art dump vol. 1 | food

Ciao, it’s Chams!

Earlier this year, I finally bought myself an iPad Air 4 and an Apple Pencil 2 which I have been eyeing for the longest time! I also did a little unboxing video that you can watch on my YouTube channel. You can watch it here:

I wanted to buy an iPad so I can finally do digital notetaking and of course, practice my drawing skills. I wasn’t born an artist, but I try hard to be creative hehe. So right after I got my iPad, I bought Procreate and Goodnotes 5 to start my digital notes + art journey!

Let me show you some of the stuff I did.

Welcome to my little art dump. Hope you enjoy!

food by chamsicles | art dump vol. 1

favorite korean snacks
strawberry shortcake
thicc pancakes for breakfast

Thank you for coming to my little art show lol! 🙂

Love always,

life update

Ciao, it’s Chams!

henlo it me

We’re already in the 2nd half of the year and I can’t believe how this year went by so fast and I super relate to this meme:

May be an image of 1 person and text that says '2022 isin 4 months My brain still processing 2020'

How are you all doing? I hope everything is good, wherever you are.

We’re still in another lockdown in the Manila, and I’m super bummed that this is still happening a year after our first lockdown in 2020. Government is still blah, blaming all the people for the spread of the virus, not acknowledging their faults, and pretending that everything is okay, thinking that lockdowns are absolute solutions. I could go on and on, but I don’t wanna focus on political thingies on this post lol.

career

Things are actually going pretty well with work. I have mentioned in a previous post that I got promoted, and a few days ago, I celebrated my 2nd year anniversary with the company. The pandemic hit us really hard, since we mostly handle foodservice clients and they were super affected with the lockdowns and all, so many projects were put aside– however, it opened doors to other opportunities like engaging with manufacturing accounts! Which means bigger wins for us. Since my job is in sales, the pressure is always there, especially when hitting targets. But our Provider is really kind and generous, and for that, I’m always grateful.

business

The cookie business is still up and running, and we are super blessed to have this as our side hustle. We are really happy that it has provided us sanity and extra income (sanity comes first, yes) as we’re doing this as a weekend thing. We are currently closed, since we’re in a lockdown and since August is also a busy month at work. I’m excited to open the shop again, and list a new flavor, or maybe a new product– so maybe watch out for that? Heheh

follow our IG: @ohmnomsph

hobbies

It’s been more than a year since we’re stuck at home, and it’s pretty exhausting doing the same things over and over again. Unlike before that we can go out whenever we want to, it’s really hard to do that these days. So I picked up new hobbies and things to do, like working out! I am super into jump rope for the last 3 months, and it’s a super fun way to exercise. I make it to a point that I do at least 1k jumps per day, which I finish in 12-15mins (while listening to my fave gym playlist–mostly SB19 songs haha). And then, I like to finish it off with some weights to tone my arms and shoulders. It helps with my posture as well.

fave work-out set heheh

Aside from that, I also love digital journaling and drawing on my iPad! I was never good at drawing– maybe at doodling but it’s the skill I really wanted to learn. I have been watching videos on YT and Skillshare (thanks to the free trials lol) to improve my digital illustrations, and I think we all gotta start somewhere just so we can improve a little bit more.

my first ever procreate project!

personal

I have been following a day-to-day schedule pretty recently and it really kind of works for me, it somehow tells my brain to do stuff and get it done. I’m pretty much okay lately, not the best I can say but I’m trying to hold myself together pretty well.

Last July, I was also fully-vaccinated! Everyone in our household is fully-vaccinated already, and we are privileged and very blessed that we had access to the vaccine. My parents are both A2, and all of my sibs are under A4. We were super blessed that we didn’t encounter so many issues in the vaccination sites as well. We are still very cautious even if we are all fully-vaccinated! We always wear our masks, we rarely go out (only for grocery runs), and we make sure we shower before we step in the house! We have improvised a shower area in our garage where everybody should shower first and put all the outside clothes in the washer to make sure we’re all disinfected. We also disinfect our bags before we go in. We’re pretty much used to that routine now hehe.

fully vaccinated last July 17! I got Sinovac.

