Otterbox Gifts for Father’s Day

Friday, 15 June 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

I’m a big Otterbox fan. So big that I actually endorse it along with other athletes Paolo Abrera, Rovilson Fernandez, and Lorraine Lapus.

– My Blackberry and iPad in Otterbox Defender series –

I live such an active life that I don’t have time to worry about my gadgets. (And, you must know that I’m a big gadget freak.) I don’t need to shop for clothes, shoes, or bags often, but I do have to have the newest gadgets. Yes, my good friends are right: I’m a boy!

Anyway, Otterbox informed me that they’ve got new items out. Perfect timing for Father’s Day this weekend. In case you haven’t bought your dearest dad a gift, here are some suggestions:

1) Defender and Commuter series for Samsung Galaxy Note


2) Defender case for iPad

new iPad defender series front

Click HERE for info.

3) Commuter series for Blackberry Bold 9790


Click HERE for info.

For more info:

Click HERE for contact info
Click HERE for store locator
Facebook page: TenkieBox


New Gear: Nike+ SportWatch GPS

Wednesday, 6 June 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

First off, I feel like your Grandmother having to go through the history of these Nike+ running products, but, at the same time, it’s nice to see the product innovations from Nike.

In the early days, they had the Nike+ SportsKit (I had one!), then the Nike+SportsBand (I had the first version and 2.0!), followed by the Nike+ FuelBand (which I didn’t even bother to check out).

Just a week ago, Nike launched the Nike+ SportWatch GPS—yes GPS!—here in Manila.  Finally, Nike comes up with a GPS watch! Footpods and calibration are just too cumbersome and most of the time inaccurate based on my experience.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS lowres
– the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS retails for P8,495 –

Nike sent me a product for testing and I used it for an easy 10k run last night. Usually, I test a product for a week or two before I post about it. But, let me give you my feedback already because I’m just pleasantly surprised:

1) It was accurate! It was! It was! Admittedly, I had my doubts about the accuracy of this product given my experience with the Sportsbands of the past.  But, this time, I compared the distance and pace with the readings of Garmin Forerunner and it was spot on down to the average pace.
2) User friendly. I spent less than 5 minutes going through the manual, downloading the Nike+ software, and starting the watch for a run.
3) Attractive. Love its look. Cool and sleek. My favorite part: the end of the strap is a USB plug! So creative.
4) Fun. True to the Nike spirit, it’s a fun watch to have. It congratulated me for my first run. Almost like having a buddy out there on the road with you.
5) Tap watch. Timex has a tap watch and Garmin 910 can be tapped too. This watch can be tapped for the backlight and laps for convenience.
6) Connect to the Nike+ community. I used to join the challenges here. As a beginner, they helped to motivate me to run longer distances or, at the very least, look forward to each day’s run.
7) Works as a regular watch so you can use it even for non-running days.
* Note: You can read about other features below. I mentioned those that, for me, were significant features that should be highlighted.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Functionality

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Functionality2

1) A bit pricey compared to the older Garmin models.
2) Durability.  I’m a bit concerned about its durability. I ran with it under the rain and I must admit I was quite worried about it.  I’m not quite sure if this would last you over 2 years.

Press release from Nike…

New Watch Delivers World’s Most Dynamic Running Experience

PHILIPPINES, MAY 31 – NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) and TomTom (AEX: TOM2) have collaborated to create the Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom and will launch in Philippines on June 1. The new running watch will provide athletes with the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design, and direct connection to, the world’s leading running community with more than 6 million members.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is designed for high-performance with an extremely clear and readable user interface that delivers the information necessary to the user while in-run. It adds personalization and motivational features to the running experience, including audible sounds, challenges, run reminders and more.

“The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is a game-changing product that furthers our commitment to provide all athletes with unparalleled motivation and the tools to get better,” said Stefan Olander, VP of Nike Digital Sport.

“It is part of TomTom Consumer’s strategy to move into the fast-growing sports and fitness market. This true partnership with Nike combines the strengths of two leading companies to deliver a game-changing product for runners,” said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director, TomTom Consumer. TomTom is the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions.

On-Watch Experience
The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is designed to be simple and intuitive with only three buttons and a Tap Screen for navigation. During the run, the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS captures location information while showing runners their time, distance, pace, and calories burned on an easy-to-read screen featuring a customizable layout. Throughout the run, the GPS receiver works in tandem with the shoe-based Nike+ Sensor to deliver highly accurate pace and distance data.

On-watch features include:
• Tap Screen for setting laps and activating backlight
• Run History with data from past runs
• Personal Records including those imported from
• Quick Start with optional shoe-based Nike+ Sensor
• Heart Rate Monitor compatibility

Some of the unique motivating factors the Nike+ SportWatch GPS offer runners on-screen include:
• Recognition (or “Attaboys”) for personal records
• Run Reminders that appear after five days if a run has not been logged
• Post-run acknowledgement and encouragement

Post-Run Experience
The Nike+ SportWatch GPS plugs neatly into any USB port on a Mac or PC, then immediately launches the Nike+ Connect interface which automatically transfers information to

“With more than 150 million runs logged since its launch in 2006, captures the pulse of the running world everyday,” added Olander. presents runners with the GPS mapping, total miles, pace and elevation data for their most recent run in a rich and engaging way that will be familiar to users of the popular Nike+ GPS iPhone application.

“Providing runners with accurate pace, distance and location information during and after their run gives them the information they need to better train and track their progress,” added Vigreux.

Data from each run is automatically applied to all current Nike+ Challenges, Nike+ Goals, and Nike+ Coach programs in which the runner is participating.

