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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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…

wound

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!