A Closer’s Boot Camp Journal: CrossFit Madayaw

I want to invest in my health this year by upgrading from my home-done calisthenics. I enrolled in a CrossFit program.

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Investing in cryptocurrency and coining my domain are thus far the two most yuppie defining things I started in my yester birth months. This year, I want to invest in my health by upgrading from my home-done calisthenics. I enrolled  in a CrossFit program. This is my inducement journal of the 10-session boot camp.



Day 1 (September 11): Underpromise but Overperform


I was craving for chocolate moist cake,  but I chose the shredded corn and an egg-bacon sandwich. Filling! Protein! Commute time to the CrossFit Box is still healthy for me to eat these. I took the 4:30 PM session.

imageWarm Up started. Coaches were clear on their instructions and playful. They were very motivating like those friends who subtly bully you but really mean the best for you. The stretching routines once again reminded me that I’m not that malleable yet. Thus, I’m setting it a goal that after the boot camp, I’ll be able to perform the toe reach stretch with ease. Stretching helps to lessen muscle soreness post regimen. Thus, improving my stretching abilities would be an asset on this journey. Strength and Mobility drills were bearable so far (Thanks to my home gym routines). I met Regine who made me excited for the next session’s workout of the day/ WOD.



Day 2 (September 16) “Tessa”


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As a decoy for hunger, I ate a Banana cue on my way to the box. Apart from the satiety effect in the tummy, Banana is rich in potassium which is healthy for muscle function. The caramelized sugar is enough for spiked energy for the entire session.

The Strength drills woke me up. We did the Tabata of Hollow rockers and Hollow body holds. It crushed my core. It felt like my ab muscles turned concrete like quick-dried cement then are cracked again in every rest. The WOD was charming. We agreed to do it all the way to 7 but she made me pant so hard at 3. Tessa was a sadist.



DAY 3 (September 18) “Cheyser”


imageMet the Man Maker. She sucked all the energy I stored for 48 hours for just 3 rounds. Cheyser was consuming. Decoy food: Steamed corn.



DAY 4 (september 20) “Marynel”



imageWas my first to try the 8 AM session. Sipped a cup of black coffee and ate two pieces of bananas before going to the Box. I took out a beef burger with egg on my way too.

The Strength drills and the KB swings with Nel made my lumbar muscles sore up to now. However, Nel was downright ideal. She had me exhausted. Then, she also had made me rested with ample intervals she knew wouldn’t make me pant. She toned. She sweated me up. Marynel was all I’ve wished for.

Spent more time at the gym after the session. Had a meaningful talk with Jazzie about her passion for blogging. Our talk with Coach Catz was revealing. We had some free training tips from him. We also learned that he is one of Hidilyn Diaz‘ coaches. Yes the 2016 Filipina Olympian. A matter of fact, they are actually cousins. That made me feel more confident following his weightlifting instructions. Coach Catz is an asset of this Box.


DAY 5 (September 21) “Hadjriah”



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Took the same schedule like that of Day 4. I had a cup of coffee with cream before going. This was my last session to punch half of the boot camp program.

I was euphoric during the Warm Up. I finally got the first try of the Rowing machine which has been flirting with me since Day 1. The warm up drill was written “1000 meters row, 0.8 mile run”.

Accomplished all what she wanted me to do during the WOD. Just like a servile high school lad who first courted a girl you’d thought you would die for, I did it all but she never appreciated it. She made me feel that those sweat and tetanus aren’t still enough (physiologic tetanus). I swear I kept on trying until I was tired enduring twitch after twitch. She was more than a sadist. Hadjriah was indifferent. I devoured then a quarter of flame grilled chicken with three cups of rice.




*Updating this session after session. CrossFit Madayaw will also be opening their branch in Lanang this October 9. A healthy news for Northern arms like me!

Men’s Premium Apparel Brands at up to 80% OFF : The Off Price Show in Davao

The only bazaar for the budget conscious yuppies who don’t want to compromise clothing quality and prestige over money-saving goals.

Zara, Ralph Lauren, GAP, along with other top apparel brands will be on sale at Davao Convention and Trade Center for this year’s Davao stop of The Off Price Show (TOPS), Sept 1-3, 2017.

