Hello 2013!

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

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A Look Back at 2012

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?
.:: A BOYFRIEND

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.

FLY HIGH

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.

IN FITNESS AND IN HEALTH

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.

BIDA BEST

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.

NEW DISCOVERIES AND REVISITS

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!

LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL

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!

DESIGN OF A DECADE

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.

TO THE FUTURE

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!

Cheers!

2012 in review from Word Press :)

The WordPress.com 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!

*Waves*

Yes, folks, I am very much alive!

Apologies once again readers for my hiatus. It’s been such a busy past few weeks! Things have been such a whirlwind at the moment, its been a while since I’ve taken a breather to just sit down and write. I’ve been coming home late and away from the house during the weekend due to the following:

  • preparing for Anti-Gravity Yoga Teacher Training
  • finalizing paper works for the Grove
  • and work

Even my photo a day is all messed up due to this.

But its no excuse to find time to write, but it wasn’t a priority at that moment.

I have some time this weekend so stay tuned!

 

 

 

Au Revoir, Marion!

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I have been posting a lot of sad news lately, well… another sad event has happened and this time it hit close to home.

Yesterday, my officemate and friend, Marion Martinez, passed away after a four year battle of ovarian cancer.

Today, we held a mass and tribute for her, lead by the Integrated Marketing Group in the Chapel of the Annunciation in the ABS-CBN compound. Her family brought her urn to the office and held a simple lunch in the marketing office.

I spent half of the tribute crying my eyes out as her close friends from Marketing and Synergy (the department where she previously worked) shared stories.

It brought me back to fond memories of Marion. She was one of the friendliest people in the office. She had such a pleasing personality that we became friends the instant she moved to Marketing back in 2006. We didn’t even have a common project back then. I can’t remember when exactly our friendship started but we bonded over common people we knew, like my cousin Miloy, who she worked with during her Synergy days. She’s share stories of their times together and my cousin would also do the same when I see him.

I think the time we first got to work together was the 55th anniversary promo project, where I had two major sponsors. Marion was the team lead for trade marketing and we would be meeting together and coordinating with each other about it. Since then, we would always greet each other in the hallways and share an anecdote or two.

It was also around that time she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her treatment went well and she was back in fighting form after some time. I would often ask her, “How are you?” and she would talk about her treatments like it wasn’t the most tragic thing that can happen in her life.

Years went by, and what got my crying was when I remembered a memory with her back in 2010. I have just gotten back from my leave from my anxiety disorder and she just got back from her treatments since her cancer came back. We were surprised to have gone away from the same time. I remember we were telling each other that we haven’t seen each other for quite some time and swapped stories. Looking back, I knew somehow I got strength from her with what she went through to go on through my own personal battle.

She briefly became part of the original Team Bagets, where she was in charge of the events and other trade stuff for kids, until she was already having a hard time with her sickness. I remember one long car ride with her to a meeting in Nestle, where she was the one who helped me out with my VJ spiel project, she shared with me her trip to Europe and the things she does for her treatment.

Her sickness to a turn for the worse about a month ago. Her friends all rallied to help raise funds for an operation for her since her cancer was spreading.

The Marketing team organized a Shop For Cause for the 1M for Marion movement and I bought these pretty shoes just for her. Whenever I wear this, I will remember my dear friend.

Au revoir, my friend! You can rest now. It was a battle well fought and you have won. We will miss you!

* Some photos taken from Marion’s own FB page and from Hub Uy.

Thinspiration: TRA Week 8

Time flies so fast and I’ve completed two whole months of the TRA program!

I measured myself last Saturday and was pleased to see that although my weight remained the same, my body fat still went down a few decimal points and so did my BMI and subcutaneous fats, while my skeletal muscle increased.

I was to be quite honest, relieved at the results but also not satisfied with it. I was relieved that I was right on track, however not at the speed I wanted. There was a very slight change from my last measurement two weeks ago and also not much different from my one month marker.

