Post AnniverSaturDate At Hampton Gardens

Last Saturday, June 18, 2016, Ino and I celebrated our post anniversary date at The Hampton Gardens. We were supposed to celebrate at the same place on our 7th year anniversary. However, I got terribly sick on the day of our date so we decided to just postpone it.

We left Citihomes around 3:30 PM to 4 PM and arrived in THG at around 4:30 PM. We just dropped our things at Lawrence’s unit and we headed to the swimming pool. We swam for about 30-45 minutes and decided to grab a bite nearby THG.

There were a couple of places that Ino was raving about. First was the burger place and the second was the very affordable Tapsihan, Tapsi Sa Palatiw, near Stella Maris Pasig.

We headed to the burger place first because we were supposed to have burgers and shakes for snacks. However, it was still closed when we dropped by. Closed at 5 PM? Hahaha.. Pretty weird, right? Ino said that the burger place usually opens around 6 PM and closes at 2-3 PM.  So, since it is still closed, we just went to the other place that he was raving about.

TAPSI SA PALATIW

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I let him choose the kind of Tapsi that he wants to order since he recommended the place. It was my first time to go there so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve eaten at several Tapsihans and Tapsi sa Palatiw’s Tapsilog was just right for me. For a very affordable price, the Tapsi was not a miss but it wasn’t as stellar as Tapa King’s.  It was actually a hit for me because it is a go-to-place if you are looking for a budget friendly dine in experience.

Aside from the Tapsi, we also ordered a couple of barbecue sticks. It would have been better if they reheated it. The meat was already quite cold and difficult to chew so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much.

The Tapsilog costs P31 pesos per meal and the barbecue costs around P10 to P12 per stick.

The dining experience was comfortable. The place was spacious. Not many people dined in when we went there but that’s because it’s a Saturday and it’s not really the high time for people to eat dinner or eat rice and a viand for snacks.

I will still go back and try their chicken meal if I were given a chance. For a cost effective experience, I would rate this affordable restaurant a 3.

Tapsi sa Palatiw is located at Stella Maris Ave, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila.


 

Off to our next stop, Ino chose another place for desserts.

 

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For P25, I get to Swirl to The Max!!!

It isn’t obvious that it was my first time to ever go to Lawson. 🙂

It was actually not my first time because Ino and I had tried it before at Legarda, Manila a few months ago. But let me just enjoy this post because it is worth writing. 🙂

I’ve tried several ice creams from different marts like 7-Eleven, Ministop, Family Mart, and Circle K. I’d definitely choose Circle K’s vanilla ice cream over Family Mart’s.

My curiosity started when I’ve read about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream from Mati Serrano‘s blog and DomesticUrbanite‘s blog. Both of them are foodies or food enthusiasts and reading about their recipes and food trips from time to time helped me discover new places and new dishes to try. Reading their blog posts about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream made me think that it must be something that I, myself, should try.

At the same time, my resident bully and fiance, told me that he has already tried the Charcoal Ice Cream before which made me green with envy. I was very curious at that time but I don’t know where Lawson is in Ortigas.

So, here I am. Looking like a first timer because I really am. 🙂

The Charcoal Ice Cream experience was delightful! It was fun to eat although it messed my teeth (which Ino made fun of) because of the charcoal. For P25, it wasn’t that bad. It is now my 2nd favorite next to Circle K’s.

Looking at Lawson’s selection, I can say that they have more stocks than 7-Eleven and sometimes Mercury Drug. They offer different kinds of stuff from toiletries to different instant food. I was actually amazed with the toiletries because there’s a lot to choose from.

I had to compare because I’ve been waiting for Ino at 7-Eleven for almost half the year after I tired myself out from hanging out at Mc Donald’s several months ago. It was something that I have to write about since that habit will eventually end by the end of June. Hopefully.

