By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept
by Paulo Coelho

Wait. This was the first lesson I learned about love. The day drags along, you make thousands of plans, you imagine every possible conversation, you promise to change your behavior in certain ways – and you feel more and more anxious until your loved one arrives. But by then, you don’t know what to say. The hours of waiting have been transformed into tension, the tension has become fear, and the fear makes you embarrassed about showing affection.


Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments – but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.


I could have. What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn’t. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.


One doesn’t love in order to do what is good or to help or to protect someone. If we act that way, we are perceiving the other as a simple object, and we seeing ourselves as wise and generous persons. This has nothing to do with love. To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God.


You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.


Every day, God gives us the sun – and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived the moment, that it doesn’t exist – that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention in their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seems the same to us. But that moment exists – a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.


A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.


Love perseveres. It’s men who change.


“I am going to sit here with you by the river. If you go home to sleep, I will sleep in front of your house. And if you go away, I will follow you – until you tell me to go away. Then I’ll leave. But I have to love you for the rest of my life.”

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Lines above are from the book “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept” by Paulo Coelho, the first love story I ever read. It isn’t even your typical romantic story. It’s a story of a young woman who fell in love with her childhood sweetheart. The problem, however, is the guy is committed- to God that is. He happens to be a spiritual teacher, a clergy in the making. So how does one compete in that situation? Difficult, isn’t it?

It’s the reason why I read the book. I’m quite intrigued how the story will unfold. And despite a love story core, the book isn’t as cheesy as Nicholas Sparks’. It’s more poetic in every way, even the love-making (sex) part. Descriptive and yet poetic.


Adidas King of the Road 2010

The extra mile is right between your ears.

So the signboard says at the gym.

But signing up for a 10k run seemed like signing up for death or pain eternal at the minimum especially if you haven’t trained enough for that kind of physical exhaustion.

I survived it, nonetheless. Impossible is nothing, right?

The physical exhaustion I am talking about is the Adidas King of the Road 2010 that happened yesterday in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) where I run my first 10k race. Though I am known to be a very competitive guy taking most things gravely, KOTR wasn’t one of those most things. I took the challenge lightly as I know that I am not prepared enough to dash and set high standards for myself for that test of endurance. And though I planned a month ahead to prepare for KOTR, other priorities just wouldn’t let me have it. Three weeks before the big day, I am running every other night around the Mall of Asia complex. I limit doing weights at the gym to focus on my pacing. The plan was to double the 3.5km run the next week and some more distance days before the event. But my new work had me staying in the office ‘til midnight for 3 days straight and some other days passed 8pm. And mentally, my mind isn’t ready. So I don’t really expect to be faster.

But just like what Miley said, it doesn’t matter how fast you get there… it’s the climb, or should I say it’s the run. =)

How did I fare?

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Breaking news! I don’t usually post stuff like this here but I think it’s worth sharing!

After the infamous dancing inmates from Cebu (Philippines), we now have dancing Flight Attendants on Cebu Pacific!!! Stream the video below to see the girls bop to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”  and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.

Aren’t we, Filipinos, talented? Cool, eh?

While this is such a creative way of giving flight instructions, this is also  a proof that the Philippine airline industry has yet to cope with the international standards. I believe they don’t do this anymore in other big airlines. I wonder, though, if this is within the regulations of Air Transportation Office? But anyway, this is so effing cool. Good idea. Very entertaining. I bet all passengers paid attention to them and surely, others will. Before, I sort of ignore them (unless the FA met my hotness criteria). I want to catch these girls in my coming flights! I am seriously considering Cebu Pacific in all my travels now. (Just a note, Cebu Pac should now start addressing their flight schedule issues)

Now, I’m kinda reminiscent of Britney Spears music video for “Toxic” (can’t see the vid?  click here).


Credits to wingco1129 for the video of dancing FA above.

Pretty credible result

Three days after the 4th Auto Review Run and the results are already available. Very commendable on the part of the organizers despite the non-use of any timing device for each runner. Or they have some kind of a scanner for the bar code in our bib numbers? Hmm, I couldn’t care more.

The result posted over at Pinoy Fitness showed that I finished 107th out of 743 5k runners. For a distance of 5 kilometers, I clocked in 30 minutes and 42 seconds. That’s faster than my record back in the Rexona Run but slightly slower than my estimated time in the Figaro Run. In case the hearsay is true that the 5k route is longer by 200 meters, I think I’m faster for all cases in this race.

Pretty credible result. It’s almost the same with my own estimate.

It’s just that there’s something wrong with it. The number of 5k runners are only 700 plus? I thought it was around a grand. Also, I am runner 5869 but my name isn’t Adrain Aquino, as indicated in the results. Further, I’m only 24 years old, not 27. Now the question, is that really my record or of somebody else? Rushed result? They could have taken the whole week to release a complete and proper result.

Anyway, I’ll own the record unless they release a revised one.

Oh, here are some pics taken after the event:

I always have a camera with me every time I join a run. I’m documenting everything…for this blog!


Subtitle: The 4th Auto Review Run

Before my recent run, I will always put the Davies-Ace Hardware Eco-friendly Run in MOA as my worst running experience with the Figaro Run coming next. In fairness to both events, they have a face-saver, a way of redemption or a consolation so to speak. The first one overwhelmed us with a lot of freebies that is worth almost the cost of our registration fee. The last one managed to provide a race result, aside from the delectable food giveaways. I could really forgive the two events and move on. But the running event yesterday easily stole the title of being worst.