TOPS shopping festival is your only chance this year to save up to 80% from corresponding online tags or mall outlet prices of premium brands. From corporate to athletic wear, grooming supplies to signature fragrance and even office and travel essentials, indeed the only bazaar for the frugal yuppies who don’t want to compromise clothing quality and prestige over money-saving goals.

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Spare at least 2,500p for this month’s pay and leave the venue this September 1 with a shopping bag full of either Forever21 or H&M, Puma or UnderArmour, Palladium or M-Zero. Photos owned by Diyosalife.com

Apart from the flaming racks with off-priced items, there would also be variety of entertainment and gastronomic stimuli for your shopping intermissions. A fashion show featuring the TOPS Model Search contestants will be held inside the venue and an array of food carts will also be available.

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Davao Convention and Trade Center is located at Torres Street right next to Davao Wisdom Academy.

TOPS offering a price drop of up to 80% on handsome brands undoubtedly, is the only 3-day-sale every auspicious hard-worker has the right to splurge their hard saved funds. I’ll see you there frugal souls, 11AM, September 1!

Kia’s Surprise : Your bolder city car for the more assertive city life – Picanto IV

Every space is with value. Every space you posses, space you’re able to lend, grants you the pride of ownership. So how would you then want to ride Kia’s all-new Picanto?

imageUrban hustle has been more challenging this recent millennium. From metropolitan traffic to workplace politics, an account person’s daily steer has to be agile with the ever accelerating gears to be successful.

Feels the need from the more demanding dealings of the city life, Kia Motors Corporation surprises the city slickers with the all-new Picanto. “The new model retains all of the outgoing model’s strengths but now offers increased performance and new technologies” says Hernando D. Ganac, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive Kia vehicle distributor in the Philippines.

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Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille now extends the sides up to the headlights, more reminiscent of the sportier models like the Rio and the Forte.

The exterior now has bolder body lines with 15mm added to the wheelbase without any increase to the over all length of the vehicle.

Possesses ideal combination of directional stability and assured handling brought by improvements made in the chassis. The more balanced and responsive driving experience promotes safer commute with a more precise vehicle reaction and more felt sensation of a direct steering-wheel-to-road connection.

Cabin is entirely modernized and refined giving an added sense of quality for the occupants. Enhanced headroom, legroom and shoulder room highlights the increase in cabin space.

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The larger interior capacity can be noticed all around the vehicle.
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Indeed, a Grand Tourer (GT) city car for you.

How would you want to ride the all-new Picanto?


For the subcompact car class, the widened interior space is the selling edge of the all-new Picanto. From someone who spent my college days driving such type of vehicle, the more breathable spatial experience while on transit makes your every peso reasonable.

Every space is with value. Every space you posses, space you’re able to lend, grants you the pride of ownership. So how would you then want to ride the all-new Picanto?

 

As a hitchhiker workmate on the wider passenger’s seat?

or a rewarded driver with the updated dashboard?

Either, keep afire for career success and let the odds witness your “Power to Surprise”.


INQUIRIES : (082) 234-0057 Kia Motors Davao, Km7 Lanang, Davao Cityimage

Fashion Weekend Davao 2017 sizzles Menswear with Tribal Flair

2017’s run articulately ornamented the Fashion Weekend Davao’s vogue vision to be Mindanao’s premier annual fashion event and lifestyle platform. Women and yes for Men, Fad life is here!

As teased during the launching forum, Fashion Weekend Davao’s culminating fashion show Cruise 17| 18 sashayed virilely stylish collections of men’s wear for dapper yuppies on this year’s 4-ply climax show, Abreeza activity center, August 6.

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Follow through the captions for the CLOSER’S STYLE REVIEW : This Kadayawan tribe inspired DODJIE BATU menswear collection was personally the show’s spotlight.

Two parts were dedicated to the opportune celebration of Kadayawan 2017. Davao Fashion Design Council members paraded their garb creations inspired by the 11 Kadayawan tribes of Davao and their garment interpretations of the globally awarded furniture masterpieces of Davao jewelry and furniture designer, Ann Tiukinhoy Pamintuan.


