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Seen & Noticed: Deuter, Myra VitaGlow, Vitress

Seen and Noticed is a monthly wrap-up of events and products around the metro.

Deuter Grand Opening

Outdoor equipment manufacturer and innovator Deuter has opened its flagship store in Metro Manila at the 2nd level Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia. The Deuter store offers a wide range of packs for all sorts of activities: from carrying children’s books and necessities for school all the way up to several days’ worth of equipment for camping and trekking. It also offers accessories for all types of outdoor adventure: hiking, biking, trekking, mountain climbing, even skiing.

What impressed me was the backpack strap and AirComfort system, which redistributes the weight of a backpack from the shoulders down to the hips (which are more stable and can bear more weight) and reduces sweating by up to 25% because it keeps the pack off the contours of your back and allows air to circulate.

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Myra VitaGlow BB Cream

As someone who is outdoors a lot I rely on proper skincare to minimize sun damage and to keep my skin tone even. (I am Kikay Runner, after all.) Thanks to Myra for the sample so I could try out their new VitaGlow BB Cream.

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream
testing, testing, one two three

Myra VitaGlow BB cream (“BB” stands for “Blemish Balm”) moisturizes and nourishes skin, conceals and encourages healing of blemishes, and doubles as makeup and sunscreen. I first tried this out before the Century Tuna 5150 presscon and I felt more polished and presentable than if I’d shown up with a bare face. I also have very sensitive skin, so because VitaGlow BB didn’t cause me to break out (it’s hypoallergenic) it gets a thumbs-up from me.

Check out this step-by-step guide by beauty blogger Ana Victorino to applying Myra VitaGlow BB Cream:

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Myra VitaGlow BB Cream is available at leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Vitress Endorser Launch

My hair has been showing all the signs of stress from being out under the sun and in chlorinated pool water. Just when I’d resigned myself to having “beach hair” or “bed head” forever, Vitress launched its new Solenn Cuticle Coat alongside its new endorsers actress and model Solenn Heussaff, TV host and cover girl Kim Jones, and pro volleyball player Gretchen Ho.

Vitress is the country’s leading hair cuticle coat and hair polish (it’s what my hairdresser uses to pat down the stray baby hairs after styling and blowdrying my hair). A bunch of beauty, fashion, and sports bloggers including yours truly attended the launch and brought home samples of the entire Vitress line in a pretty makeup clutch designed by Solenn, as well as Hairagami hair styling clips and aids.

So far I’ve used the sun protect polish and the repair cuticle coat, and my hair has been feeling softer lately. Maybe these tresses can be tamed after all.

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Blog Podcast

Podcast Episode 1: 70.3 PH, Roth, Budget Half-Ironman

Welcome to Kikay Runner on the Go, my monthly podcast rounding up the latest posts on my blog: race reports, product reviews, how-to’s, and the state of affairs for running and triathlon in the Philippines. If you’re too lazy to read and don’t mind listening to my voice, this is for you!

Kikay Runner on the Go: Podcast


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:
Ironman 70.3 Philippines – With my heavy legs from having done Challenge Roth two weeks prior, could I still have a satisfying race?

Challenge Roth — I had many ups and downs at my maiden ironman. What drove me on to finish?

Ask Kikay Runner — How to do a Half-ironman on a Budget. What are the things you need to consider and plan for?

Gear Review — How using Zensah compression wear helped me get through my back-to-back races.

Cordillera Great Traverse – an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Check it out at

Opening and closing music by

Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!


Ask Kikay Runner Blog Triathlon

Ask Kikay Runner: Half-Ironman on a Budget

This is a section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, email me, tweet me, or leave me a message on the Kikay Runner Facebook page.

Ian Jimenez Miciano asks: how can an average Joe with an average day job and competent fitness level but no teammates, no sponsors, and not enough money to burn (yes, I’m referring to myself) train for and finish even just a half Ironman without blowing his savings and/or losing his job? I’m asking because (maybe I’m just not looking hard enough but) most of the triathletes I know are one or more of the following: pros (like you) who belong to fitness-related lines of work, rich people and/or those who have passive income (despite working abroad, I still consider myself to be of the middle class), people who belong to teams, and celebrities.

Gibran John S. Henson asks: How much does it cost to join a race (Ironman)?

#ChallengeRothTeamPHI 2014

Thanks for the questions! People from many walks of life can complete a half-ironman on a budget. All it takes is Read more »

Blog Reviews

Kikay Reviews: Zensah Compression Wear

As I type this, I’m wearing Zensah compression socks recovering from my first run since Ironman 70.3 Cebu. My feet and ankles have been complaining from all the abuse I’ve put them through, and the mild compression and support from the socks relieves the discomfort.

Zensah compression arm and calf sleeves and socks in pink — just my style!

I’ve been using Zensah compression wear since June for post-race recovery, and decided to use the arm and calf sleeves for Challenge Roth. I wore the calf sleeves under my wetsuit (definitely made getting into and out of the wetsuit much easier!), and then slipped on the arm sleeves for the bike leg. I took the arm sleeves off during the run leg but kept the calf sleeves on.

Zensah pioneered Read more »

Blog Race Report Triathlon

Cobra Ironman 70.3 Cebu

I wouldn’t say doing a half-ironman two weeks after Challenge Roth was a bad idea, but it was a big ask from my body. I was just happy to be healthy after a full ironman and it’s always a great fiesta in Cebu the Queen City of the South, and I was excited to race again with my teammates from Endure.

Ironman 70.3 Cebu
Team Endure

While most of the participants from Manila had scheduled Friday arrivals, I landed in Cebu on Thursday night Read more »

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