I am really trying to keep myself busy these days, and one of the things I’ve been doing is creating skincare-related content on IG, which I started in May. I super love the skin-positive community there, and I kind of wished I learned about it when my self-esteem was super low because of my acne. That is also the reason why I started the page, to give support to those who are struggling with the same issues that I have. Recently, someone DM-ed me, asking for my experience with the medication that we’re both using. It’s a different kind of support you get when you know someone is going through the same things as you are.

you can follow my skincare page! @chamieskins

My paternal grandma also died a few days ago, which is painful for us all, but somehow we are comforted that she passed peacefully in her sleep. She was 96, and have lived a long life already, and we are grateful that we shared our earthly life with her. We love her and we’ll surely miss her happy smiles, her giggles, her cute cha-cha moves, and the smell of her coffee and tobacco.

We love you always, Lola Baling!

I pray for that kind of passing as well, just drifting in your sleep, then waking up in another life.

I might have overshared for today’s post, but it’s fun going back here and I’m really glad that I was able to share snippets of my life here.

I hope you all stay safe!

finally, some clarity | happy international women’s day!

“There’s beauty and grace in the flaws of your face. All candor and style in the crook of your smile.” Am I Pretty? by The Maine

Happy International Women’s Day to all my lovely readers! Remember that you are beautiful, and I pray that you flourish in everything you do!

break-out

I remember looking at myself in the mirror and I ask myself, “What happened?”

My breakouts started to appear early 2018. I was taking care of my skin, bought really expensive 10-step Korean Skin Care, but nothing happened. No improvements at all. I have tried so many products for my acne. Even consulted a dermatologist, but no matter how many prescription meds they gave me, still the problem did not go away.

It went on and on, until last year. When I started having teleconsultations with a derm online, and gave me effective treatment for my acne. It was August 2020, when I finally saw my skin clearing up, for the first time in 2 years. I researched and researched on the best products to use, especially for my hyperpigmentation. I actually came across The Ordinary and used the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it really helped my skin heal and fade those pesky red acne marks away. I was consistent with my minimalist skin care routine, (cleanse, serum, moisturize, SPF) and was always checking on with my derm for updates on my skin.

It was this January 2021 when my acne started resurfacing again. I was in stress, not gonna lie. So I thought that was the main reason why I was breaking out again. However, when I checked my period tracker app, (I’m using Flo), I noticed that my cycle is longer than usual.

Normally, my cycle is 28 days-32 days being the latest. But recently, my cycles have been 42 days, and the latest was 44 days. I was quite alarmed, and realized that besides the irregular menstrual cycle, I always experience dysmenorrhea for the first 3 days of my menstruation. I remember spending time in our University clinic during my first day of period since I cannot really handle the pain. I also call in sick at work during my first day, because it was really a struggle to get up and walk. I also experience throwing up because of the discomfort it brings me.

That was when I decided to schedule a consultation with a gynecologist.

During the initial consultation, she noticed that I have some acne and she actually pointed out that it could be a sign of hormonal imbalance. She then got me a request for a sonologist to have my ultrasound, to see what’s really in there. After two days, I went for my sonologist appointment and the results came in. I have Polycystic Ovaries. Both of my ovaries have cysts, and the root cause of all my period pain dilemmas, irregular cycle, and acne breakouts. I immediately sent the results to my gyne, and prescribed me pills to regulate my hormones, and hopefully control my acne breakouts as well.

All along, I thought I was using the wrong products for my skin.

All along, I thought my period pains were just normal.

bare-faced self | embracing my flaws

Something to learn here, is to listen to your body. When things are starting to be out of the ordinary, then it might be the best time to speak with a professional or seek medical help. We cannot always find the easy way out, or find solutions on google, or try the latest recommendations from influencers. Consider doctor check-ups as part of your self-care routine every year. Stay safe out there!

