August 24, 2015

The Search Continues

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 1:24 am

Last Thursday I was sneezing the whole day which developed to a head cold so I cancelled my after work yoga plans. The next day my body was aching so no early morning yoga and there was no afternoon class at Yoga Tree because of the anatomy workshop. I fell asleep in the afternoon and woke up too late to either go to Studio 108 or Surya Nanda. The next day I went to Yoga Tree for the 8:30AM Vinyasa class but the teacher did not show up (I later learned that she was late). So in the afternoon I went to Surya Nanda for a 5:15PM Intense Vinyasa class. On Sunday I joined the karma yoga at Yoga Tree. The room was unexpectedly hot. Whatever ease I felt doing chaturangas in Saturday was gone. The room was extremely hot and then I later got colds and body aches. The plans I had for an afternoon class at Surya Nanda was scrapped.

So what is all of this? Whatever free classes I have in Yoga Tree is not enough. I even purchased a new 3+1 class card but the schedules after work is not varied enough. Also just being in Lapu Lapu has proved boring. I need to go out during the weekends. So that means on Saturday I either join the 7AM Energizing Morning Yoga (only P50!) or a late afternoon class at Surya Nanda. And on Sundays it can either be a karma class at Yoga Tree or a late afternoon class at Surya Nanda.

Yes, I need variety in my life especially with my current state. It is not good to be cooped up at home. I need to get back to the mindset of shelling out money for my yoga practice. I have gotten used to having free classes, I need to let go of that and be flexible. I know I am stuck in my practice and in my life. It is time to move on.

August 22, 2015

I Would Watch This Live!

Filed under: Music — Tags: — rvchua @ 3:14 pm

There must be people willing to shell out P57K to watch Madonna next year. I would love to see Madonna but it would be too much of a hassle (flights, hotel, traffic!!). But if Roxette somehow comes to the Philippines, I would be the first one to buy tickets! My face would be like the ones in the audience and I would be singing loudly their old songs, just don’t make me sing anything beyond Crash Boom Bang. These were the songs that defined by tormented adolescence.

P.S. I have been on a musical memory lane for the past 2 hours via youtube.

August 21, 2015

Problems, Problems, Problems

Filed under: Film — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:07 am

Whenever I find myself facing a big problem, I now ask myself: What would Furiosa do?

Answer is Redemption!

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure film, “Mad Max: Fury Road," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure film, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

August 18, 2015

Hello There

Filed under: Books, Food — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:38 pm

Hello there friend, nice seeing you tonight! Hoping that we run each other again this weekend with a depressing dystopian novel. My life is already shaken up, let us shake it more!


August 17, 2015

Shaking Things Up

Filed under: Books, Food, Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center, Television, Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 4:11 am

No 9 updatedI was bored last week and tried to shake things up.

First, I went back to Studio 108 which I haven’t been visited for six months. I attended back-to-back Vinyasa class (with Jeanne) and Ashtanga class (with Arlien). The first class hardly even started but I was already covered in sweat. The heat was uncomfortable and made simple poses very difficult. It was worse than a hot yoga class and I was gulping water afterwards. Fortunately during Ashtanga class, they opened the door so there was a sort of breeze from the fan in the reception area. I could have done more but the heat made me languid and I was struggling. Arlien helped me with parivritta trikonasana which is always a difficult pose for me. Also Arlien admonished me from using the wall during headstand so I had to do it in the middle of my mat. Surprisingly I managed to get up by myself without the wall or someone to spot me! I also did not fell down though I did not stay up long. I know my headstand was hardly straight but I got up by myself!

After the class, Jeanne and I had a very late Spanish dinner at No. 9. We had bocadillo de calamares, butifarra con judias (sausages with white beans and green sauce) and beer! The food was flavorful and delicious. I have never been to Spain so I don’t know how authentic it is but I guess this would be something that is commonly served in a tapas bar. I also liked the modern yet homey ambience of the renovated house turned restaurant. No. 9 is in Zapatera which has suddenly blossomed into an area with condominiums and a possible mall strip.

