Monday, May 23, 2016

The Quitting Smoking Chronicles: Month 4

It feels like yesterday, but at the same time, it feels like it's been forever.

Most days, I don't even think about smoking anymore, but there are times when the urge to smoke is so strong that I find myself almost caving in. The only thing that stops me is the thought that the past months would have been for nothing. That if I was able to go through all that time without smoking, I can go through one more day.

Today is one of those days.

I wonder when (if?) these moments of craving will ever go away.

It doesn't help that I know I have gained (and seems like am gaining) weight since I stopped smoking. Vanity at its worst, you may say. Sue me.

It also doesn't help that I have been getting sick a lot since I quit. See Month 2.

You a quitter? How was your experience?

*End whine*

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What Do You Use Your iPhone For?

I've got this "dedicated device" principle that I like to stick to as much as possible. Back in the day when I had the iPhone 4 and then the iPhone 5, it was easy.

The phone was for, well, phone things - calling and texting. Oh, and I used it as an eReader.

The iPad was for games and working on the road.

The iPod Nano was for music, obviously.

Today, the lines have become blurred, thanks to the changes in device sizes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Get a Brazilian Blowout

Reason 1: It's probably not what you expect it to be.
Reason 2: It won't last more than a week. Maybe less.

I give these reasons based on my own experience.

This is how a Brazilian Blowout is promoted.

Looks enticing, doesn't it? 

But looks can be deceiving. After all, ads are meant to hook customers.

Before I continue, in case you're not familiar with a Brazilian Blowout, here is how the official website describes it.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Revisiting Mister Kabab - 10 Years Later?

Maybe less than that - maybe 7 or 8 years, but it still felt like flipping the pages of a book backward. I had gone to a PETA play (3 Stars and a Sun) with my sister and her husband, and of course, food was part of the night.

Since the play was somewhere in Quezon City - where we all lived for many years way back - we had our favorites, and it was really no surprise we decided on Mister Kabab.

Cheap and good.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Bells & Whistles

"They" say "we" should get regular exercise. Whether it's jogging, walking or doing sports, it doesn't matter. What's important is that the blood gets flowing.

So I bought into that idea and started exercising for real some time last year. Me being me, things might be going a bit too far. Or it may just be in my head.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

She Got Me at Hello

Okay, I know that's bad, and it's inaccurate, too.

Truth be told, I stayed away from Adele's music for as long as I could. After all, I had (have?) enough drama in my life. I didn't need "I want to jump off a bridge" kind of music.

But get me, she did, with 21.

Now, "Hello" is doing it again.

Fans love it. Others make fun of it. Some say it took a lot of mixing and mastering to make her sound good. I call BS on the last one. Of course, some sound engineering was done, but watch her performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and you'll know why I made that call.

Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall by SENSETVonair

Why am I writing about this again? I honestly have no answer except perhaps because Spotify kept playing it earlier today. Yup. It's all Spotify's fault.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Quitting Smoking Chronicles: Month 2

It's been a little more than two months since I had my last cigarette, and I wish I could say that everything's been fine and dandy. That I've never felt healthier my whole life.

Quite the opposite in fact.

As I mentioned in my Week 1 post, it was easy at the beginning. Then came Week 2, which was rather tough. My last entry about quitting smoking was Week 3, which was all over the place - I was both excited and struggling a bit.

Two months and some run-ins with health issues later...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where's the "Bilo" in "Bilo-bilo"?

Bilo-bilo is a dish with sticky rice balls formed from a mixture of glutinous rice flour and water. Coconut milk is added for flavor, along with jackfruit strips and sweet potato cubes.

But the main thing is the rice ball(s) - the bilo-bilo.

This is one of my favorite dishes but I haven't had the chance to eat it for years - maybe around 5 years now! So when I saw it at the Sunday Market in Legazpi, it was a no-brainer.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Need Something - Anything - To Feel Better. Music? Eating?

Quitting smoking, exercising, and gobbling down apple pie aside, I just feel so darned tired. I think I know the reasons. I probably do, but I just don't want to dwell on it.

Trying to be positive here, you know?

They say one of the best things to cure the blues is music. Listen to music, learn to play an instrument alone or at a center like emeryville, go to a live gig?

Man, I am just so...I can't even find the words.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Quest for the Best Apple Pie in Manila: Second Stop - Mom & Tina's

Still on the hunt for awesome apple pie. Still haven't found what I'm looking for.

But, I went back to Mom & Tina's - I know, it was my First Stop, but I also knew it had another version. They call it French Apple Crumble.

Obviously, it's different from the traditional American apple pie (like the first one I posted), although I do believe apple crumble is just as common.