My Week in Photos #12

A sunny break in between the downpour that started the week.


Someone finally slept the whole night in her bed! Unfortunately, she was back to climbing over me and into our bed the next night.


Waiting for my turn at the endocrinologist’s clinic. The doctor said I have to have a lifestyle change because of my borderline diabetes. In other words, time to move my butt and exercise!


Breakfast at Pi to celebrate my father-in-law’s 76th birthday. Anyone notice how often we’re at that restaurant?


I had Eggs Sammy, or eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. As usual, I preferred what Julio ordered – caramelized spam with kimchi rice.


Just a few more weeks, and it’s Christmas already! I decided to put up our holiday decorations so that the 2 months or so that they’re on display will make it worth the trouble of putting them up.


Dusk at the Veloso household, with all the Christmas lights on



More next week!


30 Off! Week 6

Trying to lose weight is so difficult. I wish it were as easy as swallowing a pill and having your excess fat just melt away. But maybe then everyone would just binge-eat and take those pills and be completely unhealthy. It’s definitely mind over matter but, more often than not, the mind isn’t very good at asserting itself.

Exercise? What’s that? I’ve been seriously lacking in that area. I must go back to that workout program Julio gave me.

I do the cooking in my house and have absolute control over the menu, but there are just so many recipes I want to try out! Our bookshelves are taken up mostly by my cookbooks, with a “healthy” cookbook shoved in here and there. I have been trying to eat much better this week. I consciously have to make an effort to spoon a smaller serving of rice onto my plate and a bigger serving of vegetables. It’s been tough saying no to dessert, and having just one serving if I can’t.

And what do I have to show for it? One pound less. I suppose that’s much better than one pound more! I have four and a half months to lose 24 more. Putting it that way, I have a long way to go!

Current Weight: 126 lbs.


My Week in Photos #11

Wow, November’s going by pretty quickly! Here’s what I was up to the week of November 11 to 17.

Cooked pad thai for the first time. It’s definitely worth a repeat but next time I’ll add more hotness to it.


Got stuck in traffic. I should have known better than to drive down Katipunan on a school day, close to dismissal time.


Someone got a treat for dessert!


Attended a homeschooling seminar. Bea’s only two years old but we have to start thinking about her education. I’ want to choose homeschooling over conventional school but am getting A LOT of opposition.


Bought my little girl two books. I used to read Sally’s Secret in the school library when I was a kid.


Here in the Philippines, there’s a saying that you should stop somewhere else on your way home from a wake so that the spirit of the recently deceased (or any other spirit, for that matter) won’t follow you home. Being the scaredy cat that I am, I was more than happy to stop for coffee! Although, in hindsight, the peppermint mocha I had probably contributed to my inability to fall asleep right away that night.


Dutch baby pancakes for Sunday breakfast. This recipe called for apples but I only had pears so used those instead. It turned out so yummy! I really liked the gooey-ness of the honey at the bottom of the pancake. It has to be served upside down, which I forgot to do so the plates were quite difficult to clean after.


One of the several graffiti walls at The Collective.


Another wall at The Collective on Malugay Street, Makati City.


Wings for lunch at Wingman


A great way to end the weekend – a foot reflexology massage at Footzone!



30 Off! Week 5

I’ve lost 3 lbs. since over a month ago, when I said I would eat better and get more exercise.

Have I actually done those things? Not really… I started out pretty well, but I’ve gone back to eating starch and consuming way more junk food and sweets than I normally do. And the exercise part? I’ve done Julio’s workout maybe thrice.

No more excuses, Ynez. Let’s do this right.

Current Weight: 127 lbs.


My Week in Photos #10

Given that I always post this series a week later than I’m supposed to, I thought it better to change the name of this series to My Week in Photos.

My week started with a trip to a car shop. On our way back to Manila from Baguio, we were rear-ended by another vehicle. I had to wait until the next Monday to have the damage (which was minimal) assessed and estimated by a mechanic.


This little girl is getting so big so fast!


Fried chicken and biscuits for dinner – I can’t remember where I got the recipe from!


I wonder what these two are up to…


Chicken and waffle breakfast at Pi


I wish Bea had been with me to see this train going around the third floor of Eastwood Mall


First night in her toddler bed – but right beside ours. I wish I could say she slept there the whole night. That’s still a work in progress.


Apple scones for Sunday breakfast


All dolled up for a busy Sunday!



My Life This Week #9

Julio was still sick last week but he went to basketball practice anyway on Monday. Bea and I went along with him, as he said he wouldn’t stay long. Bea decided to have some fun with a spare ball.


His co-coaches kept commenting on how yellow he seemed to be and only then did I notice it. So it was back to the laboratory for more tests and it turned out to be Hepatitis A, not dengue as we initially thought.


We had a long weekend last week, due to All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1 and 2, not sure which holiday falls on which date) so my whole family drove up to Baguio on October 31st. My parents and uncle left in the morning, and it took them seven hours to get there! Julio, Bea and I left in the afternoon and arrived at the Baguio Country Club at 9pm. I really like the stone walls.


We woke up the next day to a foggy morning.


I wonder how these guys were able to even see where their balls went.


The view of the country club from our cottage, once the fog cleared


My parents’ cottage of choice – Cottage 109


Pretty Baguio flowers


We got to Baguio too late and missed the trick-or-treating, but Bea still used her butterfly wings and wand the day after. That boo-boo by her left eye? She fell down the stairs of the cottage while trying to reach for her bottle, which her dad was holding.


Bea meets an over-friendly golden retriever


Parking lot at night. Creepy!


Eating a donut almost as big as her face.


Carvings on a tree on the road to Minesview Park.


Back in Manila, the ceiling draping at a friend’s wedding.


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