VIDEO | VLOG #046 – And We’re Back.

VIDEO | VLOG #046 – And We’re Back.

… and we’re back.

For a whole month, I was trying to figure our how and when to put in the time to sit down and write or edit videos. I was thinking I can do it after work. I’m at home by 6 pm and I should be able to just type for two hours like it’s no big deal. And then I get home, and all I want to do is go to the shower and take the day — all the smoke and grime and pent up summer heat — literally off me, and climb to bed by 8 pm. And then I’d bargain. I can write at 2 am. When I was in college, I would wake up at 2 am to study. Every person has that golden hour where your brain just absorbs everything and mine was at around 3-4 am. That should still work for me, right? And then my body refuses to wake up until 6 am. Yes, for about a month since starting full time work again, I hibernate for 10 hours.

And then on weekends, I take a good 2 hour midday nap.

Long gone are the days when I would sleep at 2 am and wake up at 6 am without a problem. These days, if I sleep at 10 pm — a couple of hours after my bedtime — it would take me a week to recover the rest I lost for 2 mere hours. I am old. And I am not fighting it.

Whereas before when I would stress over the fact that I should be more productive of my time, that maybe I should sleep less during the weekdays, fight the tiredness at night and just go at it and power through the pain, nowadays I just embrace it. If I’m tired, I am tired. If my body wants to sleep at 8 pm, I will sleep at 8 pm. If my body tells me I’ll have a better day if I wake up at 6 am, then by god, I will rise from bed no earlier than 6 am.

There are things you start to let go. When you have little time to spare, you begin to realize what’s really important in your life worth sparing time on. I still go home to a clean house because the little time I have between 6 am to 8:30 am, minus breakfast and shower time goes to fixing my little home. There is nothing like going home tired from work to your clean happy place. At the end of a tiring work day, I come home and drop everything on the floor and rush to the shower. And then, when I’m fresh and clean, I’d tune out to my afternoon teleseryes on iwantv.

You know what’s first to go? Instagram. And then, the blog. And then, youtube. I think I only have time for twitter. I can only take social media now at 140 characters at a time. No lengthy post. No stressful comments section. I have no time to spare for unnecessary stress.

As much as you need your downtime once in a while, you also need quick bursts of time when you’re suddenly swamped. Downtime teaches you to relax. When I quit work, I taught myself to be less anxious and to embrace my free time. I have lived out enough chapters in my life to know that the luxury of doing nothing won’t last long and I should just enjoy it and not worry about “the next thing”, because inevitably, it will come. “Full plate” time teaches you where your priorities lie. I am learning the value of hard manual work, and like I’ve always thought, that I actually enjoy it more than an office job. I learned that archiving my life is important to me, and that I do it for very personal reasons. Sharing it for the world to drop by and peek in is secondary, putting it up on social media is a hobby, something I do because hey, it’s free. But while posting on facebook or instagram or the blog or youtube appears to not be not that immediate for me, I still journal, and that is what’s important. I live my life and then I take time to write about it. Even if it’s just for me.

Eventually, I will fall again into a routine. But I guess to theme is to embrace it. Embrace the tiredness, the confusion, the constant adjusting. These are exciting times.

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VIDEO | Kyoto, Japan Travel Vlog – The Full Fall Explosion

VIDEO | Kyoto, Japan Travel Vlog – The Full Fall Explosion

When I was planning for Japan, I had a hard time booking our rooms. This was three sold months before the trip, so these were not last minute bookings, but somehow, all the rooms in good location are booked way ahead of time, on the particular week we were in Japan. And then I found out it was the exact week where autumn in Japan is in full fall explosion. There are two super high tourist season in Japan: that week in Spring when cherry blossoms bloom, and the week where the colorful leaves of Autumn start to fall, and we have unknowingly set our vacation right smack in the middle of that crazy fall booking season.

But this is Japan, and even in Kyoto where the bus system is much more convenient than subways, any hotel location is a good location as long as there is a bus stop. You can get anywhere fast as long as you know which bus to take, and armed with a 500 yen day bus pass, you can pretty much go anywhere in Kyoto.

While in Kyoto, we dropped by and drank our way on a free tour around the Suntory Distillery in Yamazaki. We also took time to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo groves. A Kyoto first timer visit wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to the famous toriis of Fushimi Inari.

We got to see all of these wonderful Kyoto spots under all the colors of fall foilage. Kyoto is such a sight for sore eyes in autumn. Very dreamy.

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VIDEO | VLOG #038 – Housewife Life

VIDEO | VLOG #038 – Housewife Life

For the last 4 months since I quit my day job, I have been enjoying my life at home. I have established a routine, something my body has been craving for. Mondays to Wednesdays are spent writing on this blog and editing. I try to schedule ahead for the week, even for the week after if my brain cells allow it. Thursdays are spent with housework and errands. For such a tiny, cozy home for 2 people, I don’t know why it can accumulate so much mess. On Fridays, I try to go out of the house much to my husband’s insistence. He told me I needed the “fresh air”.

