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!


Thirty Things: List of things to do By 30

2013 is a special year because it marks my 30th year. So basically I’m 13 going on 30 🙂

To mark this new decade, here are some of the things I plan to do by 30. I will post some accompanying article as well as I go along.

1) Quit Smoking For Good

2) Become a Teacher – done

3) Travel to Europe

4) Learn how to pole dance

5) Live at my own place

6) Climb a mountain

7) Learn to cook my signature dish

8) Have a beach worthy body

9) Formulate my signature party drink

10) Meet my future husband

11) Raise funds and support a charity

12) See COldplay live

13) Perform a routine (dance/singing/AGY) in front of an audience

14) Learn to play the ukelele

15) Run a 21K marathon

16) Finish photoaday

17) Own a set of real jewelry

18) Own a heirloom worthy watch

19) Do a headstand (unassisted) – done

20) Go bungee jumping

21) test drive a sports car

22) Get featured in a magazine

23) Own a pet and really take care of it

24) learn a new language

25) Plant a tree

26) Fall asleep under the stars

27) Go on a cruise

28) Read 20 classic books

29) Watch AFI’s list of 100 best movies

30) Go Scuba Diving for one day

This is also part of my bucket list, but this time, it’ll be 100 things 🙂

Thinspiration: The Work Out Begins

2013 barely just begun and I’m back into work-out mode to keep myself fit.

Began my day subbing for Maitri, one of our regular teachers, for her Anti-gravity Yoga class at 9am. It was a last minute call and I was the only available sub that was contacted.


It was great to get back into teaching mode and I only had one student so it wasn’t as stressful even if the situation was.

And I followed it up with back to back mat yoga beginning with Power Yoga with Anna Man and later on Vinyasa 1 with Rachel.

Despite doing 20+13 suryas and then some, it was just great to work out my body and get rid of all those accumulated weight from the holidays.

I plan to stick to a similar routine this year focusing on mat yoga and teaching Anti-Gravity Yoga.

My fitness goal is to do a headstand an handstand (without assistance) within the year.

Powerful indeed.


Who Am I in 2013?

Better that I just show you:


Its going to be one awesome year!

Hello 2013!


Happy New Year to all of you! Bring it on 2013! I claim you!!!

A Look Back at 2012


What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
.:: Anti-Gravity Yoga
.:: become a teacher
.:: ran a 10k race

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
.:: As much as possible, I did, though I lost track of some along the year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
.:: Not in my close circle though but a lot of people from the office and my friend Shierlly got pregnant

Did anyone close to you die?
.:: Thankfully again no-one too close.

What countries did you visit?
.:: Seoul, South Korea

What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
.:: A Boyfriend

What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?
.:: Nov 5-8 – AGY Teacher Training

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
.:: AGY Teacher Training
.:: Bida Kapamilya

What was your biggest failure?
.:: gaining a lot of weight
.:: not completing my blog entries and Year in photos project

Did you suffer illness or injury?
.:: Thankfully nothing major

What was the best thing you bought?
.:: patron tickets to Maroon 5
.:: my trolley

.:: all those AGY memberships

Whose behavior merited celebration?
.:: Myself.
.:: My family and friends!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
.:: Myself still in a lot of aspects

Where did most of your money go?
.:: Yoga – and anything related
.:: the condo
.:: Cotton on

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
.:: Anti-Gravity Yoga Teacher Training
.:: all my trips
.:: spending time with friends and loved ones

What songs will always remind you of 2012?
.:: Oppa Gangnam Style
Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? – happier
ii. thinner or fatter? – fatter
iii. richer or poorer? – poorer

What do you wish you’d done more?
.:: explored more possibilities with work
.:: read books
.:: kept in touch with friends

What do you wish you’d done less of?
.:: smoking

How did you spend Christmas?
.:: Christmas Eve at Home, Christmas Day with the Calingo’s and Ramirez’s

How many one-night stands?
.:: None

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
.:: None

What was the best book you read?
.:: Hunger Games

What were your greatest musical discoveries?
.:: Muse
.:: The XX

What did you want and get?
.:: Fitter Body
.:: New places to travel

.:: New Hobby/Passion

What was your favorite film of this year?
.:: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Pitch Perfect, The Dark Knight, Argo

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
.:: 29. Series of birthday celebrations with different groups.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
.:: a little bit more dressed down. With my new found passion for yoga, I was more into leggings and pants

What kept you sane?
.:: Family and friends
.:: My travels
.:: My blogs/journals
.:: Yoga

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
.:: Adam Levine

What political issue stirred you the most?

.:: In truth, I really can’t remember a lot of things political this year

Who did you miss?

.:: a lot of people whom I haven’t been in touch with lately

Who was the best new person you met?
.:: My AGY Teachers and Tropang Macho/Secret Ange;s

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012
.:: Presence.
.:: You Only Live Once

Did you fall in love in 2012?

.:: Of course, with life!

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Standing in the hall of fame

And the world’s gonna know your name

Cause you burn with the brightest flame

And the world’s gonna know your name

And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

~Hall of Fame, The Script

The Year That Was 2012

As with tradition, I always like spending the last day of the year recapping the year that was. And this year is no different.

