Project – Lose the Weight

After my operation last Feb 16, my doctor’s strict orders were for me to go on a soft diet. Hindi ko masiyadong na inquire sa kaniya kung ano ang included sa soft diet kaya I did my best to follow it. I made mashed potatoes from scratch, ate overcooked noodles, oatmeal, lugaw and chicken soup. I missed eating rice with ulam so much. But on the upside of things, I lost weight.

After a week I can squeeze into my size 32 slacks. After 2 weeks feeling ko, feeling ko lang kasi naman I don’t monitor my weight kahit I bought a weighing scale in Ikea a week ago and I don’t check out my waist size too. But I was inspired by the lost of some weight some I decided to pursue it.

I went a walking………

The Corniche was a perfect place for me to do so. It was just opposite from where I lived and had a walking/jogging path, was beside the sea, and green everywhere. I have lived forever here but I have never truly enjoyed a good walk here.

Some amateur photos I took with my phone.

Before I can start, I have to cross this bridge first.

Pasensya medyo blurred ito. I was walking at this point.

The view of the cars from the bridge.

Jogging/Walking path. Ngayon ko lang na appreciate ito.

The view is something great right? Its a great way to clear the head of stress.

Nilakad ko yan hanggang dulo.

Parang gusto kong mag walking everyday…….


Me and TMJ Part 1

For the longest time, I have heard a clicking/popping noise on the left side of my face when I would open my mouth wide, chew food or yawn. Nung una akala ko normal lang and everybody had the same experience as mine. Tapos when a friend of mine complained that he had the same clicking/popping noise and called it TMJ that is when I realized hindi pala normal.  At first there was no pain at all, it was just a source of amusement to friends when I would let them listen to my jaw clicking/popping, only a week ago did I feel pain.

It started one Tuesday evening on the way to a friend’s birthday dinner. I yawned (eh normal lang naman ang humikab di ba?) and felt pain on the left side of my face and for a moment I thought my jaw would lock. Hindi ko pinansin until it was time to eat, I couldnt open my mouth fully for the spoon. Panic ako, pero di ko naman pinahalata to the other guests since I could still talk and breathe properly. Pero since then, dusa na ang meal times. The other day I started eating while a Nip Tuck episode started – I finished exactly the same time the episode ended. 45 minute tv dinner.

Here’s TMJ as explained by Wikipedia:

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. Because the disorder transcends the boundaries between several health-care disciplines — in particular, dentistry and neurology — there is a variety of treatment approaches.

The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to many of the conditions that affect other joints in the body, including ankylosis, arthritis, trauma, dislocations, developmental anomalies, and neoplasia.

An older name for the condition is “Costen’s syndrome”, after James B. Costen, who partially characterized it in 1934.[1][2][3][4]

Signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder vary in their presentation and can be very complex, but are often simple. On average the symptoms will involve more than one of the numerous TMJ components: muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and the teeth.[5] Ear pain associated with the swelling of proximal tissue is a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache (particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Because of the pain nag decide na ako magpunta sa doctor. Nagpa set na ako ng appointment and I will not miss that. Kailangang gumaling na ito. Para kay PJ.


What’s Changed?

More than a week na ako since nakabalik ng Khobar from my vacation in the little town of Rosario. Actually ninanamnam ko pa ng bonggang bongga ang pag aadjust ng aking body clock to the local time. Enjoy ako na nakakatulog ako ng 7pm at nagigising ako ng 5am. Truly. I feel like I have so much time to just linger before getting ready for work. Feeling ko ka level ko na ang mga Lola ko na Hindi pa man sumisilip si Sunshine Cruz sa aking window ay nagkakape na ako.

I have seen some changes since I got back. Sa sarili ko, ang change is nasanay na akong wala si M. M is bound to come anytime soon, hindi ko pa nga nakukuha ang flight details niya kasi napagkasunduan namin na susunduin ko siya pagkagaling niya ng Manila. 3 months siyang nawala. Nagkita kami sa Manila once lang. Papakiramdaman ko kung ano ang feeling kapag dumating siya. Kakabog pa ba ang aking damdamin? Chos!

There are some changes also with my friends. Susmaryosep nawala lang ako ng 30 days, pagbalik ko ay may big revelations na agad na naibalita sa akin while coming from the airport. Mayroon nang hindi nag uusap, may umusbong na love triangle, etcetera etcetera etcetera.  Parang nag CR lang ako at paglabas ko ay ang dami na agad nabago? Ang big change lang I am happy to announce and will show in my future posts is may bago nang emote si Senadora Jamby. Hindi na niya hinintay na i-seminar ko siya.

Siguro Change is Inevitable? And siguro nga tama si Lolo Jomari Chan when he sung “Life is a Constant Change, and nothing stays the same oh nooooooooooo.