Since I was young, I have been a homebody. Yes, I do enjoy travelling, but when I’m back in Manila, I prefer to stay at home most of the time — away from the traffic and away from the crowds. I have spent the last three years on an “almost” office setting — corporate is a stretch if you see how people dress up at TF HQ — and I miss just staying at home. When we decided to set out priorities straight this year, Jr and I made the decision for me to stay at home and get settled in to a more homey life.

I thought I was getting the hang of it. I’m getting consistent with my youtube upload, to my network’s approval. This blog, my baby, is updated and has been keeping me busy. Only boring people get bored, and I can always find something to entertain myself. November was my birthday month, and December was crazy busy. But laid back January and February came and knowing me who’ll find something more interesting things to do, the housewife life will get old real fast.

And then yesterday, I was back to work. So I present to you the first and last housewife vlog:

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VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

I have been good with keeping my meat cravings down. 10 days in and I have managed not to put a single bite of meat in my mouth. This is an accomplishment really, considering I usually cannot get through a day without a meal that involves meat, at least for the last 6 months. I know because I keep a monthly habit tracker, and the “NO MEAT’ column is completely unmarked since October. I am a person who keeps emergency bagnet in my ref, and I can always find an emergency scenario that deserves a bagnet break. I, sometimes, amaze myself with my resolve this time around. On one lunch recently, I actually spat out a lettuce from a Caesar’s salad because I need to flick off the bacon bits on it. To which Jr remarked, “It’s not even real bacon.”

Whereas before when Jr commiserated with this self-inflicted pain, I told him this time, it’s completely my thing. He can eat meat in my presence and I guess with age comes discipline, it doesn’t bother me as much anymore. Jr used to be so frustrated when we have to choose restaurants for us to eat out while trying to figure in my seasonal diet. Now, he can eat Spam Pizza from S&R and I’ll just tell my brain, it’s just spam over bread. I know how spam taste. I know how S&R pizza tastes. I basically know how that taste and in spite of the fact that it’s a limited offering, I don’t have to have it now. It’ll be alright. I will be okay.

There’s a lot of inner dialogue that goes on when rationalizing about food I can and cannot have.

But I did not entirely have the raw end of the deal here. Because S&R’s other limited offering is their Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza — it’s Nutella spread over S&R pizza crust, with a generous sprinkle of fresh strawberries. However delighted I am when I saw the ads on social media, I’m pretty wary about quick service promotions. Sometimes, the photos does not exactly match the actual product. As for this one, well, here’s the expectation:

expectation

And here’s the reality:

Reality

Not bad. Not bad at all.

The slice is big enough for two people, and since it’s really(!) nutella, there is a need to share in fear of diabetes. The pizza is more chewy than crunchy so dividing it in two can be a challenge, but speaking as a nutella lover, half the slice is enough to make you happy. The strawberries are small but decent. Be warned though — this calls for at least a 5 table napkins situation. Things will get messy.

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VIDEO | Osaka, Japan Travel Vlog – We Came, We Saw, We Ate

VIDEO | Osaka, Japan Travel Vlog – We Came, We Saw, We Ate

I thought that allocating 10 days for our first Japan trip was a little overkill. Jr, who is a workaholic, doesn’t like vacationing as much so this was all me, stretching it. I crafted an itinerary where we are able to see the highlights — those were actually interested in — as well as off-the-beaten sites catering to our interests. I’ve balanced my need to pack it all in Amazing Race style and Jr’s more laissez faire holiday attitude.

And then we got to Japan and realize immediately that 10 days are not enough. You will never see them all.

In our 10 days in Japan, we had two full days in set aside for Osaka. On our first day, we went to Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen museum, where we got to make our own cup noodles. After 3 years, those cup noodles remains untouched and will forever be memorabilias. I know, because I’m staring at them now while they sit up on top of our fridge.

Ramen 01

The next day, we went to Universal Studios Japan. Jr isn’t much of a rides person, and I was just content in walking through the park and taking in the sights while eating turkey legs along the way. This we did while we spent the day waiting to get inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For a fan of both the books and the movies, it was kick seeing Hogsmeade and Hogwarts come to life and it was worth the long, long wait.

Universal Studios Japan, November 2014
Universal Studios Japan, November 2014

But Osaka isn’t known to be Japan’s Kitchen for nothing. Later on that night, we went to Dotonbori and ate everywhere we can eat. Takoyaki, Sushi carousels, Okonomiyaki — the motto was as long as there’s a line, and there’s food at the end of that line, we will fall in line.

Osaka – oishii desu!

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