The Active Foodie

Yesterday was all about simple joys such as food, fitness, and crafts. 

I had Potdog crab egg with garlic rice and sweet garlic sauce for lunch. Definitely worth the calories as this is one of my favorite supermarket fast food finds! 

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After lunch, I walked to the newly-built SM North Towers to visit the newest Starbucks Reserve cafe. 

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I was stunned! It honestly didn’t look like I was still in Quezon City.  

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I had my coffee while knitting, and I was able to unwind.  

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Then, I was able to buy these handmade polymer clay earrings from local brand The Baby Blue Bunny at The Craft Central.  

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I ended my day with a sunset walk at UP and a simple dinner of cheese corn and Rodic’s tapsilog. 

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Who says that I’m too complicated? I like food, coffee, crafting, buying handmade, and while it’s not pictured today, going to church. I burn everything I eat through fitness. And I keep the world updated through my blog. 

Here’s to balancing my life with each spoonful and step that I take! 

September Coffee with Diane

Yesterday, I managed to wake up and show up to my workout at my local park. I know that I routinely do this, but I was able to appreciate all my efforts to stay fit when I saw the Quezon Memorial in all its glory after a week of rain. 

It was beautiful in the sunlight, and I realized that my fitness routine does not lose its value just because I had to squeeze it in between commitments of late. Effort is effort. And just like this monument, I will remain strong amidst all storms because the sun will shine again anyway.  

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I had a sinful breakfast of hotdog and eggs because I always eat with abandon before visiting my late best friend. 

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And so I dropped by Diane’s vault and caught her up with the latest on my life. 

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I may have had a challenging week but I managed to pull myself together. I worked out and visited my late friend. Strength does not need to be manifested in heroic deeds all the time. Sometimes, it is just a matter of knowing my priorities and looking back on my best friend’s life. I am moving on knowing that Diane’s got my back, albeit on a different scale. 

Second Time Around

Yesterday was all about seeing things the second time around. 

I started my day with a workout, and I was happy to finally see my abs again.  

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Then, I had burger steak from Tropical Hut and a mango cheesecake blizzard from Dairy Queen for breakfast. 

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I then proceeded to Cinema ‘76, a microcinema at Anonas, to watch Goyo for the second time. 

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I chose to watch it in a microcinema because I wanted to experience the film in a unique setting. 

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I also knew that Cinema ‘76 sold movie merch, so I got myself a shirt with all of Goyo’s battles on it.  

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The small theater had beautiful sound and a cozy ambience. I enjoyed my viewing experience, and I will definitely be back! 

I also had a striking view of St. Joseph’s Shrine in front of the theater.  

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It was remarkable how a couple of steps could adjust my perspective and present a wider range of the metropolis.  

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I saw myself in Goyo, and I must say that after watching the movie twice, I will choose my battles more wisely in order to have better chances of winning in life. On to better opportunities from now on! 

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I visited St. Clare, as is my custom every week, to offer eggs and pray for my intentions.  

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And for the second time in a day, I had burger steak. This time, it was the bistek burger steak at Jollibee. It was delicious!

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My last stop for the day was Barkin Blends Dog Cafe. I had the cafe all to myself as they just celebrated their anniversary weekend. As always, I had a relaxing time chilling out with the dogs over milk tea. 

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I have a second chance at life after overcoming recent challenges. I know that it isn’t easy, so I am taking it one step at a time. Watching a moving film twice and cuddling my favorite dogs definitely helped frame things better. I am confident that with continuous discernment and prayer, I will always manage to keep my head above water.  

At-home Workouts

I’ve been busy these past few days with a conference, my blog, and getting work done. While these commitments already take up a lot of my time, I still make sure that I keep myself fit and healthy. I eat right and never skip meals.

Also, I workout at home if my schedule prevents me from joining my Zumba classes at my local park. 

