First UAE Women's 5K Fun Run-The Event

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This post is already rotting in my drafts, but still I want to share to you guys the result of the event so here it is! kisses 

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October 22 Friday, the day that I have been waiting for, the day I am going to run my first ever 5k (kilometers) race. Though mentally prepared, the physical state continue to disagree, I have been sneezing and coughing the last week before the race after absorbing all airborne viruses circulating in our air conditioned room that affected each throats and nostrils therein, not to mention the change in the weather, it seems that winter is here soon as the thick fog blankets Dubai earlier this week.

High spirited as I could ever be, not only that I have registered and pay the registration fees, I pushed myself into this as I want to keep that motivation to be fit and healthy. This is also an all women event organized under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein wife of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai which I don't want to miss.

I am up at 6 am, I get ready and off we headed to Al Mamzar beach. When we reach the last R/A towards the START, the police would not let us in, maybe because the parking is full so we have to opt for the nearest parking lot available. We had to walk for 10 minutes to get to the START. Finally, already sweating and warmed up, we have reached where the stage has been set up. The announcer from a radio station was giving few reminders. Few minutes later, he introduced the Fitness First ladies for a quick warm up. Another warm up that almost exhaust some runners, although it's fun to follow those moves.

The warm up lasted for more or less 10 minutes, finally the countdown started and the signal was given, TOOOOOOT, that's the signal to run. Here we go!

I stayed in the middle of the pack and started running, I kept running while the thinning number of runners is passing by me and some behind. "Run on your pace", I kept reminding myself, "but don't get left behind." So I ran as much as I could, maybe as far as 800-900 meters then I needed to stop feeling I could not breathe anymore, from there I couldn't remember how many times I ran and walk alternately. My aim was to finish the race not to faint, I have to take it easy, it was my first time, and after all it is a fun run. Goodnews, I did finish the run at 50:18 minutes, when I reached the Finish line, I was given a bronze medal and all runners got one and some goodies from the sponsors, I got discount vouchers at Mandara Spa, Forever 21, Liali Jewelry to name a few.



The Fitness Firts Ladies-there are two Pinays in the group

The run started


Me and my daughter at the finish line



Winners-awarding ceremony, oh and btw the 1st placer finished the race at a only 16+ minutes


Me and my kiddo again


Chad and Chris Fade of Dubai Virgin Radio 104.4

I am at 468th place out of almost 1000 runners, not bad for a first timer huh? I am sure to participate next year again and I am encouraging all Pinays here in the UAE to join.
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My Nokia in Decades

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Here for a better and bigger view

Above is a very interesting photo I found when I was looking for Nokia phones photos I previously owned. Photo courtesy of Aidan Wojitas of Flickr. I am meaning to finish this article which is  already late OR NOT for the nokia article contest for Pinoy Expat Blog Awards (PEBA)

I am proud to say that I only had four Nokia phones all my life and never use any other mobile phone brands at all and even I had another phone in my 2009 Christmas wish list  which until now did not materialize, still Nokia will be the number 1 phone for me, tried and tested over the years ever since my technology awakening. If you happen to read the article, I mentioned that I want a new phone but until now, me and my N70 are still hanging out together. I don't know what's got into me but I intend not to buy another phone unless I receive it as a gift or N70 goes bad.

Through the years Nokia has been my constant companion in reaching my loved ones any time of the day 24/7. My first Nokia phone was the 5110, the phone that my mom won in a raffle draw in our town's local supermarket. It was the Nokia phone that bridged us to my sister when she decided to work overseas again. It was the Nokia phone that rings even in the middle of the night that we excitedly answer knowing that it was her calling us from Dubai. It was the Nokia phone that takes us closer to her. It was from that Nokia mobile phone where we used to hear the sound of her kisses, her laughs, her tears, and all her stories.

I bid farewell to my Nokia 5110 when I received the very first gift from my boyfriend who is now my husband, a Nokia 7210, he bought 2 phones, one for him and one for me. I was very excited to open the box, a new phone, wow...I could not stop grinning, I can't hide my happiness. You know the feeling when you receive a gift and you're so excited to open it? That gift was very special, we were new, with a budding romance between us. My Nokia 7210, the phone that heats up when we talk over the phone until midnight. The phone that burns about 5 x 30 AED telephone card in a day or two. It was the same phone that we use to call our loved ones in the Philippines every Friday.

