#insight Unplugged (What the Facebook Hiatus Has Done…)

I mentioned weeks ago that my own simple way of observing the Lenten Season (apart from the praying and reflective activities) is to abstain from Facebook…Just like any other person who is starting to create a habit, I had the fair share of being surrounded with temptations to not finish my weeks’ pursuit. However, Holy Week is here and just days away till Easter Sunday, so this would be an easy get-go for me.

For the past few weeks, I’ve come to think that if for some they can’t live without logging in Facebook, how come there are also those who even don’t have an account in there and yet survive? Now that motivated me all the more to keep abstaining for the site. But did it help me or did something nice to me in a way? Well, since I’m sure most don’t have an idea, let me share to you the ways…

1. Time Management

Ok, some of you would say, yeah sure…it’s like you don’t spend the whole day logging in Facebook. Hmmm…True. But let me ask you, how many times in a day does a user go lurking, sending a message, posting photos and status messages, liking posts and photos and commenting on them? This is considering that anywhere one goes now, the thing is “Do you have free wifi?”. If we multiply the number of times a person spends in it to the number of minutes spent on it, that could have been an ample time spent for other activities. Somehow, the hiatus made me spend time on other stuff like reading, blogging and even sleeping more.

2. In Focus / Concentration

Admit it or not, getting hooked in social networking sites sometimes distracts us in our work or important activities. We can’t help but open that FB account and go lurking once in a while, but at times, it leads us to lurking some more. Before we know it, our boss is calling us already for what we need to work on for the day. We even try to minimize the window so our bosses won’t see what we are doing in between workloads…The hiatus made me move away from the FB addiction and just concentrate on the things I need to do (of course, sleeping is an exemption to that).

In addition, not just a way to focus on the daily grind, but even on the non-work related things I need to deal with. Being online in FB leads one see the status messages or updates of their connections. In a way, it is nice because you get to be updated. However, one can’t help but compare how far you have progressed from others in various aspects. No matter how many times we say or hear on quotes of not comparing yourself to others’ lives, but FB indirectly affects us.

3. A step higher towards healthy lifestyle

It has been proven so many times in the news that getting hooked much on the internet, gaming and other related stuff can cause weight gains, poor eye vision / eye strains and long-term diseases due to immobility. Before the hiatus, I used to check on my FB account either after office hours or weekends / holidays. Lately, it may have just been a few weeks but now it lead me to less munching while in front of the computer and less eye strains. It also improved a bit of my sleeping habits this past few weeks (though there are still in between sleepless nights, due to work…grrrr). The hiatus made sleep earlier than usual on weekdays and go on power naps on weekends (when I’m just at home).

4. Connecting folks — direct and/or essential

True enough that social networks helped us in a way to communicate with family and friends who are across the miles or whom we haven’t seen for years. However, for our other connections who are just a few streets away or within our vicinity, networks become an excuse not to move around and enclose ourselves in front of that box. Relationships aren’t built by merely words and lip service. It’s more on the moments and interfaces you make with people. The physical presence and the efforts of taking time to be with loved ones will always matter more than virtual connections. That’s what I learned from this hiatus.

5. An added dash of optimism and motivation

This actually sums up what the previous items can lead to. If those listed are what we become or learn, this is what happens in effect. Instead of being bombarded with hate or opposing comments or thoughts or rumors from other people, it lessens the possibility thru making self a step away from this social network. No need for much explanation in this area, but sure enough, it will eventually lead to this path.

True enough, social networks can make or break a person depends on how one will utilize it. Thanks to these technologies, we can now communicate to anyone, anywhere in the world. It helps bridge the gaps of distances, but it can also break hearts and relationships, if abused or misused. There are days when I wanna log-in and update a bit of me. However, I must admit, there is now also a part of my social-networking-junkie-in-my-system that wants to step back on the Mark Zuckerberg founded site. There’s also that side of me that starting to feel that I’m soon to outgrow the fondness that Facebook is giving to most of its users. It may look like an introvert’s move to anti-socialism, but let me emphasize that I’m just choosing and preferring to eventually be a sensible social networking individual. There are other avenues wherein I can express myself with collective thoughts that would make people relate or inspire, rather than simply sharing updates.

