Let’s Talk # 1 – What I’ve Been Up To Recently

Hello, friends!

I’ve been gone for quite some time and was unable to update my blog. There are several reasons for that – first, I attended a United Nations-sponsored training. Second, it’s enrollment week again. Or rather the first week of classes, but I’m not even done with processing my classes yet. Oh no! And third, I’ve been spending lots of time with friends, family, and my boyfriend. Of course, throw work into that mix and you’ve gone one very busy girl – me.

But I’m determined to stick to that posting schedule I devised. I’m going to write my posts ahead of time (like this one) so I won’t fall behind schedule! 😀

I attended the National Training of Trainers on UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) Community-Based Treatment and Care Services for People Who Use Drugs in Southeast Asia. This was a four-day comprehensive training, and it was very helpful and enlightening. I went with my colleague to represent our office, and we were the youngest participants there.

I had a date with my boyfriend this weekend! We were planning to go to a petting zoo because we love animals, especially those who live in farms like cows, goats, chickens, etc. Unfortunately, due to some driver issues, we were unable to go. But it didn’t matter, there’s always next time and the important thing was we got to spend time together.

Here are some pictures! We went to Moonleaf for bubble tea because it used to be our hang-out spot all those years ago. It was the first time I’ve been able to visit in a year!

I wasn’t able to bring my reusable cup and straw, but at least I know they recycle their cups. First day I got passion fruit tea and JM got hazelnut chocolate milk tea, the next day I chose charcoal lemonade while he got the house blend milk tea. 🙂

Some random pics from this weekend which include our matching hamster bag keychains (mine is brown and his is grey), the koi from Nuvali’s man-made lake, my Vans, and the new seasonal Starbucks drinks. JM made fun of mine and called it a kiddie drink. It’s actually a peppermint mocha frappuccino with green tea whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles!

My boyfriend bought me a sunflower! ❤ He is so sweet.

All in all, it was still a good weekend. We’ll definitely be seeing animals on our next date, though – at the zoo or the ocean park or another petting zoo, I don’t care as long as he’s there and there are cute animal friends as well. 😛

I hope you guys enjoyed these bits and pieces of my everyday life! We’re back to our regular schedule, so don’t forget to check in tomorrow for the next post.

Have a great day, and thanks for dropping by! 😀

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Zero Waste/Minimalism Discussion #1 – How to be Zero Waste at Work or School

Hello, friends!

One of my goals for 2018 is to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle. There is way too much waste in the world right now, and I want to do my part, no matter how small it is, to reduce it. 🙂

Then I thought, why wait for 2018? It would be even better if I start now!

At home, I’ve started by using up all my perishables and slowly replacing them with sustainable, refillable or reusable alternatives. I’ve started a ban on plastic and styrofoam, and I make it a point to bring containers and eco-friendly shopping bags with me whenever I need to go to the grocery store.

I’m already anti-consumption so this is an easier transition than I expected. 😉

Leaving your house, however, might also mean leaving your comfort zone. Sure, at home you can control what you bring in, what you eat, what you use. But once you’re outside, you have to be ready for the unexpected. For example, you might be invited to a picnic lunch or office birthday party, for a coffee run, or an impromptu flea market or bazaar shopping spree. What do you do then?

Don’t worry! Here are some easy tips to help you maintain your zero-waste lifestyle without cramping your style.

  1. Bring your own utensils.

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It’s quite easy to bring your own utensils around since they don’t really weigh much or take up considerable space in your bag. These are what I bring on a daily basis – a spoon, fork and a pair of chopsticks. I keep them in a small cloth drawstring bag. This keeps me from having to use plastic utensils, since those are terrible for the environment.

2. Avoid using paper/plastic cups and straws by bringing your own reusable cup and glass or plastic straw.

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Do you have a coffee or tea habit that you just can’t kick? Don’t worry, I understand that sometimes caffeine is a necessity. Of course, it’s better if you make your own drinks from loose-leaf teas or coffee beans/grounds, but if ever you start craving for Starbucks or Costa, don’t deprive yourself. Just bring a reusable cup and straw to minimize waste.

3. Avoid using tissues or paper napkins by bringing your own handkerchief.

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I know that paper napkins and tissues are biodegradable, but why contribute to unnecessary waste? You can always bring your own handkerchief. They’re more versatile to have, anyway! You can use them to dab at your sweat, dry your hands, as a makeshift bandage, an emergency filter, use it to tie something, etc. Plus, it’s washable. Can’t say the same for paper products.

4. Bring a reusable shopping bag with you always.

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Eco-bags are great. They’re washable, reusable, and far stronger than plastic bags or paper bags. Plus, you can fold multiple times without them retaining creases or wrinkles! I always bring one with me in my bag, because if I ever need to go to the grocery store or pick up some stuff, at least I don’t need to bring plastic bags home.

And there you have it! These steps are easy and effortless, but will have a big impact on the environment. And trust me, you’ll feel better about yourself.

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Unrelated picture of myself because why not? Haha. This filter is cute.

What about you? Do you have any zero-waste tips to share? Let me know!

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day. 😀

Jen ❤

Diet Update # 1 – Going on a Plant-based Way of Eating

Hello, friends! 😀

After watching some documentaries about the meat industry and its detrimental effects on our environment and health, I have decided to try a plant-based way of eating!

I’m not fully vegan yet, I still eat eggs and dairy, but I’m hoping to work my way to that point slowly. It’s currently my fourth day going meat-free, and I’m still struggling because I have severe texture issues when it comes to food.

