Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 - Thank you.

Dubai Women's Run 2013

  • Back in 2009 I was on medication for hyperthyroidism.  I obeyed the doctor's advice, and after 12 months, the Doctor was happy that I don't need to take medicines.  After that, I choose to stay healthy by eating the right food.  Quarterly, I visit the Doctor to check up on me and he was pretty happy that I am doing great.  Until 2013, he checked me up and happily announced that I am doing well and I can visit him every year instead of quarterly.  It was a big improvement.  I am happy for the great news!  Thank God!
  • My weight drops from 75 kgs. to 60 kgs. by dedicating myself to go to the gym everyday.  I do cardiovascular, alternating, stationary cycling, running and a little of weight lifting) for 20 to 30 minutes.

Sign of wealth,
owning a decent gadget

  • Stocks.  It took me 3 months to research and study the good and the bad in stocks and as soon as I confirmed that I am ready for the consequences, I took the path and invested.  So far, I am happy with the results.
  • Nationalbonds.  I have started this on 2008 but stopped on the same year as the economy was really bad all over the world.  I continued it on 2013 and keeping it rollin'.
  • Real Estate.  I bought my first condo unit in Philippines.

  • Reunited with my family, after 5 years.  Had an awesome 40 days vacation.

Feeling Blessed.  Feeling Happy.
Thank you so much 2013.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Style - December 2013

I'm trying out new outfit ideas and I started checking Pinterest.  I found interesting people with frugal ideas.  Visit's Audrey's of putting-me-together and Carly of CStyle.  Outfit ideas and remixing your existing clothes is a great way to save money for the year 2014 just stay creative.

As the weather in Dubai is really good, it is time to play-around with style. Here are some of my #selfie.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday night with my friends

Hangin out in a bar is not my usual weekend. But for a change, my friends and I chilled out in boracay bar in aseana hotel. I can say it's a neat place. We had fun last night. Oh I like the glowing pitcher :)

Monday, December 09, 2013

True Happiness

“Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to the things and people that stress you out.” – Thema Davis

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”- Frederick Keonig

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

”I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”- Martha Washington

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Friday, December 06, 2013

Dubai International Film festival

Glady's and I had a wonderful Friday.  We went to Dubai Mall to buy some things we need and suddenly there was an urge to nibble some sushi.  We then went to Honyaki Restaurant in Madinat Jumeirah.  Little did we know, it was DIFF as well.  We were seated on the perfect view.  

Friday, November 29, 2013

The color walk Dubai

It was an awesome experience! There were thousands of participants who simply just wanna have fun!  It was a 5km walk, in each kilometer it showers you colors and in the end of the event, you'll feel like striking-through one of your bucket list.

www.thecolorwalk.com  #thecolorwalk

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lifestyle reset - Quad cycling.

I've reset my lifestyle from sedentary to healthy lifestyle.   

Renting this bike is only 20 Dirhams for 30 minutes.  It's fun.

19 seconds - Work Hard, Play Hard.

Ever since I bought my Samsung WB250F, I was fascinated recording videos though the longest that this camera can record is only 20 minutes, but still I enjoyed it.

I recorded myself while at work and made it 19 seconds of my day job.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 years in the company

Yesterday, I went to meet the top management to receive an appreciation certificate for working for 3 years.  Coolness.

Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit Leyte, Philippines

The strongest typhoon ever recorded in history hit Leyte, Philippines on 8th November.  This is the saddest news this year :(

Regardless of our color, everybody unites to help my fellow countrymen in the Philippines.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you very much for the big help.

These are the before and after images:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24899001

You may follow the news in CNN and/or BBC.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Dubai Women's Run 2013

It was my first time to run and I'm a bit nervous and excited.
There are 2 categories for this event.  5K and 10K runners.
You may visit their website:  http://www.dubaiwomensrun.com/
Yes, that's me.  Just right before it start.  The crowd were all excited and the sun shine's perfectly.

The 10k runners went off first and we are the 5k runners :)  All were prepared and smiling and then, the fun begins.

That's me again, happy to see the 4k and ready to finish 5k.

We are the 5k runners.  From left to right:  Angelica, Chai, Mariam, Naz and me.

Running mates.
Finally got my first Medal.

Running for the first time was memorable.  It was fun.  I never imagined that I can finish 5k and I did it.  I learned that in such event, I should not be carrying a bottled of water.  They have water station every 1k.  I also learned that they have the after party event too :)

The after party was at the Nasimi Beach in Atlantis.  It's beautiful.

Just chillin'

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013

Thanks to Mini Mouse and Joker for hosting the party.
Mini Mouse

The Joker


Anime and Joker
Boi Bumbay

Lady Bug

PF Changs' official Mascot (Makapili)

The Ghost

The Killer

Low budget team :)

 The best part was, we had fun!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Life in the province.

I am a certified urbanite and I never imagine myself to like this rural place.

View in the morning.

Life here is so simple.

I woke up with the natural alarm.

Feeding them.

In Metro Manila, there are lots of askals (street dogs), here they have goats.

The air is fresh.  The vegetables are naturally grown, all organic and they are free.  No traffic jams.  Good and respectful neighbors.  Just simple life.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Family reunion and birthday celebration

 The next day, after I arrived in Manila.  We had a family reunion and my 38th birthday celebration.  How sweet is that :)

Birthday celebration of my niece and I.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Vacation 2013 in Philippines

It's Friday the 13th (September) and I am heading to Terminal 3, Dubai Airport with Gladys and Paul.  13 is consider as a bad luck for us Filipinos, but I have no choice but to grab that date, to be able to be with my family on time.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2013-09-13.htm

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ramadan Kareem

For all my Muslim friends. May Allah shower you good health, happiness and loads of blessings.
(Credit to the owner of the image)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It's getting hot in here.

I've been here for a decade and this weather is normal to me now. Looking forward to make it on 50 °C.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Health is wealth.

After a decade of sedantary lifestyle in Dubai, I just found myself unhealthy and unhappy when I look at myself in the mirror.
In January 2012 I challenge myself to eat healthy foods. In 3 months (20 minutes daily cardiovascular) I loose weight from 75 kgs to 65 kgs. It was the best feeling I had. Dropping 10 kgs was a success. I continue to exercise and eat the right food and this time, my migraine attack and ventolin inhaler becomes lesser and it was another success.
Today is 5th of July 2013, I weigh 60 kgs and according to my BMI, I should be between 55 to 60 kgs. That's my next goal to achieve before September 2013.
I have listed healthy infused water and their benefits, so that you can add it up to stay healthy and fit.
1.  Lemon + lime + orange
...vitamin c
...immune defense
(Drink this at room temperature)
2.  Cucumber + lime + lemon
...water weight management
...appetite control
3. Green tea + mint leaves + lime
...fat burning
...breath freshener