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I use my stationary bike to workout at home. While I am on it, I write blog entries, check my email, apply for jobs online, listen to podcasts, and read. I multitask like that, and I don’t let my to-do list hinder me from burning calories. 

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I also follow Zumba classes on YouTube to workout at home. It keeps my body in shape and breaks the monotony of the stationary bike. 

Getting my cardio fix while at home is possible, thanks to my bike and the internet. I hope that you will also continue working out even when your schedule is busy. It is really all about time management. Discipline yourself, and find a routine that works for you. You will thank yourself later. 

Fit and Faithful

I usually spend my mornings working out at my local park. The other day, I chose to have breakfast at Tropical Hut, where I had their omelette and coffee. 

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For lunch, I went to Pancake House for their corned beef hash and rice.  

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I had some time in between commitments, so I was able to swing by St. Clare Monastery for some prayer and thanksgiving.  

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I was also able to try Maxi Mango’s famous mango float from Davao. I was lucky enough to catch their pop-up at Trinoma. The long lines were worth it! It was a delicious dessert, and I really hope that they will have a permanent spot in Manila someday.  

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I wrapped up my day with dinner and a belated birthday gift from a family friend. 

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I stick to my fitness, food, and faith routine because it works for me. It also provides balance to my life, now that I am working freelance and blogging on the side. I am looking for a permanent job too, and it helps to align my goals as I follow a working routine. Here’s to better opportunities to come as I carry on with my daily schedule! 

August Coffee with Diane

Yesterday, I was able to visit my friend Diane’s final resting place. But first, I went to my local park for Zumba and breakfast. 

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I brought my pass for next month’s Manila International Book Fair with me. Diane used to accompany me to previous book fairs when she was still alive. She is always on my mind whenever I visit anything book-related. 

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I miss my friend, but I know that she is happy with my determination to thrive and carry on. I will be just fine.  

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Zumba Saturday

Yesterday, I defied the rain and worked out at my local park. It was fun to burn calories while thinking of my agenda for the weekend. 

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Afterwards, I grabbed breakfast to-go from Jollibee. Their breakfast burger steak is my favorite among their morning selections, and it is delicious with coffee. 

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Rewarding myself after a rainy-day workout is a must. I have to focus on my fitness goals, but I also have to nourish myself so that I could keep going. Don’t forget to eat right and keep on moving, so that you will also attain your own fitness goals. 

Simple Hump Day

Yesterday, I started my day with my usual workout at the park.  

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I had breakfast and coffee afterwards.

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Then, I went to the mall for some retail therapy. 

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I bought lipsticks from Sunnies Face for me and my mom. 

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I queued up for it.

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By the time it was my turn, I already knew shades I would purchase. While waiting for my payment to settle, I appreciated the store’s interiors. I especially liked the pink floor. 

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Actually, almost the entire store was pink and cream!

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I later watched Crazy Rich Asians. I enjoyed it so

much! 

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I always get giddy whenever I see anything The Little Mermaid. In this case, I saw this children’s book at a secondhand bookstore. I remember having a similar one when I was a kid. 

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I dropped by Sta. Clara since I was already in the area. I prayed for a better future and I gave thanks for all the blessings I have been receiving so far. 

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Before I knew it, it was time to claim my Sunnies Specs. 

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I chose this cool cateye pair called Harlow. 

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I wrapped up my day with Rodic’s tapsilog...

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...and delicious Turkish ice cream! 

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I enjoyed my hump day and I look forward to more relaxing days that make all the hard work worth it. 

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Thriving Locally

I had a fantastic weekend!

I started my Saturday and Sunday mornings with Zumba. I must say that I am glad to see progress on my abs. 

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I also took brisk walks around my local park and took breaks on interesting nooks such as this grotto. 

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I enjoyed freshly-baked bread from my neighborhood bakery. 

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And yesterday, I rode a P2P to visit Common Room Alabang. 

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I donated some old paper bags on-site to support their ‘no new paper bags’ campaign, which I think is really cool. 

