April Projects and Books

Hello! Long time no post!

Challenge of the Month Update

This April I did not do my usual Challenge of the Month. I planned on doing some exercise of  7 mins per day but it turned out that I always walked on weekdays for 15 mins or more and on weekends for various reasons.

I altered  my challenge of the month to the more fluid and forgiving 30 day challenge because I don’t feel limited to starting and ending challenges on the 1st and 30th of the month. Instead, I can start at any time then take a break after I finish a challenge to fully celebrate it and reflect on the next challenge.

30 Days of Calligraphy

So just four days ago,  I started my 30 days of Calligraphy “challenge”. I always liked the physical act of writing. I like the way ink flows on paper when you have a good pen. Also, my eyes feast on beautiful journal spreads on  Pinterest and Instagram.  I simply love pretty things and the 30 Days of Calligraphy seemed like a fun and doable thing to do. Of course I have 30 days of other things planned for the future. In the meantime, I’ve been posting daily on IG for my calligraphy stuff. 

Book Stuff

Though I didn’t do my usual challenge for April, I’m  happy that I’ve read more recently. It’s not a lot for a month but it’s something especially for me who hasn’t had the desire to pick up a book in a while. I finished Irina Kovalyova’s  Specimen (a book of short stories) and James Michener’s novel, Recessional.

I love short stories! The story and emotion are delivered quickly yet I spend hours or days thinking about them. Specimen was thought provoking and explored areas like the mother and daughter relationship, science and ethics, immigrant feelings. The stories are weird, strange and very much recommended to readers who like all that surreal stuff.

It’s only my second time to read another Michener. The first was Journey set in Canada in the late 1800’s. I read it prior to our summer Rockies trip which just added to my awe of Canada’s landscape. Don’t read it in the winter!

Anyway, Recessional is a thick book and I approached it like a TV series. I read a little bit at a time during transit, curious to learn what the characters, a doctor and retirees in a Florida retirement home, were up to next. It’s light reading that tackled heavy concepts like aging, euthanasia, AIDS, health system and so many more. Man, James Michener is  a storyteller.

Then I had two other nights when I wanted to sleep thinking I’ll just read a random story to make me sleep. I picked up a Reader’s Digest and ended up reading suspense novels: On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt and  Still Life by Joy Fielding.

I slept at 3 am for both those nights (tsk, fool me twice shame on me). These ones and other suspense novels are not good choices when you want to doze off. Next time I will stick with textbooks for that purpose. Haha.

What have you guys been reading lately? Or if you have not been reading, what other fun things  are you up to?


February Challenge Update, The Habit Loop and Other Stuff

The Habit Loop

This month, I watched a course on Skillshare (I can talk about that later) about habits. Catrinel Girbovan showed how to practically apply the principles on Charles Duhigg’s book , The Habit Loop. This  loop is a cycle of 3 things: the cue, the routine then the reward.

I looked at my current challenge for this month and identified those three for my yoga challenge.

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February Challenge

Hi all! My make-up challenge for January was by far the most successful one. Hmmm what does that say about me? Maarte ako. I like it because it makes me less frazzled on weekday mornings. It’s safe to say that I’ve incorporated it in my routine. It’s weird but I now go to work 15 minutes earlier than I used to. Something I couldn’t do with my December Go To Bed Early Challenge! I’m glad that my kaartehan got me somewhere this time.

Now on to February.

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Mabuhay 2018!

Happy New Year!

Here I am popping out into the blogosphere after a break from posting. It’s refreshing and weird at the same time. Anyway, before I chatter about my challenge of ze month, I’d like to share some snapshots of  Vancouver. It’s not my hood but let’s just say I spend a lot of time in the city.



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