Just got my arm candy from Frills & I’s! Good news is it looks way better in person than from my own photos! GOOD! GOOD! GOOD!
This stylish accessory consists of 3 unique chains—black beads, more smaller black beads and a set of ivory leaves—plus a leather vintage watch with sturdy strap. By the way, I was first attracted to the beaded bracelet with “love” print embellished with dazzling stones…
At first, I was worried of any discomfort as it seems a little weighty. But it turned out to be better than I expected. It feels very solid yet the comfort feel is there. It’s a great looking accessory for only 400 pesos!
Accessories from Frills & I’s are indeed very nice, simple (in a way) and economical! I bet they’ll look great on you too.
Visit Frills & I’s Facebook page for latest fashion jewelry and watches to add to your next wish list. And don’t forget to like their page!
Ciao for now!
|Whew!!! Got my stuff signed by my favourite MMA fighter James “Nako” Nakashima|
In case you are just starting Muay Thai and looking to buy a pair of boxing gloves for your training, I want to share what I use, and also try my best to give you a helpful review of the 12oz LONSDALE Challenger Gloves in Gold.
This is my first time to have my own gloves. When I started my boxing two years ago, I just rented the gloves in the gym. I think I have used more than 4 types from 2 brands: Twins Special and Fairtex.
I’m telling you upfront, you should invest in Fairtex gloves because Fairtex is one of the best brands, if not THE best brand out there.
|Me at Pound for Pound Fitness Angono Gym with my water, hand wraps, and LONSDALE gloves|
Why I got the LONSDALE Challenger Gloves
I weigh about 46kg and stand 155cm, so my trainer advised me to buy 12oz gloves. Initially, I planned to buy Fairtex but it wasn’t available at the time of my purchase…
Apparently, a good place to buy Fairtex gloves is the K-1 Extreme Sportshop. I recommend you visit their shop for a guaranteed Fairtex availability. The shop is located at Unit 2, Ground floor, South of Market Bldg., 25th st., cor 11th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, BGC. Anyway, back to the size of the gloves, if you are a small person (and a beginner) like me, you can buy anything less than 16oz. Do not buy MMA gloves. These are different from boxing gloves.
Also, you should get the sparring/challenger and not the competition or pro boxing gloves. Training or sparring gloves are heavier and thicker than fighting/ competition gloves. If you still can’t decide, it wouldn’t hurt to consult with your coach or ask the staff from your gym.
LONSDALE Challenger Gloves
Price: Php3,055 at Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
Lonsdale is a boxing, mixed martial arts and clothing brand that was founded in London, England in 1960. I found that this brand has been historically worn by many famous boxers, including boxing legend Muhammad Ali. But still, the brand doesn’t have high review ratings for most of their boxing gloves. BUT their gloves are good enough for beginners…
The LONSDALE Challenger Gloves are designed for heavy bag training, mitt work, and sparring. The gloves have layered foam padding for increased shock absorption, cushioning, and overall protection. The gloves have a short Velcro strap on the inside of the wrist. It is possible even for me to put them on quickly myself. The material is not genuine leather.
The gloves feel snug around the wraps. I am also able to make an easy comfortable fist wearing them. At 3 months now, I feel the grip still suits my right hand perfectly. My left hand though feels a bit weird. But I can still train…
|feeling (tired or) cute with my LONSDALE Challenger Gloves on|
Also with 3 months of using this pair, I feel some small changes with its padding. Not that its already smashed or something. I just feel that it is not as firm as before. But it’s understandable right because I’m using it regularly.
I read from TITLE BOXING blog that training gloves should be replaced every 8-9 months depending on the frequency of use (assuming they are being used 5-6 times per week). So that’s five times per week, 4 weeks a month, 6 months = approximately 120 rounds. I train three times a week, by the way. So yeah, I think I can still use my gloves for another 8 months. The sign of James Nakashima on the thumb part of my gloves will still be intact too!
Even though the material is not genuine leather, I’m glad there’s no sign of disintegration just yet! Also, after months of training, my gloves don’t smell. I think it’s good that the material has significant “breathability” (according to the container). The gloves have mesh moisture-wicking inner palm that provides ventilation and regulation of temperature.
If you’re looking to make Muay Thai your sport, I highly recommend you invest in good gloves like this pair—Lonsdale Challenger Gloves from @tobyssports . . . I posted about what to expect from your first Muay Thai class on my blog 💪🏻 Link on my story and bio 🙂 . . . #gloves #muaythai #muaythaitraininggloves #lonsdale #lonsdalechallengergloves #goldgloves #goldengloves #boxinggloves #traininggloves #blogger #lifestyleblogger #fitnessblogger #pinayblogger #poundforpoundfitness #poundforpoundfitnessangono #muaythaiclass #muaythaiangono #beginnermuaythai #lonsdalegloves
A post shared by Erica Poyauan (@thegirlwiththemujihat) on
With the price, fit and feel to my hands, padding, comfort, (and style) I am extremely happy about my LONSDALE Challenger Gloves. Truth be told, I got attracted to these gloves because of the color. GOLD! Well, good thing it lived up to its color. The quality didn’t let me down. I highly recommend this pair for entry-level boxing gloves for Muay Thai training. These are made in India, mind you!
What do you think about these gloves? Have you decided which gloves to buy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you!
