Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mooshi Green Smoothie + Juice Bar

The juicing sorcery is officially upon us.

In Cebu City, that is.

A year or so ago, I heard of Juju Cleanse and wanted to try out this ridiculously intriguing way of losing (water) weight and ~detoxifying~ our body. See, I was seriously overweight (still am though, lol) and wanted to jump start the whole losing weight thing with juicing. I actually thought I could survive a day without my beloved rice and fried and oily protein! I emailed Juju Cleanse and got disheartened when I find out that the shipping fee to Cebu would almost double the cost of the whole program. So I said "Well, fvck it. I'll make my own then."

But I didn't come around to juicing because juicers were beyond my budget. It's also messy to make, and look at all those insoluble fiber going to waste! So I decided to go the smoothie route. The boyfriend bought a blender and I started to scour the net for recipes I could copy. Most of the time, I just experiment and dump ingredients I thought would taste good together.

Despite being able to make my own smoothies and salads, I still hoped there'd be a Juju Cleanse Cebu version. I would even comment on their Instagram to open a store (Juju Eats!!!) in Cebu plz.

So when I found Mooshi at the BTC Food Market, there was an obvious excitement. I tried Kale Mooshi - juiced kale, apple, and some other ingredients topped with chia seeds - and quite liked it.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

6 Productivity Tools and Apps that Help Me Remember and Get Things Done

Everyone needs a little help, even someone who thinks she's self-sufficient and retentive like me. I still write things down on my little notebook and try to keep things in memory. But I've come to terms that my memory sometimes fails me (LOL old age I think) (I sometimes forget something a few seconds I thought of them!) and that I may need the aid of technology on some tasks.

So I put together a list of tools and apps I use regularly to keep me on track, get shit done, and keep things a tad organised.

Evernote

This is one of the best productivity tool out there. It's the one I use for almost all of my important note-taking or, more accurately, copy-pasting from the web. Evernote is where I store my account passwords, recipes, and itinerary drafts. I know it has some other nifty, cool features but I only use the basics. Right now, Evernote has a new digitised Post-It feature that I am yet to figure out, lol.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Life Lately: August


August was a good month.

Anniversary + Ed's 28th

The eighth was our 4th anniversary and the twentieth was the boy's 28th birthday. While I celebrated my birthday in Sagada, his (well, aside from the one he spent with officemates) was celebrated in Panglao, Bohol running a full marathon.

Bohol Marathon 2013

Ed, his running mate JJ, JJ's wife Sophie, and I ferried to Panglao for Bohol International Marathon 2013. I'm happy that Ed achieved his personal best, which I'm sure he'll top again soon. :)

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sagada Photo Diary

A month ago, the partner and I went to the highlands as the other half's (not the male) birthday gift to self.

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Ever since I came back from the Banaue-Sagada trip last year, I had been meaning to return to Sagada around the same time to catch Panag-apoy. I couldn't wait for November however, it's like waiting for the year 2033 or something. So I thought why not go there on July on my birthday? It's great that Ed was quite supportive of the idea.

There weren't too many tourists that time which was great. It was cold and breezy which I actually liked but my body didn't. I mean, come on body, don't be such a tropical tub of lard!

The day we arrived (July 11), we had lunch at the Yoghurt House then walked to some famous spots. We wanted to have dinner at the Log Cabin that night but it was full so we went to Strawberry Cafe instead which wasn't bad at all! Their food was affordable and quite tasty.

We rose early the following day to catch the sunrise at Kiltepan Peak. Alas, it was cloudy so sunrise wasn't as scenic. After breakfast at Rock Inn, we trekked to Marlboro Mountain. I started to feel funny in the stomach that morning and worsened that afternoon. Apparently, two servings of yogurt (from lunch the day before and breakfast at Rock Inn) was already too much for my stomach to take. Fvcking lactose intolerance. Ed wanted to have yogurt post-lunch at Lemon Pie House but my stomach's already having a carnival so I had to pass. I actually spent the rest of the day in bed and Ed chose to stay, too. We had dinner at the Log Cabin that night but I couldn't enjoy my dinner because of tummy issues. I only ate soup (so good!) and garden salad. Bummer, dude.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Phoneographie: Sagada Trip 2013

While I still trudge on sorting and editing Sagada photos from the "proper" camera, here are some I snapped from my phone.

