Bullet Journaling and Loving It!

June 8th, 2017

I haven’t completely grasped yet the idea of developing a bullet journal. However, there are various resources online to help me achieve just that.

Anyway, I first heard of bullet journal from my good friend Marj. I then made a little research and was amazed how it’s done and what magic it brings to our often chaotic life. A bullet journal is actually a notebook system, except that it is used for the purpose of organizing (thoughts, ideas, schedule among other things). It was a brainchild of Ryder Caroll – a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY.

If you type these two words on Google, you’ll be surprised at the magnitude of things it can do. First thing you’ll probably read online is that “bullet journaling” lives at the intersection between mindfulness and productivity. A system that adapts to your life every single day.  It’s so useful as it combines two elements that you need every day. Being present and making yourself more engaged and fruitful.

Last night, I just found my way writing the first few pages of my journal. June isn’t yet too late to start. Am so excited that I was able to do my 2017 calendar on Page 1, followed by a bullet list on the next page. With a little creativity, I’m sure I will be able to maintain this up to the very last page. Maybe it’s also a great idea to switch from diary writing to bullet journaling. We’ll see!

Here are a few of my doodles. =)




Notes From a Diarist

April 17th, 2017

Are you a “journal” type of person? I mean, do you keep a notebook where you write your thoughts every now and then?

Last week, I bought a large organizer-box supposedly to de-clutter my belongings, but then, it was able to accommodate only my “notebooks,” and I thought to myself I’ve been documenting my life all these years?

Poring through the contents made me smile. The words I wrote were quite unique and yet the same in a sense. The act itself is like returning to that certain phase in your life where you get to experience the same emotion or condition. Those dark and sardonic periods, those sweet moments, etcetera.

According to writer Diana Abu-Jaber: “…reading old journal and outline notes helps to see what richly layered beings we are…” and that we “recognize odd currents in our work, repeating words and images, patterns, as if we were each embedded with private themes, symbols that could help unlock the mysteries of our existence.”

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Jaber also likes keeping a journal. Just like me, and you, maybe. It helps make plain to her what intimacy and daring, what shamelessness is part of being a person.


By the way, here’s how Google defines what a diarist is:


Plain and simple. A diarist is any person who writes a diary or private journal.

Why write a journal or diary?

Personally, I write to remind myself that I am a human being — I have my own weaknesses and strengths. When faced with challenges, I can always be reminded that I’ve gone through several trials and nothing can bring me down — except for my self. You only get defeated when you allow yourself so. It also helps that you have your successes and joys recorded there. Our lives are interspersed with gems of insight and knowledge. Journaling is a smart way of getting the most useful lessons. Writing a diary is so much fun for me, even at this time when technology has definitely changed the game.

Try it. You might just find diary writing as exciting.


Green Thumb in Training

April 12th, 2017

Sobrang init ng panahon ngayon. Pero kahit na saksakan ng init sa labas, madalas pa rin kaming mag-trip nitong bosing ko sa paghahalaman. Kung kelan makaisip, larga. Kung saan may magandang mga supply ng halaman, gora. Nakakatulong sa akin na ma-appreciate lalo ang iba’t ibang klase ng mga tanim at kung paano sila alagaan.

Sa ngayon, halimbawa – napuno ang aming rooftop ng sari-saring halaman. May namumulaklak, mayroong dapat nasa full sun, may ibang dapat nasa shade lang. Meron ding mga herbs, succulents at cacti gaya ng nabanggit ko sa aking previous posts.

Heto na sila! Enjoy!

adeniums! ang gaganda ng mga bulaklak nito. sobra

succulents and cacti =)


Roses na matitingkad ang kulay pag nasa full sun sila


at iba pa!


March 21st, 2017

Barely a month has passed since I got converted into a cacti and succulents enthusiast. Well, sort of.

Am not a hardcore gardener. Never, in fact. Plants of whatever kind die in my hands so fast and so easily. And that is why I earned the title “brown thumb” courtesy of jowa. Whenever I touch a plant, he would follow suit and touch it as well for fear that it might suffer an untimely death. Familiar? Yeah, sounds funny but my hands are quite similar to the angel of death in a number of ways. I might have taken the title too seriously that it took me many years before I have overcome the fear of planting my own greens.

Recently though, I chanced upon pretty-looking, teeny-tiny potted plants in the market where I buy our weekly groceries and food supplies. At first, I only marveled at their sight. Cacti and succulents of many types and varieties. I tell you, the sight is enough a “budol-budol” in itself! Yung tipong pag tumitig ka pa ng matagal, itataya mo na lahat ng pamalengke mo at uuwi kang masaya kahit na wala pala kayong kakainin for the week. Just kidding. Shemps, I have enough sense naman to do that. To make the long story short, I shelled out around 30 percent of my grocery budget for them lovely plants! Whoa.

