Health and Fitness

Meal prepping plays such a big role if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. If you prepare your meals in advance, you are less likely to cheat. For this week I opted to make  simple yet tasty dishes.



I decided to change my recipe a bit from my usual  grilled chicken brown rice combo. Bought Turkey Sausage from SnR and wanted to pair it up with kamote and veggies and honey garlic shrimp with broccoli and brown rice.

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Also bought fruits that I had cut and placed in tupperwares so I have snacks for when I’m hungry! You must always prepare snacks as well to avoid binging on bad food.

Honey Garlic Shrimp


– 1/4 cup of Organic  soy sauce
-2 cloves of minced garlic
– 1/3 cup of Honey or Agave Sugar
– 1 teaspoon minced ginger ( optional )
-half a kilo of  uncooked shrimp
– pinch of salt and pepper


1. Mix together  the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger  in a bowl.

2. Add shrimp in a ziploc and place half of the marinade in. Refrigerate for an hour to marinate.

3. Add olive oil in skillet. Cook shrimp on one side — for a minute each then flip shrimp over.

4.Add in remaining marinade.

5.Serve shrimp with sauce over brown rice and vegetables on the side.


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Tomorrow is NOT guaranteed. Go after what you want right NOW.

Personal, Uncategorized

I’ve been really depressed and frustrated with myself. Somehow I always end up back  where I started.  Every year,  I gain weight lose weight then gain it back again.  It’s a vicious cycle. A cycle I no longer want to be a part of.

I really really want to pursue fitness and nutrition.  I love the feeling of being able to help and inspire other people to live healthier lives . Friends and even random strangers messaging and sending thank you letters and gifts to me  for helping them out with their own fitness journey.

Last February, I lost about 15 pounds in  8 weeks. I was planning to quit my job that time to pursue my dream. My end goal is to become a registered personal trainer and a nutritionist.  I decided to stay at my job with the promise that I could still pursue what I am most passionate about. After a few weeks though, the workload piled up again and all my time that should have been spent meal prepping, exercising and working towards my goals ended in the opposite direction. I gained all the weight back, even more.


At this point in my life, I  turned into such a negative person. My negativity affecting my relationships with friends, family and loved ones. Not wanting to see anyone as I am not confident with myself. Not being able to look a person in the eye as well. I turned to food for comfort and exercise no longer existed in my daily routine.

Four months ago, I started to notice a bit of discomfort in my chest. I didn’t mind this at first as I thought it was just part of my menstrual cycle. Recently, I noticed a distinct pain in my left chest and felt a lump but I thought nothing of it.  I went to the breast center in Medical City last Saturday to have an ultrasound done. The doctor conducting the test looked  concerned with that specific area and she did verify that there was a mass present in my left breast. I started to cry ( I tried to be as discreet as possible).  Results were to come out in 2 days. Those two days were spent worrying about how my life could change by Monday. I thought of every possibly scenario. “Is this Cancer? Am I going to die? ”  I am diagnosed with Panic Anxiety so you can just imagine what went on in my head.  Luckily my results said probably Benign. I’m okay.

Initially I was planning to leave my job by 2018 and to start working towards my dreams then. Something I realized is this: Tomorrow is NOT guaranteed. Go after what you want right NOW.

Maybe finding that cyst was a sign from God to remind me of what I really wanted to do. I am currently trying to find that balance. If it is important to me I need to make time for it. I’ve decided for the time that I will still be working ( planning to resign by Q4 of this year ) I need to be selfish and make time for myself.  I need to give myself a cut off with work and spend my mornings and after work hours focusing on my goals. No more excuses. And even if this is the nth time I’m starting over again, I’m not giving up!


Zaful Wishlist 2017




As I’ve previously said, Zaful is a one-stop online shop perfect for all your clothing needs. Their items are trendy and affordable! I happened to stumble across Zaful’s website the other day and saw a lot of things I want to get 😦 Here are my top picks on my wishlist!


  1. Crossover Back Off The Shoulder Smock Top


Don’t you just love these tops? They can be worn casually during the day time with jeans and flats and perfect for the night time with a pair of heels and a skirt or shorts.

2. Off The Shoulder Crossover Back Smock Top



Off the shoulder tops are definitely my thing! I really do love how they can look both formal and casual. These come in 3 different colors: burgundy, black and cadetblue.

3. Crossbar Lens- Gold


Vintage looking glasses are an in thing again. And since I wear glasses,  I would love to wear these everyday! They look really classy.

4. Make Up Brushes Set


This make up sets only costs $14.99! What a Steal!