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^Views of the mountain municipality

Monday, July 8, 2013

Phoneographie: 5 Favourite Phone Photo Apps

Realized I didn't post anything on this blog last month which is inversely proportional to the activity level I have on Instagram. I am, generally, always online but updating The Explosive Orange had/has been a chore. While my life is not entirely boring - to my standards at least, others will have a different opinion - and there must have been ~life happenings~ that I could've dedicated a post or two, isn't it a bit liberating to not let the whole internetz know about them? Well, on a second thought, I actually must have in snippets. Not on the blog, though, but on two of my favourite social media - Twitter and Instagram.

One afternoon whilst thinking of what to post, I was going through photos on my phone. "Hmm, I could post about my grueling 12K where I got so baked. Or, talk a little about Ed and JJ's Coast-to-Coast Ultramarathon. Or, maybe post about food! I love eating! I cook! Oorrr, how about Hunat Sugbu? Huh, I got a couple of outfit shots here but LOL no." Then an idea lightbulb-ed, "Hey, most of these shit are already edited before posting them on Instagram. Why not dedicate a post about apps I use?"

So, here ya go:

VSCO Cam
Free, App Store

This is now free on the iTunes App Store but I got it for $0.99 last year. VSCO Cam only had 10 filters (3 B&Ws and 7 coloured filters) that were pretty straight-forward and simple. You can edit brightness, contrast and saturation, put vignettes, crop, and share photos to your email and social media. You can also build a library in it by importing photos from the Camera Roll or taking photos in-app. Recently, they released an improved version and it is already for free. It still has 10 filters, which look different from the original version, but you can already change their intensity, thus having more creative control.

I don't use it as much now but I am still listing it here because I've used it quite a lot before!

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VSCO Cam v.1, filter #7

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Before and After: VSCO Cam v.2, filter M5 (+12)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Badian Weekend

Attempting to keep it a yearly tradition, some friends and I went on a brief beach trip a few weeks ago. Last year was Camotes Island and this summer, we chose Badian.

I brought my laptop with me to get some work done and it stressed me out. When you try to be a good worker and the beach is egging you to marvel in it, well, I guess you know what happens. I only got a bit of work done and got lots of seafood and swim time!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stoker

Some weeks ago, the partner and I went to the cinema with no final decision on what movie to watch. I think it was the week the JLC-Sarah G movie and Beautiful Creatures were shown. Then there's this movie I wasn't familiar with starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasiwowska that sounded very interesting based on the synopsis. I didn't know who the director was (I can feel movie buffs judging me lol) so I didn't know what to expect.

Well, as it turned out, I liked it. Really liked it. Never mind that the story was a little bit predictable but man, it was such an eye-candy. I loved the cinematography and styling, made me want to climb trees again...in oxfords.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Breaking In

Well, I now have a tiny bit of confidence to post head-to-toe photos of myself after losing at least 10 lbs. of excess weight so far.

I had my hair cut yesterday because, despite my desire of having mermaid hair, I just couldn't bear the summer heat and the fuss of keeping my hair long. Sure, I could tie it in a bun (I always did) but I just gave up on the idea, I guess. Heat sometimes precipitates desires, I tell you.

Also yesterday: Post-Iron Man 3 (so much lolz), the boyfriend bought me a new pair of running shoes. So generous, amirite. We got it with a discount because Runnr has on-going promo where you can get a pair for a Php1,000 discount if you donate an old (still in wearable condition) singlet. I chose Brooks Pure Grit because it's designed for trails and I want to learn to tackle them.

I broke in the shoes earlier today for grocery duties. Hee.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

For the LOLz: Runway Outfits for Everyday Living, Summer Edition

In fashion timeline, posting of the following photos is so yesterday. But it is summer in the Philippines (well, we're perennial state of summer except when the skies become merciful and pour) and they are from SS 2013 collections, so I guess I'm being timely in a sense, right?

In a summer fantasy in my head, I wear:

This Balenciaga printed cropped top but with shorts of the same fabric for when I'm working.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Moalboal Photo Diary: Sun, Sand, Sea, Sting

The boyfriend and I were not supposed to go beach-ing this summer, but some circumstance prevented us from going for the original plan.

When the year started, I enthusiastically planned for a trip to Baguio since we wanted to join this uphill running event at Kennon Road this April. I already had a pretty solid itinerary (more like where-and-what-to-eat itin)  until I found out that my cuddly potato baby sister is graduating college the same weekend!