I don’t intend to be a running event critic but when I don’t get my money’s worth or the fun I’m expecting, I would naturally vent it out. And this early, you should know that it will be full of faultfinding about the event I’ve joined yesterday.

I’ve only been in 5 runs and I’m still a neophyte by any gauge. But being expose to those different events, I think I’ve seen enough to say which one is good and which one is worth condemning. I may sound exaggerated but the 4th Auto Review Run qualifies on the latter… big time!

Disguise in their road safety advocacy, the event is considered one of the oldest and longest running event in the country for pulling off four races for their advocacy. Offering a singlet for the first time, they promised to give an improve event among other things. But there’s something with promises that all of us can’t seem to live up to. This event wasn’t an exception. Honestly, not all people joining the run are hoping to win the prize or for setting a personal record. Most would join for the fun that comes with it. And, organizers take note of this, fun includes the pre and post event, and importantly, the giveaways! This is where the 4th Auto Review Run falls really short. Let me start mentioning them.

Despite a large number of participants, there was only one baggage counter. Leaving the bags there was not really the problem, it’s the retrieving part. They don’t have a system. They should have properly separated the baggage area per race category so that it would be easy to determine where the 3k runners’ (or the 5k or 10k) bag are kept. Next, which I am so furious about so early before the race, is the number of portalets! Thousands will be joining the run and all of us are normal enough to hear the nature’s call (take a leak or pee in simple words). But despite the number again, there are only two portalets in the area. I would let it pass if there were trees or walls around where guys can pee. But even if there is, it is still frustrating that they did not consider the excitement some of us felt that we have to take a leak just before the race starts. In the sole male portalet, the line went as long as 30 guys waiting to be relieved. I wonder what the 10k runners in the line did when they left the queue just because the 10k race was about to start.

During the race itself, there were some slips too. The 10k run was late by around 5 or 10 minutes. The mayor of Taguig wasn’t even around to officially start the run. Water stations were not strategically positioned. We were asked to run on the right side of the road and yet the water stations are on the left side of the road. Moreover, they were some stations that are so near with each other and there are some areas where we are expecting some fueling up but there’s none around. Again, the issue of signage is always present. There were no directions where the 3k, 5k and 10k runners will go. There were only road marshals shouting to runners where they would turn. I saw a 3k runner got mad when he found out that he was running the 5k route and that he missed the turn where he’s supposed to get the 3k lace as a proof that he did not do a shortcut. Pretty frustrating for him ‘coz he obviously run more than 3km already only to find out that he’s on the wrong route. Another signage problem is that we can’t even keep track of our distance. We don’t know if we’re half through already. It’s important for us so that we’ll know how to save our energy and keep our pace. There were a lot of instances too during the run where we find ourselves running with cars on our side or where we had to take a stop to give way to vehicles crossing. And the advocacy of this event is for what again? Road safety? Ironic. Those were only few that I have notice during the course.

If the pre-event and the event itself are sub par, the after event or the program itself buried the whole event deeper. Aside from the singlet, pictures are the souvenirs or keepsakes for any event. But there were no photo booths or any partners to take our photos during and after the event. The gravest mistake, probably, the organizers commit was to put a “giveaway” claim stub in our bib number in spite of really having none. Thank God I didn’t bother lining up for the supposed “giveaway”, because when I checked out the booth, they were only handing a plastic with the certificate inside, nothing more! The served participants didn’t event count to half when their supplies of plastic run out.  The people then were instructed to line up to the other booth for the bottled water, and another line for the sandwich and a hot chocolate drink. Annoying me further, the sandwich prepared was not enough for all the participants. Before the event, I believe the organizers have already estimated the number of runners in the event to prepare the “giveaways” that they promised. Maddening enough, they are not sufficient! Major disaster! A proof to their epic failure was the early dispersing of the crowd. The Bonifacio Global City complex was leased for 4 hours, 7am to 11am, for the program. But as early as 8am only a quarter were left and before 9am, the strip was almost empty. A friend who joined the run was bewildered why a lot has already left. I told him it’s because there’s nothing much to do here anymore. No photo booths where people would wait crazy enough to have a souvenir or other activities to do around. By the way, thanks to Resort World Manila for giving out free bags. It was worth queuing up than the line for the supposed “giveaway”.

The only consolation for the yesterday’s event was the the event was held on a Saturday and the exact distance of the course. But the latter should not even count ‘coz they should really make it accurate for the participants. Just release the results within the week so that I can move on and prepare for my next.

Golly, I should have really chosen my race carefully. Kudos to the organizers of the race for raking up money for yourselves and for the “Auto Review” program. I have never seen that show in its entirety and I don’t have any intentions of catching it. I wonder why I signed up for it. I bet they gained enough money to keep their program running, until the next run next year…maybe. For now, I would say I will not join the 5th edition in case there will be one. They should really improve everything, not just the singlets (which by the way, was given out late too).

Can’t wait for the Adidas King of the Road and RunRio Trilogy Part 3 (Unilab Run 2)! I have faith on those two races that they would be awesome!