Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sinulog 2014: Faces and Scenes


This may be a little bit too late but let me share some photos I took from this year's Sinulog. I was just at the sidelines, among the crowd, so I'll have to make do with what I could capture where I was.

Before heading out, which was already noon, I already had an idea what I wanted to take photos of. I didn't have a photographer's pass, which gives you full "photographic access" to events and participants, so I knew I wouldn't be able to take good ones up close and in detail. I resolved on taking more photos of the crowd and surroundings instead. I wish I took photos of people taking photos of themselves, though, because there were a lot!

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I'm not sure if this man was drunk. 

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Bee kid on a unicorn having a scratch.

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Father and son moment.

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Magellan and Lapu-lapu fight re-enactment. 

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Festival Queen.

The original plan was just to hole up during Sinulog Grand Parade. A week before Sinulog, my friends over at Wandering Totes (check them out!) asked if I could write something travel-related. The only big travel I did last year was going to Sagada for my birthday, which I've already written about, so I didn't have new material to share. Then, I realised it's Sinulog season, so why not share something about the festival instead?

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One of many barbecue stalls in Fuente OsmeƱa Circle.

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Rollerskate exhibition.

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Roses on her head.

Visit Wandering Totes to read the Sinulog guest post and other travel- and craft-related goodness!

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Festival Queens have one of the toughest jobs during Sinulog.

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Sinulog couture.

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'Tis the season for Sinulog henna tattoos.

Have a great weekend!

x Roanjean

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


The last time I posted outfit photos here was around 2 years ago. I became overweight and uncomfortable in my own skin around that time. I then swore to lose  weight and return to posting self-portraits once I've shed 30 pounds. Last year, I lost at least 10 pounds, plantar fasciitis completely gone, and felt healthy.

After Milo Marathon (I ran 10K) last year, I wasn't that interested in running anymore. In fact, I didn't even properly train for that 10K run. I just did pilates and yoga, and decided to just wing it come race day. I expected to finish slower compared to the previous year but surprisingly, I even shaved off 3 minutes and finished with an improved time. The difference between my first and second MIlo 10Ks, aside from not training for it, was the mindset. There were happy thoughts and zero expectations this time. I guess a stronger core and controlled, relaxed breathing greatly helped, too.

As I said, I didn't run anymore post-Milo Marathon 2013. Although an improved finished time inspired me to consider joining Cebu Marathon 2014, work schedule wasn't cooperative. Then came, of course, the holiday season. While I still exercised, it was not enough to help me shed off more pounds.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cebu City Marathon 2014


I just want to share some photos from this year's Cebu Marathon. This marathon event has just become a truly big one because it's already IAAF AIMS-certified. They have also scrapped fun run distances - 3K, 5K, and 10K - so it wouldn't be just one of those weekend runs. The international marathon would be something special and to aim higher for.

While last year was achingly hot, this year's marathon was quite the opposite. It was raining and cold the entire time (we had, as what Rosie would put it, a Philippine polar vortex). But it was one of those few occasions where a lot of people didn't mind and were happy to be in the rain.

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This is a foot race.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

50 Books for 2013 (but just read 24, really)

Setting up myself to read 50 books for the year (c/o Goodreads) was quite ambitious. I should know as I knew there's a possibility I'd get lazy mid-way through. But as someone who doesn't set high expectations on anyone, I likewise did not pressure myself that I should read 50, but I could. I thought it would be great to set a higher goal and if I actually achieved it, that would be totally amazing. At some point, I even thought of "cheating" my way through by reading more comic books, graphic novels, and kids'/YA books, lol.

The number of books to read was motivated by the desire to spend less and save more, so I could travel or buy a gadget. Sometime mid-year, however, there were some changes work-wise, so plans got busted and uncertainties crept up. Around this time, if I recall correctly, reading slowed down.

Anyway, I trudged on and managed to finish 24 books by the end of the year. I've started more than that and I promise to get on with the unfinished ones this year. I'm glad I even had time to read and enjoy these books.

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