But the main reason why I went there was to buy a handmade Tubbs the Cat doll from Pop Junk Love. They had selected dolls at 50% off for the benefit of Cribs Foundation. It was a win-win because I have always wanted to purchase a doll from them, and I love supporting charities!

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I also browsed through the store and found old handmade favorites such as Knitting Expedition.

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In the end, I refused to have Tubbs packed in a paper bag. He went home with me inside my spacious Knitting Expedition Tiyargo bag.  

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Every visit to Common Room motivates me to continue supporting local and handmade! My heart is full now that I have a new stuffed toy, and it’s all for a good cause. Fitness and my handmade lifestyle are not just weekend norms, as I do practice them everyday. They only seem to get magnified on weekends because I have more time to explore places that define them. 

I look forward to more weekend adventures and handmade stories! 

Breakfast and Barks

Yesterday was my last day of “freedom” before returning to the corporate world. I started it with Zumba and a hearty breakfast at my local park.  

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Then, I had went to my favorite dog cafe, Barkin Blends!  

I braved the storm to visit my furry friends.  

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They now sell pastries and burgers to-go for dogs. 

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I got the royal milk tea and Bonnie burger.  

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It was delicious! 

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I cuddled with Ella and the rest of the buddies after my meal.  

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My heart and soul are full of love. I am excited to work again, as I have maximized my break from the workforce. I will bring wih me positivity and optimism as I encounter my tasks in my new role. Everything will be alright, and I will surely return to the dog cafe once the weekend rolls by!

Loving QC

The other night, I decided to have mushroom bibimbap from O! Kitchen for dinner. It was delicious!

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I burned it yesterday with Zumba. 

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I recovered with breakfast burger steak and coffee. 

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I pedaled on the stationary bike at the park.  

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And I took a brisk walk around the gardens.  

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I crossed Elliptical Road and found myself at the QC Public Library.  

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I enjoyed reading and working on yesterday’s blog entry via the high-speed WiFi connection.  

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I enjoyed my time with books and knowledge around me! 

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For lunch, I had the 100 tomato pasta... 

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...and the guiltless strawberry cake from Icing’s. 

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I had a check-up at the hospital and I loved their groovy staircase.  

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Later during the day, I dropped by the newly-opened Human Nature store at SM The Block. 

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I got myself a couple of pairs of cute scissors from Books for Less.  

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And I got a meaningful mirror from The Craft Central to remind me of that being happy is a choice.  

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I ended my day with anticipated mass and this mango and chocolate crepe.  

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I love Quezon City and I am proud of my hometown! I hope that you will also find yourself in any of the places I’ve been to, because they’re worth visiting. I am happy that there are so many affordable ways to enjoy myself in QC. I will surely miss being here everyday as I will work soon in Ortigas. But that doesn’t mean that my life will stop, just like that. I would just have to blog on the side, and maximize my weekends in order to speakoutsam! 

Waterproof Willpower

Yesterday, I worked out again despite the rain. I realized that I am determined to burn calories even if there’s a storm. 

Indeed, my willpower is waterproof.

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I manage to motivate myself even in difficult circumstances like storms. In fact, I even watched a movie and rewarded myself with a delicious shawarma rice bowl from Persian Avenue. 

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I later joined my family to attend the wake of one of my grand aunts at Pampanga. I got to bond with my cousin Lauren’s dog Rogue, who was such a sweetheart.

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And I also got to catch-up with cousins Lauren and Jean. 

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The church at Minalin, Pampanga had these beautiful doors. I couldn’t resist having my photo taken with them. 

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Having waterproof willpower helps in keeping myself going, no matter the circumstances. I am excited to apply this to my career, and I look forward over seeing the blessings pour into my life in the process!

Burning Through the Rain

Yesterday, I was determined to workout despite the stormy weather. I drove to my local park and powered through Zumba. 

