Day 19 – Tribute to Long Hair

I am fixated with long hair. My long hair evolution started way way waaay before most of my friends now remember me. I only cut my hair once a year… for trims because I felt it was me! Imagine I can do so much style with long hair!

From fine braids,

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To chunky braids,

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To feeling model, with matching hangin (wind)…

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To wedding ready bun,

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To memories of long beautiful pregnancy locks (thick, really thick crown of glory),

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To the levitating sporty flyfie,

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Or a Roaring Past life kinda curl,

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To Donya curls! Oohlala!

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But this year #changeIsComing.

I decided to cut my hair for a good cause. I am donating my hair to cancer patients. Guess what… my hair was that long! Ermitanyo level!

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Oh my gulay! Ahas ba ito or buhok? Need 8 inches kasi!

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This was my peg, well peg namin ni Twinnie (Shumi)

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Ito na kami ngayon… JanJaaaan!!!

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Selfie pa! Sige! Sabi ni Ate Anna, I look like my Mom circa 70’s, yes gold shimmer sa tanghali!

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I guess chopping off years of hair allowed me to release some past feelings. Accepting that change is good and that it really is up to me to see things. I was too afraid to let it go, knowing that having long locks made me feel confident, it was a comfort zone.

My new do  made me feel light, young (or feeling ko lang talga na nakakabata ang short hair) and now im tipid sa shampoo. 😛 Still need to get used to it.

In the end…

Hair will grow again and the hair that was shed will now have a purpose. Pay it forward.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” — Francis of Assisi

Happy Life Project continues…

 

 

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Happy Life Project Day 2 – Remove the Monkey

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So I ran today in the rain!

In Manila, when you hit that 6pm mark, get ready for horrendous traffic specially when it drizzles. Monsoon season is upon us! I conquered my monkey today that told me:

“Faye, its already late, you can’t run, it looks like its going to rain”

I don’t think I’m a gremlin, I will not multiply with water. I hurriedly dragged my butt off the seat, closed my laptop and dressed in my gear in3 mins. I was out in 5 and when I started my warm up, God said “let there be rain”.

I enjoyed it! It was a refreshing break from the typical run. Air quality was better, the dust settled.

Here’s to my monkey who keeps on making excuses – stop it!

When I attended a workshop in Bangkok, the monkey was a topic in one of our discussions. I eagerly listened.  So what is a monkey? The monkey is your mental chatter.  Women, this is real for us. It is highly active specially if we are nearing the our time of the month. This idea come from Buddhist who believed that the Buddha held that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop.

Typical monkey:

“What is my blog topic today? I have to write one today”

“Hungry, what’s in the ref…think about food”

“It is late, the bed is calling me, I can post this later in the morning”

“Should I get a carwash?”

All these thoughts are running in my mind at the same time. Crazy!

Daring to Live Fully (I’m reblogging the site’s content) mentioned 10 ways on how to stop these monkeys.

1. Know that Your Monkey Mind Can Be Tamed. The first step in your quest to calm your monkey mind is to know that it’s possible to do so. It’s very likely that up until this point you’ve allowed your monkey mind to run wild. But now you’re going to put an end to that. After all, your thoughts don’t rule you. You rule your thoughts.

2. Talk to Your Monkey Mind. When your monkey mind is in full swing, calm it down by having a conversation with it. Stop for a moment and listen to what your monkey mind is saying. Why is it upset? What’s all the raucous about? Then, do the following:

  • Is your monkey mind trying to remind you of something that needs to be done? Make a note of it and schedule the item so that your monkey mind doesn’t need to worry about it any longer.
  • Is your monkey mind anxious about something in the future? Reassure your monkey mind that everything is going to be fine. Conduct a worst-case scenario with your monkey mind, and come up with a contingency plan.
  • Is your monkey mind voicing resentment over something that happened in the past?  Realize that you need to create an action plan for dealing with your past so that your monkey mind stops bringing it up.

Sometimes your monkey mind just needs to be heard. Once it feels that it’s been allowed to voice its grievances and concerns, it will settle down.

