Bike at It Again: An Ode to Group Cycling

Performing well in school, balancing a thriving social life, and maintaining a healthy diet plus exercise regimen—that’s the goal right? Though it sounds straight forward, it’s often difficult to juggle all the elements collegiate living has to throw at you. Thankfully, here at Cal, the RSF (Recreational Sports Facility) has all Berkeley students covered in regards to keeping active and healthy.

Nestled conveniently behind the Haas Pavilion, the RSF is UC Berkeley’s largest fitness center. The RSF spans an impressive 100,000 square feet, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball courts, three weight rooms, six squash courts, and plenty of workout equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, rowing machines, and stairmasters). In addition, the RSF also has space for group exercise classes, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and martial arts. Best of all, the cost of using the facility is completely covered for Cal students—just swipe your ID card, and you’re in. It’s basically an exercise junkie’s paradise! read more

Exploring Louisiana, One Dish at a Time

Photo from Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen website:

If someone were to ask me before I came to the U.S., “What type of cuisine would you choose to eat for the rest of your life?” and if I can only choose one, I would have to say that it would be the Asian cuisine (I had to combine all types of Asian cuisine into one, because it’s too hard for me to choose one among them). I have what I like to call an Asian stomach, which means that my stomach can usually just handle Asian food. I grew up with Chinese and Filipino dishes. I would not only eat them, but also I would always watch my parents cook them, until I would volunteer to help out and cook with them. When my family and I go out to eat, we always go to a same Chinese and/or Filipino restaurants. But sometimes, we would explore, but again it would be an Asian cuisine: Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese. I like to eat spaghetti, and even though this is an Italian dish, the tomato sauce we use is the Filipino style sauce, so it’s a lot sweeter than the original Italian sauce. read more

Conquering The Race Even Marathoners Fear

Did you know, the event that the Wall Street Journal dubs “the race even marathoners fear” is hosted exactly 13.6 miles away from Berkeley? Well it is—and that event is called The San Francisco Marathon.

The San Francisco Marathon Course Map

Hosting approximately 26,000 runners from all over the world, The San Francisco Marathon is known for its amazing views of Fisherman’s Warf, its spectacular course along the Golden Gate Bridge, and, most importantly, its killer hills winding throughout the steepest inclines throughout SF. It’s a thrilling and gratifying experience, and best of all, it’s well within commuting distance from Berkeley! read more