a run dedicated to save the earth…

each time i tell my friends that i have signed up for this or that run, the next question they usually ask is, “what cause is this run for?”…

on April 26, this Sunday, yes that’s 6 days away from today,, i will be running my half marathon event (my first time in the Philippines) called Earth Day Run 2015 hosted by National Geographic Channel. it has been organized in partnership with the World Wild Fund (WWF) to save the endangered Philippine Buffalo or we call it Tamaraws (Bubarus Mindorensis), which mostly are found in Mindoro, an island south of Luzon.


THE TAMARAW – wikipedia


The Mangyans – wikipedia

their main objective is to help increase population of this species, as it is currently dwindling in number, at the same time help the natives (called “Mangyans”) who take care of the buffalos… or something like that.. the event also aims to raise funds to provide for electricity to the indigenious Mangyans. for registration fee of P950.00 (roughly US$21.50), i am happy to participate in it… truly we ought to be more wary of how we treat mother nature, also called our dear EARTH… the bible says in Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..”

if this is so, it is, therefore, just proper that we take care of mother earth. don’t you think we should take care of things that are only loaned to us or those that were put under our care? i pray that this project will be successful, it will be good for the next generation, lest they miss out on the wonderful world God meticulously created for us.. one project at a time, we will all get there.. monterey M.

Miss Countdown…

my dear brother, Tony, calls me “Miss Countdown”… because each time something’s coming up, like scheduled travels, a race that i have signed up with, someone special’s birthday, etc, i would announce to the family “10 days to go.. ” “3 days to go”…

i guess nothing is wrong with that… i am always super hyper with anything, or i could also be the opposite, dreading the arrival of something, like now, i have 38 days to go til i fly back to BC, i don’t want to think of leaving yet, but the day is coming nearer and nearer..

yesterday, i told my brother, i have so many things still need to be done, yet there is not much time for me. i remember that huge bulletin board in High School where it was written boldly: Live your life as if it were your first day, your last day, YOUR ONLY DAY! now whoever authored this motto sure did know how precious each minute , each second of his/her life was.. everyday, i think of my departure date as my “last day” and that i have to accomplish as much as i can before that day ever comes..

last day

truth is we never know when our last day on earth will be. i think i ought to say everyday “ONE DAY TO GO”… or better, “THIS IS THE DAY”… well, i think when my time has come that i will be called home, i am sure i am so ready, “finished or unfinished, pass your papers” as my teacher would announce during quizzes.. my life is secured in knowing God and He has led me to preparing myself to meet HIM soon… :)


how about you? have you thought of how to spend your days? did you ever think of preparing yourself to that BIG day when God calls you home? try connecting with Him, i am sure you’ll be counting down your days everyday to be with Him!!  To God be all Glory!!

8 months to go til Christmas…
38 days to go til i fly back to B.C…
28 days to go til my NatGeo Earth Day run…
3 days to go til my Lenten Retreat…
1 day to go, it’s APRIL!!

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” ~Psalm 90-12


21 @ 51

update on my running…. so far, my running life is in full bloom, i have been in Manila since February, and no cold and wet winters to keep me from running outdoors, no rains of “raincouver” to think about that i can run almost daily with my run team mates.. i was able to enjoy the cool crisp late afternoons/early evenings Manila experiences every February, and now as the summer heat sets in, running becomes more challenging for me, albeit humid nights, i am having the time of my life.

for this, i opted to sign up for the half marathon event for NatGeo Earth Day run on April 26th, and forego my plans of joining a run event in Vancouver this coming June.. i thought, since i’m here why not take a stab at it..


yes i am turning 51 as well in June,, hence 21 @ 51, or 21 kms at age 51. i do not aim for any PRs, i will be so very happy if i can finish the race without injuries or you know, as we “seniors” start experiencing ha ha.. it’s really funny cuz now, next generation runners call me “Tita” (as in Aunt) or “Ate” (pronounced as AH-teh) as in Elder sister, a respectful way to call someone older.. when i was used to being called only by my first name.. i am really a senior citizen.. of course i embrace it and not resenting it.. with age comes wisdom, right??

long road

so,, afternoons/early evenings i run following a train plan for my fourth half marathon event. still feeling excited and a bit nervous each time i think about the race, especially now that i am running in the tropics, with high percentage of humidity, unlike in Vancouver, where summer climate is still cool in the mornings, and sometimes it even rains in summer. but one thing different here is that the gun goes off at 12 midnight or 2 a.m. because it gets really hot during late mornings!!! oh my goodness.. back in BC, we start at 7 a.m. for half marathon and 8 a.m. for full marathon, based on my past experiences, and still enjoy cool summer weather.. i wonder how it will be here.. will let you know.


that’s all for now… the old lady shall now sleep..  :)


less talking, more praying…

attended church service this morning, after missing three Sundays of service, am i glad to have been able to go today with Dersky.

we sang a beautiful praise music called “Mighty to Save”, lyrics said, “Saviour, He can move the mountains, my God is Mighty to Save, He is Mighty to Save.”


if you are in a situation where you think you do not know what to do, remember God can move mountains.  meaning, anything we ask of Him, He can always do… guaranteed!

