The Happiest 5K on the Planet


…A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything…

What is the happiest 5K on the planet? That’s right!

It’s the Color Run! 😀

So what is the Color Run?

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.

I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Color Run event since I first heard of it here in Doha. I was a bit bummed when I was not able to attend last year because it clashed with my work schedule. When it was announced last December that there will be another Color Run to be held on the 28th of January, I knew I had to attend this time. Amazingly, the date happens to be my Beau and I’s 40th monthsary as a couple and I knew it would be a perfect way to celebrate. 😀

We bought our tickets earlier in November (not that we are excited. he!) and we were able to avail the tickets in its cheapest price. We bought 1 Solo Runner worth 150 QR for my Beau and 1 Deluxe Runner worth 230 QR for me. I intentionally chose the Deluxe Runner because there’s more cute stuffs included in it like the socks, the shades and the tutu skirt. Of course, you can avail that individually if you like, but the Deluxe Runner includes VIP parking space. I’ve heard from a friend who attended the color run before that there were thousands of people last year – I don’t think I want to have problems with parking later on just in case.

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Me at 7 in the morning disturbing the maintenance peeps. 😀

We arrived at the QNCC (Qatar National Convention Center) with perfect weather at 7 in the morning. The day started of with a lot of selfies and photo-takings here and there. You can see groups of people, young and old, dancing at the loud beat of the music coming from the speakers all over the place. You can definitely feel the excitement in the air as we wait for the program to start.

The program started at more or less 9am, if I remember correctly, and everybody were running towards the mini stage were the host of the event was.

So here are some pictures we’ve taken.

THE CROWD

There were 7000 runners this year. Amazing right?

ZUMBA TIME!

Like most events, a little warm up to loosen those bones up is must! These beautiful ladies were definitely helpful in doing just that! Zumba time everyone! 😀

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With the sun on our faces. 😀

COLORFUL ROADS AHEAD!

We had so much fun running our way towards the finish line. Even the people tossing the colors at us were definitely having fun. Come to think of it, I think they definitely had the most fun! I guess I would too if I aim to paint everyone in my path blue. Ha!

We started with Yellow – Orange – Blue – Green – FINISH!

 

THE FINISH FESTIVAL

Hands down the most fun! People, young and old, dancing and jumping and singing everywhere! Icing on the cake was when the colors were thrown up in the air as it synchronizes beautifully with the beat of the music.

Sharing this video cut at the Finish Festival. Sorry for the quality. It was sent to me via FB messenger so I downloaded it from there and uploaded it to YT. I’ll update it once I get the copy directly.

Such a perfect way to end the 5K run! ❤

 

The 2nd Chance Christmas Fair!


It was one of those days at work were the time moves in a snail pace and browsing Facebook is your immediate remedy to ennui. And as I was continuously scrolling down my news feed, I found this post about a Christmas fair happening on the 2nd of December.

15369788_10209010102423437_1550890078_oThe event was to be held at Parkview Pet Center in Madinat Khalifa where market stalls that sells handcrafted stuffs are set up. There would be face painting for children, raffle draw with great prizes, a selfie with Santa, a book sale, and a lot of fun and games. I don’t know with anybody else, but the mere mention of a book sale got me sold! 😀

Seeing that I might have friends in Doha who would be interested,  I shared said post in my Facebook page and tagged most of them just in case anyone wants to join. Funnily, one of those friends who replied was a bookworm like myself and she was very much interested with the book sale as I am. So we set up a time to meet and we went together that day.

As written on the notice, tickets for adults are 50QR each, which are sold at the entrance. Once we enter the gate, we were welcomed with food – and that, I believe, is a very very good sign. Because who wouldn’t want to be welcomed with food? 😀

Anyway, the place feels pretty festive. Reds and greens are abundant everywhere you look. There’s a person in a lion costume (or i think it was a lion) walking all over the place. Children are taking pictures with Santa, who is sitting near a Christmas Tree, and giving gifts to the children after taking photos. Of course we plan of having a photo with Santa as well, but at that moment – just near the tree – was the stall we’ve been looking for… A long table filled with books!

