Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My 30-Day Challenge

Bro. Bo Sanchez' Soulfood post last Monday was an invitation to a 30-Day Challenge. A challenge of what? A challenge to change your annoying habits one habit at a time. 

I have not even finished reading the post and my mind was already filled with all the things I wanted to change since time immemorial but never got around to actually doing it. Some I've started doing but I was not able to maintain it. See, that's already an annoying habit - starting something but never following it through!

Now Bro. Bo's challenge specifically states to choose only ONE habit. It should be simple enough so we can attain it. Makes sense, huh? If we are able to do one simple thing, it develops our self-confidence (Hey, I can do this! moment) and gives us the boost to do another one.

So here goes......

My battle with the bulge has been on going for the longest time. My weight has been a roller coaster ride and right now it's at its lowest point. I could not button by pants! Huhuhu! The holiday eating and lack of exercise had really ballooned up my (already) big butt.

So what's my 30-day challenge?

Well, I have started doing a bit of exercise every morning even before I read Bro. Bo's post so I'll just continue doing that. 

The new thing I started this morning is that, I did not eat white rice. I had wheat bread and ham instead. So I challenge myself to replace rice with wheat bread for breakfast for the next 30 days.

And just to add bit more kick to this challenge, I will post my weight and body measurements here and we'll see how it improves (hopefully!) after 30 days. 

I am not sure how I weigh right now but I'm guessing around 125lbs. 
Waist :   34.50"
Chest:   36.00"
Arms:    12.00"
Thighs:   21.00"
Hips:     38.75" 

Just to be clear, I do not plan on losing all my excess weight in 30days. That's absurd! Fitness is beyond a 30-day plan. I am only using Bro. Bo's 30-day challenge to be my stepping stone to a real fitness regimen. I posted my weight and body measurements to be my point of reference so I can measure my progress as I go along. 

How about you? Are you ready to take on the 30-day challenge?

*For the complete post on the 30-Day Challenge, click here: http://bosanchez.ph/take-the-30-day-challenge/

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi Part 2

It's the first day of the Chinese New Year so we're having a Mexican-inspired lunch. Duh?

We bought a box of medium-sized taco shells last weekend and we decided to have it for lunch today. Not really to celebrate the Chinese New Year but just to satisfy our craving for  something different. - different from the usual food that we devour at home. =)

1/4 ground beef
Shredded lettuce
4 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
White onion. sliced (I served just 1/4 of one big onion bec I was the only who wants onion on her tacos)
Chopped garlic
Grated cheese

1. Saute garlic and onion in hot oil.
2. Add ground beef until well cooked.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Fill each taco shell with 1 to 2 tbsp of ground beef.
5. Add lettuce or cabbage, onion, tomatoes, taco sauce or hot sauce.
6. Top with grated cheese.

It was really a messy eat but worth it. Miguel enjoyed it. He drank a whole 2liter bottle of Coke to go with it. Joke!

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Kung Hei Fat Choi

Kung Hei Fat Choi to everyone! Especially to all my fellow Dragon-born peeps. This is our year!

Ongpin St., Sta. Cruz, Manila 

We got an invite from my father to have Sunday lunch in Binondo earlier last week. At that time, I couldn't think of any important family event that was occurring on that day, or that week for that matter, so the invitation was quite baffling. Only when we arrived in Binondo did I realize the reason for the invite. It was the Chinese New Year! And my father the Lolo wanted to show Miguel the festivities of the occasion particularly the  dragon dances.

We had lunch at Cafe Mezzanine, a small Chinese restaurant near Binondo church. It was jam-packed, as all the other Chinese restaurants in the area. It took quite a while before we were given a table.

Cafe Mezzanine, Nueva St., Binondo, Manila

The food was not as good as the other Chinese restos that we frequently go to like Mañosa in Ongpin and Wah Sun in Sta. Cruz. For one, they didn't have Yang Chow Fried Rice! They had Kiampong instead. This kind of fried rice is really new to me. It was tasty enough but my taste buds were so craving for the more familiar yang chow so it was a bit of a let-down that it was not in the menu. *sad face*

View from Cafe Mezzanine

We did a bit of walking along Ongpin St. after lunch. There was a stage set-up in the corner of Ongpin and Sabino Padlilla Sts. (formerly Gandara St.) where a group of Chinese performers were presenting a Chinese dance when we passed by. At that point I thought, this might be the closest I can get to China.  

Nueva St. 

Nueva St. 

Back view

 The stage

 It was a good family day once again. Too bad my sister and her family could not join us. Maybe next time.

Again, Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!