So, going back to the Charcoal Ice Cream experience, I would say that I’d like to give it a 4 for trying. It was definitely something new and something refreshing to try on a hot summer or rainy day. 🙂


Moreover…

We went to ELITE NAILS HAND, FOOT AND BODY SPA after taking a rest at THG.

 

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Excuse my manas or swollen feet I’m not preggers, I’m just fat.

 

I think Ino reads my posts and take my Sunday Currentlies to heart. I remember one Sunday Currently post where I’ve written something about needing some pampering. I think he didn’t miss that post because he treated me to a nail care experience at the Elite Nails Spa on our post Saturdate Anniversary celebration.

We inquired about their nail services first before we decided to book a pedi session before we went to Tapsi sa Palatiw and Lawson. My usual dilemma in inquiring about a product or a service to a clerk or a sales representative is their ability to explain the product or service that they are selling and how knowledgeable they are in what their products or services are.

I was pretty satisfied with Elite Nails’s attendant because he was able to explain the differences of the services that they offer. It was clear and what I just needed to hear, so as a result, I was able to choose right away on which service I’m going to avail.

Ater taking a rest at the Hampton, we headed to Elite Nails for a Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure.

We waited for almost half an hour but that’s okay because the place was well air conditioned and had a relaxing vibe. The attendant and the staff were friendly and very accommodating. ‘Though they have a separate staff assigned for the Foot Spa and another for the Pedicure, it’s okay. I don’t have any qualms on it.

The Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure costs around P390. I had an additional OPI Nail Polish worth P50 to P60 because the staff said it lasts two weeks longer than an ordinary nail polish so I gave it a go.

It was actually worth it. The foot spa was good because the staff really tried to scrape off my dry skin and callouses. She was very hardworking and was very friendly too. I admit that her job was very difficult and given that it’s almost dinner time, I give props to her good service because she didn’t hastily do her job. I felt that I’m getting the service that is worth what I’m paying for so I didn’t regret giving her a tip.

The pedicure, which I was expecting to be painful was very painless. The staff who attended to me was very careful and checks on my reaction from time to time. It was not painful so it was okay. She also followed my request about not using a nail file because I hate the feeling of it scratching my nails. I also gave her a tip for taking care of my nails.

I would definitely go back to this branch if I will be given a chance. I’d also choose the same staff, if only I could remember their names. 🙂 I think I can still remember how they looked like. 🙂 I give this branch a 3.75 for a quite excellent service.

This branch that I have visited was just outside the Hampton Gardens. It’s located at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila. You can also check their menu on their website.


Finally, after everything that transpired on that day, we chanced upon the burger place that I was writing about earlier.

It’s already open!!

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When I said burger place, I was actually referring to Tapsihan Sa Maybunga. This is the place that Ino was telling me about. He was actually raving about the huge burger that they are offering.

He was telling me about the ingredients of each burger. It was quite a mouthful. Each burger is offering a Quarter Pounder. 🙂 Some of the burgers have SPAM, bacon, sunny side up fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, special butter sauce, etc.

My choice was the Butter Beater and it didn’t disappoint. I was also leaning towards Big Max since I’m not into different kinds of meat in one burger. Ino likes Rise N Shine but I find it quite greasy and too much. Although it is not that bad because it is really worth your money thanks to their generous serving. 🙂

I didn’t choose Level Up, Fast Break and Firehouse because of the SPAM, bacon, eggs, and jalapeno. It’s just me. I just don’t enjoy too much food in one bite. I guess it’s delicious too but I think I might try it out if Butter Beater or Big Max are not available. Haha!

Oh! We also bought a Choco Chip Shake! It was good but I wish I ordered Mocha Frappe instead. I was supposed to order Mocha Frappe but Ino said he has already tried it. I wanted him to try out a different flavor too but unfortunately, he chose the same flavor he had last time. It was quite a let down. But I will definitely try their Mocha Frappe next time! 🙂

The shakes are pretty average for me. I think it is not really worth P75. I think they could have served it for around P60 to P65 instead. The presentation and the taste wasn’t that rad for P75. I wish they could level it up by adding something more to their “plating” or to their unique taste.

