Year: 2014

Saddleback SMLA presents: Captivated, A Throwback Concert

  Known as the country’s equivalent of Toto, Side A is widely recognized in the Philippine music scene, particularly from the 1980s to early 2000s. Their easy listening style was a hit among the masses. No other group in the country was able to match their track record in terms of commercial success in the ‘90s, especially after Joey Generoso, also known as Joey G, joined the band. They had a triple platinum album and the group garnered two Awit Awards – the Philippines’ equivalent of the Grammy’s. Aside from the numerous chart-topping songs with Side A, Joey G has also released an album entitled “Joey G Stand” as a solo artist in 2012. It was number one on iTunes for three months. Further, Joey G is the lead voice behind the ever-popular (love) songs Set You Free, So Many Questions, and Forevermore! Freestyle, on the other hand, is a band that started in Davao in late 1990s and became well known all over the country. Although some of their original members have chosen to …

My love-hate relationship with Shakey’s Pizza

I love pizza and my whole family loves pizza, too.  We have pizza delivery at least twice a month, with 2-4 boxes of large pizza per order. As much as possible, we try different pizza flavors, so deals that would allow us to mix and match two or more pizzas at a huge discount are welcome. We particularly like Shakey’s Pizza, especially their Pepperoni Crrrunch and Classic Cheese in thin crust. Their pizza crust has just the right thickness (hand-tossed), the flavors are distinct, and well, my childhood memories just come alive whenever I take a bite of their flavorful pizza. Once, we even had lasagna, chicken ‘n mojos, and pizza from Shakey’s for our New Year’s eve dinner or media noche! Somehow, no matter how many times we order the same pizza flavors from Shakey’s, we never get tired of them. We also looked forward to the new flavors they come up with and miss them when they’re no longer available on the menu. I’m all praises for their pizzas, if you still don’t realize it …

Mommy Break

Have you ever watched a movie that’s supposed to be funny, but you end up crying instead? That’s how it was while I was watching “Mom’s Night Out” online. Thanks to our complimentary one free movie a month on Clickplay (for being PLDT MyDSL subscriber), I just saw it for the third time since last Sunday. I normally let my daughters pick the movies we’d watch, but this time, I insisted on the said movie. Maybe because I felt that I needed it. I needed a good laugh, I needed to de-stress, relax, especially after a meltdown. Seriously. Besides, how many “mommy movies” are there, anyway?It wasn’t what I had expected though – to just be funny and no more. I didn’t expect that having my life portrayed in front of me, my idiosyncrasies, frustrations, secret desires, would be poignantly portrayed right before my eyes. It’s crazy! I must be getting crazy. I was both laughing and crying the whole time I was watching the movie. My youngest daughter was probably wondering what was happening to …

Please don’t tell me that I am fat and it’s okay

The picture says it all, and now the weighing scale has seconded. My posture is bad, my belly’s sticking out, and my limbs are simply huge. Yes, I am getting bigger and bigger these days, much bigger than when I was pregnant with my girls and even after I gave birth to each of them. I have started to become obese. I now weigh 145 lbs. and that’s the heaviest I’ve ever been! I’d like to go back to being a 115-pounder with no more than five layers of visceral fats, please. I am aware of what various clothing brands and the media are doing. That it’s okay to be in a plus size, you should not base your confidence on your outward appearance, people should accept you for who you are and you just have to be yourself. While there’s truth in those statements, I’m not the type who would just go out and take on the attitude of “Who cares, take me for who I am. I’m fat, so what?” That’s just not me. I’ve …

Why I do volunteer work and why you should consider doing it, too

I remember the night before I attended the first Vision Gathering of Saddleback Church South Manila. These were actually the words that I typed in my (other) digital diary: It’s past midnight now, and yes, I’m still wide awake. I recently received an invitation to volunteer, to work with fellow Christians, former church mates to set up a ministry in the South. I have been thinking about serving in a ministry, yearning so much for it, but I wasn’t sure where or how. All I know is it doesn’t necessarily have to be directly connected with the church I am currently attending. As for what to do and which of my talents or skills to use, I’m sure I’ll figure out what God would want me to do along the way. Who knows, He might reveal to me another area of strength I never knew existed before. I’m sure it’s going to be fun; even if it would entail hard work, it would be fulfilling. At the end of the day, I would want to …

My quest to getting fit again

My desire to put on my trainers, get out of the house as soon as my daughters are picked up by their school bus, and start jogging or brisk walking is becoming stronger each day. I know I need exercise – my bulging thighs tell me so and the fact that I perspire a lot more these days whenever I go up a flight of unmoving escalators at the malls. I went through a holistic fat loss program about two years ago, and it was very effective. Imagine developing lean muscles, when all you have to do is exercise for at least 15-30 minutes each day, learn portion control (TRA diet), and take effective and safe food supplements. I only did it for a month, and the effect was priceless, not to mention it lasted for a couple of years without real exercise (and proper diet) on most days! The layers of visceral fats (a.k.a. killer fats) inside me went down, my body age went down, my metabolism went up, my skin glowed, not to …

The best wedding we’ve ever attended

My husband and I celebrate two wedding anniversaries each year because we were married twice, i.e., in civil (March 21) and at church (June 28). However, because he’s an expat in Singapore while the kids and I are here in the Philippines, we no longer get to be together on either of those dates since he started working abroad. And that’s when the real challenge began. First of all, our traditional celebration consists of me cooking a pasta dish (because we all love pasta) and buying a chocolate cake. (Depending on the budget and the availability of a babysitter, sometimes hubby and I would go out on a date.) The cake, however, is always a must! It’s the only thing that’s supposed to be a permanent fixture in our celebrations, especially after hubby has gone abroad. The girls would always sing us a happy anniversary song to the tune of “Happy Birthday” and they would blow the candles on the cake together. As we have fun–though not much fun, really, for obvious reasons–we make sure that we take …

Awesome things I’ve experienced during a year of hiatus in the blogosphere

My last post tells me that it’s been a year and four days since I last updated this blog. That was such a long hiatus if you ask me! I did try to write from time to time, but I guess all those things I’ve written would remain in the drafts folder in the mean time, if not end up in trash soon. For now, let me recount what happened between now and then, at least the firsts or the memorable ones, and why out of the blue I’m coming out again to resume blogging. Bear with me as this could take long, but then you’re reading a journal, so you would understand. 🙂 July 2013 During this month, we’re still living in that tiny bungalow that we’re renting in Binan, Laguna. I was also slowly getting used to being a full-time homemaker/home buddy. I was no longer as active as I used to be in my anti-aging business. I started seeing and talking to my business partners and (prospective) clients less and less, and started getting in touch with …

Flying solo

Two years ago, I had the privilege to spend a weekend in Singapore with my husband. It was my first international flight, as well as my first time to travel alone by air. The whole experience of flying alone was exciting, scary, at the same time, boring. I think I stressed myself so much by willing for the flight to end soon, to get to my destination immediately. The bad weather did not help much as all of us passengers had to wait for nearly half an hour to leave the ground and be on our way to Singapore. I’ve always enjoyed a window seat, so I reserved one as I booked my flight online. However, it was a rather unpleasant experience for me to sit by the window this time. Since it was raining, I felt so close to the lightning that would etch the sky from time to time. It’s a good thing I couldn’t hear them clapping, unlike when I would be on the ground when it’s raining. In case you don’t know …