3. Establish a Journaling Practice. This is similar to the point above, but it’s more deliberate. By establishing a regular journaling practice, you’ll be setting aside a window of time each day specifically to address your monkey mind’s concerns. Do the following:

  • Let your monkey mind know that every morning you’re going to give it 15 to 20 minutes to run amok.
  • During this time, write down what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling, and anything that you’re worried about.
  • Do this for the amount of time that you’ve allotted to journaling, and then stop.

Once the time is up, let your monkey know that it’s had it’s say for the day, and that you will not pay attention to anything else it says until the next day’s journaling session. Then, keep your word. If your monkey mind starts screeching at any other time of the day, refuse to place your attention on whatever thoughts the monkey mind is generating.

Tell your monkey mind the following: “Your session for today is over. Wait until tomorrow’s session. I’ll listen to you then.” Soon, your monkey mind will realize that it’s completely futile to make a fuss at any time other than during your journaling sessions.

4. Meditate. Meditating is the most effective technique you can use to calm your monkey mind. By meditating you’ll be training your mind to become still, and you’ll be regaining power and control over your thoughts. If you create a daily practice of meditation you’ll become skilled at quieting your mind and at silencing the monkey mind at will.

5. Practice the A-B-C Technique. A lot of the time, monkey mind is caused by your thoughts disagreeing with what’s going on. That is, there’s a contrast between your thoughts and your surroundings. When the present moment doesn’t align with what your monkey mind wants, your monkey mind begins to spit and howl.

The A-B-C technique can help you deal with the disparity between what your monkey mind thinks should be happening, and what is actually happening. Here’s how it works:

  • A is for “activating event”. That is, something happens.
  • B is for “beliefs”. Your monkey mind starts interpreting what’s happening based on your beliefs.
  • C is for “consequences”. As a consequence of the thoughts that you’re having about what just happened, you feel certain emotions.

The key to taming the monkey mind by applying the A-B-C technique is to question the beliefs that the monkey mind is relying on in order to reach the conclusions that its communicating to you. Here are three examples of questioning your beliefs:

  • Are people really obligated to act at all times in the way in which I want them to act?
  • Is it realistic to believe that things must always go my way?
  • Is it true that I have to perform well all the time?

If you reject the beliefs that your monkey mind is relying on to justify its temper tantrum, the monkey mind will no longer have a place to hang its hat on. And it will have no choice but to quiet down. You can read more about this technique in my post, A Powerful Tool for Your Happiness Arsenal: REBT.

6. Stop Assigning Meaning. The Spanish abstract artist Pablo Picasso once said the following: “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.” Although that’s a rather grotesque image, pause for a moment and reflect on the quote’s meaning.

What Picasso is saying is that you should simply allow your senses to take in what’s going around you, and then stop. Skip the step in which your monkey mind jumps in and starts judging, critiquing, and assigning meaning. Once you start doing this on a regular basis, you’ll notice that you begin to see things more clearly. In addition, you’ll be able to see much more than you did before.

7. Recite a Mantra. Interrupt your monkey mind mid-sentence and distract it by reciting a mantra. When you recite a mantra you draw in your scattered attention and focus it on a word, phrase, or sound. A mantra that I like to use is “Peace” (but you can use whatever mantra you want).

Although you can recite your mantra silently, it’s more effective if you it say out loud. That way, you’re also listening to the word, phrase, or sound, which engages your sense of hearing. The more senses you can stimulate, the easier it will be to distract your monkey mind.

In addition, by repeating a positive phrase–either to yourself or out loud–you’ll be listening to something positive, instead of listening to the negativity being spewed by your monkey mind.

8. Play a Game of Fives. The moment in which you hear the first monkey howling in your mind, you’ll know that it’s very likely that your mind has wandered off and that it’s no longer in the present moment. You can get the tribe of monkeys in your mind to quiet down by bringing your mind back to the present.

One way to bring your mind back to the present is by playing the Game of Fives. Pause your train of thought and notice five things in your environment. It can be five things you see, hear, or smell. Then, fully experience the sight, sound, or smell. You can do this by pretending that it’s the first time you’ve ever experienced that sight, sound, or smell, and by adopting a sense of awe.

The moment in which you do this all of your attention will be placed on the present moment, and your monkey mind will be silenced.

9. Engage Your Mind. I’m sure that you’ve experienced moments when your mind was completely still. Perhaps you were so involved in a book, or in a movie, or in your writing, that the monkey mind went silent. You just experienced directly what was going on, without your mind chatter giving you a running commentary of events, as they occurred.

