Friday, August 15, 2014

FAT FACE!!



Lately I have been having difficulty with my weight. I know that the number on the scale is nothing but numbers, but one has to understand where I'm coming from. From a skinny 89lbs 19 year old, I am now 40lbs heavier in just 12 years.

this is me at 20, about 90lbs

at 23, about 110lbs
Last May with my friend Marlon, I was about 57kg



Last week with my friend Jacu at about 63kgs


So today I wasn't really planning on losing weight, I've always said that weight is just a number. But like what I've said, lately my weight is becoming a burden. The fats above my stomach, under my boobs, are causing me pain when I sit up. I would always have to have my back straight or else the fats folds and it hurts me. In Baguio, I couldn't even walk a few meters and not grasp for air. Running/walking/jogging today was torture, if not for the neighborhood kids who kept begging me to run one more loop so I can run by their grandma's house and lift them for a few seconds.

I don't really intend to lose so much weight, I just want to be able to sit up and not have to straighten my back or have my fats folding and hurt. I want to stay below 60kgs if I could. I want to be able to run and not have my lungs cry "bloody murder."

So no more cold water, no more unscheduled sweets, no more zagu (cry internally), no more jolly spaghetti, no more two cups of rice.

This is going to be so hard as I am not really a diet person, but I know that the following mentioned will help bring down my weight to something that is appropriate for my age and body type; and then eventually when I am able to run/jog without having to curse the world for existing, then I can come back to eating what I want and when I want. So wish me luck, and A LOT OF MOTIVATION because seriously that's what I need most.
Started tonight with 2.56mi, not bad. not bad at all. 



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Who are you?

I was looking for a place to write the guest list for my upcoming birthday dinner, and I found an old notepad that I used to plan my Thailand trip in 2012.

Whilst looking for a blank page, I chanced upon an old poem I wrote in May 2012. 


I didn't know I was capable of regret. 
I wasn't with him, so why would I with you? 



But I think of you and what could have been;
I know the kids wouldn't be good looking
  but you would love me and I would love you 
How can we ever get it wrong? 
I remember how you made me laugh.And how things were so easy with you;
  even when they're not.

I remember how you made me feel loved and well taken care of,
I miss that you know, 
I miss you.


I couldn't for the life for me remember ever writing it, or who I was writing it for. Or why I was writing about it in the first place. And there is no doubt that I wrote t because it is in my handwriting.

That is my handwriting




It made me more curious because I have been listening to Callie Moore's song "Just a Song" 




Oh well papel! Some days my memories fail me. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Body Shop Crazy

IG photo
I posted the photo above about two days ago, showing off 3 of my most favourite products from The Body Shop's (crazy) Buy 1 Get 1 Anniversary Sale haul  from last week.


Initial Haul
I'm pretty stingy when it comes to buying stuff for myself, so personally, I think The Body Shop is on the pricier end of the spectrum. We (I was with my best friend) went in the store just to look around. I have recently ran out of loose powder and I thought that if it was included in the sale, I should get one. (I don't use compact as it causes my skin to break out, I have found that The Body Shop's Loose Powder is the only thing that works for me and gives me a nice, every day look coverage)

The Body Shop's Loose Powder in 02


Imagine our surprise (and utter glee) when we realized that it was their anniversary sale, we spent a good 45 minutes trying to decide which products to get.

Satsuma Body Mist

Last year, my cousin gave me a Satsuma Eau De Toilette and I fell in love with it. I love fruity, zesty fragrances as opposed sweet smells. Since the 30ml eau de toilette is twice as much as a 100ml body mist, I opted to get the body spray instead (which I later on regretted as I realised that it would not fit my tiny purse).

Elderflower Cooling Eye Gel

I would swear by Garnier's Eye Roll-On as it is something that I regularly use. The one I have is in beige which I use as a base to lighten up my dark circles before I wear any make up. This baby, however, is a miracle! The cooling eye gel is ice cream to my eyes. It's something that I put on to relax my eye area, any time of the day. It's cooling effect is amazing and relaxing, and uhhh! I do not have enough words for it! I even use it as a base for the Garnier's Eye Roll-On. It's unperfumed (the one I got is) so it does not irritate my eye and is safe enough to any time I want.