‘Til then!

hbd

Ciao, it’s Chams!

I just turned twenty six and I’m like ??? I swear I was like 19 yesterday??? Aside from the fact that I’m shookedt to the core that I’ve reached 26 without being in trouble is an achievement. My birthday was quite special. We stayed home, cooked my favorite food, I made my own cake, my partner gave me a beautiful sunflower, I also bought dried flowers and we just had a fun and relaxed day.

I made this minimalist daisy cake 💗

For this birthday blog, I would like to share new things that I have learned about myself recently:

• I have mustered up enough guts to focus and improve on things I am already good at, instead of trying out a lot of things just to prove that I can.

• I am capable of letting go of my sentimental items, like my old band merch, mementos, etc.

• I am expressing myself better than I used to.

• I am slowly becoming more like the person I want to be.

Hope you all have a good day!

working out & getting fit

Ciao, it’s Chams!

I have mentioned from my post yesterday that I worked out for the past few months that I was on a hiatus, starting April 2020. Working out helped me a lot, especially for my mental health. It really diverted my attention and I just enjoyed doing it for myself. It also made me a bit fit and I felt really healthy haha. I just wanted to share with y’all my favorite workouts and how I *tried* to stay in shape during the quarantine.

I didn’t actually do the workouts by myself, just because I don’t know where and how to start. Years ago, I really loved doing Hasfit’s Insanity Cardio Workout but I figured out that I don’t really enjoy doing it now. So I tried to look for other workout videos that will really motivate me and keep me consistent. So here are my favorite fitness pros that I found on Youtube!

  1. Mr. And Mrs. Muscle
Click the photo for the Day 1 workout video.

When I was searching for a good workout, this suddenly popped up and tried to do the Day 1 of the workout plan. It was easy to follow and didn’t really make me feel exhausted. But it really made me sweat a LOT! The next day, my muscles were super sore but I still went on until I finished Day 14. It really felt great for me and I like how straight forward the workout is. This is great for beginners, and for those who are just starting to transition from very sedentary to being active.

Click the photo for the full 14-day workout playlist

They also have immediate to advanced workouts, buddy workouts and mostly HIIT, if you’re into that.

2. Emi Wong

Click the photo to direct you to the Day 1 of this program

After I did the 14-day workout program of Mr. and Mrs. Muscle, I figured out that I can level up my workout routine and decided to follow Emi Wong’s 15-day lower abs and intense belly fat burn program. When I say challenging, it really is!!! I was super used to doing workouts for 20 minutes only, but Emi’s workouts are for 30 minutes – 1 hour. Of course, it’s optional to do the whole workout, but no pain, no gain. So I did the whole routine, and surprisingly, I did well and made me feel stronger! I also like how motivating Emi is on her videos.

When I feel extra, I also include this workout on my routine:

3. Blogilates

I love Cassie’s isolation workouts, or workouts targeting specific areas like butt, shoulder, arms, etc. Plus, she’s a really great motivator and I love her jolly personality. She’s very chatty while doing the workouts (real-time!) and I kind of like that, because you’ll feel like she’s your workout bud.

Here are my favorite videos from Cassie:

Also, if you’re into pilates, she’s really great at that! She also launched a new app called, BODY by blogilates and you can access her workout videos + workout plans exclusive for those who will subscribe monthly.

That sums up my favorite workout / fitness pros that I follow for my workout routines! Now moving forward, I would like to share with you some of my must-haves that I really enjoyed using while working out!

Airpods

I don’t really like playing those workout videos on full-blast, that’s why I always use my earbuds. However, it can be a real hassle ’cause it tangles a lot! So I got myself an Airpods, and it really made my workout easier, plus I’m not worried that I’ll bother my sister when I workout while she’s sleeping.

Airpods 2 that I got from @haggai.ph on instagram.

Workout bra/bralette

I can’t really say that this is a sports bra, since it’s really not. This is a bralette that I got from Shopee and it does the job well since I have small boobs and it doesn’t need that much support haha. I got 4 pcs of this, in white, green, brown and taupe.