This is because one way to silence your monkey mind is by engaging your mind. The next time your monkey mind is driving you nuts, look for an activity that draws you in completely, so that all of your attention is placed on what you’re doing, and there’s no attention left over to listen to the monkey mind.

10. Try Piko-Piko Breathing. Piko-Piko breathing is one of the basic practices of the ancient Hawaiian Huna philosophy. “Piko” means “navel” or “center”. The technique involves doing the following:

  • Breathe in deeply. As you inhale, place your attention on the crown of your head.
  • As you exhale, center your attention on your navel.
  • Keep breathing in and out as you switch your attention from the crown of your head to your navel.
  • Do this a few times.

The act of breathing deeply, centering the attention on one spot, and then automatically moving the attention to another spot will help you to calm your restless mind.

Quite lengthy, but thank you Daring to Live Life Fully for sharing the awesome tips!

Props to my E + C that sustained my 5km easy run.  Peach Tutu is back a little!

My Day 1 in my Happy Life Project

 

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One of my guiltiest habits is procrastination. It is the habit of telling yourself “Mamya nalang” or “5 more minutes”. This habit happens to me everyday:

When I wake up – I set the alarm at 5am and I end up getting out of bed at 6:30 am.

Making that business call – (While ringing) “Not my fault kung hindi sagutin”.

Eating at the right time – “I’m still full” or “I’m tamad to open the stove”.

Engaging with friends over dinner – Casually flips through FB.

Why do I do this? I really don’t know. It’s making a story in your mind about giving yourself a break. This blog, is two days off my scheduled post and yes, I have to admit it to make myself realise that its that bad (full transparency folks!)

For the past couple of months I have been exposed to self help books. Before you will never get me to visit the self-help section of a bookstore. Good friends advised my husband and I to re-evaluate our lives. Check if we have the right mindset to be where we want to be.  One of the books I read answered this plainly:

“The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want.”

– T Harver Eker (The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind)

It was a EUREKA moment! It wasn’t clear! Yes I I do have hopes and dreams but is it enough to drive me crazy to work on what I know will make my quality of life better?

Do I want to change? DEFINITELY! The challenge is the big HOW?

My solution… consciously choose your Day 1.

Starting today, I choose not to short change myself:

I choose to wake up everyday at 5:30 and run for 5 km,

I choose to eat properly,

I choose to keep to my appointments,

I choose to be a better mother and wife and most specially,

I choose to be the best version of myself so I may help not only the ones near me but also to those who needs that extra support. A better person that I will like if I was not me. I want a likeable me!

Surviving cancer is an ongoing battle. It makes life worth living as everyday. I only have one life and so do you. Let’s make it a happy one!

Let’s make a deal! Today is your Day 1! I challenge you to break from your habits and join me to be a better You!

Comment if you want to participate in this project! Tell me, what is the one thing or things you will change starting today.

Cheers! Peach Tutu Believes!

 

 

 

2015 Peachtutu Recap!

Yes… after a long break from blogging, I am back! Woohoo! How is everyone? So many things have changed in the past 9-10 months of absence.  Where to start?

Work. I have moved on from my previous work as a home based sustainable investment back-end support manager to a very hectic but exciting front line expansion kickstarter. Sound savvy huh? I kinda like putting big words in my sentences, at least to me I sound cool (pagbigyan). It is true with everything that when you pray you have to be very specific.  I mean, downright specific to the detail of what you want. Like praying for that perfect steak (oh another topic!), medium rare, juicy but brown with a buttery flavor and a hint of garlic.  Back in May of 2015, I prayed to God, sabi ko “Lord, hanggang dito nalang ba ako?  I love working for my boss and our exceptionally amazing team. Pero, hindi ito ang gusto ng puso ko.Pwede po ba na bigyan nyo akong ng trabaho na science related, na hindi ko matatanggihan?” (ayaw ko na i-english kasi baka ma nosebleed ako). I was 34 then and I knew that my value as a potential new hire for a different company, more so a tech company will be close to zero. I still prayed and one day in June I received an fb message from a former boss. It really happened. That’s history. This new move has opened me to new challenges, extreme ones, torturous if I may add, but it also gives me a senses of satisfaction. When your initiatives start to work. When sales starts to pour in. When you get calls and you suddenly become a person who can help those who are in need. Hopefully whatever I am doing is going to result into something. So where did I move to? A genetics company! Yeah!

