The Year That Was 2013

The Year That Was 2013

I can’t hardly believe I am sitting down writing again my recap entry to formally end the year. The year flew by so fast, with just so many amazing experiences that I am probably in denial that I am about to close this chapter of my life.

My 2013 can be described as the year of passion and experiences. The year marked a big milestone for me – I have now reached my 30s – which probably triggered the reason for being who I was in 2013. I closed the book of my 20s and opened up a new and great chapter for my next decade.

In general, my family and work life – two of which I’ve dedicated much of my time previously, have taken the back seat for a little while. I have already established them as fairly stable for the time being. It then opened the doors to a multitude of other areas in my life I am so eagerly awaiting to explore further.


One of the things I am most grateful for and probably is the highlight of my year since it took up the most time is teaching. If last year, I discovered Anti-Gravity Fitness and trained to be teacher, this is the year where it has come into fruition.

I taught over 200 classes this year from Jan 3 up to Dec 30. I officially became part of the Beyond Yoga teaching staff starting February and have not stopped since. The longest continuous stint I’ve had was when I did over 30 classes in 22 straight days, and the longest I’ve been gone without teaching was only for a week.

I’ve met so many people many of whom I’ve inspired to continue with their training and found new love for themselves. I’ve experienced so many types of students – from my screamers to my timid ones – which helped me gain the wisdom to impart to the future teachers and students.

This experience helped me at work, where I am now heading a team of trainees.


Apart from teaching, I am still very much a student. There are still so many things I don’t know and have yet to discover. I am now a very active yoga and zumba student. And I have learned to love both very much and use my learnings in my classes.

I am very grateful to have participated and learned from the best teachers. Our studio hosted some of the best teachers in the world and I am truly grateful for my experiences with them.


I fell in love with traveling again. This year, I went to a lot of places where I’ve been to before, but amazingly experienced a lot of new things. From ATV in Boracay with Camille, trekking the caves and mountain side of Sagada, and an amazing dining experience with Cess in Hong Kong, I am in awe of so many things I’ve discovered.


And ofcourse, the turning point of my travel year is the trip to Vietnam-Cambodia. Words cannot express how much fun I had in this trip. Every day there were new experience and misadventures that still has me in stitches every time I think about it. This was where I did a 360 and opened myself up to the universe, and was given the most amazing experience in traveling.


A big highlight this 2013 was all the beautiful friendships I have established. Taking the top spot are my fly girls and boys Ria, Aileen and Davis, whom I will always be truly be in gratitude for. They have exemplified what true friendship really is – no judgements, raw honesty, they got your back and learn and grow together. Some of my best times were spent with them and all I ended up was laughing my heart out and they have seen me at my worst.

Special mention also goes out to my dance partners Rianna and Cess, my rocks, when it comes to sharing my passion for AntiGravity Fitness and teaching.


I also celebrated with many other friends a lot of milestones, which I am so happy for and truly blessed that I got to experience that with them – from new loves (Sitti, Cess and Rianna), engagements (Leinee, Margaux, Mitzie), new babies (Shierlly, MayAnn, Rizza, Joey and Mi), new accomplishments (Mel), new business (BY Greenhills) and adventures (Paulo, Peaches, Mitch and Sarah). I have also lost a dear friend Martin, who succumbed to his illness last October.

I also got to reconnect with some very dear friends who I have lost contact for the past few years. Melissa is back home for good, and my good friend Toto has showed up once again in my life, and it seems like 6 years have never passed.

And most of all, my world has expanded once more. I have meet so many amazing new people along the way – new students, new gimmick buddies and ofcourse, dear friends from half way across the world. Its amazing how one little moment in a hotel in Siem Reap has lead to such an amazing friendship up to this day – Georg and Michael.

My world has truly expanded.


This is probably my fittest year to date. I took a habit of exercising almost every day and eating healthy food. I took a shot at being pescatarian (lasted for a few months) and going for 300 calorie meals a day.

But this year I also discovered, its not just being beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside. I used to be so insecure about my looks – I’m not the prettiest one or the sexiest one out there – and I used to focus so much on that hence my motivation to exercise and diet.

Real beauty comes from the inside. If you accept and love yourself truly for who you are and embrace your inner ‘landi’, it just shines through. I didn’t have to waste time sweating it out on a gym and starving myself in the latest diet. It was just changed with my mindset and support from dear friends. And it’s effortless and people see it better than if you have lost a few pounds or not. And the universe is attracted to that. There are days when physically I feel I don’t look my best (I’ve got no sleep, wearing simple clothes, etc), and yet my persona radiates through looks alone. And yet this was when I get to experience the most amazing times.


As written above, life has indeed become one amazing rollercoaster ride. And all it took was for me to open up. I was confronted by my dear friends who told me their observation that I was closing myself up on a lot of things and I was blind to the things going on around me.

Its was when I changed my perspective and started to notice the way I was being, catching myself and practice, my world slowly began to open. People were starting to show up left and right, and sometimes I can’t even get my head around what is happening. Its like sensory overload, you feel so many things at the same time.  I’ve gone from laughing my heart out on some days, to experiencing hurt and heartbreak after, reflecting and learning from the experience, and getting back on my groove the next. Its practice, practice, practice – one moment you are observing by the stands, the next you are playing the game. And it only gets better with practice.


To conclude, the journey isn’t over yet. 2014 brings even more promise. A new leaf has turned, more possibilities are opening.

I will be taking my learnings from this year further into the next, with grace and wisdom. The time has come to seek things in which I truly want, what matters to me – not necessary settle and sell myself short. And most of all, to enjoy every moment.

The future shines bright for 2014 and I look forward to spending it with all of you.

 A blessed New Year to everyone! Thank you for the wonderful experience of 2013 and thank you for being who you are to me!


Top 10 Tips to Be Happy

Inspiration: The Queen B comes to MNL!

Apart from the Hollywood stars mentioned in my previous post, it was just confirmed today that another Hollywood celebrity is coming to Manila!

Leighton Meester

The Queen B herself, Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, is coming to Manila this week to also grace Philippine Fashion Week as she is officially part of the Penshoppe All-Stars, together with Thai superstar Mario Mauer, Ian Somerhalder, Zac Efron and her Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick.

Never, Ever Give Up.

An inspiring video of a man’s determination to lose weight and walk again. Done with perseverance, determination, hardwork, motivation, courage, faith, support, and most of all – YOGA 🙂

Inspirations: David Beckham

David Beckham

Happy happy birthday to THE David Beckham! I was so fortunate to have met him six months ago during LA Galaxy’s stop in Manila. One of my favorite football players of all time and one of the sexiest men in the universe!

Inspirations: Justin Bieber

This is only because I was watching Never Say Never on the HBO for the first time.

Justin Bieber

I say this kid’s got the looks, the talent and the best support group in the world. He’s one of the most talked about celebrities on twitter and the girls just go wild. I am not a “Bieliber” but I am impressed by this kid.

And because of that, here’s our tribute to the Bieb:


I cannot believe I have a post about him.

30 Things Every Woman Should Know By The Time She’s 30

Since I’m on the way to celebrating the big 3-0 next year, I found this list made by Pamela Redmond Satran published in Glamour Magazine back in 1997.

She made a list on every woman should know by the time she’s 30, so I better check if I am ready 🙂

By 30, you should have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30.