July 28, 2015

Japanese Tiny Narrow House

Filed under: Environment, Minimalism / Simplicity — rvchua @ 1:24 pm

I find the toilet, bedroom and hallway too narrow and claustrophobic, I assume the sides of the hallway are their closets. The most fascinating part is the entrance way. You have light, something green and privacy in such a tiny space!

My New Yoga Home

Filed under: Thank You, Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 2:28 am

Starting August 1, my new yoga home will be Yoga Tree Studio Mactan. I can only join for free the classes with Reds, Glenna and Marie. Judging by last week’s schedule, I can probably practice almost every day. Hoping the three teachers are not on vacation, sick or change their schedules. I wonder what happens if someone suddenly subs for them or if there is no other student? Do I still have a free class? Anyway, I did not do anything to get these free classes nor to deserve it. I was just gifted by a friend who did the behind-the-scenes work, for this I would be eternally grateful. I don’t know how to repay him.

The biggest advantage for me being in Yoga Tree is that I can leave the office before 5PM and then arrive leisurely before the 5:45PM class. Then I can be home by 7:30PM. Also I can leave behind my yoga mat at the studio, so no need to lug it around all the time. I plan to bring it home during the weekend so I can clean and disinfect it. There are not a lot of students so there is no jockeying for spots, I always prefer to be near the wall so I can have my bag beside me.

Last year I wasn’t pleased with the toilet which is shared with the rest of Marina Mall. It seems that they have improved it but I haven’t tried it, I usually use the facilities in nearby restaurants or hold it until I arrive home. I am also not in love with the studio’s changing room which doubles as a supply closet, a stool would be more helpful there. I also find the studio gloomy with its lack of natural light and dark flooring. I wonder how many times they sweep the floors? Sorry but I am itchy after every class. I really don’t want to complain that is why I change at the office and I am planning to bring a microfiber cloth in my next class.

I have been reviewing the schedules for the past couple of weeks. It looks Glenna has the most number of classes and she usually does Ashtanga. It looks like I am going to be an Ashtangi though that is not a bad thing. Last night Glenna subbed for another teacher, the class was super slow but the beginning poses did wonders to my spine. During savasana, she had us do child’s pose while massaging the lower and upper back. It was a good way to start the work week.

I hope that this setup continues for one whole year!

July 26, 2015

Book Shop Crawl

Filed under: Books — rvchua @ 1:22 pm

I miss being in a city looking for book stores. There used to be a couple of used book stores in Cebu but they have disappeared. Also there used to be restaurants where you can read books while you are inside. Now I hardly go to National Bookstore which is actually more of a school supplies store. As for Fully Booked, I only go there to see what books have physically arrived in Cebu. Physical books are still too expensive!

I still dream of being able to do this again.

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

Filed under: Music — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:26 am

I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift though I am familiar with her songs since I can hear it everywhere. However Bad Blood is probably her only song that I can listen to ad nauseaum. The music video is a slicker version of Sucker Punch.

July 20, 2015

How To Make It Last?

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 2:57 pm

I bought a 5+1 class card at Yoga Tree Mactan for P700. It is valid for 1 month. I don’t want to shell out more money for yoga until Aug 20. I don’t think Yoga Tree is the studio for me. I need to think more about this.

class pass

And So It Ends

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 7:20 am

Last Friday, I suddenly found myself without a yoga studio to call home. I knew that my ‘membership’ to YogaHub was only valid to Oct 28 but something happened in the past few days and I misunderstood some things. Anyway, the result was that my last class was the 7AM hot yoga last Friday. So the question is what I do now?

For sure I will not miss the traffic and hassle going to YogaHub but I will miss the teachers and the classes. If I go to a yoga studio, my costs will be higher than I was going to Gold’s Gym but I don’t want to be tied to a 1-year membership anymore. The only viable yoga studio near me is Yoga Tree Mactan. I don’t remember the membership costs but I need to make it as inexpensive as possible. I am thinking to supplement going to Yoga Tree with karma yoga classes, pursuing my own practice (shudder!) and even resume teaching in the office again.

I hope to have a new routine soon.

July 19, 2015

George R.R. Martin Sings His Version of Blank Space

Filed under: Music, Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:40 pm

Abaca Baking Company Review

Filed under: Food — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:59 pm

abacaWhen I learned that refillable brewed coffee at Abaca was only P60, I knew I had to make time to go there. Last Friday was a holiday (Feast of Ramadan), so after an early hot yoga class I went on foot to Crossroads. It was still around 8:30AM but Abaca was packed. I had their coffee and a seed bagel which interestingly has sea salt. I also tried their large chocolate croissant. I was there for 2 hours talking, looking at the interesting artwork, admiring the breakfast/brunch crowd of Cebu, soaking in the vibe of what is Abaca Baking Company. I was also impressed with their staff who are knowledgeable, vibrant and friendly. They also have superfast wifi which I only managed to use for a few minutes because I was distracted by the conversation and the copious amounts of coffee. The picture on the left shows my breakfast on my second cup of coffee.

I am planning to go back there soon (though I don’t have any reasons to go to Cebu anymore) to try out their menu (which I never saw!)/ I saw other people eating waffles and eggs benedict, I will be dreaming about it until my next visit!


Filed under: Uncategorized — rvchua @ 12:24 pm

jiroI met this friendly Black Labrador at the Nodoka Sharehouse in Guadalupe. If you were my dog, I would have gladly given you the bacon I had. Nice to meet you Jiro-kun! Yoroshiku!

July 13, 2015

Not Tied Down / Looking For Connection

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — rvchua @ 4:52 am

Being single means I can do almost anything I want. I can stay in a coffee shop and read for hours until my back or butt complains. I can go on an overseas trip the next day as long as I have clean clothes and my passport is not expired (will be soon!). I can try paella negra without scaring anyone when I open my mouth. I can practice yoga early in the morning or late at night and not be self conscious that I smell vinegary. I can live like a pig or a minimalist or a cheapskate.

Much as I prefer to be alone, there are times that I want to be with other people. It is those times when I feel vulnerable, depressed or needy. Usually what happens is that the person has other priorities or is too busy. My automatic response is to become angry and resentful and more depressed. I overanalyze the situation and ask myself if I read too much into the relationship.

It takes a while for me to come to the realization (again!) that my happiness does not depend on another person. But I am not strong enough to be always independent. There is still a need to connect with someone in some levels. How to find balance? How to be alone yet part of something?

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