Backbeat GO 2: Your Cordless Music Buddy


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Many people, myself included, can’t do away with their headsets for a number of hours daily, specially when commuting in a jam-packed PUV to be entertained and kill the boredom. Music gets us pumped up when working out, doing run trainings and during races. You can simply relax whilst listening to your favourite tracks, audio books or podcast. With our busy lives, we opt for convenience given the chance. And when it comes to headsets, we prefer the one that’s convenient to use – the cordless piece.

When I finally got my hands on the Plantronics Backbeat GO 2, my first impression was that it’s a piece that offers more than its size. It’s lightweight and easily fits in your pocket. It comes along with three earbuds sizes that you can choose from for a snug fit comfortable all-day wearing. No more worries about tangled cords, especially when running or working out. Backbeat GO 2 offers an excellent sound – especially the bass quality. And with its noise-cancelling feature, you get the most out of your music.

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Backbeat GO 2 easily pairs with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player that has a Bluetooth connectivity. Once fully charged, you get to listen to your favourite tracks or watch your favourite movies. And even take calls. Inline controls make it easy to navigate through your playlist such as skipping tracks or replaying a previous track, and adjusting the volume to protect your ears. The battery is good for approximately five hours. And it only takes two and a half hours to recharge it.

Simply pair off your Backbeat GO 2 with your gadget and you’re good to go.

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Off The Road: Garin Farm Tour


Mid-December of 2018, I had the privilege to visit one the tourist attractions in the province of Iloilo. Located in the town of San Joaquin, Iloilo, Garin Farm attracts numerous tourists from around the country, and even international tourists. It’s roughly a two-hour drive from the city proper passing through several towns along a scenic backdrop of mountains, tree-lined road and turquoise blue sea that sparkles like diamond under the afternoon sun. Whilst this was an unplanned visit, it was all worth the long trip.

After visiting the century-old Miag-ao Church (which according to our driver/tour guide, the church’s brick walls were made from egg shells), we stopped over a quaint seafood restaurant Doming’s Talabahan for lunch. A short drive from Miag-ao proper, Doming’s is situated by the beach and offers its patrons an unobstructed view of the sea. Feel the breeze caressing your skin whilst having your meal. They serve a variety of dishes such as pork, chicken and seafood on their menu. The ambiance is like that of your neighbourhood eatery. They don’t employ a large staff, so please be a little patient. But I would say they are pretty efficient.

Coming from lunch, we headed to San Joaquin. We purchased our entrance tickets, then passed through the turnstile and found ourselves walking under a canopy of vines, which were actually vegetables called kundol or winter melon. About a couple of hundred metres ahead, you’ll reach the pavilion where there’s a café (we haven’t checked their menu here). And this is where the challenge is. You have to take a little more than 400 steps in order to reach the cross in the summit. Though, for convenience, you have an option to go to the cross by riding a golf cart – for a fee, of course. In our case, we took the golf cart since it was just past midday and it was impossible to hide from the scorching heat of the sun. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times should you want to take the 400-step challenge.

Once at the summit, the feeling is just overwhelming. There’s a prayer room. Then you go through a dark tunnel leading to where the cross is. It felt like you have just gone to heaven. Whilst up there, you can offer a short prayer.

We had to wait for 15 minutes or so to get a ride going back to the pavilion. Then walked on our way to the gate.

Aside from the main attraction which is the pilgrimage cross, Garin Farm houses farm animals like rabbits, chickens and bulls. There’s also a Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut), where you can find all the plants and vegetables mentioned in the song. There are other activities and attractions that Garin Farm offers such as zip line, horseback riding, ATV, and many more.

So, include Garin Farm in your itinerary when you come to Iloilo or Antique. It’s a good place to visit any time of the year together with your family and friends.

Enjoy!

Time To Gear Up For 7-Eleven Run 2019


It’s been a couple of years since my last race before I temporarily went on hiatus (which I think most of you are aware of, and even helped in various ways. So, thank you!). Coincidentally, that last race was the 7-Eleven Run 2017. And now, I’m blogging about this upcoming race.

The race is happening simultaneously on February 3, 2018, in three venues. In Luzon, the race will be held at the Filinvest City, Alabang. The Visayas leg will see runners gather at Cebu Business Park. Runners from the southern part of the country will converge at SM City Davao.

