July 31, 2010 at 2:30 am (Everyday Living)

I hope to make it alive!  But I can’t wait to be re-energized after the acupuncture session!


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Condo for Rent

March 26, 2010 at 4:15 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , )

For Rent – in Barcelona Tower- MARQUINTON CONDO, Sumulong Highway, Marikina

3BR, 2TB, with a Utility Room and a veranda

89 SQM with 1 parking slot

Renovated unit, master’s bathroom with water heater, full granite kitchen countertop

Condo facilities – gym, pool, function hall, daycare, generator, 24 hr security

Php 30k/month, inclusive of association dues

Minimum term- 1 year

Email me for details – ritchieramos1977@yahoo.com

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On Piracy

March 11, 2010 at 9:06 am (Everyday Living) (, )

I’m an advocate of Anti-Piracy for the longest time.  I don’t like buying pirated CD’s or DVD’s.  I buy the original.

Although, I won’t be hypocrite.  I’ve tried downloading music or movies online.  I even watch them from youtube.

But I still buy the original.  I normally buy it when I travel and during sale.

Anyway, piracy is just everywhere!  If the government is really serious about this, go to all MRT or LRT stations… penalize the malls that are allowing some tenants to carry pirated materials…. and check the airports!

I was in Naga airport last Sunday waiting for my flight back to Manila and they were showing this American film and obviously, it was a pirated material.  Tsk tsk…. No wonder piracy is still prevalent.  Ay yay yay!

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Extra Small Condoms in Switzerland

March 5, 2010 at 10:00 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , )

What are they thinking!?!?!

Condom for 12 year olds!

Ano na ang nangyayari sa mundo oh no!

Read this for the complete article – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7361181/Extra-small-condoms-for-12-year-old-boys-go-on-sale-in-Switzerland.html

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How to lose 40lbs in 75 days

March 3, 2010 at 10:50 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , , , )

I never expected to lose that much in such a short time.  It was crazy unexpected so I decided to have myself checked to make sure that everything is okay.  And I’m glad to be A-Ok.

The doctor said that it’s not very ideal to lose that much in such a short time but what I did, in general, was healthy.  She just added that I shouldn’t be eating fruits as my main meal but only as an appetizer, dessert or snacks.

Just to give you an idea on what I did, see below.  Just take note of what the doctor said about the fruits J  And also note that I coupled this diet with my regular yoga session J

…. And buy a weighing scale so you get to monitor your progress (or regress!) on a daily basis!

Good luck!

First week:

I lost 10lbs on my first week.

I didn’t follow any diet plan but I just avoided a lot of things:

1.  softdrinks / iced tea

2.  snacks (huge sacrifice since I’m a big snack eater)

3.  sweets!  cakes, candies, gums, ice cream, desserts….

4.  cut down my rice intake

5.  cut down on my meat intake

But I ate the following:

  1. fruits!  never realized that they taste sooooo good! I love pomelo the most!
  2. gulay! veggies all you want!
  3. water water water… didn’t eat (para sa mga pilosopo hehe) but I mostly drink this liquid…. i love water in all its glory J
  4. boy bawang! my reward! but 1 small pack only every day J I just didn’t want to forget the taste of MSG and I wanted to put variety in what I eat J

Second week:

I lost another 10lbs. And this was the week that I realized that I was no longer a size XL or waist 38! But I had to stick to my available clothes since I felt that I’d be losing more in the next few weeks and it would be a waste to go on a shopping spree.

This time, I had a diet plan and I tried General Motors diet (Maan of JobStreet told me about this).

Read from the ‘net that General Motors (GM) prepared this diet plan for their employees to promote healthy living.  But some said that this was GM’s way of cutting down on their health insurance… you won’t need one if you are healthy, right?

For whatever reason it was designed for, I decided to use it.  If something promises you 10 to 17lbs of weight loss in a weeks’ time, would you refuse it!?!? Not me!

Here it is….

I didn’t drink alcohol for this week and I gulped a lot of water!

