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Goals For 2018

January 4, 2018

As I am writing this post, it made me think. Was 2017 even good to me? Certainly not. It was a year of plot twists.

The first few months of 2017 started out great. This was the time I still continued to lose weight to treat my borderline diabetes and PCOS. It was also the time when I went to Baler and celebrated Labor Day with a few friends. It was certainly a fun time because I learned how to surf and started to become more confident with myself. I also had the chance to go back to USA and entertain my grandma while we explore the different states.

But somewhere along the way, I started feeling lost, insecure and unhappy with the way things are going on in my life. I started getting mad and frustrated with myself. This was the time I started to overthink things in which I’m not supposed to do.  I believe it was a wake up call from God. That’s why I decided to distance myself from certain people in order to heal myself again.

I am saying this because I want everyone to know that my life is not perfect. I’m human which means I make mistakes, I get hurt and failures will always be part of my life. I am the type of person who has a hard time to voice out her thoughts and opinions. As an only child, I had to learn to be independent. I can’t depend on other people since I was told that no one will help me but myself. As an only child, I also had to mature fast so that I will properly understand what’s going on with my surroundings. I had this huge patience with everyone I deal with. I also had to show people that I am strong no matter what happens. It’s only through this blog of mine that became to be a safe haven for me.

I am thankful and grateful that I have friends who are very patient with me and understands with what I’m dealing right now. When they found out about my situation, they were very patient and didn’t judge me. As I start 2018, I promise to leave all my negative thoughts and experiences in 2017 and start a new chapter with my life. When I welcomed the New Year, it gave me the time to reflect on what kind of theme and goals I want to achieve. Without further ado, allow me to share to you all my goals for 2018. I believe this will be an exciting journey ahead of me!

M Y  2 0 1 8  T H E M E:

#HAPPINESS2018

G O A L S  F O R  2 0 1 8:

  1. Practice Self-Love. I told myself that 2018 will be the year that I will be selfish. It means I will be prioritizing my own happiness first and foremost. This will give me the chance to learn how to be an essentialist. When you say essentialism, it’s the ability to say yes to what’s important in your life right now. I must learn how to say no to things that will hinder my growth. If someone invites me to hang out but I just want to stay at home the whole day, then I must learn to say no to that hang out. I constantly need to learn how to speak my thoughts and feelings. I should not be too hard on myself. I should forget about the past, live in the present, and work for the future.
  2.  Get known as a content creator. Last year, I was slowly getting recognized. A lot of opportunities opened up to me. I get invites to restaurants to try their food and stay in a hostel for free. For 2018, my goal is to challenge myself by getting known through different brands. This will be an opportunity for me to get invited to different events and share my craft to other people.
  3. Start YouTube. I’ve always wanted to vlog but I was scared all the time. For this year, I challenge myself to start a YouTube channel and vlog anything and everything under the sun. I want this platform of mine to be an avenue where people can learn how to voice out their own thoughts and opinions. It has also been a dream of mine to be good in hosting so I will use YouTube as a platform to practice my talking skills.
  4. Solo Travel in the Philippines. I’ve always wanted to do solo travel but my parents won’t allow me because I’m an only child. They don’t see the importance of solo travel and another factor is that I’m a girl. This year, I want to prove to them that there’s nothing wrong with doing solo travel even though I’m a girl. I will start in the Philippines. I am in the process of saving money for my planned solo travel which will be in Siargao.
  5. Get fit again. When the holidays started, I gained weight. There were lots of food I would constantly take. So for this year, I need to train myself to go back to the gym and lessen my food intake. I do not want to be diabetic please and I want to be able to treat my PCOS.

 

 

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My PCOS Journey

November 7, 2017

What is up you guys? It’s been a long time since I last made a personal post for the blog. I’ve been busy lately with food events and travels that I get to forget to write one.

Today, I went back to my Ob-Gynecologist. Only my close friends knows one of the health conditions I have – PCOS. I never told other people this condition of mine because it doesn’t seem that important to share to other people at first. But apparently, a lot of women my age experiences this condition as well.

W H A T  I S  PCOS?