This year’s race challenges runners with the new race category – the 32k category. I so missed running this distance in sub-3. A 500m distance will cater to our kiddie participants. There’s also a 10k Buddy Run, and for those who trained for longer distances, there’s a marathon category for you. My last race was also 42k. Anyway, whichever distance you have registered in to participate, this year’s event promises a bigger, better and more exciting race for all.

“The 7-Eleven Run Series is one of the most anticipated marathons in our country today,” said Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation. “We listened to our runners and added new distances like the 32K which will serve as an entry point or trial run for 42K.”

7-Eleven, in it’s continuing support to Filipino athletes will award the overall top 18 Filipino winners in 21K, 32K, and 42K categories with cash prizes and medals, plus a chance to join an international marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Just so you know, last year’s winners of the 21K and 42K races from 7-Eleven Run Series 2018 were sent to Jeju, South Korea to compete at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival where they dominated the top spots in their respective race categories.

To further encourage the spirit of competition, 7-Eleven will be giving away a bonus cash prize to the top Filipino runner who can beat the Philippine record for the 42K category. The record setter will get to take home P500,000 in cash.

The race categories are as follows:
● 500M kids
● 3K
● 5K
● 5K Buddy
● 10K & 10K Buddy
● 16K
● 21K
● 32K (new race category)
● 42K

The race in Davao will only have 9 categories (all except 500M).

Registration is now open until January 15, 2019.

Be sure to visit the official website at https://run711.com/ and follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/run711 for more information about the race.

Sharing with you my story about the 7-Eleven Run 2017.

Gear up and rock the road!

Tracking Run Trainings Using Apps Without Mobile Data


Apps you can use in lieu of a GPS-enabled running watch.

Technology is evolving in a pace fast enough that a few people can keep up with, some can barely catch up, while others are not so lucky to simply get even with it. From home appliances, sports and personal gadgets to software and mobile applications. Name it! There’s a myriad of electronic gadgets that you would want to get your hands on. But frankly, as it is the reality, not everyone is privileged and has the luxury to indulge in keeping up with these new innovations. Well, except for those who chose not to.

In the world of running, a sport that many individuals love regardless of their social and economic status, technology has definitely found its way. And if you have been into this sport for quite sometime, you must be well aware by now of what’s in and what’s hot within the community and among the runners. And that includes running shoes, clothes, running watches with GPS and heart-rate monitor, eyewear, and the list goes on. And from a list of running gears, GPS-enabled watches are a top pick. Mainly because they help you keep track of your training mileage, pace, etc.

Have you always worried about not being able to track your runs only because you didn’t have a GPS watch? For most runners, keeping a record of their mileage helps them to ensure that they train within their fitness level, gradually increase their goals and get better in their race performance. One way to track your trainings and your race mileage is by using a GPS-enabled running watch, that is capable of measuring the distance, pace, total time, split times and other data.

You’re a newcomer in the sport so you don’t want to spend much on the gadget yet. Or maybe it’s not a top priority at the moment. You now ask how you can keep a record of your trainings to figure out if you’re actually making some progress. That said, all you need is a smart phone and a running app such as Strava, Runkeeper or Map My Run (there may still be other apps). Simply turn on your mobile internet to get a GPS signal. And you’re good to go.

What if you’re using a prepaid line and has run out of prepaid credit? No worries. This shouldn’t be a problem at all because the app will still function, as it should, without a glitch as long as you have a good GPS signal. Only you won’t be able to upload your data to the app’s server. The point is, you are able to track the distance you’ve run, your pace and your run time.

Run data collected on Strava and Soleus 1.0 GPS watch.

As to which running app does better? That’s really your personal preference now. Currently, I’m using Strava or Runkeeper simultaneously with my Soleus GPS 1.0 alternating with the Asics GPS watch. So far, these two apps measure the distance and pace pretty much accurately with my GPS-enabled running watch. You can enable the voice function of the app to provide you with your current status such as distance and average pace. Though this can interrupt the music being played. Please note, however, that location and limited cellular network coverage may affect the accuracy of the data. Also, turning on your mobile internet can drain the juice out of your phone quite faster. A completely charged mobile phone can last you up to a marathon finish. So that shouldn’t be much of a worry.

But at anytime in the future, should you feel like ticking off that GPS-enabled watch from your list, head on to a sports or running specialty shops like Runnr or watch specialty shops like L-Time Studio.

Stay fit and have a healthy new year!

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