Suburbs

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This is what I have in mind when I was a kid. Just like in the movies. I want to live in a neighborhood like this where my kids would enjoy playing here.

Labor Day

What a busy week!  I’ve been so blessed.  God is really faithful to His promises.

Labor day meant food galore day! 🙂  Labor to have food.  I’ve had the most delicious food this labor day.  Starting with:

What a nice morning snack while I wait for my friends at Trinoma.  The flavor of these almonds are really appetizing. 🙂

Then I also ate this because a handful of almonds is not enough for a morning snack (actually breakfast).

We had lunch at this chicken place called Bacolod Chicken Inasal and had chicken thigh and leg part.  Unhealthy but I don’t have that much option.  After lunch, we decided to try this gelato stall called Stick House.  It sells gelato on stick and you can dip it and sprinkled it with nuts.  It’s quite pricey but it tasted like Magnum only better.  I recommend the pistachio and or guinduia gelato. 🙂

After that, we walked around the mall looking for a white dress for my friend.  After that, we decided to eat at Mary Grace and I ordered grilled cheese roll.  They are famous for this.  Finally I got the chance to try this. 🙂

My friend also ordered this 🙂

Mango benne!

They also ordered flavored iced teas–wild raspberry and apple cinnamon!

After that, we still tried to look for that white dress but to no such luck.  We decided to part wayd and I allowed to give in to my craving that day–cheese!

Introducing, cheesy quesadilla from Army + Navy!  It is so good!  I so love it!  They even provided me with salsa and their chili sauce.  It’s really, really oh so good 🙂

And since I’m already on it, why not add this delicious fries!  It’s spicy and salty but it’s just great 🙂

Their very own version of brewed iced tea–Libertea! 🙂

And while I was enjoying my food–rain came!  The first rain in May.

It’s gonna be a bit colder–a break from this very hot and humid weather. 🙂

Get Real

I am living in the Philippines.  And as much as I want to eat all of those healthy food I’ve read on blogs, some of the ingredients cannot be found here.  But lucky me, still, because here in the Philippines, there are other veggies available which I think is not available in cold temperate areas.  I am also fortunate because the price of the vegetables here are cheaper as compared to other countries.

I have to live within my means.

Some advantages of being an almost vegetarian:

1.  I got to save up on food.  Since I also eliminated flavored drinks such as iced tea, juice, and carbonated drinks.  So I guess, it’s ironic that my header has a picture of an iced tea, but hey it looks good 🙂  So I’ll leave it there for a while.

2.  Since I have eliminated unhealthy drinks, I have saved up on calories for food.  And when you eat veggies, most of them have low calories so I’m filled up and satisfied.

3.  Veggies are tasty–tastier than meat.

4.  I’ve lost a lot of weight as compared to just counting calories but still eating anything I want.

5.  I feel great doing something good to my body.  Like being a good steward of God’s blessings. 🙂

Anyway, my breakfast was heavy.  Omellette (just containing tomato), energy drink fortified with calcium, and a serving of rice.

For lunch, I had banana, sweet potato

For dinner, I plan on eating this nice squash 🙂

So good!  Now I need to do the laundry, then attend worship service.  NO service on tuesday so I have to attend now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to insert exercise in between 🙂

Savory Saturday

Happy Saturday!

It’s always good to go home because I can buy the food that I want to eat because I am allowed to cook.  Actually, I don’t really cook, I let my sister cook for me.  I just buy the vegetables and other ingredients and she’ll be in charge of cooking.

I went to the mall to buy food and I was happy to find wholewheat pancake.  It’s rare to find something healthy like that here. 🙂

Before that, for breakfast I ate two rice cakes.  I was really starving then because I had late breakfast.  I went to the mall after but while walking at the mall, my stomach started growling and I was feeling queasy and so I decided to eat at Savory Chicken, home of the best savory chicken.  They had a promo, for Php99, they serve1 piece chicken, rice, veggie side dish, and juice/iced tea (16oz).

I only get to picture the iced tea because I was really starving then I didn’t get the chance to take pic of my food! Haha! 🙂

After the grocery visit, I went home and look what I’ve bought!

As I’m typing this, the whole wheat pancake is already almost gone! 🙂

Before I end this post, current weight 138 lbs!  Progress! 🙂

Have a nice saturday!

Difference

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I’ve been sticking to this change for almost three weeks now. Is there a development or a difference? Not much on this picture. But my clothes are more loose now. People could see the difference now.

The difference also this time around is that I’m loving veggie dishes now as compared before. Before I avoided veggies because I don’t know how many calories are there. But now I have my own device on estimating its calories. Moreover, I find that even if I am starving, after two to three spoonfuls, my hunger is over and I feel satiated. So portion size is not much of a problem.

I am just looking forward to jogging if my feet can handle my weight. I don’t want to risk it. I kno I am not really a professional jogger but I love it after jogging like I am doing something good to my body.

Have a great day! 🙂

So Far

It’s been two weeks since I decided to be a lacto-ovo-vegeterian.  Though there were times when I eat meat included in the veggie dish I ate.  I’ve lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks which makes me inspired to stick with this.

Last Friday I had a challenge when we had our staff meeting and there were lots of delicious food.  The smell was torture, I tell you.  I was salivating and my stomach churning–then I’ve thought of eating sweet corn.  It stopped me from giving in.  Yes!

I need variety in my menu.  I hope to drop by this healthy shop for some healthy stuff that I don’t know of.  But right now I’ll just be happy with fruits and veggie dish that the stalls within UP Manila are cooking. 🙂

It’s summer and so hot but I like it!  I love summer.  I don’t think I’ll be able to go to any beach this summer but I promise I’ll treat myself to a trip to Manila Bay next week. 🙂

I’m also walking faster now.  In no time, I’ll be able to go back to jogging.  Maybe one of my faith goals which is to participate in fun runs (5k) will be possible. 🙂

Great Find

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I saw this small dining place at RCBC Tower. The place looks cozy and great to study here or just simply talk.

The food is also affordable. I ordered personal size pizza, tuna carbonara, iced tea included for only Php 130.

They also have an array of gelato and its choco ice cream looks enticing. It is relatively expensive considering that a scoop is worth Php 65, more expensive than the pizza.

Good food, affordable price, great ambiance, this is one great place to be.

I would recommend this to you.

Baked Ziti

Sbarro is one of my favorite place.  I specifically like their Baked Ziti.  This is how I like to eat my ziti.

  1. Order baked ziti half with mixed of alfreado and tomato sauce.
  2. Get a sprinkle of garlic granules from the condiments rack.  Leave it after getting a sprinkle.
  3. Get parmesan cheese, and chili powder. 🙂  Bring them on your table.
  4. Mix the sauce, sprinkle the condiments, and eat 🙂
  5. Drink iced tea in between. 🙂