Monthly Archives: October 2011

Add one more country to the list!

“Karl, I’m looking at the holiday schedule, and December 30th is a Filipino Holiday, the Embassy will be closed.  Jan 1st falls on a Sunday.  I wonder if the government is observing it on Monday?”

*google it*

“It’s on Monday!  That’s a 4 day weekend for New Year’s Eve!  My parents arrive on the 7th, but whatever, we won’t be traveling again until 10 days later!”


Check prices for international flights…  Nothing for less than $250/ticket.

Check prices for domestic flights…  Cheap!  But cheap domestic tickets put us in places of no good hotels for less than $150/night. (I should note that Karl didn’t want to be totally isolated for NYE, which made it harder to find cheaper spots.)

Check prices for Coco Beach, which a lot of people recommend.  Ooooh, affordable!  But what is that thing there?  Minimum of 5 nights stay?  Compulsory NYE dinner at $85/person?  Yikes!  I don’t even think there is a restaurant in Manila that costs $85/person to eat at!

And then it clicked! 

“Hold on, tickets for Singapore are around $250/person, but we might be able to stay with Traci…  That will be cheaper than a domestic flight + hotels…”

“And we want to go to Singapore eventually anyway!”

Shoot Traci a message through Facebook…

Get a “yes!  Come over!” reply.

And that’s how after a year of traveling: US, Brazil, Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Coron…), Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, Guam (yes, it’s US, but it still counts!), we will also be showing up in Singapore for New Years Eve!!!


Next year our travel schedule will decline quite a bit.  We’re starting the year busy with my parents (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam), and we scheduled a trip to Palau in April (oooh, I must blog about this too!  How exotic is that?), but if we want to save any money while we’re here in Manila, we better tone things down.  But heck, might as well take advantage before there are kids to think of, no?

For a person who hadn’t been to many countries before this year (US, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina – for dinner only, does it count?, Canada, Germany, Greece, Holland, Spain, England, France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria), I’m sure catching up on those numbers pretty quickly!

Singapore, here we come!!!


Filed under Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!

Marine Corps Marathon!

And I’m jealous.  Super super jealous!

I had such a great experience at the Marine Corps Marathon last year, and just knew I’d be running it again this year, except life had different plans and we’re in Manila instead.

I love it here, but I really wish tickets to DC were not a small fortune – I would have signed up, and forced myself to run, be it on the treadmill or during typhoons, and I would be joining my amazing friends in DC for the race.

So I’m jealous.  And sad. 

Sad that I can no longer bust 20 miles on a Saturday morning, sad that I won’t be sharing this experience this year, sad that I’m missing an amazing race and I won’t be collecting yet another medal.  It’s weird the things that makes you sad, but this truly makes me sad. 

But just because I’m sad and jealous, doesn’t mean I’m not here, from halfway across the world, cheering on my friends, the many other bloggers who are running it, and all the other 35,000 runners that will be kicking some ass this weekend!  Good luck to all of you!

Marine Corps Marathon:  maybe I’ll see you again in 2013?  Pretty please?  (And you DC people better put it in your calendar, you are training with me!)

Good luck to all of you running this weekend!  And when the uniformed marine slips the medal around your neck, tell me that is not much better than grabbing one from a random volunteer…  And for those of you blogging, I’ll be stalking your race reports, no joke.  Until then, beat the bridge and have fun!


Filed under marathon, MCM

New header!

I’m not sure my blog will go through too many changes due to a name change, after all, I was already talking about lots of crap that had nothing to do with running.

But, I had an hour to kill waiting until Karl got home from his first experience playing underwater hockey (yep, underwater), so I figured it’s time to work on a new blog header!

If you haven’t been to my blog in a while, this was how the old header looked like (every picture in this post can be clicked for a larger view):


Here’s a more detailed view of the old header:


So using my awesome skills of Paint (no, totally effing serious, I got Photoshop and don’t know how to use the damn thing, so outdated Paint software it is), the blog now looks like this:

Blog 2

I got rid of the big black title on top (where it used to say I Run, You Run), and the header is a bit more versatile – still a lot of running pictures (I even added one from Manila!), but also some travel pictures, both old and new.

Header Caps

Of course, I have a feeling that the bottom row will get updated a few times as I take new pictures on our travels (HELLOOOO, ELEPHANT RIDE IN CHIANG MAI in less than 3 months!). 


Filed under Pictures, Random

Cannot believe I’m posting again today

But I made a decision…

New blog name? 

Carla Runs the World

Thank you everyone who participated!

Jen, shoot me an email at irunyourungroup @ gmail  (still need to update this part) with your address so I can send you a surprise your way (I’m a huge procrastinator, so it might take a few weeks.  Plus, DPO is slow, yeah, let’s blame it on that!).

For those of you who feel like it, update your readers to – the old link should still be working for a while though.

Now, is it worth going for a self-hosted blog?  It seems like there’s a lot more flexibility on that, but of course, that means money (though let’s face, I can afford $3.99/month) and a lot of complicated installations.  Anyone has experience with it?  Yay or nay in each of it?

Now let me work on updating a few things around the blog, it might take a while (again, procrastination-queen here), but I should start updating the looks of it to reflect the new title a bit more!


Filed under Random