October 21, 2014

The Legend of Korra: Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4

Filed under: Television — rvchua @ 2:36 am

New_York_Comic_Con_2014_-_Legend_of_Korra_posterWhen the freedom of the weekend came, I started watching Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. Surprisingly I whizzed through Book 2 (Spirits), Book 3 (Change) and now I am at episode 3 of Book 4 (Balance). I don’t like watching tv series that are too long and have too many episodes. With Legend of Korra, each episode is around 22 minutes long and there are 13 episodes max per season. Also the stories are fast paced and interesting.

Although Korra is the main character and her rash personality can be irritating at certain times but there are plenty of characters to distract you. Most of the original characters in The Last Airbender make an appearance not just in flashbacks. Katara appears in Book 1 (Air), Zuko in Book 3 and the most awaited is Toph who gives tough love to the Korra in Book 4. Then we have their children and families, all with different personalities and capabilities. I wonder what happened to Sokka?

It was while reading the wiki that I realized certain actors have lent their voices such as J.K. Simmons (Tenzin), Lance Henriksen (The Lieutenant), Daniel Dae Kim (Hiroshi Sato), Aubrey Plaza (Eska), Lisa Edelstein (Kya), Bruce Davidson (Zuko), Anne Heche (Suyin Beifong) and Zelda Williams (Kuvira).

I think the best character in the entire series has got to be Oogi! He is awesome actually all flying bison are fabulous. The calves are adorable too, particularly Blueberry Spicehead, Princess Rainbow, Twinkle Starchild, and Juniper Lightning Bug.

Book 4 is the last book of the series and only has 10 episodes left!

October 20, 2014

December 17

Filed under: Film — rvchua @ 12:25 pm

It’s a date!

Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads (Review)

Filed under: Food — rvchua @ 4:24 am

I heard about Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads in Marina Mall from a fellow yogi. Before the sunset yoga last Saturday, I searched for the place and was pleased to find a well-lighted, cozy place amidst the fake DVD/bags/shoes stalls. So I suggested this for last night’s dinner with Nathan and Clarice.

We ordered Seven Cs soup and penne alla amatriciana which we shared amongst the three of us. The soup, made of celery, chicken and five other forgettable Cs, wasn’t hot. I ordered the soup because it was recommended by the waiter but I found it underwhelming. As for the penne, it was severely lacking in tomato sauce and I couldn’t find the cured pork that is one of the main ingredients of the amatriciana. 

We paid P495 for the soup, pasta and three calamansi juice (wherein one had honey although it was explicitly requested not to have any). The prices were not very expensive but the portions were small. The only good points during that dinner was the ambience and the attentive waiter.

Should I write off the place? I think it deserves another chance since I haven’t tried their coffee and selection of cakes. However I think I would get a better café latte at Starbucks in the next building.

October 18, 2014

Ichabod Crane In Tree Pose

Filed under: Television, Yoga — rvchua @ 12:48 pm

ichabod-yoga-1-320x480I have stopped watching Sleepy Hollow but I am stoked that Ichabod is learning yoga!


October 14, 2014

Vinyasa Krama

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 2:27 pm

I need to read about this.

October 13, 2014

Ashtanga Yoga with Clayton Horton

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 6:01 am

Last weekend (Oct 10-12), there was an Ananda Marga Yoga retreat at Liloan. We did not join the entire retreat but went there on Saturday night. When we arrived they were at the last stages of a 3-hour kirtan. A vegetarian dinner followed and later on a cultural activity. I barely had any sleep the night before so I skipped the cultural activity. We did not have any place to sleep so we crashed in the car. I was uncomfortable most of the time so it was no wonder I woke up with a stiff back and cranky mood. I skipped the early morning meditation but joined Clayton Horton’s Ashtanga class. 

The class was almost 1.5hrs and was a good introduction for those who are not familiar with the asanas. There was also some explanation on the strongest parts of our hands and feet so you know where to concentrate the weight of the body. Clayton offered modifications for some of the poses and I was impressed on how he would move his body from a normal reaction to the correct alignment. Also it was the first time to practice yoga without eating an hour beforehand. I was surprised that I had energy though my back was stiff from the uncomfortable position the night before.

I decided to leave early. I was tired though I wanted to learn more about meditation and tantra. When I arrived home after doing some chores, I blinked out for 5 straight hours. Despite the rest I had, I have the sniffles and am constantly sneezing.

