How I end up loving exercise

I used to be one of those people who doesn’t like working out. Back then, I wasn’t really health conscious. I haven’t really thought of being healthy and exercising as important.

Healthy foods? Pfft. I don’t need that. Exercising? Waste of time.

I used to weigh around 155lbs or 70 kilos, which isn’t really ideal for my height which is 5’5. My waist line back then was 35 inches.

But then one day I just realized that the state I’m in is not really good anymore. I don’t feel good about my body. I hated that I get tired so easily. I knew that I have need to exercise, but it took me awhile to actually get started. I would always find excuses to not do exercises, oh it’s raining. Oh I’m too tired. I don’t have the proper shoes.. I don’t have attire. It’s too early, I’ll do it tomorrow… twice! blah blah blah.

It was when I actually bought myself running shoes that I started with my fitness journey. It’s funny, I would look at that shoe and be like… that is an expensive shoe, and you’re not gonna run? Lol the thought of wasting my money made me go out and run. I can be frugal at times.

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So I started running, and I hated it! My first goal really is just 1KM. I didn’t do any warm ups, and just run. I run and run and run for that entire day until I finished 1KM. I forgot how long it took me, but I swear! It was the loooongest time you could run a 1KM and it’s unacceptable. Seriously.

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When I finished it (being the newbie that I was and not knowing anything) I was like… fuck yeah! 1KM! I felt super awesome that I was able to do that.. the next day tho.. my legs hurt, I walked like someone who got injured. But I was happy. And so I did it again the next weekend and again and again. I started running after work, started doing some training plans, setting goals for myself each time I go out and run. I was challenging myself, and I love it! It was like a game to me. The longest I’ve run so far was 8K. I swear I could have died, I was crying and laughing when I finished it, and I was so proud of myself, because never had I imagined that I could run that distance.

And then after that tiring day, I wanted to do more.

I realized tho that I needed strength so I could run better, in comes the gym life. I remember my first day at the gym, I was so shy and too conscious. And don’t have a clue on what I’m supposed to do and how I should do it. With the help of my instructor, who thankfully, pushed me to lift heavier. I was able to do what I’m supposed to do.

My body’s  not used to working out. So after my day 1 at the gym, my body is so sore. I couldn’t bend my arms! So when I came back to the gym, I didn’t lift heavier for a long time because I don’t want to feel sore afterwards. — now this is wrong. I have been working out at the gym for 3 months and still be lifting 5lbs! I learned that in order for me to be lean and grow muscles and have “gains” I need to push myself.

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So I challenged myself again, that by next month I should be able to lift 10lbs. And so I started to google, read articles, and adjust my program, I replaced my workouts with those that work for me…so here I am now, lifting at 70lbs (hoping to add more) and doing workouts that I have never imagined doing. 

GYM > RUNNING. This is me now. Haha I still run but not that much anymore. It makes me skinny… I would do HIIT for cardio most of the times. (High Intensity Interval Training). Running.. only when I feel like it. :D  Gym has taken over my life, there I said it. lol 

I love what I have become and the kind of lifestyle that I have right now, I would never go back to the old me. How I wish I could have started earlier though. I know we’re all busy and sometimes it’s just hard to find time to workout, but I’m telling you. You need to make time for it. You have to make sacrifices and find ways to make it possible. Stop waiting, stop making excuses and stop finding reasons why you can’t and start doing. There are a lot of alternatives you can do. You don’t have to go to the gym, but please. Add exercise into your life. It is important, and will benefit you in the long run.

For someone who was once an unhealthy person, I swear, it will be worth it and very rewarding. It’s pretty cool and amazing to find out what you can do and achieve when you try.

