Playground: Katong Swimming Complex

12 06 2013

Location: along Wilkinson Rd.
Nearest MRT station: Mountbatten MRT

This was the  swimming complex where I relearned how to swim. During my first session here back in 2009, I was not able to finish a 50m. Over the past years, with some friends, I started to build a bit more endurance and confidence. During my injury years, the swimming complex’ teaching pool was a source of comfort and therapy.

The complex offers a wading pool, 50m teaching pool, 50m lap pool, and a kiddie pool. Friendly staff. Clean changing rooms and shower.


Trifactor 2013 – 3K Swim

14 05 2013

A month ago, I finished a sprint distance triathlon. Yeah, great! A month after that, just last Sunday, I finished my first 3km open water swim. A tick off the bucketlist but not one that was easily breezed through. Swimming is relatively easy for me if it were only in the pool but dealing with current, salt water, and other swimmers is a totally different ball game. Never mind that I sort of have experienced the same during past triathlons but this 3km swim was more than just sprinting towards the finish.


trifactor swim

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Swimming: Refining your kick

5 09 2012

Among many things I have observed when trying to help some of my friends with their swimming is how difficult it is for them to correct their flutter kicks. Often times, the kick becomes more of a drag than a boost to their speed. More than just as a basic in swimming, it is skill that has to be continuously improved over time.

Browsing along to find advice, I found an article written for triatheltes in improving their swimming leg but can help normal folks like us improve on our swimming form. Took notes on some for myself as well. This is, by no means, written by me and all credit is due to the athlete who shared his insights for us to use.

Hope this helps.

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Boracay Sprain Pain

6 07 2007

Got back from a summer trip to Boracay a few weeks back and it was alright. People might start saying that I wasted some thousand pesos for a trip to beach with a lot rain. Just to clear things, I did not go their for the sun. I have a lot of that already here in Manila. I really just wanted to get to the beach, rain or shine. It really did not matter to me.

Some highlights of the trip:

1. It’s always best to have a Piso fare ticket when you know you’ll be missing your flight. I got to the check-in counter 30 mins before the actual flight. With 3 seats left and 4 of us that needed to board, the lucky person who had to rebook and pay an additional PhP 1008.00 was the late comer that had to travel all the way from Diliman at 6am and faced the daily commuter traffic.

2. Five shots of Baccardi 151 = 15 shots of what Boracay’s Cocomanga’s had to offer. Got a free shirt and, supposedly, my name engraved in their Hall of Fame. Didn’t get to check that one out though due to highlight # 3.

3. Skimboard until around 7pm on the last day of your vacation and stop only when you get your right ankle sprained. Just be glad though that you still had to ride more times than the person who got sprained on his first ride (ei BJ! hehe…). 🙂 Also, be glad that it happened on the last night. You did not miss out on the pasalubong shopping and good eat-all-you-can dinner your travel buddies enjoyed while you were in your room with a cold compress.

4. Walking on a sprained ankle the next day and catching a flight in the next 2 hours is tough! At least, I got to ride a wheel chair when I reached the airport, great consolation prize for the work I had to do going up and down tricycle, boat and van.

All in all, it was a trip worth remembering. I still got the sprain though I was able to bowl a 121 game the following day. Reflecting on trip, at least I now understand why some people are scared of getting hurt. It’s painful. But to decide on whether you prefer to enjoy that short moment of bliss and suffer a great deal or remain unscath for the rest of your life but never really fully enjoying all blasts of emotion even for that short period, I’d rather prefer to go sprained for 3 weeks.

I will have to save up this July. August will definitely be much more heavier on the pocket plus I can’t afford to be late on that flight! 🙂

Reflections at a cliff’s edge

31 05 2007

Man hesitates too much, thinks too much, fears too much… Oftentimes, it takes just one step off the cliff to realize how free you really want to be. In the end, you champion over your fears and champion yourself.

What does it feel to simply let go? I discovered how it felt like to  jump off a cliff putting aside all hesitation, fears and anxiety that comes with human nature.

It was last week that we went to Tali Beach in Batangas. It was a different kind of experience since there really wasn’t much to do. So, you get do to a lot of thinking.  There is part in Tali beach where you are allowed to jump off this cliff that was about 5 – 7 meters high. You’d have to walk through a small pathway beside former President Ramos’ house (supposedly).

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Boracay Newbie

27 06 2006

Gone to Boracay over the weekend and it was F-U-N!

I was never a fan of flat rates so instead of 10, here are 9 things I enjoyed about Boracay: Read the rest of this entry »

Beginner’s Guide to Swimming

3 05 2006
Paddle your way to a six-pack with this fat-scorching swim plan
By: Matt Bean
We’re giving it to you straight: You’re never going to swim like Michael Phelps. For starters, you’re probably not 6’4”–and in the water, length means speed. Then there’s your–by comparison –penguinlike wing span. Phelps’s span is 79 inches, and it propels him through the water like a nitro-fueled speedboat. And the 45 miles of practice he puts in a week? Great for him, but you have commitments.

Now, the good news: All of this had less to do with Phelps’s six gold medals and three world records at the 2004 Olympics than one basic in-pool principle that anybody can learn: “The longer and more streamlined you can make your body, the faster you’ll go,” he says.

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