Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Now that I’ve finished recovering from the race, edited my vlog, and uploaded my photos, I can finally come here to write this one sentence:

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is an epic destination race you should do.

Destination races, for me, serve two purposes. The first purpose is as an obvious excuse to go travel. The second purpose is to discover a place on foot. I’m so happy I was able to bookend my year with two half marathons, and end the year with one as special as the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. Here’s my travel vlog about the race and the trip. Continue reading “Angkor Wat International Half Marathon”

Road to Angkor Wat: Race Week

Well, I can’t believe it. Race week for the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is here!

I fly out tonight on Cebu Pacific, which has the sole direct Manila-Siem Reap flights. This cuts the journey down to three hours in the air, although there are only four Cebu Pacific flights a week. Other flight itineraries include stopovers in Ho Chi Minh or Kuala Lumpur. The other option is to fly to Bangkok then take a six-hour bus trip (which is how backpackers get around in Asia anyway — but I digress).

As part of Team Manulife, my schedule is pretty full from breakfast on for the next three days. Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat: Race Week”

Hong Kong Interlude

Hong Kong last week was a cool getaway from Manila with my sister and her family. We had actually booked the trip before it turned into an ASEAN holiday, so we still had our pick of flights and hotels. I decided to document the trip with a video camera that’s about ten years old. It was pretty awesome to look back on these moments from the trip while I was editing to create these vlogs.

I hope you enjoy these three videos! If you like them, please subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’ve got much more coming up from my trips to Taiwan as well as the Angkor Wat Half Marathon. Continue reading “Hong Kong Interlude”

Road to Vietnam, Week #10: Health vs. Fitness

Hello, folks! Sorry for the long blog post absence (two weeks!). I’ve just gotten back from Germany which was a much-needed break from routine. I know I was supposed to be in the heat of training for Challenge Vietnam at that point. However, in my life while things don’t always work out as intended, they do always work out for the best.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I have a confession to make: my body hasn’t felt the same since I completed Challenge Roth 2014. Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #10: Health vs. Fitness”

My Travel Running Essentials

I think I’ve gotten packing down to a science. I certainly got plenty of practice this first half of the year with four trips in the last three months!

Whatever the trip, my suitcase isn’t complete without running gear. I love the adventure of exploring new places on foot, and as a runner there will always be time for a run.

Simple Hydration bottle
Boat Quay, Singapore

Kikay Runner 2015
Bangtao Beach, Phuket, Thailand

A Pedestrienne in Bavaria
the Danube, Regensburg, Germany

That doesn’t mean I just go off running willy-nilly, especially if I’m running by myself. That’s why aside from running shoes and clothes, I always bring certain essentials when running in new places. Continue reading “My Travel Running Essentials”

Maze Challenge Asia — History Made!

While the Maze Challenge Asia wasn’t a running race, it was still a timed event with the person who finished it fastest as the winner. So I still found myself feeling pretty competitive on race day, aiming to get through that maze the quickest I could go. But I was also determined to enjoy myself and not make this trip all about the race.

Maze Challenge Asia
We conquered the Maze Challenge Asia!

Jinoe Gavan of and I left Manila yesterday around 7:30am on our Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur. It’s a three-and-a-half hour flight
Continue reading “Maze Challenge Asia — History Made!”