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  • Berjaya Makati Hotel

    I recently stayed at Berjaya Makati Hotel for a two-day seminar for TB (tuberculosis) Educator training and I want to share a short feature about the hotel, some of their amenities, and services.


    It was generally bland. We were served first with morning snacks (that was served very late) hotdog in a bun with dressing on a plate cling wrapped.  Those being sold at 711 tastes better, I swear!  Lunch, then afternoon snacks, and dinner came.  Same quality.  Dishes with fish pastes saved the menu.  At least the breakfast the next day was far better.  I like the breakfast.  It is not special but at least they served something tasty.


    Well they have the standard look for a hotel room as you can see below.  It is cozy but obviously the beds are quite old and a bit worn out.




    Kudos to the hotel personnel who installed our own router inside the room since we couldn’t connect to any of the available routers. What I don’t like though was guests are only allowed to connect one gadget per router.  But to be frank I didn’t like how the front desk guy answered my call to have the WiFi fixed.  Good thing a girl took my second call and she was able to help me resolve the concern by letting the MIS check the router on our floor.


    For other amenities

    The pool and gym are on the fifth floor.  The pool was not appealing for me to take a dip though.  But at least they have one.  :)



    For other amenities you may check this photo taken inside the lift and they also have a band that plays at the hotel lobby at night.  The singers are so-so and need to work on their diction and pronunciation.



    If you’re only looking for a cozy place to stay overnight, you can probably consider this one but there are better hotels nearby of the same price range that you can also check out.

    Have a nice day!


    the running enthusiast Salomon Citytrail Poster

    Whether you run for the thrill of it, to stay fit of healthy, or both, get ready for a more enjoyable running routine as Salomon promotes Citytrail running, inspired from its mountain trail running heritage. Alongside the launch of Salomon’s Citytrail products, the brand is happily prepping to host the first-ever event in the Philippines following its success in different countries including the U.S., and select countries in Europe and Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

    After much deliberation, the Salomon Citytrail Manila is set to launch on September 7, 2014 at Intramuros, Manila.

    The oldest city in the Philippines, The Walled City was deemed perfect for an adventure run that will not only be challenging and exciting with its dynamic urban landscape, but rich with culture and heritage as well. Even more enticing is the fact that the race starts at 4PM, which means the runners will experience all these amid the Manila sunset –the best time to explore and absorb the old fortress.

    The sunset run is set to target at least 500 participants made up of adventure seekers, road runners, weekend warriors, fitness buffs, and trail running enthusiasts. Divided into two categories of 12km and 6km, the course will not be a conventional road run and will include challenges such as climbing stairs, crossing bridges, and clambering ramps around the Walled City. Foot strikes on different surfaces, ascends on bridges and stairs will stimulate trail running skills while rediscovering Philippine heritage and culture. Salomon brand ambassadors, Philippine Sky Runners & Suunto Athletes will be the assigned to selected areas to marshal and guide the participants in the running tour. The cutoff time for the whole race is two hours.

    The registration will be open from August 1 to August 29 at the Salomon stores and August 30 to September 5 at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Participants may also register online ( http://www.runnersrunner.com/2014sctp/). The fee is P900 and P1,200 respectively for the 6km and 12km categories. All registrants will get a race bib, timing chip, Salomon Citytrail singlet, Citytrail cap, post race meal and a historical running tour of Intramuros City. 12km finishers will get a Citytrail Finisher’s medal. Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event.

    Fortunately, participants need not to worry because substantial parking spaces will be made available within the venue. Plus, a baggage counter will be situated within the Start/Finish area in Fort Santiago where race participants may leave their belongings.

    Salomon Citytrail Manila is a green run as it promotes sustainability and environmental preservation. No disposables will be given throughout the race course. Gatorade dispensers and water jugs will be stationed around the road areas of Intramuros City.

    In line with Salomon’s campaign to “Elevate Your Run”, it is through the Citytrail event and its latest Citytrail footwear that Salomon aspires to introduce Citytrail running as an urban alternative to trail running.

    A global event meant to entice everyone to “Elevate Your Run”, Citytrail running is all about being creative and imaginative when it comes to making your own trails in the city. It involves making use of the different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, et cetera to keep the experience exciting and more challenging.

    Living up to its claim as the leading expert in trail running equipment, Salomon will also be launching the X-Scream, the best choice for Multi-Terrain Urban Running. Dynamic and cushioned, the X-Scream is an agile Citytrail shoe that injects mountain spirit into running in an urban landscape.