With how Ino hyped the burger and the shakes, it really got me expecting something out of everything. I was expecting something worth writing about and not just an Instagram moment. I was expecting a memorable taste out of it. Something that could linger and make me want to come back even if it’s quite far from where I am from.

I guess, it’s just me and my expectations. The burger was great. The presentation and plating was surprising. The knife on the burger was liberating. The plastic gloves was a unique suggestion on how to eat the burger. It gave a subtle hint about a no poise moment. It was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed it!

I will give this restaurant a 3.5 for the effort and for the hype. 🙂

I also liked the way the servers feel like family. It’s really hard to tell whether they are just staffs or family members helping each other out in their family business. It’s a Saturday anyway, and it somehow made me feel nostalgic.

I used to dream about my own clan owning a restaurant and each one of us helping out in any way we can. I know that it’s impossible right now but it could have been a good business venture for each of us.

Anyway, I was able to enjoy the food and the drink. It was a treat! So yeah, I really enjoyed everything. I’m still looking forward to visiting Tapishan sa Maybunga because I might just really have high hopes for everything products and services related. This is how I am most especially when I am paying or someone is treating me for a food experience.

Having said that, this is not a paid advertisement and I’m blogging about it to share my own experiences. Also, I’m blogging about my thoughts so that one’s service or products will continuously improve and provide satisfaction to their customers.

Tapsihan sa Maybunga is near Hampton Gardens. It is located at 416, Dr. Sixto Ave., Pasig, Metro Manila.

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Our Ring

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I’m the type who doesn’t like to wear jewelries when I was young. I used to hate cosmetics too but that’s a different story.

I was very surprised when @inomon asked me to marry him. It’s not because I didn’t think that he would be the one, but because after all that my parents have been through, I couldn’t believe that someone would like to be with me for the rest of his life.

I knew for a fact that I’m not the best person in the world. I tend to be so insecure about the other girls around him because someone as nice as him deserves someone who will always be there for him, take care of him and reciprocate everything that he does. I’m far from that perfect person and I’m trying my best to be that person every day.

It is not the ring that I’m showing you. I’m letting you know that despite who I’ve become, this guy never fails to forget what I like and who I am.

This ring is a proof that he knows that I don’t like traditional or trendy stuff. He knows that I want to be unique and he chose this for me because he knows me and respects what I want or what I like. It may not be as grand as the mainstream engagement rings in this day and age, but it is the best and most valuable to me.

He still remembers the little things. From that book in NBS Gateway in 2009 up to this special ring that he gave me on the Christmas Eve of 2015, I know that he will be the last boyfriend that I will have.

I would just like to remind myself that this simple guy loved me ever since I met him and I’m thankful that I met him a month after my college graduation. That someone loves me and is willing to spend his lifetime with me using his own hard work and efforts. That no matter how hard we fought, how deafening our silence is, he is still the same guy who never gave up on me for over 6 years and 9 months.

He’s the one that I’ve prayed for. My answered prayer and my forever love (c/o Chanel.)

A New Home

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I’ve been contemplating on what URL to choose for my own domain in case, Ino will buy me a whole year of my own domain and hosting site.

I have been dreaming of having one but not really aiming to have one. I’m quite contented with my WordPress and Tumblr blog and I like my dashboards.

When the opportunity presented itself, I think I would just consider one of my previous URLs and use it.

Hello Nuffnang and other ads! Hello commercial blogging! Hello sponsored posts (hopefully!) Hello unboxings! Hello to a new level of business minded ideas! Hahaha!

I think I will have a better way to post reviews using my own legit voice (vernacular and English media/mediums.) Then, I won’t need to post my own signature in each post. It can be more personal and less formal.

