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! ❤

 

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Carisma


New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holiday second to Christmas. Mainly due to the stunning fireworks display you see during this time and the blaring sound from the television as we watch the exciting countdown to the New Year. Of course, such an experience happens when I’m home in the Philippines, and for 6 years now, I have not been home during the holidays.

I know… it’s sad. 😦

In my previous “L’Occitane” post, I’ve mentioned that my father will be home to celebrate Christmas and New Year with the family, leaving me all by lonesome self during the holidays. (Ok, not entirely alone since I have friends and my Beau is still here, but you get the gist of it.) Seeing as there won’t be an actual celebration at my place here in Doha, I’ve decided to have a bit of a fine dining experience with Beau on New Year’s Eve and we chose to try the Italian Restaurant, Carisma.

Carisma Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located in the first floor of Warwick Doha Hotel. It is basically next to the lobby and very easy to spot.

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Given that it’s New Year’s Eve, the Menu was not the usual. There is already a set of food choices prepared for a full-course meal and all you had to do is pick between two choices of appetizers, entrée etc. The full-course meal, including drinks, is worth 199 QAR per person.

As always, I feel like clubbing myself for not taking a photo of the Menu. This must be one of the reasons why I won’t be an effective food blogger (especially one that does restaurant reviews). I simply forget to take the required pictures. Ha!

Anyway, I was looking forward to trying their pizza beforehand, but seeing that there was no pizza in the Menu, my beau and I asked if it’s possible to just order one full course meal for only one person plus one order of Pizza Carisma (even if it’s not on the night’s menu). The staff was very kind to accommodate us with the request.

So here are photos (and some appraisals) of our dinner.

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Focaccia Bread

The meal started with this focaccia bread. It was a nice start to the meal and actually feels light even after finishing 3 of them.

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This one I am calling the shrimp salad, since I have no idea what it was called on the menu. The shrimp in itself isn’t exactly packed with flavor, but the overall dish has that slight sweetness and zesty taste to it, which makes it delicious.

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Saffron Risotto

I was a bit disappointed with the Risotto, we didn’t like it very much, and is the only dish we weren’t able to finish. I guess this type of risotto just wasn’t my taste.

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Beef Tenderloin

I’m afraid to say that by the time we had the beef tenderloin we were so full we thought we’d explode. Ha! Anyway, I can’t accurately judge the taste of it, all I know is that it wasn’t as juicy as I wanted or expected it to be while I was cutting it in half..

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Our pretty dessert

This dessert was very pretty and festive-looking. However, I’m not jumping up and down for it. For me it was good enough dessert that balances out the taste of everything we’ve eaten that night. It wasn’t too sweet, which was good, but for some reason I felt something lacking with it that I’m not sure of. Anyway, we still enjoyed it. 😀

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Pizza Carisma (Tomato sauce with buffalo mozzarella cheese, chicken strips, spinach and truffle oil)

The pizza was served together with the risotto, which we were thankful for after realizing that we didn’t like the risotto very much. The pizza was slightly thin crust and tasty without overpowering sauce or toppings.

Overall, the dinner was a 3.5 out of 5.

So that ends our New Year’s Eve dinner! Believe when I say that we were so full we end up sleeping straight away right after the clock strikes 12.

Oh! Before I forget, the kind and very attentive staff gave us these…

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Carisma - Warwick Doha Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A Tea of Pearls


Chatime has finally come to Doha. Yey!

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A few days before the start of Ramadan, after hearing the news of a Chatime branch here in Doha, two of my colleagues invited me to come and check out the place at The Pearl Qatar. There we found the famous bubble tea chain in a small corner inside Spinney’s – we went in circles just finding the place. The ambiance is quite cozy – pretty simple with their signature colors of purple and white. Because the place is small, inside seats are limited, probably 3 tables with 2 to 3 chairs each if I remember correctly. But seats are also available outside, a good place to enjoy your milk tea while chilling out and appreciating the weather and view.