CRUISE 17 I 18 COLLECTION INSPIRED FROM KADAYAWAN TRIBES


 

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BAMBA LIMON CRUISE 17 I 18 COLLECTION: The usual formal shirts with pleasing tints and tribal patterns. Deals smooth closing ahead when you’re wearing these.

 

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ARMY UTILITARIANISM by WINDELL MIRA:  Who would have thought that there’s a glamorous robustness appeal from the coalescence of tribal patterns and army prints in one wear?! Impressive mix!

 

 

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DODJIE BATU CRUISE 17I18 COLLECTION: Paisley details, rear fashion twists and collar wing twitches. My favorite collection amongst.

 

 

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Shirt jack Barong with a tailcoat length like that of a Tuxedo. I covet wearing Barongs with the modern styles especially the shirt jack type. Had at least 3 of such style in my closet for work closing fat accounts. Though, personally ain’t too convinced yet with the twitches on the collar wings, seeing Batu’s fad twist on the rear of this piece somehow is a grabber of excitement and fascination to one of these days to close more deals donned with this.

 

 


ANN PAMINTUAN FURNITURE PIECES INTERPRETATION


 

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A solitary men’s garment interpretation for Ann Pamintuan’s furniture pieces, Batu continuous his tosses from the usual formal collar wings. (Below Left) Versions for ladies wear (Below Middle) Davaoena jewelry and fashion designer Ann Pamintuan (Below Right)

 

 

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A masterpiece by Ann Tiukinhoy Pamintuan.

 

Completing the quartet fashion episode is the High Street Fashion display of appareals from Abreeza Mall’s own luxe brands. Lastly, “Kadayawan Faces” featuring makeup brand Artistry.

 

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Luxe Brand apparels as wash day style pieces. From Worship Generation Abreeza. (Below left) Collezione Abreeza (Below Right) GAP Abreeza.

 

 

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With Davaoeno designers making their creations a stitch of flamboyance more every year, indeed 2017’s run articulately ornamented the Fashion Weekend Davao’s vogue vision to be Mindanao’s premier annual fashion event and lifestyle platform. Women and yes for Men, Fad life is here! See you next season!

Denims to Deals: Tricks to rock Denims at work

It is ideal to choose either the raw wash denim or the bleached denim. These washes appear plain and smart. Both finishes don’t have creases, distortions or high contrasting patterns.

Denim has that rugged appeal. An impression which the corporate dress code has stringent restrictions. A punctuation-near to a taboo clause on the human resource handbook. Undoubtedly though, Denim has this intra-occupational charm. Who would not want to mix a denim piece on their wear set for work? How to turn these denim pieces to be appropriate for corporate dealings?


TRICKS


Type of Wash

It is ideal to choose either the raw wash denim or the bleached denim. These washes appear plain and smart. Both finishes don’t have creases, distortions or high contrasting patterns. A Raw denim finish could be blue which mimics the usual navy blue slacks perfect for corporate appeal. These could also be black, brown, any darker tint depending on the dye used. Bleached denim finish on the other hand, is the lighter but still plain versions. From white to light blue, depending on how long the bleaching was done.

 

Tag it along with Leather

For denims to be more corporately de rigueur, leather would be an ideal accomplice. Remember to filter which piece on your outfit to be the denim. Denim shirt paired with office slacks or a work smart shirt and denim pant in tandem, just don’t over dress a denim then, tuck in. Use a belt and a leather shoes with the same color. Brown leather is perfect for denim. Not the metal studded or the buckled. Try it also with leather shoes with minimal brogue details.

 

 


PICKS: SM Lanang Exclusive Denim Preview


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Black raw denim with stripes from SM Men store
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Shirt hues that rock when paired with denim pant from SM Men store.

 

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The unique appeal of Stand collar shirt from SM Men store would also look nice with your denim pant. Just tuck it in.

 


 

The fortification of being a Master Closer is when you have let the prospect sign on the dotted line. Your choice of wardrobe though, affects how people perceive you as a specific kind of breed. Clothing helps a lot on positive first impressions. As to for choosing to strut a Denim, the deal is closed more of HOW you are wearing a carefully picked wash and a not “over denim-ed” look.