Write it down on your journal

Nothing better than when you tick off your routine one by one. It helps you become more focused and excited to reach your goal!

R E S U L T S

After a month of staying consistent with my workout routine, here are my results! Okay, I know I flexed my muscles a bit but I definitely saw some results and it made me feel really healthier!

After doing Mr. and Mrs. Muscle, and Emi Wong’s workouts for 1 month.

Bottom line, if you want change, you should start now and stay consistent with your routine. You should not expect overnight results, but be patient and keep your eye on your goal!

’til then!

waddup, me back

Ciao, it’s Chams!

I know I have been MIA for most of the year, and I also turned this blog to private for some time. Basically I ‘cleansed’ my social media (eg. deactivating my Twitter account of 9 years, and setting my Facebook account and podcast to private), and I also practiced having downtime for my social media screen time. Reason being, I wanted to stay away from all the toxicity that I’ve been seeing online. I know we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, and while it’s good to be informed and openly speaking up about the *sighs* incompetency of the people in position, you’ll just feel super saturated and just want to take a breather. I felt the need of getting a break when someone who is really close to me told me that I am becoming toxic on my socials. It wasn’t easy to take in, and I was actually in denial.

Couple of days later, I started focusing on self-improvement (journal writing, meditation, and reading books) and was drifting away from holding on to my mobile for too long. I only used it for work, Shopee browsing (therapeutic lmao), workout videos, and for watching Netflix. It felt good in some way, that you’re actually doing something for yourself.

i’m back

I really missed writing on my blog, and sharing my thoughts openly. It has a different feel when I post something here and when I write it down on my journal. So, there you go. I just wanted to let you know that I’m back haha.

I’ll see you often!

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When did wordpress change their format? I’m totally lost lmao

cookies brought us here

Hello, world. Meet mine. 

how we met

[ October 15, 2018 ]

I was in the backseat of the car, stuck in traffic and was looking down on my phone. Hours before my flight, I was swiping left and right, looking at different men, reading their bios — some were funny, incredibly witty, and some were just plain boring. I wasn’t really invested in the dating app that I was using.

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After an amount of swiped left guys, popped this really adorbs guy, wearing a suit, and I guessed it was him in his graduation photo. First thing I noticed was his smile and how it synchronizes with his eyes. Carefully read his bio, and BOOM! It was a match.

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Okay, to be completely honest, my brows went up a little bit when he also mentioned in his bio that he was trying to look for a serious relationship. Like who says things like that in your dating profile bio? Are you tryna scare the girls away? Apparently, not me. I focused on the silver lining and looked at the brighter side that this guy bakes cookies.

Of course, since we were using bumble, I should be the first one to initiate the conversation.

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Yes, so it went like that. Being the blabber mouth that I am, I looked into his bio again and saw his star sign. He was an Aquarius too, so I thought it would be nice to use that as a conversation starter.

Me: Soooo, you’re an Aquarius too. Kailan birthday mo? (When’s your birthday?) Haha

Him: Yas I’m an Aquarius! Feb 10 haha ikaw?

Me: Feb 7 omg hahahah

Him: OH MY HAHAHA SAMA KA SA CELEBRATION KO TAPOS AKO SAYO (Join me in my *birthday* celebration, and I’ll join yours)

Okay, things were escalating pretty quickly but it was also about to die down. That very moment while I was talking to him, I was on my way to the airport, for my flight to Bacolod. And it wasn’t for a week-long vacation, but I will be there for six months to work. Yes, it was a complete bummer. I told him that I will be away for quite a long time, and he had nothing to do but accept our star-crossed lovers kind of fate.

We continued talking, until I reached the city of smiles.


the one after the swipe

To be completely honest, I was really having fun, talking to him. We’re both very different people, but we totally clicked. He was very straightforward, outgoing and he seems kinda like the life of the party. He’s also quirky, but in a good way.