Guess what? It was even more fun to workout in this cool weather! The breeze was refreshing.  

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And we all know that rainy weather calls for good eats. My brekkie was this quick friend beef and macaroni soup from Tropical Hut. 

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As for lunch, I ate this delicious asparagus mayo spaghetti from Kimono Ken. 

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I always find creative ways to enjoy my day, no matter what the weather is. I am thankful for opportunities to maximize my day, such as affordable workouts and yummy grub. Here’s to more blessings and chances to shine!

Thankful

Yesterday, I began my day with a workout. 

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Then, I had a hearty brekkie.  

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I proceeded to a meeting which was so productive, I was moved to go to St. Clare to give thanks.  

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I am thankful for the opportunities that are pouring into my life right now. 

I celebrated with bopis at Rodic’s.  

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And I continued crocheting with this cool turquoise yarn.  

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I took a couple of selfies through the power of self-timer.  

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I purchased new kicks from local leather sandal brand Renegade Folk. 

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Finally, I had Sunnies funfetti and a flat white at a Sunnies Cafe.  

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I carried on with my crocheting.  

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And I ended my day with some neon selfies at the cafe’s infamous selfie powder room. Hahahahaha  

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I am overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life right now. I realized that the best way to celebrate is by continuing my regular routine of prayer, crafting, and selfies. There is empowerment in being able to take one’s own selfies without a man’s help. If I can be my own Instagram husband, then I can surely power through life. 

I can hardly wait! 

Sunday Priorities

On Sundays, I spend time doing the things I love. 

Yesterday was no exception. I worked out, despite the rainy weather. 

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I had barako coffee.  

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And a delicious bowl of kimchi rice for brekkie.  

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I visited Diane.  

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And I told her about my upcoming adventures.  

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I had a dozen mini-donuts.  

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And I visited Barkin Blends Dog Cafe. 

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I ended my day with crochet and beef noodle soup.  

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Sunday is my favorite day because it is when I can rest and pursue my simple joys. I can’t wait to start work so that I can appreciate Sundays better. Here’s to more Sundays with fitness, food, fiberarts, and dogs! 

Pixie with a Purpose

Yesterday, I worked out at 6am. 

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I ate my favorite toasted naked longganisa with brown talangka rice at Breakfast Bin. 

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Then, I bought some office essentials from Human Nature. I am especially excited to use my Mori Notes gadget case in a cheery pineapple print. It is designed to smaller gadget essentials like cords and plugs. 

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It is sewn by underprivileged artisan moms, allowing them to earn as they work from home.  

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I also had coffee... 

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...and I finished crocheting this gray cowl for my friend Bernadette, who’s celebrating her birthday this week. 

I also started crocheting a cowl in sky blue and pink hand-dyed yarn.  

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I do like investing in quality items, but occasionally purchase trendy things too. I bought the Adeline sling bag from local vegan leather goods store, The Satchel Diva. Their bags are lightweight and on-trend, which are two factors I look for in an everyday handbag. 

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Then, I went to the dermatologist... 

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...and had my pixie trimmed at the salon next door. 

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I offered eggs and prayed for my intercessions at St. Clare.  

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And I had a lovely late lunch at Barkin Blends Dog Cafe.  

They have doggo burgers as take-away treats for puppers at home. 

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I had their delicious carbonara... 

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...and latte! 

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And I had the best time with their doggo buddies.  

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I couldn’t resist my favorite dog Ella!  

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Finally, I ended my day with a 90-minute massage at our neighborhood spa.  

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I enjoy self-care and crafting because I feel centered after doing the things I love. I can’t wait to go back to work after unwinding with some fiberarts, dogs, and retail therapy. That’s how I live balanced life, with a little pixie dust for good measure.  

Burning and Praying

Yesterday, I started my day with Zumba... 

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 ...and breakfast at my local park. 

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I had to swing by the Pink Sisters Convent to give thanks and pray for my intercessions for the month of July.  

