Wednesday, November 20, 2013 0 comments

Just dropping by...to say Hello!

Dear ZJ,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are just fine.

Over here in Naga City, all's fine. We were spared from the effects of super typhoon Yolanda. That much is worth to be thankful for. It's been a long time since I last posted on this blog. Today, I have decided to post again. It's better to be late than later.

I am back in the workforce. Back to Help Learning Center as office staff. I was re-hired by the owner of the said non-government organization. Might as well. For the past months I have been applying to various jobs online and have not met any success. It's a good thing that I am back at work again. At least I am able to go out of the house, serve other people and earn for my keep, too.

So, how are you? Still busy as a bee? How is domestic life - is it as blissful like always?

These will be for now. I am in the middle of filing records again. Just wrote this post during a lull in an otherwise busy day.

Have a great day out there.
Take care, always.

Sam ini

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 0 comments

just a note

Hello Zarah,
How are you doing today? I am sorry I haven't been able to post anything on our blog these past weeks. I have been unable to open blogger for quite some time. I gave it a try today at the office and it opened. I will try to post some new entries again when I get home.

This will be for now. Have a good day. Take care, always.



Thursday, February 14, 2013 0 comments

Mama, para sa tabi!

Dear Sam,

Guest what?

Your jeepney postcard has arrived. I found it waiting for me at the Post Office (where I am renting a PO box). Thank you, thank you. Here it is, no wear, no tear :)



You'd be happy to know that I featured this postcard in my Postcards Crossing blog. It is a great addition to my Filipiniana collection. Go ahead, have a look!

So, how are you these days? I've seen you aren't blogging as well. As for my situation, for some reason, I could not login anymore to YahooMessenger to chat. I don't know what went wrong. As you know, I'm using Ubuntu-Linux as my operating system. It is a totally different system from Windows but definitely better. The only downside is that I cannot use several programs that are on Windows, and that includes Yahoochat :(

So sorry about this. I hope we can find an alternative to get in touch. Meanwhile, we still have this blog to update (if you're still up to it) or Facebook.

Hear from you soon.


ZJ
Sunday, January 27, 2013 1 comments

Sunday Stealing: The Meme from Suburbia (ZJ's post)




Today we ripped off a blogger named Another Suburban Mom from the blog Another Suburban Mom. It is 20 questions, She says she got it from Dana. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Meme From Suburbia

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was a very active advocate of environmental conservation in a country not mine. Those was the time I began travelling around Cambodia and several countries in Asia, talking about state of Cambodia's environment and what my organisation is doing to address this issue.

 2. By this time next year, I ...
... would already have an ankle-biter in tow and go on playdates.

3. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?
I'm not sure about answering this one because I am not an American, but from where I am from, I have seen two female presidents already. Although I cannot really say much about their performances while they were in position, I can say that it is good for the women's movement.

4. Which fictional, TV show character you would shag anytime?
Who's that sexy guy in the American TV series Spartacus? Manu Bennett?Oh yeah.

5. Who is your greatest enemy?
I, Me, and Myself. 

6. Tell me about your most recent trip of more than 100 miles?
We left very early in the morning, around 5.30am, and I was still half-awake. Naturally, I slept the whole time till we reached our destination, waking up only during the scheduled bus stops to go to the loo.

7. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?
I use both when doing my reports.

 8. Do you have a nickname? What is it?
The Sarge. I don't know why but perhaps my colleagues think I always want to be in charge.

9. What are you dreading at the moment?
That Andy Murray is going to lose this finals match to Novak Djokovic in five sets. Can you tell that I'm watching tennis now? It's the men's finals at the Australian Open, as I write this.

10. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
I don't let other people tell me what I should and should not do. In the same vein that I don't let what they think of me hinder me from doing what I want to do. I like answering memes and the I don't care if they don't like what I write here.

11. If you find an outfit you love, but the size on the label is larger than you want, do you buy the outfit? Why or why not?
Of course not. Would you? I mean, it won't make sense at all. Just find another style that has your size and go buy it.

12. Even the biggest slackers are anal-retentive about something? What are you anal-retentive about?
I tend to have rituals before doing something.  I have a system for doing things inside the house or at the office and don't want anyone to do it or mess with it unless I'm away.

13. Out of all the books you read as a child, which one had the biggest influence on how you are today?
The Arabian Nights. I was fascinated with tales of the genies and traders and travelling to far-off, unimaginable places.