I stayed overnight at Jeanne’s place though I barely had a wink of sleep. It went downhill after that. I couldn’t sleep so I watched the pilot episode of Lucifer and the first couple of episodes of The Strain (the television series based on Guillermo del Toro’s novel). I am very interested to watch the remaining episodes of the first season of The Strain.

I got into a fight with somebody which disrupted the rest of the weekend. I know that I am right and I wish that there could have been a resolution because otherwise I will have to forget about a lot of things that happened in the past couple of years. All I wanted was the truth and that person could not give it to me.

Fortunately I managed to start reading a new book and was able to distract myself. I ended up eating a ton of junk food so that wasn’t good too. I need to have something new in my life, something that would give meaning.

So this is what happens when you shake things up.

August 16, 2015

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Health — rvchua @ 12:54 pm

August 11, 2015

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:14 am

24400466This new work by J.R.R. Tolkien will be available by October. Before this happens, I need to read The Children of Hurin first!

August 3, 2015

Expenses Monthly Analysis (July 2015)

Filed under: Food, Health, Money, Shopping, Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:52 am

I was almost P3K higher in my expenses in July compared to the previous month. I want to despair but almost all of my major expenses have justifications. The highlights are:

  • A couple of staycations in Cebu which involved taxis, eating out (including lunch at Café Georg) and accommodations.
  • I tried almond milk and liked it but I won’t be buying again especially with the new controversy that almond milk is only made up of 2% almonds.
  • I tried paella negra at the newly opened Spanish restaurant Hala Paella at BTC.
  • I lost my free classes at YogaHub so I had to buy a 5+1 class card at Yoga Tree.
  • I took a habal2x for my last anti-rabies vaccine shot. The jeepney and taxi options were scrapped, there was a long queue at the jeepney terminal and the traffic was almost to a standstill. I had to go to Mandaue to buy the vaccine and directly go to the animal bite center while the ice was still solid.
  • I went to Abaca again for another early breakfast of brewed coffee and blueberry scone. It is becoming my favorite place but it tends to get crowded easily, not a good choice to relax and read a book.
  • I had to buy a dress and pair of shoes for my cousin’s wedding. I hate shopping and I think I made my choices when I was too tired. The dress is a blue printed wrap dress, not exactly the versatile dress I was hoping for. The shoes has some detail, it is not made for long walks on uneven surfaces or in the mud. I can easily use the shoes in the office and the dress will be my go-to for every occasion.

I am still stumped with what to do to curb my buying of junk and processed food.

July 31, 2015

Yoga in July 2015

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 10:11 am

Now I am moving to a new yoga home and hopefully it will be longer this time.

yoga july2015

Books I Have Read (July 2015)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:19 am

1. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – I enjoyed the series but despaired on how slow it was. When I learned that the third book was much slower than this one, I abandoned any plans of reading it next. I thought reading The Dragon Keeper would be a change of pace but I have reread the first few pages three times without making progress. I will go back to Robin Hobb as soon as I have my steam back. 

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This confused me, there were too many elements: a romance, a coming-of-age, being a quadriplegic, assisted living. All of these were relevant but somehow there was a lack of overall cohesion. It was an okay read but this did not spark any interest in me to read other Jojo Moyes’ novels. 

3. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – At this point I was desperate for anything to get me out of my reading slump. I saw this in the Vaginal Fantasy August pick forum. This is an urban fantasy with werewolves, vampires, gremlins, etc. I whizzed through this book but Kate Daniels is still my favorite urban fantasy. No plans to read the next of the series but I am looking out for another urban fantasy.

4. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – This was in my TBR for a long time. I read this twice and usually stopped somewhere in the middle. Last Sunday I picked it up again and finished it within the day. I enjoyed this one. My first introduction to Lucy Knisley was her graphic novel French Milk.

5. Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar – This has to be one of the best books on yoga’s eight petals/limbs. It is a short but very dense book, each word, sentence and paragraph has a purpose. A lot of ideas went over my head, no wonder I had a lot of headaches while reading it. This is a book that needs to be read more than once. I am glad that I finished this before the month ended.

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