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Travel. So lucky to make Singapore my Quiapo from last year. I made tons of wonderful experience with old and new friends. Was it for work or vacay? Mostly work, but it was absolutely a fun experience.  I would not have imagined to feel familiar  in a different country. I loved the trains system, the clean roads, the safe environment and THE FOOD. It is an amazing place to live in.  I just wish it wasn’t that expensive.  Our go-to place was Baguio.  We just had to run away from the capital’s harsh pollution and intense heat in exchange for a couple of days of pine fresh air. My family won’t really mind if we just kept going back to the places we always visit, it is our second home. It is also a milestone that we were able to go on a roadtrip to Ilocos. Man the drive was crazy..I mean the drivers were crazy! It was a long land trip but the view from hopping to different towns are forever etched in my mind. From Laoag – Paoay – Pagudpud – Vigan, it was a memory to remember. Note: when in Vigan, its ok to pay a little extra for a nice room, we stayed in a hotel that was creepy..like old Spanish creepy with big cockroaches. What topped my must do list was when we headed to Cebu with my Aunt. It was an impromptu trip. Aside from the lechon, we traversed the southern part of Cebu which is Oslob. I know I will get hate from being part of the whale tourism in the area, but it was my first time to swim that deep … in open waters with gentle giants. I will post separate blogs on our travels. Don’t touch the whales, don’t wear sunscreen.

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Family. It is sad to say that we lost our Dad last year on Feb 3rd. It is also the reason why I withdrew from blogging. I kind of fell a part and was in denial of what had happened. My Dad was a diabetic who suffered due to complications from living an unchecked lifestyle. It is true, your body will be defined by how you live life and it was a lifestyle disease that got him.  My Dad was 78 when he passed and when you love someone dearly and you lost them, there will forever be a void in your heart. It doesn’t get fixed, its just a vacuum of sadness tucked somewhere in the chambers. I am not exaggerating this, it is the only way I can describe what I feel after loosing him. I miss him…

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Health. I am happy to report that my scans are all clear! I am going in my 3rd year in remission! But the flu got the best of me and bogged me down for 3 days… These super bugs are really nasty! Drink up on your vitamins! Yes, the peachtutu still runs!!!

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 2.02.43 AMAs I celebrate my additional year in life, I have come up with a dream board which was an exercise to realize what you want your life to be. I only want one simple thing…a worry free no thinking of what else kind of happiness. This journey I devout myself to take as many loved ones as I can. I want to live and inspire people that no matter who they are or what they do your limitations are only as real as how you believe them to be. Trust in God, trust in yourself, work hard and no regrets.  Take it from me, a person who was once threatened of life. Let’s make our lives richer with love each day.

Cheers everyone! that’s my 2015 in recap. Let’s get it on Fire Monkey! I love you Mom!

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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Lucid nightmares

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**Edited, haha too much errors, tablet typing is haaarrddd!

I’m writing this fresh off my successful attempt of waking up, or have i woken up? Lucid dreams are awesome if its about being a super hero or winning the lottery, but mine was something out of a freakish movie plot.

At first I dreamt of being in the church with my friend Harriet. We were seated in the back row and was disappointed over the lack of clothing some of the church goers wore (pepe shorts and litaw tyan fitting tops). They were very noisy too and I was “shuushing” them like the other people in my dream. I even heard “katoliko ka ba?” to a girl by a guy who was obviously equally disappointed as I am. Then came this figure who stood beside me. I was sitting at the edge of the pew. It was a “she”, looked at her and saw she was already looking at me, her eyes were all black (parang demons sa supernatural) and she had this mischievous half smile on her face. She was morena with a short chin length hair. I was surprised when she suddenly sat on me, on my laps. In my dream I was holding my ipad, and it was squished by this thing, I even told Harriet “ang ipad koooo” then I “woke” up. I was back in our room but I can Still feeling her weight on me, but she wasn’t there. I couldn’t move I tried to shout but no words came out. Yes! typical bangungot.