And jowa was like, “what did you just buy again this time?” Too bad, it only took hours or so and he was also converted into one. I had the last laugh, as usual. Nowadays, I’d catch him surfing the net for varieties, sun and nutrient requirements, soil types, acclimatizing, and many other infos needed to care for cacti and succulents. While I familiarize with the names and does potting, he’s the more hands-on. He knows what to use if we can’t buy cactus mix, for example. He knows which varieties should be more exposed to sun or which has more resilience to watering.

So, why are we hooked on these plants? First of all, succulents and cacti provide a lot of bang for your money. Their colors and textures are so strikingly beautiful. Wait, til you watch them all blossom and boast of their flowers. Second, these plants don’t really need too much attention or water. In short, hindi sila KSP. I have one succulent na tinatawag na stonecrop kasi kahit iwanan mo lang sya sa isang tabi, wag diligan at wag paarawan, keri lang. Tuloy ang buhay ng bakla. O ha, may pinagmanahan. Mana sya sa akin. Third, these plants are manageable because of their size. They can be placed in great containers that make them mobile.

Ayun. Nakakatuwa lang that we really strive to find time to do the things we want, amidst the challenge of both domestic and personal growth chuva requirements. Kung sabagay, lahat naman may lugar basta gugustuhin lang.



The Big Scare

January 22nd, 2017

Negative. The word in itself connotes something harmful or bad, and yet today, “negative” means celebration. For days and weeks now, I’ve been having morning sickness, dizzy spells, missed period — signs usually associated with conceiving or pregnancy.

Alam mo yung namamalengke ka lang tapos makakaramdam ka ng pagkahilo, biglang panlalamig ng sikmura, parang masusuka?

Forever the paranoid, I immediately dropped by the nearest drugstore and bought pregnancy kit after experiencing the sensation.

Why all the fuss?

For women like me in their late 30s, with two teenagers, the least we have in mind is to go through the same bittersweet predicament fifteen years ago. Fifteen years old na kasi ang bunso ko. Oo, masaya sana na may bulilit ka pa sa bahay, laruan pag nabuburyong, kakampi pag inapi ka ng mag-aama mo, pero marami din kasi talaga ang dapat na i-factor-in sa ngayon, age notwithstanding. Kailangan mo ng KKK. Kayamanan, kalusugan, at katapangan.

First of all, I have an allergic rhinitis. A friend in high school almost had rendezvous with the angel of death when she conceived in her mid-30s. She also has rhinitis. Imagine the ordeal? The sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes plus the medication could possibly be harmful. Thankfully, she and her beautiful daughter survived to tell their story.

Second, life is more relaxed now with grown-up children. To conceive means to give up your me-time, to wait for your tummy pop up after nine solid months, to see yourself in the mirror with puffy every-thing (nose, eyes, chin, feet, hands, etc).

Third, conceiving means saving more money! You don’t just burst a child into this world to suffer. A parent must be able to give proper care, education, nourishment, and all other requirements for the baby to grow normal. Di ba? Ang complicated. Sana kung pwede lang na basta umire sa hangin at bahala na si baby sa buhay niya. Pero hindi nga ganoon.

Anyway, the kit showed just one purple band visible on the test region. Hooray! It gave me a glimpse of hope that the monthly red will soon follow. I was so yabang and all, like a real gung-ho. But in the days that followed, wala pa rin. Hinayupak. Saan naglamyerda ang monthly red, aber! My fear escalated. Besides, the morning sickness and dizzy spells won’t go. Yesterday, I decided to perform another test. Walang sukuan to. Pucha.

There’s a slight probability (maybe) that the first test got wrong. Eh kasi ginawa ko sya in the middle of the day. Ang sabi sa instructions, wait until early morning for your urine is most suitable since it generally contains the highest concentration of hCG or human chorionic gonadtropin.

Well, surprise.

Result says negative still!

Jowa was supposedly excited. He told me about considering a good OB Gyne, a nice-sounding (and profound?) baby name, and talking our panganay and bunso to raising their baby brother or sister. Baka daw nung umalis sya ay tumakbo ako sa doktor at pinatanggal ko para negative ang lumabas. Mga ganung eklavu. To be honest, I’m also excited with the prospect but not with the difficulty that comes with it.

Could there be false result? I don’t think so. However, there are possible reasons for false result:

  1. Abnormal medical condition. So far, wala naman akong ganoon. Unless sasabihin mong abnormal yung allergic rhinitis ko. Hindi naman. Ako siguro, pwede pang tawaging abnormal most of the time.
  2. Ectopic pregnancy. Walang history nito sa angkan namin. Eto yung pregnancy outside of uterus.
  3. Ovarian cyst. I had a general check-up at safe naman si matris, sabi ni ate doktora!
  4. Expired kit. Nyahahaha! Di ako bumibili ng expired na pregnancy kit.

So that’s the story.

I guess kailangan na naming mag-celebrate. Yun lang!

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