Archive for June, 2013


Healthy Juicing

Dear Diary,

Do you have a problem eating your veggies?  Well, why not drink it then? 🙂 That’s right, sometime long ago, I made and drank organic veggie and fruit juice…  Why did I stop?  Well, 1) I no longer have a juicer (the first one wasn’t mine to begin with… 2)  Organic veggies are expensive here…

But anyway, this is what’s inside the juice I used to make:

  1. Kale
  2. Carrots
  3. Celery
  4. Beets
  5. Apple
  6. 1 tbsp of Flaxseed Oil

Doesn’t taste like veggies at all. 🙂 The carrots make it taste sweet with a leafy aftertaste.  And I hear there are lots of benefits to juicing. 🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

 

Advertisements

Inferno by Dan Brown

Dear Diary,

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Photo Credit: Goodreads.com

I finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown.  I love him and have read all his books.  So it’s no exception that I loved this one as well.

Robert Langdon returns with an all new adventure as he tries to save the world from a threat of a plague that will be released if he doesn’t stop it on time.

So I hear a lot of Filipinos are crying foul over his description of Manila as the gates of hell.  To be honest, I don’t know why most Filipinos take offense easily…  It’s just a book and a fiction one to boot.  We really need to stop reacting every time we get mentioned in TV shows, movies, interviews and now books in a negative manner.  I’m a Filipino and you don’t see me sending hate mail to Dan Brown.

The character in the book that described Manila as the gates of hell had a very traumatic time in Manila.  She was almost raped…  I would feel the same of any place if that happened to me too.

In real life, I wouldn’t go as far as call Manila as the gates of hell, but I do watch out for my purse when I go to some parts of Manila in hopes that I still have all my stuff when I go home.  And I would never go there anytime after midnight alone…  It’s not really the gates of hell, but it’s not the safest place on the planet too…

But anyway, enjoy the book for what it is.  An entertaining, page turner, mystery, thriller, FICTION novel.  🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Added to my 2013 List of Books

IMG_9353

 

That moment during a long commute, while staring out the window, when you catch a glimpse of the clouds giving you a sign that everything will be alright…

 

Check out other entries for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

 

 

Baby Blues…

Dear Diary,

My brother’s wife is one month pregnant now. 🙂  This is supposed to be a secret but since this is my blog and no one really knows exactly who I am… (But if you do happen to be my Facebook friend, then just don’t tell them you read it here… hehehe)

I’m excited to have my first nephew/niece.  At the same time I also wonder when my time will come?

Don’t get me wrong, hubby and I aren’t trying yet.  We have decided not to plunge into parenthood as we try to stabilize our lives first.  So it’s not like we can’t have babies.  It’s more of fear that we may not have enough to provide the life we want our kids to have.  My deadline is at the age of 35, but anyone that finds out about this plan keeps telling me that I’ll be too old then.

I’m torn, because I love kids and my friends have their own mini versions of themselves already.  Sometimes I think that I want to have one now and then I think about the bills to pay and my decision to wait gets reaffirmed…

But I know that as long as I have these doubts then it’s not the right time yet.  At the moment though, I’ve been subscribing to parenting newsletters.  🙂 I know that parenting is nothing like preparing for exams and no amount of what I read will actually prepare me completely when a baby comes, but these articles help a lot too because first time parents need as much guidance as they can get.

But enough seriousness for a while, here’s a strip of my favorite comics ever since I was still in college:

Comic Strip from

Photo Credit:  Baby Blues

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Dear Diary,

It’s been a while since my last update.  So I’ll just let you in on our last weekend getaway, which also falls on our Wedding Anniversary.

It’s not just the 1st year of our marriage, but also the 7 years of being a couple that we were celebrating.  Being married tests one’s EQ.  It’s not as simple as having a new roommate.  The 1st year is always the time when you test if you are able to adjust to each other’s personalities.  I have multiple-personalities so it’s much more complicated for him… hehe

But I’m happy that we’ve passed a milestone in our lives.  I know that 1 year is nothing compared to the couples who have been married for more than 50 years.  But this 1 year gives me a lot of hope for the future to come.  I’ve been around too many failed marriages that sometimes I fear the same might happen to me.  But I look at my husband, who seems to love me, despite all my flaws, and I feel like we can make it through anything that comes our way.

Sure, we’ve had fights about very trivial issues.  But one thing we seem to have established is that we both make up before we go to sleep or we make up when we wake up in the morning and have realized how stupid the fight was.  We’ve learned to accept that both of us have our own annoying habits.  And the best agreement of all is that we keep our issues to ourselves and not broadcast it on Facebook like some people like to do…

We celebrated our Anniversary for 2 days.  The day before our anniversary, we went to Ocean Park Manila with my family.  Then Hubby and I stayed overnight at the hotel nearby, which I had booked a month earlier for discounts.  We’ve been to Ocean Park before, but we just love the fishes, so we decided to go back.  They added a new attraction called, Trails to Antarctica.  It’s not as big as what I expected, but the place was great for pictorials.

The next day, we went to Star City with my cousins and sister.  Star City is a theme park that’s been around for years since I was a kid.  But believe it or not, it was a first for hubby and me.  It’s not as “themed” as Enchanted Kingdom is.  It’s more like rides plopped together to make use of the space they have.

The roller coaster ride, Star Flyers, was short but was great fun.  I was mostly afraid that my feet would hit one of the metal bars…

They had a water log ride, Jungle Splash, that had 2 drops and 1 drop was pretty high and scary.  Make sure you’re holding on real tight…

IMG_3183

They had this really dizzying ride called Star Frisbee.  If you have a weak stomach, do not, I repeat, do not ride it…

And our favorite thrill ride, Surf Dance, was the best of them all.  The length and the surprise and G-force were just perfect!

Those were the thrill rides that were located in the grounds outside of the huge building.  Inside they had lots of more rides (mostly for kids) and lots of haunted houses that weren’t really scary unless you’re my sixteen-year-old cousin who had her eyes closed the whole time…

They also had a snow themed attraction, called Snow Village.  We weren’t allowed to bring our cameras here, so we don’t have any pictures.  But they have this high slide inside, which I would have to say, beats the slide that Ocean Park had in their Trails to Antarctica…

After the 2-day adventure,  both hubby and I are nursing our cough and cold that we probably caught in the Trails of Antarctica and Snow Village… Living in this tropical country means an hour or two in super cold places would really make us get sick…

IMG_3139

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

%d bloggers like this: