Olympics :: My Version
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Canoeing :: August 23, 2008
Golf :: August 17, 2008
High Jump :: Youth Build 2008, Marinduque
I can still see in my mind the last split second surge and photo finish win by Michael Phelps to bag his 7th Gold medal. I have visions of Canada "medal-less" for almost a week and suddenly having almost 5 medals in one day and 19 medals in a span of one week. Almost totally in the last few days of the games.
I'm still reeling from the Olympics fever.
Tonight we turned on the TV and saw a different show other than the Olympics. In fact we even watched a Pinoy DVD just to remind us that we haven't seen any of the stash I brought since arriving August 11, 2008.
We missed the Olympics badly. For 16 days, we stayed til 2 am to watch whatever we can get hold off. From daily tracking of Michael Phelps' 8 Gold Medals, to the Women's gymnastics, the Thunder Bolt and the Men's Basketball Championships. Of course, as book ends, we loved the digitized Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
I too had my own Olympics as I took upon myself to be more active in the last month of Summer. Aside from swimming in Marinduque, we played Vollebyball and Basketball with the kids, attended a driving range golf party with Toronto friends (see me with as a lefty golfer on top), and attempted to run 3 KM last week. Last Saturday was also a day to take on the paddle and work on the upper body on the riverbeds of Kelso.
Without the inspiration that the Olympic games provide, I might be back to my catatonic remote control-toting, sofa hugging, couch potato ways to the consternation of my wife.
I hope not.
It's GK Walk season once again. This year is a different walk for Gawad Kalinga as we will be doing it coinciding not just with our brothers and sisters in the Gawad Kalinga movement across Canada, but this year, it will be done simultaneously with our US brethren. So on September 6, once we start at 9am, people from Vancouver, to Los Angeles, Calgary to San Francisco, New York, Boston and Montreal will be doing the GK Walk.
It's not too late to send your pledges and donations. I can't over emphasize how Gawad Kalinga has helped hundreds of thousands of Filipinos back home. I have been witness to the transformation of lives these gifts have provided to the poorest of the poor. I hope we can be together next time to witness it ourselves.
I have committed to finish the 5 KM and to increase my target from $ 150 in 2006, $ 300 in 2007 to $ 1,000 in 2008. In 2006 and 2007 you helped me raise the money and exceed my targets. This year, I am just at the same level as last year's final total but should be gaining fast. I have my faith in the Filipino to make that last minute surge near the finish line - ala Michael Phelps. :)
To sponsor my walk and help our Filipino brothers back home, please click here.