We also switched to Telegram after a few exchange of messages on bumble and was surprised that he deleted his dating profile a few days after. He also got my number, and asked if he could call me in the morning, while he gets ready for work and to wake me up so I could follow our dorm’s bathroom schedule. He did it every weekday, without fail. It was also this time when he started giving me hints that he liked me and told me that he wanted to pursue me. *kiligs* 

Though he was miles away from me at that time, it was like a blessing in disguise, that we were able to get to know a lot about each other, without the rush. In my head, I knew it would be a totally different scenario if we weren’t in a long distance landian. We were taking our time, getting to know each other, our similarities, our differences. Somehow, it was much more easier to take in all the things that you know about a person when you are not physically there since there isn’t a lot of judgment. Lol does that even make any sense?

But, to tell you the truth, it ain’t hard to like Kervy. He’s basically the sweetest, gentlest and nicest guy I’ve ever known. He also speaks with so much wisdom, and he’s very passionate of the things that he loves to do. No wonder, that as the weeks went on, I started to like him more and more.

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christmas ain’t cold anymore

Two months of talking virtually eventually lead us into meeting each other physically, for the first time. I went home for the Christmas holidays, and it was the 23rd of December when we first met. Boy, I was nervous. I didn’t know why. I was pretty sure I completely knew a lot about this person, but still I was anxious, because what if I didn’t meet his expectations?

I’m not the type of person who sweats a lot, but I swear, that moment my palms were moist and it felt like all of my blood were in my head. Also, he was with his mom the first time I met him. So, imagine the amount of anxiety that I’ve been dealing with that time. But, God was great. He magically wiped off the anxiety when I saw him and his mom, smiling, while waiting for me. It went pretty well, his mom and I exchanged pleasantries, then she headed home and left us there in the mall so we could go on with our first date heheh. It was a pretty casual date, we just had pizza and took some photos using his film camera. Then he went to my house so he could meet my family.

We had great food, and he talked to my parents and siblings, like he’d known them for a long time. We also went to church together with my family to attend simbang gabi. And it was very dreamy, with the colorful lights around us and all. I was sure by then that I was in love with him. (but I didn’t tell him yet heheh)

We went to my home after the mass. And just a few moments before he went home to his, he stood up, straightened his shirt and spoke in a loud and clear voice:

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post-christmas extravaganza

After the New Year, I had to go back to Bacolod for work. And we were back with our video calls and chats. It was much easier then, because we know that soon I’ll be back for good, and we were counting on the days when we’ll be together for our birthdays. He got a plane ticket to Bacolod for us to celebrate our birthdays together. I planned out our itinerary, the places we’d go to, the places where we could eat, and so on. But fate played with us again.

I got a news from work, that we will all be sent back to Manila before February. For good.

Sure, it was great news. We’ll be back to Manila for good, earlier as expected.

Bummer, since we planned out our February vacation. And it needed to be canceled.


the brighter side

When I got back to Manila, a few days before our birthdays, we started to realize how our initial plan came true. That we will be able to celebrate both of our birthdays together. And it was so much fun! It’s amazing how God works in ways you can’t imagine.

Okay, so maybe you are wondering how we became together?

Here it goes.


so it begins

After our birthdays, I was really really 100% sure of him. He made me feel loved and secured and happy, and there was no reason not to be with him. So I planned out, how will I tell him that I wanted us to be together, like officially?

So being the creative person that I am, in the morning of March 10th, I made a zine. I cut out cute graphics, and a funny comic strip, and made a short poem. I forgot about the other contents, but yes, at the end of the poem, I told him there that he got himself a girlfriend.

His reaction was priceless.

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now what?

8 months in the relationship, and we are still learning a lot from each other. And what I love about the relationship that we have now, is that we pray together everyday. Through that, we get to know our intentions, and we get to pray for one another. Being in the Singles for Christ community also made us better individuals, and even better partners, as we grow together in love and in faith.

Sure, we had moments where we didn’t understand each other, but every time we had that, we made sure we talk about it in the best loving way possible. I’m really blessed to have someone who knows me well, understands me better and prays for me for the best.

