"I'm like a bird, I'll only fly away I don't know where my soul is, I don't know where my home is, All I need for you to know is…" -n.furtado

I’ve been sneaking on the Pinoy Fitness Calendar & Community site for quite some time now but I just registered a month after the PF Community was launched. I was never interested in any forums before I got addicted to running. I am running alone most of the time and I could always see group of individuals  running together which sort of triggered me to join PF’s forum to search people who are also addicted to running and of course, to learn a few tips from the site and fortunately, I learned a lot from them. From 5k tips for beginners up to marathoners advises and a lot more. To top it all, I was able to meet some of them. Highlight of the story, we’ve decided to organize a group practice run. Cancelled for a couple of times but at last, this one was pushed through.

UP Diliman on September 24, 2011

photo ops before and after practice…

joenard & @joy_c, @bratinElla, @roxzan1234, @chowk9 & regz, @gray & baby

taking advantage of the background as trios…

@bratinElla.. @roxzan1234.. @joy_c & joenard..

and of course, in pairs as well…

@joy_c&joenard.. @gray&baby.. @chowk9&regz..

yey! our first UP practice together (mga gising sa gabi)

More practice to come PF pipz and may I also borrow @Yingski’s line ” MORE HORSEPOWER ” …

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Copied from the status of an fb friend .. Hero (thanks hehe)…

Poem just make sense a lot… life booster


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown

— as per Billy, (<- one of my closest friend) military man particularly Philippine Airforce use to recite this during their morning march… hmm great info my friend, I didn’t know haha…

On August 26, 2011, I received another email from Lifeline Foundation inviting volunteers to its 5th Medical and Dental Mission this year. A within Metro Manila Medical Mission to be held at Brgy Longos, Malabon City on September 4, 2011

I have been receiving a lot of volunteering invitations from different organizations but due to unfit schedule, I was not able to attend any of them. Thankfully, this one was a Sunday event. Since I have no run or any activity on that day, I sent a confirmation to Ms. Jes of lifeline offering my services for this event.

I do not intend to sound so holy nor pretend to be philanthropic, but volunteering for this kind of event gives me a sense of self-satisfaction. I may not be giving a lot of fortune but just being a part of it sharing my love for them gives me a feeling that is so great I can’t even explain. I do not volunteer to boost up my career the fact that I am not even into medical field. In fact, I’ve been used to this since I was still a student. Me, as an officer of a student body organization way back college, and my organization used to organize outreach programs such as this mostly for kids. I just believe that all of us have social responsibilities, and this is my way of paying forward for all the blessings showered upon me.

September 4, 2011

The day has come. OK, I was late. I never anticipated the place to be this far tho’ I allotted 2 hours travel time from Alabang. I was not able to set foot at the meeting place on time so I went directly to the event itself.  Briefing of volunteers was already done thus I headed straight to where I was assigned. I was appointed at the dental section where in I had to assist Doc Beth. Dental service section was the most visited, as expected, a lot of patients came through and we had the longest lines of patients. Lots of teeth came out from patients of all ages who cannot afford to go to the dentist and just took this opportunity. I had to assist every patient after the extraction to go get the medicines prescripted for them, funny as I was the one writing prescriptions as per Doc Beth’s instruction before we began. I also had to make sure that Doc Beth has all the things she needed upon treating the dental patients. Instantly, I became a dental assistant. I enjoyed every second of it despite the heat and even though our group were the last one who packed up and were the last to eat lunch.

Best part of the event -> of course photo ops  ;D

from our official photographer - Judy of lifeline

I even gained lots of friends, I met an US Corp volunteer, Paj K. Lis (whom I friended on fb) and is currently based in Bulacan, Lorenz (who served as my kwentuhan buddy while servicing the patients) and his GF (both of them are students from Germany), Emman (who coincidentally is a runner also) & his GF both from QC and a lot more…

This was an unmatched, immeasurable experience to be treasured forever, more to come…

“changing the world one life at a time”  – lifeline foundation

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