 14. Which Golden Girl would you want to spend a night on the town with?
Hmmmm. Maybe the feisty Estelle Getty.

15. What is the one product you would never buy in its generic form even if the generic is half the price?
Food products is all I can think of.

16. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?
Old enough. Maybe 9-10yo.

 17. What is the one smell that turns your stomach without fail?
The smell of something rotten and body odour, of course.

18. If someone holds out a carton of milk to you and asks you to sniff it to see if its spoiled, do you?
Yes, I do, without a second thought.

19. You have a completely free day and $2000.00, What are you doing?
That's a lot of cash to spend in one day and I'm tempted to splurge. But I made a pledge to minimise spending and live contentedly with less. I'll probably dine out with my husband, watch a movie together, and keep the rest for the rainy days.

20. What is the most used item in your home?
I think it's the computer. My husband and I have one each.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 2 comments

Saturday 9: Stormy Weather (ZJ's post)



Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Stormy Weather 

1) Do noisy storms scare you?
Yes, all the time. The last time I experienced a very strong storm (or typhoon in the Philippines) was in the year '95-'96 (can't remember exactly) and I can still remember the sound of the heavy downpouring rain and the howling wind that blew some of our neighbours' houses and toppled huge trees in our street. 

 2) Mother Winters tells us Lena Horne was considered one of the great beauties of the 1940s. Whom do you consider one of today's most beautiful women? 
I don't know how do you define "beautiful" so I cannot answer that directly. I have no idea as to what exactly is the formula to being beautiful. Is it the physical features,  the personality and character, or the values and principles that they believe in?

3) Crazy Sam admits it -- there's a big bag of recycling she really should take out to the bin. Yet she's composing this meme. What should you be doing, instead of answering her questions? 
I should be out there partying the night. But I caught this stupid stomach virus so I'm done for the night.

4) Sam may be crazy, but she's not stupid and will never waste her money on Cialis, no matter how many unsolicited emails she receives! What's the most recent addition to your spam folder? 
The most recent one I deleted is from a Canadian pharmacy offering a huge discount on slimming pills. I wonder if the spammer knows me personally, hahaha.

5) What was the last thing you cooked? 
I cooked eggs and made toast for breakfast. 

6) Do you remember the lyrics to your either your high school or college fight song? If so, please share a bit. 
No idea what a fight song is.

 7) "Samantha" is the feminine of "Samuel" and means "Listener." What's the derivation of your first name? 
Well, I tried to look it up but ended up with confusing info. One site says the origin of my name is Hebrew, while another says it's English. The meaning also varies, but refer to God - God is gracious  (Hebrew), or, God's gracious gift (English). There, feel free to choose. 

8) Are you following the NBA or NHL this year? If so, which team are you rooting for? 
Not much for NBA and NHL. I'm more of ATP and WTA follower (tennis).

9) Gloves, umbrellas, sunglasses, keys -- which of these do you misplace most often?
Keys and eyeglasses definitely! I have this knack for misplacing a lot of my stuff.
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SATURDAY 9: STORMY WEATHER

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1) Do noisy storms scare you? No, I actually find it soothing. Some storms are meant to be noisy.

2) Mother Winters tells us Lena Horne was considered one of the great beauties of the 1940s. Whom do you consider one of today's most beautiful women? I consider my own mom as one of today's most beautiful women. Her inner beauty shines from within.

3) Crazy Sam admits it -- there's a big bag of recycling she really should take out to the bin. Yet she's composing this meme. What should you be doing, instead of answering her questions? I recycle as I go so there is really no problem in multi-tasking. I try to find time to do everything and anything, especially if it is as important as recycling and answering this meme. 


4) Sam may be crazy, but she's not stupid and will never waste her money on Cialis, no matter how many unsolicited emails she receives! What's the most recent addition to your spam folder? A mail from a ladies penpal site.

5) What was the last thing you cooked? I cooked CHICKEN BINAKOL for lunch today. It is a Filipino recipe for a soup that has chicken meat, young coconut and other spices.

6) Do you remember the lyrics to your either your high school or college fight song? If so, please share a bit. I'm sorry, I cannot really recall any fight songs from either my high school or college years.

7) "Samantha" is the feminine of "Samuel" and means "Listener." What's the derivation of your first name? My first name is Samantah, close to Samantha. I guess my first name also means "Listener".

8) Are you following the NBA or NHL this year? If so, which team are you rooting for? Yes, I try to watch the NBA if I get the time and I'm always rooting for the Houston Rockets.


