May 5, 2015

Books I Have Read (April 2015)

Filed under: Books — rvchua @ 11:31 pm

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
3. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
4. Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul by Sharon Gannon and David Life
5. In The Woods by Tana French
6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
8. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

May 2, 2015

ECHOstore Opens In Cebu

Filed under: Environment, Food — Tags: — rvchua @ 5:12 am

echostore cebu newECHOstore used to be just a small stall at Banilad Town Centre’s weekend food market. Now they have their own location at Streetscape, Ma. Luisa Road, Cebu City. I wasn’t able to look at everything they had nor sample any of their food but I bought their citronella insect repellant (P209) which smells divine and the chocolate cacao nib cookies (P150) which probably will not last before bedtime. Next time I want to try their mushroom burgers which the Spanish yogi in yesterday’s class was raving about.

May 1, 2015

Sometimes All You Need…

Filed under: Uncategorized — rvchua @ 11:14 am

I have been alternately bored, conflicted or depressed for several weeks. Some days yoga is not enough to still the doubtful mind. I have been trying to read on meditation so that I can start a practice but so far haven’t done anything. Then a couple of days ago I read this post from Elephant Journal ( So I immediately started to clean the bathroom which I have been turning a blind eye for quite a while. I ended up covered in sweat and one of my knuckles was rubbed raw by the brush handle after I made my first wave of cleaning. Now, the bathroom is still not completely spotless but it is 100x better than before. I still have a few things to do but I always fail to have a regular cleaning schedule.

Yes, sometimes all you need is to clean the bathroom!

April 27, 2015

Your Life In One Bag

Filed under: Minimalism / Simplicity — rvchua @ 12:29 pm

I am sorely tempted. Hopefully I get the kick in the ass one of these days.

April 24, 2015

We Need More Pedro Pascal!

Filed under: Music — Tags: , — rvchua @ 10:58 am

I don’t know the story of the music video but Pedro Pascal is hotter here than in Game of Thrones!

April 20, 2015

Game of Thrones: The Fallen of Season Four

Filed under: Television — Tags: , — rvchua @ 2:06 pm

My crush Pedro Pascal!

David Kim Workshop at YogaHub Philippines

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 1:12 pm

I am joining the second day!


April 15, 2015

What Is The Deal With Book Trilogies and Series?

During the Holy Week, I breezed through Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. Then around 50 pages into the third book Into the Still Blue, I lost interest and decided to quit. Yesterday I finished Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. I liked the 1800s Russian inspired world but I found the story predictable. Haven’t I read something like it before (Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy)? Also, Darkling has to be the lamest name for a villain! I didn’t understand why black is the associated color to only the Darkling. If you live in a dreary world, wouldn’t black and grey be the dominant colors? I know it is a YA novel but again I found it too simplistic. I just wanted to finish the book and forget the rest of the books even a lot of people are raving about the series.

Late last year, I read the first three books of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. Although the series is YA, the world building is unique and complex and some of the characters are interesting enough that I want to read the final novel Winter which is set to release in November 2015. Another YA book that showed promise was Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I have the other 2 books of the trilogy (Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters) but I don’t know when I plan to read it and when I do I need to do it back-to-back.

As for the last book of Deborah Harkness All Soul’s Trilogy, I am not sure if I will ever read it (unless I am really bored). I read the last book two years ago and I have probably forgotten a lot of the details except that Matthew and Diana are in the past but I don’t recall why. This is my frustration with trilogies and series, the next novel takes a while (sometimes several years) for to be released that sometimes you need to read again the last one or read a synopsis in Wikipedia. As for Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles, I read the first book 1.5 years ago and I have the second book but the last book is still being written. Again the first book was really interesting although I hated Denna. I need to remember what happened (which is a lot) in the first one before I pick up the second one.

As for A Song of Ice and Fire, thankfully I can refer to the tv series although this season it has started to deviate a whole lot from the books. I am definitely going to read The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring if George R.R. Martin will ever finish the series. If not, the tv series will have their own ending.

To sum up, I would prefer not to read trilogies or series unless all the books have been released. I don’t understand why a lot of YA books need to be a trilogy when George R.R. Martin managed to squeeze a lot of details and more characters than we can track in the first novel A Game of Thrones. I would prefer to read novels in a series that are standalone, no need to wait for the next book to be satisfied with the story.

April 14, 2015

Game of Thrones Season Five

Filed under: Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 6:01 am

By this time, everyone knows that the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 have been leaked in several torrent-sharing sites. I did a mini-marathon last night of the four episodes. Instead of having a fake Sansa Stark in Winterfell, the real Sansa Stark is betrothed to Ramsay Bolton. Does this mean that the retaking of Winterfell will happen this season while it has not happened in the books? Also with Jaime Lannister now in Dorne, we expect to have a lot of action happening there. A lot of characters fates have been changed like Brienne of Tarth going to Winterfell and Tyrion Lannister path crosses with Jorah Mormont’s in a different way. Was that the end of Mance Rayder? Are Grey Worm and Barristan Selmy dead?

This season there will be more changes from the books. So there will be no new pivotal characters? Six more episodes left!



Filed under: Money — Tags: — rvchua @ 5:36 am

Last Saturday on my way to J. Centre from Ashtanga class, I got inside a very full jeepney. The man beside me had a large backpack that overlapped my bag which was on my lap. I felt the bag move a couple of times but I just glared at him and once saw that both of his hands were at his sides. It was only in my second jeepney ride that I realized that he had taken my coin purse which was in my bag’s outermost pocket. The zipper was closed so I did not notice the problem until I was near Tamiya. The bad news was that he not only took my coin purse (which had around P400) but also took my keys attached to it. I was so worried that I can’t open my room but fortunately the landlady’s daughter managed to give me spare keys for my room and for the gate. The good news of the entire incident is that I did not lose my debit/credit cards, IDs, iPad mini and the rest of my money. This is the second time I lost my coin purse in the past six months. I don’t know if that time it was because I was careless or the person beside me in the jeepney took it.

So this time, I will be careful and will be doing the following things:

  • Keep only coins and small bills (P20) in my coin purse.
  • Keep large amount of money in the inside pocket of my bag though I will avoid as much carrying more than P500.
  • Attach my keys to my bag instead of my coin purse.
  • Keep duplicate keys in the office.
  • Avoid bringing my iPad mini if possible.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary things.

 I hope that with these small changes I will not have a repeat incident.

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