Faroe Islands: Dinner at KOKS

Saturday, June 11, 2016 0 Permalink

I came to Faroe Islands for three reasons - to run Torshavn Marathon, to eat at KOKS and to see a magical place I never knew existed. Yes, in that order. So after we booked our flights, I reserved a table right away. Much have been written about KOKS but theirs is not exactly an original concept. KOKS follows the foraging movement made popular by two-star Michelin restaurant NOMA. Accolades-wise and price-wise, KOKS is in the same category but they don't have a star (yet). I thought that the tasting menu consisted of 20 dishes but there were only 17, each came ...

Race report: Torshavn Marathon 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 0 Permalink

Four months. When I look back on all those weeks of training, I could not believe the effort I've put into it. "You must change your life for a marathon." Said this German runner we chatted with at the airport in Vagar.  He was absolutely right. Since February, my life was all about Torshavn Marathon. When it was finally race time, those relentless months of training carried me to the finish line. Taper week We spent week 13-15 of tapering, running only twice a week because our schedules got busier. On week 13, a 10km and a 21km and on week 14 a 10km and 14km. ...

Road to Faroe: 8 weeks to go

Monday, May 16, 2016 0 Permalink

The third month of a marathon training is usually the most intensive. Enndurance runs climb to 25-32 kilometers, sometimes even between 35-37 for the fanatics. This is also the time when a runner must be very careful with injuries or sickness because missing on training could mean missing the race entirely (in extreme injury or sickness of course). My third month of training was a combination of highs and lows. It saw me running four times a week doing very challenging interval and hill trainings and punishing endurance runs. It is also when I met the man with the hammer, which ...

Road to Faroe: 11 weeks to go

Sunday, April 24, 2016 0 Permalink

This should have been written two weeks ago but I got so caught up in the heat of the presidential election in the Philippines, debating with some voters about their choices. It had been exhausting, discussing the affairs of my former country. My views and rebuttal even threatened "friendship" with some. But that's a topic for another post. At the time of publishing, we have only six weeks left to train for Torshavn Marathon. This is suppose to be the toughest period in the training. In the meantime, let me tell you about how the second four weeks of my training ...

Drink and dine: 6x Surrey

Monday, April 11, 2016 2 Permalink

Who knew that I would have quite the dining experience in Surrey? The English are not exactly known for their culinary skills but it certainly helps to have friends who know the right addresses. From burgers to cakes and the best cocktails in town, here's some hotspots to check if you ever wind up in Surrey. Guildford Turtle Bay This Carribean food and drinks joint is unassumingly located beside the American bar giant Hardrock Cafe. What makes it stand out though are its blue facade and bright lights, exuding the the island of the Carribean. We came an hour before happy hour ends, ...

A most beautiful sunset date

Monday, April 4, 2016 2 Permalink

Everything was arranged when we came back to the lodge after a full day of tracking lions and leopards. We were tired but happily tired, the kind of tiredness you get after swimming in an open sea. After a quick hot shower at the tent, the manager led us to our reserved corner in the bush. Two wooden chairs and a table covered in white cloth were set up under a bush tree. Several lamps hang on the branches. Shortly after we were seated, Atanas, a jolly camp personnel, came with the wine list. We chose a bottle of Stellenbosch Pinotage, ...

Road to Faroe: 15 weeks to go

Monday, April 4, 2016 0 Permalink

How do you train for a marathon? This question has always confused me. If I dig into all the knowledge online and follow them all, I might as well stopped living and just train. Or stop training altogether. I didn't change my eating patterns (I still eat loads of rice), I hardly do interval trainings, I skip trainings (too often as well) and I lost my bike's keys (which means I can't do cross training either). Last year for the Rotterdam Marathon, I trained like a running fanatic. We would run five times a week and several long distance runs above the ...

Weekendje weg: Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Thursday, March 17, 2016 0 Permalink

After three plane rides, an 8-hour boat ride, half day in the car and a series of meetings from one Norwegian island to the other, I was glad to finally wrap up my work week. Our last meeting in Hitra was shorter than expected and after a cosy, typical Norwegian lunch of crisp bread, cheese, red beet spread and salmon together with the owners, we headed to our hotel in Melandsjøen. According to our clients, Dolmsundet is the best in the island but as soon as my back touched the bed, I was off to dreamland. Two nights with very ...

Why I hate marathon training

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 0 Permalink

Yes you heard that right. I hate marathon training. I hate the demands of running 4x a week even (and especially) when you're not in the mood. I hate the long distance runs after more than 21 kilometers. I especially hate interval trainings. Oh god how they kill me. It gets tiring to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to stack up on mileage particularly when it's freaking -4 degrees outside with freezing rain. Or running against a wind of 50km/hr (believe it can last for days in Holland). I don't weigh more than 55 kilos. The wind can literally blow ...

Why I go home

Monday, February 22, 2016 0 Permalink

"Let's bath in the river," I urged my nephews and niece while we were about to turn back home from accompanying my husband buying his 3-in-1 coffee fix at the sari-sari store. "Let's race," said the oldest. So Binbin, Bargas, the shy Nicole and I ran with all the speed we could muster, stomping on puddles in the dirt road created by the endless monsoon rain. Being the most skinny and the lightest, Binbin was ahead of us, myself trailing behind side by side with Nicole and Bargas, who is slightly chubby, was way behind us. "Wait for meeeee. Ateeee!!! Why are you ...