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Sisig Tilapia

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INGREDIENTS:

3 medium
size Tilapia
1 big white onion, chopped
3-5 pieces green sili, chopped (I only used 2, I don’t really like spicy food)
2 tablespoon liquid seasoning or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 tablespoon cooking oil
3-4 pieces calamansi
1 stalk onion leaks, chopped thinly

PROCEDURE:

  1. Fry fish in a large frying pan until golden brown and skin is crispy.
  2. let it cool. Flake fried fish and discard bones.
  3. In a bowl, combine Tilapia flakes, salt, black ground pepper, liquid seasoning, onions, onions leaks, sili and mix well.
  4. In a hot pan (or sizzling plate) put cooking oil and stir-fry tilapia mixture for 3-5 minutes.
  5. serve hot with calamansi on the side.

I’ve added plain mayonnaise when I ate it, it gives a bit of a moisture, it tastes good. you could also (I guess) try garlic sauce.  or not… lol

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Vigan Longganisa Pasta

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 kg
Vigan Longganisa filling (or any longganisa variant of choice, casing removed)
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 onion chopped
1 small red bell pepper chopped
1 small green bell pepper chopped
2 packs 250 ml all purpose cream

1 (400g) pack spaghetti pasta cooked
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper, sugar to taste
** 1 sachet magic sarap (optional)

PROCEDURE:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, cook longganisa for 3 minutes or until oil is extracted.
  3. Add garlic and onions
  4. Continue stirring until fragrant and longganisa is cooked.
  5. Stir in the red and green bell peppers
  6. Pour in all purpose cream and water.
  7. Season with magic sarap (optional), salt, pepper, sugar to taste
  8. Toss in cooked pasta and mix.

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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10 subtly stupid things I did during my younger years (not that I’m OLD)

1. Took the exams drunk.
          It was during our senior year in high school, and our exams doesn’t start in the afternoon; So my friends and I met up at our usual place, and bought 500ml of beer for each one of us, and got ourselves drunk early morning that day (we’re not alcoholics, just plain bored; and probably we just wanted to see if we’ll get caught) comes afternoon, we went our way to school and was late. My teacher cornered me outside the room asking for my permit and why I was late. I was handing over my permit and giving her some lame excuse while backing away from her (because she’s walking closer and closer to me. I don’t want her to smell the beer!)

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2.  Snuck in a friend at an exclusive school event.
          I have this friend that got kicked out of our school; Our principal hated her. (she was a  “trouble student” – a pain in the ass to most of our teachers lol) Anyway, she wanted to attend this school event, and we wanted her there as well, so we planned to snuck her in. We managed to do that but seconds later our principal appeared and he was scolding us, specially me, in front of the entire school. (I didn’t really cared much about what he was saying, I was more concerned of what our plan B would be)

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3. Went home REALLY drunk.
          So my friends and I were drinking almost the entire day that day (again, we’re not alcoholics) and I was so drunk, so I went home because all I wanted to do was sleep. So once I reached home,  my mom greeted me, she was saying something about me smelling like beer (I object your honor) and I went right up stairs (drunk walking) accidentally hitting all the paintings on the wall on my way. My sister shouted at me (don’t remember what she said)  but I was in a hurry ’cause I feel like vomiting already, so I went straight to the bathroom, vomited, then my bedroom and slept. My family never woke me up for dinner, I guess they figured I was drunk. LOL (I’m not proud tho)

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4. Got into a fight.
          Okay, so my friends and I hang out at this sari sari store, and of course other people would come by, there’s this group of girls that are so annoying but we just ignored them for peace sake. One of our common friends told us that they’re actually irritated with us; and their sort of “leader” hated my friend the most (they confronted each other), and to make this story short, one of their friends gave my friend the bad finger while passing by, and my friend told us about this.
One day, this girl and a friend of her happened to pass by, and then my friend told me “there she is”, I dropped everything I was buying at the store and charged like a bull towards that girl with my arm stretched out reaching for her hair, once I got hold of her hair I yanked it back so hard, that made her head tilt backwards, and so I looked her straight in the eye and asked her what’s her problem, then shouted some hateful words at her face (she kept denying what she did); her friend ran to their other friends looking for help, eventually my friends and other people started gathering around us and broke the fight, I let go of her hair afterwards, she never hit me back, not even to defend herself. (What a wuss) We returned to the store, nothing ever happened to me.

