January 21, 2015

Takbo.ph 20-Miler Run 2015

After months of not running, I was finally able to run (and finish the run) again. My first run for the year was at Takbo.ph 20-Miler Run 2015.

(Photo from Takbo.net)

Takbo.ph 20-Miler Run 2015 was held in Bonifacio Global City on January 18, 2015. I registered for the 16k (10-miler) run. It was my first 16k run after more than three years. The last time I ran 16k was during Takbo.ph RunFest 2011. I finished the run and got another finisher medal after the run. This was also the first time I got a finisher shirt.

This is the first time I used Moto 360 to track my run (via the Runtastic Android Wear App). From being fully-charged when I wore it before leaving for the run, it became low batery after more than two hours of running.

The official race results are 2:18:04 (Gun Time) and 2:17:46 (Chip Time). Based from the Runtastic records, I ran 17.26 km in 2:18:21. It was a lot slower compared to my run at Takbo.ph RunFest 2011 (which was less than 106 minutes) but it was faster compared to my only practice run in Ayala Triangle a week before (more than 147 minutes for a 15+ kilometer run).

Over-all, the run was good. The route was from BGC to Buendia and back. I only hate it when runners have to stop for a few seconds to let vehicles cross the road. There were enough hydration but I feel bad because the water provider was Manila Water. There were Pocari Sweat hydration stations, but there were only two, I think. Aside from the drinks, there were banana and a bite-size packed adobo pie.

Hopefully, I can run more this year.

January 20, 2015

Android Fundamentals Study Jams

GDG Philippines is organizing a seven-week Android Fundamentals Study Jams on February-March 2015. This is part of the Google Developers Study Jams, free series of global, community-run, in-person study groups. The first jam session is presented in partnership with Udacity and will follow their Android Fundamentals curriculum. This series will be led by certified Google Developer Group facilitators.

Google Developers Study Jams is the first of its kind for Google Developer Groups (GDGs). Last year, GDGs were asked who are interested in hosting these Study Jams. GDG representatives were required to finish Udacity's Android Fundamentals Course and earn the verified certificate from November to December 2014. They will in turn be the ones who will be facilitating the Study Jams in their respective GDG chapters. I signed up for GDG Philippines, finished the course, submitted my final project, and got my verified certificate on January 7, 2015 (It was still January 6 in the US when I got the certificate, thus the date is January 6).

My Verified Certificate of Completion

For the GDG Philippines Android Study Jams, there will be a total of seven Saturday sessions (Every Saturday from February 07 to March 21). The first six sessions will be for the six lessons of the course (one lesson per week). The seventh session will be for the presentation of final projects. To know more, please check the blog post at http://blog.gdgph.org/2015/01/android-fundamentals-study-jams.html. If you are interested in joining the Study Jams sessions, you should sign up early before slots ran out.

January 19, 2015

Taal-Tagaytay Trip

On January 16, 2015, while most people are in Manila for the papal visit, Wayne (and his family), Chelle (and her family), Celine, Michelle, and I went to Taal, Batangas and Tagaytay City for a day trip. Our first stop was in Mushroom Burger in Tagaytay for breakfast. We tried the Crunch Burger and Mushroom Fries. Afterwards, we traveled to Taal. We went to Basilica of St. Martin de Tours.

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours (Photo from Celine)

Our next destination was in Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio Ancestral Mansion.Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio is a forgotten heroine of the Philippine revolution. We also saw Ilagan-Barrion Heritage House/Galleria Taal, Leon Apacible Historical Landmark, Goco Ancestral House, Villa Tortuga, Marcela Agoncillo Historical Landmark. We then had lunch at Don Juan Boodle House.

Our lunch (Photo from Celine's Foursquare account)

After lunch, we went to Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay. We also went to the miraculous well nearby. We went back to Tagaytay. We had a quick stop at Sky Ranch before going to Rowena's. Unfortunately, there were no stocks of buko pie and most of the items are already sold out so we weren't able to buy something.

At Skyranch Tagaytay (Photo from Celine)

On our way home, we had a stop over at Nuvali for dinner. We ordered food at John Bamboo. While waiting for the food, Celine and I walked arouond the area. It looks like a cool place. We should go back there sometime!

Our dinner (Photo from Celine's Foursquare account)

After dinner, we went back to Manila.