I Made An Ingress Once In A Lifetime Perfect 3 AP

I finished my third personal running goal today at 1:29 PM and achieved a perfect series 3 Action Points in Ingress.

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I still have one remaining personal running goal to do before the year ends and I am hoping to do it before the start of December Solstice, which is Autumn-Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

I am still planning and hoping to do the fourth and last personal running goal and simultaneously finish at Level 10 before the year ends so that it will be a remarkable run.

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Screenshot of my Perfect AP Score of 3,333,333 at Level 9

The perfect “3” AP is actually 3,333,333 Action Points and this is a once in a lifetime score since playing Ingress is also levelling up the status of the player. I am at Level 9 already and spicing up my Ingress playing which I incorporated with my running; I did an AP perfect scoring goal wherein finishing uncommon Action Points or Perfect Scores such as 3,333,333 is the ultimate finale.  After achieving perfect Action Points, I will then savour the moment for a day or two, make a screenshot, and then plan for the next perfect AP number. This is just a way of adding fun and making Ingress more interesting to play.

Since playing Ingress last September 2016, I opted not to turn on my Pokemon Go app starting, October 12, 2016, since it hogs my battery too much and since I have three apps relying on the GPS, namely, Cardio Trainer, Pokemon Go, and Ingress. Now, I already minimised the data consumed, by not playing Pokemon Go and not using Cardio Trainer during my runs since the Ingress game also monitors distance and by achieving a certain distance in kilometres, a player can achieve a badge, which is the Trekker badge.  Although, this Trekker badge is actually for the distance walked and covered by playing Ingress, it is still a very convenient tool to monitor a personal or group running activity.

VPN Unlimited Affordable From Being Discounted Today Only

I was able to grab this one-time opportunity of a VPN lifetime subscription.

It was a newsletter from SourceForge regarding an operating system called ReactOS, prompting me to visit their website and I saw this Christmas deal regarding an unlimited lifetime promo of a VPN. The original price of the VPN product is $499.99 becoming $29 for today only. That is a whopping 94% discount, which is a huge saving especially if it is an infinite subscription or a lifetime subscription with no more worries for an annual renewal of services. Based on what I have read regarding the review of VPN Unlimited, the Infinity Plan is actually a 100-year subscription plan, still affordable for this inexpensive promo.

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My screenshot of the one-day promo of SourceForge deal dated December 8, 2016.

I always wanted to try using a VPN for security reasons and to keep myself updated with the current trends in information technology. Now, I will be able to test it for five devices, which was included in the details of the deal. It is compatible with the Android phones at home and with our Windows laptop. I also want to test the real deal with VPN or Virtual Private Networks. Included in this personal test will be its outcome while running and playing Ingress game simultaneously.

VPN Unlimited is a product of KeepSolid Inc. which is, according to the details in the SourceForge deals, the product received a “VPN Service Providers Best VPN Service Award for 2015″, rated “PC Mag Top VPN for 2016”, and also named as “Best VPN Service of September 2016 by TechRadar”.  It also has wide choices of VPN global servers strategically located, which a Filipino user can use. The optimal server, which is the highly recommended server, is the one located in Hong Kong. This server will be giving out the best performance and an access to geo-restricted content. Geo-restriction or geo-blocking is a form of Internet practice of restricting access to discrete data and contents based on the geographical location of the user.

VPN is mainly for achieving a secured and encrypted connection especially for mobile users who are already taking advantage of the power of mobility by using mobile apps in their daily lives. Now, by using this technology, I am more confident in using online banking transactions via my mobile phone.

References:

http://www.reactos.org/
http://www.pcmag.com/review/344816/keepsolid-vpn-unlimited
https://www.cactusvpn.com/beginners-guide-to-smart-dns/what-is-geo-restricted-content/
https://sourceforge.net/blog/december-2016-community-choice-project-of-the-month-reactos/

Beating High Blood Pressure as the Ingress Silver Luminary Badge Arrived

Silver luminary Ingress game badge achieved and lowered high blood pressure will be my next achievement.

I finally got the silver luminary badge of the Ingress fourth year anniversary. I was able to take advantage of the double hack output and the double action points (AP) from November 16 until the end of November 2016. So many runs have been made and miles of walking around yet there are still many places I have not been to in Baguio. I still have two more personal running goals to do before the year ends and hopefully, I will be able to finish it before the Christmas day.

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I have to continue running to help lower my blood pressure since my blood pressure tonight is 148/112, while last Sunday, it was 182/114. It was 140/90 when I was about to donate blood during an Ingress Enlightened Linked Lives bloodletting program last November 26, 2016, which ended up for me not able to accomplish that personal mission. It was supposed to be my third blood donation.

From my readings, factors that might have caused high blood is my frequent late night sleep. Plus the stress from the two subjects I have for this semester and the working environment from my previous job triggered the velocity of my blood causing it to have a high blood pressure.

Stress is really a major factor for high blood pressure and I am still thankful that I can run and walk most of the time that lessens some of the effects of high blood pressure such as sudden pain in my nape, irritability, abnormal head pains that I cannot fully describe, and heartburns lasting for almost three seconds.

Running to lower my high blood pressure is my ultimate personal goal aside from achieving Ingress badges and levelling up in this game.

Next year, hopefully, I will still be able to join more trail runs and also include biking in my fitness activities.

This is what happens when you combine running in the world of Ingress

For the first time, I achieved number 3 on the regional score in Ingress.

