Category Archives: Random Rants

An Anniversary Not Worth Celebrating

It rained the past couple of days, and to tell you honestly, I feel like I’ve developed this trauma towards flood. After my experience with typhoon Pedring last year, a month before my birthday last year, I get this dreadful feeling whenever it rains. I know, it’s been really hot here in the Philippines lately, but the sound of rain heavily falling down on our roof scares me.

Some may say I’m too affected or I’m over-reacting towards the flood that we experienced in Malabon last year. I posted photos of the damages of Pedring to our home and our area here in Malabon last year. I’m well aware our experience wasn’t the worst, but it was still traumatic for me.

Here’s a photo of the flood inside our home:

If you look at that photo, you’d think the flood in our area was just a few inches above our feet. But, if you’ve been to our home, you’d know our actual house is elevated by about 3 feet.

This is a photo I took right outside my computer shop, a few hours after the floodwater subsided. This was the time when there was no more flood inside our home:

The floodwater was most probably waist- or shoulder-deep to actually come in and flood our home. I’m so thankful we were safe. But, that feeling of hopelessness will continuoulsy haunt me everytime I see flood or hear heavy rain. 🙁

Ondoy happened in September 2009. Pedring in the same month last year, 2011. And September’s coming in about 120 days. No matter how we prepare for it – putting in neoprene washers, cleaning all the trash out of the drainage and canals around our home, moving the electric outlets a few inches higher, ensuring our important documents are now located at the top of our cabinets, planning on what we could do if in case floodwater will be much higher than during Pedring – nothing can prepare us for it. The only way we can avoid this is to move out of this place here in Malabon.

I know, we can’t really be safe anywhere else, but at least, we won’t be trapped in this very low area of Malabon City, surrounded by rivers, with Manila Bay close by. *sigh*

2012 – the year ‘predicted’ by the Mayans to be the last year of humans on Earth. As much as I want to be a non-believer, I still want to be ready just in case. I hope and pray all that’s not true, and I’d grow much older than 32. I hope to see you all by 2013.

I’m usually an optimist. But, there are times when a hint of negativity hits me. This is just one of those days.

United in Weight Loss

For some reason earlier today, I googled my name and found a video of me and my brother Ken during our speech at the 2011 Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs where our food blog, Certified Foodies, was voted on top. I swear, the minute I saw the thumbnail for the video, I told myself, I NEED TO FRICKING LOSE WEIGHT!!

I know, I know. I’ve been blabbing about losing weight here for months. After my successful 30-pound weight loss from 2010 to the first quarter of 2011, I think I gained them all back or more because of my lifestyle. Yes, I still enjoy food as much as before, but I strayed off the no/less rice diet I was following that helped me lose all that weight 2 years ago. Now, I’m desperate about losing all the fat for good.

I miss dancing. It’s one of the things I LOVE back in my teens ’til my 20s. I’m good at it too. And I want to go back to dancing so I am more than determined this time to stop being fat.

I want to go back to how I looked in this photos…
or at least the first photo at the bottom row.

Loving food is not an excuse to be fat. I still want to enjoy food, but, like a recent acquiantance said, we shouldn’t make it a routine or a daily habit to eat fattening food or anything that’s not generally good for us.

I also realized that I’m not just procrastinating with my other tasks, but I’m actually starting to neglect my body recently. I’ve been caring about my face and forgetting about the bigger part of my whole body (pun intended).

A friend shared with me information about the weight loss pills she’s been taking. They’re from Japan and when I saw her, she did lose a lot of weight already. As much as I’m tempted, I keep on thinking about apidextra side effects and all the unhealthy results of weight loss pills. I’ve used diet pills before and I didn’t really encounter any side effect, but I know this is a discipline problem.

So, starting hopefully this week, my bro and I will go on a no-rice diet and go to the gym 2-3 times a week. I’m planning on buying a treadmill now instead of an elliptical since we need a more intense workout. I’m just waiting on him to find out when exactly we’ll start at the gym. Good thing there’s a decent gym a ride away from here. I miss my early 20s body desperately.

Wish us luck!

United in Weight Loss

For some reason earlier today, I googled my name and found a video of me and my brother Ken during our speech at the 2011 Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs where our food blog, Certified Foodies, was voted on top. I swear, the minute I saw the thumbnail for the video, I told myself, I NEED TO FRICKING LOSE WEIGHT!!

