Shin Splint Ouch!

I haven’t been running the past few months as much as I want to.  Early this year I started serious run training with Coach Titus every MWF at Ultra.  My goal this year is to conquer my first marathon.  I want to be a legit runner, but like many goals it comes with challenges. I ran  two 21k back to back in February and it aggravated an injury…the horrible shin splint.  So what’s it all about?

image c/o pivotalpodiatry.com.au
image c/o pivotalpodiatry.com.au

By definition from medical definitions : Shin splints, are medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), refers to pain in the shins – the front lower legs. It is an inflammatory condition of the front part of the tibia. The pain is brought on by strenuous activity.

In short ang sakit ng legs ko, I can’t run.  Naka ilang hilot na si coach, wala parin. But even with this injury I still train, with a decreased load.  Therapy has no effect, I’m taking cataflam 140mg every time I run, but it’s still there.  Sigh….

Hard headed as I am, I love running and this injury doesn’t keep me away from making PRs  in the past three 21k runs.  My best time so far 2 hr 43 min! yeah!!! Whadda improvement!

There’s only this… I gotta ice-ice baby before I return to intensive training for the RU2 – for my first evaar 32k! Wagi!!!

IMG_3848Ciao!! xoxo Peachtutu!

The Korean Adventure Day 2: Insa-dong, N Seoul Tower & Dongdaemon

Our tour ended at Insa-dong the popular haven of fashion, tea and antique shops in Korea.  This is the entrance arc to the fashion street.

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We didn’t sign up for the lunch tour and was very hungry.  I wanted to eat somewhere authentic, like a pancake or bibimbap place, but low and behold we ended up at KFC.  Kuya Oscar order rice but there wasn’t any in KFC Korea only biscuits. Carbo diet ba to!? I ordered the zinger burger and was kinda disappointed. It lacked the crunch and the spice that I was used to in KFC Philippines.

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There were lots of people in the streets, checking out bargain and cosmetic shops.  Insa-dong has multiple alleyways that leads to back streets filled with hole in the wall restaurants.  Too bad we found this after we ate at KFC. Lupit ni Ate sa background naka mini skirt.

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Shumi loving the street run. Feeling mowdel!

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There wasn’t really much to do, we’re not heavy shoppers, I mean I’m from Manila, I know a bargain when I see one. Not ready to spend cash on the first day…. (but on the first night…maybe! make-up!).  It was already 4pm and we wanted to catch the sunset at Namsan Tower. We wanted to take the train, but realize its better to take the cab, we might get lost.

Shumi enjoying her first cab ride in Korea. pouty pouty!

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We arrived! Namsan Tower/ N Seoul Tower! You have to ride a cable car to get to the top.  The cable car is on the third floor of the complex and the line was long extending to the stairs of the second floor. For a round trip it will cost you 6,000 won (250 php) for adults and 5,000 won (205 php) won for kids. IMG_3159You can opt to hike up the hill, but …. are you really sure?

N Seoul Tower is a hot tourist spot in Korea. Like the different sky towers, they have a revolving observatory and restaurant at the top.  We didn’t go up anymore, it will cost you an additional 9,000 won (370 php) per person just to view and separate fees for the restaurant and museum.  The view is already spectacular from the base.

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Seoul…oh Seoul…

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Locks of love!

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The steps where they shot episodes of Running Man!!! Breds baby!

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I sat down in the gazebo pictured above and took in the day and enjoyed the sunset. IMG_3188

N Seoul tower at night, me and Kuya Oscar, hong lamig na!!!

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What’s so funny was we had no idea it was a walk from our guest house.  Duh Namsan Guest house nga! We saved on cab/train fare and bought dinner at the convenience shop. Tipid mode talga kami!

The adults went out to explore the city at night.  We left the kids watching movies in their room and headed off to Dongdaemon Shopping complex…ito na!

We took the train from Myeong-dong station to Dongdaemon. It was close, about 3 or 4 stations away.  You wont miss it.  It would have been awesome to visit this place during day time.

