Friday, September 23, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

Funny how I have always thought that Boracay isn't one of the places I am eager to set my foot on. I have heard a million times how overrated, expensive, and overdeveloped it is. But when Jan and I decided to go, I just couldn't contain my excitement!

Maybe Boracay is a whole lot different to the places devoid of the tourist conveniences we've mostly been to and enjoyed. But I won't skip experiencing something so beautiful just because people labeled it as "touristy" or "not worth the hype".

And does it really matter? Honestly, I don't give a shit where our feet would take us.  It's whom I am traveling with that matters the most. It's traveling with Jan that I am most excited with. And I don't care if it would take a 24-hour butt-numbing bus ride, delayed flights, and stranded nights just to chase the sunset with him. I love those moments when we sit back, have our breaths be taken away, gaze far, and talk about our hopes and dreams. Just as long as we're together, then I could not ask for anything more.
I just realized we don't have any bus or airplane selfies, kaya ito na lang. One of our first few travels. December 2013.
Although I wish we were born rich with trust funds and all so we can travel the world and never have to worry about running out of money or Vacation Leave credits. We still have a lot to scratch off our bucket bakit list. We'll go places, do things,  and answer questions like, "Mahirap naman pumunta dyan, bakit yan ang pinili nyo?", "Bakit nyo ginagawa yan?", "Bakit nyo pa sinubukan? Alam nyo nang delikado" (hashtag that #nganonienter). At marami pa kaming sasagutin sa tanong na "bakit", which could only mean marami pa kaming lugar na tutuklasin. 

Counting the days with less than a week left. Damn, this waiting game is killing me! Fast forward to Thursday na please.

Skinny People Have Fitness Goals Too

Friday, September 16, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

Some people struggle to lose weight. Yung iba hihigop lang ng hangin tumataba na. Lucky for me, I dodged that bullet.

But I'm not really sure if I should be happy about that.

You see, I have been skinny my entire life. While I can devour a whole box of pizza daily without having to buy a new pair of pants, getting wired with genes that burns more calories quickly isn't always a good thing. You can get hated for that. Haha. *wink*

I stand 5'3" and back then hitting 100 lbs no matter how much food I shove down my throat is a struggle.  Whoever said that 'payat' and 'matakaw' can't be used together in one sentence has definitely not seen me. But I got it all wrong. I just realized I am thin because I was making the wrong food choices.

31 years of my entire matakaw life, I never thought that I would actually go on a diet. Oo, si Sarah nagdi-diet na. Akalain mo yun?! And by diet, I mean high protein, less fat diet. I have ditched junk food (although I still have occasional cheat days), started drinking milk (ugh), and ate small frequent healthy meals. And that healthy diet combined with Muay Thai drills that involve muscle strengthening, body conditioning and hardening, is turning this skinny body into a lean and mean fighting machine. Whoever wants to mess up with me should be afraid, be very afraid. xD

At 106 lbs (from 98lbs 2 months ago), I am close to hitting my ideal BMI and that has not even involved binge-eating on burgers like I did before.  I have never felt better. And gaining weight, after all, is not that hard. When I started off, all I wanted was to bulk up. But now, my goals have changed, I want to be fit and strong.

The biggest challenge I hold today is the determination to push myself to the limits as it entails a lot of patience, discipline, and perseverance. And it goes the same with those who struggle to lose weight.

So am I up for the challenge?


I've been giving myself different challenges lately. Play 'Sweet Child O Mine' on a string instrument? Did it. Fitness challenge? Doing it. And this time, learn a new programming language? Watch me whip, watch me nail it.

Do Not Ever Hit the Snooze Button

Monday, September 5, 2016 6 Comments A+ a-

Because it's going to ruin your life.

I just got my payslip and cringed at the tax that I had to pay. But what really turned my stomach was the amount of deduction from my salary.

All because of that snooze button.

That "five more minutes" daily would cost me around Php 1.5k a month. And that five more minutes after another didn't make me feel better. While squeezing five more minutes of sleep might seem glorious, trust me, it is not worth it. First, it doesn't do you any good waking up and getting yourself in another sleep cycle. Second, that extended five minutes will not keep you from waking up groggy. And lastly, hitting that snooze button will only get you broke.

I just calculated all my estimated deductions from tardiness since January this year. And I sincerely wish I didn't do it. The calculator read five figures. Fvck. That amount might have already gotten me a round trip ticket to Batanes. Or I wouldn't have to worry about my pocket money for this month's trip. Damn these old habits that die hard. Damn whoever invented that snooze button. Damn you, self, for calculating.

Lesson learned: do not do Math.

It's already September, I guess it's not yet too late to live my best life in 2016. This morning, I came to work five minutes early. The question now is, how long can I last this challenge? I guess, I should start with my sleeping habits. As the old adage goes, early to bed and early to rise, makes the man healthy and wise.


I think I just felt my eyes roll. Sigh. Hey brain, why must you be active at night? How I wish I can just defy the laws of the universe and simply be able to bend space and time. Whatever.

“If you're always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.” - Kelsier. Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn: The Final Empire.