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“Filipino is Worth Dying For”

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

With 2,000 military and police personnel on the tarmac, China Airlines Flight 811 touched down at what was then the Manila International Airport, A man stepped out of the plane with an entourage of several foreign journalists for “protection” in case “something” happened, plus a heavy security escort following inches behind. In a matter of minutes, a gunshot was heard and the man dropped to the ground face down.

He was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., the man whom most Filipino called “the greatest president we never had”.

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Yes, I’m being patriotic this week. I rather right this than my Homecoming from Switzerland…My homecoming from swiss, well I can right a few line regarding that before my patriotic Blog. So when I arrived from the airport I was greeted by a big big entourage of cars….MANILA TRAFFIC entourage… I almost got out of the car because of frustration and start running from the airport to my house, it will only take an easy 45mins run than an hour and 30mins on the car…I should do that next time…good training, right boss to loosen my legs after the long flight.

Back to the real Blog:

When I arrived here in my Motherland last week from Switzerland everything around me was yellow. I forgot that there will be an upcoming major holiday in the country, the Ninoy Aquino day. Last August 21,2009 was the 26th death anniversary of one of the most remarkable man in Filipino history. This year his wife, the former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino died, she lost her battle to cancer, made it more special.

Ninoy Aquino was one of the many opposition leader against President Ferdinad Marcos administration. He was one of the first people who was imprisoned right after Marcos announced Martial Law in the Philippines. Until now there are many conspiracy and still  his assassination is unsolved.

1983, While he was in United States, he was determined to return especially after having heard of the declining political situation in the Philippines, as well as Marcos’ growing health risk due to lupus.

His original intention in coming home was to talk to Marcos and convince him to restore democracy through peaceful means.

Despite set backs with his passport; threatening airlines that they will be denied landing rights if they fly him in; and threats of imprisonment and even death, Aquino persevered insisting that “If it’s my fate to die by an assassin’s bullet, so be it… the Filipino is worth dying for.”

Because of one man who voiced out, one man who had courage to fight the unstoppable and one man who died for his beloved country. Millions of Filipino unite and turn the history around.

So this upcoming Saturday near the tarmac of Incheon International Airport, Korea. I’ll try to do my best for the country. I’ll race, I’ll fight to the end, because I know that Filipino is worth dying for.

Wait a minute….. I don’t want to die…… I’ll revise it “ Filipino is Worth Fighting for”..it’s the same thing…. no comment Pls.

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Thanks Ninoy… Tuloy parin ang Laban at Laban kung Laban!!! In English… The Fight Continues….Fight “kung” Fight!


Case study for athletes

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

 


This case study was taken by Department of Wangkers (DFW) with the help of one undisclosed athlete.

He or She spent a rigorous training for months and after one hard session a wall just smacked her or him in the face, figuratively speaking. DFW was monitoring his or her condition after this event occurred.

This following list of Don’ts might be useful for other athlete in the future. This is accredited by the DFW.

 

1.)         Don’t talk to your roommate right after you step into your apartment

Why: no sense will come out in your sentence, you’ll be mumbling words..

Drawbacks:

-       Processing your native language to English will take a while, so your patient will be tested

-       You have to repeat your self again and again, still your roommate can’t understand what are you trying to say to her.

 

2.)         Don’t speak to a Korean consulate and fix your visa at the same time, while your still recovering.

 

Why: The two phrases that will come out in both of your mouth will be “Can you repeat that Please and Sorry I don’t understand you again”.

           

Drawbacks:

-       Understanding Korean English needs patient, if you don’t have one. GOOD LUCK (No offense to the Koreans)

-       It will take a while for both of you to understand each other. Just to make this clear it will taaaake TIME and time is essential

-       Will coast you money (the undisclosed athlete called from a mobile phone)

-       With the 10mins conversation you had, you can put your whole conversation in just a sentence

-       Miss communication can happen, meaning you have to call back .You don’t want the whole processes to happened again!

 

3.)         Don’t get a Identification Picture in a instant photo booth

Why: NO matter how many time you fix your hair and practice your smile the picture will come out butt ugly!

4.)         Don’t go to the post office and buy an envelope

 

Why: You will be humiliated!

 

Drawback:

            - You can miss interpret the Swiss lady, when your buying a 60-cent enveloped instead you get a 60-franc bill. Imagine, an enveloped coasting 60 francs……….

 

 

5.)         Don’t hit your head in the ceiling before going to sleep

 

Why: It will hurt big time and that’s not a good way to end your day

Drawbacks:

-       You will have to lie down in your bed in pain for a very long time holding your head and screaming in pain!

-       You will wake up with a lump in your head, not a good day to start your day!

 

Hope this list can help you.

            

Anniversaire in Alpe d’ Huez

Friday, August 7th, 2009

 

Every year for my birthday, I’ll make sure I have a birthday present for myself. This year was unforgettable, it was just the perfect present, TRIATHLON RACE IN ALPE D’ HUEZ. Oh, yeah…the LONG RACE not the short race.

So the troop left Leysin Sunday morning. We rode our Cervelo’s, first stop in Albertville, France. Then Monday, July 27th  ”The birthday ride” we rode up to Alpe D’ Huez.

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The guys surprised me with a birthday cake/ice cream cake ??? (I really don’t know what to call it) in the restaurant where we had our dinner. Thanks guys….

I raced the Long Course Alpe d’ huez Triathlon composed of 2.2km swim, 115km bike and 22km run.

The highlight of my swim was coming out of the water. So, for almost 2km of swim I was trying to connect to the first pack, where i didn’t Succeed  Being a hobbit, my Achilles heel is my toe (Please Go to Miss Erica Csomor’s latest blog for more explanation). I was getting out of the swim course, next thing I know both my knees was on the blue mat and I almost land on my face, I also hurt my toe in the process.

After the bike, my first kilometer I felt good, I told my self this is not so bad after all. Then it hit me, so I slowed down. After I finished my first loop, my legs are not working as much as I want it to, I just want  to finish at this point, two loops more. 

Well it was a long day and I did managed to finished the race and I also finished  9th placed in the women division overall.

It was unforgettable experienced and a perfect birthday treat to myself. Can’t wait for next year!