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5. Pretended to be a boy.
          Well, remember my “trouble” friend? turns out she was a lesbian, AND is into this girl; She pretended to be a boy to make her fall for her and to make things more real, she asks us to pretend to be boys through text and friendster; anyway, long story short, things got out of hand, our group of fake good looking guys got so popular with the girls from different schools, that they would fight over us (crazy), send us mobile credits whenever we don’t respond, they would call us but we rarely answer ( i mean, we can’t answer unless we’re with guy friends), Our male friends are the ones who talks to them (our guy friends never asked why, guess they’re good with just being able to talk to girls haha) Some of them would even tell us “Hey I saw you yesterday at (enter location here)” seriously girls? It’s not real! Although, I’m not really proud of what we did, we played with their feelings just for fun which isn’t right. (WE’RE REALLY SORRY) We stopped pretending after awhile and just disappeared from the scene, my friend admitted everything to that girl and they eventually got together FOR REAL.

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6. Ruined a band gig.
          I was in a rock band back at high school, I was the lead guitarist (lol to this, I’m not good with ad libs haha) Anyway, we were auditioning for this event,everything was going smoothly, but I stopped playing the guitar once we reached the end part of the song. I didn’t know the rest of the chords, so I just stopped. I was just standing there looking at the crowd. eventually the drums stopped as well, and it was only the bass who finished everything lol it was so embarassing. Hahaha!

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7. Got caught smoking at home.
          So… it was a weekend, and I have the house all to myself. My parents were out grocery shopping, and I assumed they won’t be back soon, so I got my pack of cigarettes, and went inside this room that we have over the terrace and smoked it there; while I was enjoying my cigar, I heard mom, and she was close! (I was at the second floor, and I closed all the doors and windows of that room – stuuuupiiiid.)

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I did managed to put out the cigar and throw it somewhere in the room before mom opened the door, but the room was still hazy because of the smoke and of course, the smell, there’s no denying that; well I was smoking Gudang at that time, so it didn’t really smelled like the usual cigar.

     MOM: what’s that? are you smoking?!!
     ME: No, that’s paper. I’m burning paper.
     MOM: and what’s that smell???
     ME: I don’t know…. the carpet?

LOOOL. Well, my family didn’t talk to me for 2 days. You could feel their disappointment. But eventually dad talked to me, and everyone started talking and surprisingly they weren’t mad. However, I didn’t stop smoking yet, just figured out that smoking in a locked room is a bad idea, so I smoked outside, where the wind could easily get rid of the smell, and there will be no evidence.

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8. Joined a sorority, then quit.
          Fraternities / Sororities are a big deal during my high school years, people would think you’re “cool” if you’re in one. (but not really, it depends on which one you’re joining, if you’re with a Frat/Sorority that sucks, then you suck as well) anyway, my friends and I planned to join this sorority that’s really big, it’s an international sorority (I’m not gonna say the name) and recruitment is very discreet. So when my friends and I were invited to join, we’re like oh hell yes. So we did all the things they asked us to do, etc, etc. days passed and we got into the “final stage”, they wanted us to dress up, formal attire with matching hair and makeup and go to class. and to be honest, even before this point, I was losing interest already; I don’t really see any sense in it, I told my friends and they felt the same; and when they asked us to wear formal… I’m like…

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9. Curse A LOT.
          Yeah, I curse a lot back in the day. It was like an expression, and sometimes I don’t really mean it. Just feels right saying it.

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          I was able to somehow curse less. It just didn’t sound right to my ears anymore, so I just stop  cursing when it’s not necessary. (It makes cursing more special. LOL) Today, whenever I hear people curse during conversations with their friends, specially young ones, it made me think… am I like that back then? It’s too annoying to listen to, and I seriously want to smack the shit (sorry) out of their mouths.

