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2012 in Retrospect

this time, no fancy banners shall accompany this flashback entry. 2012 has been really cruel to me (well especially the first half). i started the year wrong, i started it with a notion that i can be happy with an emotion that wasn’t in place (yeah cupid, this shits on you!), i also met the year with a very long fight between people i really care about – and in the end, ended up taking one side when i attempted to stay in the middle the entire time. and ALL of this issues happened in the first couple of months! sad, i know.

but slowly, things were picking up, and i was starting to see something i couldn’t see before, – hope! my birth month always brings me happiness, and that was when i found spyder (or when spyder found me). i started working, taking my mind of things that shouldn’t even be consuming my time in the first place.

First event with Spyder Phils with new office friends!

Spyder not only gave me work, it gave me new friends, new insights, and a brand new outlook towards myself.  It also got me biking, and running, and aiming to be better physically. the opportunity was probably what i needed at that time.

aside from work, this year, despite its flaws, dramas, and trials proved to be worth it because of friends that i met, and those that are constantly there when pickles manifest. i hate dealing with things alone, and true friends always are there whenever you need them. it makes going through all those shit easier because of those clowns i usually call on when i am down, and for that i am truly grateful!

a lot of lesson were learned during the last year, a lot of adventures happened (some of them will be put into writing soon. i promise!), a lot of love was shared (mostly friendship), and a lot of experiences that i can never un-experience (whether i like it or not). all in all, it was a rough year for me, but several people made it easier to traverse the everyday. i feel 2013 is a good year, and i plan to keep it that way! here’s to a great 2013!!

YEAR HIGHLIGHTS! :

with Rona and Abby, two of my most loved!

Cycling with office mates!

Team London 2015 plus the binder! haha

i was bald, and i played a gay headmaster in a play called “AVSVME : A Very Snape Valentines Musical Extravaganza”

Went to galera for the First time with my Bestest Girl Friend 🙂 Love you forever frond!

became a dad for a day! and a volunteer at the same time!

Helios will always be part of my life!

my 2012 may have been a disaster, but in the end, events like these made it worthwhile!

The Adventure continues! hello 2013!

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Magic Works! The Magic Continues!

The Christmas season is upon us! my Group, Hogwarts Philippines (yeah, i’m a geek that way! and HEAD BOY!) is currently organizing an outreach program for the kids at Hospicio de San Jose. check the poster out (by Abby Sanchez)

currently, volunteers are limited to members of Hogwarts Philippines (register here). But you too can help us out, as we are accepting donations, preferably TOYS (gift wrapped) that we can give out as gifts to the kids and/or prizes to some of our planned games.

should you want to donate, feel free to message me here (so i could coordinate with the proper PHP-MAgic Works committee) or send me an email @ francis.romero15@gmail.com

additional LUMOS — for those not in the know, PHP currently celebrated it’s 10 years of existence in the Philippines. We are also usually (NAY, the ONLY group) invited to be present during important harry potter releases in the country (Book releases, Movie premiers, Book Discussions). some of us (yes me included) also appeared on national television to share our experiences, and goals in the community!

so with that! i urge you to help us cast LUMOS to dispell the darkness, drive away those emotion-sucking dementors and cast plenty of cheering charms for the kids, so that they too, could have an awesome magical Christmas!

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Chapter V : Reawakening and the Surge of the Spyder

After a significant amount of down time, i have decided to continue my self proclaimed quest. i have said farewell to my usual companions and would start to fulfill my adventure on my own (maybe this could lead to me meeting more adventurers and possible companions in the future).  this adventurer has awakened from the slumber and is determined to finish the quest!

A request for Adventure was found on one of the boards in the web. an establishment called Spyder set out a call to adventurers for a one day skirmish in the river city of Marikina. This group wants several adventurers to try their new gears and see how they fare in action. but would also want to instill a different philosophy and mantra on how adventurers go about their daily lives (a fit and healthy lifestyle, if you will!)

Team Spyder Surge

The call to adventure was heeded by several experienced and neophyte adventurers. the goal was to go around the city of marikina in bikes, clad in spyder outfits and gear. the kit given by the company consists of a chest piece (Cycling Jersey), a visor (performance eyewear), and a helmet.

The adventure started at dawn of the 4th of august. spyder was there early, and adventurers were slowly assembling in front of the Marikina Bikeways office in marikina. Marikina is known to be the first (and only – for now) city that has bike lanes all throughout their road system. Marikina has been advocating a strong cycling community to minimize traffic congestion and pollution. Spyder also teamed-up with the Firefly Brigade in support of their advocacy of a healthier environment brought about by cycling.

The Event is dubbed “Spyder Surge: Answering the Call to Adventure”. it is a series of mini events hosted by Spyder Philippines to have individuals/bloggers/enthusiasts test their products and gears, and be part of an active lifestyle community. Spyder’s VP for marketing said that surges will feature different sports from time to time, and they plan to conduct it monthly or once every two months.  and that they plan to keep each event small so that they could promote the interaction between participants and hosts.

Awesome In-Action shot by Nikk Victoriano

Group shot at SM Marikina

each adventurer was outfitted with an eyewear , a cycling jersey, and a helmet. the goal of the event was to show how resilient, durable and stylish Spyder products are, but also trying to change mindsets from being couch potatoes to becoming health and exercise junkies. everyone was looking sharp, and we were having a lot of heads turning as the entire spyder surge team passed by.  the cycling went on for an hour and a half before we reached this awesome lunch stop.

Pan De-Amerikana has a very hogwartsy feel (kara santos and i agree on this!). there were giant chess pieces, vines hanging from the ceiling and furniture made of old wood (exudes the nature feel, and has a very earthy tone!). brunch was served (food was excellent!) and mingling occurred (one of spyder’s primary goal), several photo opportunities were also done.

Pan De Amerikana – Marikina Exterior

Great Hall look and feel!

Team Spyder Surge I : Cycling

Aris Suarez – Karyl Moral – Francis – Riel Pinones

Team PTB Bagets

after the lunch, the team went for another 10 min bike ride to where we started. there we bade each other goodbye, exchanged contact infos and had that notion of adventuring together sometime.

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Spyder provided the following:

with Kara Santos, and Karyl Moral (wearing my mercury helmet)

Cycling Helmet – the Helmet that i used the is called the Spyder Mercury (a helmet created for the road). it was very light, and had well placed vents to allow the passage of the wind as you speed along the pavement. due to the excessive vents, there are no wind resistance. making it possible to speed up with ease.

Spyder Sequel and Cycling Jersey

Performance Eyewear –  the Eyewear that i got from Spyder is called the Sequel. it is a performance type of eyewear primarily developed for cyclists and runners. my sequel came with another set of lens that can be changed to fit the nature of the activity. the lenses are also polarized. the frame is made of lightweight plastic flexible material, not being an added “pagod” factor during activities.

Dry-Fit Cycling Jersey –  The Jersey that i got was extremely eye catching. it has three rear pockets (which i found out to be extremely useful – i tried putting my ipad there, and it fit! giving me many ideas on its other usage!).  the ride was extremely comfortable because wind was passing through this jersey as well. ill try to use this for jogging and running soon!

at the end of the ride – i learned many things. 1. how fun activities like these can change one’s mindset towards the active living/ 2. how it is always fun to do tiring activities with friends, and view it as a bonding activity / 3. i am now in love with cycling.

Thank you Spyder Philippines!

Follow their Social Media Accounts here:
Spyder Philippines Facebook
Team Spyder Twitter

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Photos grabbed from Spyder Philippines and Nikk Victoriano

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