Saturday, October 25, 2008

Layouts Galore

Here are some layouts I have finished in the past and not so distant past.

I used my Read Between the Vines punch for the edges. I am so happy I got this toy from Scrapbooks Hawaii. I used Bad Girls March Kit for these two layouts. I am always happy with how Wendy comes up with her kit. I never have to worry about mixing papers and embellishment. All I need is a picture.

Another layout using punch and emboss puncher from Fiskars. Really love cool punching toys from Fiskars.
Using Bad Girls February Kit and experimenting with some of my stuff - glimmer mist, ranger distress ink, chipboard and grungeboard alphas.
I love the effect of glimmer mist over grungeboard alphas.
And the effect of radiant rain sprayed on chipboard painted with Ranger Distress Crackle paint.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Is Weigh In Day

I forgot my food journal in my office PC. I will post them on Monday. The reason I am posting my food and exercise journal is for me to keep track of my food intake and exercise routine and make me more accountable of this weight loss project.

And so true, I did not do much walking this week and loaded so much food that I have gained half a pound. I was a little bit sad as I stepped down the weighing scale. Next week I am planning to do much better.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

All In A Day!

Up to now, I do not have a defined scrapping style. And true enough, last Sunday, I was able to create extremely different layouts.

This layout is my interpretation of Noella's Sketch #36. One of her designer's resigned due to family commitments. I was so glad when Noella asked me to fill in the position. Amy has done a great job. I am just not worthy to fit in.
And this layout is my interpretation of Stuck Sketch #61.
All in a day, I was able to create a layout that is vintage and another that is bright, fun and funky.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gallstone Flush - Success!!!

My attempt to do gallstone flush was a success! Ish and I are now on the second year of doing this. My first attempt was not successful because I broke one procedure - Procedure # 2, on the sixth day, take no dinner. I was just too scared to have empty stomach and get hungry by night so I ate at around 5 pm. The following day, I did not find any green stones.This time around, I almost gave up on my 6th day. The epsom salt solution and the lemon-olive oil solution just made it too difficult for me. I really felt throwing up! I even told Husband that I'd be more willing to go on surgery. Just kidding. After having the epsom salt solution, I felt my stomach is really grumbling. Epsom salt is a laxative, that is why. Last night and early morning, I had several trips to the bathroom. It only stopped when the stones finally went out. What a relief. I did it. It's all worth it. I may not be looking forward to doing it next year but definitely I will do it again.

Here's the process.

by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Chiu Nan is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone's concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. "Cancer is never the first illness," Chiu Nan points out. "Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer. In my research in China, I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It's a matter of big or small, many or few. One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can't digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area." So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.

1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.

4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.
PS. 1cup=250ml, 1 cup lemon juice=3 lemons (aprox.)

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. "Usually they float," Chiu Nan notes. "You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many. Even if you don't have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It's always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then. "

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday is weigh in day

I've loaded so much this week and at the same time I was not able to do my daily walking for two days. But I was surprised when I stepped on the weighing scale. I was not expecting I'd shed some pounds off.

Start Weight: 134 lbs
Current Weight: 133 lbs
Total Weight Loss to Date: 1 lb
Personal Goal: 120 lbs
Overall Goal: 115 lbsWeight to Lose: 14 lbs
Weigh In Day - Friday Morning

Monday food diary:
Breakfast - one serving lomi
Lunch - Dad's ultimate buffet with ice cream dessert
Dinner - funnel cake from S&R, 3 bites of S&R pepperoni pizzaSnacks - boy bawang, toasted peanut
Water - 5 glasses

Tuesday food diary:
Breakfast - one pc pancake, half cup rice
Lunch - half cup rice, nilagang buto buto
Dinner - half cup rice and left over nilagang buto buto
Snacks - 4 pcs apple - for gall stone flush
Water - 6 glasses

Wednesday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup rice, porkchop
Lunch - green tomato pasta
Dinner - pansit, salad, pan de manila pandesal with ham and egg
Snacks - 4 pcs apples - gall stone flush
Water - 6 glasses

Thursday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup rice and fried fish
Lunch - half cup rice and pork giniling
Dinner - 2 slices shakey's pepperoni pizzawater - 4 cupssnacks - 4 pcs apples - gall stone flush

Friday food diary:
Breakfast - pork tocino
Lunch - persia grill tenderloindinner -snack - 4 pcs applewater - 3

I did not go to the gym this week but I still continue walking few blocks every lunch time. It works for me.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Almost Friday!

This week may not be as good as last week. I started Monday having Dad's Ultimate Buffet for lunch, c/o October birthday celebrators from our team. Of course who can resist Japanese buffet? And to end my meal, I just have to give in and indulge in ice cream topped with marshmallows, sprinkles and chocolate fudge. Yum. I feel like a kid again.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I knew it's coming

but I did not expect it too soon. Quarterly exams that is. Last week we did not get any notification that this week is Bujoi's quarterly exam week. So I was surprised that last Friday, they do not have homework and all the more I was surprise at 2 am Tuesday morning, I was checking his diary for any announcement or homework, I found the dreaded notice.

And so I panicked as I prepare his reviewers. I use to have a week to prepare for this and now, I only have few hours. And what's worst, I have to force him to answer all those reviewers in one sitting. Talk about information overload. And knowing Bujoi, you can't really have him sit down for 30 minutes to study. He cannot focus, his mind is wandering and thinking about toys and playing. Well, he is just four years old.

For three straight nights, I am working on his reviewer. There's really so much to catch up on this quarter since most of his lessons are new. The first quarter was more of a review of the previous year's lessons so it was easier to both of us.

O well, wish us luck this time.

