The Aftermath of Loss

You never truly know how strong you are until you’re faced with profound loss. An almost brush with death—had I waited another day, I wouldn’t have been so fortunate. They say pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body. Ectopic pregnancies are rare: 1 to 2 percent.  You see these things happen in films. You…

Bone Broth Fast Diary

Last week, I ordered jars of grass fed beef bone broth from DowntoEarth, a family farm in Bukidnon that “grows biodynamic vegetables, and raises and sources local grass-fed cattle, heritage free-range pork, lamb and native poultry.” The broth I got was simmered for 24 hours and was delivered to me two days after I placed…

The Real Challenge to Fasting

Is psychological hunger. There is nothing that makes fasting more difficult than my brain trying to constantly sabotage my efforts by obsessively thinking about food. I attempted to go on a 72 hour fast yesterday, but broke it by the 43rd because I couldn’t stop thinking about food. Physical hunger itself is not a problem….

Things I Recently Learned About Fasting

A few days ago, I read Dr. Jason Fung’s series of write-ups on Fasting, Calories, and How to Lose Weight on his website after signing up for the free 12 week fasting course, and it’s been revelatory. I’ve learned about some of the benefits of fasting nine years ago, where I first read about Eat…

Keto and Intermittent Fasting Update

The longest I’ve managed to stick to the ketogenic diet was about six weeks. I’ve never been able to hit any weight loss goal because, as I’ve shared in my previous post about self-esteem, I have a tendency to self-sabotage. Since starting my attempt at reconfiguring my thinking, however, sticking to keto has been a…

Embarking on a Journey of Self-Exploration

It’s ridiculously easy to forget how far you’ve come when all you do is compare yourself with others and you do this habitually, automatically. These past few days, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and have made an insane amount of realizations, many of which are not at all easy to accept. After revisiting…

Applying for a Japan Visa in the Philippines

Warning: I rant a lot in this entry. When I started writing this, I had never traveled out of the country. Heck, I’d never even flown domestically. My mom was then the only person in my family who has left the Philippines (for a temporary stay in Australia). My dad, when asked why he never…

On Awareness and Transience

Only yesterday, I was sixteen years old, fresh out of high school, clad in a black t-shirt, flared jeans, and blue Chucks. I navigated a strange new world far from the home I’ve always known and shared a tiny bedroom in a dormitory with a girl from the South who spoke her native tongue with…

My Tiny Wedding: The Venue

I’m married! And I’ve been married for over two months now. 😂 I haven’t been able to write about the wedding day because I’ve been caught up in all the hullabaloo of daily life, but my husband has been reminding me that I haven’t updated my blog in a long time, so I thought it’s high…

My Tiny Wedding: The Dress

I didn’t want to spend much on my wedding, so I knew there was no way I was going to buy a gown I’ll possibly only wear once. I spent hours and hours searching for a dress online and in shopping malls, and even considered wearing a dressy white top and skirt at some point….