Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Different Kind of Pain

Dear Juliet,

Sore muscles. That's what I'm talking about. In preparation for our Boracay trip this August, I figured I should shed off fats. And so, I enrolled to the gym! Finally! 

I miss being lean. Some months ago, I was kalansay thin because of depression. I literally did not eat for days, and it's still a wonder how I got to endure that. Funny thing though, is that when I recovered from the depression, I gained so much weight in just a matter of weeks! Now, see the difference.

Left photo taken last December, i think. Right photo taken this July.
I'm not saying I want to be kalansay thin again. No! Just look at that face. I don't look healthy there. I just want to feel light and not too conscious of my bulging stomach. I enrolled to the gym to make myself feel better about my body. I never EVER want to go through depression again just to lose weight. It was a terrible ordeal to go through. This time, it should be a healthier process. I eat. I exercise. I work out. I lose weight. I become sexier. I become happier. Haha!

Though this new weight-loss process is very different, it is still NOT painless. But this is a different kind of pain, though. This is physical. This is healthier. This is easier to endure. I could take Alaxan for this, as opposed to a heartbreak which does not have a pain reliever. However, the masochistic side of me enjoys the pain. My mom tells me to take Alaxan every time I complain about my sore body parts, but I respond with much conviction, "Let me feel the pain ma, it won't be long before I can rejoice over my triumph. I will get through this." LoL!

The similarity between a heartbreak and working out is striking. After enduring the pains [of both], you emerge FIT, STRONGER, SEXIER, and MORE BEAUTIFUL. LoL. I should've stopped at "stronger."


Hoping, waiting, believing.
★ Happidezz

Monday, July 11, 2011

8000 views and counting! ♥

Dear Juliet,

I don't know how Blogger tallies the visitors of my blog, but still, I'm thankful people actually stop by to visit and read my posts. Thanks friends and fans. Hahaha! I feel so famous. {PAK! Sinampal ng kapatid.}

Hoping, waiting, believing.
★ Happidezz

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Froggy, Rainy Night

Dear Juliet,

I don't remember much of my frog dissecting days in Biology during high school. Maybe it's a memory I deliberately erased off of my mind. All I know is that I didn't catch or bring any frog to school; I relied on my classmates as far as pinning, cutting, and probing the frog were concerned. I did an exquisite job as an observer back then.

But just a while back, I had the closest encounter I ever imagined I could have with a frog--a baby frog.

It was 3 a.m. I just finished watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and was intent on reading the closing credits. I was in the living room where my mom and sister were sleeping. Mama was on her folding bed, while my sister was on our matress. [Yes, parang sleep-over party lang 'di ba?]

I was on the sofa when I heard an insect jumping to and fro around the living room. When I turned the lights on, I realized it wasn't an insect. It was a baby frog. I was so scared. I didn't know what to do, so I woke my sister up. She just shrugged and told me to get rid of it myself.

I got the biggest plastic bag i could find and laid it beside the frog which settled in one corner of the living room. I knew my plan was stupid, but I pushed my luck thinking that the frog will just voluntarily get inside the bag. Well, yes, as my sister puts it, this plan sucked.

And so, i went out to get tongs. I went back to the living room and there, i stood, in front of the frog, frozen. I was so scared to go anywhere near it. Desperate, I woke my mom up. She has rheumatic joints, so she can't help me. She scolded me and prodded me to just do it.

I hated my sister so much for not helping me with this huge predicament. Left with not much options, i decided to just do it myself. I thought, i didn't want to sleep with a baby frog lurking around. What if it lays eggs on my ears? What if it gives me kulugo in my face? What if it breeds inside our house? I can't let those happen!

And so after 30 minutes of mustering my courage and practicing how to tong the frog, i finally did it!

My mom, my sister, and i laughed at the incident. They said i looked really stupid being scared of something so tiny. Well, i can't blame them. I was literally laughing and shivering out of fear at the same time. Mama also complained that i just had to wake everyone up, turn on all the lights, and do my pag-iinarte for so long when i could have done it silently, without bothering anyone.

