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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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! ❤
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).
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!
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!
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! 🙂