Yes I am a licensed Zumba Instructor residing in Dagupan City, Pangasinan since May 2015. I joined and trained at Brewing Point Manila in May 2015 with other zumba instructors from different parts of localities in the Philippines. I am also part of Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) where we teach updated zumba formula given by the owners of Zumba. I teach different steps and dances in 1 hour of mix/culture/modern steps of cumbia, soca, bachatta, reggaeton, merengue, salsa and so many others.
You may call me Tessa as your zumba instructor and you may hire me to teach a class for 1 hour with complete set of zumba music from warm up way to cooldown. Zumba is a happiness, way to loosen up and sweat for 1 hour and feel so good after the dance workout.
One of the most well-maintained “premier” national parks in the country, it is home of the nation’s rare and endangered species of flora (like the dwarf bamboo) and fauna (e.g., the cloud rat, kock’s pita, serpent eagle, Philippine deer, Philippine pig, etc.). It is also home to some of North Luzon’s ethnic tribes; four of them actually reside within the park – Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Kankana-ey, and Ibanag, and most of them consider Mt. Pulag a sacred place not only because they consider it a resting place and playground of their gods but also a place where they bury their dead.
Mt. Pulag is located within the municipalities of Buguias, Kabayan and Bokod in Benguet, Tinoc in Ifugao and Kayapa in Nueva Vizcaya. Deep ravines, gorges and steep terrain characterize Mt. Pulag.
This is the well established and considered the main trail going to Mt. Pulag. Vehicles can negotiate the trail all the way to the Ranger Station which is the entire Ambangeg Trail. Still others can choose to hike the entire trail.
The DENR office and the Ranger station are located along the trail, a few meters from the park entrance. From there, the Mt. Pulag base camp is a 4-km hike along the well-paved trails with a convenient rest stop waiting shed. From the base camp, the summit is just a 45-90 minute hike away.
I am way prepared to our trip as I completed all gears and apparels needed before reaching the summit. Two weeks before I have already purchased at lazada a tent and sleeping bag, borrowed winter jacket from a friend and gathered all my necessary wear and things to bring. The team fetch me at the house, left 11:30 am then on our half way to Baguio, I remember that I forgot my medical certificate but didn’t bother me. We are 12 in a van, can feel their excitement on this trip.
We arrived at Baguio 2 am, waited for organizer’s advise. Finally, our transportation came, set ourselves and put our bags full of things on the top of jeepney. Sleepless night of preparation and travel to Baguio made us worried especially me. As the jeep started, we could no longer steal a nap since the road is rough and it’s shaky inside. There’s 2 hours ride from Baguio to DENR for registration. A 1 hour ride from DENR to Bokod, Mt Ranger Station.
We had an orientation at DENR, marked us as a head count and I bought a gloves near the office for my additional warmth.
I recently finished my 1st major climb experience at Mt. Pulag Summit from Ranger Station Babadak, Kabayan, Benguet to Summit and back to Ranger Station in a total of 16-17 kilometers. I started to climb at 1:58am via Ambangeg trail, and took 4 hours to reach the summit. I hike up narrow trails, steep inclines, and beside dangerous cliffs. The weather drop to -7 degrees on grassland where we have to wait for the sunrise, surprisingly the weather is way colder than we expected but it doesn’t stop us to climb the summit. I am on top of Luzon at 2,922 meters above sea level! Two days of fun and learning from this great adventure and exciting experiences has made us myself proud.
I was scrolling down my facebook newsfeed on valentines day and all I see are pictures of flowers with a thank you saying caption and tagged on the person’s name. Some checked in to restaurants having lunch or dinner with their family or partner. Is it flowers or dating a person that makes the valentines day complete, what is valentines day mean to you? I don’t seriously see Valentines day a big deal on celebrating or giving much time just to show your sweetness and thought to a person. Valentines day to me is just an ordinary day that reminds that you need to be sweet and thoughtful and that it is necessary to give smile to the special person in your life. The day is for everybody who like to celebrate special love to somebody or someone.
Anyway, this morning I had a great short distance 4km run. The call time is 5:30am and I was late and had to catch up and finished mine 7am. We had this place where we stay as a lounge which we call it “sa kubo” means “at the hut”. The cyclist and runners gathered there after their training and catch up. We had a breakfast of sopas, puto and coffee. I had a great chat and laughs with my colleagues and old guys.
I slept in the afternoon, woke up after an hour….. Went to grocery… Cook dinner.. Sleep again.
Definitely my family met and welcome the year of wooden sheep, we have prepared tikoy, kiat kiat mandarin oranges, pansit, chocolates on the table for we can received food abundance, good health and brings family closeness. We also, tossed coins in our rooms including living and dining area to receive wealth and good energy. I stayed awake until 1am, within 11pm to 1am I think is best time to go outside the house to increase luck and good energy.
Today, February 20, 2015 there are many things to consider but, first things first. This blog is now up! And I will promise myself to continue writing and keep posting. I intend to do it so I can track all my daily activities, kinda sort of documentation of daily myself.
I will set a goal for my running, cycling, swimming, lawn tennis, and will keep schedules on zumba and combat. My daily tasks are my priorities and I hope I can get it all done. Keeping myself strong, focus and determine is all I need considering I step on new small business. My hands are really tight, hoping I can make it. The year for me, is taking care of myself is the very important.
I wish everyone a great year ahead of you and your family! Thank you for your time visiting my blog. Happy New Year!