10. Snuck out to a concert.
          Every year there’s a festival at our place, where local bands would come and perform and you can watch them live  for free. And of course, everyone you know will be there. Friends, Schoolmates, Everyone. So we went there but we never told our parents because the place was too far, and they wont let us go if they knew. Concert was amazing. The Mosh Pit was crazy. All of our friends were there, we had so much fun and we didn’t care if we’re all sweaty and smelled like shit (beer + our sweat + other people’s sweat + smoke) Anyway, my mom called my friend’s mom to check on me. What my parents know is that I’m at my friend’s house and my friend’s parents know is that she’s on my house; and they both found out that this was a big fat lie. So we got calls from both our parents, telling us to get home right at that moment. My friend and I although we were scared, we decided to stay. YOLO right? lol We thought that if we go home now, we’ll be scolded and probably be grounded, so what difference would that make if we go home in the morning? (which is a lot safer btw) so we decided to finish the event and it was all worth it.

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I can’t say that I’m proud of my actions but I’m glad I did all these things during my younger years. I did learn a lesson or two. also, my conclusion is: I’m such a stubborn girl. LOL but I’m proud to say that I’ve outgrown all of my bad habits. (somehow)

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Cardillo Tilapia

Bored of your ordinary fried tilapia? then try this easy recipe. :)

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INGREDIENTS:

2 pc Tilapia
2 small diced tomato
diced onions and onion stalk
5 slices ginger
5 cloves garlic
1 cup water
1 tbsp fish sauce
salt & black pepper powder to taste
oil for frying
olive oil for sauteing

PROCEDURE:

  1. Rub fish with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry fish until both sides are light brown.
    Remove from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.
  3. In a sauce pan, pour olive oil then saute in it the garlic, under low fire.
  4. Add in the ginger, then onions and tomatoes. Stir until tomatoes are soft.
  5. Pour beaten egg on the sauce pan and stir briskly.
  6. Add water, fish sauce and black pepper powder and bring to a gantle boil.
    Adjust taste by adding salt if needed.
  7. Add the fried fish and onion stalk, mix a bit, and let it simmer for another 2 minutes.

Now you’re done! Enjoy your meal!

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Kalanggaman Island

I never knew about this island until I saw a photo of it on Instagram, one of the many travel accounts posted it.  I read the description, and it says Philippines…….

 I GOTTA TELL MY FRIENDS!! 

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WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND?  Watch this video ♥: Kalanggaman Island is LOVE

and sooo…… we went there. lol we spent 2Days & 2 Nights. Actually it should have been 3Days & 2 Nights but our flights got delayed so whatever.

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anyway, let’s get to it. :)

HOW TO GET THERE:

The island is located at Palompon, Leyte. There are two ways to get there, via Air or Land travel. We chose to travel by air since travel time would be shorter.

This is our route: MANILA TACLOBAN – PALOMPON – KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

1. MANILA -(air)- TACLOBAN

There are available flights from Manila to Tacloban at AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

We arrived at Tacloban around 10pm-ish..or is it 11-ish? …it was late, is what I remember. ’cause our flight got delayed due to heavy rain.

Anyway, upon arrival at Tacloban Airport, ride a jeepney (terminal is just outside the airport) tell them to drop you off at Downtown McDonalds. then ride a tricycle going to the van terminal; just tell the driver to drop you off at Palompon Van Terminal.

If you’ll be arriving late (like us) you could stay at hotels in Tacloban. We stayed at Hotel Consuelo. There are a lot of hotels/hostels/lodges that you could stay at. just google ’em :D

2. TACLOBAN -(van)- PALOMPON

Once you’re at the terminal, look for the vans going to Palompon. Travel time would take 2-3 hours. Drop off would be at Palompon Eco Tourism.

