Monday, September 11, 2017

Travel: Hong Kong

From a bustling financial hub by day to a gallery of neon-lit streets by night, Hong Kong holds a certain charm that enticed me from day one. Excluding the part when we got lost on the way to the hotel. We took the wrong bus and felt like lost souls walking around aimlessly. Not one local knew how to speak English. What is travel without challenge, right? Some of the greatest stories come from getting lost in a new place. Hong Kong may be a confusing maze but it will pull you back into its rich cultural traditions yet thriving on modernity.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle

This week marked my first month of being vegan. I didn't do it for the challenge, not even against a backdrop of hype, but rather a decision to live healthier. While everyone's body is different, I've seen progress in so many surprising ways. I am not here to discuss the specifics or the nitty-gritty of basic nutrition. My only intention is to share my personal journey on why I'm staying committed to a vegan lifestyle.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Recipe: Tofu Scramble

Ever since I turned vegan, I always look for something quick to prepare for breakfast. Scrambled eggs were my ultimate go-to meal growing up. They're the king of the breakfast table! In my case, I used to have it for lunch or even dinner. But, I need to overcome that phase and start "veganizing" my options. I thought eggs and cheese would be the hardest for me to give up. Then I got over it in a snap and didn't look back. Being vegan, the possibilities are endless! Anything you crave, there is always a substitute including scrambled eggs.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Get a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate and CENOMAR from PSA (Formerly NSO)

Ah, wedding. You're high on love and can't stop looking at your engagement ring. You start to create a check-list for the big day. Then a whirlwind of seemingly endless preparations began to swoop in and take over your life. It's official, you caught the wedding planning fever. Don't get so lost in it that you forget to focus on other details. You might be stuck on the the creative decisions. Who wouldn't be? It's the exciting part! Every bride wants to be certain that their wedding day looks wonderful as they have imagined it. But, there are several legal requirements you need to fulfill before getting married in the Philippines.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Recipe: Crispy Kale Chips

Kale is one of the healthiest greens out there. It provides a truckload of nutrition including high levels of Vitamin A (for healthy vision), Vitamin C (boosting your immune system), Vitamin K (for bone health and regulating blood sugar levels) and Vitamin B6 (for proper brain development and function). Adding kale to your diet may just be the best decision you'll make. It is packed with fiber, low in calorie, low carbs and fat-free! One serving contains only 30 calories but provides twice the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. If it's for weight loss, by all means... give me kale all day every day!

Honestly, I didn't like raw kale in fresh salad. It leaves a strong, bitter taste in my mouth. Although you can find ways to offset the bitterness like juicing or turning it into chips for snacking. Making your own kale chips at home is much cheaper and better than those tiny bags you find at the store. I got a bunch of kale for PHP38 ($0.75) at my local store, enough to feed me and my sister.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

4 Tricks to Overcome Creative Block

Creative block or writer's block, we've all been in that crippling moment. It's not always a smooth ride for every creative professionals. Sometimes you find yourself sinking into that rut filled with self-doubt and frustration. It can be tricky to stay inspired all the time. When deadline is looming and your creative juices have dried up, what can you do?


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Your First Steps in Wedding Planning

I am one of those women who secretly keep a Wedding Pinterest Board long before I even dated my fiancĂ©. There I said it — shameful and out loud. Did my vicious pinning cycle help a lot with the actual wedding planning? DEFINITELY YES! Having a mood board is a great idea to create a visual concept of what you want to achieve. Suppliers will ask for your wedding "pegs" and all you needed to do is open the Pinterest app.


Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Handle Mansplaining at Work

mansplaining (v.) refers to a situation where a man explains something to a woman in a condescending and inaccurate manner with the assumption that she doesn't understand

manterrupting (v.) is the unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man often takes place in a work environment

Unfortunately, women are far more likely to be interrupted by men while speaking over something she already knows. I was introduced to this term when I watched Miranda's scene in Sex and the City being manterrupted during a business meeting. I thought to myself that I wouldn't let anyone mansplain me over my area of expertise... until it happened to me at work. It felt uncomfortable, insulting and immediately sent me into a fit of rage when I played the incident in my head over again. I was caught off guard by the behavior so I ignored and idly accepted it. But he continued on playing this sexist trick on me during meetings. From then on, I decided not to be nice when being shoved into silence by a patriarchal authority.

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