A writing contest, body buffing and fresh graduates

Aug 9, ’08 4:06 AM
for everyone


Calling all bloggers, specially those who are based abroad. There is an essay writing contest at kamusta.com where we are asking anyone who likes to write to share their experiences. This contest will run for four weeks starting this August 11 where the first theme we are asking you to write about is, My First Foreign Romance. Keep it at 1,000 characters and make it interesting. Incidentally,  I will be the judge who wil choose who gets 3 hours free  prepaid cards which we will send to your loved ones over here in the Philippines.

C’mon. Everybody wants to read a good love story. Sali na! Visit kamusta.com for more details!

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I’ve gone back to the gym after a three year hiatus. I was suffering from a frozen shoulder when I stopped.  I still have a little pain now on my left arm  which is probably due to some other reason but I am ignoring that. The call of the sweaty gym and the heavy weights and the pumped up feeling I have missed for quite awhile have been too hard to resist. I am back now with a vengeance.

This discipline in turn is rewarding me by making me sleep well and feel good generally. I  was never athletic when I was in school. When I got to my thirties though, I started going to the gym, biking, etc.. I was so fanatical about biking I even had the whole set of funny gear–spandex biking shorts, shiny shirts with all the emblems, gloves, biking shoes that snapped you on the pedals, helmet, sunnies, etc. I even joined a Manila to Tagaytay marathon and was happy to finish on time. Personally, I think of that particular trek as some sort of watershed for me. It took a lot from me but I delivered and felt proud about it. I even had my certificate framed! I could take up biking again one of these days.

Light running is also cool. I love to hear the thud of my feet on the surface.To break the boredom, I count my breaths. I know that the first kilometer can be done in two hundred inhales-exhales thereabouts. I once did fifteen K non-stop. I know I counted my exhales but I can’t seem to remember now. 7K is about 2000 plus breaths if I remember it correctly. It’s not as simple as just multiplying 2000 by 2 to get to 14K since the rate of breathing gets  faster as you go though the kilometers.

I also love the feel of what they call ‘second wind’  where the body, instead of stopping due to tiredness can suddenly wake up and feel like it’s starting again after running a long stretch. You feel tired but all of a sudden, your body feels revived because it discovers and releases a fresh supply of energy. It’s a great feeling of lightness.  Second wind is not unlike the new energies I discovered when I started mid-lifing. All of a sudden, you have that spark to ignite and light up the rest of the journey as you feel the wind of change on your face.

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The 42nd run of TCU ended last night. We had great dinner after. It is always a good feeling after every run. I have a sense, a feeling of a temporary ending, a task finished, a passion indulged in, and a desire fulfilled,  and I always sleep deep and well after.

As of yesterday, people were calling me and asking when the next run would be. The truth is I don’t know. My schedule is becoming hectic once again and my days are accelerating to the speed of a crazy life. There’s the APO concert on the 20th of September, the promo schedule which means interviews, TV shows. There’s also rehearsals. APO is also rushing an album to be released soon after the concert before I fly back to Sydney. I will also have a photo exhibit at the Renaissance Gallery in Megamall by September 23. I still have a few pictures more to take.

If at all, the next TCU run may be November, but most likely next year  by February. To the new grads, congratulations. Go out and make your indelible mark on your own life and on the world! Life is a blank page. Create and write whatever you wish.

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12 years ago

i heard a rumor that you’re going to have a concert here in bacolod. is it true? if yes, i’m looking forward to watch that concert. (i’m crossing my fingers here!) 🙂

12 years ago

Good thing you are back to the gym. i bet you’ve got muscle pains all over your body.. hahaha.. Where do you workout? Fitness First ABS?

12 years ago

You should try the M7 cycle way which starts quite close to where you live. 40k in length, 80k return. You will see lots filos riding on Saturday mornings. Give us a wave. We meet at the Sunnyholt exit at 7am. I don’t recommend riding on winter but. Cruising at 25kph, even with proper winter gear the wind chill will can pierce through the clothing. Any exposed skin gets numb and your dripping mucus will turn icy that you wouldn’t notice it’s there.

12 years ago

oooo! thanks for the tip about the writing contest! i will surely check it out 😉

and goodluck with the gym. sadly i have had a lot of false starts and have decided to quit in the meantime. i tried going to the uni gym, but i found it awkward bumping into my prof at the pool. heehee.

Obet Dionisio
Obet Dionisio
12 years ago

My son-in-law who lives in Glenwood near your place is a bike rider, together with my other daughter. They have a biking group every weekend (maybe together with “Prof”). If you are up to it when you come back here in Australia, let me know and I will introduce you to the Group. YOu know where to contact me. Obet

12 years ago

yey!!!! i’m going to mark that day red. i’m wondering though… are you going to sing PANALANGIN and DOOBIDOO? i’m just wondering… coz both are my favorite songs… just wondering again. and btw, mr. paredes, would it be too much if i’ll ask for you to shout HELLO IFOUNDME during the concert? LOL! just kidding! see you then!

12 years ago

Ultimately there are only a few things that can be counted as true wealth, and health is one of them.

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12 years ago

hi sir jim,

all i could say is – always lots of goods in here.

good to be back here. good to know ull soon regaining ur tip-top shape, good to see u too, in the PDA 2 show via TFC..and good to hear about ur writing contest on ur OFW site;..i should relay then exciting info to my blogger-friend..sure, a good number would participate. 🙂

my warmest regards,