If you do not know what PCOS is, it stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. According to WebMD, PCOS is “a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance.” If left untreated, this can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Got the picture through Mayo Clinic. Image shows you how a normal ovary looks like vs a polycystic ovary

WHEN DID I FIND OUT ABOUT MY CONDITION?

I found out about my PCOS condition 2 years ago. Before I found out that I have PCOS, I was able to have check-ups with the first doctor I went to. I’ve noticed that I wasn’t getting my period regularly. The first doctor prescribed metformin – a medicine used by patients with diabetes. The medicine helped for a while. But once I stopped taking metformin, my period would also stop. So, I would go back to that same doctor and she would still prescribe metformin. But I’ve noticed that when I took metformin again, it wasn’t working anymore. My mom and I decided to have a 2nd checkup in another clinic and doctor. Through this checkup with the 2nd doctor, that was the only time I found out I have PCOS.

What my 2nd doctor did, she let me undergo a transrectal ultrasound to check my ovaries. A transrectal ultrasound is where they put the device in the anus rather than the vagina. Apparently, there were cysts found in my ovaries. Thus the reason why I am diagnosed with PCOS.

 WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Aside from not getting your period regularly, there are others that gets bad acne, weight gain and has a hard time to lose weight, extra hair found on the chin, chest, belly, back and thinning of hair. There are possibilities that the person can get anxiety and depression.

DID MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBE ANY MEDICINES?

Usually, birth control pills should help regulate your menstruation. But what my 2nd doctor did, she did not prescribe me birth control pills at first. She told me to treat my PCOS naturally which is through living a healthy lifestyle. So how does one live a healthy lifestyle? By eating right and exercise. If this still did not work, then she told me to have a follow up checkup.

Can PCOS be cured?

At the moment, there’s no cure for PCOS.

MY JOURNEY

Ever since I found out I have PCOS, I was already overweight. In order for me to have my period naturally, I had to start losing weight. In all honesty, it was really hard for me. Even though I would exercise and not eat a lot, I still had a hard time to lose weight. I almost gave up on myself and I would get criticisms saying “ang taba mo na (you’re so fat already). You should lose weight”. First of all, it’s really hard to lose weight plus dumagdag pa yung mga criticisms from other people. So, the stress was very real. There were times I tend to look down on myself kasi nga nahihirapan talaga ako maglose ng weight. My doctor also told me that by the time I plan to have a baby, it will be hard on my part. It’s either I pray for a miracle or undergo surgery.

Last year, I had to see an endocrinologist because diabetes runs in my mom’s side. I had to know what the status of my bloodwork is and I would want to avoid getting diabetes. Results showed that I was borderline of being diabetic. So, I had no choice but to try again to lose weight in order to avoid having diabetes and to treat my PCOS. (P.S. I started the program weighing at 145lbs).

Before I went through the weight loss program

In order to start this journey, I had to eat right and exercise. My doctor taught me the proper way to eat right. Instead of using a normal plate, you have to use a platito (a small plate) and that is where you put your rice and food. My doctor told me to avoid eating pork. Instead, I should focus on fish, chicken and vegetables. As much as possible, he told me to avoid eating rice as well because that is one of the main reasons why we have a hard time to lose weight. But he knows that I am starting out with this program. So, he told me to lessen my rice intake slowly. He also told me to avoid eating chips, oily food and desserts. To add, I should also avoid drinking soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and coffee. It was hard of course because while I was in the program, I was surrounded by people who would intake the food & drinks I would crave for.

I got used to the program after 3 weeks. This went on for a year. After, big results were shown. From 145lbs, I already weighed 120lbs. Through the program, my stomach fat slowly decreased. My clothes became loose on me. Finally, my dream of losing weight came true!

The Aftermath

Since I lost a lot of weight, I was already expecting that at least I should have my period already. Apparently, it still hasn’t come. This became alarming to me. That is why I decided to go back to my Ob-gyne and make a follow up check up.

After my check up with my doctor, she requested me to undergo another transrectal ultrasound for an update on my ovaries. I am hoping that there is improvements.

GENE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

My doctor will start giving me birth control pills to regulate my menstruation. Honestly, I still don’t want to take these pills because I don’t want to be dependent on them. But, what can I do?

