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Friday, June 29, 2012


Hey! I’m back…not yet to my old self but I’m getting there.  The past weeks were hellish.  Thank goodness I survived.  I may still encounter “post mistake consequences”  (mistake which I did not commit) but I don’t want to think about it.    I’m tired of thinking and worrying.  Anyway, why do I need to worry when I can pray?     As of the moment, I just want to focus on what is good and positive.   Please find below the reasons why despite of what had happened, I still feel blessed.

1.       I know God is always  with me.   
2.       I have a  family.  Papa and Mama are  brave and strong and prayerful. 
3.       I have friends.  They may not know what I’ve been going through but I feel their support and concern.
4.       I have understanding officemates.  I do appreciate when they did not ask me, “what’s wrong?” 
5.       I have lawyer friends. They give me options. (lol)
6.       I did not lose my sanity.
7.       I came to realize that life is not perfect…and we are not faultless. 
8.       I  feel valued and loved.
9.       I bought my first ever MAC red lippie which I think I deserve.  I got it to cover up my pain.  (I sooo love it.)
10.   I lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks.

Before (122 lbs)

After (118 lbs)

I can't find the blouse I wore in the "before" photo.

I hope you could notice the difference.


I cannot write about discipline  and self-control because I did not need them during my first two weeks of Project Fit and Toned.

I’ll make an update after another two weeks.  I promise my post will be about fitness in its strictest sense.

Thanks for reading guys!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Everyday’s a cheat day.  I’m kidding.  I was not able to resist my officemates' invite.  Self control, what happened to you?  Anyhow, I’ll compensate on the succeeding days.  I do regret having lunch with them.  Okay, I admit, I don’t.  Look at the pictures below and you’ll get the picture! I want to mention that I went to the restaurant only with a hungry tummy.  I really love  “galit sa pera” friends! Lol

I ordered lasagna.  The serving is hefty.  It can actually feed two famished tummies.

Pork Siomai.   This is good.  I did not taste the extenders.

Puto Pao.  Nathaniel’s is known for their puto pao.  For me, it’s a so-so.   

Buco Pandan. Sinful!

Runel  and Atty Mitch had Pancit Palabok.  The serving is huge too.

Having tasted their chow, I do recommend Nathaniel’s. They offer hefty and delicious meals that will not hurt your wallet.

Price range:  P65-150

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Substitute to Emotional Eating

Okay, you are sad and devastated.  You want to be happy so, you want to grab chocolate bars or  you want to munch a bag of chips in one sitting.  Every bite is bliss. You forget the blues as you masticate the so-called comfort food.     That is happiness in the short term.   After you consume it, you go back to being lonely.  The eating gives rise to weight gain, insecurities and aggravated sadness.  Malungkot na nga, mataba pa!  How excruciating is that?

To prevent yourself from emotional eating,  you may want to try any of the following:

1.        Go to water spa.   Loosen up and swim away  your pain and sadness.   
2.       Get a body scrub and a relaxing  massage. 
3.       Visit a  salon.  Have a new hair cut or have your hair treated.  Have your nails done.  You need to feel good about yourself.  You need to feel beautiful.  You need to love yourself more.
4.       If you have moolah, shop.  Get yourself a new top or a red lipstick.  (Unlike other women,  I don’t find happiness in window shopping, it makes me feel disappointed.) 
5.       Do the laundry or scrub the floor.  Be productive.  You don’t need to think.  You just need to make yourself busy.
6.       Go to the gym.  Sweat out your angst.
7.       Relax and watch a movie.  Have your mind preoccupied.   Watch "feel good" movies.    
8.       Pray.

There is sunshine always after the rain.  In the meantime, do not punish yourself.  Life is short to be stuck in the dungeon of bitterness. We may falter but we are capable to be on our feet again!

Thanks for reading guys!  Stay tuned for my Project Fit and Toned post. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

dear chasen

You are strong. You are brave.  God is with you.
Now, put on the red lippie!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



Spouses Victor Ma. Gaston and Lydia Gaston, the private respondents, filed a complaint for damages with preliminary  injunction/preliminary mandatory injunction and temporary restraining order before the Regional Trial Court against petitioners Sta Clara Homeowners Association (SCHA). 