 

Breathing Fabrics: Soothing the stiff corporate clothing

Remember that prospects can only be comfortable if you, on the first place is composed and relaxed. When they are comfortable, they listen.

Within milliseconds upon prospects gaze at you, they swiftly classify either you are a “closer” or a “loser”. A matter of a letter to differentiate, let that “C” be the Clothes you’re wearing the moment you offered the first handshake. Clothes which provide comfort and enhance confidence.


TRICKS


Color and Pattern

Shades of our shirt affect significantly in our dealings. Colors are influential to a persons mood.

imageWhite conveys purity. My default hue on first client meeting. As you try to gauge your prospect’s personality on your first encounter, it is strategic to drape something pure, neutral and neat. Befriend them and pitch clean. Of course, don’t forget to ask for the sale. They may sign in now or at least lessen the number of meetings towards the final close. On days when it seems like you’re getting the hard time befriending the prospects, go back to White.

imageLight Blue denotes sincerity. The tint of choice to enhance credibility. When prospects say NO because the pitch sounds too-good-to-be-true or perhaps you have been having credibility objections for how many days, wear vibrant of blue shirt the next day!

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Pastel radiates relaxation. Best to don on pressured days. When you’re seem going to a chasm of rejections or panting before the month closes, don’t let your prospect feel the cram. Wear pastels! Also, best during mid day humid pitches, open house events, exhibits, field activities.

Color coordination denotes being organized and composed. Any of your interlocutor surely appreciates your offer due to the pleasant reception of the colors engulfing them as you pitch. Refrain from wearing Red and busy patterns like herringbone, houndstooth and plaid or checkered.

Fabric and Fit

imageDrapes dictate disposition. When we are comfortable with what we are wearing, we just simply feel good about ourselves. This then transcends to anyone you are interacting with may it be a client, your boss or a mate. They’ll love the presence of someone with a relaxed vibe.  Fabrics that breathe with you like lightweight polyester, drape and rayon, are good source of confidence.

Well fit clothes denote that you are prepared for winning. Thus, your first effort then for success on this context is to simply get your sizes and measurements sharp.  Have these measurements saved on your mobile’s notes and be sure to update it at least every quarter. Buy pieces which aren’t too snug yet not too loose.

Making the prospect feel comfortable during the entire sales encounter should be of your utmost goal. Remember that they can only be comfortable if you on the first place, is composed and relaxed. When they are comfortable, they listen.

 


PICKS : UNIQLO

Upholding the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity, Uniqlo currently has three shops in Mindanao for a more accessible shopping of comfortable wear pieces.

 

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Uniqlo Executives during the SM Lanang Premier branch opening. UNIQLO SHOPS : SM Lanang Premier Upper Ground Floor (DAVAO), SM City Ecoland – ANNEX (DAVAO), SM CDO Downtown Premier, Ground Level (CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY)

 

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CHEST TO CALVES:  Oxford Slim Fit Short Sleeve Shirt, Dry-EX Ultra Stretch Ankle Length Pants
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CHEST TO CALVES: Linen Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt, Dry-EX Ultra Stretch Ankle Length Pants

Dry-EX Ultra Stretch Ankle Length Pants : May it be on my corporate dealings or out from the sales table flees, this pant breathes with me. Light to wear. Stretches on festive strolls while creases just rightly every time I cross legs during account negotiations. A fabric innovation that’s gratefully tolerant to wide range of motions your grind calls for. A life wear!


Scoring an impressive first impression primarily lies on your externals. Drape those closing skills with clothes that exude instant and irresistible admiration exactly on the first tic the prospect saw you.

After that engaging prelude, making the prospect feel comfortable during the entire sales encounter should be of your utmost goal. Remember that they can only be comfortable if you, on the first place is composed and relaxed. When they are comfortable, they listen.


Honda Flagship Shop opens with Riders’ Lounge and Test Circuits

The Philippine’s largest HPI flagship shop – A hybrid of motorcycle retail concept shop with test course facility and an exclusive lounge for Riders in a 6,960 sqm expanse.