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Our eyes were practically dancing from the sight! And when we asked how much each of the books cost – their answer just made Christmas come early in Doha. Would you believe that each of these books, both soft bound and hardbound, is just for the price of 10 QAR? Most of them are even virtually new!

Anyway, you can say that we shopped to our heart’s content on this one. 😀

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Cute neck straps for your dogs and cats
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PAWS RESCUE Shirts
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Some Christmas Handcrafts and candies ❤
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Framed Souvenirs
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Handcrafted Bracelets and Keychains

While looking around, we also found a spot where a lady does some henna tattoos, and we can’t help but have one. It was my first time and I was ecstatic about it.

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As promised, we ended the day with a Santa picture! The kids in us won’t miss the chance! Ha! 😀

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Also, FYI, all proceeds of the event has helped raise urgently needed funds to feed 200+ rescued dogs and cats and contributed towards facility maintenance cost.

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PARKVIEW PET CENTER

What a perfect way to both enjoy and contribute to society. ❤

A Fortunate 3 Days


Warning: Long post ahead! 😀

As a licensed dental assistant, I am required to complete a total number of CPD (continuing professional development) credit. It was a new rule that must be implemented by all medical practitioners and allied health professionals so we could be able to renew our license before it expires. Currently, I need to complete at least 50 credits – 25 credits for category 1 and 25 credits for either category 2 or 3. To acquire these credits, one must attend a conference or a workshop, and it must be an accredited learning activity for it to be counted as one.

Last Thursday, my colleague and I attended such conference at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) and the subject matter is…

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Firstly, I just want to get it out there that it was my first time at the QNCC. I know probably a lot of people had already gone there, but I haven’t, so bite me! 😀

Anyway, I love the place! The “Maman” sculpture, which welcomes you at the top of the escalator, was a sight to behold. I can’t help but take lots of photos of it.

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Maman and her eggs

So going back, the conference concerns Wound Management and was the First International Wound Management Conference in Qatar. It lasted for 3 days and is approved for a maximum of 14 hours by the Qatar Council of Health Practitioners (QCHP). The topic per se was very interesting, with prominent speakers from Hamad Medical and other countries tackling a wide variety of topics about the proper management of different types of wound especially from diabetic persons, bedridden patients and wounds caused by accidents and infections.

I was particularly appreciative of the fact that they showed actual images of some of the cases they’ve encountered (don’t worry. patient privacy is still intact. no faces were shown. images are only of body parts involved), which makes the learning more effective and will keep you wide awake. And despite it being very fast-paced since there’s a time limit for every speaker, I find that I was able to listen and understand most of the topics discussed. ‘Cause seriously, I’m not going to lie, but some conferences make me want to curl up and snooze to oblivion, so I was pretty glad that I didn’t experience that here.

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Some paraphernalias we received : Badge, USB, notepad, portfolio etc.

Anyway, you might be wondering why I titled this post “Fortunate 3 days”? Well aside from me being happy with the conference itself, the beautiful venue and the eat-to-your-heart’s-content lunch buffet, not to mention the gorgeous cookies I get to snack during coffee breaks, something unexpectedly amazing happened to my colleague and I on the second day.

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I just can’t with these cookies! ❤

After we filled our bellies with all the food we can get, an announcement was made that there will be a raffle draw where one lucky winner can take home an iPhone 7. All we had to do was find the booth of Health Innovations and have our name, mobile number, email add etc. written on a piece of paper that will serve as our raffle ticket. Of course, my colleague and I tried our luck, and so did most other people.

So to cut this very long post short, seven winners were announced that day. Three of those winners received a different type and brand of watch, while the other three won perfumes. The seventh winner, and the last name called, won an iPhone.

My colleague was one of the three who won a watch, and was actually the first winner. She kind of lost it after her name was announced. It was a crazy kind of moment and I screamed and laughed with her. 😀

After all 6 winners were announced, I wasn’t expecting my name to be called anymore. For me, the chances of both of us winning something would be zero to none. However, in an astonishing twist of fate, my name was called…

So guess who just won an iPhone 7? 😀

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Forgive this very unprepared photo. We were so not ourselves we weren’t able to find a better background. All we were thinking was just we want the “Health Innovations” tarp behind us. 😀

A shout out to Health Innovations for this early Christmas present! It was a very fortunate 3 days indeed!

