Friday, January 9, 2015

In Defense of Humility

Sometimes I wonder if my soul was from a different time…or maybe I am just not in the right environment for me...or maybe the world has gone crazy.

I keep hearing people talk about how they would not allow people to put them down. I have respect for people like that but sometimes I feel like some take the idea too far. It is one thing to stand up for yourself but it is too far when it means putting yourself up on a pedestal.

Sometimes it can get hard to see how a person’s pride makes them defiant or aggressive towards others. They refuse to let people walk all over them because they do not want to be doormats but with the way they talk and act it is clear that it is also about reaffirming their importance in the world. It seems more about their self-image and reputation. That kind of thinking just does not work for me.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dress(ing) Up

I am really obsessed about dresses. If I can wear something all the time, it would be a dress. Unfortunately, being overweight means wearing a dress makes people assume that you are pregnant so it may not necessarily be a good idea.

Dresses are so feminine, so pretty and they just feel so comfortable to wear. I wear makeup and wear heels but I miss how much of a girl I feel when I wear a dress.  As you can see from the photos, I have a particular color scheme...those are my favorite colors!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Online Shopping Experience

There was a time when I used to be so scared to do any online shopping. I was scared to death of trusting a complete stranger to send me my purchase after I have given him or her my money.

In this age of the internet and the proliferation of online shops, I eventually gave in and purchased items online from several stores on Multiply (RIP). I remember making payments via bank deposit and getting my items the same week that I purchased them. I started with small items then graduated to more expensive ones. I had been lucky with the online sellers that I have dealt with so I decided to give the bigger online stores a try.

I bought a pair of yoga blocks and a yoga mat strap from Zalora Philippines. The items were delivered in the same week I purchased them (within two or three days, from what I remember). I loved how the items were packaged and the supporting documentation that came with it (along with a voucher I could use for my next purchase!). There were even SMS/texts sent to my phone thanking me for my purchase! Suffice to say it was a pleasant shopping experience that I hope to do again. The mobile app is currently tempting me to just that!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Helpfully Annoying

Whenever I open my FB account, I see a lot of these on my timeline: LISTS. HOW-TOs. THINGS YOU SHOULD or SHOULD NOT DO BY AGE blah blah blah...

I've read through many of the links for these articles that have those themes. I have to admit, they can be very helpful and informative. More often than not, however, they can get very annoying.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Look Back on 2014

This post is inspired by an entry from fellow blogger Kate Alvarez.

First work day of the year. I cannot believe it is 2015 already. In around a month I will be 38 (gasp!)…time flies by so fast doesn’t it?

In a previous post I mentioned the life lessons I learned from 2014. This time around I want to share the highlights of my past year; the moments that put those little exclamation points in my life that I would like to remember. Here are five of those highlights:

I had a one-day vacation with the family in what could very well be my dream home. I remember watching Under the Tuscan Sun and wondering what it would be like to live away from everything and just plant my roots someplace where I could farm and just enjoy a beautiful home in peace and quiet. Apparently I have a relative who does just that. They opened up their lovely home to us where they have a farm, a pool and home interiors that I could only dream of having. Sharing a good day with family is always fantastic but having that day in a beautiful place makes it even more amazing.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Delimondo Love

My family loves our share of canned goods. I remember being a kid and watching my mom stack them onto our kitchen cupboards after she did our groceries. We have tried a lot through the is not healthy I know but that is the way it has been.

One of the brands of canned meat that we love is Delimondo. We discovered Delimondo Corned Beef on the shelves of Robinson’s Supermarket when we were doing our grocery shopping and tried it – it is the best we have had!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yoga Love

One type of exercise that I enjoy doing is yoga. I have tried a number of exercises and fad workouts but I always go back to yoga. I have never tried attending class because there is nothing available in this part of the country but I do follow classes online. I used to follow Hatha Vinyasa DVD lessons taught by Tracey Rich and Ganga White. These days, I have subscribed to the online classes of Lesley Fightmaster.

Clockwise from Top Left: Lesley Fightmaster, Chantal Mercado, Rachel Brathen, Tara Stiles

There are many yoga classes online but I have found Lesley Fightmaster’s classes to be the best fit for me. I am currently doing her morning yoga classes and I am hoping to be able to complete 90 days of yoga for the first quarter of this year. I stopped practicing for a while and I realized that I am not as flexible as I used to be. It has motivated me to go back to my practice and try to regain my flexibility. Who knows, maybe I can even be better this time around. Lesley Fightmaster’s classes inspire me to do better and I look forward to where this journey will take me.