In this plight, I’m not sure for how long I would try to keep having a personal FB page and soon deactivate it. Maybe if I would maintain one soon, it’ll be for my blog or for a business I might work on in the near future. For now, to all my connections in Facebook who might be taking their time to read this, let’s keep ourselves updated.

And to add, in observance of the Holy Week Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday), I will be unplugging myself from my other social networking sites (Twitter, Instagram and even here in WordPress). This is just my online detox moment…Besides, though it should be a daily habit, it’s the period of setting aside everything and offering time for the Lord without complaints or questions.

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To all my fellow faithfuls around the world, may you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week Triduum ahead and advance Happy Easter!

Temporarily signing off…xoxo,

Calai

#insight Response… (David Archuleta: Called to Serve)

To shed some light to the readers of my blog for quite a while, ever since I became a fan of any artist (singer or actor), I don’t just go for the talent but the attitude and outlook in life. Nobody is perfect, but somehow, idols who have tolerable attitudes and perspectives in life make me admire them all the more. I’ve been vocal of who they are and I am sure you have come across their names already or my stories of them in this site.

Two years ago, one of those I admired thru the years, David Archuleta, took a time off away from the spotlight and screams of people to serve on a full time mission for his church, Latter Day Saints. There were mixed reactions about his absence in the music industry, from the family, followers and colleagues, but the common response was an overwhelming support of his choice. Fast forward to 2014, he is already back from his mission in Chile. Still adjusting and taking his time well spent for his family and friends, he started resurfacing on Twitter and doing his signature video blog with the intro “Hi, It’s David here…”.

Last April 6, he showed to us a part of his journey as a missionary in Chile thru a documentary entitled “David Archuleta: Called to Serve”. The docu enlightens to make the viewers understand what Mormons go thru on a mission. It lasted for less than an hour — enough to keep one glued to every word David has been uttering and to lead one to reflect on his life’s journey.

Talking about religion is one of the difficult topics to touch, in my opinion, but allow me to let my hair down on this. We may be coming from various religious groups (with different foundations of beliefs, different rules that govern), but there are a few things that unite us and makes each similar from the rest — a Supreme Being that one believes in, the concept of doing good towards self and others, and serving the Supreme Being. While I was watching it, reflections and reminiscing ran thru my head (apart from being the emo fangirl attached I always am to this being)…

Not to brag, but it just reminded me of the years I was serving in the Church and how it became the foundation of my faith, beliefs and ideals. I may not have committed a full time 2-year mission like David did. In a way, I was spreading the word and love of God thru music as a choir member which started at the age of 9. Back then, it was just because I loved to sing and that I loved music. As I aged, the points of view changed. Same with David though, serving in the Church isn’t a walk in the park. David had to sacrifice a part of his time as an international artist. He had to enclose himself in the world minus the fame and limelight. As a choir member, it may not be fame (cause I’m not showbiz anyway, lol) but there had been parts of my social life that had to be put aside — time with friends, me time to pamper self and time to travel or do adventures. If other folks splurge and getaway during religious holidays, for me back then, there is no rest as I have to be in church and be an instrument for people to reflect during church activities. When sick, I still had to be on call unless my body really can’t get up from bed. For churchgoers, they either see that to be a laity (term for church servers) is a privilege or a sacrifice. To me, being laity is a mix of both.

Looking back now of having served in the church, I don’t regret the choice I made of doing it for a couple of years. However, I don’t regret as well the choice I made of letting go and being the plain churchgoer now. I miss being in that choir loft and being with my berks during our bonding moments. However, for now, it’s time to catch up on exploring the world and doing new things. His documentary opened up a portion of me tho, that even if I’m now in the stage of exploring and discovering the joys and pains of life, to still do my share of responding to God’s call and serving the Lord thru doing efforts for others. It isn’t enough that one knows God’s words and teachings, but how will you live up to His teachings. What is God’s message to me and how will I have to heed to it is something I have to notice and work on. It is up to me…

