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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Childhood Memories: The Sound of Music

When I was a little girl, my father liked to encourage us to watch movies that he liked. It had gotten to the point that particular movies became traditions for us to watch during the summer. One of those movies is The Sound of Music.


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Falling for Remember Sunday

I’ve always loved romantic movies. Feel-good movies are my thing. They can be crazy simple and predictable, but I’ve always enjoyed watching these types of films. This is why I’m a fan of Hallmark Movies. They’re one of my guilty pleasures. They never fail to give me a positive feeling especially after a long and stressful day. Love stories are just a feel-good thing for me.

Photo Source: Pixabay

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Care to Sworkit?

As I have mentioned in a previous post, at the moment I am not allowed to exercise (cardio, weights) due to a weak heart and other heart issues. However, there was once a time when I was healthy enough to do so and I did it with the help of this app called Sworkit.



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Friday, July 27, 2018

Bloggers I Follow: Solenn Heussaff

In the Philippines, most people would know who Solenn Heussaff is. She’s an artist, an actress, a TV host, an author, a model, a social media star (along with her husband Nico) and she is also a blogger.



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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Making Time for God

Religion and I have a complicated relationship. I was raised a Roman Catholic. As I got older I’ve attended service for Born Again Christian groups. I still go to Catholic church during the major holidays but for the most part, I don’t anymore. I may not be perfect in the sense that I am not religious, but I do believe in God and I try to maintain a relationship with him in the ways that I can.

Prayer is something that I may not do in the formal sense, with recited prayers at specific times or whatnot, but I do pray. I can’t say how often because it depends on the day: sometimes something catches my attention and I say a silent prayer in thanks or for assistance (not just for myself but for others as well). I was also brought up with the idea that your work can be a form of prayer, that you glorify God with your work. I do my best to live up to that whenever I can. I say whenever because obviously, I am not perfect, and I do make mistakes from time to time. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Women in the Workplace

One thing I realized after learning through the years about equal opportunities in the workplace is that I have been lucky because all the places that I had worked for had female bosses. The owners were still male, but the people I worked under were female.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Book Review: The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes

Imagine making a mistake in your youth that you regret greatly. It’s something that drives you to change for the better. You do everything in your power to make things right – except owning up to your mistake. What do you think will happen when you finally have to come right out and admit it? The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain is about just that.

Credit: MIRA Books

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Our Stay at Summit Ridge Hotel

The staycation our family had at Taal Vista Hotel was so much fun that my family and I decided to have another one over the summer holiday. This time we went to Summit Ridge in Tagaytay.

View from our room

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Diet Tea for Weight Loss? Pass!

Full disclosure here: I am overweight. I have been overweight since I had my thyroid issues. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time. I am now seeing a different doctor to treat me for my thyroid problems (among other things) and for the first time in a long time I have been losing weight. I’m hoping that this time around it will be more consistent, and I can go back to the ideal weight for my height and body type. Fingers crossed on that one. 

I’ve tried various methods to lose weight. I think I’ve tried every diet imaginable, but the weight loss just didn’t happen for me. It got to the point where I used a lot of laxatives, particularly diet tea, to lose weight. It was probably one of the biggest mistakes that I have done for weight loss.

Image Source: ahgomaaz at Pixabay.com 

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Crown Princess

Through the help of a friend of mine, I recently discovered the TV series called The Crown Princess (Likit Ruk) from Thailand.

Photo Source: AsianFuse.Net, Credit: Channel 3 Thailand

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Friday, July 20, 2018

The Price of Progress

Life in the province has been great for the past twenty years (well, almost 20 that is). I’ve always appreciated the fresh air, the lack of traffic, and the laid-back lifestyle. I feel bad that these days, with the progress going on in our neck of the woods, some things have got to give.

Road widening projects have been common in our area for a couple of years now. While it’s good that the roads will be wider since traffic is slowly starting to build up in these parts, I feel sad about all the trees that are being uprooted in the process. It has always been one of my favorite parts of living here that when you are on the road, both sides are lined with trees. Sometimes some of the high branches look like they’re reaching out to one another and crossing the road, making a sort of canopy that the cars pass under. I always thought that was a beautiful thing to see. Now we don’t have that anymore.

Road Widening Project I passed...note the trees are marked. 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Atmos Fit Elite (A Review)

Last Christmas I received the Atmos Fit Elite as a gift. It’s a fitness watch that helps the user tell how many steps he/she has taken as well as know a person’s heart rate monitor one’s sleep. I remember my sister telling me that she wanted to buy this from Kimstore and it was amusing that she was the one who wanted it, but I was the one who got it.