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Philhealth Run 2015 is a nationwide simultaneous run in celebration of 20th year this February. One of their race site was held in Dagupan with different categories. Three days before the event, I went to their office, signed a form, paid and claim my race kit. My goal is to finish the 20k in 2 hours and 20 minutes. This event is my second long distance marathon race, I was mentally prepared to run a 20 kilometers. The route is not that complicated, the road is mostly flat.
I’m happy because Dagupan Runners of DCCC (Dagupan City Cycling Club) also joined the event. My team #DagupanRunners consist of multisports dagupenos who already ran long distances (21k/42k), one of the team helped me to be on top of other runners and paced me all the way. I have noticed before the turning point of 10km, three ladies has also a pace partner, I guess they are meant to push and maintain a certain speed.
20k runners started 5am and I finished it in 2 hours and 15 minutes… not bad at all! I was happy running as I approached the finish line with my team, definitely a great experience.
DCCC Dagupan Runners Team take home a beautiful finisher medal and a certificate while got a AMA Scholarship.
I’m not into a competition, but would be great if we all make it! All are finisher except to a few that I think they had never route or no training before the said event. I know my confidence and I should not waste much energy if I already know what’s gonna happen. What is important to ride safe and lead as an example 🙂 January 24, 2015, the EBD CUP is hosted by our very own Engr. Rodolfo Dion who celebrated his birthday with Dagupan Cycling Club Family with the support of our President Ricky Diocares.
Calling time is 7am and we left Dagupan, escorted by marshall to lead and clear our way to Binmaley, Lingayen, Labrador to Sual. A 20km easy ride to starting line and a 22km route to finish line.
“I love cycling and I had really much fun.” – Tessa Tuates There are so many words to describe within and after you finish a certain race. As a part of a group and cycling community I feel like I need to push myself and be on that group and just be there, have some fun. I really have no training, no long distance rides nor group rides after I bought a road bike which I just got a week ago. I wasn’t sure if I would be fit to join and be on that group race. I need to challenge myself and see what I can do so, the race was organized by our DCCC race director Roy Gonzales with the help of some sponsors and Dagupan City cycling club members. The ride em’ tandem event is consist of a two amateur cyclist who will be racing from start to finish then the organizers had set time and get the finish time result. I happened to be partnered with co DCCC rider Engr. Nicanor Siapno and it was bitter sweet ride and everybody assumed we’re just going to have an easy ride. It was no an easy ride, as I have no training and haven’t get back in shape with good stamina and endurance. I was exhausting, out of breathe, legs hurt, arms hurt, no longer in comfort and out of fuel. I was really proud of myself and didn’t gave up which I almost in the last three kilometers, the recovery part was my partner pulled me those pace he knew I’m getting slow, till I recover from terrible breathing I push and I push really hard and it was not easy…. so therefore I will be back and train after 7 months of no cardio training. I really like to help other women who are struggling to keep in shape and through cycling I can show them how easy to get lean and fit.
Yes the 13.1 miles challenge is indeed achieved in 2 hours and 48 minutes! As per Sir Tonypats told me, I had a quite good pace to start for a 1st time half marathoner. I’ve asked an advice to a triathlete Cicel Reyna, she told me to take a 10% step increase of every miles however, I did today was over 50%, it’s huge from 10km to 21km. My mindset was to focus and be determine and I had it!
Half marathon wasn’t really easy at all, I almost gave up in 15 kilometers and really exhausting. I run along with Jhong on the first 2km, a duathlete who won 2nd place in an invitational 2014 duathlon race at San Fernando La Union, we separated between 2 to 3 km and his distance is far of 2km already! Which, I am glad to chase him between 7 to 8 km distance. He was very fast like a road runner, it’s like 4 minutes per 1km, no wonder why he won!
Taking up the 13.1 mile challenge require a focus, commitment and a lot of determination to achieve. It is only in your mindset that tells you how you will start and finish it. Once you set a goal, you are bound to finish what you have started.
My inspiration on this 13.1 mile challenge are all the runners who have a courage and fearless to run long distances. Now, I understand how this runner felt after they reach their goal every time they run. It was a feeling of strong, confident, being awesome that only few can do it. Now, I am ready to inspire people to run and do more challenges!
I am ready tomorrow to challenge myself to a twenty one kilometer run (21km) and hopefully will finish it strong! I know in my heart and mind that I can conquer! There’s no race and required payment to start my 1st half marathon so tomorrow I’m on this 13.1 miles challenge!
For tomorrow’s challenge, I would be wearing my one month old shoe Nike LunarGlide 5 which I already spent more than 50 miles already running and jogging with it, match it with my favorite pinoy fitness singlet and blue nike dri-fit shorts with orange lining and nikeplus tracking band. Fueling and hydrating is important, so I might wear fuel belt and bring chocolates. Actually, I have no training or program to follow that lead me to this challenge, so I’ll take it slow and not to rush, the aim is to finish it strong!
Note from Running for Beginners: “Half marathon training involves a lot of groundwork, known as getting ‘miles in your legs’ but there will also be the variety of speed work, tempo runs and hill work. If you are considering running a half marathon, you should also spend some time doing weights in the gym and some cross training activities to avoid over-use injuries to your legs. If your aim is to enter a half marathon event then you should expect to spend about three months in half marathon training: this is if you have been doing some running already. If you have not run for a while or you are new to running then you should go through a 5K training program and expect to do at least six months training before you run a half marathon.”