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(1) After a fun photowalk sesh at BGC, we took a self-portrait (2) Our first picture together, me holding a pizza (3) He took me to my first prom, hence the awkward couple shoot (4) Just recently, we went to ANCOP Global Walk

what i love about my bb

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cookies pls

If you made it this far, I’m pretty sure you found our story interesting. But what makes it even more interesting, is that we now sell the cookies that sparked our love story! These chewy, chocolatey and chunky cookies are super hard to resist– I’m telling you!

Introducing, the Ohm-noms Cookies!

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Make sure you get your date a dozen ohms for Christmas! 😉

DM our instagram page for orders and queries!

 

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PS

Kervy and I are doing a podcast as well! Go check chamsicles on Spotify!

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i lived in a city 717km away from home | part 2

So, the story goes. 

Pero bakit parang mas gusto ko na lang i-kwento uli? Haha. Ayun na nga, sa previous post ko, medyo hinapyawan ko ng kwento yung pag-stay ko sa Bacolod for ilang months. Sinamahan ko na rin ng photo dump para complete experience. Anyhoo, eto na ang tea.


bakit nga ba ako umalis?

Hindi naman sa ayaw ko na dito sa Maynila, pero dala na lang din ng gusto ko ma-experience mamuhay nang mag-isa at kailangan para sa trabaho, kaya napunta ako ng Bacolod. During that time, ESL Teacher ako at nag-expand yung company na pinapasukan ko sa Bacolod at nangailangan sila ng Teacher from Manila office na tutulong sa Bacolod team. Low-key prinesenta ko yung sarili ko na gusto ko mag-Bacolod. Di ko naman akalain na kakagatin nila yo’n. So nagulat na lang ako may ticket na daw ako sa susunod na linggo mula nung sinabi ko na “I volunteer as tribute!” chos.

Nung una, ayaw pa ako payagan ng nanay ko. Syempre, bunso ako. Ako pa yung baby sa bahay, kaya parang di pa nila ako ma-let go. Pero ayun, kinalaunan naman, pinayagan na nila ako kasi wala naman silang choice at nakabili na ko ng maleta.

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7PM ang flight namin bound to Bacolod. First time ko lumipad without my family! Such a grown-up haha

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Bacolod sunrise

San Sebastian Cathedral. Dito ako nagsisimba every Sunday. Tapos after mass, diretso sa SM Bacolod para mag-grocery!

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View mula sa street kung saan kami nakatira. Lacson Street!


an independent manilenya in bacolod

Dahil walang mommy na magluluto ng agahan ko at maglalaba ng damit ko, in-charge ako sa lahat. Pero sobrang dami ko natutunan. Natuto ako mamalengke ng kakainin ko for the week, gumising ng maaga para mag-luto ng breakfast at baon ko for lunch. Natuto ako mag-budget, at maging mas conscious sa spending habits ko, dahil syempre kahit nasa malayo ako, nagpapa-dala parin ako ng pang-bills ng pamilya ko sa bahay.

Isa sa pinaka-gusto kong ginagawa dun, yung pamamalengke. Sobrang mura ng bilihin sa Libertad, dun kami namimili ng gulay kasi sobrang mura! Sa 300 pesos ko, nakabili na ko ng gulay, prutas at meat na swak para sa isang linggo ko na konsumo. Kapag naman feeling fancy kami, bibili kami ng seafood sa Downtown (Central Market) at magsi-seafood party (and beer) kami ng roommates ko. Favorite ko din mag-ukay ukay with friends sa Downtown kapag weekend!

I mentioned kanina na I cook and prep my own food, eto yun! Pa-healthy kunwari. Pero kasi mas mura gulay kaysa sa karne. Fave ko bumili ng spinach sa palengke na worth 10 pesos lang ang isang balot!

