After a looooong hiatus from blogging..I’m back!

I have been one busy woman.  My life is jam-packed with all sorts of activities that my husband would label me “distracted” every time he gets a chance to.  The brain of a woman is so complex.  I get to focus a good hour on a task then I shift to another “hey a squirrel” moment.

My laptop–correction our family’s laptop finally gave in.  Our very used Lenovo just went blue screen on me in the middle of a bloody excel battle.  I knew the laptop was falling into pieces.  There were signs, the fan was noisy and the computer would heat up, like really hot (tssss!).  I bought an external fan which helped on the first 2 weeks, but it too gave up after a month.  The sides were cracking, it was only a matter of time. I am using a loan laptop, a Core 2 Duo which back in 2005 was the fastest machine out in the consumer market. The computer is an HP pro book and it weighed a heavy almost 3kgs.  it would take me a lot of effort to haul it to one part of our small space to another.  Now with the minimal programs that I use, a simple cut and paste would take me 30 seconds to accomplish. Gaaah!

Everyday seems to be  filled with at least 10 emotions and I am amazed at how I manage to get through each day without shedding a tear.  It’s true, when you face death in the eye nothing really scares you….except for moomoo but that is another story <hahaha>.  I would fantasise about writing, steaming out my thoughts about freelance, motherhood and “looking for ways to earn money cause daughter is entering big school” sort of things in the small breaks that I have until I hear my daughter say “I want Mommy”.

My family keeps me sane, even if they are sometimes the reason why I feel crazy.  I am reminded that I am loved unconditionally, needed, wanted and those are the main reason why I keep going and going and going….just like that pink energiser bunny.  Chin up working Moms , Momprenuers and those addicted to multi-tasking.  We all love what we do and I salute you!

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I Love Running! Peach Tutu at it Again!

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Things that Running can make me do:

1. Wake-up SUPER EARLY to get tired (happy tired) –had no sleep literally “0” winks the night before the race.

2. Train your brain to focus on one goal (faster….so I can get to the next hydration station)

3. Bring out the competitive in me (I must catch up with OJ!!! I must catch up with OJ!)

4. Be a good sport (Ubos na ba ang loot bag? OK lang!)

5. Become extra friendly, coz smiling is important (specially when photographers are taking your picture)

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I will never look at you the same way again Inflatable Obstacle Course!! Nevarrrr!!!

Ensure Run gave me one helluva fighting with three of these bad boys!  You can’t bring a cancer survivor down!!! If they can do it, so can I!  Will power and a boost from the hubby made me climb the last tall slide.  Yeah!

Fun 10k! What’s next??? 

 

Reducing Cancer Risk in Women.

Sharing a simple, known but easily neglected reminder. Ladies love yourself. Exercise, eat right and be positive!

Good Morning from Manila! I’m up to run a short 10k today! Fun Sunday!

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Lifted from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Cheers!

Cochinillo Del Cielo… Goodness!

Whenever I attend parties, or any social get-together the one true highlight of the event is the “Lechon”, I would go and say  “Wow, may Lechon ah! Sosyal”.  People line up and get their favorite parts, the skin would be the first to go, next to the juicy pork meat.  Cebu is widely popular for Lechon (I think Antony Bourdain helped) but luckily for us Laloma, QC is just around the corner.

from: http://www.matudnila.com/2012/10/Ayers-Lechon-Cebu-Manila-Order-Online-Airport-Pickup.html
Image c/o: http://www.matudnila.com/2012/10/Ayers-Lechon-Cebu-Manila-Order-Online-Airport-Pickup.html

Last week, I was invited by my friend Nina to tag-along as she covered one of her clients feature in a lifestyle magazine. Before arriving, Nina gave me a little info on what to expect, and by little she just said “You love lechon right?”, I was over the moon excited.  We were welcomed in the home of Tinee De Guzman, someone who’s name made a buzz last year and was being coined as Mr. Cochinillo by many.  Tinee as I would describe him is warm, funny, intelligent and entrepreneurial.  He had such high energy that you will definitely feel the positive charge in the room.  We were led to the outside kitchen (awesome idea) to show his main show for that night.

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He showed us his customized oven, the “pugon”, he has two.

When he opened the magical oven doors its… “JAAAANNNGGGG”!!! what a moment!

Tinee also prepared his Noodle Paella which got me so excited, I’ve never tasted a noodle paella in my life (I live in a fast food world).

Chiqui, the wife of Tinee was a great host, she sat down with us and offered Snacks, Champagne and Chocolates while waiting for the star of the evening.  We had a great time, swapping stories of restaurants, make-up and tuition fees.

Finally our “Suckling Pig”

It was laid on the table waiting to be cut.. I was looking for the knife, but Tinee took out a saucer plate.. What?

Every cut he made had this crunching sound, like telling me to “get a piece of my skin” sort of thing, but I was too shy to ask. May shoot pa!