The third Nokia phone I had was Nokia 7610  that captures all developments in the life of my daughter from the day she was born until she celebrates her 2nd birthday.It was the Nokia 7610 that witness all the milestones of her growing years.I saved all the videos and photos taken using this mobile phone for my daughter that she may see them when she grows up.

The last but not the least was my dearest N70. When me and my husband buys a new phone, we always buy the same unit and the same color. I bought N70 last 2006 before our vacation in Philippines and from then onwards I did not buy any new phone, I was so contented with N70, I did not bother to look what unit comes after that. For four long years, N70 functions like new, it was so reliable, durable, undeniably feature perfect. Most of our captured moments whether photos or videos comes from N70. I dropped it soooo many times but nothing happens, I am almost convinced that it's indestructible. Over the years, N70 was my constant companion, it knows me from inside out, (kung tao lng cya, sobrang trustworthy nya kasi it knows all about me, even my deepest secret that has been shared with the closest friends and family) Until now, N70 has been very loyal. It is the phone that until now receives the hi and hellos from friends, blessing from my mom, i love yous and i miss yous from my kids and husband. It is the same phone that connects me to Qatar where my sister and her family now lives. It is the same phone that I use to call mom every Friday and every time we misses her. Nokia, Connecting OFW Families over the years and the years to come.

More power to Nokia, in case I become lucky during the awards night, N70 will be passed on to my daughter who is now 6 years old and will start her journey with Nokia. N900 here I come! :) Grinning BIG!



My daughter in the year 2006-she was 2 years old here. Nokia model na!
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First UAE Women's 5K Fun Run-Invite

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It is my first 5k run.

It is my first time to join this kind of event and its going be on Friday at 8 am at Al Mamzar Beach side. Line up starts at 7:30 am. Got to be there early for some warming up. My Run Number is 594 and there are about more or less 600 runners. It is really good to be active.

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World Record of Books

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Longest Title: The longest title of a book is 1,433 characters (290 words) and was written by Davide Ciliberti (Italy) in July 2007. The book describes the idiosyncrasies of the PR world.

The full title is "Per favore dite a mia madre che faccio il pubblicitario lei pensa che sono un pierre e che quindi regalo manciate di free entry e consumazioni gratis a chi mi pare, rido coi vips, i calciatori le veline e le giornaliste, leggo Novella e mi fotografano i paparazzi, entro neI privé saltando la coda, bevo senza pagare, sono ghiotto di tartine e gin tonic, ho la casa piena di oggetti di design, conosco Paris Hilton, Tom Ford ed Emilio"

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Largest Fashion Catalogue: The largest fashion catalogue had 212 pages measuring 1.2 m x 1.5m (3 ft 11 in x 4 ft 11 in) and was a replica of the Bon Prix S2 catalogue Voila! when unveiled in Hamburg, Germany on August 30, 2003.

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Most Letters Published in a Single National Paper: Shailendra Singh Yadav (India) had 214 letters published in the AJ Independent Hindi Daily newspaper between 2 January and 30 December 2007.

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Smallest Koran:The smallest published Koran book measures 1.7 cm × 1.28 cm × 0.72 cm (0.66 in × 0.50 in × 0.28 in). It is published in an unabridged, bound version, in fine print Arabic and is 571 pages long.The book was published in Cairo in 1982 and is owned by Dr. Muhammad Saeed Karim Beebani of Pakistan.

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Best Selling Copyright Book: In November 2003, Guinness World Records celebrated the publication of its 100 millionth copy! This confirms that, excluding non-copyright works such as the Bible and the Koran, the definitive book of world records is the world's best selling book.


It was first published in October 1955 by Guinness Superlatives, a subsidiary of Arthur Guinness Son Co. (Park Royal) Ltd and has since gone global, selling in some 37 languages.Comparatively, the five Harry Potter books to date have sold over 100 million copies, and Mao Tse-Tung's Little Red Book was sold or given away to around 900 million.