I’m not gunna lie, pinaka-masaya na part sa pamumuhay ng independent, ay yung di ko na kailangan mag-paalam kung saan saan ako pupunta haha. Madalas yan, nag-aaya yung mga friends ko na lumabas ng alas-otso ng gabi at umuwi ng alas-kwatro, lakad lakad sa may lagoon, o di kaya mag-dessert sa Calea. Ganun talaga yung life dun, very chill, hindi nagmamadali. Parang laging hawak mo yung oras mo. Dito ko rin na-experience yung nag-ala Kris Aquino ako sa ka-conyohan dahil sa kalasingan (first time yon).

 

 

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Christmas Village! Biglaan lang din yung pagpunta namin dyan. Kasi naman, di talaga kami mahilig mag-plano haha

Dessert run sa Bob’s!

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Isa rin sa fave dessert place namin bukod sa Calea at Felicia’s, ay Bob’s!


everything is temporary

Syempre, alam ko namang hindi ako magtatagal sa Bacolod. Pero hindi ko naman inasahan na uuwi pala ako agad. Dapat talaga, anim na buwan kami mags-stay dun. So, dapat, April pa ako uuwi. Pero laking gulat din namin na end of January, babalik na pala kami ng Manila. Syempre, masaya kasi makakauwi na kami, pero malungkot kasi nakakapanghinayang, ang dami ko pang hindi narating. Hindi ko masyadong nasulit yung opportunity na sana nakapag-travel ako over the weekend, na sana pinuntahan ko pa yung mga tourist spots na hindi ko pa napuntahan. Syempre, nakaka-lungkot din na hindi ko na makakasama yung mga taong nagpa-saya ng stay ko sa Bacolod.

 

The Ruins

 

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DSB, Negros Occidental

During my last few days sa Bacolod, I went on a city walk tour and visited The Negros Museum! 

Got covered in paint sa Dinagsa Festival! Days before kami bumalik ng Manila

Panaad Park

Cafe 9 3/4! It’s a Harry Potter (and all the other nerdy stuff) – themed coffee shop in Bacolod!

Uwian na! Pero babalikan kita. Soon!

takeaways?

Hm, na-realize ko na posible pala na ma-fall in love ka sa isang lugar. Haha. At sana, ginawa ko yung lahat para masulit ko yung pagkakataon na nandun ako. Ang cliche, pero totoo. Minsan naiisip ko na kung bakit ko ba sinisiksik yung sarili ko dito sa ingay at gulo ng Maynila kung meron namang lugar na kagaya ng Bacolod na sobrang sarap tirhan.

Babalikan talaga kita, City of Smiles.

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living with less iii | the zero waste lifestyle

It has been a while since I last made an entry from this series and I’m really excited to be finally sharing the zero waste lifestyle with you. I have mentioned in my previous minimalism blog about zero-waste and I thought, what better way to carry on with this series but to post about my take on this.

I have been following the zero-waste lifestyle for over a year now. I started learning about it around 2017 when I saw a video of Lauren Singer aka Trash is for Tossers on YouTube, about her trash jar that carried her entire waste for four years. I was amazed by her commitment and how she actually managed to live her life without making any waste. Upon reading and watching videos about this lifestyle, I slowly started transitioning to zero waste, though I wasn’t fully committed. However, I made sure that I was mindful of my environmental footprint and tried to lessen my waste as much as I can.

 

what exactly is zero waste?

I will just put this one out simply.

  1. There should be no waste going to the landfill, in the ocean, or on the streets. 

Very straightforward.

People who practice zero waste follow these 5 principles to achieve their goal of producing no waste at all.

refuse

– Refusing to things that you don’t need and didn’t ask for. For an instance, a brochure or pamphlet that a salesperson handed you. Or even the extra plastic bag from the groceries when you can just put the items you bought straight to your bag.

reduce

– Reducing your consumption to save resources. For example, buying in bulk rather than buying items in small quantities. Also, buying good quality materials that can last you a long time rather than repetitively buying an item that you will eventually replace after a month or so.

reuse (or repair)

– Reusing items that are still in good condition, or repairing them instead of buying a new one. This one’s pretty self-explanatory, no doubt about it.

recycle

– Recycling is when we convert waste to a reusable item. Sometimes it can be called repurposing as well.

rot (or compost)

– Composting your kitchen scraps is better than taking them out in the general waste bin. Biodegradable items, combined with other wastes in the landfill can be more hazardous to human health.

