July 4, 2015

The Farseer Trilogy

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:31 am

I am taking a couple of hours break from reading the second book Royal Assassin. The books have been wonderful but I find them too slow, a bit frustrating and too long. Based on the video below from Novels and Nonsense, the third book is plodding. I will stop on book 2 and move on to either the Liveship Traders Trilogy (sentient ships!) or The Rain Wild Chronicles (dragons!).

July 1, 2015

Yoga in June 2015

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 10:30 am

yoga jun 2015

Expenses Monthly Analysis (June 2015)

Filed under: Money — Tags: — rvchua @ 6:46 am

Although I have been jotting down all of my expenses (in Excel) since 2004, I don’t analyze monthly if the larger expenses are justified or not. So starting June 2015, I will review all the big expenses. I know that the smaller every day expenses especially food can be a major contributor. I don’t have a breakdown of all the food I buy (especially at the office) but a good portion goes to processed and junk food. I would like to limit that and I even made a plan before but it never worked, I was back to eating junk food in a few days.

Anyway, the point now is to analyze the big expenses (more than P100) for the month. I am not including rent and laundry since these are recurring expenses. The highlights are:

  • Iced coffee at Bo’s so I could use their wifi to complete an online qualification (which I got failing results and so did not get the job).
  • Dinner at The Coffee Bean after being caught in traffic and running out of time to reach my yoga class.
  • I treated my brother and his family to lunch at Oriental Spice Gourmet.
  • I bought a plastic hook to put up tote bags which function as storage space.
  • Ticket for Siddhartha The Musical at SM Cinema One.
  • I treated Jeanne to lunch at Krua Thai after Ashtanga class.
  • Taxi from Lapu Lapu to Cebu because it was night time and raining.

All expenses look reasonable since it allowed me to spend time with friends and family. I could have make do without the dinner at The Coffee Bean but that was a miserable night and the food was delicious.

I would like to lessen my expenses but not to a point that would make me miserable. I want to enjoy my life but not waste money on worthless things. Let us see what happens next month.

June 30, 2015

Books I Have Read (June 2015)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:55 pm

1) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
2) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
3) The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
4) Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover by Mandy Ingber
5) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
6) Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Highlights were The $100 Startup and Assassin’s Apprentice (which I finally read after been in my TBR for almost 2 years). I was disappointed with Yes Please considering the hype and I was annoyed with a couple of characters in Big Little Lies.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

June 29, 2015

Trying to Get My Routine Back

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:26 am

After missing out 5 Saturdays, I am going back to my pandesal and Ashtanga routine. I just need to get up early. I thought I couldn’t finish the class but only suffered some back twitches after the class.


June 26, 2015

A Week in Turmoil or The Time I Became Bat Girl

Filed under: Food, Health, Money — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:55 am

The weekend before was a conflicted one and as the days passed it became worse.

First, I got bit or scratched by a bat while taking down my towel from the laundry line. I don’t know what really happened but I felt some pain on my right thumb but there was no break on the skin nor blood. I ignored it but then the next day while I was hand washing some laundry, my right thumb started to hurt, the same area where I made contact with the bat. The next day it became swollen and I applied some topical ointment. The next day my thumb was still swollen and the precise location of where the bat touched me was throbbing. I panicked and could only think of the rabies. The company doctor admonished me and told me to get to the local animal bite center. Before I left the office, I had an anti-tetanus shot.

I thought it would be a breeze at the center but then there was a long line, people get bit by dogs or cats everyday! It was almost more than an hour before I was called, I was considered a Type II case. The first and fourth shots need to bought from a pharmacy in Mandaue, the second and third are free at the center. I was lucky that the person I had to share the first dose (good for 2 people) had a Toyota Fortuner so there was no need to worry about traffic. The shots were painless but I need to go back twice next week and then on the third week of July.

Am I safe? I don’t know. Although you can go as much as 6 days after contact to get your anti-rabies shots. There is still a possibility that I would develop rabies. If there is no post from me after July 6 then I am likely to be dead. The only thought I had yesterday was “Crap! I haven’t been able to enjoy the money I saved!!” So that is the food for thought this weekend. My mind is on turmoil while my body is bursting with anti-tetanus, anti-rabies and antibodies.

Also, my landlord told me this morning that they will increase the rent by P500. I have lived there for 7 years without any increase so it is about time. However, that is not the kind of news I want to hear early in the morning. P500 is not a big deal with my current salary but if I am really serious with my plans, I need to lower my other costs especially with food. Ever since I contracted Hepatitis when I was in high school, eating at carenderias is not a normal thing to do unless there is absolutely no option. I usually eat at fastfood joints or buy food from the grocery, both of which can get expensive in the long run. This week I ate at two different carenderias, fortunately no instances of unexpected trips to the toilet.

It is only Friday morning, what else is life throwing in my face?

June 25, 2015

Experiences vs Things

Filed under: Minimalism / Simplicity — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:52 pm

A reminder for this weekend. Need to think again what to do next, what options I have.

June 22, 2015

Drowning Sorrrows in Coffee and Pedro Pascal

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — rvchua @ 2:53 am

A lot of things happened during the weekend. I got another chance in the online job but the likelihood of failure is still high. I also realized that I have been friends with a certain person for almost 21 years. The memories we shared have been one of the most painful and most wonderful to me. All of what happened shaped who I am today, unfortunately not the best version. But then I am thankful that someone in the world knows the real me, including some of my secrets. And the last thing that happened was something I was expecting but not the way I anticipated. It confirmed my suspicions and the way it happened deflated my ego, made me realize how unimportant I am. I am now trying to accept the reality and whatever lies that may be said.

So I drowned my sorrows and feelings in copious amounts of coffee and Sia’s Fire Meets Gasoline (with Pedro Pascal in a lingerie ad!).

June 16, 2015

Game of Thrones Season 6 Predictions

Filed under: Books, Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:07 am

Finished the season 5 finale last night! Is it a preview for Winds of Winter? I can’t wait for the book or for the next season!

Open Position For A Receptionist

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 12:19 am

Last night I saw a post in Facebook that YogaHub was looking for a receptionist. I have been thinking about this since last night. It would be a perfect opportunity since it would be related to yoga and will only require a few hours each day. The downside would be it is too far away, I will be enduring 3 hours of traffic each day. I also don’t know how much the salary would be, probably not that much, I would need a second job. I wonder if I would be a right fit for the studio? Would any of the clientele be interested in the job also? I wonder.

I give myself until tomorrow if I should seriously consider or not. I don’t want to count anything before they hatch.

Older Posts »

The Silver is the New Black Theme. Create a free website or blog at


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32 other followers