Monday, June 21, 2010


I thought I would celebrate by trying on random clothes. Running has toned me down to a size 2, which means I can shop in designer sample sales :)

Forgive the camwhoring. I am turning 30 in a few months, and these dresses may never again be age-appropriate. I just wanted to immortalize them here.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

coca-cola normal (for one, please)

Life is too short for diet coke. That's why I order regular coke, lovingly called Coca-Cola Normal by my favorite bartender in Barcelona - an unusually gloomy old man who speaks absolutely no English and frowns at tourists like me.

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Anyway, today is my alone day. I get to do things only I seem to enjoy all by myself,
without a boyfriend or a friend. There's no noise to filter out. I can hear only my own thoughts, and I kind of like it.

One of the many things I enjoy doing alone is eating. Most people - women, especially - can't bear to walk into a restaurant and sit alone. Me? I love it. Eating is a sensory experience that can be enjoyed with or without company,
much like masturbation, don't you agree?

And so here I am, waiting for my Malaysian hawker food. Manila has become so cosmopolitan. You can find almost every dish you have ever tasted abroad right here, in a freaking mall, of all places.

My Coca-Cola Normal sits here waiting to be opened, enjoyed with the peanuty taste of satay and nasi goreng.

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A while ago, I watched
L'Heure d'Ete (Summer Hours), which was a French film about a family making sense of the objects that their dead mother left behind. It was a story I could relate to, having been through the grueling process of selling the house I gave my dead mother, sorting through objects she left behind, and having to decide - without a clear criteria - what should continue to exist. The process was traumatic but ultimately cathartic.

It was like forcing her life - and my life - into a spreadsheet and then deleting cells until everything added up.

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Some people cannot bear to be alone because they can't stand their own company. Lucky for me, I'm an amusing person. I can entertain myself much better than I thought.


Sunday, June 06, 2010

run like a girl (part 2)

Today on an impromptu run to support the World Food Program, I finished 5 kilometers 4 minutes faster than I previously did in the same running venue (The Fort).

I'm still not quite as fast as I want to be. My stamina is still lower than I wish it was. However, I know that my speed is
not bad for a lazy recreational runner.

(A recreational runner is usually in the 10-minute mile / 6-minute kilometer ballpark.)

Thank you Drowning Bismuth for the free tickets :)

To friends who keep asking me about Chi Running, its' really simple. Watch this video:

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My problem now is this: I can't seem to combine yoga and running.

When I do yoga, my body strains its core muscles, making it much harder to run fast. I'm probably doing something wrong.

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Part 1 is here.