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The popular creek that I often see on Dramas. Left and right buildings are all shopping malls.

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The MLFAS Exhibition/ spaceship like museum served as the set of the popular My Love from Another Star Drama. I wanted to go in but it was already closed.

IMG_3198Spent 4 hours in this district combing the streets for good finds, but ending in a shopping mall hoarding make-up.  Wasn’t able to take pictures, it was extremely cold and both hands were occupied. Ganun ako ka busy mamili. Swipe lang ng swipe!

Note: It is cheaper to buy in the malls than the streets.  If you would like to buy affordable  souvenirs go to Arirang Shop at Doota Mall, Dongdaemon.  I bought my make-up loot at Lotte Fitin, they have a whole floor of make-up shops.  It wasn’t as crowded as the ones in Myeong-dong and I guess that’s the reason why I got a lot of freebies! Yey!

Up next… Day 3 at  Nami Island and Petit France.

The Korean Adventure Day 2: DMZ

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When traveling, Google is your best friend.  Search multiple travel websites and compare prices.  There are tours that are expensive in one agency but cheap in another. Pick out tours that make sense for you and your companions. If you have kids, safety is the most important element in your choice.

On our second day, we chose to visit the infamous Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). This is the hostile borderline between North and South Korea.  I find it interesting but sad at the same time.

We woke up early. Even with little sleep, we were all excited to check-out what the day had to offer. Namsan Guest house offers free unlimited noodles (instant), bread, jams and coffee the whole day.  This saved as a ton of food money, not bad!  We were fetched by a black van at 7 am via  Cosmojin Tours. The van brought us to join a bigger group, we signed up for the DMZ morning half morning experience.

It took us 30-40 minutes to get to our first spot, Imjingak Park. The guide informed us that this park is commemorative of the Korean war. Statues and small monuments reminds every visitor of the sacrifice that all Koreans had to bear, that one day there will then be again peace and unification.

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Can’t believe we were roaming around in a 2 deg weather!   There were patches of snow and ice on the ground and we were very careful not to slip. Hawakan ang mga bata!

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There are several local shops that sells food and other retail products. OJ bought some fish and chicken skewers. Its yumeeh!

IMG_3100We also bought new rainbox gloves and poki sticks for the little Ms. Piggy.

IMG_3101We only had 20 minutes to explore and if we were late, a mandatory dance infront of the whole group will be the punishment. Guess what, Kuya Oscar is the first man to Gangnam.

From Imjingak Park we headed to the actual DMZ area.  All visitors are not allowed to take pictures of the landscape and people beyond this point. Managed to take this before entering the zone. A security check is needed, a young military officer came up to the bus and inspected all our passports.  In Korea, all young men are required 2 years of military service even the celebrities.  The checker might be a KPop Idol and we wouldn’t know it.

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Our bus parked at the DMZ theater and exhibition hall. The parking area and the inside of the museum are the only areas people were allowed to take photos.

IMG_3116The DMZ is 250 km long, cutting the whole peninsula in half and 4 km wide.  Heavily guarded by the north and south, it is a place where nature is left to thrive on its own.  It must be the best wild life protected zone in the world.

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“Soldiers in action”

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This is the statue of the third tunnel.  We went descended 73 meters below the ground to see a tunnel that was dug by North Korea to use against the South. Sorry no pictures of the tunnel, I don’t want to go to jail. It was great exercise! Going back up was the challenge.

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DMZ Jump Shot, don’t huli me please!

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Our pack moved to Dora Observatory.  You can rent a telescope for 500 won to view the expanse of North Korea in all its glory. I was ale to see the the North Korean flag and the entrance gate to Kaesong Industrial Region.

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Another interesting stop is the Dorasan Train Station. This place is so much better than the Philippine’s airport.  It is one of the best well maintained transport facilities I have ever seen.

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I love the design and feel of it. This is the waiting area, high ceiling and well lighted.