I closed my eyes and prayed, when I opened them I was lying face down on a raining basement parking floor full of cars. I dont know where the water came from but its flooding the place. I was alone at first looking for the exit when a group of armed mafia looking men came out of nowhere. I sort of tiptoed away from them in the hopes of not seeing me, but they just passed by me, isip ko where they looking for something. What I saw next was truly horrifying, a gray looking thing that looks like a rotting dementor in a gray raincoat was limping after me. I was like bakit ako hinahabol nito eh merong mga ibang tao. I was running and found an exit, when i opened the door the stairs was blocked by a trashcan and my instincts said, oh no entry!

When I turned around, instead of the flooded basement I saw myself in front of a dimly lit small house hallway. Yes ibang level! I know at that point that everything was a dream was, I slowly walked and saw a lone woman sitting on a white ratan with blue foam sofa, it was night time, the house looked like a Mom and Tina’s restaurant with big sliding doors on both ends. I thought the lone woman was Bygo (friend from previous work), but when she turned she looked like my classmate Melaysee from high school. She smiled at me, it seems like she didn’t mind me there. Items I saw in the house were a wodden crib with a rubber duck inside, a wooden round dining table for four. Parang bahay ni Aunt Petnia of Harry Potter. Outside it was raining, much like a typhoon is coming, I looked at the garden-winds rustling the trees, the streets with orange light post (house is in a corner lot), there’s also a building across the house-kinda like a long wall similar to UST. What caught my attention was a street sign street, I tried to read it but the words were blurred up, the area is reminiscent of Manila. When I turned around I noticed a dark staircase was leading up the second floor, suddenly the girl spoke “oh she’s waiting for you upstairs”. Ano to? Oracle? Nope lady not going up!

I closed my eyes and told myself to wake up. I did find myself back inside our room, akala ko OK na, OJ and Shumi were still sleeping, it was dark outside. When i sat up thinking “hay salamat” OJ woke up and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was dreaming, then my attention caught these freakin mahjong blocks on our bed! Shhhhhh….. I was still in it! I covered myself in a blanket closed my eyes tight and when i opened them, still in the room, but OJ was already outside readying himself for work (he has Sat work). I slowly stood up, thinking if its a dream or not, when Bam! Still in a dream the unit looked different and OJ had Bobby Andrews hair circa TGIS. He looked at me and told me you’re still dreaming and it sounded like a mock, take note sumsayaw pa sya. I ran back to the room, covered myself in a blanket. I was already screaming praying-calling to the high heavens to wake me up. I even thought of jumping off the building to wake up, but was too scared. After praying to my guardian angel (yes I believe in them) I finally woke up. OJ’s first words were “tinatawag mo ba si Marra?” (another friend) because he said it sounded like i was calling her name.

I am so pagod. But I’m glad that I woke up from that dream. I am still sleepy since I was up at 3 nursing a sick child. The thing is, I am afraid to sleep now, what if I get trapped in my weird head again. The human brain is astonishingly creepy.

The K-Drama (Korean) Obsession

Back in 2005, when uso pa ang Deebeedee sa Quiapo, my hubby, then boyfie bought me a K-Drama series titled “Wonderful Life”.  It’s about a story of two people meeting each other in Singapore, spending the night drunk and getting the girl accidentally pregnant.  My Mom and I got hooked, we were laughing and crying in all of the 16 episodes, it gave a spell on how two different personalities can develop love in the most challenging times.

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Present time, in the Philippines K-Dramas shows are dubbed in tagalog and are terribly edited to prolong the air time.  Too much commercial.  Unable to watch, networks usually show these chopped up series  either in the mid afternoon or late after prime time. Until recently, I was off work, my friend posted a link on her FB account about a K-Drama hub where you can watch your Asian series, movies and media via streaming.

Welcome to www.gooddrama.net!  The place where I spend most mornings.

These are my series favorites?

1. The Master’s Sun

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A quirky supernatural themed show about a girl who can see ghosts.  Somewhat kind of an Asian Ghost Whisperer but with a strong comedic approach.  It has its moment where you get dragged with the cluelessness of the main characters but the twists were good.  In the end, you’ll be clapping your hands with glee.  Love the OST too.