Women with PCOS knows it’s a hard journey to be in. Despite the rollercoaster ride, I know that I am not alone battling this health condition. I believe we need a strong support system and we should talk more about this condition so that other women can understand and educate them.

If you feel that you have the symptoms of PCOS, I urge you to visit your doctor and have it treated as soon as possible. If you have more questions about PCOS, feel free to leave a comment and let’s share our journey to help one another!

Personal, Philippines, Travel

One Weekend in San Juan, La Union

April 27, 2017

It’s a nice feeling to get lost in thought while appreciating the wonderful view by the beach. You can hear the loud waves crash by the shore. You get to see the beautiful sunrise/sunset by the beach.  That is what we exactly did last weekend, April 1-2 in San Juan, La Union.

San Juan, La Union is known as one of the surfing spots of the Philippines. This is where surfers go to if they want to surf and have a quick getaway. If you are not fond of surfing, you can laze around, walk by the beach and watch other people surf.

It was my first time to go to San Juan, La Union with my college best friend and her boyfriend. We decided to go to La Union (despite the long travel) because we wanted to explore the North and a change of scenery. We left Manila around 11pm via Partas.

Around 4 in the morning, we arrived San Juan, La Union. We had a lot of time to wander around since our check-in time in Barkadahan is around 12pm. We decided to chill by Flotsam and Jetsam and talk about life. We were able to watch the beautiful stars and sunrise by the beach.

Around 8am, we had a quick breakfast in Flotsam and Jetsam. After, we decided to go to back to our hotel and have another set of breakfast. We enjoyed our 2nd breakfast because we ordered corn beef which is our favorite breakfast dish!

To pass time, we decided to try out different restaurants along San Juan, La Union. The first restaurant we went to was El Union. Let the photos do the talking of the restaurant.

Next, we tried out Tagpuan since my friend told me that they serve bagnet (I highly recommend you watch I’m Drunk, I Love You if you want to know about the hype of bagnet). Their bagnet was yummy! But I found it expensive for its food serving.

Around 2pm, we were able to put our things in the room and dressed up for the beach. Good thing it wasn’t that hot when we went to the beach around 4pm. We took a few pictures (for me and my best friend’s blog) and enjoyed the beautiful sunset by the beach.

Around 7pm, we had dinner in Surf Shack. Surf Shack was just alright. I found the restaurant quite expensive and since there were a lot of people, the staffs were all over the place. It was hard for us to call a staff and we kept on reminding them about our orders. After our dinner, we decided to go back to the hotel and we had a good rest.

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The next day, April 2, we woke up around 6am and prepared for another day ahead of us. We went back to the beach because my best friend still had one more swimsuit to wear and have photos with it. In the process of her photoshoot, my shorts got wet! I wanted to have a picture with her by the beach and the waves were too strong. But it was all good because I had extra shorts.

After her photoshoot, we had a quick lunch in Olas Banditos. The price of their food was just right. The ambiance was laidback and suited with the theme of the restaurant. I am for sure going back to this restaurant!

After lunch, we bade goodbye to San Juan, La Union. It was a bittersweet and quick getaway. For sure, we are going back and we will be more ready since we will know what to expect.

P.S. This is leaning more on a personal travel post. I actually miss writing these kinds of posts for the blog.

Food

To Experience Tuscany Through Marcia Adam’s Restaurant

March 15, 2017

I discovered Marcia Adam’s Restuarant through a Booky post: 20 of Tagaytay’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants. Seeing these kinds of posts makes me want to go to Tagaytay every weekend and try them. In my first visit, I had dinner along with my parents. I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos that time. Last Friday was my 2nd visit and was with my college best friend and a close friend.

We decided to have lunch in Marcia Adams. It was a good choice to have lunch in Marcia Adams on a weekday because we had the whole place to ourselves and we were not shy to take lots of photos. What I love about Marcia Adams is its ambiance – Tuscany setting. As you arrive, the first thing you will notice is their wooden door. Once you enter the main gate, you will get to see their garden. Their garden makes me feel at home and I felt like we were in a maze. You don’t have to worry though because there are signs that will point you to the right direction.