REMEMBER:
Last trip going to Palompon is 5 PM.
Last trip going back to Tacloban is 11:30 AM.

3. PALOMPON -(boat)- KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

Going to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon town is more or less 1-hour boat ride. Tourists are advised to call the Palompon Eco Tourism beforehand so they could assist you with boat reservations. You could book the entire boat, or share with other tourists.

THINGS you  MUST BRING:

  1. TENT – you could bring your own, or you could rent. There’s a shop just beside Palompon Eco Tourism. You could also rent solar lamps if you need.
  2. FOOD – yes, there’s a store at the island that sells food and drinks, however it’s very limited, so it’s advisable that you bring your own food specially if you’re planning to stay overnight.
  3. WATER – just like the food, water is scarce. (I brought one 1500 ml and one 4000ml just for myself)

By the way, before going back to Manila, we decided to eat at this famous seafood restaurant in Tacloban, Ocho Seafood & Grill. They serve fresh delicious local seafoods. and MY GAAAAD! ANG SARAP! Haha

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However, If you’re not into seafood, they also have a variety of meat you could choose from. Or you could try this other restaurant Calle Z 

anyway since we had A LOT of extra time before going back to Manila (due to our, AGAIN, delayed flight) we decided to visit Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. They’re open daily from 8am to 4 pm. A guided tour takes 30 minutes.

It was one of the rest houses of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. It was built for his wife, Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban.

The place was beautiful. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “WOW!” “ANG GANDA!” “GRABE!” It was like being in a victorian dollhouse-ish place.  The interior designs of each and every room, the details of the furniture, the walls! the chandeliers! LOL

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just look how big that chandelier is compared to me.
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(I was planning to stand right under it, but decided not to as it might kill me #finaldestination haha)

So if you’re ever in Tacloban City, I highly recommend that you visit this place. Everything is just WOW.

BUDGET: (for 1 person, group of 3)

1. AirAsia (roundtrip) – PHP 1,533

2. Vans (roundtrip) – PHP 300

3. Boat (roundtrip) – PHP 500

    ** in our case, there are 6 of us. (we shared with 3 other tourists)

BOAT RATES: (roundtrip)
– Php 3,000.00 for 15 capacity & below
– Php 3,500.00 for 25 capacity & below
– Php 4,000.00 for 30 capacity & below

4. Overnight Fee to Kalanggaman Island – PHP 225

REGULAR RATE (day tour)
– Foreign Tourists : Php 500.00
– Local Tourists : Php 150.00

OVERNIGHT RATE
– Foreign Tourists : Php 750.00
– Local Tourists : Php 225.00

5. Tent + Solar Lamps – PHP 200

  ** Php600 (1 good for 4 tent + 2 solar lamps)

TENT + SOLAR LAMP RATES:
– Php 300 / night (4-Person Tent)
– Php 250 / night (2-person Tent)
– Php 150 / Solar Lamp

6. Hotel Consuelo (overnight) – PHP 600

 ** Php 1800 good for 3 persons

7. FOOD: (island & ocho seafood) – PHP 1,000 (approximately)

8. Sto Nino Shrine Museum – Php 77

** Php 230 good for 3 persons (we only used 1 camera)

TOUR RATE:
– Entrance (5 persons) – Php 200
*exceeding 5 persons- additional Php 20
– Per Camera – Php 30
– Per Video Camera – Php 200

TOTAL: PHP 4,435

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CONTACTS: (as of August 2016)

Palompon Eco Tourism:
09173037267
09173037269

Hinablayan Outdoor Shop (Tent rentals)
09227228218
09989994276

Hotel Consuelo
09176283588

When someone leaves you

and when you leave them,

You will feel it. They will too. Even before it happens.

There’s a tug in your heart that would bother you, like a storm brewing.

You knew, someday it will rain.

When you leave someone you love, and someone who loves you leaves you, it will hurt.

For both of you.

because you knew it will happen, but you hoped that it won’t.