9) Gloves , umbrellas, sunglasses, keys -- which of these do you misplace most often? None. I don't use gloves. I seldom use an umbrella. I have a pouch for my sunglasses and I place my keys either by the door or inside my handbag.
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CHICKEN BINAKOL...FOR THE SOUL

Dear ZJ,

How about some CHICKEN BINAKOL for lunch?

I was able to cook this hearty soup dish for lunch today, January 26, 2013. It was relatively easy to make. All it took was to simmer together some chicken meat, sliced young coconut meat or buko, coconut water or buko juice, whole peppercorns, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass or tanglad, tomatoes, finger chillies, chilli tops (or sili leaves) and a broth cube. I was able to find a recipe online for this dish. The recipe called for sauteing but I forego this method so as not to add more oil to the dish. I was not able to find kamias so I used tomatoes instead.

It was fun to watch and wait for this soup to cook. It took me about twenty minutes to prepare and about an hour to cook. Mom enjoyed sipping the warm soup. She also found it very flavorful, aromatic and very filling. She even said that I should cook it again.

It was like chicken tinola but with a twist since young coconut was added to it. By the way, the young coconut was brought this morning from an ambulant buko vendor for twenty pesos a piece. This version of the chicken binakol needed 2 buko. The rest of the ingredients were readily available from our ref. The lemongrass was from a neighbor's front yard and the chilli tops were picked from our garden. Mom cooked buttered fried rice to match the soup. It's always nice to have some hot soup once in a while.

I hope that you are having a happy weekend! Take care, always. Hear from you again real soon.

Sincerely,
Samantah

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Friday Fill-ins

ffiLots of thanks and much love to my cousin for filling in for me last week (pun!) And...here we go!

1. Wow, this is awesome.
2. I love trivia.
3. Finally, I'm back to working again.
4. It's all right with me.
5. Sweet or savory: hot or cold.
6. My ballpens are new.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to posting in Friday Fill-ins, tomorrow my plans include catching up on my reading and Sunday, I want to re-arrange my closet!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 0 comments

LOSING IT!...on a midweek

Dear ZJ,

Hoping all is well with you out there.

Over here, I have a fever and a very bad headache. Because of this, I haven't gone to work for two days. As I was drinking iced tea, it suddenly dawned on me that I need to post another entry for LOSING IT!

So, here goes my five-day food diary dated January 19 to January 23, 2013. January 19: brunch was champorado and dinner was nilagang baboy and a cup of rice. January 20: brunch was an egg sandwich while dinner was chicken, rice and a ripe banana. January 21, breakfast was bread and a cup of coffee. Lunch was ginataang puso ng saging and a cup of rice. Dinner was bread, macaroni soup and fresh vegetable salad. By January 22, I had a brunch of champorado and dinner was sardines and rice. Today, January 23, breakfast was the usual bread and a cup of coffee. Lunch was ginisang ampalaya and rice. While dinner (which was served quite early than usual) was steamed siopao and milk. Since I haven't been feeling well for the past two days, I upped my usual water intake and added more fruits (mostly oranges and grapes) to my daily intake. I also sipped on iced tea for refreshment. Although I must confess that I have also increased my coffee intake to 3 mugs a day. I cannot live without the much-sought after coffee buzz.

I think I'm still in a paracetamol-induced state of mind while writing this. Kindly excuse incoherence, if there is any.

BTW, it was nice to read your post once again. Thanks and just keep your posts coming!

These will be for now.
Samantah
Monday, January 21, 2013 4 comments

Monday Mellow Yellows: Blooming

I feel awful for not blogging last week. I think the raging hormones got hold of me and kept me from doing what I was supposed to be doing last week. 

Anyways, I heard from the grapevine that the hosting of Mellow Yellow Monday meme has changed hands. It is now known as the Monday Mellow Yellows hosted by Gemma. I want to take this opportunity to join this weekly photo meme from now on as I could not keep up with the other memes. Perhaps my partner-in-crime, Sam, will take care of the other memes while I take charge of those relating to photos? Whatchathink, Sam? :D 

Anyways, here's our first entry: 

A tiny ampalaya (bitter gourd) on its infancy stage.
Some two years ago, I met my Thai friend and over dinner we talked about her buying a small piece of land in her hometown in rural Thailand. Now, two years later, a traditional Thai house is already built and not only that, she is growing her own food. She has a nice vegetable garden and keeps several ducks and chickens. I think that's one of the reasons why I got into gardening. Since December last year, I have already picked nearly a dozen ampalayas from this plant, and yet, a lot more flowers are blooming.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 3 comments

Sunday Stealing: The Back 15 Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named The Ruminator from the blog Random Ruminations. It is 30 questions, But we are only posting the back half. She says she got it from Manasa. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Back 15 Meme 

15) How do you vent out your anger? I don't usually vent. But when I cannot take it anymore, I just cry.