The Paella came out beautiful too. Wonderful colors and you won’t believe its not rice!

This was my first serving….

I even asked for rice…

We had an animated conversation with Tinee during dinner, he is so passionate in what he does. He told us how he started, that he wanted to deviate from the typical Lechon cooks. He wanted to introduce a high quality product that can have a following. While telling the story, I took my first bite and I zoned out, the roasted baby pork was so good! The flavor, the seasoning is right. You don’t need to use sauce to enjoy it. The skin was magnificent, it was crunchy and the oil from natural fat was not overwhelming. I had 2 additional servings, sorry I couldn’t help myself.  The Paella also has that refreshing twist, it was very light, and the seasoning was spot on. Perfect combination.

We asked, how did you come up with such an amazing product. His answer, sourcing out to trusted people and making sure that the materials used are of high quality.

He advised us that if we order this for any family event, we have an hour to serve it from pick-up, this way the Cochinillo is well rested and you get a great dish.

After 30 minutes..

Thank you very much Tinee and Chiqui for allowing me to experience one of the best tasting Cochinillo Del Cielo of my life.

Interested to order? Visit their Facebook page Cochinillo Del Cielo

Six Years Togethaaah!

Commitment is a gift. 

Don’t be afraid to say “I love you”, “You are my ONE and Only” and all the cheesy things couples would tell each other openly or secretly. 

The relationship I have with my husband established my belief that there is someone out there willing enough to understand your nonsensical ramblings, put up with your quirks and would bet everything on the line to make you happy.

I am lucky I found him, he found me and so far so good. Six year and we’re still rocking it!6 898 rock in

 

I love you Oscar Jonathan Perez! Thank you for putting up with my crazies!

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I loved the flowers, and my new Peach Running Shoes! Super LOVE it!!!

XOXO 

 

Peach Tutu Series : My Runs in a Tutu

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Last year I fought my personal battle with cancer.  I gave up my chances to bear another child and it did made me sad for a while.  I kinda went out, showed my face to the world pretending to be strong, but deep inside I felt  empty, weak and depressed. It got me into a slump, but slowly and surely I kicked my butt (in my head) and proclaimed “I am over you cancer!”

In my own quirky way being the goofball that I am I came up with my personal project of getting awareness out about surviving endometrial cancer.  I know my idea isn’t original but I think its really cute to run in a tutu.  I asked Sheen a good friend of mine that makes customized arts and crafts to make a tutu for me (YEAH!) and Shumi.

I just have to tell you, running in a tutu SPECIALLY in a long (21k) run is HAAAARRRDDDDDD!

Here are some photos of me running in a Peach–really cute Tutu. I get to spot myself easily in the galleries too!

Etude Princess Run (10K)

They started late and I felt miserably toasted on top of the Kalayaan Buendia Flyover but it was fun nonetheless.

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World Vision Run (21K) a really blurry picture

I lost 3 toe nails in the process. Note to self, cut nails before running!

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Takbo.ph Runfest (21K) Running with the boys

I will never look at the Market-Market C5 Flyover the same way again! I conquered you!!

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Fun Run with the Stars (16k) -ANG INIT !!!

Roxas Blvd is unforgiving, with little shade you really need to work on your speed. Speed– next time I will be faster.

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Run ni Pidol (21K)

This was a fun run, I loved the route. It started on time and best of all, the weather was cool.

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Other Runs I have no pictures are National Geographic 21k and Milo Marathon Qualifiers 10K.

I just realized, I have ran 4 21ks in the the past 2 months and I think that’s awesome!

I wear a Peach Tutu when I run. I am not vain, I am a survivor and I want to share it to the world that no matter what happens, life goes on.

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Make every second count! Cheers!

Just Juice Juicing with Juceria!

Been fascinated with Juicing for the longest time.  I remember when it was introduced to me, the idea of not eating anything for the entire day, instead sip energy packed juices.  It horrifies me to imagine not eating rice an entire day. I read blogs about it which wasn’t much of help, it even fueled my fears saying different types of adverse reactions like panghihina, hunger and worst frequent trips to the banyo.  It kind of died down from there until early this year my goof friend Karren posted this pic on facebook:

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Oh the curiosity!  I messaged Karren asked her the deets and made a little research.

What is Juicing?

Juicing involves a process where the natural liquids, vitamins, and minerals are extracted from raw fruits and vegetables, this process strips away any solid matter from the fruits and vegetables and you’re left with liquid only.

Sounds innocent, then I typed what to expect when juicing.  Multiple websites have listed what are the most common after effects of juicing and I will list down the most popular ones.

  1. Hunger Pangs – What do you expect? Nothing solid comes in.
  2. Weakness – I think this is the no carbo no fuel premise.
  3. Bad Breath and Body Odor – I know people who eat a lot that reeks!
  4. Giddiness, Nausea – hmmm…. (I’m excited or i’m fainting?)
  5. Bloating – Shouldn’t that be the other way around?
  6. Frequency in bowel movement – this is the shocker!
  7. Aches and pains – OUCH! I need a hamburger oops i mean medicine!
  8. Something is missing? Where’s the “I can buy your friends part?”