2. I Can Hear your Voice

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A courtroom drama with a twist of revenge and super hearing gifts.  I like how intellectual the show was, giving insight to the technicalities of justice and what the implications are for the affected ones of the court.  What bothered me was the young protagonist really looked .. well enhanced and his features were very feminine so it kind of distracted me while watching the show.  It also gives hope to those “Noona’s” looking for some boys… may pag-asa pa!

3. Queen In Hyun’s Man

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This is my favorite so far.  A time traveler themed series of epic romance.  It tells a story about how love crosses time and you can’t fight destiny.  I love the acting of the female protagonist played by Yoo In-na.  She plays this love struck actress who easily swoons for this mysterious Joseon clothes wearing man that asks her where they were.  Its funny how circumstances are but you know the girl is patay na patay sa guy. I suggest you watch this if you like fairy tale endings. Update: I would like to point it out that according to my friend Hiyasmin (verified by Wiki) that the two main characters did end up together. The leading man Ji Hyum-woo is currently under military service.  It makes more kilig to know that those kisses PG-15 are somehow real making out sessions. LOLS!

Other series worth mentioning:

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The Rooftop Prince, another time traveling story. I only liked the first 2 and the last episode.  The rest are just fillers.  The parts that I like were the acting of the 3 minions of the Prince.  They were so cute! This series also had me craving for Omurice.  The series still left me with good spirits knowing that they tied up loose ends making it a feel good movie after all.

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The Heirs with Lee Min Ho casted as the lead. It was a disappointing show.  There was really no solid story, Lee Min Ho looked more like a college guy rather than a HS dude he’s portraying.  It centers on the lives of the upper 1% of the Korean society, the series had a good potential but did not execute the story line to be interesting enough for me.   It’s your typical poor girl got the attention of the troubled heir played by Min Ho (yes close kami).  Somehow they live in one house, since the Mom is the house help of the mudra of the rich family of Lee Min Ho.  By episode 17, it still felt like episode 5, I was looking for the big climax, but it didn’t come.  Saving the show is Lee Min Ho’s following, he is really cute. Ang cute talaga nya, specially when he cries.  It feels like you want to run and catch his tears. Hahaha! Ehem, 27 na ata sya.

I am currently watching

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Arang and the Magistrate, this is such a cute and funny story about a ghost and a person who can see ghosts.  It also shows the mythology of the Gods in the heavens and hell playing with the lives and events of men.  It also talks about the supernatural, the life of a magistrate in the Joseon era, how corrupt men existed even in the early times and how right always trumps the wrong.  This will be shown this year here in the Philippines by one of the networks entitled Tale of Arang.

Now if you don’t have time to wait for the next episode, or need assistance in understanding what happened during you favorite soaps head on to Drama Beans. A great detailed source of story lines and the writer’s personal comments on how they felt after watching the shows.

Enjoy K-Drama-ing!!! 🙂

For Future reference these are my line ups for the month of January all ongoing K-Drama shows:

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Sassy Girl is now a full grown woman. She looks so hot!

My Love from Another Star, an alien inspired series that will keep you laughing and asking for more. Based on the written historical documentation in the Joseon era about a circular flying object, I bet I’ll be glued to the screen for this one.

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The Prime Minister and I, Let’s see how politics and love plays around in the city of Seoul.

And least I forget, this is my favorite transformation show… Let Me In!  The Korean reality TV plastic/cosmetic surgery show.  You wont believe what these Koreans are capable of doing. Amazing, OK naiiyak ako sa ibang episodes kasi ang galing!

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Here are my favorite transformations:

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Truelala!!
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She was bullied and even went to the Philippines, still got bullied so she got on the show.

I can’t find the picture of that girl who was very masculine in features and was even very hairy like a man.  She was so feminine after the transformation.  She used to work hard labor lifting objects that’s why she became so masculine.  What touches me the most was how they get reunited with their family members. Aww.. the tears.  Parents would say sorry, but I wonder sorry for what? the genes they passed on?  Anyhoo, Skycable and Destiny Cable subscribers, its on Channel M every Wed at 11PM.

Enjoy K-Drama! =)

Are you ready 2014??

2013 has been such a year!  Some may say its a rough year (hear! hear!) but to some it is a year full of blessings.