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Most Visited Online Book Club: Book Divas

Book Divas is the online book club for the young and young at heart. Started in 2002 as a community for girls to freely express themselves and share in their love of books, Book Divas has welcomed members from all over the world and has featured some of the biggest names in publishing for signature Author Visits: Meg Cabot, Christoper Paolini, E. Lockhart, Anne Brashares, John Green, Melissa Marr, and many other fanstastic authors.
It started as a forum, Book Divas now features Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Tips from the Industry, Book Videos & Trailers, and -- of course -- Contests. Book reviews are powered by great, extensive network of reviewers from all over the United States (and some times, even the world).
Book Divas is a privately owned subsidy of the Diva Entertainment Group Inc., a company founded and run by Leah Messina. The Diva Entertainment Group aims to provide online communities for women of all ages.
Info Source: Guinness World Records and Book Divas

More power to Book Divas.
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Al Bidya Mosque

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After visiting Wadi Wurayah, our next stop, the oldest mosque known as Al Bidya Mosque in Khor Fakkan which architectural design is unique among mosque built in the entire Emirate with its distinctive structure specially its roof consisting of four pointed domes and supported by an internal pillar. It is built of stone and mud bricks and is coated in many layers of whitewashed plaster. According to the radiocarbon analysis, the construction of this mosque date back as early as 1446 AD.


The rehabilitation and restoration works of Al Bidya Mosque were carried out by Dubai Municipality in coordination with The Heritage and Archeology Department of Fujairah. This is a famous tourist destination in the emirate of Fujairah which you should not miss.

Atop the hill is a small castle which is also an important archeological site, we climbed the hill for some photo opportunities


View from the hill


the other castle


two castles from far

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A Trip to Wadi Wurayah

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It was a sunny Friday morning of September 24 when me and my husband headed east towards Fujairah.

Fujairah is the only emirate of UAE that is almost totally mountainous but, when I say mountainous what I mean is this


...rock mountains, isn't it stunning? 

This mountain is famously known as the Hajar Mountain and even if it all rocks, the mountain is rich in flora and fauna. On the other side of the mountain are beautiful pristine beaches with crystal clear waters belonging to the Gulf of Oman.

Fujairah is about 150 km away from Dubai and it is about 2.5 hours drive, so whenever you are planning a trip to this Emirate, pack a good amount of food and bottles of water and make sure the gas tank is full. Well actually, it won't even be a problem because there are a lot of gas stations along the way where you can stop to buy all what you needed but it is worth being prepared for a long trip like this so you won't waist your time queuing at the counter.

This road trip is a little unique and special this time as me and my hubby are celebrating our 7th year wedding anniversary and we decided to experience something new together. Deep in the Hajar Mountain lies lots of wadis and we are on our search for the fountain of youth! Kidding (wink)! We are heading to the famous Wadi Wurayah waterfall which was pronounced as the first protected mountain area in the UAE last March 16, 2009 and is believed to be the home to the country's last Arabian leopard.

The road to recovery of this famed wadi still goes a long way but it is not impossible when many people are already helping each other towards its rehabilitation and protection. The aim is not to drive away people but to bring in people to see it, to become another tourist attraction for Fujairah, for UAE.

To those people coming to visit Wadi Wurayah, I personally appeal to you. Please do not leave any carbon marks to this valuable part of nature, do not vandalized the rock walls. Take back everything that you bring in on your way out and remember nature has its own way of returning the balance to it so we better be cautious of what we do to it.

After more than two hours we reached our destination, the mouth of the wadi. The sign says: warning deep water, children must be accompanied by their parents.


We continue to venture deep into the mountain heading to the wadi waterfall. It was really stunning and you need to see it yourself. 


The rocks, dry and dull as it may seem but still I could not stop myself from admiring the mountains majestic form.


Many people use this dangerous winding path to get to the wadi, mostly Pakistanis are braving to come down from this stiff route. Beware, there are no ropes or steps.



Behind us (above photo) is where the water cascade down to the waterfall straight to the wadi pool. I shy away to take photos of the waterfall and pool because there are already too many half naked men bathing in it. The water as you see above is crystal clear, cool and fresh, some small fish swims in it too.



 On our way out of the wadi

Layers of mountain rocks


Look at that height, probably more than a twenty story building.

We promise that this will not be our first and last trip to Wadi Wurayah, now that we know how to get here. Next time we will take with us our kids and some friends and we gonna take loads of photos and probably swim at the wadi pool.

So ciao for now!
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