The other half of the couple (not me) was (still is?) pretty bummed about it but very understanding and gracious about letting the Baguio trip go. So as an alternative, we decided to make a trip to the beach instead.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Osmeña Peak-Kawasan Falls Trek

Today I am supposed to be somewhere in San Remigio for Gawad Kalinga's annual Bayani Challenge. But something unexpected happened at work and I don't want to be toiling somewhere else when my mind is worrying about the next paycheck. Also, the mere thought of packing and unpacking, and then packing again for another trip is enough to exhaust me. Ang tamad lang diba.

So.

A week ago, Ed, with some friends and acquaintances, and I trekked Osmeña Peak traversing to Kawasan Falls. The boy is keen on joining TNF100 next year so he's taking on opportunities like this. Meanwhile, I just like some adventure.

We dropped off at the Dalaguete junction and rode a habal-habal to Mantalongon Public Market. The ride was pleasant, the scenery and cool air remind me of some parts of the Mountain Provinces. A short break and we started the trek.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Phoneographie: February Rounds

Hai derr!

If I weren't the usual me, I would've blogged more often. I am a breaker of my own resolutions and I have a list of 2013 goals in my little notebook to prove this "blog 3x a week" promise, which I have obviously willingly busted.

I'd love to return to posting #ootd's that I've stopped since early last year. I've become too uncomfortable with my fat self and swore to break from being fashion-y, blog-wise at least, until I achieve my desired weight. There are attempts of taking outfit photos and I have some in the folders, but most of the time, I couldn't be bothered.

Anyway, life recently is all about work, cooking lunch, Nutrition class, and running when I don't get lazy.

Bougainvillea situation in the neighborhood during one morning walk

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cordillera Trip, Day 5-6: Baguio & Back Home

Cordillera Trip, Day 1: Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue
Cordillera Trip, Day 2: Batad, Banaue to Sagada
Cordillera Trip, Day 3: Lumiang Burial Cave + Sumaguing Cave, Sagada
Cordillera Trip, Day 3: Yoghurt House, Echo Valley & The Log Cabin Buffet Dinner
Cordillera Trip, Day 4: Kiltepan Peak Sunrise + Sunday Stroll in Sagada


Jini and Mel woke up and went biking very early that day, while Ane and I were still snoozing. Jini took these photos:

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The morning of our last day in Sagada was breezy and beautiful, however I was feeling the contrary. I was having flu and feeling crap. The thing about getting sick on the road is that I couldn't whine about it and be my usual lazy self, so that was hard, haha.

But, really, when you are greeted by this view when you wake up, how could you complain?

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We had breakfast at Bana's Cafe and had their delicious breakfast pancakes again. I also had yogurt w/ banana and honey and mountain tea.

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At 9:00am we walked to the waiting area for buses bound for Baguio. But there were many people lining up waiting for the next schedule so we opted to hop on a jeep going to Bontoc where we could catch a bus to Baguio instead.

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While waiting at a bus terminal in Bontoc, we found out that we had to wait at least a couple of hours for the next bus to Baguio. Luckily, Jini and Ane found a van bound for Baguio (I think it was a tourist van). There were only six of us in the van excluding the driver and his wife and kid, so the ride was pretty comfortable. It almost felt like we had a private van service.

We stopped for lunch at this town (I couldn't recall what the name is) that had eateries/restaurants that only serve beef dishes. This is what greeted us:

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Since I refused to eat beef and cup noodles, I thought I'd just go lunch-less for the rest of the trip. Good thing Mel also wouldn't eat beef so we walked a few meters and found a store that sells siopao and siomai while Jini and Ane took their lunch.

It was sunny that part of town and started to get foggy as we went on. We actually almost had a fatal accident when we almost got hit by an overtaking vehicle coming towards us. We were driving in the fog, on the side of a mountain, on a blind turn. If our driver wasn't that alert and swerved a wee bit more, we could have rolled down the mountainside! It didn't immediately sink in to me what happened nor I took it seriously because I was half-asleep and groggy from meds. But now that I think of it... Holyshit.

We arrived in Baguio late afternoon, around sunset, so there wasn't much time to roam around anymore. Upon checking in at a transient house (we didn't have a reservation, this dude from tourist information suggested and took us there), we went to SM Baguio to shop for pasalubong.

