April 15, 2016

When you were a kid, how did you creatively avoid the food you hated?

Homemade salad -- a semi-regular lunch at work

I did not do any creative ways to avoid the food -- or part of a recipe -- that I hated when I was a kid. I had my freedom of choice which is probably the reason of my lack of creativity with regards to this. Maybe I am lucky enough that my mother and father nor anyone in the family forced me to eat something nasty -- like vegetables. As far as I can remember, I just put those nasty things (aka too healthy things!) on the side and continue my journey to eating and be glad about it. Every one would ask me why I'm not eating the okra or tomatoes or onions or eggplant or the black meat of a tuna and I would instantly say graciously the reason why -- it's because it does not feel good in my mouth. And they would say, it's healthy and blah blah blah. I did not have to struggle from eating something I don't like. I was not the kind of kid who would whine about the same food. My family would give me food and I would eat it. I was not a picky kid nor a snob because I knew that any kind of food served in the table is a blessing.... there are just some things that does not feel good for me back then. For a kid, I think it is natural somehow. ;)

But after how many years... I finally learned to love eating the good stuff. I eat okra, tomatoes, onions, eggplant, and black meat (depends on how it is cooked). However there are things that I still don't eat like balut, liver, and those exotic ones. It seems like the older I get, the more aware I am with the healthy food I eat. And I think it's a good thing. :)

March 20, 2016

Musandam, Oman Dhow Cruise

The first and memorable cruise yet. I went with Rittie to Musandam, Oman for a dhow cruise. It was very relaxing except that we were with (what felt like) 40+ other strangers (which I don't enjoy much at all; introvert alert!) This is the very first "adventure" thing we've done and were very excited for this since we both love going to the beach and we miss the Philippines so much.

It was an easy adventure and we packed light, stayed in one corner and enjoyed the views. We also met fellow Filipinos on the cruise which made the journey extra fun!

We stopped near the shoreline for lunch. And hop on a banana boat ride -- which was extremely exciting, scary and fun! Honestly, I was a bit dizzy after all the activities we've done. This is the first time that I got sea sick -- guess I am getting older now (ohnoes!) So I just stayed in one place and enjoyed the views going back home!

We were entertained by the birds flying around trying to get some food! Plus, the afternoon sun was very nostalgic. It made me miss home so much!


We were supposed to go fishing however the sailors did not approve of it since the waves were being too tricky. So we just sailed all the way back home. Took pictures and stayed near the bow of the boat just because!

The view was so majestic! Would love to go back again and spend another day sailing. It felt so good to be around mountains! Ahh, missing home so much!


March 12, 2016

In loss I find peace

In loss I find peace

Trying to look for a reason
why I left is like
trying to find the perfect
way to walk towards heaven.

I never left
to find supreme bliss.

As I walk farther each day,
it seems my baggage has
lessened. And the burden
I carry in my heart has

Somehow in loss
I find peace.

March 11, 2016

What examples would you like others to follow about you?

What examples would you like others to follow about you?

Honestly, I am not comfortable in telling everybody to follow this or that just because I do the same things. It doesn't work this way and things have different effects for everybody else. However, I would love to give ideas to my nephews and nieces that being simple is the key. It's a process to minimize everything in your life. There are periods in this lifetime that we gain too much things that we don't even need in the long run. And, from my own experiences so far, it is normal to feel that you are carrying a heavy load thus you feel disorganized. Don't fret though. Think about it as an opportunity to downsize everything. Be creative in doing so. Then you'll enjoy minimizing the noise and you won't even feel guilty in guarding yourself away from dysfunctional stuff.

March 8, 2016

Tour of the Stars mix

Hello, internet! I kind of miss making mixtapes for you (just kidding, for myself only! cos who cares about my music taste?!). I believe that my taste in music has become so boring -- this has probably something to do with age? I remember I used to enjoy listening to Eminem!

Anyways, I have been listening to this mix after work (with a cup of coffee/tea in hand). It's kind of romantic and dreamy. Please find time to relax and enjoy the melodies :)

March 4, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol 3.

Al Barsha at night

Reading: A magazine page about the discovery of gravitational waves... I may not understand everything about it but it's kind of exciting to read something very scientific in the news these days.