Pink October


Obviously a late post, but here goes.

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As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – A worldwide annual campaign that helps raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for breast cancer research. In support of this campaign, Qatar Cancer Society held a 2-day Breast Cancer Conference, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, here in Doha for all health care providers, researchers, health science students etc.

An excerpt from the site:

Breast cancer conference is a unique accredited continuous professional development opportunity for healthcare providers in the field of breast cancer health care at the local, regional and international levels.

The conference will serve a great chance to exchange knowledge with top international experts and familiarize yourself with the latest medical technologies in the field of breast cancer.

Since I am currently working as an allied health care provider here in Qatar, my colleagues and I decided to seize this chance and register online.

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The event was conducted at the Conference Hall of the Sheraton Grand Hotel from October 28 to 29, 2016. There was no declared limit for the number of attendees allowed causing a vast number of attendees from all fields of medicine and health care to sign up. I feel like the overwhelming amount of people who came might have been the reason why the event started a little late than the designated time. There were still people entering the hall by the time it was supposed to start. Too bad I have no pictures of the crowd.

But here’s me with my colleagues, while waiting for other attendees to arrive. Guess which one’s me. 😀

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I think you’ll notice the small crowd behind us and we’re like already situated near the doors. Mind you, it’s a big hall. You’ll have to quadruple the crowd behind us to have an idea of what’s in front.

So at half past 4 pm (if I remember correctly) and after a few more selfies (or should I say groufies? lol!), the conference finally commenced. There were a total of seven speakers that day, different nationalities and each an expert in their field. Though I’m going to be honest here and say that I was really trying my hardest not to fall asleep with some of the topics discussed. I guess I’m just really bad in listening things concerning studies and statistics. :p

Anyway, due to the delay, Day 1 of the conference ended later than expected. But overall, it was a fine experience and a great way to be a part of a campaign that helps and educates.

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Group pic after the Conference

Thirty, Flirty & Thriving


“I wanna be thirty. Thirty, flirty and thriving”, the line that young Jenna Rink (played by Christa B. Allen) kept on repeating as “magic dust” cascade over her in the 2004 movie ’13 Going on 30′. I was 19 then.

Two weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday – the “big 3-0” as my best friend put it – eleven years since I’ve watched that movie. Unlike Jenna, I did not have the same exciting view of what being 30 is all about. I never really equated it with being flirty and fun. In my defense, from what I’ve seen growing up, majority of women I know who are in their 30’s are either married (both happily and not), pregnant, tired from work (if employed), and not exactly having the time of their lives. Yes, it is not exactly a promising age number as what the movie was trying to convey, but then things change… I became 30.

The good thing about finally being 30 is I get to finally realize that Jenna wasn’t entirely wrong. Thirty CAN be flirty and fun! And depending on the person, it can be a whole lot more. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to have such an epiphany. To realize that you are very much in control of your life and not giving too much crap to “crap” is very liberating. Age does become just a number that you won’t really think much of anymore. You can choose whether you want to be flirty and fun.

Anyways, as for my birthday celebration, I had to celebrate at least three times.

The day of my birthday, me and my boyfriend wore our couple tees (yes, I wanted to be all cute and corny with my baby boo) and went to eat for the first time at Wagamama at Ezdan Mall here in Qatar.

It’s a modern japanese restaurant where we ate our fill of spicy shrimp, duck gyoza, tonkatsu and coconut cheesecake.

also treated my workmates to a dinner buffet at Millenium Hotel. It was on a Thursday night right after work. I forced everyone to wear their best dress, heels, hair and makeup for the occasion. It was our first night out together. We took lots of pictures and ended the night with a cup of hot chocolate and mocha at Starbucks before finally going home.

My third treat, so far, did not happen yet… still on the works as my dad is being the busy bee that he always is. However, he did gave me a blueberry cheesecake (the cake) and blackberry classic (the phone) for my birthday. Teehee!

Looking more 13 than 30. LoL!

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