29 November 2013

the power of water

This article appeared in my facebook feed a couple of months ago. If you look real quick, you'll think there's not much difference, but look closer and you'll see how drinking water caused a big change to her face

In my twenties, I didn’t really think much about water and how it affects my body. In my previous office in Manila, I used to be paranoid that the stuff in the water dispenser was really just from the tap. So I drank more cofee and tea than water. Same thing in restaurants, I rarely drank the free glass of water, instead I ordered juice or soda.  Here in Singapore, tap water is safe to drink, though I find that there's a metallic aftertaste with the water in our flat. So I prefer the bottled ones.  JP buys a couple of bottles for us every few days.

I have poor digestion and very slow metabolism. This year, when I was told by the doctor I had to lose a significant amount of weight, I had to do all sorts of healthy things, ie. modified my diet (for the most part. haha), exercise more often, and drink more water. Of the three, drinking water was the easiest thing to do. And I think it's made a big difference. My skin's a little bit clearer, I don't get too many breakouts as often, and it's really helping my digestion. 

Drinking water is also an excuse to get up from my seat at work. Every hour, I go to the pantry to refill my water bottle.  I deliberately use a small bottle so I have a reason to leave my desk, because it's not recommended to sit for hours on end. The article says the lady drank 3 liters of bottle per day. It may seem too much, so if you want to do this, maybe start with 2 liters?

26 November 2013

hong kong

I used to go to HongKong every year since 2006 up until 2010 (thank you, budget airlines). Tickets are quite cheap, and you just have to do a little bit of research to find a good, inexpensive hotel. To me, HongKong is more vibrant than Singapore. Maybe because, it's larger, or that there are more people, I'm not really sure. There is definitely a lot more to see and do.

Buddha in HongKong

It's also a memorable place for me. Here's why:

22 November 2013

weekend lunch dates

these past few sundays, jp and i have been dining out for brunch/lunch. most of the time, i don't bother taking a picture of my food, which seems to be the norm these days. but there are days i would whip out my phone and be THAT person who takes a photo of their plate before eating. here are some of the restaurants we've visited recently and a couple of pictures i took. 

20 November 2013

patterson and christie

time to share with you a couple of books i read last month. i decided to include some mystery/suspense to my reading challenge this year. i rarely read books from this genre, because i usually get confused towards the middle, and then find myself backing up and rereading a couple of chapters so i could continue on with the story. it took me a couple of days to finish these. i picked two of the most famous and best-selling authors in this category, and also from two very different time periods: james patterson and agatha christie.

19 November 2013

what's in a disaster kit?

sheldon cooper had an emergency evacuation bag he would pull out whenever he had to leave his apartment. this was hilarious, at least in the show's context. 

but in the philippines where calamities are the norm rather than the exception, it really makes sense for families to have an emergency kit in their homes. this illustration is from rappler, and i'm posting it here, just in case you want to make your own pack. 

red cross philippines has a comprehensive list of things you may want to include in your lifeline kit, it depends on your family's needs. 

06 November 2013

the book thief

the book thief by markus zusak was released in 2005. and i'm wondering why i only read it this year! as a lover of books, i understood leisel (the main character) when she sought comfort in the words of the books that she steals. to me (and to many other bookworms, writers, literature lovers), words have the power to inspire, encourage and even allow people to escape their sad realities, if only for a while.

the story is told from an unexpected point of view, which i thought was brilliant. you'll feel real sympathy for the characters and you will find yourself welling up with tears towards the end. oh, and it's being made into a movie, which i'm looking forward to watching. i hope they don't stray from the original story.

the book is 500+ pages long, and it will start out slow, but if you keep at it, you'll slowly get pulled into the story. so if you have spare time before the year ends, please read the book, it's really good!

04 November 2013

collage monday: pretty pink things for the kitchen

when we have our own house, i would probably be the one using the kitchen most of the time. i don't want to have an ALL pink kitchen like this, but it would be nice to have a few touches of color in our appliances. things like these...

what about you? any special color you want your kitchen and appliances to be?

i have a "pretty pink things" board on pinterest. check it out and let me know what you think. happy monday!

03 November 2013

last hurrah before the year ends (4 Simple Goals)

this is great timing! last week, I was thinking of what I want to accomplish before 2014 rolled in. since I started on the new job, i'm slowly settling into a routine, which is good, but I feel that there are things that I don't get to do as much as I'd like. elsie over at A Beautiful Mess came up with the 4 Simple Goals challenge.

"The concept of 4 simple goals is, well, simple. Its purpose is to challenge and remind you to create healthy, life-enriching habits during the busiest time of the year. If you're game, here are the "rules":
1. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done but are not difficult to accomplish. 
2. Do not choose result oriented goals. Choose activity oriented goals. For example, instead of "lose 10 pounds", choose something like "eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day". Get what I'm saying? Positive actions instead of just the end result! 
3. Choose personal goals you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! They can be daily, weekly or one time experiences. 
4. Choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! It can be a small or large reward—it's up to you. 
5. Blog about your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!"

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