Going Beyond 60 Minutes

March 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM | Posted in Current Events, Environment | Leave a comment
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On Saturday, March 26 at exactly 8:30 PM the lights went out in the Ayala Triangle Gardens simultaneously with the rest of the cities around the world for Earth Hour 2011. I went to the park that evening at around 8:15 to go running. I was not expecting the park management to participate in Earth Hour since to my knowledge there weren’t any announcements made but I’m glad they did. I was also delighted to learn that there was a cultural show at the park that night to celebrate the event. So since the park was enveloped in darkness and I could not go running in the dark, I decided to watch the show instead (Thank goodness I had my camera phone with me!). Meanwhile my sister who was in our apartment that time switched off the lights and unplugged all electrical appliances when the clock ticked 8:30. I came back from the park at around 10:00 and found that our room was still bathed in candlelight. We decided to turn the lights back on at 10:30.

Photo taken after the clock struck 9:30

I’m just glad that we participated in this worldwide event. I feel I contributed something for the cause even though it was just a small thing. I know little could mean a lot. In the previous years, the Philippines actually saved a lot of energy just by switching off the lights for one hour. According to the World Wildlife Fund Philippines, the country saved 611MWh of electricity last 2009. Imagine that.

Inching my way through the crowd (I holding the camera)

And there goes my message at the bottom of the board

Hoops and Turns

November 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM | Posted in Health, Lifestyle | 2 Comments
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Losing weight has been a sort of preoccupation of mine these days. Not that I’m exactly chubby. I’m just a few pounds overweight. But still, I need to lose those extra pounds. It’s a good thing that my housemate, Janice asked me to go night jogging again. We started night jogging last May at the Ayala Triangle Gardens with another housemate of ours but we managed to do it for a couple of nights only because of the weather and other stuff. Every time we plan to go jogging, it would either rain at night – our usual time – or they would be unavailable.

So months have passed and by the end of October, Janice suggested that we should do it again. I readily agreed. But our other housemate, Aileen wasn’t too keen to go night jogging again. She wasn’t that committed anymore on losing weight as we do. So it’s just Janice and I now. At first we only did running for a few nights. Then I suggested that we go hula hooping too. I bought a hula hoop last summer to go with our losing weight and getting fit plan. But we never got to use it. I’ve read articles before that hula hooping is a fun way to get fit and lose weight.

So that’s what we’re doing now. For several nights, we take turns running and hula hooping around the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. We didn’t know how to hula hoop at first but after a few nights, we were already having an easy time and enjoying ourselves. We also started eating more healthy food now and hopefully we get to see positive results soon.

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