Our Set Meal in Marcia Adam’s

I ordered the following: Baba Ganoush (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish), and Fried Bananas w/ Chocolate Dip (dessert). I find 700php to be just right. Along with your main course, you also have your own appetizer and dessert.  All you have to do is pick your desired appetizer and dessert. Debbie, my close friend, ordered Tzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish) and Strawberry Yoghurt Icecream w/ Berry Compote (dessert). Patty, my best friend, ordered Hummus w/ Whole Wheat Tortilla (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish) and Panna Cotta w/ Lemon Sauce (dessert).

For the appetizers, I still preferred the Tzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips. I actually do know where you can buy lettuce chips. Just comment down below if you want to know where! For the dessert, I should have gotten Strawberry Yoghurt Icecream instead of the Fried Bananas. The fried bananas is good but I was not able to fully enjoy it because I was full from the main course.
Baba GanoushTzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips Hummus w/ Whole Wheat Tortilla Chicken KebabFried Banana w/ Chocolate DipStrawberry Yoghurt Ice Cream w/ Berry Compote
Panna Cotta w/ Lemon Sauce

Marcia Adam’s Restaurant is perfect for those who want to experience a short getaway and experience a Tuscany ambiance. Their food is just right (taste wise and budget wise). Aside from Instagram worthy, you can bring your significant other and have a relaxing date while being one with nature and the beautiful view.

Marcia Adam’s Restaurant FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarciaAdamsResto/?fref=ts

For reservation only. To make a reservation, please contact this number: 09178011456

Marcia Adams Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Life Lately 10: Finding Motivation

March 7, 2017

Usually, I write these Life Lately posts because I don’t get to post any new content. This session of my Life Lately post is more on finding my motivation to keep on going. I also feel like I haven’t been myself these past few days. I always have this routine: wake up, take a shower, get ready for work, attend work, go home, go to the gym and/or continue watching missed series and go to sleep. But as I lay down, I feel like the world is eating me up alive. I tend to feel the pressure on my chest.

In order to motivate myself again, these were the things I did in order to get out of that funk:

  1. Last Saturday, I attended a HipHop dance class. I’m actually glad that I went back to dancing. Dancing has always been my passion and my 1st I can’t imagine myself without dance. For sure I’ll go berserk.
  2. A few days ago, I was able to talk to my college best friend. I told her that the feeling of loneliness crept towards me and I’m tired of being strong all the time. It came to the point that I even told her that I just want to break down my walls. She totally knows how strong of a person I am. But, she reminded me that sometimes I would need a time off from myself. Time off from reality and the people that tries to bring me down. Due to what she said, from the longest time, I broke down. She made me realize that it’s okay to break down. It doesn’t mean you are weak. It just shows how strong you have been towards your whole life. It also shows that we don’t have to be perfect because that’s what makes us human.
  3. Due to this talk with my college best friend, I decided to have my alone time by going to a coffee shop near home. I had a chill session in the coffee shop by watching a movie with a good iced coffee on hand.
  4. I had the opportunity to lie down on my bed and savor the moment. It felt comfortable and I wasn’t pressured to do anything that day.
  5. Last Sunday, I was able to watch an indie film called Baka Bukas. I watched this movie on my own. Little by little, I felt like I was getting out of the funk.

 I know I still want to do a lot of things like travelling solo, to have my own business, etc. But I must take it step by step because I don’t want to pressure myself from doing all these things in a short amount of time. Also do know that despite everything I’m feeling right now, I am still open to listen about your problems. That is the kind of person I am. Always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what the situation is.

How have you been lately?

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My Personal Wishlist

September 24, 2016

Birthdays and holidays play a special role in my life. This is the time where we get to celebrate and be with our loved ones. To make these events special, I decided to write My Personal Wishlist. This wishlist is to remind myself that having a wish does not necessarily need to be materialistic. It can also be for future life purposes. So without further ado, I present to you my personal wishlist:

My Personal Wishlist

1. Canon G7X – Since I travel a lot, I need a camera that is lightweight, has great picture and video quality. I got interested with this product since a lot of bloggers and vloggers get to use this camera. This, for sure, will be a steal!

