Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last update! I have so many backlogs! I still have nature photos from back in August and September 2012. Gosh. I will try to sort them out one by one.
I welcomed 2013 with my own homemade coffee float (I tasted the new Coffee Float at McDonald’s earlier that day and I liked it, I was just sorting of trying to imitate it, which I couldn’t) and Triple Chocolate cake while watching Love Actually, after which I watched Inception (I’ve been in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt ever since I watched 10 Things I Hate About You), which I couldn’t finish because it was already 4 in the morning and my eyes were so heavy because I’m not used to pulling an all-nighter anymore so I just continued watching it again when I woke up this morning.
And while I continued to watch Inception (I would absolutely love to hear Sigmund Freud’s take on the movie! I think Psychoanalysis is very fit for it), I had my homemade Coffee Float again, but this time I used vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate ice cream. Yes, I was watching a movie at that time. The book was just beside me and I thought it would be a nice prop. Hahaha! Prior to this, I had pasta too. Mostly, though, my New Year holiday intake mostly involved ice cream and cake. I let myself indulge in all these sweets because I went swimming during the last day of the year for a good workout so I won’t feel guilty for all these sweets. And guess what, I lost two more pounds! I’ve been stuck at this certain weight for a month already, I thought I was reaching a plateau but then when I weighed myself that day I saw I lost two more pounds. Hooray! The best way to end 2012 and start 2013! I’m actually already thinking of all the self-defense/fitness classes I’m gonna enroll in this year!
For the thousandth time, my earphone broke. I couldn’t count how many earphones I’ve already had in just a span of a year. No pair of earphone seems last more than a few months in my care. Am I that clumsy or are the pairs I’m getting just really of poor quality? I swear, it’s these little things which gets me broke easily. I keep buying too much of these random little things. My wristwatch just gave on me last week too, and I cannot live without one so I really ought to buy a replacement soon. Expenditures! Oh, adult life, why did you have to come so fast? I could’ve stayed a kid forever!
Anyway, since music is my life, a company to fight boredom, I couldn’t last long without an earphone so I got a new pair immediately. I got an iPlug 1 Sonicear.
Look, it has a travel case. A great way to keep your earphones safe from the elves who reside in your pockets and bags and tangle your cords the moment you take your eyes off it!
Okay, this is not the best one around. Still just like the other branded ones I’ve gotten (the random generic nameless ones I’ve tried before may be very inexpensive but the quality is also very poor). Let’s just hope it lasts longer than my previous earphones.
And since I was at the mall already, I got myself stainless steel chopsticks! My previous ones made from, I don’t really know, wood? plastic? always end up in the trash bin so soon because they get worn easily though I barely use them. Hopefully again, this could last longer too.
I actually had a lot of free time this weekend. Graduate school was still suspended due to the heavy rains the previous week. I’ve heard the vicinity of our school had been greatly affected by the floods. Though offices have already resumed there so I suppose it’s not that bad anymore. Still, too bad. I was really looking forward to school. It seems to be my only break from mundane life. At least I still get to do something I really love; studying psychology, aside from photography and poetry as hobbies on my free time. Plus, my classmates are really fun people. We’re always laughing. As far as I know, we also won’t have any core Psychology classes next week because our Psychology professors would attend the Psychological Association of the Philippines 49th Convention that week on Cebu. That means I’d only have my Research Seminar class for that day. Not exactly that exciting….. But since we haven’t been meeting for two weeks already, we’d have a lot to catch up on, especially with reporting. Just how can we condense everything with just two and a half months more before the semester ends?
It seems like I’m not used to having too much free time anymore because usually my free day is only on Sundays, which I just spend on sleeping. Hahahaha! How typical of me. I spent my weekend sleeping, eating, watching TV, watching the movie version of Dorian Gray, and finishing reading Invincible Louisa. How very productive, right? I know. I also still have to do those six journal entries on six psychologists for Theories of Personality class, and my critical analysis essay report on the movie I am Sam in relation to autism for Abnormal Psychology class, plus reviewing for our supposed exam on our next meeting. And I remember my mother telling me to clean my room. See how productively I spent my weekend instead of doing all these more necessary things? But sleeping and eating are also very important physiological needs, right? And we’d die if we don’t respond to these needs. Hahahaha!
Since I had more free time, there was time to grab my camera and just snap a shot of everything.
Food! One of our most important physiological needs, refer to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Left-over beans I toasted with some left-over buns. Hehehehe.
Fish (Tilapia) for dinner, though with that I also had some noodles, rice, and two glasses of mocha shake. Calories! They’re all homemade, though, so that ought to cut down all the unnecessary calories and fat as compared to when they came from fast foods, right? I think…. Hahahaha! Just trying to justify. Calories from fast food, which was where I’d been eating often the previous week as part of indulging myself as I had been feeling negative emotionally, just seem to pop up like magic. Even the smallest and simplest serving seems to have double the count of what you would actually assume there is. Where do they actually come from?
Peanut butter, my favorite snack for the weekend!
Fried tofu with soy sauce diluted in chili powder. Hahahaha! My all-time favorite!
Moving on, Friday night I passed by the grocery before I went home just to get some milk supplies. Yes, milk. I love dairy products! I stopped making and drinking smoothies about a month ago since I lacked supplies and I haven’t been able to replenish them since. I wasn’t able to get milk from the grocery nor to get fruits from the organic market where I usually buy them. Main reason was because I was too lazy to run these errands (going to the organic market entails waking up really early since they only hold it really early on Sunday mornings) so I just ate whatever my mother prepared for me and my healthy-lifestyle-by-eating-more-fruits-through-smoothies was disrupted. Or ruined, shall I say? Hahahaha!
Anyway, I got some milk and chocolate powder so I can make chocolate smoothies instead. Plus, since we already have coffee at home, anyway, I can make mocha smoothies too! Yay!
Basically, you need crushed ice, milk, and chocolate and you throw them all at once in a blender. Ta-dah! Done! Yes, I skip the sugars but you can add some if you want it sweeter. You can also add some coffee is you want a mocha-ish flavor.
Vanity. My report on Erich Fromm covered his theory of Malignant Narcissism. Hahahaha! My narcissism (which is a common phenomenon on every single one of us, anyway) is not on that extent, I think….. Hahahaha! But, you know who’s really cute… and sexy? My dog, Cola!
I ought to call her Baby Cola, but she’s not a baby anymore. She has really grown a lot in just four months!
I want one of those “paint me like one of your French girls” pose but she didn’t pose like that.
And just because I love nature so much, especially its green side (plants).
I’m starting to think mosses look cute, as least on photographs. How weird! Hahahaha! But I think the mosses on this photo made the stone look pretty well. Hahahaha!
I spent Sunday afternoon taking a walk, with my camera, of course. I’d post the photos next time.
Long overdue Zambales photos from mid-May. I’ve been there for the second time just the other day so I thought before all photos pile up I ought to post this now. It’s been a month already so I shall spare you with the long babbling captions because my memory is so poor that I cannot remember everything that happened anyway. I just leave you to enjoy the photos!
Bytheway, for photos from that recent second trip, I decided to go for a theme of the day because it would be boring if I just shoot the same things again, right? What I chose was Black and White, so I put my camera in that setting and shoot away. I shall post those in a few days’ time!
For some of these nature photos, I had to walk through almost knee-deep in grass in every corner of the mango orchard because the most beautiful sights are usually those hidden at the farthest inaccessible places. Anything for great captures that will satisfy my heart!