I go for the journey, not for the race

My second full marathon is just around the corner – mauuna sya kaysa sa Christmas!   

December 4, 2011:  another dream that I must fulfill = my first offshore full marathon = touring the prime districts of one of my favorite cities by foot = The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).

I completed a long distance run of 32KM last week, which coincided with the Run United 3 Afroman Distance event.  While I was at it, I was practically re-tracing the route of my first full marathon (Manila International Marathon, 25 Sept 2011).  Running, once again, gave me an opportunity to reflect, count my blessings, be grateful, and come up with creative ways on how to become a blessing to others.  Buhay na buhay ang spirit, hindi lang katawang lupa.   

Looking back to that first full marathon experience – It’s one of those firsts which cannot be replicated – yun na yon, kung ano pa man yon.  I enjoyed every minute of it kahit alam kung may susunod pang ibang running events.  Hindi ako nagmadali, eto yung pakiramdam na kung pwede lang huminto saglit ang oras – ako lang, yung ibang level ng fulfillment na naramdaman ko noon, at syempre, ang aspalto.  Hindi halata na in love ako sa running.  =) 

Several times did friends ask how it must have felt reaching the finish line of a full marathon (42.195km).  To me, it was a mixed of raw emotions – (sobra) happy for a dream fulfilled, and (medyo) sad because I knew I would miss the journey – the weeks of preparation, the special petitions, the excitement, pep-talk by friends, consultation with the doctors (wala na talaga ako sakit!)…even my in denial hopeless romantic side was not spared, at madami pang iba. 

 The journey is something I can’t get enough of.  It’s a metaphor of life.  Nakaka-addict!  =)

Run United 3 - 13 Nov 2011 - Afroman Distance - 32KM


So happy to see the Finish Line


SCMS - 04 December 2011


Music School – Chapter 1 – Natupad din ang isa sa mga pangarap ko =)

I chose music school over law school.  It’s a statement that instantly puts a big smile on my face, my heart, gut and liver.  I made the right decision. I couldn’t be happier.

I had it back when I was a kid – MUSIC…but I never pursued it as a talent.  I did not bother to nurture it as a gift, not until four months ago when I first entered music school as a student who was trying to learn the rudiments of a classic guitar.   

I’m grateful to have JAPE as my mentor.  He introduced me to the more profound side of music – alternative music and its soul.  He is a diligent young artist who is dedicated to his craft, and the things he taught me will stay with me forever. He is also passionate about teaching.  Hindi ko din akalain that I could play songs na sa tingin ko mahirap for a beginner – Jape simplified the chords of my favorite songs so that I would be able to play and sing to my heart’s content.  I remembered thanking God that very first day in school for the abundance of gift in this planet – musicians, artists and their craftsmanship.  They’re all geniuses.

Music school is all about happy moments. It’s not only about playing the guitar, but more importantly, it’s how music touches my soul – being able to communicate the things I’d rather not say.  It’s about aspirations and emotions.  It is art, and I’m in love with it.   MUSIC touched my life – it provided an interesting dimension to my profession, which has always been governed by parameters and numbers. 

Today, I have completed Level 0 – Beginner.  In January 2012, I’ll be back in school for Level 1. 

I will always remember that scene when I was just about to enroll…

            Admin:  Ano age po ng mag-eenrol?

            Me:  Ako yung enrollee…

            Admin: (napatingin sa akin ng matagal)

            Me:  Sa tingin mo ba matututo pa ko?

           Admin: (tumingin ulit sa akin ng matagal) Siguro naman, ma’am. One-on-one ang  method of teaching namin dito…(sabay abot ng enrolment form)…

           At masaya ako lumabas ng school ng araw na yon…As in nakangiti ako. Wala akong  pakialam kung mukha akong timang…Isa ‘to sa gusto ko talaga gawin, and this time, I don’t have to worry about making my family disappointed.

Meet MATEO - my electro-acoustic guitar

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