For those who don’t know who Clayton Horton is, you can visit his website at Here is a video of him doing Surya Namaskar A:

Rooftop Yoga with Surya Nanda Yoga

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 2:50 am

10334269_803560216332028_2446942581401380061_nAfter my first vinyasa class at Studio 108, we went to Ayala Life FGU building for rooftop yoga with Surya Nanda Yoga. During the week it always rained in the afternoons so there was a possibility that it would not push through. By 1PM on Saturday, the sun was shining madly and I was worried that it would be blazing hot for a 4PM class. When we arrived at the rooftop, the view was wonderful but the wind was very strong. Everyone’s mat would move or flip over every few minutes, it was distracting most of the time. It didn’t help that the hard floor was pockmarked and left white dust on the underside of the mat, woe to those who have Lululemon mats. I was worried with the dust flying into my eyes, if you had expensive Lasik like I did, you would understand. There were various teachers leading the 1-hour class but there were several poses that some of us found painful and inappropriate for the location.

On the bright side, it was wonderful to see students and teachers of Surya Nanda Yoga. All of them were new faces to me since I don’t frequent the studio.

Photo comes from Surya Nanda Facebook page.

My First Vinyasa Class at Studio 108

Filed under: Studio 108, Yoga — rvchua @ 1:58 am

Sometime this year I started to teach free yoga classes at work. The first class was a bit stressful for me. Did I have the right sequence? Can I use one song in constant loop? Most importantly, would they enjoy it? After a few classes on my belt, I have learned to relax. If they don’t like my class or they feel that they are not challenged, they have the option to go to a studio especially now that yoga in Mactan is starting to grow. Even if it is a free class, I always prepare a sequence a couple of days before the class, I try to vary with each class and hope that the students are constantly challenged. Also I no longer use any music because it is too much of an effort to find the right mood music. 

The week before Jeanne asked me to teach the charity yoga class at Studio 108. I immediately said yes although I was apprehensive at the same time. There would be students of different ages (including kids and the elderly), injuries and levels. How can I cater all of them? Then last Friday, Jeanne asked me to sub her 12:15pm vinyasa class at Studio 108 on Saturday. Since it was a birthday request, I said yes despite being worried. I made another sequence in the afternoon. The next day, I was at Studio 108 by 10:30AM, plenty of time to have an early lunch and relax. By 12 noon I was expecting that the class would not happen but a student suddenly arrived at 12:10pm! Halfway through the class I realized the sequence I made was too short so I had to improvise and add in some poses. She was sweating and I was sweating, most likely because the studio doesn’t have good ventilation.

I would like to thank Sharon for sharing her energy with me on that day. She was a wonderful student, flexible and strong at the same time. I would like to thank Jeanne for believing in me and giving me the opportunity. I hope that I would have more chances to handle a larger and varied class. I would like to thank Anne for welcoming me to her studio not just a friend and a member of the divine family but also as a teacher.


October 9, 2014

A Mini-Retreat

Filed under: Books, Food, Health, Yoga — rvchua @ 5:07 am

I would like to take a day off for a mini-retreat. No need to go somewhere far, just stay in the city overnight and do the following:

  • Early morning yoga (Ashtanga or power yoga)
  • A green smoothie
  • A healthy lunch, maybe a vegetarian panini or a large filling salad
  • Read an engaging book
  • Afternoon nap
  • Relaxing evening yoga (yin yoga or fly yoga)
  • Indulge in a slice of dark chocolate cake
  • Full body massage
  • Sleep in a comfortable bed with no alarm

During the entire day there will be no text, no internet, no Facebook.

Growing Old

Filed under: Health — rvchua @ 4:50 am

I know that I have a lot of white hairs since my early twenties but it is a shock to see how visible it is in the photos that were taken while we (Yoga Sugbo) visited an organic farm in Brgy. Taptap, Busay last Saturday. First impulse was to color my hair but I am scared that it would turn my whole head white afterwards. Next I want to cut it off and go really short but that won’t solve anything. For now I am wearing it in a ponytail which does not help with my falling hair problem.

In a few months, I will be turning a decade older and I don’t want to look like a haggard mom with four kids! I don’t have kids and never will have them! I have this flat tire on my middle that so far no amount of exercise is helping. I know it has something to do with what I eat. I have tried not eating meat (no pork, no chicken, no beef) 80% of the time but my weaknesses are junk food and processed food. I still look for it even if my body starts to feel bad before I finish the last cookie or chip. I tried to write down what I ate each day but it was too tedious and unsustainable. I try to veer myself away from the dangerous grocery aisles but when I am tired, sad or there are no good options, my feet automatically head into that direction. I try to eat healthy but it is not enough.

As a yogi I should accept my body as it is but I refuse to remain this way. I want to be a rocker chick like Gwen Stefani (she’s 45 and gave to her third child early this year) or comfortable in my own skin like Sandra Bullock (she’s 50!). I admit that I am scared of growing old and I dread when April is just a step away.

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