Lost and Found

I was in the midst of covering the 2017 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay when a lapse of judgment caused me to break my phone and lose my recently taken photos with it.  Months later, I was able to revive my phone and was glad to recover the shots I thought would be lost forever.

One of the photos I took while running; until now I don’t know what this ship docked in Alava Pier is…

The Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run is one of my most memorable fun runs ever and during that event, I brought along my trusty iPhone 5 to take photos before, during, and after the event.  We had some free time after this so I decided to take a dip at the beaches of Subic Bay, which is just a few meters away from our hotel.  And that was where my phone accidentally got some seawater in and for the longest time I thought that I’d never recover these photos, until a few weeks ago.

It was here where my phone had its last photo taken…

After a few months of staying inside its box, I thought of trying out if my iPhone 5 would boot.  It was actually turning on before, but it just stays in the booting screen and doesn’t do anything else.  I even tried bringing it to a repair shop but they were unable to make it “talk” with their computer.  That was the time I decided to just place it back in its box, not seeing the light of day until a few weeks ago.  And to my delight, this time it actually booted up!  Immediately, I copied the photos that I thought were lost and backed the phone up.

…And I am glad to have recovered these photos that I thought were lost for good!

It’s such a delight to recover these photos that I thought I lost forever.  I actually have not seen most of these photos!  Of course, since many of them were taken as I was running, they’re not exactly that well composed.  But for posterity’s sake, I’m sharing some of these behind the scenes photos of the event, and the ones leading to my phone’s demise.

Let’s start with the scene just before the Underpants Run started…
As the race started, seen from way back behind the crowd…
I think many of them did not realize what an underpants run meant 😛
Taking a selfie while running with the person who motivated me to join this race, Peds “Running Atom”
Entering the longest stretch of the 3K route… Lost for words with those underpants worn over pants 😀
And yes, there were competitive folks who are already on their way back just as most of us are barely halfway through the race
Nice shorts guys!
I think it was around here where one of the videos of the event with me was taken…
And if you look closely, yes, kids are welcome here!
And that biker is our turnaround point… I guess the event is too hot that’s why this shot got overexposed 😛
On our way back… on our right is Alava Pier and that big ship
It’s at this point that I decided that I had enough!
I was hot, parched, and just want to get it over with so I started speeding up…
Around the final kilometer… I practically stayed in this position until the finish keeping the space in front of me in the hope that I’d be captured in some nice photos while running 😀
And after crossing the line and claiming my Superbods finisher’s shirt, I was back on the finish line as part of the media, taking photos of finishers, shamelessly still in my underpants 😀
See how many folks are waiting at the finish line?
And I didn’t have the decency to cover up while taking photos! 😀
Let me wrap this segment with a shot of the Century Tuna Superbods alumni in their second year of participating in the Underpants Run

And as I mentioned earlier, we got our free time afterwards, before our next activity.  This was my trip to the beach and these would be some of the last photos taken by my phone:

Bringing your camera without any waterproof protection in the middle of the sea is not the most brilliant idea, but my phone actually survived this…
Yes, this is straight after the underpants run and yes, that’s the same underpants!
I used the sand to make my phone stay upright and take selfies on the beach (with the help of timers), and it eventually lead to my phone’s untimely demise.

I was actually on my way back to our hotel when the unfortunate incident happened.  My foot accidentally kicked sand on the face of my phone, and the overconfident me thought of rinsing my screen with seawater.  I thought that if I did it with my phone facing downwards, no water would seep in, but I was wrong.  And as I took one last shot, I realized my miscalculation.

This is the final shot my phone had taken.  As I preview this on the screen, I saw the pixels acting erratic and eventually lead my phone to restart.  It did not recover from there…

I spent the rest of the afternoon (while doing coverage) trying to revive my phone.  And after the day’s coverage was done and the phone was still not responsive, I finally accepted its fate.  I went to the mall a river away just across SBMA and got myself a new, relatively inexpensive Android phone, the LG X Power (LG-K220), which I still use to this day.

My key takeaway from this incident is to protect your gadget as necessary.  I was on the water yet I did not provide any water protection for my phone, thinking that I’m not that clumsy to get it wet (which apparently, I was).  Waterproof cases would most likely be cheaper than repairs and replacement phones but since I thought I’d be replacing my phone later this year, I didn’t think it through well enough.  I have no regrets with my replacement phone though as I realized how archaic my iPhone 5 was compared to the much cheaper LG X Power, but I incurred an unexpected expense—one that could’ve been easily avoided.  Not to mention the stress I had and all the photos I could’ve lost for good which are priceless.

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