2. Unlimited Travel Ticket – As you can see in my blog, majority of my posts are focused on travel. It would be a dream come true of mine if I get the chance to go to different countries with hard work and dedication.

3. To inspire other people through this blog – Ever since I started blogging, I can’t seem to stop. Blogging about my adventures makes me happy because I get to share to other people my experiences. I want other people to know that you don’t need to be rich in order to travel. You just need to have the guts to travel and create your own adventure.

4. A puppy – Ever since I was young, I have always wanted a puppy. As an only child, there are times I feel lonely because I have no one to interact with. Having a puppy at home will surely lift my spirit and I can just talk to him/her because I truly believe that dogs have feelings as well.

5. To have my own business – Aside from the family business, I want to be able to prove to other people that I can have my own business and make it grow. I know it’s a big responsibility but I am willing to take the risk.

6. New Macbook Pro – My current Macbook Pro has been with me for 6-7 years already. Although it still works fine, there are times that my laptop lags and battery drains fast. Also, I tend to leave it at home since it’s too heavy. With a new macbook pro, I know I will be able to bring it with me wherever I go so that I can work on my blog posts properly.

7. Peace on Earth – With everything that’s been happening, I pray that everyone can fix their differences and shake hands. That is what the Philippines need.

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An Open Letter to My Ex- Best Friend

September 24, 2016

Hey there,

For as long as I can remember, I considered you as one of my best friends. Our adventures together were the best ones that I will never forget. We even had plans to go to other places in the Philippines and make an indie video. But I guess that’s not happening. Issues were starting to pile up in our barkada and I still made sure to stay by your side because I know how it feels to be abandoned by “close friends”. I was trying to bring peace not just for our friendship but for the barkada as well.

Unfortunately, everything changed. You told me you were tired. If you are tired, then I am dead.I felt embarrassed for you because in this friendship we had, I was the one who did the majority to make our friendship strong. I made sure to bring you home safe and sound. I made sure that you get to have free passes for any concerts we go to. I made sure you were always included in my plans. I even tried to make our barkada closer again. I never expected anything in return. I guess my feelings don’t matter to you.

Others say that best friend breakups are worse than couple breakups. I’ve never been in a relationship so I don’t know if this is true. But I guess it’s true because in every situation we went through, we turned out to be strong. What ever you heard from other people pertaining to what I said, I won’t withdraw from it. People know how concerned I am towards you. Even the Lord knows. In this kind of situation, my pride radar goes on. But, I brought my pride down because I still believe everything is still worth fixing.

I know it’s partly my fault that I wasn’t able to tell you my feelings sooner. But I do hope you get to grasp everything that I said. I actually don’t care if you think or other people think that I was being “plastic” towards you. If you get to read this message, I don’t expect a reply from you as well.

I just want to say Thank You – for all the friendship and adventures we had together. Thank you for listening to my rants and trying to make sure that I was okay. Thank you for all the spontaneous hang outs we used to do. I will really miss those moments. When you also told me to push through with my travel blog because you believed in me, thank you. I am Sorry – for everything that has happened lately. Last but not the least, advanced Goodbye – just in case you truly decide that our friendship is not worth saving after all.

I wish you all the best and may you create new memories with your new set of friends.  

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How To Really Know Someone Part 4

September 9, 2016

31. Who are the people who have influenced you?

My parents play a big role when it comes to influence. I look up to them because I know how successful they are. That is also my wish – to be as successful as them and to continue their legacy.

32. Which of the four cardinal virtues do you embody the most?

I think I embody justice. I’m the type of person who would promote equality to all.

33. What are some things you like about your sibling?

To tell you honestly, I don’t have any siblings. Buuut, I do consider my cousins as my siblings. I love the fact that even though I don’t get to see them always, there is still a close bond between us. We are able to share anything and everything under the sun. If one of us is feeling down, we always make sure to set a schedule where we can meet and catch up and help one another.

34. Would you save an extremely talented musician who has the influence to promote good values for the world or a pregnant woman in a situation where it is certain you must choose one over the other?