It comes with the following:
– Powder brush
– Flat brush
-Eye Makeup Brush
-Eyeshadow brush
– Eyebrow brush…)
8 x Floral Print Air puffs(BB Cream Powder Puff)
1 x Chunky Foundation Brush
1 x Goblet Shape Blush Brush

5. Stereo Flower See Thru Swimwear

A stylish swimsuit that could be worn as a bodysuit as well! If I was blessed enough to be sexy I would rock this suit!
These are only a couple of the awesome stuff you can find at Zaful.
Visit  for more awesome items! Hurry and check out the sale happening now specifically Zaful swim dresses swimsuits 2017 Promotion!
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travel, Uncategorized

audience-868074_960_720Music really does play an important role in all of our lives. It has the ability to change our mood in an instant. It can be very therapeutic. But how could we improve and enjoy our listening experience even more? I believe the best investment we could make to enjoy music on a different level is by investing in quality speakers and headphones.

1I was invited to attend the official grand opening of JBL last Friday, December 16. The new store is very near my house as it is conveniently located at the Upper Ground Floor, New Wing of Festival Supermall Alabang.


The store features award-winning products from Harman’s brands which include a variety of products such as home audio products, loudspeakers and headphones which are perfect for music lovers to style seekers.


We were able to go around and test out JBL and Harman’s best products.  Here are a couple of JBL & Harman Items I like!





The JBL Everest 300 BT is a wireless headphone that has a couple of interesting features to offer. It is bluetooth 4.1 enabled which means you don’t need to directly connect it to your device to listen to music. It has a built-in microphone which make it easier and improves quality of your voice in calls. It also has a LONG battery life of 20 hours!



The Harman Kardon Soho BT is my favorite! It is also a wireless headphone. Aside from it’s sleek  and innovative design it produces great sound quality. The Soho are very comfortable on the ears when positioned properly.

JBL Charge 3


The JBL Charge 3 is a fully waterproof portable speaker. This is the best!!  It is the perfect speaker to bring with you to your next beach trip. The 6,000 mAh lithium-ion battery can keep the speaker alive for 12 hours! It comes in five different colors: blue, black, gray, red and teal.



JBL continues to push audio boundaries through constant innovation and personalized sound technology. They continuously improve the sound quality and battery life so you are able to enjoy your listening experience. So if you are looking for the perfect brand to invest in quality speakers, you know where to go!

Go check out and visit and for more information.

Like them on Facebook: JBL Philippines

Twitter: @JBLPH

Instagram: @jblph






Jason and I had a free day from work and basketball practice. We haven’t gone on a trip in a while so I really wanted to do something different! Luckily, my driver was free on that day so my parents allowed me to use him! ( Thank you parentals )



Being the creature of habit that I am, I decided to go to a place that i’m quite familiar with. Laiya White Cove  which is a private beach situated in San Juan Batangas ( about a 2 hour drive from Alabang )


Jason and my Driver, Mang Roel


I decided to document our trip and I tried my best to vlog. Hopefully you guys enjoy this video!  🙂


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A four-story lifestyle mall called Madison Galeries conveniently opened right by Alabang Hills. Located along, 398 Don Jesus Blvd, Muntinlupa,  It features various restaurants, salons, fitness spots and most importantly my mom’s shop, LA CASITA ACCENT DECOR.


My mom has always had an eye for beautifully crafted things. Her shop sells various items such as trinkets, conversation pieces, accent wall decors, industrial lamps, etc.

Since I had the chance to visit her shop over the weekend, I decided to share with you guys my top 5 favorite items from her store.

  1. Telephone Booth Lamp – Php 25,000 




The telephone lamp is a great industrial piece perfect for the living room area or even in your own bedroom! This unique item is my personal favorite and my brother loves this piece as well! He has one in his room and it gives that “wow factor”!


My brother’s own Telephone Booth Lamp


so cozy!

2. Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 4,900


Hello to my film buff friends! This is a lamp I would want in my room! The base of the tripod is crafted from wood that is finished in black  which contrasts well with the metal shade.

Small Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 3,500


3. Wallhanging Airplane Wine Rack – Php 6,800


To my fellow alcoholics, this is a MUST HAVE! This item is truly one of a kind! Imagine having this piece hanging on your wall filled with bottles of wine? too cool! Definitely will be a topic of conversation betweet you and your friends. You should get yours soon because my mom only has a couple of pieces left!

4. Striped Chest ( Set of 2 ) – Php 3,800


Another piece that is part of my top 5 is this striped chest. It comes in a set of 2 which is perfect for storing items in a fashionable way. Not only is it handy but it is also a decorative piece that could add that contrast to a bare room.  I want one in my room! ( Hi mom! *hint hint * )

5. Naked Man Statue Php 2,500 & Naked Man Book End Php 2,000




Another conversation piece you can find at my mom’s store is the naked man statue. These are very classy figurines that would be perfect in your living room.

Other items you can find in La Casita Accent Decor:


Wall Decors


Decorative Pieces





So what are you waiting for? Come on over! Another reason to visit the South!

3rd Floor, Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Blvd. Alabang Hills. 

9 am to 9 pm Mondays to Sundays

Call or Text: 0917 879 8123

Instagram: @lacasitademanila