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Then we had dinner at 50's Diner, an vintage American-style restaurant at Gen. Luna Rd. I just had soup and fruits because I was still a bit hung over by the cow carcass I saw earlier that day. Haha no really, I was just being sick and pretentious and drugged.

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Mel didn't spend the night anymore because she needed to ride back to Manila to catch her early morning flight back to Davao the following day.

Jini, Ane, and I had an 8:30am schedule the next day on our bus tickets so there was never enough time to enjoy Baguio. We pretty much just sniffed Baguio in. We had our breakfast at Victory Liner bus station and then come 8:30am, we were on our way to Manila.

By the way, our stop in Tarlac had this cute toilet signs that try to boost our self-esteem and vanity:

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The rest of the day went pretty much uneventfully, unless we consider the taxi driver from GenSan who kept on complaining how driving in Manila streets royally bores him and went on telling Jini and I how he itches to go back to driving in Dubai something memorable.

I arrived Cebu safely, still sick (went on for a week) but very enthusiastic to tell stories to the boyfriend about our trip. I showed him by scraped knee and burned elbows with pride and happiness. He got worried about my injuries and flu but I was all like "Batad and Sagada were awesome! All worth the body pains! Super! As in! I'd do it again! Well... except Batad, I guess..."

Writing this series of posts and thinking about the whole trip make me nostalgic and itch to go back to Sagada. I hope I could do it this year and very soon. There's still a lot of adventures to be had!


x Roanjean




Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cordillera Trip, Day 4: Kiltepan Peak Sunrise + Sunday Stroll in Sagada

Cordillera Trip, Day 1: Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue
Cordillera Trip, Day 2: Batad, Banaue to Sagada
Cordillera Trip, Day 3: Lumiang Burial Cave + Sumaguing Cave, Sagada
Cordillera Trip, Day 3: Yoghurt House, Echo Valley & The Log Cabin Buffet Dinner


Ane, Jini and I woke up extra early (3:00AMasdjhfdkjhgfk!!!) on our 3rd day in Sagada to watch the sunrise from the Kiltepan Peak viewpoint. Sophie didn't go with us because she wants to rest up. Mel couldn't make it too because she was having a fever.

We were picked up by a van contacted by IC, the Palawan travel guide we met at Banaue. IC and his girlfriend were our "guides" at the viewpoint.

There were still a few people when we arrived at the view deck and it was still dark. We got a good spot for the viewing. Since we were already there pretty early, we got to witness the transition of dawn breaking.

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There were campers at the view point, too. Pretty convenient to catch the sunrise.

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Kiltepan sunrise

We started to head back when the sun's already up and decided to have breakfast at Bana's Cafe. We met Sophie, Arnold (who was leaving for Pagudpud that morning) and Mel there. Bana's Cafe's pancakes are love!

We spent the rest of the morning in our room dawdling, dozing off, and plain lazying around. I attempted to get some work done to no success. Around mid-morning, Sophie told us she'd be walking around the valley and look for some falls and we told her maybe we'd go there too in the afternoon.

Come noon, we had lunch at Kimchi Restaurant, which perhaps had one of the awkwardest juxtapositions of musician posters in the planet - Avril Lavigne and Bob Marley side by side.

After lunch we then started our lazy Sunday strolling in Sagada. Sigh, it's so pretty there. If on that morning we made for Lumiang Cave I started to feel entranced by the place, that afternoon I fell in love (haha charot!). That was when I seriously considered spending more than just a few days in Sagada - maybe a month...or six. :D

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We met Sophie on the way and she was already going back to the hotel from her solo stroll. We asked her for directions to the falls she visited that morning but unfortunately we didn't find it.

At this time, I was already starting to get sniffles and feeling flu-ey.

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We broke our stroll with freshly-baked cinnamon bread and Coke at Navales Bakeshop. There were two puppies playing when we arrived and sat down near us when we were eating. Mel and I fed them cinnamon bread. :D

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We still had a few hours to kill before dinner so Jini and Mel continued exploring solo, Ane took a nap, while I sat on the pavement outside our hotel raving about Sagada over the phone with the boyfriend.

Dinner was at Salt and Pepper Restaurant. There were no other customers when we arrived and even thought their food must not be very good because nobody's there. But, like all we've gone to eat, their food was good and had hefty portions. I was already feeling very sick that time but I still managed to finish a quarter chicken (leg/thigh part) and 10+ baby potatoes. It's that good! That, or I'm just a monster.

Baguio-bound, next!


x Roanjean