The complaint alleged that the private respondents purchased their lots in Sta. Clara Subdivision and at the time of the purchase, there was no mention or requirement of membership in any homeowners’ association.    From that time on, they have remained non-members of the SCHA.   They also stated  that an arrangement was made wherein homeowners who  were non-members of the association were issued non-member gate pass stickers for their vehicles for identification by the security guards manning the subdivision’s entrances and exits.  This arrangement remained undisturbed until sometime  in the middle of March 1998, when SCHA disseminated a board resolution which decreed that only its members in good standing were to be issued stickers for use in their vehicles. 

Petitioners filed a motion to dismiss arguing that the trial court had no jurisdiction over the case as it involved an intra-corporate dispute between SCHA and its members.  The proper forum must be the Home Insurance and Guarantee Corporation (HIGC).   They  stated that that the Articles of Incorporation of SCHA, which was duly approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission , provides that the association shall be a non-tock corporation with all the homeowners of Sta. Clara constituting its membership.  Its by-laws also contains a provision that all real estate owners automatically become members of the association.    Moreover, the private respondents allegedly enjoyed the privileges of membership and abided by the rules of the association, and even attended the general special meeting of the association members. 

 Whether or not the private respondents are members of SCHA

      The constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association includes the freedom not to associate.  The right to choose with whom one will associate oneself is the very foundation and essence of the partnership.  It should be noted that the provision guarantees the right to form an association.  It does not compel others to form or join one.

           Private respondents cannot be compelled to become members of SCHA by the simple expedient of including them in its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws without their express or implied consent.  True, it may be to the mutual advantage of lot owners in a subdivision  to band themselves together to promote their common welfare.  But that is possible only if the owners voluntarily agree, directly or indirectly, to become members of the association.  True also, membership in homeowners’ association may be acquired in various ways – often through deeds of sale, Torrens  certificates or other forms of evidence of property ownership.   However, when private respondents purchased their property and obtained Transfer Certificates of Title, there was no annotation showing automatic membership in the SCHA.   Thus, no privity of contract arising from the title certificate exists between petitioners and private respondents. 

Monday, June 11, 2012


Last week was one helluva week for me.  I cried a river but  I opt not to disclose the details.  The important thing is…I’m good and invincible!  The week was wrapped up by the shocking defeat of Pacman.  Oh yeah…I’m a boxing fan and I’m so disgusted by the result.  Crap! It was an obvious robbery!    I’m no boxing expert but my boylet and I have a score card.   We scored conservatively.  We gave Bradley the five close rounds and we gave Pacquiao the seven rounds which we thought he flat out won.  What happened? We all know what happened unless we were born yesterday.  But since the decision is final and unappealable,  the only remedy  left is to  accept…uhmmm… the existence of greedy millionaires! (lol)

There are really matters which are unappealable…matters  which need to be acknowledged.  But there are those which call for remedies.    An example of the latter is my plumpness!   I can’t simply accept the fact that I’m fat.  I can’t simply say…hey, I love my body! I really don’t. I have flabs everywhere.  But I still consider myself lucky because I can get rid of them.    All I need is DISCIPLINE.  You see, I’m a voracious eater.  It’s difficult for me to control my craving.  I love sweets! But I guess it’s high time for me to be sweet to my body.  I need to cut my food intake.  I need to be physically active.  I need to love my body!

 A week ago, I stumbled upon the blog of Rae of Scatterbraintures.  I emailed her my intention to join Project Fit and Toned.  She replied pleasantly setting forth the requirements.  Rae, count me in!

                        I’m 4’11 tall weighing 122 lbs.

Who's the father?! Swear, I'm not pregnant! lol

Below is my game plan.

1.       Eat right (breakfast: cereals/soda cracker and coffee; lunch: ½ cup rice and fish/veggies; snack: coffee; dinner: fruits/vegetable salad).  I can’t give up coffee.  I’m a no coffee, no work person.)
2.       Sleep at least 6 hours a day.
3.       Use the stationary bike for 30 minutes every day.
4.       Do leg raise (50 reps per day)
5.       Jog every Saturday.
6.       Maintain a food journal. 
7.       Say no to soda, junk food, fast food and sweets (includes frap).
8.       Drink more water.

Goal: 100 lbs by December 2012

Feel free  to give suggestions. 