These after effects list do have a disclaimer, it can happen or not which depends on your body’s reaction to the nutrition method. Instead of running for my dear life, I felt excited.  I texted the number Karren gave me and I was happy that the owner herself responds to messages.  Ms. Junlyn was very kind and comprehensive with her text response. She assured me that Juicing is not all that scary.  Even her kids drink their juices.  I placed in an order and convinced my sister to try it too (kailangang ng kasangga).  We got the three day program of 6 bottles, this program allows you to eat light breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Delivery is separate but its not too expensive to deliver to Pasig.

We received our orders at 5:30pm the day before of the actual cleanse and placed them in the ref immediately.

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Even if the bag is well insulated  with ice packs to ensure cool storage, it is important to store the fresh juices in a controlled temperature environment.  This bag is really sturdy.  Made out of Katya with insulated insides, though its not leak proof, I find it stylish, light to carry with a simplistic design.  I have three of this!

Let me introduce you to my source of nourishment for those 3 days.

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Juice 1, The Green Optimizer (Banana, Cucumber, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potato Tops, Parsley, Lemon and Honey)

At 8AM I woke up that day feeling determined, grabbed the first juice labelled #1 and took a sip.  The more evident taste is the cucumber and parsley.  I opened my eyes and told my self not bad! not bad at all!  The instruction says, sip the juice rather than having it in one go.  I ate a banana for breakfast and felt full until 10 AM where its time for drink #2.

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Juice 2, Orange Regulator (Apple, Carrots & Lemon)

This drink is surprising refreshing!  Its a sweetened Carrot Juice.

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Juice 3, The Yellow Flusher (Pineapple, Apple and Mint)

This is my favorite out of all the bunch!  I look forward to 12 noon so I can drink this! Mildly sweet and light.

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Juice 4, Red Detoxifier.

I thought at first that I will be treated to the sweetness of berries but I was fooled.  I think this is the hardest drink I had to take out of all the 6 juices.  It comes with an “earthy” smell and taste and I think I can owe that to the beets. It was hard for me to take it in sips so I decided to just drink the whole bottle in one go.  My technique was not to breath while drinking.  It worked!

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Juice 5. Tangerine neutralizer (Apple, Carrot and Celery)

I think this is the most popular drink that can easily be reproduced.  The dominant taste is the Carrot with a hint of celery and sweetened by  apples.  YUM YUM YUM!!! My 6 o’clock habit!

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Lastly Juice 6, Lime Reductor (Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Moringa and Honey)

It ends your day with a bit of bitter, I think that’s because of the Moringa. It is the only one I can say that taste strongly of leaves but smartly ends my day of health conscious sacrifice.  Kinda sealed the deal with “Yes, I am indeed juicing!”.

What did I experience?

  1. I was never hungry! Seriously, the juices of Juiceria are filled with fiber.  Its not all watery, as they say, they like their juices with texture.
  2. Day 1, I never felt anything weird with my bowel movement, but come Day 2, yes, it became more frequent.  It wasn’t the my tummy hurts I can’t take it any longer, i felt fine, your bowels are easier and my tummy was significantly softer and reduced.
  3. I felt a bit agitated, I guess I have to prepare a bit like slowly introducing a more liquid diet the days prior to juicing instead of the cold turkey move that I made.  I did get a bit more hot headed, but maybe its all psychological. (My head was screaming LIEMPO and BACON)
  4. No body odors! NONE!
  5. No bad breath, how I dealt with it? Drinking lots of water.  Drink up!
  6. Loosing 3kgs. Yes! I did! and its all in the tummy! My mid section looked less bloated- yes no bloating too.  I was happy standing in front of the mirror in the longest time.
  7. Over all felt satisfied.

Will I recommend Juicing? YES! Thanks Karren for the inspiration!

It was a great experience and a great way to kick start your healthy diet plan.  It helps you lose that unwanted water retention and makes it easier for you to loose the extra poundage.

Juiceria Cleanse was the right choice for me to partner with.  Ms Junlyn was very helpful and informative.  The orders came in time and juices were so fresh!  So if you decide to try out the ” Fresh Juice” try Juiceria, they deliver to the whole of Metro Manila.

Have fun!

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Location : Multinational Avenue, Multinational Foodmart, Multinational Village 1708 Parañaque

Hours of Operation: 09:00 – 23:00

Phone Number: (02) 463 5629

Website: http://www.juiceriacleanse.com

My three loves!

My three loves!

Thank you Gabbie and Gillie for being Shumi’s big sisters. You two are the closest Shumi could ever have to sisters. Grow up loving and taking care of each other! :)

XOXO Tita Petpet