I instantly felt the Christmas vibe when I saw this beautiful display last Saturday at the Powerplant Mall.
I was much inspired by Alysia Casteel from My Domestic Dish's A Moment In Me-Time which came about from Kelly's ( A Lovely Life Indeed ) Ahora November post. I like it when other bloggers share a bit more of themselves and what other stuff they do aside from, well, blogging. And today, I start a new chapter in my blog for Carpe Diem. It is timely to start in November because this is my blog's anniversary month. [ Read: Starting Over Again ]
Carpe Diem is a popular phrase, which I'm sure we all know what it is. It's supposed to remind to still enjoy life and the small things that make a difference despite circumstances I can't control and don't agree with. It's been almost tough lately, with me feeling like I'm having a second wave of mid-life crisis. It sounds so high school, but yes, that happens.
November in Manila, is almost like Christmas. You'd hear Christmas songs everywhere and everyone starts to be in a better, nicer mood — one of the reasons why I love the holidays. At this time of the year, we have bazaars left and right and traffic just turns ugly. For instance, it took me 2 hours last Saturday to go home and the drive from Makati to my house is usually less than hour. It's crazy, but the mere Christmas vibe that we all get this early is something that I look forward to each year.
What am I reading?
I recently finished Colleen Hover's Ugly Love, but I chanced upon this article from one of our local broadsheets and it has made me one, happy Filipino. I immediately shared the article with P and told him that we should go on a trip to Palawan early next year. He's been there, but I haven't so I guess that's a work-in-progress now.
My favorite blog this month: East and Taste ( www.eastandtaste.com )
Everything on this blog is a visual treat about The Hamptons. I know, I know. I have been watching way too much Revenge. Although I'm not so sure if The Hamptons in the series and The Hamptons in East and Taste are the same. Nevertheless, it's always worth a visit. You'll love the restaurant reviews + snapshots of The Hamptons.
What I'm watching
Last week, I finished Season 5 of The Modern Family and Season 8 of One Tree Hill. I got hooked on both these series and have watched them over and over again. I know both of them are a little old school, but I like how positive I feel after watching an episode of either series. I'm way behind my series and in my efforts to catch up, I bought Season 1 of Gotham last Saturday. Has any of you seen Gotham?
Week 1 with Fitness Gourmet PH
What I'm eating
I signed up for Fitness Gourmet PH's 1,200 calorie per day meal program ( 5 days a week ) last 03-November and I am proud to say that I did not chicken out. Following that, I am happy to share that I was not even tempted to back out. I am now on my second week and I hope to see more changes in the next couple of days. My colleague introduced me to this program and surprisingly, she ditched on our second week. I've been telling friends that this program is more fun when it's done with someone. Well, it looks like I'm on my own now :)
What I'm drinking
I've been going for healthier choices since 01-November and that's a lot of water, green tea, and fresh juices except that on some days, I cheat with a half-a-can of Coke Light. I'm struggling a bit, but I am working on it.
What's making me smile right now?
Oooh, so many things! There's the 2-week break in December because our government has already declared 26-December a special holiday and that means, I need file my Vacation Leave on the 27th and 29th to cherish every single moment of this much-needed rest. I'm also excited about the trips that P and I are planning + this other trip that Cindy & I are supposed to do next year. Travel never fails to make my heart skip a beat.
It's going to be a very busy and crazy month for me. There's so much to do with so little time. That's about it for me. What about you? Anything planned or anything special this November? ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.