It’s still a plan. Ino and I haven’t bought a domain or a hosting site yet. It’s an idea that I’m willing to venture on. I’m not really the type who can express my ideas in a large number of audiences that’s why I prefer to write for myself. Who knows? Maybe in an unexpected moment, I will find my own niche. Cheers!

6 years and 9 months anniversary at Intramuros, Manila

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I haven’t written anything about this post since I posted it 4 days ago. I’m sorry.

These photos were taken last February 23, 2016. Ino and I somewhat celebrated our 81st monthsarry or 6 years and 9 months anniversary in Intramuros, Manila. We initially planned to process my papers at the Archdiocesan Chancery Office Arzobispado de Manila for my baptismal certificate’s amendment. We also planned to go to the church (where I had my baptism) on the same day.

We had lunch at KFC nearby Manila Cathedral. Then we went to Intramuros to kill time. We still had about an hour before the Archdiocesan Chancery Office Arzobispado de Manila opens, so we grabbed the only chance we’ve got and decided to go to Intramuros and spend our monthsarry there.

I have been longing to go to Intramuros for a while. I actually told him that since we don’t have enough money to spend for our anniversary this year (because we are saving for the weddding,) we could just go on a date at Intramuros instead.

We were actually planning to go this May. However, since the opportunity arose, we decided to just take our time and enjoy the beauty of Intramuros during our special day.

Here are some of the photos that I took using my LG G3 camera.

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It actually feels great to be on a date with someone you love. It also felt great to be in a place that you hoped to visit for a long time. I was actually elated when I’ve come to realize that I’m not only in a historical place, but also I was with a boyfriend who will also become my fiance in over a year.

I think there’s still another place in Intramuros that we should visit. It was a certain area that we visited on our field trip when I was in grade school or high school. I remembered that there were kalesa(s) at that place. I could be dreaming or just remembering something from a movie or a TV episode. I’m not really sure. I think we have to go back and try to find it again.

There’s a feeling of contentment when I visit historical places or museums. I guess, I may not be as adventurous as the others but the nationalist in me really enjoyed this simple getaway. I hope to go back soon with my husband. 🙂

Living Skin Laser Center, Cafe 7ate9 and Honey’s Kimchi

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Happy Sunday!

I’ve been inactive for sometime because of work and the wedding planning. Now that I’m back, I’d like to feature my first skin care clinic, my go-to mall and two go-to places for the best Korean food experience in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

DISCLAIMER: These establishments didn’t pay me to advertise their services. I am just very satisfied with their services and products that’s why I’m blogging about them. If you wish to be featured in my blog, please contact me through my about me page. 🙂

Today’s plan was actually to go to Living Skin Laser Center at StarMall, Mandaluyong for a Diode Laser Hair Removal. I’ve been planning to go since the last quarter of 2015 and I’m glad that FINALLY I can have my first treatment today.

Yep! It was for my underarms! And what a way to start the year, huh? I’ve heard about IPL hair removal from my co-workers early last year and ever since then I became curious about it.

I’ve never really tried waxing or anything aside from plucking and shaving. I am also the type who doesn’t want to follow the trend. I was also very conscious in putting my arms up. I dread wearing a sleeveless or any clothes that would reveal my underarms. Yeah, we’re not just talking about hair removal here.

Living Skin Laser Center offers Diode Laser Hair Removal and Whitening for P1000 each session. I inquired about the treatment several times that the staff already recognized me when I visited the clinic this afternoon. It was painless and quick! The session only took me less than 30 minutes. The staff actually said that it would only take 15 minutes but since I got so comfortable with them, I took the time to chat with Julie.

Julie is my therapist. She graduated from TESDA and she handled the session with care. She was very respectful and nice. She was also friendly. I felt very happy with our session that I gave her a tip for a job well done. 🙂

I’m actually the type who always have high expectations on services that I pay for and receiving a good customer service is essential for me. That’s why I’m very happy with my first laser session and I’m blogging about it now.