I would choose the pregnant woman because not only will I be able to save two lives, this will give the woman the chance to start fresh with her unborn baby and she will have the chance to do everything she can to make her baby’s life worthwhile.

35. If you could choose the sex and physical appearance of your soon-to-be-born child, would you do it?

Honestly, yes HAHAHAHAHA. I would love it if my oldest child would be a boy then he will be able to protect his younger siblings.

36. What would it take someone to make you feel really fulfilled?

I tried to understand this question but my brain just can’t function =))

37. Do you daydream a lot? What do you daydream about?

I love to daydream but of course, I do it discreetly. I wouldn’t want other people to be calling my attention when I daydream. LELZ.

38. If you were at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and you found a dead cockroach in the salad, what would you do?

I will politely tell my friend that I saw a dead cockroach in the salad. Of course, I will tell him/her discreetly because I don’t want my friend to feel embarrassed by the situation.

39. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?

It depends on the situation. I’m the type of person who loves to observe and I tend to have a hard time to express myself. But if I get to notice that the situation is getting out of control, then that’s the time for me to step up.

40. Do you look like any celebrities?

Others say I look like Charice Pempengco…. HAHAHAHA

Life Lately

Life Lately 8

August 14, 2016
  1. I just came from an accident. It was a terrifying experience but it was through this situation that made me closer to God. The 3rd party, on the other hand, seems like a hoodlum to me already. He kept on threatening me just to have money. I had no choice but to go to a lawyer since they were doing things in legal terms already. With that kind of attitude, I doubt he’ll make it to be a good lawyer. I am just thankful that everything’s been settled already.
  2. Last July 26, the cousins and I went to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was my 2nd time to be in this backpacker country. We had a great time!
  3. We are now processing our schedule for the UK and Schengen Visa. I pray that both visas get approved.
  4. 5 more days til my dad’s birthday. Any ideas to give my dad as a birthday gift? Please leave a comment down below!
  5. At the same time, it will also be Chainsmoker’s concert in SM MOA!! I can’t wait to watch them live!

 

How’s your life lately? Please do share!

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What I Learned From The Car Crash Incident

July 13, 2016

It’s been 13 hours since the time of the car crash incident. Til now, I still can’t believe that something like this happened to me. Let me reiterate the story:

Around 12:45am, thankfully, I was already inside our village when the accident happened. I was driving along my street and I suddenly fell asleep. Just in a snap of a finger, my car crashed on another car. That was the time I woke up and went back to my senses. I went down the car to check how big the damage was. While getting down the car, I felt like a jelly because I had no idea what to do, it was early morning for pete’s sake (everyone was asleep) and it was hard for me to look for a security guard within the area. Instead of hyperventilating, I had to remain calm and go to the security office which is located at the clubhouse. I reported the situation right away, had to wait for them at the scene where it happened and waited for my parents to wake up.

I really thought something major was going to happen to me. You know how in movies when they get to experience a major car crash? Well yes, that is what I experienced. From this experience, I was able to pick up a few pointers on what I learned.

  • I learned that you should value your life more. When the accident happened, I really thought something major would happen to me. When I hit the car that time, the airbag did not even open up. I guess my head hit the dashboard because my head still hurts. I am thankful that I did not get hurt and I was given a 2nd chance in life to begin with.

 

  • I learned that once you start feeling sleepy, stay in a safe place and make sure to energize yourself in order to drive properly. Even though you think you know your body well, when it comes to getting sleepy on the road, do everything you can to stay awake.

 

  • It’s okay to feel emotional. When I was in the police station to file a report, I actually started to be emotional. Of course I had to control myself because I did not want to cry in front of the police and the 3rd party. You have every right to take a rest or be with your friends to make yourself whole again

 

  • Car insurance works wonders! Because of the accident, we had to be the one to shoulder the expenses on the car of the 3rd party. Good thing we have car insurance! So, we don’t really need to shell out a lot of money.

 

  • Thanking the Lord. Before this incident happened, my faith towards God decreased. But because of this incident, I believe my faith in Him has increased again. Without the Lord, I could have been dead by now.

What other lessons can you share to other readers when experiencing a car crash? Would love to hear your thoughts on this!