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The menu is almost the same in the Philippines, but with the surprising addition of Karak Milk Tea, which I found interesting. Karak tea is, after all, pretty delicious, but I usually drink it hot and definitely without tapioca pearls. I’m thinking of trying that one on my next visit. Also, it’s good to know that they ask the level of sugar and ice desired for each drink.

The cakes are fairly simple. Nothing too fancy.

They have the usual strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, honey cake, lotus cake and a number of muffins, sandwiches and croissants. Pretty basic I should say.

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So for our orders, I opted to try their Taro Milk Tea (Taro is basically one of my usual go-to flavors when I order Bubble Tea in other places), which I unfortunately felt a tad disappointed about. I usually go for normal sugar level in my first try of a particular milk tea to have a baseline reference on how sweet they make a drink, but this Taro is not sweet, and for a normal level of sugar, it was bland for my taste. Maybe they’re not just as sweet as other Bubble tea shops, but anyways, I was not satisfied.

Also, there were no tapioca pearls in my Taro Milk Tea. I learned later on, after I asked one of the staff,  that the tapioca pearls are only added as ordered. Meaning there would be “additional payment for the pearls”. What a bummer! In the Philippines, the pearls are automatically part of the drink you paid for. So yeah, I did feel bad about that one.

Anyway, my friends Rachelle, Janel and JJ ordered Oolong Milk Tea, Chocolate Mouse, and Taro Milk Tea respectively. As far as I know they are more satisfied with their choice than I was with mine.

To complement our drinks, we also ordered Blueberry cheesecake and Lotus cake which are not too sweet – a good thing as compared with my taro milk tea. I just didn’t like that the outer shell is so hard. It’s like I have to dig into the center to be able to get to the cheesecake itself. Good thing the taste made up for it.

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Overall, it wasn’t bad, but it certainly was not as good as I expected.

Chatime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

That Day We Wore Stripes


In short, My BIRTHDAY!!!

I have to say this year’s birthday was better than the last one (thank God!), even if the celebration itself was kind of a last minute decision. To friends, they know that what I had in mind was just a simple lunch treat, mainly because I’m too lazy to plan a party. No need to worry about preparations, decorations and invitations. All I need is just enough moolah for a fine dining experience with 3 of my closest in doha friends.

… That is until my dad gave me money…. To celebrate, he said. His gift for me, he said.

Who says no to that? Haha! 😀

Well regardless of my added wealth, I still find the idea of preparing a party exhausting. I’m a lazy panda for such of thing. What I did decide, however, was dandandan to add more friends to my lunch treat, which everybody seem to agree to. Not that that surprises me. Ha!

So to choose a place that would appeal to my added guests, what better place to choose from than WOK of FAME in Villagio Mall.

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Basically, I picked the place because of their Eat-All-You-Can Menu (cater style). I wanted my guests to freely select the food they want to eat, just how it would be like if it was a real party I have prepared for. Also, the fact that the place is within Villagio Mall makes it convenient for my guests, since most of them work inside the mall and are still on duty.

My first guests (my baby <3 is here)
My first guests (my baby is here).
More has arrived. My cousin was able to make it. :D
Second batch. My cousin was able to make it. 😀
The Cinema/D'Lush Boys
The Cinema/D’Lush Boys
More friends has arrived. :)
More friends has arrived. 🙂

All in all, it was a pleasant experience. The food was delicious and it was unfortunate I wasn’t able to take a picture of the banquet table. I was so full and satisfied like everybody else (or so they say. LOL!). The celebration in itself was a success considering it was a first for me to do this. Majority of my past birthdays are mostly prepared by my mom. She loves cooking and I miss her cooking, but my mom’s not here with me so it’s mostly up to me to decide what to do. Thank you daddy for your gift. 😀

Surprises from the D'Lush/Cinema Boys and my Baby <3 )
Surprises from the D’Lush/Cinema Boys and my Baby

On another note, it was funny how “Birthday” was spelled wrongly on my chocolate cake. I was having second thoughts on posting a picture of that one, but what the heck! 😀