Around 11:45PM, at checkpoint 00:14:39:12, I was just curious to see the Intel scores in our area and voila, I saw my IGN (In Game Name) on the third place. This was really an achievement for me especially since I incorporated my Ingress gaming with my personal running activity.

It was just two months ago since I started playing Ingress. If I had known this game before, I would have been level 14 or level 15 already. Now, I was able to achieve a level 9 status just by running again. I also recruited my wife and my brother who both enjoyed the game.

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Personal screenshot at 3:31PM, November 20, 2016, after reaching Level 9

Ingress is an augmented reality GPS-dependent game created by Niantic who also created Pokémon Go mobile game. It was out of curiosity in seeing another creation of Pokémon’s creators at the night of September 25th that made me hooked with the Ingress game. Personally, I find Ingress game to be more exciting and interesting than the Pokémon game. It has a storyline and the so-called portals that you visit, hack and capture which adds to the Action Points plus the badges that symbolizes your achievements in the game makes it more exciting than the other game of Niantic.

To achieve strong action points in Ingress, you will need to be active, and by being active means literally playing actively using your feet in going to different places to hack portals and then using your hands for the mobile application.

Now, while doing my running, I glyph hack portals for additional points and then deploy resonators if I passed by neutral portals. I also destroy enemy resonators every now and then if I have enough weapons to use. If I have portal keys, I also create fields to achieve higher points.

Doing Ingress while running makes an engaging running. In addition, I get to visit new running places because of the unique portals I have to hack.

Run for 300 Kilometers and Enjoy the Glamour of Bangui

Dare to run for 300 kilometers.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/743844005748937/

The quote below is the only detail about this event:

300KM FINISHERS ARE NOT YOUR TYPICAL ULTRA RUNNER, THE TERM ELITE IS NOT EVEN ENOUGH TO DEFINE THEM, BECAUSE THEY RESEMBLE MORE OF THE SPARTANS WHO KNOWS NO FEAR, WHO KNOWS NO LIMIT, WHO KNOWS NO SURRENDER!!! IGU 300 WILL BRING OUT THE SPARTANS OF ULTRA RUNNING, THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE ONE OF THEM??? I’LL SEE YOU ON NOVEMBER 30 SPARTANS!

This is a run for elite runners. A run organized by iRunner and it will definitely bring out the best in you.

References:

https://www.facebook.com/events/743844005748937/
https://www.facebook.com/irunnerscommunity/

Do Not Fear the Mountain Man Series Finale

“Do Not Fear” is the theme of the third edition of the Benguet Gold Rush which is part of the Mountain Man series for this year, 2016, conducted by Team Malaya.

The final race of the Mountain Man series will happen on December 4, 2016 at Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. The first of the Mountain Man series dubbed as the second Mankayan Marathon happened last April 9, 2016 at Mankayan, Benguet while the second part of the Mountain Man series was the “The Last of Stand of Yamashita” held at Kiangan, Ifugao last September 25, 2016

The categories and their corresponding registration fees are as follows:

  • 21K – Php 950.00
  • 50K – Php 1,950.00

All runners will receive personalized bib, post meal run, finisher’s medal, and finisher’s shirt. Trophies will be given for top finishers.

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Source: http://teammalaya.org/benguet-gold-rush-dnf/

You can proceed at the Ampucao Jeepney Station, which is near Patriotic School and Petron Gas Station in Harrison Road, Baguio City for the shuttle service starting at 3:30AM. The location of the race is only 30-45 minutes away from Baguio City.

For registration details, you can deposit your registration fees at BPI Account # 8126-1062-94 and Account Name of Stephen Lopez Felices, who is the race director. After depositing your payment, you should send a copy of the deposit slip at teammalaya@teammalaya.org or send a private message (PM) at Team Malaya’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teammalaya.org/

Remember to indicate your name, the event or the category you are joining, and your shirt size.

References:
http://teammalaya.org/benguet-gold-rush-dnf/
https://www.facebook.com/events/677858165685244/
http://whatshappening.com.ph/event/2nd-mankayan-mountain-marathon-ultra-edition-2016-at-mankayan/
http://pinoyrunners.co/events/mankayan-mountain-marathon-2016
http://baguioheraldexpressonline.com/danish-tops-yamashita-run/
http://baguioheraldexpressonline.com/last-stand-moved-to-sep-25/

Join and Enjoy the Run For Hope 7th Edition

In celebration of children’s month, the 7th edition of Run For Hope will be happening on November 27, 2016.

The registration for the Run For Hope race event is extended until November 24, 2016. Registration sites located at the SLU Main Campus, SLU Mary Heights Campus, SLU Navy Base Campus, SM Baguio, and at Laperal Building.

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Source: OfficialRunForHopePH

Students will have discounted prices for the registration fees as follows:

  • 3K – Php 300.00
  • 5K – Php 350.00
  • 10K – Php 500.00
  • 21K – Php 650.00
  • 42K – Php 750.00

Regular runners or non-students of Saint Louis University in Baguio City will have the following registration fees:

  • 3K – Php 350.00
  • 5K – Php 450.00
  • 10K – Php 550.00
  • 21K – Php 800.00
  • 42K – Php 900.00

Registration kits will include race bib, route map, dri-fit shirt, and RFID tag. RFID tag is a wireless identification system using radio frequency for identification and tracking purposes. RFID means Radio Frequency ID. 15032219_1379744198732454_1992705268267852457_n

This event is in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR).

All proceeds of the race event will be for the benefit of SLU Halfway Home for Boys, Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) at Wangal La Trinidad, Benguet, and Medical Mission for children.

References:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRunForHopePH/?fref=nf