In a way, I really applaud and admire David for taking that sacrifice of serving God thru a 2-year mission. I’m sure he didn’t just do it because he is required as a Mormon, but more of he really wanted to do it. To him, it’s his manifestation of love for God and his way to offer his life thru being a man for others. When he announced his decision to serve in a full time mission, I never felt an itsy bitsy feeling of “why did he do it” kinda thing. Being a missionary before in my own simple little way, I totally understood what he meant. I just missed him for two years, but I always give myself a thought that “Carla, it only goes to show he really is just plain, ordinary and wouldn’t want to be succumbed to fame so much.” For now, whatever choice he makes now that he returned is something I’ll just come to accept all the more because I believe God is working His ways to David, regardless of how other people will take it. Rather be selfless than selfish, easier said than done, but why not try it?

Nuff said now, leaving you guys, fangirls or not with this. If you haven’t watched the entire docu or you just wish to share to a friend, here is one of the links where you can view it…You may check it via The David Chronicles’ website, which also includes some exclusive photos from the docu…

http://www.thedavidchronicles.com/2014/04/a-call-davidarchie-cannot-ignore/

credits: @jackryan4DA / The David Chronicles

Another, I’m sharing this message from David message in the last part of the docu that bit me, which hopefully could bite your train of thought too…

“I’m still David, but I feel so different…
I am not afraid to show people who I am, and I am not afraid of what I believe…
not afraid for people to know that, and hopeful for the future regardless of how it goes…
I know music will always be a part of my life, I know that it’s a gift that God wants me to use…to not only bless my life but the lives of others
It’s about moving forward with faith, not always knowing what’s going to happen with the decisions that we make
Well…to see what happens from here…”

- David Archuleta

Blessed, inspired and gonna make things happen…xoxo,

Calai

#reviews Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (and the Chris Evans effect…)

Captain America, The Winter Soldier is a sequel to the Marvel superhero Captain America (and the ninth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The movie is about how this first Avenger adjusts to fit in the present times and how he continues to save the world. So as not to preempt those who are still about to watch this movie, I won’t go thru the gory details. What’s for sure? His trust to the espionage he is with, SHIELD, was tested. Along with Natasha Romanoff  aka Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson, Sam Wilson played by Anthony Mackie, and a few more old colleagues from SHIELD, they were able to prevent a major disaster to cause wrath and deaths of innocent people to happen. Their major hindrances? First, a group within SHIELD called HYDRA planning to kill people handpicked by an algorithm and also their fellow colleagues in SHIELD who will be against their plans. Also, the Winter Soldier who happened to be Steve Rogers’ (Captain America) best friend, James “Bucky” Barnes played by former Gossip Girl actor Sebastian Stan. All the while, he thought his best bud died decades back but was preserved and transformed into a disastrous being (and a supposed-to-be-death of Captain America).

It was more than 2 hours of action packed scenes. Unexpectedly, there were surprising twists in the plot that might leave you at times like “huh” “how come”. However, the only thing me and my friends expected up to the end was that Captain America won’t die (given that most Marvel movies or maybe all don’t allow the lead heroes to die in the end). Well, I wouldn’t want Captain America go thru that anyway. Compared to the 1st installment of this hero, this one is way better. I guess that is also because it didn’t involve a flashback of how the hero originated anymore. It’s the hero and our modern world. Just a friendly reminder, never stand up until it totally ends! I mean that! No further explanations, just follow me at least once…hehe

Not a Marvel comics fan or reader…only when they materialized into the big screen and not in cartoons kinda movies, but real actors portraying those heroes. And from all the Avengers, there’s been really one I kept screaming for in me, not the character but the actor himself — Chris Evans!!!

