Living On My Own

I have been living alone now for a week, only with a dog and 4 fishes. The pets are my Dad’s but as the lone caretaker of the house, they come as my responsibility.

It’s a lot of work specially with a dog – cleaning up and feeding him.  But I can’t put him up for adoption, no matter how much extra chore it gives me.  He’s been with us for 7-8 years I think. So he’s old and he’s my buddy now at home.

As for the fish… they’re easy, although I’m not a fish person, I just can’t have a huge empty aquarium in the house!

Cooking is such a delight.  I steam fillets of fish and some veggies, and I’m all set for my meal.  I have a big bowl of salad in the fridge that’s good for 3-4 days and I just get from the lot every meal time.

I like that I’m up on my feet doing chores instead of being a couch potato, which I was when I had household help.  I feel much productive and healthier, knowing that I am more active.

Surprisingly, I don’t feel any stress when I’m home even with the thought of cleaning up or preparing my meal or having to clean up after the dog.  I’ve literally gone out of my comfort zone.

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My Favorite City

Sydney has got to be on top of my list.  It has something for everyone – whether you’re into the beach, mountains, arts, food – you’ll find it in Sydney.

I like New York’s busy and fast life, Monte Carlo’s quaint cobblestone streets, Zurich’s luxurious surroundings, Hong Kong’s culinary adventures, Paris’ romantic charm but nothing beats Sydney for me. Christmas is in the summertime,  with men dressed as Santa Claus on the beaches – It’s so different from everybody else.  And the spectacular New Year’s eve by the Harbor Bridge is THE way to usher in the new year.

Sydney is vibrant yet laid back.  There’s so many things to do, yet you don’t feel rushed or hurried, to do everything all at the same time.

It’s modern yet the streets are lined with buildings and establishments done in old European architecture.

The next time you feel like exploring a new place, I highly recommend Sydney.  That’s if you are not too far away from its region.

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Lessons Along The Way

Based on my own experiences:

1. 3 things that I can never get back:  time, words and opportunities. 

 I spend my time wisely choosing to do something productive & positive.  Words can make or break a relationship.  Opportunities — this one I am still in the process of learning.  Something to do with being in a comfort zone.

2. Karma does happen.

3. Follow your instinct.

4. Trust that you are where you’re supposed to be.  Just be, dont sway to a different direction.  Don’t fight it.

5.  What you truly, deeply desire in your heart and soul, you will get.

6. Happiness creates success.

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Going organic

I’ve switched to all-natural, zero chemical personal care and household cleaning products. Not only do they smell great, they are as effective as the commercial/traditional products made with chemicals.

For my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand & foot cream, hand soap –  I now buy Filipino-made Human Heart Nature.  Im thankful to the maker of this brand for it made all-natural products affordable and accessible.  With home-grown ingredients,  products are infused with mango, guava, coconut, lemongrass and eucalyptus scents.

LOVE these all-natural products.

Now on the health front, I’ve also stopped consuming meat – beef, poultry, pork.  I have mushrooms, a lot of herbs and vegetables.  I am not vegetarian as I eat fish – usually salmon.

I feel lighter.  I FEEL GREAT!

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My Life’s Simple Pleasures

Its the simplest things that bring me joy:

1.  Having a late night conversation while standing up by the kitchen counter, with a tub of ice cream.  Beautiful moment.

2. Giving someone a back rub.

3. A heartyy breakfast.

4. Mornings.

5. Freshly brewed coffee from the pot.

6. Reading the Sunday paper from cover to cover.

7. Sleeping in till 9 AM on Sundays.

8. Late afternoon walks.

9. Non-fat Yogurt

10. Mushrooms & Garlic.

11.  Watching movies.

12. Holding hands while sleeping.

13.  That corner on our big, comfy couch which holds my back perfectly. 

14. Quiet days in the house.

15. The art of doing nothing.

16. The smell of newly washed clothes that were dried under the sun.

17. Going to my kick-boxing class.

18. Laughing out loud.  I never let a day pass without laughing. I feel I’ve wasted the day if I didn’t laugh.

19.  Going for a 2-3 day leave from work.  I love what I do, but I also love the feeling of going shopping, watching movies and dining out when everybody is at work. It feels great to have the mall and restaurants all to myself.

20.  Reading a magazine or Reader’s Digest before I go to sleep.

21. A warm bath before going to bed.

22. A glass of red wine after a day’s work.

23. Champagne for no reason at all.  There shouldn’t be a need for an ocassion to have Champagne.

24. My very cold room and a thick blanket.

25. 8 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.

26. Singing while driving.

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Home

I love our home. Its so peaceful and quiet.  I love thatwe have birds chirping outside our bedroom windows. 

Our house was never like this, it was always filled with people and chatter (most of the time, it wasn’t what you’d like to hear).  It’s now filled with clean energy. I hear silence except for the birds and the sound of rain.

 I love staying home, in my nook, reading the papers while sipping coffee.  Or in my cozy room, reading a book or watching TV.  Its where I re-charge.

Its the simple things like being home that makes me happy and content.

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Opening Up

Opening up means 2 things for me: 1) sharing my thoughts to anyone who comes across this blog and 2) letting guards down and allowing experiences or moments to happen freely.

I am quite a private person. Not much into the limelight, hogging the stage or wanting a perennial audience.

But this is one of my ways of moving forward.  To open up, free myself of limits, labels and of the past.

I look forward to filling this with more things to come.

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