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Rob A Minute Moves To Dot Com Address

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m moving my blogging to the next level! As this is currently being arranged, please note that my new address is www.robaminute.com . Thank you for your support and have a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

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The Coach Told Me, “Go Home!”

December 19, 2011 5 comments

Back in high school, I attempted to tryout on varsity track and field in my desperation to be exempted from the Youth Development Training (YDT), a compulsory pre-military training in school required back then. Much of that exercise was conducted on the open school field. Everybody loathed exposure to sun. Being exempted was somewhat a privilege and a status symbol, so to speak, specially if you were part of the varsity teams- whichever sport that might be. When I learned about the tryout, I immediately registered myself without any real preparation. All I knew was that I could jog the long distance for a while. So when the day came, I did not even know which event I should join but anyway decided that one which required long-distance running. I mustered my best to finish but it was not good enough and I just heard the coach say “Go home!”. After that fast long distance run, I stopped and somewhat felt nauseous and vomitted. One unforgettable experience I never told anyone until now. Whew.

Learning from that, I told myself I want to train and be prepared for the following year and get in the varsity. One thing for sure was I discovered one of the few non-ball sports that I could do and enjoy. However, I ended up not pursuing running as a competitive sport but was satisfied to keep it on the side as a fun and healthy activity.  At some point it crossed my mind to join a race and some day dreaming to be in Milo Marathon. But all of that ended in the head. Haha.

Many years passed. It was still on my mind. For more than ten years, I managed to have a semi-healthy lifestyle by managing some balanced diet and active lifestyle – mmm let’s say every half of the year each time. Running on the treadmill was still part of the routine and the thought would still come- how about joining a race? This never came close to happening until I got to Singapore. The Standard Chartered Marathon was pretty much well publicized. Not to mention the options of things to do around the country, I guess this event resonated in my mind. After much procrastination, I decided to give it a try on the start of my third year here (January 2011). I had to undergo the gruesome challenge of discipline (not to postpone my scheduled trainings) and managing time with work, family and other commitments.  A few weeks before the marathon, I already realized that the chances of finishing the marathon was slim.  Not that I gave up on the hope but at the rate I performed while training and problematic about my runner’s knee tendency, I had to be realistic. I slowed down my pace not wanting to end up with any serious injury.  No, i will not sacrifice everything for this.  Well, it’s not a number one priority. What was important to me was to start something and see how far I can go.  So the final moment came: 4 December, 5:00 a.m.

Starting the race with a smile

At the start of the race, it was an accomplishment. “This is it!”, I thought.

10 kilometer milestone

20 km milestone- very hopeful at this stage as I was still feeling the energy!

I took things one step at a time.  I first thought of the first 5 kilometers; then the next 5; and so on.

Nothing is sweeter than to be with my angel.

I managed to run about 26 kilometers. Not bad for a start.   Next year, I will be more competitive but realistic. I’ll probably do 5 or 10 kilometers.
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Ten Important Things I've Learned About Blogging (Via The Pioneer Woman)

August 31, 2011 2 comments

There's light at the end of the tunnel. Go on!

This can’t be writer’s block! I have a number of things on my list of topics to write about but it seems like I was bitten by the lazy bug! I’ve been into “Moments” in the last few weeks and I need to wake up from the daze! I stumbled upon this Daily Post feature from WordPress and find it useful to share, especially to my fellow bloggers out there. It’s nice to be reminded of what blogging is all about. 😉

Click below link:

Ten Things I Learned About Blogging from The Pioneer Woman

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Categories: Personals

Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging (Via The Pioneer Woman)

August 31, 2011 2 comments

There's light at the end of the tunnel. Go on!

This can’t be writer’s block! I have a number of things on my list of topics to write about but it seems like I was bitten by the lazy bug! I’ve been into “Moments” in the last few weeks and I need to wake up from the daze! I stumbled upon this Daily Post feature from WordPress and find it useful to share, especially to my fellow bloggers out there. It’s nice to be reminded of what blogging is all about. 😉

Click below link:

Ten Things I Learned About Blogging from The Pioneer Woman

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Good news! Rob A Minute! is now on Facebook! See the right side of this page for details. Don’t forget to click the “Like”button to get access to this blog via Facebook 🙂

Categories: Personals

Do You Ever Think Anybody Reads Your Posts?

May 28, 2011 4 comments

We are all crazy now posting stuff here and there on Facebook, Twitter and our own blog.  Well, I believe that most of us would have a Facebook account and as such, post something on it.  Some do this “on the go”, some every weekend, some every night, some every now and then as they pause from what they do on the computer.  This has become a habit. Whether a good or a bad one, it depends on each one of us.  Posting has become a way of sharing our thoughts or status, our good day or simply feel like preaching a good quote from somewhere or from our own wisdom.  Gone were the days when we were text-maniacs wanting to send text messages to our friends dozens of times in a day– some chatting and trivial messages, forwarded quotations and real important messages. Nowadays, at the advent of GPS and android mobile  phones, all messages are sent online via a social networking site, such as Facebook.  Even greetings on holidays are not sent over SMS anymore but a simple greeting post on Facebook.

