Tuesday, July 28, 2009

From Claire Cloninger

Wonderful insight on seeking solitude.

Help me not to fear the solitude you call me to each day, but to flee to it. Help me to see that you are moving me into life-enhancing experiences if I will just cooperate with your grace and stop straining against the current of your will for me.

You want to save my life -- my real life, not this false, self-conscious, compulsive shell. You want to save the me that is really you-in-me.

But to get to the real me, you must strip away this shell of fears and fantasies and fickle distractions.

The preoccupations with working and eating and seeking the approval of others.

Somewhere underneath this gaudy outer garment is the serene beauty of the possible me.

How I yearn toward that reality, O Lord. But first I must be still and let you operate.

Going Short

I have long, black, straight hair.


Photo Credit: Liz Claudio

In a couple of days, it is going to be chopped off. While I prefer my current hair and how it doesn't require a lot of maintenance, it is Robert's least favorite.

The "gandang-Rejoice" commercials don't do anything for him. His favorite look is short and funky.

I started looking around on the different styles I can do with my hair.





















Interesting hairstyle times ahead!



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

RUNNR Grand Opening

It is safe to say that I need to improve the level of my physical fitness. I was not born athletic and did not go to schools that took pride in excellence in sports.

One of the few things I wish I engaged in while growing up was taking up a sport.

Running is one of the few physical activities that I actually enjoy. Being on the treadmill is one of the things I look forward to doing when I go to the gym.

It's amazing what I do while running.

I listen to a playlist of my favorite songs.

I read book summaries.

I listen to recent podcasts.

I do a lot of worship and prayer. And these moments make me feel like I can fly!


And because running is one of the few physical activities I find pleasure in, I made a personal decision to start taking this activity to a whole new level.

That's when I realized a good new pair of running shoes. My current pair has been around for 3+ years and has lost its effectivity.

Our good friend Lizette Claudio invited us to the grand opening of RUNNR -- a running specialty store located in Bonifacio High Street. Her brother, Toby, is the founder of the store.




I am amazed on how Liz worked tirelessly to pull of this amazing event! It was packed and the energy was high -- despite the heavy rain.




As we parked in High Street on our way to the opening, I told Robert that I am hoping that I win a brand new pair of running shoes in a raffle. I have never won a raffle draw in my entire life and our current budget does not allow us to buy quality running shoes (which cost at least $100).

So Rob and I decided to say a prayer right there and then. I told God that I needed a new pair so badly and if He can bless me with one, I will be the happiest girl ever.

Then we went and experienced the excitement of the opening. I told my husband that I have a crush on Fernando Zobel -- and I was thrilled to finally meet him!

The raffle was being drawn periodically throughout the evening. Then I heard that a brand new pair of New Balance running shoes was being raffled off.

I THOUGHT I heard the number 1120 (which is my raffle number) and went screaming into the store. And then the hubby co-screamed and jumped up and down.

When we went to the stage we were told that the winning number was 1130! Hay naku! It was so funny!! Robert got really sad because he said he wanted me to have new shoes so badly.

A few minutes later, they DID call 1120 and I won a new pair of Sennheiser sport earphones. It was so nice! I was so happy to get it because I knew Rob needed a new pair badly.

Afterwards, they proceeded to raffle off the Rolls Royce of running shoes -- a brand new pair of Newtons. They declared that the winning number was 1119 -- which happens to be my husband's number!

God answered my prayer. And He saved the best pair for me! I now have a brand new pair of lovely pink Newtons. Isn't He so good?



Please visit RUNNR in Bldg. B3 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. You can also check out their website, Facebook and Twitter.

What you must check out:
FOOTWORX - A combination of three state of the art services that will fully determine the exact needs of every runner: Footprint analysis, Video Gait Analysis and Custom insole Moulding.

If you have good tips of running novice like myself, leave it at the Comments section.



Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo

I love my friend Camille. We laugh at everything and anything. We also worship, pray and study the Word together.



And don't get me started on how we love to try new places to eat. When the frozen yogurt thing came out -- we updated each other on how we addressed those cravings.

She loves surprising me with her yummy calamansi cupcakes. There were random days where Rob will come home with a box of these cupcakes that Camille sent for me.

I will eat like 6 in a row and most of the time, I become really selfish and don't even share them with Rob.

Rob and I keep on telling her that we dream of her opening up a cafe soon. When it happens, I know she will treat guests like family.

I think it's pretty awesome that yesterday, she got a well-deserved kudos on the fine work that she does with her desserts.

Lori Baltazar of the blog Dessert Comes First talked about Camille's San Marcos cake yesterday. Please read it when you get the chance!

The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo
0916.745 7729
thepastrycart@gmail.com

Products include:
San Marcos Cake P650
Calamansi Cupcakes P300/dozen
Carrot Walnut Cake P600

Camille, you owe me a cake! I am probably the only friend left in this world who has NOT tried it. Rob said he wanted to bring me home a slice last Monday -- so what happened? Love you and see you tonight at the RUNNR opening.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chris Daughtry: Poker Face

Stumbled upon a video of Chris Daughtry singing a surprisingly good version Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Not a big fan of the song but worth checking out.