Oh well, i'm a girl. My fear of frogs got the best of me. Whoever said that frogs are princes is a BIG FAT LIAR!

~Happidezz on mobile :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

I'm a Loner Foodie

Dear Juliet,

I can't believe I only have 3 entries for June. I have so much to tell you, but I'm either too tamad or too busy to write you letters. Naku, I'll try to post more this month. For now, let me talk about what makes me fat--my inclination to food and to eating alone.

While my friend, Shelly, dreads eating alone in public, that's one thing I like doing. I don't mind being alone. I don't mind eating alone. It makes me think, concentrate, reflect, observe people, and enjoy food. However, doing such makes me fat all the more. I got no one to share my favorite food with, thus the solo intake of gazillion calories.

Here's one of my lamon moments at the Chocolate Kiss Cafe after enrollment.

Bottomless iced tea [P70]: I get to control the sweetness of my tea. Calamansi + syrup + tea = AYOStea ♥ 
Hickory Smoked Spareribs: Grilled pork spareribs with hickory sauce and buttered corn kernels. May be served with rice [P195]  or with garlic mashed potatoes [P215]. I chose to have potatoes for this, just to satisfy my potato cravings.
Yummy to the ribs! [Pun intended] The pork was tender and its sauce, just delish. I was so full after this course. The mashed potato was filling! But since it was pouring outside, I decided to stay a while longer in the resto and have some dessert.
Classic Chocolate Cake [P98]. I'm a Devil's Food Cake loyalist, but after this, I guess I have a new favorite. Ah, DARK CHOCOLATE! My taste buds went wild ♥
I brought home a 4-inch Devil's Food Cake [P145] for my family. I can't bear the thought of experiencing food coma without them. They just have to taste a bite of heaven as well =)

Not-so-Loner Food Trips
Speaking of not bearing the thought of experiencing yummy food alone, I bring my sister with me on food trips sometimes. Since we already had enough of BK, just this once, we fled our favorite wi-fi haven and tried out some Chinese food at Hap Chan in SM Fairview. We were such gluttons! We ordered a lot and weren't able to finish everything.

Dessert came first: Chilled mango taho with tapioca [P60]. It wasn't impressive; not even chilled when served to us, thus, I'm only giving it 2 out of five stars.
Lechon Macau [P260]. I have to say, this is really tasty! Haha, what a lame description. But hey, no judgments! I'm no food blogger. Well. The lechon went really well with its vinegar-based sauce. It had crunchy skin and tender meat which were perfect to my taste.
Yang Chow Fried Rice [P220]. Loved the seafood. Ah, shrimps! I can eat this without viand, but well, it was my lucky day. I had all the yummy ulams to go with this fab fried rice.
Wanton Noodles [P130]. We bought this because we thought we needed soup since all the dishes we ordered were dry. I liked it, especially its siomai add-on.
I'm a sucker for siomai and dumplings! ♥ The sharksfin siomai [P75] was a disappointment, the shrimp dumpling [P80] was so-so, but the quail egg siomai [P75] was the super star!
Every meal is not complete without dessert, right? And since we finished our not-so-interesting dessert before the main course, we had to end the meal with another to make the dessert real. Haha, ang gulo. We had these DQ Dilly bars. Why are they called bars? They are not bars! Hello?
These are cheap, I know.
Of course, these meals are not 5-star material. These places are for foodies on a tight budget. But the bottom line of this post is that I love eating. I love eating with my sister. I love eating with my family. I love eating alone. I love sweets. I love desserts. I love fine-dining. I love kanto-dining. I love sidewalk food trips. I love tusok-tusok delicacies. I love food.

And the bottom line of all these eating are a bulging belly and bellybutton. Hay.

Hoping, waiting, believing.
★ Happidezz