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Dorasan Station is the only functional train station that connects South Korea to North Korea.  For now, it functions to service employees that works in the DMZ area connected via Seoul station.  Trips are limited, I am not sure if you can commute using this to visit DMZ.

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There were other spots that the guide pointed to us that as part of North Korea.  The guide said: “how would you differentiate between the land of North and South Korea? it is with their mountains. South Korea with its technology use different ways to power the nation.  North Korea uses trees, almost all mountains trees are chopped for firewood” Sad.

It was almost midday and the tour guide took us to visit an organic farm in the DMZ and an Amethyst shop in Seoul.  I wasn’t able to go down and see the fancy jewels, my little Boomie was knocked-out.  It was sunny and wonderful, but three layers of clothing is necessary.

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All in all, tour package cost us 38,000 won or 1,600 php per head.

Thank you Cosmojin for a wonderful and organized trip!

Up next second part of the day Insa-dong + Namsan Tower.

Celebrating Life! Two-years Post-Cancer Diagnosis

March 13, 2013, my life changed in the most unexpected way to a woman in her early 30’s.

ImageEven after two years of struggle, I can truthfully say that I am happy with my decision.  I took on the alternative road of quitting my stressful corporate work to being a work from home Mom. It is more challenging but fulfilling.  I get to spend more time with my daughter and earn for her future. My husband has been and will always be my stronghold. Family is the key to a successful cancer survival rate. I pray that all my fellow cancer survivors will be as lucky as I am, given another chance in life.

God is great!

xx Faye

Winter Adventure in Korea The Arrival

Our family planned this vacation as early as June 2014.  There was a seat sale by Citibank and who can resist going to Korea at 65% off.  In October, we applied for a Korean visa which was very easy to obtain.  I recently heard that the Korean embassy applied a stringent policy on visa applications starting this year.  People planning to go on vacation, plan smart.

Fast forward to our first ever Korean adventure, we were joined by my brother-in law’s family.  We were well ahead of our scheduled January flight which leaves at 3pm.  We wandered around and ate at Kenny Rogers.  The NAIA terminal 3 is a big improvement from the MIA which is undergoing massive renovation.  It still felt like a ghost town and pales in comparison to other international airports. The waiting area was pretty neat though!

Excited and casually waiting for our flight.

Our flight was delayed by 2 hours.  The airport in Manila has one runway….ONE, and due to air traffic, our 3pm flight was bumped to 5:30pm.  Instead of being pricks, we enjoyed ourselves by ordering airplane food and explaining to our kid how static electricity works.

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I was hoping that we’ll be able to see land during day time, instead we were greeted by the beautiful lights of Korea.  IMG_3073We arrived at Incheon very late, the airport was huge and this is what greeted us upon emerging from the tube.

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Amazing airport at 1 degree Celsius!  The airport is big and uses trains to transfer passengers to other terminals, this was new to us, when in doubt just follow the crowd.

OMGeee!!! May sumundo sa akin sa airport… Dominjo-shi!!!! Dala ko daw ba ang kaperahan para gastusin sa Korea! Yes sir! hahaha! Ang eye bags wagas!

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Time for my research skills to kick in.  First off, find our way to Myeong-dong! We booked our stay at Namsan Guest House and opted to take the bus rather than the train.  If you get lucky and your flight is not delayed, you can buy your bus tickets at the counter and take the 6015 outside of the terminal door 5. You won’t miss it. I’m telling you Myeong-dong is the place to be.

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The ride cost us 10,000 KRW (402 PHP) one way.  It was spacious, clean and comfortable.

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We arrived at Namsan Guesthouse at almost 12 midnight Korea time.  We were so hungry and found the place filled with traditional Korean barbecue houses.  Our eyes and brains could not really put food + price together and decided to eat at TwoTwo Chicken across Pacific Hotel.

IMG_3085For starters we ordered BEER…and was given the radish appetizer. Akala namin singkamas, ang asim!

