Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Night Run

The first night run Energizer sponsored was last year and I ditched it because of some reason while the last run I have joined was last year's Nike Run... and the rest was history. My fitness probably glided downhill afterwards. *insert teardrops here*
The Eye of the Tiger and some of the famous landmarks of the world.
My tiger eye glows in the dark, btw.
(Thanks, T, for the photo and F, for drawing it.)
Prior to the event, I haven't run nor have done any exercise for the past 2 months. After February, my motivation decided to take a break somewhere off to the middle of the earth. Weight training (i.e. eating a lot) was the only thing I have done and oh, aside from driving around the Metro. Oh wonderful. I decided to do some running (okay, jogging with a little sprinting) two days before the Night Run, so I can lose all those "breakout sweat" I experience whenever I decide to leave my sedentary lifestyle after some time. The first time I ran around Greenhills at 11pm was deadly. I wanted to stop after just 1.5km HAHA. Just when I was starting to slow down, I noticed a car coasting alongside me. I looked right and saw my friend, windows down, blaring "Eye of the Tiger" from the car speakers really loudly while cheering me. It was horrible and hilarious at the same time! I tried to run away, away from the shame of me walking and from my really "supportive" friend. -.- Joke's on me since I shared before that it would really be funny if you boom "Eye of the Tiger" from your car and someone is running or biking (uphill for the ultimate challenge) beside you and then you shout, "Goooo, Kuyaaaaa!!!"

For your reference, this is the song you've probably heard all your life.


And here's the front and back designs that glow in the dark (spot my name). That was pretty smart since I thought I would fall face-first flat on the road and someone would just discover my body 2 hours after. But of course, I won't be posting this if our time wasn't good enough. HEEHEE. Either it wasn't a real 10km run or 52mins is the new standard?


Monday, May 06, 2013

Happy Grap(e)s!

When initially you think you're just drinking too much caffeine (coffee and tea), now you're suddenly worried if you've become an alcoholic. You ditched the idea of buying a wine bottle stopper because you can finish an entire bottle anyway with just one friend drinking with you. Two folks finishing an entire bottle and neither got buzzed or anything? The liver is stronger than you think but the mind is more powerful in wondering, "Zermenggerd (this is OMG in some language), am I thisclose to being an alcoholic?!"
We all just want some happy graps!
Then you think maybe there's just too many brands and wonderful kinds of wine out there and it's a pity not to taste them all. You're doing the world a favor. Vodka? Whiskey? Meh. You can taste all of those and you'll be done with the good brands in less than a month (certified alcoholic). Wine is a different story altogether. And that is the problem, too. You have friends who call/text you or send photos of what they're drinking and they think it's a good brand that you'll have to try together next time. You'll get phone calls like, "I saw (brand + type of wine) here in the grocery! It costs less than the one we saw before at the other store!" A Php60-saving is a big deal if you buy wine or actually, anything in particular. Mind you, that's 6 hours of parking in the office already! Remember the wine stopper we initially thought of buying? Here's the thought, "It's a nice-to-have item but we could use the money to buy a good bottle already." See? A bottle over a possible restraining device. Priorities, you know.

Friday, May 03, 2013

First Time Tasting An 18 Year Old

Nakatikim ka na ba ng disi-otso?
Have you tasted an 18yr-old? Yes? No?
Well, I have! My first time!

Meet Monfort (Village), a Semillon Semi-Dry White wine 1995 from Israel. Stashed somewhere only my friend knows, this bottle has faced a very interesting experience from its journey from the north to the center of the earth.

Notes:
Monfort
Semillon 1995
Semi-Dry
White Wine
Alcohol Content Unknown (ooooh)

This is one case of wine that was left to age for too long. White wines are not supposed to be kept this long. The full-bodied color was a little dark and the cork - oh my. The cork has softened tremendously and it split in the middle while my friend was pulling it off. Oh the beautiful panic that ensued afterwards was entertaining. We rushed to get some containers and the finest coffee/tea filters were brought out. We basically transferred the whole thing from the bottle to the tumbler. Trying to only taste our 18 year old and keep the rest, we ended up finishing the whole thing. Two people emptying one bottle of wine has become very common.

The taste was really good. It was my first time tasting semillon and this is waaay better than the next bottle we had. Not sure if all semillons are like this, I have one unopened from Australia but not sure if it's also because of the age? The semillon was very easy to drink, you can finish one bottle without noticing it. I can't say if it's the same as drinking your favorite beverage while watching the constellations above and seeing a shooting star in the process but boy, it was that good!

When I saw Wine Folly's color chart, I quickly identified it to be the one in the middle. Upon zooming it in, it's perfect - the full-bodied color of the wine was for semillon.
Zooom zooom.
Next bottle on the list is a very new Terra Vega Chardonnay 2012 sealed with a cork. Terra Vega also offer a sweet version of Sauvignon Blanc and the sales person was talking me to buy it over their Gossips Sweet Lips (Moscato) because the latter only has 5% (for kids). Unfortunately, I grabbed the chardonnay instead of the sweet version of sauvignon blanc. Reading labels should be easy, right? Not when you're in a hurry, though. :/


Notes:
Terra Vega
Chardonnay 2012
White Wine
12.5%


My friend says this one tastes better than Hardys as it doesn't have that sour after-taste. Chardonnays can be drank alone (referring to food not to solo-drinking, you alcoholic reader) but when it's not that chilled anymore, you can actually taste the kick of the alcohol. 12.5% is good with white meat or salad, although it's best enjoyed with awesome company. I would probably get another bottle of Terra Vega just to prove my point, compare it side-by-side with other chardonnays, and finally know which bottle is good for bringing to parties even if no one drinks wine in that party (at least you can drink it if no one wants it!).