I still managed to update my webshots account and upload all my finished layouts. Just check them here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's been a while

since I have shared some layouts. Here is one I did for Embellished August Monthly Sketch

Materials used: Basic Grey and Crate Papers, Chatterbox ribbon, Queen and Co Felt, Making Memories Journalling spot, Making Memories Letter Stickers, Making Memories Chipboard Stickers, American Crafts Pen and Chipboard Alphas, Hambly Overlay.
And here is my interpretation of Stuck Sketch #59.

Materials used: Basic Grey, Pink Paislee Die cut border, American Crafts Chipboard and Vinyl Alpha Stickers, Bam Pop Frame, Making Memories Letter Stickers, American Crafts Pen

Monday, October 13, 2008

November Guest Designer Call at CY

Creatively Yours sketch blog is looking for November Guest Designer. Click here to view the announcement.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday is weigh in day

All the hardwork (walking and cutting off rice) and commitment paid off. I just need to sustain what I have started. This morning, I was surprised when I stepped on our clinic's weighing scale and it read 135 lbs. Yup. I lost 3 lbs from 138 last week. All I can ask myself is - Is that possible? Probably because my clothes are lighter this week than last week. I remember I was wearing jeans last week and I am wearing a capri pants now. I have to wear the same pants for next week's weigh in day.

Start Weight: 134 lbs
Current Weight: 135 lbs
Total Weight Loss to Date: -1 lb
Personal Goal: 120 lbs
Overall Goal: 115 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18
Weign In Day - Friday Morning

Monday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup of rice and egg
Lunch - 3/4 cup of rice; pork adobo and ginisang ampalaya; buko juice
Dinner - Pepper lunch - 3/4 cup and salmon; fresh lumpia
Snacks - custard cake
Water -

Monday exercise journal:
Threadmill; Weights

Tuesday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup rice, coffee, longanisa
Lunch - half cup rice, chopsuey, dairy queen mud pie blizzard
Dinner - corn, half cup rice, sinigang, grapefruit juice
Snacks - chips
Water - 5 glasses

Wednesday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup rice, longanisa, grapefruit juice
Lunch - half cup rice; sinigang (leftover from last night)
Dinner - pansit, salad, pan de manila pandesal with ham and egg
Snacks - razon's halo halo
Water - 5 glasses

Thursday food diary:
Breakfast - 2 slice bread with peanut butter
Lunch - half cup rice and pinakbet, grape fruit juice, coffee
dinner - mcdo cheeseburger, regular fries and regular coke
water - 8 cups

Friday food diary:
Breakfast - half cup rice, tortang giniling
Lunch - Yakisoba
dinner -
snack - 4 pcs apple
water - 3 cups

Almost everyday, I walk 3 blocks back and forth from office to Landmark. Just to shed off those pounds...

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Friday! I cannot wait to find out what the weighing scale will tell me this time. I have been walking few blocks for the whole week and already very eager to find out the result. Aside from walking, I've cut down on rice..but not on junkie though. For this week, I ate chips and junk for three days. And had to give in to my sweet tooth cravings...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Everyone Can Travel!

Find out more on how Backpacking Guru, Mr. Robert Alejandro & Mr.Jethro Rafael did it for 10 WEEKS, covering 9 COUNTRIES for P50,000.

Catch them in the Backpacking Festival on the following dates & venue:

October 10 & 11 - TriNoma

October 17 & 18 - R.O.X.

October 25 & 26 - Alabang Town Center (Sports, Fitness & Hobbies)

There will be FREE workshops on Backpacking 101, Travel Photography,Sketching as well as forums on Couch Surfing & How to Pack.

If you or your friends wish to join the FREE workshop, simply register by sending the following :

"name/mobile number/email addressworkshop date"via E-mail to :pinoybackpacking@

OR via text to :0926.6933.783

Come & join this event co-produced with the Ayala Malls.

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." - Jim Rohn

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Friday is weigh in day

Since I have decided to lose weight, I tried to list down my food intake for the day and try to do a little bit of exercise.

Here's my food intake for the week:

Monday food diary:
Breakfast - a bowl of oatmeal
Lunch - cup of rice; kare kare; fish fillet and chicken; iced tea
Dinner - salad
Snacks - custard cake

No wonder I am not losing weight.

Monday exercise journal:Threadmill and Weight training

Tuesday food diary:
Breakfast - one serving porridge
Lunch - beef topping
Dinner - salad
Snacks - asado roll
Water - 4 glasses

Wednesday food diary:
Breakfast - bread; one serving melon
Lunch - half cup rice; sinigang
Dinner - half cup rice; sinigang (obviously, leftover from lunch)
Snacks - mango
Water - 4 cups

Thursday food diary:
Breakfast - champorado and tuyo and one serving melon
Lunch - 1 cup rice and caldereta
Dinner - 1 cup rice and dinengdeng
Water - 8 cups

Thursday exercise journal: Walking around the block approximately 5000 steps, which is just half the required 1000 steps

Friday food diary
Breakfast - Tuna Pasta and bread
Lunch - Tuna Pasta
Dinner - Pizza and Coke
Water - 4 glasses

Friday exercise journal: Walking around the block

Weight for the week: 138 lbs

Friday, October 3, 2008


A dear friend left on a business trip to Kazachstan. She will be there for more than one month. Prior to my move to Makati earlier this year, it'w been months or years that we never had the chance to get together. She is usually on a business trip and I'd understand that on occasions that she's here, it's a time to make up for her family.

Phen is high school and college classmate and long time bestfriend. And now that we were few buildings away, We often had lunch together and sometimes go to tiangge for some good finds. Before she left, our last bonding activity was a trip to a nearby salon to get a haircut.

Now for the next two months, I am faced with the reality that no more lunch outs, no more trip to tiangge. But these are not the only things I will miss. It is the company of a long time friend. Someone I am very comfortable with and just being me when I am with her.