Well, he’s one of my celeb crushes…years back and until now. Haven’t watched so much of his films just yet, only Fantastic Four and What’s Your Number (which gave me an idea now to start browsing and collecting them to watch for the upcoming Holy Week…lol). But there’s no denying, his stint as Steve Rogers aka Captain America really made his followers grow in lotsa numbers…And if it’s true that he might set aside the acting career towards directing, once his contract with Marvel ends by 2017, then I really have to make the most of his appearances as Steve…For now, I have to keep enjoying him on the big screen being Captain America on the sequel of Avengers by 2015 and his own sequel by 2016…

Ok, enough of the fangirl moments…hehe…overall, not considering Chris Evans is my crassss (crush I mean), I’m giving this movie a 4 out of 5. Besides, I’m not the only one saying this movie is worth watching. So go ahead, allot a little of your time after work or on a weekend, get that ticket and watch it!

From a girl who hearts Chris Evans much, xoxo,

Calai

via Instagram (therandomPinay)

via Instagram (therandomPinay)

ps. Capt America, este Chris Evans, if you just plan to stop by Manila, please do…if you would consider, you’re most welcome (in my residence perhaps)…hehe *daydream mode, which is free, btw*

#inspire How to Save the Earth…Without Hurting Much Your Wallet…

The current generation is starting to feel the wrath resulting to what has been done by men to Mother Earth — global warming, climate change, lack of natural resources. It’s hurting every nation one after the other, one different case to another. But, as we are not going to allow the future generations to suffer so much, there have been a lot of efforts as well to somehow lessen the pains we are getting from calamities and disasters.

There are organizations collaborating to somehow make that difference…but are we simple citizens excused not to? Hell, no! You and me can actually do something for our Mother Earth. Well, some would challenge me with the “I-dont-have-enough-moolahs-to-do-something” or “I-dont-have-enough-time-to-make-that-difference”…Let this simple post of mine be the way for you to realize your challenge for me would go to waste…

So the question for sure is how…Here’s my list and to tell you, this comes with experience…

1. Start spending wisely.

This might give you the thought bubble for a moment there, but this is indeed related to saving the earth…Let’s give you a quick sample…For those who work especially, how many times to do you buy new clothes or bags or shoes? C’mon, be honest to yourselves ok? But, from the times you bought something new, how many of those were really sooooo frigging used up everyday? Spending less on material things or maybe just choosing when to buy something new or something you need would minimize things that will just end up being disposed or being in dumpsites in a year or two.

2. Eat what you can only digest or take them home.

When I went on a trip before and ate to a restaurant with a friend, we weren’t able to finish the food. There were even some meals we haven’t touched almost half. When we were about to go, I told my friend to take home the food. But I was told, it’s ok to have it left and not taken home as it isn’t their custom to do so. That night, I suddenly realized that there could have been a few folks who have still eaten that. If I wasn’t just traveling solo, I could have taken that home and given it to those who still want to eat. Somehow, it’s a good thing for Filipinos that we have this attitude of taking home food we aren’t able to finish cause we don’t want stuff to just go down to waste.

So for my fellow readers, who aren’t accustomed to that idea, just think of this. A lot of people across the globe cannot afford eating full meals or good food. Let’s not allow the leftovers go down the drain, as resources deplete too thru time. Otherwise, just buy what you can eat and finish what’s on your plate.

3. Make use of your body. Don’t be lazy.

Ok, not literally in a bad way (green minded…lol). Being lazy most of the time causes us to seek for convenience. However, to get convenience it requires a lot of energy spent from Mother Earth…Connect??? Like going from one place to another, that’s just less than 3-5 km…Do you really have to ride a tricycle or jeep? Sure, that applies when you travel late at night for safety reasons. But how about in the morning or late afternoon, do you really need to? Another example, when you want to eat, do you always rely on fastfood chains or microwavable meals to fill your tummy? How about cooking your own meals? It doesn’t only minimize your munching down of junk and MSG filled stuff, but you also burn calories while you cook.

4. Going back to basics.

We’ve been seeing so many posts of the #100HappyDays which makes us see the little things or blessings leading to happiness. So why not extend it to more than a 100 days? Instead of tinkering fingers to send text messages or chat on Instant Messaging applications, spend time face to face with your friends and family. It’s more personal and makes us realize that life is short so spend time well with them.