    Designed for an adaptive fit, dynamic cushioning, and grip, the X-Scream features a specific set of innovative technologies including a Lace pocket to provide easy storage for the Quick Fit lacing system; Quicklace, for a minimalistic and strong lace for one-pull tightening; OS Tendon for a perfect ride; Light Weight Muscle Traction; Friction Free Lace Eyelet; Contagrip HA; Molded EVA; Sensiflex, for a combination of foothold and freedom; Contagrip LT for grip and durability; EVA shaped Footbed; Sensifit; and a Non-marking Contagrip.

    Running and staying fit need not be boring. Through its innovative products and engaging events such as the upcoming Salomon Citytrail Manila event, Salomon calls out to everyone to elevate their run and mix things up by exploring new and challenging trails.

    Salomon is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.



    About Salomon

    Salomon (www.salomon.com) was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism. During the following 60 years, Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in bindings, boots, skis and apparel for both alpine and nordic skiing and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for snowboarding, adventure racing, mountaineering, and many other sports.

    Salomon’s heritage, culture, and commitment are tied together by one simple concept: the world’s leading mountain people creating the world’s leading mountain product.

    Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/salomon.pilipinas
    Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/280554438799155/?ref=br_tf
    Instagram: @salomonph
    Online Registration: http://www.runnersrunner.com/2014sctp/


    About Primer Group of Companies

    Established in 1985, the Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top and premium consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. We have also established a solid ground in the industrial products and services landscape, with companies in digital and silkscreen printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services.

    The company is aggressively pursuing new grounds to become the leader in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its’ retail authority alone has grown to over 130 premium brands, with over 300 stores in 8 Asian countries. The Primer Group’s 3000+ strong employees in the region and countless recognition presents it as one of the most formidable retail players in Asia today.

  • RUNNR Expo – Starting August 15, 2014

    You’re invited to the RUNNR EXPO starting August 15, Friday!
    They’ve lined up huge markdowns of up to 50% off from top running brands like Asics, Adidas, Newton, Brooks, Saucony, Skora and more!
    They are also slashing prices off your favorite tri and running apparel brands such as CW-X, TYR, CEP & Brooks!
    the running enthusiast runnr expo bonifacio high street bgc

    Upon minimum single-receipt purchase worth P1,000 from the RUNNR Expo booth, entitles one to a pick-a-prize from RUNNR! Don’t miss the chance to win a pair of running shoes from the pick-a-prize! :)
    7:00 PM, Saturday I August 16, 2014
    3 Success Factors in Running 
    By Coach Edsel Vengco

    U.S. Certified  Strength & Conditioning Specialist

    Natural Running
    By Coach Jay Valencia
    U.S. Certified Running & Multisport Specialist
    *Open to the first 40 registrants

  • Run United Philippine Marathon 2014: Race Expo Registration Details

    When:  August 15 to 17, 2014 at 11AM to 9PM

    Where:  The Portal , Greenfield District, Mayflower St., Mandaluyong City

    Race Kit Inclusions:  Singlet, 3 pieces Enervon Activ, Race Bib with B-Tag (500m and 10K), Race Bib with D-Tag (42K and 21K)

    the running enthusiast run united philipine marathon rupm race expo


    For Run United Philippine Marathon 2014 Details, please click HERE or visit http://runningenthusiast.net/

  • Energizer Night Race Manila 2014


    the running enthusiast energizer night run manila 2014

    Following last year’s “glowing race” supported by thousands of runners in the Greater Manila area, people can experience again the one-of-a-kind fun run as Energizer opens Night Race Manila 2014.

    For those who love running but do not like the heat, Energizer’s night race, is the perfect fit. Just like the past years, this event in September will also create a night of lights as the runners beam up the race route in Filinvest City Alabang produced by the Energizer 3LED Headlights which is part of their running gear.

    With a different venue and route, the race will focus on the basic goals of this year’s fun run enjoying a good run and powering up for “positive energy,” for the 3,000 target participants.

    More than just the fun and excitement, the race will also support GMA Kapuso Foundation with various Energizer Lights and batteries to be used for their outreach programs.

    Cara Ramirez-Tecson, Energizer Philippines, Inc. Marketing Manager explained the advocacy saying they are offering the run not just for the beneficiaries but for the runners too.

    “We would like this year’s run to be a venue of fun and excitement for everyone who will join, so we’re focusing on their enjoyment this time more than anything else,” she said. “Beyond the beneficiaries, we will focus on our goal to provide that “fun” for the runners so we can radiate the positiv energy to everyone “said Tecson.

    Though the press kits include a headlight that is worth P499, organizers of the event still made the run more affordable for runners with the price registration ranging from P600 for 3k runners, P700 for 5k and P800 for 10k runners.

  • The 38th Milo Marathon