Basically, these are the things to keep in mind and take heart when doing the zero waste lifestyle. Remember that the goal is to send little to no waste to the landfill.

 

minimalism and zero waste

It goes hand in hand.

While I was learning more about minimalism, it came to me that being a minimalist is parallel to the principles of zero-waste. It is mindful consumerism that binds the two together. However, zero waste is more on the environmental aspect while minimalism is looking at the essentials.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this one, and also hoping that you learned something from this and somehow inspired you to learn more about zero waste. 😉

‘Til next!

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what the past has brought me (2/3)

two of three

 

To new experiences;

(2) running after passion and some mishaps

If you have been following me for quite some time now, you’d probably know that I am a Nutritionist-Dietitian. My love for food made me become one. I vividly recall how my Professor asked me when he interviewed me for admissions:

“Why Nutrition and Dietetics?” he said, as he leaned back on his swivel chair.

“I like food and I like to cook, Sir.” I said. A bit disappointed with my answer because it was too shallow. “I want to know the right food to eat if you have this certain illness.” I added, just so it becomes a bit more acceptable.

Fortunately, I got accepted in the program. Got a tres during the first semester. Got a singko during my sophomore year. Became a Dean’s Lister on my third year. And passed my thesis on my fourth year. My life during college was pretty chill. I was an average student. No expectations from parents, and no expectations from anyone. I graduated on time. And passed the licensure exam the same year.

To me, Nutrition and Dietetics is my first love. And I even told myself, I cannot see myself in any other field but this.

But boy, I was wrong. 

Back when I was still in the Uni, I really admired my Professors. While everyone else were ranting about how complicated students’ lives were, I was there, thinking about how Professors were having a much more difficult time. Standing in front of the students for three straight hours, discussing, coaching, mentoring, going home with lots of paper works– I mean? These people are awesome! (except my Physics Prof who failed 80% of my class)

When I finally got hold of my Nutritionist-Dietitian license, I was offered with a job from a non-government organization who partners with different Universities for their Nutrition Practicum. I was a Community Nutrition Supervisor for graduating students of Nutrition and Dietetics. We were assigned to immerse in a small barangay in Bataan. For a month. Fun. We were living together in the same house. Fun. It was like babysitting, but instead, they gave me adults to look after, and some of them were even older than me! Aside from babysitting, I had to make sure that they learn and teach them how to expose their selves in the community. Give interventions, and help the community with the projects they thought of.

Of course, it was difficult. Grown ups were harder to control. They were resilient. And sometimes, they weren’t open for new information, just because “Eto ‘yung tinuro samin sa *insert prestigious school*.”

I thought I was going to fail as an educator.

But, I stood firm. Sought advice from my mentor and went on with it. At the end of my students’ practicum, they all made me a letter of appreciation (without me asking them ha, lmao). Seriously, they all made me cry of happiness when they told me how grateful they were that I was their supervisor.

And, it was then that I knew how much I wanted to be an educator.

A few months later, I was like a proud Mum when they passed their board exams. One of my students even landed a place on the Top 10! I was actually surprised when one of them messaged me, and thanking me for inspiring her to choose the field of Community Nutrition. She told me that she was bummed when their Community Nutrition Practicum was approaching because she hated it so much. But after our immersion, she fell in love with it and eventually landed a job as a Community Nutritionist. It was the best thing ever.

It was 2017 when I drifted apart with my first love, Nutrition and Dietetics. I thought I needed a break, and I remembered how much I wanted to become an educator. I wanted to be a Professor but I haven’t taken any units for Post-Graduate studies, and that is the minimum requirement to be one. If I can’t be a Professor yet, maybe there’s another way to become an educator.

So I became a Pre-School Teacher.

[ more of that on my next blog ]

 

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