Playing games on your gadgets? How about getting into sports or Pinoy games and eventually you build social networks or friendships? Not only you save energies of charging constantly because you are hooked on your gadgets, but you also save the planet by minimizing the usage of gadgets that aren’t easy to dispose and recycle, btw. And the best part, it makes people realize the barest of essentials in this world as they mature.

5. Patronize local products or items.

When I head off to malls, I get amazed at times to those who have unleashed their creativity and made it their means of living. Well, not all though are given the talent to be artsy fartsy. But if creativity isn’t your thing, minimize the carbon footprint and unleash your patriotism by buying local products. Sad to say, some entrepreneurs sell their environment friendly items a bit pricey than foreign goods. No wonder, some aren’t patronized. Hopefully, soon they would realize to make their items at least affordable for the Pinoy market so our fellows would buy their items.

6. Switch them off.

Very simple! It won’t cost you a million bucks for this. Anything you don’t use, turn off — appliances, gadgets, vehicles.

So, if your gonna ask me again if saving the planet should cost you to spend so much…It definitely shouldn’t cost you much…Time? Well, if you spend so much time going on window shopping and gimmicks, then spending minutes or hours to save the planet shouldn’t be a pain for you. It only takes a matter of DISCIPLINE and WILL POWER.

Like tomorrow, hope you can spend that 1 hour to turn off your lights at home and join the Earth Hour…Save the date and do it ah…March 29, 8:30pm to 9:30pm! And in our own simple efforts combined, we can indeed save Mother Earth for our future generations…

Saving the Earth one switch off at a time…cheerios,

Calai

#confessions That Dream I Had

Hypocrisy if never in one’s life did they dream — whether while in sleep, daydreaming, a long one or in series. However, usually it has been said that our dreams are product of what we are going thru or what we have been thinking about. Sometimes, it comes in symbols and that’s where dream interpretations come into surface…

Clearly vivid to me, I dreamed yesterday while I was having my afternoon nap. I was asleep wearing the same outfit I wore while sleeping. Suddenly, my spirit separated from my body. While this was happening, in my dream, my spirit was nervous and trying it’s best to get back from the body. In a matter of seconds, I moved myself to get up and then I woke up from my dream.

It scared me inside as I’m not totally aware of what it meant. Well, though there is no scientific basis of what my dream meant, but I’m sure there just some things we have to believe beyond science. Just this AM, I looked for it in various sites and I got the same thought…

via dreammoods.com

“To dream that your soul is leaving your body represents your feelings of self-guilt. You may have compromised your own beliefs and values. Perhaps you are feeling numb and out of touch with those around you. It is time to change some vital part of your waking life in order to feel fully alive and whole again.”

This interpretation suddenly led me to a quick reflection of the things I’m going thru. I just wanted to share this to my fellow readers, since this doesn’t seem to be something that should be kept in the closet (like saying they had STD — sexually transmitted disease, ayt? lol). Lately, I’ve been out of the radar much when it comes to personally meeting up with friends and folks. Social networks have been my channels to express what I have and talk to those out of Pinas. I guess this all started when some friends and constant companions went thru milestones making me indifferent — got married, had kids, moved out of the country or have been busy with their pursuits. Then, it came to a point I had to keep myself busy and it lead me to a different set of interests and thoughts. Through time, the constant companions and meet-ups became random-once-in-a-while. And yes, I ended up feeling numb, alone and out of touch.

Well, despite that, I just kept telling myself this comes with age and people change…However, I know there are a few areas that I may be at fault causing my non-virtual social life to be like this. One of which is I’m partly introvert — not too obvious, but this has been noticeable since I was a kid (my parents can attest to this). No wonder I am getting first impressions as a major snob. Plus, I stopped joining core groups / organizations years ago, that’s why I’m stuck when some of my friends can’t be with me.

I know what I’m going thru won’t be surpassed in one big leap, but in small steps, I will get better. Somehow, my other aspects in life are moving positively little by little, hopefully, my social aspect will be better too…I will do my best one at a time…

For now…To my dear friends (you know who you are), I just have a few simple requests — Don’t hesitate to give me a wave or a smile when you see me somewhere…Give me a buzz to meet up and let’s chat, kahit having a simple McFloat at McDonald’s pa yan…

And to my dear readers, keep on buzzing me on my social networks…Who knows I might see you one day in one of my encounters or travels, which might lead you to be my constant companion and cushion in life…But if there is only one caution I would give, please no harassing ah! No pushy or foul words…Thanks!