16) Favourite toy as a child? Toy piano

17) Favourite season?
Since, I live in the Philippines (where we only have summer and rainy seasons), I would choose the days with overcast skies, no rainfall and really gloomy.


18) Do you ever get letters delivered by the post office? Yes. Although recently, I have yet to receive letters from the post office. I have been waiting for my Social Security Services ID card  to arrive for some time now.

19) When was the last time you laughed hard? Last Christmas 2012, with my niece and nephews.

20) What is on the floor of your closet? Some old jackets

21) Are you any good at drawing?
I can sketch but I cannot really draw that good. Is there any difference between sketching and drawing? :)


22) What did you do last night? Not much, really. Had to sleep early last night because of a toothache.

23) What are you most afraid of?
I'm afraid of being alone.


24) Plain,cheese or spicy hamburger?
Hamburger that is either plain or with cheese, depends on my mood really.


25) Favourite dog breed? I don't have any pets.

26) Favorite day of the week?
Weekends! This is really self-explanatory.


27) How many states / provinces / countries have you lived in? I have lived in the Philippines, all my life. Was born in Manila and I've been spending most of my growing up and working years here in Naga City, province of Camarines Sur.

28) Diamond or pearl? Diamond is a girl's best friend.

29) What is your wish for this new year?
The proverbial world peace. Good health for me, my family, loved ones and friends. And a long and lasting love, as the song goes.


30) New year resolutions.
To have a lovelife! To be more health conscious. Strive to be happier in the midst of really simple things. To lose weight. To earn more money and to be able to save more.
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Saturday 9: Bette Davis Eyes

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!


1) Has anyone ever told you that you resemble a celebrity? One time, Ive been told that i resemble Lotlot de Leon - a Filipina actress -  for whatever that means. Hehe.

2) Is there an actress or actor whose movies you make it a point to see? Yes, any movie that stars Nicolas Cage. I try to watch his movies whenever I can.

3) We're stopping for refreshments before we go in to see the movie. What's your refreshment stand order?
A small bucket of popcorn and Coke.


4) When did you last consume an alcoholic beverage? December 2012. What was it?
Vodka with iced tea


5) Are you jumpy? No. Do you startle easily? No.

6) Do you wear a watch? Yes, I do wear a watch.

7) When was the last time you tried a new restaurant? December 2012, At Savory.

8) What color is your wallet?
I have a black wallet and a purple coin purse.


9) How much does it have in coins right now? I have Philippine peso bills in my wallet but my coin purse has one hundred twenty-three Philippine pesos (worth of coins in there now).
Friday, January 18, 2013 0 comments

Still...LOSING IT!

Hello ZJ,

This is another shoutout from my place to yours, with the hopes that you are having a happy Friday night. 

We had a whole day meeting at the office earlier today. Details on Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and planning were tackled - new information that I have no knowledge about, really. I was in-charge of taking down the minutes of the said meeting . According to our CBR head, I did a good job eventhough it was my first time to be involved in NGO work. Eventhough I was a silent participant in the said meeting, I'm hoping that I will be able to handle all the tasks they gave me.

So much for that. In today's entry for Losing It!, let me enumerate what I have eaten for the whole day. For breakfast, I had 2 slices of bread and a cup of instant coffee (again with creamy vanilla creamer). For midday snacks, it was a 1 Jollibee yumburger (plain, without cheese) and a glass of soft drinks, Sprite. For lunch, I had veggies and a cup of rice. Baduya (or fried ripe bananas in batter) and instant coffee (3-in-1 original mix) was my mid-afternoon merienda. And for dinner, I had 2 slices of bread and 2 pieces of 555 sardines (hot variant). I also munched on a pack of cheese balls tonight. Obviously, I have eaten more than my usual intake for today, lol.

Well, we have survived 5 days of Losing It! and I am proud to say that the journey to mindful eating is all set for us. All it really takes is the right mindset and the proper attitude. Plus taking the extra time to post entries on a regular basis which I hope to do. If not, there is always the option for updates, right? Like you, I am also looking forward to losing the excess pounds that have accumulated over time.