Listening: Bring Me Down by Rivermaya

Come on now tell me
Would it be a better day for you
If you bring me down?

Thinking: if my decisions in life, in general, are taking me to a good path. Or should I take a detour and reorganize everything again?

Wishing & Hoping: I could finally brush off my fear and book a ticket and travel on my own this time, this year! We need to face our fears, sometimes.

Wearing: Summer dress in blue that I got from the flea market a month ago!

Loving: the fact that I still have tomorrow as my rest day. ;p

Wanting: to get a body massage.

Needing: another cup of coffee (also, rice and salmon patty that I cooked yesterday -- yummers)

Feeling: a bit sick. Probably, the change of weather. Summer is almost here! Woot! Woot!

January 25, 2016

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Had Georgie been sure of everything at twenty-two? She's had a plan. She'd always had a plan. It seemed like the smart thing to do -- have a plan and follow it, until you have solid reasons to change course.

This is the first book that I bought in Abu Dhabi (and in abroad -- in general) and I got this for my birthday. Was not sure what to get though but I think I was curious about the title itself and probably because everyone in my GoodReads have read books from Rainbow Rowell so I gave it a try! Also, Young Adult books are always easy to overcome a book coma, for me at least!

Readability: it was difficult to read at first as the characters are shaping up the story (not to mention, it's the first time in a long time that I have not read any books. So this is normal, I think.). However I think it was also because it made me think all the time -- what is this weird thing going on with the phone, though? It confused me for a while! But I went on with the story. The thing is this book makes you want to know more so you keep flipping the pages and read through as the story is very interesting. What's gonna happen next? It's unpredictable. 

How about the main character, Georgie? I honestly think she is annoying. The way she thinks about the situation and her decisions, makes me cringe! (And I like books that make me cringe! Haha!) Additionally, I can somehow relate to Georgie whenever she overthinks something towards Neal. Overthinking really is a bad thing and I like how I can see that in this novel. Sometimes you need to see bad situations stemming out from a bad thought as this could be a reminder to ourselves as well. 

Overall, this book is a good read. I rate it with 3 our of 5.

"How do you know he was the one?" 

"I didn't know. I don't think either of us knew."

"Neal knew -- he proposed to you."

"It's not like that. you'll see. It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one -- and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right."

"No one else describes love that way. Maybe you're doing it wrong."

"Obviously I'm doing it wrong. But I still think love feels that way for most people."

"So you think most people bet everything, their whole lives, on hope. Just hoping that what they're feeling is real."

"Real isn't relevant. It's like... you're tossing the ball between you, and you're just hoping to keep it in the air. And it has nothing to do with whether you love each other or not. If you didn't love each other, you wouldn't be playing this stupid game with the ball. You just love each other -- and you just hope you can keep the ball in play."

January 22, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 2

Mandala art for today from The Mandala Coloring Book by Jim Gogarty

Reading: 'Places I want to visit someday' list in an old red Field Notes notebook. It's funny how I dedicated a whole notebook for this list alone. It's funny how ambitious I have been for years. It's funny how I still keep it around (and probably will add more cities/countries!)

Writing: Coloring, rather. Mandala art for an hour. while having coffee and listening to soothing music.

Listening: Come Here by Kath Bloom. It's such a sweet old song from the movie Before Sunrise. 

There's wind that blows in from the north. 
And it says that loving takes this course. 
Come here. Come here. 
No I'm not impossible to touch I have never wanted you so much. 
Come here. Come here. 
Have I never laid down by your side. 
Baby, let's forget about this pride. 
Come here. Come here. 
Well I'm in no hurry. Don't have to run away this time. 
I know you're timid. 
But it's gonna be all right this time.

Thinking: about riding a train for hours with a view of nature (and with less people). Where should I go to make it happen?

Wishing & Hoping: that I may achieve what my heart really needs and wants.

Wearing: a green summer dress. With somewhat like mandala art patterns.

Loving: the calm and cold morning that I spent outside just before sunrise.

Wanting: to be simply near to what my heart has been longing for years...

Needing: another cup of coffee!

Feeling: a bit warmed up! There's something about waking up and taking a walk outside just before sunrise.
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