Photography and Styling: Raia Ajihil
Model: Bella Tan
Hair and Makeup: Retch Aranan
Gown By: Geronie Labora
Last Sunday, I took part in Great Eastern Women’s Run 2014. It was a couple of months ago when I decided I would go to Singapore for a visit and while I was contemplating that, I searched for runs to be held anytime near my birthday and I found GEWR. I registered right away (didn’t even have a plane ticket then!).
It was my first ever out-of-the-country run and I was psyched! I promised myself I was gonna run the entire 5K this time. I know, I know, it’s just a short distance and I’ve registered to dozens of 5K runs before… but I’ve never completed the entire 5K without stopping to walk.. =_=. And as much as I would like to tell you that I did what I promised, I can’t because it didn’t happen. I didn’t train like I was supposed to because I was sick the entire time since I got to SG and didn’t want to risk running everyday in rainy weather for fear of aggravating it.
I was so scared to get lost while trying to get to the event location so I purchased a shuttle bus ticket. It was a mistake because even though my run would start at 8am, I was in the location as early as 4:30am! TT_TT… There were no seats and I didn’t want to sit down on the floor (germaphobe alert! LOL). So I was standing up the whole time. Not to mention, I had walked a good 20 minutes to get to Sengkang station where the pickup location was. So, you could pretty much say I had a decent warmup before the run. LOL, but my legs were hurting by the time I finished the 1st kilometer. D:
I had a few tearful moments during the entire event. For one, I was alone and I had nobody to talk to. Everybody else had a friend with them and were taking selfies or wefies or whatever you called them. I just felt like events like these needed to be experienced with someone. Second, it was just a happy moment participating in something like this outside of the Philippines, and in a place close to my heart. I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. Singapore gave me a lot of memories and all of them came rushing back as I was walking / running past the familiar places.
I will definitely do this again. My best friend Ellen wants to go to the StanChart run next year. I may come with her. Who knows? I might be running a half-marathon by then!
I’ve always liked lettering. All my doodles consist mainly of handwritten letters but I never really explored the art.
The other day, after drawing a logo for my sister, I remembered how great it felt to actually use a pen. I have been so used to typing that I forgot how much I loved using pens (I collect them, and notebooks too!). So, that got me started. I pulled out an old sketch book, a couple of my pens, a pencil, and wrote whatever came to mind. Here are a few of the things I’ve worked on so far. Pretty rough, but I’ll get better. Someday.
I’m doing an OPM (Original Pilipino Music) Series where I hand-write lyrics from Filipino songs. I posted my first one today which was from Yeng Constantino’s Jeepney Love Story. I’m pretty excited about this because OPM deserves some good lovin’ and I get to practice my lettering too!
I am really not a hardcore Apple fan, but I am a self-confessed update whore. Maybe it’s the OC in me, but I have this sense of urgency whenever an app update is available, like I have to have it, RIGHT NOW. So, when the iOS 8 came out today, I just had to install it right away. Well, not really right away, because you see, I had to delete all my music first to free up some space before I could actually download the update. Because I didn’t know that to download the file, you’d need a total of 5GB of space. I wish I had read this article before downloading. It would’ve saved me a lot of trouble.
Prior to installing, I had no idea what was actually in this update. So when it was done updating, I immediately looked for what’s new, sadly, there wasn’t many that was too obvious. But the first thing I noticed was a set of new icons: Tips and Podcast on the iPad, and an additional Health icon on the iPhone (along with the first two). I’ve not tried them at all, I guess I’m not really interested as I listen to podcasts using my laptop while I work, and maybe I’m a little interested about the Health one, but not as interested as to check it out today. It can wait. I found the Tips app quite helpful because it gave me information about what’s new in this update. So I guess after today, it won’t be as helpful? But who knows?
I also noticed when I went to my ‘open apps’ tab (aside from the open apps, duh) was a list of my recent contacts which is not very useful to me as I use KakaoTalk and Viber more than I use iMessage/Facetime.
Love is such a big word and quite frankly, it’s too soon to tell. But after trying a couple of things, I find the “Notify Me” feature quite useful. It’s an option in your email where you can set your device to notify you if someone replies to a thread. No more incessant refreshing of your inbox while waiting for a reply to an all-important email (because, yes, all normal, healthy, adult human beings do this)!
I also had a bit of fun playing “Name That Tune” with Siri. He was pretty great, scoring 4 out 5. But as amusing as that was, I don’t see how this feature could be of any use to me in the future, except maybe for entertainment.
I should be happy about the self-timer, but I rarely take selfies with my phone, so I don’t see any value in it. The pre-capture exposure editing is quite awesome though. I don’t take many pictures with my phone, (I have Scarlett and Luna for that) but it’s good to know that it’s there in case I need it.