So, that’s that. I’m not gonna take a picture of my armpits but I just remembered that they did before we started the laser treatment. 🙂

So, on to our next trip! We were actually sidetracked by this cafe that Ino and I usually pass by. It is located in the Ground Floor of Cityland Condominium in Mandaluyong City near Crossing (EDSA Shaw.)

 

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Here’s how the front of the cafe looks. I was too shy and nervous that someone might grab my phone and steal it because we’re outside that’s why I wasn’t able to adjust my camera phone’s quality. It was a quick shot because we haven’t asked the owner’s permission yet when we took this photo. There were some people who were also passing by in front of the shop that’s why I even felt more embarrassed.

 

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This was our spot this afternoon. We dined in at around 5-6 PM. We were in a hurry and got so mesmerized by the food that I haven’t thought of taking some pictures at that time. 

 

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Coffee, Bingsus, Mochi, Cakes, etc. The cafe is loaded with customers!

We’ve been talking about this cafe because it is always close when we pass by and when we had the chance to check it out, lo and behold… It is OPEN!! Hahaha!

We know that it is a Korean Cafe. What we didn’t expect was that Mr. Kwon, the owner of Cafe 7ate9 would actually serve our order. We ordered their Original Bingsu because the Mango Bingsu is unavailable. We also ordered a Blackberry Cheesecake and a Mochi to complete our merienda.

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Have you ever tasted heaven? I haven’t. I guess I’d never really know what it was like to be in heaven. But the mere taste of this yummy Bingsu made me think that people with heavy problems and loneliness won’t feel any problems or loneliness at all when they get a bite of this yummy Original Bingsu by 7ate9. It’s creamy, chewy and delicious! It is not that sweet but it takes away your stress and you won’t get enough of it. The Bingsu costs around P250, the mochi is around P30-35 and the Blueberry Cheesecake costs around P150-180 pesos. I’m sorry because I really can’t remember the prices. 😥

Mr. Kwon was very nice and easy to talk to. He’s very approachable. Though I can sense that he’s a bit shy and uneasy when I kept on asking him questions. I told him that I teach English to Koreans and disclosed my company’s name. He might be nervous or uncomfortable because he didn’t expect that a customer would strike up a conversation on that day. Regardless, it was a nice experience.

It actually sparked a motivation in me. Lately, I’ve been getting down and stressed out with the recent turn of events in the office. For the fourth time, I didn’t get the promotion that I’ve been eyeing since last year. I guess it was high time for me to give up that dream for now and enjoy the teaching experience. After all, the reason why I’m in this industry up to this date is to just have fun and share my knowledge to my students.

What with all the ease that the company is doing to make the teachers comfortable, I guess I also need to give back by exerting effort that the students deserve. I also deserve to enjoy the ride and veer away from all the negativity that I’ve been holding on since last year. I guess, I just have to accept it. It wasn’t meant for me and I will deserve a better shot at something next time. After all, I’m going to settle down and be with the person who appreciates every part of me.

So much drama, huh?

Anyway, Ino and I had an all Korean food trip for our Sundate. We went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall in Shaw, Mandaluyong City to have an early dinner.

Shangri-La was my go-to mall when I was a kid. Back when my Mama Babes, my aunt and legal mom, was still alive, we would often go to that mall every week to go grocery shopping at Rustan’s and shop clothes at Crossing’s. It was in the 1990’s and everything was smooth sailing and perfect. But then, things happen and she’s now resting in peace in heaven.

I’ve never felt more comfortable and at home elsewhere. I was actually quite curious about the fuss in SM Megamall when I was younger. My cousins rave about it. My other cousins would rave about Landmark and Glorietta, but I never really appreciated those places unlike Shangri-La.

Everything felt in place when I’m at Shangri-La. I guess it’s because I still feel Mama Babes shopping with me in that place every time I go there. I always feel secured when I’m at that place and I just can’t really explain how I feel when I’m there.