I dislike most fruits and vegetables, so I need to juice them to actually be able to swallow them. I’m waiting for my tastebuds to adapt, but for now, here are some of the things I’ve been eating. They’re all vegetarian!

Before going meat-free, I ate meat every single day. Suddenly stopping was like a shock of cold water, because I don’t think the high-carb vegetarian diet agrees with my stomach at all.

I’m used to a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet, and my stomach hurts every time I ingest sugars and carbs – especially fructose. I get mentally foggy, and I’m sleepy after meals. This worries me because am I supposed to have a bloated stomach every single day?

To remedy that, I’m going to stick to eating eggs, cheese, nuts, avocados and similar stuff I ate when I was LCHF (except the meat) for now, because it’s the only way of eating that makes me feel good. 😦

Hopefully, this issue will resolve itself soon. I’ll update you guys next week on my progress. Wish me luck!

Jen ❤

Intention Setting and Quote for the Week #1

Hello, friends! 🙂

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I’ve just woken up around 2 hours ago (I slept in for the first time in a long time and it feels so good) and finished my coffee, so I decided that it’s time to get the ball rolling. 😀

As stated in my last post, I’m going by my new posting schedule! Sunday is for intention setting and weekly quotes, so here we go.

Quote for the Week

This was just a quote I saw on Pinterest, and I automatically fell in love with it. I agree with the whole premise – believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable. As long as you have confidence and faith in yourself and your abilities, you can do anything you want.

My Intentions for this Week

  • I am going to be early every day for work this week. I’ve noticed that I’ve been hitting the snooze button more often lately, and it’s not a good habit to develop. I want to go back to waking up at 5 AM on the dot, even without an alarm clock. I’ll do this by sleeping earlier and relaxing before bedtime. No more snoozing on my alarm!
  • I am going to be more conscious of my purchases and be as environmentally conscious as possible. I’ve recently been reading up on the zero waste movement, and I was inspired by it so much that I decided to make it a part of my lifestyle. I go to the grocery store quite a lot for food and essentials, so I’ll be more conscious this time by bring a reusable shopping bag along and considering bulk buying. I won’t be buying anything with plastic packaging this week.
  • I will not eat meat this week. It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to become a vegetarian for some time now. I’ve been having a 14-day meat-free streak recently but it ended spectacularly when my family went for Korean barbecue. I decided to begin again and I’m taking it one week at a time. It’s my third day of being meat-free once again, and I hope I can stick to it this time.
  • I will try to get some me-time every day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes at a time. Sometimes it’s tempting to power through your tasks, but it’s also important to have some time to breathe. This week, I’ll make sure to get some time to R&R, even if it’s only to do some exercise, watch some funny videos, or listen to an uplifting podcast. I’m also going to try meditation!
  • I will be positive and thankful. I’ve been pretty great at this the past month, and I fully intent to make this my default setting. Having a positive outlook in life is so much better! Treat your life as a comedy-slash-adventure, not a drama. It feels awesome!

So that’s it for my first post. I hope you had fun reading! I want to know what your intentions are this week. If you have any, leave a comment below! 😀

Have a great week ahead, and don’t forget to stay positive.

Jen ❤

I’m Back! (New Weekly Schedule)

I’ve been gone for a long time, but I’m back with a vengeance! Hahaha. I’ve been quite busy with school and work, but since it’s our semester break, I’ve been able to take a breather. And wow, I’ve been so tired!

Anyway, I’ll be laying out my new posting schedule. Here it is!

Sunday – Intention Setting and Quote for the Week

Monday – Diet Updates (I’m trying to become vegetarian, basically)

Tuesday – Zero Waste/Minimalism Discussion

Wednesday – Let’s Talk

Thursday – Reading List

Friday – Video and Music Recommendations

Saturday – Weekly Recap

This will begin on Sunday, November 5th! Stay tuned for updates. 🙂

Second Anniversary!

 

June 16, 2017 was our second anniversary as a couple. We originally planned something different (petting zoo and farm visit), but since this semester of law school has begun unexpectedly early, I’ve been pressed for time.

That’s okay, though. We still did something animal themed – we visited a cat cafe in Maginhawa Street!

Here are some pictures of Cat Cafe Manila, the very cute and quirky place we visited. Most of the cats are rescued, but they all look very happy and well fed! I’m not the biggest fan of felines, but my boyfriend used to own lots of them. And, I must say that I’m coming around to liking them as well! 🙂

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Bonus: cow-themed cafe! 😀

It’s no secret that my boyfriend is enamored with cows. To be honest, I always buy him cow stuff whenever I spot them because they’re kind of rare compared to the usual cat, dog, bunny, etc. objects. One of my presents for him for our anniversary was a cow-themed mouse pad with a bouncy nose!

We ordered chocolate and cookie butter milkshakes topped with whipped cream. The staff allowed us to place our own toppings, so I went wild with gummy bears, cotton candy and konpeito. They were delicious, but we couldn’t finish them because we were already full. We actually planned to go to a unicorn-themed cafe, but when we arrived there we found out that it was more of a My Little Pony store.

Good thing we saw this cafe across the road! We were the only customers at that time, so it was very relaxing. Even the seats had a Holstein pattern! It was very quiet and comfy, and I recommend going there for some me-time.

All in all, it was a fun day. Even though we didn’t get to do what we originally planned, what’s important is that we still spent the day together. Here’s to more years together in the future! ❤

Cat Cafe Manila
2F 189 Maginhawa Street
cor. Makadios Street, Sikatuna Village
Quezon City

A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub
71 Maginhawa Street, UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City