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Life Happening 3.25 Iloilo & pinto museum

I had another busy week but super productive at work and at playing 🙂

I had a 2 nights trip to Iloilo for work. After we finished the event, a colleague and took a public boat to explore Guimaras

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the island is not at all developed. There are no buses, few cars, no souvenir shops, even the tourist office is just a tent with 2 person. So we just rented a tricycle and went around for 2.5 hrs.

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it is a very religious population so old churches everywhere

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and the windmills that provide energy for the island and neighbouring islands.

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in contrast, Iloilo is much more developed that I expected. Wide roads, many new buildings for BPO and shopping and dinning areas

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the last day I went to explore esplanada, a newly opened path for runner/walkers by the lake.

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it has a spanish vibe.

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Sunday morning we had our largest group of runners for the 10k run

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after changing.. we went out to explore Pinto Museum, just 14km away from Manila and so much green. The girls had so much fun walking around

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we didn’t get to appreciate so much the art as they are quite depressing and dark

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but being outdoor and getting to breath fresh air and sun made it worth it

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this pic looks like we were in Santorini 🙂

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then we had lunch at the garden restaurant

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I haven’t talked about my vegan journey lately. Well it’s going well. Breakfast continues to be my favorite meal of the day. Two combos that i’ve been rotating. This one is oatmeal with pumpkin, protein powder, chia seed, topped with PB2 sauce, cacao nibs and hemp seeds.

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and this one my latest favorite: topped with heated frozen strawberries, PB2 sauce, cacao nibs and hemp seed. LOVING IT

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and I had pad thai for lunch almost everyday last week. Really simple: assorted veggies, rice noodles, tofu if I have sauce, and a sauce made with peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar and siracha. Can’t get enough of it!!!

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I really enjoy getting out of Manila on weekend with my friend’s family. It’s so relaxing and the girls can be outdoor and just run. 🙂

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Life Happening 3.18 Speedgoat challenge

I missed my girls so much during my stay in London. Specially this silly face

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I only stopped having fever on Tuesday but started coughing, getting worse on Wednesday. I paid a visit to a doctor, got antibiotic, and hoping magic happens as I signed up for a 21km trail race last weekend. I also signed Sofia for kids 3km challenge to make it a family experience.

We departed Manila saturday 1pm (still coughing but feeling better) and arrived the Timberland Sport hotel with this amazing view

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my friend Jackie came with her family so the kids were happily exploring the hotel while I took a nap.

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the hotel was on top of the mountain and quite big

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the girls spent quite sometime exploring the gardenIMG 8561

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and the playground

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while I enjoyed the sunset

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and posting for instagram 😉

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before dinner time Jackie and I went to the spa and had a great massage

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the advantage of staying overnight is that the race starts 5 min from the hotel. I got there around 4:35am and found with my group, all fresh and ready for the adventure

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the path of this race was amazing! The scenery was so calming and beautiful. I felt I got to run more this race compared to the previous one, although still plenty of walking during steep up and downs.

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surprisingly I felt great physically, without any trace of being sick for over a week by then

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I felt I belong to the trail…

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although the picture tells a different story. hahahaha…

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met my crew at the finish line. Surprisingly I was among the first to arrive in our group

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Sofia looks like beaten by the trail

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but this lady… she was the winner of the 21km race and run with Sofia encouraging her all the way! AMAZING LADY!!!

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finally crossed the finish line

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group picture of all the finishers

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after checking out from the hotel we went to “egg for breakfast” for brunch

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all enjoyed the good meal offered

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I am once more amazed by the experience, how strong I felt, the camaraderie, sharing the trail with my running friends, and life friend. Our running group said they were beaten by this race, but I felt stronger and can’t wait for the next. Will I ever go back to road running? compared to trails… that seems so boring. hahahaha…. I like this description of trail runners:

trail runners tap into the off-road running experience as a liberating escape that recharges their emotional and spiritual batteries while they commune with nature through physical exertion. Like chess masters, talented trail runners exhibit an uncanny ability to always be three or four steps ahead of where their feet are at any given moment.

VEGAN STRONG!!!

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Life Happening 3.10 London

I went to London for a week and I FELT in LOVE with the charming London! From day 3 as I toured the city during my morning runs, my heart moved and felt deeply in love with the city. It is so historical, charming, good balance of history, modern, nature. Even the colour mix looks just perfect.

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I stayed at Hampton by Hilton in Waterloo and that was a mile away from London Eye. I got to see it everyday. so beautiful.

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the highlight of my day was my morning runs as I got to visit different sites everyday

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here’s the balcony that Churchil declared the end of WWII, now being part of the Revenue and Custom authority

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Although london is a very busy city, it has plenty of public parks, this one is part of the loyal garden parks

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here’s the famous London Bridge… the very same one from the “london bridge falling down” 😉

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the next day I run through it

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another great thing about London is that most of tourist sites are close by. One day, i just passed by Harry Porter museum.

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after I spent some time in the British Museum

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I also visited the London School of Economics. What a lovely place to study economics.

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in our last day in London, we went outside and visited Hampton Court Place, where Henry VII lived.

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a very funny garden

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Now into FOOD. I’ve so many horrible things about London food so I had expected very low. Here’s a snapshot of breakfast food being offered in the hotel. The first day wasn’t too bad. I had few spoon of the oatmeal (cooked in milk so it felt gross to me), toast with PB, baked bean (way too sweet), fruits and weetabix that I got for snack later. This was okay for 1 day but 6 days.. I couldn’t do it. I skipped breakfast on last day.

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we were offered sandwich in one of the lunch meetings. The vegetarian version had cheese and jam. Couldn’t do it.

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but if one explores outside, there are plenty of options for vegan eaters. I just walked around and when I get hungry, I look at HappyCow app and go to the nearest place. This place was buffet and charged by weight.

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I had an assorted dishes that were just okay… too salty for me

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one of the best meal I had was at an italian restaurant close to the Hampton court palace. As I glanced through the menu, there was nothing vegan. So I almost gave up and was willing to settle with some bread, then I asked, can you make the vegetarian pizza without the cheese? The lady immediately responded: so you want a vegan pizza. YES! I gave a big smile. Not only she knew what vegan was, the pizza was delicious!!! I ate 2/3 of it and was so satisfied with my food.

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And my friend treated me at french restaurant, a vegetarian tasty menu. Way too fancy.

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the food despite being super expensive (85 pound for one), I didn’t like it much because it was super rich (a la french) and had cheese in many dishes so i passed them to my friend. But I did enjoy a lot catching up with my friend.

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I got a flu on Thursday/Friday… headache followed by fever, so I didn’t run on Friday and Saturday. But I gathered my strength, popped a pill, and went to Notting Hill on Saturday morning as I had an evening flight.

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the Portobello market was fully packed!

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and got to meet with an old friend from Argentina. It was nice catching up with her and enjoyed the avocado toast.

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that concluded my trip to London. I will definitely go back soon. 🙂

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