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Little Things That Brighten Up the Daily Slog

No doubt about it, there are days when life seems to be one unending slog. It's probably exaggerated these days, with the inability to travel (which, if you know me, is not a small thing).
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Accountability

This past couple of weeks have been a lesson on accountability (among a few other things, but that's a story for another post). I signed up for a program with a nutrition coach because I have been unable to control myself when it came to food.

What's Keeping You Sane?

Hanging on to your sanity may be your best accomplishment this year. With everything that is going on, it is easy to lose it. More people are experiencing depression, anger, sadness, melancholy, and a bunch of other emotions that one wouldn't want to wish on others.
Yet, it is what it is. Life sucks right now, and we just have to deal with it.
You're not getting any platitudes from me today. 
Nope.
Right now, I can't handle platitudes.
What I can share are things that are keeping me sane. Things that I hope will help (if you need).
1. Duolingo They say people are humblebragging about the hobbies and skills they have discovered during quarantine. And while it can be annoying to see your social media feed full of expert bakers, cooks, gardeners, and whatnot (jealous much?), there is something to be said about expanding your skillset. It's not mandatory, of course, but hey, if you have the time and inclination, why not pick up something new?
For me, it's learning Spanish. It&…

Hi, I'm Noemi and I Might Be an Online Shopaholic

Being stuck at home is nothing new to me, as this is the lifestyle I have led for over a decade. However, I have come to find out that there is a huge difference between choosing not to go out and being forced to stay home.

With this mandated no-travel situation comes a lot of perks - you get to save money, in a way; but it also turns your attention to a horde of other things you normally wouldn't think about. And that can offset the savings you make from not traveling.

In my case, online shopping is partially filling that traveling hole.

Hello, I'm Noemi, and I think I have become an online shopaholic.

Still, I believe that majority (okay, some) of my purchases - past and future - are necessary. Take the Nintendo Switch, for example. I had been sitting on that purchase for years, and finally, with the influence of my nephews, I gave in. And, boy, has it saved my sanity!

Then there's the issue of data storage. My MacBook Pro is my lifeline simply because it is the tool th…

Revisiting Guimaras Island

Almost a decade ago, I had the best vacation with my then husband and friends. An eclectic group - a Filipino couple, an American guy, and a French girl - we had decided to spend the New Year break in a small island off the coast of Iloilo: Guimaras. Not knowing much about the place, we first stayed at a resort in the town of Alubihod. The beach was nice, but there were too many people and we wanted some peace and quiet. Lucky for us, we chanced upon an even smaller island called Baras. It’s a private property with a few huts and a small cove, with another beach a rowboat across the way. It was perfect.
Many years and countless experiences later, I find myself back in the island, in a town much more isolated and even quieter. Nueva Valencia, it’s called. If you want a weekend of doing nothing by the sea, then this is the place you want to be.
How to get there

Getting to Guimaras via Iloilo City is easy. Hail a cab and ask the driver to take you to Parola Wharf. It’s right beside a mall w…