These will be for now. Have a nice weekday evening! Take care, always.

Sincerely,
Samantah
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FRIDAY FILL-INS

ffiIt's come to my attention that the Friday Fill-Ins is apparently attracting spammers who are trying to lure participants to their blog. To counteract this, if your Friday Fill-In post isn't at the top of your blog on Friday, your link will be deleted. I will be checking this each Friday. Also, the link-up on Mr. Linky will close on Saturday from now on. Thanks for your understanding (this will stay at the top for awhile).

And...here we go!

1. I love the feeling of sunshine in the morning.

2. Seeing smiling people always brightens my day.

3. Meeting new online friends is what I will remember the most from 2012.

4. My favorite family recipe is frozen cake.

5. When I want to spoil myself I have a visit to my favorite beauty salon.

6. Prisonbreak is my favorite TV show.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chatting online, tomorrow my plans include cooking or baking and Sunday, I want to have lunch with my mom!

*****
Hello, bloggers!
This is my first entry for Friday Fill-ins!

I am looking forward to more Friday Fill-ins to come. I am replying to this post, together with my good friend ZJ. Since we often post entries to this blog www.distanciaamiga.blogspot.com, kindly stay tuned for more Friday Fill-ins courtesy of ZJ.

Have a happy Friday, everyone!

Sincerely,
Samantah
Thursday, January 17, 2013 0 comments

Thursday Thoughts...on Losing It!



Dear Zarah,

Warm greetings from the Philippines!

I am now working at HELP Learning Center as assistant to the mediator. I started last Monday (Jan 14, 2013). My job includes: filing documents for clients (special cases with disabilities), updating old documents, reminding the mediator of things that need to be done, encoding and working hand-in-hand with the mediator and junior mediators of this institution. I get supervision from a PWD (he is using a wheelchair) and one other person who works here, too. The work is really masakit lang sa likod. And I get to use a laptop for documentation purposes. The fact that HELP has wifi is always a good thing.

My post for Losing It! will include all the foods that I have eaten last Tuesday (Jan 15), Wednesday (Jan 16) and today (Jan 17). So here goes my list: Tuesday: breakfast was 2 slices of bread and coffee (instant with creamy vanilla creamer), lunch was a cup of rice with viands of lumpiang shanghai and ginisang mungo; dinner was a serving of macaroni with gourmet sauce. Wednesday: I had the usual bread slices (2) and coffee. Lunch was a cup of rice and kandinga or bopis. Dinner was a Jollibee delivery of crispy pork steak and rice. Today, January 17, I had spaghetti for breakfast, with a cup of coffee. Lunch was a cup of rice with pinakbet. During the past 3 days, my snacks included: a serving of pansit and siopao (Jan 15), a slice of butter cake (Jan 16) and for today, Jan 17, I did not have my usual snacks. For dinner tonight, I shared a cup of java rice with mom, had a slice of barbeque and some macaroni salad. Plus a small serving of double dutch ice cream for dessert.

I am hoping that this series on purposeful consumption of food will be for the long haul.

I am also trying to limit my intake of soft drinks and other carbonated juices. Although I can’t seem to stay away from instant coffee for the usual perk-me-up in the mornings and the much-sought-after buzz at night, Much as I love coffee, I am trying to stay within the limits of 2 cups per day. 

So, these will be for now. Catch you online tonight! Take care, always.

Sincerely,
Samantah
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 0 comments

Losing It: Day one

Dear Sam,

I was away last Monday because of my former colleague who's visiting town (the one I told you about) asked me again to go out for lunch. Since it's her last day in Phnom Penh (and we already went out on the night she arrived), I obliged because it was her birthday and all. However, I didn't think that the lunch date would end up at 10pm! Of course, the husband wasn't too happy (who would be?).

I feel you.
Photo via GoogleImages
So you already started Losing It, eh? Hahaha. I really like our mantra, Sam. 

I'm embarrassed to say that I pigged out yesterday, from Chinese food to Khmer street food. Talking about struggling to stay away from unhealthy food and yet somehow have a way of finding me and ending up on my plate. What a day.

Anyway, I'm also keeping a note of my weight for future reference but it's off the record only, hahhaha. The figures are very embarrassing.

Let's get started, shall we? Here's a rundown of my meals today? 