Additional Features at
Athletes who want to get the most out of their run and from the Nike+ SportWatch GPS will have access to a huge catalogue of run routes logged by Nike and published by other runners on streets and trails around the world.

Each run will be graphically mapped with the help of TomTom technology, and include route notes, elevation and length. Runners will also be able to find the perfect route by searching the catalogue by location, length, difficulty, and even landmarks.

Since the 2006 launch of Nike+ in partnership with Apple, a variety of Nike+ enabled devices have been introduced to help runners reach their full potential including the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit for iPod nano and iPod touch, the Nike+ SportBand, and the new Nike+ GPS App for use with the iPhone.

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS will retail at Php 8,495 and available through the following stores:

• Bonifacio High Street
• Trinoma
• Glorietta 4
• Robinsons Galleria
• Robinsons Ermita Manila

• Rockwell Powerplant
• Alabang Town Center

• Bonifacio Global City
• Regis Center, Katipunan

RUNNR Bonifacio High Street

Bike Fit at All Terra

Thursday, 3 May 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

My new BF, my Shiv from Specialized, and I went on our first date last week. We dropped by All Terra for my first bike fit with him. There to greet me was owner, Edmund Mangaser, and Coach Andy Leuterio.

– with Edmund Mangaser of All Terra –

The Shiv was placed into the trainer while I changed into my bike shoes. Newbie me didn’t know that I should’ve come in biking attire. Whoops! Edmund told me that I was the first one he’d ever bike fit in casual clothes. Hey, there’s a first for everything, Edmund!


1) Edmund measured my inseam. This gave him an idea what saddle height he would start me with.

2) Using a goniometer, he adjusted the saddle to a height that gave me a leg bent angle of 35 degrees of flexion. A height that wasn’t too high for newbies, but would still allow for good leg extension.

– Edmund measures the angle at which my legs bend –

– Edmund marks my legs with a pentel. Later that evening, I had dinner with my sister not realizing I still had those large moles on my legs! –

3) Edmund then adjusted the saddle fore/aft position. He adjusted my saddle forward to allow me to use my aero bars without bending too much from the waist. He also made sure that when the pedal is at 3 o’clock position, my legs can apply power to the pedals.

4) Next was saddle tilt. He simply positioned the saddle at a level position.

5) Lastly, he worked on the cockpit area. He made adjustments to the front end (handle bar/aero bars) to put me in aero position and to allow my arms to support my head weight well especially when I start assuming a tucked aero position.

– What do you mean I can’t do my bike-walk intervals at Ironman 70.3?! –

Beyond the bike fit, Edmund gave practical tips on biking which I greatly appreciated. He reminded me that the bike fit is a work-in-progress. It cannot be perfected in just one meeting. Ultimately, I must return every now and then to make adjustments as I progress.

Before leaving, Edmund revealed that we had actually worked together before. Confused, I asked where. He handed me a brochure for an ad I did one or two years ago. Turns out, he was the biker with me in the brochure. We never met because our shoots were done separately. Small world!

BDO brochure
– Me (and my teeny-weeny waist. Thanks to photoshop and BDO!) and Edmund on the BDO Rewards Book –

All Terra
G/F Club 650 Sports Center, Libis QC
3/L Sports Loop, Robinsons Galleria
Ortigas Home Depot (beside Secondwind), J. Vargas, Pasig

Oakley Fashion Show

Saturday, 28 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

Last night, Oakley unveiled its new shades, apparel, and even shoes for friends and media.  I felt fortunate to be invited to the event. In this summer heat, I’m always on the lookout for new shades to spare me from the intense sun.


– with Nicole Wuthrich, Coach Rio de la Cruz’s fiance, and Jun –

The fashion show presented Oakley’s new line for surfing, wakeboarding, golf, biking, and other sports. Lots of eye candy here…aside from the fantastic shades which I, uhm, focused more on, of course!






Much to our pleasant surprise, the star of the night was no other than Coach Rio de la Cruz who looked cool and confident walking down the ramp. Who wouldn’t be when these four women immediately posed by his side?!


Congratulations to Oakley for a successful event!

Holy Shiv!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

HolyShiv copy

HOLY SHIV! That’s all I could say—well, okay, something that sounded like that—when I saw the new tri bike that Specialized was going to loan me.

My new bike is a Specialized Shiv Comp Rival.  It’s a tri specific model. 10 speed. Fully adjustable cockpit.  And, as if it was made for me, it has an internal hydration bladder!

The Shiv is the same model that Craig Alexander, seen in the ad above, used to win the Ironman World Championship last year.

There’s only around 10 of these in the Philippines.  When I saw it, I was overwhelmed.  I thought: I’m just a newbie. I’m not worthy.

BUT, man, whenever I take a look at this handsome bike, I just drool.  And smile.  And I wanna train all day and ride fast in it (heehee!)  It’s love at first sight, really.

– Me and my new baby…or boyfriend…whatever label is fine with me –

– with Joey Ramirez of Dan’s Bikeshop, distributor of Specialized –

So, here’s the deal with Specialized. The Shiv will be on loan as I train for Ironman 70.3 Cebu. Specialized will set a target time for me. If I reach it, the bike is mine. If I don’t, they will offer it to me at a discount.

It’s not like I needed an incentive to do my best at Ironman 70.3 Cebu. But, ya know, this sure makes the journey a whole lot sweeter!

– Hey shiv, you’re gonna be mine! –

For inquiries on Specialized bikes, please contact:
Dan’s Bike Shop
Phone: 894-5110
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