Credit: Youtube Unboxing from Alvin Nazareno La Victoria


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our Taal Vista Staycation

It has always been my dream to take my family on a staycation, but I never got around to doing it until last summer when I took them to Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay.

Checking in...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My Dream Celeb Squad

Have you ever liked a celebrity so much that you wonder what it would be like to hang out with that celebrity and maybe be “besties” with them? I have.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Pure Genius: A Review

I have an iFlix account that I hardly use, so I thought that I needed to make it worth my money by watching a movie or two on it when I can. That was when I discovered this (now defunct) series called Pure Genius.


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Accidental Icon

Blogging is something that has been a part of my life since 2003. When I turned 40, I began to wonder what role blogging would have in my life (if it were to have any at all). Almost all the bloggers out there seemed to be younger and most of the bloggers I’ve known in the past have not blogged in years. Blogging since to be about being an influencer these days and I don’t know if I fit into that category. 

I started searching for older female bloggers to see if this is something that I can and would still want to do. That was when I found the blog of Lyn Slater, more popularly known as the Accidental Icon

Accidental Icon


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

On Gadgets and Brand Loyalty

One thing people close to me know about me is that I love my gadgets. I use my laptop, phone, and tablet often. It’s not just for going online and using social media but also for a lot of other things: reading books, taking photos, editing photos and videos, watching my favorite movies or TV shows, playing games with my nephew, and shopping. The apps I use help my gadgets become my work planner/diary and health journal too. I do some of my writing with my tablet and laptop as well.

Image by Free Photos from Pixabay

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Friday, July 13, 2018

America's Next Top Model Season 24

I don’t know if anybody else has been watching this on Fox Life Channel here in Asia, but that’s where I have been catching up on my guilty pleasure: America’s Next Top Model. Unlike the previous season that resurrected the show that was hosted by Rita Ora, this one is again hosted by the original host and producer of the show, Tyra Banks.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cafe Review: Mountain Brew

If you’ve ever gone to Batangas via Cavite’s Kaybiang Tunnel, you’ve definitely passed by this coffee shop that I love going to.

mountain brew


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hey Bearded Guy!

Last March 3rd, 2018 – a Saturday – I went out to see a friend to catch up and we ended up at XO 46 Heritage Bistro. This is in S Maison at the Conrad Hotel.



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Health Scare

As I mentioned in a previous entry, my co-worker died while attending a seminar a few months ago. It was such a wake-up call for me in terms of realizing that I needed to reassess my priorities and focus my life on the things that matter to me the most.

Recently, the wife of another co-worker had gotten sick. They took her to the hospital and found out that it was cancer. She died not soon after that. It was heartbreaking to see how it affected my officemate. Apparently, his wife had been keeping how she has been feeling from him and by the time they got around to seeing a doctor, it was too late.

These two deaths made me think about my own health: Two people had commented that I seemed to be out of breath often lately. I always dismissed that by saying that I haven’t gotten used to being overweight and that the excess weight had been making physical exertion from simple things like walking has made it difficult for me. I thought I just got tired easily from the excess weight. I’ve also had a history of asthma, so I thought with the summer heat and all it was probably just that. After those two deaths, I decided to go see a doctor.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

A Death and Some Flashbacks

A couple of months ago, I had just gotten into the office when we got a call from the place where a couple of our co-workers were attending a seminar: one of our co-workers had lost consciousness and was not breathing, although he had a faint pulse. They were taking him to the hospital. Everything then seemed to happen so fast. We got his wife to the office to inform her of what happened, coordinating with the people headed for the hospital at the same time. We rushed to the hospital because we were informed that he was going to be taken to the ICU.

On the way to the hospital, I got a call from one of the seminar organizers who went to the hospital: my officemate had died. I was sitting in the front passenger seat and tried my best to remain calm during the entire phone call. We were stuck in traffic and I didn’t want his wife to panic or go hysterical on us while we were in the car. There was no point in telling her right that moment when there was nothing she could do so I made a judgment call and decided to wait until we got to the hospital. My other officemates told me I made the right decision.
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Remembering My Father

Last month marked the anniversary of my father’s death. It doesn’t feel like it’s been years. It still feels like it happened recently. Remembering my father on his death anniversary reminds our family all over again of what we lost, of a person we wish we still had around.

Missing my father after his death is something I do more often than I thought I would. I thought that after some time we would move on and things would get back to normal but I was wrong. You never really get over it. You move on – yes – but you move on with that person still in your heart. You carry on with that loss still on your mind. You just learn to live with it.
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