Day One All fruits except bananas.

Day Two All vegetables but I started my day with mashed potato (minus the gravy from KFC).

Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables.  No banana and potato.

Day Four 8 Bananas and 3 glasses of milk (non-fat). I combined this with Knorr Chicken Soup during lunch.

Day Five I ate beef and tomatoes! And increased my water intake.

Day Six Beef and vegetables.

Day Seven Brown rice and vegetables.  Plus mango juice from Fruitas.

Third to Eight weeks:

Losing weight became slow for the succeeding weeks.  I was mostly losing 1lb per day.  There were even times that I didn’t lose anything at all.  But in the next 6 weeks, I lost a total of 20lbs.

To be honest, I struggled with GM diet.  Thinking about it now, I was very amazed on how in the earth I did it.  So I decided to go back to my first week’s diet plan but replaced my white rice with either brown or red rice.  Also, I continued to avoid the list I mentioned above.  And, yes, boy bawang resurfaced in my daily reward J

All-in-all, I lost a total of 40lbs in 75 days!  And from XL, I am now mostly a Medium (sometimes L) and from size 38, I am mostly size 34 (or 33).

And I look different!  Some people say I look different bad but others say I look different good.  It’s okay.  It’s their opinion.  The most important for me, I think I look different good J And I feel different good.  I don’t get tired easily and I can play 3 sets of badminton without stopping.  Woot woot!

I think the most important lesson here is discipline and determination.  Discipline will keep you focused and determination will be your fuel to reach that objective.

Get fit and stay healthy!

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Attending mass @ De La Strada

February 28, 2010 at 8:00 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , , )

I wish all the churches in the Philippines would have the same system as that of De La Strada Church in Katipunan.

My family attended the 1030am mass last week.  We were late since we thought that the mass starts at 11am.  Anyway, we weren’t able to get in right away because the usherettes asked us to wait and finish the homily of the priest.


I didn’t feel bad at all.  It was just right and respectful to finish that part of the mass.  And the least I could do (as well as the other latecomers) is not to distract others.

And during communion, the usherettes asked the churchgoers to line-up per row.

Another wow!

And people listened and followed.

The last time I witnessed this kind of discipline was in the US and I was like ‘I wish we’d have the same system here.’

Very nice.

I think I’ll go back to that church.

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February 25, 2010 at 10:20 am (Everyday Living) ()

I just remembered DESIDERATA!

How can i forget… we were required to memorize this poem and recite in front of the class way back in high school!  I remember cursing my teacher but at the same time, thanking him for letting us know about this.

Desiderata makes you think about your life and about how you deal with others.  Desiderata makes a lot of sense!

Whoever wrote this… THANK YOU!

I like especially like italized portion of the 3rd paragraph 🙂


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Nescafe Vendo with freebie!

February 22, 2010 at 2:11 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , )


It’s a Monday

You feel good than usual

Not much traffic (schools on holiday)

You arrive early than usual


So not to tire myself, I headed for the vendo

Nescafe vendo

Yummy Cappuccino… just can’t wait!

You got it after paying 12 pesos

‘Ahhhh, it’s really good’

Went back to your cube

Finished half of your Nescafe Cappuccino cup

Then…. ANTS!


I experienced the same thing last week

And I thought it would be different this week

Plain YUCK!

I’m not getting any coffee from that vendo again!

Nescafe, clean your vendos!

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On Eyebrow Trimming

February 18, 2010 at 5:26 am (Everyday Living) (, , , )

I just had to try it… and IT HURTS!

Wow!  And girls had to subject themselves on this on a regular basis?

Wow!  Ang sakit, promise!

But I love the output…. My eyebrows all cleared up hahaha

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Nanggigigil sa Galit

February 16, 2010 at 4:10 am (Everyday Living) (, , , )

… at nanginginig pa!

Never felt this for a long time.  The last time I felt this was during my younger days in URC.  Never thought I’d experience this again but darn it, BRING IT ON!


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