So, yeah. My family and relatives used to go to St. Francis to hear the 12 o’clock mass. We like grabbing a bite at the food court and hanging out on Sundays. It was one of the memories that I treasure the most.

Korean food has been my comfort food since I started working in the ESL field. It’s my go-to food when I’m stressed out. It may be a bit pricey compared to an ice cream but the comfort that it provides after a long day is worth every penny. Legit Korean restaurants are very homey too. They provide variety of side dishes before they serve the main meal that you ordered. I am pretty picky when I eat Kimchi too. I love fresh Kimchi and Fishcakes. 🙂

My biological mom and I like eating at Honey’s Kimchi since I was young. Honey’s Kimchi was our go-to place when we want a heavy lunch with a delicious soup. We used to order their Chicken with Bean Sprouts meal often.

I discovered Honey’s Kimchi’s Kimchi a few years back. My biological mom and I never tried Kimchi although it was one of the best-selling food that they have. Hello, Honey’s Kimchi nga di ba? 

I’ve known my biomom as a picky eater. She doesn’t like unconventional food. She’d always say no to foreign food. And it was just recently when she started liking Tokyo Tokyo’s California Maki and Chinese restaurant’s Hakao.

I invited her to eat at a Korean Restaurant at Escriva, Pasig City once. However, she didn’t enjoy the food as much as Ino and I did and she just ended up eating the fried chicken that we ordered at that time. So, basically she didn’t appreciate Korean food that much so we just ordered a safe meal for her.

I guess, I got the trait of being a picky eater from my mom. But these days, I’m trying to challenge my taste buds to some new taste experience. And ever since I started working for a Korean company, I developed an acquired taste to spicy foods. I also became so eager to eat vegetables because of so many Korean dishes that I cannot live without now.

One of the best Korean dishes that I love is the Bibimbap.

I am not a solid fan of vegetables when I was young. I am picky in eating Filipino dishes most especially if those dishes have vegetables in it. But ever since I started eating Kimchi and since discovering these awesome dishes, it just became a part of me, — A part of the Korean food experience that I always happily share to my students.

So, Ino and I went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall’s food court. We basically have Bibimbap as our main dish and a side dish of Kimchi for dinner.

 

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The elders are not my relatives. They are just customers. I took this picture to show how the stall looks like. I’m not really sure if I should call it a stall or a restaurant but anyway, here’s how Honey’s Kimchi looks like.

 

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This is the mouthwatering Bibimbap of Honey’s Kimchi. It was so delicious but tonight, the rice was too watery for my taste so I had a bit of a hard time in mixing the ingredients together. All in all, I still recommend their Bibimbap. 🙂

 

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For the top view, here are the ingredients of the Bibimbap. It was so nice but I wasn’t able to mix it right so the Gochujang was too spicy for me. Friendly reminder: You have to have a glass of water when eating spicy foods like this.

 

So that was how my Sundate went. I got a bit dramatic with some stuff but I’m glad to share every bit of it.

This one is a long post but I hope that you enjoyed reading! 🙂

 

 

Jim’s Super Gym

I’ve been an avid fan of Saab Magalona since she got involved in a mauling incident last year. It’s not that I idolize her for brawling or stopping a brawl or whatever. I don’t know. At that time, I just noticed that she has matured when it comes to writing stuff on her blog. Eventually, she became my peg in writing some of my entries too.

I just stumbled upon that news then after that I tried to search her on Google and the rest is history. I found her blog interesting and refreshing. It’s a different take and a different style in blogging. It’s one that Tumblr bloggers should discover. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate the new generation of Tumblr bloggers. It’s just that I really hate how “bloggers” turned the dashboard into a UP Secret Files feel.

Moving on…

Saab just got engaged at that time and she was trying to lose some weight. Aside from DietDiva, she also blogged about going to the gym and I got very interested in it.

