revisiting my list

deadseaAlmost two years ago, I felt blessed to have this TO-DO crossed off my list: Float on the Dead Sea making two “peace” signs.

It has been a while since I travelled. If you ask me, I miss it. Given my current circumstance, I seem challenged more and more to find time (to travel). I have the choice, yes, and it’s something I always tell other people; however, there are certain factors that outweigh my desire to travel.

But maybe we will SOON. We, meaning, my deciding factor involves my hubby. I just have to tweak the Travel Bucket List and include the Hubby’s.

I want to experience drinking coffee, or tea, at a typical Parisian cafe. I want to ride the Cable Car of San Francisco. Or New York subway. I want to walk on the streets of Prague.

And then some.

So maybe, just maybe, posting a memoir of me floating by the Dead Sea will be a reminder that I should travel again. But this time, with my lifelong partner. 🙂

(And for the record, each birthday wish always includes world peace.)

condura run 2015

Given my weight issues now, there is NO WAY I’d join one of the most renowned marathons in the Philippines: the 2015 CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON. I stopped running since who-knows-when and never looked back.

But next year, maybe I should. I have been shoving a lot of my used-to-fit clothes at the most bottom part of my closet, it’s not even good.

My husband? The exact opposite. We switched habits lifestyles. He’s now the healthier one and I’m not. He joined the 21K category and I couldn’t be more proud. He has beaten his time from his last 21K run over two years ago, under the same organizer.


Night before the run


Condura Race Village around 7am.


Waited for him at the finish line, this was one of the first photos I took after he finished his 21K run.

The last marathon I joined was back in 2013, 10K category. After which, a complete halt from it all — Too busy? Lacked enthusiasm? Focused on career? Got tired of being healthy? Or probably all these things?


I simply ran of excuses (all pun intended) and now I’m mind-setting myself back into being healthy.

That’s a lot to take, being healthy, as I have to consider my diet and lifestyle. I’m a creature of habit and lately, everything has revolved around work & home.

Time to invest in my health again. After all, prevention is always better than the cure.

memoirs of paris

It has always been a dream to go to Paris, so when I had my friend went there to study photography, I was thrilled. More than thrilled, really. When I found out about it, I was like, “you are living my dream!”

For my friend to go there, somehow, made that dream come to life.Thank God for technology, years passed by like seconds. We never lost touch, and kept each other updated via social media.

So we went on with each other’s lives, making the most out of life, and living the best way we can to live the dreams. Obviously, mine was different, now that I got married. But if you ask us, visiting Paris is still on the Bucket List.

Enough stalling. So, going back to years passing by like seconds, my friend brought with him great Parisian finds to bring home for me. That & a lot of stories!

Somewhat, he gave us a taste of what’s ahead should my husband and I actualize our dreams of being there. (By the way, my husband LOVES the French macarons!)

Merci mon ami pour en cadeaux!


Before Laduree Craze sets in Manila, I got mine fresh from Paris.


More Parisian finds courtesy of my friend.

my piece of peace


12 midnight today, he went out to bought me flowers. I woke up early morning with these beauties beside the bed. I planted a kiss on his left cheek, thanking him for the romantic gesture he did for my birthday.


Afternoon, we had our own personal meeting of our plans and goals for the year as a couple. I decided to “unplug” myself and focus on the things that have more weight in my life, as it should always be. I spent the day with him and thank God for another year that has passed and hopefully, another year to add in my life. We don’t know what’s ahead of us, nor the challenges that may come. But I’m glad, at this point in time, I have my best friend around to keep me grounded.

Come dinner, he took me out to Guevarra’s, a restaurant tucked in a residential place at San Juan. I liked how the place was secluded from the noise of Manila, alongside the historic feel that somehow makes one nostalgic and calm.

Our dining experience was memorable, everything was perfect. We came in for early dinner, which was a good idea so that we can both get rested and ready for work week. And the food? It was great, we literally had stomach ache. No kidding, we did, that we took Moroccan Mint tea to ease the pain off the time we got home. 🙂


Best birthday ever, especially when you spend it with someone you’ve always prayed to God for. Here’s to hoping and praying for more of the best birthdays to come.

(Thank you God! 🙂