Finishing the SwimBikeRun Duaman Race, Yes! I’m a duathlete

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With barely three weeks of not-so-hard training, I finally did the Duaman event, the second leg of the SwimBikeRun (SBR) Tri-series. I run 3KM, road my bike for 20km and then run 3km again to join the more than 600 participants into becoming duathletes. My total time was ok enough, clocking in 1:37. It would have been faster but I sucked on the bike.

But what impressed me the most was how fast I conquered the 3K runs. I did the first run for around 17 mins. Good enough for my personal record. The early morning uphill run to Antipolo from my place to the Valley Golf loop helped a lot. Since the 3K run in the Duaman was just plain road, I didn’t had a hard time finishing it.

And what baffles me most was how I fast I recovered from biking to running the second 3K run. The first few minutes was hard but after awhile, I’ve regained my running form and finished.

Overall, it was a great experience. I’m hoping I could muster the courage to train for tri. But it’s a long a shot. I’ll be doing a couple of more duathlon perhaps and several half-marathon. Triathlon can wait. 🙂

Congrats to SwimBikeRun for a well-organized event. You guys rock!

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Line up for the Samsung Galaxy S4, now!

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 as you may have known by now is upon us. The frenzy has started not only in the U.S. but also here in our beloved country. So, how do you get yourself first dibs on this upcoming smartphone? Well, I’m pretty sure both Smart and Globe will becoming up with their own shindigs to promote possibly the best Android smartphone ever released (yes, it’s not the HTC ONE). But at this early, Samsung Philippines has already launched their own promotional gig.

Samsung Philippines wants you to line up 4 the Galaxy S4. To do this, simple register using your Facebook or Twitter account by entering some credentials and you’ll pretty much assured of a unit come launch date. But wait, that’s not the only purpose of this gig. By lining up for the Galaxy S4, you are actually assuring yourself a ticket for the raffle draw accompanying the launch of the Galaxy S4.The prize, either a Php 5,000 or Php 3,000 discount on your purchase of the Galaxy S4. That’s a huge saving actually, especially since rumor has it that the unlocked unit will be something around Php 30K.

So, what are you waiting for? Line up now for the Galaxy S4. I know you want the S4, who doesn’t?


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Smart now accepting pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy S4!

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I just learned via Smart’s Twitter account that pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 is now live on the Smart website. I hit the link provided by Smart and immediately got into the pre-order page for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, there’s n information yet as to which plan the said smartphone will be available. There’s no words yet as to when it will become available.

Still, if you’re planning to grab this smartphone, and you want to get it from Smart, you’ll be better off registering on the pre-order page as early as now.

And for those of you who are not aware of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4, well here it goes:

  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: 130 g (4.59 oz)
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Camera Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

So, who’s getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 from Smart Telecoms?

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3rd International Conference of Asian Special Libraries ICoASL 2013

icoasl2013 photo 1It’s been a long time since I last attended a local conference related to my profession, librarianship. So, the organizers of the just concluded 3rd International Conference of Asian Libraries or ICoASL 2013 ought to feel honored because I attended their conference (just kidding!). Anyway, the ICoASL was organized by the Asian Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP). The ASLP of course always have a special place in my librarian’s heart because I used to serve the Association a long time ago. In fact, they were the first librarian’s group who awarded me with a plaque of appreciation for my good deeds for them.

Anyway, going back to ICoASL, I would have to commend the chair of the organizing committee, Ms. Shirley Ingles-Cruz and Mr. Yap, president of ASLP for coming up with such a prestigious gig. It’s very seldom that you’ll find international speakers and delegates conggregate in our beloved country for a conference such as the ICoASL 2013. I’m also fortunate to have been sponsored by my company to attend the said conference together with some of my colleagues.

You can find more information about ICoASL 2013 through their blog which I believe was setup by the Filipino Librarian himself, Director Vernon Totanes. The blog’s address is You can find the presentations of the speakers for the plenary sessions in the blog.

All of the resource speakers during the Plenary Sessions delivered very good papers. But I can’t say the same for some of the speakers and the papers presented during the breakout sessions. But, their efforts for coming up with their respective studies are still commendable nonetheless.

So, once again. Congratulations to all the librarians who worked hard to stage the ICoASL 2013 and I’m looking forward to attending the next conference happening in 2015. Hopefully by then, I could come up with a good paper to submit for the conference.

Meanwhile, here are some more photos I took during the conference. Sorry for the picture quality because I was just using my iPhone, S3 and iPad’s cameras to take these photos.
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