Category: Sports & Fitness

Federer’s 18th Grand Slam Title Is That One Good News We All Need

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I never expected Roger Federer would ever win another Grand Slam title after the 2012 Wimbledon, more so with yet another meeting with Rafael Nadal who I’ve become used to getting the better of him. Yet Roger proves once again that he is the best that tennis has seen and that he will always be the most admired man to ever hold a racket.

There are sports rivalries, yet none as great as the duo we’ve come to know as “Fedal” who have amazed us with their athleticism and made us believe that it’s possible to be great rivals and good friends at the same time. While I like both athletes, I’m obviously on The Fed’s side perhaps for the same reasons that legions of fans from around the globe have rallied behind him over the years–talent, grace, hard work, passion for his sport, and respect for his supporters. (more…)

Perhaps Georgeia deserves Courtney after all

Bachie has been my guilty pleasure lately, starting with the fourth season of Bachelor Australia, where previous Bachelorette AU contender Richie Strahan went on a (televised) quest to find The One, or at least a potential serious relationship, followed by this season’s Bachelorette, whereby Georgia Love of Tasmania goes on her own quest to finally meet someone she could have a serious relationship with.

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On Day 1, my top contenders were Cameron, a firefighter from WA; sales professional Jake; and Clancy after shaving off his beard. As the season progressed, it became apparent who the top contenders would be and who were there just for publicity, namely catalog models Sam and Rhys, and what’s becoming more apparent, “Industrial Designer” Courtney, who actually has dabbled in TV presenting.

Thanks to the most kilig and romantic date that this season’s Bachelorette has seen and that kiss, everyone’s favourite guy became the sweet and gentlemanly Cameron, so it was really heartbreaking for many fans when Georgia didn’t give him a rose in favour of Courtney, who is not only reluctant to have a relationship with her, but is apparently not into her at all. I’m not a fan of his shirts, either, sorry.

How Georgia missed all the clues is mind-boggling, but to be fair to her, she isn’t the first person in the history of both reality TV and IRL to ever miss, if not entirely deny, the utter lack of interest in her of a love interest. It’s just that in the context of TV-land, it’s hard not to feel sorry for her and think that well, she deserves him if she chooses him in spite of all of his shortcomings.

Cameron and Georgeia
Cameron and Georgia

We will all miss Cam on TV, but if Twitter is anything to go by, his popularity amongst fans of the show makes him a potential next Bachelor. And whilst some are rejoicing that he is still single, many have even wildly joked about setting their houses on fire, especially now that the darling from WA is back on the job.

So as I’ve updated my list of contenders with Matty J, it’s good to know that he and Lee are in the final, if paparazzi reports are reliable.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please don’t start fires. It’s dangerous and arson is a criminal offence 🙂

UPDATE: Georgia has come to her senses!

HBF Run for a Reason, My First Race in Perth

 

I finally joined my first race in Perth last Sunday at the HBF Run for a Reason 2016. Like most running events everywhere else, this race/fun run supports various charities, and runners had the option to directly donate to specific groups of their choice or set up their own campaigns.

Since I have only been running on and off in the past 10 months and that I wasn’t familiar with how running events were held in Perth, it was starkly different experience from the races that I joined almost weekly in 2014 and 2015. While I was able to put in a few KMs of running prior to our wedding, it was still a shame that I didn’t run as much in spite of the fact that Perth has been designed as if to encourage running, thanks to the miles of bike and foot paths around the suburbs and the many parks that dot the city. So in order to stick to running, I decided to sign up for this year’s HBF event. It also happens that the race that the annual event that the insurance company sponsors is the largest one in the state.

So on the cold morning of 22nd of May, I hauled myself off to the starting line. As I had barely prepared for the race, the 4KM run surely was the only category that I knew I could complete. It was a stark contrast to last year, when a 10KM run was the shortest distance that I would run, and I even managed to complete a 21.8 KM event without much preparation.

I still had fun running with beginners, parents and their munchkins, moms and dads pushing prams, and few differently-abled participants. The idea was simply to keep moving and have fun in the process. In addition to running a different, more scenic and definitely not polluted route, the race was the coldest that I ran so far, as it was late autumn/early winter in the southern hemisphere. I don’t regret wearing two layers of clothing and boy was I glad for packing my 2XU compression pants!

The race started at the heart of the CBD and ended at a horserace track near the WA Cricket grounds. Similar to running events back in Manila, there were plenty of things for finishers to do after collecting their medals, including free photo sessions and mini contests for prizes. I love how organised the run was, especially since organisers even provided runners with free bus rides going back to CBD.

So yay to my first running event in Perth and I hope to collect more finisher’s medals and run longer distances in the future.

Thoughts on the year that was

Last year has had its ups and downs, but it was one that I could recall with fondness, thanks to new-found friendships, new goals reached, and big decisions made.

It was a quiet year for the most part, and it was just what I needed regardless of where I sat on the introvert/extrovert divide. There comes a point in one’s life when drama loses its meaning; there are bigger things than oneself out there. Be part of what is good; look ahead. Life is easier and often more fulfilling if we just focus on things that are within our control–ourselves, our performance, our attitudes–instead of things that depend on the decisions and feelings of others. It’s tiring, it’s draining, and I don’t have the time, energy, nor the brain space to deal with negativity and everything that goes with it. In this, I succeeded for the most part. Most. (more…)

A Sony Experia Z2 review of sorts

sonyz2I have been very lucky to be working for an organisation that provides everything that an employee could ask for. In the connected age, there is just no excuse to be unreachable through any electronic means, and so even small fries like myself enjoy the benefits of “sponsored” connectivity and best of all–gadgets!

After ending my two-year love affair with work BlackBerry, I opted to get an Android phone to supplement my semi-personal iPhone 5s, and asked for the best yet most reasonable item on the list of gadgets I could choose from.  Having been let down by Samsung in the past, I chose Sony Xperia Z2, the purple one. Life in full colour, shall we say?

A few things attracted me to Z2–screen size, battery life, and powerful camera that packs a 20.7 MP that can capture 4K video. And have I mentioned that the Z2 is also waterproof?

With a 5.2-inch screen, it gives enough real estate for reading or editing documents, spreadshhets or slides that I need to access on the go. For an occasional road warrior, this is valuable, next only to carrying around a tablet. For personal use, using social media apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram is much better, granted they do not have bugs that typically plague Android versions.

Sony knows a good deal about cameras, and it shows with the Z2 that also comes with a variety of apps to make taking and editing photos easier. My favourite is the background defocus, which allows for taking photos with blurred backgrounds as if with a DSLR.

Speaking of display, the Z2’s IPD LCD screen makes viewing better no matter the angle, whilst the  Live Colour LED technology makes colours come alive on screen. Suffice it to say that I have also been enjoying watching movies and series on this phone.

Where it works best for me is that should I wish to view media files on a bigger screen, the Throw features of both its native video player and Walkman music app makes sharing files on smart TV or wifi-enabled speakers very easy. In this, I am just happy to have subscribed to PLDT Home broadband, landline, and internet TV bundle which runs on Android too.

System-wise, the Z2 still runs on Android 4.2.2 Kitkat and boasts of 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. This translates to almost fluid multitasking and fuss-free navigation between apps. Speaking of which, the phone allows you to sort app display alphabetically, by use, or whether they were installed or native to Xperia.

Lastly, waking up the phone is as easy as double-tapping the screen, which is rather convenient for checking any notifications or just the time on your still-locked phone. Unfortunately, double-tapping only works to wake up the phone and not to put it on sleep mode.

Overall, this phone is no slouch across performance, display, entertainment, media capture, and conectivity departments.