Camomille Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
Truthfully, I was a bit skeptical about getting this product. I swear by BioDerma and have not seen any make remover of sorts that will equal in terms of effectiveness and gentleness. This, however, may just make BioDerma a run for their money. It's butter that's not sticky or greasy that you massage on to your  dry face and wash off with warm water or a damp cloth, and it completely removes make up. It's even safe enough that I use it to remove any eye make up, even my waterproof mascara. I especially like using it on my eye area as I will be able to control the pressure of my fingers (we all know the eye area is way sensitive), whilst I'm trying to remove my mascara. I particularly like wearing make up now, just so I can use this at the end of the day to remove make up. Haha (Full disclosure: I still use BioDerma after I use the cleansing butter, often on my neck and just to make sure I pick up all the left over butter on my face.)

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

About 3 months ago, I ran out of moisturizer (I normally use Olay's Daily Fair Cream, I forgot the name), and I couldn't bring myself to spend money to get a new one. I would normally just slather Nuetrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock (SPF 55) on my face both as a sunscreen and a make up base. The Seaweed mattifying cream got me curious though. Yes, its 4x as expensive as Olay but it was on sale and I thought I should give it a try. And boy! Am I glad I did! The product is so rich that I only need a little less than a pea size to cover my entire face and neck. It feels great on my face and controls the oil.

A few days after though, as I lugged my full size Seaweed Mattifying Cream and the Camomille Cleansing Butter to a weekend a few cities away, I realised how much of a hassle bringing them along, so I decided to stop by The Body Shop again and purchased a travel size Seaweed line.

The Body Shop Travel Essential Seaweed Line: Light Blue Travel Pouch, Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, Seaweed Clarifying Toner, Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment, and Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream 


I have tried both the Toner and the Night Cream and I must say, they are an absolute delight. My face is loving it!

And remember how I said I regretted not getting a the Satsuma Eau de Toilette. I also got two of those!

Satsuma Eau De Toilette
Having fallen in love with the Seaweed line, part of me wanted to do purchase more of the stuff online since the US site has an ongoing 40% sitewide sale! Oh if only I could have someone bring me those goodies!





Thursday, May 8, 2014

...

I just realised that I am no good confronting conflicts that involve the people I love. I mean, don't get me wrong, I will kick, scream, and fight my way out of my own conflict (at least in theory, I haven't had the chance to actually be in an actual conflict that would need me to be physical) but if it's conflict that a family member or a dear friend is in, it makes me anxious. I start getting logical and want to verbally argue with the "dear person" to just let it go or find other ways to resolve conflict that would not include any volatile confrontation.

I think this may be the reason I would want to fly back to UAE because there I can be oblivious of these "conflicts" that plague me; conflicts that I feel helpless resolving.

Sigh.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

#Passion2014

I cannot begin to verbalize how grateful I am to be part of Passion 2014. 

I remember in 2011 how I cried because I was stuck in Dubai while Passion was in Manila, and how I promised myself that if they ever come back, I would make sure to see and worship with brothers and sisters in Christ. I remember hoping and waiting in 2013 that they will do a stint in Manila (since they did 2009 and 2011 and I thought it was every two years or so). I remember being disappointed when they didn't. 

I remember Relient K coming last year and also feeling frustrated that I didn't get to see them. I remember thinking of all my missed moments. (Relient K is not part of Passion but I still wanted to see them).

So last week, the Passion Ad popped up somewhere in my NewsFeed and I scrambled as I realized that it would be this week. I checked the tickets but they were already sold out. I almost cried. But because the Manila gig quickly sold out, they added another night. I reserved tickets and when I came to pick it up, I was told that there were a few tickets left for the March 28 show, which was the day I originally wanted to come see. 

Forgetting that it was a Friday and that the traffic is brutal and none of the taxis wanted to give us a ride; we arrived about 30minutes later and the worship was already starting. But I didnt mind. I dove right into it. Truly God's presence was at the place! 

I love Louie Giglio and his preaching style, he was funny and entertaining and to say that he is passionate is such an understatement. 

Louie's preaching was about how God makes dancers out of non-dancers, and true I didn't relate much on the non-dancing part as a child I used to dance a lot, but when he mentioned that they already played God's Great Dance Floor and might not play it again because a lot of people seemed bent on not dancing; my heart sank a bit. God's Great Dance Floor is just once of those songs that you can't help but dance to when you hear it (or at the very least bob your head to). 


Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder, and band only played 2 songs that I haven't heard of before but I didn't care because all the familiar worship songs made it much easier for me to sing along and just worship; truly worship. After a few more songs, Louie came back out and talked about how God commanded the heavens, the earth, and everything around and in it to praise Him. And to prove that the universe does praise God, Louie played the sound that the stars make as they orbit their axis, which is like a base beat. He also played the songs of humpback whales to show how the creatures of earth praise God. 

After showing us all the sounds of the universe, he proceeded to mash up all the sounds to make a beat. Pretty catchy. And then he turned down all the other sounds except the song of the humpback whales and he asked everyone to guess what was the song that the humpback whales were singing. With a few beats and a very soft accompaniment from the band, it started sounding like How Great is Our God. And everyone joined in on the song! SO I GOT TO SING WITH THE HUMPBACK WHALES  I GOT TO WORSHIP GOD WITH THE HUMPBACK WHALES. And then Louie played the songs of the stars. I GOT TO WORSHIP GOD WITH THE WHALES AND THE STARS!!! TRULY AMAZING!! 

At one point, maybe to cue in that the program was almost over, the lights dimmed and everyone started asking for more. The lights came back up  Kristian began to reintroduce the team and thanked Manila. And then they played a reprise of God's Great Dance Floor. The whole place was dancing and worshipping God, it was such an amazing sight! God was truly working! 

I feel so blessed and so happy. I know I don't make much sense but that's mainly because I'm still overwhelmed by the experience, so much so that I didn't get to take one single photo! Ha! 

And although the experience was amazing, I love how Louie ended his preaching, he said that after this night, he wished not to hear about how people would talk about Passion, how amazing it was, or the music, or whatever else, rather he hopes that people would talk about the reason for Passion, people would talk about Jesus more. 

And I know, I know, my post must seem that I do talk about the experience itself, but let it be said that the experience itself would not have been possible if Jesus Christ hadn't touched my heart and changed my life. And yes, I enjoy a good worship and a catchy song every now and then, but I will not be able to enjoy, listen, understand, feel, and worship, if God hasn't given me this ability to do so. My life is His as He has given His life to me. And I am alive in God's great dance floor. Thank you Jesus! All the glory and honor is Yours alone! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I don't even know what to call it

After being awake for 19 hours, I still couldn't sleep. I had this brewing in me, begging to be written out. I don't know what it means, or maybe I do and I just don't want to admit it. I just found myself hurriedly scribbling the words at 6am.

Because sometimes the night is cruel and it wont let you sleep
It prods and pricks until you bleed
It swings at you until it hits
It calls and beckons until you heed.

Heed and cry, and tears, and run
Race away from this reality you call life
One step after the other, breathless, panting, gasping for air
Nowhere to run, nothing to spare.

Hush child, slow down
And yes, child you are, in more ways than one
Listen, be still, don't run or fight back
Let it call, let it prod, let it keep you up.

Weather this night, weather this life
The dawn is here, the light is nigh
It will let up, it will pass
It doesn't feel like it, but trust me, wait it out.

And when your demons start calling, when the ghosts are back
Sit them down, talk it out
Hold on longer, fight a little bit harder
Look yonder, the daylight breaks your nightmare. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Love will be enough

That's the title of the story I wrote earlier today. It's inspired by Seabird's song of the same title.

I was speaking to a friend last night about writing (screenwriting) and short films and I thought I sort of promised him that I would work on the story board of a short film we attempted to shoot about three years ago. 

The teaser for the short film we attempted to shoot.


On the way home though, as I was contemplating, what to me felt like, this tremendous task while listening to Seabird's Troubled Days album, I was struck with an idea to write a different storyboard for a this story.

So I initially wanted to write an AV script and draw the storyboard for that story as I could picture in my head how I can use Seabird's We Can't be Friends as closing credit song or even a background music in one of the scene. But throughout my commute, Love Will be Enough played and I just had to write this story. 

So I drafted the story on the way home while the song was on repeat. When I got home I wrote the AV script and attempted to draw a storyboard.



My weak attempt at a story board
Now I'm not sure if I should publish/share my story. Or keep it and "hope" to translate it into a short film someday soon.