Monthly Archives: October 2011

The year that it was…

It’s almost end of the year, and I hope you will agree that a lot of surprises happened this year in the world of Tennis. New grand slam titlists went home with their trophies, and I couldn’t be more proud that 2 female champions from the Asia Pacific went home with their 1st ever grand slam titles.

Sad that while I was gathering the photos, I only got to see both my all time loves MaSha and RF once in the 8 photos and both holding runner-up trophies. But not bad right? Roger Federer so far stands with an ATP Record of 46-12 (majority won at the hardcourt), ranked 4th in the world and has won one tournament in 2011, at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open. Maria Sharapova on the other hand has had a better year, with a WTA Record of 43-11 (majority won on hardcourt & claycourt surprisingly – she’s not known to be a slider), ranked 2nd in the world and has won 2 tournaments in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.

Looking at the line up of the Grand Slam Champs this year, it only proves that the ball is round. It was the end of the Rafa-Roger era where they would just switch turns in winning grand slams. I’d say this year is Novak Djokovic’s. He won 3/4 grand slam titles this year 2011 and has claimed the ATP world number 1 spot. Good job Nole! One observation – he didn’t win at the clay this year, if not it could have been a Golden Slam. This was the same dilemma that Roger had in his reign. He was just unsuccessful to win the French Open when Rafa was around. On the other side of the fence, notice how our WTA World #1 Caroline Wozniaki still hasn’t won a grand slam title. Will next year be a better year for our Danish tennis player? And last but not least, don’t you find it surprising how the Williams sisters dropped low in the WTA rankings, but just before the year officially closed, Serena was able to grab a RunnerUp trophy at her home in Flushing Meadows? It was so unpredicted that it made the World Tennis all the more a lot of fun!

Here’s a summary of the year that it was, after the 4 glorious grand slam tournaments have ended:

Australian Open – Women (January 2011)


Champion - Kim Clijsters (BEL); RunnerUp - LiNa (CHN)

Australian Open – Men (January 2011)


Champion - Novak Djokovic (SRB) ; RunnerUp - Andy Murray (GRB)

French Open – Women (May 2011)


Champion - LiNA (CHN); RunnerUp - Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

French Open – Men (May 2011)


Champion - Rafael Nadal (SPA); RunnerUp - Roger Federer (SUI)

Wimbledon – Women (June to July 2011)


Champion - Petra Kvitova (CZE); RunnerUp - Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Wimbledon – Men (June to July 2011)


Champion - Novak Djokovic (SRB); RunnerUp - Rafael Nadal (SPA)

US Open – Women (September 2011)


Champion - Sam Stosur (AUS); RunnerUp - Serena Williams (USA)

US Open – Men (September 2011)


Champion - Novak Djokovic (SRB); RunnerUp - Rafael Nadal (SPA)

Congratulations to all the Grand Slam Champs this year, you all gave me a lot of excitement, reason to watch TV, eye bags, and lots of good stuff! I look forward to another awesome Tennis year 2012. 🙂

Running home

The event of the year!

Who would’ve thought that I will be going home this year, because of a running event rather than plain vacationing? None. It’s been years since I got to see Bicol, the place where I grew up, not necessarily the exact same town, but in the same environment, same language, same food. I really felt excited when I knew that the team was flying to Naga for the CamSur Marathon 2011.

The team arrived at the Naga City Airport on September 24th, a day before the event. We were welcomed with bands, given floral lays and a lot of smiling and friendly people. Free shuttle vans were also provided for those going to CWC. Feeling “artista” I would say, but it couldn’t be entirely a lie as we had celebrities aboard the same AirPhil flight. We had Rovilson Fernandez, Tessa Prieto, Ex-PBB Housemates, and so on.

CWC Wakeboarding

Honestly it was my first time in CWC. I am not a water sports type of person as I don’t know how to swim! Major frustration#1 for me. I was excited with the trip for the event and going back home, even though we know that the main attraction there was wakeboarding, and perhaps swimming afterwards.

CWC pool

On our first day the team just relaxed, slept, walked around the place, and had an early dinner at the Triboo Grill. It was a BBQ place, not too fine but okay, the food was so-so, we all had Chicken Barbeque, and I know that the team has lots to say about their “buko shake”. While we ate, we enjoyed the background music of Old Filipino Songs (really?) until the waiters have probably heard us whining and played Justin Bieber afterwards. 🙂

Famous “nyaaaw” resto

Race day came, and everyone was excited! Shuttle services were provided for those in CWC heading to different starting lines for 42k, 21k, 10k, 5k and 3k runners. Good thing the 5 and 10ks were starting at the same place so I had Maddy with me at the starting line. Thank God for the beautiful weather! Here are some snapshots post race.

With 21km finisher FFS

With Maddy

Near the center stage

It was a great run. I know everyone enjoyed the new route, with a lot of Bicolanos watching at the side of the roads cheering us on whether they comment “amerikano”, “guapo”, “artista”, and so on haha! Team Alpha1 gained additional fans? Pwede. I also felt at home as I was even understanding what the people in the sidewalks were commenting/saying in their native language. Last but not least, gathering at the finish line is always something the team looks forward to!

When our last team member has crossed (guess who? haha), we all headed back to the Dwell Houses and relaxed. Some slept, some took a shower, but Bry and I were going somewhere to meet 3 super special people that I love! ❤

Basilica Penafrancia

We met up with my beautiful highschool buddies, Zet (with her hubbie Ton) and Edz. It’s been months since I last saw them. Missed my girls! We went to the Basilica Penafrancia, ate at Red Platter in Magsaysay Avenue, and stayed in Starbucks for some catching up (Maybe “some” is an understatement).

Starbucks Naga

Later in the afternoon the girls had to leave back to Daet, my home town which is about an hour or so away, so I had to say bye. I had SOOO much fun ladies, there’s never a dull moment with you girls! Thanks for giving FFS an aero-scare! haha! They sent us back to CWC and we then had to prepare for a dinner celebration with the team – last night in CamSur!

We ate at Bob Marlin in Magsaysay Avenue, and it was delish! Team feasted with Crispy Pata, Sisig, Bulalo, Bicol Express, Sizzling Blue Marlin Steak, and a lot more! YUM! BUUURP!

Bob Marlin Naga

After dinner, some of us needed a push so we went to Starbucks for some coffee, before we headed to a restobar for some drinks. Coffee before alcohol is a habit that’s popularized by our team mate Jesy “SprintingSwine” Cruz. haha!

When the team got back to CWC later that night, or should I say morning, the rain was already pouring so hard. None of us even knew that a typhoon was coming. PAG-ASA already hoisted a signal # 2 at CamSur that night, but we were all still hoping that our flight is a go the following day.

To shorten what happened next? Signal #3 the next day and all flights cancelled. Team had to book a bus home at night, so there were plenty of time for the boys to wakeboard in the afternoon. Worked for their advantage!

Team Alpha1 Bus

Summing it all up, I’d give our whole trip (Run+Food+Laugh Trips) a perfect score of 5/5 purpletops !!  Everyone had tons of fun and I’m sure everyone’s excited for the team’s out of town trip #3, and I think we’re booked for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in Feb. 2012! 🙂