The year 2012 has been one amazing year. Its probably due to the belief the world was supposed to end last December 21, 2012 according to the ancient Mayans, that has driven me (and perhaps a lot of other people) to “party like its the end of the world”. The slogan “You Only Live Once” has been a main mantra for the year thus resulting to one helluva rollercoaster ride.


The one highlight for me this 2012 was probably that this is the year when I took flight. Last April 2012, I discovered a love for flying and being suspended in the air. This was the time I discovered Anti-Gravity Yoga. Our love affair began during the end of April where I wanted to try out something new in line with losing weight and focusing on my health. I fell in love with it right away and have not looked back since.

What began as a weekly exercise, has led me into enrolling into teacher training in November where I spent 7 weeks training and teaching this exercise. My journey also led me to meeting the most amazing friends and mentors you can ever ask for.


This discovery has been in line with pursuit of having my health and fitness as one of my top priorities for the year. I was at my heaviest this year, bordering 150lbs and already considered obese.

I enrolled in a health program called the TRA for 60 days where they taught me proper nutrition and eating habits and my life has changed since. Now as I write this, I have already lost about 10lbs already (give or take a good day, since its the holidays) and looking forward to losing more next year.

I am also at my fittest body yet. With my training with yoga, anti-gravity yoga and participations in races, my body has become stronger and flexible. I can do a lot of yoga poses already, including a handstand (but still needs a lot of work) and have starting running 10k races with improved scores every time. My mind in turn also benefitted from it as well as I am not too anxious anymore.


This year marks my 7th year with the company I have been with since I graduated from college and my second year in the Kids’ platform, making it the longest stint I’ve had since I’ve started. This year, the platform has already been established and made a name for itself with the launch of the Bida Best Kid, this station’s kiddie campaign. This led to major projects from some of our top advertisers.


It has also been a good year for travel, but most of the traveling I did was local and a lot were for work. I did a lot of revisiting local places in the Philippines I’ve already been to like Cebu, Davao, Palawan and Cagayan De Oro.

And also discovered new places to love such as surfing in La Union and enjoying the sights and culture of South Korea!


This is probably the year where I’ve seen the most concerts ever. 2012 was just teeming with artists flying over here and a lot of them are really big names at that like Elton John, Sting and Jennifer Lopez. But the ones I’ve went to this year were: Katy Perry, Sergio Mendez, Lady Gaga, NKOTBSB and Maroon 5.

NKTOBSB and Maroon 5 were so far my favorites for the year as I really enjoyed dancing and singing to these two acts and so worth the money spent!


2012 also marks the end of my twenties. And with it came a decade of amazing and fulfilling self-discoveries. It has been a decade of growth, adventure, learnings and awakenings.

I never expected that I would be here where I am today. To be working for a dream company, to be a teacher, own my own car and my own home.

The journey wasn’t easy, many tears, blood and sweat have been shed in this journey to discover myself.


The journey doesn’t end here. Like what the Mayans have predicted, it is not the end of the world.  A new day has dawn and a new year is coming.

Next year I will be venturing off to a new age and a new decade, I devote more time to further discover myself and this time, to expand my world in involving others. These involves changes like moving away from home and taking on responsibilities, accepting a mentoring role such as a supervisory position at work and further pursuing a teaching career. And also finally stepping into new relationships, wether its with a partner, or even my own family.

The future shines bright for 2013 and I look forward to spending it with all of you.

A blessed New Year to everyone! Thank you for the wonderful experience of 2012 and thank you for being who you are to me!

Happy Anniversary Viva La Vida!

Its been a while since my last post but I’d like to take the time to greet my blog, Vida La Vida a Happy 1st Anniversary last December 29, 2011.

Its been a year since I’ve established my blog and got back (sort of) to the writing scene but its been great! Life has been living Viva La Vida for the past year! Thank you all for taking the time to read and share your thoughts with me! I may have not been around much for the last few months but it has been such an amazing journey!


2012 in review from Word Press :)

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Anti-Gravity Teacher Training

Early September, Beyond Yoga opened its doors to the next batch of Anti-Gravity Yoga teachers for an intensive training happening in November.

They are opening three types of training – AGY Fundamentals + Flying Fitness 1 training, Flying Fitness 2 (open only to certified AGY FF1 teachers) and AGY Pilates (with mat certification):

If I’m not mistaken, the AGY Pilates is going to be the first in Asia.

And guess who signed up?

Yup, as of last October 5, I have officially enrolled to become an Anti-Gravity Yoga Teacher Trainee.

Even before the posters of the teacher trainings came up, I knew I was going to take this. My instructors and friends at Beyond Yoga have been telling me about this and so the possibility has been in my head for a long time.

As soon as the posters came out, all my actions gravitated towards it – I filed for a leave early on, i hit my quotas for the tuition, trained like crazy and even made a bunch of new friends with some of the regular yogis and other fellow teacher trainees!

I even invited a couple of my friends to try it our for themselves:

This to me is such a big deal because it’ll be the first time I am seriously gunning for a teaching/leadership role.Its the first time in ages I will ever take on a challenge such as this where my intention is already set and the end point is exactly what the program is designed for.

I have so much love and faith for this practice. It was where I got my strength, flexibility, balance, discipline and one of the factors for my fitness goals.

I’m quite nervous but my excitement outweighs my nervousness. I’m so looking forward to November!