For breakfast, I only had a cup of coffee with condensed milk. Local Cambodian coffee (from the northern province of Stoeung Treng) is not the same without the milk. It has to have milk. Pano na lang ang diet? Solution? Slowly wean myself off condensed milk. And everything sweet. I'm making it a goal to be off sweets  by the end of the first half of the year.

For lunch, I had about a cup of rice and a bowl of pork stew (something similar to menudo) and lots of water.

We had dinner late, as usual. Still guilty about Monday's pigging out, I made a decision to eat only a plateful of garden salad which I made myself. Lettuce, local tomatoes, cucumber, and my favourite home-made creamy-ginger-soy dressing. I was almost congratulating myself for staying away from rice when ... I reached out for a can of Pepsi in the fridge, hahaha.
Well, at least I tried.

Tomorrow is another adventure in mindful eating while keeping in mind our mantra.

May the force be with us and keep us steadfast in our commitment to lose weight and be healthy  :)

Cheerios,

ZJ


Monday, January 14, 2013 1 comments

Happy Thoughts...on Losing It!

Dear Zarah,

Thanks for the great time online. I really do appreciate the fact that I get the chance to chat with you on YM. As we begin yet another journey in our long distance life, let me just say that I am really happy to have you as my dear friend. We have been friends for so long now and I am praying that this friendship will last for more years to come. Regardless of our time differences, we are able to keep in touch and have maintained real ties that bind. I am always thankful for all the new things that I learn from you and I am looking forward to learning more from you. Whether it may be new and time-tested recipes, tutorials on weblogging, ways to stay inspired and all the other factoids of life that we share with each other time and again. Although I really miss taking to you face-to-face, the online chats that we have surely make up for the long distance between us. Once again, thanks!

As we start another chapter to our quest for a healthier lifestyle, we will start a series you have aptly  labelled as "Losing It!". From our points-of-view, and as how I understand it, we will be posting the food we eat. It's like writing a food journal. The end-result, of course, and in due time is to be able to make wiser food choices and lose the extra weight that have appeared out of nowhere! From my side, I am hoping that I will be able to lose these excess kilos by really being meticulous of what I eat each day and try to post it here as often as I can. Given time and with enough discipline, the goal of reaching a decent weight will be a possibility.

So, here's my food log for today, January 14, 2013: for breakfast: I ate 2 small pieces of pan de sal (without any butter) and drank a cup of coffee. For lunch: I ate a cup of rice and kinunot. For dinner: I ate 2 slices of bread and vegetable salad (minus the dressing) plus some fresh watermelon. I also had a small pack of crackers for my snacks this afternoon. I don't have any idea as to what is the calorie content of the foods that I have consumed today. It's all based on my gut feel that I have eaten less today as I have avoided mindless grazing by drinking lots of water all throughout this day.

Well, these will be for now. I hope to be able to read your updates too. I am sorry I cannot really post any pictures because my digicam has stopped functioning properly for some time now. Thanks for taking the time out to read this post. Have a nice day!

Sincerely,
Samantah
Sunday, January 13, 2013 1 comments

Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part Two

SundayStealing
 

Today we ripped off a blogger named Gina from the blog The Journey to Olivia. It is 40 questions, so we will do it in two parts. She does not state where she found the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part Two

21) What’s something you’ve always wanted?
 I'm a tech-nerd so I've always wanted to have tech-gadgets. I want to have a tab and new DSLR camera this year.

22) Do you have hairy legs?
No, I don't have.

23) What does “Semper Fidelis” stand for?
Isn't it the motto of the US Marines? Something about loyalty. 

24) Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?
None of the above options. 

25) Do you wear a lot of black?
Sometimes.

 26) Describe your hair:
Black, a little on the wavy side, and shoulder length.

 27) Do you have Entomophobia?
No, I'm not scared of insects. I'm the exterminator lady!

28) Are you an adult? Yes, I guess I am, hahaha.

29) Do you own or rent?
Do I own or rent a what?

30) Do you have a tan?
I'm naturally tanned. 

31) Are you addicted to TV?
When I was a kid, yes. TV was my life.

32) Do you enjoy spending time with your In-laws?
I have yet to meet my in-laws.

33) Are you a sugar freak?
I love sweets but not too much that I'd end up a sugar-freak.

34) What happened to Larry King?
He disappeared?

35) What sign are you?
I have this invisible DON'T WASTE MY TIME sign in my forehead. Can't you see it?

36) What do you wish on your birthday?
That my birthday wishes come true :)

37) Who did you copy this from?
Sunday Stealing site.

 38) Do you eat breakfast?
Sometimes.

