Balancing Days

I was at MarieFrance this morning. I didn’t seem to have lost weight since I was there last. It didn’t come as a surprise knowing how much we ate by the looks of my previous post. hehe.

The PT was pleasant, we were talking and talking while she was wrapping me up and I didn’t even notice we were done. I also didn’t feel too cold this time around, I think I’m finally getting used to it.

I saw my consultant on my way out, it turns out she did schedule me to meet with another doctor too. I welcomed it, specially since I didn’t really get anything concrete from the previous one I had met with last year. This time around, the doctor gave me the 4-day balancing diet. I got the impression that I should have done that earlier on. I will have to follow the plan for four days, and then have a urine test on the 4th or 5th day. Apparently, it’s all part of the package. After that, we’ll have another chat.

The weight loss is coming real slow but I know I am the one to blame – ultimately. They’ve given me a program that just required me to go 2-3 times a week, regularly, and I couldn’t even keep my end of the bargain. I’m determined to change that now though. Last week, I went twice. This week, I’ll be going three times.

Aside from that, I will stick to the 4 day diet they are giving me, specially since it will help flush out the toxins. I’ve seen so many diet plans to recognize what one aims to do. After that, I’ll go South Beach again (or a modified version of the diet). It’s time I dig up my old research on SBD, pull up my recipes, and prepare my own meals again. I gotta seriously draw up that plan and include planning for my family’s and boyfriend’s meal plans along the way.

On another matter… my friend E brought up Grande Island in our IM conversation today with V and how the rates have become cheaper and that we should all go there for vacation. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard that it’s an awesome place. Boyf and I, along with a couple of friends are already looking forward to a trip to Bohol this year and we’re saving up for it. I’m not sure if we can scrunch up more dough to support another beach vacation, specially if we were still to go to Casa San Pablo by March. However, if we take the trip to Grande instead of Casa San Pablo, we’d probably spend the same amount. E also pointed out how bad traffic is at South Super highway at this time.

Oh well… we’ll see how it goes.

Hap Chan – overeating!

In our 8 years of being together, we’ve spent a lot of time (not to mention money) dining out. There have been times that we’d dine out fewer times than usual or we’d go for cheaper options, when we find that we didn’t have much extra dough to spend. Those occasions, I must admit, are few and far between though. Alfred has always maintained that, sure, we needed to scrimp on some things, but never on nourishment. He really would go all out for good food. Of course, there were times when we’d come out of a restaurant dissatisfied and would feel that money was not well spent, but there are more times that have us leaving very (very) happy. Last night’s dinner was one of those of the latter.

Since it was my off, boyfriend and I decided to go out after his shift at 6pm. It wasn’t particularly so we could eat out, but so he could go shopping for a pair of jeans. I wasn’t in a particular mood to shop, but I wanted to buy some essentials so I agreed anyway. After making our purchases, we had to decide where to eat. There are now a lot of options in Cubao/Araneta Center. There’s our favorite Boodle meals at Seafood Island, fastfood joints, SM and Gateway food courts, and many others. We were on our way to try The Aristocrat, when I saw the Hap Chan sign. We were just talking about Hap Chan a few days back and so I asked boyf if he wanted to go there, which of course, he did.

It wasn’t difficult to pick what we’d have, though I must admit, we seem to have chosen standards, and we weren’t adventurous at all.

Yang chow rice, camaron rebusado (fried shrimps), Lemon chicken, and fried tofu. We could have done without the shrimps but I wanted to have some. Or we could have had more than just fried tofu. But we were very happy with everything we ordered. So happy, that though there were only two of us, we wiped out everything!Call us gluttonous, call us pigs, haha. 🙂 We just know how to appreciate good food!

Good luck to dieting…


Senate inquiry – ZTE

Since I arrived home about 3 or 4 hours ago, I’ve been listening to the Senate hearing on the anomalous ZTE NBN Deal. Jun Lozada who was a technical consultant for the project is now up on what can be likened to a witness stand.

I’ll say a silent prayer for his safety, though I know he has nuns and priests guarding and supporting him since his ordeal started a couple of weeks ago, he’s probably in greater danger now that he’s spoken to the Senate, and it’s televised live on national cable TV.

A lot of people are caught up in that big mess and the subsequent efforts to cover it up. I believe that he really must be in grave danger. More so than JDV.

When the hearing was suspended for lunch, the Cabinet members and Malacanang personnel came out on a press conference, explaining/rebutting Lozada’s statements. It’s high time that deals like these are exposed because I am sure everyone knows this isn’t the only deal that’s padded with bribe money. It happens in small scale projects as well.

It’s just taking so long for this Senate inquiry to get to the point. Each senator has his/her own set of questions. So they are each piecing the puzzles together, but in segments. I wish they prepared better as a group so they can have a common strategy. Then maybe it wouldn’t take the whole day to finally get into specifics of the deal that I think should be the focus.

No, I don’t mean to criticize how the senators are doing their jobs. I just pity Lozada for having to endure the endless questions, sometimes he is asked the same question by another person. And though he now looks comfortable sitting in the middle of the hall, I’m sure he is anxious too.

I wonder if something will really come out of this?

Free Agent


I got me a Seagate FreeAgent Desktop – a USB External Hard Drive.

It’s just given me 320G of additional space for all our photos, files and most importantly – my digiscrap supplies.

I know that an EHD is also a hard drive and can get corrupted, so I’m not being complacent and I will still make backups on DVD. I’ve also been uploading some photos on online photo storage options (some remain private, of course).

I recently received some additional income via a project I was working on for my mom’s office, and it made sense to spend part of that on this. It now sits next to our wireless router and it’s neighbors with my printer. They all look cozy up there. Haha!

Anyhow, today was a very interesting day. Alfred picked me up from work and we went straight to Gilmore to make the purchase. He also had to drop off something that he needed to have fixed. We wanted to lunch at JT’s but it was too early. He then thought perhaps we could go for Thai food – but it would have also been too early for the place we were thinking of. Arianne confirmed that SR Thai was still in business, though they moved to a new place still along Katipunan (I don’t know how long ago they did, but at least they moved since I was there last). By the time I received the info, we had already decided to go for Pizza Hut Bistro along E.Rod.

Boy did we have a huge fight that started from something really, really petty.

I left the restaurant before he did, but he followed me home. There was much drama in the next 30 minutes or so – which involved cellphones flying all over the place – but then things got settled again.

All is well again. Whew.

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