Posted in Out of the Country Vacation, Vacation

This one time… at Phuket…

When I started this blog, it was all about the chronicles of my life as a runner and other outdoor activities. Little did I know that one day, my blog was noticed by Philippine Seven corporation thru Michelle Saludes and Mr. Jose Ang jr. and offered me an opportunity to witness and experience an international running event. And that is how I became a member of Team 7-Eleven Philippines as part of the social media group to cover the 11th Laguna Phuket International Marathon. This is the 2nd part of our a story, and it’s all about what we did in Phuket before and after the marathon. For the 1st part of story, how we dominated the 11th Laguna Phuket International Marathon, go here: https://theroguerebel.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/paradise-revisited-and-reconquered-11th-laguna-phuket-international-marathon/

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Leaving Manila. Photo by : Jeff Lo
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Departure from Manila at Terminal 3. (Photo grabbed from a facebook photo tag)

We left Manila around 8pm and arrived in Phuket around 11pm. It was already passed midnight when we arrive at Chabana Kamala Hotel. After collecting our key cards, we were told to meet at the lobby after leaving our stuff in the hotel rooms, so we can go to the nearest 7-Eleven store and grab stuff that we need like food, drinks, etc. (7-Eleven is very generous, but I was a bit shy and only grabbed a handful of stuff like chocolates, bananas, tooth brush + toothpaste, and some drinks).

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As a member of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, I got this exclusive team jacket and ASICS shirt. Is there no limits to their awesomeness?

DAY 1: KAMALA BEACH

One of the first places we visited was Kamala Beach. It’s just a few hundred meters away from the hotel, so we took a quick stroll to see the beach before the start of the 1st day of Laguna Phuket International Marathon. It looks and feels like the Marine Base beach in Ternate, Cavite and I like the cool, fresh breeze that counters the hot temperature at the time. We didn’t stay long because we need to prepare for the running event.

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Welcome to Kamala Bay

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Are they planning a jump shot?…
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Yes, indeed!
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Blue, blue sky. Blue, blue sky, I see.

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Mam Michelle as she prepares her best imitation of the Baywatch run as Mam Rowena looks on.
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Somebody call David Hasselhoff because one of your cast member is missing and was last seen running around Kamala Beach in Phuket.

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Kamala Beach as seen from the road above.

DAY 2: ISLAND SAFARI

After the marathon event, we went to the hilly part of Phuket to visit Island Safari. It’s a place where you can ride elephants and watch them perform tricks. There’s also a monkey performance show. Gotta give props to the runners for still having the energy to enjoy the rest of the day even after running the long distance and winning.

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Vintage Land Rover is at the right place.
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If you wanna ride an elephant… (it will not make you look as intimidating as an Ice Giant riding a Wholly Mammoth though).
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Dog Day Afternoon… on top of an elephant!

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“May Tatlong Elepante akong nakita. Mataba, Malaki, mga Elepante.”

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THE ELEPHANT SHOW

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Sir Bernie plays the part of a goaltender and successfully blocked the ball. He hesitated at first because the ball has some elephant dung on it.
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Imagine that body weight and doing a handstand.
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Elephant massage, anyone?

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Scariest part? if the elephant decides to pin you down instead of taking the banana.
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Hula hooping that trunk.
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If Disney decides to do a movie about a princess and her elephant…
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Beauty and the Beast?
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Did you know? An elephant’s trunk contains over 40,000 muscles and can lift up to 770 lbs. It’s a good thing they only take bananas.
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In comparison, a scooter is really, really small.
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Huge and Majestic.

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THE MONKEY SHOW

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Look at them coconuts!
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Do you even lift, bro?!
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Evolving and training for a triathlon?
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When you start using a football for playing basketball.
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Dunk that soccer ball!
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Here Comes A New Challenger!
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The announcer called this Sexy Monkey Fashion Show.
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The Monkey awaits your tip.
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Optional cow ride that everybody decided to skip.

 

DAY 3: CHALONG PIER and ANDAMAN PRINCESS DINNER CRUISE

On our last day in Phuket, we went to Chalong Pier for a boat ride to Andaman Princess, a ship turned floating restaurant. This is the most memorable dinner because it was our last night in Phuket and we were able to eat a lot of pork and chicken again (because we ate a lot of spicy and sea foods in the past days). We don’t have photos of the interior of the restaurant because we all just ate and forgot to take pictures. We also just want to enjoy the night with some of the 7-Eleven Philippines staff showcasing their voice talents on stage (worth noting that the 2-person band of Andaman Princess are pinoys).

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Sunset at Chalong Pier
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The Phuket Big Buddha can be seen from a distance.
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Boat ride to Andaman Princess.
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Approaching Andaman Princess.

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And that’s our trip in Phuket, Thailand. It was an awesome weekend for me and I really enjoyed it. Phuket is a nice place to visit especially if you like to go beach or island hopping and there are a lot of foreigners around, making it Thailand’s version of Boracay. The surroundings, the weather, and the lifestyle looks and feels similar to our country, but the people are much more disciplined and the roads and driver’s side of the vehicle are the mirror image of ours.

I thank Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines) and their major sponsors, Safeguard, Selecta, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature Spring, Gatorade, Powerade, and Summit Water for the all-expense-paid trip. Like John Hammond, they ‘spared no expense’ in taking care of everyone. I did not spend a single dime during the whole trip, all of us are well-fed (actually, overfed is more like it and we really, really like that), and we had a lot of fun. Special thanks to Mam Michelle Saludes, Project Head/Head Cheerleader of the Team, she’s like the cool mom who always make sure that we’re having a good time. And to Sir Jose Ang Jr., General Merchandise Division Head/Head Coach of the Team, he’s like the awesome dad who makes sure there’s never a dull moment when he’s around. And the 7-Eleven Philippines staff, they’re the best cheering squad in the marathon, and they provided the runners the much-needed vigor with their morale-boosting cheers.

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Remember these sponsors, they provide your favorite refreshments, freebies, and those eye-catching, color-themed singlets of the 7-Eleven Run Series.

If you want to be a part of the team, all you have to do is join the 7-Eleven Run series, do your best to grab a spot in the top 3 of the 21k and 42k categories, and you’re in. You don’t just win a cash prize, you become part of a team (and not just a team, like a family) with an excellent track record in winning races internationally and the best support/cheering squad. .

For now, I close this article with some more photos, the sights and feels of Phuket Thailand…

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One of the beautiful lagoon around Laguna Phuket.
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Another lagoon next inside Outrigger Beach Resort.
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Where are you, Swamp Thing?
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Nessie, Nessie, wherefore art thou, Nessie?
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Dinner at Chabana Hotel. (grabbed from a facebook photo tag)
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I submit to the power of the ample amount of good food. Screw my diet. (grabbed from a facebook photo tag).
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At a seafood restaurant (can’t remember the name, they have lobster).
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I like this dinner a lot, you get to pick whatever you want (pork, chicken, fish, noodles, and more) and cook it. You also choose and mix your sauce, and bottomless ice cream.
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One of the massage and spa near the hotel.

 

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