I know, I know. I’ve been blabbing about losing weight here for months. After my successful 30-pound weight loss from 2010 to the first quarter of 2011, I think I gained them all back or more because of my lifestyle. Yes, I still enjoy food as much as before, but I strayed off the no/less rice diet I was following that helped me lose all that weight 2 years ago. Now, I’m desperate about losing all the fat for good.

I miss dancing. It’s one of the things I LOVE back in my teens ’til my 20s. I’m good at it too. And I want to go back to dancing so I am more than determined this time to stop being fat.

I want to go back to how I looked in this photos…
or at least the first photo at the bottom row.

Loving food is not an excuse to be fat. I still want to enjoy food, but, like a recent acquiantance said, we shouldn’t make it a routine or a daily habit to eat fattening food or anything that’s not generally good for us.

I also realized that I’m not just procrastinating with my other tasks, but I’m actually starting to neglect my body recently. I’ve been caring about my face and forgetting about the bigger part of my whole body (pun intended).

A friend shared with me information about the weight loss pills she’s been taking. They’re from Japan and when I saw her, she did lose a lot of weight already. As much as I’m tempted, I keep on thinking about apidextra side effects and all the unhealthy results of weight loss pills. I’ve used diet pills before and I didn’t really encounter any side effect, but I know this is a discipline problem.

So, starting hopefully this week, my bro and I will go on a no-rice diet and go to the gym 2-3 times a week. I’m planning on buying a treadmill now instead of an elliptical since we need a more intense workout. I’m just waiting on him to find out when exactly we’ll start at the gym. Good thing there’s a decent gym a ride away from here. I miss my early 20s body desperately.

Wish us luck!

A Future in a New Home

Our old home in NavotasOver 7 years ago, when my family and I had no choice but to move from our old house where we lived almost all our lives to our current home here in Malabon, I admit, I couldn’t accept the fact that we’re going to be living in an area where even the slightest hint of rain can result to flooded streets. But, we had no choice back then because we needed to somehow brush off all the negativity and misfortunes we have experienced at our old house in Navotas and move on with our lives.

We were supposed to move to a new house in Bulacan, but because of misleading information and empty promises by the real estate agent we were dealing with, we had no other option. Either move here to Malabon or worry about monthly rentals at an apartment somewhere. Even with the money we had from the sale of our old home, and some from our mom’s loans, in the long run, it won’t be practical for us to rent. And, so, we bought this house in Malabon.

Aftermath of typhoon Pedring

After years of dealing with the flood situation here, especially following that horrific experience during Typhoon Pedring, I am honestly convinced that I don’t want to live here all my life. I cannot live here forever. That’s why I’m determined to start planning now, particularly with my finances. I’m leaning towards buying a condominium within the Metro and possibly share it with my brother. Not sure what I’d do yet, but I hope I can get my important documents and finances ready by the time I finally decide to move out. I might need a housing loan for that.

If you’ve got plans like mine, you might want to check more home loan information to know what financial help / assistance is available to you. I might need someone with a better grasp of how to address concerns like this. I’ll keep you posted on this. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I’d love to hear it! 🙂

A Future in a New Home

Our old home in NavotasOver 7 years ago, when my family and I had no choice but to move from our old house where we lived almost all our lives to our current home here in Malabon, I admit, I couldn’t accept the fact that we’re going to be living in an area where even the slightest hint of rain can result to flooded streets. But, we had no choice back then because we needed to somehow brush off all the negativity and misfortunes we have experienced at our old house in Navotas and move on with our lives.

We were supposed to move to a new house in Bulacan, but because of misleading information and empty promises by the real estate agent we were dealing with, we had no other option. Either move here to Malabon or worry about monthly rentals at an apartment somewhere. Even with the money we had from the sale of our old home, and some from our mom’s loans, in the long run, it won’t be practical for us to rent. And, so, we bought this house in Malabon.

Aftermath of typhoon Pedring

After years of dealing with the flood situation here, especially following that horrific experience during Typhoon Pedring, I am honestly convinced that I don’t want to live here all my life. I cannot live here forever. That’s why I’m determined to start planning now, particularly with my finances. I’m leaning towards buying a condominium within the Metro and possibly share it with my brother. Not sure what I’d do yet, but I hope I can get my important documents and finances ready by the time I finally decide to move out. I might need a housing loan for that.

If you’ve got plans like mine, you might want to check more home loan information to know what financial help / assistance is available to you. I might need someone with a better grasp of how to address concerns like this. I’ll keep you posted on this. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I’d love to hear it! 🙂