Now we have hunger to share more things of ourselves- what we are doing, where we are exactly (location or establishment), our current thoughts, the distance we travelled or ran, the food we ate (how it looks, how it tastes).. the list goes on.

Sharing a part of us with our friends  is one of the best things that was brought about by these social networking sites.  We have become connected with everyone especially our friends and families faraway.  We have also re-connected to old friends, classmates and out of touch relatives.  For all we know, we have never communciated this good that even to people we were never really close to are like long-time friends or colleagues. The best things we could share our friends are our photos (daily suff, special occasions and portrait pics), special events to announce, inspirational quotes, stories and links, slice of life videos, popular music or books you like.  In other words, it’s like a little girl’s  “slum” book or in the mature world, a family photo album.

Fortunately, there are these very few people, I believe, who have gone into the habit of sharing everything they see on the net.  Is it you??? It’s like one day you stumble into a website with all your favorite videos in your “era” and you could not resist sharing all the videos in Facebook. Grrrrrr.  That’s annoying. Or maybe one day you were lazy and started taking pictures of you in different poses and start posting them one by one. But later you were addicted to it and kept on with the habit. 15 posts within an hour with all your different poses.  Hahaha. Move over Cindy. One more- you were in a vacation mode and wanted to brag about it by lodging every place you went to via foursquare. Well I guess you liked being followed or stalked upon. If you did this and continue to do so within a week, I would probably hid “view” of your posts in my account.  It helps me get my peace of mind. If you are really guilty, don’t take it personally.  I just want to see quality posts of people who make the effort to do it and sometimes do not even have the luxury of logging on once a week. Just to be fair with them.  Maybe it’s not you if you don’t do it all the time.

Did you ever wonder if anybody read or saw your post at all? Or should I re-phrase it- does anybody care about what you posted? The best indicator that someone ever looked at your post is when someone “Liked” or commented on it. Well, if nobody noticed your post, did you ever wonder why? I am not going to give you an answer because I’m the one asking. YOU give me an answer. Post your comment  😉

Rob's Fans Club

 I am sure my fans read my posts.

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WWWP5K In Singapore

April 19, 2011 5 comments

The WordPress.com blog community organized a unique 5k event around the world. I call it a Do-It-Yourself fun run because, while uniting members to participate in an activity at a given time (April 10 or around the time- between April 4-9), it can be done in our own places wherever in the world we may be. It’s called Worldwide WordPress 5K (or WWWP5K for short). It can actually be running, walking, skipping or biking. It was part of the campaign for healthy blogging.

When I learned about it, I surely counted myself in as I’ve been trying to make my goal “running a race” into a reality. Back in January, I started training for a 10k race slated in April hoping that would be the stepping stone to Singapore Marathon in December. Along the way, I found myself struggling to run due to some pain below my left knee. I found out (without any medical consultation) that it could be stress fracture or condition leading to that. Thanks to a colleague who also experienced the same problem and shared with me his experience. I stopped to run for a while to rest my legs. While I had the option to just walk, I started dilly-dallying about registering until the last day. On the last day I got too busy with work and I forgot to register before midnight. Aargh! I missed that one! Hence, I could not let another opportunity pass. But again, I failed. I knew the date for WWWP5K was April 10 but I thought it can be done around April 11-15 (instead of April 4-9). So I missed it again this time.

But I had to go back to running and weight training to keep my healthy lifestyle on track. So I had to do it anyway. In the spirit of WWWP5K, I was moved to do it. So it did not matter anymore if I did it in the official time or not.

This time being spontaneous and without further delay, I used my Iphone to take pictures.

April 14- I dragged myself to the gym and started working out.

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April 16- I brought my family in the park and started walking 5k.

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 Warming up

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Starting Line- Entry to the park

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Walking along Alexandra Canal Linear Park

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Yanna dozed off at the Finish Line!

Our 5K Results record at:

Pinoyleonardo’s Activities | RunKeeper.

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Posting Every Week

March 16, 2011 1 comment

As you may have already noticed, I’ve decided to post at least once a week since this blog started. I cannot let this blog be in my collection of dead blogs.  I kept starting but never sustaining it.  So I began this blog to get something started and is now on experimental stage.  It has  a wide range of subjects on “test”and I will see how the direction will be along the way.

Today, I am joining the Post A Week campaign of WordPress, officially.

Please help me develop this blog better by making your comments on/”liking” my posts, suggesting topics and subscribing.

Thank you for visiting this blog and see you again!

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