right now, i don’t know what to do with a small family situation where although i am not directly involved but am greatly affected because i love my family.. i tried to give my unsolicited advice, but i also cannot solve other people’s problems… singing this song this morning, it reminded me to surrender everything to Him.. He is the mountain mover….. now i will talk less to avoid conflict, better to just pray more and let Him handle it… it’s out of my hands… it’s in God’s hands… He is mighty to save us from troubles…

Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.


in God’s appointed time…


God's time

lately, i have been involved in “near misses” that could be reasons to feel rueful, but thanks to my new “motto” that i am able to overcome the feeling of regret, which is the cousin of worry actually…

but first let me explain, worry is something you think about BEFORE something even happens,,, while her cousin, regret, is that which happens AFTER something has been done/occurred or something you failed to do…  regret is not a good feeling because it stops us from moving on, always thinking of ‘i shoulda, i coulda’, but it’s too late to change anything.. so you just mope and regret and regret… and nothing good is happening..

you know what, my new motto is.. “everything is in God’s appointed time”… i believe nothing is ever too late. everything that happened happened because God planned it to happen… good or bad there is always a reason…

you end up taking up the wrong college degree and you regret it? don’t,,, God intentionally has a purpose for that..

you didn’t marry the one you thought was right for you? don’t regret it… God already knew who to send for you, if there is someone He things is right…..

you missed taking the earlier flight to join a family get together? don’t be sad about it.. there is a good reason for it..

in short.. do not feel bad about something you so want to happen but didn’t… or the other way around, something you did but think you should not have… i have made too many bad decisions in life that more often i have had regrets…  fortunately, they were easy for me to overcome because God has taught me that “His plans are better than my plans, His ways are higher than my ways” ~Isaian 55:9 therefore, i truly believe that every day, every second of my life is happening as it is planned by God. why worry then? or why regret if we know He knows what’s going on?

do you feel regretful for something? no, don’t be, it is all part of God’s perfect plan.. you’ll see, just be prayerful and patient and of course, there should be complete reliance on Him… i am definite there will be more joy in your life! keep smiling :) no regrets… move on.. move on… 


can’t complain….

i am currently recovering from a very bad flu… er.. when is flu ever good eh?

for the past 3 or 4 days,, i was bedridden, never have i been this sick since moving here to Canada. i guess the pollution and not so clean environment in Manila somehow protected me from the virus he he, and here i am confined to living a sorta kinda dirt-free life that my immune system stopped functioning.. that’s how i imagined it..

my sister being a pharmacist, was the one monitoring my condition,, take this, drink that, get rest,, check your temperature,, but we don’t have thermometer at home, never thought of needing one,, and i got a bit of scolding he he.. i love my sister..

during those days i was in bed, i could hardly believe how mere flu can put me down. i was having crying bouts for reasons i couldn’t explain.. i wanted to be better ASAP, a lot of things going on in my mind….  it was as if all my fears appeared right in my front… i felt paralyzed…

on the other hand, it has also made me think less about my condition when i remembered Jonathan, my friend’s 16 year old son, handsome young man full of promise,  who had brain surgery and has been in and out of ICU for seizures,,,, when my only problem was my congested nose and not being able to taste what i eat,, thinking too of Jeedy, my friend who has lung cancer.. we used to exchange messages via facebook or emails, but she has not been in touch lately explaining that she did not have the energy to go online… why, i can still play online Ruzzle til the wee hours of the morning while recuperating…

can’t complain,, won’t complain… i also spent time praying,, and thanking God not because i am in a better condition than others, but because He gave me this flu to keep me grounded with life’s real aches and pain.. there are so much more pain happening in this world, and mine is just due to carelessness..

so…. i feel better now,,  i continue to pray for those who are ill,,, gravely ill… i pray that God takes them by His hand and ease their pain as He did with mine… eventually, we all get healed for as long as we entrust everything to our Healing God… emotional pain, physical pain.. He heals them all..

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~ Psalm 103:2-5


Happy New Year 2015!!

as i type this, there are 4 days left till the new year arrives.


i admit i didn’t do well with my running this past year (2014) in terms of diligence… but at least i was able to finish my third half marathon last May. i am experiencing hamstring pain for the past few months that i kinda slowed down a bit from running. i resorted to Zumba just to keep myself physically active…  for the coming year though, i am thinking of signing up for a Half marathon event happening on June 28th. plenty of time to heal, plenty of time to regain my endurance after the holidays. it’s good to have a running goal this early so i will get motivated.

i am just agreeing with an article i’ve read a few months back which touched on the topic about how being 50 should not stop you from being active. i want to encourage you, especially those my age, to at least try and look for some activity that will keep your circulation going. it will be really healthy.. you might just even walk…. and to perk up your enthusiasm, why not invest on some gadgets that are now in the market to monitor your progress. this is one motivation for you. ok, i am not encouraging you to spend, i am just suggesting anything that maybe will ‘FORCE’ you to just go and do it. sometimes if we think we spent already for something (like signing up for the gym, which my sister did so now she has no choice but to go hahaha)… might as well have really good use for it than nothing at all, right? in my case,, Dersky gifted me with a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch for Christmas, and i love it!  thank you Dersky. so, this encourages me the more..


well, here’s to a new year of more active life, and hopefully no injuries, pain is inevitable,, but there will always be healing..

Happy Running and Zumba-ing…  God bless you!