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Later during the day, I had lunch at Happon Ramen House. 

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I han their chicken ramen broth soup...

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 ...sukiyaki donburi...

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 ...and gyoza. 

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I sketched my lunch and enjoyed my meal. 

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I also explored the building. Since I have a thing for doors, I found this bar charming.  

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Then, I proceeded to my usual waxing salon. I never appreciated its coziness until now. 

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I was also wearing a scarf I crocheted, so I felt confident. 

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I ended my day out with a visit to St. Clare. 

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I enjoyed my day out and took notice of the details which I previously took for granted. Indeed, when I appreciate the fine print in life, everything will be in screaming color. I look forward to a myriad of hues as I explore possibilities in the coming days! 

Zumba and Social Good

Yesterday, I woke up early for another Zumba workout.  

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Taking selfies before driving to the park keeps me motivated to burn more calories. Don’t ask me why. It just works for me.  

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I followed it up with a hearty brekkie.  

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It started raining by the time I arrived at Human Nature to buy my social enterprise-made toiletries and products for the month of July.  

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Later during the day, I enjoyed a full meal at Cafe Shibuya. I had their weekday combo of truffle mushroom soup, truffle pasta, and salad. For dessert, I had the honey toast in baby size and a steaming hot cuppa.  

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And I sketched my lunch on my Traveler’s Notebook, because a meal that delicious deserves to be documented.  

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Working out and supporting social enterprises are just two of my passions. I continue to share with you my interests and inspirations because it is my hope that more people will find meaning in their lives in the same way that I find joy in my habits. I will keep you posted here on my blog, so that you can also be inspired to have better days ahead! 

Saturday Finds

Yesterday, I woke up before the alarm clock was supposed to ring. I headed to my Zumba class with zest and energy which I haven’t felt in ages. 

I must say, this morning person project has really motivated me to get moving! 

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I also walked around the weekend tiange or bazaar. 

I saw some colorful bags.  

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And I found a stall that sells Japanese surplus ceramics. 

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By the time I got home to freshen up, I was already looking forward to do some creative journaling. 

I sketched this part of our townhouse on my Traveler’s Notebook. 

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Later during the day, I had this Dos Espesyal breakfast meal from Via Mare, which I also sketched.  

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I had a fabulous Saturday. My finds inspired me to think of a more charmed life for myself. I also realized that food and home mean more to me now that I have been sketching them on my journal! Here’s to a more meaningful life, one that is sketched and painted in bursts of color.  

Faith and Fitness

Yesterday, I started my day with another workout at 6am. 

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I finally got the hang of waking up at 5am, so I can say that I have already adjusted to my plan to become a morning person. 

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I ate breakfast again at Tropical Hut, and I had their corned beef breakfast meal.  

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For lunch, I had the Salisbury steak with egg at Steak Break.  

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Then, it was time for my thanksgiving church tour! A favor which I have been praying for has recently been granted. For my first stop, I dropped by St. Joseph’s Shrine at Anonas, Quezon City.  

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Their giant statue of the sleeping St. Joseph always reminds me to stop worrying and lift it all up to God.  

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Next, I offered eggs at St. Clare Monastery.  

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I was able to spot my lucky number, 13! I queued at that platform number, because while I believe in God, I also think that creating my own luck is important. This blog has been an opportunity that I have created for myself. All the events, conferences, and offers which I have attended and received were because of my blog, and that is why I think that luck is merely claiming the chances which I have allowed to happen. 

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Then, I visited the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. 

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I viewed their collection of reliquaries.  

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And for last stop, I went to the Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey.  

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It is overwhelmingly beautiful.  

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For dinner, I had the limited edition herb and bacon pizza from S&R. 

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I enjoyed working out, eating well, sketching my food, and touring churches! I hope that I will continue to create more opportunities for myself in the coming days. For now, allow me to carry on with mindful living as I ease my way into the daily grind.