The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

I enjoyed reading this book by William Kamkwamba, about how his windmill creation became the tipping point for his life, and his family’s to improve tremendously. Dropped out of school in Malawi due to poverty, he continuously read books in the library, especially Physics (and much much curiosity) which became his drive to tinker with things to create a makeshift windmill.

The windmill gave light to his room, and eventually to his entire house and village. It also help with irrigation and water for drinking, which help improve diarrhea cases in his community.

His invention led him to be discovered by foreigners, and was invited to speak in TED forum, and World Economic Forum Africa. Very inspiring!

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People’s Palace

Finally, I got the chance to eat at the People’s Palace in Greenbelt 3. This is a Thai restaurant. It is my 30th birthday and it is only fitting to dine out with people close to my heart–my family. We started with my favorite appetizer these past few eats, pomelo salad! Theirs is better than what I usually have in Pho Hoa. The pomelo bits are so sweet and the shrimp is bigger.

I ordered lapu lapu fillet and chicken curry. The rice? Unlimited Thai rice, of course! The prices are a little bit pricey, but no problem about the ambience. It was a memorable experience, and I want to come back to savor other dishes.

You call them in advance if you want to eat there, especially during dinner time, They get full and you might end up waiting if you want to go there walk in.

Nuggets of Wisdom According To Pedro

PEDRO: Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan ang mga mumunti ngunit  ginintuang butil ng payo na nakuha ko sa aking mga  magulang… Kaya heto, aking ise-share sa inyo:
1. Si Inay, tinuruan niya ako HOW TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
“Kung kayong dalawa ay magpapatayan, doon kayo sa  labas! Mga leche kayo, kalilinis ko lang ng bahay.”

2.  Natuto ako ng RELIGION kay Itay.
“Kapag yang mantsa di natanggal sa carpet, magdasal ka  na!”

3.Kay Inay ako natuto ng LOGIC
“Kaya ganyan, dahil sinabi ko.”

4. At kay Inay pa rin ako natuto MORE LOGIC.
“Kapag ikaw ay nalaglag diyan sa bubong, ako lang  magisa ang manonood ng sine.”

5. Si Inay din ang nagturo sa akin kung ano ang ibig  sahibin ng IRONY.
“Sige ngumalngal ka pa at bibigyan talaga kita ng  iiyakan mo!”

6. Si Inay ang nagpaliwanag sa akin kung ano ang CONTORTIONISM.
“Tingnan mo nga yang dumi sa likod ng leeg mo, tignan mo!!!”

7. Si Itay ang nagpaliwanag sa akin kung anong ibig  sabihin ng STAMINA.
“Wag kang tatayo diyan hangga’t di mo natatapos  yang lahat ng pagkain mo!”

8. At si Inay ang nagturo sa amin kung ano ang  WEATHER.
“Lintek talaga kayo, ano ba itong kuwarto nyong  magkapatid, parang dinaanan ng bagyo!”

9. Ganito ang paliwanag sa akin ni Inay tungkol sa  CIRCLE OF LIFE:
“Malandi kang bata ka, iniluwal kita sa mundong ito,  maari rin kitang alisin sa mundong ito.”

10. Kay Itay ako natuto kung ano ang BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Tumigil ka nga diyan! Huwag kang mag-inarte na parang Nanay mo!”

11. Si Inay naman ang nagturo kung anong ibig sabihin  ng GENETICS.
“Nagmana ka ngang talaga sa ama mong walanghiya!”

12. Si Inay naman ang nagpaliwanag sa amin kung anong ibig sabihin ng ENVY.
“Maraming mga batang ulila sa magulang, di ba kayo nagpapasalamat at mayroon kayong magulang na tulad namin?”

13. Si Itay naman ang nagturo sa akin ng ANTICIPATION.
“Sige kang bata ka, hintayin mong makarating tayo sa  bahay!”

14. At si Itay pa rin ang nagturo kay Kuya kung anong  ibig sabihin ng RECEIVING.
“Uupakan kita pagdating natin sa bahay!”

15. Si Inay naman ang nagturo sa akin kung ano ang  HUMOR.
“Kapag naputol yang mga paa mo ng pinaglalaruan mong  lawnmower, wag na wag kang tatakbo sa akin at  lulumpuhin kita!”

16. At ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat, natutunan ko kina  Inay at Itay kung ano ang JUSTICE.
“Isang araw magkakaroon ka rin ng anak, tiyak maging  katulad mo at magiging pasakit din sa ulo!”

Half Mary

It was my 3rd 21K run last March 06, 2011. I joined Unilab Run 2011 (Leg 1) at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. I am happy because my personal record (PR) is improving.

Running Event Hours:Minutes:Seconds
1 Quezon City International Marathon 3:04:00
2 Condura Skyway Run For The Dolphins 2:35:00
3 Unilab Run 2011 (Leg 1) 2:31:00
4 Globe Run For Home 2011 coming
5 National Geographic Run coming

My next 21K run is on March 27, 2011 also at The Bonifacio Global City. This is for Globe Run For Home, which has a sentimental value for me because this was my first run last year. I joined 5K then, with a time of 46minutes. One year after, I am already doing half-marathons. Indeed, I have come a long way and I am happy to realize that I can do it.

The beauty of running long distance is that it gives you so many values that is worth keeping:

·         Sense of Direction. Both literally and figuratively, running is a way of life; a direction to the right path (health-consciousness) because you improve your distance as time goes by.

·       Discipline. Like any athletes in any sporting event, running keeps you discipline. There are practice days (which means, early morning run or late night run) to condition your self for a running event. Some serious runners even have a calendar of trainings that they follow before the event.

·         Meditation. You don’t only derived sense of calmness from sitting still and do incantations and prayer in a silent sanctuary. Running is also a form of meditation because it calms the mind (effect of oxidation to the brain from the cardio activity). I am the running testament to this. When I feel stressed after work, I just don my running shoes and start running in a nearby plaza near my area. The feeling after the run is just so good; you feel like your mind is so clean and clear. They call this “runner’s high” from the endorphins that your body produce.

·         Personality development. When you run long distance, there will come a time inside the race route that you will feel tired. Your legs will start complaining. Your crotch area will feel a little uncomfortable due to skin friction. Many things will come to your mind—foremost of which is you want to give up and just not finish the run. But most runners don’t do it because all of them knows finishing the run is a better option than give up.

·         You will feel pain. But just think of it as an investment, a sort of prevention to diseases that may come your way.

·         Camaraderie. You will find awesome friends from the running community. Friends that have the same passionate inkling to running.

·         Rosy cheeks. No further explanation.

So what are you waiting for? Wear that shoes, and run!