Concurrent with the launching of six new Honda Motorcycle models, the partnership of Honda Philippines Inc (HPI) and DESMARK dealership unveils the Philippine’s largest HPI flagship shop in Davao city – A hybrid of motorcycle retail concept shop with test course facility and an exclusive lounge for Riders in a 6,960 sqm expanse.

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Minutes after the inauguration rites, I started roaming around the spacious display area. Not the usual bike retail shop you’ve been in. With the cozy settings of the customer’s lounge, you would thought you’re about stay in a lavish hotel.

Still looking for what would uniquely describe a Honda Flagship Shop, I met Ms Jang and started to network a bit. Apart from the showroom, spare parts and power products display area, Davao’s HPI Flagship shop features a 1,500 sqm test circuit where riders can get that feel while riding a Honda motorcycle they are involved to own. The Rider’s Hall upstairs is also phenomenal. Jang sizzled. She tried to get consent from the in-charge while I also called my fellows Mark, Joseph and Teresa.

Just two more floors up, I thought of the intricate recreation floor of the well-appointed vacation club property I am working in. Imagine a lounge, 250-seater function room, recreational facilities and my favorite, the veranda with the pseudo poolside appeal! With all these features as free, I applaud HPI and DESMARK for innovating such irresistible overture for their owners and such a wise yet thoughtful move to sustain bigger market share being the number 1 motorcycle brand in Asia.

Honda Flagship Shop was already inaugurated in Cebu last January 2017 while that in Manila would be within the 2nd quarter this year. All  Riders’ club leaders should know about this (Send this link to a rider you know).

With all these features as free, I applaud HPI and DESMARK for innovating such irresistible overture for their owners and such a wise yet thoughtful move to sustain bigger market share being the NUMBER 1 MOTORCYCLE BRAND IN ASIA!


Caliber Machinists | One Stop Motorcycle Shop

Davao’s Honda Flagship Shop has one of the largest service shops in Mindanao with resident machinist Mr Ace Acedo who represented the country in Vietnam for the Mechanics Olympics. Complete array of spare parts and accessories is of instant availability since Honda warehouse is just behind the store. Honda Philippines staff also serves at the 2nd floor for any owner’s inquiry. Indeed, a one stop shop for bike ownership, your after sales concerns and mechanic maintenance.

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Honda Philippines Inc. President Daiki Mihara graced the inauguration (Above Left). Interior and display of the retail concept shop.

“Even with a showroom this grand, We at DESMARK will never waiver our core value which is to provide best quality Honda products at ultra affordable prices. We aim to always be the lowest priced with the best installment rates not just in Davao but in the country” Maricris Du, VP for Operations during her opening message.


The Power of Dreams for young yet stylish hustlers | The All-new BeAT FI


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A scooter style motorcycle is a reflection of my hip and chill mindset whenever out from the sales table. Having a slim yet sharp form, It has cool and convenient to maneuver appeal with the compactness that complements to my typical Asian stance and built. Newly designed wheels and tubeless tires appeal like your BeAt strutting a new trendy shoes along the streets to which everyone turns their head to.

The idling stop system, which offs the engine and produces zero exhaust emissions during brief stops supports both environmental and frugal advantage as this promotes superb fuel efficiency. Think off the metro’s traffic and your on-the go deliverables! The ACG-starter for a smooth and quiet start connives your graveyard shift commutes or work-hard-party-harder nights out. The Combined Brake System (CBS) for optimum braking balance between the rear and front tires is stellar for the safety of trendsetter hustler millennials like us. Lastly and is expected, It has adapted Honda smart technology with the lightweight and compact 110cc-Liquid-cooled enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine for enhanced performance to accelerate that yuppie dream! Own a BeAT at PhP63,900 available in all Honda 3s shops nationwide.

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More of the latest models and the real feel of this phenomenal hybrid shop along Buhangin, Davao City from Monday to Saturday, 8:30AM to 5:30PM. Type in the Flagship shop mobile 0912-528-7398. Dial for that dream. Now. 

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