39) What would you name the royal baby?
No idea.

40) Do you buy a newspaper?
Why buy when you can access news online?
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Sunday Stealing: 40 Of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part 2

Today we ripped off a blogger named Gina from the blog The Journey to Olivia. It is 40 questions, this is part two. She does not state where she found the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!
21) Whats something youve always wanted?...I have always wanted to have more than enough money saved in the bank.

22) Do you have hairy legs?...No I don't have hairy legs.

23) What does Semper Fidelis stand for?...According to wikipedia, it means "Always faithful" or "Always Loyal".

24) Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?...I have no particular choice since I really don't know how to swim.

25) Do you wear a lot of black?...Not really.
26) Describe your hair:...My hair is kinda wavy and I wear it below my ears.

27) Do you have Entomophobia? ...Or fear of insects. I am not afraid of insects.

28) Are you an adult?...Given my age of 39, yes, I am an adult.

29) Do you own or rent?...I live with my mom  at our own house.

30) Do you have a tan?...I haven't been to the beach lately so I don't have a tan.

31) Are you addicted to TV?...Sometimes, I like to space out infront of the television.

32) Do you enjoy spending time with your In-laws?...I am not married yet so I don't spend time with any in-laws (yet).

33) Are you a sugar freak?...I have a sweet tooth but that doesn't make me a sugar freak. I love anything sweet though. Too much sugar can result to unwanted pounds (which I am trying to avoid now).

34) What happened to Larry King?...I think Larry King is still around, doing hosting jobs for private organizations.

35) What sign are you? ...Pisces.


36) What do you wish on your birthday?...I wish for world peace, good health, a happy lovelife and more birthdays to come.

37) Who did you copy this from? from the Sunday Stealing blog.
 

38) Do you eat breakfast?...Yes, I usually eat breakfast.


39) What would you name the royal baby?...Patricia (if it's a girl) and Patrick (if it's a boy).

40) Do you buy a newspaper?...Sometimes.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 1 comments

Saturday 9



Saturday 9: We Owned the Night



 1) Can you recall a time when you danced and romanced like you "owned the night?"...Hmm, I think it was in 2009 when I had the best time at Villa Caceres where I (together with some co-workers) had a blast dancing and drinking til 2AM.

 2) Samantha Winters admits she earned the name "Crazy Sam" during her party girl days in the 1980s. But now she's in bed by 11:00 PM. Do you have a regular bedtime?...I don not have a regualr bedtime. I find it hard to sleep at night but I try to be in bed at 11.30PM.


 3) Lady Antebellum is one of the most popular acts in country music. Do you often listen to country music? ...I like to listen to all types of music, country music included.


 4) Are you responding to this meme on a desktop or laptop or phone or tablet?...From a laptop.

 5) How often do you check your horoscope?...I don't often check my horoscope now, not unless I need to.

 6) Congratulations! You just won a trip to Switzerland! Is your passport up to date?...My passport is already expired. I am going to have it renewed this year. I still need another valid ID to have my passport renewed though. I have saved enough money needed for its renewal.

 7) Do you know how to snow ski?...Unfortunately, not.

 8) What's the first beverage you drink in the morning?...The first beverage I usually drink in the morning is cold water. Followed by coffee (instant or brewed, it doesn't really matter).

9) Are you a good speller?...Sometimes! :)

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Hello friends, 
My name is Samantah and this is the meme I have posted together with ZJ. Both ZJ and I have come to the agreement that we will be posting regularly about memes in this blog. Hoping that you like the entries we have posted so far. Here's to more memes to come! Many thanks for dropping by!

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Saturday 9: We Owned the Night

Hello there. This is our first time here at Saturday 9. We are actually two bloggers, namely Samantah and ZJ (and this is my post). We are posting and linking our posts separately so watch out for Samantah's later. So I guess I'll just jump right away into answering the meme :)



Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

 Saturday 9: We Owned the Night

 1) Can you recall a time when you danced and romanced like you "owned the night?"
Yes, I remember it clearly. I was at a friend's wedding and I was a little bit on the tipsy side having drank two glasses of wine, lol. 

 2) Samantha Winters admits she earned the name "Crazy Sam" during her party girl days in the 1980s. But now she's in bed by 11:00 PM. Do you have a regular bedtime?
No, bedtime sked changes depending on many factors like if I'm busy with work or watching a good movie. Could be earlier or later than 11pm really.