Good luck to me! Thanks for reading guys.  I’ll do an update after two weeks. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I know, this too, shall pass.
This Too Shall Pass
Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

FANCY CREPES (food for the sad)

When I’m sad, I binge.  I know it’s not the right thing to do.  However, I really can’t help it.   Yesterday, I was invited by my friend to try Fancy Crepes.  At first, I declined and explained to her that I am on diet.  “It would be the last.   You really need to go there.  You will love the ambiance.   It’s a quaint nook blah blah blah… and it’s my treat!”   Hmmmm…who would say no to a friend whom we describe as “galit sa pera”? lol.

Fancy Crepes reminds me of…HOME.   It has a homey atmosphere.  For smokers, it has a veranda. Too bad, I failed to take a photo of it.

Nut and Nutella Crepe for me.  It looks good eh…and it tastes good too.   It’s not overly sweet, which I like.   My name on it made me feel special. And...this made me smile. Thanks Atty. Mitch.   

Mango Crepe for Atty. Mitch.  This looks yummier than Nutella Crepe.  I’ll order this next time.  I believe I’ll be entitled to a cheat day next week. 

 Atty. Mitch is drooling over this mixer.  Cute, right? 
If you’re looking for a place where you can spend time with a favorite book or if you want to catch up with a friend or if you are sad (?), you might want to try Fancy Crepes.    They also serve coffee and cake. 

Fancy Crepes
Location:  Matalino St., Diliman, Quezon City
Price Range:  P35-P200

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I don't feel like writing.  But I feel  like sharing this.  Click here and experience good music.

Happy listening guys!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

From Ace to Trellis

Yesterday,  I left the office with tremendous excitement.  I was so excited for the sauna and lap pool. My boylet is in Singapore and going to water spa alone would be something new.    Relieving stress at Ace Water Spa would also be a great material for blogging. 

I was already one trike away when I decided to enter Robinsons to pee. I found out something that made me cancel my date with myself.  Okay…I let go and convinced myself not to despair.  To address the girl thingy, I went to Mercury and bought the stuff.  I was already at the counter when I realized that my moolah and atm cards were not in my wallet.  I left them inside my drawer.    Darn! That time, I cannot anymore persuade myself to stay calm.  My coin purse was empty.  I had no cash!!! Approaching a stranger to ask for P20 entered my mind.  I was that desperate.  Boni-Commonwealth march is definitely a no-no!!!   Thank goodness for my phone and my sweet and dashing friend Runel.    No.  He did not go there to rescue me…that would be sweetness to a fault. Lol.  His brilliant idea pacified me. He told me to take a cab and he’ll wait for me outside the office.  Another problem cropped up, there was no untaken cab!  Then, I remembered my 20 peso bill “pasakatan/pampabuenas”.   Although I was standing during my entire bus trip, I still considered myself buenas (lucky)!   

Speaking of luck, Atty. Mitch was still at the office…and she was starving…and she felt like being  After her nth hunger rant, I saw myself fattening my belly at Trellis Restaurant. 
It was my first time to dine at Trellis although the place is just steps away from the office.   Runel ordered the following for us.

Molo soup.  One order  is good for three hungry tummies. The taste? So-so.  At least, it tastes better than Chowking soup.

forgive the photo

Grilled Tuna Belly.  This one is good.  It is well-cooked but not dry.    The best thing about this, the tuna did not bite my tongue. I hope you know what I mean.

Pork Sisig.  I am not a fan of sisig.   When Runel ordered this, I wanted to order Dinuguan to get even. (Peace friendship!)  But this one tastes soooo good.  For me, it’s one of the best. It’s not crunchy and mayonnaisey.  I think the pig something (face....I don’t know) was grilled first and…I honestly do not know what they did next.   

Watermelon juice. It’s fresh…fresh from the bottle! Lolz

Trellis is a good place to chill.  It’s cozy and    it’s perfect for friends who want to eat, drink and smoke.  It’s not air-conditioned, however, it’s well-ventilated or maybe it was raining hard last night. 

they are single and ready to mingle.  
It’s perfect for lovers too. Boss  Runel and Atty Mitch are not lovers but they are getting there!!!  I hope they can get there before CEO’s birthday.  I’m kidding! They are just friends.

I will definitely bring my boylet here.

Trellis Restaurant
Location: Kalayaan Avenue corner Matalino St., Diliman, Quezon City
Price Range: 150-500