Buti na lang mayron talaga hindi nagche change.

Ang aking freshness.

Chos !!!!!!!!!!

A taste of my own Medicine

This is a vague post. I will not make full disclosure of events as persons concerned might read this. If you do not like reading vague posts, then click on the back button now.

Here we go.

The past few days I have been feeling guilty over something. Mayroon akong pakiramdam na may ginagawa akong hindi maganda. But using Logic to my advantage, I always justify that its just mababaw and couldn’t hurt anybody. I even asked some friends who I knew would be on my side para talagang ma-affirm ko sa sarili ko that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I knew I wasn’t hurting anyone. How could I? What I was doing was just pure trivial and wouldn’t even be known by other persons concerned. So I slept well knowing that I wasn’t a bad person.

But last night, I discovered something. Something that would make karma seem like an understatement. What I was doing is being done to me now. I am getting a taste of my own medicine. I cant share it with anyone since I really don’t have a valid argument. And I cant complain since I was doing the same thing in the first place.

Lesson learned. Its always best to follow the Golden Rule. Or else karma would come and haunt you. Like what happened to me.

First Post 2010

More than a year after my last post, I find myself blogging again. I wanted to try blogging again, sinubukan ko nga, and now I am having a hard time. I am not familiar with blogging anymore. This would take some getting used to again. Pero may excitement ulit. May thrill that I would be sharing my adventures and misadventures with others.

I reviewed the previous posts I made and found a lot of changes in my life. I noticed that it seems to me that every year for the last four years, I move to a different office. The first year I transferred to the Eastern Province, I was in the Holidays Section, enjoy naman ako dun kasi that was my field but when it closed I moved to Srilankan Airlines. Then another year passed and I moved again. Now to the Administration of Srilankan Airlines.  And then again last year I moved to the Administration of the Travel Agency where I work.

My position now seems to be the highest position I have held. Im keeping my fingers crossed that I wont have to move to another office if in case our Flag Carrier beckons. But that is a different story entirely.

I can safely say that I have changed in many ways, but I remain the same person. Sabi nga ni Jose Mari Chan, “life is a constant change, and nothing stays the same”

Sana lang, this time I can blog regularly again.

Here are some recent pictures I have taken.

Eto ako with Friendship Jollibee.

Here with friends in Al Baher Beach Villas

With friends at the Judas Cave in Hofuf

Solo shot at the Beach

Why I haven’t been blogging?


Kahit nga ako tinatanong ko sarili kung baklit nga ba hindi ako nagba blog?

Well lets see, I’ve been away. I was on vacation in the Philippines where for the first time since I’ve been vacationing yearly I spent 90% of the time at home. Really.  Even I myself was surprised. I wanted to spend more time with my Mom – talking over coffee, lying down in bed with her, watching tv with her (kahit na naghihilik siya she swears she knows what’s going on sa pinapanood namin – akalain mo yon?) and cooking for her.

When I came back from vacation, medyo may kaguluhan sa lovelife. First of all M’s schedule was changed from mornings to nights kaya siyempre we wouldnt have time to see each other since when I was free M was working, and when M was free I was working. Kaya sa phone lang kami nagkakausap. Kahit madaling araw at mag ring ang phone ko, sinasagot ko pa rin. Rocky as it was, nag move up pa to the next level.  Unbelievable. But as my sister Kit always says “this too shall pass” and medyo nag improve na rin naman kahit kaunti.  I’ve proven to myself na patient na rin pala ako (yes dear mahaba na ang pasensya ko). Sometimes I really amaze myself.

Siguro to answer the question, why havent I been blogging.

Siya siya siya. Laziness.




Were almost about to say goodbye to 2008. And about to welcome 2009.

I have a lot to be thankful this year. I got a car, gifted myself with a new laptop and those are just the material stuff. Career wise was so so. Lovelife was booming this year I’m happy to update. Financially speaking, a little down maybe because of the fact that I took a loan to get the car, but on the other hand, super duper malaking pakinabang sa akin ang kotse – so kyems lang.

Tis the time to assess and reassess what good and bad and maybe ugly things I did during the year. I am proud to say that I still help out my Mom financially and it gives me pleasure to do so being physically absent I make up by trying to compensate financially. I can say that I was a good friend. But I have done my fair share of pagmamaldita too. As well as some not so wholesome deeds.

All in all, 2008 was good to me, some bumps here and there. But I survived.  Although I must admit, sometimes I seriously doubted that I would. But I’m still here aren’t  I?

Thank God.

Resolutions? I promise I will be skinnier next year. Yun lang.

I’m more excited and looking forward to 2009 as M and I have a lot of plans.