I am not really a fitness buff or anything close to anything fitness related. In fact, I’m the type of person who’d rather be a couch potato (like eating some snacks with soda or anything with soda while watching TV or while reading FashionPulis or some Pretty Little Liars theories on Tumblr) than go out and enjoy the sun or the rain or go window shopping and whatnot. Let’s just say that I’m the type of person who thinks that going out means spending money and with the kind of shopping behavior that I have… (I’m actually an impulsive shopper) I’d rather stay at home because basically, I’m broke.

My weekends comprise sleeping late, waking up late and eating late. Sleeping, eating, surfing the internet, eating, sleeping, … repeat ’til fade. That was my routine every weekend until I got so hooked with Saab’s fitness posts.

After some weeks, I decided to tell Ino about it. I told him that I want to go to the gym. He was not the reason why I want to lose weight, okay? I just want to feel good about myself. I want to take selfies with confidence. I want to run and do things lightly. I don’t want to be so sickly and tired all the time.

So, it’s a good thing that he took it positively and didn’t tease me about it. He didn’t put me under pressure. Although my mom and some of my relatives keep on telling me to lose weight… still, they were not the biggest factor in my decision. It was because of Saab and also because I wanted it too.

I guess, you need to want and like something so that you can set a goal and be motivated to do it. Actually, I’m so looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the budget for the gym registration, the program and the trainer was insufficient at that time because we were about to go to Pandaquit, Zambales for our anniversary.

We actually scouted for several gyms including the high end ones and the nearest gym in my place a week after we celebrated our 6th anniversary. Thankfully, we were able to inquire at Gym Plus in Edsa Central, Mandaluyong City. It was actually cost efficient and the staff were accomodating.

I think it was after a couple of weeks after we went to Zambales when he told me that he has already saved some money for our gym plans. After that week, we went to Gym Plus in Edsa Central, Mandaluyong to sign up for the registration and training programs.

It has been 2 Saturdays since our registration and tomorrow is our 3rd. I am up for a 10 session for two months with Coach Jim. He actually suggested for me to go there 3x or 5x a week, however, my schedule is very tight on weekdays so I really can’t go there. He also mentioned that he is not available on Sundays, so we only go there on Saturdays. I also have an overtime work on Sundays from 4 pm to 9 pm so working out on Sundays won’t really work for me.

So far, we’ve been going to the gym once a week and I can say that it was fun. At first, I thought it’s like P.E class with all the stretching and running and physical activities. It was also my first time to try the treadmill, so I find it a bit awkward but intriguing. As I’ve written before, I usually go to work on foot so walking is not a problem for me. In fact, I am always looking forward for the treadmill because it’s the easiest and I get to listen to music for 20 minutes without being in a hurry as well.

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If I like the treadmill, I dread the bicycle-like machine. It’s really painful on the legs most especially on the knees. It’s not really my favorite equipment but it’s okay. I use both machines slowly because duh it was just my 2nd time. Probably, I’d be faster soon. 🙂

All in all, exercising in the gym is fun. At first, I got very conscious because there are a lot of men and they were staring at me and watching me do the routine. As time goes by, it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. I am more focused on my routine and my motivation to be slimmer.

However, cutting down on snacks and soda is really challenging for me. I can’t last a week without drinking soda, eating in a fast food restaurant, and eating oily and salty snacks in the office or after office. I am trying to drink more water and lessening the colored drinks but it’s inevitable when you’re eating out. I am trying but it might really take a lot of discipline.

So to sum it all,  going to the gym became another activity that we are enjoying together so far since we are not really sporty people and we both have different goals in changing our lifestyle. It’s an addition to our laidback bonding moments.

I’m thankful that I became an avid follower of Saab Magalona’s blog because she really motivated me to become healthier in a good way. I hope I can inspire other people too in the future.

I’ll keep you posted with my progress soon so just hang in there and enjoy the weekend.