To be honest, its probably due to how I behaved that past month. I cut myself a bit loose that July and started accepting invitations to eat out with friends since I was already comfortable with the program and adjusting well. However, eating out is a bit trickier when trying to stay healthy because there is more temptation to stray (you just have to sample the restaurant’s dessert) and you are not familiar with what is in the meal. I have also welcomed traveling for a few days, and some times you cannot help but sneak your hand into that bag of chips when you’re having a laugh with friends by the pool. Due to these changes in schedule, my work-out schedule has also became sporadic and I just went maximum of 2 times a week.

But as much as possible, I kept to the 3333 meals throughout day. It became my guiding light throughout the journey. People are beginning to notice how I eat and thus I get to influence them to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The program also helped me exercise my amount of self-control. The lessons have already bore into my subconscious that I refrain from having more cake, drinking alcohol (despite peer pressure), and staying up late.

I am looking forward to my third month with excitement, adventure and curiosity. Every day is a new challenge, and every day is a new beginning. Every day is a step closer to my goal.

Coming Soon: The Grove 2012

With September, the air now sings with the bright merry tune of the upcoming year end holidays. In the Philippines, we celebrate Christmas as early as September.

September for me, comes with new changes.

This September, I am about to be a proud owner of my own home – my very first.

After four years of waiting, one of my dreams will finally come to fruition. I will be handed over my condo unit at the newly built and developed The Grove located along C-5 in Pasig City. This residential community boasts of resort-like condominiums in the heart of my hometown.

I bought a studio unit in one of the first towers four years ago as an investment for the future. It was my first biggest purchase I’ve ever done and one of my firsts as an adult. I decided to own a studio unit since it was the only one within my budget at that time and I wasn’t sure how my future would look like. I was only 25 when I bought it so I thought to myself, if I wasn’t married by the time it was done, I can still use it, or if I was, I can have it rented out or sell at an heftier price since it was a prime real estate property.

I really believe in serendipitous events. If things are meant to be, they are meant to be.

It all started 4 years ago. I was sitting in my desk one day, and I overheard an officemate of mine talking about her condo unit located in another prime development area and I said to myself, I wanted this for myself. To wake up in my own home, and when I go down, its complete with amenities and the like.

For some reason, I texted my sister first and shared that dream. I already had some places I had in mind like in Eastwood in Quezon City or at The Fort Area, which at that time was being developed into a global city. And she suggested visiting her high school friend, who worked as a sales agent for Rockwell Land, as they had a new development project coming up.

I didn’t hesitate with Rockwell, as they are known for their prime development projects in the Makati area and is a sister company of the very company I work with. We arranged a meeting with her friend Ina, within the week.

Upon meeting Ina, she showed me The Grove project and I fell in love with it. It was still pre-selling, and work on the site hasn’t even begun. She showed my the types of properties they had and I said I was interested in a studio unit since it was the only one I can afford.

I had only one condition for her – the unit had to have a number 7, my lucky number – on the unit. She smiled and said there are only three available units left – 907, 911 and 1111. Guess what unit did I get? 🙂

I didn’t hesitate as I knew that this unit was meant for me. A week later I was signing contracts and writing out checks until the unit will be turned-over.

And now, the time has almost come. Early this year, I have been contacted by the handover team to assist me with the turn-over. Target date is on September.

And as September came, on its very first day I arranged for a visit to inspect the unit since I have never seen it.

My unit is actually done, according to Jeff, my handover representative. The first thing you open to is a mini-kitchenette that has already been affixed with cabinets, provisions for a stove, washer/dryer and refrigerator, and a sink.

After that you step in a wide open space which is to be my dining/living/bedroom area.

Off the room is a balcony area with a mini veranda. That gives the view of the Marikina river behind the compound.

After showing us the unit, Jeff brought us downstairs to the amenities area. A lot are still under construction, but the pool, basketball and tennis courts are already finished. Coming soon are the gym, dance studio, and function room.

I am definitely excited for my unit! Even if my unit is ready, I plan to furnish it up a bit and maximize space before I completely move in. My target is to have it completed by December 2012.

I so can’t wait! Its like a dream come true!