10 years from now

This post will have to wait because I am really sleepy like right now while typing on my keyboard I am dreaming and almost always typing about my dreams.  That’s how sleepy I am 🙂

Have a nice Monday everyone! 🙂

The Challenge

I saw the 30-day challenge from Averie’s blog and I think it’s gonna be fun to take on the challenge.  I think I’m going to do some of them.  Day One reminds me of love.  I want to share with you this quote from Paolo Coelho in his book  “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”.  In that book he wrote,

“But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness.

The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.”

I belive in this. 🙂


1) pics of the view from the top

2) zamboanga city pics

3) 2007 to 2008 pics

4) 2010 pics when I was a little slim 🙂

5) 2010 pics, too

6) my dinner last night

This is me 3 years ago.  My scrub suits then are green or lavender.  My hair is also long almost reaching my waist. 🙂

This is me 4 years ago.  This pic was taken in Zamboanga City in Mindanao.  It was my frist time to be out of Luzon.

A pic from the one of the top floors of a 4-star hotel where our seminar/workshop were being held.


That is the name of the “dog” E gave me for my birthday.  Why did he give me a “dog”?  Here’s why…

People are into dogs especially dogs of different breeds.  I told E that I wanted to have my own dog.

“You want a dog?” he asked.

“Yeah, ” I answered.

“So it’s okay with you if it poops, piss anywhere and bites you?”  He asked once again.

“No”, I answered.

“Then you should just buy stuffed toy dog…”,  he said trying to be funny.

Our conversation was in “Tagalog” by the way, I just translated it in English. 🙂

For me it was just an ordinary joke time with him.  So I was surprised that on my birthday he went out with his officemate, asked me to wait for him, then handed me his gift for me. 🙂

It’s like owning a dog but is not barking, peeing and pooping :))


Part of my job is to train my co-workers and students.  It feels good when they appreciate the knowledge I share them and when they understand what I actually want them to understand.  Sometimes I am appreciated although there are times when they think that the added information I tell them is just a nuissance.  But today, I definitely feel appreciated. 🙂

Today is supposed to be the first day of my serious–straight “lifestyle change”, but the smell of the hot french fries was a great enticement.  I am not happy about it but my stomach is 🙂

For a few days now, I have been craving for a ramen.  There are affordable authentic Korean ramen just around the corner but given my situation wherein I can’t cook in my rented bed, I have to wait til the weekend to go home and eat whatever I want to eat because I can ask my brother to cook a ramen for me.

This is a big bowl of ramen from Kim n’ Chi, a Korean stall at the food court of Robinson’s Place Ermita, my favorite mall in the Philippines.  Hehe 🙂  Not really…it’s just that it’s the nearest mall in my office although that mall is close to my heart.  Anyway, the ramen is spicy, hot, and my craving is satisfied. 🙂

I thought that I failed to stick to my diet (there I finally typed it…), but I found hope in finding that I didn’t go beyond my allowable calorie intake for the day.  I wouldn’t lose some fats but I wouldn’t gain any also.  So it’s still okay.

The greatest lesson in diet I’ve learned so far is that we should never allow ourselves to go back to our old ways once we finally get the motivation to change our lifestyle/eating habits.  Finding motivation is hard.  It’s even harder when people around us don’t really support what we are trying to achieve.  Instead of encouragement, we get mocked just because we want to live healthier.

But I know one of these days I will finally find my motivation once again and once I find it, I will never let it go.

Speaking of motivation, I love updating my planner because I’m loving the design of my planner from Belle de Jour.  I love the quality of the paper–the texture and the colors.  BDJ also has motto or mantra to live by as you turn its pages.  It also has a habit tracker, period tracker and discount coupons.  I hope next year, it will have better paper texture the kind that I would go crazy over.  If you’re wondering, I LOVE PAPERS!


I indulged today with Korean snacks.  But before the snacks, I ate dinner first.  Here is a picture of a fish dish called “maya-maya”.  This dish was just satisfying–salty, sour and a bit spicy all at the same time.  This dish is from Davao Tuna Grill located at the 3rd floor Robinson’s Place Ermita.  The staff here asked us (before)  if we wanted extra rice, we refused because we were trying to watch what we eat.  But I guess they were right in suggesting another serving of rice because their serving of this dish was big and one rice was not enough.

I love iced tea especially the Nestea brand.  Now, I often wonder why people would serve an iced tea without ice.  I just wonder why… 🙂

It looks like E is really enjoying his food. 🙂

My dinner was so satisfying.  But somehow I was still craving for Korean snacks.  We went to a nearby Korean store–the Da Mul Grocery.  I always go there when I want to eat Korean noodles and snacks.  If you’re going to ask me how to read the Korean characters written on the packaging on the picture below, I won’t be able to do so right now.  Last year, I would have read that if only I continued to have my Korean lesson.  But I got busy and I was not able to continue my Korean lesson.

I didn’t have any tutor by the way, I just look at the basic Korean lesson online.  Maybe in a few months, hopefully, I would be better in Korean language.

Why Korean?  I fell in love with South Korea/Koreans because of their series.  I also love how Koreans love their country and how progressive their country is.  I wish Philippines could be like that one day.  We have an okay President so I’m hopeful.

About this snack, all I know is that this is a potato snack because of the picture.  It’s better than Lay’s for me because it isn’t that salty.

I also bought almond choco-coated breadstick/pretzels.  I love this snack because the almond goes really well with choco.  And it’s only 170kcal per pack (that is according to my assumption based on the pack, I just assume 🙂  )

Last night I saw this chocolate cube by Lotte and the pack was affordable but for some reason I decided not to purchase it yesterday.  So when I went there tonight, I decided to give in.  It was worth it.  The chocolate cube is tasty and really chocolate-y.

That’s it for now.  I hope tomorrow I have better choices for food.  🙂


Lord, create a new heart in me.  Live in my heart forever.



I have been craving His word like this hole in me that none can fill.  Only Him can fill this hole.  Have you listened to the song of Plumb–God-shaped Hole?  I so can relate to its lyrics.  It goes something like, “There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us and the restless soul is searching…”

I always thought that nothing that I want/dream is given to me and that controlling my weight is the only thing I can do.  But I know now that with God, anything is possible.  I just have to have FAITH.

Faith and patience are lessons that I have yet to master.  But in time, I hope to learn these lessons.  I thank God because He is patient with me.  He is waiting for me–to learn what I must learn so that He could finally give me the blessings He plans to shower me.


When the time is right, forgiveness will happen.  Before we know it, the bitterness is gone.  But sometimes, we have to be prodded.  Forced to face the past, and look at it in the eye to know what needs to be done.

Love is a very powerful thing.  So is friendship.  And when the hurt comes from these–forgiveness needs some time.  But forgiveness is possible.


Everyday at work, lists are essential to do all the things I need to accomplish for the day.  When I list things, I want it done right away.  But sometimes, work can be full of surprises that what I plan to accomplish for the day, may be delayed.  But it feels really nice when I get to check the boxes from the side of my lists.  This just shows that my work is not boring at all.

Speaking of lists, I’ve been reading articles about the benefit of listing down the food we eat.  I will try to do this today.  But I have no pictures of my food.


  1. Iced tea and crackers (Skyflakes)


  1. Wendy’s iced tea and egg monay

Afternoon Snack

  1. small pack of choco pretzels


  1. 1 cup of rice
  2. grilled milkfish
  3. small serving of maya-maya (fish)
  4. buko juice

I am still trying to find my motivation.  But I know deep in my heart, I am getting there.  I just have to let my body tell me that it is ready.  🙂