Twitter and Instagram: therandomPinay

Email: carla.charisse@gmail.com

Cheerios,

Calai

#wanderlust Zambales adventure weekend (literally!)

According to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services), we’re approaching the summer season, though we still get some cool breeze blowing during the early morn and night time. Our current team at work declared it by having our early summer teambuilding just weeks ago…After some easy breezy urgent-inian and rush-ian planning (that is very generic for the kind of team I have…hehe), we ended up with a four hour road trip for some sun, sea and sand in Zambales.

The team stayed at the Canoe Resort in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. Upon our arrival, we really didn’t put high hopes and expectations on it. The good thing though was, the resort wasn’t bad looking and poorly facilitated at all. No wonder they are listed in the ranks also via TripAdvisor. The rooms are air-conditioned and with bathrooms in each of them. There is a centralized area where folks can chat, eat, watch tv and even sing out loud (videoke, I mean). An additional swimming pool and playground are the added attractions in the place.

Canoe Resort

Canoe Resort

The whole afternoon till late evening were just allotted for food, drinks, card games and videoke mode. Early morn till afternoon was for island hopping and dipping in the cool waters. Sure enough, the small known islands within Zambales have already been featured in majority of the travel blogs.

Anawangin

Familiar name? The island serves as a campsite for those who wish to stay overnight. If you are looking for a comfy bed, free breakfast and airconditioned room with separate restrooms??? Hush and stop dreaming, this ain’t for you. Basically, there’s no resort — just the beach, trails where you can hike, small stores and a camping area. Way back 2011, I was with some colleagues when we camped out. It may not be my cup of tea, honestly (that’s why I haven’t done mountain climbing folks…sorry), but it’s nice to give it a try at least once and step out of your comfort zone.

the other side of Anawangin

the other side of Anawangin

Capones

Also known as Capones Grande Island, what sets it apart from the rest is that here there is a lighthouse. Majority of folks I known to have done island hopping in Zambales prefer this as one of their must visits. If your standard is Boracay, Coron or Camiguin, please stop here (but of course, that’s just a joke). Compared to other beaches close to Manila, it can already satisfy a beach lover — clear waters, white sand and peaceful. Only good for day trips though, as there are no allotted camp sites in this island.

Capones Island

Capones Island

Camara Island

Comprising mostly of stone structures, it is just minutes away from Pundaquit main land. It has a sandbar that shows up during low tide while during high tide, one would think Camara consists of two separate islands.

Camara Island

Camara Island

Just like Capones Island, it has clear waters, white sand and uninhabited. The only difference is that there are more huge stone formations here and a sandbar. Again, please…don’t compare it to very familiar islands in our country. Just embrace and appreciate it the way you see it.

For those who have been planning to make a summer in their lives pretty soon, with less wallet stashing and just close to Manila, this is one road trip-slash-island hopping-beach bumming that you should consider.

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Hello, summer season!

Cheerios,

Calai

#foodporn Hooray for National Breakfast Day

Breakfast is a very important meal of the day as it perks us up after hours of being asleep. Anywhere in the world, especially in urban areas, one of the staple fast food restos is Mcdonald’s. Connect???

Through the years, they stepped up by perking our mornings with common international breakfast meals that are right on the budget — muffins,  pancakes, rice meals, hash browns and drinks. So it is just fitting to have a celebration of this meal and how Mcdonald’s has been influential in every Pinoy who eats breakfast. On March 17 here in the Philippines, we are celebrating National Breakfast Day.

