Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday Musings: It's Just a Job, Getting Life Back on Course

It took separation from my ex-husband, countless nights/mornings of crawling back to the elevator (barely making it to my unit), a major surgery, and hitting the wall of burnout for me to realize that I was too vested in work. I even too pride in the fact that I worked while on vacation. I loved the word "workation"!

Because that's how I rolled. I was a freelancer. I was passionate about what I did, and I could work wherever I was.

Put bluntly, I was a workaholic.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MR Holidays: Where to Stay in Boracay Station 1 Without Breaking the Bank

It's been years since I was in Boracay, but last week, I just had to get to the beach and it was practically a no-brainer for me.

My love affair with beaches started in Boracay. Cliche it may be, but its powdery white sand and clear waters captured my heart; and to be honest, I think it's hard to beat. Of course, I haven't been to El Nido, so...

There's also the fact that a lot of people say Boracay is overrated, expensive, too commercialized, and not worth visiting anymore.

I disagree.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Two Organs, Two Kilos

It's probably not what you're thinking - although, who am I to assume what you're thinking?

But, if you've got a sort of gross image of body parts...forget it. It's safe to read on even if you're squeamish.

This is all about food...and music.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Running and Music

Go together like apple and pie.


I know that probably doesn't make much sense, but hear me out.

I've taken up running (walking fast and jogging slowly to be accurate) and I've found that I just can't really do it without music blasting in my ears. (I'm sure I'm not alone.)

Thing is, I've got two routes. Both of them peppered with food establishments that torture me. And one has got what may be the best apple pie in my area.

Make sense now?

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.