Birthday, Coco Marco, this year and always... And thank you for the half-treat! :D

Sunday, September 15, 2013

HP Run 2013

HP Run 2013
September 1, 2013
BGC The Fort

Welcoming the Ber Months with a healthy lifestyle! It is also the start of an extensive training in preparation for Run United Leg 3 on October 6. We are aiming for the half-marathon!!! Woohoo!!!

And, finally, 3 from MSI Team won some gifts courtesy of HP Run sponsors. 

This event is not as big as Runrio events. They don't even have Chip Time and our finish time were only based from Gun Start. But photographers are everywhere! Thanks for the shots! ;)

Run United 2013: 2nd Leg

Run United 2
June 2, 2013
SM Mall of Asia

Run Rio Trilogy 2 is a more difficult run because the morning is too humid. I finished 2 minutes behind my previous chip time, and so are the others despite our efforts to non-stop running. Mr. sun was not, at all, easy on us. The heat found its way down our skin and inside our body, which made us grasping for breaths. 

It is too hot! And I want to take a cold shower asap. The last kilometer is wearing me down... I just want to walk, but I need to push myself harder... And when I saw this big, fat guy in front of me telling himself, "one last push, one last push", it motivated me. Finally, the finish line is within the reach! 

And yeah, it maybe is the end of the race but it is also the start of a new beginning..

We're done with the first two. We need to get ready for the final leg! :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Random Thoughts: My Thirty-Something

 Celebrating a "Happy Birthday" with Family and Friends is a wish come true!
Thank you Lord for all the Blessings and this sumptuous lunch with my family and dinner with friends. I am so grateful that you have given me another year to be with them wonderful people. ;) May you continue giving me hope and strength to provide happiness and support to each of them. May you continue guiding me to the right path to inspire others to do the same.


Happy Birthday to my fellow September celebrants: Bong, Jinks and Aleli. =)

And yeah, thank you for the gift ladies!!!

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