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The Magic Hour

It’s 2:56 am, and I wake up like it’s the most natural thing to do. Baby Dash is stirring beside me and it’s time to feed again.  When we get up for the 3am feeding, one of two things will happen: we go back to sleep again, or we don’t, and stay up til it’s time for mommy and daddy to officially start the day between 5 to 6am.  So much for Sunday sleep-ins…

Slowly though, I have gotten used to our routine and can now schedule a training session of at least an hour into the day. It has been more than two months and not too long now til I race my first triathlon after giving birth (small panic attack)! Am excited about the fact that my baby is going really well and I am encouraged by my husband to fit triathlon training into my life again. Not that I went too far away, I just focused on training other people for a year!

As of today, my longest sessions have been: Swimming for 4ominutes, Biking for 3hours (with a feeding break somewhere in the middle), and a run of 1hour 10.  A year ago,this may have all fit into one training day for me, but right now I am happy to even have come up with that within a stretch of a week! Some days I only have 20minutes, but I’ll take it as every second counts for a working/ training/ breastfeeding mommy.

Sometimes I have my apprehensions about diving back into racing again with a small child, but I am encouraged by great women athletes like Paula Radcliffe (won New York Marathon less than 10mos after giving birth) and Dara Torres (qualified for her 5th Olympic Games 15mos after giving birth). Not that I am eyeing feats such as theirs, but they are tremendous examples to look up to!

I will also not be pushed into feeling guilty about taking up my sport so soon after. I am sure that Dash will not like it if I use him as an excuse to slack off, and will in fact be proud to know that he is the reason why I feel like I can do so much better in all aspects of my life now. His presence has given me an extra bit of strength.

I love triathlon and will continue to do it everyday for the rest of my life God willing, but my favorite time of day does not occur while I am training or racing. My Magic Hour is that time, in the wee hours of the morning, when everything else is quiet and I hold my son close to me, his heart and mine beating to the sound of the purest love in the universe. He looks up at me with eyes which tell me how much he needs me to survive, and when I look back into his eyes, I feel like singing that song from Dreamgirls…”you’re the perfect man for me, I love you I do…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO4naAiz0Wo

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Set of Photos by Stanley Ong for Shiphrah Birthing Center

As I mentioned a few posts before I had the wonderful opportunity to help the Shiphrah Birthing Center raise funds for the purchase of their home, and as a perk I get to have these photos taken by Photographer Stanley Ong. Our shoot actually took place two days before I gave birth, perfect timing! I posted two photos earlier, and here are the rest… 

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Another Stanley Ong Masterpiece!

So lucky I had the opportunity to work with Stanley and Deborah on behalf of Shiphrah Birthing Home… I get to have these photos 🙂

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Sneak Peek at Maternity Shots by Stanley Ong for Shiphrah Birthing Home…

Today I agreed to do some maternity photos for the benefit of Shiphrah Birthing Home, as they are trying to raise funds to buy the property where the birthing home stands.  Stanley Ong the photographer was really such a professional, and Deborah Gustafson my midwife was on hand to help with the shoot as well!  Here is one shot he took…

To Help the Birthing Home:

After renting for 17 years, we have an excellent opportunity to buy the facility for Shiprhah Birthing Home. A ministry of HELP International Ministries, Inc., Shiphrah Birthing Home is a public home place for birthing families. Shiphrah midwives care for women with dignity and love as we teach, do prenatal check-ups, attend births, check moms and babies after birth, and assist couples in their family planning choices.

You can give easily online at http://meansusa.wordpress.com/donat/. Our Recipient Numbers are: R1613 for General Giving and R1674 for Shiphrah Birthing Home land.

Let’s change the world one birth at a time!

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Mona Lisa Ristorante… my favorite resto hands down!

Mona Lisa Ristorante is owned by our good friends, triathletes Mike and Belle Grandinetti, and it is by far the best restaurant in the Philippines.  Belle cooks up the yummiest, most salivating dishes…every time I visit I promise to control my portions but end up throwing that plan out the window once I take my first bite.  Here are some of their menu items which I keep coming back for… check out the dessert platter with the to-die-for Tiramisu!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mona-Lisa-Ristorante-Philippines/115997488448979

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Juan Time: The New Filipino Time by Discovery Channel and Timex

The Juan Time project of Discovery Channel was launched a couple of weeks ago, and it is a very timely concept indeed!  Timex plays an integral role in the project which aims to change the concept of “Filipino Time.”   Far from the widely accepted belief that Pinoys are always late, Juan Time embodies the new Filipino who is professional, punctual, and reliable.

As a Timex athlete,  I was honored to be one of the guests along with Piolo Pascual, Maricel and Anthony Pangilinan and family, Tessa Valdes and Team Valdes.

What a great idea, Discovery Channel!

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=730348&publicationSubCategoryId=63

 

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Today’s Painting: “Baby Dreaming Klimt”

Here is what I have been working on in between jobs for the past few days… sometimes having a typhoon ain’t such a bad thing 🙂 

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