 Source: http://www.meetdragons.com/v/paintings/cdp1_001.jpg.html

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Beginnings

It's barely two weeks since we ushered in the new year 2012. But personally, my new year started two months before that when I resigned from work in October 2011. It was something I have been meaning to do for quite a while already but it was only late last year when I finally decided (with hubby's consent, of course) to take the plunge. 

That was my new year, the start of my new life.

Stay-at-Home Mom/Wife
Since then, I have been at home most of the time - trying to be a mom to my little boy and a happy wife to hubby. I have not yet fully embraced the role of a domestic goddess but I'll get there. (LOL!) 

Human Heart Nature Dealer
Initially, I registered as a dealer for Human Heart Nature, a brand of natural & organic beauty & personal care products. It was easy enough to sell because I personally use the products and it works for me. My sisters and I had put up Bargain Room, our online store for this purpose. 

Then I discovered Bo Sanchez' Truly Rich Club which provides guidance to financial wealth as well as spiritual wealth . The club guides its members on how to create passive income mainly thru investing in stocks. My husband and I started investing in stocks in 2006. But later I learned from Bro. Bo that we weren't really investing but we were trading. We were not experts. We did not know and we did not have the time nor the patience to learn the ins and outs of trading. So after a few tries, we lost. But now, with Bro. Bo's guidance, we hope to straighten our act and create a passive income thru investing in stocks the proper way and with the proper attitude. 

Virtual Assistant
And as if God is really supporting my decision to stay home, he introduced me to Jomar Hilario, an internet marketing guru endorsed by Bo Sanchez and Larry Gamboa. I attended his very informative Virtual Assistant training last December 2011. I am still working on the assignment he gave us which aims to increase our skills and thus increase our chances of getting a VA gig. A Virtual Assistant, for those who have not heard of it yet, is a person who provides support (admin, technical or creative) to a client from a home office.

Online Marketer
Another thing I ventured in is the online mentoring club by the same mentor I have in becoming a VA, Jomar Hilario. This is 12-month program which aims to help people to make money online for the long haul. The lessons has just started and I am praying in that I make it to the end.
My life has indeed changed in a matter of 3 months. I do not know what the future holds. I do not know how all these things that I have started will turn out. But I do know one thing. God is with me so therefore I know I am going to be alright.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ang Babae at ang Langgam

On the first night of the year, 01.01.2012, rather than telling Miguel a bedtime story, he created his own and told me one instead. 

May isang babaeng  naglalaro sa may halamanan na maraming langgam. Kinagat sya ng langgam. Pag-uwi nya, nagalit ang Nanay nya. 

"Di ba sabi ko sa iyo huwag kang maglaro sa halamanan kasi malanggam dun? Punta ka sa kwarto mo! Hindi ka pwedeng maglaro!" 

Tapos na - Miguel

Photo courtesy of Imaginism Studios

Nice huh? Can't wait for his next bedtime story =)


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012!

The new year has officially began and we're into the first 10 hours of 2012 as I write this. 

Woke up at 8am with a smile on my face as I see my little boy still sleeping so peacefully beside me and my good-looking (*wink wink*) husband already awake and tinkering with his favorite toy, his Samsung SII. What a wonderful 2012 morning, right?

As I go down the stairs to the first floor of my parent's place, where we've been staying since Christmas day, I see my ever zealous Nanay sweeping the floor. Sometimes I wonder if I am really my Nanay's daughter because I don't have her dedication to domestic work which stems out from her love for her family to give them the cleanest and most sanitized place to live in that she can provide. I see that quality in my youngest sister who has two kids of her own but I must admit that it is something I need to work on.  

Next I see my Tatay strolling in his mini garden. It is still a work-in-progress but it has indeed progressed in the last couple of months. I am sure it brings him a lot of pride and joy to have a place where he can have fruit-bearing trees, vegetables and other decorative plants as well as a space where his apos (grandkids) can run around freely.   

The Christian church beside us has started their Sunday service and are singing their praises to the Lord. It is always good to hear nice worship songs in the morning. My retreat last December has rekindled my relationship with the Lord and hopefully the fire will consistently burn throughout the year. But knowing me, there is that big possibility that the fire will be blown by the wind from time to time. Here's hoping that I may be able to find my way back when I go astray.  

I have now posted our best pics from last night's revelry in my FB account. Unfortunately our family pic is missing my sister and her brood. Her youngest had a bout with pneumonia recently so they opted to spend  New Year's Eve in a hotel in Tagaytay  to escape the firecracker pollution of the metro. I hope next year we'll be together again. 

Hay! We'll be heading back to our home in Manila in a few hours. Holiday vacay is over. 

Thanks to my Tatay and Nanay for always accommodating us in your lovely home. It was another wonderful holidays spent with you. 'Til the next long holiday! Love you! Mwah!