MABUHAY is a Filipino expression for "long live" or "cheers" and is woven into the curation of this 5-year-old blog that documents my triumphs and failures as an entrepreneur, triathlete, advocate for social awareness and everything in between that sparkles.
Last year today I attended @phillyFEASTIVAL with the Absolute Insurance Services Crew supporting our hospitality clients, many of who showcased their talent at this wonderful culinary event benefiting FringeArts which represents the best in contemporary, innovative and ground-breaking art in Philadelphia.
These young men and lady are so awesome. I am honored to accompany you on the swim of your first-ever sprint triathlon. People were coming up to you from the race because they saw the heart and joy you had to make it to the end with a smile…something you remind me to keep in mind the next time I place myself in the hurt locker. Thank you!
This week has been a whirl wind of self-discovery and humbling lessons. I will update diannesanluis.com at the end of this month about my culinary escapades in Montreal, DC, the upcoming Feastival in Philly and Toronto. For now, this pic was taken as I high-tailed it out of the hotel in Montreal to the airport.
Food is our common ground, a universal experience. - James Beard
This was such a different sight from what I remembered in 2001. Standing at the edge of the barricades I could still see the warped steel piled high in disarray. Cranes delicately moved the beams aside…almost in fearful reverence. I cried into my cousin’s shoulder. As we walked away, I watched a Marine vet collapse to his knees. A police officer ran to his side. No amount of comfort salvaged their anguish.
To my friends who perished, you are very much alive in my heart. To my own sister and brother-in-law, thank you for serving our Country. You are the Few and I for one am very proud of you.
Circa 2010. One of my first races as a triathlete. I was out of the saddle sprinting to make up for lost time. I was on a steel Colnago Masterlight and still placed in the top 10% of my age group. I always believed that the athlete’s mental and physical ability overpowers any kind of expensive equipment that will shave milliseconds from your PR. None of that matters if you can’t master your training, focus and true love for sport.
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