Kikay Reviews: Strip Ministry of Waxing

It’s already February this week so it’s way past time to open Christmas presents. I “opened” my last Christmas present last week.

Strip Mulled Wine Wax
a gift pack from Strip Ministry of Waxing

With an on-the-go lifestyle, I’ve always resorted to shaving for hair removal. But regrowth is quick and itchy. I’ve always had better, longer-lasting results through tweezing and waxing, but there’s a pain factor involved especially when there’s a lot to remove.

Enter: Strip Ministry of Waxing. I’ve walked by this place plenty of times before, but never had the guts to enter and give it a try. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Strip Ministry of Waxing”

Road to SuBIT, Week 2: Actual Training

I had an interesting first week of tri training. The distances I’m tackling at this point are short, but to paraphrase the great Chrissie Wellington: some sessions are stars and some are stones, but they are all rocks we build on.

I’m challenging myself more now and really getting the heart pumping and sweat flowing. This is also the kind of working out that makes me happy and gives me satisfaction because I feel like something’s happening. The exercise I did in the offseason had more of a recuperative bent. What I’m doing now is actual training. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT, Week 2: Actual Training”

The Magnificent 7

Seven is a nice prime number, and it sort of has a poetic and Biblical ring to it. This year marks Kikay Runner’s seventh blog anniversary. I can’t believe this blog has been around for that long, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of the way I’ve come.

While the race reports and travelogues are always fun to write and share with all of you, my readers, I’ve also written many times about thoughts and experiences close to my heart as a runner and as a human being. So for my anniversary post, I would like to highlight The Magnificent 7: seven of the blog entries I’ve made over the years that I feel have the most significance for me. I hope you will read along and click through for the full entries! Continue reading “The Magnificent 7”

Road to SuBIT, Week 1: #BalikSubit

January’s almost over, and I’ve already decided on what are going to be the big races for me this year. While I wouldn’t rule out a destination marathon later this year, I’m building my year-round fitness on getting triathlon-ready.

I’ve missed two Subic Bay International Triathlon races in a row, so I decided to sign up for it. SuBIT happens on April 29-30, 2017 in the country’s tri capital, Subic Bay. I took advantage of the early bird rate, which ends on February 16. Sign up now!

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Clark Animo Marathon on March 12

If you’re now looking of a unique race to join in the next few months, take a look at the Clark Animo Marathon set for March 12, 2017. With distances from 2.5K to 42K, there’s something for every fitness level.

Clark Animo Marathon

Organized by the De La Salle Alumni Association – Pampanga Chapter, this is the 7th edition of the race, previously named the Clark Animo Run. It’s the third year featuring a marathon distance. This will also be the second year to feature a route passing through the Clark International Airport grounds. (With more flights departing from and arriving into Clark in the coming years, this is going to become a more rare occurrence. Run here while you can ;D)

The gunstarts are quite early, so I recommend taking your family or friends to Clark for the weekend, arriving the day before. Pampanga and especially Clark has some really great restaurants for food-trippers. Kids will have a ball at the Fontana waterpark (even if the casinos are temporarily closed; sorry, grownups!). Nayong Pilipino is also in the area, as are a few other Clark tourist attractions.

The race is expected to host at least 4,000 running enthusiasts, making it one of the biggest running events in Pampanga. Registration ends on February 1, 2017. Marathon and half-marathon participants will receive finisher medals, while marathon participants will also get a finisher shirt.

The Clark Animo Marathon has always supported charitable causes. Its theme this year is “A Green Run for a Green Cause”, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Angeles City Watershed.

For more information, log onto their Facebook Page – Clark Animo Marathon.

Race: Clark Animo Marathon
Date: March 12, 2017
Venue: Clark Freeport Zone, Clark, Pampanga
Reg Fees: P400 (2.5K) / P550 (5K) / P700 (10K) / P900 (21K) / P1600 (42K)
Online Registration:
In-Store Registration: New Balance (Marquee Mall and Trinoma);Β Nepo Mall Angeles; Northern Brew Coffee Shop, Angeles;Β  Francis D’s All In Burgers, San Fernando, Pampanga; Cycles & Brew by Hubble, Clark.

HCMC Run: The City Marathon

Racing for the first time in a while is always difficult, but the rough spots get smoothed over when you’re in the care of a great race organizer. The Ho Chi Minh City Run was a long way from home to go run a half-marathon, but I am so glad I was there to witness the burgeoning sports and fitness scene in Vietnam, which can only continue to grow.

In 1992, Ho Chi Minh City had its first ever full marathon, hosting just a little under 100 local runners out of the 250 total participants. Twenty-five years later, the HCMC Run organized by Pulse Active brought the full distance back, to the delight of 7,218 runners across the 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K distances. Continue reading “HCMC Run: The City Marathon”

Kikay Reviews: Zenith Smart Scale

Today was the moment of truth: have I gained weight from the holiday season? The answer is YES. And now I know it down to the fraction of a pound, and then some.

Truth be told, back in December when Digital Frontier the official distributor of the Zenith Smart Scale offered to send me a unit to test and review, I had my reservations. Who really wants to confirm the damage done during the feasting? But everyone knows that knowing is half the battle. So I bit the bullet and told them to send it over.
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