IMG_3086We couldn’t decide what to order, and asked for the resto’s recommendation.  We had the original Two two fried, garlic and their popular spicy chicken dishes.  Kids loved the original fried chicken but I prefer the spicy one.  It is totally different from what we have in the Philippines (Bonchon, Kyochon , etc).  The flavors were very unique and addicting. Swak sa beer on a cold January night.

IMG_3089 IMG_3088 IMG_3087 Maybe it was the time but they had no rice when we visited, instead we ordered a plate of fries. Perfectly crisp, and salted nicely.

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They are open late and the place was full of young people, gimik place or after gimik hang-out?IMG_3093I love TwoTwo Chicken, a must try in Korea.  Chicken and beer anyone? What a way to cap the night!

Visit them at:

6-4 Namsandong 2(i)-ga
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
p: +82-2-2275-2297

to be continued…..

The Korea Visa application – Philippines

Just came back from our fun trip from the land of Kimchi!  I want to share with you how we were able to get our feet on Korean soil, I hope the following entries will help you plan your trip as fun as we had.

How did it all began? This is part one of my A Dream Come True: Korea series

it was June when I found out that the Cebu Pacific was giving big discounts on flights. Booked for 7 and marked my calendar! January it is!

You don’t need a visa to book a flight to Korea but you will need one to enter the country.  Since our trip is in January, we planned to apply for a Korean Visa in October.  It is amazing how lenient the visa application process is.  Just compile all the necessary documents, submit and wait for the release.  No need to set an appointment but you will need to line up early in the morning, how early? 7am-ish….

Basic Requirements you will be needing:

  1. Passport, not less than six months on the date of your trip.
  2. Employment certificates
  3. ITR
  4. Application form
  5. Bank information

Married Individuals and with Children:

  1. Marriage Certificate
  2. Birth Certificate

Students:

  1. School Residency Certificate – proof of enrollment.

Note that single-entry visa application is free-GRATIS.  Multiple entry visas aren’t. However, sometimes if you provide good standing documents the embassy has the right to award a multiple entry visa for free.

Make sure all your documents are complete before you submit.  They will check it before you reach the window.  If you decide to print the application document online, you have to print it in one page.  They have copies of the application form in the embassy and they accept hand written forms.

Once your visa application is accepted, your visa will be released in 3-5 working days.  You’re all set!  No need for all applicants to show up during the application process, just one person traveling with the group is fine.  For passport pick-up don’t forget to bring the passport coupon indicating the date and time of the release.

South Korea Embassy is located at McKinley Town Center, 122 Upper McKinley Road, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines.  Best way to get there, take C-5 Southbound. Once you pass Market! Market! and Sm Aura, look to your right and you will see a gray colored compound with the Korean Flag.  Keep right and enter the service road. Parking is difficult so you would need to park at McKinley and walk your way back to C-5.

Check out their website for more info http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement/

Hope this helps!

Intimate Acuatico Beach Resort

Last December 2014 the schedule gods finally gave us the green light to spend vacation with one of our bestest couple friends Nina and Henry.  We left Pasig around 9AM and arrived at San Juan Batangas 3 hours later.  Star Toll has greatly improved.

Acuatico! Acuatico! Acuatico!  Peach Tutu has landed!Acuatico Pool

We shared a two bedroom room which is part of a villa with a second floor.  Our casita had a set outside good for four people to play mah jong (yun talga naisip).

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There is a small common hallway, where we just parked our bags.  The room in the picture is the masters bedroom with the queen bed equipped with a LED TV complete with digital cable channels.

Common Hall

I wanted to pose a pic of our bed…but you might be disappointed.  The beds were amazingly good, but our mess is crazy.  I wasn’t able to get a clean shot before we dumped our items on it.  Just imagine two twin beds joined to form a bigger bed with white fluffy pillows and soft comforters.  So here’s the view of the tv panel instead. Naks sumi-CNN (feeling intelligence *jk*- LOL).
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There really is nothing else to do but to relax.  Nina and I just took a seat, ordered coffee and enjoyed the view.  It was 1:30 PM and the boys decided to order beer and some munchies. Sabi ko kay Nina “I’m really so happy today” sabay hug sa kanya. Ang pogi ng mga boys!  We are missing you Rhett and Franz!!