 3) Lady Antebellum is one of the most popular acts in country music. Do you often listen to country music?
Not really a fan of country music, but I had heard of their songs played over the radio and they're not bad either.

 4) Are you responding to this meme on a desktop or laptop or phone or tablet?
From my ever-dependable laptop.

 5) How often do you check your horoscope?
When I'm in the mood, yes, I check my horoscope. 

 6) Congratulations! You just won a trip to Switzerland! Is your passport up to date?
My passport is due to expire next year but if the trip to Switzerland is soon then it's still valid for travel :)

 7) Do you know how to snow ski?
Nope. It's one thing I want to learn if ever I set foot to wintry countries. 

 8) What's the first beverage you drink in the morning?
Usually it's coffee but we ran out of milk so I just had a swig of OJ before heading out to the grocery shop.

9) Are you a good speller?
You bet I am! Lol.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 0 comments

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part1
1) What side of the heart do you draw first?
I drew the lesft side first...

 2) Can you dive without plugging your nose?
I can't swim and I can't dive either...

 3) What color is your razor?
Pastel pink, brand name Daisy...

 4) What is your blood-type?
I am Type B minus...

5) Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
Does this picture also include an open air bonfire? hehehe...

6) What is a rumor someone has spread about you?
That i challenged everyone in a fist fight, which wasn't really true (this happened in a former workplace)...

7) How do you feel about carrots?
I like carrots in carrot juice, carrot cake and in salads...

8) How many chairs at the dining room table?
There are six chairs in the dining room...

9) Which is the best Spice Girl?
Posh spice...

10) Do you know what time it is?
It's 12.56pm, Philippine time...

11) Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song?
Sorry, I don't know all the lyrics...

12) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Me? I will just wait for the elevator to work again...

13) What’s your favorite kind of gum?

The sugar-free type of gum ORBIT, one that doesn't stick to dentures. Made by Wrigleys...

14) All’s fair in love and war?
True, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense... 

15) Do you have a crush on anyone?
Yes, I have a crush on Channing Tatum...

16) Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?
I only use words that I understand. I try to stay away from high-falutin' and artsy-fartsy words...

17) Do you like to sleep?
Very much...

18) Do you know which US states don’t use Daylight Savings time?
I have no idea at all...

19) Do you know the words to the song Total Eclipse of the Heart?
The song with lines that start with "I know..."? You bet! hehehe....

20) Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang?

No. I want a car that I can drive defensively. Just a good XTrail would do...

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 0 comments

Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part One

new companion question markToday we ripped off a blogger named Gina from the blog The Journey to Olivia. It is 40 questions, so we will do it in two parts. She does not state where she found the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing! 
Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part One
1) What side of the heart do you draw first?
Hmmm, this made me think. I draw the left side first. Does that say anything?

 2) Can you dive without plugging your nose?
I'll let you know once I learned how to dive.

 3) What color is your razor?
Pretty in pink! lol.

 4) What is your blood-type?
I think I have a Type A blood.  
5) Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
Who in their right minds would love to be tied? I certainly don't.

 6) What is a rumor someone has spread about you?
None that I know of...

7) How do you feel about carrots?
I love them. Yeah, what's up, doc?

8) How many chairs at the dining room table?
We have two chairs and on top of the dining table are two jansport rolling backpacks that I scored at a thrift shop earlier today. Happy head here :D

9) Which is the best Spice Girl?
No preference, sorry.

10) Do you know what time it is?
You mean now while I'm typing this? Absolutely. I'm looking at the clock on my PC. It reads 3:51PM (Phnom Penh time).

11) Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song?
No, not at all. I'm kinda slow when it comes to lyrics. 
12) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Call the emergency number and someone through my mobile phone. Then scream like hell. Lol. 
13) What’s your favorite kind of gum?
Bubble gum, lol. Kidding. I like the peppermint gum. 
14) All’s fair in love and war?
Yes. They both bring out the best and worst of people. The means always justify the ends.  
15) Do you have a crush on anyone?
Yes, I had plenty when I was in highschool but not anymore.

16) Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?
You can never use a word correctly if you don't know its meaning. Makes sense?

17) Do you like to sleep?
Absolutely.
18) Do you know which US states don’t use Daylight Savings time?
No, I don't.

19) Do you know the words to the song Total Eclipse of the Heart?
Bonnie Tyler? I'm not sure but this song is a staple in many amateur singing contests and gay beauty pageants in the Philippines.

20) Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang?
I just want a good and trusted four-wheel drive car. Great for going on long roadtrips.


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