After an hour and fifty minutes, our plane successfully landed at Hongkong International Airport (HKIA). From my window seat, I thought HKIA airside area didn’t have that much difference from NAIA or DMIA (or any other air ports?)—all bore the same wide runways, ramps, security staff, courtesy transports, shuttles and of course, airbuses. When I got off the plane and went inside the terminal building, I was awed.
|The awesome ceiling! hehe|
HONGKONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The terminal building was large and the facilities looked new and clean. I walked through a carpeted passage and purposely followed the people. I used a moving walkway to save time and energy. Airport ambassadors warmly greeted us (in a language I couldn’t understand :)). I continued walking then I noticed passengers from different gates were slowly crowding the hall. I saw some Europeans, Americans and Chinese at most.
For a while, I queued for immigration and security processes. The immigration officer was very serious as I expected. He asked to see my passport, arrival card and return ticket. After carefully inspecting my passport, he stamped it. It was quick. Welcome to Hongkong, Hon Kang!
After immigration check, I knew I needed to proceed to the Baggage Reclaim Hall to pick up my suitcase. I didn’t actually know where to go, so I followed the crowd again. REMEMBER: Always follow the crowd!
I went through an automatic sliding door and for the second time, the vastness and structure of the terminal building impressed me. It’s huge. There were many counters and information display to guide (first-time) travellers like me. I proceeded to Air Asia counter to ask where I could get my suitcase. The attendant asked me my flight number and he instructed me to get my stuff from baggage carousel no. 3. I took a baggage cart (which I didn’t know how to use that time, good thing a Chinese woman taught me how to use it) and headed to the Kaiten Sushi, I meant the baggage carousel.
It was around 9 am and I wasn’t hungry. Thanks to my boyfriend, he purchased the in-flight meal add-on.
|the map, the money and the marble 🙂|
After I got my suitcase, I still followed the crowd to the arrival hall. I took some freebies—map and brochure, afterwards, I went to the Travelex booth to buy some Hongkong dollars. The exchange rate at the airport was HKD 1.00 = PHP 0.16.
I continued to walk and decided to look around the building. This time, I didn’t follow anyone but my instinct. 🙂 There was a good selection of shops; passengers could easily get what they want in the halls. There were courtesy phones installed throughout the terminals which passengers could use to call anywhere in Hongkong for free. Battery recharge service was also available at a reasonable cost. Waiting area, airport hotel and lounges were also available. As I’ve said, passengers could easily get what they want in the halls; we just need to seek help from information desk.
After minutes of strolling, I became so much more exhausted. I slept for only 2 hours the night before, I felt like fainting anytime soon so I cancelled my plan to go to Macau. I wanted to get to our hotel immediately so I went to a booth to buy an octopus card. I bought two cards, one for me and one for my boyfriend. It cost HKD 150 each. The HKD 50 was a deposit. I bought a separate Airport Express ticket to Tsing Yi for HKD 60 (although I could use the octopus card).
I went back to my stalking… I followed the crowd but this time I used a map for directions. I rode the Airport Express and got off at the first station, Tsing Yi. It took me 15 stations including 3 interchange stations from Tsing Yi to Ngau Tau Kok. It was very easy.
I thought Hongkong transportation was a bit similar to the Philippines. Albeit more expensive, it’s faster, safer, and more convenient. There’s an MRT, but they call it an MTR. Compared to the 3 (or 4) RT lines in the Philippines, Hongkong had 11 TR lines. Passengers could easily get off and get on the next train without hassle. There’s no need to get out of the station or climb stairways to heaven, passengers just needed to go to the other lane. In some instances, I needed to take a lift or ride an escalator for an interchange station, still it was convenient.
|Convenient transfer at Shek Kip Mei station|
Trains came every 10 minutes or earlier. In my experience, over-crowding seldom happened.
Inside the train, there was an interactive monitor. I could see which station I was currently at and the next station the train was arriving to.
I mentioned earlier about “octopus card”. This was like a cash card. It’s reloadable. It could also be used in trams, buses and at convenience stores.
FINDING THE HOTEL
When I arrived at Ngau Tau Kok station, I carefully followed my boyfriend’s instruction on how to get to the hotel. After walking for a couple of minutes, I found the hotel! It was easy for me to go to there because of the directions my boyfriend figured out prior to our trip. I was glad he was the “planner type”, had good sense of direction and had a great taste on many things. So helpful!
|must exit at B6|
The hotel was fantastic. It was a four star hotel built just June of this year. 🙂 I liked the friendly staff, the design of the building, the ambiance and the smell the most, it was very relaxing.
The hotel receptionist welcomed me and assisted on carrying my stuff. After that, I proceeded to the 32nd floor to check in. The hotel staff could speak English so I didn’t have any problems communicating with her. She asked for my passport, my boyfriend’s name and the hotel voucher and after that she handed me the key to our room. She also gave me the Wi-fi password. Finally, I could sleep!
|Nice pool 🙂|
BACK TO THE AIRPORT
I slept for a while. At 7 PM, I left the hotel and went back to the airport to pick up my boyfriend. I ate at Burger King for dinner while I waited for him. I ordered Whopper Jr value meal which cost HKD 40, a bit pricier as expected. Anyhow, I was so hungry; the price didn’t matter at all.
My boyfriend’s plane arrived late. Nevertheless, I was more than ecstatic he arrived!
We left HKIA and took the same route to get back to the hotel. I enjoyed the MTR ride.
I’ll create new posts about my HK experience next time. 🙂 Ciao for now!