Drinks and CoffeeYes, we swam too! Luis in his trunks with Ate Shumi and their gal pals.

IMG_2397Ate Shumi enjoying the pool.  She can swim, but a little bit arte.  She was able to brave the adult pool with us.

IMG_2394This is Acuatico at night, took this shot after dinner from the steps of the restaurant looking down at the pool area. That’s the pool bar in the center.  We had buffet dinner for Php600 i think.  The spread wasn’t expansive but the quality of food is good.

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It was Monday the next day, I had an early team call.  This is my view at 6:30AM.  Right? Right?

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This is my internet speed too.  Nicely done Acuatico! First time to work relaxing on a beach chair.

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Henry was very convincing and invited OJ to try the jetski (ang wild ng buhok ni OJ).

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During the ride. “Adventure time” daw sabi ni Shumi.

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Syempre ako din pa ride.  Kung makahiyaw ako sa dagat wagas! First time!IMG_2436

It’s official…We have an Acuatico hangover. Kailan kaya uli?

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Just in case you’re interested here are the rates:

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I wasn’t able to take a picture, but they have an airconditioned play area for kids.  The complimentary uraro was also a hit.  What impressed me was the level of personal service the staff showed.  When Luis needed boxers and there wasn’t any in the resort shop that can fit him, they didn’t need to  ask, they just went out of their way to provide.  Staff were all smiles and always ready to serve.  Acautico is truly an experience to remember. I wish we can go back, ipon-ipon muna!

I love you Acuatico!

xoxo Faye —

For more info visit their website: http://www.acuaticoresort.com.ph/

The (mas) kuripot 52-week money challenge: Earning 27k to 137k on barya

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This looks like another great project!

Originally posted on Minimum Compliance:

A blog post from Kuripot Pinay on how someone can save almost Php 69,000 a year went viral on my Facebook wall today. The premise is simple: start the first week saving Php 50, and add the same amount every week for 52 weeks. At the end, a person will have Php 68,900.

Fifty pesos seems easy enough to keep weekly, but having to add fifty for 51 more weeks it means that every week from October onwards, you’d have to save at least Php 2,000 a week. Bigat!

So Emerald Ridao came up with modified table, showing how much you’d save with a base amount of Php 20 to a maximum of Php 100.

Pick a base amount and multiply by the number of weeks. Pick a base amount and multiply by the number of weeks.

Saving Php 20, adding the same amount weekly, will yield a decent Php 27,560 at the end of the year. A thirty peso-base will…

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Peach Tutu’s 364 Days of Running 2015 Edition

Today I ran my first run of the year.  Last time I ran was the 25k New Balance Power Run in November of 2014.

This reboot run is one of the hardest. I ran my slowest, felt my butt cramp and breath heavily. This is what the holidays did to me.  I am vowing to work it all off with my “run everyday” project.  Just 5k a day can make a difference.

Sharing with you my route for today, we chose the Ortigas business district.  This route is originally my Hubby’s preferred way.  Our route passes Ortigas Avenue, Sapphire, Garnet, F Ortigas Jr (Emerald), Ruby, Topaz and ADB avenue.  It is fairly straight forward with some little turns and loops. No elevation but the pathways are a bit worn with cement cracks. I have to warn you that it gets pretty crowded along Emerald avenue, beware of puffs a long the way. In total one cycle covers 5.85km. Not bad for a daily run!

Ortigas Route Running #TeamPerez

I can’t wait to see my end of the year result.  Tomorrow I’m measuring my body and see how fast I can lose those peste inches! Peach Tutu is excited!! Who’s with me?