Finding My Way Home with the BlackBerry Z10

I got my BlackBerry Z10 in April, right around the time I started doing long rides in preparation for my triathlons. One of my long rides took me eastward to Rizal. I would pack up my bike and drive up Antipolo, past Teresa and park at DPWH Morong with a bunch of other cyclists. We’d log mileage through Jala-Jala or Bugarin, then drive back to Manila.

One time, the car I was convoying with took a different route back, and when I lost my companions at a turn, I found myself lost. I would have panicked, but realized I had the Maps app on my Z10. How hard could it be to find a way home?

I opened the Maps app, which used the Z10’s GPS to locate me. My Globe Powersurf 499 data connection allowed Maps to download the area’s road map so I could see where I was, which was somewhere in Angono, Rizal.

Could I possibly find my way from Angono to Pasig, where I live?

I keyed in my destination, the Eastbank Road that runs parallel to Pasig River, and Maps tracked a route from my current location to it. As I drove, Maps guided me with turn-by-turn navigation cues to let me know it was time to watch out for the turns.

The roads got narrower and more congested with tricycles, but I trusted that Maps wouldn’t lead me wrong. With a big sigh of relief, I finally got onto familiar roads and switched off Maps. I knew that the next time I needed to find my way home from a run or a ride, I could rely on my Z10, Maps, and Globe Powersurf 499, which gives me 1GB of data monthly — more than enough for all my traveling needs.

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Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship

Another weekend, another triathlon at Subic. As someone told me, I should probably have a second home over there!

Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship
Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship

I signed up for Tri United 3 because I’ve been hearing great things about how Unilab Active Health runs its triathlons. Also, this was supposed to be a flat and fast course, great for setting a new PR. I wanted to go under 3 hours in an Olympic distance triathlon, so when registration opened in August, I was one of the first to sign up.

I got chills down my spine in anticipation as I arrived at the race mini-expo at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center the day before the race. Continue reading “Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship”

Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor Goggles

My favorite goggles saw their last race at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines. I loved how they fit, but because I loved them so much I had pretty much used that one pair exclusively, which meant they were battered and worn out. The gasket around the eye socket area had warped, letting in water and causing me some problems during the swim leg.

I’ve got Tri United 3 coming up this weekend, so I was about to buy a new pair of goggles when a package from Zoggs arrived for me. What great timing!

This is the Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor. The Predator Flex model has been around for a while, so what makes the Reactor line different? Photochromatic lenses, that’s what.

Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor
Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor

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2XU Philippines Store Now Open

When international sports brands open in the Philippines, it means they see a market for their products because our athletic community is growing. The opening of the first 2XU store in the Philippines is great news!

2XU Philippines Store Now Open
2XU Philippines store now open

The 2XU store is located at the 2nd level Glorietta 2 (near Shoe Salon) and carries a great range of their products. 2XU is best known for their compression gear, which provide support to muscles both for performance and recovery. Continue reading “2XU Philippines Store Now Open”

Challenge Philippines Update

Before I go any further, have you seen the teaser video for Challenge Philippines yet? See why Kuya Kim Atienza, Angelika dela Cruz, Joey Ramirez, Bobby Go, Gilbert Tang, Raymond Magdaluyo and I do triathlon, and why we’re taking on the Challenge:

As race day approaches, I’m getting more and more excited about what Challenge Philippines will have to offer. Sign up now at There is a special offer until October 31: sign up as a group of 10 and get an 11th race entry for free! (Or, sign up as a group of 11 and you’ll each get a discount on your reg fee.)

Last Thursday I joined a few media people in what I termed a “field trip” to Bataan and Subic for an update on Challenge Philippines.

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My Ayala Land Story: Made for the Active Lifestyle

I was at the Ayala Abreeza Mall in Davao last Saturday for the Mizuno Athletes Tour and the Mizuno store’s grand opening. As part of our day’s activities, Jonah Romero and I walked around Abreeza and handed out balloons to mall-goers.

Mizuno Athletes Tour at Abreeza Davao
big blue balloons!

Mizuno Athletes Tour at Abreeza Davao
at Abreeza Mall’s activity center

Sadly the trip was only for the day; I actually spent more time inside the mall than outside in Davao City. (I will be back soon to be a tourist and gorge myself on Davao pomelo and durian. Yum!) While there I watched people going about their business and it just occurred to me how much of our city life we spend at malls and similar commercial developments. I am a mall rat myself especially when I’m trying to fit a lot of errands in between training and work. Continue reading “My Ayala Land Story: Made for the Active Lifestyle”

Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Run & Walk

Last Sunday was pretty hectic. After coming back from a day trip to Davao on Saturday for the grand opening of the Mizuno store in Abreeza Mall, I’d stayed up past 12 midnight to watch the swim start of the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (the triathlon simply known as “Kona” to diehards). I was only able to bank 3 hours of sleep before heading to Mall of Asia for the Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Run 10K.

The Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Run was my first race since the Ironman 70.3 in Cebu. I was excited to be back on a starting line. Truth be told I was race-weary after that long-distance triathlon, which is why I didn’t feel like popping up at any of the races in August and September.

Aside from the 5K and 10K run categories, there was a 3K walk which I think most participants (non-runners) had gravitated to because it would start later in the morning. Whether you walked or ran the race, proceeds would go to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Breast Care Center and selected provincial hospitals. Continue reading “Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Run & Walk”