In line with this event and as tokens of gratitude by McDonald’s for their loyal customers, they will be giving away 1000 McMuffins in each branch across Pinas — FOR FREE! Yeap, so save the date and fall in line early — March 17 (Monday) from 6AM to 9AM in selected Mcdonald’s branches…Not sure for other countries tho, so to reiterate, this is just within the Philippines. To know more about how you can get a free McMuffin on Monday and if the branch nearest your work / school or residence is included, you can check on their website — https://mcdonalds.com.ph/

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Another mini-reminder, it’s one coupon per person…

I’ll say this in local language (excuse my foreign readers, sorry ^_^) — So please, huwag naman po tayo abusado at gahaman. Hayaan naman naten na matikman den nang iba ang libreng McMuffin. In layman’s term, kapag nakakuha na ng isa, makonsensyang huwag nang umulit…Disiplina lang ^_^

Advance Happy National Breakfast Day! Gandang Umaga! Hooray for Monday!

#reflections Ain’t Just an Obligation

Today ain’t just any ordinary Wednesday for Catholics. It has simply been called Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the 40-day period called Lenten Season, in preparation for Easter. These days are the reminiscing of the journey Jesus Christ took towards his suffering, death via crucifixion and resurrection to heaven. Next to Christmas, this is one of the few significant events for the Catholic church.

This is the Wednesday, that separates us from the rest (well, don’t take it negatively, just symbolical). If majority of women would need to retouch the entire face, well, today is an exception to us. Our forehead has got that black cross marked to remind us that to dust we shall return.

I don’t need to expound on this so much…but what matters here is that it is our period similar to Ramadan for Muslims. Every faithful regardless of religion makes the most out of this time to repent — in any way they could think of and should follow. Fasting and abstinence are part of our obligations. But to me, it’s more than that. It ain’t an obligation but something you just have to sacrifice for something better in your life. It could actually even lead to a habit you can live without.

With so many temptations around us, it maybe hard to sacrifice for a day…What more if it’s for 40 days?! Hmmm…let’s see about that if I can keep up till Easter Sunday…So what’s mine to give up for the moment??? Two basic stuff — one full meal at night and Facebook…Well, for someone who has made social networks esp. Facebook a part of her system, it’s gonna take a few forces…haha…Actually, I’m not going to make this overrated so I’ll just state it as is…I’m giving up the two and gonna try my very best to keep it that way for 40 days…

One big good luck, I know…How about you my fellow readers? What’s yours to give up for this Lenten season? No need to brag and I respect what your choice would be…I wish you the best and I know you can make it!!! ^_^

To God be the glory ^_^

#foodporn Yumna Cookies

Generally, Filipinos love to eat sweets. Count me in that population who would seldom not end up with a desert after lunch or dinner or not munch on something sweet to perk them up from the daily grind. Though having a sore throat is the demarcation line for me to say enough, I still am a sweet tooth (but now, the difference is I have to limit for a few bites and not everyday).

One of my fellow fangirls, Tita Ditas, has a daughter who loves to bake. When they make sweet goodies, she makes us the mini guinea pigs to have a taste of those. Months later, after a few simple suggestions in passing, a hobby became a biz. Coming into fruition, Yumna surfaced during the latter part of 2013. Currently, they are selling salted caramel cookies and choco chewies. And of course, you fellow Pinay will not miss out on trying these.

what's in it???

what’s in it???

Frankly, I wasn’t born with a very good sensitive palette. I usually just comment if the food is good, delicious, or anything dealing with the 5 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy or bitter). To simply put it, just the basics. So let’s give this one a shot, for a change.

For starters, if you just want the right amount of sweet stuff (that wouldn’t give you the sore throat after), this one would be good for you. The salted caramel cookies was a good mix of the sweet and the salty. Well, there are just some food stuff that have one dominant taste than the other. You’ll be able to hit the sweet spot of caramel once you made a few bites towards the middle.

salted caramel cookie...

salted caramel cookie…

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And the choco chewies, it’s thin with the right dose of chocolate.

Sweetness! Yummy! And after grabbing one cookie after the other, before you know it…it’s over! :)

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So for those who prefer to munch on homemade cookies, that doesn’t just look good but moreover tastes good, order and grab one of these Yumna cookies…Best when shared with family and friends!! Well, this ain’t paid advertisement, but I’m just really raving for these ^_^

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to order:
Yumna Cookies — 0917-8569867