What do I want to do in order for me to be fulfilled by next year.  Some say this is your New Year’s resolution, but c’mon no one really follows a list that gets forgotten after the 2nd week of January.

I’ve listed down the things I want to change in my life, not just for 2014 but for the good.

1. Money – SAVE and be Debt Free

My husband and I are officially out of the honeymoon stage.  We are going in our 6th year of marriage and its this time when you think about permanence in life.  Where do you want to settle for good, what school do we send our daughter.  All these entails great detail in planning and saving money.  Since we are both working, we had promised ourselves not to make any major purchases in 2014.  I’m planning to cut all my credit cards in two. This is the year without the plastic. I lived without it before, I am sure I can live without it still.  It is OK to indulge once in a while, maybe insert 2 low cost vacations and that low-cut Jordan Concords for him in June.  Then thrift away!

2. Fashion – Power Dressing

Power dressing does’t end in the work place. I am a full time Mom, with a starting home based career.  When I looked inside my closet, I have been keeping 5 year old clothes which I can’t seem to outgrow.  I’m not really a shopper and I am not really saying that you splurge your fortune in expensive clothing.  Research what is the latest fashions and trends can be a big help.  Its time for me to move on to blouses, skirts, heeled shoes and accessories.  I think I need to dress the part of a Mom rather than be stuck in my HS shirt and jeans style.  Knowing that you are wearing good clothes that’s hip can boost up your confidence.

3. De-Clutter – Keep only what is Important

This not only applies to Spring Cleaning your clothes but also furniture, appliances and what other things you have in your home that you don’t really need.  Living in a small unit is difficult, accumulation of purchases with the lack of proper containers can lead to clutter and a headache. Our condo is oddly L shaped with no option to renovate since we are just renting.  Having a growing preschooler can be work as clutter is part of every day living.  The only option is to keep living to a minimum.  Be simple, stay away from the shopping channel.  It just tempts you of items you don’t really need.

4.  Work – What works for you and your family

I have been to different jobs since I graduated in 2001.  I have worked in the BPO industry, NGO, Research, Corporate Healthcare and Insurance but out of all these jobs; what I enjoyed the most is working with the right people.  It is just too toxic to work with difficult personalities.  You can’t remove that in a working environment, you will always meet challenging individuals. The best way to assess your situation is your happiness level when working.  Do you wake up everyday thinking your work is a chore or your work is an opportunity to change lives. It is not a sign of weakness if you if you quit your job. It is saving you and your employer from future headache. Be with an organization which principles and beliefs you agree with.

5. Learn – Life is a big school

I’ve always wanted to learn a new language and acquire a new skill. In 2014, I am determined to learn something that will be a positive force in my life.  Aside from languages, I would also like to learn how to make videos, I just can’t leave all those home made family videos go to waste.

6. Perception – ALWAYS BE POSITIVE

It is OK to feel bummed at times.  Some people can take negativity like brushing off dirt on their shoulders, but some people like me take it to heart.  I noted that I felt consumed by the idea of being hurt and it took time for me to get over these memories.  We have to remember that memories remains in the past and letting it haunt you is just cheating you on becoming a better individual. So, instead of feeding yourself with sad or negative emotions rise from it, tomorrow will always be a better day.

7. Commit to Health – Runaway with routine not with laziness

I have to be honest, I became a slump when I quit my day job in October.  I was a bit down too, with all the cancer scare and recovery I wasn’t really into the healthy road.  Now I’m decided to get my feet back in the runner’s lane.  It will only take me an hour a day, run for 5km for 30-40 minutes (Vertical runs are also good Ground to 29th!), zumba for another 20 then you’re done (Zumba videos on youtube will do).  Best during early mornings.  Its definitely the best upper, better than coffee,  you won’t even gain a calorie.

and Lastly….

7. Family and Friends – Always make them feel loved every single day.

Make time to call home, text hi to a friend, make a random 30 minute coffee meet-up.  It is all it takes to have a healthy living with you and your loved ones.

Make 2014 happen in the best possible way.  There is no room for negativity or hate. Open your lines of communication.  Be happy! Share and Love more.

Happy New Year from the Perez's!! OJ, Faye and Shumi
Happy New Year from the Perez’s!! OJ, Faye and Shumi